Western Models kits were designed from the outset to be comparatively easy to assemble and in many cases the entire model was held together by just two screws. The clever design and good quality castings, requiring less cleaning up before painting, meant that it was possible to set up a small production line so that Western could market built models as well as kits.
White metal company (founded by Mike Stephens) based in the West-Country, which has provided a range of 1:43 scale cars, including world land speed record breakers, but in more recent times has tended to concentrate far more on model aircraft.
Western Models went from strength to strength expanding their range to include vintage, classic, land speed record cars, and sports racing cars as well as forging strong links with some of the Formula One teams leading to the production of 1/43 kits and built models of the latest grand prix cars and promotional models for the teams in scales from 1/87 to 1/4.
A move to Taunton saw the launch of a very popular 1/200 scale range of aircraft models.
Western Models have ceased production as of the end of July 2007.
What's it worth? Take a look at this Western Models price guide: sold listings for a value indication.