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Comet Aeronca Chief - 54 Inch Wingspan - Coca-Cola Bottle Issue, Y14-129

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Part of the deluxe high-cost Comet "Y" kit line from the 1950s. Note the box showing a bottle of Coke next to the young builder's snack tray and a finished aircraft. Large scale issue with the 'Coke Bottle' box design. For rubber flight or easily converted to RC using today's tiny and light servos and receivers. Kit features traditional wood/tissue construction, very high quality printwood, stripwood and spars, and other balsa stock as required, big machine-cut balsa wood prop, completely preformed wood wheels, metal prop shaft, wood thrust button, covering tissue (still folded in the instructions like it left the factory) and superb full size plans with instructions. The model has not been started. It has been inventoried complete. At the time of this kit, the entire Comet "Y" line consisted of Y1 F-51 Mustang, Y2 A-26 Invader, Y3 P-47, Y4 Hellcat F6f, Y5 P-38 Lightning, Y6 F-84F Thunderflash, Y7 Cougar F9F, Y8 Taylorcraft, Y9 Douglas Skyray F4D, Y10 Piper Cub Super Cruiser, Y11 Douglas Skystreak D558-1, Y12 F-86 Sabre, Y13 Gull and Y14 Aeronca Chief. 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.

Revell OS2U Kingfisher - Blue or Pre-War Yellow Wing Markings (ex-Monogram), 1/48, 85-5260

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

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Still factory sealed. From quality Monogram molds. Includes paint guide and markings for the box art aircraft or silver/yellow wings/blue tail colorful pre-war 'High Visibility' paint. Can be built with wheels for land operation or floats.

Aurora C-119G Flying Boxcar, 1/72, 393-250

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++++

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Still factory sealed. Close to 1/72 scale. Kit has many working features: cargo doors open and close to show full interior - removable loading ramps - Field gun/parachute/sled cargo - Jeep/parachute/sled cargo - rotating props and full cockpit.

Maircraft Chance Vought F4U-1 Corsair, 1/48, H-4

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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From the 1940s. Features 3D cut fuselage, nicely 2D cut wings, stock wood, printed plywood for prop and hub, a sealed bag of details, full color decals and excellent full-sized plans. Never started and complete. Maircraft was originally founded in the early or mid 1930s by Gordon Christoph and went by the name Aircraft Model Company. The company produced a typical line of solid 'profile cut' kits that required the usual high talent levels for carving and finishing. A former Comet Model Airplane & Supply Co. salesman, Jack Mair, bought the company in the early 1940s and renamed it Maircraft. This company was one of the handful of solid kit producers who issued models in a consistent 1/48 scale during the 1930s and 1940s (others included Hawk and Dyna-Model). This lead to one of the most desirable and rare model kits ever produced in the USA - the wood/plastic 1/48 United DC-3 model issued immediately after World War 2. Other than the P-61 and a few other Maircraft offerings, most were simple kits that sold for the low price of about 35 cents and gave the owners many hours of pleasurable work.

Revell USS Wasp Gemini Recovery Vessel, 1/520, H375

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Good

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SALE!! Still factory sealed but the seal has drawn the box concave as shown. 1969 issue. Highly detailed model that is 20" long when assembled. Includes Grumman S-2 Trackers, Sikorsky Sea King helicopters, movable elevators, Gemini capsule, flags and large decal sheet.

Life-Like Stock Pen / Stock Yard - With Twelve Hereford Cattle - HO Scale Model Kit, HO, 1378

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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Very nice modular kit. Never started. Inventoried complete with all parts, cows and instructions.

Comet Stinson SR-7 - 25 inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft, 3209-100

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

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Still factory sealed. Purchased new on April 1, 1972. 70s reissue of the older kit. Features traditional wood/tissue construction, detailed full size plans, building instructions, wire stock, completely preformed wooden wheels, clear material, rubber, tissue and propeller. 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.

Italeri Tiger Ausf. E Late Panzerkampfwagen VI, 1/35, 293

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG++

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Still factory sealed. From 1996.

Revell Supermarine Spitfire Mk1 - 610 Sq 'County of Chester', 1/32, H282

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Dated 1971. From the original 1967 molds in large 1/32 scale. Has many action features - canopy slides to show fully detailed cockpit, wheels and prop rotate, retractable landing gear, removable cowling shows finely detailed Rolls Royce Merlin engine and more. The kit has never been started. Inventoried with all parts, decals and instructions but

Nichimo Aichi E13A1b 'Jake' Japanese Navy Type-0 Reconnaissance Floatplane - Motorized, 1/48, S4803

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Larger scale Jake kit with wonderful artwork. Kit is engineered to be motorized but the motor is not included. Features crew of three, cockpit, working ailerons, wing flaps, rudder and elevator, folding wing tips, bomb load and beaching trolley. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. Box displays much better than the 'good' grade, but is graded as such due to clear tape along the bottom of the two long sides.

Monogram 1950 Ford Pickup Truck, 1/24, 2457

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG++

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Still factory sealed. Dated 1995. Well detailed with over 130 parts. Complete engine and engine compartment, opening hood and tail gate, complete interior and chassis detail, whitewall inserts and more. Molded in light blue, white, transparent clear and red tint with plated and rubber parts.

Monogram Grumman Wildcat F4F - White Box Issue, 1/48, 6798

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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1973 release of the famous 'Four Star' kit. This issue still has the small Mattel logos on both long sides. This is one of a very famous series of 1/48 scale World War II aircraft that Monogram originally issued in the 1960s. Features folding wings, pilot and ground crew figures and rotating prop and wheels. Molded in beautiful dark blue plastic and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Monogram P-38J Lightning Richard Bong - Droop Snoot or Night Fighter - Bagged, 1/48, 5479

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: No Box

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Bagged kit - no box. Box is shown for reference only. Comes with decals for Richard Bongs aircraft 'Marge', Droop Snoot 'Bomba-Dear' and night fighter 'Night Lightning' and parts for all three versions. Very finely molded and detailed kit with traditional high Monogram quality. The model as never been started. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. F-5 parts are included but not shown on the instructions, unlike the earlier versions.

Merlin Models Lockheed Orion UC-85 - USAAF or Varney Speedlines Airline, 1/72, 21

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Hard to find. Injection molded kit with fine, recessed panel lines with many cast metal detail parts. Fuselage is molded in clear plastic; includes interior detail. Has full decals for Military or Civil version. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Comet Build-N-Fly Set Four Flying Model Kits and Equipement, 4002-400

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed; seal has a split on the left side. Rare investment-grade condition. Contains everything you need to set up the hobby of building flying wooden models. Special issue contains four aircraft kits and equipment including #4101 Trainer, #4201 Cadet, #4301 Fly Boy, #4401 Cloud Buster, Comet Wood Cement, clear tissue cement, building board, brush, modeler pins, wax paper overlay, sandpaper and sanding block.

Austin-Craft US Army 1/4 Ton Jeep, 1/24

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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From the 1940s. 'No photo' box version. This is an excellent early kit featuring all pre-cut wood parts, molded plastic wheels, metal hood and dashboard, plastic details, clear windshield, sandpaper and detailed multi-view plans with instructions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes plans/instructions.

Merco General Sherman M4 Tank, 1/27

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Early 1950s wood and metal static model. Well detailed for that time and 11.5 inches long when assembled. Features precut and die-cut wooden parts, completely formed wheels, many metal parts, full decals and more. Has very large, excellent plans that are highly illustrated and have detailed text instructions also. Never started and complete with all parts and plans/instructions. Merco was Mercury Model Airplane Company out of Brooklyn New York. The armor line included the Patton, T41 bulldog, M4 Sherman, German Tiger, Russian Stalin and the shorter Patton 48.

Scientific Charles W. Morgan Whaler - 17.5 Inch Long Wood and Metal Ship Kit With Cloth Sails, 1/72, 183

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. Very nice kit featuring pre-carved wood hull, hardwood display base with pedestals, tapered hardwood masts and yards, three sheets very neatly done ply printwood, two sheets of sail cloth with pre-printed sails, color insignia sheet, fittings packets with davits, metal whale boats, anchors, fife rails, cranes, chains, ladders, deadeyes and more, rigging material, instruction book and two sheets of superb full size plans with all required views and numerous detail drawings.

ESCI M4A3 Sherman Tank With US Paratroopers, 1/72, 8604

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Hard-to-find and nicely molded and detailed 1/72 scale armor kit that includes 48 soldiers. Never started. The tank is still in the factory sealed bag and includes decals and instructions. The paratroopers were never factory sealed and have been inventoried complete.

Idea North American P-51D Mustang - USAF or South Korean Air Force, 1/72, 1514

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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Mold origins are not known. Nicely molded kit featuring very fine raised panel detail and recessed control surfaces, detailed engine and firewall, removable cowls, very nice cockpit detail, two-piece canopy, positionable rear scoops, optional position landing gear, bomb, drop tanks or rocket loadouts and decals for the two aircraft listed. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. The side offers an interesting history of the Mustang, which I will repeat part of here with the original spelling and punctuation - 'It is a masterpiece of propeller fighter having, as the first of its kind, less air resistance, excellent movability and solid body. With the Arison Enine, developed for low sky flight, it showed lack of flying high and its capcity weakened in flying high. Air Forces of the Britain put it into the Support Corps for the Army.'