The History of model making

Most children have enjoyed being presented with a model kit for Christmas. It could be a car, or a boat, or even a plane. The idea is that the child will spend hours of their leisure time in assembling the kit to produce the model, showing commendable patience along the way. Usually the idea of the gift has come from the father who takes pride in the fact that his child will assemble the model that the father really likes and will do it incredibly well. In reality, it ends up being a joint effort with the father eventually taking full control of the operation.

Father and son working as a team

This is the beauty of models they can appeal to both children and grownups alike. The model will become even more appealing to the child if it is radio controlled as it makes all seem so much more authentic and exciting. As time has passed there has been an enormous advancement in assembling models as a hobby. The creation of scale plastic model kits first enabled various vehicles to be assembled for static display.

The first company to produce the kits were Frog in the UK in 1936. In the late 1940’s several companies, such as Hawk and Varney started to produce the models and by the 1960’s many manufacturers were setting up around the world. Since the 1970’s the greatest advancements in the industry has come out of Japan China and Korea. These Asian industries now represent the highest levels of technology and this is reflected in their production of model kits.

A Frog model kit

The first plastic models were injected with cellulose acetate but this has been replaced by the plastic models being injection moulded in polystyrene. The parts are then glued together by adhesive. Often insignias are provided with screen-printed water decals. The originals models provided paints, but the recent trend has been to pre-paint the parts as modern young modelers do not enjoy painting their models. Some models even have done away the need to use glue as the parts simply snap together. This has resulted in a loss of detail of some the models.

Ship models have provided thread for rigging whilst vinyl has been provided for tires in the automobile kits. The beauty of the scale plastic model kits is that they have appealed to old and young alike. The more experienced the modeler the more detailed and difficult the next project they will take on.

There are now an abundance of different models and they can be roughly divided into science fiction, model aircraft, tanks, planes, boats, submarines, sailing ships, motorcycles and cars. The industry moving forward has also led to the introduction of radio controlled models. Continued advancement in technology has resulted in radio controlled models being affordable to the mass market. The minutest details are now taking care of and this includes sound. The radio-controlled models are now fitted with sound systems that make them appear to be totally authentic. Companies, such as Model Solutions continue to try and use modern technology to provide the best products for the radio-controlled models that they possibly can.