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OldModelKits SS Normandie Ocean Liner 1935, 1/350

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$950   

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.

Esoteric Hawker Nimrod I or II, 1/72

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

$24   

Esoteric was known for making perhaps the finest vacuform kits. Very well molded and highly detailed with metal parts - shaped struts and full instructions. Molds are equal to or of higher quality than most injection molded kits. The kit is still factory sealed.

Airfix Martin RB-57E or B-57B Canberra, 1/72, 05018

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$28   

From original molds dating late 1970s/early 1980s. Contains optional parts to build the rare recon version or US B-57B bomber. Very nicely molded and detailed kit for that time with full decals and paint guide for both aircraft. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions. The box cover aircraft is from 460/DET 1, a small but doubly-staffed unit that was directly subordinate in mission operations to 7th Air Force headquarters at Tan Son Nhut Air Base. Tan Son Nhut was part of the large combination air base and commercial international airport adjacent to the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon. RB-57E aircraft derived their nickname from their call-sign which was 'Patty Lynn.' There were only four aircraft assigned but each had two rotating air crews. Mission imagery (film) was processed by the 12th Reconnaissance Intelligence Technical Sq, which was also located at the 7th AF HQ complex. Nominally they were assigned to the Huge 460th Tactical Recon Wing, to which the 12th Tactical Recon Sq (RF-4Cs)was also assigned. (Thanks to John Barlow for the history!)

Aurora Martin B-26 Marauder, 1/46, 371-259

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$395   

Very rare first issue from the early 1950s. When Aurora moved to the West Hempstead plant, they planned a series of very large scale bombers. All kits released up to this time had been small. Aurora's instincts were correct, and the B-26, B-25 and B-29 were a big sales success. This box art was done by Jim Cox and was only used for about one year, making it very rare. The kit has never been started and is inventoried 100% complete with the original tissue paper, all parts, large clear stand, instructions and decals.

Monogram Viet Nam Command Junk, 1/48, PB181-300

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$89   

Dated 1967. Large and well detailed 1/48 scale kit. Can be built with full sails, without sails or with masts stowed. This model depicts a junk built by USA and South Viet Nam naval officers. These junks were used for Coastal Surveillance and patrol. Heavily armed, there were ideal for inspection and interdiction duty. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Testors Lockheed C-5A Galaxy - (ex-Otaki), 1/144, 598

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$165   

From high quality Otaki molds. This is still the largest injection molded C-5A available. Features 84 parts will all recessed engraved lines, optional position landing gear, display stand and more. The Testors decals and paint guide cover two aircraft. The kit has never been started. That parts are either still in the internal factory sealed bags or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, including decals and instructions.

Guillows Mitsubishi Zero - 27 inch Wingspan for Free Flight or R/C Conversion, 1/16, 404

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$34   

From the late 1960s or early 1970s. Large scale and can be flown rubber free flight, gas free flight, or converted to electric RC using modern small and light servos and receivers. Well detailed with scale plastic wheels, plastic propeller, vacuform nose/cowl and engine, plastic pilot, U-Control parts and handle, full color decals, covering tissue, die cut balsa parts, rubber motor, plywood firewall and excellent full size plans. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Guillow's founder, Paul K. Guillow, was a WWI naval aviator. In 1926 he began producing wooden model airplane kits. His 'Shelf Models' were some of the earlier non-flying models in production. Guillow's grew during the model boom of the 1930s, and when the Depression hit the hardest, Guillow's responded with lower prices and became one of the low price leaders, frequently advertising in Model Airplane News and other leading publications. During the war, like most manufacturers, Guillow's was forced to alternative materials such as cardboard and pine. Guillow's survived the post WWII slump by creating many inexpensive profile flying rubber powered aircraft and gliders in the 1950s (along with North Pacific) which became famous - some are still available today. The stick and tissue lines have been updated with laser cut parts and are still in production as of 2009.

AMT 1949 Mercury 2 Door Coupe, 1/25, 36881

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$28   

Still factory sealed. Dated 2002 but uses the original molds. Features detailed engine, opening hood, full interior and very nice chassis and suspension detail.

Aurora Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet Braniff International Air Lines, 1/156, 358-300

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$52   

Colorful issue dated 1972 and featuring full color Braniff markings, big 15" wingspan, clear cockpit windshield, detailed 18 wheel landing gear and large display stand. The kit is molded in 'Great Pumpkin' orange, clear and with a black tripod stand. The decals are in amazing 'near mint' condition.

Airfix Blackburn NA-39 Buccaneer - Type Two Issue, 1/72, 384

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

$27   

Late 1950s Type 2 box issue. Kit features opening unique rotating bomb bay, folding wings and working arresting hook. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. The Buccaneer was the world's first purpose designed low level 'below the radar' bomber. Low level strike aircraft have a shorter airframe life limit due to the stresses of low level flying, so the Buccaneer was designed to be very strong and even had many sub-assemblies milled from solid metal.

Berkeley Piper Super Cruiser - 35.5 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft For Rubber / CO2 / Gas Freelight or Control Line, 1/12

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$145   

Big 1/12 scale model with a 36 inch wingspan. Originally designed as a gas powered model for free flight or control line, or can be converted to electric power and modern RC (radio control) gear. Features die cut balsa and plywood parts, wood parts cut to shape, rubber wheels, fully formed wire landing gear struts, covering material, clear windows, highly detailed full size plans with instructions and more. The model has not been started. Inventoried complete with all parts, decals 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.

Testors Lockheed AC-130A Hercules Gunship - 16th Special Operations or 1st SOWg, 1/72, 691

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$82   

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Still factory sealed. Very highly detailed with over 180 parts with markings for two aircraft. Features a complete cockpit, cargo bay, guns, working cargo ramps, ALQ-87 ECM pods, Low Light Level TV (LLLTV) and AN/ASD direction finder dome.

Airfix Arado Ar-196 German Floatplane - Craftmaster Issue, 1/72, 1209-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$28   

Still factory sealed. Purchased new in 1968 in Cleveland, Ohio. In investment-grade condition. Features moving elevators and ailerons, interior detail, crew members, optional position canopy and external bomb load.

ESCI F-4E Phantom II - USAF 388th TFW WC J.M. Breedlove / Luftwaffe JG 74 'Molders' 1976 / Israeli Air Force 101 Sq 1973, 1/72, 4041

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$22   

Nicely detailed and molded older model with all fine recessed panel lines, detailed cockpit, optional position canopy and landing gear, drop tanks, AIM-9, AIM-7 missiles and more. The kit has never been started. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or have beeniInventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

ESCI McDonnell Douglas F-4E Nam Raider - Decals For Fin Markings LA AF69-291 and JJ AF68-493, 1/72, 4086

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$30   

Still factory sealed. Excellent molds with all fine recessed panel lines. Very well detailed with complete cockpit, detailed gear wells, AIM-7 Sparrow and AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles, drop tanks, optional position canopy and more. Has decals and paint guide for the two aircraft listed.

Academy Boeing B-29A Superfortress - 'Big Time Operator' 9th Bomb Group (48 missions), 1/72, 2111

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$38   

Dated 1991. Very large and highly detailed with 170 parts. Beautifully molded with all fine recessed panel lines. Features very good cockpit and interior, crew stations and bomb bay, full bomb load, optional position bomb bay doors and detailed gear wells. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Revell 1997 Ford XLT F150 Flareside Supercab Pickup Truck, 1/25, 85-7621

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$26   

Still factory sealed. Dated 1996 - original issue with the best mold quality. Very nice kit with 116 parts, detailed engine and compartment, opening hood, detailed underside, full interior and more. Molded in white, clear, red-tinted clear, chrome plate and with rubber tires.

Revell Lockheed ASW P-3A Orion - 'Road Runner' from VP-64 Project Magnet US Naval Oceanographic Office, 1/115, 4428

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$44   

1984 rare issue that comes with USNOO decals for Project Magnet as well as ASW Patrol Squadron VP-64. This kit was created by heavy modification of the Electra mold (please see the article about this on this website). The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Monogram Grumman F4F Wildcat - Blue Box Issue, 1/48, 6798

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$54   

Still factory sealed. Dated 1968 with the Monogram/Mattel logo on the top and all four sides. Possibly the fourth issue. Features folding wings, optional position landing gear, under-wing tanks, rotating prop and wheels and pilot + one ground crew.

Fujimi Mirage IIIR - French or Swiss Air Forces, 1/48, 5A-9

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$26   

Very nicely molded and detailed 1/48 scale kit with decals and a full color painting guide for the two aircraft listed. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Orange Crush-Revell 1915 Ford Model T - Early Issue, 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$89   

Very rare kit with a fascinating history. This is the early issue with reversed box art and when Modelandia had 13 stores (see below). Around 1958/59, Orange Crush of Mexico offered a promotion. They offered free, colorful, plastic model cars if you collected correctly-marked Orange Crush bottle caps. The models are 1/32 scale Revell Highway Pioneer series - although there is no mention of Revell or Lodela anywhere on the box. Orange Crush had the boxes and even the instructions specially made for them with no mention of a manufacture. They were never given numbers. The boxes were very thin and fragile cardboard. This has contributed to wear and you must be very cautious with them. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bag and the instructions are sealed in the bag as well. You could redeem your caps two ways - at the Orange Crush truck and at a Modelandia Hobby House. The box sides show the 18 cars in the series. Orange Crush also released two full-color booklets and a complete paint set for the cars. A colorful cardboard box held 7 colors of paint in glass bottles, complete with 'Orange Crush' screw-on caps! The entire promotion was done in coordination with Modelandia Hobby House which had up to 19 stores. Modelandia's name appears on each of the boxes and the paint as well. Robina S.A. was the bottler or distributor of Orange Crush in Mexico at that time. The box side lists the other 18 kits with small color pictures of each and shows three sizes of OC - Family Size (Familiar), Grand (Grande) and Normal. You could also obtain models with Titan bottle caps. Titan was also bottled by Robina and came in large (Titan) and smaller (Titancito) sizes and apparently more than one flavor. We do not know how Orange Crush had access to the plastic kits or who sealed the internal bags with the Crush instructions inside them. We can assume that it may have been Lodela, since they would have had access to the Revell molds. It is not know for how long the promotion lasted, but Orange Crush was one of the most dominant soft drinks in Mexico at that time. Here is one clue: some boxes claim that Modelandia had 13 locations; other boxes, which obviously came later on, claim 19 locations. This may indicate that this promotion went on for a significant amount of time.