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Hobby DSRV-1 US Navy Rescue Submarine, 1/60, FI8

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very rare. Excellent artwork shows the DSRV scurrying to a derelict US Nuclear sub (a SSBN I believe) with a sail dive plane snapped in two. Two divers anxiously tap on the hull with hammers while a 3rd diver is almost minced by the rescue sub. Big-scale kit measures about 10 inches long when built and is molded in yellow and medium gray. It is a (older) scale kit that can be built as a display but can also be operated in water with a rubber-band motor. The kit has never been started. All parts are inventoried 100% complete and the drive/motor hardware is still in the factory sealed bag. The original colorful 'Hobby' parts bag is included, and is specific to this model. Includes 'excellent' and fairly extensive decals and 'excellent++' instructions. Even includes the original small tube of glue.

Aurora German Gotha G-V Bomber, 1/48, 126-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Ross Abare issue Gotha. Mr. Abare contracted with Aurora to produce a copy of the original 1958 kit. However, the non-'Famous Fighters' logo was used, thus forever separating the Abare issue from the original issue. Mr. Abare was reportedly quite upset, as he wanted exact copies. Never started. The black parts are still in the factory sealed bags. The maroon parts were never sealed and have been inventoried complete. With 'near mint' decals and instructions.

William H Low Co Rumsey Service Hose Reel 1850 - Wilo Line Fire Trucks, 1/24, CR110

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Very rare. Likely from the 1940s. William H Low Co., of Braintree Mass., issued the 'Wilo Line' which featured a superb series of antique commercial firefighting equipment, all in 1/48 scale. Bill Low was the designer of all kits and he was a superb model maker. The scale is given as 1/2" and the finished model wagon is approximately 7 inches long without the horse hitch and ~ 12 inches long with it. The kits were very advanced for the time and shared many of the pre-fabrication methods of Hudson Miniatures. Wilo Line kits features "all parts in this kit cut to size and shape." Includes plastic injection molded spoke wheels, precut and machined large and small wooden parts, beautiful, metal stock, a sealed bag of smaller parts including a great many more fully carved wood parts, metal parts and full size plans with numerous drawings and detailed text instructions. There is even a big photo of the actual prototype. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed small-parts bags with the non-sealed parts inventoried complete including instructions/plans. The kits in this line include Amoskeag Steamer, Hose Reel, Hose Wagon, Chemical Engine and many others. In most cases they are the only kits in existence of these historic vehicles. Bill Low did design at least one 'non-fire truck' kit in his Will-O-Line - a Conestoga Wagon, advertised as being 1/24 scale, kit #B14 for $2.85 listed as "This is another Museum Piece by Bill Low." After seeing these fire truck kits, I do not doubt that.

Adams Honest John Rocket with Launcher and Truck, 1/40, K150-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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First issue from the late 1950s with fantastic box artwork. Very highly detailed kit for that time with many working features. Missile can be removed or installed for launch or transport. Launcher and truck can be configured for travel or launch and the launching boom can be elevated and rotated. Features completely detailed suspension and chassis, full interior, crew of 5 and more. The missile is molded in white and all other parts in olive drab. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The box is graded 'Good++' because of visible general wear and one closed split corner at the upper right. This kit must be shipped insured.

Lindberg Civil War Blockade Runner (Harriett Lane / Cutter 'Lavinia') (ex-Pyro), 1/124, 715

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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1985 Lindberg issue from the original Pyro molds dating to the late 1950s. Large scale, full hull kit with very good detail for that time. Includes full rigging instructions. Molded in green, black, butterscotch and medium blue. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions. After the original 1960s issue, Pyro re-marketed the Harriett Lane as the 'Lavinia', which was what the Confederates renamed her when they captured her and made her a blockage runner. The Harriett Lane was built in 1858 and named for President Buchanan's niece. The cutter was 180 feet long with a 30 foot beam and displacement was 670 tons. Armament consisted of 3-9 inch Dahlgrens and 1-30 lb Parrot Rifle. She was built at a time when steam was not fool-proof, so she is rigged for full sails. Harriett Lane served as the Presidential Yacht, the fired the first shot of the Civil War. She chased down blockade runners until January 1, 1863 when she was attacked by five Confederate Gun Boats and boarded. She was captured and renamed the Lavinia and was used as a blockade runner. Near the end of the war she caught fire at sea, and put into Havana Harbor. Federal forces took her again and rebuilt her in 1869 as the bark 'Elliot Ritchie'. She was abandoned at sea in 1884.

Tamiya Panther Type G - Late Version Sd.Kfz.171 Panther V Ausf. G Tank, 1/35, 35176

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very highly detailed armor kit. The model as never been started. The parts are still in the factory sealed bags with decals and instructions.

Tamiya 20mm Flakvierling 8 ton Semitrack Sd.Kfz 7/1, 1/35, MM-150A

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Very highly detailed. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

UPC M-40 155mm Self-Propelled Gun (Ex-Adams), 1/40, 151-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed but the seal has split on the left side. UPC issue from original Adams 'Action Model' molds. This model has excellent details and moving parts. Features movable gun, track and hatches, gun recoils and elevates, platform is hinged so it can be opened and closed, working extension ramp and four man crew.

Monogram M-34 Eager Beaver 2 1/2 Ton Truck - Four Star Issue, 1/35, PM22-149

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Dated 1957. First issue hardbox with great artwork. This is from a long-closed hobby shop and in superb condition. Very high quality kit. Features heavy lugged true scale tires, complete chassis and suspension, detailed interior, opening doors, rolling wheels, removable simulated canvas tarpaulin and working tail gate. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Monogram US Army Military Jeep and M3-37mm Gun - Four Star Issue, 1/35, PM21-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Rare kit in the 1957 dated short box. Features hinged windshield, rolling wheels, rubber tires, driver, two combat troops and detailed M3-37mm field gun. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Monogram M48 A2 Patton Tank Four Star, 1/35, PM37-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Rare early issue from 1959 with red box art variation. Large scale kit with many working features. Has flexible treads, rotating turret and coupla, elevating 90mm main gun and machine gun, three opening and closing hatches, working wheels/sprockets, driver and crew of three. Never started. 100% inventoried complete with all parts/decals and instructions present.

Ambroid GN Great Northern HC Series Center Flow Tank Car - HO Craftsman Kit, 1/87, K-11

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Dated 1966. High quality Ambroid kit from the 'Golden Age' of HO models. The limited-issue Ambroid kits are widely considered to be among the finest Craftsman kits issued. They can be built to a museum-quality display or used on your layout. The kit is made from quality Northeastern Scale Lumber and features all pre-scribed and milled hardwood parts, milled detail parts as needed, wood and metal stock, an envelope of detail parts and full instructions and plans. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. If you have an interest in these highly accurate HO kits and the revolution they created in modeling, please read the article about their history located on this website.

Revell F-102A Delta Dagger - Large Scale with Working Features - 'S' Issue, 1/48, H281-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Sensational 'S' action model dated 1958. This is the first issue with the -198 price extension and 'S' Cement logos on the long box sides. The 1960 issue, H281-200, is much more common and lacks the 'S' logos. Unique large scale kit includes many operational features. Landing gear and flaps retract and extend when canopy is opened and closed. Removable detailed engine and movable control surfaces. Weapons bay opens to show AIM-4 Falcon missiles. Long after this kit stopped being a big seller in the USA, it found favor in Japan, where at least two issues were made in the 1960s and early 1970s. Molded in silver and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Decals and instructions are 'excellent' with typical yellowing as the only flaw. There is one closed split corner on the box top and general wear as shown.

Hobby Craft Lockheed F-94B Starfire - 59 FIS 1954 or 101st TIS 1955, 1/48, HC1598

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Hard to find 1/48 'B' variant. Very nice kit. Well molded with very fine all recessed panel lines, good cockpit detail with optional position canopy, detailed gear wells, optional position wing flaps with detailed inside surfaces and two decal choices. The kit has never been started. NOTE: missing clear canopy. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts present, including decals and instructions.

Lindberg Lockheed F-94C Starfire, 1/48, 519-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Late 1950s kit with dramatic Ray Gaedke artwork. Probably the second issue of this kit. Features two pilots with seats, clear canopy, raised panel detail, full landing gear (can easily be built with gear in the retracted position also), 'rocket' nose, display stand and colorful decals. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Lindberg is a company with a fascinating history The original 'Lindberg Line' stretches back to the 1930s when Paul Lindberg drew plans for famous modeling magazines and marketed his balsa wood 'stick and tissue' by urging dealers to carry the '...Complete Lindberg Line'. After the war, Lindberg and Olsen had a strong hand in early United States injection molded kit development. Please see the article located on this website about early USA plastic kit manufacturers.

Revell Lockheed F-94C Starfire - With One Piece Stand Arm - Pre 'S' Kit, 1/56, H210-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM-

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1954 Pre-S issue. This is the rare second issue. The first issue was in the simple one-piece box and Revell quickly converted to this two-piece box as it was much more durable and a full-color lithographed 'slick' could be used. For the second issue, Revell added rivet and raised panel line detail as well as landing gear, a two piece box and H210-79 kit number. The famous 'Globe' clear stand was added, but this kit has the rare one piece stand arm and the instructions reflecting that. Revell quickly realized that the one-piece arm was not strong enough, and quickly modified it to the familiar three piece arm for the 3rd issue. The box is in exceptional condition with four solid corners, as new color and gloss and minimal wear. The model has never been started. The small parts are still in the small factory bag, and the parts that were never factory sealed have been inventoried 100% complete. Decals and instructions are in near mint condition as well.

Ambroid TWO MEC 70 Foot Pulpwood Cars - HO Craftsman Kit, 1/87, 5

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Includes parts for two cars. From 1965. High quality Ambroid kit from the 'Golden Age' of HO models. The limited-issue Ambroid kits are widely considered to be among the finest Craftsman kits issued. They can be built to a museum-quality display or used on your layout. The kit is made from quality Northeastern Scale Lumber and features all pre-scribed and milled hardwood parts, milled detail parts as needed, wood and metal stock, envelope of detail parts, extensive decals and full instructions and plans. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. If you have an interest in these highly accurate kits and the revolution they created in modeling, please read the article about their history located on this website.

Quality Craft Models Sante Fe AT & SF 'The Route of El Capitan' 50 Foot Auto Box Car - HO Craftsman Kit, 1/87, 329

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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From 1976. Excellent kit that builds a detailed duplicate of the prototype. Features hardwood parts that are completely cut and milled to shape, numerous cast metal accessories, detailed instructions and plans and very complete decals. The kit has never been started. The small fittings are still in the factory sealed bag. The parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions. Long after manufacturers turned to plastic ready-to-run rolling stock, Quality Craft continued to produce high quality models you could build. Headquartered in Northumberland, PA, they gave the craftsman an opportunity to build a state-of-art kit and show their skill.

Quality Craft Models Weyerhaeuser All Plug Door Car With Sprung Trucks - HO Craftsman Kit, 1/87, W-1

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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With trucks. Excellent kit that builds a detailed duplicate of the prototype. Features hardwood parts that are completely cut and milled to shape, numerous cast metal accessories, detailed instructions and plans and very complete decals. The kit has never been started. The small fittings are still in the factory sealed bag. The parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions. Long after manufacturers turned to plastic ready-to-run rolling stock, Quality Craft continued to produce high quality models you could build. Headquartered in Northumberland, PA, they gave the craftsman an opportunity to build a state-of-art kit and show their skill.

Northeastern Scale Models NC & St. Louis Outside Braced Caboose - HO Craftsman Kit, 1/87, HC-2

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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An excellent, high-quality kit the builds a realistic prototype. Features completely cut, milled and scribed wood for all major box car parts, wood stock as needed (that will need to be cut to size only), numerous metal details (such as end step assemblies, brake parts, etc, that vary from kit to kit) very well detailed plans/instructions. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions. Please note that Northeastern did not included decals with this kit.