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Lindberg SS Gato US Fleet Submarine, 1/240, 70885

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$22   

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Still factory sealed. Modern Crafthouse reissue from original molds. This kit has a fascinating history. These molds are believed to be the oldest production plastic ship model in US modeling history. The kit started as the Varney Fleet Sub in the mid 1940s. It is widely regarded as the very first USA all-plastic construction kit of a military vessel. Varney produced an all plastic aircraft kit at the same time, the PT-17. It is the #1 candidate for the first plastic airplane kit in the USA. Varney was a famous manufacture of model trains, first O then a leader in HO models. The two new additions did not sell very well - remember, the Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' had yet to be issued, so the boom in modeling had not occurred. Varney soon sold the molds for the Fleet Sub and the PT-17 to O-Lin (along with the molds for a fantastic multi-media kit with a wooden hull and plastic fittings, the Varney PT Boat ). O-Lin was a joint venture by Paul Lindberg and Mr. Olsen. O-Lin successfully issued the PT Boat (the PT Boat was given an injection molded hull and deck), PT-17 Stearman and Fleet Sub but modified the molds for the Sub. The original Varney kit had a solid, one-piece black hull and gray fittings. O-Lin engineers created a two-piece hull that provided a hollow hull and made from the same shot of plastic as the fittings. The 'Lin' in O-Lin, Paul Lindberg, was already well known for his publication of articles and plans for flying model aircraft in some of the leading aviation publications in the 1940/50s. Mr. Lindberg soon bought out Mr. Olsen and began marketing the same O-Lin kits under 'The Lindberg Line.' One immediate change was the box art. O-Lin box art was usually two or three color and not very exciting. Near the end of O-Lin, the partners asked Ray Gaedke to provide some box art. The bright colors and vivid action were an immediate hit, and Paul Lindberg took this lesson and Mr. Gaedke's artwork along to the new 'Lindberg Line.' Lindberg continue to issue the old Varney kits with the O-Lin modifications. The kit has been issued by a resurgent Lindberg as late at 2009, likely making it the longest running plastic ship kit in US history.

Marusan Nautilus SSN571 Nuclear Submarine Commemorative Issue - (ex-Revell), 1/305

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$125   

Very rare. This is a special issue by Marusan commemorating their very first kit - the Revell Nautilus. The contents are worthy of some detail. First, there is a 'Commemorative Booklet' which tells a fairly long story across many pagesbut I do not know Japanese. The final page shows illustrations of the first Marusan adds to promote the Nautilus, as well as a Marusan catalog page and a Revell/Marusan catalog page. The actual kit contains a copy of the origina instruction sheet with "Marusan Plastic Model Kit" inside the Revell logo design, the older "SAN" logo and the special stand. The model parts are beautifully presented against white cardboard and factory sealed in clear bags. The special stand is included as well as the gold and black stand sticker. Complete and never started, with all paperwork and parts bags in mint condition.

Italeri Lavochkin LA-5 FN - USSR or Luftwaffe, 1/72, 135

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$10   

Very nicely molded with very fine raised panel lines and good cockpit and engine detail. Includes decals for both aircraft. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Airfix Montys Humber Staff Car M239485, 1/32, 05501-3

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$29   

Very nicely done kit of the second of Monty's two Humbers. Features very good underside detail with suspension, exhaust, gas tank and more. Full interior is nicely done and the kit includes two figures. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried with all plastic parts present, decals and instructions.

Tamiya CVN-65 USS Enterprise Nuclear Aircraft Carrier, 1/350, 78007

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$129   

Still factory sealed. Wonderfully detailed and very large 1/350 scale model kit that is over 29 inches long when assembled. Includes aircraft.

StromBecker Douglas D-558 Skyrocket - Bagged, G42

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$39   

StromBecker was famous for this line of precarved hardwood and plastic kits. The carving is done to the final shape. When complete it makes an impressive desk top display. This one includes beautiful hardwood parts, a clear plastic canopy, full decals in 'excellent' condition as shown, sandpaper, sanding stick and photocopied instructions. The kit has never been started. It is either still in the factory sealed bag or inventoried complete with all parts with decals and instructions.

Monogram Cutty Sark Clipper Ship, 3500

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$36   

Still factory sealed. From 1977 with John Steel box art. An excellent kit with simplified assembly. The scale is not mentioned but this one measures just over 16.5 inches (~42 cm) inches long when assembled. I estimate that it has very close to 80 parts. Features finely engraved one piece hull, detailed deck with all fittings, one-piece masts and yards, molded ratlines, superb vacuform sails (some of the best I have seen), rigging thread, rigging instructions, display stand and decals. Molded in black, wood tan and the sails in ivory vacuform plastic.

Mod-Ac US Army 6 Ton Scout Car, 1/24, 844

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$39   

From the 1940s. Well-done scale model features all-cut out hardwood parts, die-cut light plywood parts, fully formed wheels, plastic steering wheels, detailed machine gun (a small kit by itself), sandpaper and decals. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and multi-view plans with instructions.

Monogram SeaQuest DSV Submarine from the TV Series, 1/600, 3600

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Good+

$42   

Still factory sealed. Hard-to-find kit from 1993. This kit was made as a tie-in to the successful TV series from Universal City Studios. Comes with display stand and support vehicles.

Revell DC-7 Flagship American Airlines One-Piece Stand Arm Pre -S Issue, 1/122, H219-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$210   

Rare 1954/55 Pre-S true issue with the fantastic artwork of a DC-7 at the moment just before touchdown. Please note, this is the correct first release with the one-piece plastic stand arm and instructions that illustrate this. Also, the main gear axles are separate parts on this issue. On the second issues the gear struts were modified and the axles were moved to the wheels, and the stand arm was changed to two plastic parts because the one-piece stand arm was fragile and in use it broke easily. Very few were made as Revell quickly corrected this weakness. Correctly molded in gloss silver and clear and a large, colorful decal sheet. Inside, the kit has never been started. I has been inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Instructions are 'near mint' with the detailed American Airlines route map on the back. Decals are 'excellent' and flat with no curl and light yellowing.

RCM IAR-80A, 1/32

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Bagged

$89   

SPECIAL ORDER large (1/32) vacuform kit with resin/metal parts set. Not shipped from stock. Kit is molded upon receipt of payment. Time from receipt to shipping your kit is usually 8 to 10 weeks. Contains vacuform basic airframe components, full size plans plus metal or resin parts such as wheels, prop, struts, etc. Does not include decals. Advanced modeling skills are required to build vacuform kits. Not recommended for beginners.

Revell Me-262 Swallow - World's First Jet Fighter, 1/32, H218

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$55   

First issue from 1971. Features full cockpit, detailed Jumo jet engine, pilot figure, hinged canopy and moving wheels. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Box has clear tape on one corner.

Jetco Tornado .049 Powered - 49 inch Wingspan Free-Flight Competition Airplane, FF-1

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$79   

Jetco was a producer of high quality gliders (the famous Thermic series), rubber and gas free flight and radio controlled aircraft. Jetco kits used the best materials and are very well engineered and complete. Reid Simpson's design using the very popular and successful parasol wing. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Lindberg North American P-51B Mustang, 1/72, 591

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$20   

1974 issue. Still mint in the factory seal. Tom Morgan box art. In an interview with Tom, he told me that he 'took advantage' of the box art to paint the name of his wife on the side of the P-51B!

Monogram Convair B-36 Peacemaker, 1/72, 5703

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$165   

Still factory sealed. 1980 first issue with excellent mold quality. Very highly detailed and large kit. Features fully detailed cockpit, nose compartment and landing gear, crew of four, optional position bomb bay doors with 80 bombs, optional electronic fairings, rotating props, moving tail turret and optional position landing gear.

Monogram F-51D Mustang Action Model (P-51) - Heritage Edition Issue, 1/32, 6054

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$115   

Still factory sealed but the seal has drawn the box top slightly concave. 1983 issue of this classic large-scale 'Action Model' from the original 'Four Star' Monogram line. Canopy opens and closes to show highly detailed cockpit. Tiny levers under the wings drop 2 bombs. Knob on the bottom rotates and extends/retracts main gear and tail wheel; all gear doors including the tail wheel open and close automatically with the gear. Not only do these features sound great, but they work. My built kit is 30 years old and still functions like new. Very nicely detailed. Molded in silver, black and clear.

Cooperativa T-38 Small Amphibian Tank, 1/35, R35007

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$20   

Very nicely detailed and molded. With photoetched parts. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Billing Boats Nordsokutter Mary Ann, 1/33, 472

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$115   

Very well detailed plank-on-frame kit that measures 55 cm (21.6 inches) long when built. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including plans and instructions. Please NOTE: this model does not include the optional (sold separately) fittings set.

AMT Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 - 'King of the Hill' Option, 1/25, 6277

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$75   

Hard-to-find kit. Still factory sealed. Very nicely detailed kit. Features 80 parts, detailed engine and compartment, underside and suspension and interior. Has opening hood, real rubber tires and optional ZR-1 decals. Molded in white, chrome, clear, red-tinted clear and with rubber tires.