James May's Toy Stories: Airfix Handbook

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After his ambitious project to create a 1/1 scale Spitfire, James May returns to the brand synonymous with model kits to learn more about Airfix. Over the years Airfix's range has included figures, trains, trackside accessories, military vehicles, engines, rockets, sailing ships, warships, liners, vintage cars, performance cars, motorcycles, spaceships and more, available in many different scales and for different skill levels. Modern kits are increasingly accurate and minutely detailed, as precision mouldings and sophisticated techniques and materials have meant scale modelling is truly a 21st century hobby - but with more than half a century of heritage. James raids the Airfix archives and uncovers a wealth of nostalgic imagery. He also looks at Airfix's greatest kits, the history of the Spitfire in plastic and enters the world of modellers, discovering it has come a long way since his childhood memories of gluey fingers, fiddly decals and busted propellers.

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Fresh from his world record attempt at the legendary Brooklands motor racing circuit, in which the Toy Stories team built a 2.7-mile circuit entirely out of Scalextric track, James May re-enters the world of Scalextric, Britain's leading slot-car racing brand. Remembering many childhood hours spent recreating the thrills and spills of Goodwood, Silverstone and Brands Hatch, James examines the development and expansion of Scalextric from its true British roots to its international appeal today. He investigates the history of the brand, documenting the greatest sets and cars ever produced - including Formula 1, rally, touring cars and Le Mans. James also looks at what it takes to be a Scalextric champion, the essential elements of good track design, how to customise your racer and gets technical with the difficulties involved in scaling a full-size performance car down to an accurate, working slot-car.

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James May is a well-known writer, broadcaster and co-presenter of BBC TV's Top Gear. He also writes a weekly motoring column for The Daily Telegraph. James enjoys cars, motorcycles, light aircraft and a drink, always in that order. He lives in London with Fusker, the world's most unpleasant cat.

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