Spitfire - Hurricane etc losing out to German aircraft in kit toy sales.

Discussion in 'Modelling' started by Peter Clare, Dec 21, 2008.

  1. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

  2. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Here's the Top 10 from that article.
    See there is only one Yank plane!
    The good old Spit is number 1 by 20 000 kits!!!

    Top ten most popular aircraft:
    Supermarine Spitfire 45,000 kits sold
    Messerschmitt Bf 109E 25,000
    De Havilland Mosquito17,000
    Focke Wulf 190D15,000
    Avro Lancaster
    Junkers Ju87 Stuka
    Hawker Hurricane
    P51 Mustang
    Dornier Do17
  3. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    I did used to like making Spitfires when I was a child....Not sure what a Minstrel is though, I thought they were chocolates :)
  4. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin


    Mistel is the Generic name given to planes used as a bomb.

    The doner plane was packed full of explosive and the plane used to guide it to the target was the pick-a-back, connected by struts that were disengaged (explosive bolts usually) when the target was located and the Mistel plane lined up for the attack.

    There were many variants in use at the end of the war.


  5. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek

    That's interesting, I liked to make the Allied and Axis aircraft.
    It was nice to make the Me262 but you had to put something heavy in the nose as the model tipped back when it was on it's undercarriage.
    Nice to see the Dogfight Double Meteor & VI Doodlebug 1:72, looks cool.

    Plastic Scale Models The Official Airfix Website
  6. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Sad to admit, but most of my model airfix planes ended their life hanging from the wash line and used as target practice for my air pistol.

    Sometimes the end product was like some pretty realistic Flak damage!

  7. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    lol, Tom !

    I had mine in the loft and nearly burnt the house down when I used to set fire to them for realism.......God my parents gave me a right shoeing for that !

  8. Ferahgo

    Ferahgo Senior Member

    wasn't Mistel German for Mistletoe? and it was a just code name for the weapon? I remember 3 variants, BF109G/Ju88 (itlaeria kit) Messerchmitt small glider thing/Do17 (old airfix) ME262/ bomber and the new airfix FW190/TA152
  9. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    No shame in air-guns and kits - the two go together well, isn't that what they're for?

    Pleased to have helped out perfidious Albion's score with a recent 48th Mosquito. Now I really must finish it... only you can't cover mistakes in mud like you can on AFVs, there not being much mud in the air.
  10. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    This thread has really brought back memories of my weekly saturday morning pilgrimage to my local model shop, were I purchasing my 2/- airfix aircraft kits.

    My first ever kit was a Gloucester Gladiator, which still ranks as one of my favourite machines.
    Possibly inspired by reading the endevours of the three machines based on Malta called Faith Hope and Charity.

  11. Gibbo

    Gibbo Senior Member

    When I was a boy I certainly made models of German, Japanese and Italian aircraft as well as Allied ones. After all, I had to have somebody to shoot down!
  12. Za Rodinu

    Za Rodinu Hot air manufacturer

    That losing out to German aircraft kits is an old story, when I subscribed to Airfix Magazine 30-something years ago people were already complaining about it. Let's face it, it's those sexy paint schemes and those uniforms to die for :D

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