Airfix in print

Despite releasing its first plastic construction kit in 1952, a tiny replica of Francis Drake’s flagship Golden Hind, Airfix waited until early 1962 before publishing a multi-page catalogue of the kind we are familiar with today. There obviously wasn’t much point in producing such publications before that, when Airfix’s range comprised only a handful of models, but since the late 1950s the company had regularly distributed attractive sales leaflets. Interestingly, these publications continued after the first catalogue appeared and enabled Airfix to announce new kits that weren’t in the current catalogue. This autumn 1962 ‘catalogue supplement’ featured an assortment of kits including a Heinkel HeIII, Vickers Vanguard, the German battleship Bismarck and the British 3-wheeled tractor unit, the Scammell Scarab.

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