Marlin 1/48 Hose Reel American Firefighters, 102 FH

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Marlin 1/48 Hose Reel American Firefighters, 102 FH plastic model kit

1/48 102 FH Marlin Hose Reel American Firefighters

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+++

Very rare. In 1952 Marlin Toy Company of New York City, New York entered the plastic model business. The Revell 'Highway Pioneers' were making a huge impact on the hobby industry and the timing seemed perfect. Marlin first cut the molds in 1952 and issued the six original American Firefighters -Chemical and Ladder, Steamer, Hook and Ladder, Water Tower, Aerial Ladder and Hose Reel. Revell signed a marketing agreement with Marlin in 1953. Five of the kit were released with the Revell name and marketing name 'Collectors Kits, Closter N.J.' Revell added the horse parts as they were not originally part of the Marlin issues. The kits made excellent display pieces, but they never caught the imagination of young men like jet aircraft did. The five molds were shipped to Brazil. After a run for Kikoler (Revell Brazil's Distributor), they were shipped back to the USA but the molds were lost at sea. This is an original Marlin kit in very good condition. The box has good color with slight darkening, general wear and one closed split corner. Inside, the kit is like new. It is molded in dark red and yellow with all small parts still sealed in the factory wax bags. Complete with all parts, flexible hose, wire handles and instructions.

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