I know that current Airfix kits sold here in the US aren't shrinkwrapped - just have the tape discs holding the boxes shut. Guess its a lot cheaper to seal them that way.
A friend of mine in Customs and Excise, a department that probably has more powers than the police in the UK said shrink wrapping came in because of smuggling. Apparently kits and other toys were used to smuggle drugs and tobacco! Some countries started to specify that imports must be shrink wrapped at the factory of origin. I suppose that why home manufactured kits had no shrink and imports did for a while. I supose it stops pilfering parts and genuine losses. None of the Airfix kits I've bought on e bay are shrinkwrapped, or when I first bought them years ago either. Just tape discs.
Post by artdecovampire on May 24, 2014 4:09:39 GMT -5
Hi Tay. I have tried twice to send the photos from my AOL account and they get returned every time as they don't recognise your address. I'm, going to send them one by one just in case the size of the files is too large as a group.
The mammoth isn't a glow kit. I can just about imagine a glowing monster with teeth and horns, but a shiny elephant just doesn't cut it does it. Not even in scooby doo!
Post by Cro-Magnon Man on Aug 7, 2015 18:09:44 GMT -5
In the Revell Germany green box issue of c. 1993, the Mammoth I got was molded in brown plastic, and the T-Rex was molded in darkish green plastic. The glow-paint-and-brush kits seem to have been Sailback, Three-horned and Spiked dinosaurs - i.e. not Allosuarues, T-Rex, Flying Reptile or Armoured dinosaur, nor Mammoth either. So Revell put the glow paint bottles in the three kits with large, 2-part bases, but did not put glow paint in the kits with smaller or one-part bases or no base. If the glow paint is dried up, it can be revived by adding water and stirring it in, even after 20 years.