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Heller La Reale De France - 17th Century Warship, 1/75, 6541
Heller La Reale De France - 17th Century Warship, 1/75, 6541
Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc,   old
$175

Originally constructed to protect the southern coast of France, this galley-type warship is one of the most colorful ever built. The Reale de France was the flagship of the 17th Century French Navy and carried the commander's flag and the flag of King Louis XIV. Large and very highly detailed. Contains banners and flags as shown on the cover. Never started. All parts that came in factory sealed bags are still sealed - those parts that were never factory sealed have been inventoried complete. With flags, rigging material and instructions.
Revell Nike Ajax MIM-3 with Launcher - History Makers Issue (Ex-Renwal), 1/32, 8648
Revell Nike Ajax MIM-3 with Launcher - History Makers Issue (Ex-Renwal), 1/32, 8648
Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM,   old
$150

Still factory sealed. America's first operational surface-to-air missile system. Large-scale 1983 History Makers issue from ex-Renwal molds. Missile has separating stages and launcher that operates as the real one does. Can hook to other Ajax models to create an entire battery.
Revell BB-38 USS Pennsylvania, 1/426, H422-200
Revell BB-38 USS Pennsylvania, 1/426, H422-200
Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+,   old
$155

1961 Sea Power hardbox release. Rare kit of the Arizona's sister ship. The Pennsylvania was in dry-dock during the December 7th Pearl Harbor attack and survived with minimal damage. She was rebuilt and saw significant action in the Pacific in WWII, steaming over 150,000 miles from 1941 to 1945. It is thought that she may have fired more ammunition than any ship in history. She never once reported 'Not Ready' for any operation or need. After being used as a nuclear test ship at Bikini, she was towed to Kwajalein and sunk. Never started. Inventoried complete with all parts, decals, flag sheet and instructions.
Monogram Air Force Patrol - B-66 Skywarrior (A-3A) / C-47 Skytrain / SA-16B Albatross Gift Set, MGP7-349
Monogram Air Force Patrol - B-66 Skywarrior (A-3A) / C-47 Skytrain / SA-16B Albatross Gift Set, MGP7-349
Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM++,   old
$850

Very rare. Monogram did not issue many gift sets. To make matters more interesting, the ones they issued were very short lived. Many were simply sets of models in sleeves with no dedicated boxes. By 1960, the Monogram Gift sets were no more. This gift set, the Air Force patrol, is interesting because it's not just a sleeve; it has a dedicated box designed for this gift set. It is the one and only issue, dated 1957. The condition is investment grade; the box has no more wear than when it was removed from the shipping carton. The colors and gloss are as new with minor edge wear as the only flaw. Inside, the three kits are still individually factory sealed, including the tube of Monoglue. Also includes the original "Monogram Model Merry Christmas" box wrapper, also in fantastic condition - these seldom survived the opening of the kit. Overall, a hard-to-find kit in factory new condition.
AMT 1969 Chevrolet Camaro  SS396 Convertible, 1/25, 31804
AMT 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS396 Convertible, 1/25, 31804
Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint,   old
$32

Still factory sealed. With detailed engine and interior.
Hawk Laird Solution 1930s Racer - One-Piece Box, 1/48, 603
Hawk Laird Solution 1930s Racer - One-Piece Box, 1/48, 603
Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++,   old
$145

Very rare. For the advanced model collector. This is a model kit with a fascinating history for it is among the early 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 with metal accessories 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 then-large sum of $25 each. The Mates brothers, who founded and ran Hawk, were quick to incorporate this new technology by replacing the metal detail parts with 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 may have been the first injection molded airplane kit produced in the USA; another contender is the Varney's PT-17. Both met a very cool reception at hobby shops. Hawk quickly changed the Curtiss box to two colors and added box artwork while molding the kit is bright yellow acetate. In 1947, Hawk approached toy stores since hobby shops were giving the kit poor promotion. The toy stores did much better. Spurred on by toy store sales in 1947, Hawk added four classic racers in 1948, all molded in acetate - the Gee Bee, Howard Ike, Laird Solution and the Supermarine S6B. This kit is the one in bright yellow acetate and is from 1948. (Hawk went to polystyrene in 1949). The box is in excellent condition with great colors. The box has not been crushed, bent or flattened, which is unusual since this type of box is not very strong. Inside, the kit has never been started. The model is 100% complete with all parts. The instructions are in excellent condition. Please note that Hawk did not issue decals with this issue of this kit.
Aurora P-40 Flying Tiger Brooklyn - Famous Fighters of All Nations, 1/48, 44-59
Aurora P-40 Flying Tiger Brooklyn - Famous Fighters of All Nations, 1/48, 44-59
Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++,   old
$500

One of the famous 'Brooklyn Eight' kits from early 1950. These were issued in very limited numbers and are among the hardest to find Aurora kits. This model is correct in every way with an excellent box. Correct features of Brooklyn kits are as follows: no or minimal rivet detail, no landing gear and no bombs/rockets, clear rectangle stand says 'Brooklyn', instructions say "Brooklyn" and the decals are made by "Tatem Company" and will not have a stand decal included. Kit has never been started and is 100% complete with all correct parts, stand, decals and instructions.
Aurora Yak-25 Brooklyn - Famous Fighters of All Nations, 1/48, 66-69
Aurora Yak-25 Brooklyn - Famous Fighters of All Nations, 1/48, 66-69
Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++,   old
$365

First issue early 1950s U-Ma-Kit from Brooklyn factory. The Yak-25 did not exist; in the next issue the aircraft is called a Mig-19. Molded in the correct Brooklyn high-gloss medium pea-green and clear plastic, with the correct "Brooklyn" stand, instructions and decals. The box is in excellent shape with light surface wear being the only flaw. Even has the original packing tissue. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions.
Aurora F-86D Sabre Jet Brooklyn - Famous Fighters of All Nations, 1/48, 77-79
Aurora F-86D Sabre Jet Brooklyn - Famous Fighters of All Nations, 1/48, 77-79
Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++,   old
$290

First issue early 1950s U-Ma-Kit from Brooklyn factory. Kit is completely correct for the first issue. Molded in high-gloss gray, no rivet detail, no landing gear/missiles (the rivets and gear/missiles did not come till later issues) and correct instructions/decals. Also includes correct Brooklyn stand and original packing tissue paper. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions.
Aurora P-38 Lightning Brooklyn - Famous Fighters of All Nations, 1/48, 99-98
Aurora P-38 Lightning Brooklyn - Famous Fighters of All Nations, 1/48, 99-98
Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++,   old
$650

First issue early 1950s from the Aurora Brooklyn factory. Molded with correct light gloss blue and clear plastic with correct Brooklyn stand, decals and instructions. Even has original packing tissue paper. Decals are in beautiful condition and are still flat. Box is excellent with light scuffing as the only flaws. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. The Aurora issues of the 1/48 scale P-38 are interesting to say the least. The first issue is the Brooklyn kit with the P-38/B-24 box artwork. Inside, the plastic is light blue with minimal surface detail and a clear canopy and rectangular stand that says 'Aurora Plastic Corp. Brooklyn, 4, N.Y.'. There are no landing gear, gear doors or mass balances. The second issue has identical box art, plastic color, decals and rectangular stand, but the box and instructions says 'West Hempstead' instead of Brooklyn. The clear stand mold has had 'Brooklyn' milled out, and there is no location on the stand. The third issue has the same artwork, but the full color 'Aurora Line' logo is used - but the big changes were on the inside. Aurora modified the molds, adding a pitot tube, elevator mass balances and landing gear struts, wheels and doors. The decals and stand remain the same, but the new instructions reflect the changes to the molds. This time the kit is molded in an attractive metallic blue. The fourth issue dropped the Jim Cox artwork in favor of a new P-38 flying from right to left across a threatening sky. The plastic still metallic light blue and the decals and stand remain unchanged. The new details were retained. The fifth issue was 1959. The oval 'Famous Fighters' logo was used with Jo Kotula artwork of two P-38s. The detail level of the kit remained the same, but it was molded in olive drab and clear. The newer 'Triangle' base was added at this time. Further issues kept this box artwork, but the oval logo changed as well as the price extensions.
Revell Friskie the Beagle Puppy, 1/1, H1902-198
Revell Friskie the Beagle Puppy, 1/1, H1902-198
Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++,   old
$185

Rare. Issued with approval of Carnation Co. (who made Friskies Pet Food) in 1958. The kit was only issued once. Life-size kit is very realistically molded including injection mold parts, clear eyes, 'fur' and eye decals. Once built, it comes with three packs of colored flocking to apply for 'fur'. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Does not include glue and brush.
Revell Teddy the Koala Bear, 1/1, H1901-198
Revell Teddy the Koala Bear, 1/1, H1901-198
Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM-,   old
$190

Rare. First and only issue dated 1958. Life-sized plastic kit with eucalyptus tree stand, injection molded parts, Revell Cement, brush, and three colors of realistic 'fur' to apply after assembly. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals, glue, brush and instructions.
Revell HMS Campbeltown (USS Buchanan), 1/240, H450
Revell HMS Campbeltown (USS Buchanan), 1/240, H450
Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint,   old
$155

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.
MPC Pilgrim Observer Space Station Nuclear, 1/100, 9001
MPC Pilgrim Observer Space Station Nuclear, 1/100, 9001
Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+++,   old
$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.
Monogram Little Air Force Assortment Gift Set - Speedee-Bilt F-51 (P-51)  / F6F and Superkit F-51 and F-84
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,   old
$1200

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.
Heller Dunkerque Battlecruiser, 1/400, L1025
Heller Dunkerque Battlecruiser, 1/400, L1025
Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++,   old
$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
Heller Strasbourg Battlecruiser, 1/400, L1030
Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint,   old
$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.
Revell Whip-Fly P-39 Airacobra, 1/45, H155-98
Revell Whip-Fly P-39 Airacobra, 1/45, H155-98
Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM,   old
$145

1960 issue of the rare "Whip Fly" series. Hardbox artwork for this series was 'action' photos by Tom Kelly. The box is in exceptional near-mint condition. Whip-Fly kits contain the aircraft model with nose ballast, a metal control ring, 12 feet of control line and a control handle. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.
Berkeley Waco Cabin SRE Biplane - 35 Inch Wingspan  For R/C or Free Flight, 4-13
Berkeley Waco Cabin SRE Biplane - 35 Inch Wingspan For R/C or Free Flight, 4-13
Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Poor,   old
$145

Big 1/12 scale model with a 35 inch wingspan. Originally designed as a gas powered model for free flight or control line, or can be converted to electric power and modern RC (radio control) gear. Features metal cowl, decals, covering material, full size plans, formed wire parts, die cut balsa and plywood parts and more. The model has not been started. NOTE: missing wheels. Otherwise the kit is complete with all parts and instructions. Berkeley is a very famous manufacture of flying model kits from the Golden Age of flying aviation, about 1932-1954. Founded in 1933 by William Effinger, the company was quite progressive in producing quality kits - it was likely the Berkeley 'Buccaneer' was the first gas powered model in kit form. In the later 1930s, Effinger acquired the services of a very talented Henry Struck. Struck went on to design numerous award-winning kits under the Berkeley name. Berkeley weathered the post WWII recession and emerged as a major kit producer in the late 1940 and 1950s. These were great years for Berkeley and they produced some incredible and large kits. The company went bankrupt in about 1960 however. Fox engines (Duke Fox) bought the company and released the kits alongside his own FOX models and engines. This arrangement did not last, and in the early 1960s the Berkeley name disappeared from hobby shop shelves.
Guano Aeroplane Yugoslav Fury - Series III Conversion, 1/72
Guano Aeroplane Yugoslav Fury - Series III Conversion, 1/72
Plastic Model Kit,   old
$16

Injection molded conversion to make the Matchbox Fury kit into a Yugoslav 1930s Fury Series III. Still factory sealed.

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