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Remember when AMT Model Car Kit was $1.50

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by fordstandard, May 2, 2010.

  1. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 17,440

    from Michigan

    If your interested in building another just like it, go on to ebay and check out AMT kit# 6487
    That's the kit I have...;)
  2. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 17,440

    from Michigan

    Bump!..... I love these threads...:eek:
  3. 2bubbas
    Joined: Mar 19, 2011
    Posts: 564


    Built more than a 100 models as a teen- folks threw them all out when I left for college- also my baseball card collection- started to build them again in the 80's but would build and give to neighbor kids- built many Corvettes in the 90's when I was hot into Corvettes- still have many of those-

    Do not remember what those in the 60's cost but I got .25 cents a week allowance so must have gotten most of them as gifts- Birthday and Christmas maybe-

    Built mostly military stuff then- many planes-
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  4. OldColt
    Joined: Apr 7, 2013
    Posts: 504


    Yep, I built a bunch of them as a kid. I remember them being $1.25 before they went up to $1.50.

    The first one I built was a '40 Ford Coupe. It was painted metallic blue and made into a supercharged gasser. Got 2nd place in a model show.

    Boy, you could get dizzy off all those paint and glue fumes!

    --- Steve ---
  5. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 17,440

    from Michigan

    I'll be getting the Rat Packer F/X Chevy II kit in the mail today... Anyone ever built that kit???... :)
  6. I converted it to stock wheelbase & stuck a '69 Camaro floor under it. Go figure.

    p.s. I used the AMT '66 Nova Pro street interior tub- RHD'd it. So I only used the body really. I remember the detail was a lil' hard to pick out on the trunk/ tailights. But it would be a cool subject straight outta the box- yellow too!.

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  7. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 17,440

    from Michigan

    Just got it and it's molded in white...
    Did yours come with molded styrene tires???....
    No biggie! I have enough AMT Goodyear vinyl slicks to do a couple dozen builds....
  8. Spooky Two
    Joined: Dec 4, 2011
    Posts: 122

    Spooky Two

    I love these OLD threads!

    Up here in Canada for me the price of a Model Car Kit was $3.14. And available at the local corner store in the Balsa wood, Frisbee, and kite section. But this selection was very limited, maybe one Glow-In-The-Dark Monster Kit and the usual war craft. Also to mention that these models were always kept up high and out of reach. And having to ask the store keeper to dig out the desired box to read all the optional builds usually brought on the discerning eye. He knowing all to well that I wouldn't be buying today. At a 65 cents a week allowance it was awhile to a purchase. $0.65 as I remember then was also the price of an Imperial gallon of gasoline.
    My first Model Kit was of a Lola GT, a real easy put-together kit with a little electric motor in the rear to drive the wheels. I seem to recall Japanese script on the box, so who manufactured it of that I am not certain. But I do somewhat remember my first Revell or AMT, or then again perhaps it was MPC. Well either way, what it was was a bubble topped Corvette Stingray. I think it may have had something to do with the Bill Bixby T.V. series "The Magician". It had an optional bubble back half that certainly predicted the 80's Vettes.
    What I really recollect of those sunny days and tryin' to get ALL the models I could, was the Tom Daniels pamphlet that could sometimes be found in a Monogram Kit and showcasing what was soon to be available! WOW!!
    Does anyone remember his base-ball style collector cards?
    And thinking about all this...
    I am certain there is a box in the mezzanine full of unused water-slide decals and another full of optional tires and rims.
  9. tbill
    Joined: Oct 21, 2007
    Posts: 303

    from central ny

    hey all, I've been searching the net looking for a 1/25th scale car carrier trailer to put behind a big rig. a buddy of mine had one years ago, but have not seen another one like it, any ideas? have surfed all the model places I have found so far, and no dice. anyone have a good list of sites to check? thanks.
  10. Barn Find
    Joined: Feb 2, 2013
    Posts: 2,320

    Barn Find
    from Missouri

    Just found this photo from the very early 80s. I had everything from the Beach boys (purple pickup) to Buck Rogers (musta been a gift from a distantly related aunt or something). The AMTs on the top row were clearly my favorite.

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  11. buickvalvenut
    Joined: Oct 29, 2008
    Posts: 659

    from Rialto

    the price feels the same,but the quality not so much.its gotten better,and with better comes a higher price.likes this 1:35 sherman M1A1.ive spent close to$120 so has a working suspension,you can roll it over your finger and you'll be amazed.I doubt ill finish it any time soon tho.

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  12. COOP
    Joined: Mar 27, 2006
    Posts: 254


    I remember (but not often) when I was a kid, somewhere around '57 or '58, I was down to a friends house playing in the creek when his neighbor pulled into his yard with a semi truck. We wandered over there to see the truck when he got into the back of it to get something. I couldn't believe my eyes.... right in front of me had to be over 200 model car kits that hadn't been released yet. It was a '32 Ford 3 in 1 roadster. These kits were to sell for about two bucks. Most of the others ( Jo Han and Lindburg) were selling for a buck and buck and a half. He saw us drooling over these and told us if we didn't say anything to anyone he would give us a couple. Wah-hooo, ran right home, got out my glue, paint and building supplies, pulled my shade, shut my door, and Ma didn't see me till supper. Had this particular car untill the 90's when we had a basement flood and lost a lot of crap. Musta got thrown out with some other junk as we had help cleaning up. That car actually got me into building hot rods....whew, fond memories.
  13. Merc cruzer
    Joined: Feb 26, 2009
    Posts: 271

    Merc cruzer
    from Colorado

    All the model cars I built when I was kid and now if have a 53' Merc...You could do a whole thread on this.....(Cars never built) None of the manufactures ever built a model of the 1953 now what do I do?
  14. 340HilbornDuster
    Joined: Nov 14, 2011
    Posts: 1,765


    I saw a Model Car Kit at K or Wall Mart way back.
    It had like 10 pieces that snapped together....?

    And that's still to many...
    Kids today (Sorry, maybe not Your kid but..99% of therestofthem) have zero attention span and there's no way they would sit still long enough to snap it together!...Painting it......Yeah right!?
  15. Chopped 66 Bug
    Joined: Apr 5, 2012
    Posts: 214

    Chopped 66 Bug

    Funny to read this here. I buy and sell model kits. I once purchased a 1/32 scale (3/8" =1') model of a Pershing 1A missile. I paid $40.00 for it. I knew it was a rare kit but how rare? When I got home I looked it up in my value guide, Yes Virginia there is a value guide for old model kits! It was worth $900.00!!! I eventuall sold if for around $700.00 to a collector. I make model kits too for my living. I have one in my inventory that sells for $200.00. At swap meets you can get great bargains as was said but a rare box art and kit can get real expensive. The old AMT car kits have been re released a number of time. Well many of them have anyway. That said the classic AMT car kits of the 50's and 60's go for big dollars in a good and original release box. As with anything else old and collected, condition is everything.
    If anyone needs to know more PM me and I'll see what I can do to help with value or collectability etc.
  16. I remember being bothered when a car kit went to $4.00 before I graduated high school, and I could get a big truck or trailer kit for under $15.00 most of the time.
    Then I got older and buying kits to kitbash. I have a couple of plastic model cars on the shelf that costed me $125.00 without buying any metal etched components or aftermarket anything.
    I had a Testors bottle of burgundy metallic paint with $.25 marking on the lid at one point in time as a kid.
    Graduated in 1984. Still kitbashing.
  17. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 17,440

    from Michigan

    Anything new??? :)
  18. cs39ford
    Joined: May 1, 2012
    Posts: 748


    image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg This is what I paid for my models in 1960. 79 cents to 1.49. Got 1.50 allowance Cutting grass painting on house. Raking leaves etc. So getting a model at the five and dime was a big deal for a 10 year old
  19. got some sticker shock over the holidays....the local hobby shop had an average of $25 for most of the kits....lots of re-releases....
  20. philo426
    Joined: Sep 20, 2007
    Posts: 1,878


  21. firingorder1
    Joined: Dec 15, 2006
    Posts: 2,140


    When I started building models they were around 98 cents. I built this in 1959. The only survivor from hundreds I built. The grill is a Vanwall I think. Fashion of the day,

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