The prospect of boarding a plane for a trip away in the coming months might be mere fancy, but since the aviation industry ground to a halt last year, public enthusiasm for aircraft has soared – model aircraft, that is.
Airfix, the oldest UK manufacturer of scale plastic model kits, has seen sales take off during the Covid-19 pandemic as long-term fans and newcomers alike have found themselves mostly confined to their homes amid the various lockdowns, tier systems and safety restrictions brought in since last March.
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In October Airfix’s owner, Hornby, announced a 33 per cent jump in sales in the half-year to September compared to the same period in 2019.
Hornby, which also owns other well-known brands including Skalextric racing cars, Corgi model vehicles and its own model train sets, made a net profit of £200,000 in this time, following a…