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  Adams Model Kits

Adams Honest John Store Display, 1/40

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: No Box

$625   

For the advanced collector and investor. Very rare and in exceptional, all original condition. This is a Adams-factory built display built for hobby shop promotional use. The intention was simple- if hobby shops would purchase and display these dioramas, potential buyers would see the model build and immediately purchase the kit. This probably worked well; but the hitch was that these displays were expensive, so few hobby shops could afford them back in the 1950s. And of the ones made, there was heavy attrition. Parts easily broke, and when the new kits came out next year, they were thrown away to make room for more. Which makes condition of this one even more exceptional. The actual model is very neatly built and painted and has no breaks and no repairs. It is complete other than the front brace and side rear view mirror. These could be easily replaced from a parts kit. The paint and decals are in 'excellent' to 'very good' condition with the ones on the missile displaying the typical yellowing. The 3-D cardboard display has like-new color and gloss. There are no rips, tears, missing material, repair or even tape. The only damage is crease up near the words ' real war games at the upper left and a slight crease near the kneeling men. The missile is removable and will be shipped out of the launcher. NOTE: this kit must be shipped insured. NOTE: It will be packed as well as possible in a double box, but be aware that some small parts or men may come loose during shipping and may have to repaired on your end.

Adams Hawk Missile Battery Store Display, 1/40

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: No Box

$675   

For the advanced collector and investor. Very rare and in exceptional, all original condition. This is a Adams-factory built display built for hobby shop promotional use. The intention was simple- if hobby shops would purchase and display these dioramas, potential buyers would see the model build and immediately purchase the kit. This probably worked well; but the hitch was that these displays were expensive, so few hobby shops could afford them back in the 1950s. And of the ones made, there was heavy attrition. Parts broke, and when the new kits came out next year, they were thrown away to make room for more. Which makes the 'excellent+' condition of this one even more exceptional. The actual model is very neatly built and painted, is missing no parts and has had no repairs. The paint and decals are in fantastic condition as well. The 3-D cardboard display has like-new color and gloss. There are no rips, tears or missing material. The only damage is that the 'firing missiles' in the middle have been folded over and are creased. I put masking tape on the back to temporarily hold them up for the photo. It will ship folded down as I found it. A superb 'no apologies' piece. NOTE: this kit must be shipped insured. NOTE: It will be packed as well as possible in a double box, but be aware that some small parts or men may come loose during shipping and may have to repaired on your end.

Adams Cessna YH-41 Aerial Hawk Missile Transporter, 1/40, K-158-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$129   

Proposed helicopter to quickly resupply remote Hawk SAM launchers. Very nicely detailed model features full cockpit and interior, pilot and co-pilot figures, opening cabin doors, missile loader figure and Hawk Missiles with cradles. 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.

Adams Hawk Missile Battery - With Loader - Launcher - Tracker and Crew, 1/40, K154-198

Injection_Molded,   Box Condition: Good

$155   

Dated 1958. Classic cold war kit with excellent detail. Loader has movable wheels and tracks, and missiles elevate. Launcher has movable wheels and missiles swivel and elevate. Tracker has moving wheels and radar screen. Includes five man crew. The kit has never been started. Many parts are still factory sealed (missiles, wheels, etc). The parts that were not sealed have been inventoried. NOTE: missing one #61 flat round support pad. Includes all other parts, decals and instructions. NOTE: instructions are photocopied.

Adams Saab 35 Draken - Supersonic Fighter (J-35), 1/48, K500-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$85   

Rare kit from 1959. Features retractable landing gear, opening canopy and missiles that actually launch from the central pod. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Adams was founded by Steve Adams and released plastic assembly kits in the late 1950s. The company was innovative and the general quality of most kits was very high for the time- so much that builders (not just collectors) still seek the kits today. Adams is best known today for a series of military vehicles and missiles, although they also released an aircraft (Draken), helicopter (YH-41), balloon (La Coquette) and ship (SS Savannah). Some of these appeared in gift sets as well. The Adams smaller scale (1/40) Atomic Cannon, Hawk Missile Battery, Honest John, Vanguard (1/80) and Thor (1/87)missiles and other kits are still sought after today. Combinations of these kits were issued in gift sets, which are very desirable collector's items today. In the late 1950s, Adams entered into a joint venture with Revell, and several of the military kits were released under the Revell label, such as the Jeep among others. Around 1960 there was a disagreement between Adams and Revell, and the agreement was terminated. Sometime after this, Adams quit the plastic model business, and Life-Like purchased most of the Adams molds.