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Airfix HMS Belfast Heavy Cruiser, 1/600, 04212-3

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG+

$24   

Still sealed. Older yet incredibly well detailed and finely molded full-hull kit.

Frog Westland Wessex I (S-58) - Royal Australian Navy or Royal Navy - Red Series, 1/72, F247

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc-

$28   

Molded in light gray-blue. Very nicely molded model. Includes decals for both versions. This kit has never been started. Inventoried 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.

Hasegawa Mil Mi-28 Hind-A - USSR, 1/72, K19

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$24   

From 1986. Finely detailed with all recessed panel lines, full cockpit, a small fret of photoetched details, full weapons load of anti-tank guided missiles and unguided rocket pods, two pilots, four positionable troops and more. Never started. Sealed factory bag with decals and instructions.

KVZ Mil Mi-4 'Hound' Helicopter, 1/100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$24   

Still factory sealed. Unique kit from KVZ, which was an East German company from 1969 to 1973. During this time, they produced some fantastic Cold War kits of Soviet and Eastern Bloc Airliners, Military Helicopters and Aircraft.

Hasegawa U.S. Ground Crew Set: A with Engine Starting Vehicle / Test Stand / Fire Extinguishers / Hand Cart / Pilot and Ground Crew Figures, 1/48, X48-4

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$24   

Very nicely detailed and molded sat of modern US ground equipment and crew. Contains everything on the box art except the F-15. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Lindberg Lockheed F-80C (P-80) Shooting Star, 1/48, 500-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$45   

From original O-lin molds. 1950 kit with Ray Gaedke hardbox artwork. Never started. NOTE: missing pilot seat. Otherwise inventoried complete with all other parts, decals and instructions. It is true that earlier versions of this kit did not come with a seat and/or pilot - at one point it was not even shown on the instructions. The first seat was a simple horizontal 'plank. I have seen so many of these with no seat at all that I feel these may be old O-Lin kits that Lindberg wished to use up, so he put them in new Lindberg boxes with new instructions. Paul Lindberg got his start in 1930s model aviation by designing, building and flying stick and tissue aircraft. His plans appeared in Popular Aviation magazine and he soon made a name for himself. When injection molding showed the way to increased kit sales in the late 1940s/early 1950s, he quickly teamed up with Mr. Olsen to create 'O-lin' models. Ray Gaedke was one the the early artists for O-lin, and he help pioneer dramatic and colorful box artwork. In the early 1950s Paul Lindberg was running the company and had the logo changed to his name. The first logo was circular, with 'Lindberg' in middle and 'Products' 'Incorporated' arched across the top and bottom. The second logo is the 'Yellow Square' that is on this kit. Ray Gadke continued his bold and colorful artwork for Lindberg and did this F-80C boxart as well.

MPM Kawanishi N1K1 'Shinden' George, 1/72, 72123

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$20   

Kit features fine, all recessed panel line detail, many photoetched parts and decals for four aircraft. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. During construction of the NiK1 Kyofu (Strong Wind) float plane, the design team at Kawanishi did a study of converting that aircraft to a land-based fighter. The design seemed very promising, but the Japanese Navy rejected it. Kawanishi decided to privately fund the building of prototypes regardless. The aircraft flew and flew well, but the navy was unimpressed as they ordered the J2M Raiden into production. Kawanishi, undaunted, built four additional prototypes. The IJN was finally won over, and funds were released to produce the fighter. Production problems were solved in time for the Shiden (Violet Lightning) to see action before the end of the war, but not in significant numbers to change the tide. The Shiden was an excellent aircraft, but a modified version, NiK2-J may have been the finest Japanese Naval fighters of the war.

Hasegawa IJN Furutaka Heavy Cruiser, 1/700, C059-500

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$22   

Very highly detailed 1/700 waterline kit. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, instructions and decals (if issued).

Aeroclub Hawker Hector - RAF No. 613 Sq November 1939- June 1940 / Irish Air Corps No. 90 1940 - Bagged, 1/72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$42   

Rare. Features very nice injection molded main parts, high quality Aeroclub metal details, extruded airfoil strut material, full instructions and excellent decals. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Combat Grumman FM-2 / F4F Wildcat - Bagged, 1/32

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$24   

Large scale kit featuring white vacuform main parts, clear vac canopy (in excellent condition with no yellowing), cast metal detail parts including the propeller, tail wheel and strut and main gear struts, an excellent Williams Brothers #309 1/32 scale Pratt & Whitney Wasp Engine kit (still factory sealed) and full size plans. Never started and complete. A certain degree of experience and modeling skill is required to build vacuform kits. They are not recommended for beginners.

Eduard P-39 Airacobra Profipack, 1/48, 8062

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$34   

Highly detailed kit with recessed panel lines, extensive PE parts, full mask set and markings for several different aircraft. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora Atomic Submarine Nautilus SS571, 1/242, 500-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Poor

$58   

NOTE: builder or parts kit only, please read carefully. Rare, Brooklyn-produced early 1950s U-Ma-Kit. This was Aurora's first naval model. Molded in the correct glossy very dark gray plastic. The kit has never been started. NOTE: missing parts. Both bow dive planes and one prop are missing. NOTE: decals have been cut out and are missing (2) eyeballs and one shark's mouth. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts, decals (separated) and instructions. NOTE: instructions are present but completely split in two down one fold seam. The box looks better than the 'poor' rating but is graded as such because there is extensive clear tape holding the top together, stains and missing litho as shown at the bottom and on the bottom long side. The tray (lower box) is present but split along most seams.

Revell Northrop Snark SM-62 Missile with Launcher - History Makers Issue, 1/80, 8612

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$65   

1982 limited edition from the original 1950s 'S' kit molds. Very nicely detailed with base and launcher. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Revell DC-7 'United Flight 707' Airport Set - 'S' Kit, 1/122, H220-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$495   

Rare and very desirable kit with the Disney Promotional Sticker. Contains the colorful United DC-7 and all the accessories shown on the box top - Texaco fuel truck, boarding stairs, United Red Carpet, stanchions, tow tractor with tow bar, baggage truck with three baggage carts and figures for the pilot, refueler, model, stewardess, camera man and two drivers for the tow and baggage tractors. The box is in exceptional condition with like-new color and gloss, four solid corners, no tape or tags, no tape or tag marks, no fading and no litho damage. Light and even general wear are the only flaws. Inside, the kit has never been started. It is complete. The aircraft small parts are still sealed in the factory bag. The aircraft parts that were never factory sealed have been inventoried complete. The airport parts have been inventoried complete (they are in the original bag but it has been opened). Includes excellent decals and instructions.

CM LST1179 USS Newport, 1/350

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$335   

SPECIAL ORDER limited production kit. Museum quality high definition resin castings. Complete kit with all parts needed for assembly. Some kits include photo-etched details and decals if required -email for details on a certain kit. Kits are molded upon receipt of payment. Normal wait is six to eight weeks.

CM CG23 USS Halsey (1989), 1/350

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$295   

SPECIAL ORDER limited production kit. Museum quality high definition resin castings. Complete kit with all parts needed for assembly. Some kits include photo-etched details and decals if required -email for details on a certain kit. Kits are molded upon receipt of payment. Normal wait is six to eight weeks.

Cleveland 1936 Caudron Racer - Balsa Flying Model Airplane Kit, 1/16, SF-63

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$175   

This is a Cleveland 'SF' or 'Scale Flying' model in museum scale of 1/16. The kit came from a long time collector of 1930s and 1940s models and is in exceptional condition. All Cleveland kits were exceptionally complete and this one is no exception. Features very high quality balsa printwood and strip wood, covering material, highest quality plans, all parts required for assembly and decals (if issued with the kit). The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. The Cleveland Model and Supply Company played a pivotal role in the development of true scale models. In 1909 Bleriot's English Channel flight caused a surge in aviation and model aircraft around the globe. Several companies were ideally positioned to take advantage of the aviation craze. In the USA, Wading River Manufacturing Co. (1909), White Aeroplane (1911), Ideal Model Aeroplane (1911), Broadfield Model Aeroplanes (1919) were among these pioneers, offering everything from plans and parts to complete kits and ARF models. Lindbergh's 1927 crossing of the Atlantic Ocean caused an even bigger world-wide phenomenon called 'The Aviation Craze' that extended up to the start of World War II. Many companies such as Megow, Guillow's and others started right around the time of Lindbergh's flight. Some of these models flew and flew well, but they all had one thing in common - were generally not accurate scale representations. In 1929, a youngster named Ed Packard had a very advanced dream to produce incredibly accurate, true scale models that flew perfectly. This radical idea established the world's longest operating single-owner model airplane supply business, called Cleveland Model and Supply Company. To this day, Cleveland models are treasured as the most accurate flying scale models produced. The fact that Mr. Packard started and successfully grew this business during The Great Depression is a testament to his ideals and business skill. I highly suggest the excellent book called 'Aviations great Recruiter, Cleveland's Ed Packard' by H.L. (Herm) Schreiner. It is an excellent history of the man, his company and the times of the Golden Age of Model Aviation.

Revell 707 Flagship American Airlines 'S' Kit, 1/139, H246-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$129   

Hard to find 'S' 1958 first release. The model represents the 707 in the initial configuration - Turbo-Jet (not fan) engines, and short, early rudder shape. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora British Spitfire, 1/43, 20A-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG-

$165   

Early issue from about 1954/55 with the rectangular 'Aurora Line' logo and 'Famous Fighters of All Nations.' Retains the Jim Cox box art from original issue. Molded in correct medium gloss blue and clear with clear rectangular stand. This is the issue (likely the first) with landing gear and bombs. The kit has never been started. All parts are still internally sealed in the very rare (for this date) Aurora 'krinkle' plastic bag. Includes decals and instructions.

Revell USS Norton Sound AVM-1 Rocket Launcher, 1/424, H331-169

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$575   

Very rare kit from 1956; molds were altered to make the class seaplane tender, which made any reissue impossible. Excellent stain-free box with brilliant color and gloss. There are no tape or price tags or similar marks. This Norton Sound was originally a seaplane tender and was converted to an ocean-going laboratory for development and testing of guided missiles and rockets. This ship was key in the Navy's move into the guided missile age. Model features working cranes, operating launching platform for the Viking missile, Terrier with launcher, Jeeps and Lark missile. Inside, the kit as if left the factory. I has never been started. All small parts are still factory bag sealed. Decals and flag sheet, as well as the instructions, are like new with typical yellowing as the only flaw.