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Renwal See-Thru SSBN 618 Thomas Jefferson Polaris Nuclear Submarine, 1/200, 653

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Classic 1950s boxart at it's finest. The box has like new color and gloss, four solid corners and no price tags or tag marks. The only thing keeping it from being 'near mint' is very slight corner wear and one short tape pull on a long side. Large 24 inch long kit with clear right half that is hinged to open. The Jefferson is the only Renwal submarine that has the clear hull half - all others have a gray hinged half. Heavily detailed interior and actual 'launching' Polaris missile from a spring loaded tube. The kit has never been started. The small parts that were factory internal bag sealed are still sealed, and the parts that Renwal never sealed have been inventoried 100% complete. Includes instructions and decals both in excellent condition and the Renwal parts sheet as well.

Frog Westland Lysander Mk1 or Mk3 - No.2 Army Coop Sq France 1939 or No.357 Special Duties Sq Burma, 1/72, F193

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG-

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Includes parts and decals for both variants, with the Spy Plane decals for SEAC Burma as well as two secret agent figures. Iinventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Frog is considered the father of injection molded model kits. The Lines Brothers opened Frog in 1932, capitalizing on the fever caused by Lindberg's solo transatlantic flight. Almost overnight the western populations became 'Air-Minded', and anything aviation was in high demand. Frog created a quality line of stick and tissue rubber powered aircraft and gliders as well as innovative ready-to-fly rubber powered aircraft that required no assembly. The box even contained a built-in rubber motor winder and fuselage holder. Model airplane flight competitions were popular in Great Britain, and one category was 'Rise Off the Ground', or ROG. By changing this to 'Flies Right Off the Ground', the FROG name was born. In 1936 Frog created a line of injection molded plastic models, the first such kit line in the world (Hawk sold a line of injection molded aircraft models in 1934 but they were factory assembled and painted). Named 'Penguin' after the bird that does not fly, the kits were innovative beyond the means of production. At a time when models were simply built by wingspan, the Penguin line was a constant 1/72 scale. Furthermore, a large 1/72 Short S.30 Empire class flying boat contained a full interior and lights! A line of accessories such as AA guns, tractors, hanger, ambulance, sound locator, searchlights and lighting kits were quickly added to the line. WWII caused a pause in production. After the war the box color changed from silver to green, and Penguin kits were also marketed in the USA. Production ended in 1950. Frog quickly expanded and released the Red, Orange, Black, Green, Gold Token, Spin and Comet series as well as Trail Blazers and several others. It is noteworthy that while most manufactures in the 1940s/50 were making toy-like models, Frog attempted to make very realistic models. For example, 'detailing' kits with excessively large rivets was once very popular. Frog ignored this trend and continued to mold aircraft with fine panel lines and no rivets. As a result, Frog kits can be built into very realistic replicas. Production ended in the late 1970s, but Frog molds are still in use around the world.

MPC Lockheed Hudson Mk.1, 1/72, 1104-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Kit features clear windows, rotating turret with elevating gun, moving control surfaces and rotating props and wheels. Never started. NOTE: missing display stand and one custom clear MPC 'prop disk" (still has normal propellers). Otherwise inventoried complete with all other parts, decals and instructions. This kit is from quality Airfix molds and is one of the MPC issues with custom decals and the unique clear modular display stand. Dates from the late 1960s/early 1970s. Note that this issue still has 'Craft Master' under the MPC logo. Before this, MPC was marketing Airfix kits under the Craftmaster name in the USA. This continued for several issues and was finally discontinued although MPC continued to distribute Airfix and their own models.

Frog Hurricane IIC -Tank Buster / Sea Hurricane Night Fighter or Fighter Bomber, 1/72, F171

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Good

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Builds on of any three versions. Never started. Parts still sealed in factory bag. Complete with decals and instructions.

Aurora F7U Cutlass Navy Jet Fighter, 1/70, 496-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Early issued dated 1959. Please note that the logo is the 'Famous Fighters' in the border with the sunburst inside - the earliest oval Aurora logo. Great, classic box art by Jo Kotula that made these kits famous and so collectible today. Never started. Inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Monogram Speedee Bilt B-26 Invader Wood Kit, 1/46, H2

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+++

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This is one of the four very famous non-flying 'Speedee Bilt' completely pre-fabricated wood and plastic kits from the early 1950s. The other three in the series were the B-25, B-24 and B-17. Features 34 plastic parts, pre-carved balsa parts, Mono-Foil Wings, pre-painted flat balsa parts, full size plans, very detailed instruction manual, full color decals and a small Monogram Kit Catalog. Inside, the kit is like new. All original display cardboard is intact and in excellent condition. This kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present and in excellent condition.

Revell SMS Seeadler (Sea Eagle) German WWI Commerce Raider, 1/232, H382-298

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Rare 1960 hardbox first issue with John Steel artwork. Includes original, never used tube of Revell 'S' Cement still wrapped in the factory paper. This is a kit of a fantastic subject -the famous WWI sailing commerce raider of Count Felix Von Luckner. Very well detailed kit. Full hull kit is molded in gray, brown and black and includes rigging thread and full rigging instructions. The kit has never been started. NOTE: missing small deck wall #8 and lifeboat #68. The deck wall can be made from flat plastic stock. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts, flag sheet and instructions. The SMS Seeadler was a unique WWI raider in that it was not designed to elude the British blockade and break out to sea...it was designed to pass right through the blockade within full view of the British before attacking allied shipping around the world. No detail was overlooked in the Seeadler's preparation, right down to a Norwegian-speaking crew. The plan went perfectly - and the Seeadler passed inspection at the British Blockade. Her non-threatening appearance helped her in an active and colorful raiding career that nearly went around the world. I highly recommend reading any of several books that you can find about this ship. Von Luckner himself became quite a celebrity for his exciting exploits.

Main Line Models 38' Private Wood Sheathed Refrigerator (Reefer) Private Car - Schlitz Beer - HO Craftsman Kit, 1/87

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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Very high quality wood and metal kit from the Golden Age of HO Craftsman kit. Builds a very accurate and highly detailed prototype of this Wooden Reefer from private service. Kit features pre-cut and pre-scribed hardwood sides that are factory painted and decorated with Schlitz, cut and pre-milled hardwood roof and floor, hardwood pre-cut and scribed car ends, cast metal underframe, wood and metal stock as required, metal ladders, reefer doors, ice hatches, end sills and brake wheel, metal grab irons, brake details and more. The model has never been started. Inventoried complete and includes full size plans/instructions. If you have an interest in these kits and the revolution they created in modeling, please read the article about their history located on this website. Please cut and paste this link in your browser to see it - http://www.oldmodelkits.com/blog/plastic-model-kit-history/the-ho-scale-model-railroading-revolution-of-the-1940s/

Ambroid Outside Braced Wooden Ventilated Ice Refrigerator (Reefer) Car - American Railway Express / Pennsylvania - HO Craftsman Kit with Trucks, HO, 5

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG-

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With real metal sprung trucks. One of 5000 made. High quality Ambroid kit from the 'Golden Age' of HO 'Craftsman' kits. Ambroid kits were limited release models that are widely considered to be the standard of quality for fine HO Craftsman style kits. Features all Northeastern Scale Lumber. Includes all pre-scribed and milled hardwood sides, roof and floor, numerous other milled detail parts as needed, decals, wood and metal stock, a sealed bag of detail parts, cast metal trucks with real working springs, metal ladders, full-size instructions and plans and more. The kit has never been started. Some parts are still in the factory sealed bags and the parts that were never bagged have been inventoried complete including transfers and instructions. If you have an interest in these highly accurate HO kits and the revolution they created in modeling, please read the article about their history located on this website.

A-C Wood Boom Car, HO, MWX-6

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Very high quality A-C kit from the 'Golden Age' of HO 'Craftsman' kits. Features scribed wooden sides, milled hardwood roof and floor, metal trucks with real springs, wood and metal stock as needed, no less than 6 sealed bag of detail parts and full instructions and plans. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including instructions. If you have an interest in these highly accurate HO kits and the revolution they created in modeling, please read the article about their history located on this website.

Lindberg HMS Revenge - Sir Francis Drake's Flagship (Ex-Pyro), 1/110, 898

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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Very nice older kit from original Pyro (later Life-Like) molds. Measures about 8 inches long when assembled. Features a very nicely molded and detailed full hull, fine simulated deck planking, deck fittings, display stand, billowing sails, preformed rat lines, rigging thread and rigging diagram. NOTE: below the waterline has been painted. The quality of paint is excellent. You could strip it or simply paint over it. There is no other painting and no assembly. The kit is complete with all parts and instructions. The Revenge was an Elizabethan Galleon launched in 1577. Revenge had 46 guns and was 92 feet long. She was part of Sir Francis Drake's fleet of 80 ships that defeated the Armada. In 1661 the Revenge was attacked by a fleet of 16 Spanish Galleons. She sank two and disabled two of her enemy before being forced to surrender. Three days later she was sunk in a storm while returning to Spain as a war prize.

Revell Destroyer USS Sullivans Fletcher Class Pre 'S' Kit, 1/301, H305-129

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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1954 Pre-'S' release. Beautiful boxart. Box has wear as shown. Never started. 100% inventoried complete with all parts/decals and instructions present.

Revell 1913 Mercedes Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H54-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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1953 early issue molded in dark green plastic. This is from the issues produced with Gowland & Gowland as it carrier their 'balloon' logo on the side. The model has not been started. The parts are all present and the kit is complete with instructions. Before the 1950s 'model building' never made the top 10 list of boy's activities. Hobbies were nothing new to America in the 1930s/40s, but they were not mainstream. Shortly after the turn of the century, many dedicated modelers built flying or static airplanes, ship, train, automotive or other subjects. Basic kits existed, but the majority of these models were built from scratch, which demanded a high talent level developed from years of experience. That changed in the early 1950s. The phenomenon of the Revell/Gowland & Gowland 'Highway Pioneers' car kits was a significant force in proving that model building as a hobby could have mass appeal, provided that the kits were easy enough to build and finish. These 1/32 scale vehicles could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real car. The Highway Pioneers series lead to the production of other subjects in plastic and the effect was revolutionary. By the early 1960s, model building was the #1 past time of American boys.

Meikraft Models Hansa Brandenburg W-29 with Lozenge Decals, 1/72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Limited edition kit long out of production. Molded in gray and clear with photoetched details. Includes extensive decals with full wing lozenge patterns. The model as never been started. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Formaplane Hansa-Brandenburg D.1, 1/72, C27

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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High quality vacuform kit with decals - aero shaped strut material and metal detail parts. Never started and 100% complete with all parts/decals and instructions.

Revell 1909 Stanley Steamer - Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H34

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Molded in dark green with black wheels and tires. This kit has not been started, and has been inventory with all parts present as well as the instructions. Before the 1950s 'model building' never made the top 10 list of boy's activities. Hobbies were nothing new to America in the 1930s/40s, but they were not mainstream. Shortly after the turn of the century, many dedicated modelers built flying or static airplanes, ship, train, automotive or other subjects. Basic kits existed, but the majority of these models were built from scratch, which demanded a high talent level developed from years of experience. That changed in the early 1950s. The phenomenon of the Revell/Gowland & Gowland 'Highway Pioneers' car kits was a significant force in proving that model building as a hobby could have mass appeal, provided that the kits were easy enough to build and finish. These 1/32 scale vehicles could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real car. The Highway Pioneers series lead to the production of other subjects in plastic and the effect was revolutionary. By the early 1960s, model building was the #1 past time of American boys.

Revell USS Forrestal CV-59, 1/542, 5022

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair++

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1989 issue. Updated to reflect all changes made in the service live extension program that was completed on the Forrestal in 1985. It includes Phalanx guns, dual Sea Sparrow Launchers, updated for and aft sponsons and a completely new island structure and airwing with F-14, S-3A, A-6E, F-18 and EA-6B aircraft and SH-3 Helicopter. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions. The instructions are complete but have a cut - the cut has been taped with clear tape.

Airfix German Mountain Troops, 51468-0

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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Very nicely detailed kit from the 1970s. Includes 49 pieces making 28 assembles. Never painted and complete.

Tamiya Sd. Kfz 222 Leichter Panzerspahwagen, 1/35, MM151

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG-

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Detailed kit from high quality molds. Includes commander figure and screen material for top of turret. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

ESCI Henschel HS-123-1 - Spanish Civil War or Luftwaffe, 1/48, SC-4001

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Has decals for both versions. Well molded and detailed. The model as never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.