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PostPosted: Wed 05 Apr 2017 17:17 pm 
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PostPosted: Fri 28 Apr 2017 13:26 pm 
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Thanks Peter. Book duly received (ordered by my son Gavin) for my 76th birthday and what a present. I cannot praise it highly enough for the concise detail and depth of research. This has to be the benchmark for all future model history books. For those who dont know Penguin kits , they were the genesis of all plastic kits. First produced in the late 1930s to a quality that it took a long time in the 1950s to come up with the same accuracy and detail. I would recomend this book to anyone with an interest in plastic modelling history- it is a MUST HAVE for any modeller worth his salt! The photographic reproduction is superb. Congratulation for an obvious labour of love. Regards, Walter Snowdon.


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PostPosted: Wed 03 May 2017 15:30 pm 
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I guess every single author is happy to read such a wonderful review - thank you Walter... The qualification "labour of love" has been made on other occasions and it pretty much sums up what I feel for the subject... Thanks again... ;-)
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Hello Peter. I have come across an intrigueing item in BRITISH TOY BOATS 1920 ONWARDS. In1939 Penguin introduced an all plastic model tugboat named MARY.. This came apparently in finished OR kit form, and appeared in the 1940/41 penguin catalogue along with two model destroyer kits. The tug kit reapeared in the 1947 Penguin catalogue again as a kit powered by clockwork. Could this be the worlds first plastic model boat kit?. most intrigueing! Also , do you know if the two warship kits were ever released to the public?. Regards, Walter.
Hello Walter- yes the Tugboat was the worlds's first plastic boat kit (please check page 75). The Penguin kits have numerous "firsts" - the two warship kits you refer to were both Destroyer kits, originally to be released around 1940, but finally released in late 1945 (please check pages 158/159).


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Congratulations Peter ! :clap: :clap:
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PostPosted: Thu 29 Jun 2017 20:25 pm 
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Very happy with the review in the UK IPMS Magazine:

"It was a real pleasure to review this eagerly awaited book from Peter van Lune, detailing the history of the Frog Penguin range of model aircraft - the undisputed precursors of all modern British plastic kits, aircraft and otherwise. In what is quite obviously a labour of love that took over fifteen years to bring to fruition, Peter van Lune tells the utterly fascinating story of the origins and development of the range, beginning with an account of how the two Wilmot brothers, Charles and John, together with their colleague Joe Mansour, started trading as designers and manufacturers of model aircraft in 1930, before registering in late 1931/early 1932 as a company called 'International Model Aircraft Limited', having by then also registered the original 'winged frog' trademark. The company name 'F.R.O.G' was registered soon afterwards in late 1932 (though Peter argues convincingly that these famous initials may not have stood, at that time at least, for 'Flies Right Off the Ground' - another urban myth destroyed!).
This lavishly illustrated book is packed from cover to cover with the fruits of the exhaustive research that obviously went into its making, and the author skilfully weaves the human interest elements of the story into the more technical details of the development of the materials used in the manufacture of the models. The key transition-to-plastic moment came it was realised that balsa wood was not the only material that could be used for the manufacture of static (as opposed to flying) model aircraft, and the pivotal decision was made to use cellulose acetate to make the first three kits in the Penguin range - the Gloster G.37 Gladiator prototype, the Blackburn Shark II and the Hawker Fury I. The rest, as they say, is history!
This splendid book, a landmark volume in the written history of plastic model-making, should find a place on every modeller's bookshelf, to be dipped into and read with relish whenever we need reminding of just how far our hobby has come in the last ninety years or so.
Very highly recommended."

Don Carrick - IPMS UK


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