BRIEF HISTORY OF SCALE MODELS
The hobby of building scale models has been around for several generations. Scale model kits were first introduced in the UK (United Kingdom) in 1936 by a company named Frog. It wasn’t until the late 1940s that American companies began manufacturing their own plastic models. Production continued into the 1950s with momentum continuing on into the 1960s. Clearly, the scale model enthusiast had no intention of slowing down.
ABOUT THE KITS
Some of the most popular model kits are those of various vehicles such as automobiles, WWII and later armored and tracked vehicles, and also includes aircraft and ships from WWII and the Korean War. As with all scale models, various scale measurements are used when producing a particular replica. Scale sizes can range anywhere from 1/8 – sometimes used for automobiles – all the way down to 1/700, which is one of the measurements used with ship models. In more recent times, some of the kits that are manufactured have become much easier to assemble. This not only allows for quicker assembly time, these easier models don’t require as much skill and are marketed towards a younger age group. Many of the model kits today have done away with the more painstaking task of painting and decaling. The parts in these kits can be produced using colored plastic, can come pre-painted and the decals are easy to apply, or are already applied.
A LEARNING EXPERIENCE
Building a scale model can go far beyond the building experience. The interest in the model itself can often generate a desire to learn more about the history of the model being built. Additional information can be researched enhancing the learning opportunity that comes with the assembly itself. Be sure to understand a little about the model you chose and its skill level. Use the information provided by the manufacturer when choosing a model kit can assist in developing an interest in building additional models and possibly create a hobby enthusiast.