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Status Update: 07 July 2015

As my own eyesight gets worse, I find myself more concerned that some of you may have trouble reading this website, so I have boosted the font-size again. As before, if you still have any difficulty, please let me know so I can work with you to fix it.

Now the big headline; yes, I am closing business until I am able to get to work and get caught up on the substantial backlog of orders that have come in with checks enclosed. The first thing to do will be to dig through all of the boxes of papers from my closed law office and sort out the ones for Don's Model Works (already semi-sorted, but not so well as my health got worse and I spent less time at the office and just brought mail home in file boxes). Second step is to get all of those orders entered into our order database - unfortunately, as explained below, I am the only person that can do this work so it can on be done on days when I can sit up and read and enter data into the computer. Then we'll have the order date in the machine, and I hope that I can palm off to my wife and kids the tasks of searching inventory to see what orders we can fill and what orders we can't. Checks for orders that can't be filled will be marked VOID and returned to sender. Fortunately the kids have experience from a young age at helping me pack kits, so I am ho[ing I can also turn that work over to them, then with assistance of wife and kids get it all to the Post Office and shipped.

Listed out that way, it looks pretty easy, but I am afraid I am the jammed cog in the machine. There are a lot of parts that only I know what needs to be done, so that even if the others can help me I need to be capable of sitting up and directing them. Those days are unfortunately uncommon. I turned 50 toward the end of year 2012, and I guess the warranty ran out because within a month I was inflicted with a disabling condition called Trigeminal Neuralgia. Soon after that I was treated with a series of devilish medications including Tegretol, Gabapentin and Lyrica, all of which attack the nervous system causing difficulty walking, thinking, or speaking. Of course, no sane person would take such horrible drugs except that they are still better than the pain of the illness they are treating.

I finally got brain surgery for the Trigeminal Neuralgia, only to be hit with the "minor complication" of meningitis, with effects persisting still, six months after the surgery. I walk with a stick, have persistent nausea and vertigo, and nearly continual headaches. But somehow, eventually, we will get every one of these orders either shipped or refunded. Then, at that point, I will have to decide if it is time to close the business or re-open.


Status Update: 28 August 2013

Shipping Delays: I must apologize again to you, our customers, for shipping delays. I have been rather ill for the past year, and am extremely far behind on shipping orders. I have issued refunds to all who requested them, although the frozen PayPal account has made that a problem. I just sent out a batch of VOIDed checks today, that being an easier form of refund than depositing your check, allowing time for it to clear, then sending you a check from our account. I have shipped several batches of orders when I have been well enough. Right now I have a big pile of boxed orders on the table at my office in town, just needing shipping labels, but unfortunately I am the only person who knows how to work our order/shipping system (since I created it and have not adequately documented it), so those are waiting for me to be well enough to spend a day at the office, then get them to the Post Office. Thank you for your patience, and please trust that I will be getting all orders shipped as soon as I am able.

PayPal Update: Turns out I was wrong about the PayPal issues on previous update, the problem was that we had been using a "personal account" in my Dad's name rather than a business account, so they froze it after Dad died (about a year late, actually). Now I have to decide whether I can afford a business account (more expensive, naturally) or switch everything over to a new account in my own name (which is still an expense to be able to accept credit cards), when I am too sick to actually keep up with such mail orders as come in. I will update here when I have something to report.

Status Update: 05 December 2012

PayPal Issues: As noted below, I have had some shipping delays due to health problems, and have been issuing refunds when requested. Apparently this number of refunds has tripped something in the PayPal computer systems, and PayPal has put a freeze on my PayPal account, so I cannot accept new orders to be paid by PayPal until I get this straightened out with them. I am still accepting new orders paid by check or money order, and will update here when the PayPal issue is fixed.

Shipping Delays: Due to health problems the past two months, I have fallen further behind on shipping that my expected two week schedule. I am working in all available spare time to get caught up on shipping and related emails, but continuing health problems limit my time available for that. I have been issuing refunds to anyone who has requested them; if you have requested a refund and not received it, please send me another email with REFUND REQUEST in the subject line. To all of the rest of you who have not yet received an ordered item, Thank you for your patience!

Status Update: 18 January 2012

Many of you, our customers, knew my father, Don Bennett, either from face-to-face meetings at model shows and conventions, or from discussions of aircraft and model-building by telephone or email. I am sorry to report that Dad died in September, 2011, after a year-long fight with cancer. I've recently put up a memorial page for him here on this website that we built together, with a brief biography and some photos of Dad. If you haven't seen it yet, please take a moment to do so.

I am Chuck Bennett, Don's son, and I built and maintained this website for Dad, and also helped him with making Wings Models kits and with packing and shipping orders. I am now the owner of Wings Models LLC and the Don's Model Works website. I intend to continue both operations, but with a few necessary changes:

  1. Operating this business part-time and without Dad's help, I know that I cannot meet our regular goal of shipping current orders every 4 or 5 days. My plan now is to ship current orders every two weeks. If you order (and pay!) right before my shipping day, you will get your order very quickly. If you order right after my shipping day, it may be up to two weeks before I ship your order. If two weeks have passed since your order and you haven't received any notice of shipment (generally either through PayPal or USPS email notices), please email me.
  2. We have a lot of aircraft model kits on the shelves that we overstocked and haven't sold, even at our usual discounted prices. I am having a CLEARANCE SALE to move these slow-selling items, marked down from 30% to 65%, many even below our cost. Kits on sale include much of our aircraft model and armor model inventory, in all scales. I would especially like to clear out all of the 1:32 scale aircraft kits, and have marked all of these down at least 40%, many of them 50% or more. If you like building big aircraft models, you'd better jump on these, because for most of these 1:32 scale kits I only have one kit in stock, and I won't be restocking them.
  3. On our Wings Models kits, on the other hand, I have raised prices on almost every kit. This was necessary due to a re-evaluation of how much time it actually takes me to make these kits and put them on the shelf, ready to sell. Dad enhanced many of our kits in the past few years with added cast resin detail parts, and those are very time-consuming to make. I want to keep our Wings Models kits on the market because this has always been the heart of Dad's business, and I know that many of our kits are the only kit available for some aircraft, but I really can't afford to make these for less.
  4. Collection Sale: Dad had a huge collection of model aircraft kits that are not included in our regular inventory. These were kits that he bought for reference or inspiration or just because he liked that particular aircraft. Now that Dad is gone, I will be selling these kits, but I do not have time to photograph and weigh and write descriptions of all of them as would be needed to add them to our regular inventory database. Instead I will be listing them on this page. If you would like to receive notice when I add more collection kits to this list, please email me.

Dad's Work-in-Progress

Status updates on some of the projects Dad left unfinished will go here.

1:48 and 1:72 X-1/XS-1 and X-1A/B and X-1E
The 1:48 and 1:72 X-1/XS-1 and X-1A/B kits that we received when my Dad bought the Eagles Talon company were incomplete or incorrect or otherwise not satisfactory to my Dad in some respect, and he worked for several years on completely redoing and making new masters for those kits, and on creating new kits for the X-1E in both 1:48 and 1:72. Unfortunately, he was too sick in the past year to work on those, and died without finishing them. I do not have Dad's modeling skills, but I have the work that he did on these and will need to go over them carefully and see how close they are to being ready for making new production molds, and whether I can possibly get someone else to finish Dad's work on these. Dad put a lot of time and effort into these kits, and I hope to put these kits into production someday, but don't know yet when that will be.

1:144 XC-99 Conversion Kit
Dad worked for several years on a conversion kit to turn a 1:144 B-36B into a 1:144 XC-99 cargo aircraft. He collected data on the XC-99, travelled to Randolph AFB to photograph the XC-99, made plans for the kit, and even started a rough prototype for the fuselage part, but then injured his hand and never finished the kit. There is not enough work completed on this that I could ever hope to put it into production.


Wings Models Kits Not Currently In Production

Status updates on Wings Models kits not currently in production will go here.

WM72013 Heinkel He-51 A/B - 1:72 - Wings Models
I found the vacuform molds for this kit, but that is all. No plansheet, no detail parts. i may put it back in production as a bare-bones vacuform-only kit, leaving the modeler to scratch-build the rest.

WM72037 Consolidated TBU-1/TBY-1 SeaWolf - 1:72 - Wings Models
We took this kit out of production when we ran out of metal detail parts for it. I have the master parts, so I just need to make a production mold to make the detail parts in cast resin in place of the metal parts.

WM72059 Aichi B7A GRACE - 1:72 - Wings Models
I have not been able to find a mold for the vacuform parts for this kit.

WM72060 Nakajima B6N JILL - 1:72 - Wings Models
I have not been able to find a mold for the vacuform parts for this kit.

WM72064 Curtiss F9C SparrowHawk - 1:72 - Wings Models
We took this kit out of production due to some damage to the vacuform mold. It will stay out of production until I can get that mold repaired or make a new mold.

WM72066 Ryan FR-1 FireBall - 1:72 - Wings Models
I have not been able to find a mold for the vacuform parts for this kit.

WM72067 Ryan XF2R-1 DarkShark - 1:72 - Wings Models
I have not been able to find a mold for the vacuform parts for this kit.

WM72069 Northrop XN-1M Flying Wing - 1:72 - Wings Models
We have never had this kit in production, and so far I have not been able to find any molds or plans or parts or anything for this kit. Dad's notes say that it is supposed to be a complete cast resin kit. If I find the necessary molds etc I will put it into production; if not, then I won't be able to do anything with it.

WM72073 Northrop M2F2/M2F3 - 1:72 - Wings Models
We took this kit out of production due to some damage to the vacuform mold. It will stay out of production until I can get that mold repaired or make a new mold.

WM72074 Northrop HL-10 - 1:72 - Wings Models
We took this kit out of production due to some damage to the vacuform mold. It will stay out of production until I can get that mold repaired or make a new mold.

WM72075 Boeing X-20 DynaSoar Lifting Body - 1:72 - Wings Models
We have never had this kit in production. I found the mold for the vacuform parts, and also found the masters for the plansheet, but I did not find any canopies or any of the cast resin detail parts that are listed in the plansheet, nor did I find a canopy mold or any molds for the detail parts. I don't see how I can put this kit into production in the same form as the old Eagles Talon kit, because I don't have the molds or any master parts to make new molds. I may offer it as a vacuform only kit, so the modeler can use the vac parts (wings and fuselage) as a starting point and scratch-build the rest.

WM72079 Commonwealth CA-15 Kangaroo fighter - 1:72 - Wings Models
We took this kit out of production due to some damage to the mold for the wings. It will stay out of production until I can get that mold repaired or make a new mold.

WM72080 USSR Yak-25 multi-jet fighter - 1:72 - Wings Models
We took this kit out of production when we ran out of cast resin detail parts for it, because we do not have any production molds for the resin parts. I have the master parts, so I just need to make a production mold.

WM72081 XAD-1 experimental (oblique-wing) attack plane - 1:72 - Wings Models
We have never had this kit in production, but I found a "make-it" box for it that seems to include everything needed, except that there are no production molds for the cast resin detail parts. I can probably put this kit back in limited production with resin parts on hand, reserving a few good sets as masters to make new production molds.

WM72082 Dornier DO22L - Wheels (Germany) - 1:72 - Wings Models
WM72083 Dornier DO22L - Wheels (Latvia) - 1:72 - Wings Models
WM72084 Dornier DO22L - Wheels (Greece) - 1:72 - Wings Models
WM72085 Dornier DO22J - Floats (Yugoslavia) - 1:72 - Wings Models
WM72086 Dornier DO22J - Floats (Finland) - 1:72 - Wings Models
WM72087 Dornier DO22J - Floats (Great Britain) - 1:72 - Wings Models
WM72088 Dornier DO22J - Floats (Greece) - 1:72 - Wings Models
WM72089 Dornier DO22K - Skis (Finland) - 1:72 - Wings Models
We are short of some metal detail parts that are common to all of our 1:72 Do-22 kits. I need to take another look at these to see what parts are lacking and see if I can either (1) get more made in metal, (2) make a mold to make the missing parts in cast resin, or (3) make templates for the modeler to cut the part from flat styrene if the only missing parts are struts. These kits will all be back in production after I solve the missing parts problem.

WM72092 XB-43 - 1:72 - Wings Models
We have never had this kit in production. I found molds that Dad made for cast resin detail parts for this kit, but no vacuform mold for the major parts of the aircraft, and no plansheet.

WM72093 Bell X-1/XS-1 research aircraft - 1:72 - Wings Models
WM72094 Bell X-1A/B research aircraft - 1:72 - Wings Models
WM72095 Bell X-1E research aircraft - 1:72 - Wings Models
We have never had any of these kits in production, although Dad worked for years on making new masters to put them into production. See Dad's Work-in-Progress above for more details and production plans.

WM48006 IL-2 Shturmovik - 1:48 - Wings Models
WM48007 IL-2m3 Shturmovik - 1:48 - Wings Models
These two kits are both out of production due to damage to the mold for a vacuform wing part that is common to both kits. I know that Dad was working on making a new mold for that part, but I have not been able to find it and may need to make a new one myself. Not a high priority, as I believe there are now multiple kits available for both of these aircraft from other companies.

WM48014 Bell X-2 research aircraft - 1:40 - Wings Models
As far as I can tell, we have everything needed to put this kit back into production. I do not know why we never produced it, except that Dad wanted to remake it with new molds as a 1:48 kit rather than 1:40. I will probably have the 1:40 kit back in production soon.

WM48028 PZL-46 SUM - 1:48 - Wings Models
We have never had a mold for the vacuform parts for this kit; did not receive molds or any vac parts when Dad bought Wings 48. Dad watched eBay for years hoping to buy one of these that had been made by the previous owner of Wings 48, but never found one. If I can get one of the old kits, I could make a new mold for the vac parts and put this kit back into production.

WM48029 WACO UIC/UKC/UC-72 - 1:48 - Wings Models
The vacuform mold is damaged. I have masters to make a new mold, so this kit will eventually be back in production.

WM48031 Ki-46 III Dinah - 1:48 - Wings Models
Everything appears to be complete for this kit, except that there are no production molds for the cast resin detail parts. I can probably put this kit back in limited production with resin parts on hand, reserving a few good sets as masters to make new production molds.

WM48032 Nakajima J1N1 Irving - 1:48 - Wings Models
Everything appears to be complete for this kit, except that there are no production molds for the cast resin detail parts. I can probably put this kit back in limited production with resin parts on hand, reserving a few good sets as masters to make new production molds.

WM48046 North American P-51H - 1:48 - Wings Models
Everything appears to be complete for this kit, except that there are no production molds for the cast resin detail parts. I can probably put this kit back in limited production with resin parts on hand, reserving a few good sets as masters to make new production molds.

WM48047 North American F-86D - 1:48 - Wings Models
Everything appears to be complete for this kit, except that there are no production molds for the cast resin detail parts. I can probably put this kit back in limited production with resin parts on hand, reserving a few good sets as masters to make new production molds.

WM48049 Bell X-1/XS-1 research aircraft - 1:48 - Wings Models
WM48050 Bell X-1A/B research aircraft - 1:48 - Wings Models
WM48051 Bell X-1E research aircraft - 1:48 - Wings Models
We have never had any of these kits in production, although Dad worked for years on making new masters to put them into production. See Dad's Work-in-Progress above for more details and production plans.

WM48052 North American F-86 A/E (Conversion) - 1:48 - Wings Models
I cannot find any parts or molds for this kit, so I am afraid that it will remain out of production.

 



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