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The Boys' Book of Airfix | Hardback

Released on 20 June 2009

Author: Arthur Ward | Format: Hardback

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Airfix is the most famous plastic model construction kit company in the world. This title packs with photos of the kits from the 1950s. It provides the story of the dramatic twists and turns of the Airfix saga.

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 A nostalgic trip back in time

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Received this as a gift and it certainly brings back memories, from the evocative box art from Roy Cross, to the packaging in bags (to keep the costs down). The book is written by historian and Airfix authority Arthur Ward who has written a couple of other books on the subject. The book starts with a biography of the colourful founder of Airfix Nicholas Kove explaining how he moved from the largest producer of plastic combs in the country to high quality plastic kits. It then introduces the other key characters who helped shape the firm. The book has many interesting details such as the Bristol Superfreighter kit was sold onboard the plane to its travellers and how the origional Spitfire model was a poor representation but soon improved. It is well illustrated with many rare and interesting pictures which show the sheer diversity of models Airfix has produced apart from the military kits for which it is best known; these include garden birds, railway buildings and dinosaurs! Overall an excellent read but aimed at nostalgic adults rather than children despite the title.

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AuthorArthur Ward
PublisherEbury Press (GB)
Year2009
ISBN9780091928988
FormatHardback - 192 Pages
Illustrations100