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KAT CHAT: Beautiful Box Art!

posted by JohnG 12:40 PM
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Yes, yes, we know: “It’s what is INSIDE the model kit box that counts.” But how many of you can say (when you were a young modeler back in the day) you never bought a model kit based on the box illustrations? That fantastic commercial art of yesteryear drew us in and inspired us to build a kit “just like the box art.” Or,┬áto take it any number of steps further and create our own unique interpretation by kit-bashing, restyling and outlandishly customizing those plastic parts!

Here’s one very memorable AMT box, and despite it being beat up, creased and yellowed, it still inspires fun and creativity in modeling. What are some of YOUR most memorable and favorite kit boxes?

6 Responses to “KAT CHAT: Beautiful Box Art!”

  1. I understand that most of the Linberg small model cars and trucks from the 60’s and 70’s were not technically HO scale[trust me, I had a ton of them till brothers and the Navy.] Are we looking at the re-release of them so I can clear appropriate amounts of shelf and lay out shelf for the ones that are,and could we get release dates? Bob Bigelow

  2. Anonymous says:

    MPC and Polar Lights both had a 1/25 scale of the Richard Petty mid 70s Dodge charger. Will either of these be released any time soon??
    I know the 1/16 scale charger was released a few years ago, I already have that kit.

    • JamieH says:

      The Polar Lights kit was considered recently, but one of the tools has turned up missing. The MPC kit was heavily modified after the Petty release and would take considerable retooling to backdate it.

  3. Rick Chupa says:

    I agree that box art does play a part in the excitement of these old model kits! Many of the kits that have been reissued are so much more appealing with the beautiful box art that they were originally released with and sell well because of it despite numerous reissues. I can think of several trucks and trailers with horrible box art photos that did not do the kits justice!

  4. Anonymous says:

    To me it make all the difference in the world and that is why am so drawn to building the Lindberg kits you re-release with the original artwork. Just as the right ambience improves the dining experience so does great artwork on the box improve the model building experience. thank you for taking the box seriously in your kits. I love it!

  5. Brian says:

    I’d have to go with Aurora as far as box art, those James Bama monster kit paintings, or the later Monster Scenes / Prehistoric Scenes art.

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