Hudson Miniatures
Lil' Old Timers. Scale 1/32. Early 50's. Series 1 + 2
 
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Rare. When the Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' burst upon the hobby scene in 1951, they started a hobby revolution. Plastic model kits were not new in 1951, but successful mass marketing of plastic kits was new. The sensation swept the country, and Gowland & Revell could not make the kits fast enough. The fact that the public was buying these models shocked the successful hobby establishment. One such manufacture was Hudson Miniatures. In the 1940s, Hudson had established a name in making 1/16 scale 'Old Timer' models of automobiles. These were excellent kits with wood and metal parts, but a high degree of skill was required to carve and finish the wood parts. In the late 1940s, they added some injection molded plastic parts (usually acetate wheels) to the series but did not consider a completely plastic kit. When Hudson saw what was happening with the Highway Pioneers, he began to design his own 1/32 scale line called 'Lil Old Timers', which hit the stores in 1954. An early paper fold-out catalog shows 18 models including some real gems like the 1910 International Harvester Passenger Car, 1911 Brush Delivery Truck and 1906 Columbia Electric Car just to name a few. The line was bought by Revell a short time after it's release, and Revell did reissue some (but not all) of the kits.
Series 1: the Mercer, the Curved Dash Oldsmobile, the Regal and the Maxwell.  These were (but not in correct order as the previous list of names) #HM-1, HM-2, HM-3 and HM-4
1913 Mercer Raceabout by Hudson 1913 Mercer Raceabout
including instructions
79.99
1
1913 Mercer Raceabout
including instructions
 
1904 Oldsmobile
"sports" version
including instructions
79.99
1
1911 Maxwell by Hudson 1/32 scale 1911 Maxwell
including instructions
79.99
1
1911 Maxwell 1911 Maxwell  
1904 Oldsmobile Curved Dash Holland Plastic Model Kits 1904 Oldsmobile Curved Dash
including instructions
39.99
3
1904 Oldsmobile Curved Dash 1904 Oldsmobile Curved Dash  
 Holland Plastic Model Kits 1914 Regald Colonial Coupe 1/32 scale 1914 Regal Colonial Coupe
including instructions
79.99
1
1914 Regal Colonial Coupe 1914 Regal Colonial Coupe  
 Holland Plastic Model Kits 1914 Regald Colonial Coupe 1/32 scale 1904 Oldsmobile "Sport"
including instructions
59.99
2
Series 2 included HM-6, HM-7, HM-8 and HM-9.  Only one of this series was made, the Packard Landaulet
1912 Packard Laudelet 1912 Packard Laudelet
Series 2
Rare Series Two kit with dressed-up box artwork. When the Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' burst upon the hobby scene in 1951, they started a hobby revolution. Plastic model kits were not new in 1951, but successful mass marketing of plastic kits was new. The sensation swept the country, and Gowland & Revell could not make the kits fast enough. The fact that the public was buying these models shocked the successful hobby establishment. One such manufacture was Hudson Miniatures. In the 1940s, Hudson had established a name in making 1/16 scale 'Old Timer' models of automobiles. These were excellent kits with wood and metal parts, but a high degree of skill was required to carve and finish the wood parts. In the late 1940s, they added some injection molded plastic parts (usually acetate wheels) to the series but did not consider a completely plastic kit. When Hudson saw what was happening with the Highway Pioneers, he began to design his own 1/32 scale line called 'Lil Old Timers', which hit the stores in 1954. An early paper fold-out catalog shows 18 models including some real gems like the 1910 International Harvester Passenger Car, 1911 Brush Delivery Truck and 1906 Columbia Electric Car just to name a few. The line was bought by Revell a short time after it's release, and Revell did reissue some (but not all) of the kits. As you would expect from Hudson, this is a nice kit with excellent moldings and detail for the time. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. For this kit, Hudson engineers had access to the real car owned by Mr. Henry Austin Clark who operated the Long Island Automobile Museum in Southampton, Long Island and the former Carnival of Cars display in Times Square. Built on the Packard model 18, the 1912 Landaulet had a four cylinder motor of 26 horsepower and originally cost $4500 - a princely sum in that day
59.99
2
1912 Packard Laudelet 1/32 scale. Holland Plastic Model Kits
Series 1  
Series 2
Only the Packard Laudelet was released
 
 

 

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