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PostSubject: Airfix Products Ltd.   Sun Jul 13, 2014 3:35 pm

I promised when I joined to do an Airfix page...here it is!

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There are plenty of histories of Airfix around so I won't bore you with one of those, but suffice to say, when they first moved from general household good into toys, they were pirates, copying from European flats and an American company called Beton (BErgaN TOy CompaNy). The mounted figure they copied included several fox-hunting figures, and while there was never a fox (to my knowledge) they did add two beagle poses at some point. The beagles were then joined with other breeds and sold with a little garden-kennel.

There's more on the range on my blog here;

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PostSubject: Re: Airfix Products Ltd.   Sun Jul 13, 2014 3:38 pm

Beautyful doggies Very Happy
Especially the two hounds have wonderful poses cheers 

I never heard about Airfix before, so you surely wont bore ME with more info about the brand  bounce Very Happy 

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PostSubject: Re: Airfix Products Ltd.   Sun Jul 13, 2014 3:44 pm

Once they had started their - now famous - range of approximately 1:76th scale figure sets, they quickly realised that model railway enthusiasts were a major potential customer base (indeed the first set of these figures was issued as part of the model rail range, several years before the numbered sets started to appear, and it then didn't join the figure range for some time after), set 4, was the farm set;

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I have covered these on my blog, and they can be found here;

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The cream coloured ones are quite hard to locate being a late, small-run issue, and they were also sold as premiums, sellotaped to cartons of Dairylea cheese spread, in a little box.

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PostSubject: Re: Airfix Products Ltd.   Sun Jul 13, 2014 4:03 pm

The next sets to interest this forums members were sets 24 and 25, which were Zoo animals Set 1 and Zoo Animals Set 2 respectively.

All sets were labelled HO-OO, for several decades, this is - of course - a meaningless term, as it refers to a model railway gauge! But it helped sell product to people modelling or war gaming in 1:90, 1:87, 1:76, 1:72 and the US 'HO'; 1:64th scale.

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Contents of Set 1 with the full set, close-ups of one of each and the set still on the 'sprue' - actually the 'runners', the sprue is the cone-shaped piece attached to the injector-head which is usually removed in the factory.

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Similar treatment of set two.

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This brings like animals together from the two sets, and compares adults with babies, basically a pantograph-down in size, but with the deer/antelope, the horns were also removed, while the elephant is a proper baby sculpt, although looking a little 'Asian' for what is clearly an African adult!

I have put these on the blog, but I haven't got round to adding text yet!

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PostSubject: Re: Airfix Products Ltd.   Sun Jul 13, 2014 4:14 pm

Finally - in the 'HO-OO' series came a TV tie-in with the Tarzan franchise and while it only contained a few animals and they were mostly mould cavities from the previous zoo sets, there were several new sculpts.

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The new poses were a leaping Lion, a chimpanzee (the Cheeta character) an actual cheetah and a new crocodile sculpt. HaT Industries reissued it a while ago in new colours.

Again they are also on my blog;

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Again, I still haven't got round to adding text yet! I also just got a 503 alert, but it IS there, so persevere!

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PostSubject: Re: Airfix Products Ltd.   Sun Jul 13, 2014 4:17 pm

That are things that i really like. More informations about animal figurines that i dont know!! Many thanks fro sharing, that are very nice figurines- i especially like the antelope  cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers 

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PostSubject: Re: Airfix Products Ltd.   Sun Jul 13, 2014 4:26 pm

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Beautyful doggies Very Happy
Especially the two hounds have wonderful poses cheers 

I never heard about Airfix before, so you surely wont bore ME with more info about the brand  bounce Very Happy 


Most of it is about hair-combs and plastic kits...I suspect people here just want to look at the animals!

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PostSubject: Re: Airfix Products Ltd.   Sun Jul 13, 2014 4:33 pm

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That are things that i really like. More informations about animal figurines that i dont know!! Many thanks fro sharing, that are very nice figurines- i especially like the antelope  cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers 

I will track down the rest of the 54mm dogs - over time! There are two horse poses in 1:32 scale and lots of horses in 1:76 with various cavalry sets or pulling limbers, wagons or chariots, and two small dogs, one in the NATO ground-crew set and the other with a missile kit, I will try to post them at some point, along with the zoo play-set.

On the kit front there are again horses in various scales with riders including a jumper (considered to be Princess Anne!), a small range of Birds and some larger dinosaurs.

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PostSubject: Re: Airfix Products Ltd.   Sun Jul 13, 2014 4:56 pm

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This is the 1975 catalogue image of the Zoo play-set, which was supplied to me by Kostas, a Greek follower of my blog.

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PostSubject: Re: Airfix Products Ltd.   Sun Jul 13, 2014 6:04 pm

Very very interesting! I like the crazy poses of some of them Very Happy Llama, elephant and giraffe look like in some kind of dance Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Airfix Products Ltd.   Mon Jul 14, 2014 11:18 pm

i LOVE these old Zoo-enclosures!
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PostSubject: Re: Airfix Products Ltd.   Mon Jul 14, 2014 11:19 pm

Very interesting, I've been tempted by the Airfix sets from time to time but haven't gotten any. They are quite small.

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PostSubject: Re: Airfix Products Ltd.   Tue Jul 15, 2014 3:54 am

The Airfix boxes were very common in France in my youth, I used to play with them. Thank you for sharing this interesting topic  Very Happy 

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PostSubject: Re: Airfix Products Ltd.   Tue Jul 15, 2014 8:47 am

Thankyou for all the info !!!  Applause 

They are beautyful and very interesting  Very Happy 

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PostSubject: Re: Airfix Products Ltd.   Wed Jul 16, 2014 10:46 pm

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Thankyou for all the info !!!  Applause 

They are beautyful and very interesting  Very Happy 

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An excellent book on Airfix’s history is “The Boy’s Book of Airfix”:

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Also available in a book shop.  Very Happy 

Airfix also produced "Beta-Builder” a construction toy inspired by Lego!

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PostSubject: Re: Airfix Products Ltd.   Wed Jul 16, 2014 10:54 pm

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Once they had started their - now famous - range of approximately 1:76th scale figure sets, they quickly realised that model railway enthusiasts were a major potential customer base (indeed the first set of these figures was issued as part of the model rail range, several years before the numbered sets started to appear, and it then didn't join the figure range for some time after), set 4, was the farm set;

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I have covered these on my blog, and they can be found here;

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The cream coloured ones are quite hard to locate being a late, small-run issue, and they were also sold as premiums, sellotaped to cartons of Dairylea cheese spread, in a little box.

Clearly inspired by Herald farm animals!

I remember the Dairylea premiums and thought Britains had miniaturised their 1:32nd scale series as there was no indicator on the Dairylea packaging who made them.

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PostSubject: Re: Airfix Products Ltd.   Thu Jul 17, 2014 12:19 am

That's an excelent topic! cheers
A lot to know and a thread to keep as reference and to be revisited. Very Happy
Interesting that Nuno Mata, a Portuguese collector is following your blog. I read often his blog although he doesn't collect animal figures. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Airfix Products Ltd.   Sun Jul 20, 2014 11:36 pm

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I promised when I joined to do an Airfix page...here it is!

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There are plenty of histories of Airfix around so I won't bore you with one of those, but suffice to say, when they first moved from general household good into toys, they were pirates, copying from European flats and an American company called Beton (BErgaN TOy CompaNy). The mounted figure they copied included several fox-hunting figures, and while there was never a fox (to my knowledge) they did add two beagle poses at some point. The beagles were then joined with other breeds and sold with a little garden-kennel.

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I have the beagle with the pose on the extreme right and a red setter. Both are in a reddish brown colour.

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PostSubject: Re: Airfix Products Ltd.   Mon Jul 21, 2014 12:26 am

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I have the beagle with the pose on the extreme right and a red setter. Both are in a reddish brown colour.

Don't tell us, show us!

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PostSubject: Re: Airfix Products Ltd.   Sat Aug 02, 2014 3:37 pm

Airfix Beagle, walking:

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Airfix Red Setter, standing

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This one reminds me of the red setter dog featured in the Ladybird reading books called Pat. He was the pet of Jane and Peter the two major characters that helped countless children to read English.

A bonus to show scale. Actually a happy accident!  Very Happy 

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PostSubject: Re: Airfix Products Ltd.   Sat Aug 02, 2014 4:49 pm

Two more Airfix plastic dog images. Here they are together:

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Colour looks different from the previous two images because this shot was taken in shadow and the others in sunlight.

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Close-up of underside of beagle clearly displaying the “MADE IN ENGLAND” inscription.

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PostSubject: Re: Airfix Products Ltd.   Sat Aug 02, 2014 5:43 pm

I lile the "Who says you ever have to grow up?"

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PostSubject: Re: Airfix Products Ltd.   Sat Aug 02, 2014 6:42 pm

They are beautyful, Chris Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Airfix Products Ltd.   Sun Aug 03, 2014 1:16 am

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I lile the "Who says you ever have to grow up?"

Too true AlopexLagopus.  Very Happy 

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PostSubject: Re: Airfix Products Ltd.   Fri Aug 15, 2014 9:46 pm

Very interesting and nice !!

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PostSubject: Re: Airfix Products Ltd.   Wed Aug 20, 2014 2:58 am

Very nice dogs and pictures, Chris! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Airfix Products Ltd.   Sun Dec 21, 2014 6:30 am

As a matter of fact, i had the Airfix zoo-Set(yellow animals) for my 7th or 8th birthday, together with the Britains Zoo-cage set, and two later Corgi Toys animal-transporters, one with giraffes, that is what i remember.
Later on i am sure i had those farm animals also.
But i did not like them very much, as they had no colour on them.
I didn't swap them, but i always kept them hidden somewhere in my collection back then.

This was one of the animal transporters, the one with the giraffes, i think the green one was with horses or so.
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And this the Britains Zoo-Cage set.

I have no decent pictures of the Airfix sets.

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