Friday, 25 June 2010
The Ten Most Popular Airfix Models
A recent magazine article listed the top ten most popular Airfix models as;
1 Supermarine Spitfire, £5
2 De Haviland Mosquito, £8
3 Hawker Harrier, £9
4 BAE Hawk, £8
5 Eurofighter Typhoon, £13
6 HMS Illustrious, £50
7 Avro Lancaster, £25
8 Avro Vulcan, £30
9 HMS Belfast, £11
10 MGB Roadster, £9
The list brought back some very fond memories of my childhood, when with pocket-money in hand, I would catch a bus in to Swansea Town centre and either visit Woolworths or Redanas (both now long gone) and pick up an Airfix carded bag kit. The model was usually glued together that very afternoon, all stringy glue and droopy wings, this was the smell of my youth!
With reference to the list, I have (obviously) built the Spirfire, the Hurricane, the Mosquito and the BAE Hawk, they cost a lot less when I made them! In fact I have a 1/72nd Supermarine Spitfire kit in the shed at this very moment. I have also built the Lancaster and HMS Belfast, but the other are not some that I have attempted, I would however, like to try the Vulcan at some stage!
Other Airfix kits I have are the Horizontal Steam Engine, HMS Victory, a Sopwith Pup and a Westland Whirlwind, one of my particular favorites. However my all-time favourite kit is not an Airfix model but a 1/32nd scale Junkers Skuka with the red and white snake on the side. It was bought for my by my Grandmother many years ago and I know I made a total mess of it, but it remains one of those models and colour schemes that just had an impact on me. Maybe one day I will search out the kit and 'treat' myself.
This particular image was taken from the Internet (to illustrate the model) and IS NOT ONE OF MINE - although I wish it was!
One surporise to me was that there were no AFV models within the top ten. I had (almost) every 1/72nd scale tank and AFV in the range, the Sherman being the most numerous, but the Tiger being the most striking. And then there was the Churchill, which never mind how many times I tried, I just couldn't get the wheels to line up!
I would hope that my Airfix top ten would be inspiration to others.
1 Focker DR1
2 Sopwith Camel,
3 Sherman Tank
5 Westland Whirlwind
6 Comet Racer
7 1/32nd Napoleonic Guardsman
8 1/32nd (soft Plastic) highlanders
9 British (again soft plastic) Paratroopers - these were fantastic sculpts - but do you remember the soldier shooting up in to the trees, a useless figure?
10 Captain Scarlet Angel Interceptor
(It goes without saying that ANY of the Dogfight Doubles would come first, second, third......!)
For all my fond memories - thank you Airfix.
I have another ten! I didn't realise that there were so many Airfix models that had such memories. I honestly believe that it would be impossible for me to choose just ten. Maybe even just twenty - or thirty, or forty. In fact just give me the contents of an Airfix catalogue and some glue!
11 Vickers Wellington
12 Lee/Grant Tank
13 Space or Lunar lander
14 Bentley Blower
15 La Haye Sainte
16 At least one F4 Phantom
17 EE Lightning
19 Ferrari 250
20 Golden Hind
And more, and more and more. This is a real nostalgia trip for me. I hope you enjoy your own memories.