Can remember Frog kit's from the seventies when a kid. Used to like them as they just seemed a little more 'crisp', fine panel lines (slightly raised), good fit etc. Used to have a Canberra, was proably the first one I fully painted in camo, used to think it looked so cool! Anyway , for a trip down memory lane, I picked this up.
Thanks for the reply and hope you enjoy the Canberra B(I)8, I have a few kit reviews on this one and improvment articles if you want a copy. Can you tell me if IPMS has a NZ magazine or if there is / or has been in the past a modelling magazine for New Zealand modellers or dare I say it a magazine for the fly boys in balsa wood, that is aero modellers.
The Thunderjet is another home produced kit of a bi gone era.
These kits were abit before my time,but very interesting to see kits were made in NZ.
Some guys I know from rc model aircraft cub etc have talked about the frog balsa planes and have seen some plans in books,The was also a glow plug engine that carried the name frog,not sure if was part of this company.
Thanks guys for your reply, I am asking the question as I feel that the kits are part of kit building in New Zealand and feel that they should at least be known about. However how big the operation was and how long they were being produced for is something only you guys can tell. The balsa kits and engines were part of the Lines brothers products and the name Frog came from the balsa models side i.e. 'Fly’s right off the ground', the company was pretty big in Europe and the tie with NZ was back then very strong. For some reason they produced the Supermarine Scimitar in red plastic and this has gone on to be World famous and highly collectable. What I am asking is how the kits back then were marketed in NZ, they must have been advertisements in a local news paper or magazine at the time. If we can find that we can get a date or year and hopefully some kind of history will emerge. Also hopefully someone will take up the story and publish it here or at one of the IPMS branches in the branch magazine. When you get into the detail it is a great story and it has a mystery in the end (read my other post for some of the details in World famous in New Zealand).