Resin Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Mint
Oldmodelkits.com has received exclusive license from French Lines/CGT to produce and sell the SS Normandie in 1/350 scale. This nine-year project is a 100% new kit. Seven of those years were spent accurately modeling the ship from scratch in TurboCAD. All this design work was done by a master modeler and engineer who helped pioneer industrial CAD and 3D printing at GM. This limited-run kit represents the Normandie from her 1935 maiden voyage to New York and has over 1,100 individual parts. The hull and larger parts are pressure-cast resin from de-aired molds. There are two large photoetched brass sheets (one for railings, ladders, details, etc. and one for the davits), three sheets of laser-cut, real wood printed decking (from Scale Decks), decals, flag sheet and a DVD with detailed, highly illustrated instructions including painting guide, step-by-step rigging instructions and research material. NOTE: this kit must be shipped insured.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good+
Limited run kit. Well molded with resin and photoetched details, paint guide and a large, extensive decal sheet. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. The Ar-95 was designed as a two seat recon/torpedo bomber and first flew in 1936. Six were sent to Spain and served in the Condor Legion. Ironically, the German Navy and Air Force did not order the aircraft. Foreign orders came in from Chile and Turkey, only the Chilean aircraft were delivered. The ones destined for Turkey were pressed into Luftwaffe service as trainers.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
Very early radio control (RC) aircraft with a 59 inch wingspan. In the free-flight roll, it meets the old Pan-American Airways Pay-Load Contest requirements for class A and B. Please note the similarity in design to the early free-flight models - most early RC models had this appearance. This type of stability was required due to the difficult nature of RC control in the late 1930s. The kit features shaped and notched wing edges, die-cut plywood firewall, complete metal hardware, cut out windshield, full size plans, rubber wheels and covering material. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. Berkeley is a very famous manufacturer of flying model kits from the Golden Age of flying aviation, about 1932-1954. Founded in 1933 by William Effinger, the company was quite progressive in producing quality kits - it was likely the Berkeley 'Buccaneer' was the first gas powered model in kit form. In the later 1930s, Effinger acquired the services of a very talented Henry Struck. Struck went on to design numerous award-winning kits under the Berkeley name. Berkeley weathered the post WWII recession and emerged as a major kit producer in the late 1940 and 1950s. These were great years for Berkeley and they produced some incredible and large kits. The company went bankrupt in about 1960 however. Fox engines (Duke Fox) bought the company and released the kits alongside his own FOX models and engines. This arrangement did not last, and in the early 1960s the Berkeley name disappeared from hobby shop shelves.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc-
Two complete Kate models in one box and one builds the B5N1 and the other a B5N2. Older issue with a high gloss box top and very nice artwork. Excellent, high quality kit. Features all fine recessed panel lines, highly detailed cockpit, clear side windows, torpedo loadout, beautiful full-color painting guide and decals for four different aircraft - AI-301 / AII - 306 / W-326 and KEB-306. This kit has not been started. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed VG
Still factory sealed. The seal has split and drawn the box concave 1964 softbox issue with great Tom Morgan artwork. This was an excellent model for that time with quality fit and finish. Includes optional position landing gear, drop tanks and very colorful decals for the plane shown on the box.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
Very highly detailed moldings. Molded in green and clear with metal axles. Builds a rolling chassis just like the real truck. Features complete suspension, driveline and exhaust details, complete interior, crew of three, optional raised top or lowered top, 1 Ton 250 Gallon Ben Hur KWT Water Tanker, optional parts to build WC-56 or 57 and more. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc+
Rare, early, small scale ship kit from 1952. Very nicely detailed and molded, especially for that era. Includes sails, molded sea display base and clear sheet plastic with the delicately printed ratlines. The scale is not given, but the sea base measures 6.5"x2" and the ship is approximately 5 inches long. Includes beautiful color instructions with the ship history, illustrations of assembly, how to set the sails and photos for rigging. This kit has never been started and is still in the original 'krinkle' bag. The bag has typical splitting, so it has been placed inside a zip-lock bag so that no parts will be lost. Includes instructions. The box sides illustrates and names the 10 kits of this line. All were available in regular (such as this kit) or 'Ship In A Bottle' versions. the 'Bottle' was also available separately. The entire set consists of the Santa Maria 1492, Golden Hind 1588, Mayflower 1620, Bon Homme Richard 1779, SS Savannah 1819, The Flying Cloud 1849, Charles W. Morgan 1850, Gertrude L. Thebaud 1929, Frigate Constitution 1797 and US Revenue cutter 1849. It appears that Gowland & Gowland has not received the credit that it deserves in the plastic kit revolution that took America by storm in the early 1950s. Gowland developed the first all plastic car made in the USA in 1950, the 1911 Maxwell. Even more interesting is that Kevin and Jack Gowland developed the 'Highway Pioneers' in 1951 which heralded the future for the American Hobby Industry. The reason that Gowland's name is not in the fore-front of model history is that Precision Specialties (later Revell) did the distribution for Gowland.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG++
1987 issue. This series was designed to introduce modelers to the techniques of customizing. To that end, it includes extensive customizing instructions and several tools. The model itself can build one of three versions and features a highly detailed stock Ford V-8 with intake and single or dual carbs, stock or finned cylinder heads detailed engine compartment with opening hood, choice of stock or custom rubber tires and optional wheels and hubcaps, full stock interior, custom interior options including bucket seats, television, floor shift, seat belts and custom steering wheel, detailed underside with separately molded front and rear suspension, top boot and the following options: 'De Ville' Roof, extended hood, spot lights, chopped windshield and vent windows, hood scoop with chrome teeth, custom grills, nerf bars, front and rear bumperettes, side pipes, Convertible Top, chopped hardtop (custom with instructions), rear roll pan and rear nerf bars, license housing, full custom nose, extended hood, quad headlights, custom tail lights, bullet tail lights, antennas and more. Includes the following accessories also: four cement blocks, car show trophy and hood prop. Includes extensive decals on two sheets. Molded in white, clear, red-tint clear, chrome and with rubber tires. The kit has never been started. The car model has been inventoried complete. Both decal sheets and instructions are in excellent condition. The customizing tools and booklet are present but the 'bondo' putty is missing.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
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.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: Good-
Very, very rare kit from 1934. Stick and tissue kit almost never turn up from this early. The box top is complete with all four sides and top but is tattered on an along the lower long side; there is also general wear and damage as shown. It does display better than the grade, which reflects the worse condition of the box sides. The tray (bottom box) is 'very good-' with some wear to the edges. Inside, the superb plans are 'very good++.' They were never 'pinned down' for assembly, have no writing on them and the folds are solid (not fragile.) Flaws are a 3" closed tear and the normal yellowing. They are very highly detailed with numerous drawings, parts layout and full-size templates, numerous detailing tips and excellent text instructions. They even have an actual photo of the fuselage being built. In addition there is a full size sheet of separate text instructions. The parts feature four sheets of printwood, strip wood in different sizes, original two colors of tissue paper, very large, colorful and comprehensive insignia sheet, fully carved wood prop, fully carved spinner and wheels, two sheets of sandpaper, a paper envelope of metal detail parts, clear canopy material with the window frames printed on, metal stock, quality strip balsa and balsa blocks and rigging cord. NOTE: the following fuselage bulkheads have been cut out and are missing but are full-size on the plans: #1, #2, #3 and #4. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts and plans present. Three other parts are neatly cut out and present. No other parts are cut.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: Good-
Rare, large-scale solid wood display model from about 1943/44. Has a 13.5 inch wingspan when built. Features factory 3-D cut fuselage (not just profile cut), profile-cut nacelles, inboard and outboard wings and stabilizers, quality print wood, a factory sealed paper envelope of small detail parts, full color decals and excellent plans with templates and instructions. Never started and complete - the small parts are still factory sealed.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Mint
Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG+
1973 issue. Large 1/32 scale kit measures 17 inches long when assembled. Contains decals for both RAF and US Marines version. Features detailed rotating side jet nozzles, detailed engine, removable engine inspection panel, optional position landing gear, optional position speed brake, full cockpit with pilot, underwing loadout of rocket pods and drop tanks, opening canopy and movable wheels. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. NOTE that the box displays better than the 'very good+' grade but is graded as such because there are short pieces of masking tape on the long and short sides.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
Limited issue kit from AV USK with injection molded parts, photo-etched brass details and full instructions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried with all plastic and brass parts and includes instructions. NOTE: missing decals
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good
Special issue kit containing markings for the 5000th Phantom to leave the assembly line and markings for a colorful 36TFW 22TFS 1976 Bicentennial Phantom (camo scheme). Includes paint guide for both aircraft. Features a very wide variety of external stores. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Decals are 'excellent' but please see the article (on this website) about using old decals.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Good+
Still factory sealed but the seal has split and drawn the box top concave. First issue large scale 'F' kit from 1978. Features detailed cockpit, Norden Bombsight, detailed landing gear, rotating turrets and external bomb load.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Fair-
NOTE: builder kit only, please read carefully. 1975 release of the cut-away version of the famous "Snorting Bull" of Gunther Prien. This is a nice kit with a detailed but simplified interior. There has been no assembly but NOTE: one bulkhead has been painted. There is no other painting. NOTE: missing one crew figure, two bulkheads and rear torpedo tube. The bulkheads are simple and can be cut from sheet styrene; the rear tube can be made from anything of the correct diameter. The other parts have all been inventoried present with decals and instructions. Prien and his men survived 11 sailings but were lost on the 12th. On his second sailing, Prien made history by sailing into the British Base of Scapa Flow and sinking HMS Royal Oak.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Fair-
Ex-Soviet Union kit that is very well molded for that time with very fine detail and hull drain holes. Full hull model measures 4.5 inches long when assembled and includes display stand and decals. The kit has never been started. The parts are either inventoried complete or still in the internal factory sealed bags, which is attached to cardstock that is folded in two. At times the factory workers had to get pretty creative because of a shortage of staples. Beyond staples, I have seen the bag of parts attached with tape, a clothing snap, a rivet or even sewn on with thread! This M class kit even has a color painting guide on the back with English colors.
Vacuform Model Kit, Box Condition: Bagged
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. Basic Vacuform kit. Contains basic airframe componants and full size plans only. Does not contain details such as interior - props - engines - landing gear - etc. These items must be scratch built or from the spares box. 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.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed VG++
Still factory sealed. Rare kit that is part of the classic and highly detailed 1/48 Bandai Pin Point armor series. These kits are beautifully molded and feature full interior detail as well as flexible treads, many operating features and very detailed crew members that can be posed in almost any position.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
This kit includes Flight Path #25-06 Northeast Airlines 'Yellowbird' decals specifically for this kit, as well as Flight Path 880 black cabin and cockpit windows with silver frames. Also included is an excellent actual color photograph of a NE Yellowbird on the tarmac. Both sheets and the photo are as new. The model has decals for TWA and Swissair and features optional position cabin boarding doors and landing gear. It has never been started. Factory sealed box/bag or 100% inventoried with all parts decals and instructions present. Decals have some staining on the Swissair markings.