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    The Death of Airfix

    :cry:

    Airfix has announced today that it is going into administration. see here
    IE, no more Airfix. (Primarily made war planes and vehicles)

    Also the parent company, Humbrol, is going into administration.

    What do you people feel about this?

    Personally, it upsets me greatly, I was a great fan of airfix less than a decade ago and had lots of their models, my favourite is still a Sopwith Camel.

    (Aside) Mods, if this is in the wrong place, my sincerest apologies, and could you please move it. Muchos Gracias. (/Aside)

    Last edited by Jon Quixote; August 31st, 2006 at 18:24.
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    I never got into Airfix much, but I agree, it is a shame. I did get a few models, and it was those that got me into liking models, which got me into Warhammer.
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    I didn't know that
    It makes me sad too. I've been very fond of their models, particularly my collection of warships. My favourite models would probably have to be HMS Ark Royal, and the Lancaster bomber.

    The only thing I wouldn't be sad to see go is their poor attempt at a wargame. Robogear I think its called? That just made me laugh.

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    Yeah I think Robogear (see here) was a last ditch attempt at trying to revive themselves before today's inevitable announcement.

    Such a shame. Airfix got me to love modelling (father-son bonding anyone) and Warhammer has continued it, I'm sorry I didn't buy a few more airfix models while the needed customers. I rather naively thought that such an institutuion could face difficulty (so bad as to run out of money) even in these dark times of video games. (I play video games too)

    Poor Airfix.
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    Do not get too upset!

    Companies in Administration, rather than Liquidation, have a chance at continuing production whilst being restructured or sold, so this may not be the end.

    Indeed, Airfix has gone this way at least once before, as have other specialist hobby companies - Hornby and Lima on the railway modelling side come to mind.

    At the very least, I would expect the name and moulds to be bought and a new 'Airfix' to appear in the not too distant future, if the Administrators cannot restructure/refinance the current company.

    As for Robogear? Well they make great Bitz for the conversion box!

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    There is some hope yet! :yes:
    Thanks Seleucus.

    Although, due to the rise of other hobbies ('puters etc) and the shortening of attention spans, I don't have high hopes for the revival of Airfix. I think it is socially fundamental rather than economically structural.

    Kids (in general) just don't want to build (and paint) a Spitfire for the sake of it.
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    IMO its about time they went bust. I stoppeed using there kits when I stared to care about what my models looked like when they where finshed. They cant comper to other makers Dragon, Hasegawa, Monogram, Italeri to name a few

    On the other hand i did like the 1/72 boats they made MRB, E-boats, PT Boats.
    But that didnt make up for ther short falls of the aircraft and 1/72 AFV's

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    I don't know, Im in two minds.

    In one hand its sad, because I used to make so many of the kits as a kid, but on the other, I' haven't made any of their kits for years now, and so it doesn't really effect me I guess.
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    Its not a suprise. I make warships in 1/700 and Airfix range is very vile in quality compared to other companys. It was inevetible, no new products and no refit in the current range, as for Humbrol that was a surpise. Humbrol paints and modeling supplies(glues etc. ) are good so that was a surpise I thought that the company sold well, but thats not the case its seem. Anyway Airfix and Humbrol were traditional companies, I hope from the ashes will rise somthing new and good(if that happens).
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