In 1933, William L. "Bill" Effinger, Jr. founded Berkeley Models, Inc. to support himself in engineering school. Taking advantage of the extreme popularity of model aircraft in the 1930s, Berkeley Models became one of the most prolific producers of model kits with such innovations as the first gas-powered model airplane kit. Berkeley Models produced kits until 1962. This model was built by former National Air and Space Museum curator Robert Mikesh.
National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution