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Model Kits

Model kits have existed since ancient times. Archaeologists have opened royal tombs to discover model chariots, ships, and other unique scaled miniatures inside. In the ‘50s, model kits became popular when the world took an interest in knowing history, understanding how things worked, and dreaming of life’s possibilities. Made of wood, plastic, and metal, some of the first models to come to market in 1936 were made by British model companies Frog and Airfix. Several model companies including Renwal, Varney, Hawk, Empire, and Lindberg appeared in America during the ‘40s. During the ‘50s, the craze took hold with companies including AMT, Revell, and Monogram competing for the marketplace. Over time, the secondary marketplace has grown as well.

Since the ‘70s, model manufacturers have popped up around the globe. Companies including Japanese Tamiya and Hasegawa have created some of the finest models on the marketplace today. Brands from Russia, China, Korea, and Central Europe have taken the market by storm. Still, original model kit companies from Great Britain and the United States still dominate the secondary market, rising in levels of collectability and prices every year.

The general demographics of plastic modeling have changed since their modern introduction in the ‘50s. Originally intended for young boys, now older adults enjoy model building and collecting as well. Often, adult collectors assemble large collections, bringing back memories of long ago. Collectors today look for unopened, unassembled, and rare models with short production periods.


Quick Facts

  • In the ‘90s, numerous countries banned Formula One race cars from advertising tobacco sponsors, thus ending the same on model kits which were meant for youths
  • Ship models constructed in the 18th and 19th centuries for the Royal Navy were known as Admiralty models. Some of these models were so finely made that today they can command more than $50,000
  • Engineering, architectural, and movie prop models are particularly sought after. In October 2006 at Christie's, a Star Trek production model of the Starship Enterprise used in the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” series sold for $576,000, a record price

Recommended Items at Auction

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8 x Trax Diecast 1/43 Scale Model Cars, Ford Falcon GTHO, etc.
Jul 16, 7:00 PM AEST
8 x Trax Diecast 1/43 Scale Model Cars, Ford Falcon GTHO, etc.
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD807 Bids
Trax FJ Holden 40th Anniversary 1:43 3 car set, Trax The Muscle car war of 71, 3 car set.
Jul 16, 7:00 PM AEST
Trax FJ Holden 40th Anniversary 1:43 3 car set, Trax The Muscle car war of 71, 3 car set.
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD1307 Bids
"Top Gear" FJ News Vans x 6 set, 1:25 Davey Holden FJ Utility, 1:43 Eagle MGB Convertible.
Jul 16, 7:00 PM AEST
"Top Gear" FJ News Vans x 6 set, 1:25 Davey Holden FJ Utility, 1:43 Eagle MGB Convertible.
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD506 Bids
1:18 Scale Classic Carlectables Holden Coupe 60 Concept Car die -cast model.
Jul 16, 7:00 PM AEST
1:18 Scale Classic Carlectables Holden Coupe 60 Concept Car die -cast model.
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD805 Bids
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KING AND COUNTRY'S HURRICANE MUSTANG MODEL
Jul 18, 9:00 AM AEST
KING AND COUNTRY'S HURRICANE MUSTANG MODEL
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD655 Bids
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COLLECTION ARMOUR METAL DICAST COLLECTION MUSTANG REPLICA 1:48 IN ORIGINAL BOX
Jul 18, 9:00 AM AEST
COLLECTION ARMOUR METAL DICAST COLLECTION MUSTANG REPLICA 1:48 IN ORIGINAL BOX
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD354 Bids
1931 British DeHavilland DH82A Tiger Moth Pressed Metal 50cm Ornamental Display Model.
Jul 16, 7:00 PM AEST
1931 British DeHavilland DH82A Tiger Moth Pressed Metal 50cm Ornamental Display Model.
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD354 Bids
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COLLECTION ARMOUR METAL DICAST COLLECTION MOSQUITO REPLICA 1:48 IN ORIGINAL BOX
Jul 18, 9:00 AM AEST
COLLECTION ARMOUR METAL DICAST COLLECTION MOSQUITO REPLICA 1:48 IN ORIGINAL BOX
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD453 Bids
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KING AND COUNTRY'S P51B MUSTANG MODEL
Jul 18, 9:00 AM AEST
KING AND COUNTRY'S P51B MUSTANG MODEL
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD303 Bids
Group of 3 M.A.S.H. Model Kits
Jul 27, 9:00 AM CDT
Group of 3 M.A.S.H. Model Kits
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$302 Bids
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COLLECTION ARMOUR METAL DICAST COLLECTION P38 LIGHTNING REPLICA 1:48 IN ORIGINAL BOX
Jul 18, 9:00 AM AEST
COLLECTION ARMOUR METAL DICAST COLLECTION P38 LIGHTNING REPLICA 1:48 IN ORIGINAL BOX
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD202 Bids
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LOT OF TOY MODEL EMERGENCY RESPONSE VEHICLES + MILITARY VEHICLES + ANIMAL TRANSPORT VEHICLES
Jul 18, 9:00 AM AEST
LOT OF TOY MODEL EMERGENCY RESPONSE VEHICLES + MILITARY VEHICLES + ANIMAL TRANSPORT VEHICLES
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD252 Bids
1:18 Scale Auto-Art Atc Champion 2001 Commocore vx Die-Cast Model Car.
Jul 16, 7:00 PM AEST
1:18 Scale Auto-Art Atc Champion 2001 Commocore vx Die-Cast Model Car.
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD252 Bids
Doepke Model Toys Yellow Pressed Steel Caterpillar Bulldozer
Jul 19, 10:00 AM EDT
Doepke Model Toys Yellow Pressed Steel Caterpillar Bulldozer
by Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists
Est: $10- $100
$302 Bids
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COLLECTION ARMOUR METAL DICAST COLLECTION SPITFIRE REPLICA 1:48 IN ORIGINAL BOX
Jul 18, 9:00 AM AEST
COLLECTION ARMOUR METAL DICAST COLLECTION SPITFIRE REPLICA 1:48 IN ORIGINAL BOX
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD202 Bids
Remote Control Helicopter, Nine Eagles 320A in Protective Case
Jul 17, 6:00 PM EDT
Remote Control Helicopter, Nine Eagles 320A in Protective Case
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$72 Bids
Cox Thimble Drome P-40 Flying Tiger and MIss America P-51D Racer Model Airplanes
Jul 19, 10:00 AM EDT
Cox Thimble Drome P-40 Flying Tiger and MIss America P-51D Racer Model Airplanes
by Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists
Est: $10- $100
$702 Bids
Group of 4 WW2 Model Military Vehicles
Jul 27, 9:00 AM CDT
Group of 4 WW2 Model Military Vehicles
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$151 Bid
Ohlsson and Rice Two Stroke Gas Engine
Jul 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Ohlsson and Rice Two Stroke Gas Engine
by Nye & Company
Est: $20- $50
$101 Bid
Mixed Lot of Model Kits
Aug 29, 11:00 AM EDT
Mixed Lot of Model Kits
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$101 Bid
Mixed Lot of Airplane Model Kits
Aug 29, 11:00 AM EDT
Mixed Lot of Airplane Model Kits
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$101 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Model Kits


Weatherham Estate Treasures

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Bodnar's Auction Sales

Bodnar's Auction Sales

Matthew Bullock Auctioneers

Matthew Bullock Auctioneers

Bargain Hunt Auctions

Bargain Hunt Auctions