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A History of Pyro & The First Modern Injection Molding Machine

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Posted

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

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

http://www.oldmodelkits.com/blog/category/plastic-model-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:

missour-molds.JPG

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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Fascinating. Thank you for the links.

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Great stuff, thanks.

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

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

Charlie Larkin

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Great articles Casey. Thanks.

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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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Thanks for the link!

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Might be a re-post, but this (well these, if you watch the other suggested videos) video does a great job of showing how injection molding works, and defines most of the specific terms involved-- sprue, runner, ejector pins, etc.:

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Now this is my cup of tea, I really find the history of model kit company's and the people behind them and directly involved with them fasanating. Very good stuff Casey and Thank you for pulling this thread back up.    

Jeff 

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Revellmolds.jpg

mold.jpg

I think the above is the 1/25 Revell Datsun 240Z mold, the kit of which was recently reissued, but it's one of the few up close views of one of the mold halves I've found. You can make out the smaller inserts which fit into the mold base (and two of them sitting atop the mold base itself), especially where the neighboring inserts have a slightly different color, or maybe they are different alloys? I'd love to see a detailed video of how the sliding section used to form the body shell are made, too.

 

Below is a good look at the Galaxie Ltd '48 Chevy clear parts mold which Gregg K posted a while back:

48chevymold.jpg

And the body mold sections:

Edited by Casey

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Interesting stuff Casey. Thanks again.

 

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