The Lost World of Football: A is for Airfix…

Continuing our series of extracts from ‘The Lost World of Football’… 

Ever since 1955, when they released their 1/72 Spitfire model kit, Airfix had been satisfying little boys’ unquenchable thirst for recreating World War II.
I had painted up a boxful of Commandos and some Desert Rats I had inherited, as well as some German soldiers, and had painstakingly put together a Hampden bomber with fairly mixed results. How you were supposed to stop the ‘cement’ from clouding up the glass canopy of the cockpit was anyone’s guess.
After several back lawn battles, in which the Hun were always easily slaughtered or forced into an undignified retreat, I went to Zodiac Toys in Leicester to buy some reinforcements.

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And there they were on the shelf, just waiting for me… Airfix Footballers – Sports Series – 1/32nd scale.
If there was one thing better than war it was football and I was at the counter with a box before my feet touched the floor.
After buying a fresh palette of paints (olive and Nazi grey being replaced by football colours like royal blue and claret) I set about recreating the kits of the day.

‘The Lost World of Football’ is available now in branches of WH Smiths and Waterstones or can be ordered here…  

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9 Responses to The Lost World of Football: A is for Airfix…

  1. Great picture that chaps.

  2. thefoxfanzine says:

    Cheers Giles – That is only about half of them!

  3. in the seventies, the molds of the players were bought by the Italian “Atlantic” to produce a cheap clone of subbuteo named “Giocagoal”. Take a look:
    (Is not my link)

  4. Paul says:

    The quality of the painting is magnificent, these figures deserve their own display or website – truly awesome. Any chance you might sell them, they look like terrible dust catchers to me???

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  6. Nigel Rick says:

    Hey Gary…. Somehow Airfix porn got through my filter!

    How are you? Your facebook page does make me laugh – yer mates have a good sense of humour.

    Can I get a signed book for Christmas – send it to me mum in Cornwall and I pay you via paypal or summat?

    Cheers, Nigel

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