History of Shrock Brothers Toys
Shrock Body Shop started as a family owned auto body business in 1960. In 1963 the owners, Tom & Dave, built a concept car called the Super turtle. To supply hard to find rubber and plastic parts, in the 1970's they became increasingly involved in the reproduction of Studebaker car parts. In 1980 they completed a custom build of a 1940 Studebaker President Boat-tailed Speedster with a rumble seat. This one of a kind Studebaker has been featured in several publications including the Studebaker Drivers Club magazine "Turning Wheels". In 1982 the brothers restored a 1935 Studebaker Commander roadster that was featured in the movie The Color Purple. This car is currently on display in the Studebaker museum in Southbend Indiana.
The first original toy designed by the Shrock Brothers was a 1:43rd scale model of the 1940 President Boat-tail Speedster. Early production 1985-93 focused solely on 1:43rd scale models including: 1940 Speedster, 1936 COE (streamliners & circus trailers), 1955-59 E7 pickups, 1931-32 Indy team racer, 1956 E38 tractor with Fruehauf trailer, 1949-53 R model trucks.
In 1988 a line of 1:55th scale toys was introduced to reduce the overall complexity of the assembly process. The models produced included: All Studebaker pickup trucks from 1941 through 1964, and 59 and 60 Larks in five body styles.
In 1994 a line of 1:72th scale toys was introduced in the continuing effort to reduce the overall assembly complexity while maintaining a high level of detail & finish. All production is now focused on the 1:72nd size. The models currently offered are shown in the 1:72nd scale section of this web site. The plan is to offer all Studebaker models and body styles from 1929 through 1966. It is the belief of the Shrock brothers that the 1:72nd scale size offers the best balance between detail, size, cost and displayability . It also allows for sets including scenery to be displayed in reasonable table or shelf space.
The models are constructed from pewter with a hand rubbed acrylic enamel finish. The windows are vacuum-formed from butyrate sheets and the bright parts are cast from the same Brittania used in custom jewelry.