Vintage Monogram Model Kits

Even though we associate Monogram with plastic model kits of hot rods, battleships, and fighter jets, when the Chicago company was founded in 1945 by Jack Besser and Bob Reder, its principal products were made of balsa wood. These included the gas-powered Whirlwind airplane, the "Hotshot" Jet Racer car, and the USS Chicago, which saw action in World War II when it was hit by a torpedo during the Battle of Savo Island in 1942. In fact, wood...Continue Reading