Weird-Ohs

The Hawk Model Company, founded in 1926, produced lots, and lots, and lots, and lots of different car, plane, and boat model kits during the 50’s and 60’s.  But by 1963, William “Bill” Campbell, a free-lance artist who illustrated some of the box-covers for Hawk, felt that the car model market was saturated.  The believed that the next big thing would be the perfect blend of model making, gore, and hot rod kulture, and so the Weird Ohs were born …

 

 

 

 

 

Weird-Ohs feature crazed, blood-shot eyes, gnarly teeth, dangling tongues, and putrid skin.  The cars are equally over the top with amazing paint jobs, tricked-out tires, flaming exhaust, and kooky accessories anchors and a baby bottle shifter!  And, as if that weren’t enough, each kit also came with additional props that ranged from Daddy’s martini to Leaky Boat Louie’s swimming area float.

There was no toy on the market then, and there have been few comparable items since.  It was so unique the Weird-Ohs brand was extended to games, Halloween masks, bubble gum trading cards, a record entitled ‘The Sounds of the Weird-Ohs’, special ‘Weird-Ohs’ paints, and even a short-lived Fox Family animated series!

 

 

 

 

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