Airfix is the oldest UK manufacturer of scale plastic model kits and has been producing kits for the mass market since 1952. Airfix produce a wide range of plastic kit models aimed at all types of scale modellers with subjects such as; military aircraft, ships, cars, dioramas and more recently licensed products such as Wallace & Gromit, and shortly Doctor Who.
The Valiant was the first of the V force as a result of a Government requirement for a long range high speed bomber, the design from Vickers was at first rejected but with modifications and speed of production promises was finally accepted and three prototypes were contracted in 1949, these were being built and assembled at Foxwarren experimental shop, the final assembly began in 1951 and the first flight was lifted off from the grass runway in May of 1951, later flight trials were conducted at Hurn airport on concrete runways. The aircraft was officially named Valiant after an earlier Vickers biplane but was later destroyed by a fire in the wing while on trials in 1952. Eventually four types of Valiant entered service,