Airfix

Airfix is a British brand of plastic models .

It is currently Hornby Railways that owns the Airfix brand.

History

Airfix was founded in 1939 by Nicholas Kove to make inflatable toys. It was not until 1948 that she began to make a kit model: it was an agricultural tractor, produced as a promotional item for the Ferguson brand . A number of these kits were sold by the Woolworth chain of stores and were a great success. Given the success of the formula, she launched a model of the Golden Hind , the pirate galleon of Sir Francis Drake .

The first model of airplane is launched in 1953 : it is Supermarine Spitfire Mk1 with the 1/72 e . It is probably the injected polystyrene kit that has been the most sold in the world.

From 1960 to 1970 , the success of this type of model kits is enormous and the Airfix range expands rapidly with models of cars , trucks, boats, figurines, but especially with a large number of aircraft.

Aircraft

  • Fokker Dr.I
  • Westland Whirlwind
  • Messerschmitt Bf 109
  • Avro Anson
  • Hawker Demon
  • Gladiator Gloster
  • Bristol F.2
  • Handley Page Hampden
  • Focke-Wulf Fw 189

Figurines

  • Former Britons
  • Roman soldiers

Vehicles

  • Sd.Kfz.222
  • Char M3 GRANT-LEE
  • Mark III

In 1986 , the firm was bought by the French firm Heller . Moreover, to diversify its activity, Airfix released in 2006 a new collection called “Robogear” series of models forming a board game science fiction .

In November 2006, Heller was put into receivership, Hornby Railways announced the acquisition of Airfix activities.

Bibliography

  • Didier Palix, Airfix: The golden age 1955-1982 , Self-publishing,, 240 p. ( online presentation  [ archive ] )

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