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History of Palmer Plastics

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    April 2012
Posted by litespeedsae on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 3:42 PM
I built kits starting in the 1950"s and I remember the "bad" kits well! Thanks for the additional information.

Little Rock, Arkansas

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    March 2018
Posted by Jimmy Razor on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 11:40 AM

I am a regular contributor at, and have additional insight into Palmer.  Like AMT and MPC, Palmer offered a series of "annual" kits, featuring cars from the current model year.  Specifically, these are the "bad" kits.  Palmer's outdated molding process meant multi-piece bodies with shallow interiors.  The individual parts were poorly-engineered with terrible fit and often with inaccurate shapes.  Again, these were "junk" models, only of interest to nostalgic collectors.

Not all offered by Palmer was "junk," though.  Through a mold-sharing program with Pyro, Palmer offered a budget version of Pyro's "Table Top" series.  These were a selection of 1930's through 1950's cars in approximately 1/32 scale.  Price was kept at 29 to 60 cents through the omission of clear or chrome parts.

Although these "Budget Pyros" were basic by today's standards, they were fairly accurate in their overall shape and detail. Engineering was fair-to-good with decent fit, in spite of multi-part bodies.  The primary weakness of these kits was aging molds leading to excessive flash.

I built about a half-dozen of these Palmer cars in the early 'seventies, and really enjoyed them.  Most were later reissued by Life-Like and Lindberg, and remain available.  An experienced model builder can make these basic kits look rather nice.

Tags: Palmer , Pyro
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    September 2011
  • From: flushing NY
Posted by montelsc on Sunday, June 4, 2017 11:37 AM

Was never really crazy about all the seperate body panels that 

glue just didnt want to have anything to do with but they did have some cool subjects 

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    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 9:26 AM

In today's environment Palmer kits should be considered the exclusive domain of collectors. The kits themselves are unbuildable. Well... not unbuildable as such, just that the finished product does not resemble a car.

However, I too have always been curious about the story behind this odd chapter in plastic model car kit history.

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy


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    October 2008
Posted by oldcarguy on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 8:53 AM

There is this .

   I believe I heard somewhere the Palmer Plastics was a household food container company that tried to get entry to another market .The Box art was colorful and awesome,  true !

    the models inside now were something else . All had the same wheel cover type ( a silver colored full wheel cover  of metal you pressed into the tire .) They all assembled the same way or very close .

 They reminded me of plastic run through Bakers molds ! Now that said .They did offer cars that no one else did .The Buick Le Sabre and Nash Metro were cute .The rest , Oh Well ! That's all I can give you at present .

 I must impress the fact on you ,  that I have both that I mentioned . They don't look well when the parts are dry fitted , but , they are certainly different . T.B.


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    May 2017
History of Palmer Plastics
Posted by Junk7of9 on Thursday, May 25, 2017 9:29 AM

I cannot find any information on the Internet on the history of Palmer Plastics and was hoping members of the community can help.  Most entries I see talking about the kits have positive things to say about the box artwork, but quite negative things to say about the quality of the car kits they produced.  However, I think the company still deserves its own page and entry at Wikipedia.  Thanks.


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