The plastic kit was a new phenomenon in the 1950s. A number of small plastics companies bravely entered this novel and specialist market. Airfix succeeded beyond their wildest expectations, growing into a large industrial organisation and creating the generic name ‘Airfix kit’ for this type of product, whereas others, such as Rosebud, Eaglewall and Kleeware had a shorter shelf life. Large toy and model groups Lines Bros, Matchbox and Mettoy, also joined in, with varying degrees of success. Competition from foreign kit ranges and outsourcing of manufacture by British firms to the Far East meant that no large-scale kit production remained in the UK by the 1980s. This Monograph describes most of the firms who made plastic kits in Britain, but in such a small space we can only skate over the subject, especially as far as the more extensive ranges are concerned. Additional information is available in more detailed works by others, devoted to specific makers of plastic kits. We tried to exclude kits which were imported, and simply packed in boxes in Britain. This was easier said than done, especially in the case of makes such as Revell and Aurora, which were said to be British-made at some time, but which were often imported from the USA and re-packaged. If there was some British manufacture of a range, and if there is doubt about exactly which kits were produced in the UK, we have included a full list here. Among plastic kit makers described here are Airfix, Matchbox, Frog (-Penguin), Eaglewall, Rosebud Kitmaster, Merit, Inpact, Kleeware, Playcraft, Aurora, Corgi kits, Paramount, Sebel, Tri-ang Model Land, Replikit, Lincoln, Guiterman, Selcol-Strombecker, Revell (GB), Merit, Harbutt’s Replicars, Scalecraft, Tower, Hadfields, Davric, Keil Kraft, Amerang, Dapol and Knightwing.
Orders can be placed online, by phone or by post. The UK Postal address for orders is: Oxford Diecast Ltd, PO Box 363, Southampton S014 0TJ
As well as accepting sterling cheques we accept Euro cheques (over 50 euros) and US$ cheques (over 50 dollars).
The postage charges for non members are:
Order Value: £0.00 - £19.99UK: £2.95
Rest of the World: £6.45
Order Value: £20.00 & OverUK: £4.95
Rest of the World: £6.95
Orders are dispatched within 3 working days and can take between 3-5 working days for UK mainland.
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We can ship to virtually any address in the world. Note that there are restrictions on some products, and some products cannot be shipped to international destinations. Please click here to learn more about our international postage.
You may return most new, unopened items within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. We'll also pay the return shipping costs if the return is a result of our error (you received an incorrect or defective item, etc.).
You should expect to receive your refund within four weeks of giving your package to the return shipper, however, in many cases you will receive a refund more quickly. This time period includes the transit time for us to receive your return from the shipper (5 to 10 business days), the time it takes us to process your return once we receive it (3 to 5 business days), and the time it takes your bank to process our refund request (5 to 10 business days).
If you need to return an item, please contact our customer services team on 023 8024 8850