Our Range of Airfix Scale Model Kits at WWSM.
A large variety of Airfix Plastic Model Kits, all available with competitive pricing and free tracked delivery in the UK.
We have categorised our range of Airfix models into model type, as well as special themes like vintage classics and starter sets, you can also browse by scale using the filter menu in each category.
The Aircraft range at Airfix is vast. There are aircraft pre and post 1951, military and civil aircraft and also Helicopters. You can find some of the most famous aircraft ever made, like the BAE Hawk, the Fairey Swordfish Mk1, the Harrier and the Boeing 737, in the Civil Aircraft category and the Military Aircraft category.
If you prefer models of boats and ships then you can find a mix of warships like the HMS Belfast and tall ships like the Cutty Sark on the Ships and Warships shelf. Although many of the Airfix models are based on subjects from WWII many more modern subjects are starting to be made. This is especially true on the Military Vehicles and Tanks shelf, where you can find the British Churchill MkVII Tank from 1941 along side the Bedford MK4 Tonne Truck from the 1970s.
What is Airfix?
Airfix is a manufacturer of scale plastic model kits, they make a wide range of kits for all types of modellers with different scales and many different subjects such as; military aircraft, ships, cars and motorcycles.
The first Airfix model wasn’t produced for the mass market until 1952 but Airfix began in 1939 when a Hungarian refugee, Nicholas Kove began making rubber inflated toys. After WWII he started to make plastic combs and was one of the first manufacturers to use an injection moulding machine. In the late 1940s Airfix was asked to make a cheap model of a tractor by Harry Ferguson (of the tractor manufacturers) to use as a promotional tool for his sales team. As it was difficult to make a whole model of a tractor from plastic it was decided to make a number of parts and for these to be fixed together.
These tractors became very popular and at first they were sold ready made. But Airfix realised that they would be able to sell more if they were cheaper so began selling the kits unmade and with instructions; and thus the beginning of the Airfix model. As the hobby of plastic model making became more popular in the 1960s and 70s Airfix introduced more models into the range. Unfortunately this popularity declined in the 1980s and so due to heavy losses Airfix had to declare bankruptcy. In the years following Airfix had a number of different owners but in 2006 was bought by Hornby Hobbies Ltd, who also own Hornby Trains, Scalextric and Corgi, so they really are in the perfect place.