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Laconia Pennsylvania 70-Ton Hopper - HO Scale Craftsman Kit, 1/87, 179378

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$32   

Laconia kits were popular for their high level of detail in the late 1940s/early 1950s. This gondola kit features metal ladders, accurately pre-cut wooden parts and fully decorated embossed sides and ends in mint condition. Kit has not been started and is complete with all parts, instructions and fittings. As is typical of most kits of this era, the model does not include trucks. These make great stand alone models or high-quality rolling stock for your line. Some modeling skills recommended.

Laconia Pennsylvania Mill-Type Gondola - HO Craftsman Kit, 1/87, 344500

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$32   

Laconia kits were popular for their high level of detail in the late 1940s/early 1950s. This craftsman kit features all fittings, accurately pre-cut wooden parts and fully decorated embossed sides and ends in mint condition. Kit has not been started and is complete with all parts and instructions. As is typical of most kits of this era, the model does not include trucks. These make great stand alone models or high-quality rolling stock for your line. Some modeling skills recommended.

Varney Baggage Coach (Combine) Illinois Central Streamliner - Metal HO Kit, 1/87, S-13

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$18   

One of the most known names in early HO model railroading was Varney. This kit is from the unusual 1950s Varney streamlined passenger car line. The main car bodies are metal with lithographed color sides. The paint is in excellent condition and still has great gloss. The kit also includes ends, floor, bolsters, handrails, couplers and trucks. Never started and complete with instructions and all parts, most still sealed in small envelopes. These make great stand alone kit or as functional cars for your HO railway.

Varney Baggage Coach (Combine) Great Northern Streamliner - HO Metal Kit, 1/87, S-16

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$24   

One of the most known names in early HO model railroading was Varney. This kit is from the unusual 1950s Varney streamlined passenger car line. The main car bodies are metal with lithographed color sides. The paint is in excellent condition and still has great gloss. The kit also includes ends, floor, bolsters, handrails, couplers and trucks. Never started and complete with instructions and all parts, most still sealed in small envelopes. These make great stand alone kit or as functional cars for your HO railway.

MPC The General 4-4-0 American Standard Steam Locomotive, 1/25, 1-2001

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$169   

Still factory sealed. Builds a museum quality kit of the legendary locomotive. The kit is composed of over 330 parts and is over 25 inches long when assembled and includes roadbed and rail base. Molded in several colors and with brass plated parts and pinstripe decals and lettering.

OK Herkimer Metal Streamliner Baggage Car - HO Scale Metal Kit, HO, 34

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$32   

Please read the article on this website about older HO train kits and the modeling revolution they caused in the late 1930s/1940s. During this time, OK (Herkimer Tool and Model Works) created a line of real metal streamliner cars. The ends and body are made from cast aluminum. If you polish them and assemble the model, the look like the real thing. The kit comes with fully assembled Talgo metal trucks, predrilled floors, sealed small parts and NMRA couplers. The aluminum is in excellent condition and has not corroded. The model has not been started and is complete.

Balboa-Katsumi Brass Southern Pacific Golden State - Streamliner Train Cars - Baggage Mail / Pullman Sleeper / Dining / Vista Dome / Observation, 1/87, 865

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$650   

Brass hand crafted and painted Japanese HO train from Balboa Katsumi Scale Models. The original Katsumi blue hardbox has some wear but is solid. Inside, this set is in investment grade condition. The Golden State is the rarest of the Balboa streamlined kits. It is rare to fine this complete set available and in factory-new condition. The set consists of a Baggage Mail Car, Pullman Sleeping Car, Dining Car, Vista Dome Coach and an Observation Car. All cars are internally lit. The original foam rubber and factory sealed coupler pockets are included, as well as coach seating kits sealed in the original bags. The paint is all factory and each car is as new. All cars are still protected in the original clear plastic sleeves. It would be difficult to find a better set. Postal insurance will be required.

Model Hobbies 1950s Style Small Used Car Lot - Wood Office and Signs - HO Scale, HO, 537

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$29   

High quality building kit from the 'Golden Age' of HO 'Craftsman' kits. Includes a small wooden office with windows and doors as well as wood and printed cardstock to make a very large sign that would run the length of the lot along the street, as well as back into the lot. Features scribed wooden sides with precut windows, clear windows with preprinted details, door and other details, wood stock as needed, and a large sheet of cardstock signs with red printing and full instructions and plans. The kit has never been started. 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.

Varney P.F.E (Pacific Fruit Express) 40' Wood Refrigerator (Reefer) Car - Wood and Metal HO Scale Train Kit, HO, R-4

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

$48   

Varney was one of the most known names in early HO model railroading. Gordon Varney was visionary in early business years. When HO was just gaining in popularity in the late 1930s, Varney sold all of his successful 'O' gauge moldings and casting to concentrate exclusively on HO gauge. Judging from the style of kit, this one is from the 1930s. Features very neatly precut and shaped roof, floor board and ends cut to final shape, other stripwood as needed, metal ladders and fittings, some very early style injection molded parts (such as ice hatches), other metal parts and stock as needed, very colorful and highly detailed embossed car sides done in bright orange PFE with the Southern Pacific and Union Pacific logos (correct for this car and kit), and brown embossed car ends. There is a sealed bag that contains the freight car trucks and the small parts are still factory sealed as well. The kit has not been started. Most parts are still sealed and all others have been inventoried complete. The plans are excellent and include instructions. The car sides and end are in as-new condition.

Comet Pacific Fruit Express Ventilated Refrigerator - Union Pacific (Wooden Reefer) - HO Craftsman Kit, 1/87

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$44   

Comet was a very famous manufacture of flying stick and tissue as well as solid aircraft models. What is less well known is that Comet produced HO equipment during the HO boom of the late 1930s/1940s. This is an excellent kit from 1939 with plans drawn by the famous model designer Fred Schlienz. The kit features precut and shaped wooden roof, underside and frame, metal ladders, grab irons and other small parts, and heavy embossed and pre-decorated cardstock sides and metal trucks. Features very well drawn full size plans. This kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. It is in a blank white box.

Main Line Models HO 50' Wooden Express Reefer (Refrigerator Car) - Renken's Milk and Cream Craftsman Kit, HO

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

$56   

Very detailed and well made kit. Main Line was one of a number of manufactures that created very realistic wood and metal kits during the Golden Age of Railroad craftsman kits (please read the article about this era on this website). Features pre-painted and lettered billboard reefer sides, precut wood ends, roof and floor and stock wood as needed, metal ladders and stock and a factory sealed bag of metal fittings. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including instructions.

Silver Streak Central of Georgia HO Box Car - Craftsman Kit, HO, SS207

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

$44   

Very detailed and well made kit. Silver Streak was one of a number of manufactures that created very realistic wood and metal kits during the Golden Age of Railroad craftsman kits (please read the article about this era on this website). Includes a pair of all metal real sprung trucks. Features pre-painted and lettered stock car sides, precut wood ends, roof and floor and stock wood as needed, metal underside parts, ladders and stock material and a factory sealed bag of metal fittings. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including instructions.

Ulrich Minneapolis & St. Louis 'The Peoria Gateway' Triple Hopper - Functioning HO Factory Assembled Car, HO, RT2

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$16   

From the early 1950s. All metal factory assembled, painted and lettered triple hopper. Single point activation on the bottom opens up all three hoppers simultaneously. Features all metal real sprung trucks. Has light wear - I would give it a 8.5 out of 10 condition, with 10 being perfect.

Ulrich Seaboard 'Air Line Railway' Functioning Triple Hopper - Metal HO Craftsman Kit, HO, 375

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$28   

From the early 1950s. All metal craftsman kit. The sides have been factory painted and lettered and are in excellent condition.. Single point activation on the bottom opens up all three hoppers simultaneously. Features all metal real sprung trucks. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including instructions.

Ulrich New York Central (NYC) Functioning Triple Hopper - Metal HO Craftsman Kit, HO, TH8

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$28   

From the early 1950s. All metal craftsman kit. The sides have been factory painted and lettered and are in excellent condition.. Single point activation on the bottom opens up all three hoppers simultaneously. Features all metal real sprung trucks. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including instructions.

Ambroid REA Express Reefer - HO Craftsman Kit, 1/87

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$44   

High quality Ambroid kit from the 'Golden Age' of HO 'Craftsman' kits. These models build an accurate and fully detailed prototype. 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 pre-cut and carved hardwood sides, roof and floor as required, milled detail parts as needed, wood and metal stock, a sealed bag of metal car ends, reefer hatches, doors, underside and many other detail parts, real metal ventilated roof walks, ladders, colorful REA decals and full instructions and plans. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bags and the non-sealed parts 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. 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 Union Pacific 60' Postal Storage Car - HO Craftsman Kit, 1/87, H-5

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$44   

High quality Ambroid kit from the 'Golden Age' of HO 'Craftsman' kits. These models build an accurate and fully detailed prototype. 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 pre-cut and carved hardwood sides, roof and floor a required, milled detail parts as needed, wood and metal stock, a sealed bag of metal car ends, doors, underside and many other detail parts, real metal ventilated roof walks, ladders, colorful and large UP decals and full instructions and plans. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bags and the non-sealed parts 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. 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 Pullman Standard Full-Door HO Boxcar - 'Southern All-Door Loading Super Cushion Service' - Craftsman Kit, 1/87, 2

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$42   

Limited edition - one of 5000 made. High quality Ambroid kit from the 'Golden Age' of HO 'Craftsman' kits. These models build an accurate and fully detailed prototype. 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 pre-cut and carved hardwood pre-scribed sides, milled roof, milled floor/underframe and detail parts as needed, wood and metal stock, a sealed bag of metal detail parts, real metal ventilated roof walks, ladders, full Southern decals and full instructions and plans. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bags and the non-sealed parts 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. 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 Western Union Material Wooden Car - HO Craftsman Kit - With Trucks, 1/87, 6

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$46   

With real metal sprung trucks. Limited edition - one of 5000 made. High quality Ambroid kit from the 'Golden Age' of HO 'Craftsman' kits. These models build an accurate and fully detailed prototype. 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 pre-cut and carved hardwood pre-scribed sides with pre-cut windows that are prepainted and lettered for Western Union, milled roof, milled floor/underframe and many detail parts as needed, wood and metal stock, a sealed bag of metal detail parts, grab irons and full-size instructions and plans. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bags and the non-sealed parts 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. 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/

Prototype Modeler 1926 Pacific Fruit Express R-30-13 Wood Sheathed Refrigerator Car - HO Craftsman Kit, 1/87, 1002

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

$48   

Very high quality wood and metal kit from the Golden Age of HO Craftsman kit. Builds a very accurate and highly detailed prototype of the R-30-13 Wooden Reefer, of which 4,038 were built, all in 1926. Many saw service well into the 1950s and even the '60s. Kit features pre-cut and pre-scribed hardwood sides, cut and pre-milled hardwood roof and floor, milled hardwood underframe details and other parts as needed, wood and metal stock as required, metal ladders, reefer door hardware by Grandt Line, KC Westinghouse brake equipment by Cal-Scale, metal grab irons, cast metal ice hatches and lower car ends, a large, full sheet of Rock Island decals and more. This kit it intended to have a completed detailed and complete underside and brake assembly with all levers, piping, etc. The model has never been started. Most parts are still sealed in factory bags - those that were never sealed have been inventoried complete. Includes decals and 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/