Airfix World Wide
This page will be devoted to
Airfix world-wide... I welcome any contributions
Larger images are available as indicated.
Some of these are 100k plus, so will take
some time to download. Apologies,
but I thought it best to try to maintain
the original quality of these
pictures as much as possible.
All Japanese information contributed by Mikio
Japan - Airfix and Eidai
issued some Airfix aircraft in 1969. All kits were in new bigger and thinner
boxes and box artwork was done by the famous illustrator Yoshiyuki Takani.
Decals were the same as the original Airfix, except for the Fokker F27
Friendship. Instruction sheets were basically the same. Click
here for more Eidai images
Japan - Airfix and Tomy
second distributor in Japan was Tomy, the old established toy manufacturer.
Packages of Tomy/Airfix are basically the same as the original ones, but
with Japanese language. They issued a small number of kits, including aircraft,
1/32 tanks, HO/OO figures and dinosaurs. The relation between Airfix and
Tomy continued from late 1976 to 1980. Click
here for an Airfix/Tomy advertisement - large image.
Japan - Airfix and Gunze Sangyo
mid-1980, Gunze Sangyo became the third distributor of Airfix kits in Japan.
At first they issued kits of sailing ships and aircraft. The packages are
in a new design but the drawings were the same. Gunze has issued kits with
Japanese instructions and packages on occasions, but Gunze is really only
an importer. Click here for more Gunze images.
Japan - Airfix and Tsukuda Hobby
the spring of 1988 Tsukuda Hobby issued a dozen 1/76 scale AFV kits (but
without the Airfix name). The reason why Airfix sold the kits to Tsukuda
Hobby is a mystery. You can find the list of kits on P.346 of J.Burn's
Value Guide 7th Edition (see Sources of Information
page on this site). A release of the Airfix SAM-2 kit was planned but canceled,
some people believing this was due to Gunze Sangyo objecting to this relationship
with Airfix. Click here for large image of this Bloodhound
kit, and more.
Brazil - Airfix and Kiko
by Mario Wens of The Netherlands...
"It so happens I have in my collection one
box of Airfix-Kiko, the short-lived Brazilian offspring. A.Kikoler Com.
Ind. de Plasticos S.A. from Rio had been responsible for the license production
of many Revell kits in Rio, and later also added many Heller kits to its
range. As far as is known only three Airfix kits were ever produced in
Brazil: the Sd.Kfz.234, Rommel's Greif and the Sherwood
Castle. A very unlikely range! As the revised round logo on the SdKfz234
box indicates these sets were introduced after 1981. I'm told they were
in production for a few years only around the mid-eighties. Unfortunately
I haven't been able to find a Sherwood Castle set, but I do have the sd.Kfz.234
model. It's not a very good box, lots of crease stains on the back (which
is, unlike its European counterpart, completely white and empty)."
|Update from Mario Wens in July 2000:
"My dear friend Ricardo Haddad from Rio made
a surprise discovery recently, in the shape of a hitherto unknown Airfix-Kiko
kit. Where until now it was believed only three kits were issued, a fourth
has turned up. The SRN-1 hovercraft makes the
selection from the extensive Airfix range produced by Kiko even more exotic.
Moulded in white plastic the model comes with a set of decals almost identical
to the UK production. The box, as seems to have been usual with Kiko, has
a completely bare backside. It opens at the sides like the small Series
1 boxes issued in the seventies."
Dr Luiz Edgard Marcondes, of Brazil, e-mailed on January 2001 to provide
a list of 18 Airfix kits that were released by Kiko: 3178 BAC 1-11, 4018
Sykvan, 2007 SRN-1, 2012 Mirage IIIc, 1026 Fiat G91, 1311 Armoured Car
(picture above), 6230 QE2, 5202 Moskva, 6360 Rommel's Half Track, 733 Sherwood
Castle, 1059 Gazelle helicopter, 1068 MBB Bo-105, 2065 Sea Knight, 2026
Angel Interceptor, 3009 HS125, 3019 Mosquito, 3205 HMS Fearless and 5174
Kiko Catalogue (from Roberto Tumminelli)
Sweden - Airfix Figure sets
The rear of the header card of one of these
sets provides the following information:
These sets were made in 1996-1997. The figures were
made in England and packaged in Sweden. I had heard that it was illegal
to sell "War Toys" in Sweden, but I am told it is only strongly discouraged
and it only covers toys depicting the years 1914 to the present. These
sets apparently did not sell very well and were only on the market for a
short while. Maybe being "strongly discouraged" is what eventually did
them in. Eight sets were made all with the same header card.
marketed by Prins August ab of Vagnharad, Sweden
series consists of
- 201705 48 piece German Infantry
- 201709 49 piece British 8th Army
- 2017 48 piece Afrika Korps
- 2017 45 piece US Marines (yes, same catalogue
- 201723 41 piece British Paratroops
- 201732 40 piece British Commandos
- 201751 48 piece US Paratroops
- 201752 63 piece German Mountain troops
Germany - german language header
cards and Plasty-Spielzeug GmbH
absolute beauty was contributed by Bernhard Gruber of Linz, Austria. Another
German header card (trackside range) can be seen by clicking here.
Plasty-Spielzeug GmbH was purchased in stages by Airfix (first 60% stake taken in 1975). Plasty had acted as a German agent for Airfix since 1954 - distributing Airfix products in addition to developing and manufacturing its own range of toys. Plasty re-boxed the Airfix kits, using their own packaging styles - early plastic bag kits had a completely different header card (see Featured Kits page), whilst the last version - a bagged kit in a box with a transparent lid - is unique to Plasty and is very much sought after. Click here for pictures of Plasty
||Left: Plasty Mayflower kit, as seen recently on eBay -the Airfix connection
Right: The Airfix Ferguson Tractor is rare enough, but what about this
Pictures from Eric Williamson
See also my Featured Kits page for some wonderful old German Plasty plastic bag Header card artwork. Pictures supplied by Claus Wilker (click here for Claus's discussion document on German Plasty box and packaging styles)
Finland - Catalogue
||Left: Contributed by Leif Snellman, who also informs that the original Ferguson Tractor kit was very well known in Finland in 1958
Right: Part of a page from a 1978 Finnish Flyer, contributed by Mario Wens
France - Airfix Figure sets & Header Cards
USA - Craftmaster, MPC, US-Airfix
and the rest....
Here's a challenge ! Who can provide a more definitive
description of Airfix activities in the US ?
Some more US box styles:
: AHM - Associated
Hobby Manufacturers. Established in 1959 to be the sole importer of Airfix
kits into the US. Click on the link below to see one of their adverts from
1962 (and their unique Airfix logo!). Some of the Airfix Trackside range of kits were re-issued by AHM with "Americanised"
names - for example the Shop and Flat became the Store and Apartment. These
old US issue plastic bag kits are now rare and collectable.
1963-1965 : Airfix
Corporation of America - This import company
was set up in 1963 by Airfix to distribute the Airfix line in the USA and
lasted until 1965 when MPC assumed the role, using the Airfix-Craftmaster
logo. All of the Airfix Corporation kits appeared with the black background
box-art and the Airfix-72 (or Airfix-32) logo.
1965-1968 : Airfix
Craftmaster - These are Airfix kits which
were re-boxed by MPC and issued only in the USA during 1965-1968. The Airfix-Craftmaster
logo was dropped in 1968 and Airfix kits appeared thereafter with the MPC
logo until 1978.
1979-1981 : USAirfix
- In 1979, AVA International became the sole USA distributor for Airfix
kits, filling in the gap between the MPC arrangement and the General Mills
purchase of Airfix. By 1980, the name had become USAirfix and kits were
appearing with new kit numbers, decals and box-art. The company was sold
in 1981 and production ended. AVA's relationship with Airfix actually began
earlier in 1975 when Airfix took a 25% interest in the company for $50,000.
The interest was increased in 1976 to 40%. At that time discussions took
place about the possible manufacture of Airfix products at the new factory
and warehouse AVA was occupying. Click here for AVA advertisementfrom 1979
1981-1985 : MPC.
This company began in the early 1960s with 1/24 car kits. MPC began issuing
Airfix kits in 1965 under the Airfix Craftmaster logo. In 1968 the Craftmaster
logo was dropped and the MPC logo alone used until 1978. Three years later
MPC's parent - General Mills - purchased Airfix and so Airfix kits
in the US appeared again with an MPC logo. General Mills sold MPC to ERTL
in 1985 and Airfix to Humbrol in the same year. ERTL chose not to continue
the old MPC relationship with Airfix, instead buying the Italian ESCI company
1985-2001 : it is not known who distributed
Airfix kits in the US from 1985.....
Most of the above information was gathered
from John Burns (CVG-7) and Arthur Ward (Airfix book). The two authors'
words are remarkably similar, in some cases almost identical ! I'll leave
you to figure out who copied whom..... (I copied both!)
Mexico - Airfix and Lodela
by Eric Williamson - these pictures represent a relationship Airfix had
with a Mexican company called Lodela (the name was derived from the man
who started the company- Apolo Lopez de Lara). Lodela began
in the 1970s and was the Revell distributor in Mexico. Heller kits were
added to the line in the late 80s
New Zealand - Airfix and Toltoys
Phill Sporton recently sent me some pictures
of an Airfix Boulton Paul Defiant kit. It
appeared to be a standard Type 6 box, but
the reverse side had the legend: "Made
in New Zealand by Toytoys (NZ) Ltd, under
licence to General Mills Creative Products
Ltd, Australia". Arthur Ward claims that the Toltoys boxes
were slightly different to the UK issues.
John Burns lists Toltoys as starting up in
New Zealand in 1960, with a kit range made
up mostly of Airfix.
Taiwan - Airfix
Sherman Tank and LCM3 - but what company? (and was "M4" used on any
other form of packaging?). Picture courtesy of Eric Williams
catalogue from 1964
|EDOR was (and still remains) the distributor of Airfix kits in The Netherlands. They originally re-packaged Airfix plastic bag kits into their own boxes, like this one. Click
here for an example of an early Dutch catalogue.
Pictures via Thomas Milo and Eric Williamson
Dapol acquired Airfix moulds is a story told elsewhere on this site. Here
are three examples of old Airfix products currently being produced by Dapol
in Wales - Platform Figures, Station Accessories and Railway Workmen
Jeco - Romania
||Jeco Collective re-issued Airfix blister packs in 1991-2, but is no longer in operation. The only confirmed kits in the range are : Hurricane, Fiat G50 & Avro 504K, but there may have been others. Acknowledgements to Mario Wens of The Netherlands for the picture and John Burns' CVG for the information.
||1964-1965 Airfix catalgue from Argentina
Prodimex - Poland
||Clone of the Airfix Saunders Roe SR-53 kit, made in Poland by Prodimex
and available in the UK market. Other details not known. Note plain brown