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Here's a few Jo Han kits I built probably 30-35 years ago. The pink DeSoto and Dodge are a bit more recent. Those are the green window kits put out by X-El, or Seville, or whoever they were that week. I, truly, miss Jo Han, as I'm sure a lot of us do. Fortunately, I have a bunch more waiting to be built, and I am hoping to do a better job with them than what you see here. But, these sure make me nostalgic, and I hope they bring back some memories for you all, too!

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When I was a lad in the sixties, I'd always look for the Jo-Han kits first, then take whatever else was there, if I had any coin left over!

These look great, and you have some I never had the pleasure to build.

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A great collection of builds!  One thing that caught-my-eye; I would have suspected that the '59 Cadillac 4-door would have been one of the largest, (size-wise in 1:1), autos in the group, but that built-up appears somewhat undersized to my eyes, (like it might be 1:26th scale or something).  Anybody else see it that way...?

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9 minutes ago, '70 Grande said:

A great collection of builds!  One thing that caught-my-eye; I would have suspected that the '59 Cadillac 4-door would have been one of the largest, (size-wise in 1:1), autos in the group, but that built-up appears somewhat undersized to my eyes, (like it might be 1:26th scale or something).  Anybody else see it that way...?

Yes, the Caddy is definitely smaller. I think I read somewhere a while back that Jo Han would sort of scale them to whatever would fit in their standard promo box (like Matchbox cars) . I have no idea if that is true. You'll also notice the Marlin and the DeSoto are a bit larger in scale. Could also just be one of the many quirks that makes Jo Han so endearing.

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I built a Marlin waaaaay back in '85 in the exact same colors. I think yellow really goes with Marlin body style very well.

Yours looks ten times better than the one I did. Mine was molded in that light blue plastic, and it messed with the yellow paint. LOL

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12 hours ago, AMC ROB said:

Yes, the Caddy is definitely smaller. I think I read somewhere a while back that Jo Han would sort of scale them to whatever would fit in their standard promo box (like Matchbox cars) . I have no idea if that is true. You'll also notice the Marlin and the DeSoto are a bit larger in scale. Could also just be one of the many quirks that makes Jo Han so endearing.

Great collection, nicely done.

I also really like the old Johans and have noticed the slightly different scales they used. Eg, every Rambler/AMC kit or promo I have is in 1.24th.

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These look great Rob!  One of the few Marlins I have ever seen built.  When I was a kid there was one here in Perth, in red and black, and I used to love seeing it appear near the city. I'd love to see what Chip or Troy would do with one.  I always thought the back was so exciting while the front was a bit pedestrian.

Love these for all the care you have given them and look forward to extending yourself on the others in your stash.

Cheers

Alan

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Thank you Alan, and all! The Marlin was actually the second one I built. It was molded in a milky aqua and I was going to do it in aqua and white, but there was just something about the black and yellow image on the box. The first one I had was molded in off white, as I recall. I was only 10 or 11 and I remember being frustrated with the multi piece front suspension, so I never finished it. They are pretty cool vehicles in the "flesh". Could be fun, if a bit expensive now, to create a Rambler Tarpon from various Johan Rambler bits. Anyone tried it?

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