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#21 Danger

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 06:29 AM

I just built this kit and gave it to my brother in Feb. He was given (free) the model by someone he works with and asked me to build it. Next time I see him I'll have to take some pictures.

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Monogram Honda CBX:


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This model is still intact, complete in the box.
I couldnt believe it when I found it 24 years ago.
I want to build a replica of a Bike I once owned.

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 12:53 PM

Greg...where did you get these images or these kits? I have both the original issues of these kits but as far as I knew, they were the only issues. These are clearly different boxes, the overall art direction (font, layout, text) looks to be derived from the original kits but the photography is all new (for those of you who have never seen the original box art, the original kits had illustrations instead of photography). If you have these kits in your possession, is there anything (copyright date, date on back of decal, etc). that would indicate when the kit was reissued. Just when we thought we knew everything about the hobby....TIM



#23 Chuck Most

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 01:08 PM

As George Carlin once said- "There's a lot of things you never see. And you know you don't see them 'cause you don't see them. You've got to see something first to know you never saw it, then you see it and say "hey, I never saw that." Too late; you just saw it." ^_^

I have the Arii '72 T-Bird... mine was not the American Violence version, and the box art was much less amusing...
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It's way bigger than the listed 1:24 scale- those AMT Rides Magazine wheels fill out the wheelwells quite nicely.

I don't own any of the following, but they're ones I'd like to have.

How about a Premiere Corvair Rampside?
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Or the SMP 1911 Chevrolet kit, offered only in 1961?
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Or, there's the Premiere Studebaker Champ pickup kit- I've never been able to dig up a photograph of one of those, though.

Or the one I'd REALLY like to find, the Aurora '33 Ford street rod kit- this picture is from Ken Kitchen's Fotki, and Tim Boyd showed one off in his hot rod engines series in the other mag a few years back. This is the one Greg posted the box art image for earlier on.
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Posted 03 April 2012 - 01:13 PM

When I was a kid I had a ski-doo kit,maybe 1/12.I've never seen another one in person or on any forums

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 01:22 PM

I was searching for a pic of the Ski-Doo kit, I think I may have seen it ONCE, and came upon this. Now this is wierd!

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 01:23 PM

Arii American Violence T-Bird. Go to the link, blow up the pic, and read the text. There were a few of these kits that caused a vibrating buzz in ones bowells! If that doesnt get you maybe its "winker signal" will!

http://gomotorbids.c...?Lot_ID=1235156


Oh man, that box is hilarous!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 01:24 PM

That Six Million Dollar Man kit has just about the strangest box art illustration I've ever seen! :blink:

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 01:52 PM

That Six Million Dollar Man kit has just about the strangest box art illustration I've ever seen! :blink:


Yea! Fundimensions were really competition for Arii's wierdness in those days!

Arii also had a couple black cross ( HItler's emblem ) kits, I know of a VW, but cant find any pics of it. Fodder for "what were they thinking". I'd love to have a lot of the kits posted for the, ummmm, uniqueness!

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 02:01 PM

Greg...where did you get these images or these kits?


Those two images look like facing pages of a book, rather than box tops.

Edited by Casey, 03 April 2012 - 02:03 PM.


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Posted 03 April 2012 - 02:08 PM

When I was a kid I had a ski-doo kit,maybe 1/12.I've never seen another one in person or on any forums


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There are a few more early '70s snowmobile kits from Japanese manufacturers, too, which I've seen on eBay.

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 02:36 PM

There is also a TNT Ski-Doo kit as well.

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 02:54 PM

those sifi kits are wackey.
Thanks for the ski-doo images

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 03:03 PM

Here's a couple of not so common Kits:

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 03:23 PM

Arii American Violence T-Bird. Go to the link, blow up the pic, and read the text. There were a few of these kits that caused a vibrating buzz in ones bowells! If that doesnt get you maybe its "winker signal" will!

http://gomotorbids.c...?Lot_ID=1235156


Is that John Belushi behind the wheel :D

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 04:25 PM

How cool would this be? Says 1/20 scale.

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 04:38 PM

I have that

How cool would this be? Says 1/20 scale.

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I have that Winnebago. They used to give them away at Winnebago dealers. It was made two different ways. The first being an all assembled promo type toy and the second being the "kit" which was the same thing, just disassembled. It has stickers for the stripes and is designed to be motorized.

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 04:40 PM

I have a few in my stash. Here are some.
Fiat Abarth 131 with opening doors and clockwork motor
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Life-Like Roman Chariot with no date to indicate age
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And a Naval 24 Pounder Cannon with scale rope and chain. The nifty thing about this one is that it's in 1/24th scale!
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Posted 03 April 2012 - 04:42 PM

That Roman Chariot is too cool! I would love to see it "Under Glass!"

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 05:05 PM

Maybe not super obscure, but I didn't know there was a 1/16 Ford GT40 'til I saw this:

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I have that Winnebago. They used to give them away at Winnebago dealers. It was made two different ways. The first being an all assembled promo type toy and the second being the "kit" which was the same thing, just disassembled. It has stickers for the stripes and is designed to be motorized.


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Posted 03 April 2012 - 05:33 PM

anyone recall this gem?

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