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Heller Submarine Cruiser NN3 Surcouf, 1/400, 1074

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$39   

Still factory sealed. Surcouf was a huge 360 foot long submarine cruiser with twin 8 inch guns, heavy AA guns, torpedo tubes for two different diameter torpedoes and a seaplane/hanger. The advanced design had a range of 10,000 miles but experienced many important teething and design issues. Due to this fact, she was the only ship of her class. Her fate is unknown except that she was probably sunk in the Gulf of Mexico. Very finely molded full hull kit. Includes seaplane.

LS Kaiten Miniature Submarine Kairyu, 1/72, B201-300

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$79   

Rare. One of only 8 ship kits ever issued by LS. The original kit dated from the 1960s; this may be the second issue and appears to be from the early 1970s. Operating model can be powered by a rubber motor which is included or the 'power egg' that attaches to the underside (not included). It appears to have a sort of automatic diving system - the diving planes are shown to move and there are clearly buoyancy chambers and free flood areas in the hull. Activation of the rubber motor is by the periscope. Kit is nicely done and includes two torpedoes that mount on the lower sides. Inside, the kit is like new. It has not been started. All small parts are still in the factory sealed bag, the metal parts, glue and rubber band are in a smaller sealed bag. The upper hull (molded in dark gray) was never factory sealed. Other parts are molded in red and dark gray. The kit has never been started. Decals and instructions are included; the instructions are on the inside of the box top.

Doyusha I-171 Japanese Submarine - Motorized, 1/400, 1-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$48   

Older kit that is designed to operate in water. Measures 10 inches long when assembled. Features a metal weight to achieve neutral buoyancy, movable diving planes and a rubber band motor with winding handle. The kit is molded in dark brown/gray (above the waterline) and dark red (below the waterline). Includes a static display stand also. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. No decals are shown on the instructions, so I believe that Doyusha did not issue this kit with decals. I-171 lead a very active career from Pearl Harbor, Midway and beyond. She was diverted to supply duty and was depth charged and sunk on one such mission by DD-472 USS Guest and DD-475 USS Hudson, 1 February 1944, off Buka Island.

Doyusha RO-55 Japanese Submarine - Motorized, 1/270, RO-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$48   

Older kit that is designed to operate in water. Measures 10 inches long when assembled. Features a metal weight to achieve neutral buoyancy, movable diving planes and a rubber band motor with winding handle. The kit is molded in dark brown/gray (above the waterline) and dark red (below the waterline). Includes a static display stand also. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions. Ro-55 was a K6 Kaichu Type medium submarine. She was launched on April 23, 1944 and commanded by LtCdr Suwa. On January 27, 1945 Ro-55 departed Kure on her first war patrol west of Mindoro. On February 2, Suwa reports being attacked by aircraft. That was the last communication received. On February 7, RO-55 attempted to attack a convoy os hips headed for Leyte Gulf where she was probably sunk by USS THOMASON (DE 203). in a hedge-hog attack just before midnight.

Doyusha USS Nautilus SSN571 With Regulus II Missile - Motorized, 1/380, MI-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$52   

Older kit that is designed to operate in water. Includes missile shelter, launcher and scale Regulus II guided missile - although I do not believe the Nautilus test launched the Regulus II. Submarine measures 10 inches long when assembled. Features a metal weight to achieve neutral buoyancy, movable diving planes and a rubber band motor with winding handle. The kit is molded in dark blue above the waterline and dark red below the waterline. Includes a static display stand also. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

Doyusha Sen-Toku Type I-401 (I400 class) Submarine - Motorized Diving and Surfacing Operating Model, 1/300, EG-1500

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG++

$69   

Still factory sealed. Very nice scale model that is designed for water operation. Automatically dives and surfaces while underway. Includes RE-280 Mabuchi motor and all metal hardware required. Features detailed superstructure, AA guns and deck gun and Seiran aircraft with crane. Includes rigging diagram, decals and instructions. The kit is usually molded in dark red (below the waterline parts), dark gray (above waterline parts) and wood tan (decking), but I cannot confirm because it is factory sealed.

Doyusha U581 U-Boat Type VII-C Submarine - Motorized Diving and Surfacing Operating Model, 1/150, UB-2000

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$69   

Very nice scale model that is designed for water operation. Automatically dives and surfaces while underway. Includes all required metal hardware for motorization. Doyusha did not include the RE-280 motor. Features detailed superstructure, AA guns and deck guns, Seiran aircraft with crane, ballast weights for neutral buoyancy, periscope switch, watertight compartments and more. Includes rigging diagram, decals and instructions. The kit is molded in dark red (below the waterline parts) and silver gray (above waterline parts). The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Lindberg Nautilus Atomic Submarine by Paul Lindberg, 704

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$89   

Rare first issue hardbox with script Lindberg logo. In the 1930s, Paul Lindberg was designing, building and flying stick and tissue aircraft like so many other men and boys of the time. His plans appear in Popular Aviation magazine and he made a good name for himself. When injection molding showed the way to increased kits sales in the late 1940s/early 1950s, he quickly teamed up with Mr. Olsen to create 'O-lin' models. Ray Gaedke was one the early artists for O-lin. In the early 1950s Paul Lindberg had control and had his name as the logo. The first logo is the one on this kit - 'Lindberg' in script with 'Products' arched across the top and 'Incorporated' arched across the bottom to create a broken circle around the script. Ray Gaedke continued his bold and colorful artwork for Lindberg, such as the box painting for the Nautilus here. The Nautilus appears to be the first sea vessel that Lindberg cut it's own molds for - the Chris Craft Express Cruiser, PT Boat, LST and Fleet Submarine (Ex-Varney) were done by O-lin. The model is an interesting work of fact and fiction - it includes a deck gun and what looks like a Regulus II missile for the deck! The scale is not known but it measures about 12 inches long when assembled. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Lindberg Nautilus Atomic Submarine by Paul Lindberg, 704

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$95   

Rare first issue hardbox with script Lindberg logo. In the 1930s, Paul Lindberg was designing, building and flying stick and tissue aircraft like so many other men and boys of the time. His plans appear in Popular Aviation magazine and he made a good name for himself. When injection molding showed the way to increased kits sales in the late 1940s/early 1950s, he quickly teamed up with Mr. Olsen to create 'O-lin' models. Ray Gaedke was one the early artists for O-lin. In the early 1950s Paul Lindberg had control and had his name as the logo. The first logo is the one on this kit - 'Lindberg' in script with 'Products' arched across the top and 'Incorporated' arched across the bottom to create a broken circle around the script. Ray Gaedke continued his bold and colorful artwork for Lindberg, such as the box painting for the Nautilus here. The Nautilus appears to be the first sea vessel that Lindberg cut it's own molds for - the Chris Craft Express Cruiser, PT Boat, LST and Fleet Submarine (Ex-Varney) were done by O-lin. The model is an interesting work of fact and fiction - it includes a deck gun and what looks like a Regulus II missile for the deck! The scale is not known but it measures about 12 inches long when assembled. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Lindberg US Fleet Submarine (ex-Varney), 1/240, 703-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

$165   

Rare kit with a fascinating history. These molds are believed to be the oldest production plastic ship model in US modeling history. The kit started as the Varney Fleet Sub in the mid 1940s. It is widely regarded as the very first USA all-plastic construction kit of a military vessel. Varney produced an all plastic aircraft kit at the same time, the PT-17. It is the #1 candidate for the first plastic airplane kit in the USA. Varney was a famous manufacture of model trains, first O then a leader in HO models. The two new additions did not sell very well - remember, the Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' had yet to be issued, so the boom in modeling had not occurred. Varney soon sold the molds for the Fleet Sub and the PT-17 to O-Lin (along with the molds for a fantastic multi-media kit with a wooden hull and plastic fittings, the Varney PT Boat ). O-Lin was a joint venture by Paul Lindberg and Mr. Olsen. O-Lin successfully issued the PT Boat (the PT Boat was given an injection molded hull and deck), PT-17 Stearman and Fleet Sub but modified the molds for the Sub. The original Varney kit had a solid, one-piece black hull and gray fittings. O-Lin engineers created a two-piece hull that provided a hollow hull and made from the same shot of plastic as the fittings. The 'Lin' in O-Lin, Paul Lindberg, was already well known for his publication of articles and plans for flying model aircraft in some of the leading aviation publications in the 1940/50s. Mr. Lindberg soon bought out Mr. Olsen and began marketing the same O-Lin kits under 'The Lindberg Line.' One immediate change was the box art. O-Lin box art was usually two or three color and not very exciting. Near the end of O-Lin, the partners asked Ray Gaedke to provide some box art. The bright colors and vivid action were an immediate hit, and Paul Lindberg took this lesson and Mr. Gaedke's artwork along to the new 'Lindberg Line.' Lindberg continue to issue the old Varney kits with the O-Lin modifications. The kit has been issued by a resurgent Lindberg as late at 2009, likely making it the longest running plastic ship kit in US history. This model is in superb investment-grade condition. The Ray Gaedke box art has perfect color and gloss, four solid corners, no fading, tears or price tags or tag marks or rips. The box grades 'excellent+++' and has only a few light scuffs, edge and corner marks and two short pieces of clear tape on the two long sides. The model has not been started. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes 'excellent+' condition decals and 'near mint' condition instructions.

Lindberg US Fleet Submarine (ex-Varney), 1/240, 703-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$59   

NOTE: builder kit only, has been neatly started! Please read carefully to the end for details. Rare kit with a fascinating history. These molds are believed to be the oldest production plastic ship model in US modeling history. The kit started as the Varney Fleet Sub in the mid 1940s. It is widely regarded as the very first USA all-plastic construction kit of a military vessel. Varney produced an all plastic aircraft kit at the same time, the PT-17. It is the #1 candidate for the first plastic airplane kit in the USA. Varney was a famous manufacture of model trains, first O then a leader in HO models. The two new additions did not sell very well - remember, the Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' had yet to be issued, so the boom in modeling had not occurred. Varney soon sold the molds for the Fleet Sub and the PT-17 to O-Lin (along with the molds for a fantastic multi-media kit with a wooden hull and plastic fittings, the Varney PT Boat ). O-Lin was a joint venture by Paul Lindberg and Mr. Olsen. O-Lin successfully issued the PT Boat (the PT Boat was given an injection molded hull and deck), PT-17 Stearman and Fleet Sub but modified the molds for the Sub. The original Varney kit had a solid, one-piece black hull and gray fittings. O-Lin engineers created a two-piece hull that provided a hollow hull and made from the same shot of plastic as the fittings. The 'Lin' in O-Lin, Paul Lindberg, was already well known for his publication of articles and plans for flying model aircraft in some of the leading aviation publications in the 1940/50s. Mr. Lindberg soon bought out Mr. Olsen and began marketing the same O-Lin kits under 'The Lindberg Line.' One immediate change was the box art. O-Lin box art was usually two or three color and not very exciting. Near the end of O-Lin, the partners asked Ray Gaedke to provide some box art. The bright colors and vivid action were an immediate hit, and Paul Lindberg took this lesson and Mr. Gaedke's artwork along to the new 'Lindberg Line.' Lindberg continue to issue the old Varney kits with the O-Lin modifications. The kit has been issued by a resurgent Lindberg as late at 2009, likely making it the longest running plastic ship kit in US history. This model is in superb investment-grade condition. The Ray Gaedke box art has perfect color and gloss, four solid corners, no fading, tears or price tags or tag marks or rips. The box grades 'excellent+++' and has only a few light scuffs, edge and corner marks and two short pieces of clear tape on the two long sides. The model has not been started. NOTE: this kit has neat assembly. The stand supports, hull halves, deck and several small fittings have been assembled to 'professional' quality. There is no other assembly and zero painting. The kit has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, 'excellent' decals and 'excellent' instructions.

Renwal SSB(N)-608 Ethan Allen Polaris Launching Nuclear Submarine, 1/200, 652

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$79   

Fantastic Cold-War artwork on this early issue. From the early 1960s judging from the newer Renwal logo at the upper left. The Ethan Allen was the lead submarine of her class. These replacements for the George Washington class had 16 tubes as before, but could carry the Polaris A-1, A-2 and A-3. Classic large (24" long) SSBN kit actual fires a spring-loaded Polaris Missiles from the hull launch tube. Highly detailed and well molded for that time. Starboard hull halve hinges down to reveal full interior detail for each compartment. There is no assembly but NOTE: one bulkhead and the bunk sheets on one part have minor painting. There is no other painting. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Please NOTE that the box displays better in the photo than the 'Good+' grade; I have graded it such because there are fine scratches in the box top litho on and ahead of the sail.

Skywave (2) IJN Escort Type No. 1 (Hei) Previous Type / (1) IJN Subchaser / (1) Gato Submarine / (1) B-24, 1/700, W-7

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$32   

Includes two highly detailed Type1 Escorts escorts (waterline), one sub chaser (waterline), one Gato fleet sub that can be built waterline or full hull and one B-24 Liberator. There are several sets of hull numbers for all ships and decals for the aircraft as well. The kits have never been started. They have been inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Skywave (2) IJN Escort Type Ukuru Type A / (1) IJN Subchaser / (1) Gato Submarine / (1) B-24, 1/700, W-6

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$32   

Includes two highly detailed Ukuru escorts (waterline), one sub chaser (waterline), one Gato fleet sub that can be built waterline or full hull and one B-24 Liberator. It appears from the instructions that perhaps you can build the Ukuru both the same or there are some slight variations. There are several sets of hull number included for them and all other ships & aircraft. The kits have never been started. They have been inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

AER Soviet Submarine, 1/400, 40001

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$12   

Includes one full hull model of the submarine shown on the box top. NOTE: Includes only one submarine. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.

AGA HMS Undine or Ursula (U-Class) Submarine, 1/400, 1404

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

$16   

Still factory sealed but the seal has drawn the box top concave. Very nicely molded and detailed but certainly not a 'state of the art' Tamiya style kit. Features full hull with propellers and rudder, display stand, color paint guide on the back of the box with rigging diagram and full decals for either sub with flags.

AGA Sokol Polish Navy (U-Class) Submarine, 1/400, 1403

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$15   

Solol and her sister Dzik were the first submarines delivered to the Polish Navy once WWII began. By Feburary of 1941 Sokol was patrolling the Bay of Biscay. The Dzik was delivered on October 11, 1942 and entered service very quickly. Both of these ships achieved significant success in the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas, where they destroyed several enemy ships. Both subs outlasted the war and were returned to England. The Sokol was broken up in 1949 and the Dzik was lent to the Danish Navy in 1946. Her active service ended in 1957 and she was broken up in 1958. Very nicely molded and detailed but certainly not a 'state of the art' Tamiya style kit. Features full hull with propellers and rudder, display stand, color paint guide for two different paint schemes on the back of the box with rigging diagram and full decals for either scheme with flags. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

AGA HMS Undine or Ursula (U-Class) Submarine, 1/400, 1404

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$15   

Very nicely molded and detailed but certainly not a 'state of the art' Tamiya style kit. Features full hull with propellers and rudder, display stand, color paint guide on the back of the box with rigging diagram and full decals for either sub with flags. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

AGA Sokol Polish Navy (U-Class) Submarine, 1/400, 1403

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

$15   

Still factory sealed, but the seal has drawn the box top concave. Solol and her sister Dzik were the first submarines delivered to the Polish Navy once WWII began. By Feburary of 1941 Sokol was patrolling the Bay of Biscay. The Dzik was delivered on October 11, 1942 and entered service very quickly. Both of these ships achieved significant success in the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas, where they destroyed several enemy ships. Both subs outlasted the war and were returned to England. The Sokol was broken up in 1949 and the Dzik was lent to the Danish Navy in 1946. Her active service ended in 1957 and she was broken up in 1958. Very nicely molded and detailed but certainly not a 'state of the art' Tamiya style kit. Features full hull with propellers and rudder, display stand, color paint guide for two different paint schemes on the back of the box with rigging diagram and full decals for either scheme with flags.

Mach HMS Undine or Ursula (U-Class) Submarine, 1/400, 01

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$14   

Very nicely molded and detailed but certainly not a 'state of the art' Tamiya style kit. Features full hull with propellers and rudder, display stand, color paint guide on the back of the box with rigging diagram and full decals for either sub with flags. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.