The Revell Story – Assembling instruction to success by Ulli Taubert and Andreas A. Berse, German and English text. 176 pages, With 467 colour and black and white pictures. Hardbound with dust jacket. Size 220mm x 245mm. German version: ISBN 978-3-667-11399.3. English version: ISBN 978-3-667-11393-1. This book is available from the publisher Delius Klasing Verlag, GmbH and other suppliers.
Revell – What about them? Virtually every boy, and also many a girl, in the years since 1960 have glued together at least one plane, ship, automobile, or truck model made by this company. High time for a book about this craft legend.
The richly illustrated volume tells the story of the German Revell subsidiary, founded in 1956 and now headquarters of the global kit giant, from an unusual perspective. Ulli Taubert, co-author of the book, has been associated with the company for 50 years and, as head of the development department, has shaped the model program for decades.
The second author of this work on the kit giant from Bünde in Westphalia is Andreas A. Berse, editor-in-chief of Modell Fahrzeug. In co-operation, the story of Revell is told with its ups and downs. With many exclusive photos, the development and production of new kits and ready-made models is shown.
Reading this book is a must for all model builders, who grew up assembling their favourite kits.
Lieblingsautos (My favourite cars) – the most beautiful models in the box of toy cars. Written by Ulrich Biene, Text in German. 160 pages with 322 colour and black and white pictures. Size 218mm x 288mm. Hardcover. ISBN 978-3-667-11400-6. This book is available from the bookseller Delius Klasing Verlag, GmbH and other suppliers.
Who doesn’t remember their favourite model cars in their own toy box? Models which you longed for pressing your nose flat on shop windows to get a better look at. Models you eagerly took in your hand when you were given them for Christmas or on your birthday? They were still called toy cars, the term “model car” was not yet invented, and were also used to play not just admire.
Author Ulrich Biene looks back to the period between the 1960s and 1980s, when children were not yet obsessed with computers and smartphones.
In Germany, the models of Wiking, Siku, GAMA, Märklin and Schuco originally dominated the toy shops. Later the stock was slowly expanded with models from French companies such as Solido and Norev, and by English Dinky and Corgi-Toys.
The Author randomly reaches into the toy box and looks at each model in detail. The writing is knowledgeable and includes background information about the manufacturer.
The book looks at the full range of models available at the time, from models made in HO scale primarily to go with model railways, to the off-road vehicles for Ken and Barbie dolls.
Wistful memories are stirred by reading this book and browsing the photographs of the models, There are many models described that would be valuable in mint condition today but which usually fell victim to the enthusiastic play of youth.
This is worth reading for lovers of old toy cars.
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