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Ace Model Shop 1946 Ford Super Deluxe Sportsman Convertible, 1/24, 15R

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Dated 1946. Although Ford is not mentioned, there is no mistaking that this is the Ford Sportsman Convertible. Well designed kit is primarily wood with plastic wheels and tires and with some metal details and other metal parts. Features main wood parts that are all cut to profile (cut in two dimensions) or die cut and with other wood stock such as dowels. There are four excellent one-piece wheels/tires with tread from plastic , and a small clear wax paper sack with some small metal parts (like a steering wheel, etc) and metal stock as well. There are excellent instructions with detailed building text, full size three view drawings, photos of the assembly process and a very nice photo of the built model. The kit has been inventoried with all parts present, and the small parts bag is still factory sealed. NOTE: there is minor and neat assembly. The grill, hood and axle blocks have been glued to the chassis. Quality of assembly is perfect; it lines up flawlessly with the instructions. There is no other assembly. Ace Model Shop was in Pasadena, California and the mailing address was 60 N. San Gabriel Blvd. Later the address was simply Ace Products, Pasadena 8, California. Most of the kits seem to be from the 1940s and up to the early 1950s, but production could go back earlier. The owner was Mr. Gordon A. Babb. Mr. Babb was born in 1897 and we know little else about him, except that he had a vision for quality. Most solid 'display' kit producers in the 1940s simply provided plans and blocks of wood, maybe with a few accessories. Ace went well beyond that with all cut-out parts, fully formed wheels and even some metal parts, occasionally small plastic details and sometimes even decals. The plans went well beyond the average also, featuring numerous views (not just three), detail views for sub-assembles and even text instructions. There were at least 15 car kits in the line and also many military vehicles which were popular kits in World War 2. We don't know what happened to Ace 'Models Of Merit' but the introduction of plastic kits (started by the Highway Pioneers) put an end to most wood kit production.

Airfix Bismarck (Bismark) Craftmaster, 1/600, S1-129

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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Black box end Craftmaster hardbox issue. Very highly detailed and well molded. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

Airfix BAC-111 (One-Eleven) Braniff Airlines - Craftmaster Issue, 1/144, 2-88

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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Hard to find Craftmaster issue. Features optional position landing gear and working airstair rear door. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. Braniff decals look 'excellent' but please always take precautions before using any older kit decals. There is an article (on this website) on how to save old decals.

Airfix Short Sunderland Craftmaster, 1/72, 1-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Incredible Craftmaster artwork from the 1960s. Hardbox is in excellent condition with as-new color and gloss and four solid corners; light creasing and general light wear are the flaws. A merchant ship is sinking on the left and the crew is in lifeboats in the foreground on lower side panel. The Sunderland is preparing to rescue them, while the other Sunderland depth-charges the U-boat responsible for the sinking. Kit features beaching gear, rotating turrets with elevating guns, movable control surfaces, external bomb load and rotating props. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Please NOTE that two of the props have one broken blade each. They are clean breakes at the hub and the blades are included. The Sunderland's 21-year record with the RAF has made it a legend. Derived from the Empire Class Flying Boat Airliners, Sunderland IIIs had a top speed of 210 mph and an endurance of 12 hours. These qualities made the Sunderland a superb platform for North Sea and North Atlantic patrols, ASW and SAR. Crews usually loved the airplane; its large size afforded many airborne comforts that bomber or fighter crews could only dream of, such as bunk, a head and an area for food preparation.

Arii Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat - (F6F3) Lt. Commander Flatley CV-10 Yorktown / Lt. Framming 16th Sq CV-16 Lexington / FAA HMS Khedive 1945, 1/48, A330-600

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very nicely molded with all fine recessed panel lines, detailed cockpit and gear wells, optional bombs and drop tanks and decals for two US Navy and one British Fleet Air Arm aircraft from Operation Sumatra in 1945. Includes very nice full color painting guide. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

Monogram Curtiss SB2C-4 Helldiver Pro Modeler Issue, 1/48, 85-5935

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG-

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Very high quality kit - not a reissue of the original Monogram 1/48 Helldiver, but a completely new kit. Features fine and all recessed panel line detail, super-detailed interior, extensive photoetched parts including ignition harness and dive brakes, complete bomb bay, optional position bomb bay doors, optional bomb load, detailed wheel wells, weighted tires, optional position canopy and decals for VB-85 USS Shangri-La or VB-3 USS Yorktown. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bags including decals and instructions.

Novo General Aircraft Ltd Hotspur II Glider, 1/72, F152

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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Well detailed kit from ex-FROG molds. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Revell Airspeed Horsa Mk I or Mk II - Invasion Glider USAAF or RAF, 1/72, H2011

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Fair

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Still factory sealed. 1976 issue. Kit includes parts and decals for either the Mk I or II. Well detailed model with pilot and soldier figures, optional position cargo and passenger doors, detailed interior with troop seats and more. Box has been wet.

Vac Wings Hansa-Bradenburg C-1 UFag - Bagged, 1/72

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

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Still factory sealed. High quality vacuform kit with injection molded wing struts and instructions/plans.

Tamiya M577 US Armoured Command Post, 1/35, MM171-900

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Most likely from the 1980s. Excellent kit featuring opening rear door, several crew members, accessories shown on the box top and a paint guide and decals for two different vehicles. The kit has never been started. The parts are either still in the internal factory sealed bags or have been inventoried complete. Includes decals and instructions.

Heller AMD Etendard IVM - French Navy 59th Sq Hyeres 1983, 1/72, 80361

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Nicely molded and detailed kit. Features cockpit detail, two piece canopy, separately molded wing flaps, optional position speed brakes, fine raised panel lines and underwing stores. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Ambroid Western Union Material Wooden Car - HO Craftsman Kit - With Trucks, 1/87, 6

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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With real metal sprung trucks. Limited edition - one of 5000 made. High quality Ambroid kit from the 'Golden Age' of HO 'Craftsman' kits. These models build an accurate and fully detailed prototype. Ambroid kits were limited release models that are widely considered to be the standard of quality for fine HO Craftsman style kits. Features all Northeastern Scale Lumber. Includes pre-cut and carved hardwood pre-scribed sides with pre-cut windows that are prepainted and lettered for Western Union, milled roof, milled floor/underframe and many detail parts as needed, wood and metal stock, a sealed bag of metal detail parts, grab irons and full-size instructions and plans. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bags and the non-sealed parts have been inventoried 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. Please cut and paste this link in your browser to see it - http://www.oldmodelkits.com/blog/plastic-model-kit-history/the-ho-scale-model-railroading-revolution-of-the-1940s/

Monogram US Navy WWII SB2C Helldiver Dive Bomber, 1/48, 6831

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG-

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1973 dated 'White Box' issue with Mattel logos on the two long sides. Features retracting landing gear, folding wings, opening bomb bay, dropping bomb that swings out to clear the prop, sliding cockpit and gunner's canopy, moving machine gun and crew. Never started. Inventoried with all parts, decals and instructions present. Please NOTE that the decals are intact but have visible age cracking.

Monogram USS Enterprise CVN65 Aircraft Carrier - ex-Aurora, 1/400, 3700

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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1978 reissue of this large Ex-Aurora kit from 1961. The kit has over 250 parts parts and is over 33 inches long when assembled. Could be converted R/C since the original kit from Aurora was motorized. (R/C and motorized parts not included). Features moving elevators, missile launchers, deck tugs, display stand, detailed island structure, large airwing including 15 A-4 Skyhawks, 15 F-4 Phantom II, 10 F8U Crusaders and two helicopters, extensive decals for the ship, aircraft and more. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: decals are intact but age cracked. I recommend the superior replacements for the ship (and airwing) from Starfighter decals on line.

AMT 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray - Stock / Drag / Custom/ Street Gasser / Road Racing, 1/25, Y912-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Very nicely detailed kit with plenty of optional parts to build one of the fiver versions listed. Features complete engine and compartment, opening hood, full interior, complete underside detail, numerous custom features and more. The kit has not been started. It has been inventoried with all plastic parts present and instructions. NOTE: missing custom car decals and 'Quaker State' decal advertised on the front.

Life-Like Life-Like 1/40 Aerial Hawk Missile Carrier Helicopter (Cessna YH-41) - (ex-Adams), 1/40, 09654

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG+

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Still factory sealed. Proposed helicopter to quickly resupply remote Hawk SAM launchers. Nicely detailed featuring full cockpit and interior, pilot and co-pilot figures, opening cabin doors, missile loader figure and Hawk Missiles with cradles.

Fujimi Bell UH-N Iroquois - Twin Engine Helicopter US Marines HMM-262, 1/72, 7A27

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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Very nice quality Fujimi kit. Features very fine recessed and raised panel detail, full cockpit and cabin, detailed rotor hub, optional position cabin doors and rotating main and tail rotors. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions. Please note the the box has is stained as shown; but the parts, decals and instructions inside are in 'factory-new' condition

Fujimi Sikorsky Sea Stallion CH-53D - US Marine Corps HMH-361 or Luftwaffe, 1/72, 7A-33

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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This kit is from when Fujimi set the world standard for model kit quality. Features all very fine recessed panel lines, full cockpit detail, complete cargo section with floor and interior rib detail, optional position crew door and stairs, optional position rear cargo ramps and more. Includes decals for the two helicopters listed. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bags including decals and instructions.

Fujimi Bell AH-1J Sea Cobra - US Marines HMA-169, 1/72, 7A23

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Features very fine raised panel lines, detailed cockpit, pilot and copilot figures, rotating gun turret, rotating main and tail rotors, load out of four 70mm rocket pods,

Aurora F-100 Super Sabre - (ex Comet), 1/103, 289-39

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Dated 1963. The box top has as-new color and gloss, four solid corners, no fading and no litho damage; the factory tape at the top center is all that keeps it from being 'near mint.' Molded in medium gray and clear, with decals for 'FW744.' Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.