1973-2010 the Story of Matchbox Kits

1973-2010 the Story of Matchbox Kits

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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 money" 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.

About the Author
Jean-Christophe Carbonel is a world renowned 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'.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 84 pages
  • 196 x 238 x 8mm | 381.02g
  • Paris, France
  • English
  • Illustrated throughout in colour
  • 2352501881
  • 9782352501886
  • 160,435

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Model-makers and social historians will be joined by people who revel in the packaging and photographs of the toys and models we used to play with in previous decades. A wonderful book indeed! * www.booksmonthly.co.uk * ...extensive research...Highly recommended, especially if you're interested in the history. * IPMS * 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. * www.militarymodelling.com * Of all the books that have been released over the last few years, this one is perhaps the most exciting, telling as it does the story of a manufacturer that defined my early years within the hobby and set in motion a passion for modelmaking that has stayed with me for over thirty years. * Military In Scale *
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About Jean-Christophe Carbonel

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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