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Ready for more nostalgia? Here we go!
Posted by Jim Barton on Saturday, April 5, 2003 4:46 PM
Many of us have fond memories of the kits we built as kids 20, 30, 40 years ago. Now the question: What kit do you remember building as a kid that you would like to build again as an adult?

For me, I think it's a futuristic-looking custom van called "Vantasy." I believe AMT put it out. I built it in the summer of 1976 or thereabouts and customized the interior with blue carpet taken from a remnant from when the school classroom floor was carpeted. This meant that in 1/24 scale, the carpet pile was a full scale foot deep! On the other hand, I did a great job on the scratchbuilt overhead CB radio (CB radios were big in those days). I painted it Testor's dark red from the little square bottle--that was all Testor's had back then! I sure would like to build that kit again--with carpet that's to scale this time!

(While on the subject of custom vans, those were popular in the '70's, with custom interiors and wild paint jobs--they were called "art carts." I used to draw my own designs but I never modeled one. Perhaps if I see a 1977 Chevy van kit, I'll model one of my designs--I still remember what it looked like!)

A related question: As a kid, you probably spent hours gazing longingly at the kits on the hobby shop shelf. I'm sure there are kits that you wanted to build but for whatever reason, you never bought them and you never built them. As an adult, what kit would you build now that you wanted to build when you were a kid but never had the chance? (That is, if you can even still FIND the kit you remember!)

I remember when I was 13 or 14, there were two wild custom motorcycle kits (both Revell) that I wanted to build. Both were super-radical choppers with the LONNGG front forks (remember those?). One was called "Midnight Rider," the other was this real cool-looking three-wheeler (trike) called "Evil Iron." I used to look at those kits at the hobby shop and dream of someday building them, but I never had the chance. Today, I would love the chance to build them. Especially "Evil Iron!" If I ever find that model at a kit show or contest vendor, it's going to come home with me and my hurricane-hunters and tornado-chasers will just have to wait while I build that great-looking three-wheeled motorcycle!

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Posted by shermanfreak on Saturday, April 5, 2003 5:09 PM
H.M.S. Victory .... as a child, my mother took me to see her home town of Portsmouth, England. During that memorable trip, we went aboard the Victory in it's dry dock. Soon after getting home I found a model kit of this beauty and built it with all the zeal of a true 7 year old. Paint...what paint, glue.....absolutely everywhere. I have no idea who manufactured this kit at that time but I have looked longingly a couple of times at other models of the Victory. One of these days I may just tackle her again.
Happy Modelling and God Bless Robert
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Posted by upnorth on Saturday, April 5, 2003 5:44 PM
I'd like a second go round at the Revell/Crown 1/144 B-52 Stratofortress. It was my second kit ever, and while not up to todays standards, a fun kit of a smooth nosed 52, I hate all those blisters the current 52s have.

One I never tried though would jump at the opportunity is Matchbox's 1/32 Sea Venom. I drooled over that kit when I was a kid, but never got my hands on it.
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, April 5, 2003 7:16 PM
The S'cool Bus, think it was a Monogram. It was a school bus/funny car with 2 engines, parachutes, and a chopped top.
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, April 6, 2003 4:16 AM
Like this, Claymore?



Your post just reminded me of one - Monogram's "Rommel's Rod". I guess the molds were broken and it cannot be reissued. They go for big bucks on ebay.
Well, at least I got the "Beer Wagon" reissue! LOL!!!
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Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, April 6, 2003 6:14 AM
I bet with a bit of plastic surgery and some truck parts, a stock school bus could be made from that kit. Is it still available?
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Posted by Keyworth on Sunday, April 6, 2003 7:46 AM
Hey, midnightprower. Found this http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3124537055&category=2582 .
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Posted by Keyworth on Sunday, April 6, 2003 7:49 AM
Hey Pat-found this one, too. Unbelievable! I could build a heck of a lot of T-bolts for that :)
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Posted by Keyworth on Sunday, April 6, 2003 7:50 AM
Oops! Part II, Pat: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3125086724&category=2582. -Ed :)
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, April 6, 2003 8:34 AM
Thanks, Ed! Smile [:)] I just went over and looked at it. $302!!!!!!!!!![:0]
I guess That's one I'll never get my grubby little hands on!!!!!Dead [xx(]Black Eye [B)]
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Posted by Bucksco on Sunday, April 6, 2003 12:29 PM
I am a figure modeler. The first figure kits I built were the old monogram/merite series. Over the last year or so I've managed to get ahold of every kit (mostly on Ebay). If I ever get the time I want to build them all and but them in a display case.
I've also gotten into the habit of checking out the plastic kits on that web site . It's a lot of fun just checking out all of the old box art- it brings back tons of memories(I always do a search for "Aurora").
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Posted by FreedomEagle1953 on Sunday, April 6, 2003 1:05 PM
Great thread Jim ... Smile [:)]

Yes, I have very fond memories of building with my dad the old "Big T" in 1/8th scale by Monogram ... I remember my folks taking me to the old "Springfield Toy Box" toy shop in downtown Springfield, IL, USA and helping me purchase that big old box of plastic joy ... that would have been in the early '60's.

My dad and I built that really cool street rod, I don't recall painting any of it ... and dad made sure that I didn't use too much glue ... I also remember not wanting to scrape the plating off where we needed to glue the parts ... but, dad prevailed and among other tips about building models ... I learned that there was a right way and a wrong way to build a model ... all good lessons that I often recall even to this day. So, as I remember, the big red street rod turned out looking pretty good, I also remember being very proud of what I had built ... with dad's help of course. I am truly sad that the old car didn't survive my youth. Sad [:(]

I have found a few complete or near complete kits of that old Mongram kit on eBay over the years ... but they are getting $300 plus for these original kits ... too much for me ... perhaps someday they will re-issue it. Tongue [:P]

In the area of kits I wanted and just never bought and built ... I had designs on some of the old MPC funny car kits. I seem to remember a '66 Dodge Charger funny car kit that I wanted in the worst way ... just never managed to buy it and build it ...maybe one day I will "bite the bullet" and pay collector prices for that kit and some of the other "dream kits" of my youth and who knows ... maybe even for the "Big T" kit ... ah nostalgia ... that bitter-sweet feeling we all love ... thanks for the trip down memory lane. Big Smile [:D]

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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, April 6, 2003 2:26 PM
The first models I built were Airfix/MPC 1/72 P-51B, Dauntless, Bf-109E, and a Stuka. I got them at Target in 1982 for $1.99 each except for the Stuka, which was $2.99. I've managed through eBay to get them in again in their boxes and I look at them with pride on my shelf.

Coolest part is that last year when I got into 1/48 scale. I rebuilt these four in the markings of the MPC kits using the Tamiya and Hasegawa kits of today. They are the centerpiece of my collection. Really one of the only good memories of my youth.
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, April 6, 2003 3:42 PM
Thats the one. Wow 30 bucks for that kit and then wow x 10 for Rommel's Rod.
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Posted by djmodels1999 on Sunday, April 6, 2003 5:14 PM
I have somewhat fond memories of the very old Revell 'fit the box' kits that I built as a kid... I know they were quite awful but I did build a lot of them in my time, and the model show (well, the toy shop) I bought them from had a vast quantity of them. Aircraft and ships were my staple then... I remember going there on a weekly basis with my dad, chosing my next model. I'd spend hours just looking at the box-art... trying to decide what model to go for next... I also built a great number of kits in the 1/48 ESCI range and had a whale of a time with them, particularly with the IAI Kfir C2, with its big yellow/black triangle decals. And the F-16, in Belgian markings, before it actualy made it to the Belgian Air Force, with a 'Viet-Nam' kind of color scheme. Wow, those were the good old days!
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Posted by Buddho on Sunday, April 6, 2003 6:59 PM
I have to agree with others here that have mentioned the Monogram 1/32 scale Rommel's Rod. That was such a different kit but was so much fun to build. I got it for Christmas 1975 from my older brother, who also bought my younger brother The Boothill Express. Wish I could find one today...Shy [8)]

Regards, Dan

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Posted by Keyworth on Sunday, April 6, 2003 7:18 PM
Boybuddho, lookwhat I found! http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3125752663&category=2583. Been window shopping today. Found the old Monogram Piper Tri-pacer, the old Munsters Dragula dragster, and the old Aurora Mummy kit. Ahh, the good old days. - Ed
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Posted by Woody on Monday, April 7, 2003 5:51 PM
Remember those old Heller kits in the black boxes? I bought a lot of them back in the 70's as they were in my price range. I thought they were the stuff! LOL Seriously though I would like to find a mint early Aurora Catalina FF, my first kit.

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Posted by DURR on Tuesday, April 8, 2003 10:02 AM
my favorite kits were the johan 68 ply police car
and the amt 70 ford 70 chevy police fire cars
you know with all the post 911 stuff and the fact that we treat fire and police with more respect than ever you would think that amt would bring back those models, they have so many others
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, April 8, 2003 11:40 AM
AMT Tyrone Malone Super Boss Kenworth truck.

My dad says he's got a big 'box' of all of my kits from when I was a kid. Problem is we're not really sure where it is. My parents moved several years ago and alot of boxes are still in storage. Unfortunately, they're not easy to get at. Maybe someday this summer....

M.
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Posted by JGUIGNARD on Tuesday, April 8, 2003 12:39 PM
Back in the mid 1960's, a company named IMC brought out a line of 1/25th scale race car kits. They included Jim Clark's Indy-winning Lotus-Ford, different marks of the Ford GT40, and many others. They were pretty good kits for their day, with detailed engines and interiors, opening doors and hatches. I was a big-time road racing fan, and built most of those kits. Not many kits of those cars available today.

Jim Clown [:o)]

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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, April 9, 2003 1:15 AM
I was nuts for the Monogram fantasy hot rods designed by Tom Daniels - the armored car bank (with functioning plastic combo lock), the Paddy Wagon, the Red Baron (I broke the spike when I accidentally sat on it), etc. Ah, childhood was quite fun.
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Posted by Fabio Moretti on Wednesday, April 9, 2003 9:35 AM
That´s a hard task to choose only one model...but , If I can I´ll be build a Revell´s SP Gun (I don´t remember the exactly name of the kit), I built this kit in 1970 or 1971 (I guess)...I never see this kit after that (in Brazil of course)..i´ts a beautifull kit.

Next on the workbench 

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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, April 9, 2003 10:15 AM
Seeing other posts about johan kits reminded me of a '32(?) cad of theirs i built. It came molded with a green body and black fenders. Then I remembered the Monogram Duesenbergs All 3 looked great lined up on the shelf.
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Posted by Keyworth on Friday, April 18, 2003 7:54 PM
IMC also had a small line of 1/72 scale combat aircraft with a Vietnam theme with "battle-damaged" parts. Those were a heck of a lot of fun. - Ed
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, April 19, 2003 1:40 AM
Ed - Some of those were reissued by Lindberg last year. I especially like the MiG-21 because you could actually model it with the pilot ejecting!
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Posted by Keyworth on Saturday, April 19, 2003 4:01 AM
Great! I get to build them all over again! Thanks, Pat.
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Posted by JGUIGNARD on Sunday, April 20, 2003 9:48 AM
Pat & Ed:

I seem to remember an F-105 model that allowed you to eject the pilot by pushing a lever that stuck out of the side of the fuselage. Also remember a Vigilante that shot a bomb out of the rear at the touch of a button ! I think it was Monogram, or maybe Revell who put those kits out.

I remember building an IMC Mig-21, and I seem to recall it was about the best 1/72nd Mig-21 available at the time it came out.

If some of IMC's airplane kits have been re-issued, maybe someone will re-release some of their 1/25th race car kits.

Jim
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Posted by JGUIGNARD on Sunday, April 20, 2003 10:15 AM
Derek:

The mention of Jo-han car kits brought back many fond memories to me as well. In the mid and late 50's, every 9, 10 and 11 year-old boy in my neighborhood was building AMT and Jo-han cars kits. Those kits always came with plenty of extra parts as well as a large sheet of decals that allowed us to "customize" them. We would mix and match parts, and came up with some wild combinations. We had an absolute blast trying to out-do each other.

When I was a sophomore in high school, I built a Monogram Duesenberg ( red whith white top ) for a girl to try to impress her - didn't work !

Jim
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Posted by Keyworth on Sunday, April 20, 2003 6:31 PM
Jim, they were both Monogram kits. Never did get to build 'em, but I sure daydramed a lot whenever I bought a Monogram kit. Remember the kit pics on the sides of the boxes, and the mini-catalog in each kit? Wish the current manufacturers would do something like that. It had appeal to all types of modelling, since Monogram had examples of every type of kit they made.

BTW, I found the IMC Skyraider and F-100 kits. Looking for the rest of them. Off to the hunt! -Ed :)
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