Hi I am also new to this site and I am a big time Frog model builder and collector.
The Frog original 1956 boxing
An old and rather dirty Tri-ang box from 1963
The Tri-ang 1970’s boxing
To start off let me say that Frog models are model kits made by the company of International Model Aircraft and your Gloster Meteor F8 was first made by IMA originally in its Margate factory as a plastic model boxed with the brand name FROG in the year 1956 in England, The kit was marked as a 600 sqn machine and after a few years the real aircraft went out of service with the RAF and was scrapped.
The model was sold in England until 1963 when IMA and other Lines brothers companies built a new factory in Calais france run by the French company Lines Freres S.A. however the name Frog would not go down well in the French market place so the name of Tri-ang was used in Europe supplied from the Calais factory. From 1963 the kit was more or less moulded and sold in both coutries in a mould loan share basis being transferred across the English channel between the two factories by lorry. A large numbers of similar models in the Frog model aircraft range also made the journey between the two factories. The mould for the Meteor by 1964 was becoming out dated and the Meteor F8 was long a distant memory in the minds of British school children. So IMA decided to take the kit out of production and put it into storage.
Then the next important event had taken place and the company of Rovex had taken over from IMA in England. What we think happened was that a number of obsolete plastic kits were found in store either in the Margate factory or the Calais factory and were offered to another Lines Bros company in New Zealand the model kits were sold under the name of Tri-ang / Frog and the company producing these kits were yet another division of the Lines Bros empire and that went under the name of Lines Bros (NZ) Ltd.
As you may know is that the Lines Bros companies went into liquidation around 1969 and the Auckland company was sold. However it re- established itself in model aircraft terms as Tri-ang Pedigree and went on to sell in New Zealand the second release of the original Frog kits. The Pedigree kit range was The Meteor, Sabre, English Electric Lightning prototype, DH 110 naval fighter prototype, Gloster Javelin and the American F-84 Thunderjet. They also sold Four otherkits the three V-bombers and the old Frog Canberra under the name the bomber series. To collectors like myself these kits are very rare and in that famous auction site can command a high price for them. The story of this kit and the others has taken a twist as the moulds sent over from England when the Tri-ang Pedigree company decided that they did not want to continue selling model aircraft kits around 1974. The rumour goes that the moulds were sold to a rival company called Lincoln (NZ) model toys. However for a reason lost in time the company near to collapse themselves either scraped the moulds or sent them over seas to its sister company in Hong Kong and all the moulds being transported were lost at sea on the way so goes the rumour. So you have in effect a model kit where the mould is gone and will never be made again so to a collector it is valuable.