"The USAF version was sold as «The President's Jet»."
FROG model aircraft 1932-1976, R. Lines, L. Hellstrom
NEW AND IN VIEW
"Re-issues of FROG Herald, Britannia, Comet 4 and Boeing 707. 1/72, 1/96, 1/96 and 1/144 scale respectively.
No manufacturer's name given (Not made by Rovex) Price 8/11. each. (U.K.)
These four kits represent a good idea spoilt by inexcusable carelessness.
The models themselves are well-known, so no further comment will be made on them, and we shall confine our remarks to the new transfer sheets provided.
If the foregoing kits are bad, the 707 is a real shocker. Described as "The President's Jet", its markings bear no relation to those of the well-known Air Force One. Despite diligent search, we have been totally unable to uncover any evidence of their authenticity, and can only assume them to be the product of some designer's dreams. Beside such folly, the fact that the kit represents a 707 - 420 with the original short fin rudder, and is quite unlike any sort of U.S.A.F. VC-137 or C-135 is of minor importance.
The issue of models of this degree of inaccuracy is, in 1967, well-nigh unbelievable. It is the greater pity in that the kits themselves, though old, are basically good. All four types could have been provided with attractive, appropriate, and accurate transfer sheets at no more cost than was necessary to produce the abortions inflicted upon them. The only virtue of these kits is that they enable anyone who wants to buy the models to do so at a lower price than hitherto."
The IPMS Magazine, november 1967
NEW AND IN VIEW
"Frog. This is an accurate and neatly-pressed 1/144 scale kit representing the original short-fin 707-420. It is not quite up to the standard of the Airfix kit, in that the cabin windows are not pressed out and surface detail is less good. The transfer sheet gives old-style B.O.A.C. markings, and is accurate; the kit has also been issued with accurate but inappropriate Qantas livery and wholly spurious U.S.A.F. markings."
The IPMS Magazine, january 1968
"Magazine November 1967 issue, Review of Boeing 707 kit: We have recently seen a photograph which proves that the markings provided with this kit are authentic, though they are actually those of a VC—137A, and are therefore better applied to the Revell model rather than the Frog one. Our apologies go to the designer of the decals and to Members, for this error."
The IPMS Magazine, march 1969