Who We Are
We're all about bringing the vintage hobby of aero modelling into the 21st century. Using modern technologies like precision laser-cutting, our small team is committed to developing the very best flying models you can build and fly. With over 200+ unique kits, we're the biggest manufacturer of balsa aircraft in the UK.
Currently, the Vintage Model Company is working hard to continue to serve the traditional band of free flight modellers whilst moving to add more Radio-Control and beginner-orientated aircraft to our ranges. Working with talented aeronautical designers from the ground up, we're excited to work on future projects and to see your planes take to the air.
A Brief Company History
The Vintage Model Company was formed in 2012. It was born out of Replikit, a company that is over 10 years old and was acquired in March of that year. We bought the company lock, stock and barrel: the designs, the CAD files, stock, machinery so that we could set to work improving and expanding a vast range of aircraft products one by one.
In 2015, we launched a new range of small flying scale kits called the Magnificent Flying Machines. Designed by aeronautical engineer and keen aeromodeller Andrew Darby, these kits take full advantage of the benefits of laser cutting - accurate tight joints, an almost self-jigging construction and super detail.
We "mass produce" the Magnificent Flying Machines range here in our workshop in Bakewell for supply to major retail chains, independent gift shops as well as model and hobby stores. If you can't find a shop near you, you can always buy direct from us on this website!
Our kits are aimed at modellers with varying degrees of experience - if you are a beginner, it might be best to start with one of our Magnificent Flying Machine range and then perhaps move on to some of the vintage replicas once you have gained confidence and honed your skills. All of our kits require the use of glues, pins and craft knives and are therefore suitable only for ages 14 and over, however, given that children as young as eight used to build these kits in the 40s and 50s, there is no reason why, with adult supervision, you should not introduce your youngsters to this rewarding and inspiring hobby!
Built To Order
All of our vintage replica kits are built to order.
We have such a large range of models that it would not be practical or cost effective to hold all of our models in stock.
Most kits are sent out on the same day you order them, but sometimes, larger models such as the Mercury Aeronca Sedan, Southerner 60, Minimoa 100 and KK Elmira may take a few days to turn around.
If you have urgent requests (e.g. birthday or retirement present, etc.) please call us or drop us an email and we will of course do our absolute best to accommodate your request.