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Airfix Gone Bust

Fri Sep 01, 2006 8:33 pm

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!

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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Fri Sep 01, 2006 9:26 pm

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.
 
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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Fri Sep 01, 2006 10:12 pm

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!

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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Fri Sep 01, 2006 10:17 pm

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.

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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Fri Sep 01, 2006 10:39 pm

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.
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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Fri Sep 01, 2006 10:41 pm

they also made commercial ones as well like THE UA 747 ive got!
 
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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Fri Sep 01, 2006 10:46 pm

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!

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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Fri Sep 01, 2006 10:51 pm

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 
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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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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Fri Sep 01, 2006 11:00 pm

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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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Fri Sep 01, 2006 11:52 pm

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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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Fri Sep 01, 2006 11:55 pm

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!

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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Fri Sep 01, 2006 11:59 pm

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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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Sat Sep 02, 2006 12:36 am

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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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Sat Sep 02, 2006 12:38 am

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
 
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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Sat Sep 02, 2006 12:45 am

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...

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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Sat Sep 02, 2006 12:48 am

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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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Sat Sep 02, 2006 12:54 am

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!

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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Sat Sep 02, 2006 9:06 am

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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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Sat Sep 02, 2006 10:18 am

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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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Sat Sep 02, 2006 10:46 am

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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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Sat Sep 02, 2006 11:34 am

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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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Sat Sep 02, 2006 5:48 pm

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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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Sat Sep 02, 2006 6:14 pm

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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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Sat Sep 02, 2006 9:41 pm

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.
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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Sat Sep 02, 2006 9:54 pm

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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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Sun Sep 03, 2006 3:41 am

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 Arrows somewhere and most of a spitfire fuselage (never did finish it - best pick up where I left off).

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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Sun Sep 03, 2006 5:07 am

Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 20):
Will you build it as an airliner or tanker?

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.
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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Sun Sep 03, 2006 5:23 am

Quoting FlyingColours (Reply 25):
There is a TWA L1011 in a shop near me thats been there for years, I think I'll buy it this week.

I bought that one many years ago (so long ago, I was still considered a minor Wink) Had a choice between TWA and Cathay Pacific liveries, chose TWA!  Smile Had it for many years and loved it! Over the years also had BCal DC-10, USAF Sentry, Iberia DC9-30 and Pan Am 727-200, to name but a few!

Part of my childhood is dying with this news, but I guess that's what happens in life. Sad
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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Sun Sep 03, 2006 6:03 am

Quoting FlyingColours (Reply 25):
There is a TWA L1011 in a shop near me thats been there for years, I think I'll buy it this week.

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 Models.

Quoting Jetjack74 (Reply 26):
I'd probably remove the tanker boom ports and make it a Gulf Air 1115 with a decals for F-Dcal.

Good choice. There were some good photos at AirlinerCafe, so you might check it out as a reference.
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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Sun Sep 03, 2006 10:49 pm

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 declare bankruptcy in 1981. The company was bought by MPC with the kit moulds being shipped to Trun, France"

AFAIR General Mills bought them in 1981 not MPC.

"However Airfix's range of military vehicles though packaged as 1/72 are generally accepted as actually being OO or 1/76 scale."

They were packaged as "HO/OO" (misleading dual scaling) never as 1/72 and are generally accepted as being 1/76.

"On 31 August 2006, parent company Humbrol went into administration, with 31 of 41 employees being made redundant."

That's 31 out of 41 Airfix employees being made redundant.
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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Sun Sep 03, 2006 11:19 pm

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.

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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Mon Sep 04, 2006 1:35 am

Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 20):
Will you build it as an airliner or tanker?

They did make a tanker kit from memory.

Sad to see them go into administration hopefully a buyer will be found soon.
 
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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Mon Sep 04, 2006 1:40 am

Quoting TSV (Reply 29):
They were packaged as "HO/OO" (misleading dual scaling)

I thought HO and OO were the same scale but different railway guages.
 
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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Mon Sep 04, 2006 5:46 pm

Quoting Tom in NO (Reply 30):
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.

What's this IPMS?

Have you got any photos of your plane?

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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Mon Sep 04, 2006 6:42 pm

Oh well back to building with Plasticine,the old play school doh!!!,or matchsticks Big grin

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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Mon Sep 04, 2006 6:45 pm

Quoting David L (Reply 32):
I thought HO and OO were the same scale but different railway guages.

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 article on it in the 70's but I can't lay my hands on it at the moment.
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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Mon Sep 04, 2006 7:01 pm

Quoting Express1 (Reply 34):
Oh well back to building with Plasticine,the old play school doh!!!,or matchsticks

...And a piece of coal and an orange for Christmas?

 Wink

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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Mon Sep 04, 2006 8:39 pm

Quoting Kieron747 (Reply 33):
What's this IPMS?

International Plastic Modellers Society
Almost every country has its own branch of this society and in the UK, you can visit the annual competition at Telford every year in November.
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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Mon Sep 04, 2006 10:25 pm

Quoting TSV (Reply 35):
Quoting David L (Reply 32):
I thought HO and OO were the same scale but different railway guages.

You might be right as I can't remember (Oldtimers disease) but I though one was 1/76 and the other was 1/87

No, you're right, though OO is apparently 4mm to 1ft or 1:76.2 (  confused  ). They both seen to have a 16.5mm gauge.
 
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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Tue Sep 05, 2006 12:54 am

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 parent company went into administration on Wednesday.
But Hornby is said to be "interested in coming to its rescue.
A source close to the model railway company said: Hornby has in the past rescued hobby toy firms from the dead and they are now thriving again.
It is true Hornby is looking at whether the same can be done for Airfix,but it is very early days. It would possibly be interested in certain aspects of the business, but would first want to know what assets there were and what was the reason Airfix collapsed.
Yesterday 2nd of Sept,Hornby has acquired scale model companies in Italy,Spain and France,and also purchased Heico, a German distributor of railway accessories,giving the firm extra reach into Europes biggest model railway market.

 crossfingers  hope this gives airfix a boost.

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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Tue Sep 05, 2006 11:59 pm

Quoting Kieron747 (Reply 33):
What's this IPMS?

International Plastic Modelers Society: US chapters..... http://www.ipmsusa.org

Quoting Kieron747 (Reply 33):
Have you got any photos of your plane?

Working on scanning the laminated (kind of cheesy, but cool) certificate/photo I was given for winning that night.

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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Wed Sep 06, 2006 12:11 am

Quoting Kieron747 (Reply 6):
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.

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  cheeky 

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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Wed Sep 06, 2006 12:33 am

Quoting Pawsleykat (Reply 41):

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

Any pics?

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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Wed Sep 06, 2006 1:11 am

Quoting Pawsleykat (Reply 41):
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

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.
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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Thu Sep 07, 2006 5:36 am

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  Sad

Bearing in mind that GJ have just release a QANTAS A380 and a BMI Baby B735 a lot of UK customers are desperate for a buyer to come forward!

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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Thu Sep 07, 2006 6:11 am

Quoting Tom in NO (Reply 40):
Quoting Kieron747 (Reply 33):
Have you got any photos of your plane?

Working on scanning the laminated (kind of cheesy, but cool) certificate/photo I was given for winning that night.

Here you go.....pardon the sidewise tilt.....just figuring out how to upload to Photobucket...
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l264/tmoore065/DSC00030.jpg

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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Thu Sep 07, 2006 7:53 pm

Quoting Tom in NO (Reply 45):
Here you go.....

That's pretty cool!

Did the kit come with Air California decals or were they your own addition?

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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Thu Sep 07, 2006 8:40 pm

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 local shop in the UK were Airfix and had them all hanging from the ceiling!! Where I live in Oz there is a local shop here that has a lot of Airfix stuff so off shopping I go. This did raise one question though. What is the financial state of model manufacturers generally? Is Airfix an isolated case or is it tough generally across the industry?
 
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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Fri Sep 08, 2006 1:11 am

Quoting Kieron747 (Reply 46):
That's pretty cool!

Thanks.....I had a lot of fun building that one...

Quoting Kieron747 (Reply 46):
Did the kit come with Air California decals or were they your own addition?

I bought the decals separately.....I can't remember what decals came with the kit, I'm thinking either BA or AF...

btw, I ordered another 737-200 kit online a couple of days ago from http://www.gohobbies.com


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RE: Airfix Gone Bust

Mon Sep 11, 2006 10:05 am

Quoting Tom in NO (Reply 48):
.I can't remember what decals came with the kit, I'm thinking either BA or AF..

Actually, decals for both AF and BA were with the kit, but AF decals are not extremely accurate and blue is too light.
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