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Childhood Dreams

By NDODS    
As a small boy I would always receive an Airfix Kit at Christmas or Birthdays, and the first thing that struck me was the image on the front of the box. Those images inspired me in many ways, and it was not until my later life that I began appreciating the work, since then I have now collected three original paintings.

This piece depicting HMS Cavalier, which is berthed at Chatham's Historical Dockyards has been created to celebrate the artwork of Roy Cross, probably Airfix's most famous box-top illustrator. Roy was born in Southwark, London in 1924, and started his artistic career during the second world war, working in an aircraft factory making technical illustrations for training manuals. After the war, Roy became a freelance commercial artist, and began working for Airfix in the early 1960s - his first illustration being the Dornier Do-217. As Roy worked for Airfix during the mid-60s to mid-70s, he is thus associated with Type 3 boxes and plastic bag header cards. His last commission for Airfix was the Prinz Eugen of 1974. Roy Cross continues to work as a marine artist, selling most of his work through a gallery in the Salem, Massachusetts.

A big thank you goes out to you all for your most kind and flattering comments regarding yesterdays upload 'Dehydrated Hydrangeas'

I hope that you all have a great day, for me I shall be banished whilst the removal men start packing stuff into boxes and crates, ready for the move on Monday morning. From arriving at my new home until the 1st of November I shall be without the internet, however my wife is going to but a USB Dingle which she can use on her Mac Air. If I get the opportunity to upload, brows or comment I shall.

Regards Nathan

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
19 Oct 2012 5:48AM
A beautiful painting, Nathan, very well captured. All the very best with the move, a very trying and stressful time, I know. Carol

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Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
19 Oct 2012 5:55AM
This also holds special memories to me of those wonderfully carefree days when we could achieve anything in our vivid imaginations Smile May the moving experience be without trauma and I trust your new home will be all you hope it to be ! Will miss you until then Smile
gazlowe 6 8 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2012 5:57AM
beautiful very well captured good luck with the move Nathan
gwynn56 6 87 England
19 Oct 2012 6:04AM
certainly stands out , well done , as for Airfix models , somehow mine never seemed to match the pictures on the boxes , always seemed to get glue all over the place ,you may be banished while they packing but i got a shrewd susspicion you'll be trying to capture a few pictures Smile, hope all goes well and it stays fine for the day
19 Oct 2012 6:11AM
Very nice image well done .
Allen, Smile
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
19 Oct 2012 6:40AM
A dramatic painting which would attract any small boy, and not so small too, to spend pocket money on the kit and build the ship.
Certainly brings back memories for me from many decades back.
Hope the move goes smoothly and that you do not get withdrawal symptoms (WinkWink) in the meantime, Nathan.
Andysnapper 10 109 25 England
19 Oct 2012 6:49AM
When I first saw this I thought 'Oh dear, Nathan's gone mad' but then I read your write-up and actually this is almost exactly as I remember the painting on the Airfix boxes.
My best friend and I used to buy each other Airfix kits every birthday and Christmas for years and on his 50th last year I bought him the Ark Royal (for a laugh really) and he built it and painted it and has it displayed in his lounge. He makes at least one a week now and says it has given him the hobby he had wanted for ages. Grin

Cheers and thanks for bringing back happy memories.


PS Hope the move goes well.
Tibetan 5 3 England
19 Oct 2012 7:02AM
Well Nathan I personally was not in to airfix, spent most of my childhood in convalescent homes, the rest was spent dodging bombs in the blitz and collecting shrapnel, sometimes hot the attraction was the colours of the metal like a rainbow, or tail fins from fire bombs lol., watching dog fight over Kent, did not need airfix we had the real thing!. I do in fact remember this box, my cousin had it! so it was quite a shock seeing your photo, I can only say, well done as always Nathan hope it does well for you, regards Leon, take care now.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
19 Oct 2012 7:06AM
Nathan -- great processing and I really enjoyed reading your write-up.
jdinne 14 16 England
19 Oct 2012 7:28AM
Wonderful work here Nathan its brilliant. Once swapped a leather football for HMS Hood.

Hope the move goes well for you Nathan.

StrayCat 14 19.1k 3 Canada
19 Oct 2012 7:31AM
As always, excellent work Nathan, and really enjoyed the explanation you've provided. I wish you all the best in your move and look forward to your return.

SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2012 7:40AM
Hope all goes well for your move and like your wife I use Dongle but I think I prefer the name Dingle. Take care you two I'll be thinking of you both. Sue x
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2012 7:51AM
brilliant colours here nathan belting detail hope the move goes well a belter nice one Wink
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2012 8:31AM
Superb image Nathan, I remember those vibrant exciting Airfix box lids, I spent many a happy hour or so making and painting the models. have a great day, hope the move goes smoothly.

19 Oct 2012 8:51AM
Super image Nathan, excellent work,
Jocelia 6 2 1 Australia
19 Oct 2012 8:51AM
This is a delight for shapes and colours and very cleverly mastered.
The thumbnail bounces of the page with impact. Just lovely……


Here is wishing you joy in your new abode for your move.
A sad goodbye to what you leave behind but with glorious fond memories I hope…….J…..
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2012 8:51AM
looks like we are both going down the nostalga road today
rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2012 9:04AM
Wonderful image and narrative, Nathan. Good luck with the move.

Good narrative Nathan one in which I share your views, I really enjoyed making them kits still do but now it's for the grandkids, so I tell them !!!.. Good luck with the move I'm sure it will go just fine,

Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
19 Oct 2012 9:43AM
I only ever did a couple of ships, much preferred the aeroplanes which dangled from my ceiling. I always managed to get the glue/cement on the canopies which then became rather opaque Sad. Ah, happy memories. A fitting tribute, Nathan, and excellent information.

AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2012 9:56AM
Good luck with your move Nathan and look forward to seeing you back soon!
Herge88 11 40 4 England
19 Oct 2012 10:01AM
Brings back memories, airfix models, nice one.

Best Matt
19 Oct 2012 10:09AM
After reading all the comments, i don't have much more to say, i like a lot. It's good representation of your memories.
All the best Nathan.
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
19 Oct 2012 10:10AM
I was all fingas and fumbs getting uhu glue everywhere GrinGrinGrin

but can appreciate the stage is how do i get it into the bottle WinkGrinGrin
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2012 10:49AM
A wonderful image full of nostalgia Nathan.
Good luck with the flitting.
luckybry 8 3 Scotland
19 Oct 2012 11:02AM
nathan i like this would love to see the originail judst to compare

EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
19 Oct 2012 11:13AM
A dramatic looking image. How lovely to have 3 originals. All the best with the house move. Still recall only too well how stressful it can be!

Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
19 Oct 2012 11:53AM
You know me Nathan I say it as I find it and I have to say this is a little bit too psychedelic for my tastes, have they been giving you too many pills mucker?......Seriously though, not my cup of tea, but can understand your thinking behind it and appreciate it for that!

19 Oct 2012 12:06PM
brought back many memories Nathan so thanks for all goes well for the move

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
19 Oct 2012 12:39PM
Good Luck, I am wishing a comfortable move for you and yours, take care!

an interesting painting--
19 Oct 2012 12:40PM
Wonderful work Nathan. I too built my airfix kits. I hope that your move goes well and is stress free
19 Oct 2012 1:55PM
Until I read of your thinking I did wonder what I was seeing!Grin Reckon you have done a great job with this, and created an unusual and striking image. I like it! - Only air-fix I ever built was a sailing ship, a LONG time ago!!
Trust your moving goes without a hitch.
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2012 2:11PM
I am not familiar with airfix boxes................... now monopoly I would be excited. Great work all the sameGrinGrin
Best wishes for the moveGrin
19 Oct 2012 2:25PM
Nice depiction of Childhood Dreams, Nathan. Deep
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
19 Oct 2012 2:59PM
I used to enjoy putting together Airfix kits, but the only ones I can remember were a small German Stukka aircraft, a small 1911 Rolls Royce car, and my favourite, a large Lancaster bomber!
A fine colourful presentation, Nathan, and thanks for bringing back the memories...and the interesting write-up, too Wink
Trev Smile
19 Oct 2012 3:11PM
A child always sits in a man, plays around in dreams only. Under a colorful sky, a serviceman for the country,saluting the national flag .....but all analyst say, we dream in B&W, I don't think so anyway. Here is the proof.
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2012 3:11PM
A very different style today Nathan. i like it , i hope that your move goes smoothly,
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
19 Oct 2012 3:52PM
I used to build the Airfix aeroplanes Nathan.
Ships were always too hard for me as there was too many ''bits'' to them !!
A different and interesting shot here.
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2012 4:11PM
Great inventive image here Nathan...all the very best for the move
hope all goes well for you and Julie..and don't forget the 31st!
carper123 Plus
6 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2012 4:38PM
Nice one, Nathan, as usual very informative and great processing.
Hope the move goes well.
Darryl. SmileSmile
basith 5 7 Sri Lanka
19 Oct 2012 6:30PM
Nice painting....
Quote:A very different style today Nathan. i like it , i hope that your move goes smoothly,

widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
19 Oct 2012 7:30PM
Nice one Nathan good luck for the moveWink

netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
19 Oct 2012 7:34PM
A great one Nathen,All the best with your move,and do take care,look after youselfSmileSmileSmileSmile
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2012 7:41PM
I think it's actually called a dongleWinkbut as long as it does the trick you may call it as you wishWink superb upload, do I detect a touch of HDR?
19 Oct 2012 8:20PM
A beautiful painting, well captured. good luck with the move
pdcche 7 4 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2012 8:27PM
Beautiful Nathan, excellent colours, hope all goes well with your move, take care, Peter..
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2015 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2012 9:53PM
At first sight, I thought the processing and colours strange, but after reading your intention, I have to applaud your work in reconstructing the box picture. I never had anything like that as a child, but girls probably didn't.
Hope there is no trauma attached to the move, that everything goes smoothly, and you soon feel settled in your new home.
Humblebee 5 1 England
19 Oct 2012 10:24PM
From home with only girls, Airfix means little to me, but I love your image for the vibrancy of the colours and detail ... Carol Grin
20 Oct 2012 12:44AM
Another wonderful image Nathan, almost surreal. We'll have to dub you the Salvador Daly of Digital Photography. Don
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
20 Oct 2012 11:39AM
A real work of art Nathan, very psychedelic and colourful. As Forrest Gump would say "Life is like a box of chocolates", and it is very apt to describe your photography too, as we never know what we are going to get from you, which is a good thing by the way. I hope your move goes ahead without hitch and you have fun dangling your dongle until you are connected up to broadband once again!Wink
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2012 7:46PM
The airfix models bring back many memories Nathan excellent photo .Hope you have a good move .Smile
jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2012 8:49AM
Great stuff Nathan. Looks like we all have similar memories - or at least all the men/boys. Grin

Very interesting that you have been able to start collecting the originals - antiques of the future.
NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
26 Oct 2012 12:45AM
i also loved making up Airfix kits usually purchsed from woolworths after a Saturday session at the local baths.

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