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 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 6:06 AM   
 By:   jackfu   (Member)

The thread on Sci Fi models got me thinking. As a child in the 60s, I was an avid model builder, particularly of WWI & WWII aircraft. As I recall, I preferred Revell model airplane kits over the others. Any thoughts?

Edit - Meant to say Revell for airplane kits.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 6:21 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

Aurora - great sci-fi and monster kits but their military stuff was horrendous.

There didn't seem to be much of Monogram's kits here in the UK, I swapped back and forth between Airfix and Revell.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 6:25 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

There was also Frog.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 6:34 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

I had this kit...



Probably early 1970's

 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 6:35 AM   
 By:   jackfu   (Member)

Aurora - great sci-fi and monster kits but their military stuff was horrendous.

Thanks! That is my recollection as well. I seem to recall in particular that there were often problems with the propeller bushings on airplane kits. Seems they often would bind and prevent the props from turning freely.

Also, I forgot to mention Lindberg. The "Lindberg Line" of model kits.

 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 6:36 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I was really into the Aurora Prehistoric Scenes. Most were thrown out by my Mother when we moved. Over the years I recollected two thirds of them ether with the re-releases or originals on Ebay. I also loved the Comic Book Scenes and various Sci Fi subjects like the Flying Sub and Invaders spaceship. I proudly display a re-release of the Aurora T-Rex in my office. wink

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 6:52 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

Airfix didn't venture into sci-fi very often but this kit was brilliant ( and still produced today ), I built and painted this one numerous times.

 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 6:52 AM   
 By:   jackfu   (Member)

I had this kit...



Probably early 1970's


Interesting, thanks! Not familiar with Frog kits, were they available in the USA back in the 60s? How were they quality-wise? I assume they were good, based on your comments about Aurora.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 6:59 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

I'm from the UK so I have no idea if they were available in the States.

I never built that many Frog kits but I remember they were pretty good quality with good fitting parts ( something that both Airfix and Revell could have you spitting blood over ), as I remember, Frog did a 1/72 scale B-47 Stratofortress, I wanted that mother so bad I saved for weeks and hoped it would still be in the shop when I could buy it, it was! smile

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 7:54 AM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

I was an Aurora man all the way. But also an "anybody" man when it came to spaceships.

I still have the T-Rex tucked away upstairs (in fragments, probably--LOL). The original unpainted red plastic was nauseating, wasn't it?

The Polar Lights Jupiter 2 has been sitting on a shelf for years now. I still don't have the nerve to tackle it.

 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 8:01 AM   
 By:   jackfu   (Member)

I'm from the UK so I have no idea if they were available in the States.

I never built that many Frog kits but I remember they were pretty good quality with good fitting parts ( something that both Airfix and Revell could have you spitting blood over ), as I remember, Frog did a 1/72 scale B-47 Stratofortress, I wanted that mother so bad I saved for weeks and hoped it would still be in the shop when I could buy it, it was! smile


I saw a couple of kits at Scalemates; they look good.

Of all the models I most regret not collecting was one of a battle damaged German fighter, Messerschmitt ME-109 I think, could have been a Focke Wulf FW-190.
It had bullet holes in the fuselage and wings, the canopy was shot up and the pilot was positioned exiting the cockpit, bailing out. I'm sure it was a very limited edition. Every time I saw it in the store I wanted it but somehow wound up buying some other model instead. I'd love to see just the box art again for old-time's sake.

 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 9:08 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I was an Aurora man all the way. But also an "anybody" man when it came to spaceships.

I still have the T-Rex tucked away upstairs (in fragments, probably--LOL). The original unpainted red plastic was nauseating, wasn't it?

The Polar Lights Jupiter 2 has been sitting on a shelf for years now. I still don't have the nerve to tackle it.


Yes in retrospect the red plastic was gaudy. I really love the Atlantis reissue in flat orange. It really brings out the details and not over powering. It's also the first re-issue with glow parts since the Aurora days.


 
 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 9:20 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

Of all the models I most regret not collecting was one of a battle damaged German fighter, Messerschmitt ME-109 I think, could have been a Focke Wulf FW-190.
It had bullet holes in the fuselage and wings, the canopy was shot up and the pilot was positioned exiting the cockpit, bailing out. I'm sure it was a very limited edition. Every time I saw it in the store I wanted it but somehow wound up buying some other model instead. I'd love to see just the box art again for old-time's sake.


Never seen or heard of that one? I'd have snapped it up if I did.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 9:52 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

I had all the Aurora model monsters. Probably started in about '71 or '72... I tend to hoard things, so they'd been in the attic back in the Auld Country until last year when, on a trip home, I thought - I'm going to auction these off. Got 170 pounds for them! Wasn't sad for too long!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 9:54 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

I had all the Aurora model monsters. Probably started in about '71 or '72... I tend to hoard things, so they'd been in the attic back in the Auld Country until last year when, on a trip home, I thought - I'm going to auction these off. Got 170 pounds for the six of them! Wasn't sad for too long!

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 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 10:12 AM   
 By:   blue15   (Member)

Aurora for the monsters, Revell for the cars. I had Mickey Thompson's Challenger 1 (4 engines - Bonneville Salt Flats "World's Fastest Car") and Attempt 1 kits. Super detailed and a joy to build as a young kid in the 60s. Still have an unassembled Hindenburg zeppelin by Aurora in the box in storage somewhere.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 10:16 AM   
 By:   blue15   (Member)

Aurora for the monsters, Revell for the cars. I had Mickey Thompson's Challenger 1 (4 engines - Bonneville Salt Flats "World's Fastest Car") and Attempt 1 kits. Super detailed and a joy to build as a young kid in the 60s. Still have an unassembled Hindenburg zeppelin by Aurora in the box in storage somewhere.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 10:18 AM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)




Sol, how did you happen to come across the Littlefoot cel?
That's pretty nice.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 11:01 AM   
 By:   dragon53   (Member)

I suggest you guys get the Thomas Graham books about the histories of Aurora, Revell and Monogram. They're great nostalgia reads.

Link: http://www.amazon.com/Aurora-Model-Kits-Schiffer-Collectors/dp/0764325183/ref=la_B001IU4RL4_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1405619905&sr=1-1

Link: http://www.amazon.com/Remembering-Revell-Model-Thomas-Graham/dp/0764329928/ref=la_B001IU4RL4_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1405620096&sr=1-2

Link: http://www.amazon.com/Monogram-Models-Schiffer-Book-Collectors/dp/0764324810/ref=la_B001IU4RL4_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1405620264&sr=1-4


PS---On ebay, I've bought the Revell PT-109 and Sopwith Camel model kits that I had in the 1960s.

 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 11:11 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

@ Octobermam- It was an Ebay purchase. About 8 years ago it was a buyers market! I have 3 other "Land cels" but those were purchased at going market price from a cel dealer.

@ Dragon53- Thxs! I need to get that Aurora book.

 
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