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#1 biercemountain

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Posted 26 April 2011 - 16:55

One of the reasons I love looking at models on ebay is because you never know what you'll find. Take for instance the link below for a 1/12th scale Bandai Matra MS11. While I consider myself fairly knowledgable about what F1 cars have been kitted in 1/12th scale this is one I'd never heard of.

http://cgi.ebay.com/...d8#ht_500wt_922

Another example (although not on ebay) is the Imai 1/12th scale Lotus 49 which I bought from a friend of mine who owns a collectible shop. I'd never heard of the model and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the tooling. The box art also features a 1/12th scale Honda F1 which was also a new one to me.

Feel free to share your "Oh my god, I never knew about that" finds.

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#2 T54

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 05:31

There are quite a few interesting F1 and Indy cars kits in 1/12 scale made in japan in the late 1960s and early 1970s. I recall the UPC Ferrari 1.5-liter flat-12, the Brabham Indy car, and a few others. The Bandai Matra is a rarity and sold at below what they would normally bring. Great buy!

#3 Hamish Robson

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 08:40

Bandai also did a 1/12 Lotus 33 and a 60s Ferrari, and I think maybe a Lotus Turbine (or was that MPC/Monogram?)

#4 biercemountain

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 12:39

Bandai also did a 1/12 Lotus 33 and a 60s Ferrari, and I think maybe a Lotus Turbine (or was that MPC/Monogram?)


I believe you're thinking of the "Pregnant Porpoise" turbine Indy car that was made in 1/12th scale. I saw one at a model show a number of years back, but I can't remember if it was from Bandai or Entex. It was half completed but still sold for $250 so that tells you how desirable it is.

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#5 Hamish Robson

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 13:26

Just found some reference on a European model shop site:

http://www.bestbalsa...miya.asp?man=43

Some great subjects but the prices are a bit... scary. :eek:

#6 biercemountain

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 16:53

Just found some reference on a European model shop site:

http://www.bestbalsa...miya.asp?man=43

Some great subjects but the prices are a bit... scary. :eek:


Wow, you'd have to take out a loan to buy some of those kits. That's a mammoth price for the Indy turbine!

Edited by biercemountain, 27 April 2011 - 17:03.


#7 biercemountain

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 17:01

I never knew this 1/24 McLaren M8A kit existed

http://cgi.ebay.com/...#ht_2938wt_1141

#8 biercemountain

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Posted 21 June 2011 - 15:59

I'd heard about this kit of Clark's STP Indy Lotus but never seen it on ebay before. It would be a nice addition to my collection but I've bought too many big ticket items lately and don't need to get into a bidding war.

http://cgi.ebay.com/...8#ht_500wt_1156

Edited by biercemountain, 21 June 2011 - 16:00.


#9 gm914

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Posted 11 July 2011 - 15:58

Here's one thats not at all rare or significant, but the sellers title made me giggle.
http://cgi.ebay.com/...em=110712805258

I've seen it spelled as JagermeiFter before, but haha



#10 biercemountain

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 16:58

This is an interesting item for Dan Gurney fans.
http://cgi.ebay.com/...8c#ht_720wt_907

I remember Cox making a Chaparral but this Eagle is a new one on me.

#11 biercemountain

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 13:42

For all you BRM fans out there. A really lovely car. Was this Marlboro's first F1 sponsorship?

http://www.ebay.com/...6#ht_500wt_1165

Anybody know who originally kitted this model? AFAIK Entex never made any original tooling and simply repackaged other companies kits.

#12 helioseism

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 01:27

Bandai also did a 1/12 Lotus 33


It seems that the "Lotus 33" is actually a Lotus 49. Compare these two links:

"Lotus 33"

Lotus 49

Looks like the cam covers have been replaced, and that's about it.

#13 D-Type

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 13:41

For all you BRM fans out there. A really lovely car. Was this Marlboro's first F1 sponsorship?
http://www.ebay.com/...6#ht_500wt_1165

Anybody know who originally kitted this model? AFAIK Entex never made any original tooling and simply repackaged other companies kits.

Possibly the first Marlboro 'whole car' sponsorship, but this post on the main forum shows an earlier case.

Edited by D-Type, 18 November 2011 - 13:43.


#14 Mal9444

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 09:15

A word of warning: check scales carefully, particualrly anything advertised as 1/43rd. Quite a few of the apparenet bargains on eBay at this scale turn out to be surplus models originally produced for magazine or other promotions, and when set besaide real 1/43rds are clearly not. I don't know what scale they are, or why they were produced to some curious scale (1/40th?) - but if anyone wants a couple of 1959 250Fs, or a 750 Monza just a bit too obviously big to fit in a 1/43rd collection, drop me a line. Yours for what I paid for them which was under a tenner - and now I know why.

#15 T54

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 01:06

It seems that the "Lotus 33" is actually a Lotus 49. Compare these two links:

"Lotus 33"

Lotus 49

I beg to disagree, it is indeed a type 33 with the 1.5-liter 32-valve Coventry-Climax engine. :)
A rare kit but 795 Euros??? that seller is having some happy dreams! :stoned:

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 20:53

I beg to disagree, it is indeed a type 33 with the 1.5-liter 32-valve Coventry-Climax engine. :)
A rare kit but 795 Euros??? that seller is having some happy dreams! :stoned:



Definitely NOT a Lotus 33. Look at the front suspension.

#17 T54

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 01:10

The Lotus T49 did not exist when Bandai first issued this kit in 1966. I had this kit and it definitely was a T33 with the 32-valve Climax engine. However the box cover had a different illustration, so it is possible that the artist may have been a bit confused on this re-edition that might date from 1968-1969.

#18 helioseism

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 02:04

Well this is embarrassing :blush: -- I actually OWN this kit, albeit as the UPC issue. You are absolutely right, it is a Lotus 33. I was going by the box art on the web site, and I agree that the artist may have used the Lotus 49 box art as a basis for this one. I guess you can't judge a kit by the box art.

#19 Rob Miller

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 16:47

Years ago, espescially with tin toys in the fifties, opening the box was often a huge disappointment.

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#20 T54

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 19:11

Well this is embarrassing...

Frank, please do not be. Indeed the illustration is confusing! :lol:



#21 helioseism

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 01:07

The most embarrassing thing is that I forgot I own the kit!!

#22 T54

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 02:35

:lol:
The most embarrassing is when I look 1/2 hour for my reading glasses that have been around my neck all the time. :)

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 13:10

1970s F1 memorabilia- UOP Shadow Racing jacket

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/270861942139

This is one my Dad has dug out of the loft after, I guess, 40 years or so. I think it's pretty cool, bit more restrained than some racing team clothing. It's too big more me otherwise I'd wear it!

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 13:10

1970s F1 memorabilia- UOP Shadow Racing jacket

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/270861942139

This is one my Dad has dug out of the loft after, I guess, 40 years or so. I think it's pretty cool, bit more restrained than some racing team clothing. It's too big more me otherwise I'd wear it!

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 13:13

1970s F1 memorabilia- UOP Shadow Racing jacket

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/270861942139

This is one my Dad has dug out of the loft after, I guess, 40 years or so. I think it's pretty cool, bit more restrained than some racing team clothing. It's too big more me otherwise I'd wear it!

#26 JacnGille

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 15:38

^^
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Deja Vu!!!! :cool:

#27 Alan Cox

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 13:57

Amazing prices being paid for unmade Airfix kits of the 1960s
http://www.ebay.co.u...984.m1423.l2649
http://www.ebay.co.u...984.m1423.l2649
http://www.ebay.co.u...984.m1423.l2649
So if you were thinking of recreating Roy Yates's special saloon Zodiac, think again or increase your budget!

#28 pete53

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 15:21

Amazing prices being paid for unmade Airfix kits of the 1960s
http://www.ebay.co.u...984.m1423.l2649
So if you were thinking of recreating Roy Yates's special saloon Zodiac, think again or increase your budget!

I had the Lotus Cortina as a boy and tried to convert it into the Terry Drury/Terry Sanger V8 Cortina by cutting away the wheel arches and adding big tyres. I failed horribly. Astonishing prices, and do the buyers leave the models unmade? Presumably they do.

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 20:09

and do the buyers leave the models unmade? Presumably they do.


When I was selling resin and white metal kits someone told me that it was estimated 75% of kits remained unmade.

#30 Alan Cox

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 23:01

Astonishing prices, and do the buyers leave the models unmade? Presumably they do.

Indeed, as RCH says, an awful lot of kits remain untouched and unloved in their boxes/bags. I suspect that, if you made up the Zodiac into a skilfully-crafted model, it might be worth £20 or £30, as opposed to the £100+ that it made remaining in its bag. Sad, isn't it?

#31 fatbaldbloke

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 13:26

Unbuilt kits are generally more desirable than finished models as you can rarely be sure how good the build is. In the case of resin & metal models, an AMR or BBR factory built is a known quantity, as is something built by someone like Stephen, and these models have their own following. It doesn't matter how good a model builder Joe Bloggs is, if his name isn't known then the untouched kit will be worth more to more people.

#32 jimjimjeroo

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 21:02

fancy an F1 car...........

http://www.ebay.co.u...327154681287364

#33 Cam2InfoNeeded

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 03:13

Crazy Airfix model prices: As we collectors get older, the more disposable income we have to pay for our toys. A lot of of us enjoy finding something from our youth, even if it seems to worth a lot more than the sum of its parts. It is at least a hobby that doesn't leave any lingering negative effects.

Edited by Cam2InfoNeeded, 19 January 2012 - 03:13.


#34 jimjimjeroo

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 20:56

just stumbled across this, not F1, but worth a look

http://www.ebay.co.u...=item2a185ff535

oh and this

http://www.ebay.co.u...=item20c15ae2d8


Edited by jimjimjeroo, 19 January 2012 - 21:29.


#35 biercemountain

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 13:46

Lotus 33 in 1/12 scale. I'm guessing this is a reissue of the Bandai kit. Anyone know for sure.

http://www.ebay.com/...#ht_3912wt_1398

#36 Alan Cox

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 20:41

Lotus 33 in 1/12 scale. I'm guessing this is a reissue of the Bandai kit. Anyone know for sure.

The box artwork looks much as I recall the picture on the Bandai box.

#37 Alan Cox

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 17:53

Indeed, as RCH says, an awful lot of kits remain untouched and unloved in their boxes/bags. I suspect that, if you made up the Zodiac into a skilfully-crafted model, it might be worth £20 or £30, as opposed to the £100+ that it made remaining in its bag. Sad, isn't it?

A made-up kit of the Zodiac is currently attracting bidders, but nowhere near the £113 which the unmade kit made recently. http://www.ebay.co.u...=item2318e93e04

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 18:15

oh and this

http://www.ebay.co.u...=item20c15ae2d8


Someone got a bargain there I'd say.

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 07:07

This RBA model of a Lancia D50 is on eBay. Apparently an Ascari car, but I can't find one that had #4 in black numbers. Which race would this have been in?

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#40 Alan Cox

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 18:17

A couple more recent sales of unmade Airfix bagged kits - the Zodiac failed to top the price of £113.11 made for the last one to be offered, but unreal prices, anyway.
http://www.ebay.co.u...984.m1423.l2649
http://www.ebay.co.u...984.m1423.l2649

#41 biercemountain

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 14:48

Here's an odd Indy Car set I've never seen before. The car looks a bit like a Mickey Thompson but might be a flight of fancy. Anyone recognize it?

Lindberg Indy Car team model

#42 biercemountain

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 14:53

And yet another Indy car that's new to me. I've heard of the Bandai Graham Hill Lola but wasn't aware of this one!

Brabham Indy

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 08:10

And yet another Indy car that's new to me. I've heard of the Bandai Graham Hill Lola but wasn't aware of this one!

Brabham Indy


Otherwise known as the Brawner Hawk driven by Mario Andretti at Indy in 1966 and 1967.

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#44 Alan Cox

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 13:29

Some more record prices for unmade Airfix kits (admittedly they are the US versions)
http://www.ebay.co.u...984.m1423.l2649
http://www.ebay.co.u...984.m1423.l2649

#45 biercemountain

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 13:32

Some more record prices for unmade Airfix kits (admittedly they are the US versions)
http://www.ebay.co.u...984.m1423.l2649
http://www.ebay.co.u...984.m1423.l2649


The burning car in the background on the Rapier box art is a nice touch :eek:

#46 Alan Cox

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 18:09

Quite some price, even after taking account of recent prices acheived for the Ford Zodiac...
http://www.ebay.co.u...984.m1423.l2649
I wonder how close this one will get to the price...
http://www.ebay.co.u...984.m1423.l2649

#47 biercemountain

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 12:48

I've always liked the lines on Lola's T220 Can Am challenger but wasn't aware that it had been kitted. The livery on this box art has got me stumped though. I've only seen this car in red, never yellow as shown.

Lola T220 by Otaki

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 14:21

I thought I'd plug my ebay antics here as well, I hope the moderators will allow me to!

I have a number of lots of photo slides from the German Formula 1 GP in 1977 up for auction at the moment. It's hard for me to part with some of this stuff, but I just want to make some space and concentrate on subjects (50s, early 60s and the 80s) that I find a bit more interesting.

I have split into a few lots, there's Niki Lauda, Jody Scheckter, shots of the Tyrrell six-wheeler, Fittipaldi, Brabhams, Lotus:

http://www.ebay.co.u...a-/150790178373
http://www.ebay.co.u...a-/150790186378
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/150790182799

I also have stuff on formula super v, inteserie sports cars, group 5 at Hockenheim and Formula One at Long Beach in 1980. Also there is a photoalbum on 60s motorcycle racing at the Nürburgring and world championship motorbikes from the 1970s. They might not be listed for the moment please ask if you're interested!

Also some model cars and a rare kit of the Arrows A2 in scale 1/24 (I just don't get around to building it!!).

I will probably list some more in the coming days that might be of interest to anyone concerned.

#49 Alan Cox

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 13:37

More news on the Airfix Ford Zodiac front...
http://www.ebay.co.u...984.m1423.l2649

#50 T54

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 16:44

Here's an odd Indy Car set I've never seen before. The car looks a bit like a Mickey Thompson but might be a flight of fancy. Anyone recognize it?


Sure do. Try the Pinin Farina Sigma from 1969, because it is quite obvious that the Lindberg design was copied from it.
Maybe the Indy guys should have had a look it it before spewing that ugly new Dallara contraption... :)

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