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: Good++
Rare and large 1/4 scale kit. Over 3 feet long and highly detailed. This kit is designed to accept the Renwal Visible V-8 for a complete rolling chassis display. This model is motorized with gears that shift, brake pads work on fluid through brake pedal, operating steering with gearbox and linkage and operational rear differential. Includes book on how an Automobile Chassis really works. The box is 'Good++' condition with nice gloss and color, no missing litho but has general wear, creasing and some clear tape on the sides. The kit has never been started. The model has been inventoried 100% complete with every part- a very time consuming task. Includes all cardboard internal presentation parts in 'very good' condition as shown, instructions, Renwal Guarantee Sheet and the booklet "The Automobile Chassis and It's Working Parts" in excellent condition.
Multimedia Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
17.25 inches long and 14 inches high when assembled. Constructo kits are the finest of all the older prefabricated wooden ship kits. Features a completely shaped and sanded hull with predrilled mast, bowsprit and anchor chain holes, finished wood display stand, turned and painted stand pedestals and nails, a large sheet of heavy cardboard with dozens of completely cut and finished and numbered hardwood parts held on with string, a factory sealed bag of fully finished smaller wooden parts, a box of injection molded fittings including carriages, cannon, ships wheel, deadeyes, ladders, hull window panels, capstan, anchors and stocks, lifeboat and more, a small container of metal parts such as eyebolts, tiny nails, etc, a box with four colors of paint, black and white rigging thread, 8 completely sewn and finished sails, two small sheets of cardstock hull decorations, pirate flag and gun ports, instructions in English and a full size plan sheet with many views, complete part identifications by number and excellent rigging diagrams. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes full size plans and instructions. Constructo kits were made in Spain and early issues in the USA were marketed by Constructo Nautical Miniatures, Inc, New York 1. There were many series of kits issues by size; some smaller and some larger than this kit.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
Late 1950s hardbox issue that is intended for water operation. Artwork by Ray Gaedke. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: Good+
Excellent, highly detailed craftsman kit in unusual 'S' scale. Features cut and prescribed hardwood car sides that are factory painted and lettered, fully milled hardwood roof and floor, pre-cut and scribed car ends and doors, wood stock as required, cast metal bolsters, lower car ends and brake cylinder, metal brake wheel, platform, grabirons, chain, car door slides and more. 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 detailed, illustrated instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good+
1970 issue with optional 'battle damaged' parts. Very nicely molded and detailed model elevating gun, working treads, bogies with spring action, extra helmets, jerry cans and tread links and a crew of two. The kit has never been started. Inventoried with all parts present including decals and instructions. Please note that the decals are age cracking; you will need to provide your own decals if you wish to build this kit.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed NM
Still factory sealed. Dated 1995. Very nicely molded kit.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc++++
Rare 1st issue from 1955 in exceptional condition. Molded in silver and includes rubber tires, which only this issue (and the first PBY issue) had. Never started. Factory sealed bag or 100% inventoried with all parts decals and instructions present.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good-
Large scale model of the famous British WWII Floatplane. Walrus amphibians flew from Royal Navy cruisers and battleships as well as harbor bases. 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
Originally constructed to protect the southern coast of France, this galley-type warship is one of the most colorful ever built. The Reale de France was the flagship of the 17th Century French Navy and carried the commander's flag and the flag of King Louis XIV. Large and very highly detailed. Contains banners and flags as shown on the cover. Never started. All parts that came in factory sealed bags are still sealed - those parts that were never factory sealed have been inventoried complete. With flags, rigging material and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: NM-
Rare kit in fantastic 'Near Mint-' condition. The color and gloss is as new, all four corners are solid, there is no tape or tags and no marks from any older tape or tags. There is no fading or litho loss; the only flaw is light edge wear at the top as shown. This kit was also issued as 'Steve Canyon' Air Force Pilot. Very desirable large-scale model with 'Famous Fighters' sunburst logo. Dated 1958 but likely from '59 or 60. If you look closely, the artwork is the first issue F8U Crusader with the Air Force pilot placed in the foreground. Well detailed large 1/8 scale kit includes all pilot equipment and display base. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. Please note that decals did not come with this issue.
Cardstock Paper Model Kit, Box Condition: NM-
Large scale kit features color printed high-quality cardstock - no painting required. The kit has not been started. The parts are complete and have not been cut out.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG-
Highly detailed kit with 870 parts and three large sheets of billowing sails. The 'Le Glorieux' was a French ship laid down in 1770. She is unique in that her lower hull was sheathed with coppers, a practice that did not take hold till much later. In 1779, she sailed with the Comte d'Estaing squadron, or the American Squadron. She was also part of the Blue Fleet with the flagship La Couronne. Never started. Factory sealed bag or complete with all parts, sails and instructions. Sails have typical dents and wear from age and being in the box so long.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Exc+++
Still factory sealed. 1977 issue and an excellent kit for that time. Includes all parts to build stock or street version. Features detailed engine and compartment, parts for Fuel Injection or dual quad carbs, full engine compartment and opening hood, detailed molded underside, full interior and the following custom parts: hood scoop, CB Radio, five spoke alloy wheels and special transmission cover. Molded in red, clear, chrome plate and with rubber tires. Includes custom flame decals.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc+
Hard to find hardbox issue from 1963. Molded in a beautiful deep gloss maroon plastic. This kit is the same scale as the other Aurora Knight kits and is molded in a beautiful deep burgundy. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including instructions. In the mid 1950s, Aurora bought three 'Knight' molds from Crown Plastics and issued them as K1, K2 and K3. These were the very first Aurora figure kits and they sported the 1956-only rectangular 'Northern Lights' logo with the correct 'Crown Line' logo inside it. The sales success of the Knight prompted Aurora to launch an entire line of figure kits. The knights themselves stayed in production long after many other figures were discontinued.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Mint
Fantastic factory sealed investment-condition box. The 'Woodwards' department store price tag is still on the kit. This issues has a small sticker on both short ends with '150' typed on it. These small stickers cover up the '175' price extension and were often done my manufactures to just change prices (in place of ordering new boxes). 1964 issue with 'Famous Fighters' in the border of the oval sunburst.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG++
Excellent builder, please read below. Hard-to-find 1970s kit, likely from original Bandai molds. Very large 1/16 scale and highly detailed. Molded in chrome, black, silver, clear and red with rubber tires and real metal hood hinges. Features detailed engine with transmission and full ignition wiring, rolling chassis build up like the actual automobile, complete suspension and exhaust, steerable front wheels, full engine compartment with opening hood, full interior with excellent dash detail, separately molded doors, brake drums, wire wheels, optional top or boot and more. NOTE: this kit has minor assembly. The windshield assembly has been built but not glued to the body. Quality of work is 'excellent' and there is no other assembly and zero painting. Most parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags; those that are not have been inventoried complete. Includes decals and instructions.
Vacuform Model Kit, Box Condition: VG++
Originally designed as a VTO (Vertical Take-Off) testbed, the prototype was to use an inclined ramp. The Delta 1 was to investigate characteristics and control of the delta wing at transonic speeds, but the program was halted by unfavorable flight characteristics. Very high quality vac kit with better mold quality than many injection molded kits. Includes metal details and decals. 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.
Vacuform Model Kit, Box Condition: VG++
Still factory sealed. One of Airmodel's better jobs with nice recessed panel detail, clean canopy and instructions with assembly diagrams. The Curtiss XF-15 C-1 was a mixed powerplant (piston and jet engine) long-range aircraft carrier based interceptor. Basic vacuform kit. Vaccuform kits are only recommended for modelers who are experienced with this type of kit.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
First issue Brooklyn kit from the early 1950. Molded in the correct light blue with little surface detail and no mass balances, pitot tube or landing gear struts, wheels and doors. Includes the correct rectangular clear stand for this issue. Decals and instructions are in excellent condition. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. The Aurora issues of the 1/48 scale P-38 are interesting to say the least. The first issue is the Brooklyn kit with the P-38/B-24 box artwork. Inside, the plastic is light blue with minimal surface detail and a clear canopy and rectangular stand that says 'Aurora Plastic Corp. Brooklyn, 4, N.Y.'. There are no landing gear, gear doors or mass balances. The second issue has identical box art, plastic color, decals and rectangular stand, but the box and instructions says 'West Hempstead' instead of Brooklyn. The clear stand mold has had 'Brooklyn' milled out, and there is no location on the stand. The third issue has the same artwork, but the full color 'Aurora Line' logo is used - but the big changes were on the inside. Aurora modified the molds, adding a pitot tube, elevator mass balances and landing gear struts, wheels and doors. The decals and stand remain the same, but the new instructions reflect the changes to the molds. This time the kit is molded in an attractive metallic blue. The fourth issue dropped the Jim Cox artwork in favor of a new P-38 flying from right to left across a threatening sky. The plastic still metallic light blue and the decals and stand remain unchanged. The new details were retained. The fifth issue was 1959. The oval 'Famous Fighters' logo was used with Jo Kotula artwork of two P-38s. The detail level of the kit remained the same, but it was molded in olive drab and clear. The newer 'Triangle' base was added at this time. Further issues kept this box artwork, but the oval logo changed as well as the price extensions.