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PostSubject: Re: AIRFIX - The Nostalgic "AIRFIX" discussion thread   Mon Feb 20 2017, 10:53

[center][Originally posted by SpectreNav][/center

Nice thread...

Have you guys ever noticed that the "enemy planes" many times seem to be attacked and/or on fire, but the British planes are always depicted in the best possible perspective?!

Nothing wrong with that, just kinda' funny how the artists selected to portray the models....here is one of many examples of this, and just happens to be one of my all time favorite aircraft, the JU-88 A-4.

Mike




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PostSubject: Re: AIRFIX - The Nostalgic "AIRFIX" discussion thread   Mon Feb 20 2017, 10:54

[Originally posted by pmmaker]

Seems to have been a theme on many Airfix kit box art paintings. Though sometimes the ally planes were depicted taking on injury. Two of my favorite cover art paintings:




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PostSubject: Re: AIRFIX - The Nostalgic "AIRFIX" discussion thread   Mon Feb 20 2017, 10:56

[Originally posted by DCRanger]

You can buy prints of some of the box art which are very nice.

http://www.finesthourart.com/shop/galleries.html

I bought the Lightning print for my son but I would love the Sunderland and Stirling prints. Maybe, one day. :grin:





and maybe....


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PostSubject: Re: AIRFIX - The Nostalgic "AIRFIX" discussion thread   Mon Feb 20 2017, 10:57

[Originally posted by pmmaker]

One of my all time favorite Airfix builds was their Fairey Firefly Mk.5.



I built it when I was just entering my prime as a model builder and I even won a prize for it at a regional model show. When I got out of modeling in the early 80s, I got rid of all my models (large plastic bag in a dumpster) including this one.

I still berate myself for doing this, but at the time I was so fed up with building models it seemed like a good idea.

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PostSubject: Re: AIRFIX - The Nostalgic "AIRFIX" discussion thread   Mon Feb 20 2017, 10:59

[Originally posted by SpectreNav]

pmmaker wrote:
One of my all time favorite Airfix builds was their Fairey Firefly Mk.5.



I built it when I was just entering my prime as a model builder and I even won a prize for it at a regional model show. When I got out of modeling in the early 80s, I got rid of all my models (large plastic bag in a dumpster) including this one.

I still berate myself for doing this, but at the time I was so fed up with building models it seemed like a good idea.

Rolling Eyes

SHOCKING....all of them in a plastic bag.....and a dumpster?!

My word! Don't know HOW you could do it after all that time and effort! Now THAT is going COLD TURKEY on a hobby!

Well, we all live and learn....

I have thought about how I would divest my models, now numbering nearly 150+ since I came in contact with you guys....I will find a kid or a aviation restaurant and donate them!

Anyway, that does look like a nice model (The Firefly) and I also like the very creative artwork of it taking off from a carrier!

Mike

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PostSubject: Re: AIRFIX - The Nostalgic "AIRFIX" discussion thread   Mon Feb 20 2017, 11:00

[Originally posted by pmmaker]

SpectreNav wrote:
pmmaker wrote:
One of my all time favorite Airfix builds was their Fairey Firefly Mk.5.



I built it when I was just entering my prime as a model builder and I even won a prize for it at a regional model show. When I got out of modeling in the early 80s, I got rid of all my models (large plastic bag in a dumpster) including this one.

I still berate myself for doing this, but at the time I was so fed up with building models it seemed like a good idea.

Rolling Eyes

SHOCKING....all of them in a plastic bag.....and a dumpster?!

My word! Don't know HOW you could do it after all that time and effort! Now THAT is going COLD TURKEY on a hobby!

Well, we all live and learn....

I have thought about how I would divest my models, now numbering nearly 150+ since I came in contact with you guys....I will find a kid or a aviation restaurant and donate them!

Anyway, that does look like a nice model (The Firefly) and I also like the very creative artwork of it taking off from a carrier!

Mike

Yep Mike! Just had enough one day and got rid of every kit, model, bottle of paint, and book.

Sold off all the kits (close to 200 - jets and WWII props) at a tag sale to a guy who owned a hobby shop for pennies on the dollar.

Gave some of the models away to nephews and my own kids and the rest are now buried in the town landfill.

All the paints were thrown away and the books donated to the local library book sale.

Once I stopped enjoying the hobby, I totally ended.

Twenty years later, I started with buying and modifying diecast models which has since morphed back into building a few kits for fun. I definitely don't want to go back to where I was back in 1980.

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PostSubject: Re: AIRFIX - The Nostalgic "AIRFIX" discussion thread   Mon Feb 20 2017, 11:02

[Originally posted by SpectreNav]

Wow, I have gone from one hobby or interest to the next, but don't think I ever went about it that decisively....I am sure that created a lot of empty space in your home!

I do understand about "cleaning house" though...this summer I am going to have a "garage sale" of excess books, militaria, models, and collectibles from decades past....some lucky guy is goint to walk away happy. Mike

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PostSubject: Re: AIRFIX - The Nostalgic "AIRFIX" discussion thread   Mon Feb 20 2017, 11:05

[Originally posted by Hornchurch]

quote="pmmaker"]

Built a few Airfix kits over time. Some of my favorites were:







This one is in my pile staring at me just waiting to be started as I type this:



I still buy an Airfix kit as the mood strikes me. Got several 72nd scale WWI planes in the pile too.[/quote]'



Hey, pmm,

I'm just re-visiting this (peach) of a thread & came across the fact you've shown TWO different Airfix B.25's


Now I actually DO recognise picture No.3, for, not only did I build several (in THAT packaging) as a boy & as a young-lad...

But also, now, as a "middle-aged" Adult, I own & possess a 'mint' example of that same kit (& artwork box)



Might sound daft, but bought it purely as a 'nostalgia trip' for circa 1971 :mrgreen:

I was in my mid-late-thirties when I attended a 'Southern-Expo' IPMS show & saw "the ol' girl" on sale... :razz:
(HAD TO HAVE IT !!!!!!!)

Cheap as chips too ~ whereas nowadays "Airfix Red Stripe" (Type.3 boxes) command high prices !


So, I presume your 4th picture = is the 'American Airfix' release B.25 from that same period, yeah ?



Say, roughly 1970-1971-1972 ?

Did you ever get round to building it, or is it still in your stash ?


I was also wondering "if" any of our other lads & members either would, or WILL recognise the Brit' 1970's release ?




As in, "do ya remember the ol' classic box-art" ???????

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PostSubject: Re: AIRFIX - The Nostalgic "AIRFIX" discussion thread   Mon Feb 20 2017, 11:06

[Originally posted by pmmaker]

Hornchurch,

Copyright on the box says 1969. It is printed in the U.S. so I will concur it's the U.S. release.

No, it still sits there in the box. I want to make a Pacific strafing version - similar to Corgi's Bat's but in O.D. rather than in all silver. I have some after market decals I plan to use:



The decals on the sheet are in much better condition than those in the kit. I always hated Airfix's decals. Too thick and matte for my liking.

I'll build this one some day before I die (hopefully).

Yes, I once had that same model. Built it too. Which is why I'm waiting to build this one. Hoping I loose all use of my senses before then.

I love this thread. Too bad it has gotten buried over the year. Thanks for reviving it.

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PostSubject: Re: AIRFIX - The Nostalgic "AIRFIX" discussion thread   Mon Feb 20 2017, 11:10

[Originally posted by DCRanger]

A little thread drift here but this morning I received a copy of Celebration Of Flight - The Aviation Art Of Roy Cross. He is of course best known for his Airfix box art work but in a career that started before he even left school at the age of 15 he has done plenty of other work. Even where aviation subjects are concerned he has covered some unusual subjects (especially for a British artist) and I thought this particular one might be of interest to US members. Certainly one that looked slightly familiar but which I failed to recognise.

My apologies for the poor quality but the book is too big to fit the scanner so I had to make do with the phone.



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PostSubject: Re: AIRFIX - The Nostalgic "AIRFIX" discussion thread   Mon Feb 20 2017, 11:13

[Originally posted by DCRanger]

It is in fact the first prototype Curtis Hawk 75, predecessor of the P36. The painting was presumably commissioned but the book unfortunately gives no clue who by or why Roy.


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PostSubject: Re: AIRFIX - The Nostalgic "AIRFIX" discussion thread   Mon Feb 20 2017, 11:14

[Originally posted by DCRanger]

Whilst browsing I came across this site which has lots of Roy Cross' work. Click on the thumb nails and they will take you to larger images and on those click the magnifying glass and the image will fill the screen.

http://forums.ubi.com/showthread.php/197679-NEW-CONTENT-Airfix-Box-art-lots-of-large-Roy-Cross-paintings!-Forums

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PostSubject: Re: AIRFIX - The Nostalgic "AIRFIX" discussion thread   Mon Feb 20 2017, 11:15

[Originally posted by Hornchurch]

DCRanger wrote:
A little thread drift here but this morning I received a copy of Celebration Of Flight - The Aviation Art Of Roy Cross. He is of course best known for his Airfix box art work but in a career that started before he even left school at the age of 15 he has done plenty of other work. Even where aviation subjects are concerned he has covered some unusual subjects (especially for a British artist) and I thought this particular one might be of interest to US members. Certainly one that looked slightly familiar but which I failed to recognise.

My apologies for the poor quality but the book is too big to fit the scanner so I had to make do with the phone.

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Really strange that one.... Looks like a Curtiss P.36 mated with a Fiat G.50 :mrgreen:

Speaking of which, that's an old Airfix gem that was plentiful in it's day, yet ya never see 'em now !
( the old Airfix 'series.1' Fiat G.50 )


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PostSubject: Re: AIRFIX - The Nostalgic "AIRFIX" discussion thread   Mon Feb 20 2017, 11:16

[Originally posted by DCRanger]

This Airfix video may be of interest. Smile

http://bcove.me/ufdt371x

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PostSubject: Re: AIRFIX - The Nostalgic "AIRFIX" discussion thread   Mon Feb 20 2017, 11:17

[Originally posted by KYUSHU J7W]

Richtofen288 wrote:
Way back in the day (way, waay back), I used to sell empty soda bottles to the local liquor store (kind of dates me, doesn't it?) to make money to buy Airfix kits (this was before I got a paper route).

Anyway, this is the B-17 I bought but only partly built. I couldn't seat the fuselage halves properly and consequently got so disgusted I tossed the kit in the garbage. Oh, man, those were the days. It's so nice to know these lovely old models are still around.



(Thanks, PM, for sharing this pic. It was like traveling back in time.)


We did the same thing . Pop bottles and beer bottles. Pop bottles after the Saturday drag srtip races just over the county line and a constant flow of beer bottles from the tavern a mile down the road. The sort of place where you could buy a suit and a shotgun from a guys chevy trunk,... Smile

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