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Both this site and the forum are a tribute principally to the plastic scale model aircraft kits produced by Frog from the 1950’s to 1976 and also to the Frog spawn that followed them from the former Soviet Union. Many of these Models are still produced to date a tribute to the skill of the original mould makers.

I make no apologies for the occasional nostalgic look at the Penguins and other products from the Merton and later Margate & foreign factories. It is after all part of Frog’s heritage.

I have relied heavily on that wonderful book “Frog Model Aircraft 1932 to 1976″ by Richard Lines and Leif Hellstrom published by New Cavendish press in 1989 (now sadly out of print) The book does occasionally appear on ebay and Amazon and if you do not have a copy I can highly recommend trying to obtain one. Since it’s publication in 1989 the Soviet Union is no more and Countries like Ukraine have regained their freedom. Young people and the limited number of modellers that existed have moved on and mainstream kits are readily available. Model shops in Kiev carry the latest releases from companies like Airfix and Tamiya.

Luckily most of the moulds that found their way to the Soviet Union are accounted for with a few exceptions. Most are now back in production with companies like Ark in Moscow and still selling quite well. I am very fortunate enough to own one.

Kittyhawk and Zero. It may be that the Kittyhawk was my first Frog Kit.

Early Kittyhawk and Zero. It may be that the Kittyhawk was my first Frog Kit.

One aim of this site is to document the history of the Merton to Moscow deal. This has been made possible by the huge amount of Frog Spawn that still exists. Their is something very nostalgic about finding one of the more rare kits in it’s very rough Soviet packing. A lot of rumours exist about some of the moulds still existing at the Donetsk Toy Factory  (the largest Toy factory in the former USSR) that was bankrupt in 2003 but still continued to produce toys after this. Sadly the factory is in rebel held Territory and was shelled with a loss of life last year during 2014 a victim of the war being raged against Ukraine by Russia. 

The VC10 F140 complete with Flashing lights

The VC10 F140 complete with Flashing lights

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And what’s inside the box….

Other features of the site will be to showcase and discuss  both Frog and Frog Spawn paper work (with translations). I am fortunate to own some original plans including the R100 as well as some design notes and general items.

Another interesting page is a feature on the F20 Spin-a -prop.

It is hoped in the future to be able to offer for sale Frog spawn direct from the site.

First released in 1962 this is Frog's Trinity House Lightship

First released in 1962 this is Frog’s Trinity House Lightship

This site is produced in Przemysl a beautiful City in  Poland. Please visit our links for other sites of interest.  Do not hesitate to contact me for any questions or suggestions you may have..

 

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First released by Frog the 707 was produced between 1958 and 1970 a total of 65000 were produced. this is the Donetsk Toy Factory version complete with Pan-Am decals

 

No model could of course completed without “Glue” The top example is a 1970’s release and the bottom one is from the late 50’s and marketed as International Model Aircraft with the early logo. (Both are still usable)

Examples of Frog Polystyrene Glue form the 1950's & 70's

Examples of Frog Polystyrene Glue form the 1950’s & 70’s

DH 110

Awaiting restoration. An example of the DH 110 in my collection

 

FW190-1

The FW 190 is one of the two best selling Frog kits of all time, the other being the early Spitfire. It also holds the record for the most different packaging styles of any Frog Kit. The original mould was cleaned up by AMT in 1968.this is a rare version with the swastika removed, possibly so as to sell on the German market.

Vickers Valiant

From a “Loft find” this valiant is in need of restoration and a re-paint. Many models were built like this in a hurry I suspect by a young lad in the 1960’s

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And finally the person behind this site, all mistakes are of course mine.

frog-Kopia

 

 

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Updated 4th July 2017  © Frog Model Aircraft Przemysl Poland