I became a model car addict
very early, around age 5, thanks to an uncle who was a Ford salesman.
Every year he would present me with a promotional
model of that year’s new Ford, beginning in 1950. I also remember
various Christmas and birthday gifts, like a fully chrome plated ’53
Pontiac with operating headlights, a ’54 or ’55 Cadillac
Coupe de Ville friction,
and one of AMT’s remote controlled ’56 Fords. I had also
watched in fascination as my older brother spent hours building various
models from Revell’s Highway Pioneer series, but even then I had
developed a bit of a prejudice against models that weren’t 1/25th
scale. But then came the Futura kit and it was my turn. The
Revell Futura was the first model car kit I ever built…the original
issue, probably some time in 1957.
Of course, after it was assembled…no
easy task for an eleven-year-old…it became just another toy in
my stable of model cars. Consequently, it didn’t last very long.
I gradually matured into a fledgling collector around 1960, but by then
my original Futura was long gone. Some time in the mid-sixties I came
across an out-of-the way hobby shop that had a large stock of older
model kits, including several Futuras. I managed to score several for
a buck apiece! I sold the excess to other collectors, probably for a
(at that time) nice profit, but nothing to compare with what
they would have brought in succeeding years. Prior to the first re-release,
Futura would bring several hundred dollars, on those rare occasions
when one would be uncovered.