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Renwal Curtiss Goshawk F11C-2 Aeroskin - (F112C) USS Saratoga, 1/48, 282-149

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG++

$85   

Still factory sealed but the seal has drawn the box concave. This is one of Renewal's famous Aeroskin kits, and a rare large one in 1/48. Features markings for the aircraft of "High Hat Squadron", VF-1B commander Seligman aboard the USS Saratoga in the early 1930s. The model has an injection molded inner structure of ribs and stringers like a real aircraft, then the modeler covers it with provided authentic pre-colored Aeroskin fabric. There is little painting needed as elaborate finishes are printed directly on the Aeroskin covering. This results a very realistic and colorful model.

Guillows Piper Cherokee 140 - 20 Inch Wingspan Flying Model, 1/12, 307

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG+

$22   

Still factory sealed. High quality stick-and-tissue flying model that can be flown rubber power, .020 gas power or electric power. Features light plastic nose cowl, acetate for windows, plastic prop, 'razor sharp' die cut balsa parts, rubber motor, firewall for gas engine, covering tissue, wheels, plastic wheel pants and pilot figure, landing gear wire, decal sheet and step by step instructions/plans.

StromBecker Lockheed F-94 Jet, C-43

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$79   

Excellent 1950s kit. The carving is done to the final shape. When complete it makes an impressive desk top display. Features all high-quality hardwood main parts, clear plastic canopy, full color decals, glue, wood filler, sandpaper and special display stand. Never started. Inventoried complete with all parts and plans. Box displays better than the 'good-' grade but is graded such because there are many pieces of clear tape on the short box ends. Before plastic kits were introduced, Strombecker was famous as the premier hardwood preshaped model manufacture. 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.

Comet Stinson 150 Voyager Struct-O-Speed - 10 inch Wingspan Flying Airplane, 2103-29

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$26   

Purchased new in 1972 from National Hobby in Ohio. Comet would advertise that the Struct-O-Speed series 'Puts Itself Together...That Quick!' on the box top, and it was not a completely idle boast. These kits were very highly prefabricated for their time, and in comparison to the regular stick and tissue models, the claim is not unfounded. Kit features all die cut wood parts and wheels, balsa prop, metal prop shaft and rubber hood and detailed instructions with flying tips. Complete and never started. 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.

Comet Aeronca K - 25 inch Wingspan - Coke Bottle Issue, N25-29

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$44   

1950s/early 1960s stick-and-tissue flying model. Features quality balsa printwood, strip stock, formed wheels, 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.

Branchline Trains Blueprint Series HO Heavyweight Passenger Car 8-1-2 Pullman Sleeper Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) 'Mount Vernon' 1940s/1950s, 1/87, 5031

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$40   

Superb and highly detailed model kit that is factory painted and lettered in the C&O 'George Washington Scheme' with delux lettering and Pullman mechanical air conditioning. Features separate grab irons, extensive and complete underbody details, steam, air & signal lines, working diaphragms, full interior, metal wheels, magnetic knuckle couplers and much more. The kit has never been started. The parts have never been removed from the box and are still wrapped in the factory protective tissue paper. Includes excellent, illustrated instructions.

Renwal Nieuport 17 Aeroskin - Lt. C.E. Nungesser's Aircraft, 1/72, 264-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$48   

Still factory sealed. Contains pre-colored Aeroskin fabric created to resemble fabric covered aircraft. No painting needed since all designs are printed on the fabric. You build the inner structure of the aircraft then cover it, similar to the construction of the actual aircraft. Has markings for Nungesser's colorful aircraft.

Airfix Douglas A-20 Havoc (Boston) - USAirfix Issue, 1/72, 30010

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$32   

Still factory sealed. Features movable rudder, elevator and ailerons, crew and cockpit, movable propeller and wheels and USAAF markings.

Skywave JMSDF Kirishima DDG174 Aegis Destroyer, 1/700, SW-2000

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$25   

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

Hasegawa General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon Tiger Meet 1991 - Royal Netherlands Air Force 313 Squadron, 1/48, V103

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$29   

Still factory sealed. Very highly detailed kit. Features all fine recessed panel lines, detailed cockpit and wheel wells, special decals and more.

Orange Crush-Revell 1900 Packard Roadmaster, 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$79   

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 box. Orange Crush had the boxes and even the instructions specially made for them with no mention of a manufacture. They were never given numbers. The boxes were very thin and fragile cardboard. This has contributed to wear and you must be very cautious with them. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bag and the instructions are sealed in the bag as well. You could redeem your caps two ways - at the Orange Crush truck and at a Modelandia Hobby House. The box sides show the 18 cars in the series. 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.

Esoteric Nieuport 29 / Ni-29C - French Air Force or Japanese Air Force, 1/72, NAV-7

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$55   

Very high quality, limited edition kit. Features beautifully cast resin main airframe parts, flawless cast metal accessories, two decals sheets (one for each air force), a detailed paint guide and excellent aircraft history. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

CM PE-1 US Eagle Boat (1921), 1/350

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$75   

SPECIAL ORDER limited production kit. Museum quality high definition resin castings. Complete kit with all parts needed for assembly. Some kits include photo-etched details and decals if required -email for details on a certain kit. Kits are molded upon receipt of payment. Normal wait is six to eight weeks.

Lindberg Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat - (F6F5), 1/72, 484-60

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$28   

1967 hardbox issue with artwork by Lacina. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, 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.

Frog Westland Wessex I (S-58) - Royal Australian Navy or Royal Navy - Red Series, 1/72, F247

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$22   

Molded in light gray-blue. Very nicely molded model. Includes decals for both versions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried with all helicopter parts and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: box is graded lower than it looks because there is a big tear and much missing cardboard on the right small side flap. 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.

Ideal Aeroplane & Supply Great Republic - 12 inch Long Wooden Model Kit, 1101

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$85   

Rare ship model dated 1938, but I believe it is from the 1940s due to the box design. Contains the Ideal 'Premolded Hull' which is a completely formed, hollow hull made from a wood composite. The hull is in excellent condition. Also includes full size plans/instructions with rigging diagram and paint color information, wood masts as required and two sheets of printwood. The kit has never been started. Inventoried complete with all parts and plans.

Aurora Bristol F2B Brisfit - (F.2B), 1/48, 113-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$46   

SALE! 1957 first issue. Dramatic Jo Kotula artwork. Molded in the correct gloss olive green and black. Inside, the kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Planet Models Arado Ar-E583 - Luftwaffe (Ar E 583), 1/72, 032

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$49   

Rare. Very highly detailed resin cast kit with clear canopy. Decals and paint guide are included for the aircraft shown. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

AMT Race Car Hauler Ford LN 8000 Louisville Line Transporter, 1/25, T505

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$64   

Rare, original 1970s issue; not the common reissue. kit. Very highly detailed and features rolling chassis build up just like the real truck, 'CAT' fuel injection diesel engine, full interior, loading ramps, two trees of chrome parts, real rubber tires and clear and red-tinted clear parts. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The chrome and clear parts were never factory sealed and have been inventoried complete including (excellent) decals and instructions.

AMT Plymouth Duster Jim Cushman, 1/25, T230

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$32   

Original issue from the 1970s. Features full-frame race chassis, racing interior and roll cage, detailed engine, removable hood, detailed chassis with suspension and steering and more. 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 (chrome and clear) have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions.