The Kits

The Paul Moore kits were distinctive, unlike anything else in the market at that time.  One distinctive feature of Moore’s kits and documentation is that most of it was very crude, an odd counterpoint to the high quality of the craftsmanship of the car sides used in his kits.  These sides were very cleanly cut, yet he used inexpensive boxes for his kits; the instruction sheets and catalog sheets were printed on high-acid “second”€¯ paper:

The Paul Moore kit box

A typical Moore kit

One of the unfortunate consequences of the use of cheap paper is that many of his instruction sheets are now falling apart because of the residual acid left in the paper. Higher qualities of paper would have lasted longer because much more of the residuual acid would have been rinsed away by the paper manufacturer.

Moore described his Little Scoots this way:

Each kit contained a pair of paperboard sides:

The different laminations of paper are apparent from the back:

In addition to the sides, Moore included pieces of wood to form the framework of the car.  Openings for the motor in smaller cars were drawn on the wood, to be removed by the kit builder. The sides were attached to this frame.

In addition, cast metal parts from Wm. K. Walthers were included.  These would be the ends of the car along with ventilators, horns and such.

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