beamendsltd said the following on 07/12/2007 11:12:
Not specifically - it was the "Hornby bought Airfix in November 2007" in
the main body, and "Hornby bought Airfix in November 2006" in the side
Interesting suggestion that computers were the reason why Airfix went bust
and yet model railways as a hobby managed to survive the computer
I'd be inclined to suggest it was a lack of investment. Most of the Airfix
kits date use tooling which dates back to the 1950s, and were simply not up
to the quality demanded in the 1980s let alone by today's market.
In message , Paul Boyd
1985 - Sold to Hobby Products Group of Borden, who also owned Humbrol
1995 - Hobby Products Group, including Airfix, sold to Humbrol
How can a company be sold to one of its subsidiaries?
I am sure there is a way but in the above I read it as.
The Bordon group ( which I think was/ is Borden chemicals) owned
a division they called Hobby products.
Bordon also owned Humbrol
Airfix owned by the Hobby products part.
later the Hobby products part with Airfix sold to Humbrol who may or
may not be still owned by Bordon but become owned by Humbrol rather
than remaining a Subsidiary of Bordon.
Bordon had a plant on the outskirts of Southampton once and I almost
applied for a Job there. Tales of constant shocks by Static
electricity described by a mate who did work there put me off.
That plant made clingfilm and similar products.
There was a documentary about Hornby's takeover of Airfix on BBC2 a few
days ago. It was amusing how they featured a new Dr Who kit which had
production delays so the majority of them missed the christmas deadline,
but a small amount were airfreighted in for Hamleys. It's a scenario which
us modellers are very familiar with, although perhaps not so much with
Hornby. It's repeated on BBC1 at 02:55 03/01/07.
There's late and then there's only getting about 0.1% of your supplies into
the shops before christmas, which is what happened with the Airfix kit. And
when you are a toy manufacturer you rely on christmas for the overwhelming
majority of your product sales.
beamendsltd said the following on 10/12/2007 08:00:
That seems to be an urban myth. There's over 8000 on eBay, for
instance, from genuine sources (as well as a few dodgy ones), and a lot
of them are from sources such as my colleague who was given one free
with a packet of cornflakes (OK - free with a mobile phone contract!)
He sold it for £240 to some sucker^H^H^H esteemed customer, although it
had the Sports pack with it.
I still haven't quite worked out what a Wii is yet, mind, but I would
have thought they could have chosen a slightly better name!
Yes that's Carphone Warehouse :-
Order online prior to 5 pm tomorrow to get a Wii for Christmas
Most of the phones included in the offer are on a 18 month contract @
about =A345 / month ( =A3810 )
Originally Posted by Nintendo
"While the code name 'Revolution' expressed our direction, Wii
represents the answer.
Wii will break down that wall that separates video game players from
everybody else. Wii will put people more in touch with their games ...
and each other. But you're probably asking: What does the name mean?
Wii sounds like "we," which emphasises this console is for everyone.
Wii can easily be remembered by people around the world, no matter
what language they speak. No confusion. No need to abbreviate. Just
Wii has a distinctive "ii" spelling that symbolises both the unique
controllers and the image of people gathering to play. And Wii, as a
name and a console, brings something revolutionary to the world of
video games that sets it apart from the crowd. So that's Wii. But now
Nintendo needs you. Because, it's really not about you or me. It's
about Wii. And together, Wii will change everything."
That's it in 'plain' English ?
It isn't a myth - we spent 2 months trying to get one from a reputable
source (which excludes eBay sellers trying to charge over the odds) -
no one had stock, even those claiming they did.
Agree about the name though, I always read it a Gordie greeting!