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Remembering Revell Model Kits Paperback – July 1, 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing; 3rd Revised, Expanded ed. edition (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764329928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764329920
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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This book takes a look at the history of Revell in its heyday of the 1950s to the 1970s. The book looks at the development of everything from the kit itself to the artists who drew the box tops which drove me nuts because I could never even come close to making the model like what was on the box top.
I was born in the 70s when Revell was starting to go through the turmoil that consolidated the plastic model industry so all this history is new to me. This book makes me want to go back in time and build most of these kits with only my trusty tube of glue as and a powerful exhaust fan as my companions.
Although I generally build the Tamigawa kits when I get the chance, I still have many happy memories of building assembled models from Revell even though they were poorly painted and badly built (fault of the builder, not the company.)
My only quibble is I wished the author would have spent more detail in describing how a kit goes from idea to market.
If you are a modeller who enjoyed building the planes, vehicles and ships of Revell, you will find this an enjoyable history into the company that helped millions (including me) find things to do on a rainy day.
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I wanted a reference book that was easy to navigate, was comprehensive, and didn't skimp on color photos. This book nailed it! Tom Graham did an excellent job and I consider this book to be the best of all his model kit reference books! The index at the back of the book is in chronological order by date which makes finding a specific kit pretty quick. I like how the box top artist is named for most kits which is important (for me, anyway). The history of Revell is pretty thorough and interesting although the story of John Steel, the great artist of model kits(Revell USS Midway, USS Missouri,etc.)was bizarre. It is stated on page 71 that he vanished and was presumed dead in a drowning accident when in fact after leaving Revell, he served several tours in Vietnam as a combat photogragher/artist for the US Marines and continued doing illustrations for Aurora, Lindberg, Monogram and others. A little more research would have uncovered this information. But still, this book is an outstanding reference book for anyone interested in Revell and especially if you were a child of the 50s and 60s, it'll bring you back in time. Highly Recommended!!
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Author Thomas Graham has written a remarkable book on the history of the Revell Model Kit company. This book's significance is twofold; on one hand he describes the growing attraction to model kits, especially in the boom years of the 1960's and '70's, at the time the market was expanding with many international model kit manufacturers, such as Airfix, Frog, Monogram, to name a few a large portion of the market was aimed at boys (like me) who were wide-eyed customers in the various outlets selling model kits. On the other hand he describes the growth of Revell as it expanded and added a great team of people committed to releasing a quality product in a very competitive international market.

This third edition of this book looks at the growth of the Revell range and as well as covering the historical aspects of the company, the book also is filled with the various products Revell released over the years, the pages are filled with various artwork examples that were for box tops, the actual box tops and built models. Many of these kits are quite rare now and this book brings them all back to life. As the story of Revell unfolds, the author manages to capture most of the nostalgia of those times and how the kits developed from concept, through design, artwork and final presentation. There are numerous photos to supplement the story.

I enjoyed this book as it gives the reader a balance of historical over view of Revell, along with the work of some of the key people who made Revell what it was, a significant player in the model kit marketplace, the company eventually expanded to three operations based in Britain, The United States and Germany. Regretfully as the years unfolded, the challenges continued to mount up.
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MuRevell Referencech like his book about Aurora Plastics Corps. models, this does the same for the Revell company. Starting when they were still called Precision Specialties, through teir association with Gowland and Gowland (Gowland Creations), choosing the name Revell, taking over the Gowland line, making their own model designs, becoming the largest model maker in the US, braking apart, and, now, finally being reunited under one roof and logo, it is ALL HERE! Anyone interested in the history of the Revell model making company would do well do get this beautifully illustrated reference book.
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Bought this book as a gift for my husband. Great history of Revell models of all kinds. Would definitely recommend it.
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This book is just fantastic. It's a great reference - but most of all, it's a wonderful trip down memory lane.
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Great read for us fellas who used to build the Revell kits in the 50's 60' and 70's. Very interesting to read about the manufaturers, and the cost of tooling to put out a $1.50 model. This is quite an insight to the Kit manufacturers and how they marketed products that we could hardly wait for the next product offering.
Well illustrated and, boy did those pictures bring back fond memories. Don Anthony
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