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Frog Gloster Gladiator II -Norwegian Fighter Wing Stavanger Airfield Norway April 1940 or RAF 247 Sq Plymouth 1940, 1/72, F429

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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Final issue with the late 1970s Frog logo. Very nicely molded kit with fine detail. Contains color paint guide and decals for both aircraft. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Frog is considered the father of injection molded model kits. The Lines Brothers opened Frog in 1932, capitalizing on the fever caused by Lindberg's solo transatlantic flight. Almost overnight the western populations became 'Air-Minded', and anything aviation was in high demand. Frog created a quality line of stick and tissue rubber powered aircraft and gliders as well as innovative ready-to-fly rubber powered aircraft that required no assembly. The box even contained a built-in rubber motor winder and fuselage holder. Model airplane flight competitions were popular in Great Britain, and one category was 'Rise Off the Ground', or ROG. By changing this to 'Flies Right Off the Ground', the FROG name was born. In 1936 Frog created a line of injection molded plastic models, the first such kit line in the world (Hawk sold a line of injection molded aircraft models in 1934 but they were factory assembled and painted). Named 'Penguin' after the bird that does not fly, the kits were innovative beyond the means of production. At a time when models were simply built by wingspan, the Penguin line was a constant 1/72 scale. Furthermore, a large 1/72 Short S.30 Empire class flying boat contained a full interior and lights! A line of accessories such as AA guns, tractors, hanger, ambulance, sound locator, searchlights and lighting kits were quickly added to the line. WWII caused a pause in production. After the war the box color changed from silver to green, and Penguin kits were also marketed in the USA. Production ended in 1950. Frog quickly expanded and released the Red, Blue, Orange, Black, Green, Gold Token, Spin and Comet series as well as Trail Blazers and several others. It is noteworthy that while most manufacturers in the 1940s/50 were making toy-like models, Frog attempted to make very realistic models. For example, 'detailing' kits with excessively large rivets was once very popular. Frog ignored this trend and continued to mold aircraft with fine panel lines and no rivets. As a result, Frog kits can be built into very realistic replicas. Production ended in the late 1970s, but Frog molds are still in use around the world.

Revell Vietnam Air Cav Team Bell Huey Helicopter UH-1D & Hughes OH-6A Loach, 1/32, 4454

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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SALE! 1986 issue containing both big scale kits. The UH-1D is from the 1967 molds. It features a 18 inch rotor span, detailed Lycoming T53 Jet Engine with removable cowling, highly detailed interior and cockpit with opening cabin doors and moving rotors. Includes pilot and gunner figure. The OH-6 is well molded with fine raised details, complete cockpit and compartment, pilot figure and working main and tail rotors. The kits have not been started. Each model is still in the factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Hasegawa RA-5C Vigilante - RVAH-14 / RVAH-9, 1/72, DT5

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Has large and colorful decal sheet for two squadrons, the Eagles from the USS John F Kennedy and the Hoot Owls from the USS Ranger. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Hawk North American F-51H Mustang - (P-51), 1/48, 401

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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Rare kit from the mid 1950s. The Hawk one-piece box is complete and in 'Good++' condition, which is unusual for these boxes as they are easily damaged or destroyed. The kit inside is from completely different molds than all other Hawk P-51 kits. Features one piece wing and horizontal stabilizers, fuselage halves, clear canopy, prop and two piece stand that is engraved 'F-51H Mustang.' There are extensive decals (for this era) including insignia, nose checkerboards as shown on the instructions and more. Molded in a very high gloss medium gray and clear canopy, stand and stand arm. The kit has never been started. NOTE: missing the small antenna. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts, decals and instructions present.

Lindberg F7U-1 Cutlass, 1/48, 510

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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From 1954 or '55 and with Ray Gaedke art. Rare first issue hardbox with script Lindberg logo on the box top and two long sides. Large-scale kit is molded in an incredible deep gloss blue and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. In the 1930s, Paul Lindberg was designing, building and flying stick and tissue aircraft like so many other men and boys of the time. His plans appear in Popular Aviation magazine and he made a good name for himself. When injection molding showed the way to increased kits sales in the late 1940s/early 1950s, he quickly teamed up with Mr. Olsen to create 'O-lin' models. Ray Gaedke was one the the early artists for O-lin. In the early 1950s Paul Lindberg had control and had his name as the logo. The first logo is the one on this kit - 'Lindberg' in script with 'Products' arched across the top and 'Incorporated' arched across the bottom to create a broken circle around the script. Ray Gadke continued his bold and colorful artwork for Lindberg and created many timeless classics. Although the early Lindberg kits were all ex-Olin, Lindberg continued the O-lin practice of placing large 1/48 scale kits in a very, very small box such as this kit.

Revell Harley Davidson 1200 Electra Glide Motorcycle, 1/8, 7927

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

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Still factory sealed. 1992 issue from the 1969 molds. Excellent kit with 109 parts. Features 'hard' saddle bags, hollow rubber tires, flexible control, fuel, oil and electrical cables, steerable front wheel, fully chromed engine, luggage rack, step boards and foot rests, decals and more. Molded in colored plastic, clear, chrome and with rubber tires.

Minicraft Highway Pioneers (Ex-Gowland/Revell) 1911 Rolls Royce / 1915 Ford T / 1914 Stutz / 1913 Mercdes, 1/32, 1504

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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One of at least five such Highway Pioneer reissues by Minicraft and ideal builders. The original molds were used for these issues as evidenced by the engraved 'Gowland' on several kit parts. Includes all four cars listed. The kits have never been started. All four cars are still in the internal factory sealed bags including instructions.

Revell Bell AH-1 Huey Cobra Helicopter, 1/32, H287

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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1969 dated soft box. Large 1/32 scale kit. Well detailed with 18 inch rotor span, full Lycoming T53 engine and removable cowl, full interior and two pilots, moving gun turret and underwing stores. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Monogram Sea Breeze International Star Class Racing Yacht - Four Star Issue, 1/22, P16-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Rare first issue dated 1956. Large-scale kit that was well detailed for that time. Features flexible sails, complete rigging instructions, crew of two, working rudder and large anchor-shaped stand. Molded in red and ivory. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts, rigging thread, sails and includes instructions.

Monogram P-38L / P-38M 2 Seat Night Fighter / P-38J / F-5 Lightning - White Box Issue, 1/48, 6848

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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Dated 1973. Very highly detailed and well molded kit. Builds any of four versions including 2-Seat Night Fighter, day fighter, 'Droop Snoot' with bomber nose and F5 photo recon version. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Idea Hughes 500D Helicopter, 1/24, 2

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

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Large scale kit featuring 'very good' full interior, moving rotors and decals including blue and red pinstripes as shown on the box art. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Lindberg Boeing Trainer PT-17 Kaydet - (ex-Varney / ex-O-Lin), 1/48, 508-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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Rare 1950s hardbox issue with colorful Ray Gaedke boxart. This kit has a long and interesting history. These molds were originally created by Varney in the 1940s - please see the article on this website about this. The Varney PT-17 was one of the first injection molded plastic aircraft kits produced in the USA. O-Lin, of which Paul Lindberg was one-half of, purchased the Varney molds and released the kit after slight mold modifications. When O-Lin became Lindberg, the kit was released once - this kit - with the minimally modified molds. After this release, the molds were modified more significantly. Molded in very bright glossy yellow, black and clear. The model has not been started. It is complete with all parts, decals and instructions. The parts are the correct early issue.

Heller Amiot 143 Bomber, 1/72, L390

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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Late 1960s 'L' style issue with wrap around full wrap around box artwork and yellow-backed Heller logo. Very nicely molded and detailed. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions. The Amiot 143 design was first flown in 1934 and was ordered into series production with the first deliveries in August of 1935. A very capable aircraft for it's day, it was obsolete but still in service with 5 bombing groups when WWII broke out. Brave air crews attacked not only night targets in Germany proper but made daylight raids on bridges at the Sedan during the Blitz.

Strombecker Lockheed XFV-1 VTO Vertical Take-Off Fighter, 1/72, C50-89

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Strombecker was famous as the premier hardwood preshaped model manufacturer before plastic kits were introduced. 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. This kit is hardwood with many plastic injection molded parts, so it was produced in the transition from wood to plastic. The prop hubs, spinner, tip tanks and fuselage are wood, while the wings, props, scoop and tank fins are red plastic while the canopy is injection molded in clear. Full color decals are furnished as well as a 'Join the Strombecker Model-Makers Club' brochure. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Jim Shirley Productions USS Oriskany CV34 (1960s) Aircraft Carrier, 1/700, JFL001

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very rare. Legendary waterline model, easily the most accurate Oriskany kit made in any scale. Features full-length detailed hanger bay, photoetched parts and 1960's era aircraft. The kit has never been started. It is like new inside. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions. Shipping insurance is required.

Squadron (2) F4U-1A/D Corsair Replacement Canopies - (F4U1), 1/72, 9104

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

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Very well molded, crystal clear two canopy set in 1/72 scale. Never used and still sealed in the original Squadron ziplock bag. These clear and thin canopies are a superior upgrade to the thick canopies supplied with most kits.

Fujimi McDonnell F-4G Phantom II Wild Weasel - 35TFW 39 TFS / 3TFW 90TFS, 1/72, G-6

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Very well molded with all finely recessed panel detail. Features full cockpit, detailed gear wells, 600 and 370 gallon drop tanks, AIM-9B Sidewinders, chaff dispensers, AIM-7 Sparrows, ALQ-119 and decals for two aircraft. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora Wheeler Cruiser Sports Fishing Yacht, 1/43, 444-650

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Very rare kit with great box art by Mort Kunstler. Canadian issue dated 1967, which is also the date on the USA issue. Aurora did a beautiful job on this model, but it simply did not sell and was discontinued very shortly; which may be how it ended up in Canada so quickly. The high price of $5 US ($6.50 Canadian) and the esoteric subject matter were likely to blame. Large scale kit with excellent detail. Molded in white, medium wood tan, medium blue and chrome. Includes 5 figures and a display stand. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed (white, tan, blue) are still in the sealed bags. The chrome parts were never factory sealed have been inventoried complete. Includes decals and instructions. NOTE: box has wear and stains as shown.

Sword General Motors FM-2 Wildcat Martlet VI - 'The Reluctant Maid' of VC14 USS Hoggat Bay Oct 1944 / FAA JV699 / '48 M-F' US Navy, 1/48, SW48005SE

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Excellent kit with all fine recessed panel lines, detailed cockpit with resin parts, detailed engine, landing gear and firewall/gear bulkhead, opened or closed canopy and decals and paint guide for the three aircraft described. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Monogram F-86 Sabre Jet Superkit, 1/60, T5

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

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From 1954. Very rare plastic and precarved wood kit. Before there were injection molded plastic kits, model builders worked in wood or metal. Advanced companies, like Monogram, saw the advantage of plastic and began marketing kits with plastic details and fully-carved fuselage, wings, etc. This beautiful kit is one the highest quality composite static kits from the early to mid 1950s. Inside, the kit is as it left the factory with the small plastic parts still in the factory sealed 'krinkle' bag, unpunched factory painted balsa parts, finished balsa fuselage and wings, red acetate stand, clear windshield, sandpaper, instructions and decals. The kit has never been started. The plastic parts were factory sealed and are still in the sealed bags. The other parts were not factory sealed and have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions.