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MPC The Christie American Steam Fire Engine, 1/12, 1-2002

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$119   

The Christie was the backbone of the American fire-fighting force prior to World War 1 - she was in service in just about every major city. Walter Christie, the designer, was a noted race car driver and the father of front wheel drive technology. This fire engine is actually a development of his turn of the century horse drawn steam pumpers. This model was developed from a fully restored Christie redone by Community Fire company No.1 of Wayne, NJ. This is a highly detailed model which is 1/12 scale and is over 19 inches long when assembled. Features display stand, moldings in red, black, gray and clear, brass and nickel plated parts, decals for all stripes and letting, over 330 parts, decals and full instructions. NOTE: this kit has minor assembly. 5 parts in step one have been assembled. Quality is excellent with no gaps and straight alignment with only a small minor glue visible. There is no other assembly. Two factory bags have been opened and those parts are inventoried 100% complete. All other parts are still in the factory sealed bags. Includes excellent decals and instructions.

Pyro USS Hornet (Essex Class) - Table Top Navy, 1/1200, C384-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$32   

Small scale ship kit from the Table Top Navy series. Very nicely done kits for their time. Can be built full hull or waterline. Features propeller and shaft detail, separately molded island and other deck details and more. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and instructions. Many of the Pyro kits came from Eagle (then Eaglewall) molds in England. Eaglewall went out of business around 1962 and Pyro acquired at least some of the molds. Pyro reissued some of these kits in the mid 1960s with AJ Rudisill artwork. Evidently the line was successful, as Pyro then cut some of their own molds and expanded the series significantly. The earlier issues have the full color artwork and a three digit part number. Later issues have a 'B' or 'C' in front of the three digit kit number; some have simplified box art that is a modification of the original Rudisill paintings by painting out most of the background. Pyro issued these kits into the late 1960 when Life-Like took over the molds. Some were reissued by Life-Like.

RCM Kawanishi H6K5 Mavis, 1/48

Vacuform,   Box Condition: Bagged

$105   

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.

Monogram F-80 Shooting Star, 1/48, 5428

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$38   

Still factory sealed. 1995 reissue of the classic 1983 kit. Very well molded. Features detailed cockpit and machine gun bay, removable gun hatch, optional position canopy and detailed gear wells. Tail section comes off to show detailed turbojet engine; has stands for engine and tail.

Airfix De Havilland Heron - Shell Oil or RAF Queen's Flight, 1/72, 381

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$40   

1950s type two box with great artwork. This is an nice kit with good detail. It features separately molded control surfaces, cockpit detail, optional position cabin door, retracting undercarriage, rotating props, boarding stairs, stewardess, family (mother, father and son) and business man as well as two seated pilots. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The Heron was the result of a larger and redesigned Dove and first flew in 1950. It's ability to operate from rough fields and ease of maintenance quickly make it a favorite for feeder and independent airlines in the UK and overseas. Heron IIs were also selected by the RAF for the Queens Flight, which is a statement to it's reliability and safety.

Lindberg USCG Cape Gull (WPB-95304) - US Coast Guard Patrol Boat CG-95304 - Motorized, 1/80, 707M-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+++

$175   

Still factory sealed, but the seal has completely split so I did a full inventory (please see below). Rare. Late 1950s hardbox issue with Ray Gaedke artwork. Large 1/80 scale kit of this beautiful ship. Very highly detailed for it's time - still a fine model today. Includes all parts for motorizing. Could be easily made RC with today's small systems. Features finely engraved hull with raised panel lines, detailed superstructure with ammo boxes, pump case, life rafts and rings, searchlights, horn , DF loop antenna, clear windows, ships wheel and even tiny engine speed control levers. Weapons include 20mm gun with magazine and shield, two angled Mk20 boxes, depth charges and racks and two hedge-hog launchers with four hedgehogs each. Deck fittings are complete with bitts, hatches, towline bitt and stops, staffs, vents, anchor, lifeboat, mast with radar antenna and platform light and stanchions that you can easily rig to create a railing. Includes a nice display stand. The kit has never been started. Inventoried with all parts shown on the instructions including decals, flags and instructions. NOTE: there are 27 stanchions needed for the model. There are 27 present. Lindberg gave you 28; one is a spare. The spare is missing.

Revell 1937 Ford Coupe Street Rod, 1/25, 85-2598

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$22   

Nice kit with detailed chassis and engine, opening hood, full interior and more. Molded in white plastic, clear, chrome plate and with rubber tires. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora Lockheed P-38 Lightning, 1/48, 99-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$125   

1959 issue with 'Famous Fighters' in the sunburst oval and dramatic Jo Kotula artwork. The box is in investment-grade 'near mint' condition with factory-fresh color and gloss, four solid corners, no tape, tape marks, price tags or tag marks, no fading and no litho loss. The only flaw is very light corner wear at the lower left. Molded in dark olive drab and clear with the famous Aurora 'Triangle Globe' clear base. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions and even the original tissue paper. The truly remarkable thing is that the decals are flat and in mint condition with absolutely no yellowing. The instructions are almost mint and have only the slightest yellowing - they are by far the 'whitest' copy I have ever seen.

Airfix Wasa Swedish Warship, 1/144, 09256-8

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$58   

Large scale highly detailed kit of the famous sailing ship. Nicely molded. This kit has 229 parts and includes full rigging instructions and vac billowing sails. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes a large, colorful flag sheet and instructions.

Aeroclub Martin Baker Mark 7 Ejection Seat - MK7 UK F-4 Phantoms, 1/48, EJ410

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Bagged

$4   

Includes one highly detailed ejection seat. Precision all-metal 1/48 scale castings are an excellent upgrade for your model. Never used and inventoried complete with all parts.

Aeroclub Hamilton Standard 4 Blade Propeller - 13' Diameter Left Hand, 1/72, P045

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Bagged

$3   

Precision cast all-metal propeller. An ideal upgrade for your kit and superior in detail to plastic props. Never used and complete.

Aoshima Eagle 5 Apollo Lunar Module, 1/40, 1

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

$65   

Rare first issue with fantastic box art and great full-color cardboard parts presentation inside. Most likely from the very late 1960s or early 1970s. Larger scale model includes some interior detail (instrument panels, etc), astronaut figure, opening top hatch, detailed antenna, thrusters and sensors, base with highly detailed legs with working shock absorber action using metal springs and more. Inside, the kit has never been touched or unpacked. All parts are still in the factory sealed bags and includes the decals. The paperwork is very complete, including full color 1/21,450,1000 scale photo of the moon with a legend of over 60 lunar features, a large 14" x 10" full color poster showing every step of a lunar flight illustrated in dramatic artwork, Aoshima contact card and detailed instructions. The gray/silver lunar base may go with this kit and it may not. It does not have a manufacturer's mark.

StromBecker American Airlines Convair Flagship, C-38

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Mint

$164   

10 inch wingspan. StromBecker was famous for this line of precarved hardwood and plastic kits. Most included plastic detail parts (colored and clear) - decals - glue - wood filler - sandpaper and a stand (if applicable). The carving is done to the final shape. When complete it makes an impressive desk top display. Never started. 100% complete with all parts and plans.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$175   

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.

Pyro USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier (Essex Class) - Table Top Navy, 1/1200, B384-60

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$29   

Small scale ship kit from the Table Top Navy series. Very nicely done kits for their time. Can be built full hull or waterline. Features propeller and shaft detail, separately molded island and other deck details and more. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and instructions. Many of the Pyro kits came from Eagle (then Eaglewall) molds in England. Eaglewall went out of business around 1962 and Pyro acquired at least some of the molds. Pyro reissued some of these kits in the mid 1960s with AJ Rudisill artwork. Evidently the line was successful, as Pyro then cut some of their own molds and expanded the series significantly. The earlier issues have the full color artwork and a three digit part number. Later issues have a 'B' or 'C' in front of the three digit kit number; some have simplified box art that is a modification of the original Rudisill paintings by painting out most of the background. Pyro issued these kits into the late 1960 when Life-Like took over the molds. Some were reissued by Life-Like.

Revell USS North Carolina BB55, 1/570, H313-250

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$54   

Still factory sealed. First issue of this kit dated 1969. Very well molded with excellent detail. Over 15 inches long. Features finely engraved deck and hull detail, rotating main turrets, elevating guns, swiveling cranes and catapults, two scout planes, detailed superstructure and display stand.

Revell Kawanishi N1K1-Ja Shiden George - Takara Issue (N1K1Ja), 1/32, H170-1800

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$175   

Very rare Revell Japan Takara large 1/32 scale 'George'. It is rumored that these molds were lost when the freighter carrying them sank in the Sea of Japan. Other molds lost on that ship were the 1/32 Oscar, Tony and Raiden (Jack). The parts are molded in the correct medium gray and clear for this issue. The kit features very fine panel lines, highly detailed cockpit and engine, removable cowling and optional position canopy, working flaps and drop tank/bomb load. There are decals for three Japanese aircraft and one for a captured USAAF evaluation aircraft. There is also the Revell Japan full color large print of two of the aircraft that can be built. 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 (wings and cowl only) have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions. This box has clear tape along all bottom sides.

Orange Crush-Revell 1910 Studebaker Cupe Electro (Electric Coupe), 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$64   

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.

Revell Hawker Typhoon MK IB - Ace Roland Beamont, 1/32, H266

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$65   

1973 USA release. Features full cockpit detail and hinged entry/exit door, detailed Napier Sabre Engine with removable engine cowl, movable wheels and prop and decals for British Ace Roland Beamont. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora P-40 Warhawk Flying Tiger - Famous Fighters of All Nations, 1/48, 44A-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM+++

$250   

Most likely the third issue. From the mid-1950s. Box is in investment grade condition. This is the short-lived issue with the small square 'Aurora Line' logo, unique (to this issue) artwork and 'Famous Fighters of All Nations' logo. Glue for plastic kits was not available in stores early on, so Aurora often included a small but colorful tube of Aurora Cement with the kits. This kit still has that sealed tube in mint condition. Molded in gloss olive drab and clear with one piece wings. Has original rectangular clear stand. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.