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AMT Chevrolet Custom Van 'Foxy Box', 1/25, T403

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$95   

Still factory sealed. Rare. Very nicely detailed custom van kit. Features CB and radio antennas, air horns, 'Zoomie' side exhausts, custom front end cap, custom grille, fat off-road tires, Keystone 'Ranger' spoke wheels, twin skylights, spoiler, louvered portholes, 'Woody' bumpers, full interior with high-back buckets and CB radio, detailed V-8 engine, detailed chassis and more.

AMT 1940 Ford Sedan Delivery - Stock or Custom, 1/25, T253

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG++

$39   

Still factory sealed. Nicely detailed kit. Features underside suspension and exhaust detail, stock Ford Flathead V-8 or tri-carb (3x2) Buick Nailhead engine, full interior, optional position rear cargo door and more. Other optional features include lowered front end, tube bumpers, Keystone mags, wide tires, custom decals, spotlights, tachometer, floor shifter, gauge package, header exhaust system, etc. Molded in color, clear, chrome and with rubber tires.

Heller Se-313 Alouette II - French Army, 1/48, 80479

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$28   

Still factory sealed. Hard-to-find larger 1/48 (probably 1/50) scale kit of the first mass-produced turbo-jet engined helicopter.

Italeri GMC CCKW-255 6x6 2 1/2 Ton Cargo Truck - US Army or French Army, 1/35, 271

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$58   

Still factory sealed. Very highly detailed moldings from original Peerless/Max molds. Molded in olive drab with real rubber tires. Builds a rolling chassis just like the real truck. Features complete suspension, driveline and exhaust details, complete interior with optional position doors and more. Can be built or without AA machine gun.

O-lin North American F-86 Jet Fighter, 1/48, 505

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$85   

Very rare kit for the advanced collector. Produced in 1949 or just before, making it among the earliest US all plastic kits. In superb overall condition. Very hard-to-fine original O-line small box and advertisement for O-line cement on the side. The box has excellent color and gloss but some wear and creases. Inside, the kit is factory new. It is molded in the correct off white with a red nose piece and clear canopy. It has never been started. The parts that O-Lin shipped factory sealed are still sealed in the krinkle bag; the parts that were never factory sealed have been inventoried complete. Includes decals in 'excellent+' condition and with a small sheet of decal instructions. The instructions are on the back of the box and are in VG condition. O-Lin (Olin) was founded by Paul Lindberg and a Mr. Olsen - hence the company name. Although a producer of flying models in the 1930s, O-line produced some of the earliest American injection molded kits in the late 1940s. In 1950 the partnership may have ended, because all branding was changed to Lindberg and Paul Lindberg. To learn more about the first American Plastic Kits, please see the article on this website. Thanks to Dusty Rhodes, here is some information on the real airplane from the box art of this kit: "F-86A-1-NA s/n 47-617: 1/18/1949 First flight. 1/1949: Used for cold weather tests in Alaska. 1949: USAF 3200th PTG.3/30/1949: Crashed near Whitehall, MT.

Roundhouse-Model Die Casting 40' Stock Car Denver & Rio Grande (D&RG) - Metal HO Craftsman Kit with Sprung Metal Trucks, 1/87, S103

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$39   

Includes working sprung metal trucks. Roundhouse (by Model Die Casting) was a famous manufacture of HO Craftsman kits in the 1940s/1950s. This is one of their all- metal car kits. Very well detailed and crisply cast with little or no flash. Molded in details are superb. Features all metal one piece roof, three piece roof walk, car ends, floor and undercarriage, factory painted and lettered sides for Denver & Rio Grande, three piece brake set, couplers, pocket doors, bushings, screws as needed, grab irons, full instructions with drawings and more. The prepainted sides are as new and were only removed to take this photograph. The roof, car ends, sides, floor and doors are flat and straight for easy assembly. They are not warped, as is common with some all metal kits. The kit has never been started. Many parts are still factory sealed - those that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including instructions.

Roundhouse-Model Die Casting 37' Sand and Gravel Hopper Car Canadian Pacific - Metal HO Craftsman Kit with Sprung Metal Trucks, 1/87, H302

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$32   

Includes working sprung metal trucks. Roundhouse (by Model Die Casting) was a famous manufacture of HO Craftsman kits in the 1940s/1950s. This is one of their all- metal car kits. Very well detailed and crisply cast with little or no flash. Molded in details are superb. Features all metal one piece floor, one piece hopper, factory painted and lettered sides for CP, three piece brake set, couplers, pocket doors, bushings, screws as needed, full instructions with drawings and more. The prepainted sides are as new and were only removed to take this photograph. The car ends, hopper and floor are very straight for easy assembly. They are not warped, as is common with some all metal kits. The kit has never been started. Many parts are still factory sealed - those that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including instructions.

Nitto Boeing 727-200 - JAL, 1/100, 150-1800

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$115   

Early issue with superior mold quality. Large scale model measures 18 inches long when assembled. Excellent detail including rear airstair and very large colorful decal sheets for JAL. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bags including decals and instructions.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$39   

1953 early issue molded in very light green plastic. The kit has not been started. It is still internally sealed in the factory 'krinkle' bag with the 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.

La Belle Early 1900 62' Railway Post Office and Express Car - (Chicago Milwaukee and St. Paul) Wood Coach - HO Scale Wood Craftsman Kit, HO, HO-7

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$54   

During the golden era of realistic train models, La Belle Woodworking Company created perhaps the very finest scale kits of early American passenger equipment. The kit features die cut hardwood parts (no balsa) such as pre-cut and scribed sides with all windows and doors factory cut, car ends done in the same fashion, carved clerestory roof, tinted clear clerestory window material, full underside details, metal details, building instructions and full size plans. I have seen these models built and they look identical to the real prototypes. The kit has not been started and is complete with all parts, sealed smaller details and plans. Please read the article on this website about older HO train kits and the modeling revolution they caused in the late 1930s/1940s.

Ideal Aeroplane & Supply Schooner Bluenose - 21.75 Inch Long Wooden Ship Kit, 304

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$125   

From 1938. Measures almost 22 inches LOA (length overall) when assembled. Very nicely done early kit featuring a pre-carved wood hull (only final sanding is needed), two large sheets of printwood, metal fittings including lifeboats, windlass, cask, anchors, ships wheel, chain, blocks and more, rigging material, pre-cut wood, wood and metal stock as needed, metal stock, full color flag sheet and very detailed plans with instructions and rigging diagrams. The kit has never been started. Inventoried complete including flags and plans/instructions.

Ideal Aeroplane & Supply The Golden Hind - Flagship of Sir Francis Drake - 18 Inch Long Wooden Ship Mode

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

$125   

Rare kit from 1950. Measures 18 inches LOA when assembled. Includes solid precarved balsa hull, seven sheets of cleanly done printwood, other precarved and shaped wooden parts, dozens of cast metal fittings, wood stock and masts/yards in many sizes, running and standing rigging material, sail material, full color insignia and more. Features excellent full size plans and instructions. The plans show numerous sectional and detail view of the ship and a painting guide. There is a separate instruction sheet, which was unusual for Ideal. NOTE: the main deck has been neatly cut from it's printwood sheet. Quality of the cut is excellent. There are no other removed parts and no gluing. One side elevation has been adult colored to illustrate the correct color scheme. Quality of the coloring is excellent. Inventoried complete with all parts, plans and instructions. One short end panel is missing on the box.

Sterling L-19 Bird Dog - 17 inch Wingspan CL/Rubber Powered Kit that Drops Leaflets in Flight, A12-98

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$65   

Still factory sealed. From the mid 1960s. 17 inch wingspan kit for rubber free flight or control line. Features an innovative system for dropping leaflets in flight. Includes quality die-cut balsa sheet parts, strip wood and spars, light plastic full engine cowl and other parts, die-cut clear windscreen, fully formed wire landing gear struts, finished main and tail wheels, rubber motor and plastic prop, covering tissue, a big sheet of full color decal and full size plans with excellent instructions. Sterling was a famous manufacturer dating back to the 1930/40s flying model craze. Although they continued to produce kits for decades after the flying model slump following World War II, they eventually fell victim to the general lack of interest in modeling that occurred in the early 1980s. I always considered Sterling kits to be deluxe kits compared to other manufacturers.

MPM Hawker SeaHawk FGA/RR / Mk.101 (Sea Hawk) Mk 100 - MFG2 (RB242) German Federal Navy / MFG2 (RB248) German Federal Navy / 300 Sq Indian Navy 'White Tigers' INS Vikrant Late 1960, 1/72, 72509

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$39   

Very nicely molded with all recessed panel lines. Features very good cockpit detail and decals for the three aircraft listed. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

Cleveland 1933 Great Lakes Sport Trainer - Plans and Printwood for a Flying Wooden Model Airplane, 1/24, D-16

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: No Box

$34   

Plans are dated 1934 and are good. There is edge wear and a closed tear but they are completely usable. A complete set of Cleveland printwood is included and the wood is also in excellent condition and neatly printed. Never started - no parts have been removed.

Cleveland 1936 Ryan ST 'Rep' - Plans and Printwood for a Flying Wooden Model Airplane, 1/16, R-58

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: No Box

$42   

Plans are dated 1936 and are very good. There are two closed tears, each about 3 inches long. The plans are still completely usable. A complete set of Cleveland printwood is included and the wood is also in excellent condition and neatly printed. Never started - no parts have been removed.

Airfix Vickers Vanguard Jet-Prop - Trans-Canada Airlines, 1/144, 4-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$85   

The British were very quick to design and build successful turbo (jet) prop airliners after the war. The turboprops had superior speed, range and fuel economy. The Vanguard was one of several excellent designs. She cruised at 425 MPH with a full passenger load and 7 to 8 tons of cargo below the cabin. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. NOTE: one propeller is missing one blade.

Revell B-17F Flying Fortress Memphis Bell, 1/72, H201

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$56   

Still factory sealed. 1972 issue. The famous Memphis Bell was the first 8th Air Force Bomber to complete the 25 mission rotation over Hitler's Germany. Many operating features including movable gun turrets, movable control surfaces, opening bomb bay, rotating props and wheels and retracting landing gear.

Athearn 40' Steel Box Car C & E. I. - Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad - HO Craftsman Kit with Sprung Metal Trucks, 1/87, A109

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$42   

Very high quality wood and metal kit from the Golden Age of HO Craftsman kit. Builds a very accurate and highly detailed prototype. Of the early metal box car kits, these are my favorites, with their popularity witnessed by the various reissues through the years. Almost all the parts that are metal on the actual box car are metal on the model. This and the factory paint, lettering and decoration makes these kits difficult to beat for scale appearance. Features stamped steel body, car ends and roof that are factory painted, lettered and decorated, steel ladders, doors, door guides and brake platform, cast metal running boards, bolsters, coupler pockets and three piece brake detail, stamped metal undercarriage beam with fine cross bearers, corner steps, grab irons and more. Includes trucks. The factory paint is excellent, and I have packed it so it will not be damaged in shipment. Due to the high degree of factory finishing, the only painting required for this kit is the interior floor and underside. The kit has never been started. The small parts are still in factory sealed envelopes and all other parts have been inventoried complete including instructions. If you have an interest in these kits and the revolution they created in modeling, please read the article about their history located on this website. Please cut and paste this link in your browser to see it - http://www.oldmodelkits.com/blog/plastic-model-kit-history/the-ho-scale-model-railroading-revolution-of-the-1940s/

Hasegawa Slingsby Skylark Soarer Glider - (Reissue of Hasegawa's First Plastic Model Kit #C-1), 1/50, SP28

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$34   

1990 reissue of Hasegawa's first injection molded model kit. Molded in light gray, clear and with the original black stand. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.