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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$39   

1958 first issue with fantastic Jo Kotula boxart. This is the Parents' Magazine issue with the seal located in the lower right. In the day this was considered a fine kit and rated highly in reviews. 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 group's Aircraft Carrier (Ranger, Lexington or Saratoga and the aircraft's position in the flight formation. NOTE: has minor assembly. The seat and floor have been neatly glued to the cockpit. Quality of assembly is professional. There is no other assembly and zero painting. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Fokker D-7 - (D-VII DVII), 1/48, 106-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$49   

First issue from 1956 with Northern Lights logo and dramatic Cox artwork. This original art lasted longer than any other at Aurora, only being replaced in the early 1970s when the molds were revised. Molded in the correct gloss dark green and black. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Please note that the box displays slighter better than the 'good+' rating - but I rated it as such because there is general wear, edge wear at the lower left and light spotting on the two short sides.

Aurora Sopwith Camel, 1/48, 102-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$46   

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 Spad XIII, 1/48, 107-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$95   

Still factory sealed and the seal is intact. Hardbox is dated 1957 and has dramatic Jo Kotula artwork and the oval 'Famous Fighters' logo with the sunburst. This is the second issue as it has the 79 cent price extension on the part number.

Aurora Albatross D-3 - (Albatros DIII), 1/48, 104-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$59   

Rare. Please note, this is a 'Famous Fighters' logo, first box art issue kit WITHOUT the Parents' Magazine Logo and a 69 cent price extension. This is the first time I have seen a FF original art version with no PM logo with a 69 cent price extension. Just when you think you have Aurora figured out, another variation comes along! That would make this the true third issue of this kit - only three issues have the 69 cent extension and are from 1956 and 1957. This kit has not been factory overstamped to 79 and still shows 69 on both sides The kit is molded in gloss dark green and black. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The decals are 'excellent' and the instructions are near mint. Please NOTE that the box only grades 'good.' The box has good color, is very solid (including all four corners) and has no fading but there is the obvious short litho tear under the logo on the box top. Additionally, there is general wear as shown and a short piece of masking tape on each of the two long sides.

Aurora SE-5 Scout - World War I British Fighter, 1/48, 103-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$65   

First issue from 1956 with Northern Lights logo. This logo only appeared for one year. In 1957 it was replaced with the famous oval 'Famous Fighters' Sunburst logo. The artwork is by Jim Cox. This kit was one of a very famous line of 1/48 scale WWI aircraft kits introduced by Aurora at this time. Due to the popularity, subjects were still being released into the 1960s. Molded in glossy olive green and black. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Sopwith Triplane Black Maria, 1/48, 100-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$59   

True first issue dated 1963 and with a 79 cent price extension to the kit number. Jo Kotula did the amazing artwork. This early issue has 'Famous Fighters' in the four logos on the box sides. Nicely done kit for that time with fair cockpit and engine detail, ground base, pilot figure and mechanic. Molded in gloss black. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Please note, the box has wear as shown and is graded only 'good.'

Aurora Halberstadt CL-II, 1/48, 136-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$69   

Dated 1959, but this is the second issue as it is lacking the 'Famous Fighters' slogan in the border of the box top oval. It does have 'Famous Fighters' in the border of the box side logos. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Breguet 14, 1/48, 141-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$75   

First issue dated 1963 with Jo Kotula art work. It has the 98 cent price extension and 'Famous Fighters' in the border of all four box side logos. Molded in the correct gloss dark green and black. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present. The box is intact and has excellent color and gloss and four solid corners, but it does have general wear and some creasing at the left.

Huma Model Grunau GR-9 and Schulgleiter SG-38, 1/72, 2505

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$32   

Limited run injection molded kit of both pre-war gliders. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Huma Model Messerschmitt Me-209 V1 or V4 - Bagged, 1/72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$22   

Hard-to-find injection molded kit. Features high quality moldings, recessed panel lines and parts & decals for V1 and V4. Never started. Inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Huma Model Arado Ar-396, 1/72, 3003

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$24   

Nice kit that is finely molded and detailed. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Aeroclub 160 HP Mercedes Inline Engine With Exhaust - World War I, 1/72, EP020

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$4   

Precision metal castings. Contains engine and manifold. Much greater detail than injection molding. NOTE: parts have never been used and are inventoried 100% complete. They are sealed in a small ziplock bag that does not include the shown header. The Aeroclub header is shown for reference only.

Air Lines Airspeed Oxford Trainer - (ex-Frog), 1/72, 7906

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$28   

Well molded kit features separate ailerons, rudder and elevators. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. Box art is by the famous Jo Kotula who did 1930s covers for the magazine 'Model Airplane News' and later the Aurora box art of the late 1950s. Air Lines kits are all Frog molds that the Lines Brothers imported to the USA between 1964-1966. The kits, decals and instructions were made in England, then imported to the USA where Testors created the boxes with the colorful trading cards on the back. There are two trading cards on each box which show the boxart but not the advertising/logo. Some kits contain a Testors color painting guide also, but it is not specific to any model.

Lindberg USS Carronade IFS-1 Bobtail Cruiser LSMR US Navy Missile Support Ship Motorized, 1/160, 768M-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$115   

Still factory sealed. Dated 1965 and a nicely detailed model for that time. Comes with motor for use in water and is ideal for today's small RC equipment.

Hawk Curtiss Racer R3C-1 - One Piece Box Issue 1949 - (R3C1), 1/48, 600

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$125   

For the advanced collector. This is a model kit with a fascinating history as it may be among the very first injection molded kits produced in the United States (please see the article about early USA kit production on this website). The Hawk model company was the most innovative in America and had been making constant 1/48 scale models in wood and metal since the late 1920s. During the re-run of the World's Fair in 1933, Hawk may have made the world's first injection molded airplanes models - but they were not kits. The models were completely finished and were on display for the princely sum of $25 each. The Mates brothers, who founded and ran Hawk, were quick to incorporate this new technology by adding injection molded details to the wooden kits in the late 1930s. During the war, Hawk put it's injection molding knowledge to work making ID models for the US Armed Forces. Originally there was a nation-wide program to have children and adults make these from wood, but consistency was an issue - injection molded solved this problem. Immediately after WWII in 1946, Hawk made the Curtiss Racer model injection molded in black tenite. The box was a simple one-color affair. This kit, like Varney's PT-17, met a very cool reception at hobby shops. Hawk quickly changed the box to two colors, added box artwork and molded the kit in bright yellow acetate. That was the second issue, still from 1946. By 1948/49 Hawk was using injection molded styrene plastic and still molding it in high-gloss yellow - that is this kit, the third issue. Other than the material, there are subtle changes to the box. It is still one piece but much larger, has much simpler (and larger) text on the end flaps and the box top says "All Plastic Airplane Assembly Kit" (instead of "...Construction Kit"). The box is in remarkable 'excellent++' condition with great colors, no creases, rips or tears, no splits and all 6 flaps present and 100% attached. The box has not been crushed or flattened, which is unusual as it was not very strong. Inside, the kit has never been started and has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. The instructions are in excellent condition. Please note that Hawk did not issue decals with this issue of this kit.

Revell P-51B Mustang - U've Had It!, 1/32, 4401

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG++

$46   

Still factory sealed. 1979 issue that was nicely detailed for that time. Features full cockpit, detailed engine, removable cowl panels, detailed wheel bays, optional position landing gear and more.

Tamiya Matilda Mk II Motorized, 1/35, MT140

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$79   

Still factory sealed. Design for motorized operation and well detailed.

DML Spad XIII (Spad 13) - 9th Aero Sq/USAS in Germany 1919 - Lt. Reed Chambers, 1/48, 5902

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$29   

Very highly detailed model with 109 parts and a wide variety of photoetched details. Features the colorful decals of the box art aircraft flown by Lt. Chambers. Rigging instructions are included. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Heller Lockheed EC-121 Warning Star AEW, 1/72, 311

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$145   

Hard to find kit of the early Air Force and Navy AWACS. Heller only issued this model with Navy decals. Never started. Most parts are still in the internal factory sealed bag. The white parts tree was not sealed and has been inventoried complete. With decals and instructions.