Railroad model mogul Faller originated this scale for model aircraft back in the 1950's. The scale is about 30% smaller than 1/72, compact yet generally able to retain as much detail as 1/72 offers. The scale goes well with ship modelers' 1/96 and railroading TT (1/100 through 1/120) scales. It converts easily in both metric and Imperial system. But this scale never really took off to the extent that it was envisaged, probably more due to the fact that 1/72 had by that time taken a stranglehold on the hobby. Subject availability is not very high, though Revell, Takara, Tamiya, et al.,have some excellent 1/100 kits.
Faller did release an impressive stable of kits:
Dornier Do 27
Fiesler Fi 156 Storch
Fokker Dr 1
SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS
VERTOL VT 107
Vickers Viscount 814
Wright Flyer 1903 WR-03
Some, like the Fokker Dr 1, are considered gems. Some, like the Me-262 “Düsenjäger” are considered...er, um...well, it is understandable why the molds were scrapped. Several were purchased by a Mr. Dahlmann and still available today issued by Dahlmann Modellspielwaren.
This Fieseler Fi 156 Storch is a rare kit few are even aware of. A niche kit, obviously it was produces decades ago. The twenty-two parts are thick, carry varying amounts of flash, marred with seam lines and molding marks. No surface detail, though the control surfaces on the wings are not molded solid to the wing, as are the elevators. The model was made to have an optional mini-motor installed to spin the grotesquely molded propeller.
The highlight of the kit is the decal sheet. For such a small model, a nice selection are offered, well printed and not yellowed after forty years!
Somewhat of a novelty, modelers of the 1/100 scale range will enjoy this kit. It will no doubt be an eye catcher.
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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR) FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES
I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art.
My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling!
My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...