1973-2010 The Story of Matchbox Kits

1973-2010 The Story of Matchbox Kits

Hardback Models and Figures

By (author) Jean-Christophe Carbonel

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  • Format: Hardback | 84 pages
  • Dimensions: 196mm x 238mm x 8mm | 381g
  • Publication date: 19 August 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Paris
  • ISBN 10: 2352501881
  • ISBN 13: 9782352501886
  • Illustrations note: Illustrated throughout in colour
  • Sales rank: 93,507

Product description

* Retracing the forty glorious years of a firm, of a brand of kits intended for beginners just as much as it was for the most demanding buffs Who can ever forget the aircraft kits with the multi-coloured plastic parts? Unlike other makes, Matchbox didn't just suddenly appear one day on the plastic scale models scene, but came from the well-known range of die-cast vehicles of the same name. The Lesney company which used the brand name 'Matchbox' was founded in 1953 by Mr Leslie Smith (who remained on the board of the company throughout his career - he died in 2005) and Mr Rodney Smith. It was this company that thought up these little pocket moneyA" vehicles and the ingenious packaging which gave them their name; the box was the shape, size and colour of a match box. The firm brought out scale models of planes, tanks, boats, motorbikes and cars and also little soldiers, which all brightened the childhood days of today's forty-year olds. More than just a kit; 'Matchbox' is a state of mind.

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Author information

Jean-Christophe Carbonel is a worldrenowned specialist of French model kits. His 20-year experience of the European and Japanese model kit markets enable him to deal in depth with the French 'model craze'. from the same author Heller, la maquette a la francaise Airfi x'slittle soldiers

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"The story of Matchbox is one that has an important place in the history of modelling and this new book offers a really good insight into their story from an author who was at the time involved in the marketing of the kits in France. Just a really good read and it sparked some great memories." Military Modeling, 08/2011