POSTED 10/31/19

Model Products Corporation (MPC) entered the model kit business producing car kits in the early 1960s. MPC’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 “Airfix Craftmaster” 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, MPC’s parent company, General Mills purchased Airfix and once again, the MPC name appeared on model kits. During these years, marketing promotions were used… remember the “Golden Opportunity Kits?” How many of you collected the “Golden Tokens” 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
Airfix Craftmaster #1413 F-4B Phantom II, U.S.S. Forrestal

MPC Liberator
MPC #1502 B-24J Liberator

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POSTED 10/3/19
Check out just a handful of items we've just added to the Rare-Plane Detective website.
Old new stock of model kits by Revell, MPM, Hasegawa, Otaki, Monogram and more!
We've added plenty of aftermarket - Eduard photo-etch, True Details wheels and detail sets
Plus loads of decals!

POSTED 12/31/18
Our SoCal Warehouse is OPEN
for your shopping pleasure!

It is always a good idea to give us a call before visiting. Warehouse Winston
sometimes demands a walk, or we suffer the consequences.
We wouldn't want to be out walking Winston when you arrive,
or be running some sort of errand, and you think that we weren't around.

Open Monday - Friday 10AM - 4PM

Saturday 10AM - 2PM

Almost 2000 square feet!
Something for every kind of modeler:

35688 Cathedral Canyon Drive • Suite 110
(Cathedral Canyon Business Park)
Cathedral City, CA 92234

POSTED 6/19/14

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Jeff Garrity