Various Airfix Starter Sets - All Just £4.99 Each With Free Delivery @ Aldi (Pre Order From 10am Today Or Instore From The 19th)
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Various Airfix Starter Sets - All Just £4.99 Each With Free Delivery @ Aldi (Pre Order From 10am Today Or Instore From The 19th)

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Found 12th Nov
Great stocking filler at this price.

Sets include:
HMS Victory Classic
Cromwell Cruiser Tank
Red Arrow Folland Gnat
Supermarine Spitfire Mkia Military Aircraft
Messerschmitt Bf109e Military Aircraft
Hunting Percival Jet Provost T.4

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Original Poster

HMS Victory Classic

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Cromwell Cruiser Tank

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Red Arrow Folland Gnat

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Supermarine Spitfire Mkia Military Aircraft

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Messerschmitt Bf109e Military Aircraft

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Hunting Percival Jet Provost T.4

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Edited by: "Norse" 12th Nov

What actually is this!! Does it play on all platforms? I’ve got a PS4 and OLED tv so will it look good? Can’t find any reviews!

I am like "WOW". I thought Airfix went bust years ago.

I am guessing, these are the models where the dies havent worn out too badly yet.

(Failing to keep back funds to replace worn out dies is what killed the company).

Gentle_Giant49 m ago

I am like "WOW". I thought Airfix went bust years ago.I am guessing, these …I am like "WOW". I thought Airfix went bust years ago.I am guessing, these are the models where the dies havent worn out too badly yet.(Failing to keep back funds to replace worn out dies is what killed the company).


They make so many different models it’s not a case if the dies going you can buy them in plenty of places. Bought a couple over the last few years for ours, some are good quality others a lot thinner than when we were kids.

They have gone bust over 10years ago and now owned by hornby and all manufactured in India now after being made in France for about 30 years.

I'm old enough to remember when Airfix models were 2/6 (or less) each. I also remember the whacking great displays of made up models that were put up above the toy counters in the original Woolworths (And by "counters" I mean just that: the big brown wooden affairs with open glass partitioned tops that had staff behind, NOT the mindless gondolas of shelves and dor side checkouts of modern department stores). Used to really covet the big Sunderland flying boat
Edited by: "Fluffykins" 12th Nov

I grew up in a small village in the middle of nowhere. We actually had a resident who worked as a professional model maker, always featured in the Airfix magazine- great memories of us kids looking through his cottage bay windows and marvelling at his workshop, the 1:24 Spitfire under construction on the bench, the display cabinets, the books, paints, brushes, all colourful and magical. May actually start again on this hobby, and you can't beat the large scale planes.
Edited by: "mcek" 12th Nov

And they have introduced new dies for a lot of the models, you just need to glance through the model maker magazines for reviews.

Be prepared to be shocked at the prices of kits now! And they've gone hi-tech with a whole new industry supplying photoetch sets for the fine detail, led lighting, online video builds, specific weathering paint sets for realistic effects, decal sets, high quality Japanese and Chinese kits, resins, etc.

I'm into ships, but here’s the big recent Airfix Handley Page Victor B.2, airfix.com/uk-…tml
Edited by: "airdsuk" 12th Nov

I remember when I was child (about 40 years ago) going to our local Pram & Toy Shop and buying these kits with my brother - I never realised that they were still being made. I might buy a set for my 10-year-old son for a Christmas present, though will have to check the recommended age (?). Thank you.

I remember when I was child (about 40 years ago) going to our local Pram & Toy Shop and buying these kits with my brother - I never realised that they were still being made. I might buy a set for my 10-year-old son for a Christmas present, though will have to check the recommended age (?). Thank you.

I was going to buy the Red Arrow Folland Gnat set, however, the reviews on Amazon are not good - problem with the paint not sticking properly and peeling off. Perhaps the reviews for the other sets will be a little better.

Used to spend many hours as a kid wishing I could be bothered to paint them after I'd finished making them ..

mcek1 h, 30 m ago

And they have introduced new dies for a lot of the models, you just need …And they have introduced new dies for a lot of the models, you just need to glance through the model maker magazines for reviews.




That is a lot of investment; when they were going bust (late 80's - early 90's), I was talking to a guy who made injection moulding dies, and he was charging £10K for dies a lot smaller and less complex than those used for the sheets of parts used for model kits; he estimated the costs at over £40k per sheet, and a usable lifetime of 10,000 uses before they would start leaking plastic.
It was well known within the model making community at the time, that Airfix had not saved money to have enough new dies made, and that they were trying to eke out 50K uses of each one. You could see how worn the dies were by the amounts of scree on later model kits compared to earlier ones; some kits, like the Lancaster bomber, were so bad at the end, they were almost impossible to build without dedicated use of a stanley knife, a keen eye and a steady hand.

The last Lancaster I bought was so bad, that in the end I trashed it, and made a "falling out of the sky in flames" model; the SuperFortress kit was another that really suffered; the fuselage wouldnt fit together without some careful trimming of scree and the turret mountings.

Website says instore only.
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