Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
Rare. From the 1940s. Very large, true-scale model. Highly detailed for that time and measures 13 inches in length when built. The photo on the box top shows the actual built model. Features a great number of factory cut and shaped hardwood parts, fully formed hardwood wheels, metal stock as required, a sealed wax paper bag of small fittings of wood and metal, and more. 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 full decals and two sheets of very well done plans with instructions. Not much is known of Leddy Model Industries except that they were located in Watsonville, California and their kits were of exceptional quality for that time. We know that Leddy made a VC-2 Victory Ship, a US Army Amphibian Jeep, kit number A-60 in large scale (1 3/4" = 5") and also A-50 US Army Jeep.' If you have any other information or have seen other kits, please email me.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed NM
Still factory sealed. Please note this is the older Mokei issue, likely from the 1970s with very collectible box art. Features rotating prop, retractable undercarriage, working ailerons and pilot figure.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Exc
Still factory sealed. Early French-built version of the Vampire. Very nicely molded with recessed control surfaces and fine raised panel lines. With markings for 6e E.C. 1/6 'Oranie' Oran 1952 or Aeronavale 57S. 1970s Heller issue with 'Black Box' design. Includes markings for the two aircraft listed.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Exc+++
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.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc++
Dated 1966, second issue. High quality kit with excellent detail. Features rolling heavy lug tires, flexible treads, full interior detail, opening doors, swivel turret, driver and four soldiers with arms and equipment. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc+++
One of two Craftmaster issues which share the same dramatic boxart. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: NM
1959 issue with 'Famous Fighters' in the sunburst oval and dramatic Jo Kotula artwork. The box is in investment-grade 'near mint' condition with factory-fresh color and gloss, four solid corners, no tape, tape marks, price tags or tag marks, no fading and no litho loss. The only flaw is very light corner wear at the lower left. Molded in dark olive drab and clear with the famous Aurora 'Triangle Globe' clear base. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions and even the original tissue paper. The truly remarkable thing is that the decals are flat and in mint condition with absolutely no yellowing. The instructions are almost mint and have only the slightest yellowing - they are by far the 'whitest' copy I have ever seen.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Mint
Still factory sealed. 1963 issue in fantastic condition. Well detailed, large 1/16 scale kit. Molded in black, chrome, red and with real rubber tires. Aurora was renowned for turning a profit and for keeping expenses down. In researching new kit subjects, they came upon a forgotten jewel - the Hudson Miniatures line of 1/16 scale wooden kits. Hudson had discontinued this line due to lack of sales of wooden kits. But the Hudson models were second to none in quality, research and documentation. Aurora was quick to realize this and used the research and layout from these kits to create the subjects for this 'Old Timers' series. It is fortunate for us that they did, because in most cases this is the only injection molded kit of these rare and classic early automobiles.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc++
Older but nicely molded kit with good cockpit and gear well detail, optional position canopy, two optional supersonic drop tanks, two air-to-air missiles and decals for all three air forces listed. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Exc+
Still factory sealed. Includes decals for all three air forces
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: Good
From the late 1960s. Large scale model can be flown rubber free flight, gas free flight, or converted to electric RC using modern small, light servos and receivers. Features quality die-cut balsa sheet parts, stripwood and spars, die-cut plywood firewall for gas operation, light plastic cowl, pilot bust, machine guns, engine and more, scale plastic wheels, rubber motor, thrust button, plastic propeller, big sheet of full color decals, covering tissue and excellent full size plans with instructions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete. 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.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
First issue early 1950s U-Ma-Kit from Brooklyn factory. Kit is completely correct for the first issue, molded in high-gloss gray with no rivet detail, no landing gear/missiles and correct instructions and ecals. Also includes correct Brooklyn stand. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Stand has a 3/4 inch by 1/4 inch missing chip on the lower edge.
Multimedia Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
Large 42" sounding rocket. Dual parachute recovery. Complete and never started.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
Finely molded and detailed. Features all very fine recessed panel lines, detailed cockpit, air inlets and gear wells, optional position air brakes, AS-7 Missiles, AA-8 Missiles, iron bombs and rocket pods. 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.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG+
1970s issue from Airfix molds. Well detailed. Features decals for the 392nd ship that was lost in action over Germany on April 11, 1944. Features elevating guns and rotating turrets, movable control surfaces, retracting landing gear, rotating props and optional position crew entry door and ladder. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: NM-
Original issue from 1956. Hardbox artwork has as new colors and gloss, four solid corners and minimal wear. Molded in the correctly gloss silver and clear and with the famous Revell clear 'Globe' base. Never started. All small parts are still in the factory sealed bag, while the parts that were never sealed have been inventoried 100% complete with decals and instructions in near mint condition as well.
Metal Model Kit, Box Condition: NM-
Factory new. Very clean castings. Never started and complete.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
2003 issue. Includes optional parts to build top down convertible, top up convertible or standard coupe. Feature optional hood sides, detailed engine and engine compartment, optional blower, removable hood, detailed chassis and full interior. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Exc+
Still factory sealed. From 1995. Out of production kit of the navy Stealth Test Ship. Built between 1983 and 1985, the Sea Shadow was just over 49 meters long and could achieve 15 knots with a diesel-electric power plant. For years the Navy tested the Sea Shadow off the California coast but only at night. Testing centered around stealth characteristics, steering, automation and sea worthiness. The ship was not revealed to the public until April 11, 1993.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good-
Dated 1962. First issue of this classic 'Action Model' with great detail and mold quality. Features opening canopy to show the highly detailed cockpit, tiny levers under the wings drop 2 bombs, a small knob on the bottom rotates and extends and retracts the main gear and tailwheel; all gear doors including tailwheel open and close automatically with the gear. Not only do these features sound great, but they work. My built kit is over 30 years old and functions like new! Molded in silver, black and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Please note that the box has damage as shown; there is a close split at the upper left and creases. This kit has an interesting history. In 1961, Monogram introduced the 1/32 scale Phantom Mustang. This was a very ambitious project. The kit was transparent, highly detailed and included two electric motors. One motor raised and lowered the main gear and tail wheel while the other spun the prop. Two small levers on the base dropped bombs from the wings. It was molded in clear, silver, black, red and zinc chromate green. Although successful, the kit was expensive to produce and Monogram charged a hefty retail price of $4.98. As a way to create more revenue from the molds, Monogram cleverly created this kit - using some of the same molds as the Phantom Mustang. The silver parts tree was completely re-cut and does not match the Phantom version. The red stand, gears and motorizing features were simply left out and the model molded in solid colors. The gear retraction/extension features was retained, but not motorized. On the new silver parts tree they added a small knob (placed on the bottom of the wing) and the same for the bomb dropping mechanism. This lowered the price to $1.98 and this additional revenue hopefully helped pay down the original mold costs.