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Author Topic: Old pioneering car model kits  (Read 708 times)
chironex
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« on: February 24, 2017, 12:36:45 pm »

I wish to know if there is any merit to purchasing any of the Highway Pioneer kits at all.
My LGS has decided to add a specialist old kit selection to its business, and has 2 kits like this in stock:


I can see the figures are horrendous, and I know the tooling dates back to the '50s. But they have two such four-packs for 68AUD each.

Alternately, has anyone tried the Glencoe Auto Pioneers (kit 03605) Work and Play (kit 03607) and Classic Wealth ( kit 03609)?

Also, has anyone tried the Reviresco range of gaming cars? Any good, or should I just buy some Blue Moon cars for gaming?
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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2017, 09:08:44 pm »

If you don't like the figures, can't you build the models without them?
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chironex
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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2017, 11:39:04 pm »

Certainly, but what about the rest of the kit?
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« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2017, 05:15:58 pm »

This looks like a reissue of the Aurora kits from the 50's.  & yes, the figures were HORRIBLE!
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« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2017, 09:02:45 pm »

Die-cast cars of similar designs would sometimes show up on the HotWheels/Matchbox/Corgi rack at the toy stores when I was a child in the 1970's, so I can appreciate these models for personal nostalgic reasons as well as steampunk appeal. I would probably buy this kit if the price were right, though I can't speak for the hardcore model kit builders that probably make up most of the hobby shop sales.

1/32 scale? I don't know enough about the hobby to know if this is a prefered scale. Aren't most car kits 1/24 scale? A web site tells me that 1/32 is a popular scale for aircraft.

But if these car designs aren't available in any other kit or at any other scale, that could be taken into consideration.

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« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2017, 10:59:32 pm »

I like the pictures - very racy VicWardian! And as Mr RJ says, you can leave the figures out or replace them with something else.
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« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2017, 12:20:02 am »

The verdict on 1/32 scale:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1:32_scale

Apparently it was once the most common scale for model car kits, but it now kind of old fashioned. The scale is still popular for slot cars. If anyone wants to take on the challenge of fitting vintage style car bodies to slot car chassis, that kit would be for you. They'd look great going around that track, if you could keep them from falling over at every turn.
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chironex
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« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2017, 12:44:08 pm »

Used still for diecasts, I have a Monaro and a Torana.

This looks like a reissue of the Aurora kits from the 50's.  & yes, the figures were HORRIBLE!

The first ever kits from Revell, and several brands have owned them ever since. As you will no doubt see from similar deals with Italeri, Revell of Germany and Round 2 Models, such kits usually become crappier and crappier.

Vintage cars, it seems, have few fans in plastic modelling, as with classic cruisers, muscle, and hogs. Anything still on the market was produced for children at least 30 years ago, and no-one seems to want to update them. Of course, the manufacturers are dictating the market to itself, which is the real reason we keep getting ridiculous show car after ridiculous Ita-sha, both in model kits and diecasts, but a simple GTS 350 Monaro is beyond them.

ICM are trying for it, but it is improbable to get any hobby shop to update stocks and range from them.

I was hoping there would be some of these old cars in a more common scale, to make easier to accessorise, such as to set them in a museum scene. I should try the Glencoe kits, as they are close to a common gaming scale, however I can find no real information from anyone who has bought any and attempted to assemble them, or indeed anything besides the listing at the Glencoe website.
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« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2017, 01:56:48 am »

These are indeed re-pops of the old Revell kits - if you like a challenge, go for it, but not one of Revell's better products. 

One advantage to 1/32 scale is that it is compatible with 1/35th scale, and there plenty of 1/35th scale military models and diorama pieces that can add interest to a basic kit.
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