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What's considered the 'Honus Wagner' (rarest) of model kits

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#1 Qwit Pushin

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 07:17 PM

I was just enjoying the 'Stashing Vintage Kits' post and got to thinking, "Baseball card collectors all seem to know which card is the rarest, I mean everybody knows an original 'Honus Wagner' trumps just about any card out there. I wonder what's considered the rarest model car kit?"

Anyone care to weigh in? I have no idea, just curious.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 08:29 PM

The trouble I have with this is do you count only regular production,or just the rarest of them all.Some "kits" were very limited and basically just promotional items for a company or cause. That 1911 Chevy comes to mind.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 08:41 PM

in my collection? A finished one.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 08:55 PM

in my collection? A finished one.


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Posted 23 January 2012 - 09:24 PM

I'd have to say the SMP 1911 Chevrolet. It was only made for one year- 1961, Chevrolet's 50th anniversary. At the end of 1961, due to an agreement between SMP and Chevrolet, the tooling was destroyed after only one production run.

Or, maybe the Premiere Studebaker Champ pickup- I actually know people who've had the SMP 1911 Chevy, but I have yet to meet anyone who's even SEEN the Champ.

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 01:11 AM

I'd have to say the SMP 1911 Chevrolet. It was only made for one year- 1961, Chevrolet's 50th anniversary. At the end of 1961, due to an agreement between SMP and Chevrolet, the tooling was destroyed after only one production run.

Or, maybe the Premiere Studebaker Champ pickup- I actually know people who've had the SMP 1911 Chevy, but I have yet to meet anyone who's even SEEN the Champ.


A friend of mine has a kit of the Studebaker Champ pickup, but I can't remember whether it's a Premier. I'll ask him next time I speak to him so that we can outrule that it's a ghost.

My guess is also 1911 Chevy for being the rarest car kit.
Also rare as hen's teeth is the Frog 1/16 Ambulance kit. I have only seen one once - in the same collection where the Studebaker Champ pickup is.
Oh, and the 1/12 (no, this is NOT a mistake!) Bandai 1968 Mustang.

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 01:21 AM

Strange... at least one of those Champs made it to Europe... but all the Esci Ford Transits seemed to make it over here. (And you still can't find them in the States. <_< )

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 01:29 AM

I was thnking the Aurora Mod Squad 51 Merc Woody. I have seen two or three pop up on Ebay, but I have never seen one show up on any forum as a WIP.

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 01:31 AM

Strange... at least one of those Champs made it to Europe... but all the Esci Ford Transits seemed to make it over here. (And you still can't find them in the States. <_< )


Those ESCI Transits weren't really rare. I had two at some stage and didn't buy more despite you could find them in hobby shops everywhere back then. I guess most Europeans simply didn't buy them, because they were just too 'ordinary'. Vans never enjoyed such a cult in Europe as they did in the States, they always were utility vehicles, nothing more. To build something the plumber drove just didn't appeal to many and the Transit was of no use for the military modellers either (contrary to the VW vans). I'd say most of them ESCI kits got tossed out eventually because they just didn't sell.

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 05:19 AM

I would have to add here that probably the rarest kit is the one built that becomes an infamous build because of some new technique or because the builder hit a Grand Slam. A model that becomes an icon in the hobby, etc . . .

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 05:42 AM

Also rare as hen's teeth is the Frog 1/16 Ambulance kit. I have only seen one once - in the same collection where the Studebaker Champ pickup is.


It isn't based on a Vauxhall Victor Estate wagon is it? I saw a 1/16 Frog kit of that model on eBay a decade ago, and haven't seen one since.

Edited by Casey, 24 January 2012 - 05:42 AM.


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Posted 24 January 2012 - 08:28 AM

I've never heard of the 1911 Chevy kit, untill a few days ago if it's the same kit we're talking about. Back to the original post, " a kit we are all familliar with like the Honus Wagner base ball card". I think something people want, falls in here somewhere too.I've heard many people speak of the HW base ball card but untill recently no one has brought up the 1911 Chevy. Maybe the Mod Squad Merc would be a better fit. Or maybe something else.

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 08:45 AM

Some interesting rarities, and not such rarities, from Dean Milano's Model & Toy Museum...(Including the 1911 Chevy)

http://toys-n-cars.c...nbuilt_kits.htm

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 09:34 AM

Great responses, all. As I say, I wouldn't have a clue. Also, interesting were the questions about what criteria dictates the rarest: desirability vs. absolute rarity; stellar craftsmanship in a particular build that gained it icon status among the modeling community - e.g.: any Dave Shuklis model; etc. Anyhow guys thanks for weighing in on this one, good food for thought.

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 09:36 AM

It isn't based on a Vauxhall Victor Estate wagon is it? I saw a 1/16 Frog kit of that model on eBay a decade ago, and haven't seen one since.


No, the Victor Estate was just another kit in the series, so was a ADO16, a Ford Cortina MKI and a Jag E-Type. The cars have been reissued under the Novo Banner in Russia, but the Ambulance was never seen again.

Edited by Junkman, 24 January 2012 - 09:36 AM.


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Posted 24 January 2012 - 09:38 AM

Based on the 1911 Chevy answers many of you provided, I googled it and found this: http://books.google....del kit&f=false

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 10:12 AM

Found it:

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 11:13 AM

Wow dean had some stuff Ive never seen before. What about the ITC 1940 Mercury Convertible? Ive seen only a few pics online, though someone on the other forum managed to get two of them.

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 11:27 AM

The flash free edition of the AMT General Lee with perfectly fitting bodyparts is also quite rare.

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 12:54 PM

The flash free edition of the AMT General Lee with perfectly fitting bodyparts is also quite rare.


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