Collecting Vintage Plastic Model Airplane Kits


Examines vintage model airplane kits and highlights what collectors should look for in building their collections. Covers model development in the heyday, and shows pricing for vintage kits.
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Examines vintage model airplane kits and highlights what collectors should look for in building their collections. Covers model development in the heyday, and shows pricing for vintage kits.
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Editorial Reviews

Cyber Modeler - David Veres
"What a cool, colorful compendium. Hundreds of photos flavor this fun-fest. Let's hope Kodera produces a sequel -- or two!"
IPMS USA - Hub Plott
If you are a modeler you will want this book for the early history of our hobby and the numerous pictures. The kit collector will want it for all of the information regarding condition, rarity and pricing as well as inspiration for starting a new quest for a previously unknown kit. All will want for the photos.
The Hook - CDR Peter Mersky
"If you are a model collector, don’t pass up this book, especially if you are thinking about finding an older kit to start or add to a collection."
Internet Modeler - Chris Banyai-Riepl
"For those interested in classic kits and the kit collector world, this is a great title to pick up."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580072236
  • Publisher: Specialty Press Publishers & Wholesalers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2014
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 151,544
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Craig Kodera has lived a life immersed in aviation as the son of an engineer for Douglas Aircraft. Craig realized his dream of becoming an airline pilot having flown for both Air California and American Airlines, and also served as a transport and tanker pilot in the U.S. Air Force. Additionally, he is a world-class aviation artist whose artwork has been published by The Greenwich Workshop and who counts among his commercial aviation clients McDonnell Douglas and Airbus Industrie. He coauthored From Props to Jets published by Specialty Press.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 5

Foreword by Mike Machat 6

Chapter One: Know Your Model Kit Companies

The All-Star Lineup Plus the Farm Teams 8

Chapter Two: Why We Collect

“It’s Just a Box of Plastic!” 24

Chapter Three: Selling the Plastic

If the Box Looks Good, It Goes Home with the Kids 34

Chapter Four: A Visit to the Hobby Shop

Every Collector Has His Favorite Stories 48

Chapter Five: Gift Sets Versus Singles

What $4.98 Will Buy You in 1956 58

Chapter Six: The Space Age

Missiles and Rockets Blast Off in Price 70

Chapter Seven: Rarest of the Rare

Mythical Kits Do Exist, and Cost Much 86

Chapter Eight: The British Are Coming!

And So Are the French, Germans, Japanese . . . 102

Chapter Nine: Pricing in General

How and Where to Buy and Beware 116

Epilogue: The Joy of It All

I’ll Never Grow Up! 122

Suggested Reading 124

Bibliography 124

Index 125

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