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Revell 1915 Fiat Tourer Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H55-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$44   

1953 early issue molded in red acetate plastic. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. This is from the issues produced with Gowland & Gowland as it carrier their 'balloon' logo on the side. 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.

Hudson Miniatures 1914 Regal Lil' Old Timers 'Quickie Kit', 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$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 the 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. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. The 1914 Regal Coupe is perhaps the rarest of all cars ever built in America. It was underslung, which was rare for the time, and the body was all wood and similar to old horse-drawn carriages of colonial times. The design was sometimes called a Colonial Coupe. The large car seated only two people and could hit 40 mph with it's 25 hp engine.

Hudson Miniatures 1911 Maxwell Lil' Old Timers 'Quickie Kit', 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$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. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$42   

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. Inventoried 100% complete including 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.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$39   

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. Inventoried 100% complete including 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.

Minicraft Highway Pioneers (Ex-Gowland/Revell) 1900 Packard / 1903 Cadillac / 1903 Ford A / 1904 Olds Delivery, 1/32, 1501

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$54   

Still factory sealed. One of at least five such Highway Pioneer reissues by Minicraft and ideal builders. The original molds were used for these issues as evidenced by the engraved 'Gowland' on several kit parts. Includes all four cars listed.

Minicraft Highway Pioneers (Ex-Gowland/Revell) 1907 Renault / 1910 Cadillac / 1907 Sears Buggy / 1910 Ford T, 1/32, 1502

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$49   

One of at least five such Highway Pioneer reissues by Minicraft and ideal builders. The original molds were used for these issues as evidenced by the engraved 'Gowland' on several kit parts. Includes all four cars listed. The kits have never been started. All four cars are still in the internal factory sealed bags including instructions.

Minicraft Highway Pioneers (Ex-Gowland/Revell) 1911 Rolls Royce / 1915 Ford T / 1914 Stutz / 1913 Mercdes, 1/32, 1504

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$52   

One of at least five such Highway Pioneer reissues by Minicraft and ideal builders. The original molds were used for these issues as evidenced by the engraved 'Gowland' on several kit parts. Includes all four cars listed. The kits have never been started. All four cars are still in the internal factory sealed bags including instructions.

Minicraft Highway Pioneers (Ex-Gowland/Revell) 1932 Hot Rod / 1952 MG TD / 1953 Jaguar / 1952 Ferrari, 1/32, 1505

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$52   

One of three such Highway Pioneer reissues by Minicraft. The original molds were used for these issues as evidenced by the engraved 'Gowland' on several kit parts. Includes all four cars - H56, H52, H60 and H74. The kit has never been started. All four cars are still in the internal factory sealed bags including instructions. Box has some damage to the right short side and corner.

Pyro 1949 Ford Ragtop Convertible, 1/32, C298-60

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$36   

Mid 1960 Pyro hardbox issue that is advertised as being able to convert into a slot car racer (motor and chassis not provided). In the early to mid 1960s the Pyro company chose many of their kit subjects based more on historical significance than popularity. Luckily for us, Pyro not only made these kits but did an excellent job for the time. The Pyro car models are based on the actual cars that Pyro engineers and designers had access to. Features detailed (molded) chassis and suspension and complete interior. Molded in green plastic. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.

Pyro Aston Martin Le Mans International Speedster, 1/32, C321-60

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$42   

Pyro issue from original molds. In the early to mid 1960s the Pyro company chose many of it's kit subjects based more on historical significance than popularity. Luckily for us, Pyro not only made these kits but did an excellent job for the time. The Pyro car models are based on the actual cars that Pyro engineers and designers had access to. In this case, they used the car at the Montagu Motor Museum in Brockenhurst, Hant, England. Features detailed chassis, complete motor and interior, spoked wheels and a removable hood or 'bonnet.' Molded in gloss dark red and clear. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Pyro 1934 Ford Victoria Coupe, 1/32, C305-60

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$38   

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Mid 1960s issue from original molds. In the early to mid 1960s the Pyro company chose many of their kit subjects based more on historical significance than popularity. Luckily for us, Pyro not only made these kits but did an excellent job for the time. The Pyro car models are based on the actual cars that Pyro engineers and designers had access to. In some cases, the specific car and owner is on the box. The model includes colored and clear injection molded parts, spoked wheels, detailed chassis, complete interior and rear mount spare tire. Ideal for slot car conversion. Never started. NOTE- Missing simple rectangular license plate- easly to make. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts and instructions.

Pyro 1932 Chevrolet Cabriolet, 1/32, C291-60

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$34   

Late 1960s Pyro issue from original molds. In the early to mid 1960s the Pyro company chose many of its kit subjects based more on historical significance than popularity. Luckily for us, Pyro not only made these kits but did an excellent job for the time. The Pyro car models are based on the actual cars that Pyro engineers and designers had access to. This model is very nicely molded with very good detail featuring full underside and chassis, spoked wheels and complete interior. Molded in dark green and clear. The box states that it can be converted to a 'road racing' or slot car. Never started. Inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Pyro 1933 Bugatti Model 59 Grand Prix Racer Car, 1/32, C303-60

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$39   

1960s Pyro issue from original molds. In the early to mid 1960s the Pyro company chose many of their kit subjects based more on historical significance than popularity. Luckily for us, Pyro not only made these kits but did an excellent job for the time. The Pyro car models are based on the actual cars that Pyro engineers and designers had access to. In some cases, the specific car and owner is on the box. The model includes brilliant blue injection molded parts, clear parts, detailed chassis, complete engine, removable hood and full interior. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Pyro Bugatti Atalante Coupe, 1/32, C322-60

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$42   

Sale Pending
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1960s Pyro issue from original molds. In the early to mid 1960s the Pyro company chose many of its kit subjects based more on historical significance than popularity. Luckily for us, Pyro not only made these kits but did an excellent job for the time. The Pyro car models are based on the actual cars that Pyro engineers and designers had access to. In some cases, the specific car and owner is on the box. The model includes colored injection molded parts, clear parts, detailed chassis, detailed engine and exhaust, removable hood, trunk mounted spare and complete interior. There has been no assembly. Inventoried complete with all parts and instructions present.

Pyro 1906 Renault Towne Car, 1/32, C454-125

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$44   

1967 Pyro issue from original molds. In the early to mid 1960s the Pyro company chose many of their kit subjects based more on historical significance than popularity. Luckily for us, Pyro not only made these kits but did an excellent job for the time. The Pyro car models are based on the actual cars that Pyro engineers and designers had access to. In some cases, the specific car and owner is on the box - in this case, a Renault at the Montagu Motor Museum in England. The model includes rubber tires, brass plated parts, blue injection molded parts and clear parts. Features detailed chassis, complete motor and interior and a removable hood or 'bonnet.' The kit has never been started. Innventoried 100% complete including instructions.

Pyro 1914 Mercer Raceabout, 1/32, C452-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$39   

1967 Pyro issue from original molds. In the early to mid 1960s the Pyro company chose many of their kit subjects based more on historical significance than popularity. Luckily for us, Pyro not only made these kits but did an excellent job for the time. The Pyro car models are based on the actual cars that Pyro engineers and designers had access to. In some cases, the specific car and owner is on the box. This car is an exact reproduction of the car owned by Ralph T. Buckley, owner of the Antique Auto Shop of New Jersey. This shop specialized in rebuilding Mercer automobiles to factory new condition. The car was part of the Gene Zimmerman display of over 150 such cars in Holiday West PA. The model includes rubber tires, brass plated parts, colored injection molded parts and clear parts. Features detailed chassis, complete motor and interior and a removable hood or 'bonnet.' Molded in deep red, brass plating, clear and with rubber tires. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Pyro 1911 Mercer Toy Tonneau Vintage Brass Car Issue, 1/32, C460-125

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$19   

1967 Pyro issue from original molds. In the early to mid 1960s the Pyro company chose many of their kit subjects based more on historical significance than popularity. Luckily for us, Pyro not only made these kits but did an excellent job for the time. The Pyro car models are based on the actual cars that Pyro engineers and designers had access to. In some cases, the specific car and owner is on the box. The model includes rubber tires, brass plated parts, colored injection molded parts and clear parts. Features detailed chassis, complete motor and interior and a removable hood. Never started. NOTE: missing one clear lens for a side light. NOTE: one fender is neatly broken at the running board but all parts are included. Inventoried with all other parts and instructions present.

Revell USS Independence CV62 Aircraft Carrier With Gold Medal PE Super Detail Set / Starfighter Ships Decal Set / Starfighter Resin F2H Banshee (6) With Decals, 1/542, H359

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

$185   

Includes GMM 1/540 Forrestal-Class Photoetched Super Detail Set (never used, complete with instructions), Starfighter #540-35 USS Independence CVA-62 (1960 to 1979) Decal Set (two sheets) for the ship (mint, never used)and Starfighter/Mark's Model resin aircraft set with 6 F2H Banshee in 1/500 scale + decals (still sealed). The actual model is dated 1970. Nicely detailed full, one-piece hull kit with 16 scale aircraft, deck tow trucks and crane and moving elevators. Molded with a gray hull and details and blue flight deck & elevators. There is no assembly. But NOTE: the hull below the waterline has been professionally painted black; there is glue on the bottom of two #30 whaleboats and one 5" gun barrel is painted. There is no other painting. Inventoried with all parts and instructions present. NOTE: the decals were flaking and I threw them away; the provided Starfighter decals are superior in every way to the factory markings.

Revell USS Bon Homme Richard - Picture Fleet 50 Years Of Naval Aviation Issue, 1/500, H384-298

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$295   

1960 hardbox first issue with John Steel box art. This is the Picture Fleet issue which also carries the '50th Anniversary of Naval Aviation' logo. The kit includes the one colorful collectors card of the Richard and one of the Famous Artist Series F8U-2N Crusader. The Master Modeler's club application is also included. Large and detailed kit with movable elevator, cranes, and aircraft including A-4, Skyraiders, F8U, F11F Tigers and helicopter. There is no assembly. NOTE: 12 airplanes have light painting on them; there is no other painting. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals, flag sheet, collector's card, MM Club form and instructions.