List of scale-model industry people

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This list contains the names of significant contributors to the history and development of the scale-model and model-kit industry, including engineers, artists, designers, draftsmen, tool-makers, executives, historians, writers, promoters and notable builders.

A[edit]

  • Steve Adams: founder of Adams Models
  • Juha Airio: writer, builder
  • Harold Alden: early aircraft modeler and industry promoter
  • John Allen: influential model railroader
  • John Amendola: kit-box artist
  • Budd Anderson
  • John Anderson (1925–2000), design engineer
  • Mel Anderson: gas engine designer (for flying scale aircraft)
  • John Andrews: artist, kit designer and marketer for Hawk
  • Ray Arden: inventor of the Glo-Plug
  • William Atwood: engine designer (for flying scale aircraft)

B[edit]

  • Bob Barnett
  • George Barris: auto customizer and designer of film and TV cars as well as kits based on his full-sized prototypes. Notably associated with AMT and MPC
  • Charlie Bauer: flying aircraft kit designer
  • Edward Beshar: early model designer and builder
  • Jack Besser: co-founder of Monogram Models
  • Maxwell Basset: gas-powered model pioneer
  • Hank Borger: writer; builder
  • Pieter Bervoets: co-founder of Serpent
  • Tim Boyd: writer, builder
  • Dick Branstner: co-founder of MPC, kit designer, creator of the 'Color Me Gone' dragsters
  • William Brown IV: created first successful gas engine for mass-marketed flying aircraft
  • Alan Bussie: industry historian

C[edit]

D[edit]

E[edit]

F[edit]

  • Jacque Fresco (1916–): co-founder of Revell

G[edit]

H[edit]

I[edit]

J[edit]

  • Herb Jackson
  • Dean Jeffries: kit designer, auto customizer, notably associated with MPC
  • Phil Jensen
  • Terry Jessee: writer, builder
  • Bob Johnson: industry executive

K[edit]

L[edit]

M[edit]

  • Joe Mansour: co-founder of Frog
  • Dick Mates Sr. and Phil Mates (brothers): co-founders of Hawk Model Company
  • Dick Mates Jr.: executive at Hawk
  • Bob McCleod: industry executive
  • Fred Megow: founder of Megow Models (Philadelphia, 1920s)
  • Tom Morgan: kit-box artist, most notably associated with Hawk in the 1960s, as well as Monogram
  • John Mueller: directed product and mold design and technical illustration groups for AMT

N[edit]

O[edit]

  • Irwin G. Ohlsson: gas engine designer and manufacturer (flying model aircraft)

P[edit]

Q[edit]

R[edit]

S[edit]

  • Franco Sabatini: designer and co-founder of SG Racing Cars
  • Michael Salven: radio controlled car racer, executive of Serpent, designer (Impact, Vector)
  • Gary Schmidt: industry executive
  • Cyril Schumacher: founder of Schumacher Racing Products
  • Dave Shuklis
  • Leon Shulman: aircraft kit designer
  • Abe Shikes (1908–1997): co-founder of Aurora Plastics Corporation
  • George Siposs (1931-1995): radio controlled car racing pioneer and founder of ROAR
  • Victor Stanzel: flying aircraft model designer
  • James Hay Stevens (1913 -1973): aircraft kit designer, notably associated with Airfix
  • John Steel: kit-box artist
  • Henry Struck: aircraft kit designer
  • Hisashi Suzuki (1936-2010): radio controlled car racing pioneer (in Japan), founder of Kyosho and JMRCA
  • Masayuki Suzuki: former president of Kyosho

T[edit]

U[edit]

V[edit]

  • Dave Vander Wal: industry executive
  • Gordon Varney: founder of Varney Scale Models, developer of early injection molded plastic kits
  • Norm Veber: industry executive


  • Jim Walker: inventor of U-Control Line Flying (scale aircraft)
  • Jairus Watson: graphic designer, automotive conceptual artist, kit-box illustrator.
  • Dick Wellman: kit-box artist
  • Tom West: industry executive
  • Linn H. Westcott: long-time editor of Model Railroader, hobby industry promoter
  • Charles Wilmot: co-founder of Frog

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X[edit]

Y[edit]

Z[edit]

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