Captured: Toy cars

Toy cars

I used to put together plastic model cars when I was a kid. I had probably a couple dozen of them on a shelf in my room. But the models always required some level of detail painting to look really good, and I had neither the steady hand nor the patience to do a good job of it. Also, I never found a paint that came anywhere close to looking like chrome. While I enjoyed putting the models together, when I realized I was never going to make them look fully realistic I gave up the hobby.

These nicely painted model cars are among thousands of model and toy cars on display at the National Auto & Truck Museum in Auburn, Indiana. I visited a couple weeks ago at the annual meetup of Curbside Classic, the old-car blog to which I contribute. We also toured the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Automobile Museum next door, which displayed an overwhelming array of gorgeous automobiles. I’m sure I’ll share more photos and stories in the days to come.


10 responses to “Captured: Toy cars”

  1. Wes C Avatar
    Wes C

    1963 LeMans? I like the redline tires on the right.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Good eye. I had to look it up to confirm, but you’re right.

  2. Carole Grey Avatar
    Carole Grey

    Oh my gosh! Just too neat! Other than no weight on the wheels, I would never know they were models. More please!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I got only two other photos of these.

      Toy cars

      Toy cars

  3. Carole Grey Avatar
    Carole Grey

    Wow, thank you, I’ve never seen anything like them and would never have thought such realism could be done on models cars. Impressive! Thanks again.

  4. bodegabayf2 Avatar

    I tried my hand at building plastic models back in the late 60s and into the early 70s. Never could get the hang of those tiny little decals. My last model, as I recall, was a replica of the original Starship Enterprise. The show had been off the air for a while, but it was heavy into re-runs. My Enterprise even mounted on a cool stand so it looked like it was warping through the galaxy. One day while at school, my Mom knocked it off the shelf while dusting. Knowing it was my pride and joy, she tried to glue it back together and put one of the engine thingies on backwards.

    In any event–fine photos Jim and thanks for the trip down memory lane!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks for sharing your memory, John! I would have loved to put together an Enterprise model. The most ambitious model I put together was an enormous transparent V8 engine that moved.

  5. bodegabayf2 Avatar

    I remember those!

  6. bwc1976 Avatar

    I was never any good at painting them either!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It’s dull and painstaking!

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