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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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Carrera Racing Set Model No. 473 - appears to be in unused condition.
Jan 31, 7:00 PM AEDT
Carrera Racing Set Model No. 473 - appears to be in unused condition.
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD10011 Bids
(10) Hot Wheels Redlines:
Feb 11, 10:00 AM EST
(10) Hot Wheels Redlines:
by Gateway Gallery Auction
Est: $0- $0
$47510 Bids
(10) Hot Wheels Redlines:
Feb 11, 10:00 AM EST
(10) Hot Wheels Redlines:
by Gateway Gallery Auction
Est: $0- $0
$25010 Bids
(10) Hot Wheels Redlines:
Feb 11, 10:00 AM EST
(10) Hot Wheels Redlines:
by Gateway Gallery Auction
Est: $0- $0
$7506 Bids
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Danbury Mint 1966 Chevrolet C10 Pickup Model Car
Jan 31, 10:00 AM EST
Danbury Mint 1966 Chevrolet C10 Pickup Model Car
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$505 Bids
AMT 58' Chevy model
Feb 25, 9:15 AM EST
AMT 58' Chevy model
by Olde Tyme Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$145 Bids
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Danbury Mint 1958 Chevrolet Apache Model Car
Jan 31, 10:00 AM EST
Danbury Mint 1958 Chevrolet Apache Model Car
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$304 Bids
4- VINTAGE AIRPLANE GAS ENGINES
Feb 18, 10:00 AM EST
4- VINTAGE AIRPLANE GAS ENGINES
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$2104 Bids
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Danbury Mint 1972 Chevrolet Cheyenne Model Car
Jan 31, 10:00 AM EST
Danbury Mint 1972 Chevrolet Cheyenne Model Car
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$504 Bids
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Danbury Mint 1931 Coca-Cola Delivery Truck Model Car
Jan 31, 10:00 AM EST
Danbury Mint 1931 Coca-Cola Delivery Truck Model Car
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$254 Bids
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Danbury Mint 1957 Chevy Bel Air Nomad Model Car
Jan 31, 10:00 AM EST
Danbury Mint 1957 Chevy Bel Air Nomad Model Car
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$253 Bids
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Danbury Mint 1957 Chevrolet Cameo Carrier Model Car
Jan 31, 10:00 AM EST
Danbury Mint 1957 Chevrolet Cameo Carrier Model Car
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$153 Bids
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Danbury Mint 1968 Chevrolet El Camino SS-396 Model Car
Jan 31, 10:00 AM EST
Danbury Mint 1968 Chevrolet El Camino SS-396 Model Car
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$203 Bids
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Danbury Mint 1935 Ford Custom Rod Pickup Model Car
Jan 31, 10:00 AM EST
Danbury Mint 1935 Ford Custom Rod Pickup Model Car
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$253 Bids
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Danbury Mint 1953 Good Humor Truck Model Car
Jan 31, 10:00 AM EST
Danbury Mint 1953 Good Humor Truck Model Car
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$203 Bids
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Danbury Mint 1930's Good Humor Truck Model Car
Jan 31, 10:00 AM EST
Danbury Mint 1930's Good Humor Truck Model Car
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$253 Bids
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1952 FERRARI 375 INDIANAPOLIS Sans réserve - No reserve
Feb 05, 2:00 PM CET
1952 FERRARI 375 INDIANAPOLIS Sans réserve - No reserve
by Artcurial
Est: €800- €1,200
€2,0003 Bids
Revell Datsun 240z model
Feb 25, 9:15 AM EST
Revell Datsun 240z model
by Olde Tyme Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$83 Bids
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Trossi Roadster CMC 1932 Mercedes SSK GmbH Model Car
Jan 31, 10:00 AM EST
Trossi Roadster CMC 1932 Mercedes SSK GmbH Model Car
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $200- $800
$1103 Bids
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Danbury Mint 1937 Chevrolet Pickup Model Car
Jan 31, 10:00 AM EST
Danbury Mint 1937 Chevrolet Pickup Model Car
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$253 Bids
6 Trax Diecast Model Vehicles all 1:43 Scale - including XC Falcon Hardtop, etc.
Jan 31, 7:00 PM AEDT
6 Trax Diecast Model Vehicles all 1:43 Scale - including XC Falcon Hardtop, etc.
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD703 Bids
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Danbury Mint 1935 Coca-Cola Delivery Truck Model Car
Jan 31, 10:00 AM EST
Danbury Mint 1935 Coca-Cola Delivery Truck Model Car
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$203 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Model Kits


Gateway Gallery Auction

Gateway Gallery Auction

Lion and Unicorn

Lion and Unicorn

Artcurial

Artcurial