Today there are many different airplane model manufacturers coming from all parts of the world. The best known are coming from USA (Revell-Monogram, Testors, Minicraft), United Kingdom (Airfix), France (Heller), Germany (Revell), Italy (Italeri)…
40-50 years ago Revell and Monogram where main competitors that were both producing airplane models. However in 1986 both companies have been acquired by Odyssey Partners of New York and were merged together. In 2006 German subsidiary separated from Revell-Monogram and established a new company with revenues even slightly surpassing the ones of the parental company. In 2007 Hobicco Inc. has acquired Monogram-Revell LCC company. Newer German Revell models are of high quality but are still not matching Monogram models quality because Monogram is today exclusively represented with very high quality line Pro Modeller Kits.
Remaining eminent model manufacturers are listed in the article bellow.
Italeri is Italian producer of various plastic model kits. Overall impression of Italeri model kits is that they are representing mid range quality, but to note is that their newer kits are constantly improving. Nevertheless Monogram models are better ranged in quality then Italeri.
Airfix represents important plastic kits manufacturer coming from United Kingdom. It was founded in 1939 and today is owned by Hornby. These kits are in the middle range of quality approaching but not surpassing its rival Revell of Germany.
Heller is French based kits manufacturer which was founded in 1957 and was part of the same group together with Airfix since 1986. In 2005, Heller was the subject of a management buy-out but the following year the company went into administration. For many years Airfix models were produced in France alongside with Heller models which mean that they are of the similar quality as Airfix and inline with Revell line of Revell-Monogram company.
Minicraft Models is USA based manufacturer of plastic kits. Although Minicraft on some editions has a quite bad reputation for poor molding, bad fit and a bad correlation with the original they have started to improve with their latest molds. On the other hand Minicraft decal sheets are of exquisite quality. Overall Revell quality is higher while Monogram models represent a quality benchmark.
Testor was founded in 1929 and started producing hobbyist model cement in 1936 and in 1945 it started balsa models production. During 70’s Testor has added to its portfolio brands like IMC and Italeri. Testor has long tradition of high quality products and is rated slightly bellow today Monogram model kits.
Overall we can say that airplane models quality, due to improved molds tooling, has been constantly improving, but even so, Monogram models have remained synonym for high quality models.