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Book Review: Collecting Muscle Car Model Kits
Many auto enthusiasts first develop their passion for cars by building models. You know, the kind where you break the parts off of a plastic “tree” and then get glue all over the house trying to assemble a model kit into something resembling an Ed Roth creation or famous Mustang race car as depicted on the model kit’s box. Your author got his initial start that way, and still has boxes of finished and semi-finished/mutilated models in the rafters of the garage. Digging them out of storage and playing with them now 40 or more years later is a sure way to rocket back to an easier time in the 1970s when all that mattered was playing outside with friends and getting that car or airplane model kit together before bedtime.
That’s why I was especially taken with CarTech’s latest book, Collecting Muscle Car Model Kits. As the press release states with truth, “Many owners of real muscle cars today were not old enough to buy them when the cars were new, of course. Yet kids of the 1960s and 1970s worshiped these cars to an extent completely foreign to kids today. If you couldn’t afford or were too young to buy a muscle car back then, what could you do? For many, the next best ting was to buy, collect, and build muscle car model kits.”
People still build models today, but there is also a broad market for collectors of nostalgic model kits and people especially love the box art. Many people also enjoy building a scale model clone of their “real” car. CarTech’s book, authored by Tim Boyd, takes you through the entire era of muscle car kits, covering the options, collectability, variety availability, and value of these wonderful kits today.
Paging through the book took me back in time, as images of some recognizable kits in the book dusted off some deep recesses from the memory banks. It’s a good trip, and if you were one of us car model kit builders in adolescence and early teen years, I recommend getting the book. It’s akin to looking at a grade school year book! The book is available now for $29.95 from CartechBooks.com/MuscleCarModels and Amazon.