Other vacform kits
Fokker T-2 US Army Transport
The first non-stop flight across the USA was made in 1923 by a Fokker T-2. The flight took almost 2 hours from Long Island to California. Only two of these aircraft were built. One is now on display in the Smithsonian Institution.
Packard le Pere Lusac 11
One of these aircraft achieved a world altitude record. It was designed in the USA by a Frenchman named LePere in 1917. The name 'Lusac' comes from LePere United States Army Combat. None saw military service in WW1.
This experimental fighter was an attempt to solve the problem of needing a firward firing gun, without the ability to fire through a propeller with interrupter gear. The aircraft was not put into production.
Morane Saulnier MS 'L' 35
Kit converted to a 2 seater.
The Spad 11 or X1 was a two seat fighter aircrafr from WW1. It was mostly unsuccessful, serving with only a few US, Belgium and France squadrons.
Morane Saulnier MS3
This was flown by Sub Lt.R.A. Warnsford VC of No 1 Sq , Dunkirk June 1915.
Hansa Brandenburg W20
Fokker C V-E
M.S. Type G
This is a kit from which four different versions of the Bristol Fighter can be built.
Vickers FB 19
Only about 65 of these aircraft were built. It was generally not a successful design though it did serve in Russia where it was known as the 'Bullet'. Some were sent to the Middle East.
This was France's main reconnaissance aircraft during WW1. It served with both the French and USA air forces.
Armstrong Whitworth F.K.10
This aircraft was designed in 1916. It was one of the few quadruplane aircraft to be built, It was not used operationally.
This reconnaissance/fighter served with air forces all over the world, including the RFC and RNAS. It first flew in 1915. Note the clear central part of the upper wing.
A Japanese navy fighter designed by a British designer in 1921.
Fleet spotter aircraft between 1921 and 1929.
Curtiss A-3 Attack
Sierra Scale Models
Curtiss O-1 Falcon
Sierra Scale Models
An interesting subject from Ray O’Neill that dates back 45 years but was not made until the mid-1990s. The Boeing B-9 bomber was also offered as a complete kit by MHW Models in their Formaplane range.
Fokker PJ-1 Flying Lifeboat
Sierra Scale Models
Curtiss O2C-2 Helldiver
Vacukit is an Italian company.
Aeroclub - modified as a Mk III
Curtiss XF6C-6 Page Racer
Vacform fuselage mated to Monogram Hawk wings. Fuselage source unknown.
Kawasaki Ki-10 Perry
Curtiss Condor II T-32
J&L Aircraft Models
Completed in American Airlines colours
Fairey long range monoplane
This aircraft held the lomg distance flight record for a short time in 1933, flying from Cranwell England to Walvis Bay in SW Africa.
Stinson L-1 Vigilant
This classic 'bush aircraft' first flew in 1926. The model by Khee-Kha is a vacform kit at its finest. Resin parts are included. The kit can be bought with resin floats and decals. The decals are for the Pacific International Airways of Alaska as shown on the model are, available from Arctic Decals. Refer to the company web site to see information about alternative colour schemes and decals.
This is another first rate vacform kit from Khee-Kha. The model shows a Norwegian aircraft with floats. Refer to the company web site for information about the various options that are available, e.g. colour schemes and decals.
Bellanca CH-400 Skyrocket
The Skyrocket was a 6 seat transport aircraft that operated during the 1930s. It could use wheels or floats.
Model by Carmel J. Attard.
General Aircraft Ltd Monospar ST25
This small passenger aircraft was used during the mid-1930s. An ambulance version was produced that was exported, inc luding to Spain where it was used during the Civil War.
Northrop XFT-1 Boxkite
Kit mastered by Gordon Stevens for Maintrack Models.
Beriev Be-2 (KOR-1)
Martin Baker MB2
The MB2 first flew in 1938. Although not successful and not adopted for RAF service, it did give the company experience that was used in the later MB5. The kit is fairly crude, but the simple clean lines of the aircraft means that something acceptable can be produced.
This is the USCG version of the civil Stinson Reliant.
Douglas Digby (B-18 Bolo)
Airmodel (fuselage) with Airfix C-47 wings
The B18 was based on the DC-2. A B-18 is reorded as the first aircraft to sink a U-boat. The Digby is the name given to the aircraft in RCAF service, as shown in the model.
The model below shows the B-18 Bolo.
This model was made many years before the injection kit was produced.
FW 58 Gulub
Model shown in Bulgarian markings.
Nakajima E8N 1 2 Dave
Wings 72/Eagles Talon
The design owes much to the Vought Corsair. The 'Dave' saw active service in China and altough outdated, was also involved as a spotter during the battle of Midway. Some ended their days as kamikaze missions.
Consolidated PBY Sea Wolf
Wings 72 Eagles Talon
Lockheed Electra 10A
The Electra is one of the classic line of twin engined civil aircraft produced by Lockheed during the 1930s and 40s. An aircraft of this type was flown by Amelia Earhart in 1937 for her unsuccessful around the world flight.
The model is shown in markings of the Spanish Nationalist air force having been captured from the Republican air force.
This experimental aircraft was developed from the Electra 10. It had a pressurized cabin, smaller windows, a different shaped fuselage and more powerful engines than the earlier Electra.
De Havilland DH. 91 Albatross
Douglas BTD-1 Destroyer
Kit made for Esoteric from the Rareplane mould.
Martin Mauler AM-1
The Brigand was built to replace the Beaufighter. They saw active service with the RAF in the far east, Aden and Kenya during the late 1940s and early 1950s.
This kit comes with cast metal parts for the undercarriage and other pieces. The kit can also be built as a civil version.
The model is show as an aircraft used by Field Marshal Montgomery as the D-Day landings developed.
Vickers Warwick CIII
Aircraft in Miniature
The Pembroke replaced the Anson, entering RAF service in 1953. The kit, like many from this company, is relatively basic, but can be worked into something presentable. Several injection moulded kits of the type, however, are also available.
The Sea Prince can also be made from this kit.
Model of the Pembroke (below) in West Germany colours by Carmel J. Attard.
Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer
This vacform kit comes with white metal parts. There are not many choices of kit if one wants to build a Twin Pioneer.
The aircraft was used by the RAF and a few other air forces. It was also used in civillian roles all over the world where its rugged STOL capabilities were useful.
Third model (red and white) by Paul Murphy.
Project X (Maintrack)
The Seagull first flew in 1948. By then, however, helicopters were becoming more reliable and had increased capacity and range. Only two complete aircraft were built.
The kit comes with white metal parts.
Fairey Gannet AEW3
Airmodel fuselage with FROG wings
The bulbous radar under the AEW3 Gannet makes it quite distinct from others of the type. The kit provides only the fuselage, including the taller tail fin and rudder. Wings and other parts need to come from standard injetion kits, though the undercarriage legs need to be legthened.
Beech King Air 200
The Beech King Air 200 is part of the successful King Air line of aircraft. Rareplane produced a Super King Air, but not this type. The kit unfortunately, is extremely crude in every possible way. Fortunately, the kit is very hard to find.
Piper L-18 Super Cub
Northrop XP-56 Black Bullet
This is a fairly crude kit of this unusual aircraft. Fortunately, very much better injection kits are available.
The XB-51 first flew in 1949. Unusually, it was powered by three engines. It also had variable incidence wings andf a rotating bomb bay. It was evaluated but the contract was won instead by
Douglas C-124 Globemaster
The Globemaster heavy transport aircraft first flew in 1949. It could carry 200 troops or a range of equipment and vehicles. It served in numerous conflict zones, finally being retired in 1974.
Anyone who has seen the mouldings of this kit will realise that the result shown here is a marvel of vacform modeling by a world-class modeler. This is a very rare piece of vacform art.
Gene Hooker vac.
Aeroclub fuselage mated to Airfix wings
The B-57 was directly derived from the Canberra. The F version had extra span wings for high-altitude reconnaissance work of which 21 were built.
North American T-28 Trojan
The T-28 forst flew inn 1950. It was used extensively as a trainer with the US and other air forces. It was also adapted to be used as a counter-insurgency aircraft in the Vietnam war and in Algeria.
Schneider Grunau Baby
This glider was first built in 1931 with about 6000 eventually being built. It was the standard glider used to train pilots in Germany in the years leading up to WW2. It was sold to about 20 countries over many years so there is a considerable choice of colour schemes fom which to choose.
The X-1E was one of a series of experimental rocket-powered aircraft used for high speed flight. It is a later and much faster version of the record breaking aircraft flown by a pilot whose name is claimed to be copyright.
The kit is quite crude with confusing instruction notes.
This experimental aircraft, nicknamed 'The Flaming Pencil", was developed for high speed research. It first flew in 1962. Information from the research helped in the design of the Concorde supersonic airliner. A Bristol 188 can be seen at the Cosford museum.
A.W. 650 Argosy
Welsh Models (1/144)
The Argosy transport aircraft began RAF service in 1964, being finally retired in 1975. It was also used as a cargo aircraft by BEA and other airlines.
The model comes with Aeroclub metal parts. Masters and mouldmaking were by Gordon Stevens.
The DH 108 Swallow first flew in 1946. It was designed as a test bed for swept wing jet aircraft with the development of the Comet in mind. Like the Me 163 Komet, it did not have tailplanes. Three prototypes were built but all were lost in accidents. In one, Geoffery de Havilland was killed.
The AVRO 707 was designed to test the characteristics of the delta wing that was to be used on the Vulcan bomber. It first flew in 1949. Several variants were built, the last one being retired in 1966. A, AVRO Type 707 can be seen at the Cosford museum.
The FD1 claims to be the first Brisith delta wing aircraft. Only one was built. It first flew in 1951. It ended its days as target pratice on the Shoeburyness range - that's no way for a historic little aircraft to go!
McDonnell F2H Banshee
The Banshee first flew in 1947 then served with the US Navy and Marine Corps until 1961. It saw action during the Korean War. Without swept back wings, its performance was not a match for the Russian Mig fighters.
McDonnell FH Phantom
The Phantom was the first jet aircraft that served with the US Navy, first flying in 1945 and entering service in 1947. It was mostly replaced by the Banshee only two years later.
The Dragonfly was a Sikorsky S-51 built unde licence. It served with the Royal Navy from 1950 for about ten years.
De Havilland Vampire T11
North American Buckeye
Grumman C-1 Trader
Airfix B-29 mated to Airmodel conversion parts.
For further details, see here.
TWR (of Windsor, Berkshire)
A basic vacform kit that has been extensively modified using resin and cast metal parts.
Historic Wings 1/72
This kit is based on the original Contrail kit of the Ambassador. The Historic Wings kit used thicker plastic and provided decals and cast metal parts.
Gerald J. Elliott
Combat Models 1/72