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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.

MPC Dodge A-100 Deora - Show Car or Custom Camper by Alexander Brothers, 1/25, 38437

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$36   

Still factory sealed from 2005. Who can forget the Deora show car? My first exposure was a Mattel 'Hot Wheel' Deora, and the car's image seemed to be everywhere for quite a while. Mike and Larry, the Alexander Brothers, ran a well known and respected customizing shop in the late 1960s. Upon seeing the cab-forward Dodge A-100 Utility Truck, they had an inspiration. What they created was a timeless classic from a true 'ugly duckling'. To top it, the Deora show car was a completely functional car, not just a 'trailered' vehicle. Kit includes custom anodizing gold paint to simulate the original finish of the Deora. Can be built in one of two versions - the one on the box top or the enclosed version with a camper rear. Features complete interior, opening doors, detailed 6 cylinder engine and full decals.

Hasegawa Messerschmitt Bf-109 F-4 Trop - 3/JG27 Lt. Hans-Joachim Marseille Feb 1942 / Same June 1942 / Kdr. 3/JG27 Same September 1942 / 6/JG3 Franz Schwaiger Feb 1942 / Kdr JG27 Major Gustav Rodel June 1943, 1/48, J12

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$34   

From 1991. Very highly detailed kit. Superbly molded with all very fine recessed panel lines. Features very highly detailed cockpit and landing gear wells, drop tank, separately molded leading edge slats and split flaps, multiple piece canopy and a very large and detailed decal sheet for five North African and Sicily based aircraft. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Heller North American T-6G Texan, 1/72, 079

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$25   

Unusual 'G' variant of the venerable trainer/attack aircraft. 1960s 'L' style box issue with full box art and yellow logo panels. Very nicely molded with recessed control surfaces and fine raised panel lines. Includes decals and parts to build two different version. This kit has not been started. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Revell Douglas DC-9 - N9DC Prototype, 1/120, H246-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$49   

Rare 1966 hardbox issue with Douglas Prototype markings. The box is in excellent condition with as-new color and gloss, four solid corners and no tape or price tags. The model has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

AMT-Hasegawa Lockheed F-104 Starfighter, 1/72, A-625-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$18   

From high quality Hasegawa molds. Short-lived venture by AMT to promote Hasegawa model kits under the AMT name. Kits were molded in Japan then boxed in the USA. This kit has not been started. NOTE: missing decals. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with the instructions.

Revell Republic P-47D Razorback Thunderbolt - 'Bonnie' Major Bill Dunham (14 Kills), 1/32, 4554

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$42   

Still factory sealed. From 1990 and uses the original 1970s molds. Has a colorful decal sheet for the cover aircraft in the Pacific Theater. Well detailed kit features full cockpit, opening canopy, complete engine with removable cowling doors, optional position landing gear, and rotating prop and wheels.

Lindberg Heinkel He-100, 1/72, 435-39

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$26   

Still factory sealed but the box has a slight concave 'dish' on the right side. One-piece soft box dated 1965.

Lindberg British SE-5a Scout, 1/48, 532-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$28   

Late 1950s issue hardbox kit with colorful Ray Gaedke artwork. Very nicely molded kit that builds into a nice model. Features fine raised rib and panel lines and recessed control surfaces, detailed engine and removable cowling, wheel chocks, one ground crew member and a two-wheeled tail skid dolly for ground maneuvering. Never started. NOTE: missing pilot figure. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts, decals and instructions.

Hudson Miniatures 1913 Mercer Raceabout - Lil' Old Timers 'Quickie Kit', 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$46   

Rare. When the Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' burst upon the hobby scene in 1951, they started a hobby revolution. Plastic model kits were not new in 1951, but successful mass marketing of plastic kits was new. The sensation swept the country, and Gowland & Revell could not make the kits fast enough. The fact that the public was buying these models shocked the successful hobby establishment. One such manufacture was Hudson Miniatures. In the 1940s, Hudson had established a name in making 1/16 scale 'Old Timer' models of automobiles. These were excellent kits with wood and metal parts, but a high degree of skill was required to carve and finish the wood parts. In the late 1940s, they added some injection molded plastic parts (usually acetate wheels) to the series but did not consider a completely plastic kit. When Hudson saw what was happening with the Highway Pioneers, he began to design his own 1/32 scale line called 'Lil Old Timers', which hit the stores in 1954. An early paper fold-out catalog shows 18 models including some real gems like the 1910 International Harvester Passenger Car, 1911 Brush Delivery Truck and 1906 Columbia Electric Car just to name a few. The line was bought by Revell a short time after it's release, and Revell did reissue some (but not all) of the kits. As you would expect from Hudson, this is a nice kit with excellent moldings and detail for the time. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. The Mercer was perhaps the most famous sports car of it's day, and it can be successfully argued that it was America's first sports car. The 30 horsepower 'T' head 4 cylinder engine sped it along at over 80 miles per hour. A 1914 Mercer clocked 112 mph at Daytona Beach - no mean feat for that age.

Revell LTV A-7D Corsair II - Strategic Airpower Issue, 1/72, H133

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$29   

1969 release when Revell dropped the -100 price extension. Still factory sealed. Nicely molded and detailed kit for the time.

Monogram Messerschmitt Bf-110E-1 - Blue Box Issue (Bf110E1), 1/72, PA162-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$28   

Second issue of this kit. Dated 1968. Please note the three Iron Crosses on the box top design. This box has a factory 'Mattel' sticker over the 100 price extension on one side. That is interesting since there is no Mattel logo - so this kit was likely made just as Mattel and Monogram merged. Typical quality Monogram kit. Features clear canopy, two man crew, machine guns, bombs and full decals. Can be built with landing gear up or down and comes with display stand. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Revell Douglas DC-9 Delta Airlines, 1/120, H247-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$55   

1966 hardbox issue of the original 'short' DC-9 with very colorful Delta Airlines decals. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

Eduard Fokker DR1 (DR-1) Profipack, 1/72, 7016

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$36   

Still factory sealed. Very highly detailed kit. Includes brass photoetched parts.

Monogram Ford Trimotor - TWA or Admiral Byrds Antarctic Expedition - Heritage Edition, 1/77, 6056

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc-

$32   

Still factory sealed. 1983 reissue of the original 'Four Star' kit but with Byrd and TWA markings. Very nicely molded kit.

Contrail Petlyakov PE-8, 1/72

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+++

$18   

Very nicely molded kit with good surface details. Features injection molded struts, wheels and props, full size plans and decals. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. The Pe-8 was a famous and successful USSR heavy bomber that was designed in 1934 and first flown in 1936. Since the USSR did not have a definitive heavy bomber doctrine, only between 81 and 93 were built, but they lead active service lives. In use, the PE-8s performance matched Western Heavy Bombers designed during the same time. In August of 1941, PE-8s bombed Berlin. They were used to attack long range targets in German-held Eastern Europe, as well as for tactical support during the battles of Stalingrad and Kursk. It was a PE-8 that flew over German airspace between May 19th and June 13th in 1942 to deliver USSR Foreign Minister Molotov and his delegation from Moscow to London and then to Washington DC and back for talks on grand strategy against Nazi Germany. As a testament to the soundness of the design, PE-8s remained in service till the 1950s, even after the Tu-4 was available.

Airfix A.W. Seahawk - T4 Blister Pack, 1/72, 01025-2

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$16   

1970s blister pack with header. Factory sealed.

Revell Messerschmitt Me-262 B-1a/U1 Night Fighter, 1/32, 4777

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$48   

1988 Revell of Germany issue. Nicely molded and detailed kit. Features removable engine panels to display detailed Jumo 004 turbojets, full cockpit detail, two belly tanks, FuG 219 'Neptun V' radar antennas, hinged canopy, crew of two and clear wing tip lights. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Airfix Harrier, 1/72, 266

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$28   

1960s type three logo issue. Hard-to-find accurate kit of an early Harrier. Features pivoting engine nozzles, optional position landing gear and a very wide variety of bombs, tanks, rocket launchers and missiles for loadout. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions. NOTE: one drop tank is short shot. All other parts are perfect.

Frog JU-87G Stuka Red Series, 1/72, F195

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$20   

Very nicely molded kit with very fine raised panel detail. Kit includes cockpit and crew of two, two underwing anti-tank cannon and decals for either Hungarian Air Force 102/1 Dive Bomber Sq or Stab/Stukageschwader 2 Hans Rudel with 1000 Tanks Destroyed. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions. Frog is considered the father of injection molded model kits. The Lines Brothers opened Frog in 1932, capitalizing on the fever caused by Lindberg's solo transatlantic flight. Almost overnight the western populations became 'Air-Minded', and anything aviation was in high demand. Frog created a quality line of stick and tissue rubber powered aircraft and gliders as well as innovative ready-to-fly rubber powered aircraft that required no assembly. The box even contained a built-in rubber motor winder and fuselage holder. Model airplane flight competitions were popular in Great Britain, and one category was 'Rise Off the Ground', or ROG. By changing this to 'Flies Right Off the Ground', the FROG name was born. In 1936 Frog created a line of injection molded plastic models, the first such kit line in the world (Hawk sold a line of injection molded aircraft models in 1934 but they were factory assembled and painted). Named 'Penguin' after the bird that does not fly, the kits were innovative beyond the means of production. At a time when models were simply built by wingspan, the Penguin line was a constant 1/72 scale. Furthermore, a large 1/72 Short S.30 Empire class flying boat contained a full interior and lights! A line of accessories such as AA guns, tractors, hanger, ambulance, sound locator, searchlights and lighting kits were quickly added to the line. WWII caused a pause in production. After the war the box color changed from silver to green, and Penguin kits were also marketed in the USA. Production ended in 1950. Frog quickly expanded and released the Red, Orange, Black, Green, Gold Token, Spin and Comet series as well as Trail Blazers and several others. It is noteworthy that while most manufactures in the 1940s/50 were making toy-like models, Frog attempted to make very realistic models. For example, 'detailing' kits with excessively large rivets was once very popular. Frog ignored this trend and continued to mold aircraft with fine panel lines and no rivets. As a result, Frog kits can be built into very realistic replicas. Production ended in the late 1970s, but Frog molds are still in use around the world.