To celebrate the release of Dunkirk, Airfix sent me four kits to build – two for my son and two for me. As soon as they arrived Joshua was dying to open and get started so we sat down and had some afternoon fun building his two Airfix kits.
Quick Build – 5+ Years Old
Joshua was sent the QuickBuild Messerschmitt 109 and QuickBuild Spitfire to build and he thoroughly enjoyed doing both, he called them his “blocks” and wanted to continually build and destroy all day long!
These kits are absolutely perfect for getting young kids involved in building and creating Airfix models. They don’t come with any glue or paint and are very simple to build with Lego-type blocks. All of the parts are high quality, certainly not flimsy plastic like many other toys – they feel and look like they will last a lifetime! Some of the pieces are very small so it’s best not to let younger kids build unless they are supervised, which to be honest they will be as you’ll need to assist with some of the steps. It comes with all the tiny details, even those you wouldn’t know were there unless you looked which made it even more special. The only fault I found was that some of the pieces were difficult to click into place and required a fair bit of pressure – but this isn’t a problem if there’s an adult around to help for younger children!
To finish it off, to make it that much cooler they come with a display stand and they are already on Joshua’s shelf in his bedroom where I think they’ll stay for years to come.
Beginner Kits – 8+ Years Old
I was sent two kits to build which were the Supermarine Spitfire Mk.la and Messerschmitt Bf109E-3. My partner has always wanted to build one, so we decided to spend an evening together building one ourselves! I built the Supermarine and my partner build the Messerschmitt.
Our kits were fairly simple to put together, once you got the hang of it and were simple enough to build and paint within one evening. It’s a brilliant beginner kit and comes with everything you need to get building. The details are great but the finer details are AMAZING! From the cockpit, seat to the pilot, up close you really appreciate the kit.
The only things we both agreed on is that the instructions could have been a tad clearer in parts to make it a bit simpler – especially if you’re buying them for your children. We also felt that the parts weren’t as high quality as expected as a couple of times both of us snapped some of the pieces – luckily they don’t show!
All in all, we had an great day of building our kits. I got to have some family fun with Joshua building his kits and both me and my partner had great fun putting ours together. Would we buy more kits? Absolutely!
Disclaimer: I was sent these kits to build for an honest review of our experience.