rocks and models

C.P. Hart (
Wed, 17 May 1995 13:29:02 +0000

What an interesting coincidence, I am a geologist as well with a thing
for aircraft models that runs far longer than my interest in rocks.

Perhaps you mean that these old WWI kits were made by Aurora.
Monogram does or has owned the Aurora molds and only released three of the
WWI aircraft kits, the Se.5a, Sopwith Camel and Fokker D-VII. These kits
are not too much cleaned up from when you first encountered them.
Certainly with the renewed interest in these aircraft, much more
information is available now than was easily found when they were first

Other kits in that series not listed in your note:

Albatros C-III, Fokker D-VIII/E-V, Breguet 14, Halberstadt Cl-IV,
DeHaviland D.H. 10 &D.H. 4

Some of these old Aurora kits are scheduled to be reissued this year
by Glenco models, including the SPAD, perhaps one of the more sought after
rare kits. Legend has it that many of these molds were destroyed in a
train accident during transport from Aurora to Monogram back in the 1970's.
Supposedly this is why only three of these kits were issued by Monogram.
As far as I know this is only legend. It will be interesting to see how
these re-issues compare with the original items in terms of how much the
molds were cleaned up or modified.

Charles Hart

> writes:
>> My name is Jeff Greenberg, I am a geology prof at Wheaton College in IL,
>> and I was delighted to see your web page in my motoring through the internet
>> index.
>> About thirty years ago, when I was just hitting puberty (no real
>> connection, I hope) much of my time was spent making models. I enjoyed doing
>> the custom hotrod kits from AMC, but mostly I did every WW1 airplane that I
>> could get my hands on. In those days Monogram had a nice wide array of kits.
>> I think most all of them were 1/48th. Anyway, last year I visited a small
>> shop selling mostly antiques where they had a newer-looking Monogram Sopwith
>> Camel 1/48 kit.
>> I wonder if Monogram still makes WW1 planes and how one finds out what's
>> available. I hesitate getting too much involved in the game, but it would be
>> great to relive some of the fun from my past. By the way, to the best of my
>> recollection, the Mongram kits included a Spad, Camel, Sopwith Triplane
>> ("Black Moriah"), two or three different Neuports, a Bristol, SE5, three
>> Fokkers (D7, Tri, Mono), a Pfalz, Albatross, and a Gotha bomber. There were
>> certainly more than these, but that's all I came into contact with.
>> You are to be commended for the effort to support the production of more
>> models. I will keep an eye on your updates.
>> Jeff G.