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Lindberg Model Kits: Mini Lindy’s: An Illustrated History 1980s & 90s

posted by ChrisP 10:22 AM
Thursday, May 4, 2017

This is the 3rd and final part of an illustrated history of the Lindberg’s Mini Lindy line based on found images, catalogs and info from some modeling sites.

Part 1 – 1960s

Part 2 – 1970s

In 1980 4 more garage kits were made under the Truckin’ Big series.

All new tractor trailer kits were made in 1982.  A mix of 2 semi-trucks (GMC Astro & Ford CL-9000) and 4 trailer variations made up the 8 releases.  The first 4 in these series were reissued in slightly different packaging at some point before 1987.

In 1984 the addition of a tanker trailer lend itself to 4 more truck kits.

In 1990 the Miniature Mint Collection 2-packs were introduced.  The 1990 catalog showed 6 kits, No. 72301-06, showing 8 previous cars and 4 new ones. Ultimately only 4 of the 6 two-packs were released.  In 72303, the 1932 Ford was replaced with the newly-tooled 1990 Corvette ZR-1.  In 72304, the MG-TD was replaced with the newly-tooled Lamborghini Countach.  From what I can tell the 1990 Camaro Z28 and the Ferrari Testorossa were never tooled.

The final Mini Lindy release was the Super 8: Street Machines in 1991 feature 8 cars: 1964 Corvette, Jaguar XKE, 1970 Corvette, 1967 Mustang, Corvette ZR-1, Chevy Pickup, Lamborghini and 1968 Camaro.

Some of the dates and images were found on these fantastic sites….

Diecast Destination

Swifty’s Garage


Commenters let us know……Should we bring these back? What kits do the modelers want to see?





4 Responses to “Lindberg Model Kits: Mini Lindy’s: An Illustrated History 1980s & 90s”

  1. Phil L says:

    I would love to see these 1:87th Lindberg mini lindys back in production. Start with the “black box/red box” first. would also like to see the Garage versions as well. Phil

  2. Razor says:

    Disappointed there’s no 1/25 truck kits being re-released. With well over 10,000 model truck builders all over the world, it seems you’ve ignored all our pleas for the re-issue of truck kits (yet again). Not cool round 2, not cool at all…

  3. Rick Hainline says:

    Are the molds for these still around? If so why not make a limited run of all the mini lindy kits ???? I know some were not quite H.O. scale but Model railroad builders like them, as well as other kit builders. Love to see the semi’s and trailers reissued as well. even some newertrucks and trailers would be great ( IH,KW,Peterbilt,Ect….

  4. Andie says:

    I have a box of Mini-Lindy Build ‘n Collect Series model cars and am trying to find out what they’re worth. They’re all in individual boxes in ‘like new’ condition and are in the original, larger box they were purchased in from Sears back in 1968. There are a total of 8:
    Porsche Carrera #1-39
    Ford Pickup #2-39
    Corvette Stingray #3-39
    XKE Jaguar #4-39
    Ford Mustang #5-39
    Jeepster #6-39
    Volkswagon Camper #7-39
    Chevy Van #8-39
    Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!

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