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Author:  jRatz [ November 17th, 2015, 10:36 pm ]
Post subject:  Esoteric Models

These are working their way into "classic", with a production run for 1987 to 1994 and certainly by the quality of the kits. There are subjects in the Esoteric kit range you will not find elsewhere.
I cannot derive the dates of specific kits to know which have crossed over and which are still ageing in, but it will be moot in a few years.

Information and listings derived from John W Burns' Plastic Aircraft Kits of the 20th Century (aka "PAK-20").

"This vacuum-formed company was started by James Wood in 1987. In 1989, resin-cast and vacuum-formed conversion kits were added to the line. The founder passed way in 1992 but his family continued kit production until late 1994 when all production ceased."

The kit packages (which may be bag or box) give an address of:
Esoteric Models, Hangar, 3a Main Road, East Hagbourne, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 9LJ, England

Naval Aviation Factory series: 1/72 scale with decals, metal parts, and generally vac-canopies and maybe strut material.
NAF-01 Martin T4M-1 Torpedo Truck
NAF-02 Curtiss F8C/O2C Helldiver
NAF-03 Curtiss F7C-1 Seahawk
NAF-04 Leoning OL-8/9 Flying Shoehorn
NAF-05 Vought O2U-1 Corsair
NAF-06 Vought SBU-1 Scout Bomber
NAF-07 Leoning OL-6 Inline Shoehorn // NAF-07A Leoning OA-1A Inline Shoehorn
NAF-08 Curtiss F6C-1/3 Navy Hawk
NAF-09 Berliner-Joyce OJ-2 Scout cruiser
NAF-10 Martin BM-1/2 Torpedo Bomber
NAF-11 Vought OSU-3 Corsair Two
NAF-12 Boeing F3B1 Flying Barrel
NAF-13 Grumman F2F-1
NAF-14 Curtiss F flying boat
NAF-15 Curtiss N9H Navy Jenny
NAF-16 Northrup BT-1
NAF-17 Vought SB2U-1 Vindicator
NAF-18 Curtiss F6C-4 Hawk USMC
NAF-19 NAF N3N-1/3
NAF-20 Blackburn Dart
NAF-21 Grumman F3F-1/3
NAF-22 Grumman FF.1
NAF-23 Fairey Flycatcher
NAF-24 Douglas PD-1
NAF-25 Sikorsky S.38 (RS-3)
NAF-26 Grumman AF-2/3 Guardian
NAF-27 Douglas RD.3 Dolphin
NAF-28 Fairey IIID
NAF-29 Martin P4M-1 Mercator
NAF-30 Boulton-Paul Overstrand/Sidestrand
NAF-31 Fiat CR.20 bis (3 versions)
NAF-32 Grumman XF-10F Jaguar
NAF-33 Martin AM-1 Mauler
NAF-34 Parnall Panther
NAF-35 Great Lakes BG-1/XB2G-1
NAF-36 Westland Walrus (yes, Westland not Supermarine)
NAF-37 Martin MS-1 / Cox-Klemin XS-1
NAF-38 Douglas BTD-1 Destroyer

X-72 series: 1/72 scale with decals only, no metal parts
Q-1 Hawker Nimrod I/II
Q-2 Macchi M.16

Mixed Material series: 1/72 scale with decals, metal & vac/resin parts
NAV-1 Bell Model 47
NAV-2 Curtiss BF2C-1
NAV-3 Hughes 500D Defender
NAV-4 Beech T-34C Mentor
NAV-5 Boeing F4B-4-1/2
NAV-6 Supermarine Spitfire VIII/IX
NAV-7 Nieuport Ni.29

Super Tech series: 1/48 scale
SLE-1 Focke-Wulf Fw-190 V-1
SLE-2 Focke-Wulf Fw-190 V-2
SLE-3 Focke-Wulf Fw-190 V-1 (modified)

One-off: 1/48 scale
HTK-1 Bell Model 47

Author:  JamesPerrin [ November 18th, 2015, 12:11 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Esoteric Models

It's definitely worth listing their output. The plastic has always look very attractive and they produced many interesting subjects. The had started about the time I got into the hobby and was starting to read modelling mags in which they featured quite heavily. IIRC I might have sent a SAE for a full listing at one time.

Author:  ShaunW [ November 21st, 2015, 2:30 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Esoteric Models

I've never built anything from the Esoteric stable either but I would agree this listing is certainly worth the effort and many thanks for taking the time John.

Author:  fearless frankie [ February 2nd, 2016, 1:47 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Esoteric Models

Are not the SLE Special Limited Edition 1/72 scale? and was not the MS-1 Naf 37 ever released or just proposed, if so does anyone want to part with it? Stupid money paid!
There was a small range of parts for Crusaders and Skyhawks i,e different nose cones and intakes as well as beaching trolleys for the flying boats Plus a range of decals mainly for F4s

Author:  jRatz [ March 21st, 2017, 1:19 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Esoteric Models

An update/correction. Having acquired NAF-07 I find it to be the OL-6 (Navy version) not the OA-1A (Army version) although one would assume they are very similar except for decals. In the kit description it says the OA-1A was issued as NAF-07A. I have corrected the main listing above, but now wonder how many other variants might exist.

Author:  fearless frankie [ May 11th, 2017, 12:39 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Esoteric Models

Must admit, I now own them all apart from the 1/48 helicopter, suppose I should get it really even though its not my chosen scale. By the way stupid monies not paid only stupid postage from the US of A

Author:  jRatz [ May 11th, 2017, 2:32 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Esoteric Models

fearless frankie wrote:
.... stupid postage from the US of A

Fully agree ....

Author:  Crashpilot [ August 16th, 2017, 10:50 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Esoteric Models

I saw one NAV-2 Curtiss BF2C Goshawk II on a listing, I´ve still not decided to buy it, cause now there´s Special Hobby´s
Goshawk II-
though I don´t know if it´s "old" Special Hobby, or one of the newer moulds....
The "old" Special Hobby´s make a lot of work to clean up, still got one SH Allison Mustang to finish, it´s quite a hassle.
Comments about the quality of Esoteric´s BF2C most welcome! ;-)

Author:  Crashpilot [ August 16th, 2017, 3:25 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Esoteric Models

This is the only Esoteric one I got:


How does this 2-seater resin fuselage mate to Hase´s wings?
Never tried a resin kit before, bought this out of curiosity, and liking for colourful birds.

Author:  jRatz [ December 17th, 2017, 7:58 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Esoteric Models

I have found an oddity.
NAF-3 Curtiss F7C-1 Seahawk and NAF-4 Leoning OL-8/9 Flying Shoehorn
were evidently also issued as
NAF-4 Curtiss F7C-1 Seahawk and NAF-3 Leoning OL-8/9 Flying Shoehorn

I will have photo evidence of the Flying Shoehorn shortly.

I have, IIRC, seen another mismatch between NAF-# and kit-name, but I cannot recall it.

Author:  fearless frankie [ February 23rd, 2018, 8:57 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Esoteric Models

Not forgetting the white metal 1/72 beaching gear for the floatplanes

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