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A History of Pyro & The First Modern Injection Molding Machine


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#1 Casey

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 07:59 AM

Fascinating articles   :)

 

http://www.oldmodelk...ustrated-guide/

 

http://www.oldmodelk...-pyro-plastics/



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Posted 20 March 2013 - 08:57 AM

Great articles!  I remember the design a car.

I had a design a plane when I was a lot younger.  :rolleyes:



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Posted 20 March 2013 - 09:11 AM

They had a cool history.  We wondered where "Pyro Park" was in Union, NJ since that's not far from where our club meets.  Our member from Union, Dave Wood figured out the factory must have been knocked down some time ago. There is a new Home Depot there now. Right off of Route 22.



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Posted 20 March 2013 - 09:28 AM

Model History 101. Everyone should read this, thanks Casey.



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Posted 20 March 2013 - 09:44 AM

They have a few mini-history articles, not just about Pyro:

 

http://www.oldmodelk...el-kit-history/

 

 

From the Monogram and Revell history articles:

 

"In 1991 Odyssey purchased the Matchbox tooling from Lesney and ex-Matchbox kits were released under both the Revell and Monogram names."

 

I wonder if this includes auto kits, too, as I recall there were a few Matchbox/AMT kits created and released while AMT was under the control of Lesney Corp. and the AMT tooling was in Baltimore, MD., but I'm not sure if Matchbox created any 1/25 auto kits during that time period.  :unsure:

 

There's a nice pic of the Revell USS Missouri mold in the Revell article, too:

 

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There are some other tantalizing bits of info regarding the Aurora/Moebius monster kits, too, but it's too vague to draw any conclusions.



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Posted 20 March 2013 - 11:09 AM

Fascinating. Thank you for the links.



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Posted 20 March 2013 - 10:15 PM

Great stuff, thanks.



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Posted 21 March 2013 - 12:56 AM

VERY interesting, thanks much for posting it. I can't get enough of this kind of stuff.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 01:52 AM

...there were a few Matchbox/AMT kits created and released while AMT was under the control of Lesney Corp. and the AMT tooling was in Baltimore, MD., but I'm not sure if Matchbox created any 1/25 auto kits during that time period.  :unsure:

 

The 1979 Ford Bronco was only released in AMT/Matchbox packaging before the Model King reissue.



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Posted 21 March 2013 - 08:36 AM

A JO-HAN wheel installation machine (pic is Hans Kihlen's, from the JO-HAN topic in Gen Disc.):

 

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 01:27 PM

Now those were a couple of articles well worth reading. Thanks, Casey.

 

Charlie Larkin



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Posted 24 March 2013 - 02:00 PM

Great articles Casey.  Thanks.



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Posted 24 March 2013 - 02:07 PM

I have to exactly wonder how many of those old Pyro kits found their way into Lindberg's catalog over the years....... I'm pretty sure we have some of those kits on the shelves at work in newer packages!

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 03:41 PM

Thanks for the link!