Models Research Archives

To Top

Struck Mini-Beep Millinocket, ME $1500

• CATEGORIES: Models • TAGS: .

Glenn spotted this Struck designed Mini-Beep.

https://maine.craigslist.org/snw/d/millinocket-4-scale-willys-jeep/7306082026.html

“Struck Kit 1944 Willys Army Jeep replica. Used in parades, goes 6 mph at full throttle. Looks just like the Jeep used in the MASH TV show. Made out of plywood and metal parts. 6 1/2 hp gas engine.”

struck-mini-beep-maine

 
To Top

Mid-1960s Model CJ-5 Plastic Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models, videos

UPDATE: This looks to have been an MPC model, as MPC created a variety of jeep-related models. One particular kit by MPC allowed for the creation of three different kinds of jeep: ! Hill Climbing Dune Buggy Jeep, A Stock Jeep, or a Service Station Jeep. Here’s an example of that model on eBay.

Here’s a better example of the service station CJ-5 model from Barney Goodwin:

jeep-model-texaco-barney

And here is a 16 minute video on the history of the AMT model company (and explains how MPC formed). I found it interesting (no mention of jeeps):

Here’s another CJ-5 Service Station model that is labeled an MPC:

https://skidsplace.forumotion.com/t3457-mpc-jeep-cj5

================

This model sold on eBay yesterday for $25. What I found interesting was the level of detail, from the Dauntless engine mounts, to the Canfield Push-Plate on the front, to the Meyer half-cab details.

model-yellow-tow-jeep-push-bumper-cj5-0 model-yellow-tow-jeep-push-bumper-cj5-1 model-yellow-tow-jeep-push-bumper-cj5-2 model-yellow-tow-jeep-push-bumper-cj5-3

Continue reading

 
To Top

Willys-Jeep Wood Model with Trailer on ebay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

This is a curious model. It looks like someone may have been trying to make a Willys MA.The grille and the double gauges make me think that. Just how ‘vintage’ it might be isn’t clear to me. It’s currently priced at $189.99. No description provided.

View all the information on ebay

wood-jeep-trailer-01 wood-jeep-trailer-0 wood-jeep-trailer-1 wood-jeep-trailer-2 wood-jeep-trailer-3

Continue reading

 
To Top

ACE Model Willys-Ma Torrance, CA $15

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

Unfortunately, the seller won’t ship model, which is very Willys-MA-like. Otherwise, I would have snagged this. Great price.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2600242193600795

“No holds No shipping Cash only Xposted”

ace-model-willys-ma-torrance-ca

 
To Top

1953 Photo of Working Model Jeepster

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

The Tribune newspaper out of Coshocton, Ohio, shared this photo and caption on the May 24, 1953. It shows three-year-old Terry Schley driving a model Jeepster his father built for him. It includes a feature that auto braked when the foot is lifted from the accelerator.

1953-05-24-the-tribune-coshocton-oh

 
To Top

Kempro MB Wood Model Kit on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models, toys

Bidding starts at $40 (down from $50). Though the illustration on the box suggests the is a slat grill MB, the grill in the box is the standard looking grille.

View all the information on eBay

“Rare Chicago Kempro All Star Jeep Model Kit Wood. Condition is “Used”. Box has staining as shown. Appears complete but see photos and ask any questions. Box measures 14×6.”

ford-gp-kempro-wood-model-1 ford-gp-kempro-wood-model-2 ford-gp-kempro-wood-model-3 ford-gp-kempro-wood-model-4

 
To Top

Toy Jeep from Hobby Lobby?

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models, toys

Blaine shared this ‘toy’ jeep he saw on Collectors Weekly. Neither of us had seen it before, but a commenter on that site said it was an “Art Decor piece likely sold at Hobby Lobby.” Anyone know if that’s the case?

https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/88947-jeep-tin-toy?in=216-activity

“It’s a vintage Jeep Tin Toy that I recently bought. The writing on the hood is “U.S.A. 252678548”. It measures about 11 1/2 inches long, about 4 inches tall, and about 5 inches wide. On the bottom, it has “52” stamped on it. On the hood, it has a star.”

jeep-tin-toy

 
To Top

Leddy Willys MA Model + Ford GA Model **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models, toys

This combo sold on eBay for $62.89. It features what appears to be a Leddy Willys MA model jeep + a built Ford GPA (possibly a Leddy model also). I was about to make a $110 bid to buy both just before the auction ended, but then I noticed the model box had no top. I thought that hurt the value, so declined to bid. I may regret that as the chances of finding another Leddy MA model probably isn’t very good.

leddy-ford-gpa-seep-toy-stardust0

leddys-willys-ma1

leddys-willys-ma2 leddys-willys-ma3

Continue reading

 
To Top

Mego Model US Army Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

This rare Megow wood model US Army jeep is currently priced at $40.

View all the information on eBay

“THIS AUCTION IS FOR ONE/1 MEGOW WOOD AND CARDBOARD JEEP MODEL KIT – IN ORIGINAL BOX. LOOKS COMPLETE.

THE BOTTOM PIECE OF THE MODEL IS APPROX. 5 INCHES LONG TO GIVE A SCALE TO THE SIZE OF THE MODEL JEEP.

KIT CONTAINS BOTH WOOD AND CARDBOARD PARTS

A NICE EXAMPLE OF THIS NICE JEEP WOOD AND CARDBOARD MODEL KIT. HARD TO FIND IN THIS CONDITION.”

megow-prototype-like-jeep-model1 megow-prototype-like-jeep-model2 megow-prototype-like-jeep-model3 megow-prototype-like-jeep-model4

 
To Top

RedYcut Ford GPA Amphibious Model Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, GPA (SEEP), Models

Not many of these Amphibious jeep Ford GPA models around.

View all the information on eBay

“THIS AUCTION IS FOR ONE/1 REDYCUT U.S. ARMY AMPHIBIAN JEEP WOOD KIT IN ORIGINAL BOX
THE KIT LOOKS TO BE COMPLETE.
DIRECTIONS INCLUDED
A NICE EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE WOOD AMPHIBIAN JEEP MODEL KIT.
HARD TO FIND IN THIS CONDITION.”

redycut-amphibious-jeep-model0 redycut-amphibious-jeep-model1 redycut-amphibious-jeep-model2 redycut-amphibious-jeep-model3

Continue reading

 
To Top

Philippos Jeep Models

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

UPDATE: Philippos has created some newer jeep models, this time building it based on a pic of a Ford GP that was modified into a crane. However, instead of a Ford GP, he made it a Bantam BRC-40. Here’s the original pic:

ford-gp-photo-of-4WS-2jpg

https://www.facebook.com/groups/WWIIG503/permalink/10157377382976046/

Here is the model (FB link):

ford-gp-4WS-crane-model0 ford-gp-4WS-crane-model1 ford-gp-4WS-crane-model2

Continue reading

 
To Top

Ex-Shriner’s Parade Mini-Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models, Other 4x4s

This Shriner’s jeep has a Willys MA look to it, though the seller presents no evidence that this was a Shriner’s jeep, it’s the right size for one.

View all the information on ebay

“Up for sale Shriner parade kart, go kart. This is a extremely rare Shriner kart. The only other one that I know of is in a museum in South Dakota. I be leave this Willys Jeep is from the early 1950s. The Jeep is mostly original with the exception of newer tires, rims, upholstery, paint, carpet, and engine. The engine has never had gas or oil in it. Everything appears to be in working order.”

shiriner-mini-jeep-2

shiriner-mini-jeep-3

shiriner-mini-jeep-4

shiriner-mini-jeep-5

shiriner-mini-jeep-6

 
To Top

Woodedn Jeep Toy Coquitlam, B.C., Canada **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models, toys

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $300.

Blaine spotted an unusual toy on Craigslist. Anyone recognize this wooden jeep? It seems to be missing the steering wheel and a windshield. It’s probably a one-off, but figured I’d check.

“Jeep from war 1940s ? – all wood – great collectible -”

jeep-toy-coquitlam-canada1 jeep-toy-coquitlam-canada2 jeep-toy-coquitlam-canada3 jeep-toy-coquitlam-canada4

 
To Top

Wooden Jeep on ebay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

Roger Martin spotted this newly made wooden jeep.

View all the information on ebay

“CUSTOM HAND MADE CRAFTED WOOD WILLY’S JEEP CJ WRANGLER TOY W TRAILER vintage”

wood-jeep-toledo-oh1 wood-jeep-toledo-oh2 wood-jeep-toledo-oh3 wood-jeep-toledo-oh4

 
To Top

December 1945 Popular Science Jeep for Young GIs

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models • TAGS: .

There are two different project jeep designs described in the December 1945 issue of Popular Science, pages 162-166.  The simpler one was designed by Herbert Pfister of New York City, while the second was designed by H. A. Machlan of El Campo, Texas.

1945-12-popular-science-young-gi-model-jeep1

1945-12-popular-science-young-gi-model-jeep2 1945-12-popular-science-young-gi-model-jeep3 1945-12-popular-science-young-gi-model-jeep4 1945-12-popular-science-young-gi-model-jeep5

 
To Top

2 8″-Long Wooden Jeeps on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models, toys

This pair of wood jeeps has a buy-it-now price of $27, plus $8.25 shipping. They are stamped 2013, so they aren’t very old.

View all the information on ebay

“High Quality, Handcrafted Wood Jeep. These are vintage style toys. No metal was used to make the Jeeps. They are crafted with wood and glue only. The wood varies but pine and alder were primary used. The wheels turn and the windshield goes up and down. Each Jeep measures approximately 8″ x 4″ x 2.75″.”

2013-2-wood-cj5-jeeps2

2013-2-wood-cj5-jeeps3

2013-2-wood-cj5-jeeps4

 
To Top

Wood CJ-5 Jeep with Trailer on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models, toys

Here’s another wood jeep, this time sold with a trailer.

View all the information on eBay

“Handcrafted Wood Jeep with Trailer. No metal was used in making these items and stay true to the vintage style toys that inspired them. The wood varies but pine and alder were primarily used. The wheels turn and the windshield goes up and down. The Jeep measures approximately 8″x 4″x 2 3/4″. The trailer measures approximately 8 1/4″x1 3/4″x3 1/2″.”

wood-jeep-with-trailer1

wood-jeep-with-trailer2

wood-jeep-with-trailer3

 
To Top

1957 Revell Radio Jeep Poster on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Models

This unusual poster for a Revell radio jeep and trailer is an unusual find. This 1957 poster is pretty cheap compared to the 1956 version of the model, which is on eBay for $225.

View all the information on eBay

1950s-revell-poster1 1950s-revell-poster2 1950s-revell-poster3

“Vintage 1957 Revell Radio Jeep & Trailer Two Sided Dealer Store Display Poster – from a Revell Co. Employee Collection. Has some wear & a fold line. From a smoke free home. Be sure to see my other listings for some other items from this collection.

History of this item: I recently purchased a collection of model related items from a local auction house. They would only tell me that the original owner was a former Revell employee, unfortunately the auction company would not disclose any names or information about the consignor of the collection. The majority of this collection is related to the 1950s Revell models, but there are some items from many other companies. I have been advised by several collectors that this person was most likely a Revell Co. Representative and he would have travelled to Toy Fairs & Industry Trade Shows of the time, where he would have promoted Revell Products and also acquired advertisements from other companies. Please do not contact me about purchasing any items from this collection, they will be listed for auction as I have the time.”

======================

Here’s an image of the toy itself from eBay:

1956-revell-radio-jeep-and-trailer-model

 
To Top

1940s Prototype Model Goodyear, AZ $40

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, Models

A sale is pending on this model jeep, but it looks to be a model based on the prototypes.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/373333757197973/

“Vintage 1940’s US Army Jeep Toy. This was a wood model assembled and painted very well. The windshield isn’t attached but kind of just sits on the frame. Awesome display piece.”

1940s-army-jeep-model-goodyear-az04 1940s-army-jeep-model-goodyear-az03 1940s-army-jeep-model-goodyear-az02 1940s-army-jeep-model-goodyear-az01 1940s-army-jeep-model-goodyear-az1

Continue reading

 
To Top

Model/Prop Jeep Elk Grove, CA $200

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

UPDATE: Price dropped to $200.

(10/09/2019) This is fun and a reasonable price, too.

https://sacramento.craigslist.org/tag/d/elk-grove-jeep-replica/7217471675.html

replica-jeep1 replica-jeep2 replica-jeep3 replica-jeep4

“This replica Jeep is 3/4 scale model loosely based on an early 40’s Willy’s Jeep. I built it for a prop for kids to play on at Vacation Bible School. The frame and body are wood construction plenty sturdy for kids (and small adults!) to sit in / play on. Tires are made of styrofoam, plastic lids, and irrigation drain pipe. No, it does not roll; it is stationary, although with a some imagination and skill you could modify it. There are headlights and marker lights in front connected to a 12v battery and switch in the dash.

Would love to keep it, but don’t have the space for it. Could be for a kid’s playroom, or maybe a Jeep dealer could use it for a kid space!”

 
To Top

Hand Built Half-sized Flatfender Monroe, WA $1500

• CATEGORIES: Models

No pics just yet, but it might have been built based on some of the plans floating around at the time.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/atq/d/monroe-willys-kids-toy-hand-built/7186776087.html

“Get this before it goes to an antique auction. Pictures coming shortly.

This is what I will call a 1/2 size Willys replica, built buy a guy in late 1952 or early 1953 for his young daughter who happens to be our neighbor. Her late husband took it appart and my son is almost done putting it together. It has a Wisconsin pull start motor (apparently from a gasoline operated washer) and it was driven 126 miles (according to the odometer) by the little girls. It was pictured next to the original Willys in the Fall 1953 edition of the Pied Piper of Helena.

My son restored the panels and wood frame but will be seeking a home shortly. Looking for someone who is interested in Korean/WWII memorabilia and in particular kids toys from that vintage. It even has the original tires and seat. He has 5 screws to replace and then it will be back together, looking forward to starting it. A collector will understand the value of a one-on-a kind custom toy like this. Looking for someone willing to make an offer. If interested please reply back with name and phone number. Will provide pictures to interested parties.”

 
To Top

VacuCast Plastic’s Bantam Jeep Prototype 1 Model

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, Models

This 1/76th scale plastic jeep represent one of the few commercial models designed based on the original Bantam BRC.  Eventually, I’ll remove it from it’s packaging to better take pics of the parts and the directions.

bantam-brc-model-vacucast-plastic3

bantam-brc-model-vacucast-plastic1 bantam-brc-model-vacucast-plastic2

 
To Top

1945 Wood Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

This wooden jeep popped up on eBay last week. After reading the description “To my Wife — Love Joe 5/20/1945 “. I decided to purchase it (Joe-in-Mesa, you didn’t make this for Jan, did you?). I supposed it’s possible that the message isn’t real and it’s less that 75 years old, but I prefer to think it was assembled for someone’s loving wife.

The jeep has been assembled from a few different pieces, but doesn’t look like any kit jeep that I’ve seen or own. The steering wheel is loose, but not broken. The nail needs to be pressed back down. The jeep is 5″ long by 2 1/2” wide.

1945-05-joe-wood-jeep-carved1-lores 1945-05-joe-wood-jeep-carved2-lores 1945-05-joe-wood-jeep-carved3-lores

Continue reading

 
To Top

Reprint Photo of Medic Jeep in France & A Brazilian Medic Jeep model

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, Models, Old Images

Steve shared this photo. Though it is an undated reprint, it’s one I hadn’t seen. The photo is only 5″x5″. I’m surprised it isn’t reproduced as a 8″x10″ photo.

View all the information on ebay

“This is a nice reproduction of an original World War Two photo showing US soldiers in a Jeep reading a sign prepared by French citizens expressing gratitude for the liberation of France from the Nazi’s. Great photo! Size of photo is about 5″ x 5″.”

year-medic-jeep-france

The photo above sent me on a quest to find another example of a medic/ambulance jeep with a cross painted onto the grille. I finally found one on a model, one built to replicate a Brazilian Expeditionary Force jeep ambulance from 1944 Italy. The author of the post did a good job retelling the history of the jeep (and didn’t fall for some of the incorrect history on the internet).

http://panzerserra.blogspot.com/2013/04/jeep-14-ton-4×4-ambulance-brazilian.html

1944-illlustration-brazil-medic-jeep-italy

This illustration is one of the inspirations for the model.

 
To Top

1953 Article on 1/2 Scale Jeep for Daughters

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

Andy McIntyre built this model jeep with ingenuity and scavenged parts to help teach his two daughters, Ann and Phyllis, how to drive and use hand signals. He also planned to introduce them to local law enforcement. Eventually, he wanted to teach all the kids how to properly drive, as he noted in the article “Children of today are born into an age of speed … Everyone needs to sharpen his wits to keep step with this age of machines.” It sounds like Andy and his wife raised their girls to be tough and independent!

It sounds like the family had a third daughter, Joy, who passed away in 2008, proceeded by the deaths of her parents Andy and Cora McIntyre. The older sisters, Ann and Phyllis, were still alive as of 2008.

1953-08-16-the-independent-record-helena-MT-girls-and-toy-jeep-lores

August 16, 1953, article in The Independent Record, out of Helena, Montana.