Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG++++
Very rare kit for the advanced collector. The Seabee was produced as a high performance sport amphibian. This is a very hard-to-fine original O-lin kit in the small box and advertisement for O-lin cement on the top. Produced in 1949 or just before. O-Lin (Olin) was founded by Paul Lindberg and a Mr. Olsen - hence the company name. Although a producer of flying models in the 1930s, O-lin produced some of the earliest American injection molded kits in the late 1940s. In 1950 the partnership may have ended, because all branding was changed to Lindberg and Paul Lindberg. Inside, the kit is as new. It is molded in high gloss light gray and has the correct decals and instructions. The kit has never been started and is inventoried complete with all parts, instructions and decals.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
Includes decals for RAF and Finnish Air Force as well as a large photoetched fret of details and film instruments. Nicely molded - could be from ex-Frog molds. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.
Multimedia Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
Well detailed and includes excellent mask set and full color painting guide and decals for two different aircraft. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good+
Very rare. From the late 1950s or very early 1960s. Early Heller kits had some wonderful engineering (such as in the Etendard IV) and this model is no exception. You can built this model without painting and will look very much like the airplane on the box top. Molded in white, silver/gray, clear and includes black rubber tires. The fuselage lower section is molded in silver along with the wings and engines, and the upper fuselage is in white. There is one large sheet of very colorful TAI decals including complete side pinstripes and tail design in 'excellent' condition and still protected by the factory wax paper. The landing gear and gear doors also function on this model. It even includes a factory tube of glue in a yellow capsule. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc++
For the advanced collector. This is a model kit with a fascinating history as it may be among the very first injection molded kits produced in the United States (please see the article about early USA kit production on this website). The Hawk model company was the most innovative in America and had been making constant 1/48 scale models in wood and metal since the late 1920s. During the re-run of the World's Fair in 1933, Hawk may have made the world's first injection molded airplanes models - but they were not kits. The models were completely finished and were on display for the princely sum of $25 each. The Mates brothers, who founded and ran Hawk, were quick to incorporate this new technology by adding injection molded details to the wooden kits in the late 1930s. During the war, Hawk put it's injection molding knowledge to work making ID models for the US Armed Forces. Originally there was a nation-wide program to have children and adults make these from wood, but consistency was an issue - injection molded solved this problem. Immediately after WWII in 1946, Hawk made the Curtiss Racer model injection molded in black tenite. The box was a simple one-color affair. This kit, like Varney's PT-17, met a very cool reception at hobby shops. Hawk quickly changed the box to two colors, added box artwork and molded the kit in bright yellow acetate. That was the second issue, still from 1946. By 1948/49 Hawk was using injection molded styrene plastic and still molding it in high-gloss yellow - that is this kit, the third issue. Other than the material, there are subtle changes to the box. It is still one piece but much larger, has much simpler (and larger) text on the end flaps and the box top says "All Plastic Airplane Assembly Kit" (instead of "...Construction Kit"). The box is in remarkable 'excellent++' condition with great colors, no creases, rips or tears, no splits and all 6 flaps present and 100% attached. The box has not been crushed or flattened, which is unusual as it was not very strong. Inside, the kit has never been started and has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. The instructions are in excellent condition. Please note that Hawk did not issue decals with this issue of this kit.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good-
1976 issue. Nicely detailed for that time. Features all recessed panel lines, decals for two versions, full underwing stores, detailed removable engine, engine stand, tow tractor with tow bar, pilot's boarding ladder and two ground crew. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG+
SALE! Includes two kits in one box. The kits have never been started and are both inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and (1) set of instructions present. 1970s issue is nicely molded and includes decals for both versions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG to Exc
SALE!! Includes all 6 kits in the three boxes shown. NOTE: Sold AS-IS and not inventoried. This collector was very meticulous and of his kits that I did inventory, 95% are complete. But on these kits he cut the sprue (trees) with the part numbers still attached to each number, so the parts are loose. Because of that, I have not inventoried these kits. NOTE: he built minor sub assemblies (cockpit tubs, wing halves, etc) to 'professional' quality. Again, these kits are sold not inventoried and AS IS hence the very low price.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Exc+
Still factory sealed. Special edition that is well detailed and includes Ardennes paint guide and markings, one DKW NZ350 Military Motorcycle and three figures.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG++
Original 1950s issue with fantastic Ray Gaedke box art. In 1931, Post and Gatty flew the Vega 'Winnie Mae' around the world in 8 days, 15 hours and 8 minutes for a new world record. In 1933 Post tested a gyroscope automatic pilot and radio direction finder in another record flight lasting 7 days, 18 hours and 45 minutes. This aircraft is now in the Smithsonian Museum. Kit features moving control surfaces, cockpit, rotating prop and wheels and clear display stand. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
From 1991. Large and well detailed kit with 120 parts. Contains markings for French E-3F 36 Escadre de Detection 1991 and E-3D 8 Sq. RAF Waddington 1991. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The few large parts that were never factory sealed have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: Fair
Highly prefabricated kit made from Solid Western Pine - not balsa wood. Makes a very impressive display model when built. Includes precut and shaped fuselage, wings, elevators, rudder and nacelles, a bag of sealed detail parts including propellers, wheels, etc, envelopes of wood filler and glue, sandpaper, detailed instructions and drawings with aircraft history and a large, colorful American Airlines decal sheet. Never started. 100% complete with all parts and plans. NOTE: the box is only fair. The ends are heavily taped and the tape extends onto the box top and bottom. It is graded 'fair', not collectible but an ideal builder as the parts and paperwork are all in very good condition. 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.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good
Very rare, one-owner kit purchased new in Arkansas in the Corondolet toy department. '64 Impala SS 409 2 Door Hardtop that can be built stock, racing or advanced custom. Features complete working headlight and tail light set up, detailed engine and engine compartment, opening hood, underside exhaust detail, full interior and numerous optional parts and decals for the full custom and race versions. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including all parts, all lighting parts, decals and instructions. NOTE: one block half has a tire burn, but it is covered by the oil pan. There is one other burn and it is on the custom tube grille.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good++
Very large 1/72 scale kit that is well detailed. Features all fine recessed panel lines, detailed cockpit and interior, detailed gear wells, optional position landing gear and more. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good+
Highly detailed and with all recessed panel lines. Extra parts are included to make the bomber version or the reconnaissance variant and decals are included for both. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. The Ar-234C-3/4 was the fastest production jet aircraft of WWII. On one test, the pilot reported tail flutter and control unpredictability at high speeds. We now know that he was approaching the speed of sound.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: Good
1973 Free Flight Nationals Winner - a proven flier designed by Tom Stark. Stick and tissue construction with big wingspan. Typical high quality SIG model featuring complete building and flying instructions, full size, detailed plans, plastic propeller, wheels, contest rubber, die cut parts, covering material and full decals. 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 have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
High-gloss box release features all very fine recessed panel lines, very good cockpit, unique one-piece fuselage and more. There is a paint guide and an excellent decal sheet for four different colorful aircraft. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Exc
Still factory sealed. From the early 1970s. Features traditional stick and tissue construction, color insignia, fully finished wood wheels, rubber motor, hardware, tissue, plastic propeller and detailed full size plans/instructions. 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.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc+
Highly detailed model with over 70 parts including PE. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Exc
Still factory sealed but the seal has drawn the box slightly concave. Dated 1972. Measures over 15 inches long when assembled. Very well detailed kit and still the best for this ship and class. Features full deck fittings, elevating and rotating main turrets, torpedo tubes, torpedo and lifeboat davits, detailed depth charge racks, display stand, decals, flag sheet and more.