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PostPosted: Tue 23 Jan 2007 23:05 pm 
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Hi, I'm Arthur Ward and I joined the ATF last week. I was lucky enough to writen Airfix's official history in 1999 (their '50th anniversary' even though they were actually 60 years old!). I followed this up with Classic Kits in 2004.

Since then I have written a few more books to be published this year (Militaria, toys and army cap badges).

I've also set up http://www.collectingfriends.com and I would urge ATF members to join - we need all the help we can get building a cross-the-board enthusiasts's community for enthusiasts that is actually run.... by enthusiasts.

I'm currently working on another project which will involve Airfix and I've mentioned to Dave that I need the help of you guys (he says you will oblige!).

So, if anyone knows of any personalities, other than Dick Emery, who have an association with Airfix, I wonder if you could register on CF (it's free - only Gold membership costs and that's a tenner for life but you do get a badge and numbered certificate!), and perhaps add something on our Forums or in the 'wanted' section there?

In return, I am happy to continue to be involved with ATF in any way I can. I think it is a jolly good place to talk Airfix (on CF I have to discuss lots of other things but Airfix is my first love).

Thanks in advance!

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PostPosted: Tue 23 Jan 2007 23:53 pm 
Hi Arthur, you might find this thread over at The Aircraft Resource Center pretty interesting.

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Just off the top of my head, there's an old Morecambe and Wise sketch where Eric is tinkering with what looks like it might well be the 1-24 Airfix Spitfire. This particular sketch features (I think?) Cliff Richard. I seem to remember hearing that Eric Morecambe may have been a modeller at times, but that he had many hobbies over the years and they tended to come and go.

I also have a very vague memory that Eric Clapton was/is partial to building model traction engines, but I stand to be corrected....

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Does Rowen Atkinson receiving an Airfix classic ship kit as Mr. Bean count?

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In the Rodney Dangerfield movie "Easy money" there is a bit where he's taking up a hobby to calm his nerves since his mother in law wont let him drink or smoke or other such nonsense so he's building a model (looks like possibly an Airfix 1/24 Me109) rather shakily and finally gives up shouting to his wife in another room "Honey , theres a messerschmitt on the table , clean it up will ya!"

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Does Rowen Atkinson receiving an Airfix classic ship kit as Mr. Bean count?
Yep - He gets it for Christmas and I can always remember he makes the remark 'look at all the guns' - one of the few things Mr.Bean ever mentions. I think the kit is the Large Scale Victory (1/180?).

I think Tom Hanks might also be a celeb' modeller. I know that he has a very strong interest in WWII.

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My memory of the Mr Bean model was that it was the Vasa.

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Steven Pietrobon wrote:
Does Rowen Atkinson receiving an Airfix classic ship kit as Mr. Bean count?
yes he does, it is definatley airfix, because i remember checking, its in Merry Christmas Mr Bean

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Yes, but that is Mr Bean making it, not Rowan Atkinson..... :wink:

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Thanks for all the generous replies to my recent request. Mr Bean, Morecambe and Wise, Rodney Dangerfield - a real bounty. Cheers! Keep em coming though!
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I just wonder if the writers Dick Clement or Ian La Frenais were/are modellers as they often mention models in their shows

Open All Hours - Granville often refers to models

Porridge - Godber is often seen making models of one type or another

Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads - Terry talks to a woman about her husbands modelling hobby

Going Straight - Fletch is seen trying to make a kit of a watering can

Just a thought.....

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Howsabout Jimmy Saville since he fronted a TV commercial for Airfix many, many years ago.

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The Diana Rigg seasons of The Avengers featured many Airfix kits (there's a full list in Constant Scale that I seem to remember), but I don't think that is what Arthur is after is it? I believe he is looking for celeb modellers rather than TV appearances by kits.

Maybe Jade Goody can help? :wink:

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That's right, he is after the celebrities, not the shows. In my defence, I only listed some shows as I speculated that the writers seemed to have a genuine interest in modelling. :wink:

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Incedentally, I stumbled across this site:

http://www.boldts.net/TrainsCelebs.shtml

Johnny Cash and Frank Sinatra appear to both be model railway fans! :D

Niel Young is apparently a part owner of Lionel Trains!

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If trains are included, then Pete Waterman (of Stock, Aitken & ...) is a very big train enthusiast.

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Rod Stewert is a huge model railway buff. I remember listning to a radio interview he was on where he talked about it. Seem to recall he mentioned he built his own scenery etc.


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Oh yes I heard about the Neil Young thing- blame the father! :P

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If we're on to model railways does Spielberg part-own Lionel?

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no idea where i saw it but definitly remember an article that said ronnie barker used to be a big model enthusiast

be very interesting to see who comes up maybe a few suprises :D


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