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Hillcrest US Army 1909 Wright Biplane - World's First Military Aircraft, 1/65

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Very rare. Hillcrest was one of the pioneers among American plastic model kit manufacturers. Two kits are known to exist - this one and the Curtiss Pusher. There may have been a Bleriot XI but this is unconfirmed. Model Plastic Products of Hollywood, California was the parent company and they first issued the two kits under that name in 1951. In 1952 the Hillcrest name was used. The kits were a radical departure from other kits of the day that required tedious building and finishing of wood parts. For this reason Hillcrest advertised "prefabricated" and "assembly time 3 to 6 hours" on the box least they be mistaken for traditional wooden kits. The kit has injection molded main parts for the internal framework of the actual aircraft. The small cello bag is still sealed and contains fine the details such as the engine, tank and more. The framework is to be covered in tissue which is supplied along with rigging material. The instructions have a very nice three view drawing, parts diagram and written instructions. Never started and complete. All of the special internal cardboard that holds the parts and sealed packed is intact and in very good condition. The outer box is complete and the top flap is nice as shown, but overall the box is only 'good' with some clear tape on torn corners and some general deforming of the box as shown. This aircraft, called a "Flyer" by the Wrights, was built for the US Army about five years after the first Kitty Hawk aircraft. The aircraft incorporated many improvements and was built of very high quality hickory, ash and spruce. Wings were two-spar construction with built-up ribs and wire trailing edges. The airfoil had a camber-cord ratio of 1 to 20 and both sides were covered by a rubberized fabric. This aircraft had the doubtful distinction of having the first fatal air crash. A propeller cracked and tore the rudder loose, killing Lt. Selfridge while seriously injuring Orville Wright.

Williams Brothers Curtiss C-46 Commando - Flying Tigers or USAAF, 1/72, 0050-72546-01

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Features choice of 3 blade Hamilton or 4 blade Curtiss Props, dual position, good cockpit, clear side and cockpit windows, optional position landing gear and more There are several decals choices including Flying Tiger (Civilian) Lines, USAFF #15159 1942; USAAF #296803 1944; USAAF Burma 15th Combat Cargo Squadron Burma 1945 with Back Breaker nose art and Chinese Air Force 1946-47. Never started and the parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

AMT Grumman F7F-2/2N Tigercat - Nightfighter VF(N)-52 and Naval Air Test Aircraft - (F7F2), 1/48, 8844

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Poor

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Large scale Nightfighter Tigercat includes markings for VF(N)-52 from the USS Antietam and the unique all yellow test aircraft from the Naval Air Test Center. Features 120 parts, fully detailed cockpit, engines and landing gear. Has recessed panel lines and real rubber tires. There is no assembly but NOTE: the insides of the cockpit are painted the correct zinc chromate green. There is no other painting. Some parts are still in the factory sealed bags. The parts that are not internally sealed have been inventoried complete, including decals and instructions. NOTE: decal sheet is missing four tiny decals, 9L, 10R, 11L and 12R which at all stencils.

AMT Grumman F7F-3 Tigercat - Marines or Navy - (F7F3), 1/48, 8843

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Large scale, out of production Tigercat. Nicely detailed with 120 total parts. Features decals for two Marine Aircraft and one Navy F7F-3, all engraved panel lines, fully detailed cockpit, PW R-2800-34W engines and landing gear. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Revell Sherman M-4 Tank Motorized - Black Magic, 1/40, H544-249

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Very rare. Original issue hardbox dated 1960. I believe this is the one and only issue of this model. The box solid and complete with four original corners, no repairs, no splits tears, fading or stains. There are short pieces of clear tape on the two long sides and box bottom, the original price tag from "Family Fair" on the right short side and general even wear as shown in the photos. Inside, this is the modified 1955 'S' issue kit with original 'Black Magic' decals, an electric motor, gears, contacts and additional motorizing parts as required. Features motorized movable tracks for climbing grades and obstacles, detailed suspension, opening hatches, elevating gun and rotating turret. tank commander soldiers 'Set For Action' and more. The tracks are in excellent condition with no damage and still flexible as new. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. An additional addendum set of motorizing instructions are present. This kit must be shipped insured.

Cadet Six Model Gift Set P-51 / P-47 / F6F / Spitfire IX / FW-190 / Typhoon 1-B, 1/72, X-1

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair++

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Incredibly rare 1944/45 wartime gift set containing six 1/72 scale solid wood model kits. It features a P-51 Mustang, P-47 Thunderbolt, F6F Hellcat, Spitfire IX, Focke-Wulf FW190 and Typhoon 1B models with clear vacuform canopies (still in 'mint' condition and not yellowed), 2D carved fuselages and wings, one sheet of printwood per aircraft, a wax bag of small parts with filler blocks, spinner blocks, landing gear struts, 12 fully formed wheels and metal stock for axles, guns, propeller shafts, etc. Also includes a complete color insignia sheet for each each aircraft and six sets of plans. The plans are superb and have full-size three view detail drawings, exploded assembly diagram, complete text instructions including how to carve, history of each aircraft and more. All of the special internal presentation cardboard is present. The kit has never been started. All six aircraft have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, insignia and plans/instructions present. NOTE: missing the sanding block and modelers knife. Otherwise complete. Please NOTE that the box is intact but is only graded 'Fair++' due to 3 split corners and wear, tear & stains and shown. The box sides are in very slightly better condition than the box top. Cadet Aeronautics was a division of Winner Engineering Corporation, Trenton NJ. In addition to this gift set, the individual kit line-up consisted of a P-40, P-51, Spitfire, Hellcat, P-47, Airacobra, Culver Model V, Aeronca Champion and Stinson Voyager 150 (numbered B-1 through B-9 respectively). Cadet also had a very popular line of ready-to-fly gliders such as the 'Stratobomber' and many others.

Academy Boeing B-17B Flying Fortress, 1/72, 2106

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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From 1991 and a beautiful and detailed model of this early Fortress. Molded with all fine recessed panel lines and features excellent cockpit detail, rotating propellers and wheels, bomb bay detail, full bomb load and optional position doors and more. Dusty Rhodes was doing box art research and discovered that the painting for this kit represents the Good Will flight from Langley to Rio de Janeiro in November of 1938. The future SAC leader, Curtis LeMay, was on this flight as the lead navigator as a lowly First Lieutenant. Never started and the parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Lindberg USS Iowa Battleship BB-61, 1/1560, 9707

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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1974 small-scale issue with box art by Tom Morgan. Well molded, full hull kit. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Other small-scale ships in this line included USS Riley, USS Biloxi and USS Valley Forge.

Classic Airframes Curtiss BFC-2 / F-11C Goshawk - US Navy (F11C BFC2), 1/48, 432

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Still the finest 1/48 Goshawk kit ever made. Features finely molded injection molded parts, many resin details, detailed cockpit & engine and more. Includes full color painting guide with decals for the two aircraft listed. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bags including decals and instructions.

Monogram F-105 Thunderchief - Four Star Issue, 1/72, PA33-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Rare. This is the first release hardbox kit dated 1958. It features revolving bomb bay that drops a nuclear bomb, trigger action opens the canopy and ejects the pilot, boarding ladder and ground crew member. This is the only release with the ejection feature. Molded in the correct gloss silver and clear plastic. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including all parts, metal spring, decals and instructions. The box grades 'good' and has wear as shown.

ESCI Bell UH-1D Iroquois Huey - US Army Vietnam or South African Air Force, 1/48, 4033

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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Excellent detail including full interior with cockpit and cabin, opening cabin doors, optional position pilot/copilot doors, full engine and more. Includes decals for both air forces. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

AMT 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 - 3 in 1 Kit / Stock / Custom / Road Racer / Drag, 1/25, T114-225

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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Early 1970s original issue that is a well detailed model with numerous parts to build either version. Features detailed engine and compartment, opening hood, full interior, detailed underside and much more. Never started and inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Hobby Boss F/A-18D Hornet, 1/48, 80322

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. Beautifully molded large scale Hornet with 265 parts.

Hasegawa Curtiss BF2C-1 - US Navy Fighter Bomber USS Ranger 1934, 1/32, JS064

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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Excellent, large scale model of this classic 1930s US Navy fighter. Includes markings and painting guide for any of the aircraft on the USS Ranger in 1934 (VB-5B). Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. The box displays 'good+' but NOTE: it is graded 'good-' because there is bug damage and age foxing on some of the side panels.

Monogram F-106 Delta Dart, 1/48, 5809

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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1983 issue. Very highly detailed and well molded for that time. Large-scale with full cockpit, wheel wells and opened or closed missile bay with Falcon missiles. Never started and the parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Monogram Mercedes-Benz 1939 Supercharged 540-K - Special Marketing Issue, 1/24, 8202-0350

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG+

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Very rare. This is a 1972 special limited release marketing run. The box top is the expensive, high-gloss version and the kit has a special lower box tray that is entirely factory sealed. This was so that potential customers could remove the box top and view the kit while still keeping the kit sealed. To maintain the quality appearance on the inside as well, the tray is a unique version that is white cardboard on the outside while one white cardboard insert keeps the body and parts in place and looking neat. Features rolling chassis detail, detailed engine, removable hood, complete interior, removable soft top or boot and more. Molded in silver, white, black, clear and chrome-plated plastic and with rubber tires. The 540K was produced from 1937 to 1939 by Daimler-Benz and was priced at about $11,000 - a King's ransom in those days. The supercharger boosted horsepower to 180 and the car traveled easily at 105 mph.

Eduard PKZ-2 - Austro-Hungarian WWI Helicopter, 1/48, 8015

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

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Unusual kit of this unusual subject in 1/48 scale. Features crisp injection molded parts, numerous photoetched parts & details and full color painting guide. Contains photo-etched details. Never started and the parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.

Moebius Jupiter 2 Spacecraft From Lost in Space - With Interior, 1/35, 913

Vaccuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. This very large 1/35 scale kit is the most accurate model every made of the Jupiter 2 from the famous TV Series. Measures 18 inches across when complete and features operating landing gear, full main control deck interior with primary control console, astrogator & freezing tubes, numerous clear parts and much more. Lighting kit is available separately.

Pyro 1930 Bentley Le Mans Blower, 1/32, C304-60

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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1960s Pyro issue from original molds. The model includes beautiful green injection molded parts including wire wheels (not solid wheels), clear parts, detailed chassis and complete interior. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. In the early to mid 1960s the Pyro company chose many of it's kit subjects based more on historical significance than popularity. Luckily for us, Pyro not only made these kits but did an excellent job for the time. The Pyro car models are based on the actual cars that Pyro engineers and designers had access to. In some cases, the specific car and owner is on the box.

Revell Military Wrecker - (ex Renwal), 1/32, 8305

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

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Still factory sealed. 1983 issue from the famous Renwal molds. Well detailed kit features clear windshield, rigging thread, movable jacks, working winch and crane, turning front wheels, working rear suspension and crate.