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Wooden Jeep @ Modern Touch

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

UPDATE: Here’s another link —×4/

Tim shared this wooden model jeep from the site Modern Touch. Note: To see the jeep on the website you have to log into the site …. I’m not a fan of that policy. The price is $70 for the jeep.×4


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“Gold Plated” Executive Gift on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

Having the box makes this one unique. But, it appears the bumper has been broken.

“Made by Comet for retirement gift for WILLYS OVERLAND EXECUTIVES. This toy is in excellent condition, tires show very little play wear. Hard to find with steering wheel intact. JEEP embossed in tailgate is crisp and clear. “Gold plating” is in great shape with some tarnish that I will leave to the buyer to clean. Only blemish is right front bumper is typically broken. Box is in equally excellent condition. Both have been kept under glass as long as I’ve owned it.”

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Die Cast Jeep Models


Blaine’s brother Brian spotted this long list of jeep models (old and new … looks like around 200 different jeep models). So, if you are looking for a model to go along with your jeep or your jeep has broken your pocket, so all you can afford is a model, here you go:


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MAK-A-CAR Aluminum Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

Not sure about the price, but an interesting item. I thought there was also a  listing for this that included the box, but now I can’t find it.

“Ultra rare assembled vintage MAK-A-CAR aluminum Jeep model kit in great condition for its age. Info is scarce on these, but found a site which indicated these kits were produced in the 40s. The first image below is of the box, found on google images. NOTE: The Jeep in this listing does not include the box.”

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The Ultimate Jeep-Golf-Cart? $5900

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

Paul assures me that this would be perfect for the person who has everything. I guess I’m a LONG ways from getting this.


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Fine Art Jeep Model on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

Harry Neilson’s brother James is selling his “Fine Art Model” 1/8 Willys on eBay. According to Harry, there were only 250 of these models made by this commpany and the model is regarded as the finest, most proportionately correct scale Willys. Here are more about the fine art jeeps here:

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This sale is for a 1:8 scale Fine Art Models Willys MB Jeep produced in 1992. This model is number 60 of 250 ever produced. Numbers started at 20200900 as the hood marking and went up to 20201150. The model measures approximately 18″ long.

FAM’s model of the Willys Jeep is considered the most sought after miniature amongst Jeep enthusiasts for its attention to detail, proportions and gauges, and material usage in every respect.
Every part on these jeeps (as is the case with many of their other models) is manufactured by studying and measuring a dissasembled wartime vehicle. Parts are either soldered together or bolted; no glue is used. The sheet metal components on this vehicle are in formed brass, castings are bronze or white metal, the windshield, headlamps, parking lamps and instrument lenses are glass, shift boots and door straps are canvas, weather stripping is rubber or felt, and correct pattern Goodyear tires are made using their own molds in rubber. Continue reading

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MiniBeep Jeep Cincinnati, OH $3000


Glenn spotted this one.

“Mini-Beep with 6.5 Kohler engine. This is a mini replica of the Willys MB (Jeep) manufactured during World War II. Excellent condition. Starts right up. Rear wheel drive, hitch, forward-reverse-brake pedals, headlights, seats up to 3. Great for kids since it doesn’t go too fast!!”

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D-Day Sale of Nerrant & Fils

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

Mark spotted this auction of D-Day Nerrant & Fils items at the Artcurial website. The items are located in France. There are some jeeps and trailers and other models.


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EZGO Jeep Golf Cart Chadron, OH $3200

• CATEGORIES: Models, Other 4x4s

For those that don’t want to give up their jeep to golf.

“This is a EZ GO electric golf cart with a custom made steel Jeep styled body
It comes with the trailer that can seat 2 people
Would be great for a parade
Runs and Drives Nice
Army Navy Air Force Marines Military
New 12V Deep cycle batteries
36V Charger included”





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Mini Jeeps Grants, NM $2400


I can’t tell how large these are.

“Awesome new youth mini jeeps 125cc engine with forward and reverse lots of fun! For for more information call or visit at 938 East Santa Fe Avenue in Grants open Wednesday through Friday 9-6 and saturday 9-3 layaway finance and delivery available we also take trade ins”

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1947 Craftsman Annual Project Magazine

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Models, toys

The 1947 Craftsman Annual Project Magazine contains forty-four wide ranging projects for the builder who was to try constructing everyone. Of course, there’s a battery toy jeep project among the items (directions shown below), but also included in the magazine are plans for building from scratch a welder, a battery-less telephone, a Jolly Roger boat, a hand vise, a rocket, a farm tractor (from car parts), and much more.

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Headquake Video of RC Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models, videos

Tim shared this link. I’ve shared the FC video made by head quake, but not this RC jeep video.

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Model Truck @ Hemmings

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

John forwarded this article about a Willys truck bank that was rebuilt into a proper jeep truck.


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1946 Photo of Electric Jeep Built in Seattle on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models, Old Images

UPDATE: This was listed last March on eBay. It’s back.

This battery powered jeep was built by J. F. Scott of Seattle. It weighed 100lbs and can reach 10mph. Based on all the kids, it doubles as a personnel carrier, too!

“1946 Press Photo Minature Jeep of Jimmy Scott His Dad Built It
This is an original press photo. Photo measures 7 x 9.25inches. Photo is dated 6-29-1946.”



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Jeep-Shaped Squirrel Feeder

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

J.C. spotted this jeep-shaped squirrel feeder that’s in his backyard. These were being sold on eBay a few years ago.


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Hand Built Mini-Jeeps out of Bolivia

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Features, Models

Richard Michalsky builds “mini-jeeps” out of his shop in Bolivia. These jeeps are all metal. The first vehicle, an MB look-a-like was completed in 3 years. It is 25% Smaller than the original vehicle and is 2WD, but has made of the same details. It is powered with a 3 Cyl engine from a Kia 1000cc. It weighs around 1250lbs.

This second jeep is a civilian model. It’s styled different, but appears to be built in a way similar to the  MB-like jeep. It too is only 2WD. They look like a kick to drive around.

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Model Jeep on Display at the Met in 1946

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models, Old Images, Old News Articles

Pfc. Harold B. Whiting of Plainfield, New Jersey, built an award-winning model jeep that in 1946 that landed temporarily on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This article was featured in the February 2, 1946, issue of the Afro-American. I wonder where that model is now??


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Smokey Bear Music Box

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

Some folks were interested in more photos of the Smokey Bear Music Box, so Marty Tilford shared some good photos of his.

The music box is a convertible CJ-5 jeep and Smokey Bear with 2 cubs riding inside.  The CB radio cord is rubber but all other material is resin. Music box plays “TAKE ME HOME COUNTRY ROAD”, which is a John Denver song.  Measures about 4-1/2″ tall and has a base measurement of 6″ x 4″.

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Directions for Building a Ride-on Mower

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Joe spotted these online directions out of the UK for building a ride-on mower.


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Odd Jeep Mower

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Speaking of jeep mowers, Bob spotted this unusual jeep-looking mower.


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Sidewalk Jeep Design from Popular Mechanics (Jeep for Sale)

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, Magazine, Models, toys, Wood bodies • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Harry Warholak’s father built a Sidewalk Jeep from the plans in Popular Mechanics when he was a kid in Detroit. Ten years ago he restored it. It spent a year at the Chrysler Museum. Now he’s interested in selling it. You can contact him at 586-996-4103 if interested. He’s located in Georgia.

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PREVIOUS POST (February 2013): This kids jeep design was published in the January, 1948, issue of Popular Mechanics and available for free at Google. It is powered by an electronic motor.  It looks as difficult to build than a standard jeep!  The notes added to this particular issue are interesting, too.  The top note appears to reference a 1949 Christmas Handbook that might also include these drawings.

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1/2 Scale Body Tucson, AZ **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Models, toys

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $700.

Here’s a mini-jeep body.

“1/2 scale Willy’s slat grille mini jeep body . Brand new never used . Ready for lawn tractor conversion . Or build a custom go kart . The cheapest I can find online is $950 plus shipping . These are built by mdjuan omix .”

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Custom FC RC Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Features, Models

Craig spotted this cool RC FC jeep. You can see how he created the cab at

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“Too many toy trucks, have another one on the drawing board, this one has to find a new home before it starts seeing rock rash!

March ’15 RC Driver Show Off of the Month Winner!
Build thread – is at, sorry eBay will not let post the link. Just Google, scale 1958 Jeep FC170 RC Crawler – I must be crazy! That’s the link.
Custom styrene cab, interior and dash with diamond plate rear bed.
LockedUp RC hardware
HandBros CMS mount
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Trailerblazer: Custom Flatfender Model

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These are generally priced higher on eBay. This is similar to the Grrrumbler.

“Beautiful Molded in Orange – Vintage MPC Trailblazer 1/25 Scale Off-Road Willys Jeep! A 34 year old kit. Made in the U.S.A. 1979-80 Fundimensions Inc. MPC kit. Very good condition – The box has slight shelf ware. The engine and one differential has been partially built. Nothing has been painted. Everything in the pictures is included. $29. No texting.”


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1960(?) Porcelaine Nassau Surrey Jeep Model on eBay

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Can’t be too many of these around? This one is located in France. I suspect this is newer than 1960.

There’s another version of the 1960 Nassau Surrey for sale on Amazon and mentioned on the CJ-3B Page (scroll down to Newer Toys).

“Très beau modèle en porcelaine, en 3 dimensions, à l’échelle 1/200 environ (24 mm de long, 11 mm de large et 14 mm de hauteur)”

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