“Merton to Moscow” the site of Frog & Frog Spawn models”

“With Glue and paint all over your fingers and the rush to finish the latest Frog offering the finished article is complete with huge gaps and finger prints on the transparencies and blobs of wet paint”

For many of us who read this it will have struck a chord. Our earliest modelling experiences were as youngsters who on a Saturday morning pocket money in hand would rush to buy the latest Models. The name Frog conjures up memories of these trips for the latest offering from Frog or even maybe Airfix. Interestingly both the Frog and Airfix factories were less than 4 miles apart. Frog in Merton London S.W.19 and Airfix in Wandsworth London S.W.18. Amazingly many of the original moulds continue to be used to this day.

The poor model would either end up hanging from the ceiling or be destroyed in a mock dog fight.

This together with the subsequent parental wrath for getting glue & paint on our clothes, the kitchen table, pets, sisters etc. Plus the odd visit to the local hospital having sliced into a thumb instead of plastic.

These early experiences with model aircraft also taught us about aircraft & aviation.  The early style narrative instructions (place the DF loop on the top of the fuselage) encouraged us to learn about the real thing.  How many careers in aviation did these models launch?  Years later many have returned to the gentle art of modelling  having found marriage, mortgages careers and other interests on the way.

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An early FW190

 

To a lot of us it is a sense of nostalgic warmth, a comfort blanket to harp back to the ‘good old days’ when we made that first model. Can you imagine the reaction of today’s youth being given a Frog model and being told to use a sharp knife , toxic cement and a hot screwdriver?  Health and safety would have a fit..  I am afraid Frog cannot compete with the latest X Box or online game. This site is a chance to wallow in nostalgia and remember those day’s when life was just that bit simpler.  You never know this site may even encourage you to build. So instead of adding to that expensive loft insulation why not take that trip down memory lane and build that early Frog kit, after all that is what it was produced for. You may even enjoy the experience. But don’t forget you had no Airbrush, liquid glues or after market parts to help you then. I will bet that the end result will be nothing like the previous attempt.  Above all welcome to the site and feel free to join our forum or just enjoy browsing. Did you know that 2 famous names were involved with Frog? Both Neville Shute Norway the famous author who designed Gliders in WW2 at the International Model Aircraft Factory in Merton and Sir Barnes Wallis who advised on the R100 model (F128)

F128 the R100 issued in 1/500 scale in 1965 as part of the Trailblazers range. The Late Sir Barnes Wallis of Dambuster fame advised Frog on this model.

F128 the R100 issued in 1/500 scale in 1965 as part of the Trailblazers range. The Late Sir Barnes Wallis of Dambuster fame advised Frog on the production of this model I am lucky enough to own the original drawings.

Intoduction to the site

This aim of this site is to  document and discuss via our on line forum the plastic kits produced by FROG from the period of the 1950’s to 1976 as well as the Frog spawn that followed.For those who are interested in the earlier history of Frog and Penguins other than the two features I have included on the site I would recommend the Frog Penguin site at frogpenguin.com. Although the title say’s Frog Model Aircraft both ships and cars are of course included. Please visit the forum and feel free to share your memories. Recent topics have covered everything from the missing moulds to Stunning members builds and the latest Ebay prices. We have very few rules except of course for No Spam. Let’s hope we can recreate some of the enjoyment we got from Frog and above all have fun. Interestingly Airfix have released a Whitley and Shackleton in 2015 both of which were Frog subjects. The Airfix offerings are of course far more refined.  Up until now the Frog versions were the only game in town, and both models stood the test of time and build in to reasonable models. Both are still available.

The site was first created in April 2011 and it’s home is in the historic railway station of  Przemysl a beautiful Polish City dating from the 8th Century. We also have a small shop selling both Frog and Frog Spawn both retail and mail order. If anybody would like to contribute to the design or content of the site please get in touch. In the meantime please feel free to visit and maybe take part in our forum. Thank you for your visit and above all enjoy the hobby.

Just a quick note about copyright and sources. All photo’s & models except where credited are from my own collection. Illustrations of period newspapers are the copyright of the publications named and are reproduced with permission. They should not be copied. I have relied heavily on Richard Lines and Leif Hellstrom’s amazing book Frog Model Aircraft 1932-1976 published by New Cavendish books in 1989 a title that every Frog Enthusiast should own.

My very thumbed copy of Frog Model Aircraft 1932 to 1976 Note all the markers. Without this wonderful book this site would not exist

My very thumbed copy of Frog Model Aircraft 1932 to 1976 Note all the markers.
Without this wonderful book this site would not exist

 

 Every Boy's favourite The Spitfire MK 2 issued in 1959 as 394P This model together with the FW190 were the best selling models in the history of Frog and Total sales exceeded 700,00


Every Boy’s favourite The Spitfire MK 2 issued in 1959 as 394P This model together with the FW190 were the best selling models in the history of Frog and Total sales exceeded 700,00 kits

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359P, later F359 the iconic Avro Lancaster from 1959. This mould has survived and been re-issued by several former USSR companies

Beaufort

This is what can be achieved from a 40 + year old mould. F229 Beaufort with added details. The decals are the original Frog

With a bit of extra work this Beaufort is a stunning Model.

With a bit of extra work this Beaufort is a stunning Model.

 

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And this is what it is all about… The contents of the VC10, a super model for it’s time now followed by the latest offerings from our friends at Roden. Frog also planned an East African version now also released by Roden.

 

 

 

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