Airfix Header and Box Styles


This is a non-official listing of Airfix types. Collecting Airfix Kits gives a good summary up to 1980. Here's a collection of all the types. For the years I've used my own kits, Richard Humm's kit list and eBay for information, but I probably have made a few errors, especially from 1980. A change in type usually involves a change in logo. Also, a type usually establishes a time period in which a kit was produced. If I've missed any types or any information is incorrect, please email me.

Type 0 Header. Products in Plastics logo. This is Airfix's first polystyrene kit. The first five small classic ship kits issued from 1954 to 1955 (Golden Hind, Santa Maria, HMS Shannon, HMS Victory and Cutty Sark) had their own unique style. These were later changed to Type 1.
Type 0 Header. The first six trackside kits issued in 1957 (Country Inn, Detached House, Service Station, General Store, Signal Box and Bungalow) had their own unique style. These were later changed to Type 1.
Type 1 Header. Products in Plastics logo. This is Airfix's first aircraft kit. 1955 to 1959
Type 1A Header. The first six Series 2 kits issued from 1957 to 1959 (Mosquito FB.VI, Walrus Mk.II, Beaufighter TF.X, P-38J Lightning, Swordfish Mk.II, and Messerschmitt Me110D) had their own unique style. The first two (Mosquito FB.VI and Walrus Mk.II) were also issued in Type 1 headers.
Type 1B Box. The first three Series 4 and 5 kits issued from 1958 to 1959 (Lancaster B.I, Wellington B.III and Bristol Superfreighter) had their own unique style.
Type 2 Header. Angled ribbon logo. 1959 to 1963
Type 2 Series 2 Header. 1959 to 1963
Type 2 Box. 1959 to 1963
Type 3. Issued from 1963 to 1972 and came in a number of variations. They are also referred to as red stripe kits, due to the red stripe used on most kits. Later boxes had coloured logos on the box ends to indicate series number. Yellow for Series 2, blue for Series 3, etc. The example here is a Type 3D header. Click on the photo to view the other type variations.
Type 4. Issued from 1972 to 1979 and came in a number of variations. Click on the photo to view the other type variations.
Type 5. Round logo. 1975 to 1979
Type 6 Oval logo. 1978 to 1981
Type 6A New oval logo. Appeared for a short time only on some MPC car kits. 1982
Type 7 Precision Model Kit logo. 1980 to 1982
Type 8 Registered logo. 1982 to 1987
Type 9. 1987 to 1989
Type 10S Special Edition. Includes Vintage Aircraft, WWII Aircraft of the Aces, Historic Cars, Classic Airlines, and Modern Airlines. 1987 to 1997
Type 10. Variations include flying hours token on front, website and angled logo. 1990 to 1994
Type 11. Angled logo. Variations include angled button logo and website. 1994 to 2003
Type 11F WWI Fighter Classics. 2001 to 2003
Type 12 Build the Dream. 1998 to 2003
Type 13. Two kits only, 1/24 Honda RC211V and 1/43 Subaru Impreza WRC'02. 2003
Type 14. 2004
Type 15. From 2005 to 2009
Type 16. From 2009
Type US1 Airfix Corporation of America. 1963 to 1966
Type US2 Airfix by Craftmaster. 1966 to 1969
Type US3 US Airfix. 1980 to 1981