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Aurora Mace TM-76 Guided Missile, 1/48, 130-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$189   

1958 'Famous Fighters' first and only release. This large 1/48 scale model of this early guided missile is molded in gloss white plastic and includes the booster engine & clear triangle-based display stand. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. The box has wear as shown and hobby shop stamp on the top.

Aurora Gotha Bomber G-V - Abare Issue - (GV), 1/48, 126-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM+

$64   

Ross Abare issue Gotha in amazing investment-grade, 'Near Mint' condition. Mr. Abare, a rare kits dealer in the earliest days of the hobby, contracted with Aurora to produce a copy of the original 1958 kit. However, Aurora had the printers use the mid 1960s oval logo without the 'Famous Fighters' in the border- thus forever separating the Abare issue from the original issue. Mr. Abare was reportedly quite upset, as he wanted exact copies. Molded in deep burgundy and black plastic. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora American Astronaut - Gemini Program, 1/13, 409-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$149   

Rare first and only release from 1967. The box is in 'excellent' condition with light wear (mainly on the lower edge and top left corner) as shown. This is a well detailed kit has Extra-Vehicular Life Support System (ELLS), Astronaut Maneuvering Unit (AMU) and unique Earth/Moon backdrop and Gemini Capsule base. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora Curtiss Hawk P-6E, 1/43, 116-130

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$64   

Still factory sealed and in amazing, investment-grade 'Near Mint' condition. The kit is dated 1958, but this is clearly a later issue as the Aurora logo does not say 'Famous Fighters' in the border and has no sunburst - due to the 130 price extension, it is most likely from 1961 or '62. This was a fine kit for that time and still a favorite 'Classic Builder' today. It features movable rudder, elevators & ailerons, cockpit with pilot, seat, instrument panel, gun sight and feet stirrups, auxiliary gas tank and rotating propeller and wheels. Usually molded in gloss dark green and clear, but I cannot confirm that since it is factory sealed.

Aurora Focke-Wulf FW-190, 1/47, 30-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$120   

Hardbox issue of this classic Aurora kit dated 1960. Notice the 79 cent extension, 'Sunburst' logo with no 'Famous Fighters' which makes this issue closer to about 1963/4. Molded in black and clear with the clear triangular 'globe' display stand. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora Martin B-26 Marauder - Famous Fighters Of All Nations, 1/46, 371-259

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$269   

Very rare first issue from the early 1950s. When Aurora moved to the West Hempstead plant, they planned a series of very large scale bombers. All kits released up to this time had been small. Aurora's instincts were correct, and the B-26, B-25 and B-29 were a big sales success. This box art was done by Jim Cox and was only used for about one year, making it very rare. The kit has never been started and is inventoried 100% complete with all parts, large clear stand, instructions and decals. The box has great color, four solid corners with no repairs, no creasing, no stains, fading or writing, no cardboard tears or rips, no price tags and no tape beyond the factory sealing tape. There is light general wear and please note that the box displays slightly better than the 'Excellent' grade but it is rated as such because there is light general wear not visible in the photo and a 1.5" x 3/8" factory tape tear on the top long side.

Monogram Mustang P-51B Ding Hao - White Box Issue, 1/48, 6806

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$30   

1973 issue still factory sealed and in investment-grade 'Near Mint' condition. Very finely molded and detailed 1/48 scale model featuring detailed cockpit and gear wells, choice of two canopy styles and more. The decals are for Col. Howard, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. He was an AVG pilot and became the first US pilot to become an ace in both the Pacific and European theaters.

Aurora M-109 Self Propelled Howitzer - Young Model Builders Club Issue / YMBC / US or West German, 1/48, 781

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$38   

Hard-to-find 1/48 scale '109 kit in the original YMBC cardboard mailing box. This is the 1976 improved molds version which features elevating gun, rotating turret, opening hatches, movable bogies, flexible tracks and combat crew. Never started and the parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora King Tiger - Panzer VI Heavy Tank (Henschel Turret) - SS Panzer Divisions, 1/48, 064

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$54   

Still factory sealed. 1976 Aurora 1/48 armor issue with significantly improved molds. Near the end Aurora took the best kits and upgraded the molds for accuracy. Features Zimmerit anti-magnetic finish, working bogies and flexible tracks, opening hatches, tank commander, rotating turret, three troops and decals for six different SS Panzer groups including 5th and 9th SS Panzer.

Aurora British Churchill Tank, 1/48, 327-150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$75   

Still factory sealed and in investment-grade condition. 1972 Big A softbox release features elevating gun, rotating turret, figures, operating treads & bogies and more. Includes a battlefield display stand.

Aurora British Churchill Tank, 1/48, 315-129

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$79   

SALE!! Long hardbox issue dated 1966 and in 'Excellent++' condition. In those days, it was said by reviewers that Aurora made the best tank kits - this one is no exception. Features all moving bogies and drive wheels, flexible black treads, elevating main gun, rotating turret, one tankman, three soldiers and decals. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora Swedish S Tank, 1/48, 316-129

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$68   

1966 hardbox issue with fantastic artwork. Nicely detailed for that time, featuring flexible treads, opening hatches and three soldiers with one tank crew member. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. Please note that Aurora did not furnish decals with this kit.

Revell Highway Pioneers Five Kit Gift Set - 1903 Model A Ford / 1910 Model T Ford / 1909 Stanley Steamer / 1903 Cadillac / 1900 Packard, 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$139   

Very rare. From 1952 or '53. This is one of (if not) Revell's first gift set. It is Gowland-produced with no part number. Gowland designed and molded these kits as well as providing the box artwork (signed D.K. Gowland) and instructions - Revell did the marketing. Inside, the kit is correct with all cardboard dividers, all small parts still factory sealed in the correct wax paper bags, cars molded in red, black, dark blue, yellow and green, tires molded in black and correct instructions. The models have never been started. All kits have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts present. 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. By the late 1910 and early '20s, many dedicated modelers were building 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. By the 1930s, the 'Aviation Craze" had taken hold of this country and kits appeared everywhere. However, it was estimated at the time that at least 80% of these were never sucessfully completed (and fewer than that flown). That changed in the early 1950s with the advent of plastics and affordable injection molding equipement. The phenomenon of the all-plastic 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 were completely molded to shape in color and could be built in an hour after dinner. When complete, they 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...and adult males as well!

Revell 1907 Renault Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H53-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$39   

1960 issue hardbox with full artwork; Highway Pioneers prior to this year simply had generic artwork and an ink stamped name on the box ends was the only way to identify the contents. This kit has never been started. All parts are still sealed in the factory bag. Includes instructions. The box would rate slightly higher than 'very good' but there is age foxing on the box side panels. 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!

Revell Sears Buggy Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H45-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$37   

1953 early issue molded in green plastic. This is from the issues produced by Gowland & Gowland as it carrier their 'balloon' logo on the side. This kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and 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.

Meng USS Lexington CV-2 Aircraft Carrier Plus Artist Hobby Super Set, 1/700, PS002

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$68   

Includes the superb Artist Hobby #AH670008 Super Set which features a one-piece full length beautifully etched brass flight deck, 7 other frets of brass PE parts and turned brass gun barrels. Details include 20mm guns and mounts, 1.1/75 Calibre Guns, 5"/25 Calibre guns, railings, walkways, superstructure parts and even propellers, landing gear and canopy frames for the aircraft. It is designed for this Meng model. Never started and all parts are still in the factory sealed bags. Includes instructions. The actual model is from all new molds and can be assembled waterline or full hull. All of the parts are pre-colored. Never started and the parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Meng Chieftain Mk10 - British Main Battle Tank, 1/35, TS-051

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$48   

Incredibly well detailed model; there are many excellent on-line reviews of it that do it justice. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.

Hasegawa E-767 AWACS - AEW Group 20th Anniversary, 1/200, 10655

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$24   

High quality moldings feature all recessed surface detail, optional position landing gear, display stand and extensive decals. Never started and the parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Airfix Hawker Siddeley HS-1182 Hawk - Ground Attack or Trainer Version, 1/72, 03026-1

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$14   

This 1975 issue of the early HS Hawk variant features very good dual cockpits and pilots, very fine raised panel detail, gear well detail, optional position landing gear, two-piece canopy, extensive underwing stores and more. Never started and inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Tamiya King Tiger Sd.Kfz.182 Tiger II Panzer Kampfwagen VI Motorized And Remote Control, 1/35, MT246

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$239   

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Very rare, and even rarer in investment-grade 'Near Mint' condition. Tamiya's early armor models were the finest works of the mold maker's art and the very top of that line had push-button remote control and dual electric motor operation. This is one of those kits. The box has great color and gloss, four solid corners and general light wear as the only flaws. It features excellent detail and mold quality, a factory assembled all-metal gear box with dual electric motor drive for realistic differential steering control, all hardware, a factory wired/soldered switch, hand-held remote and working treads that are still 100% intact and flexible. The kit has never been started. Inside, it is exactly as it left the factory. All of the parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The few larger parts that were never sealed are inventoried complete. With full color painting guide in 'excellent' condition and 'near mint' instructions. The decals are still factory sealed and are in 'excellent+' condition. Please note, this kit must be shipped insured.