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Hawk Supermarine Swift, 1/72, 607

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$24   

Very cleanly molded kit that builds very nicely. The model has excellent fit and recessed and raised panel lines. Can be assembled with or without landing gear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The Swift was a very early jet fighter to replace the Supermarine Attacker. A very capable aircraft, the Swift suffered numerous accidents early on. As a result, less than 200 were ever built and it did not see combat. It did hold a world speed record for a short time, only to have a Douglas Skyray take the record a few hours later. The problems were ironed out, but by then the Hawker Hunter was proving very capable and there was no need for the Swift and it's RAF service life was short. The most successful version was the PR variant.

Aurora Convair VR XFY-1 Pogo, 1/48, 60-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$165   

Final issue box design from 1957 to the final year in 1959. Please note that the factory eliminated the old rectangular logo with a yellow triangle and put the new 'Famous Fighters' oval logo in the center. The box is in exceptional 'Excellent++' condition with like-new color and gloss, no price tags or tag marks, no tape or tape marks (not even factory tape marks!), four solid corners, no fading and no litho damage. Flaws include very light corner wear and a very light crease at left. 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. This kit must be shipped insured.

Condor Heinkel He-178 V1 - The First Jet Aircraft, 1/72, C72003

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$19   

The He-178 was the world's first aircraft to fly under jet power. The first practical jet engine, invented by Dr. Hans J. Pabst von Ohain, was running in September of 1937. The engine, the HE S1, was fueled with hydrogen and no had throttle control but produced 250 kg of thrust. Von Ohain began work on the He S2B which ran on gasoline and had throttle control. At the same time, Heinkel engineers began design of the worlds first jet airplane, the He-178. The airplane was single-engined with a flush riveted metal monocoque fuselage, wooden wings and retractable gear. Trials with the S3b engine in the airframe began on August 24th, 1939 and on August 27th, the airplane made the first jet flight. It made 12 flights in all before being retired to the Berlin Air Museum where it was destroyed in a bombing raid in 1943. Nicely molded kit with fine recessed panel lines, photoetched details, film instruments and injection molded canopy. Never started. Factory sealed bag with instructions. Please note that Condor did not issue this model with decals.

Revell Tranquillity Base Apollo 11 Eagle Lunar Module, 1/48, H1861

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$115   

First issue dated 1969. Very highly detailed large scale kit of the Eagle. Includes two astronaut figures (with one stepping on the moon) separable ascent (upper) and descent (lower) stages, clear windows, interior, retractable landing gear, gold foil and moon base. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Maircraft Douglas DC-3 United Airlines' Mainliner 180 - Scale Solid Model Kit, 1/48, X-2

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$3500   

One of the rarest and most valuable aircraft models in US history, and certainly the finest solid model ever produced. The add from Model Airplane News in 1947 states 'MUCH MORE THAN A MODEL - IT'S A MINIATURE AIRPLANE!' - and it's true. Maircraft was originally founded in the early or mid 1930s by Gordon Christoph and went by the name Aircraft Model Company. The company produced a typical line of solid 'profile cut' kits that required the usual high talent levels for carving and finishing. A former Comet Model Airplane & Supply Co. salesman, Jack Mair, bought the company in the early 1940s and renamed it Maircraft. The company continued to produce the usual solid models, but plastics were coming into play and plastic was not considered a 'strategic war material'. Maircraft decided to produce a deluxe kit with more injection molded details and soon the excellent P-61 Black Widow kit was born. The kit came out in 1945 and was priced very high for the time. The P-61 must have sold, as the next project was determined to be the DC-3. Development of this great kit must have taken 1/2 a year or more although the exact time frame is unknown. Maircraft started to run adds in late 1946 modeling magazines with a 'price to be announced' statement; the January Model Airplane News add showed the whopping price of $9.95 - almost unheard of during that time. Maircraft's timing for such a wonderful model was unfortunate - almost all model manufactures predicted a huge boom in sales once the war ended and the opposite occurred, causing poor sales and high inventory levels. Maircraft went out of business shortly after introduction of the DC-3. I purchased this model from the original owner who purchased it new in 1947. This kit has never been started and is complete. The box is complete, has great colors, no tears, solid original corners and some litho bubbling. There is no fading, stains, writing or tears in the cardboard or the litho. The box is slightly crunched as it appears that someone place a heavier box on it at one point, but it's not serious. The kit is 100% complete and has never been touched. All internal display packing cardboard is intact. All injection molded details are still factory-affixed to the red display - landing gear and braces, two exhaust stacks, main wheels, rear baggage door and door frame, two air scoops, two cowls, two props, two P&W engines, forward cargo door and door frame, tail wheel, VHF Range and Glide Path antenna, loop antenna, two clear landing lights, main entrance door and door frame, tail wheel well and strut, two oil coolers and two clear landing lights. For the wooden parts, high quality balsa is used. Wings and stabilizers are cut to profile, except the center wing section was finished to an airfoil by the factory. Engine nacelles and fuselage sections are pre-cut and about 70% to shape. Many other stock wooden parts are factory pre-carved parts are present as well. The elaborate 'Douglas DC-3 Complete Template Sheet' is intact. Clear window material for cabin windows is included and the bag of hardware is still factory sealed. Paperwork is complete and excellent as well - the 'missing parts' sheet, 'Note from the Engineering Staff' brochure and 'Douglas DC-3 Illustrated Instruction Brochure' book are all in excellent condition with light foxing as the only flaw. The plans - the crowning glory of the model - are perhaps the most accurate ever produced outside of Douglas Aircraft Company. They are in excellent condition and have probably been opened two or three times judging from the lack of wear. The large decal sheet is near mint and even lacks the traditional yellowing or curling. Please note that the fuselage is hollow when built and full details are provided for cockpit and cabin detail and notes on lighting the model. A true investment-quality piece of modeling history for the advanced collector or museum. For the protection of the buyer this model will only be shipped via Express Mail Insured.

Hasegawa Vought F4U Corsair - VF-84 USS Bunker Hill Feb 1945 / VBF-10 USS Intrepid April 1945 Okinawa, 1/72, C13

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$14   

Very finely molded kit with decals for both aircraft. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Italeri Hetzer Jagdpanzer 38t, 1/35, 209

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$22   

Older but nicely detailed and molded kit. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Please note that the decal backing paper has insect damage, but the actual transfers are clear.

Monogram Panzerkampfwagen Panzer IV H, 1/32, PM230-300

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$59   

1969 'Green Box' issue. The Panzer IV mounted one 75mm gun and two MG24 machine guns. The 'H' variant depicted here had extra armor plates hung loosely from the sides to pre-detonate hollow charge projectiles. The kit can be built with or without this additional armor. Turret rotates and gun elevates. Detailed moving flexible treads and bogeys have spring action. Cupola lid opens. Includes extra tread links, Jerry cans and helmets with two crew figures. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. Please note that the decals are present but heavily aged; you will need to provide your own decals if you wish to build the kit. Box is badly stained and not in collectible condition.

Lindberg F-100 Super Sabre USAF Thunderbirds Motorized Jet Sound, 1/48, 3103M-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$49   

Still factory sealed.Dated 1968. Large scale kit with motorized sound. Features detailed jet engine and access panel, moving ailerons, rudder and elevators. Includes a very large and colorful decal sheet for the Thunderbirds markings.

Aurora Boeing 707 Astrojet - American Air Lines, 1/104, 380-249

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$125   

Still factory sealed and in investment-grade condition. 1965 hardbox issue of an early configuration Boeing 707. Very near 1/100 scale. Features complete landing gear, clear cockpit windows, colorful American Airlines decals and clear triangle base display stand.

Fujimi D4Y2 Type 12 Suisei 'Judy' 50th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor, 1/72, C-4

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$24   

Still factory sealed. This model dates from when Fujimi made the finest models in the world. Features all fine recessed panel lines, gear well and cockpit detail and optional bomb and drop tank loads.

Revell SS Brasil (Brazil) - Moore-McCormack's Famous Luxury Ocean Liner, 1/400, H337

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$235   

Revell of Germany issue with unique beautiful artwork. Very rare kit. Includes full English and 'short' German instructions. Model features hull stabilizers, movable cargo booms, swimming pools, flag sheet, full decals, swimming pool water 'foil' and display stand. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

AMT 1941 Plymouth Model P-12 Four Passenger Coupe, 1/25, T148

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc-

$48   

Still factory sealed. Features opening hood, detailed engine and compartment, full interior and underside detailing. Molded in white, chrome, clear and rubber tires.

Aurora Northrop P-61 Black Widow, 1/48, 392-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$179   

Still mint in the factory seal. Hardbox issue dated 1960 - however, this issue lacks the 'Famous Fighters' in the oval logo boarder and has a 198 price extension, so it likely from 1961. Large 1/48 scale kit. This has to be some of Jo Kotula most fantastic artwork - the P-61 patrols over a South Pacific island base at night, destroying an intruder (or defender?).

Fujimi Westland Seaking HAR Mk3 - Royal Navy or Royal Air Force, 1/72, 7A31

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$34   

Very nicely molded and well detailed. Features very fine raised panel detail, optional external parts for RAF or RN variants, highly detailed cockpit and cabin for RAF or RN, optional position cabin doors, rotating main and tail rotors and weapons load. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bags including decals and instructions.

MPC Battle of Britain Diorama Spitfire / Bedford QL / AEC Tanker and Crew, 1/72, 2-1206-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$36   

1970s kit is a complete diorama of a Battle of Britain scene. Features airfield display base, Spitfire model, AEC Tanker and Bedford QL kits and 11 crew. The model has not been started. The Spitfire is still sealed in the factory bag. The other parts are not bagged but are inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Airfix DH Comet 4B - BEA, 1/144, SK500

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$69   

1960s 'Third Logo' issue. Nice 1/144 scale kit of the world's first jet airliner. Includes clear windows, full landing gear, display stand, passenger boarding stairs and BEA decals. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The initial Comet Is were in operation long before the 707, which gave the British an incredible post-war lead in the expanding civil aviation market. Just as the Comet was flying high and orders were pouring in from around the world, Comets began to mysteriously fall out of the sky. Everything from lighting to terrorist bombs were blamed. For months the root cause went undiscovered. Then, in a landmark investigation that is considered the first modern post-crash autopsy, it was discovered that the stresses around a small ADF window on the top of the fuselage were causing metal fatigue failure when the fuselage was pressurized. To confirm this, a Comet I was placed in a water tank and subjected to pressurization stresses. After some time, a dramatic failure occurred. Then parts of a crashed Comet were pulled from underwater proving once and for all that this was the root cause.

Frog Sea Fury X - Royal Navy No. 802 Sq FAA HMS Ocean Korea August 1952 / Royal Canadian Navy VF-870 Sq 1951, 1/72, F154

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$22   

Very nicely detailed with fine panel lines and no rivets for a realistic model. Includes 59 parts, optional position folding wings, separately molded ailerons, elevator and rudder, movable prop and wheels and under-wing stores. With a color paint guide and decals for both aircraft listed. Never started. Inventoried with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Airfix RMS Queen Elizabeth Ocean Liner, 1/600, 06201-9

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$155   

The famous Queen Elizabeth was the largest liner in the world when launched in 1938. She saw extensive service during WWII as a troop transport. After the war, she and the original Queen Mary formed the backbone of Cunard Atlantic Service in unparalleled luxury. Some customers favored the Queen Elizabeth for her modern lines and more modern interior fittings. She was supposed to be on display in the USA on the opposite shore of the Queen Mary, but buyers never materialized. While serving as a 'College Ship' she burned in Hong Kong Harbor where she was scrapped, but only after appearing in a James Bomb Film as a MI-6 hide-out. Well done full-hull model with good details. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Lindberg BMP-IU Infantry Combat Vehicle - With Diorama Base, 1/35, 76003

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$26   

Still factory sealed. 1990 issue