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It's 1968 . . .
Posted by Bossman on Friday, February 17, 2017 8:31 PM

Anybody remember these ?

I cut my modelling teeth on these.   As a 6 or 7 year old - I yearned for these more than Matchbox or Hot Wheels - cuz I could build them.   A local drugstore had a giant rack of them.  I drooled alot.     Been hooked on cutting parts off sprue and using decals ever since !

Chris

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Posted by gregbale on Friday, February 17, 2017 9:58 PM

Your picture doesn't show the tiny Greyhound Scenicruiser. Picked one up on Ebay a year or so ago for next to nothing, just need to make my own decals for it.

Greg

 

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Posted by freem on Friday, February 17, 2017 11:04 PM

Wow I'd forgotten these!  I built these plus I got hooked on Hot Wheels cars and track. Had the biggest set west of the Mississippi! Wish I still had it too. And the Minis.

Chris Christenson

 

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Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, February 18, 2017 5:54 AM

I remember those. I had forgotten about them. Woolworths had them back then. Cut my modeling teeth on them as well.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Saturday, February 18, 2017 6:18 AM
Pretty cool stuff,I was an Aurura monsters guy at that time.

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Posted by Bossman on Saturday, February 18, 2017 6:55 AM

Here she is Greg . . . 

I wonder if Lindberg still has these molds.  

I was just strolling down memory lane the other day - and I came across these faves too . . .

These were quite a hit among my first grade friends.

Chris

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Saturday, February 18, 2017 8:31 AM

You man, I remember buying the Odd Rods bubblegum cards back in the day. If I'm not mistaken, I just "might" have one laying around in the cellar somewhere along with my baseball card collection.

I do recall seeing those kits in the 70s as well. I'm not sure if I ever did a couple at one time. Thanks for the memories..

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Saturday, February 25, 2017 8:00 AM

Okay Chris ;

 Stop ! If you joggle my memory anymore the marbles will all fall out LOL.LOL. My gosh I remember those .I think , My son discovered my untouched stash and dove in with my permission , and a friend who worked for Grey-Dog at the time was so entranced with the little bus he found stickers that fit pretty well .

 Gees , thats taking me way back . T.B.

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, March 04, 2017 10:27 PM
I was still dead in 1968...Those are neat though

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by gregbale on Sunday, March 05, 2017 9:00 AM

With Chris's kind indulgence, here's what's actually in one of the kits.

(This was purchased at an absurdly reasonable price from that well-known auction site---one of the uncounted 'later' releases with generic markings---and mine came with no box. No biggie.) Scale was probably 'variable' for different entries in the series...I've seen it 'officially' given as anything between HO (1/87) and 1/100...though a quick calculation for this kit (a 40' bus 3.25 inches long) gives roughly 1/148 scale.

The goodies:

'Mighty Van' decals? For a Scenicruiser---one of the most aesthetically-beautiful wheeled creations ever to roll on our great nation's far-flung highways?? I think not....

The quite-unexpected vac-formed 'road' display base---a nice touch.

The hardware: screws for assembly, actual weights included (for use on 'Hot Wheels' tracks, maybe?), and separate tires.

Surprisingly well-detailed chassis, complete set of clear parts, chrome wheels...and (correct) separate-level driver's section of the interior.

And last, but certainly not least, the nicely-detailed exterior and the single-piece main interior level: all in 'worth-the-price-of-admission' lime-green metal flake styrene. (God...I hope it's styrene....)

All-in-all, quite an impressive value for a 'cheapo' kit. I haven't seen any of the others in person, but if they're all this well turned out, it's a great shame they aren't better remembered.

As I mentioned above, I intend to do mine as a Greyhound---the sole original operator. I've seen various rather unimpressive AM decals for the purpose offered on Evil-bay over the years, but I should be able to do a more accurate and complete set on my own, to print on the PC.

That's assuming paint will actually cover that wicked lime-green plastic....

Greg

 

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Posted by Bossman on Sunday, March 05, 2017 3:11 PM

Awesome !

Nothing screams "Tacky !" quite like sparkley green.

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Posted by scottrc on Sunday, March 05, 2017 3:27 PM

My parents bought my brother and I just about all of themin 1972 and we spent a whole Christmas vacation at the kitchen talbe building them and playing with them with the HO trainset.

My favorite was the postal truck and pickup camper.  

        

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Posted by ikar01 on Monday, March 06, 2017 7:27 PM

Never saw those back then that I can remember.  I was building aircraft and armor and sailing ships at the time.

What I remember the most was the nightmare that was high school and watching Stak Trek and the annual draft lottery on T.V.

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 7:26 AM

Ach,DuLieber ! !

 Das is Verry Green ! Myne Vas same ting only Blue ! LOL.LOL. Yeah ! I kinda wondered what they were thinking , a Metalflake blue Greyhound BUS ?     T.B.         P.S. This is unique for two reasons as well .One  -it's the Early Sceni-Cruiser .Two - That means the rest room ? Is on the lower instead of the upper level .That was changed in later models .

 On the real one of course .

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Posted by Hodakamax on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 9:14 AM

OK, I'm old but I didn't build any of these but you guy's discussion is really funny (and nostalgic.) Don't mind me, I just stumbled on to this post---Carry on!

Max

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Posted by Egilman on Thursday, March 09, 2017 2:05 AM

Old cars.... Wasn't it Jo-Han that had a line of cars?

They had the 3 in 1's and the funny cars, and the first Nascar models wasn't it?

Heck, I remember Micky Thompson's Titanium Pinto going down the strip in real life!

but of course it was my first model car.....

Wish I still had it today. (and several others)

For all those years I've been painting the wrong color....Whistling

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