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Unreleased Gold paint, Unpainted Crosses, Unique Grayish Blue windows.
Courtesy of Mark Winkelman
  • Larger scale Models (The Tooline Masters) were created to provide better detail than their 1:1 counterparts. These would be scaled down again when cutting the steel tooling by using a Pantograph machine.
  • In the beginning, modified AMT 1/25 model kits were used.
  • In the first couple of years various sizes of Models were used, some as large as a 5up Nomad.
  • In 1970, instead of everyone making their own, the model making was farmed out to IDA (Industrial Design Associates) and were consistently made as 4up.

1968 Models

Painted Plastic Shell
6208 HK Custom Camaro
Courtesy of Bruce Pascal
  • Many of these were made from modified versions of the AMT 1/25th scale Model Kits

1969 Models

Painted Epoxy Block 3up
6288 US Custom Charger
Courtesy of Unknown
  • Models were being made in all kinds of scales and sizes in this year

1970 Models

Plaster
6416 Porsche 917
Courtesy of Bruce Pascal

Maple Wood
6460 US AMX/2
Courtesy of Mike Otte

Plaster
6600-020 US Sizzler Short Arm Chassis
Courtesy of Ross Schlichting
  • In 1970, IDA (Industrial Design Assosciates) gets the contract to make all models for Mattel
  • They bring consistency and all models are now made as the 4up size.

1971 Models

Wood Block
6001 HK What-4
Courtesy of Mike Otte

Resin Shell
6001 HK What-4
Courtesy of Bruce Pascal

Wood Block
6179 HK Jet Threat
Courtesy of Mike Otte

Resin Shell
6179 HK Jet Threat
Courtesy of Ted Gray

Wood Block
6186 HK Rocket Bye Baby
Courtesy of Unknown

Resin Shell
6188 HK Strip Teaser
Courtesy of Mark Lewis
  • Info

1972 Models
  • None are known at this time

1973 Models

Wood Block
6004 Superfine Turbine
Courtesy of Unknown

Resin Shell
6004 Superfine Turbine
Courtesy of Ted Gray
  • info

1974 Models
  • None are known at this time

1975 Models

Wood Block
7658 Vega Bomb
Courtesy of Unknown
  • Info

1976 Models
  • None are known at this time

1977 Models
  • None are known at this time

1978 Models

Wood Block
2022 Baja Breaker
Courtesy of Unknown
  • Info

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