1967-2000 The Story of ESCI Kits Book Review
|Date of Review||June 2014||Title||1967-2000 The Story of ESCI Kits|
|Author||Jean-Christophe Carbonel||Publisher||Histoire & Collections Publications|
|Format||84 pages, softbound||MSRP (USD)||$29.95|
From adventures with Italeri and Aurora through famous 1:72-scale armor and 1:48-scale aircraft to eventual ingestion by AMT-Ertl, author Jean-Christophe Carbonel recaps the fascinating Story of ESCI Kits – latest in Histoire & Collections' absorbing series of hobby histories.
Buckle-up for a nostalgic ride. Contents course from a surprising early Spanish connection, through initial decal releases and troubled corporate collaborations to kit production – planes, tanks, cars, figures, motorcycles, scale cockpits and more. Coverage boldly names names – and even explains ESCI's penguin mascot!
Along the way, author Carbonel duly acknowledges the company's pioneering initiatives. In its innovative 1:72-scale armor vehicle range, ESCI was the first, for instance, "to offer different versions in different boxes from the same original tool" – a practice widespread today.
Sure, Carbonel's diction and grammar sometimes sound clumsy. But as I admitted before, my French is worse!
So strap into Histoire & Collections' little Wayback Machine. And enjoy the trip!
My sincere thanks to Casemate Publishing for this review sample!