Bader Yousif Murad's house growing up was right next to the Daharan International Airport, and, at age 10, he was given a toy model airplane that initiated his love of model airplanes. Bader's passion later became his vocation when he founded Bader Models, known as the Rolls Royce of model aircraft, in 1988. Customized hand-painted aerial models in mahogany are sold worldwide.
Handcrafted models, including a replica of your own aircraft, measure approximately 28-32 cm long. To custom order, just send in your aircraft type, modifications and the color paint scheme. This information is supplemented by research done in Bader's aeronautical reference library, then a detailed cardboard model is re-created and superimposed onto mahogany as an outline for later chiseling incisions. Fuselage and wings are cut out, and miniscule engines, antennas and lights are created. Finally, a 25-coat primer and three coats of airbrushed white-gloss paint that gives it a totally grainless, immaculate surface-Bader's international signature-are applied. All models cost $299 plus $45 shipping and are delivered within 8 weeks with a wooden stand with a choice of landing gear up or down. For more information, log on to www.badermodels.com.