If you have to think about who started manufacturing scale model aircrafts in the UK then your answer undoubtedly will be Airfix. The Airfix scale model airplanes were the first of their kind in the UK and were made by Nicholas Kove in the year 1939. The reason why Nicholas Kove called his company and products Airfix is because almost all the products had a process which involved fixing air in the scale model aircraft.

The company really took off when Nicholas Kove was approached by a tractor manufacturer who wanted scale model tractors to promote his business; this idea was latched onto by producers of various vehicles and airlines. Soon they were selling different types of scale model vehicles.

One of the most famous Airfix product to-date is the Supermarine Spitfire which was made in 1955. At first when the product was made Nicholas Kove was afraid that it would be a flop but to his surprise the Spitfire was an instant success.

By the 1960’s and 1970’s the company was producing a whole range of products that had a regular demand. Apart from making Airfix scale model airplanes and tractors the company also manufactured trains, military vehicles, rockets, warships, modern and vintage cars, spaceships, motorcycles and many other similar products.

But as the company approached the 1980’s they were not very well prepared for the new computer gaming madness which was creeping into the market. The company soon went on a steep decline and declared bankruptcy. The Airfix Company was then bought over by General Mills. But only after a few years the General Mills Company sold Airfix to Hornby Hobbies Ltd. who still owns Airfix and all the Airfix scale model airplanes.

In 2003 the Airfix company was celebrating its 50th anniversary and during this event they released a special edtion of their most popular aircraft model which was the Supermarine Spitfire. The 1/72 Supermarine Spitfire kit came in an attractive blue plastic, it came along with an original plastic bag packaging and a large Series 5 stand.

The Airfix models have also featured in a few video games such as the Airfix Dogfighter in 2000 for MS.