Retro Models was established in 2014, having since produced some excellent aircraft models until 2018. Whether we release further aircraft models in the future depends on whether we can find honest, reliable and trustworthy people to work with.
In the meantime, please view our past models, as some of them may still be available from retailers and the secondary market such as eBay. Our past models are displayed in the product gallery section that follows our important attention reminder below. Alternately, you may select the collection tab from the menu options above.
My name is Kamran, and I established Retro Models in 2014. My goal was to meet the needs of the model collector who craves on high quality models of airliners of yesteryears - hence my brand, Retro Models.
There are a few other manufacturers that produce models of past airliners, and my aim was to supplement such aircraft models by way of manufacturing further airliners, liveries and aircraft types that were not produced before.
I therefore set about working in collaboration with two other established manufacturers so that both they and I could mutually benefit.
Retro Models did succeed in producing excellent quality 1:200 scale models in cooperation with Inflight 200 through the authorised use of their own model aircraft moulds. However, as owner of Retro Models, my ultimate goal was to manufacture my own unique moulds of aircraft types that were never done before. Sadly, this is where things went horribly wrong for Retro Models.
I firmly believe, and I also have the evidence which suggests that my dealings with other manufacturers for commissioning new aircraft moulds were subjected to deceit, dishonesty and betrayal by them.
Before I consider further investment in model aircraft moulds, I need to alert all interested parties of various suspicious activities within the model aircraft production business.
I shall also endeavour to bring those suspected perpetrators to justice by available legal routes as well as through 'whistle blowing'. I believe such an approach will discourage further malpractice.
Furthermore, it is my duty, and it is in public interest to inform model collectors, retailers and other interested parties of what I believe are unethical and illegal practices in this business.
From my dealings with the manufacturers, I have gained knowledge and information which suggests that model collectors are sometimes sold a product as being a "limited edition collectible" that may appreciate in value, whereas in reality this may not be the case.
In particular, I would like to bring to everyone's attention, the business dealings of Mr. Klein of the model aircraft brand AeroClassics and its connected brand Western Models.
The conduct of Mr. Klein's model aircraft factory in China also deserves scrutiny because I suspect it carries out unethical and misleading business practices.
Mr. Klein's 1:200 scale AeroClassics / Western Models DC-8 and Boeing 720B models are produced using moulds that originated through Retro Models. I was the one who commenced planning, and I also undertook market research for these two moulds. I also incurred expenditure for travelling to China to commission these two moulds, with the DC-8 mould being a priority.
Regarding the 1:200 scale DC-8 mould, it was a Retro Models idea to which Mr Klein was invited to join as a partner, which he did. The DC-8 project was a joint venture with Retro Models being the founder.
With Retro Models being the founder of the 1:200 scale DC-8 mould project, the mould itself was referred to as the Retro Models DC-8 in correspondence between Mr Klein and I.
Shockingly, when the DC-8 mould was completed, Mr. Klein kept it to himself without my knowledge. I see this as a clear case of deception and betrayal.
Please click the "learn more" button below to read this in detail and for access to evidence.
The 1:200 scale DC-8 and B720B moulds are not the only ones where I was shunned despite commissioning them, I suffered the same fate with my 1:400 scale Tupolev TU-104 mould which has been lying almost idle for seven years now. Only one aircraft livery was produced from this exclusively owned mould. The TU-104 mould is a long story which does not merit discussion, at least for now.
I do not know who owns the factory that produces AeroClassics models in China, but model collectors, retailers and Mr. Klein refer to it as the AeroClassics factory. According to my understanding, the factory belongs to Hangzhou Xingcheng Airplane Model Products Co. Ltd. This business entity sells its products which include some, if not all, AeroClassics models directly through its website https://hzxingcheng.en.alibaba.com. This website is hosted by www.alibaba.com.
I believe that the AeroClassics models that are sold as unbranded models through this website are done so in an unethical, misleading and perhaps illegal way. Some of my discoveries through browsing this website seem very noteworthy.
For further reading on this topic, please refer to the malpractice section of this website by clicking the 'learn more' button below.
Retro Models is dead, but justice systems across the world are still alive. My aim now is to see that I receive justice via legal channels, whistle blowing or whatever legal avenues are open to me. Such an outcome should also provide a clean platform for other honest model producers and new entrants on which to compete in a fair manner.
Please stay tuned to this website, as I will update it as matters develop further.
During the period from 2014 to 2018, Retro Models produced nine aircraft models, some of which are displayed below. Please click the button below to view the entire Retro Models range.
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