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Aurora Aurora ATLANTIS Merchant Raider Factory Model, 1/456

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: No Box

$1400   

In the 1950s and early 1960s the major model manufactures would create factory-built and painted display models. These were intended for hobby shops to help stimulate sales. These were disposable items that were produced in very low numbers, so they are very rare today. Here is one of the rarest of the rare: The 'Rattlesnake of the Ocean' Merchant Sea Raider Atlantis factory build up by Aurora. The unbuilt kit is among the most valuable and rare Aurora single kits, making the factory built display much more so. This one is in excellent original condition. The painting is 1950s professional quality as is the gluing. The glue has held up well and all parts of the ship are very solid. The ship is very clean. The original paint is almost flawless with some light scratches on the port side. The 'ATLANTIS' decals are perfect. The stack 'K' starboard decal is mint; the port one is missing 2mm of the white top on one leg of the 'K'. The factory cardboard wood-tone base is 100% intact with typical corner splits on the bends and edge wear. The removable covers display is mint with all 10 gun/hanger covers present. The kit is now 100% complete. It was missing 4 small parts which I am providing. I took them from an original Atlantis kit, so they are 100% correct. (they are the propeller, 'Y' rear crane, rear flag and rudder) Overall, this is an excellent and rare investment piece for the advanced Aurora collector. Shipping insurance required. From modeler Stephen Payne: Recommend that the builder or collector of this kit add the following books to their collection-The German Raider Atlantis by Captain Bernhard Rogge & Wolfgang Frank & Sea Raider Atlantis, Story of a German Surface Raider by Ulrich Mohr & A.V. Sellwood. The first book is by the ATLANTIS commander, Kapitan zur See Bernhard Rogge. He oversaw the transformation and outfitting in Bremen and captained the ship during her 602 day operational voyager which sank or captured 22 ships totaling 144,384 t (142,104 long tons). Rogge also was one of the few German officers of flag rank who was not arrested by the Allies after the war due to the way he had exercised his command of Atlantis. Captain J. Armstrong White, captain of the British CITY OF BAGHDAD, which Atlantis sank in July 1941, stated, "His treatment of prisoners left respect, instead of hatred."The second book is by the ATLANTIS First Officer, Ulrich Moher. Both books read much the same as the events related are the same, but it is interesting to see these events from the two perspectives. Captain White (see above) wrote the foreword to Atlantis, the Story of a German Surface Raider, written by U. Mohr & A. V. Sellwood.The German auxiliary cruiser Atlantis (HSK 2), known to the Kriegsmarine as Schiff 16 (SHIP 16) and to the Royal Navy as Raider-C, was a converted merchant vessel to German Hilfskreuzer (auxiliary cruiser) used for commerce raiding. Commerce raiders did not seek to engage warships, but rather attack enemy merchant shipping; the measures of success are tonnage destroyed (or captured) and time spent "at large" holding up enemy resources. Atlantis had the longest raiding career of any German commerce raider in either world war.

UPC Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien 'Tony' (ex-Fujimi), 1/70, 8016-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$18   

From older but quality Fujimi molds and with box art by Scott Eidson. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufactures and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

Revell Hawker Typhoon MK 1B - History Makers Issues, 1/32, 8616

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$69   

1982 'History Makers' issue. Has decals for Wing Commander Beamont's 1943 aircraft from No. 56 Squadron, the first to fly the Typhoon. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including all parts, decals and instructions.

ESCI Panavia Tornado IDS - RAF / Italian / German Air Forces, 1/72, 9039

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$22   

Still factory sealed but the seal has split. Contains markings for all three air forces. Features full cockpit, wings that change angle and external weapons loads.

Comet North American P-51D Mustang - 24 inch Wingspan - Coca-Cola Bottle Issue, Y1-129

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$44   

Rare 1950s issue showing a bottle of Coke next to the young builder's snack tray and a finished aircraft. Large scale issue with the 'Coke Bottle' box design. For rubber flight or easily converted to RC using today's tiny and light servos and receivers. Kit features traditional wood/tissue construction, very high quality printwood, stripwood and spars, clear window material, balsa block and other stock as required, completely preformed wheels, cardstock prop pitch former, hardwood nose button and tissue (still wrapped inside the plans as it came from the factory), a very large sheet of USAF insignia and markings especially for this kit and superb full size plans with extensive instructions and detail drawings. The model has not been started. The parts have been inventoried complete with all parts, plans and insignia sheet. 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.

Amtech Junkers Ju-88S-1/T-1 Bomber Recon - (Ju88S1T1) S-1 of 4./KG1 France 1944 / S-1 of 3. /KG66 France 1944 / T-1 of 2.(F)/123 Sicily 1943, 1/72, 729201

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$36   

Limited edition, now out of production. Very nicely molded and detailed with all fine recessed panel lines, detailed cockpit and radial engines and with decals and paint guide for the three aircraft listed above. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

Nichimo Kawasaki Ki-45 Kai 'Toryu' (Nick), 1/48, S-4819

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$38   

Larger scale (1/48) Nick. Well molded and detailed kit. Features excellent full cockpit, detailed engines, rotating wheels and props and decals for two colorful aircraft as well as a painting guide. The kit has never been started. Some parts are still in the factory sealed bags. The parts that are not internally sealed sealed have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions.

CM BM2 USS Amphitrite (Costal Monitor 1898), 1/350

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$115   

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.

Aurora Me-109 (Bf-109) Brooklyn - Famous Fighters of All Nations, 1/48, 55-59

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$695   

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 'excellent' overall. The colors are bright and beautiful. The flaws are edge wear at the top left, a 3/4" by 1/4" tape tear on one long side, and a 1" x 1/2" tear on one short side and other light wear. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, 'excellent' instructions and 'very good++' decals. This kit must be shipped insured.

Charmore Mig-15 - Trail Blazers of Transportation, 1/72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$60   

Very rare kit for the advanced collector. Charmore was located at 126 Market Street in Paterson, New Jersey. They issued a small line of kits in the early 1950s, at the dawn of US plastic kit production. All boxes have the same art - the name of the kit stamped on a side white panel. Inside, the kit has never been started. The contents are mint and complete in the original Charmore paper sacks. The main parts are the correct gloss silver (just one of the several colors that Charmore used), while the canopy, stand and stand arm are clear. Includes decals and instructions. From toy historians, we know that Charmore was created by the toy giant Louis Marx Company after 1945. Evidently Marx hope to obtain retail buyer-level advantages and tax breaks from the arrangement. The company was named for Louis' brother's (David) wife, Charlene. It has been shown that Charmore and Marx mixed molds and products when it came to toys; however, it seems that the model lines were separate. Please email me if you have more details.

Revell Seenotkreuzer DGzRS Arkona - Search and Rescue Cruiser, 1/72, 05226

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$79   

Hard-to-find kit from Revell of German, 1999. Large 1/72 scale is extensively detailed and well molded. Features one piece, full hull design, three props and three rudders, clear superstructure windows, detailed bridge, mast with full antennas, complete deck fittings, complete scale railings, detailed cabin lifeboat/rescue craft, rigging thread and rigging diagram, full decals and more. Also includes color DGzRS brochure and color four-inch sticker. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Orange Crush-Revell 1910 Cadillac Limousine, 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$69   

Very rare kit with a fascinating history. Around 1958/59, Orange Crush of Mexico offered a promotion. They offered free, colorful, plastic model cars if you collected correctly-marked Orange Crush bottle caps. The models are 1/32 scale Revell Highway Pioneer series - although there is no mention of Revell or Lodela anywhere on the box. Orange Crush had the boxes and even the instructions specially made for them with no mention of a manufacture. They were never given numbers. The boxes were very thin and fragile cardboard. This has contributed to wear and you must be very cautious with them. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bag and the instructions are sealed in the bag as well. You could redeem your caps two ways - at the Orange Crush truck and at a Modelandia Hobby House. The box sides show the 18 cars in the series. Orange Crush also released two full-color booklets and a complete paint set for the cars. A colorful cardboard box held 7 colors of paint in glass bottles, complete with 'Orange Crush' screw-on caps! The entire promotion was done in coordination with Modelandia Hobby House which had up to 19 stores. Modelandia's name appears on each of the boxes and the paint as well. Robina S.A. was the bottler or distributor of Orange Crush in Mexico at that time. The box side lists the other 18 kits with small color pictures of each and shows three sizes of OC - Family Size (Familiar), Grand (Grande) and Normal. You could also obtain models with Titan bottle caps. Titan was also bottled by Robina and came in large (Titan) and smaller (Titancito) sizes and apparently more than one flavor. We do not know how Orange Crush had access to the plastic kits or who sealed the internal bags with the Crush instructions inside them. We can assume that it may have been Lodela, since they would have had access to the Revell molds. It is not know for how long the promotion lasted, but Orange Crush was one of the most dominant soft drinks in Mexico at that time. Here is one clue: some boxes claim that Modelandia had 13 locations; other boxes, which obviously came later on, claim 19 locations. This may indicate that this promotion went on for a significant amount of time.

Italeri Waco CG-4A Assault Glider or British Hadrian D-Day Invasion Glider, 1/72, 118

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$38   

Still factory sealed. Same as the Testors kit as Italeri made and owns the molds. The Waco CG-4 was designed and initially built by Waco Aircraft Company of Troy, OH. It first saw action in Sicily and the operation was termed a disaster. This likely had more to do with planning than the actual glider. Missions in Europe, including D-Day, went much better. The glider was even deployed to Burma. It could carry up to 13 troops, or a jeep and four men, or a 75mm Field Gun.

Supermodel Cant Z1007 bis Alcione Monoderiva Z-1007, 1/72, 10-005

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$36   

Single vertical stabilizer variant. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

ITC Martin MB-2 Bomber, 1/78, 3725-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$32   

From the late 1950s/very early 1960s. It was an excellent kit for that time and is still popular today. Molded in dark green and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The famous first bomber to sink a battleship under any circumstances. Billy Mitchell arranged to have the ex-WWI German Battleship Ostfriesland used as target practice for for 6 MB2s, and the ship sank in 25 minutes.

Heller Amerigo Vespucci, 1/150, 1202

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$155   

Earlier issue. Rare and out of production. Large and highly detailed kit of the famous sailing ship. Never started. Parts still internally factory sealed. Features vacuform billowing sails in excellent condtion, rigging material and full rigging instructions. Complete with instructions.

Revell Cobra II P-39 - Thompson Trophy Racing Aircraft, 1/45, H144-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$75   

Second issue dated in 1962 with a hardbox and molded in yellow and clear plastic. (The first issue had a 98 cent price extension on the part number.) Brilliant color and gloss. Rare model of the 4 bladed prop 1946 Thompson Trophy Winner with a 'souped up' P-63 King Cobra Allison engine. Never started. The kit is like new inside with all parts still sealed in the factory bag. With decals and instructions.

Pyro American President Liner President Wilson or Cleveland, 1/547, C279-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$89   

Second hardbox issue from Pyro, likely from the early to mid 1960s. Nice full hull kit for that time. Designed from the original blueprints furnished by the American President Lines. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. The kit can represent the Ocean Liners SS President Wilson or SS President Cleveland. These fine ships sailed to exotic Pacific ports and did at least one Round-The-World Cruise each year. At the time the kit was made, they were the only two ocean liners flying the American flag.

Revell USS Missouri Narrow Box - First Issue Pre 'S' Kit, 1/535, H301-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$125   

First release 1953 hardbox pre 'S' kit. This is the first ship that Revell cut the molds for. Earlier Revell ship releases were Ex-Gowland and Gowland molds for the small scale sailing ship series. Although the box is graded VG (very good), it has excellent color and little wear. Inside the kit is 100% correct. The plastic is the high gloss medium gray. All small parts are still sealed in the factory cello bag and the original flag sheet is included. The instructions are the correct 'large' release for the first issue. Never started. 100% inventoried complete with all parts and instructions present.

Zvezda Supermarine S-6B (S.6B) Racing Seaplane - (Ex-Frog), 1/72, F164

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG-

$18   

From quality Frog molds. Notice that the new manufacture simply used the Frog box but removed the Frog name. Nice but older model of the classic racer that paved the way for the Spitfire. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.