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The Museum is always interested in acquiring by donation significant items from the history of the model car hobby. Sometimes those items are building artifacts, or we might receive a famous model with "history" in our hobby. For instance, we acquired a mystery model, and a box of vintage AMT trophies from the West Coast of the United States, on Bob Henninger.

Or, sometimes, written documents and like are contributed. Bob Paeth has recently donated some very revealing historical items from the early Sixties at Revell. Sometimes, Museum supporters restore a famous model of theirs, like Rick Harris' Regional Paint Winner in the Revell-Pactra I contest and then donate that model to the Museum. If the donated models need repair or restoration we turn to helpful builders to refinish – or just clean up the model and place the same on display. If you know of any historically important or significant items, like the Car Model Crusader.

John Estlow: National Champion Modeler
by Mark S. Gustavson, Trustee

The history of the model car hobby is peppered with great builders who set new standards for technical achievement but who, so often, aren't well known. Whether because of sparse media coverage, or the lack of self-promotion, these builders didn't have a major "presence" in our hobby and, for that reason, their work isn't recognized. In our Vol.12, No.1 issue of The Builder,
( ), this newsletter presented a major article on John Estlow III and his great custom 1949 Mercury that received top honors at the 1964 International Modelers Guild Modelrama Championship in Detroit.

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Richard Mike Johnson's Pegasus

In his forthcoming book on the Revell-Pactra and Revell-Testor contests (To Design, Build and Win! The history and myths of the Revell-Pactra and Revell-Testor contests), Mark S. Gustavson claims that there were a number of leading models built by a handful of exceptional builders that literally redefined the model car landscape in the early Nineteen Sixties at the first Revell-Pactra contest (presented in hobby shops starting on April 1, 1963 and concluding on May 31, 1963.  Mark suggests that these models were sophisticated enough in design, detail and craftsmanship that they became standards of model car building for many of us who began building in the late 1950's and early 1960's. Those early models included the work of Augie Hiscano, Dave Shuklis, Jim Ray Yonts, Carl Dunn, Jerry Svitek, and, notably, Richard Mike Johnson, who won the top award in the first Revell-Pactra contest. Builders became aware of these models through features and articles in Car Model magazine and in Model Champions, – a special one-off magazine published to show off the regional and national winners in this contest – and in newspaper articles.

The model Mike built was certainly equal to any other great modeling from that era, and surpassed most.

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Quarter Scale Chevy Engine Donation

In the late Fifties, Revell tooled up a quarter-scale small block Chevy engine kit complete down to the most minute details. Following a presentation to General Motors, the manufacturing giant turned down any interest in underwriting or promoting the kit, and the half-dozen parts sets, including the presentation boards, disappeared. Fast forward to September 2010 when I received a call from Colorado resident Don Hollensen who indicated that his modeling buddy, John Lunger, had chased down a puzzling note on their local Craig's List for a long-last large scale Revell Chevy engine kit. Both Don and John went to see the parts – on sale by the son of Revell engineer Lonnie Flanders who had recently passed away. Don instantly knew what he was looking at having remembered a late Sixties article by past Revell employee Jim Keeler. 

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Historic Donation by Tom West

Note: In the late Summer of 2007, famed kit designer Tom West called Mark S. Gustavson and offered to donate a "truck load" of historic items gathered during his days at Revell. These items were very historic and needed to be picked up quickly because Tom was planning a move and didn't want to cart along the many, many items.

Mark called his good friend Steve Roullier, a Californian, who jumped in his vintage Ranchero and drove some distance to Tom's house. He and Tom loaded hundreds of items into the bed of the Ford. Subsequently, Steve boxed the items and shipped them to the Museum.

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Read about more acquisitions:

2007 Acquisitions: here...

2006 Acquisitions: here...  


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