|Toy Brands and Manufacturers|
Airfix was founded in 1939 by Nicholas Kove, to make hollow rubber toys and novelties, and when rubber became scarce because of wartime demand for tyres for military vehicles, Kove switched to using plastics, and then to injection moulding.
Although the name is now synonymous with model aircraft kits, and it would be reasonable to assume that this is what the name stood for ("air-fix"), the name was actually a reference to the air-filled rubber building blocks (and toy ducks and other novelties) that the company originally produced.
In 1949 the company produced a moulded acetate model tractor as a promotional item for the Ferguson tractor company, and then started selling the parts through Woolworths, unassembled, as kits.
In 1952, this was followed by a "proper" moulded polystyrene kit of the Golden Hind ship, and then the first Airfix model aircraft kit - a Spitfire Mk1 - in 1953.
However, the roaring success of these "poly-bagged" kits didn't immediately take over the company's whole output - a 1956 trade advert lists "construction kits" as the second entry for the company's output, after "polythene tea-sets"!
The list goes on to mention "beach lines", "games" and "novelties, etc. etc".
Undated slip, text:
The AIRFIX Range includes over 300 Constant Scale Kits and among them are Aircraft, Modern and Veteran Cars, Warships and Classic Ships, Fighting Vehicles, Historical Figures, Rolling Stock and Trackside Series, 00 figures and Museum Models.
AIRFIX also produce MotorAce Home Car Electric Racing Sets and Accessories, New Artist Painting by Numbers, BETTA BILDA Building Sets and a wide range of Toys and for the modeller, publishes Airfix Magazine. For full details of each range see separate catalogues.
- Trevor Pask, Airfix Kits (Shire Library) ISBN 0747807914
- James May with Ian Harrison, James May's Toy Stories (Anova, 2009) ISBN 1844861074 pages 128-169
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Pages in category ‘Airfix’
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Media in category ‘Airfix’
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- 20 Ton Brake Van GWR (Airfix Railway System 54363-5).jpg 1,600 × 906; 756 KB
- Airfix (GaT 1956).jpg 1,021 × 1,600; 143 KB
- Airfix 1-72 Halifax Bomber, advert (AMA 1964).jpg 826 × 1,200; 132 KB
- Airfix Couplings, box.jpg 800 × 504; 95 KB
- Airfix Cutty Sark original.jpg 1,600 × 792; 412 KB
- Airfix Kits, Trevor Pask, 0747807914 (Shire Library).jpg 844 × 1,200; 152 KB
- Airfix Magazine (MM 1967-07).jpg 1,873 × 2,400; 1.14 MB
- Betta Bilda Set No1, box lid (Airfix).jpg 1,590 × 1,800; 592 KB
- Detached House (Airfix Trackside Series No2).jpg 1,800 × 767; 438 KB
- Ole Bill Bus, Airfix (HCVS-LBR 1966).jpg 1,194 × 1,800; 974 KB
- The AIRFIX Range, insert.jpg 1,444 × 1,040; 886 KB