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Why FDM

Proudly Owned and Operated by Former Pilots

For over 25 years Factory Direct Models has been creating successful business solutions and building models of all types for the world’s most accomplished aircraft manufacturers and industry professionals. Our absolute dedication and the relentless pursuit of perfection is what differentiates FDM from every other model maker. Our award winning customer service team and knowledgeable quality control team, comprised of former and current pilots, ensure that every model we ship not only meets our client’s expectations, but rather exceeds them. Simply said; Models for pilots built by pilots.

Hank Morrison, managing partner and our factory operations officer, is a former U.S. Navy Pilot, graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and was a Commercial Airline Pilot. While serving his country, Commander Morrison flew P-3’s for VP-17 out of NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii before being selected to be the UC-12 Station Pilot for NAS Cubi Point, Subic Bay Philippines. Hank an expatriate who has resided in the Philippines for nearly 30 years is recognized as an accomplished aviator and successful businessman with 26 years of experience in the model business. As our client, Hank is available to you via a toll free telephone call anytime despite the time difference. He would be happy to assist you in any way he can and answer any questions you may have while holding your model in his hand.

Our U.S. operations are managed by Mike Gibson managing partner of Factory Direct Models. Mike, a former pilot, brings 21 years of modeling expertise and aircraft knowledge to our clients.  He is widely recognized in the aviation community as a man of integrity and honesty. A graduate of Arizona State University and active member in the aviation community, Mike enjoys working with veterans and has a passion for collecting just about any military artifact he can find. Mike’s commitment to customer service is unprecedented in this industry and his love for the business shows every day as he interacts with fellow pilots and aviation enthusiasts worldwide offering advice, marketing solutions, and just good old fashioned pilot chatter.

You can be assured that our standard of excellence will not only meet your expectations, but rather exceed them. Factory Direct Models is completely transparent and offers you full access and visibility during the construction of your custom model. FDM is one of the very few model companies that truly is “Factory Direct”. Others make the claim, but ask them if you can call their factory toll free to speak about your model or special project with one of the companies managing partners.

Experience the FDM Difference

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FDM in the Media

  • From left to right, Heath Borrisow, John Travolta, Mike Gibson and Hank Morrison at the Living Legends of Aviation Awards in Beverly Hills, CA.

  • Mike Gibson with the infamous Mike Kennedy from the hit TV show Airplane Repo.

  • Mike Gibson with the "The pilots' pilot," Robert "Bob" A. Hoover.

  •  Air Methods and Bell helicopter use an FDM Custom Model to “seal the deal for 200 Bell 407GXP Helicopters at Heli Expo.

  • Piaggio Model built by FDM once again used to “seal the deal” and makes the cover the Evening News Magazine at EBACE in Geneva, Switzerland.

  • Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, speaks beside a model built by FDM to commemorate the opening of Piaggio’s newest factory.

  •  Mike Gibson receiving a Breitling Watch from John Travolta at the 2015 Living Legends of Aviation Awards in recognition of FDM’s support for The Kiddie Hawk Air Academy.

  • Bristow Helicopter model built by FDM hanging in the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

  • Mike & John Travolta (The Ambassador of Aviation) at the Living Legends of Aviation Awards.

  • Mike & Gene Cernan, Commander of Apollo 17, the last manned mission to the Moon in 1972. Gene holds the distinction of being the last human to have walked the lunar surface.

  • Mike & Sir Richard Branson after his first flight on White Knight II.

  • Mike Gibson & Dutch Van Kirk (navigator of the B-29 Enola Gay) enjoying the EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh.

  • Mike Gibson and Günther Rall (3rd highest scoring ace in history with 275 victories in WW II).

  • Philippine National Police Chief; General Avelino J. Razon being presented a Custom F-16 model built by Factory Direct Models

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