For so many of us Airfix from Britain was our introduction to our shared hobby. Who else fondly remembers saving up their pennies to bring home one of those exciting little bags or boxes? Who else remembers hurriedly gluing together the latest acquisition to add it to the collection? Who else remembers that vivid art, each telling an evocative story of the subject concerned?
The Ancient Airfix Assemblers campaign was our chance to relive those halcyon days, when references were unheard of, fist-sized rivets were the order of the day, and our imaginations were sufficient to overcome the fingerprints glued into the surfaces of the parts. Jessie_C came up with the idea and led the campaign to revive the joy in modelling we had when concerns of absolute accuracy were not important.
23 Modellers completed the campaign, finishing no fewer than 32 models. Cars, figures, aeroplanes, tanks, ships, a bus and even a railroad were the subjects. This turnout illustrates the vast range of subjects Airfix brought to our workbenches.
Camogirl: 1/72 Albatros D.V
Davecox: 1/32 Jaguar E Type
1/32 Ford 3Litre P68
1/32 Ferrari 250LM 3
1/32 Austin Healy Sprite
1/32 Triumph TR-4
Torchy: 1/32 1910 London bus
Tinbanger: 1/72 DHC-1 Chipmunk
1/12 London Icons Yeoman of the Guard
1/12 London Icons Coldstream Guardsman
1/12 London Icons Life Guards' Trumpeter
Oldtimer: 1/72 Focke Wulf FW-190D
Tomcat31: 1.72 Grumman Widgeon
SGTJKJ: 1/32 German infantryman
amegan: 1/72 Arado 196
1/72 Bristol F2B Bristol Fighter
Mcleod: 1/72 Dh-82 Tiger Moth
C4willy: 1/72 Blohm und Voss BV-141
Jessie_C: 1/144 Boeing 737-200
erhntly: 1/76 Churchill Mk VII tank
almonkey: 1/76 Leopard I tank
b17peter: 1/72 Martin B-26 Marauder
Panzerman1: 1/72 Grumman TBF Avenger
Warreni: 1/72 Ford Trimotor
1/120 HM Bark Endeavour
Murdo: 1/72 Grumman Gosling
steph2102: 1/32 Morris Cowley
North4003: OO scale Railroad turntable
Arrrgee: 1/72 DHC-1 Chipmunk
csouthwood: 1/72 Messerschmitt Me-262
Mykroft: 1/72 Brewster F2B Buffalo A Buffalo of VF-2 off USS Lexington circa 1941
firstcircle: 1/600 HMS Daring
Honourable mention goes to Faust, whose 1/32 1904 Mercedes was cruelly taken from us before its time by a catastrophic glue accident.
A couple of incomplete science fiction classics bring up the rear, Ian Clasper’s Eagle transporter and phantom_phanatic309’s 2001 Orion – seems a shame not to include photos of them, and finally…
Just to show we had some truly ancient kits and any thought of keeping them forever on the sprues was blown out in a whirl of glue and paint, a photo of steph2102’s Morris Cowley before the bag was opened.
let's do it again!
Anyone who would like to enter the Airfix II Campaign is welcome to head over to the sign-up page
“As this is a remembrance of kits gone by, I think it's appropriate that we also take a moment to honor the aircrews who sacrificed limb and life to fill our empty cockpits.
May they model in peace.” - md72