Showcase Models is very similar to the Model Airplane Factory, with a product selection focused on pre-assembled, painted wood desktop models. Two additional model airplane stores in our lineup also feature wooden models: Warplanes, which sells hand-carved wooden models made by their own craftsmen, and ModelPlanes.com, which features a line of detailed, natural wood finished aircraft replicas as well as a line of painted wood models similar to those found on Showcase Models.
For its selection of wooden models, Showcase Models earned a spot on our list of the best model airplane stores.
Showcase Models carries a wide variety of wooden desktop model planes, including military and non-military models, airliners, specialty planes, helicopters and many others. As with many sites we surveyed, the categories in the left navigation have a lot of overlap. For example, there is a category for “Scaled Model Airplanes,” but scale replicas also appear in many other categories. There are also categories for some major model manufacturers, which we assume have been singled out for their prominence in the product catalog.
The section called “Big Wings Series” features large-scale models, many with wingspans over 14”. Showcase Models is a good source for collectors’ models, but ModelPlanes.com has a larger selection and more variety of finishing options.
Showcase Models’ product descriptions include model dimensions and information about each line of models. For some models, the site has copied Wikipedia entries with more information about the original aircraft. The Wikipedia information is helpful, but we gave higher ratings to ModelPlanes.com, who has compiled their own original content describing the historic aircraft.
Showcase Models uses a similar navigation system to other sites in our lineup, and it also has the same problem—the categories have overlap, which makes browsing more difficult. The search function works well and is the best way to find a specific model. This site uses the three-column design we disliked on other sites like Sig and The Flying Mule, but this site does a better job of using the three columns. The left column has the product categories, the main page area lists the products themselves, and the rightmost column has featured items within that category.
The help and support resources on Showcase Models (under “Help” at the bottom of the left margin) are focused on shopping questions. There is a live chat function if you need immediate help, but it is not always available.
Showcase Models is one of several sites on our lineup specializing in wooden models. The higher-rated site ModelPlanes.com includes many of the same products in its inventory, plus hundreds more, but Showcase Models carries some unique brands we didn’t see on other sites, like the Air Superiority category of models with pairs of “friend and foe” planes. You can also find many of Showcase Models’ products on Amazon if you search by name.
See our entire lineup of the best model airplane stores including RC giant Hobby Lobby and desktop model central, ModelPlanes.com.
Showcase Models has a good selection of painted wood models including some unique items we didn’t see on other sites.
The product categories have a lot of overlap, making it hard to figure out which category to browse for a specific plane.
Showcase Models has unique types of wooden models, but we found a bigger selection on ModelPlanes.com.