The early decades of
the 20th Century were years of explosive innovation. In just two
brief generations, "aeroplanes" that were little more than powered kites
evolved into powerful aircraft that could comfortably cross entire oceans, climb
high into the stratosphere, or deliver thousands of pounds of bombs to targets
half a continent away. Although the term "X-Plane" had yet to be
coined, it was the experimental prototype, the untested, one-of-a-kind dream
machine, that defined -- and then re-defined -- the possible, paving the way for
the vast array of mainstream aircraft to follow.
molding did not exist prior to World War II, no plastic models of these early
aircraft designs were produced during the era itself. However, in
subsequent decades, manufacturers would produce a small but significant number
of polystyrene and resin kits that successfully captured in miniature the dreams
and ambitions of this seminal epoch.