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User currently offlineKieron747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 7678 times:

Shame, I used to love building my airfix planes, especially my Spitfires!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/5304780.stm?ls





Bye Airfix, will miss you!

Kieron747

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User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9524 posts, RR: 42
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7660 times:

I don't think they've actually gone bust. They're in administration and I think are looking for a buyer. That said, it doesn't look good.

Incidentally, I thought I heard that it was the owners, Humbrol, who were in trouble, though Airfix may have a lot to do with that.

It would be a tragedy if they disappeared.


User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7642 times:

When I was a kid, I built a lot of airfix models. They made fantastic models that were much bigger and more complex than most competitors. My favorite was one I built of the Ju-87 Stuka. That hung from my bedroom cieling for years, until one day the string broke and it really did dive-bomb me!



User currently offlineKieron747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7640 times:

The largest of my Spitfires once became detached from it's thread on my bedroom ceiling when I was a kid, and that too caught me on the head. A scratch for me, a catastrophic airframe failure for the Spitfire.

Easily fixed though. All of my models are in the loft of my parents' house. Will have to dig them out one day to take another look.

Kieron747


User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 7620 times:

Quoting Kieron747 (Reply 3):
The largest of my Spitfires once became detached from it's thread on my bedroom ceiling when I was a kid, and that too caught me on the head. A scratch for me, a catastrophic airframe failure for the Spitfire.

LOL, seems to be a pattern  Smile

I don't know if you built the Stuka, but of all the single engine models of that scale, I remember the Stuka as being by far the heaviest. That fishing line I used to hang it must have gotten brittle over time.

But I had the whole Battle of Britain above my bedroom. Me-109s and 110s, Stukas, Ju-88s, Do-17s, He-111s, and of course the Hurries and Spits. (I also hung up a B-17 that was decidedly out of place, but it looked cool  Smile. But the Stuka was the heaviest, and that's the only one that crashed.


User currently offlineBa757gla From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 760 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 7619 times:

they also made commercial ones as well like THE UA 747 ive got!

User currently offlineKieron747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 7611 times:

Quoting Ba757gla (Reply 5):
they also made commercial ones as well like THE UA 747 ive got!

Well i used to have a BA 747-100 in landor colours, it was massive, and a nice BA 737 with a world tail. I preferred my fighter planes back then though.

One of my favourites was the He-111. I always used to add to the standard paint work and make them look battle damaged though. I still remember when I made my own (my dad used to make and paint them for me) - anyone remember what a bitch those transfers were!

Kieron747


User currently offlineAleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3236 posts, RR: 32
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 7610 times:

Quoting Kieron747 (Thread starter):
Shame

It really is. I've read the press release last night. 31 out of 41 employees are redundant and that doesn't sound good.

Quoting Kieron747 (Thread starter):
Bye Airfix, will miss you!

I hope it is not over yet. Otherwise, I would be very sorry.  cry 
At the moment, this is the only manufacturer that produces decent DC-9-32 and B-737-200 kits and I really want their DC-10.

Quoting David L (Reply 1):
I thought I heard that it was the owners, Humbrol, who were in trouble

I heard the problem was French supplier Heller.

Quoting David L (Reply 1):
It would be a tragedy if they disappeared.

You're absolutely right.



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User currently offlineColumba From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 7073 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 7597 times:

Quoting Ba757gla (Reply 5):
they also made commercial ones as well like THE UA 747 ive got!

They made really great commericial ones. I used to have a BA 737-200. I mostly had Revell Kits back then and was trying to build an airport model. As I have found the BA 737-200 I was totally excited because Revell never had a 737 back then. Later I found an Airfix KLM Dc 9 which was also great. What I like best on the Airfix models that you could build the aircraft with open doors an option you did not have with Revell.
I also had a larger model of a Fokker F-17 I think it was a British Midland, T totally ruined it.
The other day I found a kit of a Braniff 747-100 on E-bay and was bidding on it.
The price went rediculously high and since I have not build an aircraft model for a long time and was afraid that I could ruin it I was not bidding any higher. It was sold for more than 70 Euros.



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User currently offlineGman94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1239 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 7576 times:

Sounds like some good news, they just had a report on Sky News Business report that train set and Scalextric makers Hornby is planning to step in and save Airfix.


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User currently offlineKieron747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 7574 times:

Quoting Gman94 (Reply 9):
Sounds like some good news, they just had a report on Sky News Business report that train set and Scalextric makers Hornby is planning to step in and save Airfix.

Sweet, hope it all works out. All this talk has made me kit-hungry, think I might find a toy shop and buy a model!

Kieron747


User currently offlineGman94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1239 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 7570 times:

Quoting Kieron747 (Reply 10):
Sweet, hope it all works out. All this talk has made me kit-hungry, think I might find a toy shop and buy a model!

Same here, I've been very tempted by a Revell Eurofighter Typhoon 1:48 kit.



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User currently offlineAleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3236 posts, RR: 32
Reply 12, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 7551 times:

Quoting Gman94 (Reply 9):
Sounds like some good news, they just had a report on Sky News Business report that train set and Scalextric makers Hornby is planning to step in and save Airfix.

This is good news.
Speaking of Airfix, I haven't seen anything new from them in a very long time. I do hope with the new investor they'll treat us with some new kits.

Quoting Kieron747 (Reply 10):
Sweet, hope it all works out. All this talk has made me kit-hungry, think I might find a toy shop and buy a model!

 yes 

Quoting Gman94 (Reply 11):
Same here

Well guys, I recently bought a very nice Minicraft 707 with Lufthansa decals and Conway engines that is begging me to build it.  Smile



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User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9524 posts, RR: 42
Reply 13, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 7550 times:

Quoting Kieron747 (Reply 10):
All this talk has made me kit-hungry, think I might find a toy shop and buy a model!

I might have to go wild and start buying and hoarding.  Smile

I made four Concorde trips, each on a different aircraft, so for some time I've wanted to get four Airfix kits and make one with each registration. How sad is that? I might have to do it now.  Smile


User currently offlineKieron747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 7543 times:

Quoting David L (Reply 13):
How sad is that?

I shouldn't worry too much about that. I mean all of us here have signed up to a bloomin' aviation website, not really something you'd mention on a first date!

Now my challenge is to find a toy shop in London that won't charge me an arm and a leg!

...Mmmm...Must find Toys'R'Us...

Kieron747


User currently offlineGman94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1239 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 7536 times:

Quoting Kieron747 (Reply 14):
Now my challenge is to find a toy shop in London that won't charge me an arm and a leg!

http://www.hannants.co.uk/

Looks quite reasonable and it's next door to the RAF Museum in Hendon you can kill twoo birds with one stone.



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User currently offlineKieron747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 7530 times:

Quoting Gman94 (Reply 15):


Looks quite reasonable and it's next door to the RAF Museum in Hendon you can kill twoo birds with one stone.

Thanks GMan I didn't know about that! Well, looks like my activities for tomorrow are sorted out! Excellent!

Kieron747


User currently offlineAirworldA320 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 316 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 7479 times:

Quoting Gman94 (Reply 9):
Sounds like some good news, they just had a report on Sky News Business report that train set and Scalextric makers Hornby is planning to step in and save Airfix.

They also saved Lima (the Model Trains maker) lets hope they can do the same for Humbrol (Airfix).



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User currently offlineAleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3236 posts, RR: 32
Reply 18, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 7468 times:

Quoting AirworldA320 (Reply 17):
They also saved Lima (the Model Trains maker) lets hope they can do the same for Humbrol (Airfix).

I hope they will. Although most of the Airfix kits are outdated today, Humbrol's products would be missed in modeller's community.



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User currently offlineJetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7412 posts, RR: 50
Reply 19, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 7460 times:
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Quoting Kieron747 (Thread starter):
Bye Airfix, will miss you!

Well, if they actually fold, someone will buy the molds. There's still Revell and Minicraft.

Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 12):
Well guys, I recently bought a very nice Minicraft 707 with Lufthansa decals and Conway engines that is begging me to build it.

I have the RAF tanker VC10 by the Airfix hanging around somewhere. I should put that one together. But my next project will be to convert a 1:72 scale French Air Force E-3D to a USN E-6A. I need the space though



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User currently offlineAleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3236 posts, RR: 32
Reply 20, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 7447 times:

Quoting Jetjack74 (Reply 19):
I have the RAF tanker VC10 by the Airfix hanging around somewhere.

Will you build it as an airliner or tanker?

I have a DC-9 and 737-200 from Airfix. I should finally put this DC-9 together and try to find those missing signs for engine cowlings. Somehow, if Airfix definitely goes out of business I will never forget myself for not buying their DC-10 and A300B kits. In fact, I already think about punishing myself  banghead 

Again, all of those kits could be replaced with something new, but I don't know who can replace Humbrol enamels?



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User currently offlineGman94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1239 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (8 years 1 month 20 hours ago) and read 7417 times:

Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 20):
have a DC-9 and 737-200 from Airfix. I should finally put this DC-9 together and try to find those missing signs for engine cowlings. Somehow, if Airfix definitely goes out of business I will never forget myself for not buying their DC-10 and A300B kits. In fact, I already think about punishing myself banghead

Found these on ebay.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/McDONNELL-DOUG...sPageNameZWD1VQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Airfix-AIR-FRA...sPageNameZWD2VQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/AIRFIX-1-144-A...012QQcategoryZ123841QQcmdZViewItem

[Edited 2006-09-02 10:53:17]


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User currently offlinePetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3369 posts, RR: 12
Reply 22, posted (8 years 1 month 20 hours ago) and read 7408 times:

One left of the DC10 (SAS/American) at Luchtvaart Hobby Shop at AMS.
http://www.aviationmegastore.com/?sh...ction=prodinfo&parent_id=0&art=863

And also one A300B (Air France) left:
http://www.aviationmegastore.com/?sh...ion=prodinfo&parent_id=0&art=63319

Both of them 1/144, 19.29 euro each. Not too bad.



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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 1 month 16 hours ago) and read 7383 times:

Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 20):
I have a DC-9 and 737-200 from Airfix. I should finally put this DC-9 together and try to find those missing signs for engine cowlings. Somehow, if Airfix definitely goes out of business I will never forget myself for not buying their DC-10 and A300B kits. In fact, I already think about punishing myself

Ahh the good old Airfix - we used to be able to buy those at boarding school. I had loads at one point, all hanging from the ceiling of my room. I had a Braniff 747-100, a UTA DC-10, an AF A300 that I repainted in Air Inter colours, a TAP 727, a SABENA A310 and a Safair 707. I even built an MD80 out of 2 DC9-30's - in Swissair colours. I kind of grew out of them, and let my brother shoot holes in them with his air rifle.


User currently offlineAleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3236 posts, RR: 32
Reply 24, posted (8 years 1 month 16 hours ago) and read 7379 times:

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 23):
Ahh the good old Airfix

Funny, my first model kits were not Airfix, but VEB Plasticard, kits made in East Germany. Then, some company imported Heller's DC-10 and 727-200 and put some JAT decals with them which was a huge business success in early 1980s, but Airfix will always remind me of my childhood vacations spent in Greece. Every time I was in Thessaloniki, I went back home with few Airfix kits. Big grin



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25 FlyingColours : There is a TWA L1011 in a shop near me thats been there for years, I think I'll buy it this week. I hope they don't go under, I have still got my Red
26 Jetjack74 : I'd probably remove the tanker boom ports and make it a Gulf Air 1115 with a decals for F-Dcal. I'll need to find a main-deck cargo door.
27 Post contains images Capital146 : I bought that one many years ago (so long ago, I was still considered a minor ) Had a choice between TWA and Cathay Pacific liveries, chose TWA! Had
28 Aleksandar : I don't want to disappoint you, but there are good reasons why nobody wants that kit. It is very inaccurate. If you want a decent Tristar, try Welsh
29 Post contains links TSV : It amazes me how quickly this gets updated and also amazes me how inaccurate it can be : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airfix "Airfix was forced to dec
30 Tom in NO : The 737-200 kit is a classic. I put one together with Air California colors and won a regional IPMS contest with it back in 1977. Tom at MSY
31 Egmcman : They did make a tanker kit from memory. Sad to see them go into administration hopefully a buyer will be found soon.
32 David L : I thought HO and OO were the same scale but different railway guages.
33 Kieron747 : What's this IPMS? Have you got any photos of your plane? Kieron747
34 Post contains images Express1 : Oh well back to building with Plasticine,the old play school doh!!!,or matchsticks dave
35 TSV : You might be right as I can't remember (Oldtimers disease) but I though one was 1/76 and the other was 1/87. One of my old MAFVA journals had an arti
36 Post contains images Kieron747 : ...And a piece of coal and an orange for Christmas? Kieron747
37 Aleksandar : International Plastic Modellers Society Almost every country has its own branch of this society and in the UK, you can visit the annual competition a
38 Post contains images David L : No, you're right, though OO is apparently 4mm to 1ft or 1:76.2 ( ). They both seen to have a 16.5mm gauge.
39 Post contains images Express1 : Hornby "makes tracks" for Airfix. (Daily Mail 2nd Sept 06.) Airfix may be saved for the nation by Hornby, it emerged yesterday. The model firm's paren
40 Post contains links Tom in NO : International Plastic Modelers Society: US chapters..... http://www.ipmsusa.org Working on scanning the laminated (kind of cheesy, but cool) certific
41 Post contains images Pawsleykat : I've got both and just recently I bought and built a BA 707 in the 70's colours (red at the top of the tail). I think it looks pretty cool JG
42 Kieron747 : Any pics? Kieron747
43 Aleksandar : Is it a Minicraft kit with Conway engines? Few weeks ago, I had to choose between that one and the one with Lufthansa decals. Bought Lufthansa.
44 Post contains images AirEuropeUK733 : Humbrol (Airfix parent company) are also the UK distributors for GeminiJets and at present all orders I have are on hold until a buyer is found Bearin
45 Post contains links and images Tom in NO : Here you go.....pardon the sidewise tilt.....just figuring out how to upload to Photobucket... Tom at MSY
46 Kieron747 : That's pretty cool! Did the kit come with Air California decals or were they your own addition? Kieron747
47 Jasond : This is really sad news not just for model makers but also for the employees. I sincerely hope their jobs can be saved. All the kits I bought from my
48 Post contains links and images Tom in NO : Thanks.....I had a lot of fun building that one... I bought the decals separately.....I can't remember what decals came with the kit, I'm thinking ei
49 Aleksandar : Actually, decals for both AF and BA were with the kit, but AF decals are not extremely accurate and blue is too light.
50 Tom in NO : I had a flashback over the weekend.....I'm thinking that in those days (almost 30 years ago) that kit actually came with LH decals. Tom at MSY
51 Aleksandar : It is possible. I only saw version with BA and AF decals, but it doesn't mean they didn't have it with LH decals. Also, Airfix had A300 with AF and L
52 Jasond : As a side note I have 8 kits still in the cupboard I haven't built yet some with the decals I want and others without. I did some 'googling' and foun
53 Aleksandar : Yes, variety of after-market decals is so big, you can actually build a kit in any livery you want to. There are also e-shops that stock so many deca
54 Tom in NO : I'm actually going to revisit my model building childhood, and build again an Air California 737-200. I picked up a new Airfix 737-200 kit from an int
55 Kieron747 : Any reason why you want to build the Air California version again? Or is it just your favourite livery? I'd love to make a 737-200 in the old British
56 Tom in NO : My first one disappeared years ago..... That, too..... Tom at MSY
57 Post contains links David L : Good news for Airfix fans. Hornby's buying them, along with the Humbrol brand: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/6134988.stm
58 Fanofjets : For those of who (like myself) grew up with Airfix kits, I recommend the following book: Airfix: Celebrating 50 Years of the Greatest Kits in the Worl
59 David L : I'll definitely look into it but I have a huge backlog of unread books at the moment.
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