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    A story well worth revisiting...

    Burslem Industries in Canada began a line of models called Real Types beginning around 1958. While simple, they were accurate renditions of currently available vehicles. Early releases had metal wheels and no window glazing. None ever had interiors.

    The exact series of events is still open to some question, but Hubley - Pennsylvania - USA acquired this line of vehicles and renamed (most of) them Real Toys, adding window glazing and "rubber" tires. Again, none of these had interiors.

    There are models that were advertised and not made. There are models clearly marked Made In Canada with the Hubley name on them. There are Real Types with window glazing. These are exceptions to the "rule."

    Models covered were American automakers, and between Burslem and Hubley model years from 1958 to about 1961-62 are covered. Hubley even covered a General Motors Concept Car called the Firebird III, and the designers took a bit of liberty with a 1960 Ford Sedan Delivery that was not made. It appears a DIVCO concept was also cast in zamac.

    For the period of time they were made, these are extraordinary for capturing the lines of the vehicles. Scale is uniform across all of them, they all scale well with each other even if a little large on the whole (I believe they are uniform 1/60 scale).

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    The image file limits have been reset. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

    Thank you for your understanding.

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    I have the Studebaker Hawk thanks to a recent sale Olds442 had. Outside of that I lack any of the Hubley or the Real Types models. Gems from a bygone era we'll likely never see again in small scale. Models in good shape command upwards of three figures. Stellar models for the era and a key piece of history of the hobby.


    • #3
      Interesting history on these. I'd never ran across any of the Real Types, but do have a Hubley Real Toys step van I picked up somewhere years ago


      • #4
        Reading about these Burselm Real Type models is leaving much on the keyboard. I do have a couple of the Hubley models and have always enjoyed reading the material you share with us on the unique history of these models.


        • #5
          This (along with Hubley) has been a brand that has eluded me to date. I love the cars they chose to make and hope to someday run across some at a decent price.