Modellers were saddened to hear the news that Darrell Burge, for many the public face of Airfix as its marketing brand manager, passed away suddenly on February 10, 2021.

Darrell Burge 1961-2021
Photo supplied by Airfix.

Darrell lived and breathed Airfix and Humbrol; he will be remembered fondly and with great respect for having revitalised the prospects of both ranges over the last decade, bringing them to the attention of a whole new generation of modellers. He was also instrumental in approaching Key Publishing in 2009 with the aim of creating a new monthly Airfix-themed publication which, of course, resulted in Airfix Model World magazine.

His connection with Humbrol was both long and distinguished, having worked at its Hull facility before moving to join the Airfix team in Margate after the acquisition of both firms by Hornby in 2006, and he was the brand manager for Humbrol before also taking on the same role at Airfix, additionally providing support to the Corgi team. He was the driving force behind Airfix’s agreement with South Korean manufacturer Academy to bring the latter’s 1/35 armour products to the European market in the now familiar red boxes, as well as the recent newly tooled Cromwell Mk.IV kit.

Chris Clifford, AMW’s former editor, remembers Darrell fondly: “I first knew Darrell as the Humbrol paint representative after I started working at my local Taylor and McKenna (then Beatties) toy and hobby shop, in 1985. He was always great fun, and later I always looked forward to seeing him at the IPMS Nationals. Little did I know back then that I would eventually work with him to help promote Airfix products… an opportunity I cherished. It’s devastating that he’s gone. I’ll miss him greatly, but his legacy lives on with the Airfix brand and his colleagues, and we should take solace in that.”

Darrell is survived by his wife Jane, children Emily, Martin and Gavin and granddaughter Oriana. All here at AMW offer our condolences to his family, friends and co-workers.