Many of the new features take advantage of the latest in site technology for an even more secure shopping experience, especially for customers using mobile devices. There is the addition of ApplePay as a payment option.
New Main Menu: When you cursor over a category (ex. Model Kits) it will automatically show all the subcategories under Model Kits for a one-click link to that subcategory page with all items in that subcategory.
New Inventory Slide Show: You can find the new inventory items just added to the website in scrolling feature on the home page. Click on the item for more detail or to place in your shopping cart.
Page Filters: Each product page has filters so you adjust how you'd like to see the products listed; by title, manufacturer, new items, price and how many products you'd like to see on a page.
Account Set-Up: a secure account will provide faster shopping as you input your information only once and will not need to fill out all fields with every order. You have an encrypted password that only you can access. The account will list your order history, provide tracking numbers for orders and more. You can log in to your account here at the top right corner of the site:
You are not required to register for an account, you can submit an order as a one-time guest. The above features are not available as a guest check-out.
Enlarged Search Feature: Looking for a specific item? Simply type in a word or a few, or even item number and search will provide a list of each items that meet your search criteria.
Electronic Payment Options: We still accept all major credit cards, PayPal, PayPal Express and have added for mobile purchases, Venmo (via PayPal) and coming soon - ApplePay! SHIPPING RATE INCREASE
After absorbing postal rate increases over the last five years we have come to the point where we must increase our rates in order to bring you models at affordable prices. We still use flat rate shipping no matter where you live in the U.S. rather than actual weight. International shipping has seen the largest increase in prices by carriers and we have increased our "shipping deposit" for international customers. We will continue to review each international order and determine if shipping requires a refund or added funds based on final order. We would rather give a refund than ask for additional funds to cover actual shipping costs.
As many of you know, in 2019 shipping carriers changed how they determine package shipping for large, lightweight packages (model kits) based on size and not actual weight called dimensional shipping. This impacted our business significantly as models are light but can fill up some big boxes! Since models are lighter, carriers use a formula based on size rather than actual weight. If a box is over 1 cubic foot, they charge exponentially as if the package weighed more rather than the actual weight of the package.
Our goal is always to bring affordable models kits and accessories to the modeling community and hopefully some childhood memories too!
We appreciate you spending your hobby dollars with us and hope you will continue to turn to us for affordable modeling. GET MORE HOBBY FOR YOUR MONEY!
-Jeff FEATURED KIT! USN & USMC R3D-1/2 TRANSPORT A Look at Planet Models
The majority of Rare-Plane Detective inventory is produced using injection molded polystyrene, however we do come across highly detailed, limited run resin casted model kits. Planet Models is one of many resin model kit companies and falls under the Special Hobby/CMK company.
The process of limited run resin casting provides a highly detailed model but also adds many man-hours to the process for each model. If lucky you can yield up to 40 pieces. Many of the these companies broadened the subject matter over the years. Yes, the cost is higher for resin casted models, but if you're looking for detail and advanced modeling techniques, resin may be for you. Special Hobby has employed more modern technology over the years using 3D design and CNC milling equipment to ensure continuity in their molds and products.
We are featuring Planet Models/Special Hobby R3D-1/2 U.S. Navy & U.S. Marine Transport. The R3D-1 is the Naval designation of what began as the civil short-haul aircraft, DC-5. Design began in 1938 and when war broke out during some design modifications and the ill-fated DC-5 was cancelled. Douglas produced just 12 of the DC-5s and W.E. Boeing purchased the prototype for his personal use and the remaining units were donated to the Navy.
KLM purchased four aircraft and operated in the Dutch East Indies. After the Japanese invasion, 3 of the aircraft were sent to Australia and served RAAF and USAAF, designated C-110E. Both U.S. Navy and U.S. Marines ordered a few more aircraft and were designated R3D-1 and R3D-2 respectively.
R3D-1/2 Wingspan: 23.77 m Length: 18.96 m Range: 2,570 km
The model kit contains resin aircraft parts, vacuform canopies and reinforced undercarriage legs. Kit weighs in at 0.5026 kg. Markings include: USN R3D-1, BuNo 1902 and BuNo 1902, NAS Anacostia; USM R3D-2, BuNo 1905; VMJ-152, BuNo 1907 and VMJ-252 Otis, BuNo 1905.
POSTED 10/31/19: MPC - A Golden Opportunity!
Model Products Corporation (MPC) entered the model kit business producing car kits in the early 1960s. MPCâ€™s first issue - 1964 Corvette Stingray coupe! They ventured into aircraft in the mid 1960s in a licensing agreement to rebox Airfix for the U.S market under the â€œAirfix Craftmasterâ€� name. In 1968 they discontinued the Airfix Craftmaster name and established MPC still using the Airfix molds until 1978.
Beginning in the late 1960s and into the 1970s most MPC red/blue kits came with "wild customizing" decals and/or chrome-plated and unique interlocking display stand. It was the sign of the times.
In the early 1980s, MPCâ€™s parent company, General Mills purchased Airfix and once again, the MPC name appeared on model kits. During these years, marketing promotions were usedâ€¦ remember the â€œGolden Opportunity Kits?â€� How many of you collected the â€œGolden Tokensâ€� on the box for free kits? For 10 tokens you could get a Sea Knight or Corsair, Ajax Destroyer or figures. Collect up to 30 tokens for a big 747, Destroyer or 1:25 scale car. MPC 2.0 only lasted four years until ERTL purchased all MPC assets, around 1985. During this time, ERTL also acquired AMT and eventually ERTL with all its acquired assets was folded into TOMY. Take a trip down memory lane with some our MPC kits. Airfix Craftmaster #1413 F-4B Phantom II, U.S.S. Forrestal