Airfix! I owe them so much! Deciphering the instructions, dry runs, assembly ... the care it took to apply the water slide transfers (in the days before the ‘decal’) ... plenty of people I know say they never did) ... I’m certain that experience was formative, and led in part to what I do these days ... I’m a design consultant.
Anyhow, the first model I had made for me (by my late father) was an Airfix Halifax BIII (this would have been mid-1960s) ... the first I made for myself was their Tiger I ... I used to play with it in the flower boarders, and remember thinking how it stuck out like a sore thumb in it’s sand finish ... I keep on thinking I should buy this classic and have another go at it ...
This started a life-long interest in the behemoth, and these days I quite fancy one of these:
I went to a modelling show at the Bath and Wells showground a couple of years back and they had some great 1/6 scale motorised tanks trundling around with Action Man crew.
Reminds me of my first modelling job I had in the mid 80's. There wasn't much work for teenage boys so I shaved my body and posed as a woman to do lingerie modelling under the name 'Anne'. I sponged off some old guy for a while before taking some compromising photos and using the blackmail money to move to London.
"You're a big man, but you're in bad shape. With me, it's a full time job." – Lt. Bromhead to Prince Dabulamanzi before the Battle of Rorke's Drift.
My first model was an Airfix Hurricane, when I was about 10. After that, the ceiling became a very crowded sky! The kit I remember most is the Airfix Buccaneer. Lovely looking jet, (there's one on the road between Elgin and Lossiemouth, if ever you're that far North). Took my boys (5 and 7) to Duxford last year. They both bought Airfix Spitfire's, and couldn't wait for Me or Grandad to help build them.
Like many here my first kit was an Airfix Submarine Spitfire 1:72 scale, my brother had the Hurricane, I think we go them from the York Railway museum shop.
My first miniature 'figure' was the Airfix 54mm ECW musketeer.
My first models in the one true scale... (God's own 28mm) was a Dixon miniatures ECW pikemen I had when I was about 15, and some Front Rank ECW too, before I discovered Wargame Foundry, HeroQuest and Space Hulk.
Rufus T. Firefly: Oh, I'm sick of messages from the front. Don't we ever get a message from the side?