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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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1/5 Scale Pratt & Whitney #1830 Radial Engine
Jan 30, 10:00 AM CST
1/5 Scale Pratt & Whitney #1830 Radial Engine
by Kraft Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$4006 Bids
Lot of 10 Racing Model Kits
Jan 27, 11:00 AM EST
Lot of 10 Racing Model Kits
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $75- $150
$305 Bids
Revell Jungle Jim 1:16 Scale Vega Funny Car
Jan 27, 11:00 AM EST
Revell Jungle Jim 1:16 Scale Vega Funny Car
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $75- $150
$404 Bids
Lot of 10 Racing Model Kits
Jan 27, 11:00 AM EST
Lot of 10 Racing Model Kits
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $75- $150
$403 Bids
RELIANCE TOY PEDAL CAR
Jan 28, 10:00 AM CST
RELIANCE TOY PEDAL CAR
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $1,000- $3,000
$5002 Bids
Cox Cessna Rc Trainer Airplane
Jan 22, 10:00 AM MST
Cox Cessna Rc Trainer Airplane
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$252 Bids
Lot of 2 UT Models Le Mans Corvette Diecast Cars
Jan 27, 11:00 AM EST
Lot of 2 UT Models Le Mans Corvette Diecast Cars
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $75- $150
$102 Bids
Lot of 5 Racing Diecast Cars
Jan 27, 11:00 AM EST
Lot of 5 Racing Diecast Cars
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$101 Bid
Lot of 10 Racing Model Kits
Jan 27, 11:00 AM EST
Lot of 10 Racing Model Kits
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $75- $150
$101 Bid
Vintage Trax cars 8001, 8002 Scale 1:43 Original Boxes
Jan 24, 7:00 PM AEDT
Vintage Trax cars 8001, 8002 Scale 1:43 Original Boxes
by SBD Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD501 Bid
FJ’s At Work Featuring 5 Home Series Vans Original Box
Jan 24, 7:00 PM AEDT
FJ’s At Work Featuring 5 Home Series Vans Original Box
by SBD Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD151 Bid
Lot of 4 Road Signature Diecast Cars - Ford, Plymouth and Chevrolet
Jan 27, 11:00 AM EST
Lot of 4 Road Signature Diecast Cars - Ford, Plymouth and Chevrolet
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$101 Bid
Lot of 4 Road Signature Diecast Cars - Corvette and Cobra
Jan 27, 11:00 AM EST
Lot of 4 Road Signature Diecast Cars - Corvette and Cobra
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$101 Bid
Hot Wheels Legends Vintage Record Holders
Jan 27, 11:00 AM EST
Hot Wheels Legends Vintage Record Holders
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$101 Bid
Sox & Martin '65 Plymouth AWB Belvedere - Fuel Injected Sedan
Jan 27, 11:00 AM EST
Sox & Martin '65 Plymouth AWB Belvedere - Fuel Injected Sedan
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $75- $150
$101 Bid
Lot of 2 Shyne Rodz 1932 Ford Street Rods
Jan 27, 11:00 AM EST
Lot of 2 Shyne Rodz 1932 Ford Street Rods
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$101 Bid
Grumpy's Toy III 1967 Chevy Camaro SS A/MP
Jan 27, 11:00 AM EST
Grumpy's Toy III 1967 Chevy Camaro SS A/MP
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $75- $150
$101 Bid
Lot of 4 Road Legends Chevrolet Diecast Cars
Jan 27, 11:00 AM EST
Lot of 4 Road Legends Chevrolet Diecast Cars
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$101 Bid
Lot of 4 American Muscle Ford Diecast Cars
Jan 27, 11:00 AM EST
Lot of 4 American Muscle Ford Diecast Cars
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$101 Bid
Lot of 4 American Muscle Chevy Street Machine Diecast Cars/Trucks
Jan 27, 11:00 AM EST
Lot of 4 American Muscle Chevy Street Machine Diecast Cars/Trucks
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$101 Bid
Lot of 4 American Muscle Plymouth Diecast Cars
Jan 27, 11:00 AM EST
Lot of 4 American Muscle Plymouth Diecast Cars
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$101 Bid
Lot of 4 American Muscle Street Rods and Street Machines Diecast Cars
Jan 27, 11:00 AM EST
Lot of 4 American Muscle Street Rods and Street Machines Diecast Cars
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$101 Bid
Lot of 4 American Muscle Diecast Trucks - Chevy and Ford
Jan 27, 11:00 AM EST
Lot of 4 American Muscle Diecast Trucks - Chevy and Ford
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$101 Bid
Lot of 4 American Muscle Diecast Cars - Cuda, GSX, and GTO
Jan 27, 11:00 AM EST
Lot of 4 American Muscle Diecast Cars - Cuda, GSX, and GTO
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$101 Bid

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