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#1 jdcar32

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 05:55 AM

Does anyone remember the costs of the 1/8 scale kits from the 60's? The original releases of the Monogram and lindberg kits. They had to be rediculously low by todays standards. Was "Grit" the magazine you could sell for prizes, some of the prizes being large scale kits?

#2 cobraman

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 06:11 AM

I had a bunch of them back in the day and while I can't remember for sure I think they were about 20 bucks. I used to get them for birthdays and Christmas.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 06:20 AM

I bought the Big Duece back in the early 80's for a whopping $25.00 bucks

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 06:26 AM

My dad bought me a Big T for Christmas 1962 and I believe it was either $9.98 or $10.98.I think my Big Deuce bought in 1964 was in the same price range.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 07:42 AM

I worked in a discount store in the Chicago area. I bought three or four Monogram Yellow versions of the Big Deuce for $ 5.95. This would have been 1966-67. These were new still sealed BTW.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 07:59 AM

Will someone please build a working model of "The Time Machine" !

#7 Harry P.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 08:27 AM

Will someone please build a working model of "The Time Machine" !


No problem, as long as you're ok making $3 an hour...

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 08:45 AM

1965 kit insert catalog $9.95

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 11:44 AM

No problem, as long as you're ok making $3 an hour...


Yeah, I think something like 100 bucks a week was a very decent salary back then.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 12:35 PM

At the above mentioned discount store I was employed for a whopping $1.66 an hour. Of course I could go to Carm's in Berwyn and get a huge Italian beef sandwich,fries,and a small coke for $.45!

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 12:48 PM

I remember one of McDonald's big advertising campaigns from the 70s... burger, fries and a Coke and you get change back from your dollar.

Wow, times have changed.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 12:53 PM

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 12:58 PM

In Monograms 1964 catalog they have the Big T, Big Rod, Big Tub, and the Big Drag listed as $10.98 ea. I just ended a 15 year quest this week, and finally got an original Big Drag, let me tell ya.....inflation really set in..... :blink:

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 02:06 PM

Here in the Great White North I seem to recall that a standard 1/24 was two bucks and the Deuce was twelve, a sum that was way out of reach, had to hope for a christmas present. Actualy, it never came!

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 02:29 PM

Average Cost Of New Home Homes:
1930 $3,845.00 , 1940 $3,920.00, 1950 $8,450.00 , 1960 $12,700.00 ,
1970 $23,450.00 , 1980 $68,700.00 , 1990 $123,000.00 , 2008 $238,880

Average Wages:
1930
$1,970.00 , 1940 $1,725.00, 1950 $3,210.00 , 1960 $5,315.00 ,
1970 $9,400.00 , 1980 $19,500.00 , 1990 $28,960.00 , 2008 $40,523

Average Cost of New Car:
1930
$600.00 , 1940 $850.00, 1950 $1,510.00 , 1960 $2,600.00 ,
1970 $3,450.00 , 1980 $7,200.00 , 1990 $16,950.00 , 2008 $27,958

Average Cost Gallon Of gas:
1930
10 cents , 1940 11 cents , 1950 18 cents , 1960 25 cents ,
1970 36 cents , 1980 $1.19 , 1990 $1.34 , 2009 $2.051

Average Cost Loaf of Bread:
1930
9 cents , 1940 10 cents , 1950 12 cents , 1960 22 cents ,
1970 25 cents , 1980 50 cents , 1990 70 cents , 2008 $2.79

Average Cost 1lb Hamburger Meat:
1930
12 cents , 1940 20 cents , 1950 30 cents , 1960 45 cents ,
1970 70 cents , 1980 99 cents , 1990 89 cents , 2009 $3.99

Average Cost of 1/25 scale car model kit:
1930
N/A , 1940 N/A , 1950 N/A , 1960 ??? , 1970 ???, 1980 ???,
1990 ??? , 2000 ??? , 2010 $20 or so?

Average Cost of 1/8 scale car model kit:
1930
N/A , 1940 N/A , 1950 N/A , 1960 ??? , 1970 ???, 1980 ???,
1990 ??? , 2000 ??? , 2010 ???

Someone please copy & paste this & fill in the kit prices!

Edited by jeffs396, 01 June 2012 - 06:49 PM.


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Posted 01 June 2012 - 04:08 PM

Original retail on the Big Deuce was $14.98.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 05:03 PM

I thought the world was coming to an end when i had to buy my first 5 dollar 1/25 1/24 scale kit!! Back in 79 or 80 .

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 05:08 PM

Vintage ads I've seen for the Revell 1/4 scale working Slant 6 engine list it at $10.95, which was rather expensive in 1961-3 dollars.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 05:58 PM

Does anyone remember the costs of the 1/8 scale kits from the 60's? The original releases of the Monogram and lindberg kits. They had to be rediculously low by todays standards. Was "Grit" the magazine you could sell for prizes, some of the prizes being large scale kits?


The Big T came out in the summer of '63, whopping pricetag of like $12, IIRC.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 05:59 PM

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Harry, those were McDonald's prices circa 1957, remember that well!


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