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Hawk Curtiss Racer R3C-1 - One Piece Box Issue 1946 - (R3C1), 1/48, 600

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$175   

For the advanced model collector. This is a model kit with a fascinating history as it may be among the very first injection molded kits produced in the United States (please see the article about early USA kit production on this website). The Hawk model company was the most innovative in America and had been making constant 1/48 scale models in wood and metal since the late 1920s. During the re-run of the World's Fair in 1933, Hawk may have made the world's first injection molded airplanes models - but they were not kits. The models were completely finished and were on display for the princely sum of $25 each. The Mates brothers, who founded and ran Hawk, were quick to incorporate this new technology by adding injection molded details to the wooden kits in the late 1930s. During the war, Hawk put it's injection molding knowledge to work making ID models for the US Armed Forces. Originally there was a nation-wide program to have children and adults make these from wood, but consistency was an issue - injection molded solved this problem. Immediately after WWII in 1946, Hawk made the Curtiss Racer model injection molded in black tenite. The box was a simple one-color affair. This kit, like Varney's PT-17, met a very cool reception at hobby shops. Hawk quickly changed the box to two colors and added box artwork while molding the kit is bright yellow acetate. That makes it the second issue, still from 1946, and that is this kit for sale here. The box is in very good condition with great colors. There is tape on both end flaps. The box has not been crushed or flattened, which is unusual. These came in one-piece boxes and they are not very strong. Inside, the kit has minor assembly. The fuselage 1/2s have been glued. The quality of assembly is excellent - there are no gaps and no glue showing. There is no other assembly. The kit is 100% complete with all parts. The small parts are still sealed in the 'crinkle' bag. The instructions are in as new condition. Please note that Hawk did not issue decals with this issue of this kit.

Lindberg Dornier Do-335 Arrow, 1/72, 438-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$26   

1966 hardbox issue with Tom Morgan boxart. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Lindberg is a company with a fascinating history The original 'Lindberg Line' stretches back to the 1930s when Paul Lindberg drew plans for famous modeling magazines and marketed his balsa wood 'stick and tissue' by urging dealers to carry the '...Complete Lindberg Line'. After the war, Lindberg and Olsen had a strong hand in early United States injection molded kit development. Please see the article located on this website about early USA plastic kit manufactures.

Lindberg Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat - (F6F5), 1/72, 484-60

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$28   

1967 hardbox issue with artwork by Lacina. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Lindberg is a company with a fascinating history The original 'Lindberg Line' stretches back to the 1930s when Paul Lindberg drew plans for famous modeling magazines and marketed his balsa wood 'stick and tissue' by urging dealers to carry the '...Complete Lindberg Line'. After the war, Lindberg and Olsen had a strong hand in early United States injection molded kit development. Please see the article located on this website about early USA plastic kit manufactures.

Lindberg Grumman TBF Avenger, 1/72, 480

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$24   

One-piece box issue with Tom Morgan artwork is dated 1968, but it is the third issue and dates from the 1970s. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Lindberg is a company with a fascinating history The original 'Lindberg Line' stretches back to the 1930s when Paul Lindberg drew plans for famous modeling magazines and marketed his balsa wood 'stick and tissue' by urging dealers to carry the '...Complete Lindberg Line'. After the war, Lindberg and Olsen had a strong hand in early United States injection molded kit development. Please see the article located on this website about early USA plastic kit manufactures.

Lindberg Grumman TBF Avenger, 1/72, 480

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM-

$26   

Two-piece softbox issue with Tom Morgan artwork. Dated 1968 but this is the second issue and is from the late 1960s/early 1970s. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Lindberg is a company with a fascinating history The original 'Lindberg Line' stretches back to the 1930s when Paul Lindberg drew plans for famous modeling magazines and marketed his balsa wood 'stick and tissue' by urging dealers to carry the '...Complete Lindberg Line'. After the war, Lindberg and Olsen had a strong hand in early United States injection molded kit development. Please see the article located on this website about early USA plastic kit manufactures.

Lindberg Vought OS2U Kingfisher - Wheels or Floats, 1/72, 590

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$26   

Mid to late 1960s one-piece 'large' box issue with Tom Morgan box artwork. The kit is well molded for it's time and features recessed and raised panel lines, optional wheels for land based operation or floats, crew of two and some cockpit detail. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Lindberg is a company with a fascinating history The original 'Lindberg Line' stretches back to the 1930s when Paul Lindberg drew plans for famous modeling magazines and marketed his balsa wood 'stick and tissue' by urging dealers to carry the '...Complete Lindberg Line'. After the war, Lindberg and Olsen had a strong hand in early United States injection molded kit development. Please see the article located on this website about early USA plastic kit manufactures.

Lindberg Curtiss SB2C Helldiver, 1/72, 479-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$26   

1968 hardbox issue with Tom Morgan artwork. Nicely molded kit with fine raised details, crew of two and detailed gear wells. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Lindberg is a company with a fascinating history The original 'Lindberg Line' stretches back to the 1930s when Paul Lindberg drew plans for famous modeling magazines and marketed his balsa wood 'stick and tissue' by urging dealers to carry the '...Complete Lindberg Line'. After the war, Lindberg and Olsen had a strong hand in early United States injection molded kit development. Please see the article located on this website about early USA plastic kit manufactures.

Testors Martin B-57G Canberra, 1/72, 653

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$48   

Hard-to-find 'G' variant. From well-detailed Italeri molds. Includes full cockpit, underwing stores, tip tanks, full bomb bay load, optional position landing gear and speed brakes and decals for two aircraft. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

Hasegawa Mig-17 D/E Fresco - USSR / East German / Indonesian Air Forces, 1/72, 083

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$28   

Very nicely molded kit that builds up to a nice and realistic model. Includes air-to-air missiles. Features decals for three air forces. Still factory sealed.

ESCI L.T.V. A-7D Corsair II - 355 TFW 358 TFS / 354 TFW 353 TFS / Greek Air force Helleniki Aeroporia, 1/48, SC-4009

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$34   

Well detailed and molded kit. Features good cockpit and gear well detail and extensive underwing stores. Has decals for three aircraft. 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.

Revell John Travolta's 1979 Pontiac Firebird Fever, 1/25, 1387

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$65   

1979 issue. Still factory sealed. Features 455 CID Pontiac engine, custom full interior with Reccaro seats, custom flared fenders, Racemark steering wheel, T-Roof with tinted panels, opening 'shaker' hood, 'Whale Tail' rear spoiler, custom instrument panel and custom Travolta decals.

Revell Prinz Eugen Heavy Cruiser, 1/720, H481

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$36   

Still factory sealed. 1969 issue. Kit is waterline or full hull. Features movable turrets, full primary and secondary armament, ships boats and Ar-196 floatplane.

Aoshima IJN Destroyer Shiranui, 1/700, WLD057-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$18   

Very highly detailed waterline small scale (1/700) model. 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 (if supplied) and instructions.

Hasegawa IJN Submarines I-361 and I-171, 1/700, WLD095

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$18   

Very highly detailed waterline small scale (1/700) model. Contains both submarines. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. I-361 has a very active career as a supply sub making runs to Wake Island. In May of 1945 she is outfitted with five kaiten and sent to attack Okinawa where the US invasion fleet was. After evading American forces for several days, she was sunk on May 31, 1945 by an Avenger using sonobouys and a Mark 24 "Fido" acoustic tracking torpedo. I-171 lead a very active career from Pearl Harbor, Midway and beyond. She was diverted to supply duty and was depth charged and sunk on one such mission by DD-472 USS Guest and DD-475 USS Hudson, 1 February 1944, off Buka Island.

Aoshima IJN Destroyer Kagero, 1/700, WLD033-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$18   

Very highly detailed waterline small scale (1/700) model. 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 (if supplied) and instructions.

Monogram 1950s Kurtis-Kraft Indianapolis Racer, P12-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$45   

Still factory sealed. This is the 1996 reissue of the 1956 kit using the original molds, box art and kit number. Features wheels that steer from the steering wheel, hinged hood, detailed engine, instrument panel, driver, pit mechanic, tool box and decals.

Revell Convair Space Shuttlecraft (Space Shuttle) - by Krafft A. Ehricke / Convair Astronautics - 'S' Kit, 1/156, H1828-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$750   

Very rare original issue "S" Kit from 1959 in investment-grade condition. The box is graded 'NM' with as-new color and gloss, four solid original corners, no price tags or tag marks, no tape or tape marks beyond the original factory sealing tape on the long sides, no fading and no litho damage. The only flaw is very, very light wear. This model was designed by Kraftt Ehricke of Convair Astronautics Division, this shares many traits with the modern day shuttle. The kit features separating booster and shuttle stages, removable power unit, detailed interior with removable canopy, base and launching pad, 3 ground crew and 5 shuttle crew members. The model is molded in the correct baby blue plastic and has never been started. The kit has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Other than very light yellowing, the decals and instructions are mint also.

OK Herkimer Metal Streamliner Baggage Car - HO Scale Metal Kit, HO, 34

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$32   

Please read the article on this website about older HO train kits and the modeling revolution they caused in the late 1930s/1940s. During this time, OK (Herkimer Tool and Model Works) created a line of real metal streamliner cars. The ends and body are made from cast aluminum. If you polish them and assemble the model, the look like the real thing. The kit comes with fully assembled Talgo metal trucks, predrilled floors, sealed small parts and NMRA couplers. The aluminum is in excellent condition and has not corroded. The model has not been started and is complete.

Renwal Nieuport 17 Aeroskin - Lt. C.E. Nungesser's, 1/72, 264-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$42   

Contains pre-colored Aeroskin fabric created to resemble fabric covered aircraft. No painting needed since all designs are printed on the fabric. You build the inner structure of the aircraft then cover it, similar to the construction of the actual aircraft. Has markings for Nungesser's colorful aircraft. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, aeroskin and instructions.

Revell 1953 Jaguar XK-120 Highway Pioneers - Series 4, 1/32, H56-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$38   

1954 early issue molded in very light green plastic. NOTE: this model has had the wheels and floor painted. There has been no other painting and no assembly. It has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. Before the 1950s 'model building' never made the top 10 list of boy's activities. Hobbies were nothing new to America in the 1930s/40s, but they were not mainstream. Shortly after the turn of the century, many dedicated modelers built flying or static airplanes, ship, train, automotive or other subjects. Basic kits existed, but the majority of these models were built from scratch, which demanded a high talent level developed from years of experience. That changed in the early 1950s. The phenomenon of the Revell/Gowland & Gowland 'Highway Pioneers' car kits was a significant force in proving that model building as a hobby could have mass appeal, provided that the kits were easy enough to build and finish. These 1/32 scale vehicles could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real car. The Highway Pioneers series lead to the production of other subjects in plastic and the effect was revolutionary. By the early 1960s, model building was the #1 past time of American boys.