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Old Marine

Here is some 1960s and 70s nostalgia for you guys.  A friend of mine stopped by and gave me these two kits.  Both are unopened.  I built a lot of these as a kid.  I loved the Airfix kits and figures.

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Proud Kraut

Dennis you remember what happenend when we started the Airfix topic at the USMF? Thanks very much for starting it here I love Airfix as well. If you don´t mind I´m adding some of my Airfix stuff as well.

First and foremost these are two very intersting Airfix kits. I remember the Panther boxart very well but must admit that I haven´t seen the Tiger boxart before. So to say a very unusual view on this tank.

Here´s one of my kits that survived - RAF Emergency Set.

 

 

 

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Old Marine

Lars,  I do remember the ARIFIX thread on the USMF.  I was hoping to see a bunch of kits and figures here.  I always appreciated the wide range of kits and the subjects that Airfix produced.  Yeah, I agree with you, that illustration is an odd choice for the box art.  
 

I don’t think I’ve ever seen that crash emergency set.  It’s a great subject.  
 

To paraphrase the old military line about smoking, "post 'em if you got 'em".

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Old Marine

Here is another nice Airfix kit. The range of subjects and scales was pretty amazing. 

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Proud Kraut

Dennis, this Polish Lancer is a wonderfull old 54 mm kit. Is it still unbuild? If so, I would love to see the parts. If you have build it, please post the figure. Yes, the range of scales and subjects was great. I even remember Dinos and animals. If you don´t mind I´d change the topic title to "Airfix kits". That would give us the possibility to post other scales as well 😉

 

Here´s a very old 1/32 set of German Infantry. I think it´s from the late 60´s

 

 

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Old Marine

Here is the Lancer, unbuilt.  Changing the title is fine.  I’d like to see what gets posted.

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Proud Kraut

Terrific detailed! I assume you´ll let it unbuilt. Thanks for sharing!

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Old Marine

Yeah, I think he will stay unbuilt for a while. I have so many other projects going. He can keep the tanks company on the shelf.

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Proud Kraut

Two Airfix "mini planes" A Sikorsky HH-3E in 1/260 scale and a MIG 21 in 1/160 scale.

 

 

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Proud Kraut

I think one cause for Airfix´ success in the past was their iconic boxart. As a kid I really couldn´t cease regarding these drawings. Here are 4 of these from British 1/72 figure sets.

 

 

 

 

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Old Marine

You might be right.  I remember all of those figure sets.  When I was a kid, those boxes of figures were great, I think it was 48 figures for .50 cents.  
 

Today I was in "Hobby Lobby" a craft store chain to get some super glue.  They carry a few simple model kits, mostly cars.  But on the shelf were a few different  Airfix kits, 1:76 scale diorama sets, and air planes.  So evidently they are still in business, or at least the name is still being used 

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Old Marine

Here are two more pretty old kits.  These were deep in the pile, it took a while to unearth them.  

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Proud Kraut

Dennis, your Bamboo house in unbuilt "mint" condition is a real treasure. I have had the same but guess what happened with the filigree parts when it went to war (when we played Australien Infantry vs. Japanes Infantry). Finally we had a house without "legs" and other small parts, before it was gone, lol. There was a similar (house) ruin "Strongpoint" for the European theater.

 

Never had the chance to build Monty´s car then but found a well built and painted one at a flea market some years ago. I think it was about 2-3 EURO so I bought it.

 

Here are some pictures of one of my favourite 1/32 scale figure set:

 

 

 

 

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Old Marine

I can imagine those delicate posts could hold up to childhood battles.  It’s odd, I would love to build them, but I like seeing them unused in the original condition.  Like the Lancer kit, I’ll just leave them for now, there are plenty of other things to keep me working.

 

 

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Proud Kraut

I know what you mean. I would do the same and let them as they are. It´s nearly a half-century....

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ArtyScout
On 5/1/2021 at 2:49 PM, Proud Kraut said:

Dennis, your Bamboo house in unbuilt "mint" condition is a real treasure. I have had the same but guess what happened with the filigree parts when it went to war (when we played Australien Infantry vs. Japanes Infantry).

Hey Dennis, Lars is right; that Bamboo house is truly a treasure. Nice kits from AirFix all around.

 

Semper Fi.

 

Manny

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Proud Kraut

We loved to play with these 1/72 figures and their 1/32 comrades for years. A box full of 1/72 figures survived the backyard wars.

 

 

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Proud Kraut

I mentioned the boxart. Here are some of the iconic "good old ones" compared to the "modern" box of a late issued NATO Infantry figure set.

 

 

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Old Marine

I’ve never seen those NATO figures.  You are very right about the box art, the new stuff is pretty minimal.  

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