Trumpeter (小号手) is a plastic model kit brand of Chinese company Wasan Development Limited (華新発展有限公司). Trumpeter brand model kits are produced by Wasan Plastic Model Co. (華新模具塑膠製品廠), a subcompany of Wasan Development Limited. The headquarters of Wasan Development Limited is located in Zhongshan, China, just North of Macau and Wasan Plastic Model Co. is located in Macau.
The production of Trumpeter brand model kits was started in 1995. The quality of early model kits was poor and some of them were copies of kits from various foreign manufacturers, such as Tamiya, Revell, LS, Crown and Academy. In the late 1990's, Trumpeter introduced 3D-CAD system and the quality of the product was improved rapidly.
The quality of the recent model kits is already close to the first-class model manufacturers such as Tamiya and Dragon Models. In addition, Trumpeter is offering products to some other model manufacturers such as Japanese PitRoad and Mono Chrome in OEM.
Almost early model kits were discontinued in around 2000, but some of them were reissued under Mini Hobby Models (三角号手) brand in the 2000's.
- Aircraft : 1/144, 1/72, 1/48, 1/35, 1/32, 1/24
- Military vehicles : 1/144, 1/72, 1/35, 1/16, 1/6
- Ships : 1/700, 1/500, 1/350, 1/200, 1/144, etc.
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