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Model Cars and Slot Cars/ Then

Model Cars and Slot Cars/ ThenBack when I was young building model cars and slot car racing was a big deal. There were several good hobby shops around the city including Rigby’s, originally near Six-points he later moved to Bloor West and finally on Dundas at the foot of Prince Edward. This issue 0f
Model Car Science is from September 1964.
Remember, click on any image for a better look.
Model Cars and Slot Cars/ Then
Model Car and Track, December 1965.
Rigby’s had a big slot car track in the back room that you could rent time on  similar to the one below.
Model Cars and Slot Cars/ Then
This Giant Frankenstein Model was originally issued by Aurora in the mid 1960’s.
Now reproduced my Moebius.
Model Cars and Slot Cars/ Then
An advert for “Big Frankie”
Model Cars and Slot Cars/ Then
A photo of a hobby shop circa 1965.
Big Frankie is on the top shelf to the left.
10313867_808127365923916_8021902565787904184_n(1)The track at O’Connor Hobbies.
P1140565 P1140567 P1140568 P1140569 P1140576 P1140580I picked up some vintage, assembled models at the Salvation Army today…..
AMT 3360-139 60ParklVG+These old AMT 3 in 1 kits always had great packaging.
Stock, Custom or Competetion!!!
AMT 626 TwoTMods AMT-K-1031-3 amt240-149box AMT '63 3 in 1 Customizing KitAMT-670-2 AMT 139 59Ford AMT T2257 57TbirdgdAMT+Annuals+03+b Monogram PC-71-198 ModelA Sierra Exif JPEG 8f8b8fc8e8ed113ec8bdea62468869d6 AURORA-533-2I preferred the car models but others liked the monster and superhero kits.
Aurora_a 1111-tgiving-01 modelkitsad COMICAD aurora monsterAurora also had a factory in Canada that produced models for the Canadian Market.
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5 responses

  1. David Medhurst

    Ahh yes Rigby’s! Owned and operated by the Shapiros. When they moved from the first location McAffery’s Hobbies opened. The glory! Two fantastic hobby shops is close proximity! Different times that I remember fondly.

    December 8, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    • I spent a lot of time at the original (Bloor west of Kipling) location.

      December 9, 2013 at 7:15 pm

  2. I remember Buddy and Bernice Shapiro very well….Many times when I went into their store on Bloor St west of Jane, Buddy (real name Bernard) would be sitting by the magazine rack reading the XXX rated magazines. For many years they had a huge booth at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE). I know that after they closed their store on Dundas St., they attempted to get into selling hobbies on-line, but I don’t think they really knew what they were doing.

    November 19, 2014 at 3:09 am

  3. Bruce Chown

    Ah, yes, model cars. Those are some nice ones from the SA that someone patiently put together over many nights. I remember getting us each a model kit of a Ford Model A Cabriolet many years ago. I know I completed mine with a lot of cussing and I think you finished yours also. I don’t know where mine went. Perhaps you still have yours. It’s a good hobby, but I found I didn’t have the patience to complete more than that first one.

    January 10, 2015 at 8:50 pm

  4. Whoever put those together put a lot of time and effort into them. They’re quite detailed.
    Any models that I had are long gone, either blown up with firecrackers or lost in various moves.

    January 11, 2015 at 10:10 am

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