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Frog Mitchell Mk.II (B-25C) Medium Bomber - RAF - Orange Series, 1/72, F159

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

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High quality 'Orange Series' Frog kit. As with most every Frog kit, there are very fine panel lines and no unrealistic surface detail. This allows you to build the model up into a realistic depiction of the actual aircraft. Features cockpit, crew, detailed engines, separately molded ailerons, elevators and rudders and rotating wheels and props. The model has not been started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Frog is considered the father of injection molded model kits. The Lines Brothers opened Frog in 1932, capitalizing on the fever caused by Lindberg's solo transatlantic flight. Almost overnight the western populations became 'Air-Minded', and anything aviation was in high demand. Frog created a quality line of stick and tissue rubber powered aircraft and gliders as well as innovative ready-to-fly rubber powered aircraft that required no assembly. The box even contained a built-in rubber motor winder and fuselage holder. Model airplane flight competitions were popular in Great Britain, and one category was 'Rise Off the Ground', or ROG. By changing this to 'Flies Right Off the Ground', the FROG name was born. In 1936 Frog created a line of injection molded plastic models, the first such kit line in the world (Hawk sold a line of injection molded aircraft models in 1934 but they were factory assembled and painted). Named 'Penguin' after the bird that does not fly, the kits were innovative beyond the means of production. At a time when models were simply built by wingspan, the Penguin line was a constant 1/72 scale. Furthermore, a large 1/72 Short S.30 Empire class flying boat contained a full interior and lights! A line of accessories such as AA guns, tractors, hanger, ambulance, sound locator, searchlights and lighting kits were quickly added to the line. WWII caused a pause in production. After the war the box color changed from silver to green, and Penguin kits were also marketed in the USA. Production ended in 1950. Frog quickly expanded and released the Red, Blue, Orange, Black, Green, Gold Token, Spin and Comet series as well as Trail Blazers and several others. It is noteworthy that while most manufactures in the 1940s/50 were making toy-like models, Frog attempted to make very realistic models. For example, 'detailing' kits with excessively large rivets was once very popular. Frog ignored this trend and continued to mold aircraft with fine panel lines and no rivets. As a result, Frog kits can be built into very realistic replicas. Production ended in the late 1970s, but Frog molds are still in use around the world.

Revell Douglas A-4D (AD4) Skyhawk with Bullpups Famous Aircraft Series, 1/50, H179-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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1960 issue hardbox in the Famous Aircraft Series. Great artwork by Bart Doe, borrowed from the "Famous Artist" series. This is the third issue of this kit; the first issue was the "S" kit and the second was the "Famous Artists". Includes working wing flaps, centerline drop tank, 2 Bullpup missiles, two Bullpup wheeled trailers and a ground crew of three. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Hawk Convair Manned Orbiting Laboratory with Interior and Clear Parts - Built Up, 1/98, 551-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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NOTE: this kit has been built. Very rare. 1966 issue issue hardbox. The MOL, or Manned Orbiting Laboratory one of the classic space kits. Includes interior detail, figures, clear cover and two rocket reentry vehicles. The rocket and clear cover is present - the base is not. Assembly quality of the rocket is very good - there are no gaps, but some light glue marks. The clear cover has not been glued on and is in excellent condition. A small antenna and one thruster are missing (the other thruster is present but detached). There are no instructions and the decals have been applied.

Lindberg USS Lexington CV-16 Aircraft Carrier (Essex Class) - Motorized, 1/888, 7103M

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. 1968 motorized issue for operation in water. This is the Lady Lex after her modernization to an angled deck carrier.

Renwal USS Compass Island Experimental Ballistic Navigational Ship, 1/500, S606-149

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Very rare. This kit is highly detailed, very finely molded and includes the Regulus I missiles and launcher, retractable stabilizers, detailed helicopter and landing pad and highly detailed superstructure, booms and deck fittings. The kit has not been started and has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. In the 1950s, the US Navy began a program called the "Fleet Ballistic Missile". Since missiles of the day had short range, it made sense to sail Navy ship within range and fire missiles from then. Nothing had ever been done like this before, so a special research ship was converted from a "Mariner" class cargo vessel. The USS Compass Island was the US Navy's experimental forerunner of ballistic missile-launching vessels. She was commissioned at the New York naval Shipyard on December 3, 1956. Displacing 17,000 tons, the Compass Island was designed to assist in the development of SINS, or the Ship Inertial Navigational System. Missiles can only hit targets if they know exactly where they were launched from. This early system was a distant relative of GPS, the Global Positioning System. The ship carried the usual crew in addition to many scientists. She was equipped with Regulus I missiles for testing as well as many other instruments from research on navigation done at the Instrumentation Laboratory and MIT. The Compass Island was also equipped with the Sperry Gyroscope Company's new Gyrofin Ship Stabilizer. These are included in the model and move as the real ones did to keep the Compass Island from rolling. Each fin provided 3,000 foot-tons of lift and reduced this motion by 90%. This kit is highly detailed, very finely molded and includes the Regulus I missiles and launcher. The kit has not been started and has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Tamiya Japanese Self Defense Force Type 61 Tank (90mm Gun) - Motorized, 1/35, MT129-700

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Highly detailed and beautifully molded armor kit. Includes Mabuchi 26 motor and all metal gear box. The model as never been started. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Revell Martin PBM-5 Mariner - History Makers Issue, 1/112, 8603

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Ex++

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Still factory sealed. 1982 History Makers issue. Ideal builder kit, as this is an exact copy of the old 'S' kit down to the famous clear swivel stand. Very nicely molded with recessed panel lines and very restrained and fine rivet detail.

Revell F-94C Starfire Intereceptor - Pre 'S' Kit, 1/56, H210-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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1954 Pre-S issue. This is the third issue. The first issue was in the simple one-piece box and Revell quickly converted to this two-piece box as it was much more durable and a full-color lithographed 'slick' could be used. For the second issue, Revell added rivet and raised panel line detail as well as landing gear, and went to this box and H210-79 kit number. The famous 'Globe' clear stand was added, but the 2nd issue has the rare one piece stand arm and the instructions reflecting that. The 3rd issue (this kit) is identical to the 2nd issue except that the 'Globe' stand was changed to the sturdy 3 piece arm version. The model has never been started. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

MPM Curtiss XP-55 Ascender, 1/72, 72135

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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Limited issue upgrade injection molded kit with many brass photoetched details, many resin parts and film instruments. This kit has never been started. It is either still in the internally sealed factory bag or has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Veron Nieuport 27 - 20 inch Wingspan Flying Model Airplane

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

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Veron models were made by Model Aircraft (Bournemouth) Ltd. In Bournemouth, Great Britain. Three of the product lines were 'Kwik-Fix' gliders, 'Super Truscale' (sold kits) and 'Tru-Flite' (stick and tissue kits). This Tru-Flite kit contains high quality printwood and strip wood, hardware, rubber, beautifully drawn full size plans, detailed instructions and plastic wheels, prop and thrust bearing. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Guillows Bristol Bullet - 18 inch Wingspan Rubber Powered Balsa Wood Kit, WW-7

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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One of a very popular line of World War 1 flying aircraft stick and tissue kits with 18 inch wingspan. Kit features scale plastic wheels, plastic propeller, light vacuform nose cowl, die cut balsa parts, colored tissue, rubber motor and full decals. Includes full size detailed plans. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Guillow's founder, Paul K. Guillow, was a WWI naval aviator. In 1926 he began producing wooden model airplane kits. His 'Shelf Models' were some of the earlier non-flying models in production. Guillow's grew during the model boom of the 1930s, and when the Depression hit the hardest, Guillow's responded with lower prices and became one of the low price leaders, frequently advertising in Model Airplane News and other leading publications. During the war, like most manufacturers, Guillow's was forced to alternative materials such as cardboard and pine. Guillow's survived the post WWII slump by creating many inexpensive profile flying rubber powered aircraft and gliders in the 1950s (along with North Pacific) which became famous - some are still available today. The stick and tissue lines have been updated with laser cut parts and are still in production as of 2009.

Revell Spanish Galleon, 1/65, H400

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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1970 issue. Large and highly detailed model. 28.5 inches long and 25 inches high. Comes with vac sails with colorful designs on them as per the box artwork. Sails are in good condition but not mint. The printing is excellent, but two sails have small corner cracks that can be repaired. Full rigging instructions and material included. Never started. 100% inventoried complete or factory bagged with instructions present.

Rareplane Detective Convair XF2Y-1 Sea Dart (Ex-Strombecker) - (XF2Y1), 1/60, RPD01

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Limited edition of only 1000 kits issued. The Sea Dart was a supersonic design that could operate from water. Five prototypes were built and over 300 test flights made. The advent of the super carrier spelled the end of the Sea Dart, although 4 still exist on display today. Ex-Strombecker molds released by Jeff Garrity. Has rivets as the final Strombecker release did (early Strombecker release does not have rivets). Has very colorful decals for this unusual and beautiful aircraft. Never started. Factory sealed bag or 100% inventoried with all parts decals and instructions present.

AMT F9F Panther - Ted Williams Aircraft, 1/48, T643

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

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Still factory sealed. Large 1/48 scale kit with Ted Williams personal aircraft markings.

Hasegawa North American RA-5C Vigilante - RVAH-12 USS America, 1/72, 1027

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. Very nicely molded kit with cockpit and gear well detail, four drop tanks and clear camera windows.

Lindberg B-58 Hustler, 1/64, 5304

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Late 1960s/early 1970s issue of this popular kit. Loaded with operating features and good detail. Features retracting main and nose gear and opening/closing gear doors, detailed opening cockpits and movable control surfaces, crew of three and four detailed engines with removable panels. Never started and complete. Molded in correct early gray plastic. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Airfix Bristol Blenheim IV, 1/72, 2027

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

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Still in the factory seal. Well molded model. Kit includes rotating turret with elevating guns, crew members and good interior and landing gear detail.

Maircraft Vultee Vanguard Solid Wood Model Airplane, 1/48, S7

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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Maircraft was originally founded in the early or mid 1930s by Gordon Christoph and went by the name Aircraft Model Company. The company produced a typical line of solid 'profile cut' kits that required the usual high talent levels for carving and finishing. A former Comet Model Airplane & Supply Co. salesman, Jack Mair, bought the company in the early 1940s and renamed it Maircraft. This company was one of the handful of solid kit producers who issued models in a consistent 1/48 scale during the 1930s and 1940s (others included Hawk and Dyna-Model). This lead to one of the most desirable and rare model kits ever produced in the USA - the wood/plastic 1/48 United DC-3 model issued immediately after World War 2. Other than the P-61 and a few other Maircraft offerings, most were simple kits that sold for the low price of about 35 cents and gave the owners many hours of pleasurable work. This kit features a full size plan with instructions steps, fuselage that is about 80% cut, profile cut parts, printwood and a small bag of details. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Revell CV-13 USS Franklin (Essex Class), 1/720, H484-150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still sealed. 1967 issue. Can be built as waterline or full hull version. Nicely molded and detailed with all AA guns and an air wing of Hellcat and Helldiver aircraft.

Strombecker Northrop P-61 Black Widow, C33

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

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Before plastic kits were introduced, Strombecker was famous as the premier hardwood preshaped model manufacture. In the 1940s and 1950s, Strombecker kits were flawlessly engineered but not inexpensive. All wooden parts are hardwood and are precarved to shape - usually only a quick sanding would finish them. This kit is hardwood with many plastic injection molded parts, so it was produced in the transition from wood to plastic. The P-61 is one of the rarest of the WWII Strombeckers. The model includes plastic detail parts, decals, glue and sandpaper. The carving is done to the final shape - which makes for some impressive parts for a Black Widow. When complete it makes an impressive desk top display model with an 11 inch wingspan. Never started. 100% complete with all parts, decals and detailed plans/instructions.