After World War II, the hobby languished in Germany and Britain.
Wiking, and Tre-Mo were put out of business by the war, and Germans in the late 1940's and early '50's were focused on survival and rebuilding of their country. But the revival of the German economy in the 1950's allowed the rebith of the hobby market, and Wiking resumed production, reproducing some of its pre-war models, as well as new ones in both plastic and metal.
In Britain about the same time, Triang, a producer of toys and model trains produced a line of metal ships, which in the case of their warships, were more notable for their toy like quality than anything else, but because of their wide distribution and availability, gave many a young collector their first introduction to the hobby.Some models are produced in Britain, Japan, France and the U.S., but these are lines are small in comparison to German production.World War II eventually put the company out of business, though it did go through a revival in the 1950's. The brothers gained a Navy contract to produce ID models when the U. After South Salem went out of business, Comet issued some of these models under generic names such as "Large transport" etc. Framburg of Chicago, Ill., obtained a government contract to produce ID models.An excellent source of information about these models is WIKING MODELLE, by Peter Schonfeldt, Koehlers Verslagesellschaft mb H, Hamburg, Germany, 1998 The situation in Germany in the 1930's caused some of the model makers at Wiking to emigrate. In 1941 Bessarabis, whose owner is believed to have come from Romania produced models of U. ships, including some rather rare auxiliary ships such as MEDUSA, NITRO and CANOPUS for the U. however, Comet never did not reproduce any of the warships from South Salem, many of which, such as AGANO, TERUTSUKI, MIKURA, NEVADA (1943) and PENNSYLVANIA (1943) were quite unique. Framburg was a producer of decorative lamps and light fixtures.