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Looked again through my archive and found this photos:


A new & fun Photo Tool out there

by LaToya

Just came across Dumpr , a free image manupulation tool. Here some of my results:

An Airfix Catalogue Puzzle for its short run of slot cars

How big are Toy Fairs in the UK?

by LaToya

Source: www.ToyCollector.com

We have run some numbers and estimate the annual spend on UK toy fairs to be between £25-40 million.

Here is our own estimate

Source: www.ToyCollector.com Estimate (collectors might collect more than one subject in which case their first choice of subject was counted)

Airfix & HornbyIt is hard to make money from running a plastic kit business it would seem. Since the very first injection moulded kits were introduced into the UK in 1936, many companies have come and gone. On paper the business model does not look attractive. Invest heavily in expensive steel tools, heavy marketing and promotion to sell a low-cost product with unattractive margins to a public that at best is nit-picking and can even be downright hostile. If you can sell 8-10,000 of each model you will recoup your tooling costs…

The Eagle Transporter diorama shot

by auctionman

This article was taken from my Sci-Fi and Fantasy Models book.  It's amazing how Paul Gilbert of Margate, Kent took this shot using an old and damaged Airfix Space 1999 Eagle Transporter kit.

Originally, Paul had 2 Eagle kits lying broken at the bottom of his spares box for many years.  He managed to salvage enough "good bits" to complete one model and using what was left over to create the wrecked craft seen lying on the moon's surface in the shot below.

The hovering Eagle was supported by two individual strands of wire carefully plucked from a multi-strand electrical cable. The original photograph was taken using a wide angle lens which helped give the model landscape more natural sense of depth.