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Maircraft Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless, 1/48, H-8

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$24   

From the 1940s. Features 3D cut fuselage, nicely 2D cut wings and tail feathers, stock wood, printwood, fully formed turned wheels and engine nacelle, full color decals (which are water stained) and 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.

Hawk Chrome Plated Lockheed U-2 - (Authenti-Plate), 1/48, 300-300

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$54   

Ideal builder. The chrome is in 'very good' to 'very good+' condition and the decals and instructions are 'excellent.' Slight yellowing is the only flaw on both. 1962 hardbox kit with Bill Campbell artwork. Completely chrome plated; it is difficult to find the chrome in this good of condition (please note that 'very good' is not mint, but is more like 'just above average'). Large scale with 20 inch wingspan. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and decals & instructions.

Pyro Elsie Gloucester Fisherman, B259

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$48   

Still factory sealed. This is a 1960s issue with AJ Rudisill artwork. There is no scale listed, but the kit is roughly 8-9 inches long when assembled. This is one of the 'intermediate' line of Pyro ship kits, which in 1967 Pyro called '$1.25 Models'. All were roughly the same size and were a significant increase in detail from the '75 Cent Models'. Kits in the $1.25 line in '67 included the Skipjack, Cutty Sark, Charles W. Morgan, HMS Bounty, HMS Ark Royal, USS Constellation, British Bomb Ketch, Chinese War Junk, Elsie - Gloucester Fisherman, Henri Grace A'Dieu, Dutch Staten Jacht, Gotta Le Jon and others. 75 Cent kits in 1967 included the Mayflower, Barbary Pirate, USS Constitution, Santa Maria, Golden Hind, Half Moon, Bon Homme Richard, Brig of War, HMS Victory, Flying Cloud, Nina, Pinta, Santa Maria, La Reale French Galley, Venetian Carrack, Roman Merchant, Spanish Galeon and others.

Solido Monovac Caravelle SE-210 - Air France, 1/143

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM+

$79   

Very rare kit dated 1961 with fantastic high-gloss box art. Even rarer in this condition- the box is in amazing investment-grade 'Near Mint+' condition. Color and gloss are factory new. All four corners are solid, and there are no repairs, no price tags, no fading, no rips or litho damage. The only tape is the factory sealing tape. This is a very well molded kit for that time with very fine rivet detail, accurate outline, landing gear, the correct clear display stand and very complete and colorful Air France decals. Molded in silver, black and clear. Inside, the kit is a nice as the box. Inventoried and NOTE: missing (1) main gear strut and (4) tiny wheel axles. Includes all other parts, decals and instructions. The decals are in 'excellent++' condition with light yellowing as the only flaw. The instructions are 'near mint++.' The full color, smaller-format Solido kit catalog is also included.

Merlin Models deHavilland Vampire T.11 Two Seater, 1/72, 17

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$18   

Quality limited run injection molded plastic kit with all recessed panel lines and finely cast metal details. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Hasegawa Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero Fighter, 1/32, S11

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$39   

This large-scale version of the Zero is from excellent molds and is highly detailed. Features full cockpit, highly detailed engine, optional position wing flaps and landing gear, drop tank, pilot figure and more. Includes at least 4 different aircraft decal markings. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Aircraft Vultee Vanguard - Solid Aircraft Model, 1/48, S7

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$26   

High quality, solid wooden model from the 1930s features all hardwood parts (no balsa), 3D cut fuselage, 2D profile cut wings, two sheet of printwood, fully formed wooden wheels, full color insignia and quality three view plans with text building instructions. Never started and complete. This model is rare in that it is from Gordon Christoph's Aircraft Model Company. This company was founded in the early 1930s. Jack Mair, a former Comet Model Airplane & Supply Co. salesman bought the company in the early 1940s and renamed it Maircraft. Mair continued with the same logo and 1/48 scale and went on to make one of the rarest and valuable 1/48 scale wooden kits ever - the Maircraft DC-3. The company went out of business just as production began on the DC-3, which was in 1947.

ESCI Fokker F27-MK 400 Friendship (F-27) - Air UK Civil Version, 1/72, 9111

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$46   

Still factory sealed. Unusual civil version. Very highly detailed and well molded model. Features complete cockpit, full interior with all bulkheads and passenger seating, rotating props and optional position entry door.

Airfix Fairey Swordfish, 1/72, 285

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$26   

1960s issue with the Type 3 Airfix logo. Nicely molded and detailed for that time. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

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

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Poor

$29   

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 very worn box but inside everything is in very good condition. Features a 12 inch wingspan, balsa blocks and wood stock, printwood, color insignia sheet and quality plans with construction notes, cross section templates as well as a painting guide. Never started and complete. 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.

Airfix TWO Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker B - PVO Strany NW TVD Kola Peninsula 1987 or Far East TVD Sakhalin Island 1988, 1/72, 05025

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$26   

SALE!! Includes two models in one box. Kit #1 is never started and inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present. NOTE: kit #2 has minor 'professional' quality subassembly as follows: cockpit tub assembled. There is no other assembly. Inventoried and NOTE: missing 1/2 of one headrest (for the seat). Otherwise complete with all other parts present and includes decals and instructions. Kit description: Very nicely molded and features decals for both aircraft, fine recessed panel lines, optional position speed brake and canopy, good cockpit and main gear well detail and a variety of missile loadout options.

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.