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Frog “Penguin” — Plastic Scale Model Kits, 1936-1950

By Peter van Lune
RELATED TOPICS: BOOK | AIRCRAFT | HISTORY
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Comments: Softcover, 256 pages, 230 color and 167 black-and-white photos

ISBN:
978-9-0903-0018-08

Price:
€30 (about $37)

Publisher:
Published by the author


From the publisher:
“FROG Penguin was the world’s first range of all plastic model kits — a globally spread hobby in the 1950s through the 1970s and made famous by manufacturers like Airfix and Revell. Until now, the only available book about FROG was FROG Modelaircraft, by Richard Lines and Leif Hellström, published in 1989. My book is focused on the Penguin range, however.

It took more than 10 years to complete and was written with the help of family members of the founders of FROG. It has many unpublished photos and includes practical information about recognizing and restoring these delicate models. The date of publication is no coincidence: It marks the 80th birthday of plastic kit modeling.
The book includes many personal accounts of modelers now in their 80s and 90s, the wartime activities of FROG, a detailed price guide, and background information.

You may find additional information on my website, frogpenguin.com.”


FSM says:
A comprehensive collection and narrative of the birth of the hobby: Impressive kit buildups, numerous examples of instructions sheets and accompanying products, chronologically contemporary advertisements, photos of manufacturing facilities, company archival photos, and everything you would want to know about the company’s founders and the development of plastic scale model kits. The price guide will appeal to collectors and builders alike.

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