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Revell Bell P-39 Airacobra - 'S' Issue, 1/45, H222-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM+

$155   

1955 'S' issue. Very nice kit for that time in near 1/48 scale. Features very fine recessed and raised panel lines, detailed pilot figure and optional position cockpit door and a belly drop tank. Molded in beautiful high-gloss olive drab and clear with the Revell 'Globe' base. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Richard Kishady did the famous painting for this kit and originally included German kill markings on the nose of the P-39. Very shortly after this, Revell began to export kits to Europe and many European countries had banned the swastika - so the box art was changed to Japanese kill markings, which is this issue.

Frog SE 210 Caravelle Air France, 1/96, F357

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc-

$245   

Rare kit from the 1950s. The box has great color and gloss but some creasing as shown. There are no price tags and all four corners are solid. The only tape are the factory tape marks on the sides and bottom where they sealed it originally. Inside the kit is molded in the correct clear and silver with the bright dark blue base and arm. Even the original glue capsule and white paint are included. The paint is in a corked glass vial and is still good. Decals and instructions are exceptional and as new also with light yellowing. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Aurora Japanese Zero, 1/48, 88-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$425   

Still factory sealed; there is one small 1/2" split on the upper left edge. Other than that, the seal is intact. Rare kit in investment-grade condition. Dated 1959 but likely from the early 1960s because of the logo variation. Fantastic Mort Kunstler box art. NOTE: this kit must be shipped insured.

Aurora Superboy Comic Scenes, 1/8, 186

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$125   

This is the 1974 issue which includes the comic book with the backdrop mural to create a 3-D Action Display. This kit has never been started. It is either still in the internally sealed factory bag or has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Grumman F9F Panther - 1st Brooklyn Issue, 1/48, 22

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+++

$1500   

Rare 1st issue from 1952 in the one-piece flip top box. 100% original and correct. The model is molded in the correct gloss dark blue with a clear square 'Brooklyn' stand, stand arm and canopy. Being the first issue, the model does not significant rivet detail, nor was it molded with landing gear or missiles. The entire kit is 13 parts including the stand and stand arm. The instructions are the correct early small Brooklyn version with very minor bug damage. Decals are correctly marked 'The Tatem Company' and are in excellent condition with some curl and minimal yellowing. The box is one of the better I have seen. It is intact - there are no missing parts and no repairs. As is typical with this issue, the fragile box has some small tears, creases and edge wear as shown. In summary, a 100% correct, never started and complete kit for the advanced collector of Aurora or military aircraft models. This kit must be shipped insured. Kit History: In the early 1950s Aurora was making children's toys. Since they were always looking for new avenues of business, the three founders were interested in the new fad of 'plastic models'. They were shown the Hawk F-90 and F9F kits in 1/48, and the rest is history. Aurora copied the F9F and F-90 to issue their very first plastic kits. The boxes were two color one-piece flip top boxes of very thin cardboard; the damaged so easily that the kits were immediately reissued in the more familiar 'hardbox' of a litho slick glued to heavy cardboard.

Hasegawa Fokker DR.1 (DR-1) Triplane Museum Model - 1/8 Scale, 1/8, ZX3-69800

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$1200   

Very rare and large 1/8 scale museum quality kit. The three 1/8 aircraft in this series are widely considered to be the finest model aircraft ever produced. This kit duplicates the classic DR-1 using many of the original material in a near perfect representation of the inner structure of the aircraft. There are 857 parts made from die-cut plywood, Japanese cypress, cast soft metal, brass, aluminum, rubber, injection molded plastic and many other materials. The wingspan is 838mm (33 inches) when assembled. The engineering of the kit is world-class right down to the assembly plans. This kit has never been started. Inside, all the special internal boxes and inserts are included and in mint condition. Additionally, the vast majority of the parts are still in the factory sealed bags. The parts that were not sealed have been inventoried 100% complete. Includes all paperwork - illustrated parts list, instructions and three sets of roll-out plans. NOTE: plan set 'B' is in fair condition. It is complete but has wrinkles and some closed tears. Plans 'A' and 'C' are professionally printed copies of original Hasegawa plans from my collection. Please note, this item must be shipped insured.

Ohlsson & Rice Ohlsson 23 Gas Ignition Engine

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$295   

New in the box and rare in this condition. It has never been run, cleaned or polished. The engine is 'free.' I can find no evidence of use. However, the prop nut has wear, so it has had a prop fitted to it at some point, which means it was probably put in a model that never flew. Serial number is 44252, and the box has this number hand-written in the proper blank spot by the factory inspector 'WB' who hand initialed it. Includes the box in 'very good' complete condition, one ignition wire, Ohlsson & Rice Manual in excellent condition, 1945 Parts List in excellent condition and Ohlsson & Rice Guarantee Card in near mint condition. There is no coil or condenser.

CM Novgorod Russian Coastal Battleship, 1/192

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$155   

SPECIAL ORDER limited production kit. Museum quality high definition resin castings. Complete kit with all parts needed for assembly. Some kits include photo-etched details and decals if required -email for details on a certain kit. Kits are molded upon receipt of payment. Normal wait is six to eight weeks.

Revell Friskie the Beagle Puppy, 1/1, H1902-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$185   

Rare. Issued with approval of Carnation Co. (who made Friskies Pet Food) in 1958. The kit was only issued once. Life-size kit is very realistically molded including injection mold parts, clear eyes, 'fur' and eye decals. Once built, it comes with three packs of colored flocking to apply for 'fur'. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Does not include glue and brush.

ITC SS France Ocean Liner - (Norway), 1/450, 3600-4-500

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$250   

Very rare. First and only issue from 1963; very shortly after this kit was issued, ITC discontinued all plastic kit production. This is a large 1/450 scale kit of the SS France, one of the most beautiful ocean liners of all time. Very good detail for the time. Features full hull that is 24.75 inches long, 124 parts, 2 winged funnels, 3 anchors, 4 propellers, 2 launches, 20 lifeboats, 2 whaleboats, detailed mast, kingposts and superstructure. Inside, the kit is like new. The kit is molded in black (hull), red (funnels and fittings) and ivory (promenade and superstructure) to minimize painting like in the ITC United States. Kit also includes a beautiful letter (with a color painting of the France on the letterhead) from Georges Croisile, the Commandant of the French Line, introducing the kit and welcoming you onboard the real France one day. The kit has never been started. Almost all parts are still sealed in the factory bags. The red parts are not sealed but have been inventoried complete. Decals, flag sheets and instructions are included.

Aurora Avro CF-100 Canuck - All-Weather Fighter, 1/67, 137-175

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$115   

Fantastic factory sealed investment-condition box. 1964 issue with 'Famous Fighters' in the border of the oval sunburst.

Ideal Aeroplane & Supply SS America Ocean Liner / Troop Ship USS West Point / S.S. Australis - Wooden Ship Kit, 1/330, 605

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$750   

Very rare. This is the finest example that I have ever seen of this rare kit. Large wooden and metal kit builds to just over 26 inches long. This model is of the SS America Ocean Liner, which was designed by the famous naval architect William Francis Gibbs. She was laid down in 1938 and entered service on August 22 1940 as the flagship of the United States Lines. World War II interrupted her passenger service. The ship was active through the war. She narrowly escaped being sunk off Singapore during the Japanese invasion. After the war she resumed her North Atlantic route. The liner was the pride of the US Merchant fleet before the USS United States was commissioned. When the 'Big U' entered service, the two liners were stable mates and often appeared in the same travel agency posters and prints. By 1964 aircraft had taken a large section of the ocean liner travelers away, and the America was sold to Chandris Group and was renamed the Australis. She sailed for 14 years in a very successful career and was the last liner to sail from Southampton to Australia/New Zealand. She was laid up on 1977. She changed owners several times, but was never again successful. While being towed to Thailand, the lines broke and she ran aground in the Canary Island, where the wreak broke up after time - but not before the locals rescued many items from the ship. The model box is excellent and the kit inside is in as-new condition. Kit features pre-carved hull, metal fittings, very large full size plans, print wood and heavy cardstock, clear material for windows, color flag sheet, building instructions with perspective views and rigging material and diagrams. Never started. I believe that I was the first one to remove the parts from the box when I performed the inventory. All of the fittings are still in factory sealed bags and the tissue packing material from the factory is still present. The kit is complete with all parts and plans. You can convert it to the USS West Point if you have photos of the ship (which are on the internet) - the main difference is the addition of lifeboats and different paint. Photos of the S.S. Australis will provide the needed data to convert her to that ship, but this conversion will require more work than the West Point.

Aurora Grumman F6F Hellcat - Famous Fighters of All Nations Issue, 1/48, 40A-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG-

$125   

Second issue of this rare kit. Early square 'Aurora Line' logo and 'Famous Fighters of All Nations' logo. For this release, Aurora dropped the 'national insignia' left border and retained the original artwork. 'A' was added to the part number and the price extension was raised to '79' from '69'. Kit is molded in the correct metallic dark blue and clear and has the clear rectangular stand and correct decals and instructions. NOTE: at one point the fuselage was very neatly glued together. Due to the age of the glue, it has fallen apart. There was no other assembly. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Revell Lockheed Electra Varig - Brazil Issue, 1/115, H255

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$495   

Very rare Kikoler Revell Brazil issue. The hardbox has very good color as the photo shows. The kit is the original Revell 'S' kit and is molded in silver plastic with the famous clear 'Globe' swivel stand. The correct instructions and Varig decals are unique to this issue and they are in excellent condition. The decals are flat and have very minimal yellowing and no stains. This kit has never been started. It has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Please note, the box has had some internal repairs done to a crease and split corners. They are very nicely done and impossible to see from the outside.

Aurora Convair 880 SuperJet TWA, 1/103, 384-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$125   

Dated 1961 and the first issue. Note the 'Hobby Kits' slogan in the border of the Aurora logo and the Parents' Magazine Seal at the lower left. Rare near 1/100 scale kit molded in white and clear with recessed control surface and door lines. Features clear cockpit windshield, full landing gear and a large clear 'Triangle World' stand. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The Convair 880 and its near sister 990 were very high performance airliners. Unfortunately they did not find favor with commercial operators. Only 65 880s were produced from 1959 to 1962. The aircraft was designed to be smaller and faster than the DC-8 and 707 - this market did not develop, however, and if it did it could have been served with less expensive designs. The 990 was a larger and faster (mach .91) airliner, but it failed to meet it's range criteria for east to west crossings of the USA. As a result, only 37 were made. Interestingly enough, several 990s continued to be operated by private owners and NASA operated two 990s for decades after the last 990 was phased out of commercial service.

Aurora Spitfire - Famous Fighters of all Nations First Issue, 1/48, 20-59

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM-

$375   

Rare first issue with minimal surface detail and molded in the non-metallic medium blue and clear plastic, with a clear two-piece display stand with the early rectangle-shaped base. The second and all later issues had greatly increased rivet detail and were molded in a metallic blue plastic. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

RCM SSN Skipjack Submarine with 5 Blade Screw, 1/72

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Bagged

$112   

Very large 1/72 scale kit. SPECIAL ORDER vacuform kit with resin/metal parts set. Not shipped from stock. Kit is molded upon receipt of payment. Time from receipt to shipping your kit is usually 8 to 10 weeks. Contains vacuform basic components, full size plans plus metal or resin screw. Does not include decals. 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.

Revell IL-38 Bison - Picture Plane Issue, 1/169, H182-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$125   

1960 Picture Plane hardbox issue of the famous 'S' kit from the late 1950s. Jack Lynnwood box art. This is the second release of this classic model. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

SMB Technik RC-Stratos - 81.5 inch Wingspan 1-3 Channel R/C Glider, 1364

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$155   

Large RC glider made in West Germany. This model came from the estate of a very active and particular early aircraft kit collector. It is like factory-new inside and has not been started. Complete with all parts, plans and decals (if originally included).

Topping Grumman C-2 Greyhound - Factory Desk Top Model, 1/72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: No Box

$125   

Recently I purchased a collection that contained an unusual number of undecorated factory desk top models. The modeler was a professional quality builder. When he could not find an aircraft in an injection molded kit, he would obtain a factory model from Topping or Precise, then finished them himself, modifying for accuracy and detail where needed. I have listed the manufacture as Topping, but please consider that tentative. It could be a Precise model. The model has been started. The work is professional quality. NOTE: the kit is missing two of the four vertical stabilizers. Fortunately, one of each is present so you could cast replacements. There are no propellers or stand.