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Airfix is a manufacturer of scale plastic model kits, they make a wide range of kits for all types of modellers with different scales and many different subjects such as; military aircraft, ships, cars and motorcycles.
The first Airfix model wasn’t produced for the mass market until 1952 but Airfix began in 1939 when a Hungarian refugee, Nicholas Kove began making rubber inflated toys. After WWII he started to make plastic combs and was one of the first manufacturers to use an injection moulding machine. In the late 1940s Airfix was asked to make a cheap model of a tractor by Harry Ferguson (of the tractor manufacturers) to use as a promotional tool for his sales team. As it was difficult to make a whole model of a tractor from plastic it was decided to make a number of parts and for these to be fixed together.
These tractors became very popular and at first they were sold ready made. But Airfix realised that they would be able to sell more if they were cheaper so began selling the kits unmade and with instructions; and thus the beginning of the Airfix model. As the hobby of plastic model making became more popular in the 1960s and 70s Airfix introduced more models into the range. Unfortunately this popularity declined in the 1980s and so due to heavy losses Airfix had to declare bankruptcy. In the years following Airfix had a number of different owners but in 2006 was bought by Hornby Hobbies Ltd, who also own Hornby Trains, Scalextric and Corgi, so they really are in the perfect place.
The Toy Shop at the WWSM has a large range of the wonderful Airfix models and also the Humbrol paints range too. Please take a look around all of the shelves to see what models you like the best.
The Aircraft range at Airfix is vast. There are aircraft pre and post 1951, military and civil aircraft and also Helicopters. You can find some of the most famous aircraft ever made, like the BAE Hawk, the Fairey Swordfish Mk1, the Harrier and the Boeing 737, on the Civil Aircraft shelf and the Military Aircraft shelves. If you prefer models of boats and ships then you can find a mix of warships like the HMS Belfast and tall ships like the Cutty Sark on the Ships and Warships shelf. Although many of the Airfix models are based on subjects from WWII many more modern subjects are starting to be made. This is especially true on the Military Vehicles and Tanks shelf, where you can find the British Churchill MkVII Tank from 1941 along side the Bedford MK4 Tonne Truck from the 1970s.
Also don’t forget you will need to decide on which colour paints you need, these are all available on the Humbrol Paints shelf.
If you want to complement your models and give them meaning within a setting then take a look in the Dioramas and Airfield Sets shelf where you can choose from dioramas of a Ruined Café, Town House and even an RAF Control Tower and many figures from WWI and WWII, American, British, Japanese and German Infantry and many more.
If you are new to modelling or wish to buy a special gift for someone then please take a look on the MiniKits, Starter Sets shelf. You should be able to find the perfect model here in a range of sizes and subjects and they all come supplied with glue, paint and brushes to make your model making experience enjoyable.
We hope you enjoy looking at all the Airfix products we have to offer here in the Toy Shop at WWSM.