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Monogram 3 Fighting Planes of the Thirties F4B-4 / F11C-2 / P-6E - Blue Box Issue (F4B4 F11C2), 1/72, PA216-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

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Still factory sealed. Purchased new on January 4, 1969 at Uncle Bill's Hobby Shop in Cleveland, Ohio. All three kits are included in this special release box. Very finely molded and detailed for that time with traditional Monogram fit and finish.

Frontier Beer Wagon, 1/24

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Rare. Multi-media kit from the late 1940s/Early 1950s. Includes 12 completely pre-carved hardwood beer barrels, die-cut hardwood, plywood and balsa parts, acetate wheels, axles and hubs and metal stock as required. Very nice large scale model. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. Little is known of the Frontier Manufacturing Company other than the address of Hollywood, California and their line of high quality, early multi-media kits. Kits from this range include the Ox Cart, Buck Board, Covered Wagon, Stage Coach, Ranch Wagon, Chuck Wagon, Surrey With The Fringe On Top, Ore Wagon, Beer Wagon and Top Buggy.

US Borax Borax Twenty Mule Team and Wagon (20 Mule Team), 1/48

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

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Still factory sealed. The Borax company commissioned this kit as a tie-in to the TV series 'Death Valley Days'. This box is in excellent sealed condition with the only real flaw being where the address label was removed. Originally a radio program, 'Death Valley Days' had a long run on television and ended as one of the longest running westerns in entertainment history. Very nice kit of the famous borax wagons that would cross 162 miles of Death Valley with 20 mules in the days before the railroad. There was not a single house or other sign of habitation along the route. One leg was 60 miles with no water. The two wagons carried 25 tons of Borax and the mules covered 16 to 18 miles a day with a two man crew. The sturdy wagons were purpose built for the trip. Although they carried huge loads, there is no record of one every being stranded.

Hudson Miniatures 1911 Brush Model C Delivery Old Timers, 1/16

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Dated 1949. Large scale and very well detailed for that time. Features numerous die-cut and machined/cut to shape wooden parts, beautiful plastic wheels, grill, steering wheel, lights and other accessories, metal louvered hood, metal stock and parts and die-cut cardstock. Although all of Hudson's 1/16 kits are excellent, this one has even more detail than usual thanks to Hudson's engineers having access to the actual car owned by Mr. Austin Clark. This kit has never been started. The small parts are still factory bag sealed while the parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete including two sheets of excellent plans/instructions. The Brush Delivery Model C was manufactured by Brush Runabout Company, which was a division of the famous United States Motors. It sold for $650 and was powered by a one cylinder 64 HP engine linked to a gear-set type two speed + reverse multiple disc clutch transmission. 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.

Ranco Models Tractor and Two Trailers - Super Hi-Way Transport, 1002

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

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This kit was found in the stock room of a long-closed hobby shop and is in factory-new condition. This is one of the Ranco '2 Kits 2 Bits' and is from the 1940s. Kit contains wooden parts and plans to build a very simple semi tractor and two very simple trailers. Includes wood blocks, fully formed wheels, cardstock and plans for both models. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Other kits in the '2 Kits 2 Bits' line included #1000 Electric Engine - baggage and mail car-diner, #1011 Pullman and Observation Cars, #1003 P-51 Mustang and Curtiss P-40 and #1004 Grumman Wildcat F4F and Curtiss Helldiver.

Fujimi Aichi type 99 Model 22 D3A2 Val Carrier Dive Bomber - Markings for Two Aircraft, 1/72, 8

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. This model dates from when Fujimi made the finest models in the world. Features all fine recessed panel lines, cockpit detail, rotating propeller, dive brakes and centerline and wing mounted bomb loads. Decals represent two different aircraft.

Testors Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Razorback or Bubble Top - USAAF or RAF - (ex-Hawk), 1/48, 591

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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From quality Hawk molds. Older kit with nice detail. Can make Razorback or Bubble Top versions and has decals for RAF or USAAF versions. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

MPC Sea Harrier FRS.1 - 'Air Combat Hero of the Falkland Island', 1/48, 1-4410

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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Large 1/48 scale kit. Features detailed cockpit, pilot, positionable thrust nozzles, two piece canopy, optional position speed brake and a loadout of drop tanks, SAMs and AAM. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

UPC Curtiss P-36A - (ex-Aoshima) - US Army Air Force, 1/100, 8006-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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From Aoshima molds with box art by Scott Eidson. Nice early kit molded in dark navy blue and clear, with rotating prop, working ailerons and flaps and opening canopy. Has decals for pre-war USAAF. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

UPC Kawasaki Ki-45 Nick - (ex-Marusan), 1/101, 7033-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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From Marusan molds. Very nicely molded small scale kit. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

Anmark RMS Lusitania Ocaen Liner - (ex-Revell / ex-Entex / ex-Gunze Sangyo), 1/350, 7002

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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From the original Revell molds. Large and very well detailed kit. This model was reissued by Entex in the 1970s and more recently by Gunze Sangyo. The kit has never been started. Many parts are still in the factory sealed bags. The parts that are not internally sealed sealed have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions.

Revell USS Lionfish SS298 Pacific Fleet Submarine, 1/220, 5228

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Large 21 inch long kit when built. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Helicopters For Industry Piasecki HUP Retriever US Navy - (H-25 Mule), 1/48

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Very rare. Before Aurora had helicopter kits, there was the worlds' first 'copter kit line from 'Helicopters for Industry.' Dates from the early 1950s. The HFI molds for the HUP did quadruple duty, being box with Navy, Marines, Army and Air Force decals/colors. This one is the Navy version, which is molded in a beautiful gloss dark blue and clear. Features cockpit with instrument panel, control sticks and seats and spinning rotors and the unique clear HFI stand, which is still wrapped in the protective tissue paper. Aurora did not issue this kit with the stand. The kit has never been started. All the small parts are still sealed in the factory 'krinkle' bag, and the large parts that were never sealed have been inventoried 100% complete. The decals are 'excellent' and flat and the clear parts are 'excellent' as well. Instructions are 'excellent+' with the typical light yellowing. The box sides are in color and show the four other colors and decals for the HUP. This kit must be shipped insured.

Ideal Aeroplane & Supply Destroyer Escort (1945) - 18 Inches Long, 1505

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Rare and dated 1945. A very nicely detailed kit that builds an excellent model. Features a hollow 18" preformed hull of wood composite. It is ready for primer and paint. The hull is in factory-new condition with no cracks and no warps. Includes a sealed wax-paper bag of fittings, three sheets of quality printwood, wood stock and dowels as required and plans. The plans are excellent and have all required elevation drawings, numerous detail and assembly drawings, full text instructions and even a painting guide. Never started and complete. Even includes the original factory packing paper.

Necomisa Tupolev Tu-104 Aeroflot - with Cardstock Airport Diorama, 1/175, P413

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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From original Lindberg molds. Nicely molded small scale kit with full Aeroflot decals and display stand. Also includes colorful cardstock 3D airport diorama. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Combat Martin PBM Mariner, 1/48, 48-039

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Very large scale kit. Features white main vac parts, clear parts in 'excellent' condition (not yellowed), and full size plans. Has never been started and includes all supplied parts. Vacuform kits are only recommended for modelers who are experienced with this type of model. Special skills and scratch building experience are required because they do not include all the parts needed to complete the model like injection molded kits do. If you are curious, I highly recommend that you read the article 'How To Build Vacuform Model Kits' which is located on this website.

Hasegawa F2A-2 Buffalo - US Navy Hi-Vis - (F2A2), 1/72, AP45

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. Hard-to-find model from 1996. Considered the finest 1/72 Buffalo kit.

White Ensign HMS Cossack Tribal Class Destroyer, 1/700, WEM K703

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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Out of production. Very highly detailed high-definition resin cast waterline kit with photoetched details. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.

Palmer Civil War Field Piece - Brass Plated, 1/24, 28-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Nicely detailed kit from the early 1960s. Includes accessory pail, ramrod and turning bar. Molded in brass plated, wood tan, silver/metal and with metal chain. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including all plastic parts, chain and instructions.

Guillows Spad VII - 18 inch Wingspan Rubber or .01 Gas Powered Free Flight Aircraft, 102

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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Early 1970s issue that was originally #WW-3 from 1965. One of a very popular line of World War 1 flying aircraft stick and tissue kits with 18 inch wingspan. Kit features scale plastic wheels, propeller, nose cowl & pilots bust, die cut balsa parts, colored tissue, rubber motor, flywood firewall and full decals. Includes full size detailed plans. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Guillow's founder, Paul K. Guillow, was a WWI naval aviator. In 1926 he began producing wooden model airplane kits. His 'Shelf Models' were some of the earlier non-flying models in production. Guillow's grew during the model boom of the 1930s, and when the Depression hit the hardest, Guillow's responded with lower prices and became one of the low price leaders, frequently advertising in Model Airplane News and other leading publications. During the war, like most manufacturers, Guillow's was forced to alternative materials such as cardboard and pine. Guillow's survived the post WWII slump by creating many inexpensive profile flying rubber powered aircraft and gliders in the 1950s (along with North Pacific) which became famous - some are still available today. The stick and tissue lines have been updated with laser cut parts and are still in production as of 2009.