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Re: Revell's 60's choices
Posted by BrianS on April 10, 2018, 8:20:08, in reply to "Revell's 60's choices"
These kits were from the Golden Age I mentioned. Manufacturers were producing new kits at a dizzying rate--kids could visit the local hobby shop/drugstore/five and dime/department store and peruse that week's array of new releases. So it is no surprise that the less famous subjects would be covered too. Not only kids, but their dads engaged in modelling. These dads were kids, or teens, or even servicemen during WW2, who wanted to build subjects they were familiar with. In the 1950s there were still a lot of Spanish-American War veterans alive, and most adult men had learned of Commodore Dewey, hailed as the greatest American naval hero to defeat a foreign opponent since John Paul Jones, so the choice of Olympia as a model subject is not strange at all--in fact, Pyro also produced a kit of her. Nowadays, however, the Spanish-American War, if remembered at all, is dismissed as the product of yellow journalism and the greed of Imperialist America to grab resources and territory, so perhaps there is a current perception of Olympia as an obscure subject.
Given the free-for-all nature of those early years of modelling, with intense competition between many companies, most any subject seemed viable--animals, dinosaurs, monsters, Weird-Oh figures, dubiously-themed custom cars, etc.--the examples you cited are quite pedestrian.
: The flush deck DD--who was wanting a 4-piper?
: Maybe the plans were readily available.
: Buckley class DE--An important subject, but
: the 5' DE's were about the only ones in
: service in the 50's. Some kind of
: Olympia--Anyone recall a Spanish-American
: War vibe back then?
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