We are a specialist laser cut model kit manufacturer based in the UK, we are specialists in balsa and ply traditional construction model aeroplane kits for over 20 years.
Company History , for recent about us info scroll down page.
FMK models are a specialist kit manufacturer based in the UK, all production of kits is in the UK
Established in Aughton Lancashire in 1988 our first kit was a model hot air ballon `the duration balloon` in 1988 , followed in 1990 by the Flyangle slope soarer , 1991 the Dipstick 049 / speed 400, 1992 the Ripster , in 1991 we relocated to Liverpool, 1992 the `chuckit` hlg, the `Striker` and `stinger` control line models,1992 the `Futterbug` electric or .049 glider, 1993 The Screwball profile funfly ,1995 the Ripster Racer ( made using our (then new) step four cnc cutter ) by 1996 we had over 40 model kits in production under the FMK kits brand mainly for small motors or electric
In 1997 we took over the Miniature Aircraft Factory ( trading from the late 1980s ) from Peter Kent when he decided to retire from kit manufacture, the miniature aircraft factory had many top selling designs for rc and freeflight models such as the mini flying machine, the webbitt, the searching 400, the rainbow bipe the von blimp etc , the purchase of the company from Peter added many new designs to our range, so many we could not produce enough! we just did not have the capacity to make all of them , by 2003 we decided to scale back retail kit supply and all over kit production to concentrate on other business comitments in the adhesive trade ( FiveStar StarLoc products ) and trade distribution, the kits were still available but in limited quantities retail only in full supply to the model trade untill 2011 our first year of trading at exhibitions with model kits for some time.
2005, we decided to upgrade all the kits to laser cutting and adding some new plastic moulded parts manufactured by another company we purchased model-mold, a laser was purchased and the changeover was undertaken to change the dies, templates and plans used for old production methods to new cnc laser and plastic forming
Between 2005 and 2010 there have been a small number of kits produced as time allowed
Displayed at the Nuremburg trade only toy fair between 2005 and 2009 we realised we needed more production capacity.....,this is now achieved...... many kits are now finished in new cnc format and ready to go on sale in 2011, along with many new models to be released soon, many newer kits before all the older ones....
2011......many new kits and other products added during the year.
2012......We have started construction of our new purpose built factory in the grounds of our new adhesive production facility opened autumn 2011 we now have factories in 3 countries UK , Bulgaria and Czech republic.
Laser cutting, Injection moulding, vaccum forming, CNC routing, die cutting, rotational moulding, CNC foam cutting ( we were one of the first companies in the UK to purchase a StepFour cnc wing cutter back in the mid 90`s) we use this and non cnc automatic wing cutting , stepfour cnc router , expanded polystyrene moulding , automatic capstan and cnc lathes for precision turned parts
As well as the kit production processes we also have tissue paper manufacturing mill for StarSpan tissue, and a wide range of adhesives and paint formulation, manufacture and packaging equipment, we even manufacture our own boxes, bottles, caps, labels ( flexographic, hot foil and digital print )
Founded in 1988 we rapidly became the UKs largest kit manufacturer, over the years our kits have been displayed many times at major exhibitions accross europe, Nurnburg trade fair, Leipzig trade show, Berlin Model show, Paris model show, Sandown model show, Olympia model show, Alexander palace model show, Nuremburg toy fair, Dortmund model show and many more
For this years exhibitions see our exhibition dates page, dates available soon for 2012
We are part of the FiveStar products group ( manufacturers of quality adhesives ), more information and photos of some of our facilitys, see our main site about our adhesives and manufacture processes on our shop4glue about us page