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Subject: Sticky future for kitmaker Airfix

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/01/06 at 1:53 am



An Airfix kit could mean hours of frustration, tears and gluey fingers, but the Iconic model-maker name Airfix faces an uncertain future following parent firm Humbrol's entry into administration.

Since 1949, generations of children have struggled over plastic kit parts and tubes of glue.

In its heyday, Airfix specialised in planes, ships and tanks of World War II - among them favourites such as the Spitfire fighter and Lancaster bomber.

Thirty-one of 41 staff at the Hull firm have lost their jobs, with Grant Thornton of Leeds named administrators.


Subject: Re: Sticky future for kitmaker Airfix

Written By: Gis on 09/02/06 at 4:04 pm

It looks like Hornby are going to step in and save the company.

Subject: Re: Sticky future for kitmaker Airfix

Written By: FaultyDog on 09/02/06 at 4:32 pm

I remember having some model kits when I was younger. They might have been Airfix ones, not sure... did they make the Grumman F6F Hellcat?  ??? I remember that one distinctively for some reason.



Modified to add:

Just did some quick research and it turns out they did indeed make that kit. While searching for this one, I also remembered having a Focke Wulf model kit from Airfix.

Both models have been long gone, btw. And I'm no good at model building.

Subject: Re: Sticky future for kitmaker Airfix

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/03/06 at 4:38 am


It looks like Hornby are going to step in and save the company.
Good old Hornby.

Subject: Re: Sticky future for kitmaker Airfix

Written By: Gis on 09/04/06 at 3:44 am


Good old Hornby.
Indeed, and I'm sure there will be a sudden upsurge in people buying kits now, a bit like when Heinz said they were going to stop making salad cream!

Subject: Re: Sticky future for kitmaker Airfix

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/04/06 at 1:42 pm


Indeed, and I'm sure there will be a sudden upsurge in people buying kits now, a bit like when Heinz said they were going to stop making salad cream!
It is now a good time for business with the prospect of Christmas in a few months time.

Subject: Re: Sticky future for kitmaker Airfix

Written By: karen on 09/05/06 at 9:02 am

I remember both my brothers wer members of the Airfix Modellers Club.  I wonder if that's still going?

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