Articles for the ‘Plastic Model Kit History’ Category

ITC (Ideal Toy Company) Model Kit History and Cam-A-Matic Action (Used in the Halibut, USS Enterprise, Thor, Mercer, Duesenburg and Battling Betsy)

Friday, January 16th, 2015

by Alan Bussie Every article starts with inspiration.  In this case, I wish to thank Dusty Rhodes.  He located critical information, the wonderful advertisement/article in Boy's Life that is reproduced here and valued insight as well.  Almost every die-hard kit collector has heard of the ITC Thor Missile Base and Halibut Submarine ... Read the rest of the article...

Vintage Modeling - ITC’s Stinson Tri-motor Model U

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

By Dennis Sparks (additional kit photos by Alan Bussie) This is one of several small articles on vintage plastic modeling, focusing primarily on the models that my father built between about 1955 and 1970. Dad was born in 1930, and like many boys of that era, he built balsa wood flying models. During ... Read the rest of the article...

Vintage Modeling- Revell’s Regulus II (Vought SSM-N-9/RGM-15)

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

By Dennis Sparks (Box photos courtesy of Alan Bussie at Oldmodelkits.com) The History Chance Vought’s Regulus was one of the forerunners of the modern cruise missile.  Its airframe was a simple cylindrical fuselage with only small swept wings and a single vertical tail surface.  Powered by an Allison J-33 jet engine of 4600 ... Read the rest of the article...

A History Of Renwal Aeroskin Kits

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

By Brad Hansen   PART 1:  Pre-War 2-in-1 Sets Renwal had established an extensive line of kits by 1966.  They had come out with a unique line of modern armor and military equipment, visible anatomical models, visible V-8s and chassis, nuclear submarines with detailed (if a bit fanciful) interiors and an older line ... Read the rest of the article...

Ray Gaedke –Lindberg Line Box Top Illustrator, Artist, Twirler and Entrepreneur

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Return to kits for sale By Alan Bussie    Google+ profile I wish to thank artist Mike Boss for locating Gayle Yarnall, who is one of Ray Gaedke’s daughters.  Gayle, I thank you and Bernice for the main biography body.  Without you this article would not exist.  Rae, thank you for ... Read the rest of the article...

The Kits of Pyro Plastic Company - An Illustrated Guide

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Return to kits for sale By Alan Bussie Google+ profile Many thanks to Carlton Shanks, John Burns and all the KCCers for their extensive research and documentation Pyro is unique in plastic models because the subjects for kits were not selected by popularity.  Pyro was a very successful company without model ... Read the rest of the article...

Nathan Lester & William (Bill) Morris Lester - The Origins Of Modern Injection Molding And Pyro Plastics Company

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Return to kits for sale By Alan Bussie Google+ profile Second Edition Notes In the first edition, credit was given to one man for the first modern injection molding machine.  This may or may not be true; evidence gathered over the last 3 years paints a more complicated picture. This revision ... Read the rest of the article...

A Biography of James (Jim) Pettit Cox – The Father of Modern Model Box Artwork

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Return to kits for sale By Alan Bussie Google+ profile My sincere thanks to Art Cox.  Without him this biography would not have been possible. Box artwork is a major part of model kit collecting.  In many cases, the illustration is more important than the contents!  The most colorful and desirable ... Read the rest of the article...

The Story Behind Megow Balsa

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Return to kits for sale Anyone who knows of the Golden Age of Model Aircraft has worked with balsa wood.  This excellent article was printed in several of the Megow Company catalogs during the 1930s and 1940s.   Fred Megow got his start selling balsa and wood stock from the ... Read the rest of the article...

Jack Leynnwood- Artist and Model Kit Box Art Illustrator

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Return to kits for sale By Michael Boss and Mary Ridgway Editors Note: Michael Boss is an illustrator who was good friends with Jack Leynnwood from 1971 till Jack's passing in 1999. This article was written by Michael and Mary in 1995. Thank you both for a superb ... Read the rest of the article...

Red Ball Ltd - Pioneer HO Kit Manufacturer Since 1939

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Return to kits for sale By Alan Bussie Google+ profile While researching Red Ball Ltd., I came across a unique article that had been deleted from Wikipedia. Fearing that one day the history of this famous kit line would be lost, I began research on this pioneer model ... Read the rest of the article...

History of the Hawk “Weird-Ohs” Plastic Model Kits

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Return to kits for sale By Bill Campbell -Edited by Alan Bussie Google+ profile When he provided me the information for his biography and Hawk Model Company, Bill was kind enough to write a history of the phenomenal “Weird-Ohs” model kits that he developed. – AB After reviewing some of the ... Read the rest of the article...

A Biography of Artist Bill Campbell - Illustrator For Hawk Plastic Model Kits

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Return to kits for sale By Bill Campbell and Edited by Alan Bussie Google+ profile Bill Campbell has had a steady and successful career in commercial artwork and marketing. In modeling circles, he is known for his 250+ box illustrations (mainly for Hawk Models) and as the creator of ... Read the rest of the article...

A Brief History of Marusan – the First Japanese Plastic Model Kit Manufacturer

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Return to kits for sale By Alan Bussie Google+ profile In the USA, Revell, Monogram and Aurora are synonymous with early modeling. However, the name Marusan is equally well known in Japan as the pioneer plastic kit manufacturer. The history of Marusan is not well known outside Japan. ... Read the rest of the article...

Early Plastic Model Kit Development in the USA

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Return to kits for sale Editors Note: every once in a while you run across someone with exceptional knowledge in a certain field. During an email exchange about older kits, I asked Dave if he would mind writing an article about early kits in the US. Dave's ... Read the rest of the article...

The Elusive Revell Electra…will it ever return?

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Return to kits for sale Editors Note: I came across this article tucked inside an old Revell Electra kit. It tells the history of one of Revell's rare and more desirable model kits as well as shedding light on mold modification. The photos have been added. ... Read the rest of the article...

The Life of a Plastic Model Kit Designer By Bruce P. Byerly

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Return to kits for sale Editors Note: The appearance of the great AMT XB-70, F7F Tigercat and XB-35 Flying Wing kits was always a surprise to me. They seemed to appear from nowhere – from a company that almost exclusively made car models. Many years later I ... Read the rest of the article...

The HO Scale Model Railroading Revolution of the 1940s

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

Return to kits for sale By Alan Bussie Google+ profile Few realize that changes near the end of 1930 in model railroading would preview the creation of the modern hobby industry in the 1950s.  It may seem obvious now, but it was impossible to predict in 1938.  My thanks goes ... Read the rest of the article...

A Brief History of Revell Plastic Model Kits

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

Return to kits for sale By Alan Bussie Google+ profile I would like to thank John Burns and numerous KCCers. Without them, it would have been impossible to compile this information. In the early 1940s, Lou Glaser, a California entrepreneur, founded an injection molding company. Precision Specialties performed contract work ... Read the rest of the article...

Monogram Plastic Model Kits - A Brief History

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

Return to kits for sale By Alan Bussie    Google+ profile Many thanks to numerous KCCers and John Burns for their detective work. Without you this would have been impossible. Introduction and Early Years  The name Monogram is synonymous with quality in model kits.   The founders, Jack Besser and Bob Reder, had a clear vision of ... Read the rest of the article...