did you ever build Airfix models?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Icey101, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. when i was a kid i used to glue them up, paint them and hang them on the ceiling and dream of piloting one, i used to run around the house with one in each hand having a dog fight with my brothers planes...

    who would do that these days?

    my fav was a blue corsair and a B25 bomber

    for some reason when i grew up i chucked em all in the bin, i wish i still had them
  2. Relic

    Relic Cow are you?

    Sep 12, 2006
    Robbinsville, NJ
    Same here but here the popular ones were Monogram and Revell kits. Though I think I may have built one or two Airfix kits.

    I spent many an hour staring at them and dreaming about flying...
  3. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    Never heard of Airfix, but I was bigtime into model building. There are a couple of other here who also were, someone started a thread a while back.

    I started with plastic models, and built literally hundreds of them. Favorites were Revelle motorcycle models, the Chopped Hog being at the top of the list.

    In my early teens I got into balsa wood planes and built just about every plane in the guillows line (except for the top of the line ones which I couldn't afford). I also had them hanging all over my room.

    I tried several times to get back into this in my adult years, but just can't seem to connect. I had a half built sopwith camel in a closet for about 5 years, and finally threw it all out. I have a sealed plastic 57 chevy that was a christmas gift 2 years ago. It's just not the same as it used to be. I'd rather play my bass, or a video game for that matter...

    Not many kids these days are going to be fascinated by model building as we were. There's just too much more out there to stimulate now. It's a bit sad.
  4. Relic

    Relic Cow are you?

    Sep 12, 2006
    Robbinsville, NJ
    A few years ago I had gotten back into it and had a lot of fun building some stuff, then I ended up losing interest again for some weird reason. The ones that I had carefully built and painted ended up getting broken and I think threw them away :( such a shame.
  5. I started at 5 on a Testors 1/72 Spitfire- cost 25 cents! I built several hundred, easy- I still have 3 dozen+ stashed away, some started, a few untouched. NONE of the old stuff survived- my bro & I used to set them on fire and/or blow them up w/firecrackers... I do have 3 or 4 hanging up here & there. Airfix, Revell, Hasegawa, Tamiya, Fujimi- my father flew for a living and would bring stuff back from Japan sometimes.
  6. Loved my WW2 history, had a couple of Spitfires, Messerschmitts and Corsairs.

    Had a Tornado, F5 and Harrier too, but I never finished those to the same level of detail.

    Really tempted to have a bash at one over the summer.

    Used to have them hanging on fishing line from hooks in my ceiling. Most of them got wrecked when I was in my early teens and my younger brother (practically 7 year age difference) found the box full of them and tried to make them fly :bawl:
  7. I built some Revell / Monogram plane kits for hanging from the ceiling.

    Then I discovered armored vehicles - the paint scheme did not have to be perfect, just throw some mud or a tarp over the top, and it is "realistic". Goodbye "fingerprint-on-the-side".
  8. Had lots (25-30 years ago).

    Had a big Mustang and a Tomcat (with real swing-wing), a bunch of WWI and WWII stuff, and Concord.

    Also had quite a few Macross mecha (with instructions all in Japanese).


    Apr 16, 2010
    A long time ago, before all the electronic entertainment, kids built models. Some made it a hobby.
    I built model cars and a couple ships and airplanes.
    When I discovered girls and began bringing them over to my parent's house and up to my room, I got rid of the models.

    We lived on a river and one day I grabbed the 22 rifle, my models and shot 'em up on the levee.

    Some Hobby shops required buying a plastic model if you wanted to pick up a tube of glue. Sadly, my friends older brother got into sniffing the stuff and down in their basement was a load of unopened models. I took a lot of them and built some pretty neat stuff.

    U-control planes where popular and I remember taking about a month to build one up (balsa) and it took less than ten seconds to crash it onto the pavement. Ruined... I stuck with cars.
  10. My brother and I built our share of models back in the 60s. Other than the plane and car models, I remember building the Seaview from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, the Jupiter II from Lost in Space, and the Frankenstein model. My brother would build Greman and Russian tank models, detail them as best he could, insert firecrackers while building them, and stage WW2 battles for all the neighborhood boys, blowing up the enemy as he went along. Those were the days! :)
  11. Even with electronic entertainment (granted, not to the scale of today!) we still made models, something more when you have something in your hands which you are making!
  12. Hi.

    Yes I did.

    And still do :).

    I didn't, and do not, limit myself to Airfix though, anything goes.

  13. I built some Revelle and Monogram plastic models, a few balsa wood airplanes, and lots of Estes & Centuri model rockets. Good times ... It's been over 30 years since I built anything though. I keep telling myslef I'm going to buy a kit and build it for old times sake, I just never get around to it.