Classic Kits: Collecting the Greatest Model Kits in the World, from Airfix to Tamiya
Classic Kits treats you to an international tour of model-kit history, taking in all the favorites—Airfix, Monogram, Mattel, Frog, Matchbox, Bandai, Merit Aurora, Esci, Heller, Tamiya, Fujimi, Eaglewall, Italeri, and more. Not only does this nostalgic guide allow you to compare and contrast the different models and their historical development (and, in some cases, demise), it also notes the rare and the valuable, so you can re-evaluate those pieces you have stored in your attic. Packed with color photos and valuable information for collectors, hobbyists, and enthusiasts, Classic Kits is a one-of-a-kind history of the giants of miniature modeling.
As bad as Ward's Aifix book was good
By Mark A. Taylor - August 16, 2005
This book is professional to look at, but amateur hour to read.
Ward loves Airfix. It showed in his solo work on that firm's kits, he was on task. The personal stories and anecdotes were on-topic, and the work was coherent.
This book is...frankly....a huge mess. It's nearly impossible for me to see how it was published. First, unless you're a huge fan of Frog, or Airfix 1/72 airplane kits there's nothing here for you. Most of the companies (regardless of size, importance, or the number of kits they produced) get only a couple of pages. Frog and Airfix are the lion's share of pages here, and most of it was done first and better in Ward's book on Airfix. Also, even though Ward's "airplanes only" bias is kept somewhat in check in the Airfix book, it's rampant here. Builders of armor, autos, and ships have some pictures to look at but nothing in the way of text that is worth your time. Plus, I don't feel that I needed to pay good money to hear which companies his... read more
Great Boxart But Short on Story
By R. Louie - June 20, 2005
You'll enjoy this book whether you're a collector of vintage plastic kits or built models in your childhood. There are wonderful photographs of some the the older kits especially from some of the more obscure companies such as Eagle,Kleeware and Rosebud. And the coverage of Airfix, Frog and Revell is excellent. However, I was disappointed in the manuscripts for some companies as there was an inconsistency in the degree of detail. Keep in mind that the author is English and as such, the descriptions definitely have an English viewpoint. The history of Airfix, Aurora, Frog and Revell are all well chronicled in other books including the excellent review of Airfix by this same author. I would have enjoyed reading about the smaller companies who struggled mightily to exist and sell their unique model kits. I also felt that the title of this book, "Classic Kits, Collecting the Greatest Model Kits in the World, From Airfix to Tamiya" was inaccurate. Where are the gift sets and isn't... read more
"Classic Kits" by Arthur Ward
By C. P. Gilmore "Mad Modeler" - October 22, 2006
This is not a bad book, by any means, as some reviewers would like us to believe. Yes, the author is British, so most of this book deals with British brands (especially Airfix!) at the expense of US, Japanese and other countries' brands, and yes, the title misleads because this is not so much about classic kits as it is about kit brands and collecting those classic kits, but it's a very good book! I enjoyed it very much!
Mr. Ward lays down the purpose of this book himself in the book's Introduction: "...the focus of the narrative is a survey of the most famous and enduring kit brands.", and not the kits themselves. Chapter 1 deals with the History and Development of model miniatures through the ages, the rise of plastic model kits after WWII, and how many companies evolved into manufacturing plastic model kits.
Chapter 2 is the bulk of the book and reviews the Classic Brands of plastic model kits from their beginnings to their ultimate demise, either... read more
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