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Bandai Panzerkampfwagen III-M - (Panzer III), 1/48, 8267

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

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Still factory sealed. Rare kit that is part of the classic and highly detailed 1/48 Bandai Pin Point armor series. These kits are beautifully molded and feature full interior detail as well as flexible treads, many operating features and very detailed crew members that can be posed in almost any position.

Nichimo German U-Boat Type IXC Wolfpack U-107 - Motorized, 1/200, U-2010

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG++

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Still factory sealed but the seal has drawn the box top concave. Very collectible high-gloss box top artwork. Large scale kit is very well detailed and designed for motorized operation. Features complete deck fittings, removable torpedo magazine covers with torpedoes inside, rotating deck gun, hand rails and five crew members. Includes all hardware for motorizing; Nichimo did not include the motor. Molded in two colors, red and gray.

Nichimo U-Boat Type IXB Wolfpack U-107 Submarine - Motorized, 1/200, U-2009

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. Large 1/200 scale kit that is very nicely molded and well detailed. Molded in two colors, red and gray. Features complete deck fittings, removable torpedo magazine covers with torpedos inside, rotating deck gun, hand rails and five crew members. Includes all hardware for motorizing; the motor (common FA-130) must be purchased separately as Nichimo did not provide it with the kit.

O-Lin Fleet Submarine (Gato Class Ex-Varney)

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very, very rare investment piece for the advanced collector. From the late 1940s. This is the first one I have had in 20 years of dealing with kits and among the finest condition I have seen. Molded in the correct, gloss olive-drab plastic with a two piece hull, fore and aft decks, sail and detail parts and full instructions and the correct stand marked 'FLEET SUBMARINE.' The kit has never been started and is inventoried 100% complete with all parts and 'Very Good++' condition instructions. The box is graded 'excellent' (not perfect!) and has very nice color and gloss, four solid, original corners, no price tags or tag tears, no tape except for the remains of clear tape on the two long sides where the box was factory sealed, no tape tears and no box tears, fades or missing litho. Wear includes general light shelf wear as shown and some corner and edge wear. NOTE: must be shipped insured. This kit has a fascinating history. These molds may well be the oldest production ship kit in US plastic modeling history. The kit started as the Varney Fleet Sub in the mid 1940s. It is widely believed that it was the very first USA all-plastic construction kit of a military vessel. Varney produced an all plastic aircraft kit at the same time, the PT-17. It is the #1 candidate for the first plastic airplane kit in the USA. Varney was a famous manufacture of model trains, first O then a leader in HO models. The two new additions did not sell very well - remember, the Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' had yet to be issued, so the boom in modeling had not occurred. Varney soon sold the molds for the Fleet Sub and the PT-17 to O-Lin (along with the molds for a fantastic multi-media kit with a wooden hull and plastic fittings, the Varney PT Boat ). O-Lin was a joint venture by Paul Lindberg and Mr. Olsen. O-Lin successfully issued the PT Boat (the PT Boat was given an injection molded hull and deck), PT-17 Stearman and Fleet Sub but modified the molds for the Sub. The original Varney kit had a solid, one-piece black hull and gray fittings. O-Lin engineers created a two-piece hull that provided a hollow hull and made from the same shot of plastic as the fittings. The 'Lin' in O-Lin, Paul Lindberg, was already well known for his publication of articles and plans for flying model aircraft in some of the leading aviation publications in the 1940/50s.

Monogram OS2U-3 Kingfisher - RAF or US Navy Blue Box Issue - (OS2U3), 1/48, PA135-150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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First issue dated 1966. This kit is part of the very famous line of 1/48 scale World War II action kits. Finely molded and detailed for that time with traditional Monogram quality. Features optional parts so you can built a the shipbased (float) or wheeled land version, good cockpit detail, underwing bombs, elevating and rotating gun, pilot and gunner figures, five piece canopy that can be positioned closed or in several open configurations and choice of US Navy or Royal Navy decals. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The Royal Navy aircraft were called Kingfisher I and 100 of them were delivered with both wheel and float gear. The US Navy aircraft is that of Lieutenant William F. Eadie from a Kingfisher squadron based in the Ellice Islands. He spotted and rescued Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker and his companions after they had been on a raft in the Pacific for 21 days and virtually given up for lost. Lt. Eadie moved the most injured into the radio compartment while Rickenbacker and the other crew member were lashed to the wings. Eadie figured that the aircraft could not fly, and luckily he met a PT boat and transfered the uninjured men to it.

Monogram Howard DGA-6 Mr Mulligan Bild'n Fly - 17.5 inch Wingspan Flying Model, 1/21, F1-149

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Rare. 1960 issue from the large 'Bild'n Fly' series. This series was Monogram's most elaborate, colorful and realistic flying models. It was short-lived however, as by 1960 non-flying plastic kits had become the #1 hobby of boys in the USA. The Bild'n Fly series included simplified assembly - no ribs or stringers. All balsa parts are color laminated and die cut - no tissue covering and all decoration is built in full color. There are 14 highly detailed plastic parts such as cowl, wheels, prop, etc. The windows are clear and are of die-cut acetate. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including and instructions.

Monogram Wright Brothers Kitty Hawk, 1/40, PA30-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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First issue. 1958 hardbox. Correctly molded in brown and ivory plastic with a clear stand. Possibly the best kit ever injection molded of the first aircraft to sustain powered, controlled flight. Excellent detail and includes rigging material and instructions. Kit also features figures of Orville and Wilbur Wright, monorail launching track and carrier dolly and historical accessories-"C" clamp, bench, can, spade and starting battery that were all present at the first flight. Never started. Factory sealed bag or 100% inventoried with all parts and instructions present.

Monogram Visible B-17G Flying Fortress, 1/48, 5620

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG+

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Still factory sealed. First release dated 1979 for the highest mold quality. Features full interior detail and the left fuselage half molded in clear. Molded in olive drab, clear and black.

Bandai British Truck 3 ton Austin K5, 1/48, 8361

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. Rare kit that is part of the classic and highly detailed 1/48 Bandai Pin Point armor series. These kits are beautifully molded and feature full interior detail as well as flexible treads, many operating features and very detailed crew members that can be posed in almost any position.

Sterling Fokker D-VII with 'Auto-Magic' Pilot - 21 inch Wingspan For Control Line or Free Flight, M-6

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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Mid 1960s stick-and-tissue flying model with special 'Auto Magic Pilot' feature and 21 inch wingspan. Can be built for scale static display, rubber free-flight or gas powered control line or Auto Magic Pilot, where the aircraft flies by itself on a tether and maintains level flight. Features full size plans, many sheets of die-cut balsa wood parts, main spars, stringers, tissue, completely formed and painted wooden wheels, die-cut plywood parts, clear material for winscreen, vacuformed cowl and engine top detail, steel pre-shaped landing gear struts and decals. Full size plans are included that also include highly detailed text instructions. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts including decals and instructions. Sterling was a famous manufacturer dating back to the 1930/40s flying model craze. Although they continued to produce kits for decades after the flying model slump following World War II, they eventually fell victim to the general lack of interest in modeling that occurred in the early 1980s. I always considered Sterling kits to be deluxe kits as they had the action features and were much nicer than most other kits of this type.

Comet Messerschmitt Bf-109E - 18 inch Wingspan Flying Balsa Model Airplane, 3306-198

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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Dated 1965. Kit features traditional wood/tissue construction with quality, die-cut balsa sheet parts, stripwood, fully formed main and tail wheels, clear vacuform canopy and spinner, spars and wood stock as required, fully formed wire landing gear, rubber motor, plastic prop, wood thrust button, a big sheet of waterslide decals, template sheet with many details, covering tissue and detailed, full-size plans and building instructions. The kit has never beens started and has been inventoried complete. 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.

Pit Road British Navy M Class Submarine, 1/350, WF-5

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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Rare. The hull and small parts are beautifully cast in high-definition resin and there is brass stock as well. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes a display stand and instructions.

Nautilus Models USS Nautilus SS-168 Narwhal-Class Submarine Makin Island Raider, 1/350

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

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Rare. High quality resin, full hull kit. Very well detailed. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions. Nautilus did not furnish decals with this kit.

12 Squared C.S.S. Hunley - World's First Successful Submarine - Bagged, 1/72, 4-1

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

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Hard-to-find 1/72 scale limited run injection molded kit of this historic submarine. Includes full history of this submarine and the other Confederate subs before it and complete instructions. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including instructions.

Amtech EC-135 N/E AIRA/ALOTS 'Snoopy' and C-135B, 1/72, 729202

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+++

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Very nicely detailed model with over 150 injection molded and resin parts that can build one of four different aircraft: EC-135N ARIA/ALOTS, C-135B T/ARIA, EC-135N ARIA and EC-135E ARIA. Features all fine recessed panel lines, detailed interior, choice of TF-33 or J-57 engines, ALOTS pod, Black Box resin detail parts and more. The kit has never been started. All parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags. Includes decals, full instructions, marking paint guide (for EC-135E ARIA and EC-135N ARIRA/ALOTS) and detailed, illustrated additional instructions for the resin parts.

Artesania Latina San Francisco 16th Century Spanish Galleon, 1/90, 22408

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very highly detailed plank-on-frame kit with full metal fittings kit. Measures 52 cm long (~20.5 inches) long when assembled. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed containers and includes plans and instructions.

Monogram US Army M-29C Amphibious Weasel Personnel and Cargo Carrier, 1/35, PM156-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Dated 1966, second issue in the 'Green Box.' High quality for that time with excellent detail. Has flexible treads, movable windshield/rudder, full interior detail and four soldiers with arms and equipment. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Ambroid US Navy Helium Gas Tank Car - HO Craftsman Kit, 1/87, 1

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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High quality Ambroid kit from the 'Golden Age' of HO models. The limited-issue Ambroid kits are widely considered to be among the finest Craftsman kits issued. They can be built to a museum-quality display or used on your layout. The kit is made from quality Northeastern Scale Lumber and features all pre-scribed and milled hardwood parts, milled detail parts as needed, wood and metal stock, a sealed bag of detail parts, decals and full instructions and plans. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed small parts bag and the other parts have been inventoried 100% 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.

Ambroid Railroad Express Agency REA 50 Foot Refrigerator (Reefer) Car - HO Craftsman Kit, 1/87

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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High quality Ambroid kit from the 'Golden Age' of HO models. The limited-issue Ambroid kits are widely considered to be among the finest Craftsman kits issued. They can be built to a museum-quality display or used on your layout. The kit is made from quality Northeastern Scale Lumber and features all pre-scribed and milled hardwood parts, milled detail parts as needed, wood and metal stock, a sealed bag of detail parts, extensive decals and full instructions and plans. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed small parts bag and the other parts have been inventoried 100% 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.

Lindberg Grumman F11F-1 Tiger Blue Angels - (F11F F11F1), 1/48, 2332

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

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Factory sealed kit from 1982. Includes Blue Angels decals. From Lindberg's Past and Present Series. From the original late 1950s molds with all features that made the older kits special. Has movable ailerons, rudder and elevators and detailed engine with opening inspection panel.