Nazi aircrafts overtake Spitfire, Hurricanes and Lancasters in kit toy sales

December 21st, 2008 - 3:25 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Dec 21 (ANI): British warplanes like the Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster are losing out to Nazi foes in kit toy sales.

For many years, toy replicas of the Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster have outsold those of their Nazi foes. But now, kit sales of Second World War German aircraft have overtaken those of the Allied forces.

Besides this, sales of German tanks and ships have also outstripped those of the Allies.

According to an analysis by the model maker Airfix, this year, German kits have made up around 55 per cent of the sales of all kits relating to the conflict. Around 1.4 million German replicas were sold, compared to 1.1 million Allied kits.

Experts and modellers said that the increase in sales of the Nazi war machines reflects an interest in the more experimental technologies developed by the Germans and the engineering superiority of many of their vehicles.

The Messerschmitt Bf 109E, the Focke Wulf 190D, the Junkers Ju87 Stuka, the Dornier Do17 and the “Mistel”, an experimental composite aircraft, in which a fighter was attached to a bomber, are the biggest selling German planes.

The Supermarine Spitfire, the De Havilland Mosquito, the Hawker Hurricane and the Avro Lancaster are the most famous RAF planes.

The P51 Mustang is the only US aircraft in the top ten.

John Tapsell, vice president of the International Plastic Modellers Society (UK), said he was surprised by the revelation.

“It does seem slightly odd that the German kits outsell the Allied ones. It certainly doesn”t mean that lots of modellers sympathise with the German cause, the Telegraph quoted Tapsell, as saying.

“I think it might be something to do with the typical British fascination with the loser and also an interest in German engineering. British soldiers in the war were in awe of the Tiger tank, for instance, and that sort of interest has remained. The (German) uniforms also look very smart,” he added. (ANI)

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