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Aurora P-38 Lightning Brooklyn - Famous Fighters of All Nations, 1/48, 99-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$325   

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.

MPM Spitfire PR Mk. XIX - RAF 81Sqn and Swedish 11 Sqn, 1/72, C72025

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$28   

Limited release kit featuring fine recessed panel line details, brass photoetched parts and decals for both aircraft listed - RAF Photo Reconnaissance 81 Squadron based at Seletar, Singapore in 1951 and Swedish Air Force Photo Reconnaissance 11 Regiment in 1948. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Revell Heinkel He-219 Owl, 1/72, H112-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$29   

1966 hardbox issue in exceptional condition. Colors and gloss are like new - very light wear is the only flaw. Features detailed engines, hinged engine access panels, two position landing gear, movable wheels and props, crew members and markings of Han-Joachim Jabs, Commander of NJG-1. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Airfix Roland C-11 and RE-8 Dog Fight Doubles Series, 1/72, D262F

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$56   

Hard-to-find 1960s 'Type 3' logo issue of the Dog Fight Doubles Series. This contains both aircraft and a special black display stand that holds both kits. The kits have not been started and are inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and correct special Dog Fight Doubles instructions.

Airfix Hawker V/STOL P1127 (Harrier) - Type Two Issue Bagged, 1/72, 113

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG+

$55   

Still factory sealed. Rare Type Two logo issue with header in very good+ condition. This model is of the Harrier Prototype. These molds were later altered to make a production Harrier.

Heller Strasbourg Battlecruiser, 1/400, L1030

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$285   

Still factory sealed. Rare. The Dunkerque-class Battlecruisers were the French response to the German Graf Spee-class and the fast and well-armed Italian ships at the time. If the 1900 to 1930 span of French shipbuilding could be defined as lacking a clear vision or plan, the Strasbourg and her sister decisively ended that period. The products of superior design and engineering, the two sisters would re-define fast capital ships as would their near-sisters Battleships Richelieu and Jean Bart after them. But world events would conspire against these beautiful ships and there visibility in naval history. The Strasbourg was begun in 1934 at St. Nazire, launched in 1936 and put into service in 1939. She never navigated in peacetime. Displacement was 26,500 ton and top speed was 30 knots. Main armament was (8) 330mm guns and (16) 130 mm dual purpose. The main and secondary guns were mounted in the first quadruple turrets. Both main 330 mm turrets faced forward so that all main guns could fire when the enemy was sighted or in pursuit. Her superior speed would allow her to escape anything that she could not out-gun. Like most ships of the day she featured the 'All-Or-Nothing' armor design or 'armored box'. The compact design and placement of the main and secondary armament allowed unusually high armor protection for a battlecruiser. Serious consideration was also given to underwater protection, and the ships had a unique and effective (as events would prove) anti-mine/torpedo system with a novel water-exclusive material. At Mers-El-Kebir, her sistership Dunkerque was pinned at the pier. In an unlucky set of events, a ship moored next to her was sunk along with it's load of depth-charges. Later, a torpedo set off the huge explosive cargo. The damage to Dunkerque was immense. Other ships would have sunk, but she did not. Strasbourg was the only capital ship to get underway during the disaster at Mers-El-Kebir. Her superior speed allowed her to escape while two other French Battleships were sunk. She fled to Toulon, where she was eventually joined by the hastily repaired Dunkerque. However, when the Germans threatened to seize the ships, the entire fleet including the two sisters was scuttled in the harbor. The Italians raised the Strasbourg and stripped her of her guns; but she was bombed and sunk by Allied aircraft. In 1945 she was raised again, but salvage was beyond hope. In 1955 she was sold for scrap.

Tamiya Vosper Fast Patrol Boat Perkasa - Motorized, 1/72, 79001-2200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$95   

Large scale and highly detailed. Includes unique two color extrusion molded hull and all hardware for motorizing. Easily converted to radio control (RC). Please note that Tamiya did not include the Re-280 motor with the kit. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Revell CVB-41 USS Midway Carrier, 1/547, H441

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$125   

1974 issue. Hard to find kit of the last WWII carrier class with the original 'Straight Deck.' Has John Steele artwork from the 'Picture Fleet' series. Nicely done full hull model features detailed island, 26 aircraft including Skyraiders, Crosairs, Cougars and helicopters, nicely engraved flight deck, stand, decals and flags. The kit has never been started. The factory sealed bag is still factory sealed. The 'tree' with the hull was never factory sealed and it has been inventoried complete including all parts plus the decals and instructions. Although designed for the Pacific battles, the Midway and her sisters did not see service in WWII. The Midway was the first surface ship to launch a ballistic missile. She and her sisters served proudly in the post-war years until replaced by the super-carriers.

Hawk Mig-15, 1/48, 707

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM+

$125   

Very rare early injection molded kit. This kit is from 1952, so it was made at the same time that the Gowland & Gowland 'Highway Pioneers' were released. Hawk was a producer of wooden kits ( with metal or plastic details) before and after WWII, and was one of the handful of manufactures to produce such kits (known as 'solids') in a consistent 1/48 scale. Hawk made aircraft, ship and train models in this fashion. The very first injection molded aircraft kits in the United States may have been made by Varney in 1946, but Hawk was always an innovative and quality-driven company, and they took a gamble on injection molded kit well before they were popular. As early as 1946 they may have issued the 1/48 Curtiss R3C-1 with wheels and in 1948 the 'Evolution of the Jet' gift set. In 1949, they issued several kits - the Supermarine S6B, Gee-Bee, Howard Ike, F-84G and the Constellation. In 1952, the Mig-15 was released in 1/48. As with the previous kits, this is in the Hawk two-tone one-piece flip box. This model is molded in the correct glossy silver with a unique early stand. Molded in gloss silver and green-tinted clear. The box is in exceptional condition. The kit has never been started. The contents have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

MPM XP-56 II Black Bullet, 1/72, 72098

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$42   

Limited issue kit. Features all fine, recessed panel lines, very good cockpit detail, several resin parts, gear well detail and paint guide and decals for two aircraft. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

AMT Triceratops Dinosaur, 8737

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$22   

Still factory sealed. From 1993. The scale and size are not given, but the box is 10 x 8.5 x 3 inches. In regards to the scale, Dusty Rhodes emailed me this- 'I understand from several sources the length of an adult Triceratops is supposed to be about thirty feet or so. So I'm thinking, if the box is anything like (most) AMT kits, the kit body length might be around 8 inches orsomething, which would put the kit possibly around 1/48. Now that's significant...Because it opens up all kinds of diorama possibilities with the Aurora armor series, in celebration of those 60's era comic books depictingSgt. Rock or somebody and his U.S. Army squad fighting dinosaurs. ' Fantastic!! Has this type of diorama been done yet?

RCM Heinkel He-177 Greif, 1/48

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Bagged

$115   

SPECIAL ORDER vacuform kit. Not shipped from stock. Kit is molded upon receipt of payment. Time from receipt to shipping your kit is usually 8 to 10 weeks. Kit includes resin and/or metal details -clear canopy and full size plans/instructions. Details included will vary from kit to kit but may contain landing struts - wheels - props - engines (not jets) - some cockpit parts - seats - etc. Other parts will need to be scratch built or from your spares box. Decals not furnished. Vacuform kits are only recommended for modelers who are experienced with this type of model. Special skills and scratch building experience are required. If you are curious, I highly recommend that you read the article 'How To Build Vacuform Model Kits' which is located on this website.

Estes Astron Skydart Boost Glider, K-57

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$450   

The holy grail of old Estes Rockets in fantastic, factory- sealed condition. Header is very nice as shown with no tears and nice hanging hole. No rips or holes in the clear bag. About as nice of an example as you can find.

Aurora Grumman F9F Panther Jet - Famous Fighters of All Nations, 1/48, 22A-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$185   

Rare 'Aurora Line' logo version. This is actually the 3rd release of this kit and is the first West Hempstead issue - from the logo, it is from 1954/1955. This model is correct in every way with high gloss deep blue and clear plastic, landing gear and rockets, clear rectangle stand and stand arm, instructions say 'West Hempstead' and have the Aurora Line logo, and the decals are made by 'Tatem Company'. Kit has never been started and is 100% complete with all correct parts, stand, decals and instructions.

Airfix Fairey Battle RAF or Belgian Air Force, 1/72, 259

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$22   

1960s issue with third Airfix logo. Nicely molded and well detailed kit with full cockpit, moving ailerons, optional bomb load and crew. Has decals from one of the most memorable Battle actions at the Maastricth bridges in May 1940 when five Battles of No. 12 Squadron, all flown by volunteers, were all shot down. Also includes decals for Belgian Air Force. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aoshima SB2C Helldiver, 1/72, 208-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$15   

Features folding wings, retracting gear, sliding canopy and working tailhook. Older kit with the original molds from the 1960s. Well molded for that time. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora Spad XIII World War I Fighter, 1/48, 107-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$85   

Hardbox is dated 1957 and has great Jo Kotula artwork. Please note the oval 'Famous Fighters logo with the sunburst and the Parents' Magazine seal at the middle right. Molded in correct high-gloss olive drab and black plastic. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

MPM Messerschmitt Me-262 A-1a / U3 & V056, 1/72, 72113

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$32   

Limited issue kit. Nicely molded with recessed panel lines and many photoetched parts. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: the decals are still sealed in the factory bag but have signs of very light staining. The A-1a/U3 was a very early reconnaissance fighter variant of the '262. It had two obliquely mounted Rb 50/30 cameras replacing the Mk 1089 cannon. It is not known if any production variants (A-4) of this aircraft were ever built. The A-1a/U3 was later fitted with FuG 218 radar equipment for night fighting and was rename V056. This aircraft was flown by Oberst Hajo Herrmann from Jagddivision 20, who reported excellent results. This lead to the development of the Me-262B-1A two seating being equipped for night fighting. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Monogram Chance Vought F4U-4 Corsair - (F4U4), 1/48, PA82-149

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$38   

Still factory sealed. 1995 reissue that shares the artwork with the 1963 first issue. 'Working Action Model' with many features; wings fold, landing gear and tail wheel retract and all gear doors close, working arresting gear and rotating wheels and prop.

Revell USS Hornet CV-8 with Sixteen Dolittle B-25s, 1/490, H376-300

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$79   

Dated 1967. Features fantastic artwork of the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo. Kit is over 20 inches long and includes a one piece hull, 16 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, moving cranes, decals and flags. Never started. Inventoried 100% with all parts, decals and instructions.