Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc+++
Very rare kit for the advanced collector. First Lindberg issue in a one piece box. Dates from the early 1950s. Molded in unique gloss light green and includes the early unique 'Circle' two piece stand.. The box is in excellent condition and carries the circular Lindberg first logo. The instructions are on the back and Lindberg did not issue the kit with decals. The kit has never been started and is complete.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc++
Very rare hardbox issue dated 1959. Please note that this one has the 'Famous Fighters' oval logo and the Parents' Magazine seal at the upper right. The box is in exceptional condition. The color and gloss is like new. All four corners are solid and original and there is no edge wear, fading, water stains, tape or price tags on the box. The only flaws are a tiny bit of corner wear, light marks from the factory sealing tape and a tiny (7 x 3 millimters) tear from that tape on one long side. Molded in the correct gloss black and clear and includes the correct Aurora 'Triangle World' two piece clear stand. Instructions have the same logo as the box and also have the Parents' seal. The decals are in 'excellent+' condition. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc+
First issue from the early 1950s. Please note the early Aurora rectangular logo, which was used from about 1953 to 1955. Rare large scale model features working counter-rotating props and is molded in gloss silver and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: box displays as 'near mint+' but is graded lower due to a tape tear on one long side from the factory tape.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
3 foot wingspan model from 1943. The 'Industrial Training' models were Cleveland's response to a wartime need for simplified models that did not sacrifice realism. All of the Industrial Training models had a constant 3 foot wingspan and were essential simplified SF kits. The line was a big sales success during the war and was expanded from the original 6 kits to 11 total. 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.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Exc++
Still factory sealed but the seal has small splits. Limited issue box set includes all five kits and full decals for the Blue Angles.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
First issue from 1961 with the sunburst oval logo and 'Famous Fighters' in the border. Large scale kit with fantastic Jo Kotula box artwork. Nicely detailed kit for 1958 with cockpit, full landing gear, four AIM-7 Sparrow missiles and a large, clear 'Triangle World' display stand. Even includes a tiny two-piece F-4 model that is almost 2 inches long. Molded in gloss gray and clear. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and including decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG++
Very rare version with the Bf-109s flying over a period town. Second issue of this famous kit, most likely from 1954 and possibly into 1955. Last Aurora Bf-109 with swastikas on the box art, molded into the vertical stabilizer, on the instructions and on the decals. Aurora modified the molds for this issue, including landing gear and wing-mounted bombs. Molded in the correct gloss burgundy and clear. Never started and 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. This artwork is by Jim Cox. According to his son, Art Cox, and the village is most likely rendition of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and a stylized Philadelphia skyline and older buildings in Camden, NJ in the foreground. This kit must be shipped insured.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good
Rare original Bandai issue. Large scale, highly detailed kit. Features full rolling chassis construction just like the actual vehicle, detailed engine with ignition wiring (almost a model in itself), driveline, suspension, transmission and fuel tank, removable bonnet, complete interior, opening doors, actual fine wire wheels, optional top and more. Molded in black, red, silver, wood tan, white, clear, nickel plate and with real rubber tires. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bags including instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good++
Very large and highly detailed kit from 1979. Measures 28 inches long when assembled. Features full hull, highly detailed deck fittings, display stand, detailed rigging instructions, two weights of rigging line, metal anchor chain and much more. Molded in black, beige and brown with ivory sails. This model was originally issued by Imai and usually did not include sails. Monogram leased the molds and ran this kit in the USA for a very short time and included a very nice set of finely molded vacuform billowing sails. The sails are in rare 'near mint' condition and are protected for shipping. The model has never been started. Most parts ares still in the factory sealed bags. The larger parts that were never internally sealed have been inventoried complete. Includes flags, decals, rigging material and instructions.
Metal Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
Very high quality engine from O.S. Engines Manufacturing Company Limited, Japan. Never ran and still new in the box. The engine rotates freely with high compression, as you would expect. 100% complete. All parts except the silencer are still in the factory bags; the engine bag has been opened but the tools screws, nuts, tools and small accessories are still factory sealed. All paperwork is present and in as-new condition including Type 7L Carburetor operating instructions, safety instructions, limited warranty and engine instructions. This engine must be shipped insured.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG++
1964 issue of this classic kit that features beautiful John Steel boxart. Large and highly detailed. This is an early version of the kit with the hull factory painted copper below the waterline. The copper paint is in fantastic 'near mint' condition with only the slightest wear. Measures 36 inches long and 22 inches high when assembled. Features highly detailed deck, deck houses, cargo holds and covers, masts, yards and booms, bilge pump, windlass, 20 crew figure, and lifeboats with oars, life preservers, anchors and anchor chains. Includes draftline and transom decals, figurehead, finely detailed hull, preformed ratlines and molded deadeyes, pin rails and blocks, full standing and running rigging instructions and diagrams, 35 pre-formed vac billowing sails and thread and chain for rigging. Molded in three colors. The model has never been started. Other than the hull, all the parts are still in the factory sealed bags. The chain and rigging material is also in the factory sealed bag. With fully illustrated instructions and detailed rigging diagrams.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Good++
Still factory sealed but the seal has drawn the box top concave. From about 1999. Unusual subject. Nicely molded kit with full decals for 'City of London' Instone and Co Transport. The model was made by combining an original Frog Vimy with an injection molded conversion fuselage, nose gear and all other required parts. With large, full color decal sheet.
Metal Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
Brass hand crafted and painted Japanese HO train from Balboa Katsumi Scale Models. The original Katsumi blue hardbox has some wear but is solid. Inside, this set is in investment grade condition. The Golden State is the rarest of the Balboa streamlined kits. It is rare to fine this complete set available and in factory-new condition. The set consists of a Baggage Mail Car, Pullman Sleeping Car, Dining Car, Vista Dome Coach and an Observation Car. All cars are internally lit. The original foam rubber and factory sealed coupler pockets are included, as well as coach seating kits sealed in the original bags. The paint is all factory and each car is as new. All cars are still protected in the original clear plastic sleeves. It would be difficult to find a better set. Postal insurance will be required.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc+
One of the more dramatic Craftmaster boxes. A British carrier launches heavily battle-damaged Buccaneers with enemy ships within visual range. Other Buccaneers are taking heavy and accurate fire from the enemy, while one ship is engulfed in flames. Propeller driven aircraft fall burning from the sky. Kit features opening unique rotating bomb bay, folding wings and working arresting hook. The kit has never been assembled but has minor painting. NOTE: the inside walls of the cockpit have been painted. Paint quality is good. It could be painted over or stripped in DOT3 brake fluid or other safe stripper. There is no other painting. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. The Buccaneer was the world's first purpose designed low level 'below the radar' bomber. Low level strike aircraft have a shorter airframe life limit due to the stresses of low level flying, so the Buccaneer was designed to be very strong and even had many sub-assemblies milled from solid metal.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: Fair
Stick-and-tissue kit from the 1930s. When Bob Reder was young, he was hooked on flying models. Upon graduation in 1935, he went to work for Comet. He drew this version of the Phantom Fury plans and put his name at the bottom. This is a very nice kit for that time, featuring a large balsa printwood sheet, a pre-carved prop that only needs finish sanding, nose block, factory cut strip wood in all required sizes, other balsa stock as required for gear struts, etc., fully carved wooden wheels, red and orange covering tissue, clear window material, metal prop shaft and full size plans. The kit has never been started and is 100% complete. NOTE: The box looks great but is graded 'fair' because it is missing all of the end flaps.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
1958 release of this kit featuring classic Jo Kotula boxart. The large 1/48 scale missile comes with a fully operational scale launcher. The hardbox has 'very good' color and gloss, four solid corners, no price tag or tape tears and no torn or missing litho. Flaws include general wear and edge and corner wear as shown. The kit has never been started and is factory new inside right down to the original tissue packing paper. Aurora factory sealed the silver parts and the red missile parts; these are both still sealed. The deep blue parts were not sealed but have been inventoried 100% complete. Includes decals and instructions in 'excellent' condition. This kit must be shipped insured.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc+
Fantastic model from new molds. Features full hanger deck, air wing, four photoetched frets and extensive decals. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.
Wood and Metal Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
Includes parts for two cars. From 1965. High quality Ambroid kit from the 'Golden Age' of HO models. The limited-issue Ambroid kits are widely considered to be among the finest Craftsman kits issued. They can be built to a museum-quality display or used on your layout. The kit is made from quality Northeastern Scale Lumber and features all pre-scribed and milled hardwood parts, milled detail parts as needed, wood and metal stock, envelope of detail parts, extensive decals and full instructions and plans. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. If you have an interest in these highly accurate kits and the revolution they created in modeling, please read the article about their history located on this website.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: Good-
From the 1940s. Box top photo is of the actual assembled kit. Excellent wooden kit featuring all parts cut to shape, completely finished wheels, clear windshield, genuine Army Khaki roof covering, sandpaper and much more. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and 5 view plan with instructions. This kit is an part of an extensive line of Austin-Craft kits produced during and immediately after World War 2.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Exc++
Still factory sealed. 1970s issue of the Comet Build-N-Fly series created to introduce a new generation to the time-honored hobby of wooden aircraft assembly and flight. Designed to be very easy to construct and fly. Features tissue-covered high-lift wing and tail surfaces, stick fuselage, fully formed wheels, prop, rubber motor and detailed plans. Comet was a famous manufacturer of stick and tissue flying and static models. In the 1930s Great Depression, they lead the low-priced kit revolution with the "Dime Scale" kits and famous advertisements in Model Airplane News magazine and others. Comet reached it's peak in the 1930s when they acquired the services of Carl Goldberg. Goldberg was a highly accomplished modeler with articles in Model Airplane News and famous designs that won him several National level competitions in the 1930s and beyond. (Carl Goldberg went on to found his own company and produced well designed and popular free-flight and RC aircraft). Comet survived the post World War economic slump and continued kit production until they were bought out by long-time competitor Guillow's in 1998. Kit features traditional wood/tissue construction, detailed full size plans, building instructions, hardware (if required), tissue and propeller. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.