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.

History

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.

Western Models value and price guide

What's your 'Western Models' worth? Here are some recently sold items (USA):

Item Title Date sold Price
Jaguar Xk120 Fixed Head Coupe Montlhery Apr 2019 $ 327,99
Rare Aeroclassics 1 200 Twa Lockheed L May 2019 $ 189,00
Car Wms 84 1941 Oldsmobile Custom Apr 2019 $ 202,50
Very Rare Aeroclassics Scale 1 200 Boac Feb 2019 $ 189,00
Near Mint Box K3y Chevrolet Suburban Mar 2019 $ 172,50

Take a look at all sold Western Models items on eBay for a value indication. If you're not sure what you have, you can post your question below.

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Ashley - May 14, 2019

Looking for a ferrari 250 GTO metal car kit. I prefer new or at least in good condition. Unmade.
►reply: Hi, you can also take a look here: Western Models Ferrari 250 kit.

Guy - July 20, 2018

Hi, I'm Guy of New Zealand who is super keen to find a model of a 1935 / 1936 Worsley Wasp from Western Models in good condition at a reasonable price from anywhere of the world plus any van models in kitset or fully made .I hope someone can help with this search .From Guy of NZ.
►reply: Hi Guy! Let's see if anyone has one for you. Do hope so!

Tom - May 29, 2015

Does anyone sell replacement parts for these cars?
►reply: I've searched and searched but couldn't find a shop. However there are numerous model car parts shops, so you could try and write them, for example modelcarparts.com.

Gerry - February 1, 2011

Have on display a 1934? 1/19 scale ford pick up, tires are all splitting, are replacements available?