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Airfix Hawker Hunter - Craftmaster Issue, 1/72, 1212-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$22   

This is a Type 3 logo kit from the 1960s with great box art. As you can see, two Hunters are at very high altitude and shooting at what appears to be a red jet-powered drone in Spanish Nationalist markings. This model has never been started. It is inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Did you notice the rather strange looking drone on the box art? I often wondered about it's (possible) origins. Thanks to Dusty Rhodes, it is a Jindivik Australian target drone developed and built by GAF (Government Aircraft Factories) Australia. Development began in 1948. The piloted prototype, named Pika, flew in October of 1950, while the first unmanned Jindivik Mk.1 flew in August 1952. Only 14 Mk.1s were built and powered by a single Armstrong-Siddeley Adder ASA.1 turbojet. The Mk.2 began production in 1953 with the Bristol Siddeley Viper ASV.3 engine. A total of 190 Mk. 2 Jindiviks were built and were known as Mk.102 in Great Britain service. Mk.3s numbered 150 total production. They were called Mk.103a in UK service and Mk.203A by the Royal Australian Navy. In 1964/65, 42 Mk.3As were delivered to the US Navy and designated Mk.303A. They did not have USN serial numbers or standard US Navy target drone designation. By 1968 there were not longer being used in the USN and at least 14 were transferred to the UK. Mk.3A were followed by 126 Mk.3B and even a Mk.4A which was built only in the UK. Over 500 were built total and used into the early 2000s.

Pyro American Cup Racer - With Sails, 1/96, 328-298

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$72   

Rare early issue from Pyro, likely from the late 1950s or very early 1960s. Wonderful kit of the famous schooner that would race between New York and Bermuda. Very nicely detailed and includes billowing sails, standing and running rigging material and full rigging instructions. Measures about 19 inches long when built. NOTE: this kit has very minor and neat assembly: 3 eyelets are glued to the hull. There is no other assembly. NOTE: the hull below the waterline only is painted green. There is one coat and the quality is only 'good.' there is no other painting. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, thread and instructions present.

Mamoli Captain Morgan Pirate Ship 17th Century, 1/135, MM5

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$42   

Well-engineered and the perfect model for a first-time wooden ship builder. Measures 11.8 inches in length when completed. Features completely pre-carved and sanded hardwood hull, cast metal, brass and plastic fittings, pre-cut wooden parts, masts, spars, sail cloth, rigging material and diagrams, flag, full size drawings and instructions. The kit has never been started. The small parts are still factory sealed; the large parts were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete. With all paperwork.

Revell Martin PBM-5 Mariner - Famous Aircraft Series, 1/118, H175-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$42   

Dated 1960 and part of the 'Famous Aircraft Series' with superb, frameable box art. These were the follow-on to the 'Famous Artist Series.' Although dated 1960, it is most likely from about 1964. Molded in dark blue and clear. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Includes PBM-5 Master Modeler Stamp for this kit as well as the MMC application form, but does include any trading cards.

Hawk RE-8 - Solid Wood Aircraft Model, 1/48, 56

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$42   

Rare model from 1946 for the advanced Hawk collector. Hawk was one of the few manufacturers making wooden kits to a constant scale of 1/48. However, the company was innovative as it quickly included injection molded accessories. This model features profile (2D) cut wooden fuselage, wings and tail feathers, injection molded wheels, propeller and 2 machine guns, wooden stock as needed, metal seat, full color decals and high quality, full-size plans. Never started and complete. The decals are intact but have typical age micro-cracking.

Italeri Super Actros - Semi Truck, 1/24, 718

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$49   

Very highly detailed truck model. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Revell 1913 Mercedes Highway Pioneers - Series 4, 1/32, H54-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$40   

1954 original issue of the famous Highway Pioneers 'Foreign Car' series. These issues feature the same 5 car artwork on every box; the only way to identify the contents was an ink-stamped name on the box ends. Molded in gloss dark green plastic. This kit has never been started. All parts are still in the factory sealed bag. Includes instructions. These kits have a fascinating history. Hobbies were nothing new to America in the 1930s/40s, but they were not mainstream and never made the top 10 list of boys activities. Spurred on by the nation-wide aviation craze in the 1920s, many became modelers and built flying or static wooden models of airplanes, ships, trains, automotive and other subjects. Basic kits existed, but many of these models were built from scratch, which demanded a high talent level developed from years of experience. That changed in the early 1950s when the Gowland & Gowland/Revell Highway Pioneers became the sales sensation of the year. Demand was so great that the factories could not keep up and almost overnight 'model building' was mainstream. The phenomenon of the 'Highway Pioneers' kits was a significant force in proving that model building as a hobby could have mass appeal, provided that the kits were easy enough to build and finish. These 1/32 scale vehicles fit the bill: they could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real cars. The success of the Highway Pioneers lead to the production of other subjects in plastic and the effect was revolutionary. By the late 1950s, model building was the #1 past time of American boys...and many adult males too!

Tamiya Ford M151A2 With TOW Missile Launcher, 1/35, 3625A

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$22   

Still factory sealed. Excellent model that features TOW launcher, M220 tracking system, driver and a variety of decals for US Army, US Marines and more.

Maircraft Focke-Wulf Fw-198 - Solid Wood Aircraft Model, 1/48, H-6

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$26   

From the 1940s. Features finished booms, 3D cut fuselage, 2D cut wings and tail feathers, printwood, fully formed wheels and s factory sealed parts bag. With 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.

Tamiya Panzerkampfwagen V Panther Motorized, 1/35, MT123

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$94   

Still factory sealed and very rare in this condition. Hard-to-find motorized version is well detailed and features an all metal gearbox & axles, all hardware for motorized operation, realistic sprocket drive, flexible tracks and much more.

Marvel Ryan STM-2 - Combat Planes Of America Series - Solid Wood Aircraft, 1/32

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$38   

Rare, large 1/32 scale solid model from 1942. At that time, their were 'fliers' and 'solids.' 'Fliers' were notoriously off-scale and lacked detail so they would fly well. 'Solids' were true scale models that were solid wood and designed only to be scale miniatures (they did not fly). This kit has a worn and clear taped box but inside everything is factory mint because all parts and the plans are still wrapped in the factory tissue. They have never been unwrapped, so you will be the first to open them up. Features a 12 inch wingspan and from what I know about these kits it has balsa blocks and wood stock, printwood and quality plans with construction notes, cross section templates as well as a painting guide. Marvel Mfg. Company was located in Seaford, Long Island, New York and had an extensive line of solid aircraft, wooden ships, army tanks and more. Just as a small example, the following are advertised on the back of this larger-scale solid kit: Grumman JRF-2, Mariner PBM-1, Bell YFM-1, P-38, P-40, Baltimore, Ryan STM-2, Curtiss AT-9, Douglas A-20A, Republic Guardsman, Grumman Skyrocket and Douglas 8A-5.

Pola Beer Garden G Scale, 1/22, G1765

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$38   

Very nicely detailed G scale model of a modern Beer Garden with (12) chairs, (3) umbrellas, (3)round tables, (3) long benches, (4) long tables, (3) small tables, serving bar and all the accessories shown (signs, kegs, bottles, crate, etc.). Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes signs and instructions.

Revell 1911 Rolls Royce Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H46-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$34   

1953 issue, the first year for the 'Series Three' Highway Pioneers. Molded in a beautiful dark burgundy plastic. These issues feature the same 5 car artwork on every box; the only way to identify the contents was an ink-stamped name on the box ends. This kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internally sealed factory bag. Includes instructions. These kits have a fascinating history. Hobbies were nothing new to America in the 1930s/40s, but they were not mainstream and never made the top 10 list of boys activities. Spurred on by the nation-wide aviation craze in the 1920s, many became modelers and built flying or static wooden models of airplanes, ships, trains, automotive and other subjects. Basic kits existed, but many of these models were built from scratch, which demanded a high talent level developed from years of experience. That changed in the early 1950s when the Gowland & Gowland/Revell Highway Pioneers became the sales sensation of the year. Demand was so great that the factories could not keep up and almost overnight 'model building' was mainstream. The phenomenon of the 'Highway Pioneers' kits was a significant force in proving that model building as a hobby could have mass appeal, provided that the kits were easy enough to build and finish. These 1/32 scale vehicles fit the bill: they could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real cars. The success of the Highway Pioneers lead to the production of other subjects in plastic and the effect was revolutionary. By the late 1950s, model building was the #1 past time of American boys...and many adult males too!

Airfix TWO Mig-23 Flogger - B or E - Soviet Air Force - USAirfix Issue, 1/72, 4011

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$27   

SALE!! Includes two kits in one box. 1980 issue that includes decals for both aircraft - natural finish and camo. Features moving elevators, optional position ventral fin, wings that swing, parts for either variant and some gear well detail. Both kits are never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Revell 1913 Mercedes-Benz - Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H54-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$39   

1960 issue molded in green plastic. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including instructions. Before the 1950s 'model building' never made the top 10 list of boy's activities. Hobbies were nothing new to America in the 1930s/40s, but they were not mainstream. Shortly after the turn of the century, many dedicated modelers built flying or static airplanes, ship, train, automotive or other subjects. Basic kits existed, but the majority of these models were built from scratch, which demanded a high talent level developed from years of experience. That changed in the early 1950s. The phenomenon of the Revell/Gowland & Gowland 'Highway Pioneers' car kits was a significant force in proving that model building as a hobby could have mass appeal, provided that the kits were easy enough to build and finish. These 1/32 scale vehicles could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real car. The Highway Pioneers series lead to the production of other subjects in plastic and the effect was revolutionary. By the early 1960s, model building was the #1 past time of American boys.

Imai Chieftain Medium Tank Motorized - (ex Bandai), 1/50, 1-527-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$44   

Rare Imai-AHM issue from the original Bandai molds. Features the electric motor, all motorizing hardware; metal gear box with brass shafts and nylon gears, pinion gear, screws, brass drive wheel shafts, contacts and springs. The model has very good detail for that time and realistic drive through the tracks. The tracks are 100% intact and still fully flexible. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Maircraft Spad 13 - Solid Wood Model Airplane - (Spad XIII), 1/48, S19

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$22   

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. This kit features a full size plan with instructions steps, fuselage that is factory cut to about 70% complete, profile cut wings and tail, fully formed wheels and clear material for the windshield. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Hobby-Time De Havilland Venom, 1/56, 284

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$24   

Deluxe solid scale model kit from the early 1950s. Features 3D cut fuselage, two sheet of die-cut wooden parts (wings, tails, etc), wood stock as required, finished rubber wheels, clear vacuformed canopy and a red plastic display stand. Includes excellent plans/instructions and full color decals. Never started and complete.

Fujimi Supermarine Spitfire F.Mk.14e / Italeri 1/72 Bf-109 F2/4 / Air Lines 1/72 Comet Air Racer, 1/72, 74008

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$19   

SALE!! Includes all three kits in the original boxes. Please read carefully for the condition as two are only 'builder' kits. Italeri Bf-109: mint condition; never started and inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Fujimi Spitfire: NOTE: this kit has minor, 'professional' quality subassembly as follows: cockpit tub and seat to lower wing; baffles to radiator; propeller blades to base. There is no other assembly. Inventoried 100% complete and includes decals and instructions. Air Lines Comet Racer: Never started. Inventoried with all aircraft parts present but NOTE: one seat back is broken off of one seat and NOTE: decals are missing. Includes instructions.

MB Models British Crusader II Conversion Kit, 1/35, 1007

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$16   

High-definition cast resin conversion kit includes turret, gun and other parts with text instructions. Never used and inventoried compete. Please note, this is only a conversion kit. The base kit is not included.