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Homepage. This page: Trade catalogue issued in 1965 by Scalecraft for their motor-powered cars, boats and aircraft.

Motorised kits produced by Scalecraft.

Scalecraft kits
This small publication was printed in 1965, and issued to toy and model shops across the UK by Scalecraft Limited, of Twickenham in Middlesex. This catalogue dates to 1965, and features a motorised BRM racing car on the cardboard cover.

This was written for the trade, as opposed to the buying public. The first page reads as follows:

Scalecraft sell like no other model kits you've ever seen. Because 1. They work! every kit has its own fine electric motor, full instructions. And 2. They just snap together! kits assemble in minutes ... don't need paint, tools or glue. 3. Prices are fantastically low! even with tax, these are real pocket money prices. 4. They're still realistic scale models of real boats, cars and planes ... with lots of authentic details ....

Each kit contains all necessary parts, battery-powered electric motor, and full instructions. Moulded from high quality plastic, parts just snap together! Packs are bright and compact ... many in full colour.

They make superb displays - preferably with a demonstration model. Only thing omitted is the battery.


The centre page of this slim catalogue lists the range of products on offer: Electric Motors, Cooper Racer, BRM Racer, E Type Jaguar, Go Kart Racer, AA Towing Truck, Lotus 25 Racer, Aquaplane Speedboat, Motor Torpedo Boat, Westland Helicopter (sadly doesn't fly, just taxis across the floor), Patrol Jeep, Supermarine Spitfire (taxis, with spinning prop), Speedboat with Water Skier, "Medway Queen" Paddle Steamer, Cessna 180 Seaplane (taxis on water!), Aveling Porter Traction Engine, "Ikwerre" Fireboat Tug, and the Mark VIII Centurion Tank. The picture below shows this central section:

Scalecraft catalogue

Scalecraft Cooper Special

The only other piece of Scalecraft memorabilia I have is this box, for the snap-together Cooper racing car. It tells the lucky buyer that the kit was made in England, and the motor is 'Empire Made'. KIM Toys also has a logo on the box, perhaps for the motor. In 1965 these kits retailed for 5s 11d.

Motorised model of the Cooper racing car

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