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States Model Works
Apart from manufacturing airplane kits in various
scales and accessories for modelrailroads Williams Bros. also produced a series
of injection moulded kits of various US prototypes. The kits usually consisted
of a one-piece body, interior + bottom plate and
Company profile as it appeared on the Williams Bros. website Nov.1999:
|'Williams Brothers began their operation in 1960 in a small garage in Hunnington Park, California, while Granger and Larry Williams were both still working in the wind tunnel section at North American Aviation. Their first molds were for nylon bellcranks and hinges. This, because Granger recalls, was that he needed those items for his own airplanes, and he felt that other fliers would need them.
By 1963 the small time operation had grown out of their garage and into a 1000 square foot industrial building in Bell, California. As production fell behind orders, they found themselves looking at injection molding equipment. At the time the new machines didn't fit their idea of what they should be like, so Granger and Larry built their first machine. Although the machine has since been retired and replaced with new ones, it still could do things that new ones can't.
In 1970, Granger and Larry packed up and headed for San Marcos, California. There they built a modern day industrial building that would carry their company into the 21st century. By this time the company was producing much more than the nylon hinges and bellcranks. They had gone into plastic spinners, wheels, pilots, engines, engine cylinders, machine guns, wheel pants, pylon racer kits and plastic scale model kits.
At present Williams Brothers Inc. now produces 21 plastic plane kits, 23 HO Scale car kits, 14 engine cylinders, 7 complete engine kits, 4 different style pilots in 5 or more sizes and 4 different style wheels in up to 10 different sizes. All this and still more to come.'
Williams Bros. stopped
production in December 2004, after 45 years, due to illness of one of the
brothers. The immediate family was not able to continue the business so, in March of 2005, all rights and assets required to produce the original products were purchased
by Brett Industries, Inc. who will market the models as 'Williams Brothers Model Products'.
The following kits have been available:
||1939 Ford Deluxe sedan
||1957 Ford Fairlane 500
||1957 Ford Thunderbird
||1957 Ford Thunderbird (three kits in
||1955 Ford panel truck
||1956 Ford Crown Victoria
||1953 Ford F-100 pick-up
||1953 Ford F-100 stakebed truck
||1940 Ford Coupe
||1935 Ford four-door sedan (reworked
||1949 Mercury two-door hardtop
||1992 Ford Taurus
||1992 Ford Explorer
||1957 Chevrolet Bel Air two-door hardtop
||1950 Chevrolet pick-up
||1950 Chevrolet stake truck
||1932 Chevrolet Coupe/convertible
||1932 Chevrolet pick-up
||1955 Chevrolet Nomad
||1977 Chevrolet El Camino
||1995 Chevrolet Blazer
||1977 Dodge saloon
||1937 Cord convertible
||1964 Pontiac GTO
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