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#1 gwolf

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 09:32 AM

I know a lot of us really dig the old box art on our model kits, but is there any one model kit box art that really takes you back to being a young modeler? Maybe even an era of model kit box art? 

 

Just post some model kit box art that you still dig after all these years and tell us why...

 

I'll start:

 

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This was my first model car kit back in the late 70's, a Monogram 1/32 '55 Chevy. My grandmother took me to the 5 & 10 to get it. Yes, the 5 & 10, lol. I put it together on her kitchen table while the adults talked.That's why that box art takes me back.

 

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I look at the box art for the Jo-Han USA Oldies sets and immediately think about the summer after 8th grade, 1987, when I stayed with my other grandparents in rural Ohio. Again, there was a 5 and 10 in their town and they carried the whole USA Oldies line, and they were cheap, like between $4 and $6. I had most of them after that summer. I look at the box art for those kits and think about summer heat, the munincipal swimming pool, vegetable gardens and my grandparents. Good times.

 

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I was never a huge fan of Monogram kits because I didn't really like 1:24 scale. My father purchased this one for me one night at a toy store called Juvenile Toy Sales in Annandale, Virginia around 1987 or 88. I was 14 I think. It ended up that the kit was so good that it didn't matter that it was 1:24. Everything fit perfect and even the sea foam green color the body was molded in was so nice, paint wouldn't do it justice. The box art just evokes the memory of good times during that fall.

 

Actually, looking at them now, I think the Monogram box art from this time period is my favorite of all. The design was modern (for the time), progressive and kind of classy. It would fit in perfectly next to a Patrick Nagel painting.

 

These kits were also my first foray into the French language: MODELE REDUIT


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Posted 17 July 2013 - 09:59 AM

These are some I've acquired fairly recently that either I had as a kid, or wanted BADLY and couldn't seem to get up the money to get my little hands on.

 

The AMT Ala Kart and Willys double-kits I had back then, and the Aurora '34 Ford was one of the ones that got away. I found them both unopened...they didn't stay that way for long...and yes, they really took me back. The D-Jag and the '31 Ford sedan delivery were others I had during my questionably-spent youth.

 

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I think my all-time favorite vintage box art has to be the AMT '36 and '40 Fords.  mvvDd8C0Hp_lG0R-y0WE1bg.jpg  m9tspBBQIzuB7ViOEMEWvOw.jpg


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Posted 17 July 2013 - 10:32 AM

That's great, Bill! See that's what I'm talking about! 

 

So can you tell me about the AMT '40 and '32 boxes? Were those two kits in one box? 



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Posted 17 July 2013 - 11:26 AM

 

 

So can you tell me about the AMT '40 and '32 boxes? Were those two kits in one box? 

 

Yup. If I remember right, that was the first release of the AMT '40 Willys, and it came in a double-kit boxed with the ONLY release of that particular '32 Ford Tudor sedan. The Willys had an Olds V8 with a hydro gearbox and was competition to Revell's more-difficult-to-build, all-opening-panels StoneWoodsCook Willys (the Willys did NOT have the pickup-body option that later single-kit releases had). The '32 sedan body was only offered in this kit, as far as I know (though I THINK the MPC sedan delivery is based on it), and had many unique-to-this-kit-parts too. There was a weird set of rear fenders tapered down to odd running boards in front, a special nose that took an Edsel grille insert, a slightly rear-zeed frame, a nailhead Buick engine with 3X2bbl carbs, huge chrome side pipes, and a spacey bucket seat interior. The kit also had one of the better sets of late '40s-'50s ribbed dirt-track front tires that showed up on a lot of early dry-lakes cars.



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Posted 17 July 2013 - 11:38 AM

A lot more modern than you guys, but this takes me back because it was the first kit I ever finished, which was a big achievement since I used to be quite a quitter.

 

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 12:19 PM

One that does it for me is the original Meyers Manx kit that came with the cutout drive-in.



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Posted 17 July 2013 - 12:20 PM

l remember these countdown series box art when l was around 12 always got my attention. This at the time was my favorite kit and boxart...

 

 

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 06:29 PM

For me it's the AMT Craftsman Series packaging, since I built so many of them:

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Also the 1/32 scale AMT All Stars and IMC Grand National Champion kits, because I see them so rarely that my memories of them are very old memories indeed!



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Posted 18 July 2013 - 02:42 AM

There are several kits that take me way back.

 

One kit is the Revell 1/32 Corsair with the box art from the mid-1980's. It is often listed on ebay, and when I see that plane, I immediately think of those days and that build. One of my favorite builds of all time.



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Posted 18 July 2013 - 04:16 AM

l remember these countdown series box art when l was around 12 always got my attention. This at the time was my favorite kit and boxart...

 

 

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Nice, Carl! I've never seen that box art before, but I see why it struck a chord. It's interesting that Ford is not mentioned on the top.



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Posted 18 July 2013 - 04:17 AM

For me it's the AMT Craftsman Series packaging, since I built so many of them:

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Also the 1/32 scale AMT All Stars and IMC Grand National Champion kits, because I see them so rarely that my memories of them are very old memories indeed!

 

Great box art, Chris. I too built a lot of kits from the same series of box art and they take me back every time. 



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Posted 18 July 2013 - 04:18 AM

A lot more modern than you guys, but this takes me back because it was the first kit I ever finished, which was a big achievement since I used to be quite a quitter.

 

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That's very cool, Toma. Those Tamiya kits have great box art, and they're illustrations to boot.



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Posted 18 July 2013 - 04:34 AM

Almost any of the sixties and early seventies AMT box art does it for me!  The box :D  art represented a perfect world imagining of what the kit would look like when built, although we all know that was rarely the case. 

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 05:21 AM

MPC did some good box art too!

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 05:25 AM

The ORIGINAL AMT Ala-Kart kit. that and the AMT 28 Ford. That was my Holy Grail. now i have 3 of them. I LOVE this hobby!!!!!



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Posted 18 July 2013 - 05:33 AM

MPC did some good box art too!

 

Don, I love MPC box art, especially the early through mid 1980's stuff. 



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Posted 18 July 2013 - 05:37 AM

I guess any A M T box art from 1960 to 1968. 1968 was A M T's " Zenith " . Those fabulous water color prints have never ever been duplicated by anyone on anything ever .



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Posted 18 July 2013 - 05:41 AM

 

Don, I love MPC box art, especially the early through mid 1980's stuff. 

 

 

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 06:10 AM

I like these ones, too! MPC may not have had the best kits out there, but their artwork was gorgeous.

 

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 06:18 AM

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