|A & V
||A resin kit
I'm not sure where they hail from but they produce some truly excellent
kits and many of them are of Luft 46 subjects.
||From Germany, I believe,
long time producer of Luft 46 subjects. Originally just in
vacuform but they've since branched out into producing resin kits and
resin accessories. High quality stuff.
|Based in the Czech
this company now produces an excellent line of limited run injection
molded plastic kits which flesh out the world of German aviation.
Master Kits - CMK
||This is one of the older
companies in the Luft 46 field. Resin is a fairly recent medium
to manufacture model kits out of and CMK was one of the first to do so
in any number. Starting in the early to mid-80's, they produced a
number of very interesting kits in very limited quantities.
Typically in 1/72nd scale, of rather small sized subjects, of kit
designs which had the wings, fuselage and horizontal stabilizers all
molded as a single unit, and with no decals included in the kit, these
releases were noted for their accuracy and their rarity. Today's
releases, sold through MPM, are aimed more at the after-market resin
detail world. Those original Luft 46 kits from the 80's are much
sought after on eBay.
||A Chinese company, they
many a mainstream injection molded plastic kits. They've branched
into the Luft 46 realm with some of their offerings. Most notably
their line of Arado Ar234 kits which included the Julia rocket fighter
or nightfighter versions of the Blitz. DML kits are usually of
top of the line quality in design and molding.
||First ventured into the
world with their Bachem Ba-349 A Natter kit. Quality of Heller
kits has ranged from about equal to early Airfix to being more or less
contemporary. I'm not sure if they're still in business.
||Another Czech based
not sure if they're still in business but when they were they produced
a dazzling range of Luft 46 kits. For many years they, and MPM,
were the companies to turn to
for Luft 46 subjects.
||A French company which has
produced some very interesting kits over the years. The
quality of their work can be wanting a times and their prices tend to
be a bit high. But in many cases, theirs is the only kit of a
particular subject and, with a bit of work, can be made into Stirling
models. One thing they definitely need to work on is their
website. It's got to be among the most cluttered and slow to load
I've been on in years!
||A company from the UK,
produced a number interesting short-run low pressure injection molded
plastic and resin kits.
|MPM Ltd. - Czech Republic
||This is a large and going
concern in the Czech Republic. MPM produces kits under its own
label and serves as the distributer and marketing point for several
other Czech based model houses. Among these are companies, such
as Condor, CMK and Special Hobby, which got their start in the Luft46
||Yet another Czech based
which produces limited run injection and resin kits of Luft 46 and
other subjects. Quality workmanship typifies their kit design and
manufacture. Their subject selection is always intriguing.
||This is what the CMK from
80's evolved into. Whereas the kits which CMK sells through MPM
are 1/35th armor stuff, CMK sells full-on aircraft kits under its
Planet Models label. These kits are generally of excellent
quality, are sharply molded, and range from mostly Luft 46 to some
rather esoteric 50's jets to some of the lesser known biplane types
flown during the war. High quality and interesting subjects are
what Planet produces these days.
||A model making company
all things, in Turkey! They've produced a small line of 72nd
scale Luft 46 subjects. Inexpensive and fairly unique.
These aren't bad little kits and they're priced cheaply enough to be
attractive despite their simplicity and rather basic detailing.
||This is not your father's
Revell! Based in Germany, this portion of the Revell model making
conglomerate has long been noted for its excellence in kit design and
manufacturing quality. In the late 90's they also branched out
into the Luft 46 world with a series of very well received kits on that
subject. This was a surprising thing to see a major kit
manufacturer step into this genre and their kits were well very well
done and quite popular. I don't think they're still in production
so if you see them on eBay or elsewhere - snap them up fast!
||More Czech Republic resin
||A second French firm which
specializes in the esoteric. Lots of Luft 46 items here as well
as others of an equally arcane nature. Their kits tend to need a
bit more work than the Mach 2 ones but are equally as worth it due to
their detail and subject matter.
||Igor Shestakov's one man
operation from the Ukraine. His little company has long been
tackling subjects which are too esoteric for even the most hardened
Czech resin company to even consider. While some of his early
works were a tad crude in their molding and finish, even they could be
built-up into excellent little kits. Igor produces a wide range
of Luft 46 kits as well as their equivalents from Russia, the US and
elsewhere. Very attractive and worthwhile to get a hold of.
||Wingnut International was
a business started by Karl Juelch in the early 1990s to produce resin
1/72 scale airplane kits. While in operation, Wingnut produced the
Messerschmitt Me-509 and the Ju-88G-10 conversion kit. Karl also sold
resin 1/72 "Berlin" radar noses for late war Ju-88 nightfighters, and
full kit of the Republic XP-72 and a cockpit detail set in 1/72 for the
F-84F rounded out Wingnut’s product line.
The 509, while somewhat basic, sold rather well until the RS kitting of
it came out and started receiving wide distribution. The Ju-88G-10
conversion kit was in high demand as there was no surgery needed to use
it since it was a direct replacement fuselage for the AMT/ERTL Ju-88G.
Karl had another half dozen or so kits in various stages of development
when he decided it was time to pull the plug on his operation. Most of
the kits he had in development were beaten to the market by East
European limited run and resin kits, and as a one man band, he found it
very hard to compete with the likes of MPM, Special Hobby, Huma,
Planet, AirModel, RS, etc.
One thing Wingnut International kits had always been praised for was
the quality of the castings, so in an attempt to salvage something from
the business, Karl wrote a book on mold making and resin casting and
self published it. The book ended up selling in excess of 8,000 copies!
These days the only place you’re likely to find Wingnut International
kits is on eBay or swap meets/ flea markets and as such they’re quite
worth snapping up. (I managed to get my hands on one of Karl’s XP-72’s
and can second this recommendation! – MP)