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Strombecker Douglas DC-6 Flagship - American Airlines- 13.5 inch Wingspan Solid Wood Model, C-36

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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NOTE: builder kit only, please read carefully for the condition. 1950s classic 13.5 inch wingspan model made of solid Western Pine - not balsa. Builds up to an impressive display model. Features fuselage, wings, elevators, rudder and nacelles all cut to final shape, steel nose weight, formed metal propellers, struts and rubber wheels. NOTE: this kit has very minor assembly. The nose weight and wooden block off have been neatly installed in the fuselage. There is no other assembly. Includes the excellent Strombecker instructions. Inventoried NOTE: missing decals, sandpaper, glue and filler envelopes, one main gear strut(easily made from wire), (1) main wheel, all four retainers for the props (these are common small nails or brads). I have included a full-size black and white photocopy of the original decals; using the two articles on this website, you can scan, color and print these on decal paper for this model. 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 - usually only a quick sanding would finish them.

Revell 1910 Pierce Arrow Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H48-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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1953 issue, the first year for the 'Series Three' Highway Pioneers. The box is nice and the kit is molded in a stunning, bright red glossy acetate plastic. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. Before the 1950s 'model building' never made the top 10 list of boy's activities. Hobbies were nothing new to America in the 1930s/40s, but they were not mainstream. Shortly after the turn of the century, many dedicated modelers built flying or static airplanes, ship, train, automotive or other subjects. Basic kits existed, but the majority of these models were built from scratch, which demanded a high talent level developed from years of experience. That changed in the early 1950s. The phenomenon of the Revell/Gowland & Gowland 'Highway Pioneers' car kits was a significant force in proving that model building as a hobby could have mass appeal, provided that the kits were easy enough to build and finish. These 1/32 scale vehicles could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real car. The Highway Pioneers series lead to the production of other subjects in plastic and the effect was revolutionary. By the early 1960s, model building was the #1 past time of American boys.

Revell Nike Hercules - Ground to Air Missile, 1/40, H1804-149

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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1994 reissue of the late 1950s 'S' kit. Has many action features - the launcher elevates, the booster stage separates from the top stage and there is a three man crew. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

AMT Corvette Evolution 5 Model Set 1953 Chevrolet Corvette / 1957 Corvette / 1963 Corvette / 1972 Corvette / 1996 Corvette, 1/25, 8092

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Good

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Still factory sealed but there is a box tear under the seal from the '53 up through the "O" in Corvette. Includes all five well detailed kits- there are over 550 parts total. Each kit features full engines and engine compartments, opening hoods, detailed underside chassis, complete interior, optional soft tops, stock wheels, custom weels and more.

Tamiya M60A1 US Army Medium Tank, 1/35, MT-128A

Vaccuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Excellent, highly detailed armor model. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Monogram Huey Hog - Bell UH-1C Marines, 1/48, 5201

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Dated 1977 and very nicely molded and detailed model. Features US Marines markings, full cockpit and cabin detail, pilot and co-pilot figures, complete engine, working main and tail rotors, optional position cabin doors, optional 40mm grenade launcher, rocket pods, ammo belts and twin machine guns. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Fujimi BAe Harrier GR-3 - RAF 1417 Flight Or 233 Operational Sq, 1/72, 3

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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A very fine kit from when Fujimi made the world's finest models. Features all fine recessed panel lines, cockpit detail, optional position exhaust nozzles, intake compressor fan detail, a very large variety of weapons including Aden 30mm gun pod, long range tanks, 1000 lb iron bombs, AIM-9 Sidewinders, rocket launchers, 500lb iron bomb and more. Decals represent two different US Marine aircraft. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

DML ZSU-23-4M Air Defense System - Shilka Vietname / Iraq / Soviet Union USSR / Poland / Czech / Hungary - (ZSU23), 1/35, 3518

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. Very highly detailed model featuring 409 pieces, fully detailed chassis, individual track links, quad AZP-23 guns that elevate, movable ammunition cannister covers, moving gun dish radar, optional opened or closed commander's hatch and optical sights, opening driver and radio operators hatch and more. With markings for all countries listed.

Revell Lockheed 1049 Super G Constellation - TWA, 1/128, H167

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. 1974 issue that is from the original 1950 'S' kit molds and makes an ideal 'Classic Builder.' Features optional position landing gear, rotating propellers & wheels and full color TWA markings.

Lindberg LST Landing Ship Tank - LST-393 D-Day 1944 Or Present / LST-393 MV Highway 16 / LST-325 D-Day 1944 Or Present, 1/245, HL213-12

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Modern reissue from the original 1950s classic kit and still a 'Classic Builder' favorite. Full hull kit which was very well detailed for that time features full hull, prop and rudder detail, extensive deck fittings, detailed guns and gun tubs, complete superstructure, landing craft with opening front doors, display stand and more. There is a superb, modern decal sheet for all versions listed. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. This kit has a fascinating history directly linked to the origins of USA plastic ship modeling. Originally produced by Varney in 1944, it was novel at the time as it was highly detailed, had a wooden hull, cardstock but all injection molded tenite deck parts and details. When the early Varney aircraft and ship kits did not sell well, Gorden Varney sold the molds for the kit to O-lin (Olsen and Lindberg). O-Lin reworked the kit using a vacuform hull, cardstock deck, metal railings and tenite parts. When Lindberg took full control of O-lin, he modified the molds for a third time so the kit has metal railings and all other parts are injection molded. Because it was always a great seller, Paul Lindberg reissued this model many times under numerous different box art. Some versions were motorized; others were not. Now Round 2 has acquired the Lindberg molds and issued it again; few kits have had this long of a successful life.

SIG SIG Cub 24 Inch Wingspan Sport Model, FF-14

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Purchased new at Rod's Hobby Shop in Cleveland Ohio on February 15, 1969. This kit is a very good performer and capable of long distance/high endurance flights. Features die-cut quality balsa wood, stripwood and other wood stock as needed, metal hardware, rubber motor, plastic prop, colored covering tissue, decals, full sized plans and SIGs excellent 'Programed Instructions' which are perfect for beginners. Never started and inventoried complete.

Monogram Jaguar XK-E Coupe, 1/8, 2601

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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1976 'White Box' issue of this high-quality, very large 1/8 scale model. Measures over 21 inches long when assembled. Features include: opening and closing doors, windows that roll up and down with the cranks, front wheels steer from the steering wheel, operational front spring suspension, full engine detail with carbs, spark plugs, ignition wires, cooling system hoses, brake fluid reservoirs and plated valve covers. Includes hollow real rubber tires and plated knock-off wire wheels. Molded in gloss yellow, black, clear and with chrome plated parts. The kit has not been started. Some parts are still in the factory sealed bags. All parts not sealed have been inventoried complete. Includes decals and instructions. Chrome plating is in 'excellent+++' condition.

Cox Pee Wee .020 Gas Engine - Never Run New On Sealed Blister Card, 100

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Still factory sealed. Very rare in this condition. This is a factory-assembled .020 engine that is still sealed on the original blister and cardboard backing. Although it shows wear the cardboard is complete . The blister is still perfectly clear and amazingly has no damage. As will all blister pack engines, the instructions and part list is printed on the rear of the cardboard.

Competition Models Inc Sal Taibi's Starduster - 42 Inch Wingspan Gas Powered Free Flight Model

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Sold brand new on 7-7-1961 at the legendary Cleveland Hobby Supply Company at 4526 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, OH. Includes the original hand-written receipt. Large wingspan kit for .02 to .074 engines. This is one of the famous Sal Taibi's National award winning designs. Sal was one of the early 'Kings Of Gas Free Flight' and a very gifted designer. The model is from the 1950s. This model came from the estate of a very active and particular early aircraft kit collector. It is like factory-new inside and has not been started. The small parts are still in the factory sealed clear bag; the other parts have been inventoried complete with the plans. Designed for 'Sniffing Thermals,' the honored pastime of a generation of model enthusiasts. Flying model aircraft predated powered flight; however, balsa wood and printwood were not introduced until the early 1930s and the hobby took off, as well as the hunt for thermals. Gas flight began in the early 1930s, and powered models (most all driven by Brown engines) took home so many awards that they were forever separated in competition from rubber powered models. Design of gas models was tricky since RC (radio control) models could not yet be applied to the mass market; so a gas model had to not only fly and climb under power, but then glide sufficiently - all in a stable fashion and without any operator inputs once the airplane took off.

Monogram 70 Chevy Malibu - (1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu), 1/24, 2284

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

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Rare and still factory sealed. 1981 issue and a very nicely detailed model featuring full 454 CID engine and compartment, opening custom shaker hood, louvered side pipes, mag wheels, Goodyear GT Radials, rear spoiler, sport mirrors, complete interior, underside detail and more.

Mitsuwa M40 Big Shot - Motorized Remote Control, 1/48, 757

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Very rare. Older but nicely detailed model featuring dual electric motor drive in a completely factory-assembled and wired cassette gearbox system, flexible track final drive with differential speed turning action, forward and reverse, hand-held (wired) remote control and more. The treads are in excellent condition and still fully intact and flexible. Never started. Inside, all of the original factory display cardboard and packing material is still present. The kit has not been started. The parts are still in the factory sealed internal clear bags and includes decals and instruction.

Craft Master Covered Wagon - Wagons of the Old West Series, 100-300

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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Authentic, large-scale model from high quality, die-cut California Redwood, Ponderosa Pine and other materials as required. Measures 9 inches long and 7 inches high when assembled. Never started. The parts that were factory sealed are still sealed in the original clear bags. The few parts that were never factory sealed have been inventoried complete. Includes instructions. This excellent series contained several other kits, all done to the same (unlisted) scale - Covered Wagon, Log Wagon, Jerky Wagon, Mule Team, Horse Team, Ox Team, Jail Wagon, Yellowstone Wagon, Buckboard Wagon, Sheepherders Wagon, Ore Wagon, Conestoga Wagon, Milk Wagon, Chuck Wagon, Delivery Wagon, Dray Wagon, Stage Coach and Water Wagon. There was also a very early Red Rover Fire Engine Wagon in the same scale.

Revell North American X-15 - 'S' Issue, 1/65, H198-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Rare first issue dated 1958 with the classic box art that has made these kits so collectible and valuable. The model features movable vertical fin and dive brakes, removable rocket engine, hinged landing skids and removable canopy. Molded in gloss black, clear and with the famous Revell round 'World' stand. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions in 'excellent' condition. NOTE: the box displays slightly better than the 'good+' grade but is rated as such because the left short side panel and top long panel are bowed and have waves and some light to moderate wear.

Monogram North American F-86 Sabre Jet - 'The Huff' or 'Miss Jenny', 1/48, 5427

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Dated 1983. Very nicely detailed kit of the famous Korean War fighter. 1983 issue has decals for the two aircraft listed. Includes full cockpit and landing gear detail, optional open machine gun bay and hinged flaps. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Monogram Messerschmitt Me-109 (Bf-109) - White Box Issue, 1/48, 6800

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

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Still factory sealed. 1973 release that is very well molded and part of the very famous 1/48 scale series of WWII aircraft kits that Monogram originally developed in the 1960s. Features pilot figure, retractable landing gear and rotating prop and wheels.