Airfix Kits

Airfix Kits

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by Trevor Pask
     
 

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There are many hundreds of companies in the world who have produced plastic construction kits, but as with Hoover in the world of vacuum cleaners, 'Airfix' has become the generic name for an entire category, a name in the vocabulary of millions. The history of this British company, its products, its changing fortunes over the years, and its links with popular

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There are many hundreds of companies in the world who have produced plastic construction kits, but as with Hoover in the world of vacuum cleaners, 'Airfix' has become the generic name for an entire category, a name in the vocabulary of millions. The history of this British company, its products, its changing fortunes over the years, and its links with popular culture forms a fascinating tale. An idea for a free promotional gift for a tractor manufacturer led to a series of Golden Hinds, Spitfires, and Harriers, where the imaginary world had licence to touch the real. Aircraft, ships, vehicles and figures in wonderfully illustrated boxes have been stacked high in toy and model shops for decades and made up with the aid of stringy glue and scalpel-sliced fingers, they have turned display cabinets and young people's bedrooms into mini museums, or tiny battlegrounds. Airfix is still going strong in the twenty-first century and this nostalgic history makes it clear why this should be.

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“Airfix Kits is a sharp little book about the venerable British model kit company. It's a brisk 56 pages with oodles of color photographs. Written with experience and humor, it's apparent that the author is a long-time modeler... There are more voluminous and focused Airfix books in print (these are referenced in the bibliography), but Shire Books' Airfix Kits fills a niche. Readable in one sitting, it's a concise history at a low price--an ideal book for the hobbyist wishing to save time and money for that next model kit.” —Andrew Brozyna, Ferrous Lands

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780747811589
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
08/20/2011
Series:
Shire Library , #598
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
56
Sales rank:
976,874
File size:
8 MB

Meet the Author

Trevor Pask has been modelling since childhood, a timespan that includes most of Airfix's existence. He has been writing on modelling subjects for some years and has penned articles and regular columns for several of the major British and European modelling magazines.

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