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All PacMin models have their origins in civilian and military aviation programs.

PacMin, short for Pacific Miniatures, was founded in 1946 by two employees of the Douglas Aircraft Company. Their purpose was to create aircraft models and cutaways that allowed prospective travelers to see the luxury and comfort of flight.

As travel became more ubiquitous, PacMin was commissioned by airframe companies to market and promote their aircraft. Soon, airlines, corporate flight departments, and leasing companies began contracting PacMin to create limited edition models for events and commemorations.

PacMin models remain the most trusted brand used by aviation executives around the world.

Aviation companies use custom models to promote their own products and services to their clients. Larger, more intricate models are presented at special industry events and as exhibits at trade shows. 

For this reason, every detail, from the individual molded parts to very exacting graphic designs and colors, must be reviewed and approved by the aviation company authorizing the replication of their brand by PacMin.

Oftentimes our models are exclusively produced for select VIPs. This is why PacMin models are not produced in high quantities and are not readily available through retail outlets.

Through the PacMin Model Shop, we are making certain models available to employees and stakeholders of some of our corporate customers such as American Airlines, Delta, Air Canada, and Qantas. They have agreed to also make these models available to fans worldwide.

The models shown here in The Model Shop are those that both the airlines and airframe manufacturers have given their approval for offering to the public.

Aviation enthusiasts can now enjoy the same high quality models previously available only to industry insiders.

Today, PacMin is recognized in the aviation, aerospace, event production and entertainment industries for its wide range of marketing solutions and unmatched quality.

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