YouTuber gets a nostalgic unboxing of some rare Jo-Han plastic model kits
Since the summer of 2021, auto enthusiast Steve Magnante has been entertaining his audience with incredible auto finds from barns and auto junkyards, while providing some nifty anecdotes about the cars he discovers on his YouTube channel. Whether it’s solving a comic book mystery about an abandoned 1970 Coronet or finding exotic markings on a walk through a graveyard, Magnante has never stopped hitting the ropes.
So does his affinity for collecting plastic model cars, especially those released in the ’60s by Detroit-based manufacturer Jo-Han. In a recent YouTube video, Magnante shared examples of a few To dodge models and gave us an up close and personal look at its construction.
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Well-proportioned classic Jo-Han pieces
Magnante, with boxes of model cars stacked behind the sofa in his den, wanted to share with his audience the quality of the parts that went into these vintage kits. But unlike bigger model-making competitors like MPC, Jo-Han didn’t have enough funding to release models in a variety of colors.
So Jo-Han created most of the plastic parts from recycled materials and offered them in unusual green or pink colors. The amateurs therefore had to cover the surfaces with a coat of primer before painting the assembled models in a different shade.
Tearing the plastic off a Jo-Han 1962 Dodge Dart 440 kit, he was happy to look at a pile of red parts inside. He was also impressed by the well-proportioned components. But what he didn’t like was the way Jo-Han molded everything from the axles to the exhaust systems onto the one-piece chassis.
Magnante added that to add a bit more realism to his models, he borrows parts from an MPC kit and applies them to a Jo-Han chassis. He found the engine mold even less impressive since the manifolds and cylinder heads were indelibly stamped on the part.
Detailed darts instruction sheet
On the other hand, he liked the wheels and hubcaps that came with the kit, and even called the alternator a work of art. He found the grille beautiful and complex. “The Dodge Dart ’62 molded in red [was] about what I expected,” he added.
Magnante praised the kit’s instructions for their detail and liked the quality of the illustrations, which helped him learn the inner workings of an automobile. “In my case, learning what an alternator was or an oil pan or a cylinder head or an axle came down to model car kits,” he added, “and checking the descriptions on the data sheet. instructions, so that was pretty cool.”
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Before opening a box containing a 1964 Dodge Polara, Magnante said he purchased the item for $74 on eBay, but hinted the model was likely worth much more. Once again he noticed red molds, always acceptable in his books, although he said white plastic is what is most in demand as they are much easier to paint.
Finally, Magnante was eager to check out the Dodge Turbine set, this time in burgundy plastic and about as detailed as a Jo-Han kit could get. When assembled, the model allowed the user to open the side doors, trunk, and hood. And while Magnante couldn’t help but get nostalgic for the kits, it’s no surprise that he can’t wait for model building to make a comeback.
Source: Steve Magnante via YouTube
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