plastic model airplanePlastic models are usually sold as kits which need to be assembled by the user. The plastic models are also known as scale models and they are mainly bought for static display. The majority of the plastic model airplanes are injection – molded in polystyrene, parts are attached together with the help of adhesive or white glue. You can even get special paints for application on these plastic models. Aircraft insignia and body decorations materials are also available and you can use them on your model to make it look more realistic.

There has been a trend among manufacturers to offer airplane kits which require less time and skill to assemble them. So now fully detailed kits have been launched for the benefit of the hobbyists. These kits require only normal assembly and gluing. Another type of kits is available wherein you just need to snap the different parts together and this requires even lesser time and skill.

Plastic models are designed in scale. Generally these models have full detailing and come in reasonable sizes. The most popular scales that are available for plastic model aircrafts are 1/24, 1/32, 1/48, 1/72, 1/100 and 1/144. Of these 1/48 and 1/72 sell the most worldwide.

The flip side of plastic models is that the high cost of production. Resin castings are used on models but when the models become larger in size the cost too goes up considerably. Vacuum forming was once popular but the assembly is very difficult. Very recently the manufacturers have started producing models that have very fine detailing that are perfect for resin kits. The reason behind the sale of plastic model airplanes has changed over the years. Earlier these were sold as toys to young boys but now they are mainly purchased to be kept as collectibles. Technology too has advanced a great deal and the models that come out now are highly sophisticated compared to the older models. This has also raised the price of the kits by several notches but that cannot be helped really in this age of competition.

The first plastic model airplanes came into existence in the 1930s’ and these were manufactured by Frog in the UK. A decade later several US companies like Hawk, Renwal and Lindberg joined the bandwagon and began to produce plastic model airplanes. From 1950s the big players came into picture such as the Auror4a, Revell, AMT and Monogram in US, Airfix in UK and Heller SA in France. It was only in the 1970s that plastic model airplanes became increasingly popular in Asian countries and manufacturers began to rise from this region too. Hasegawa and Tamiya from Japan, DML, AFV Club and Trumpeter from China have started dominated the market with newer technologies. Nowadays you also get brands from Russia, Central Europe and Korea stacked up in the local toy stores.

Needless to say these models have carved a niche for itself and have adorned the house of many as collector’s items. The cost will always be a factor for the common people but with passing time and better technology these models whould be within the affordable range of the consumers.