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


  • 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.


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

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