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Aircraft Model Kits

If you want to start your aircraft model kit collection or add a few more gems to your display, we're here to help. Investing in a plastic model airplane kit is a great hobby and a fun way to relive your childhood. Many aircraft model kits are available to you, but knowing where to begin is essential to create a rare and impressive collection. Whether you want to keep it on display or assemble your replica, you'll find a rare plastic model airplane kit in our collection to spruce up your display. 

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Lindberg 1911 Deperdussin w- puzzle 1:48 Scale Model Kit
Lindberg 1911 Deperdussin w- puzzle 1:48 Scale Model Kit
$14.99
AMT TBF-1 Avenger 1:48 Scale Model Kit
AMT TBF-1 Avenger 1:48 Scale Model Kit
$32.99
Atlantis Snoopy and His Sopwith Camel Snap Model Kit
Atlantis Snoopy and His Sopwith Camel Snap Model Kit
$29.99
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Atlantis Red Baron Fokker Tri Plane Snap Model Kit
Atlantis Red Baron Fokker Tri Plane Snap Model Kit
$29.99
Atlantis Wright Cyclone 9 Radial Engine 1:12 Scale Model Kit
Atlantis Wright Cyclone 9 Radial Engine 1:12 Scale Model Kit
$39.99

WHAT ARE AIRCRAFT MODEL KITS?

Model aircraft kits are replicas of real-life aircraft. While they may be a smaller version of the original aircraft, aircraft model kits maintain excellent attention to detail and design to replicate the original. You can enjoy the beauty of impressive aircraft in the comfort of your home. You can display your aircraft model with the rest of your collection or you may choose to have fun and fly your battery-powered model. 

Knowing the size of the model aircraft you are buying is essential. Understanding its scale will let you know how big or small it is so you can prepare yourself for how and where to display it. Before you build the aircraft model in the kit, you'll also know the size of the parts you'll handle. 

Model aircraft come in different scales that range from as small as 1:1250 to 1:18. The most popular scales from plastic aircraft models are 1:144, 1:72, 1:48, 1:32 and 1:24. In contrast, die-cast model aircraft models are mainly available in sales range from 1:48 to 1:600. Model scales represent the ratio of the replica to the original. 

The number on the left of the colon is the original, and the number on the right is for the model aircraft. For example, a ratio of 1:18 means that the model aircraft is 18 times smaller than the original aircraft.

WHAT AIRCRAFT MODEL KITS ARE AVAILABLE?

It's exciting when you find a brand-new aircraft model to add to your collection. Our fabulous collection of aircraft model kits will make the perfect addition to your display:

  • Atlantis Red Baron Fokker Tri Plane Snap Model Kit: Crafted for the original molds dating back to 1971, this is a unique kit. You can buy it molded in red, white or black. The kit also comes complete with the motor and motor contact. 
  • Atlantis Snoopy and his Sopwith Camel Snap Model Kit: Made famous in the Peanuts comic strips, this kit is one of a kind. This plastic kit comes in yellow, red, black and white. 
  • Atlantis Wright Cyclone 9 Radial Engine 1:12 Scale Model Kit: This kit is an authentic engine model that comes molded in the original colors — black, grey, red and bronze.
  • Lindberg 1911 Derperdussin W-Puzzle 1:48 Scale Model Kit: Bring the historical 1911 Deperdussin to life, renowned for racing and cross-country competitions.
  • Lindberg 1911 Martin-Handasyde W-Puzzle 1:48 Scale Model Kit: If you're looking for a kit to assemble, this detailed replica of the revolutionary original is perfect. 
  • Lindberg Dornier Do17Z German Bomber 1:72 Scale Model KitThis highly detailed model replicates the original historic bomber from the Battle of Britain. 
  • Lindberg Handley Page Victor 1-96 Scale Model Kit: This is a skill level two kit of the British jet bomber that comes complete with a tanker truck with trailer and figures. 
  • Lindberg XF-88 Voodoo 1/48 Scale Model Kit: This plastic model kit offers the nostalgia of the traditional 1950s original.

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT AIRCRAFT MODEL KITS?

The first step when choosing a model aircraft is to pick a model appropriate for your skill level. Each kit will show a skill level that ranges from level one to five, with five being the most challenging. A level-one aircraft kit is a great place to begin if you are starting your collection. Aircraft model assembly requires techniques and skills that develop over time. As you assemble your aircraft models, you will improve with each build. 

If you are a first-time collector, it's wise to begin with these tips when choosing your kit: 

  • Choose an all-plastic model airplane kit that will be less complex to assemble.
  • Go for a model that is all in one color. Spray painting your model is a great way to learn how to paint a model. Using one color means you'll do fewer touch-ups. 
  • Pick late-World War II U.S. Navy or Marine Corps aircraft or British Cold War fighter replicas. Many of these models were painted in high-speed silver, making them an excellent start for beginners. 

You'll need a basic set of tools and supplies to get started with your build:

  • A hobby knife
  • Glue
  • Liquid cement
  • Sprue cutters
  • Assortment of paintbrushes
  • Tweezers
  • Sanding sticks
  • Sandpaper
  • Enamel and lacquer paint

Once you have the necessary supplies, you'll be ready to start your model project. Precision is essential when assembling an aircraft model, so we recommend that you follow the instructions in the kit closely for the best outcome. 

WHAT ARE AIRCRAFT MODEL KITS DO’S AND DON’TS?

Whether you have a few projects under your belt or you're a beginner, we have a few do's and don'ts that will help you make your projects shine. Practicing good techniques will ensure you get the most out of your kits and have a stellar display. 

TOP FIVE DO'S

These tips will help you get the best results from your aircraft kit. 

  • Have a dedicated workspace: Your work area should be flat, well lit and have enough space for all your tools and supplies.
  • Start with less complex projects: When you start, go for level one projects. As your confidence grows, you can progress to higher levels. 
  • Read the instructions: Take time to read the directions thoroughly, ensure that you understand the details of the build and follow the instructions until the end.
  • Use glue sparingly: Apply glue in small amounts to avoid dripping down your model. If you get glue on the wrong part, wash it off immediately before it dries. Once you have applied glue to a piece, give it time to dry overnight. 
  • Paint with purpose: Start by painting small parts first and anywhere else, such as the model's interior, that won't be easy to paint once the model is complete. 

TOP FIVE DON'TS

Avoiding these mistakes will have you on your way to mastering your projects. 

  • Misplace parts: Keep your model pieces safe to avoid losing pieces or spilling glue or paint on them.
  • Ignore airbrush instructions: If it's your first time using an airbrush, read the instructions. Knowing the mixing ratios, de-assembly and assembly will help you get the right finish. 
  • Skip the paint thinners: Never use paint thinner when removing paint. It can melt the plastic and ruin the model. 
  • Overheat hot glue: If you choose to use hot glue for your model, don't let it get too hot. The heat can melt the plastic of your aircraft. 
  • Paint mating surfaces: If you apply glue to a surface, it's best not to paint it so the glue will hold better.