This site is 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 can still remember in the late 1970’s visiting newsagents around London and the South of England looking for Frog stock, I remember one lucky day when I picked up a ME 410 and Hornet in a shop in Godstone Surrey, I still have them in my collection to this day. I think my first Frog was the Kittyhawk given to me in the early 1960’s for Christmas. My late Father would no doubt have got it from Bec Models in Tooting Bec.
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 its publication in 1989 the Soviet Union is no more and Countries like Ukraine who became independent states. Young people and the limited number of modellers that existed have moved on and mainstream kits are readily available. Model shops in Kiev and other former Soviet Cities 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.
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. There is something very nostalgic about finding one of the more rare kits in it’s very rough Soviet packing. A large amount of the moulds still exist and were saved by Companies such as ARK in Moscow, who must be applauded for this. 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 a conflict zone and was shelled with a loss of life during 2014. A victim of the fighting in the area.
Other features of the site will be to showcase and discuss both Frog and Frogspawn paperwork (with translations). I am fortunate to own some original plans including the R100 and Whitley 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 Frogspawn direct from the site.
This site is produced in Medyka a beautiful Village in Poland, that is now my home. Please visit our links for other sites of interest. Do not hesitate to contact me for any questions or suggestions you may have via the contact us page
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)
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