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Hudson Miniatures 1903 Rambler Old Timers, 1/16

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$46   

Very well detailed large 1/16 kit from 1949. Features plastic wheels & lights, a large number of wooden parts cut/turned to shape and occasionally metal parts and cardstock. Although all of Hudson's 1/16 kits have excellent detail, this one has even more detail than usual thanks to Hudson's engineers having access to the actual car. This kit has never been started. Inventoried complete with all parts, plans and instructions. Hudson Miniatures created a very popular line of automobile kits in a constant 1/16 scale shortly after WWII. The kits sold very well...so well that you could argue that Gowland & Gowland borrowed Hudson's subject matter for their ground-breaking 'Highway Pioneers.' The Hudson Miniatures 'Old Timers' even spawned a line of imitators, with Fador's 'Smallster' being one of the better in quality. Sales did drop on the appearance and popularity of the much smaller (and less accurate) Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' in 1951. When the all-injection molded Gowland kits proved not to be a passing fad, Hudson quickly planned and released his own all-plastic, small-scale competition called 'Lil' Old Timers Quickie Kits.' The kits were of excellent quality, but it was too little too late. Additionally, sales of the excellent wooden kits faltered further in the next few years with the introduction of accurate, 1/24 and 1/32 all-plastic cars in the mid 1950s. This forced Hudson to discontinue the wood kits and the plastic line was sold to Revell and subsequently re-released. Today, these excellent, big 1/16 kits are often the only model available of these early automobiles. In the mid 1960s Aurora thought so highly of Hudson Miniatures that they purchased the wood kit assets and released a very small number of these in all-plastic models.

Airfix Boston Bomber, 1/72, 385

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$28   

Type three logo issue from the 1960s. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions. The lower left corner of the decal sheet has a small black stain, but the actual transfers are clear of damage.

Lindberg McDonnell F-88 Voodoo, 1/48, 543-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$55   

1950s first issue. Features movable controls, detailed ejection seat and pilot, scale jet engines with inspection hatch, full landing gear, optional wing tip tanks, full landing gear and a display stand. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Lindberg is a company with a fascinating history The original 'Lindberg Line' stretches back to the 1930s when Paul Lindberg drew plans for famous modeling magazines and marketed his balsa wood 'stick and tissue' by urging dealers to carry the '...Complete Lindberg Line'. After the war, Lindberg and Olsen had a strong hand in early United States injection molded kit development. Please see the article located on this website about early USA plastic kit manufacturers.

MPC McDonnell F-4 Phantom Profile Series - F-4B/C/D/E & J - Phantom Thunderbirds/VF-11 or USAF Vietnam, 1/72, 2-1508-150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$36   

Still factory sealed. In the 1970s MPC released the popular Profile Series. Inside was a quality Airfix kit but with MPC decals to make any one of the 3 F-4 variants listed. The decals include colorful markings for VF-11 Sundowners from the USS Coral Sea (1971), USAF 4th TFS Vietnam and Thunderbirds Aircraft #1.

Fujimi Messerschmitt Bf-110 C/D, 1/48, Q-2

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$26   

Very well detailed kit from when Fujimi set the world standard for quality. Features all very fine recessed panel lines, very well detailed cockpit, optional parts and decals for 6 different aircraft (three 'C' and three 'D' variants - D-1-R1 'Dackelbauch' / D-2 3U+KK / D-3 3ZG26 / C-4B 5ZG1 'Wespen' (Wasp) / C-7 7JG5 1940 / C-4 1ZG26 'Horst Wessel'), multi-piece canopies, beautiful color painting guides and more. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bags including decals and instructions.

Frog Swordfish Mk.1 - 810(TSR) Sq HMS Ark Royal 1041 or No. 701 Catapult Flight HMS Hood 1938, 1/72, F258

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$22   

Final issue with the late 1970s Frog logo. Includes decals for both historic aircraft and a color painting guide as well. 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, 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.

Addar F3D Skyknight and F4D Skyray - 2 in 1 (Ex-Aurora / Comet), 901

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$34   

From ex-Comet(and ex-Aurora) molds. Addar was an attempt by ex-Aurora employees to carry on the name when Aurora went under. The Skyray is 1/88 scale and the Skyknight is 1/99. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Revell Grumman A-6E Intruder, 1/48, 4578

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$48   

Still factory sealed. 1988 issue with highest mold quality. Large scale Intruder features detailed cockpit, optional position canopy, complete underwing stores, detailed gear wells and decals for both aircraft.

Hasegawa Mig-17 D/E Fresco - USSR / East German / Indonesian Air Forces, 1/72, 083

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$27   

Very nicely molded kit that builds up to a realistic model. Includes air-to-air missiles, drop tanks, pilot figure, detailed landing gear and decals for three air forces. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Guillows Spitfire - 16 Inch Wingspan Flying Balsa Wood Aircraft, 504

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$29   

From the early 1960s and one of a very popular 16.5 inch wingspan series of World War 2 stick and tissue flying kits from this famous manufacturer. Features die-cut quality balsa parts, vacuform engine cowl, exhausts, spinner, oil cooler and more, plastic propeller, fully formed wooden wheels and thrust button, vacuform canopy (still clear and in mint condition), colored tissue, full color decals and full size plans with detailed building instructions. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Guillow's founder, Paul K. Guillow, was a WWI naval aviator. In 1926 he began producing wooden model airplane kits. His 'Shelf Models' were some of the earlier non-flying models in production. Guillow's grew during the model boom of the 1930s, and when the Depression hit the hardest, Guillow's responded with lower prices and became one of the low price leaders, frequently advertising in Model Airplane News and other leading publications. During the war, like most manufacturers, Guillow's was forced to alternative materials such as cardboard and pine. Guillow's survived the post WWII slump by creating many inexpensive profile flying rubber powered aircraft and gliders in the 1950s (along with North Pacific) which became famous - some are still available today. The stick and tissue lines have been updated with laser cut parts and are still in production as of 2009.

Hasegawa Supermarine Spitfire Vb - 601 Sq RAF Sicily 1943 / 303 Sq RAF Spring 1942 / 145 Sq (Desert Camouflage) RAF Helwan May 1942, 1/32, S18

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$42   

Excellent older kit with very good detail features optional parts for all three aircraft, excellent cockpit and gear well detail, optional position pilot boarding door and canopy, and more. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

MPC ChopperChopper - Sikorsky Sea King SH-3 Police Rescue Helicopter with Ground Crew - USN or Civil (Police), 1/72, 2-0233

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$38   

Still factory sealed. Nicely detailed kit comes with decals for Police version but also includes all parts for the Navy version and torpedo weapons load. Kit features working main and tail rotors, cockpit and interior detail including cargo deck, opening side doors and more. In 1982, during the Falklands War, H.R.H. The Duke of York flew Sea Kings on 820 NAS, embarked in HMS Invincible, marking one of few occasions in modern history when an English Royal has actually participated in armed conflict.

Airfix EE Lightning F1 / F-1A / F-2 / F-3 - 74 Sq / 56 Sq / 92 Sq / 23 Sq / 29 Sq / 111 Sq, 1/48, 09179

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$57   

Early issue with the best mold quality. Large scale kit that is highly detailed. Optional parts are included to make any of the variants listed. Features highly detailed cockpit, inlets and exhaust, optional position canopy and air brakes, Red Top and Firestreak missiles and more. With paint guide and decals for 6 different aircraft. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Revell HMS Exeter - Or HMS Southampton, 1/700, 05025

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$24   

1997 issue features optional parts and decals for either the Exeter or Southampton, waterline or full hull versions, detailed superstructure and deck fittings, helicopter, full propeller and rudder detail, display stand and extensive decals. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

AMT Lockheed Vega Winnie Mae, 1/48, T642

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

$38   

Still factory sealed. In 1933, Wiley Post made solo flight around the world in the Lockheed Vega 'Winnie Mae'. Not only was it the first solo flight around the world, but it broke the previous record set by Post and his Navigator Harold Gatty. Vegas did see military service, with a few operated by the RAAF, Spanish Republic Air Force, and USAAC. (This kit does not include military decals.)

Ambroid NYC New York Central Container Car With Wood Containers And Metal Sprung Trucks - HO Craftsman Kit, 1/87, 12

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$39   

From about 1965. 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. Includes metal sprung trucks that are factory assembled and an unopened tube of Ambroid Cement. 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.

Eduard Sopwith Baby Floatplane - No.445 Flight No.229 Sq RNAS 1918 / Royal Norwegian Navy early -1920s / Palestina (damaged near El Arish Sept 9 1917) / Ansaldo Baby Italian Navy 1918, 1/48, 8006

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$38   

Highly detailed kit with injection molded parts, cast metal engine, a large set of brass photoetched parts and a large, colorful decal sheet for four different aircraft. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Heller AMD-BA-Dornier Alpha Jet - Patrouille de France / Luftwaffe, 1/50, 504

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$38   

Early issue Heller large 1/50 scale Alpha Jet model. Good detail and 56 parts. Includes decals for both aircraft listed. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Revell Hawker Typhoon MK 1B - History Makers Issues, 1/32, 8616

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$62   

1982 'History Makers' issue. Has decals for Wing Commander Beamont's 1943 aircraft from No. 56 Squadron, the first to fly the Typhoon. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including all parts, decals and instructions.

Peerless Canadian Chevrolet Field Gun Tractor - British Commonwealth Forces World War II, 1/35, 3510

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$48   

Very nicely detailed and with decals for multiple trucks. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.