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UPC F-105 Thunderchief i (ex Marusan), 1/105, 7036-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$16   

Small scale kit from the 1960s and ex-Marusan molds. Older but nicely molded model features clear canopy and full landing gear as well as full color decals. Never started. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

UPC USMC Winnie the Whale LVT(A)(4) with 75mm Gun - (ex Adams), 1/40, 2157-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$65   

UPC early to mid 1960s issue from the original high quality Adams molds. This very well detailed model features movable tracks and wheels, rotating turret and machine gun, elevating 75mm gun, four man crew with two infantrymen. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s. These molds must have had a very interesting history. The molds were cut in 1955 or 1956, either at Adams or by one of Revell's contractors. It appeared to be part of the Adams/Revell 1/40 line but Adams never issued the kit. The famous HO model train manufacturer Athearn purchased the Adams molds and ended up with the jeep. Ahtearn used the name SNAP for all plastic kit releases and slightly modified the molds by adding their name & logo to a part (or two) of each kit. Then UPC (Universal Power Master) either leased or purchased (probably the former) the Adams molds from SNAP in the 1960s. While most UPC kits say 'Made in Japan' the ex-Adams models do not and say 'Made in USA'. Things get even more interesting with the Life-Like issue. How Life-Like came across the molds is unfortunately unknown but it may have been in a bulk purchase of molds from Athearn since there were in the same general part of the country. This is simply conjecture, however.

UPC Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat - (F6F), 1/48, 810-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$22   

This model is from the 1960s and appears to be from Fujimi molds. The kit features retractable landing gear, wings that fold like on the actual aircraft, working ailerons & rudder, pilot figure, underwing rockets &motorized (by rubber band) propeller. Molded in dark blue and clear plastic. Never started and inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

UPC M1 120mm Anti-Aircraft Gun Tillie The Toiler - With Mount & 8 Wheel Trailer (ex Adams), 1/40, 2156-250

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$55   

From high quality Adams molds. While Scott Edison (of Revell "S" artwork fame) did almost all of the UPC artwork, this one was done by the equally famous Roy Grinnell. This is a very highly detailed and well molded kit that features a 120mm AA gun that recoils, elevates and swivels, has operating hinged platforms and gun trails, removable jack floats and limber, four man crew and more. Never started and inventoried with all plastic gun parts present and instructions. NOTE: missing decals and four figures. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

UPC Mitsuishi 1MT Type 10 Torpedo Bomber - Carrier Based Aircraft - (ex Marusan), 1/50, 5066-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$59   

Large-scale model of the world's only operational carrier-based triplane torpedo bomber. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. The Mitsubishi 1MT was a Japanese single-seat triplane torpedo bomber built for the new Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service. At that time (about 1920), the Japanese lacked the experience to make such an aircraft from the ground up, so they enlisted the help of former Sopwith designer Herbert Smith. This seemed like a good idea because he had designed two other successful IJN Mitsubishi-built aircraft, the Type 10 Carrier-Based Fighter and Type 10 Carrier-Based Reconnaissance aircraft. The 1MT was created specifically as a torpedo bomber for the Hosho, the first IJN carrier. Mitsubishi finished the first prototype at the Nagoya factory on August 9, 1922; the first flight was made soon after that with Test Pilot Jordan at the controls. It was deemed satisfactory enough to continue the program and in October of the same year more tests were performed at Kasumigaura with the 1st prototype (with a Napier Lion engine of 450 hp)and 2nd prototype (Loren 370 hp engine). These flights were also judged successful, so the 1MT was ordered into production based on the 2nd prototype. Twenty were built and it was the first torpedo bomber to be built in Japan. The production variants were named Navy Type 10 Torpedo Bomber or "Carrier Attacker." The production decision was made without adequate testing as the aircraft soon proved difficult to fly; even worse, it would not operate from Hosho while carrying the intended torpedo. With no other mission available, it was soon withdrawn from service; reportedly all of the aircraft were scrapped. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidon, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

UPC Long Tom And Tractor - (Long Tom 155mm Gun And High Speed Tractor - (ex Revell ex Life-Like), 1/40, 2155-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$79   

A very rare model from the original 1950s Revell "S" issue molds. This is the very first UPC issue and uses the Revell Gift Set box art that included this kit and others. Highly detailed and includes both kits - the High Speed Tractor and the Long Tom 155mm gun. Has many working features - the tractor has movable tracks and working bogies, rotating and elevating machine gun, driver and interior details. The gun can be stowed for transport with the M-4 and all extra gear to do this correctly is supplied. The Long Tom features and elevating barrel, moving limbers and detailed mechanism. NOTE: this kit has minor and 'professional' quality subassembly to four pieces: tractor bottom, sides and rear. There is no other assembly. Inventoried and 100% complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s. These molds must have had a very interesting history. The molds were cut in 1955 or 1956, either at Adams or by one of Revell's contractors. It appeared to be part of the Adams/Revell 1/40 line but Adams never issued the kit. The famous HO model train manufacturer Athearn purchased the Adams molds and ended up with the jeep. Ahtearn used the name SNAP for all plastic kit releases and slightly modified the molds by adding their name & logo to a part (or two) of each kit. Then UPC (Universal Power Master) either leased or purchased (probably the former) the Adams molds from SNAP in the 1960s. While most UPC kits say 'Made in Japan' the ex-Adams models do not and say 'Made in USA'. Things get even more interesting with the Life-Like issue. How Life-Like came across the molds is unfortunately unknown but it may have been in a bulk purchase of molds from Athearn since there were in the same general part of the country. This is simply conjecture, however.

UPC M-40 155mm Self-Propelled Gun - (ex Adams), 1/40, 2151-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$65   

Universal Powermaster reissue of the 1957 Adams 'Action Model' that is amazingly well detailed for that time. Features rotating, elevating and recoiling gun, working track and hatches, hinged platform that opens and closes, working extension ramp, crew and much more. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bag and includes decals and instructions. This kit has a fascinating history. After Adams became disillusioned with plastic model kit production (perhaps partially due to Revell's founder), they sold most if not all of the molds to Athearn, the famous craftsman train kit manufacturer. Athearn reissued many of the kits under the SNAP name, which caused a great deal of confusion. Many thought they were snap-together kits; they couldn't have been more wrong. Athearn did a simple modification to each mold; where it would say ADAMS (usually on a part or area that did not show), they machined that away and put the SNAP logo. At some point Athearn stopped production and eventually sold the molds. However, during this time in the 1960s, UPC decided to reissue many of these kits. Evidently Athearn did the molding or a job shop did, while UPC produced their own boxes, instructions and decals. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers (many in Japan) and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

UPC 105MM Howitzer And Emplacement, 1/40, 5152-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

$39   

Still factory sealed and rare. Judging only from the box art, I would guess that this is the from the Revell "S" 1950s molds. If so, here are the features: gun barrel swivels, elevates and has recoil action, wheels turn with flexible tires, trails fold inward for towing, 4 G.I. figures, shells, crates and detailed 'battle-ground' base. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

UPC Armored Car - M-20 Armored Combat Car - (ex Revell), 1/40, 5146-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$110   

Very rare kit that is from the original Revell "S" 1950s molds. This issue even shares the same box art as the Revell release, which is unusual. Like all early Revell armor, this is a very nicely detailed and molded kit that features detailed suspension, optional position front hatches, rolling wheels, swiveling and elevating machine gun, two drivers, machine gunner, commander, mine detector, rifleman and three extra rifles. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

UPC Covered Wagon - With Driver / Two Oxen / Horse And Rider - (ex Adams / Revell / Miniature Masterpieces /Life-Like), 1/48, 4010-100

Vaccuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$54   

A rare model that is very finely engraved and well detailed. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but either leased molds or bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed them in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s including this model. All UPC production ended in the 1970s. This kit has a fascinating history. It started life as one of the 'Miniature Masterpieces,' which was the brainchild of an alliance between Lou Glasser (Revell) and Steve Adams (Adams Action Models) in 1953. Although having the appearance of an independent company, the firm was run by Revell right down to the prototypes being made at the Revell plant. However, there was no evidence of the parent company on the surface. The State Coach of England was the first kit, issued in 1953. More kits of excellent quality followed. Revell completely took over the line in 1954, making the one-year original issues very rare. However, while Revell was now issuing them under their name, Adams was also issuing the line in 1958. Production was discontinued by both companies in the early 1960s; the molds then ended up with UPC. By the early 1970s, Life-Like ended up with many of the Adams molds and wound up owning the complete, original 'Miniature Masterpieces' line. Life-Like reissued them several times in that decade but the current whereabout of the molds are not known.

UPC M-40 155mm Self-Propelled Gun - (ex Adams), 1/40, 2151-250

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$55   

Universal Powermaster's 2nd reissue of the 1957 Adams 'Action Model' that is amazingly well detailed for that time. Features rotating, elevating and recoiling gun, working track and hatches, hinged platform that opens and closes, working extension ramp, crew and much more. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bag and includes decals and instructions. This kit has a fascinating history. After Adams became disillusioned with plastic model kit production (perhaps partially due to interaction with Revell's founder), they sold most if not all of the molds to Athearn, the famous craftsman HO train kit manufacturer. Athearn reissued many of the kits under the SNAP name. This name sometimes caused confusion. Many people thought they were snap-together kits; they couldn't have been more wrong. Athearn did a simple modification to each mold; where it would say ADAMS (usually on a part or area that did not show), they machined that away and put the SNAP logo. At some point Athearn stopped production and eventually sold the molds. However, during this time in the 1960s, UPC decided to reissue many of these kits. Evidently Athearn did the molding or a job shop did, while UPC produced their own boxes, instructions and decals. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers (many in Japan) and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. However, the famous Roy Grinnell did the 2nd issue UPC artwork for the ex-Adams AA Gun, M-40 (this kit) and perhaps others. All UPC production ended in the 1970s. NOTE: instructions are SNAP instructions. I have seen this before and evidently UPC used up Athearn's stock of instructions in their kits. Given the cost of printing back then, this would have been a wise move.

UPC Kawasaki Ki-45 Nick - (ex Marusan), 1/101, 7033-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$22   

1960s issue from Marusan molds and a very nicely molded small scale kit. Never started and inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

UPC English Electric BAC Lightning - (ex Marusan), 1/98, 7034-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$16   

1960s issue from the original Marusan molds. Well molded with very fine raised panel detail and features clear canopy, complete landing gear and doors, drop tank and two SkyFlash air-to-air missiles. Never started and inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

UPC North American A3J-1 Vigilante (ex-Marusan), 1/129, 7038-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$24   

1960s issue from quality Marusan molds. Features full landing gear and clear canopy. When the nose probe is pulled, the canopy opens. Never started and the parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

UPC Patton Tank US Army, 1/40, 5156-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$36   

This UPC model is ex-Fujimi and molded in olive drab with metal axles and flexible tracks. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

UPC Japanese M61 Medium Tank, 1/40, 5157-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$36   

This UPC model is ex-Fujimi and molded in olive drab with metal axles and flexible tracks. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

UPC British Tank Comet I, 1/40, 5159-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$36   

This UPC model is ex-Fujimi and molded in olive drab with metal axles and flexible tracks. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

UPC 105mm Gun Emplacement - Howitzer With 5 G.I.s - (ex Adams), 1/40, 5152-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$48   

From original Adams Action Model molds. This issue has great box art of American ground troops & armor being attacked by very strange looking Stuka-hybrid aircraft. The kit is a well detailed mini-diorama that features a detailed gun that elevates and has moving left and right trails, molded base and sandbags, radio, shell casings, many shells, ammo box and crew of 5 'in action' G.I.s. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

UPC German Tank Mark IV / F2 - Panzer IV - HO Scale, 1/87, 3025-29

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$22   

Nice small scale model from Japanese molds of unknown origin. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

UPC German Tank Mk IV / F1 - Panzer IV - HO Scale, 1/87, 3024-29

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$22   

Nice small scale model from Japanese molds of unknown origin. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.