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Megow HMS Bounty - 17.5 Inch long Solid Wooden Ship Kit with Metal Fittings, 1/96

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Rare kit from the mid 1930s. This was one of Megow larger and more deluxe ship offerings, measuring a full 17.5 inches long when built. Features a precut balsa wood hull, three sheets of printwood, a still sealed bag of very small fittings, an assortment various sizes of round stock for the masts and yards, wood stock as required, full color flag sheet and full size plans with construction notes and full riggings diagrams. No assembly or painting has been done. The small parts are still sealed in the factory envelope and all other parts have been inventoried complete including full color flap sheet and plans. NOTE: about 15 parts have been cut out to 'excellent++' quality, obviously by an adult. The plans are quality, full-size photocopies from an original set. Fred Megow was a famous pioneer in the model aircraft field from the late 1920s till 1949. His product lines of semi-prefabricated, solid and stick and tissue kits won him national and extensive world wide distribution - possibly the first modern model manufacture to achieve this. His fascinating story involves trying novel and untested marketing ideas in the Great Depression, followed my explosive world-wide growth. Mr. Megow was a true pioneer in the early days of modeling and a leader in the low price field so that every boy could afford a kit during those difficult times. Megow also produced scale operating train and trackside kits, ship models (large and small) and automotive subjects. Megow's catalogs claim that they were pioneers in HO scale, and there is documentation to support this fact. Megow's early HO train kits served not only to promote this now-popular scale nationally, but were among the very first train kits. Model train kits were responsible for the explosion in model railroad popularity in the late 1930s - please see the article in this website about these kits.

Megow HMS Bounty - With Glue and Paint - 17.5 Inch long Solid Wooden Ship Kit with Metal Fittings

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

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Rare kit from the early 1930s. This was one of Megow larger and more deluxe ship offerings, measuring a full 17.5 inches long when built. Features a precut balsa wood hull, three sheets of printwood, a still sealed bag of very small fittings, an assortment various sizes of round stock for the masts and yards, wood stock as required, green and black paint in two glass jars with the original corks (never used), a still sealed tube of Megow's 'Kwik-Dri' Hobby Cement and full size plans with construction notes and full riggings diagrams. The kit has never been started. The small parts are still sealed in the factory envelope and all other parts have been inventoried complete including full color flap sheet and plans. Fred Megow was a famous pioneer in the model aircraft field from the late 1920s till 1949. His product lines of semi-prefabricated, solid and stick and tissue kits won him national and extensive world wide distribution - possibly the first modern model manufacture to achieve this. His fascinating story involves trying novel and untested marketing ideas in the Great Depression, followed my explosive world-wide growth. Mr. Megow was a true pioneer in the early days of modeling and a leader in the low price field so that every boy could afford a kit during those difficult times. Megow also produced scale operating train and trackside kits, ship models (large and small) and automotive subjects. Megow's catalogs claim that they were pioneers in HO scale, and there is documentation to support this fact. Megow's early HO train kits served not only to promote this now-popular scale nationally, but were among the very first train kits. Model train kits were responsible for the explosion in model railroad popularity in the late 1930s - please see the article in this website about these kits.

Ideal Aeroplane & Supply USS Preston Destroyer DD-327 - Mahan Class Four Piper - 24 Inches Long, 1/170, 302

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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Large 1936 kit from the famous Ideal Aeroplane & Supply Company which was founded in 1911. Big-scale, nicely done kit of the legendary 'Four Piper' features a very nice, fully precarved solid wood hull, two large sheets of nicely done printwood, numerous metal fittings, pre-formed funnels, wood and metal stock as needed, numerous precarved wood fittings, rigging material, color flag sheet and very well drawn, full-size plans that include numerous detail and section views, rigging details and even full text instructions. There is no assembly and no painting done. It has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts and paperwork present. NOTE: the two main decals have been very neatly adult-cut from the printwood sheets. All other parts are still on the sheets.

Strombecker Consolidated B-24 J Liberator, 1/72, C-76

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

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Rare. From the 1950s. Strombecker was famous for this line of completely precarved kits and this one one of the flagship models. Features quality hardwood parts that needed only sanding to finish, smaller detail parts, original wood filler and CASCO glue envelopes, metal nose weight, huge plans with detailed instructions, very large, colorful and comprehensive decal sheet and a great B-24 booklet. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions/plan. NOTE: instructions/plans are a full-size photocopy of the large original. Professionally printed on large format paper, one side to one piece of paper each. Please note that the box is only fair due to the tape damage shown on the left side.

StromBecker Piper Cub Super Cruiser, C-34

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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From the 1950s. StromBecker was famous for this line of precarved hardwood kits. All quality hardwood - no balsa. Builds to an impressive display. Never started and inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Before plastic kits were introduced, Strombecker was famous as the premier hardwood preshaped model manufacturer. In the 1940s and 1950s, Strombecker kits were flawlessly engineered but not inexpensive. All wooden parts are hardwood and are precarved to shape - you only had to glue, sand and paint to finish them.

Sterling Curtiss P-6E Hawk Drops Bombs In Flight - 16 inch Wingspan Flying Model, A10

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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16 inch wingspan kit for rubber free flight or control line. Includes innovative system for dropping bombs in flight. Stick and tissue model featuring quality die-cut balsa parts, stripwood and spars, other wood stock as required, die-cut clear windshield, vac plastic details including radiator scoop, engine cowling, pilot bust, wheels pants, exhaust ports and more, finished wire landing gear struts, finished main and tail wheels, rubber motor, plastic prop, covering tissue and a big full color decal sheet. Includes excellent full size plans with detailed instructions. Never started. The small parts are still in the factory sealed bag; the parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete and includes all paperwork. Sterling was a famous manufacturer dating back to the 1930/40s flying model craze. Although they continued to produce kits for decades after the flying model slump following World War II, they eventually fell victim to the general lack of interest in modeling that occurred in the early 1980s. I always considered Sterling's offering to be 'deluxe' compared to other manufacturers.

Megow Monocoupe- 18 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft, C8

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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Rare 1930s stick and tissue model that features printwood, stripwood, fully finished wooden wheels, factory-carved propeller (requires final sanding only), finished thrust button, nose block, covering tissue and excellent full size plans. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts paperwork present.

Megow Nieuport XVII C1- 18 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft, C4

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Rare 1930s stick and tissue model. Features printwood, stripwood, fully finished wooden wheels, factory-carved propeller (requires final sanding only), finished thrust button, nose block, covering tissue and excellent full size plans. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts paperwork present. Please NOTE that the the right-hand box flap is missing.

Sterling P-40 Tigershark - 18 Inch Wingspan Wooden Flying Model, R5-69

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Rare "Guaranteed to Fly" simplified model from the early 1970s or late 1960s. This is rubber powered free-flight model with a higher degree of pre-fabrication than a usual stick and tissue model. Features all balsa parts, die-cut and factory painted blue fuselage, die-cut tail surfaces factory painted yellow, stick and tissue wing with blue covering tissue, rubber motor, plastic propeller, fully formed wood wheels, fully formed light-weight wire landing gear struts, factory sealed tube of glue, large full-color decal sheet and highly detailed text and heavily illustrated instructions/plans. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Renwal MIM-3 Nike Ajax Anti-Aircraft Guided Missile - With Launcher and Crew, 1/32, M550-149

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

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Fantastic kit from the 1950s in an investment-grade 'near mint' condition box with factory-new colors and gloss, four solid corners with no repairs, zero tape or tape marks (except the factory sealing tape of course), no fading and no litho damage. Flaws include a tiny amount of very light wear. Classic box art showing the Nike Ajax blowing up what appears to be a B-17 over an American city. This is an excellent model for that time that still ranks well today. Features operating launcher that is made to hook to other Ajax models to create an entire battery. Molded in olive drab and white. The model has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and includes instructions and decals. Even the factory inspection slip is present.

Flyline Models The General Aristocrat - 36 Inch Wingspan for RC / Free Flight or Static Display, 1/12

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Museum-quality scale model of this famous 1930s aircraft. Flyline Models was a manufacturer out of Fairfax, Virginia USA. The models are known for their high quality. Features full-size, detailed plans, instructions, high quality printed balsa sheets, strip stock and spars, printed plywood, decals, finished wheels and more. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Jordon Products 1923 Mack Dump Truck - HO Scale, 1/87, C-210

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Very well detailed for this scale and intended for HO layouts but are considered fine kits on their own. The back of some Jordan Highway Miniatures boxes reads "Purchaser Please Note: This is not a 'quickie' kit for kids. It is a highly detailed, authentically scaled craft-type kit, designed for modelers of HO Scale Railroads." No doubt - that is true. NOTE: this kit has minor and neat subassembly. The bed sides were once glued to the bed floor; however, too little glue was used and they neatly fell off. There is no other assembly. Inventoried complete with all parts and instructions present.

Tamiya Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf. D - With Crew Of Three, 1/35, MM196

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Well molded with excellent detail. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. The sturdy, dependable IV soldiered on well after WW II. Beginning in 1955, Syria received a number of various marks from Czechoslovakia and Spain. Some of these were used in combat as late as 1967.

ESCI German Horse Drawn Supply Wagon, 1/35, 5010

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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With all our knowledge of Blitzkrieg, it is most interesting to remember that most basic World War II German resupply and movement relied with the traditional horse and wagon. The kit features a detailed wagon, two crew, horses and a fair amount of cargo and accessories such as wooden crates, drums, etc. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.

Fine Molds Kugisho D4Y3 Suisei Judy, 1/48, FA-7

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

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Dated 1993; well detailed an molded with all fine recessed panel lines, complete cockpit and crew stations, detailed gear wells and more. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Fine Molds Kugisho D4Y1 Judy, 1/48, FA-4

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Dated 1992; well detailed an molded with all fine recessed panel lines, complete cockpit and crew stations, detailed gear wells and more. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Fine Molds Shisei Kikka - With Eduard Express Mask, 1/48, FB10

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

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Hard-to-find large scale Kikka features all fine recessed panel lines, excellent cockpit detail, optional RATO bottles and more. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Testors Famous WWII Fighters / F4U-4 Corsair / P-51D Mustang P-47 Thunderbolt - With Paint / Glue / Modeling Video, 1/48, 4053

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. 1994 issue contains all three 1/48 scale kits, Testors paint, glue and "Adventures In Scale Modeling" video (VHS). The P-51D and P-47 are from quality ex-Hawk molds; the P-47 can be built Razorback or Bubble Top. The Corsair may be Fujimi but I am not certain. Because of the paint in the glass bottles and video tape, this is a bit heavy when it comes to shipping (just over 4 pounds when boxed) so extra postage will apply.

Hasegawa Aircraft Weapons A US Bombs & Tow Target System, 1/48, X48-1

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very nicely detailed and molded set with decals. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Monogram OS2U Kingfisher High Tech - With Cooper Details Engine And AeroMaster Decals - Landplane or Seaplane - Prewar 'High Visibility' (yellow wings) / Wartime US Navy with 'Donald Duck' markings / RAF, 1/48, 5488

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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Includes Cooper Details #CD4804 Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp 1/48 scale engine (listed on the package as for the Kingfisher among others) and AeroMaster 48-028 "Neutrality Patrol USN 1941" Decal Set with markings for a silver and yellow-wing craft from VO-3 USS Mississippi- as well as decals for two different silver and yellow-winged F2A Buffalos. Both items are never used and in mint condition. The actual model is the Kingfisher High Tech edition which includes dozens of photoetched details and can be built with wheels or floats. Includes decals for all three aircraft listed. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.