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 Post subject: Vintage Airfix Kits
PostPosted: Thu 30 May 2013 19:06 pm 
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Chaps, I've noticed an increasing number of vintage kits on evil bay. Some of them are models I built as a young 'un. Wishing to re-live my youth :pirate: I would like to purchase a few and BUILD them. Is this a silly thing to do? Is it possible having bought a kit for a tenner it would be worth fifty quid in a few years as unbuilt in mint condition.

This reminds of James May buying a vintage Hornby train set and breaking open the box to play with it :juggle:


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 Post subject: Re: Vintage Airfix Kits
PostPosted: Thu 30 May 2013 21:35 pm 
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While it's not wrong to do that as toys are there to be enjoyed rather than stored, you could surely buy later editions of the same mouldings for less.

i think with modern kits, there are only a few that could be worth a lot in the future as first boxings. The 1/24 Mosquito is one that would spring to mind, while the likes of the new tool gnats and spiftires less so as they are replacements.
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 Post subject: Re: Vintage Airfix Kits
PostPosted: Thu 30 May 2013 21:48 pm 
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Early examples of common and large run kits are unlikely to fetch large amounts, just because there a many of them around. In some cases the molding is much better than more recent issues. Using common sense, if you can regularly pickup a 30-40 year old kit for a tenner from e-bay, it's unlikely to appreciate much in the next 20 years - so go ahead and build it!

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 Post subject: Re: Vintage Airfix Kits
PostPosted: Thu 30 May 2013 22:37 pm 
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There's nothing I enjoy more than annoying the collectors. Since I started my railway build last year. Not a single Airfix kit has been later than a blister pack. Most of them have been Type 2 baggies. At the end of the day, it's a kit that was ment to be built.

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 Post subject: Re: Vintage Airfix Kits
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KnightHawk wrote:

This reminds of James May buying a vintage Hornby train set and breaking open the box to play with it :juggle:


They are kits they are meant to be built.

And a vintage trainset should be used. Same goes for vintage slot cars a guy i work with makes a point of doing this.

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 Post subject: Re: Vintage Airfix Kits
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I agree with the "builders" above - Kits are for building. The most pleasurable build I have made over the last two years has been the Matchbox Humber armoured car in the original boxing. I first came across Matchbox kits in the local village shop, in the village where my Grandmother lived. Opening the original boxing two years ago, took me right back 30+ years to School Summer holidays spent at my Grandparents. Old kits not only often have crisper mouldings but can also transport you back in time......Aaahhhhh Nostalgia.
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 Post subject: Re: Vintage Airfix Kits
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Thank you all. Very please to know we're of the same viewpoint - build 'em. The first kit I built was a Spitfire. Threw the parts together and slid the decals on. Mummy wouldn't let me have any paint. Too scared I'll drink the stuff. Nostagia indeed
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While it's not wrong to do that as toys are there to be enjoyed rather than stored, you could surely buy later editions of the same mouldings for less.

i think with modern kits, there are only a few that could be worth a lot in the future as first boxings. The 1/24 Mosquito is one that would spring to mind, while the likes of the new tool gnats and spiftires less so as they are replacements.
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There are some Airfix kits no longer in the catalogue. Beagle Basset is a favourite of mine and suprisingly no Fairey Firefly. I sincerely hope it will reappear at some point. It has to be a core model sitting with the likes of the Battle and Swordfish.


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 Post subject: Re: Vintage Airfix Kits
PostPosted: Sat 01 Jun 2013 08:22 am 
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it was only a quick thought. Kits where the mould is either lost, destroyed or kits where there is little chance of the kit being re released (like the Boy Scout) for whatever reason, also stand a chance of being worth more, although in all cases it is down to how much the potential buyer is prepared to pay.

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 Post subject: Re: Vintage Airfix Kits
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I think there's another thread dealing with lost/missing/irreparably damaged tools, and otherwise rare kits.

I agree with the above on most counts. Whereever I thought that there might be limited availability of a particular kit, I bought two.

Anyone want a first-edition TSR-2 with print? :)

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 Post subject: Re: Vintage Airfix Kits
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One of the things I like about building plastic kits is the fact that the finest old collector's items are dirt cheap. You can buy something that's truly rare for very little money and then build it. Is this crazy behavior?? Will these things be VERY valuable at some time in the distant future, and will our children curse us for building something that could have paid off their school loans??

Only time will tell... :angryfire:

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 Post subject: Re: Vintage Airfix Kits
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I am really torn between the collectors and the builders. As a builder I buy two or three of the same kit to build one and then store the other. But, ultimately the model is meant to be built and I generally favor building old kits. The only exceptions are the rare ones. I can get frog, airfix and matchbox kits at really crazy low cheap prices sometimes. One time I got 50 kits for 100 US dollars.

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 Post subject: Re: Vintage Airfix Kits
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The ideal build is a vintage kit - for the tool quality - with the modern decals. Bliss.

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 Post subject: Re: Vintage Airfix Kits
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I have just about all of the type 3 aircraft kits and most of the Frog aircraft of that era that I keep unbuilt in the original boxes or baggies for nostalgias sake . These were the ones I built when I first started building models in the 60's . Some of them I bought because they were the ones I never could afford as a kid . I have more than enough builder kits but I like having these unbuilt examples in the prime shelf spot above my bench.To me they are a reminder of a simpler time when my most prized possession was the latest Airfix catalogue .

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 Post subject: Re: Vintage Airfix Kits
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Building an original or early issue of an old kit means you will be building the model when the moulds were crisp and sharp. So, I would rather build an old kit from an old boxing rather than a 40 plus year down the line issue - when the moulds are tired and worn.

The main drawback with an old issue is that the decals will probably be not worth using. But that normally won't be an issue as there will be aftermarket sets to replace the old kit decals.

The above is even more relevant when building FROG kits. Not that long ago I built the FROG 1/72 Typhoon and Spitfire VIII from original FROG boxings and they clipped together really well. The same can't always be said for the Russian etc re-boxings from 40 years down the line


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 Post subject: Re: Vintage Airfix Kits
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I check ebay these days for things that might be worth getting, I got airfix book and video on battle of Britain other day for 99p which is only little but interesting. my local model shop also puts a lot items on very cheap to see what they can get for them.


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 Post subject: Re: Vintage Airfix Kits
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To me they are a reminder of a simpler time when my most prized possession was the latest Airfix catalogue .

Amen to that. :nod:
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I could never afford the catalogue. I used to get the Airfix magazine about 2 or 3 months late. One of my big sisters worked at a top newsagents and after the new mag was out then she would bring me the old one.
As for the kits - I'm for building them. Any age, any 'rarity'. I wont buy a collectible rarity just to build to spite a collector, but if I want to build the kit I will build it.
I have a few kits set away not to be built, not special to anyone but me.


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 Post subject: Re: Vintage Airfix Kits
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I could afford the catalogue once a year but it would be worn in quite quickly . The old magazines I would get from the used book stall at the Saturday outdoor market for a few pence .

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 Post subject: Re: Vintage Airfix Kits
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The only models I've bought to keep unmolested are baggies of the Spitfire and the Stuka, every thing else I buy takes it's chances in the stash!! I buy them because I want to build them. I built this model as a boy, I want to build itagain as a modeller. That said, if I go for a "Collectable" kit, it's usually because no-one else produced it, and it's loong out of production (Airfix SR-N1 and SRN-4 hovercrafts for example), but then, if I payed £500 for a model, I might also be a bit leery about building it!!


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 Post subject: Re: Vintage Airfix Kits
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That saying, when I buy Airfix kits off Ebay, I do tend to look for the Palitoy boxes, as I see it, those boxes are so ugly I see it as a duty to erase them from existance!


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