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The Airfix Handbook

James May's Toy Stories

By: James May


Published: 7th June 2010
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For more than 50 years, Airfix scale models have won the hearts of millions of enthusiasts; the company's logo has become synonymous with high-quality model kits for trains, military vehicles, engines, rocket ships, warships, vintage cars, and more.

Here, popular television host and motoring writer James May looks inside the Airfix phenomenon, giving fans a sneak peek into how designers, graphic artists, and production teams get a scale model from the drawing board to store shelves.

About the Author

James May is a well-known writer, broadcaster and co-presenter of BBC TV's Top Gear. He also writes a weekly motoring column for The Daily Telegraph. James enjoys cars, motorcycles, light aircraft and a drink, always in that order. He lives in London with Fusker, the world's most unpleasant cat.



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Great read for plastic kit modellers


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    Comments about The Airfix Handbook:

    Airfix history was enjoyable read. May's recreation of lifesize kit was recoup of television series.

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    Why Airfix?
    The History of Airfix
    The Big Build
    Complete Airfix Kit Catalogue
    James May

    James first appeared on Top Gear under the old format and became a permanent co-host in the second season of the revamped show. When James was first introduced, Jeremy Clarkson claimed he was "clearly a blithering idiot," because at the time James drove a Bentley T2. Not too much has changed since then as James continues to have love/hate relationships with Jeremy and other co-presenters Richard Hammond and Stig.

    He has his pilot's license and has been known to tickle the ivories, both of which have come in handy when filming: watch James flying a caravan blimp and hear his Scirocco ad jingle. James once admitted he was fired from a well-known magazine for putting a secret message in a supplement—it's exactly that kind of fooling around that makes him perfect for the U.K.'s favorite motoring show.

    In addition to hosting Top Gear, James has kept busy on television by presenting various shows including Jame May's 20th Century, James May's Big Ideas, James May on the Moon and James May at the Edge of Space. He's also authored several books with a range of topics about cars, history, alcohol and toys.

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    ISBN: 9781844861163
    ISBN-10: 1844861163
    Series: James May's Toy Stories
    Audience: General
    Format: Hardcover
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 96
    Published: 7th June 2010
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.9  x 1.4
    Weight (kg): 0.286
    Edition Number: 1