Airfix Red Stripe - David Muscroft.

Airfix Red Stripe model kits

Or as they are correctly called, the T3 series of packaging. Featured here are the classic early kits that were avidly collected by myself and a generation of plastic modellers in the 1960s .

These are the incomparable artworks of Roy Cross, and others. This page is not a definitive look at the whole Airfix range, but a selection of fully retouched photographs of battered old boxes, with a very heavy leaning towards RAF aircraft This is where military history meets visual nostalgia, and the essence of boyhoods’ youthful activities. Some items in the range are sometimes the epitome of classic British eccentricity.


The quality of the reproductions shown here reflects the retouching I have done to the photographs or scans of the boxes and header cards of the old kits in my possession. Hence my assertion that the images you see here are my copyright, though of course the copyright of the original images belongs to the artist, or company which commissioned them.


The elegant Handley Page Heracles airliner.

Featuring the red white and blue roundel

  • Auster Antarctic survey aircraft

  • Avro 504K inter-war training biplane.

  • Fairey Battle WW11 light bomber.

  • Avro Anson WW11 trainer.

  • Beagle Bassett communications aircraft.

  • Bristol Beaufighter WW11 bomber.

  • Bristol Blenheim WW11 bomber.

  • Bloodhound anti-aircraft missile.

  • Folland Gnat 1950s pilot trainer.

  • Fairey Firefly Fleet Air Arm fighter bomber.

  • WW11 airfield emergency vehicles.

  • H.S. Dominie navigation trainer.

  • WW11 Boulton Paul Defiant fighter.

  • Chipmunk pilot trainer.

  • De Havilland D.H.4 WW1 fighter.

  • Blackburn N.A.39 bomber (Buccaneer prototype).

  • WW1 Bristol Fighter.

  • Bristol Bulldog inter-war fighter

  • Bristol 192 transport helicopter.

  • Folland Gnat trainer.

  • WW1 Handley Page 0-400 heavy bomber.

  • WW11 Halifax bomber.

  • WW11 Hampden light bomber.

  • Hawker Demon inter-war fighter.

  • Hawker Harrier GR1 VSTOL fighter.

  • Hercules transport with Bloodhound missile load.

  • The immortal Spitfire.

  • WW11 Short Stirling heavy bomber.

  • Seahawk Fleet Air Arm fighter.

  • WW11 airfield refueling equipment.

  • WW1 R.E.8 fighter.

  • English Electric Lightning, mach 2 interceptor.

  • The RAF's first jet fighter the Meteor.

  • German produced packaging for the Jet Provost.

  • BAC Jaguar ground attack bomber.

  • Jet Provost T.MK.3 trainer.

  • BAC Jaguar light attack bomber.

  • Hawker Hurricane WW11 fighter.

  • Hawker Hunter of The Black Arrows.

  • WW11 Short Sunderland maritime patrol aircraft; the 'flying porcupine'.

  • De Havilland Tiger Moth inter-war trainer.

  • Royal Navy Swordfish torpedo bomber.

  • WW11 Hawker Typhoon fighter bomber.

  • WW11 Wellington bomber.

  • WW11 Westland Whirlwind fighter.

  • Red Stripe collection

More Aviation

  • WW11 US Catalina flying boat

  • Vietnam war Dogfight Double.

  • Concorde Anglo-French supersonic airliner.

  • WW11 US Navy Corsair carrier fighter.

  • WW11 US Dakota parachute transport.

  • WW11 US Navy Douglas Dauntless carrier fighter bomber.

  • Swedish Saab Draken fighter.

  • 1950s British De Havilland Heron airliner.

  • WW11 Japanese Zero fighter.

  • US F111 swing wing supersonic bomber.

  • WW11 German Afrika Corps Storch army cooperation aircraft.

  • WW11 Focke-Wulf 189 light bomber.

  • US built Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter.

  • WW11 Luftwaffe Heinkel 111 bomber.

  • Early WW11 Luftwaffe Henschel 123 fighter.

  • British De Havilland Heron airliner.

  • Soviet Ilyushin 28 light bomber.

  • WW11 US Douglas Invader bomber.

  • Handley Page navigation Jetstream trainer.

  • WW11 Luftwaffe Junkers 52 transport

  • WW11 Junkers 88 bomber.

  • WW11 German Messerschmidt 109 fighter.

  • WW11 Luftwaffe Me 110 fighter.

  • Battle of Britain Dogfight Double

  • Soviet Mig 15 fighter.

  • French Dassault Mirage fighter.

  • Soviet Mig 21 supersonic fighter.

  • US B-25 Mitchell bomber.

  • WW11 US Thunderbolt fighter.

  • WW11 soviet Pe2 fighter bomber.

  • US Navy Phantom carrier interceptor.

  • WW1 Dogfight Double.

  • Fairey Rotodyne transport helicopter.

  • WW11 Italian Savoia Marchetti 79 bomber.

  • British Army Westland Scout.

  • WW1 Spad fighter.

  • US Navy Skyraider carrier bomber.

  • WW11 Boeing B29 Superfortress bomber.

  • Post war British Bristol Superfreighter car transport.

  • US WW11 Avenger carrier bomber.

  • British Trident airliner.

  • US Ford Trimotor airliner.

  • Lockheed Tristar airliner.

  • Swedish Boeing Vertol.

  • Swedish Viggen supersonic fighter.

  • US Navy Vigilante supersonic carrier bomber.

Very early aviation kits

  • Early bagged WW1 German Albatross biplane fighter.

  • British De Havilland Tiger Moth early bagged kit.

  • WW11 Japanese Zero fighter.

  • The Tiger Moth header card and bagged parts.

  • The Mustang WW11 fighter bagged kit.

  • RAF Spitfire bagged kit.

Armour

  • Armour miscellany

  • WW11 British Army 25 pounder anti tank gun

  • WW11 British Army Bren carrier.

  • WW11 German armoured car

  • WW11 US Army Buffalo

  • British army Chieftain main battle tank.

  • British Centurion MBT.

  • WW11 British Churchill tank.

  • WW!! US Army half-tracked personnel carrier.

  • British Matador gun and truck

  • Matador header card and kit.

  • WW11 Allied Sherman tank.

  • WW11 German Panzer tank.

  • WW11 Russian T34 tank on the Russian Front.

  • British army tank transporter.

  • German Tiger tank.

  • Tiger bagged kit.

Miscellaneous

  • 1910 London bus with 'Stalin' at the wheel !

  • Royal Navy HMS Ark Royal seen flying off Swordfish torpedo aircraft.

  • R.N. HMS Fearless helicopter and amphibious assault ship.

  • HMS Nelson

  • HMS Warspite, an early kit in a battered box.

  • NASA Lunar module

  • The whole Lunar module box

  • Lunar module box detail

  • HMS Mauretania enters New York harbour.

  • Stephensons Rocket.

  • Triumph at speed.

  • Biggin Hill steam loco in a hurry.

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