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Product Miniatures
Posted by massmodeler on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 10:05 PM

I am curious if anyone knows what happened to the molds that PMC (Product Miniatures Company) used in the late 1940's and throughout the 1950's and into 1960? For those not familiar with the history of the plastic model industry, PMC was a major manufacturer of 1/24th and 1/25th plastic promos for Chevrolet, Ford, International Harvester, Nash and others.

They even did what AMT/SMP, Revell and Jo-Han never did back then, and made 1/25th scale plastic heavy duty trucks, tractor trailers, dump trucks and stake bed trucks. I have in my collection some of those 1950's originals, and although lacking some details, they are exact in scale.

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    March, 2011
Posted by gulftarpon on Saturday, March 02, 2019 12:12 PM

Molds back then were disposable so it's likely they were sold for scrap as soon as they were no longer popular. With the way 3D printing is coming along, it might soon be possible to scan an old toy or kit and reproduce it.

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    July, 2011
Posted by Racer H on Saturday, March 02, 2019 2:15 PM

 

Product Miniatures Company (Milwaukee, then Pewaukee, WI) started out making retail-marketed toys, the above mentioned promotional model automobiles (i.e. Tru Miniatures), model car coin banks, and other playthings. As the toy/promo vehicle product matrix struggled, the company shifted focus towards providing custom injection molding services. Both business-to-business and end user consumer-oriented companies alike depended on the firm for the manufacturer of their products, containers, and point-of-purchase displays, etc. Product Miniatures Company continues to exist under the name PM Plastics. Concerning the fate of PMC Tru Miniatures tooling … perhaps that question could best be addressed by the source themselves … PM Plastics. Their contact information can be found via the company website: www.pmplastics.com.

 

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