USN & USM 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.
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.
MPC - A Golden Opportunity!
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 F-4B Phantom II, U.S.S. Forrestal
MPC #1502 B-24J Liberator