1. ruthc says:

    Common parlance among railroad and aircraft modelers, probably most often mentioned in mass publications in articles about special-effects builders for science-fiction films. Seen with the hyphen, and also as “kitbashing,” and “kit bashing.”
    Used in a book title in 1978:
    “Scratchbuilding and Kitbashing Model Railroad Stations” by Bob Hayden, Kalmbach Pub Co.

    My husband remembers the term from at least the early 1970’s, and I’d expect mentions in the fan press around the time of “Thunderbirds” beginning in 1964
    http://www.tvcentury21.com/content/view/212/41/
    and certainly in coverage of the production of Star Wars and Close Encounters

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