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Starter Set

Code Description Image Price A$
58-50089 1:32 Aston Martin DB5

The DB5 had a new tail design, offering improved aerodynamics. Options included power steering (on Mk1 cars), air conditioning, automatic transmission, limited slip differential and a 325bhp Vantage.

1:32 Aston Martin DB5 $22.00
58-50091 1:32 Ford Escort Mk1 - discontinued No Image Available $18.50
58-50031A 1:48 Red Arrow Hawk Gift Collection

The Red Arrows is arguably the best known aerobatic team in the world and with their striking red colour scheme, this excellent larger scale model really shows the grace and lines of their superb aircraft.The dual control BAe Systems Hawk T1 is the RAF's advanced trainer, and has been used by the Red Arrows since 1979, replacing the Folland Gnat. The Hawk's Rolls Royce Adour engine produces 5,200lbs of thrust and can power the aircraft to a top speed of Mach 1.2. The aircraft had a maximum altitude of 48,000ft and fuel capacity gives a range of 1,000nm, making most of the world accessible apart from New Zealand.The smoke generation system pumps diesel mixed with appropriately coloured dye into the jet exhaust to produce the colourful vapour trails that enhance both visual effect and flight safety. This allows five minutes of white smoke, one of red and one of blue.

1:48 Red Arrow Hawk Gift Collection $47.25
58-50092 1:32 Triumph TR4a Starter Set

The TR4A was an evolution of the TR4, updated with a new chassis. The new, but more complex independent rear suspension addressed the buying public's desire for more comfortable riding sports cars. In 1965 it cost £968.

1:32 Triumph TR4a Starter Set $22.00
58-50109 1:32 Jaguar XKRGT3 Apex Racing

A powerful version of Jaguar's road going XKR, the XKR GT3 races in the FIA GT3 championship against the likes of Ferrari, Porsche, Ford, Lamborghini and BMW. The large rear wing and front splitter enable the Jaguar to generate massive downforce, meaning that the car can corner at speeds far in excess of a standard road car.

1:32 Jaguar XKRGT3 Apex Racing                                            $33.50
58-50110 1:32 Aston Martin DBR9 Gulf

The Aston Martin DBR9 has proved to be one of the most successful Aston racing cars of all time, achieving class victories at Le Mans, as well as outright wins at various other prestigious GT events. For the 2008 Le Mans 24 hour race, Aston Martin teamed up with Gulf Oils to combine two of the most iconic names in GT racing.

1:32 Aston Martin DBR9 Gulf $33.50
58-50114 1:72 Hawk T1 gift Set - available while stock lasts 1:72 Hawk T1 gift Set - available while stock lasts $27.35
58-50098 1:72 Eurofighter Typhoon Gift Set

Entering RAF service in 2007, the Eurofighter Typhoon represents the RAF's most up-to-date and capable air asset. With attainable speeds of over 1,500mph, along with incredible manoeuvrability, the Eurofighter is one of the world's leading fifth generation fighter aircraft. It is also in service with the air arms of Austria, Germany, Italy, Saudi Arabia and Spain.

1:72 Eurofighter Typhoon Gift Set $30.00
58-50046 1:72 Golden Hind Gift Set

The Golden Hind was an English galleon best known for its global circumnavigation between 1577 and 1580, captained by Sir Francis Drake, who on his return with a haul of Spanish gold and other treasures was knighted by Queen Elizabeth.The Hind was a well armed and nimble galleon, she was orginally commissioned as The Pelican and built in Deptford, London, where she was launched in 1577.She was the flagship of an expedition to explore the regions beyond South America commanded by Drake, with personnel support of Queen Elizabeth of England, Drake's mission became one less of exploration and more of piracy as he wreacked havoc against Spanish interests in the region.

1:72 Golden Hind Gift Set $71.50
58-50111 1:32 Jaguar/Aston Martin Twin Gift set - discontinued No Image Available $39.50
58-55300 1:72 Harrier GR9 Starter Set

The GR9A entered service in October 2006 as an updated and improved version of the already very successful Harrier GR7. Boasting an improved avionic suite, as well as a much improved weapons capability, the GR9A represents a substantial leap forward in capability over the older GR7 Harriers.Paint Scheme - British Aerospace Harrier GR9A, No.800 Naval Air Squadron, Joint Strike Wing, RAF Cottesmore, 2010Airfix Starter Sets are ideal for beginners. Large Starter Sets are perfect for gifts or to build yourself once you have mastered the basics. Each Large Starter Set includes glue, two brushes and six acrylic paints.

1:72 Harrier GR9 Starter Set $30.00
58-55201 1:32 Triumph Herald Starter Set

The Triumph Herald, introduced in 1959, was looked upon as being quite a radical design. Its tilt forward bonnet and unusual styling, along with all-round independent suspension were a breakaway from the traditional design theories of the era. The original engine was a four cylinder, single carburettor 948cc unit which was enlarged to 1147cc with twin carburettors for certain models. Other body styles available through the production years were Coupe, Convertible and Estate.Airfix Starter Sets are ideal for beginners. Medium Starter Sets are a little more challenging to build than the Small Starter Set range, with more parts. Each Medium Starter Set includes glue, two brushes and six acrylic paints.

1:32 Triumph Herald Starter Set $22.00
58-55200 1:32 Starter Set Med E Type Jaguar Starter Set

Described by Enzo Ferrari as the most beautiful car ever made upon its unveiling, the Jaguar E-Type has gone on to become one of the most instantly recognisable and iconic shapes in automotive history. Capable of speeds of over 140mph and blessed with superb handling, the E-Type became an instant hit, both on the road and on race tracks across the world.Having gone through numerour design changes, it is this early version that is considered by many to be the most beautiful, especially in its open two-seater form.

1:32 Starter Set Med E Type Jaguar Starter Set $22.00
58-55100 1:72 Spitfire Mk1a Starter Set

The Spitfire gained immortality during the Battle of Britain in the summer of 1940. The main role was to intercept and destroy the Luftwaffe's fighters whilst the Hurricanes of the RAF attacked the incoming bombers.

1:72 Spitfire Mk1a Starter Set $17.50
58-55101 1:72 Curtis Tomahawk IIB Starter Set

The P40, in its various incarnations, served in the United States Army Air Force throughout the Second World War, fighting in Europe, across Asia and in the deserts of North Africa. The first model to see active service, the P40B proved to be an effective and tough low-level fighter, able to withstand heavy enemy fire and bring its pilot home safely.Paint Scheme - Curtiss Tomahawk IIB, Flown by Pilot Officer Neville Duke, No.112 Squadron, Fort Maddalena, Libya, 1941Airfix Starter Sets are ideal for beginners. Each Small Starter Set includes glue, brush and four acrylic paints - all that is needed to complete a fabulous first kit!

1:72 Curtis Tomahawk IIB Starter Set $17.50
58-55102 1:72 Mitsubishi Zero Starter Set

The Mitsubishi A6M Zero was a long range naval fighter aircraft that formed the backbone of the Imperial Japanese Navy's Air Arm throughout the Second World War. Blessed with exceptional manoeuvrability, as well as long range, the Zero proved to be the best carrier fighter in the world when it made its debut in China in 1940, and then again in the opening stages of the Pacific War against the United States.Paint Scheme - Mitsubishi A6M2B-21 'Zero' (Zeke), flown by Lieutenant Saburo Shindo, Lead Aircraft of Carrier Division 1, Air Superiority Command, 2nd Strike Unit, carrier Akagi, Operation Al, Pearl Harbor, 7th December 1941Airfix Starter Sets are ideal for beginners. Each Small Starter Set includes glue, brush and four acrylic paints - all that is needed to complete a fabulous first kit!

1:72 Mitsubishi Zero Starter Set $17.50
58-55103 Cutty Sark Starter Set

Cutty Sark Starter Set includes 4 x Acrylic Paint, Glue, Paintbrush. Kit measures 110mm in length.The famous tea clipper is presented here in miniature form to make a great start to tall ship modelling. The Cutty Sark can be visited in Greenwich, London, since it reopened in 2012.

Cutty Sark Starter Set $17.50
58-55104 HMS Victory Starter Set

HMS Victory dimensions: 145mm long. Stand Included. Includes glue, paint and a paintbrush. Probably the most famous warship ever, HMS Victory is still to be seen in Portsmouth Dockyard. This great miniature model is a fun way to start modelling.

HMS Victory Starter Set $17.50
58-55105 Red Arrow Gnat Starter Set

Originally designed as a lightweight fighter, the Gnat in its two seater training form became the RAF Red Arrows' aerobatic aircraft, recognised across the world by their distinctive red livery.Paint Scheme - Folland/Hawker Siddeley Gnat T.1, The RAF Red Arrows, RAF Kemble, Gloucsetershire, England, 1978/79

Red Arrow Gnat Starter Set $17.50
58-55106 Messerschmitt BF 109E Starter Set

The prototype Bf109A first flew in 1935. The later E model was more powerful and better armed and by the summer of 1940 over 500 were in service for the offensive against Great Britain. By this time, the 109E had already proved to be a competent fighter aircraft in the skies above Poland, France and the low countries. It met its match over England and was shown to be inferior to the RAFs Spitfire.Paint Scheme - Messerschmitt Bf109E-3, aircraft flown by Obit. Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe, III./JG 51, France, 1940

Messerschmitt BF 109E Starter Set $17.50
58-55107 P-51D Mustang Starter Set

The North American P51 Mustang is viewed as one of the iconic American fighters of the Second World War. Designed to an RAF specification, the Mustang was transformed once the Rolls Royce Merlin engine was installed. Its long range and excellent firepower made it a superb escort fighter, able to protect the bombers all the way to Berlin and back. After the war, the P51 saw service in Korea and was used by some air arms up until the early 1980s.Paint Scheme - North American Mustang IV, No.112 Sqadron, Italy, 1945

P-51D Mustang Starter Set $17.50
58-55109 Cromwell MkIV Starter Set

The Cromwell, officially named Cruiser Tank MkVIII, was one of the most successful British tanks of the Second World War. Named after the English Civil War leader, Oliver Cromwell, the tank proved to be an adept and rugged fighting machine and served until the end of the War. While out-gunned and out-armoured by German tanks, the Cromwell managed to hold its own through better manoeuvrability, due to its relatively small size, and reliability in combat, something sorely lacking in German armour.Paint Scheme - Cromwell MkIV, 5th Royal Horse Artillery, 7th Armoured Division, British Army, Europe, 1944/45

Cromwell MkIV Starter Set $17.50
58-55202 1:72 RAF Red Arrows Hawk Starter Set

The dual control BAE Hawk T1 is the RAF's advanced trainer, and has been used by the Red Arrows since 1979. The aircraft is essentially the same as those flown by RAF Advanced Training Students, with the exception of smoke generators and a slightly uprated engine giving a faster response time.Paint Scheme - BAE Hawk T.Mk.1, The Red Arrows Aerobatic Team, RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire, UK, 2012Airfix Starter Sets are ideal for beginners. Medium Starter Sets are a little more challenging to build than the Small Starter Set range, with more parts. This Medium Starter Set includes glue, two brushes and four acrylic paints.

1:72 RAF Red Arrows Hawk Starter Set $22.00
58-55203 Douglas A-4 Skyhawk

Douglas A-4B Skyhawk Starter Set. Includes 6 x Acrylic Paint, paintbrush and glue. The jet measures 178mm in length.

Douglas A-4 Skyhawk $22.00
58-55301 1:72 Tornado F3 Starter Set

The Tornado F3 was developed as an interceptor version of the multi-role Tornado. Replacing the Lightning and Phantom in RAF service, the Tornado served the RAF as a front line interceptor for over 25 years, finally being reitred in March 2011 and replaced by the Eurofighter Typhoon. The ground attack version of the Tornado continues to fly in UK skies.Paint Scheme - Panavia Tornado F3, No.111 Squadron, RAF Leuchars, Scotland, 2010Airfix Starter Sets are ideal for beginners. Large Starter Sets are perfect for gifts or to build yourself once you have mastered the basics. Each Large Starter Set includes glue, two brushes and six acrylic paints.

1:72 Tornado F3 Starter Set $30.00
58-50125 1:32 BMW Mini Cooper S

Introduced in 2007, the updated MINI Cooper S featured a number of improvements over its predecessor. As well as improved interior space, the new Cooper S also introduced a new engine, now turbo rather than supercharged, resulting in an output of 184bhp, with the dash to 62mph being covered in 7.0 seconds. Raced successfully over the world, the Cooper S continues the tradition of fast MINIs.

1:32 BMW Mini Cooper S $25.50
58-55302 1:32 Ford Fiesta WRC Starter Set

Developed from the standard Fiesta road car, the Ford Fiesta RS WRC is a bespoke rally car built by M-Sport for the works Ford Rally Team for use in the World Rally Championship. The new WRC regulations for 2011 required a turbocharged 1600cc, a reliable and poweful engine, keeping the flame-spitting character of the WRC cars intact.A number of teams now drive the Fiesta RS WRC in the World Rally Championship and it has scored a number of victories and been competitive with both the works rally team and a number of privateer teams.

1:32 Ford Fiesta WRC Starter Set $33.50
58-55303 1:76 PZKW VI AYSF.B "King Tiger" Starter Set

Following on from the formidable Tiger I, the Tiger II featured even thicker armour as well as the powerful 88mm gun. Making its debut on the Normandy battlefield, the King Tiger proved to be a formidable opponent although one which was mechanically fragile and very cumbersome. The early version in this kit features the Krupp turret, of which just fifty we produced.Paint Scheme - Panzerkampfwagon Pzkw VI Ausf.B 'Konigstiger' King Tiger, 503 Abteilung, Normandy, 1944Airfix Starter Sets are ideal for beginners. Each Small Starter Set includes glue, a brush and four acrylic paints - all that is needed to complete a fabulous first kit!

1:76 PZKW VI AYSF.B $23.00
58-55206 1:72 Gloster Gladiator Mk1 - starter set

The Gloster Gladiator occupies an important place within the history of the RAF. The last of the RAF's biplane fighters, the Gladiator had some modern features, such as an enclosed cockpit, a first for an RAF fighter, as well as an armament of four machine guns.Still in service at the outbreak of the war, the Gladiator proved to be a capable biplane fighter, but was outclassed against modern monoplane opposition. The mount of some of the RAF's most famous pilots, such as Pat Pattle and Roald Dahl, preserved Gladiators can still be seen flying today at Duxford and Old Warden air displays.

1:72 Gloster Gladiator Mk1 - starter set $22.00
58-55110 1:72 Focke Wulf 190A-8 Starter Set

First flying in 1939, the Focke-Wulf Fw190 proved to be an immediate threat to RAF fighters when introduced in late 1941, being faster and more manoeuvrable than the Spitfire V6 then in service. This A-8 version was the most numerous and heavily armed variant, which entered service in 1944, as an attempt to stop the Allied daylight raids, however, by then the new Allied fighters had begun to outclass it.Paint Scheme - FW190 A-8 WNr 175140 Brown 6 7, JG26, Melsbroek, Belgium, July 1944 Airfix Starter Sets are ideal for beginners.  Each Small Starter Set includes glue, brush and four acrylic paints - all that is needed to complete a fabulous first kit!

1:72 Focke Wulf 190A-8 Starter Set $17.50
58-55112 1:72 Folland Gnat T.1 Yellowjacks - Starter Set

The Yellowjacks were an RAF aerobatic display team which flew Folland Gnat trainers painted yellow. The team was formed in the summer of 1963 by flying instructors at No.4 Flying Training School at RAF Valley, eventually evolving into the Red Arrows in late 1964.Paint Scheme - 'Yellowjacks' Aerobatics Team, No.4 Flying Training School, RAF Valley, UK, 1964Airfix Starter Sets are ideal for beginners. Each Small Starter Set includes glue, brush and four acrylic paints - all that is needed to complete a fabulous first kit!

1:72 Folland Gnat T.1 Yellowjacks - Starter Set $17.50
58-55204 1:72 De Havilland Vampire T11 Starter Set

The de Havilland Vampire was the second jet fighter to enter RAF service, coming after the Gloster Meteor.  Featuring a twin boom fuselage, which was to become a common feature of de Havilland designs, the Vampire proved a capable early jet fighter.  The Vampire T.11 trainer was developed from the fighter versions and served the RAF until 1967.  It was an excellent trainer and examples continue to fly today both in the UK and further afield.

1:72 De Havilland Vampire T11 Starter Set $22.00
58-55205 1:72 Hawker Harrier GR1 Starter Set

Known affectionately as the "Jump Jet" the Harrier GR1 was the first vertical take-off and landing aircraft flown operationally by the RAF, coming into service in 1969.  It soon become a crowd favourite drawing huge crowds whenever it was putting on its unique display.

1:72 Hawker Harrier GR1 Starter Set $22.00
58-55208 1:72 Hawker Typhoon Ib Starter Set

Designed initially to replace the Hawker Hurricane as the complementary high-altitude fighter to the Supermarine Spitfire, the Typhoon instead found its fame as a low-altitude ground-attack aircraft, spearheading the airbourne assault through occupied Europe after D-Day.  Designed around the enormous 24-cylinder Napier Sabre, the Typhoon has a tough gestation before maturing as a capable, low-level fighter-bomber, devastating German armour in Normandy and beyond. Paint Scheme - Hawker Typhoon Ib, No.266 Squadron, 2nd Tactical Air Force, RAF, Holland and Germany, April/May 1944

1:72 Hawker Typhoon Ib Starter Set $22.00
58-55304 1:32 Mini Countryman WRC - Starter Set

Launched by the MINI WRC team during the 2011 World Rally Championship, the MINI Countryman WRC is the first rally car to bear the MINI label in the top level rallying since the 1960s. Much was made of this historical connection, with press events being undertaken using both the four wheel drive 300bhp 1,600 turbo charged MINI WRC, as well as historical forebear, the 1960s Cooper S. This model comes with a fully detailed interior.

1:32 Mini Countryman WRC - Starter Set $33.50
58-55113 1:400 U-Boat Type VIIC - Das Boot Starter Set

It is 1942 and the German submarine fleet is heavily engaged in the Battle of the Atlantic to harass and destroy English shipping. With better escorts of the Destroyer Class, German U-Boats have begun to take heavy losses. 'Das Boot' is the story of one such U-Boat and its crew.Paint Scheme - Das Boot U-Boat Type VIIC, 1942Airfix Starter Sets are ideal for beginners. Each Small Starter Set includes glue, brush and four acrylic paints - all that is needed to complete a fabulous first kit!

1:400 U-Boat Type VIIC - Das Boot Starter Set $17.50
58-55111 1:72 Hawker Hurricane MkI Starter Set

The Hurricane was developed as a replacement for the RAFs pre-war bi-plane fighters, such as the Hawker Fury and Gloster Gauntlet. Considered revolutionary when it was unveiled in 1935, by the start of WWII the earliest versions with fabric covered wings and two bladed propellers had fallen behind the performance of the best German fighters.Nevertheless, once fitted with 3-blade propellers these early Hurricanes were very successful during the Battle of Britain in 1940.Paint Scheme - No.615 Squadron, RAF Kenley, England, August 1940.Airfix Starter Sets are ideal for beginners. Each Small Starter Set includes glue, brush and four acrylic paints - all that is needed to complete a fabulous first kit!

1:72 Hawker Hurricane MkI Starter Set $17.50
58-55114 1:400 Mary Rose Starter Set

The Mary Rose was a carrack-type warship of the English Tudor navy of King Henry VIII. After serving for 33 years in several wars against France, Scotland and Brittany she saw her last action on 19th July 1545.While leading the attack on the galleys of a French invasion fleet, she sank in the Solent. She now resides in a superb new exhibition site in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard.

1:400 Mary Rose Starter Set $17.50
58-55115 1:72 De Havilland DH.82a Tiger Moth Starter Set

The de Havilland Tiger Moth first flew in late October 1931 and, after being accepted into RAF service as a trainer the following year, has enjoyed widespread use and universal popularity ever since. Surviving into the jet age, the diminutive biplane was finally retired from RAF service in 1959. Over 7,000 were produced, with an estimated number of over 250 still flying today.Paint Scheme - L6923 Hatfield Reserve flying school, 1938.Airfix Starter Sets are ideal for beginners. Each Small Starter Set includes glue, brush and four acrylic paints - all that is needed to complete a fabulous first kit!

1:72 De Havilland DH.82a Tiger Moth Starter Set $17.50
58-55202A 1:72 RAF Red Arrows Hawk 50th Season Starter Set

The dual control BAE Hawk T1 is the RAF's advanced trainer, and has been used by the Red Arrows since 1979. The aircraft is essentially the same as those flown by RAF Advanced Training Students, with the exception of smoke generators and a slightly uprated engine giving a faster response time.Paint Scheme - BAE Hawk T.Mk.1, The Red Arrows Aerobatic Team, RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire, UK, 2012Airfix Starter Sets are ideal for beginners. Medium Starter Sets are a little more challenging to build than the Small Starter Set range, with more parts. This Medium Starter Set includes glue, two brushes and four acrylic paints.

1:72 RAF Red Arrows Hawk 50th Season Starter Set $22.00
58-55207 1:32 VW Beetle Starter Set

The civil production of the Beetle started in December 1945 and only finished in 2003. Originally powered by a 1100cc air-cooled four cylinder engine, it was continually updated throughout the Beetle's history, culminating in the 1584cc engine found in the final Mexican variants.

1:32 VW Beetle Starter Set $22.00
58-55210 1:32 WWII German Infantry Starter Set

WWII German Infantry kitted out in Western European uniforms.

1:32 WWII German Infantry Starter Set $22.00
58-55211 1:32 WWII British Infantry Multipose Starter Set

WWII British Infantry wearing uniforms for D-Day onwards. Suitable for use with 1:35 scale models too.

1:32 WWII British Infantry Multipose Starter Set $22.00
58-55212 1:32 WWII US Infantry Multipose Starter Set

WWII U.S. Infantry wearing uniforms for D-Day onwards. Perfect for interactive display with both the British and German Infantry.

1:32 WWII US Infantry Multipose Starter Set $22.00
58-55305 1:72 English Electric Lightning F2A - Starter Set

The English Electric Lightning was a supersonic jet fighter aircraft of the Cold War era, noted for its great speed. It is the onlyall-British Mach 2 fighter and was the first aircraft in the world capable of cruising at Mach+ speeds. It could also carry the awesome Firestreak missile.Paint Scheme - 92 Squadron RAF Guttersloh 1980s.Airfix Starter Sets are ideal for beginners. Medium Starter Sets are a little more challenging to build than the Small Starter Set range, with more parts. Each Medium Starter Set includes glue, two brushes and six acrylic paints.

1:72 English Electric Lightning F2A - Starter Set $30.00
58-55306 1:32 Jaguar XKRGT3 Fantasy Scheme - Starter Set

Jaguar created many fantasy schemes for the XKRGT and this is one such official scheme that will really make this fantastic car stand out.Paint Scheme - Jaguar XKRGT 'Fantasy Scheme'Airfix Starter Sets are ideal for beginners. Large Starter Sets are perfect for gifts or to build yourself once you have mastered the basics. Each Large Starter Set includes glue, two brushes and six acrylic paints.

1:32 Jaguar XKRGT3 Fantasy Scheme - Starter Set $33.50

Themed Gift Sets

Code Description Image Price A$
58-50049 1:180 HMS Victory Gift Set

HMS Victory is the only surviving warship that fought in the American War of Independence, the French Revolutionary War and the Napoleonic Wars. In the latter she served as Lord Nelson's flagship at the decisive Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, which she carried over 100 guns. Her career began some 40 years earlier. Ordered by the Navy Board on 6th June 1759 during the Seven Years War she was completed on 7th May 1765.

1:180 HMS Victory Gift Set $71.50
58-50069 1:600 HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast is a cruiser, she was lanuched in 1938 and served with distinction in both the Second World War and the Korean War. She is now the only surviving example of the great fleets of the big gun armoured warships built for the Royal Navy in the first half of the twentieth century and the first ship to be preserved for the nation since Nelson's flagship, HMS Victory.When delivered in August 1939, Belfast represented the high-water mark of Bristish cruiser development. Her retirement from active service in 1965 brought down the final curtain on a long line of vessels built to protect the Empire's trade routes during the period of Britain's amritime ascendancy.

1:600 HMS Belfast $43.50
58-50070 1:600 HMS Ark Royal

Arguably the best known name throughout the Royal Navy's history, this is the 'Ark' that served with great distinction during the Second World War.

1:600 HMS Ark Royal $43.50
58-98670 1:72 Falklands War Collection - available while stock lasts 1:72 Falklands War Collection - available while stock lasts $92.50
58-50044 1:144 Wasa Gift Set

The Wasa (Vasa) was a large battleship intended to be the first of a series built to raise the prestige of the Swedish Navy, which up until then had consisted of smaller, lightly armed ships.The Wasa sank within one nautical mile of the start of her maiden voyage in 1628 before she even left the Stockholm archipelago. She was raised in 1961 and is on permanant display in the city.

No Image Available $71.50
58-50045 1:130 Cutty Sark Gift Set

The Cutty Sark was one of the fastest ships of its type on the famous Tea Route from the shores of China to the London Docks. Since 1957 she has been in dry dock in Greenwich, London, attracting visitors from around the world. This much loved ship was almost destroyed in a major fire on 21st May 2007; its hoped she can be fully restored.The Sark was first lauched on 22nd November 1869, built as a clipper - fast, large sailed cargo ship, designed by Hercules Linton of Scott and Linton in Dumbarton, Scotland. After being fitted with her masts she sailed to London to be loaded up with spirits, beer and wine, on 16th February, 1870, she left for her first voyage to China under the command of Captain George Moodie.

1:130 Cutty Sark Gift Set $71.50
58-50059 1:350 Airfix Illustrious Gift Set

The current HMS Illustrious was laid down on the 7th October 1976 at the Swan Hunters Ship Builders Yard on the Tyne. She participated in most major UK and NATO campaigns over the last 15 years; including the First Gulf War, the Sierra Leon Evacuations and the war in Afghanistan in 2001. After this period of hectic activity, in October 2002, HMS Illustrious undertook a 104 week refit in Rosyth Dockyard, Scotland at a total cost of £118 million. The ship is due to remain in service until 2016, when she will be replaced by the aircraft carriers Queen Elizabeth II and Prince of Wales.

1:350 Airfix Illustrious Gift Set $118.00
58-50097 1:72 Vulcan to the Sky

XH558 was the last Vulcan to leave the RAF service, flying on from 1986 to 1993 as the single RAF Display Vulcan, a career of 33 years. Her final flight was on 23rd March 1993 to Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome in Leicestershire, having been sold off by the Ministry of Defence.In 1997, a small team headed by Dr Robert Pleming started to put together an audacious plan to return her to flight, but it was clear from the start that the project would be technically challenging and enormously expensive. Never deterred, the team set off down the path that led to XH558's return to the air.Finally, fourteen years after its last service and with over £7 million spent, Vulcan XH558 roared into the air again on Thursday 18th October 2007, a perfect day for flying. An unforgettable day for the Vulcan to the Sky team.

1:72 Vulcan to the Sky $71.00
58-50060 1:76 WW1 Western Front Battlefield Diorama

This new version of the Western Front and the iconic trenches comes with plenty of troops from both sides to create the scenes most known from the many images seen of the early battles.

1:76 WW1 Western Front Battlefield Diorama $76.00
58-50009 1:76 Battle Front Gift set

This set includes an undecorated diorama base to use with model kits of a Sherman Tank, Tiger Tank, and Forward Command Post. To complete the model are British Paratroops and German Infantry figures. Be as creative as you wish to put all these models together to build a battle scene typical of WWII.

1:76 Battle Front Gift set $49.50
58-50015 1:76 RAF Battle of Britain Airfield Gift set

The summer of 1940 was vital, not just for the survival of the RAF and Great Britain, but also the free world. While the Hurricanes and Spitfires of the RAF played an invaluable role, the hard work of the ground crews and their support cannot be under estimated. The Bedford QL and AEC Matador featured here kept the RAF's fighters supplied and ready to fight.

1:76 RAF Battle of Britain Airfield Gift set $47.25
58-50113 1:72 Sea King Har.5 with Diorama Gift set

One of the most successful helicopter ever built, the Sea King has served in large numbrs around the world since its service debut with the U.S Navy in 1961. Designed by Sikorsky in America as the S-61/SH-3 Series, the Westland Sea King is a licence built development powered by Rolls-Royce engines, and initially delivered to the Royal Navy as the HAS.Mk.1 anti-submarine helicopter.The aircraft had been upgraded over the years and in 1988 the Royal Navy was looking for a replacement for the Wessex HU Mk.1 in the search and rescue role. The simple answer came in removing the anti-submarine equipment from the HAS Mk.5 but retaining the Super Searcher radar. This has produced an outstanding aircraft for the search and rescue missions, and is an improvement on other Sea Kings used in this role.

1:72 Sea King Har.5 with Diorama Gift set $43.00
58-50010 1:24 BAe Sea Harrier FRS1 Gift Set

The FRS1 version of the Sea Harrier is most famous for the actions it participated in during the Falklands War. In March 1982, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic were invaded by Argentinian Forces. Britain responded by sending a Task Force comprising of a large number of vessels including the two aircraft carriers; HMS Hermes and HMS Invincible, both carrying Sea Harrier FRS1s. These aircrafts proved very effective in the hands of highly skilled pilots and support crews during the conflict.

1:24 BAe Sea Harrier FRS1 Gift Set $189.00
58-50131 1:12 London Icons Gift Set

London is one of the most famous and visited cities in the world. Many sights have come to symbolise both the Citie's history and its future, but few are as iconic as the Life Guard, Coldstream Guard, and Yeoman Guard. Protecting the Queen and Buckingham Palace as they do, these figures are recognised the world over as symbols of London.

1:12 London Icons Gift Set $49.00
58-50128 1:72 Double : Spitfire Mk1A & BF110C/D

The summer of 1940 saw an epic battle in the skies over Southern England. The RAF and Luftwaffe each fought to gain aerial supremacy over the other. The RAF fielded a formidable fighter force, the most famous machine in its arsenal being the Supermarine Spitfire.The opposing Luftwaffe also fielded a potent single-engine fighter, but it was the twin-engined Messerschmitt Bf110 with its longer range that often engaged the RAF over England. Its longer range did not translate into fighting ability and it found itself under-powered and outclassed when compared to the nimble and potent Supermarine Spitfire. Many 110s were downed and the Spitfire proved itself to be the most capable fighter in the air during the Battle of Britain.

1:72 Double : Spitfire Mk1A & BF110C/D $41.00
58-50129 1:72 Victoria Cross Collection

The Victoria Cross is the highest British and Commonwealth military decoration that can be, or has been, awarded to military personnel for acts of outstanding valour in the face of the enemy. Each of the five airmen represented in this set performed outstanding displays of gallantry and are each worthy recipients of this nation's most famous and highest award. Ranging from a fighter pilot staying in his burning aircraft to despatch one last enemy to a bomber pilot who attacked a large target despite impossible odds. Each of these five recipients displayed exceptional bravery and rightly deserved to be recognised with the Commonwealth's highest reward, the Victoria Cross.Hughie Idwal Edwards - Bristol Blenheim: Awarded his VC for leading a bombing raid against the port of Bremen. He survived the war.Donald Edward Garland & Thomas Gray - Fairey Battle: Awarded their VC in 1940 for attacking bridges in Belgium. The VC was awarded posthumous.John Hannah - Handley Page Hampden: Awarded his VC for gallantry in tackling a fire on his plane that was caused by anti-aircraft fire during the attack on Antwerp.James Brindley Nicholson - Hawker Hurricane: Awarded his VC after shooting down a Bf110 while on fire. He survived but was badly burnt.

1:72 Victoria Cross Collection $71.00
58-50127 1:72 Dogfight Curtiss P48 and Mitsubishi Zero

On 7th December 1941 the Japanese air assault on Pearl Harbor plunged the United States of America into a war it sought to avoid since in began in September 1939. At 7:48am Japanese aircraft struck, carrier bombers and torpedo planes attacking ships moored at Battleship Row, with fighters attacking airfields, targets of opportunity and any American fighters who dared to rise to oppose them. The surprise was total, damage to the American fleet extensive, with numerous ships being sunk or damaged. Hundreds of American aircraft were destroyed. The few fighters that took off to counter the attack were mainly Curtiss P40B fighters, which soon engaged in a vicious and deadly dogfight. George S Welch, racing to the field where his fighter was based, only had time to arm the .30-caliber guns on his P40. Nonetheless, he rose to defend his base and the island. Flying above Wheeler Field, Welch claimed a number of Japanese machines, including a Zero fighter.Overall, the day belonged to the Japanese with only a handful of the attacking force lost, but they failed in their primary objective. The American aircraft carriers survived because they were at sea. As Admiral Yamamoto feared, Japan awoke a sleeping giant, one that would bring about their total defeat in 1945.

1:72 Dogfight Curtiss P48 and Mitsubishi Zero $43.00
58-50133 1:72 FaireySwordfish Gift Set

Of all the aircraft operated by the Royal Navy since 1912 when the Naval Wing of the Royal Flying Corps was formed, the Swordfish aircraft is historically the most important.In its torpedo bombing role, the Swordfish took part in many memorable events in the war: the decimation of the Italian fleet at Taranto in November 1940, the battle of Cape Matapan in March 1941, the crippling of the Bismark, the 'Channel Dash' of the German pocket battleships in February 1942, and a long record of shipping destruction from bases in Malta.As the war progressed, the Swordfish went on to such duties as convoy escort and anti-submarine patrols.Paint Scheme - Fairey Swordfish MK.1 K8375/2Q, No.810 Naval Air Squadron, Fleet Arm Air, HMS Ark Royal, May 1941

1:72 FaireySwordfish Gift Set $43.00
58-50014 1:48 Dogfight Double Spitfire MkVB/BF109F

As well as being deadly adversaries over the skies of Europe, the Messerschmitt Bf109F-4 and Supermarine Spitfire MkVb also found themselves locked in combat over the deserts of North Africa and the Mediterranean Sea. This set contains the aircraft of two aces, Neville Duke and Karl-Heinz Krahl, adversaries who both achieved numerous victories in the desert war before the Allies superior numbers and their ability to hold on to the strategic island of Malta resulted in the Afrika Korps being driven from North Africa and back through the Italian mainland.

1:48 Dogfight Double Spitfire MkVB/BF109F $49.50
58-50055A 1:24 Supermarine Spifire Mk VB

Jan Zumbach, the famous Polish Battle of Britain fighter ace flew EN951 303 Sqn from late September 1941. Earlier in the year Jan was posted back to 303 as a Flight Commander and only two months later he was promoted to Squadron Leader and appointed to command the Squadron, a duty he performed from May until December 1942.It was during this period Zumbach had three personal Spitfires, all of them Mk VBs coded RF-D, and all adorned with a Donald Duck symbol in front of the cockpit on the left hand side. For the third 'Donald', the artwork was unsurprisingly larger and more detailed than on the previous two machines. Similarly, his personal tally was marked by crosses on the left hand side, confirmed kills being outline in white, probable in red and damaged without an outline.

1:24 Supermarine Spifire Mk VB $118.00
58-50116 1:72 BBMF Collection

Available while stock lasts

1:72 BBMF Collection $71.00
58-50120 1:1200 Waterline Sink the Bismark

The Bismark was the most famous German battleship of the Second World War. Hounded by the Royal Navy and Fleet Air Arm in its maiden voyage, It was engaged throughout its first operation, sinking the pride of the Royal Navy, HMS Hood, before being crippled by Fairey Swordfish torpedo planes from the HMS Ark Royal.Finally, scuttled by her own crew after a combined battleship and destroyer force, she took nearly 400 heavy shells before eventually succumbing to the onslaught. It was one of the most famous naval actions of the Second World War and is immortalised in this set, comprising the most important ships of the action.Bizmarck: L209 x W30 Pieces - 50HMS Hood: L219 x W26.5 Pieces 64 Prinz Eugen: L177 x W18 Pieces - 56HMS Ark Royal: L200 x W24 Pieces 42HMS Suffolk: L158 x W17.3 Pieces 44Tribal Class Destroyer x 2: L95.8 x W9.3 Pieces 20 each

1:1200 Waterline Sink the Bismark $49.26
58-50121 1:48 British Forces - Landrover Patrol

A nation of both breath-taking scenery and ancient culture, Afghanistan has in recent years also been a land torn apart by religious and political conflict. After the end of the Russian invasion in the late 1980s, the country was then ravaged by civil war, with the ultra-hardline Taliban taking control over the majority of the country. Following the terrorist attacks in 2001, the World's attention focused on Afghanistan as it emerged that the Taliban was a supporter of terrorist groups.This resulted in a US-led effort to rid Afghanistan of the Taliban and instead, allow its population to vote for their own goverment and live in religious tolerance, without fear of violence and intimidation. British troops have been involved in this effort since 2001, under the codename Operation Herrick since 2002. As of 2012, this operation continues with much progress made. The British Army continues to operate as part of the NATO International Security Assistance Force with a majority of the forces in the south of the country, around Helmand Province.The British Army in Helmand Province are very well equipped for the challenges this famous volatyile province presents. Using their years of experience and vehicles such as Jackals, Lynx Helicopters and Mastiff Armoured Vehicles, the British Army aims not only to quell the Taliban insurgency that is still active in Helmand, but also provide assistance and training to the Afghan Army, in hope they will soon take over security for the nation themselves.The use of combined arms, troops with armour, artillery and helicopters, is an important feature of Allied operations in Afghanistan and is well represented in this set, with various aspects of the British contribution to the force included.

1:48 British Forces - Landrover Patrol $49.50
58-50122 1:48 British Forces - Helicopter Support

A nation of both breath-taking scenery and ancient culture, Afghanistan has in recent years also been a land torn apart by religious and political conflict. After the end of the Russian invasion in the late 1980s, the country was then ravaged by civil war, with the ultra-hardline Taliban taking control over the majority of the country. Following the terrorist attacks in 2001, the World's attention focused on Afghanistan as it emerged that the Taliban was a supporter of terrorist groups.This resulted in a US-led effort to rid Afghanistan of the Taliban and instead, allow its population to vote for their own goverment and live in religious tolerance, without fear of violence and intimidation. British troops have been involved in this effort since 2001, under the codename Operation Herrick since 2002. As of 2012, this operation continues with much progress made. The British Army continues to operate as part of the NATO International Security Assistance Force with a majority of the forces in the south of the country, around Helmand Province.The British Army in Helmand Province are very well equipped for the challenges this famous volatyile province presents. Using their years of experience and vehicles such as Jackals, Lynx Helicopters and Mastiff Armoured Vehicles, the British Army aims not only to quell the Taliban insurgency that is still active in Helmand, but also provide assistance and training to the Afghan Army, in hope they will soon take over security for the nation themselves.The use of combined arms, troops with armour, artillery and helicopters, is an important feature of Allied operations in Afghanistan and is well represented in this set, with various aspects of the British contribution to the force included.

1:48 British Forces - Helicopter Support $78.60
58-50123 1:48 British Forces - Patrol and Support Group

A nation of both breath-taking scenery and ancient culture, Afghanistan has in recent years also been a land torn apart by religious and political conflict. After the end of the Russian invasion in the late 1980s, the country was then ravaged by civil war, with the ultra-hardline Taliban taking control over the majority of the country. Following the terrorist attacks in 2001, the World's attention focused on Afghanistan as it emerged that the Taliban was a supporter of terrorist groups.This resulted in a US-led effort to rid Afghanistan of the Taliban and instead, allow its population to vote for their own goverment and live in religious tolerance, without fear of violence and intimidation. British troops have been involved in this effort since 2001, under the codename Operation Herrick since 2002. As of 2012, this operation continues with much progress made. The British Army continues to operate as part of the NATO International Security Assistance Force with a majority of the forces in the south of the country, around Helmand Province.The British Army in Helmand Province are very well equipped for the challenges this famous volatyile province presents. Using their years of experience and vehicles such as Jackals, Lynx Helicopters and Mastiff Armoured Vehicles, the British Army aims not only to quell the Taliban insurgency that is still active in Helmand, but also provide assistance and training to the Afghan Army, in hope they will soon take over security for the nation themselves.Both adaptations of civilian Land Rover Defenders, the Snatch and WMIK (Weapons Mounted Installation Kit) are as for removed from everyday Land Rovers as you can get. The Snatch is an up-armoured version of the Land Rover 110, suitable for armoured patrols in potentially hostile enviroments. Able to offer some protection against small arms fire and limited protection against explosives, the Snatch is being phased out in favour of more modern replacements. The heavily armed WMIK however, continues to serve in this, its most recent incarnation, the R+, as an effective Special Forces and reconnaissance vehicle.The use of combined arms, troops with armour, artillery and helicopters, is an important feature of Allied operations in Afghanistan and is well represented in this set, with various aspects of the British contribution to the force included.

1:48 British Forces - Patrol and Support Group $93.50
58-50132 HMS Daring Type 45 Gift Set

Britain's six Type 45 'Daring Class' destroyers are the most advanced escorts the nation has ever built. They are designed to shield a naval task force from air attack by using the Sea Viper missile system. Their Aster missiles can knock targets out of the sky over 70 miles away if required. The Type 45 destroyers are also capable of a range of other roles and will spend their commissions switching between them, often at short notice.

HMS Daring Type 45 Gift Set $118.00
58-50134 1:72 Dogfight Double A-4/Harrier FRS

The Falklands War began on 2nd April 1982 with an Argentine invasion and occupation of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. The British response was adamant - the Falklands were British and would be re-taken either through diplomatic negotiation, or if that failed, by force.By 5th April, a British Task Force was underway. With diplomatic efforts unsuccessful, the British Government resigned itself to using force to re-take the islands. The Task Force would be protected in the air by just 28 Sea Harrier FRS1s. These aircraft were unproven in combat and many believed that they would be outclassed by Argentina's supersonic Mirage III jet interceptors, was well as outnumbered by its larger force of combat aircraft.The main opposition for the Sea Harriers in the conflict proved to be a small attack aircraft of the Argentine Air Force - the Pucara and the American built Douglas A4 Skyhawk. The Mirage fighters rarely engaging the nimble Harriers.Without protection, the ageing A4 Skyhawks suffered accordingly and while some successes were achieved by the diminutive fighter-bomber against the ships of the Task Force, eight were lost in aerial combat. The Sea Harrier by contrast suffered no air to air losses during the conflict and ended the war a capable and proven fighter aircraft.Paint Scheme - BAE Sea Harrier, 899 Naval Air Squadron, HMS Hermes, Air Group Falklands 1982 and A-4P Argentine Air Force, Grupo 5, 1982

1:72 Dogfight Double A-4/Harrier FRS $48.00
58-50135 1:72 Dogfight Double Spitfire 1A Messerschmitt BF 109F

After the fall of France in 1940, the two great air arms of the day, Great Britain's RAF and Germany's Luftwaffe, faced each other in large numbers for the first time. The spearhead of the Luftwaffe was the Messerschmitt Bf109E. A formidable fighting machine, it had proved itself to be world class throughout its previous campaigns. Over southern England, in the summer of 1940, it faced a new set of challenges. The most serious for the German pilots being the widespread use of the RAF's finest fighter, the Supermarine Spitfre. More manoeuvrable than the 109E, the Spitfire was the finest fighter of its day. This set contains two aircraft flown by aces. Helmut Wick and John Dundas. Neither survived their fateful engagement on 28th November 1940.Paint Schemes - Supermarine Spitfire 1A, 609 Squadron, F/Lt Dundas, October 1940 and Messerschmitt Bf109E-4, JG2, Helmut Wick, October 1940

1:72 Dogfight Double Spitfire 1A Messerschmitt BF 109F $41.00
58-50143 1:72 Aircraft of the Aces - discontinued

New in 2012

1:72 Aircraft of the Aces - discontinued $39.95
58-50149 1:72 RAF Bènevolent Fund BAE Hawk

Like Airfix, the RAF Benevolent Fund is a great British institution. The charity was founded in 1919, just after the foundation of the Royal Air Force. BAck then it's role was to look after the airmen injured in the Great War and their families. That year the RAF Benevolent Fund spent £919 on welfare expensiture, in 2011 it spent some £23 million.It is still looking out for the RAF family today, delivering a wide range of services for all the members of the RAF family from the youngest child to the oldest veteran. Anyone who serves in the RAF, past, present or future is eligible for its assistance. It could be providing World War II Lancaster navigator with a mobility scooter, supporting the widow of an RAF sergeant killed in Iraq, or helping a young man injured in Afganhistan make the transisition to civilian life.Amazingly the charity does all this without any government support. People all over the UK remember the sacrifice that the RAF had made for the nation, and make donations large and small to ensure that their fine work continues.Airfix also recognises the contribution of teh Royal Air Force, and proudly supports the RAF Benevolent Fund, collecting money for them at roadshows, and making donations from every sale of specially marked RAFBF kits.Paint Scheme - British Aerospace Hawk T.Mk.1, No.208 (R) Squadron, Royal Air Force Valley, 2009

1:72 RAF Bènevolent Fund BAE Hawk $23.00
58-50112 1:48 Westland Lynx Gift Set

The Lynx is a fast, agile and versatile helicopter that has seen over 30 years service with the Royal Navy. It is also the maritime helicopter choice for many other Navies around the world.It features composite main rotor blades, known as CMRBs, as well as a superior sensor outfit. The nose-mounted Sea Owl thermal imaging camera introduced in the Mk 8, as the HMA 8 is known in the Royal Navy, provided a passive identification capability. The addition of this sensor required the repositioning of the Sea Spray radar into a radome below the nose. It also introduced a range of other avionice upgrades, as well as a new tail rotor, as used on the Army's AH7 Lynx.The Royal Navy version is operated by the Fleet Air Arm and has numerous roles. Its primary roles are anti-surface warfare (ASuW) and anti-submarine warfare (ASW). The ASuW capability is frequently used in counter piracy, counter drugs and Maritime Counter Terrorism (MCT) operations. An embarked Lynx armed with Sea Skua anti-ship missiles enables a warship to strike enemy units over 100 miles away. Its secondary roles include Search and Rescue (SAR), Helicopter Delivery Service (HDS) and gunnery spotting.

1:48 Westland Lynx Gift Set $73.00
58-50126 1:32 Mini Cooper S Twin Pack

Introduced in 2007, the updated MINI Cooper S featured a number of improvements over its predecessor. As well as improved interior space, the new Cooper S also introduced a new engine, now turbo rather than supercharged, that resulted in an output of 184bhp, with the dash to 62mph being covered in 7.0 seconds. Raced successfully across the world, the Cooper S looks set to continue the tradition of fast MINIs.

1:32 Mini Cooper S  Twin Pack $49.00
58-50136 1:72 Focke Wulf Fw190A-8 and Hawker Typhoon Ib Dogfight Doubles Gift Set

At the end of 1940 the Luftwaffe in France, despite its losses in the Battle of Britain, remained a credible and powerful force. The Allies quickly realised that in order to mount a successful retaking of the continent they would need total air superiority over the Luftwaffe.In order to achieve this they began by using fighter bombers, attacking communication targets, airfields, and other targets of opportunity in an effort to strangle the supply lines and forces of the enemy.  Light, medium and heavy bombers were also used, attacking enemy troop concentrations, as well as potential landing sites and again, airfields.By June 1944, the Luftwaffe was a shadow of its former self in Northern France. During D-Day, only one strafing run was undertaken by Luftwaffe fighters, when Josef 'Pips' Priller of JG26, strafed troops on Sword Beach before beating a hasty retreat. This inconsequential attack is representative of the Luftwaffe's actions on this day, which failed to disrupt the invasion at all.Allied fighter bombers such as the superlative Typhoon went on to take a heavy toll of German men and material throughout the campaign, especially within the Falaise pocket towards the end of August. With its powerful armament of four 20mm cannons, the Typhoon was able to pack a serious amount of firepower, with its bomb or rocket armament increasing its destructive potential.

1:72 Focke Wulf Fw190A-8 and Hawker Typhoon Ib Dogfight Doubles Gift Set $33.50
58-50147 1:72 Channel Dash Gift Set

The Channel Dash, codenamed operation Cerberus by the Germans, was one of the most audacious naval operations of all time. In early 1942, three of the Kriegsmarine's most powerful warships were stranded in the French port of Brest, unable to easily recover to a German port and under repaet bombing attacks by the RAF.The three German capital ships, Scharnhorst, Gneisenau and Prinz Eugen had no choice but to run the British naval blockade around the port of Brest and break for home waters through the English Channel - a stretch of water in places only 30 miles wide - under the noses of the RAF, Royal Navy and shore batteries. On the night of teh 11th of February, the German ships slipped through the blockade and made full speed into the Channel. Unfortunately for teh British, and luckily for the Germans, the ships were not spotted until the following morning by two Spitfires of the RAF, however, due to needing to maintain radio silence, they did not inform their superiors until landing.While the RAF and Royal Navy had been expecting this operation their response was far from effective. Just six Swordfish bi-planes made up the intial strike force. Led by Lieutenant Commander Eugene Esmonde, DSO, they circled their RAF Manston base for around five minutes, waiting for their allotted escort of RAF Spitfires, but it was just ten aircraft of number 72 Squadron that found the Swordfish and escorted them, against a force of up to 250 Luftwaffe fighters.The attack was suicide. The Spitfires soon became embroiled in a whirling dogfight with the Luftwaffe fighters, leaving the six Swordfish to the mercy of any other fighers and the murderous flak. Esmonde pressed home his Torpedo run to the lowest level, even flying when his port wing was shot off and his aircraft aflame. All the aircraft were lost, with just five crewmen surviving. Esmonde was not one of the survivors.All the ships escaped unharmed, the only damage to them during the whole operation was thanks to mines laid in the approach to their own harbours. Repeated attacks by bomber command and coastal command were ineffective, as were the shore batteries and destroyer assaults. For his heroic attack, Esmonde was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross. The attack was made in the foulest of weather, against the most determined enemy who outclassed them in both numbers and equipment, but the bravery of the Swordfish crews cannot be questioned and was even commented on by the German captain of Scharnhost " What an heroic stage for them to meet their end on. Behind then, their homeland, which that had just left with their hearts steeled to their purpose still in view" abd spurred a Daily Mail Reporter to write:"This is an episode in the Battle of the Straits of which Britons can be rightly proud. In planes which, against German protecting aircraft, were as slow as cart horses compared with a motor car, 18 men of the Fleet Air Arm flew over the Channel. Crippled and ablaze before they got within range, they kept on, delivered their attack - and died"18 Men We Shall Never Forget"

1:72 Channel Dash Gift Set $49.00
58-50155 1:72 RAF Benevolent Fund BAE Hawk Gift Set

The Hawk Display team is the public face of Number 4 Flying Training School (4FTS) based at RAF Valley on Anglesey and their full time mission is to train the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy combat pilots of the future. This was the 2012 RAFBF scheme flown by the team.

1:72 RAF Benevolent Fund BAE Hawk Gift Set $23.00
58-50124 1:48 British Forces Forward Assault Group set

The RAF Regiment is an intergral part of today's RAF whose primary role is to protect the vital aircraft and airbases on operations around the world. The RAF Regiment was formed in 1942 and after over 70 years of constant operational service it continues to enable Air Power by defeating adversaries in close combat and aggressively defending the RAF's critical assets.The key functions of the Regiment is to provide Force Protection command and control, ground combat, specialist training, chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear defence and air land integration. The RAF Regiment uses a wide array of weapons, vehicles and specialist capabilities to provide a world leading Force Protection against ground attack, rocket or mortar fire and protecting aircraft from threats whilst in flight ir on the ground.The Regiment provides personnel who are trained to direct Close Air Support from friendly aircraft, calling in air strikes in direct support of troops on the ground. It's fighting manpower can deploy anywhere in the world at short notice and is equipped with cutting edge light, medium and heavy weapons, including surveilance equipment, which enables them to quickly find and robustly deal with any threats encountered.Please Note: The Driver, Passenger and 'Top Gunner' figures supplied in this set have been designed to fit the Airfix Jackal and Coyote. They can be made to fit into the Airfix Snatch Land Rover and WMIK, but they will require some modification in order to do so, therefore only modellers with some experience should attempt this.Important: It is not possible to fully assemble the Driver, Passenger and 'Top Gunner' figures from this set and then fit them into a fully assembled Jackal or Coyote (or any other vehicle). The figures must be built up together, as indicated in the figure assembly instructions. Please read both the figure and vehicle instructions carefully before you start.

1:48 British Forces Forward Assault Group set $49.00
58-50154 Mini Countryman WRC/Ford Fiesta WRC Gift Set

Ford Fiesta RS WRCDeveloped from the standard Fiesta road car the Ford Fiesta RS WRC is a bespoke rally car built by M-Sport for the works Ford Rally Team for use in the World Rally Championship. The new WRC regulations for 2011 required a turbocharged 1600cc; this engine is both reliable and powerful, thus keeping the flame-spitting character of the WRC cars intact. as number of teams now drive the Fiesta WRC in the World Rally Championship and it has scored a number of victories and been competitive with both the works rally team and a number of privateer teams.MINI Countryman WRCDebuted by the MINI WRC team during the 2011 World Rally Championship, the MINI Countryman WRC is the first rally car to bear the MINI label in top level rallying since the 1960s. Much was made of this historical connection, with press events being undertaken using both the four wheel drive 300bhp 1,600 turbo charged MINI WRC, as well as historical forebear, the 1960s Cooper S.

Mini Countryman WRC/Ford Fiesta WRC Gift Set $49.00
58-50031B 1:48 Red Arrow Hawk Gift Set 50th Season

The Red Arrows is arguably the best known aerobatic team in the world and with their striking red colour scheme, this excellent larger scale model really shows the grace and lines of their superb aircraft.The dual control BAe Systems Hawk T1 is the RAF's advanced trainer, and has been used by the Red Arrows since 1979, replacing the Folland Gnat. The Hawk's Rolls Royce Adour engine produces 5,200lbs of thrust and can power the aircraft to a top speed of Mach 1.2. The aircraft had a maximum altitude of 48,000ft and fuel capacity gives a range of 1,000nm, making most of the world accessible apart from New Zealand.The smoke generation system pumps diesel mixed with appropriately coloured dye into the jet exhaust to produce the colourful vapour trails that enhance both visual effect and flight safety. This allows five minutes of white smoke, one of red and one of blue.

1:48 Red Arrow Hawk Gift Set 50th Season $47.25
58-50156 1:72 D-Day Sea Assault Gift Set

While the first Allied soldiers landed in Normandy via parachute during the night of the 5th and 6th of June 1944, the vast majority of the liberating Allied troops would have to come via the sea, landing on Normandy's beaches under heavy fire and fighting their way inland.The Allies had various different types of landing craft for getting men ashore. Some were very large like the Landing Ship Tank (LST), some much smaller like the small amphibious DUKW but it was the Higgins LCVP (Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel) which proved to be one of the most important types used. Employed to transport the majority of US Personnel, as well as many British troops when they were used by the Royal Navy, they were vital because they could very quickly offload men and small vehicles, such as Jeeps, while under fire.Jeeps were vital because they offered the Allies mobility in the earliest hours of the campaign. The LCVPs were also able to return fire with their compliment of two .30 inch machine guns, helping to protect the troops that they were disembarking.Overall D-day was a success, thanks in no small part to the work of boats like these and their crews.

1:72 D-Day Sea Assault Gift Set $33.50
58-50157 1:72 D-Day Air Assault Gift Set

On the eve of June the 6th 1944, the vast majority of mainland Europe was either under the control of Hitler's Nazi regime, or heavily influenced by it. Only Britain stood free in Europe and openly opposed the fascist regime then seeking to control the world. Supported by the United States and Canada, as well as troops from the then occupied nations, the 6th of June marked the Western Allies return to France after the humiliation of the evacuation from Dunkirk in 1940.The invasion required the Allies to hold total air superiority over the Normandy landing grounds. The lead up to the day had seen thousands of sorties carried out by Allied aircraft. From heavy bombers relentlessly pounding targets of strategic important in France, to fighter bombers such as the Hawker Typhoon that attacked enemy troop formations and smaller targets - the Allied air assault was total. Due to the distance from Normandy to the UK, once the Allied had a foothold on the French coast, small temporary airfields were immediately established which gave the Allies the opportunity to fly more sorties and to be closer to the action. Some of these airfields were so close to the frontline they suffered mortar attacks.These airfields were to prove their worth, and with the help of Allied airpower, Hitler's armies were pushed further and further back, culminating in the defeat of Nazi Germany just eleven months later.Airfix Gift Sets are ideal for more advanced modellers and include glue, acrylic paints and brushes.

1:72 D-Day Air Assault Gift Set $49.00
58-50158 1:72 BBMF Collection Gift Set

Seen all over the UK every summer and in parts of Europe, this new version of an element of the BBMF comes with the Lancaster BIII, Spitfire PRXIX and MkII and signifies the skill and sacrifices made by the air and ground crews of the RAF during WWII. With a display stand the aircraft can be displayed flying in formation.Paint Scheme - BBMF Collection: Avro Lancaster B.III, Supermarine Spitfire PRXIX, Supermarine Spitfire MkII

1:72 BBMF Collection Gift Set $71.00
58-50159 1:48 Red Arrows 50 Display Season Gift Set

Flying the Folland Gnat 50 years ago to the BAe Hawk of today, the Red Arrows have displayed in two of the great trainer aircraft of the last half-century. This set celebrates both these aircraft and the 50th Display Season of the Red Arrows.Paint Scheme - Red Arrows BAe Hawk and Folland Gnat

1:48 Red Arrows 50 Display Season Gift Set $71.00
58-50160 1:48 Supermarine Spitfire MkVB Messerschmitt BF 109E Gift Set

After the Battle of Britain of 1940 the Spitfire and Messerschmitt Bf109 carried on many dogfights during the next months andyears. The upgraded Spitifire Vb is included in this set with its formidable foe, the Bf109E.Paint Scheme - Supermarine Spitfire MkVb, 249 Squadron, Malta, 1942 and Messerschmitt BF109E, 7/JG26, Sicilly, 1941

1:48 Supermarine Spitfire MkVB Messerschmitt BF 109E Gift Set $49.00
58-50161 1:48 British Army Attack Force Gift Set

The Warrior comes with British Army Patrol Troops in this set to enable a diorama to be created. The contents of this can of course be added to others in the collection, found here.

1:48 British Army Attack Force Gift Set $49.00
58-50163 1:32 WWI Old Bill Bus Gift Set

The British Army of 1914 lacked motorised transport, so following the outbreak of war and by the time of the First Battle of Ypres, the War Office had commandeered a number of London buses along with their drivers. These soon became known as ‘Old Bill Buses‘ with a reference to Bairnsfather’s Old Bill character.

1:32 WWI Old Bill Bus Gift Set $49.00
58-50162 1:72 D-Day Operation Overlord Giant Gift Set

Early on the morning of June 6th 1944 the combined forces of the Allied armies landed on the Normandy beaches in Northern France in the most ambitious and important operation of the Second World War. With airborne troops already on the ground and fighting, the sea-borne element of the force began landing. This phase of the operation was codenamed Neptune and consisted of five invasion beaches, three British and Canadian (Sword, Gold and Juno) and two American beaches (Omaha and Utah).The landings themselves were preceded both by a powerful air attack and by a fierce naval artillery barrage from a vast armada of ships anchored off-shore. The majority of the beaches were taken with casualties, but no severe losses, except for Omaha where the American troops were pinned down after the naval bombardment failed to destroy the German defences.But even this obstacle was overcome and once the beach-heads were secure, Allied troops and equipment were quickly brought ashore, ready to continue on and liberate the occupied countries of Western Europe and ultimately to defeat Germany and win the war.This collection comes from the Normandy beach-head, with tanks, landing craft, trucks, a gun emplacement, soldiers and a diorama base to enable you to recreate this momentous day.

1:72 D-Day Operation Overlord Giant Gift Set $98.50
58-50164 1:700 Titanic Gift Set

This model of the famous and tragically doomed Titanic comes in pre-coloured plastic making it suitable for beginners as well as advanced modellers of all ages.Built by Harland and Wolff in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and launched on May 31st 1911, the Royal Mail Steam Ship 'Titanic' was one of three Olympic-class passenger ships built for the White Star line.The largest and most luxuriant passenger ship ever built at the time, Titanic sailed on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York on 10 April 1912, and what was seen as a trumph of man-made engineering was to end in tradedy and disaster at the hands of nature.Paint Scheme - R.M.S Titanic, 1914

1:700 Titanic Gift Set $49.00