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1967-2000 The Story of ESCI Kits

1967-2000 The Story of ESCI Kits Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review June 2014 Title 1967-2000 The Story of ESCI Kits
Author Jean-Christophe Carbonel Publisher Histoire & Collections Publications
Published 2014 ISBN 9782352503101
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!