Airfix is a British brand of plastic models .
It is currently Hornby Railways that owns the Airfix brand.
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.
- Fokker Dr.I
- Westland Whirlwind
- Messerschmitt Bf 109
- Avro Anson
- Hawker Demon
- Gladiator Gloster
- Bristol F.2
- Handley Page Hampden
- Focke-Wulf Fw 189
- Former Britons
- Roman soldiers
- 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.
- Didier Palix, Airfix: The golden age 1955-1982 , Self-publishing,, 240 p. ( online presentation [ archive ] )