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Hudson Miniatures 1903 Rambler Old Timers, 1/16

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$46   

Very well detailed large 1/16 kit from 1949. Features plastic wheels & lights, a large number of wooden parts cut/turned to shape and occasionally metal parts and cardstock. Although all of Hudson's 1/16 kits have excellent detail, this one has even more detail than usual thanks to Hudson's engineers having access to the actual car. This kit has never been started. Inventoried complete with all parts, plans and instructions. Hudson Miniatures created a very popular line of automobile kits in a constant 1/16 scale shortly after WWII. The kits sold very well...so well that you could argue that Gowland & Gowland borrowed Hudson's subject matter for their ground-breaking 'Highway Pioneers.' The Hudson Miniatures 'Old Timers' even spawned a line of imitators, with Fador's 'Smallster' being one of the better in quality. Sales did drop on the appearance and popularity of the much smaller (and less accurate) Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' in 1951. When the all-injection molded Gowland kits proved not to be a passing fad, Hudson quickly planned and released his own all-plastic, small-scale competition called 'Lil' Old Timers Quickie Kits.' The kits were of excellent quality, but it was too little too late. Additionally, sales of the excellent wooden kits faltered further in the next few years with the introduction of accurate, 1/24 and 1/32 all-plastic cars in the mid 1950s. This forced Hudson to discontinue the wood kits and the plastic line was sold to Revell and subsequently re-released. Today, these excellent, big 1/16 kits are often the only model available of these early automobiles. In the mid 1960s Aurora thought so highly of Hudson Miniatures that they purchased the wood kit assets and released a very small number of these in all-plastic models.

Airfix Boston Bomber, 1/72, 385

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$28   

Type three logo issue from the 1960s. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions. The lower left corner of the decal sheet has a small black stain, but the actual transfers are clear of damage.

Revell Red October Submarine - Hunt for Red October, 1/400, 4006

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$74   

Still factory sealed. 1990 issue as a tie-in with the famous motion picture. Very nicely molded full hull kit with four opening missile launch tubes, two ballistic missiles fin-mounted sonar blister, simulated anechoic sonar dispersal tiles, detailed sail with periscope and sensors, dual props, bow planes, Soviet markings and a display stand.

MPC McDonnell F-4 Phantom Profile Series - F-4B/C/D/E & J - Phantom Thunderbirds/VF-11 or USAF Vietnam, 1/72, 2-1508-150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$36   

Still factory sealed. In the 1970s MPC released the popular Profile Series. Inside was a quality Airfix kit but with MPC decals to make any one of the 3 F-4 variants listed. The decals include colorful markings for VF-11 Sundowners from the USS Coral Sea (1971), USAF 4th TFS Vietnam and Thunderbirds Aircraft #1.

Fujimi Messerschmitt Bf-110 C/D, 1/48, Q-2

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$28   

Very well detailed kit from when Fujimi set the world standard for quality. Features all very fine recessed panel lines, very well detailed cockpit, optional parts and decals for 6 different aircraft (three 'C' and three 'D' variants - D-1-R1 'Dackelbauch' / D-2 3U+KK / D-3 3ZG26 / C-4B 5ZG1 'Wespen' (Wasp) / C-7 7JG5 1940 / C-4 1ZG26 'Horst Wessel'), multi-piece canopies, beautiful color painting guides and more. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bags including decals and instructions.

Frog Swordfish Mk.1 - 810(TSR) Sq HMS Ark Royal 1041 or No. 701 Catapult Flight HMS Hood 1938, 1/72, F258

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$22   

Final issue with the late 1970s Frog logo. Includes decals for both historic aircraft and a color painting guide as well. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Frog is considered the father of injection molded model kits. The Lines Brothers opened Frog in 1932, capitalizing on the fever caused by Lindberg's solo transatlantic flight. Almost overnight the western populations became 'Air-Minded', and anything aviation was in high demand. Frog created a quality line of stick and tissue rubber powered aircraft and gliders as well as innovative ready-to-fly rubber powered aircraft that required no assembly. The box even contained a built-in rubber motor winder and fuselage holder. Model airplane flight competitions were popular in Great Britain, and one category was 'Rise Off the Ground', or ROG. By changing this to 'Flies Right Off the Ground', the FROG name was born. In 1936 Frog created a line of injection molded plastic models, the first such kit line in the world (Hawk sold a line of injection molded aircraft models in 1934 but they were factory assembled and painted). Named 'Penguin' after the bird that does not fly, the kits were innovative beyond the means of production. At a time when models were simply built by wingspan, the Penguin line was a constant 1/72 scale. Furthermore, a large 1/72 Short S.30 Empire class flying boat contained a full interior and lights! A line of accessories such as AA guns, tractors, hanger, ambulance, sound locator, searchlights and lighting kits were quickly added to the line. WWII caused a pause in production. After the war the box color changed from silver to green, and Penguin kits were also marketed in the USA. Production ended in 1950. Frog quickly expanded and released the Red, Orange, Black, Green, Gold Token, Spin and Comet series as well as Trail Blazers and several others. It is noteworthy that while most manufacturers in the 1940s/50 were making toy-like models, Frog attempted to make very realistic models. For example, 'detailing' kits with excessively large rivets was once very popular. Frog ignored this trend and continued to mold aircraft with fine panel lines and no rivets. As a result, Frog kits can be built into very realistic replicas. Production ended in the late 1970s, but Frog molds are still in use around the world.

Comet Firefly - 24 Inch Wingspan - Coke Bottle Issue, N12-29

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$48   

1950s lightweight long distance/high endurance design with a big wingspan. Traditional stick-and-tissue flying model. Features quality balsa printwood, strip stock, fully formed wheels and thrust button, balsa prop, covering material and full plans. The kit has never been started and is complete. The entire Comet 1950s "N" line included the following (gaps mean there is no kit, at least at that time): N1 Tiger Shark P-40, N2 F-86D Sabre Jet, N4 Globe Swift, N6 Taylorcraft, N8 F-51 Mustang, N9 Helicopter, N11 Ryan Navion, N12 Firefly, N15 Piper Cub, N16 Fokker DVII, N17 Spad, N24 Phantom Fury, N25 Aeronca K (floats) and N26 Stinson SR-7. Comet was a famous manufacturer of stick and tissue flying and static models. In the 1930s Great Depression, they lead the low-priced kit revolution with the "Dime Scale" kits and famous advertisements in Model Airplane News magazine and others. Comet reached it's peak in the 1930s when they acquired the services of Carl Goldberg. Goldberg was a highly accomplished modeler with articles in Model Airplane News and famous designs that won him several National level competitions in the 1930s and beyond. (Carl Goldberg went on to found his own company and produced well designed and popular free-flight and RC aircraft). Comet survived the post World War economic slump and continued kit production until they were bought out by long-time competitor Guillow's in 1998.

Monogram Canadair F-86 Sabre RCAF Canada or Luftwaffe - White Box Issue, 1/48, 5417

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$34   

Dated 1979 and has decals for both air forces. Very well molded and detailed for that time and features full cockpit and landing gear well detail, optional open machine gun bay, hinged flaps, optional position speed brakes with detailed wells, iron bomb, drop tank and AIM-9 Sidewinder loadouts and standing pilot figure. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Revell Grumman A-6E Intruder, 1/48, 4578

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$48   

Still factory sealed. 1988 issue with highest mold quality. Large scale Intruder features detailed cockpit, optional position canopy, complete underwing stores, detailed gear wells and decals for both aircraft.

Hasegawa Mig-17 D/E Fresco - USSR / East German / Indonesian Air Forces, 1/72, 083

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$27   

Very nicely molded kit that builds up to a realistic model. Includes air-to-air missiles, drop tanks, pilot figure, detailed landing gear and decals for three air forces. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Emhar F3H-2 (F-3B) Demon Fighter - VF-31 USS Saratoga and VF-64 - (F3H2), 1/72, EM3001

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$26   

The Demon was an early carrier based missile armed interceptor. The F3H-2 carried two early Sparrow and 2 Sidewinder missiles. The Demon was replaced in 1964 by the well known F-4H Phantom II. Kit is cleanly molded with recessed detail and features decals for VF-31 USS Saratoga (1960) and VF-64 (1958). The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Hasegawa Supermarine Spitfire Vb - 601 Sq RAF Sicily 1943 / 303 Sq RAF Spring 1942 / 145 Sq (Desert Camouflage) RAF Helwan May 1942, 1/32, S18

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$42   

Excellent older kit with very good detail features optional parts for all three aircraft, excellent cockpit and gear well detail, optional position pilot boarding door and canopy, and more. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Hasegawa U.S. Ground Crew Set A With Engine Starting Vehicle / Test Stand / Fire Extinguishers / Hand Cart / Pilot and Ground Crew Figures, 1/48, X48-4

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$27   

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Very nicely detailed and molded sat of modern US ground equipment and crew. Contains everything on the box art except the F-15. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

MPC ChopperChopper - Sikorsky Sea King SH-3 Police Rescue Helicopter with Ground Crew - USN or Civil (Police), 1/72, 2-0233

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$38   

Still factory sealed. Nicely detailed kit comes with decals for Police version but also includes all parts for the Navy version and torpedo weapons load. Kit features working main and tail rotors, cockpit and interior detail including cargo deck, opening side doors and more. In 1982, during the Falklands War, H.R.H. The Duke of York flew Sea Kings on 820 NAS, embarked in HMS Invincible, marking one of few occasions in modern history when an English Royal has actually participated in armed conflict.

Orange Crush-Revell 1915 Ford Model T Sedan - Bagged, 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Bagged

$22   

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Very rare kit with a fascinating history. 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 boxes. Orange Crush had the boxes and even the instructions specially made for them with no mention of a manufacturer. They were never given part numbers. NOTE: there is no assembly, but one driving lantern has been painted. There is no other painting. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes photocopied instructions. You could redeem your caps two ways - at the Orange Crush truck and at a Modelandia Hobby House. 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.

Nitto Hanomag Sd.Kfz 250/3 - With Cargo Wagon and Crew - German Half Track, 1/35, 15091

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$22   

Very nicely molded and well detailed kit. Features detailed interior, optional position crew door, flexible tracks, metal axles, rubber tires, three figures and numerous accessories and decals with paint guide for three different half tracks. The model as never been started. The parts are still in the factory sealed bags with decals and instructions.

Skywave IJN Kamikaze Class Destroyer - Kamikaze 1922 As Built or Asakaze / Harukaze / Matsukaze / Hatakaze / Oite / Hayate / Asanagi / Yunagi, 1/700, W14

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$24   

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Very highly detailed waterline model. Can be built in 'as launched' configuration and includes optional parts for later variants as well as full decals and hull numbers for the sister ships listed. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Heller Jaguar E (Two Seater), 1/50, L521

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$22   

From the 1970s. Rare, large-scale two-seat Jaguar strike aircraft model with classic box art. Nicely molded for that time and features fine raised panel lines & recessed control surfaces, good cockpit detail, arresting gear and more. The model has not been started. The parts are either in the factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

AMT Lockheed Vega Winnie Mae, 1/48, T642

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

$38   

Still factory sealed. In 1933, Wiley Post made solo flight around the world in the Lockheed Vega 'Winnie Mae'. Not only was it the first solo flight around the world, but it broke the previous record set by Post and his Navigator Harold Gatty. Vegas did see military service, with a few operated by the RAAF, Spanish Republic Air Force, and USAAC. (This kit does not include military decals.)

Ambroid NYC New York Central Container Car With Wood Containers And Metal Sprung Trucks - HO Craftsman Kit, 1/87, 12

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$42   

From about 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. Includes metal sprung trucks that are factory assembled and an unopened tube of Ambroid Cement. 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, a sealed bag of detail parts, extensive decals and full instructions and plans. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed small parts bag and the other parts have been inventoried 100% complete including transfers 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.