Anyone Remember the MPF History Kits

Is there a source besides EBAY that might have any of these old
vintage kits? I'm looking for the old Arfix/MPC kits in HO scale with
the vacuform bases. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!
Thanks,
Ron
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Ron Meyer
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eyeball
Keep in mind those kits were 1/76 (OO scale) and not 1/87 (HO scale) if you are going to use them with model railroad or ROCO items.
Cookie Sewell
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AMPSOne
Weren't those solely MPC's creation?
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frank
Yup, all they did was combine Airfix military kits, figure sets and buildings with a vacuformed base. Cheap and effective for its time.
Cookie Sewell
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AMPSOne
I loved the MPC Historama kits, and have re-collected all of them - I had to find mine on Ebay, so I'm sorry I don't have better advice for the original poster. When I got back into the hobby as an adult, the MPC Guadalcanal set with the M3 Lee and Japanese Infantry was one of the first things I tracked down. There was also a series that was done and sold by Airfix, which predated the MPC sets - but used the same formula of vacuform base, armor or aircraft model, and a set of figures.
MPC of course eventually did the giant size sets - Tank Battle at Alamein, Commandos Strike at Dawn, and two different Normandy sets. These had multiple vehicles, larger vac bases, and buildings/ emplacements in some cases ("Waterloo Farmhouse" serving as a Normandy villa).
ESCI and Hasegawa both also dabbled in this formula - the Hasegawa WWII dioramas were excellent, and the ESCI sets fetch some of the highest prices on Ebay, due their relative scarcity.
Bless 'em all, they were a ton of fun and play value for a kid, and we'll probably not see their like again.
Chris Kansas City
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cschultz
he MPC sets - but used the
There was also a series done by (of all manufacturers!!!) Tonka, the toy truck concern. I saw a few, a Wright Flyer diorama, a Spirit of St. Louis and a 1850s railroad diorama, the last od which I have. These were larger scale, maybe 1:72, although that Pioneer locomotive appears to be 1:48. I'm not sure offhand which other dioramas were offered, but I do know that they're were maybe ten in all.
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The Old Man
Were they actually kits or the ready-made vehicles Airfix also sold?
(kim)
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kim
I think my local shop may have had one of those old sets, but I have not been there since before Christmas.
I remember having a couple of those sets, one was a Pearl Harbor attack with a Zero model, US soldiers and the dio base had a crashed US plane. Another one was Normandy with a pill box and either a Sherman or panzer (prob Tiger). It may have had both tanks, not sure.
Rob
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RobG
There was also a WWI diorama that showed a Sopwith Camel straiffing a downed German observation balloon.
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The Old Man
Balloon Buster!! That set actually had the Spad - the Camel was in the Red Baron set, which also included the Fokker Tripe.
Here's great Airfix site with pictures of the original, Airfix-brand sets. These are different subjects than the MPC Historama series, but same concept. Excellent Airfix figure reference site.
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Pictures of all the MPC sets (and a ton of other cool stuff) towards the bottom here:
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Chris Kansas City
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cschultz
There were a whole pile of different ones in the MPC "Historama" series:
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Pat
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Pat Flannery
never saw one and i looked at everything.
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someone
These were the two I remember having:
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My memory was pretty close on both sets.
Thanks for the link.
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RobG
They are way down towards the bottom of the page:
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Pat
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Pat Flannery
This is a very fun kit also:
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I'm petty sure it's 1/76 scale, not 1/72 scale. Eidai made a lot of interesting models, including a V-2 launch team that I had:
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Pat
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Pat Flannery
i meant in reel life, ya maroon!
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someone
They weren't all that hot of kits; the vacuform base was pretty flimsy, and when they did things like that coast artillery battery, the detail on it wasn't up to their kits by a long shot. The German Secret Strongpoint on the other hand had a injection molded base, and with some work could probably be turned into a pretty nifty diorama. ROCO (the "Minitanks" company) did some basic injection molded diorama bases also, IIRC.
Pat
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Pat Flannery
never saw those. i' haven't done a lot of diorams and i kept then simple. a section of autobahn with a partial bridge and a do 335 under with it's panels open.
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someone
Lest we forget, Aurora did a few of these types too. "Anzio" and "The Rat Patrol" are the two that I best recall.
Bill Banaszak, MFE Sr.
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Mad-Modeller

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