However there were scale models at the 2014 London Toy Fair as well, so here is my roundup of what can be expected from the main kit companies during the year, starting alphabetically, with Airfix.
Airfix celebrates its 75th year in 2014, being started by Hungarian immigrant Nicholas Kove, in 1939. Initially the company made general items, plastic combs being the usual example given. The kit side didn’t start until a decade later, but when it did, the rest, as they say, ‘is modelling history.’
Many 2014 Airfix items were announced late last year at the IPMS Scale ModelWorld show in Telford, but London still had some newcomers to pore over.
2014 is certainly a significant anniversary for Airfix, but it is also of course the centenary of the start of World War I, so a number of diorama sets to recognize this are being prepared.
2014 is also the 70th anniversary of the World War II D-Day landings, providing opportunities for more sets, including vac-formed diorama bases, and a selection of Airfix vehicles and figures. Many of these are reissues from the vast Airfix catalogue, but there are a number of new-tool items.
London’s Olympia exhibition centre, venue for the 2014 London Toy Fair, which, on Press Day at least, was a bright and sunny, if cold, day.
Test shot for the brand-new 1:24 scale Airfix Hawker Typhoon (below), premiered at the Telford IPMS Show last year.
Sample box-art (below) for new WW I dioramas and reissues of the B-Type and ‘Old Bill’ buses.
The third WW I diorama (below).
Another replacement for an old Airfix stalwart will be a new kit of the Douglas Dakota (below). This is one of two military C-47 versions, with the new Willys Jeep kit included in the box as a load.
An alternative Dakota version (below) includes optional skis for an Alaska-based USAF machine.
Built test shots and box-art for the brand-new 1:72 Austin Tilly and Bedford maintenance truck (below). A BSA motorcycle will also be included in the set. These will be invaluable for diorama builders. And to add to these, there will be more ready-made (though unpainted) ruined buildings and structures in resin, including a Polish bank, Czech restaurant, European city fountain, and flight of steps.
Civilian version of the new Douglas Dakota (below) with supplied Dan Air airline markings.
Plenty of Airfix kits here.