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  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
80 Years of Airfix GB
Posted by Bish on Saturday, December 01, 2018 1:38 PM

Hungarian businessman Nicholas Kove found the Airfix company in London in 1939. At first it made inflatable rubber toys. Shortly after the end of WW2 he was the first person to bring a plastic injection moulding machine into the UK and the company was now making combs. Soon after Airfix was commisioned to make a TE20 tractor as a promotional model and it was decided to also sell the tractor through wolworths to help reduce production costs. In the early 50's the owner of Woolworths suggested making a model of the Golden Hind ship, which at the time was being sold in the USA as a ship in a bottle. And so begain Airfix's association with plastic model kits.

By the 70's and 80's, the brand was synonymous with the hobby in the UK, and even today, if you tell someone who is not as fortunate as we are to partake in this great joy we call a hobby, they will mention Airfix. And for those of us of a certain age, Airfix is the brand we grew up with and cut our modelling teeth on. After some decline and troubles in the 90's and early 2000's, Airfix was bought by Hornby in 2006 and since than has had a re-birth with a great range of mostly well recieved new kits.

So, to mark 80 years of this important company in our hobby, what else but a Group Build. And all you need to take part is an Airfix kit. Your kit can be anything in Airfix packaging, whether it is an Airfix original or an Airfix re-box of someone else kit. But also re-boxing of Airfix original kit also count, Airfix and MPC had a thing going back in the 80's and there may be others. Scalemates will have the final say.

Your kit can be OOD or full of After market, including decals.

It can be any genre, planes, ships, tanks, TV, cars or anything else Airfix may have produced.

Take plenty of pics.

GB starts on jan 1st and ends on Dec 31st 2019

Partially started kits are fine.

Enjoy yourself.

Anything i may have missed, just ask.

And, once you have finished one build, apart from being very welcome to build more, you can proudly fly the flag.

So drop me a line and sign yourself up.

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Saturday, December 01, 2018 1:38 PM

Roster

Armor_Aficionado 1/72nd P-51D

Bish 1/72nd SM. 79

checkmateking02  1/72 Spitfire Mk I

damouav TBD

DasBeav 1/48th Hurricane Trop

Eagle90 1/72nd Spitefire Mk Ia

              1/72nd Nimrod

falconmod 1/72nd Swift

fotofrank 1/144 Boeing 314 Clipper

goldhammer 1/48th P-51D

Greg TBD

jeaton01 1/48 B-57B Canberra

                1/72 DH-125-1A

Joe Rix 1/72 A-4B/4P Skyhawk

keavdog 1/48th BP Defiant

kensar 1/48th P-40B

Keyda81 1/48 P-40B

lewbud TBD

Modelcrazy 1/72 Dakota Mk.IV

Mopar Madness 1/72 EE Lightning F.6

Real G 1/72 Vampire T.11

Theuns 1/72nd Swordfish

UnwaryPaladin TBD

 

Completed Builds

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, December 01, 2018 1:50 PM

Bish, I’ll start off with the 1/72 English Electric Lightning F.6! There will be many more to follow!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 GWH Fw 189 A-1 Nachtjager

On deck: 1/48 Bronco IF-17

In the hole: Who knows!  

  • Member since
    May, 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Saturday, December 01, 2018 2:00 PM

Count me in! I won't know quite which kit until spring.

I'm pretty excited to build and Airfix and watch them be built.

-Greg

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, December 01, 2018 2:16 PM

I'm in.  1/48 Defiant.

Thanks,

John

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  • From: Currently in the Dallas area
Posted by modelcrazy on Saturday, December 01, 2018 2:16 PM

I'm in Bish, definitely a 1/72 Dakota Mk.IV and others.

Steve

ON THE BENCH

1/48 Tamiya Mk.1 Swordfish
1/350 Tamiya Prince of Wales
1/200 AMT Saturn V

In Que

Secret Santa gifts will move to the top after Christmas.

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  • From: Somewhere in Ohio...
Posted by DasBeav on Saturday, December 01, 2018 2:51 PM

Count me in. Hurricane Trop 1\48th.

 Sooner Born...Buckeye Bred.

 

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Saturday, December 01, 2018 3:16 PM

I'll enter the GB with Airfix's 1/72 Spitfire Mk I.

Doing a count, I seem to have collected thirteen of them.  Surprise

Nulla Rosa Sine Spina

 

 

 

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    December, 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Saturday, December 01, 2018 3:24 PM

I'm in with the 1/48 B-57B Canberra and the 1/72 DH-125-1A.  Bout' time I built the 125, it was one of the corporate jets I was typed in.

John

To see build logs of my models, go here: http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

  

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Posted by Keyda81 on Saturday, December 01, 2018 3:55 PM

I'm in with a 1/48 P-40B.

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Saturday, December 01, 2018 4:08 PM

Got you all added, great looking line up already.

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Posted by Real G on Saturday, December 01, 2018 5:53 PM

 Bish, please count me in as well.  1/72 Vampire T.11

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  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Saturday, December 01, 2018 8:46 PM

Picked up the new P-51D in 1/48, an hour ago.

Will start off with that one and if time left either the1/24 Stuka or Hurricane

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Posted by lewbud on Saturday, December 01, 2018 8:47 PM

I'm in. With what, I hae no idea.

Buddy- Those who say there are no stupid questions have never worked in customer service.

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  • From: MOAB, UTAH
Posted by JOE RIX on Saturday, December 01, 2018 10:25 PM

Hey Bish. Believe I will end my long absence from any GB's by joining in on this one. Looks to be too much fun and I've been dying to cut my teeth on one of the Airfix new molds I've accumulated. With that said, I'm going to build the 1/72 A-4B/4P Skyhawk with goodies.

 

"Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did". George Carlin

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    May, 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Sunday, December 02, 2018 1:26 AM

Hey Bish, I have a suggestion - let’s share our “Airfix Stories” once the GB starts.  You know, our first Airfix kit, special ones from our past, etc.  it will be like Christmas all over again! Stick out tongue

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    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, December 02, 2018 3:35 AM

Thanks guys, i will get you all aded to the roster.

G, great idea, i like thta. I'll put that in the first post.

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  • From: Newmarket, Canada
Posted by hurricane40 on Sunday, December 02, 2018 4:18 AM

Fantastic little kit.  I am up to about six of them.  What says Airfix better than the spit!

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, December 02, 2018 7:03 AM

checkmateking02

I'll enter the GB with Airfix's 1/72 Spitfire Mk I.

Doing a count, I seem to have collected thirteen of them.  Surprise

 

Thats just wrong on so many levels. Big Smile

But thats ok, you can have my share.

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  • From: Florida-West Central
Posted by Eagle90 on Sunday, December 02, 2018 7:30 AM

Hey Bish..I'm offended you have not put me on the roster yet.  Crying

You know I wouldn't miss one of your GB's.  Wink

So put me in coach...I'm ready to play!  LOL!

 

 

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, December 02, 2018 7:38 AM

Eagle90

Hey Bish..I'm offended you have not put me on the roster yet.  Crying

You know I wouldn't miss one of your GB's.  Wink

So put me in coach...I'm ready to play!  LOL!

 

 

You took your bloody time. I was waiting to see if you would notice Wink

That Union jack big enough for ur.

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  • From: Florida-West Central
Posted by Eagle90 on Sunday, December 02, 2018 7:42 AM

Sorry, I forgot to tell you what I was going to build. 

I thought long and hard...spent  some time in the "room of stash" and decided, if I was going to do a Sir Bish GB, I better go big or go home.  LOL!  So I have decided to do my 1/72 Airfix BAe Nimrod!  And with your permission, I'd like to do a second kit.  One that I pass frequently in the "room of stash", but seem to not pay it much attention.  Yet another 1/72 (in honor of Sir Bish) the Airfix Spitfire Mk Ia (and no, I will not be using the glue and paint that comes with the kit. LOL!).

 

 

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, December 02, 2018 7:47 AM

O, the Nimrod, nice. I look forward to seeing that, i have the same kit and hope to do that in 2020.

As for the other one, well i guess i can forgive you seeing as your doing the Nimrod Wink

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, December 02, 2018 8:06 AM

Roster updated. Thanks all. Some very interesting looking kits in there.

hurricane, if you can wiat until the end of the month, your more than welcome to enter all six of those.

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Posted by kensar on Sunday, December 02, 2018 8:51 AM

I'm in with a P-40b.

Kensar

 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Sunday, December 02, 2018 10:04 AM

Hey! That's right! your Jack is bigger than the one I made for the British Ship GB LOL. I guess your entitled to that since you're British after all Wink

BTW I won't be doing a Spitfire.

Steve

ON THE BENCH

1/48 Tamiya Mk.1 Swordfish
1/350 Tamiya Prince of Wales
1/200 AMT Saturn V

In Que

Secret Santa gifts will move to the top after Christmas.

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, December 02, 2018 10:21 AM

But Steve, you do have a large British Lion.

And thats very good to hear. Theres more than enough of that already Big Smile

  • Member since
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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, December 02, 2018 10:21 AM

kensar

I'm in with a P-40b.

 

Glad to have you on board, what scale is that.

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Sunday, December 02, 2018 10:47 AM

What a terrific group so far! I'm getting excited alread.

-Greg

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    June, 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, December 02, 2018 10:54 AM

I'll be jumping in with this nice little kit I have in the stash. I hope to get going on it in the next few months.

BK

On the bench: 1/48 Kinetics E-2C Hawkeye

1/25 MPC Deserter GMC 4x4.   2%

On Deck: 1/48 Italeri Tornado IDS "Black Panthers"

 

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