Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: NM
1958 first issue with dramatic hardbox artwork. Fantastic box in near-mint, investment-grade condition with like-new color and gloss and four solid corners. Features optional position landing gear, movable wheels, four bombs, pilot figure and hinged cockpit canopy and refueling probe. Never started. 100% inventoried complete with all parts/decals and instructions present.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed VG+
Still factory sealed but the seal has split on the left. 1995 reissue of the 1950s 'S' kit. Rare kit of a straight-deck Midway class carrier.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
From completely new tooling and with numerous optional parts. Features 129 parts, detailed chassis and engine, opening hood, full interior and more. Molded in colored plastic, clear, chrome plate and with rubber tires. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc+
Dated 1987 and very well detailed for that time. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions.
Wood and Metal Model Kit, Box Condition: Good
Excellent, large scale kit. Features fully carved and machined hardwood hull that is about 90% finished, a very large number of metal fittings, pre-cut and machined wood as well as wood stock, instructions and excellent full sized planes. The kit has never been started and is 99% complete. Includes hull, all wooden parts and may be missing some fittings. I say 'may' because there is a factory note inside that says "Due to a shortage of strategic material, we have been force to discontinue our complete fittings set." They do, however, provide a complete fittings list so you know what you need. I have inventoried the fittings against the list and very few are gone. You will need to provide the following: grate, two tiny eyebolts, 1 davit, one prop, 2 lifeboats and one ladder. The rest are present.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc+
Dramatic Ray Gaedke artwork. Rare early issue from the 1950s. The Convair VTO was a Navy program for a high performance zero-length take off fighter. The aircraft flew well but transition from vertical/horizontal and back was tricky. This, combined with the performance of the new jets signaled the end of the program in 1955. Comes with boarding ladder. Molded in the correct high gloss silver and clear. Never started. 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.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG-
Early issue dated 1969. Well detailed kit in the Apollo Recovery configuration from the same year. Measures 20 inches long when assembled. Features one piece hull, in-scale Apollo Capsule, Grumman S-2 Trackers, E-1 Tracers, Sea King Helicopters and movable elevators and cranes. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including all parts, decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good
Very highly detailed large 1/16 scale model. The model builds up a rolling chassis just like the actual car. Features highly detailed engine and exhaust, complete suspension, wire wheels and rubber tires, full interior with front seat backs that tilt forward, opening doors, hood that opens correctly as the real car and more. Molded in olive, silver, black and ivory with chrome parts and rubber tires. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the internal factory sealed bags. The few trees that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: one 'A' pillar is cleanly broke from the body but present. It broke right at a corner and is an easy fix.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
Beautiful kit from the 1950s made of quality hardwood - no balsa. The carving is done to the final shape. When complete it makes an impressive model and comes with a unique display stand. Features all carved and smooth wood parts, clear plastic canopy, full color decals, glue, wood filler, sandpaper and special display stand. Never started. Inventoried complete with all parts and plans. Before plastic kits were introduced, Strombecker was famous as the premier hardwood preshaped model manufacture. In the 1940s and 1950s, Strombecker kits were flawlessly engineered but not inexpensive. All wooden parts are hardwood and are precarved to shape - you only had to glue, sand and paint to finish them.
Resin Model Kit, Box Condition: VG+++
Ex-Topping molds. Resin kit with large colorful decals (TWA, Delta and CAT)and stand. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: VG+++
Giant 1/16 scale kit with a 72 inch wingspan. Ideal kit for electric power and conversion to RC. This model is in the original plain but sturdy cardboard box with 'Cleveland' stamped in ink on it and the name of the kit and kit #. 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.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG+++
For the advanced collector. Very rare kit from 1956. The very large Hawk Hawaiian Catamaran was issued only once. The model is based on an actual Waikiki Beach sailing ship. The scale is not given, but the kit measures 16 inches long and about 20 inches tall when assembled. True scale model with excellent detail for that time. Features one piece catamaran hulls, twin rudders with left and right tillers and connecting bar, cabin, life preservers, stanchions, metal hand rails, full vacuform billowing sails, rigging blocks, full rigging instructions, rigging material and color decals. The hulls, life preservers and rudders are molded in gloss pink, the cabin and hull decking are gloss baby blue and the masts, blocks, cleats and numerous other parts are molded in a realistic swirl wood tan. The sails are still in mint condition thanks to the special packing from the Hawk factory. The kit has never been started. When you open it up, it is exactly as it left the factory. All small parts and decals are still factory sealed in small bags. The cabin, two hulls and sails were never in factory bags but are complete and mint. All interior factory cardboard display pieces are intact and in excellent condition. The contents are still protected by the original factory tissue. The instructions are one large sheet and are in near mint condition. The box top has excellent color and gloss but has general wear as shown.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG+++
Very rare first issue. Of the Brooklyn series, this is usually considered the hardest kit to find. Inside, the kit is 100% correct with no rivet detail, no bombs and no landing gear. The color is the unique first run non-metallic medium red with clear canopy and stand. The stand is the correct square one marked 'Brooklyn.' The instructions are correct Brooklyn also, and the decals are the proper early 'Tatem Company' issue with the swastika. The box grades 'very good+++' It has four solid corners, no missing litho or litho tears, no repairs, no price tags or tape (other than the factory sealing tape). There is general light shelf and edge wear. This kit has never been started. It has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, 'very good++' decals and 'excellent' instructions. This kit must be shipped insured.
Multimedia Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
Pocher made the finest automobile models ever created and the two Bugatti and Mercedes ones are considered the finest of the line. The detail and working parts on these long out-of-production kits is amazing. This kit has 1600 parts of plastic, brass, steel, leather, iron, rubber, copper and many more. Working features include operating steering, working leaf spring suspension, operating foot brake that applies brakes to all four wheels, independent hand brake that operates on the rear wheels, headlights that light via a dashboard switch, doors that open and close with operating door latches and handles, windows that raise and lower via the working cranks, starting handle that operates the engine crankshaft, connecting rods, pistons etc. and the fan and generator turn by V belts, opening hood and bonnet, super detailed real spoke wheels and much more. The kit has never been started. The box has been opened but is factory new inside. Every part is still in the internal factory sealed bags. All small bags are still stapled to the factory header card and the bags are solid with no splits. Recommended for experienced models only. NOTE: this kit must be shipped insured.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG++
First issue dated 1968 of this legendary kit that features realistic 'Jet Sound.' Model is in fantastic collector condition. The box has very good color and four good corners. There is general wear as shown and the same on the sides with tape residue marks on the long sides. When you open the box, the yellow bordered cardboard with cellophane insert is still present. Beneath it the white printed cardboard display presentation is still present, in 'new' condition and still contains a mint tube of 'Monoglue' plastic cement. The instructions, B-52 Book and decals are present and in 'excellent' condition. Well detailed with 207 parts. Features crew of three and cockpit, elevating and traversing rear turret, opening and closing bomb bay doors, operating wing flaps, operating spoilers, optional position entry hatch and landing gear, and optional parts to display one nacelle open to show the jet engine. The kit has never been started. The motor and hardware are still in the factory sealed bag. The plastic parts, which were never factory sealed, have been inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc+
Very highly detailed remote control kit. Features control box, all wiring, dual gear boxes and dual RE-14 motors. Never started. Most parts still in factory sealed bags; those that are not have been inventoried 100% complete. With instructions and decals.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc+++
Very rare. For the advanced model collector. This is a model kit with a fascinating history for it is among the early injection molded kits produced in the United States (please see the article about early USA kit production on this website). The Hawk model company was the most innovative in America and had been making constant 1/48 scale models in wood with metal accessories since the late 1920s. During the re-run of the World's Fair in 1933, Hawk may have made the world's first injection molded airplanes models - but they were not kits. The models were completely finished and were on display for the then-large sum of $25 each. The Mates brothers, who founded and ran Hawk, were quick to incorporate this new technology by replacing the metal detail parts with injection molded details to the wooden kits in the late 1930s. During the war, Hawk put it's injection molding knowledge to work making ID models for the US Armed Forces. Originally there was a nation-wide program to have children and adults make these from wood, but consistency was an issue - injection molded solved this problem. Immediately after WWII in 1946, Hawk made the Curtiss Racer model injection molded in black tenite. The box was a simple one-color affair. This may have been the first injection molded airplane kit produced in the USA; another contender is the Varney's PT-17. Both met a very cool reception at hobby shops. Hawk quickly changed the Curtiss box to two colors and added box artwork while molding the kit is bright yellow acetate. In 1947, Hawk approached toy stores since hobby shops were giving the kit poor promotion. The toy stores did much better. Spurred on by toy store sales in 1947, Hawk added four classic racers in 1948, all molded in acetate - the Gee Bee, Howard Ike, Laird Solution and the Supermarine S6B. This kit is the one in bright yellow acetate and is from 1948. (Hawk went to polystyrene in 1949). The box is in excellent condition with great colors. The box has not been crushed, bent or flattened, which is unusual since this type of box is not very strong. Inside, the kit has never been started. The model is 100% complete with all parts. The instructions are in excellent condition. Please note that Hawk did not issue decals with this issue of this kit.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
1955 first issue hardbox with timeless 'S' box art. Very nicely molded and detailed kit for that time. Plastic is gloss silver and clear and includes the famous Swivel Base Display Stand. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: box displays 'excellent' but is graded 'very good' because there is a 1" by 1/2" tape tear on the right short side.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
2010 reissue of the rare Four Star kit. Ideal builder. Large scale kit with many working features and 152 parts. Has flexible treads, rotating turret and copula, elevating 90mm main gun and machine gun, three opening and closing hatches, working wheels/sprockets, driver and crew of three. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc+
Dated 1954. This is the finest H4 Liberator that I have seen. The box has like-new color and gloss, four solid corners and only light general wear. The inside is like new also. Classic early multi-media kit with a fantastic internal box presentation. Before injection molded plastic kits were common, Monogram issued the famous 'Speedee-Bilt' and 'Super Kits' which featured injection molded details and precarved wooden parts. Of these, the Speede-Bilt B-24 and B-17 were the finest. These kits are rare today due to their relatively high original price of $4.95. This example is inventoried 100% complete with all parts, glue, dope, decals, sand paper, plans and instruction book. The kit has never been started. Still has all internal packing as shown. Amazingly, the celluloid plastic parts range from no warping to very slight warping. This is very rare, as that type of plastic was unstable and warp easily over time. Instructions, decals and plans are 'near mint' also, as are the parts sheets. No wooden parts have been punched out. This kit must be shipped insured.