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Airfix Westland Whirlwind - Bagged, 1/72, 99

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG+

$24   

Still factory sealed. 1960s bagged kit with header and type three logo. 112 Whirlwinds were built after the prototype flew in October of 1938. Two Squadrons flew the single seat fighter bomber on anti-shipping strikes and long range escort duties.

Airfix Short Stirling with Tractor and Bomb Carts Craftmaster Issue, 1/72, 1602-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$37   

1960s issue. Includes accessories as shown on box cover. Kit features elevating guns, rotating turrets, interior, rotating props and wheels, movable control surfaces, optional position bomb bay doors, bomb bay detail and bombs and optional position undercarriage. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Revell HMS Campbeltown (USS Buchanan) Destroyer, 1/240, H450

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$65   

Still factory sealed. 1971 issue. Large scale and highly detailed kit of the historic four-pipe destroyer. Originally the USS Buchanan Four-Piper, she was traded in the famous Lend-Lease program for the use of British bases. On March 8, 1942, the Campbeltown sailed up the Loire River. Her mission was to destroy the Normandie Drydock, a possible haven for the Tirpitz which was holed up on Norway at this time. The Campbeltown was disguised as a German warship and the bow was packed with 8500 lbs of high explosive depth charges. Under a RAF diversion, Campbeltown fought her way up the river and rammed the dock doors at full speed. Charges at the stern sank the back of the ship and she was wedged in the dock. During a German inspection 8 hours later, the charges went off, scattering parts of the ship up to one mile away. The dock was rendered useless to the Tirpitz, who now had to stay in Norway.

Hasegawa D-3800 (MS-406) - Swiss Air Force, 1/72, AP116

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$26   

Still factory sealed. Swiss-build MS-406, served into the 1950s. Very nicely detailed and molded kit.

MPC Pilgrim Observer Space Station Nuclear, 1/100, 9001

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+++

$155   

Still factory sealed. This offering from MPC is one of the most interesting and a classic among Science Fiction kits. The model dates from 1975. Large 1/100 scale kit is 17 inch long, has excellent detail and a large clear section to show interior detail. Fourteen movable parts allow you to display or change the ship's configuration from "Launch" to "Earth's Atmosphere Entry" to "Space Cruise". Also contains complete 'technical' flight data, a report on the NERVA Nuclear Engine and an iron-on shirt transfer. There was a time when space research was not aimed at the earth's orbit and moon, but at distant planets in our solar system and eventually beyond. Planning went much further than most people are aware. The main limitation was seen as the chemical rocket motor. It could only be fired once and the specific impulse was limited. To overcome these limitations, the United States embarked on a large program to build the nuclear rocket engine. Unlike the nuclear aircraft engine, this program overcame the technical obstacles placed before it was VERY successful. The effort resulted in numerous test engines up through the Phoebes 5000 MW monster, which is still the world's most powerful reactor. The nuclear engines could run at full power for an hour, then be shut down and restarted up to a dozen times or more. Also, the flow of fuel (liquid hydrogen) could be regulated through turbo-pumps to 'throttle' the engine just as one does a car engine. Crew radiation shielding from the engine was less than requirements for cosmic ray shielding. At one point, a KIWI series reactor (KIWI-TNT) was blown up on purpose to test the environmental impact; it was minimal and clean up went quickly. The final result was to be a space rated engine called NERVA, or Nuclear Engine for Rocket Vehicle Application. Before the project was terminated, many vehicles were designed for deep space exploration based on these amazing engines.

Aurora Sopwith Camel, 1/48, 102-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$49   

Still factory sealed. This is the 4th known issue of this classic kit, and the second one to share the 102-100 kit number. The blue oval logo dates from the early 1960s. This is only the second box artwork used for this kit, and John Steel replaced Cox for the 'new look' from Aurora. This is part of the famous Aurora WWI series of 1/48 scale aircraft. The series began in 1956 and Aurora added new kits into the early 1960s. The line proved incredibly popular, so these kits were included in the 'mold upgrade' in the 1970s before Aurora went out of business.

Monogram Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat - (F6F5) Blue Box Issue, 1/48, PA80-150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$65   

Still mint in the factory seal. Most likely the second issue of this classic kit and the first 'Blue Box' issue. Dated 1967. Many action features - wings fold properly as on actual aircraft - landing gear retracts including tail wheel and arresting hook - includes bombs, drop tanks and rockets.

Monogram Little Air Force Assortment Gift Set - Speedee-Bilt F-51 (P-51) / F6F and Superkit F-51 and F-84

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$950   

Very rare 1950s "pre-injection molded" gift set. Long before injection molded kit were made in the USA, Monogram produced perhaps the finest pre-fabricated wooden kits with plastic details. The Speedee-Bilt series were flying models with pre-painted and cut wooden parts with plastic props, cowls, pilots, etc. The Superkits were smaller static models with precarved wooden parts and many plastic details. The kits themselves are rare today, but the gift set is very rare. Monogram issued very few gift sets for injection kits, and even fewer in the early 1950s for the wooden kits. The gift set consists of a special 'Christmas' box with a tray and lift-off top with a cello window. This one contains 2 Superkits (F-84 Thunderjet and F-51 Mustang) and 2 Speedee-Bilts (the F6F Hellcat and F-51 Mustang). The outer box is near mint and in investment grade condition - which is amazing considering the age of the set. Even the original cut-out add for MonoDope and MonoGlue is present. The four kits are in mint boxes and have never started. Each is 100% inventoried complete with all parts/decals and instructions present.

Anmark RMS Lusitania Ocaen Liner - (ex-Revell / ex-Entex / ex-Gunze Sangyo), 1/350, 7002

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$185   

From the original Revell molds. Large and very well detailed kit. This model was reissued by Entex in the 1970s and more recently by Gunze Sangyo. The kit has never been started. Many parts are still in the factory sealed bags. The parts that are not internally sealed sealed have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions.

Heller Dunkerque Battlecruiser, 1/400, L1025

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$350   

Rare. The Dunkerque-class Battlecruisers were the French response to the German Graf Spee-class and the fast and well-armed Italian ships at the time. If the 1900 to 1930 span of French shipbuilding could be defined as lacking a clear vision or plan, the Strasbourg and her sister decisively ended that period. The products of superior design and engineering, the two sisters would re-define fast capital ships as would their near-sisters Battleships Richelieu and Jean Bart after them. But world events would conspire against these beautiful ships and there visibility in naval history. The Dunkerque was laid down on 24 Dec, 1932 at St. Nazire, launched on 2 Oct, 1935 and put into service on 15 Apr, 1937. Displacement was 26,500 ton and top speed was 30 knots. Main armament was (8) 330mm guns and (16) 130 mm dual purpose. The main and secondary guns were mounted in the first quadruple turrets. Both main 330 mm turrets faced forward and had almost unlimited arcs of fire - so that all main guns could fire when the enemy was sighted or in pursuit. Her superior speed would allow her to escape anything that she could not out-gun. Like most advanced ships of the day she featured the 'All-Or-Nothing' armor design or 'armored box'. The compact design and placement of the main and secondary armament allowed unusually high armor protection for a battlecruiser. Serious consideration was also given to underwater protection, and the ships had a unique and effective (as events would prove) anti-mine/torpedo system with a novel water-exclusive material. At Mers-El-Kebir, the Dunkerque was pinned at the pier. The British fired 15 inch shells, which the Dunkerque's deck armor was surprisingly resistant to. In an unlucky set of events, the auxiliary ship Terre Neuve moored next to her was sunk during the battle with a full load of depth-charges. Later, a torpedo set off the huge explosive cargo. The damage to Dunkerque was immense. She was hastily repaired and fled to Toulon, where she was joined by the hastily repaired Strasbourg. The French tried to repair Dunkerque as best they could but the wartime resources and material were very limited. However, when the Germans threatened to seize the ships, the entire fleet including the two sisters was scuttled in the harbor. The Italians raised the Strasbourg and stripped her of her guns; but she was bombed and sunk by Allied aircraft. In 1945 she was raised again, but salvage was beyond hope. In 1959 she was sold for scrap. Kit has never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Heller Strasbourg Battlecruiser, 1/400, L1030

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$285   

Still factory sealed. Rare. The Dunkerque-class Battlecruisers were the French response to the German Graf Spee-class and the fast and well-armed Italian ships at the time. If the 1900 to 1930 span of French shipbuilding could be defined as lacking a clear vision or plan, the Strasbourg and her sister decisively ended that period. The products of superior design and engineering, the two sisters would re-define fast capital ships as would their near-sisters Battleships Richelieu and Jean Bart after them. But world events would conspire against these beautiful ships and there visibility in naval history. The Strasbourg was begun in 1934 at St. Nazire, launched in 1936 and put into service in 1939. She never navigated in peacetime. Displacement was 26,500 ton and top speed was 30 knots. Main armament was (8) 330mm guns and (16) 130 mm dual purpose. The main and secondary guns were mounted in the first quadruple turrets. Both main 330 mm turrets faced forward so that all main guns could fire when the enemy was sighted or in pursuit. Her superior speed would allow her to escape anything that she could not out-gun. Like most ships of the day she featured the 'All-Or-Nothing' armor design or 'armored box'. The compact design and placement of the main and secondary armament allowed unusually high armor protection for a battlecruiser. Serious consideration was also given to underwater protection, and the ships had a unique and effective (as events would prove) anti-mine/torpedo system with a novel water-exclusive material. At Mers-El-Kebir, her sistership Dunkerque was pinned at the pier. In an unlucky set of events, a ship moored next to her was sunk along with it's load of depth-charges. Later, a torpedo set off the huge explosive cargo. The damage to Dunkerque was immense. Other ships would have sunk, but she did not. Strasbourg was the only capital ship to get underway during the disaster at Mers-El-Kebir. Her superior speed allowed her to escape while two other French Battleships were sunk. She fled to Toulon, where she was eventually joined by the hastily repaired Dunkerque. However, when the Germans threatened to seize the ships, the entire fleet including the two sisters was scuttled in the harbor. The Italians raised the Strasbourg and stripped her of her guns; but she was bombed and sunk by Allied aircraft. In 1945 she was raised again, but salvage was beyond hope. In 1955 she was sold for scrap.

Lindberg Stearman PT-17 Kaydet Motorized, 1/48, 508M-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$55   

With motorized prop action. Hardbox issue is dated 1966 and features Tom Morgan boxart. Molded in yellow and clear. The kit has never been started. The motor parts are are still in the factory sealed bag and all other parts have been inventoried complete with decals and instructions. The Stearman was the last standard biplane produced for the Army and Naval Air Forces. Production was over 10,000 planes, making if more prolific than any other US Biplane design. Kaydets help to train over 60,000 allied airmen in WWII.

Frog HS Buccaneer S.Mk 2A / S.Mk 50 - RAF or South African Airforce, 1/72, F238

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$34   

Still factory sealed. Has decals for both Air Forces, No.12 Sq RAF Honington, 1970 and No. 24 Sq SAAF Waterkfloof, 1970. Typical high quality Frog kit with no rivets and fine panel lines for a realistic model. Features steering nose strut, four anti-ship missiles on wing pylons and optional position landing gear. The Buccaneer was the world's first purpose designed low level 'below the radar' bomber. Low level strike aircraft have a shorter airframe life limit due to the stresses of low level flying, so the Buccaneer was designed to be very strong and even had many sub-assemblies milled from solid metal. Kit features opening unique rotating bomb bay, folding wings and working arresting hook.

Eduard Fokker D-VI - (D.VI), 1/48, 8012

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$44   

Highly detailed kit. Includes injection molded main parts, many photoetched parts on a brass fret, white metal cast engine, several resin details, and three large decals sheets for two aircraft. Has complete lozenge markings. Never started. Factory sealed bags with decals and instructions.

Eduard Fokker E.III (E-III EIII) Eindecker, 1/48, 8002

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$34   

Cleanly molded and very highly detailed kit. Includes main injection molded parts, a large photoetched brass fret, cast white metal engine and two decals sheets for Ernst Udet's 1916 aircraft and a German Naval Eindecker from LF70 in 1916. Never started. Factory sealed bags with decals and instructions.

Meikraft Models Beechcraft Staggerwing D-17S - (YC-43 / UC-43 / GB-1 and Traveller I) RAF or USAF, 1/72, 1804

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$38   

Very limited edition kit. This is the improved mold quality release with detailed, clean moldings. Also includes photoetched details, full interior and decals for the Beech UC-43 USAAF 1943, YC-43 assigned to the American Embassy in London 1941, GB-1 US Marines 1943 and Royal Navy Traveler I 1944. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Meikraft Models Grumman FF-1, 1/72, 1608

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$32   

Very limited production, only 2000 made. This is the first carrier aircraft to have an enclosed cockpit and retractable gear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Hasegawa Curtiss BF2C-1 (Navy F11C Hawk) - (BF2C1), 1/32, QP14

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$48   

Highly detailed kit. Includes markings and painting guide for any of the aircraft on the USS Ranger in 1934 (VB-5B). The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Revell 1960 Chevrolet Corvette, 1/25, H1203

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$34   

Still factory sealed. 1984 reissue of the popular kit. Features opening hood, detailed engine and transmission, Goodyear Custom wide tread tires on Cragar Mach 8 Wheels, full interior and detailed chassis and suspension. Molded in chrome, color, clear and black.

Airfix Grumman EA-6B Prowler - US Marines VMAQ-2 or Navy VAQ-131, 1/48, 9 08176

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$25   

Large scale (1/48) Prowler. Features full cockpit, four crew with positionable arms, three piece canopy, a variety of underwing stores and decals for both aircraft. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.