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#61 Casey


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Posted 26 January 2012 - 08:11 PM

Monogram: Deuce Sport Coupe

And even more rare with the display:

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 01:41 AM

Surly desirability and rarity must go together to put a high value on things. I remember hunting toy fairs and eBay for Revells Lincoln Futura, simply because I loved the real car and the box art, but when it was released under the SSP program I bought it and an original issue as well.
But then the original question was what is the rarest kit. Personally I would not bother with the 1911 Chevrolet simply because I dont like it as a model. The only reason I would keep that is to be able to say I had it in my collection.
One mans meat, another mans poison I hear you saying.
I used to collect old kits really only for the box art, but now most will be for sale when I sort out my digi camera. New projects in my life now but still love to build occasionally.

Ps Got a Sport coupe as above, no box and partially assembled, hmmmm, can feel the need to break out the glue! :rolleyes:

Edited by HotRodaSaurus, 27 January 2012 - 01:47 AM.

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 01:14 PM

The Futura rocks! Posted Image

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 05:33 PM

A friend of mine used to have an AMT gift set that contained a Garlts dragster, Willard Battery Special and Lotus indy cars, all in their original boxes, plus 3 or 4 cans of AMT spray paint in a box I estimate was maybe 24 inches by 16 inches. It was pretty spectacular and his was the only one I have ever seen anywhere! He sold it about 20 years ago. The individual kits are anything but rare but the gift set was very unique.

For a while many moons ago , Mike's Miniature Motors offered a resin copy of the 1911 Chevrolet. That and the ITC Mercury are rare but I have seen them over the years. Also rare is the Monogram 1/20 1956? Cadillac Convertible kit.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 08:29 PM

Otaki Honda S800 Coupe 1/12 for me - if I could even find a photo I would post. Last one I saw for sale was eBay - guy brought it back from Vietnam.

There is one on Ebay right now:


Thought you might not want to miss it.

#66 Erik Smith

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 05:25 AM

There is one on Ebay right now:


Thought you might not want to miss it.

Why would you do this to me?

Thanks for the heads up!

Edited by Erik Smith, 17 February 2012 - 05:26 AM.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 03:27 AM

I don't know if this has been asked---  What are some of the rarest kits outside of the obvious like the first model kit (which I have no clue what that was but it has to be rare). ???


I think I used to have some of them but like a dummie I've sold two big collections in the past and have regretted it.

I'm scouting around these days doing the Flea Market thing and would like to know for sure about what to snatch up should I happen to spot it.  Thanks

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 03:46 AM

I build a lot of motorcycles and i think the 1/12 Italeri Vespa is rare. It never comes up on eBay!
Anybody here have one?

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 06:46 AM

Here are a few to think about...when was the last time you saw...
SMP: 1911 Chevrolet
AMT: T-57 1957 Thunderbird (first issue Styline kit, in the small box)
AMT: Ohio George '33 Willys with plastic tires
AMT: 1969 Cobra (convertible with separate glue-on hardtop roof)
AMT: 1969 El Camino "Derby Champion" issue
AMT: 1967 Fairlane "Color Me Ford" issue
AMT: 1967 Corvette "Color Me Vette" issue
AMT: 1965 Fairlane "SSS" issue (only reissue with stock parts)
AMT: 1963 Nova "Crew Wagon" issue
AMT: 1965 Galaxie "Jolly Green Gasser" issue
AMT: 1965 Chevelle wagon "Surf Wagon" issue
AMT: any of the Elegance Series kits
AMT: second issue Meyers Manx (no display, and box art is different from the first issue)
Monogram: Deuce Sport Coupe
Jo-Han: 1969 Rebel
Revell: Tweedy Pie with Boss Fink

Actually at one point or another, I've had a number of these. Still have the body from the Nova Crew wagon. I really loved the blue windows in the Elegance Series.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 06:56 AM

The Premier 60 Corvan is pretty rare. I saw an UNBUILT one go for over 300. A built one just sold on the bay for 133 bucks. I have NEVER seen this model BUILT OR in the box, only pictures of them. It LOOKS like a pretty neat kit, AND it's in 25th scale!

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 07:17 AM

Probably need to define 'model kit ' weren't some of the 1st ones nothing but wood pieces that required sanding and glue to assemble them ? That very loosely looked like the intended subject .

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 08:59 AM

Ideal Toy Corporation did a VERY nice, fully detailed kit (complete with opening doors!) of the 1956 Lincoln Continental Mk II back in the day.  I've seen just one, in the collection of the late Bill Harrison out in Monte Vista CA back probably 20 years ago.  (Bill Harrison, to those who knew him, was a veritable repository of all manner of rare and unusual model car kits (both built and still in the box), as well as many unusual promotional models.


As for the SMP 1911 Chevrolet, that was done by SMP (kissin' cousin to AMT) exclusively for Chevrolet in 1961, for the 50th Anniversary of the founding of Chevrolet.  The kits and promo were available only from Chevrolet dealers, which meant that most of us alive at the time missed out on it.  The kit and promo were one run only, after which the tooling was destroyed under the watchful eyes of GM auditors.


Perhaps the rarest and most unusual kit I have here is a model of the 1925 Hannomag "Kommisbrot Limousine", which was a small, rear-engined German car from teh 1920's,   The name "Kommisbrot" referred to the base shape of the car, which from the side reminded Germans of the time of the shape of the loaves of bread baked in the field by the German Army during World War I.  The basic car was a 2-seat roadster, the Limousine version being a coupe, with a very angular, upright roof shape.


What is even more interesting is that this Hannomag (Hannomag was a German industrial company well-known for their trucks and half-tracks during WW-II), kit was produced in the Soviet Union sometime in the late 1970's or early 1980's, in 1/24 scale. 



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Posted 29 March 2013 - 09:31 AM

I wish one of these would come my way.



Me too!

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 11:51 AM

Someone somewhere, maybe on the Coffin Corner built a Hannomag kit.. Only one I've ever seen.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 12:54 PM

Monogram - Uncertain "T" - (My friend built that one as a kid, it was pretty uncertain that it was anything but a gluebomb!)

Monogram - Sizzler Dragster - (Don't remember that one on the shelves)

AMT - Ohio George '33 Willys Gasser - The one I built had the plastic wheels.

AMT - "Rat Packer" Nova & Mustang "AWB Street Freaks" - Those had the plastic wheels too.

AMT - Myer's Manx - Got the first issue with display for Christmas, bought the one with out with paper route money! 

AMT - "Gasser Bug" (would have been an altered due to its shortened wheelbase).

MPC - Shalako "Ford "J" car look-a-like dune buggy


Still have the seats from the Rat Packer and Mustang AWB kits, I remember not liking how they were mounted

so I made mounts out of "bell" phone wire soldered together to make pretty convincing mounts. Pretty close to

what my older neighbor kid was running in his "Wicked Fast" '57 Chev.  I've been hanging on to them for just the

right kit to put them in.  Still have one of the traction bars from those kits too.

Edited by Skip, 29 March 2013 - 12:56 PM.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 01:21 PM

What about the MPC annual Big chevys from 1971-1975 before the tooling ended up as the '76 that was re issued recently? I do not think I have ever seen one.


 And for me the monogram 79 Ram Charger I can never seem to find one  :blink:  ...  I have often wanted to build that kit because my Uncle had one that he bought new and It was the highlight of a trip to visit family to go for a ride in it when I was little.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:24 PM

Not really all that rare, but we will never see them molded again....the 1966 Renwal Revivals. I have all but the Jordan which is hardest to find. I even have the Bugatti. Of all the ones I see for sale now and again, non were ever painted by the builder. I guess mostly because they were molded in color. The Duesenberg kit was actually released in two color variants of a light brown and dark brown. The colors were reversed for the second issue. Right now, my Bugatti is undergoing a build with upgraded chassis from a Corvette. If you remember, these kits had very basic chassis pans with similar wheels across the range and steel axles.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:38 PM

I know the rarest kit from this century is the cancelled Revell 87 Olds Cutlass Donk kit.  I know a few folks who held it in their hands at the iHobby show. There's a crappy cell phone pic floating around, too. A test shot in grey and blue plastic, IIRC.  Or it could have been yellow and blue, not 100% sure on that...


edit - test shot was grey and blue, built up was yellow. 

Edited by Brett Barrow, 29 March 2013 - 02:47 PM.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:38 PM

I don't collect them,, I'm more interested in building them,

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:54 PM

I'd have to go with the Revell 57 Ford Country Squire.