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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.

Lindberg Grumman F11F-1 Blue Angels - (F11F1), 1/48, 541-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$75   

Still factory sealed. Classic 1950s kit with all features that made these kits special. Has movable ailerons, rudder and elevators and detailed engine with opening inspection panel. Still the only early short nose F11F Tiger kit in 1/48. Colorful Ray Gaedke artwork. NOTE: seal is split on one short side due to the seal shrinking.

DML Messerschmitt Me-262A-1a/Jabo - Master Series Issue (Me262A1a), 1/48, 5507

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$24   

Very highly detailed kit with two frets of photoetched parts and real rubber tires. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

RCM Grumman AF-2 Guardian, 1/48

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Bagged

$85   

SPECIAL ORDER larger (1/48) 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 airframe components, full size plans plus metal or resin parts such as wheels, prop, struts, etc. Does not include decals. Advanced modeling skills are required to build vacuform kits. Not recommended for beginners.

Hawk Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat Chrome - Thai Air Force, 1/48, 215-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$39   

1968 issue with Royal Thai Air Force markings. This is the plated version and the chrome is in exceptional 'near mint' condition which is very rare. It has been properly protected for shipment. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Maircraft Heinkel He-100 Fighter - Solid Wood Model Airplane, 1/48, S6

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$36   

Maircraft was originally founded in the early or mid 1930s by Gordon Christoph and went by the name Aircraft Model Company. The company produced a typical line of solid 'profile cut' kits that required the usual high talent levels for carving and finishing. A former Comet Model Airplane & Supply Co. salesman, Jack Mair, bought the company in the early 1940s and renamed it Maircraft. This company was one of the handful of solid kit producers who issued models in a consistent 1/48 scale during the 1930s and 1940s (others included Hawk and Dyna-Model). This lead to one of the most desirable and rare model kits ever produced in the USA - the wood/plastic 1/48 United DC-3 model issued immediately after World War 2. Other than the P-61 and a few other Maircraft offerings, most were simple kits that sold for the low price of about 35 cents and gave the owners many hours of pleasurable work. This kit features a full size plan with instructions steps, fuselage that is about 80% cut, profile cut parts, printwood and a small bag of details. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Aurora Nieuport II, 1/48, 101-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$65   

Second issue still dated 1956 but actually from 1957/58. Jim Cox artwork. The square Northern Lights logo has been replaced with the first famous oval logo sunburst, but the square background remains. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions.

Aurora Boeing F4B-4 - (F4B4), 1/48, 122-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$65   

1958 issue with fantastic Jo Kotula boxart. This is the Parents' Magazine issue with the seal located in the lower right. Classic 1930s Navy Biplane Fighter that is still famous for their colorful paint jobs at that that time. Cowl, tail and trim color would vary with the Aircraft Carrier (Ranger, Lexington or Saratoga) that the group was based on and the aircraft's position in the flight formation. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Life-Like Gloster Gladiator, 1/48, 09607

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$30   

From Ex-Pyro molds. Nicely molded. Includes cockpit, positionable pilot figure and molded in realistic fabric surfaces. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Hawk Grumman Panther F9F - Flip Box 1st Issue, 1/48, 400

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$155   

Very early rare Hawk kit. Hawk was active in manufacturing wooden kits in the 1920s and wooden kits with some injection molded details in the late 1930s before all-injection molded kits came around. Two of Hawks early plastic kits were the F9F and F-90 in the flip top box. Oddly, the kits are more famous for the fact that Aurora purchased the F9F and F-90 models and back engineered them to create their first two plastic kits molds. Correctly molded in a beautiful medium blue with clear stand, stand arm, nose probe and canopy and olive drab pilot. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Lindberg F-80C (P-80) Shooting Star, 1/48, 500-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$95   

1950s issue. The hardbox is in exceptional near mint condition with fantastic color and gloss. Molded in the correct gloss silver and clear with the early O-lin style stand. The kit has not been started and is complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Paul Lindberg got his start in 1930s model aviation by designing, building and flying stick and tissue aircraft. His plans appeared in Popular Aviation magazine and he soon made a name for himself. When injection molding showed the way to increased kits sales in the late 1940s/early 1950s, he quickly teamed up with Mr. Olsen to create 'O-lin' models. Ray Gaedke was one the the early artists for O-lin, and he help pioneer dramatic and colorful box artwork. In the early 1950s Paul Lindberg was running the company and had the logo changed to his name. The first logo was circular, with 'Lindberg' in middle and 'Products' 'Incorporated' arched across the top and bottom. The second logo is the 'Yellow Square' that is on this kit. Ray Gadke continued his bold and colorful artwork for Lindberg and did this F-80C boxart as well.

Lindberg Grumman F11F-1 Tiger - (F11F F11F1), 1/48, 531-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$65   

Short Nose early F11F. Hardbox Ray Gaedke artwork in fantastic near mint condition. Classic 1950s kit with all features that made these kits special. Has movable ailerons, rudder and elevators and detailed engine with opening inspection panel. Still the only early short nose F11F Tiger kit in 1/48. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

RCM Chance Vought XF5U Flapjack - (XF5U1), 1/48

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Bagged

$75   

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 T-28D Fighter/Bomber - Vietnamese or USAF, 1/48, 6805

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$75   

Still factory sealed. Contains markings for the Vietnamese 516th Fighter Squadron or the USAF First Commando Close Support Fighter-Bomber Group. Has many operating features. Canopy slides open, gear retracts, prop and wheels turn.

Lindberg Convair XFY-1 - Vertical Take-Off Fighter, 1/48, 526-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$125   

Dramatic Ray Gaedke artwork. Rare early issue from the 1950s. The Convair VTO was a Navy program for a high performance zero-length take off fighter. The aircraft flew well but transition from vertical/horizontal and back was tricky. This, combined with the performance of the new jets signaled the end of the program in 1955. Comes with boarding ladder. Molded in the correct high gloss silver and clear. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Lindberg is a company with a fascinating history The original 'Lindberg Line' stretches back to the 1930s when Paul Lindberg drew plans for famous modeling magazines and marketed his balsa wood 'stick and tissue' by urging dealers to carry the '...Complete Lindberg Line'. After the war, Lindberg and Olsen had a strong hand in early United States injection molded kit development. Please see the article located on this website about early USA plastic kit manufactures.

Aurora Sopwith Camel, 1/48, 102-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Mint

$65   

Mint condition hardbox. This is the 4th known issue of this classic kit, and the second one to share the 102-100 kit number. The blue oval logo dates from the early 1960s. This is only the second box artwork used for this kit, and John Steel replaced Cox for the 'new look' from Aurora. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. This is part of the famous Aurora WWI series of 1/48 scale aircraft. The series began in 1956 and Aurora added new kits into the early 1960s. The line proved incredibly popular, so these kits were included in the 'mold upgrade' in the 1970s before Aurora went out of business.

Monogram De Havilland Mosquito - N.F.II / Mk.IV / F.B.VI / II Night Intruder Four Star Issue, 1/48, PA129-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Mint

$85   

Investment-grade first issue 'Four Star' kit. Hardbox is dated 1965 and features Tom Morgan artwork. The original owner opened the kit but left the original cello on the box top, resulting in a rare mint condition box. Builds any one of four versions: NF II Night Fighter, Mk IB Bomber, Mk VI Fighter Bomber and MkII Night Intruder. Classic excellent Monogram detail. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Aurora Sopwith Camel, 1/48, 102-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$75   

Still factory sealed. This is the 4th known issue of this classic kit, and the second one to share the 102-100 kit number. The blue oval logo dates from the early 1960s. This is only the second box artwork used for this kit, and John Steel replaced Cox for the 'new look' from Aurora. This is part of the famous Aurora WWI series of 1/48 scale aircraft. The series began in 1956 and Aurora added new kits into the early 1960s. The line proved incredibly popular, so these kits were included in the 'mold upgrade' in the 1970s before Aurora went out of business.

Aurora-KB Nieuport 28 C.1, 1/48, 1108-170

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$75   

1972 Collector's Series issue. Features highly improved mold quality and terrain display base. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Lindberg Lockheed F-80C (P-80) Shooting Star, 1/48, 500-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$45   

From original O-lin molds. 1950 kit with Ray Gaedke hardbox artwork. Never started. NOTE: missing pilot seat. Otherwise inventoried complete with all other parts, decals and instructions. It is true that earlier versions of this kit did not come with a seat and/or pilot - at one point it was not even shown on the instructions. The first seat was a simple horizontal 'plank. I have seen so many of these with no seat at all that I feel these may be old O-Lin kits that Lindberg wished to use up, so he put them in new Lindberg boxes with new instructions. Paul Lindberg got his start in 1930s model aviation by designing, building and flying stick and tissue aircraft. His plans appeared in Popular Aviation magazine and he soon made a name for himself. When injection molding showed the way to increased kits sales in the late 1940s/early 1950s, he quickly teamed up with Mr. Olsen to create 'O-lin' models. Ray Gaedke was one the the early artists for O-lin, and he help pioneer dramatic and colorful box artwork. In the early 1950s Paul Lindberg was running the company and had the logo changed to his name. The first logo was circular, with 'Lindberg' in middle and 'Products' 'Incorporated' arched across the top and bottom. The second logo is the 'Yellow Square' that is on this kit. Ray Gadke continued his bold and colorful artwork for Lindberg and did this F-80C boxart as well.