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.
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