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Frog Messerschmitt Me-262A - 1st Staffel/1 Grouppe/KG51 or 3rd Staffel/JG7 1945 - Red Series, 1/72, F248

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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Includes decals for both aircraft and a color painting guide on the box bottom. As with most Frog kits, this one has fine panel line detail and no rivets, so it builds up to a realistic model. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags 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.

Aurora M-46 General Patton Tank (M46), 1/48, 301-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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First issue from 1956 with the rectangular Northern Lights logo and Jim Cox artwork. This was the only year for this logo. Molded in gloss olive green with flexible black treads. Features a crew of four, rotating bogie and sprocket drive wheels, four optional position hatches, rotating turret, elevating gun and full decals. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Hasegawa General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon - YF-16 or USAF markings, 1/72, 110

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Late 1970s/early 1980s 'Black Box' issue. Contains decals for two aircraft. Very well molded with all fine recessed panel lines, cockpit and under-wing weapons. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Testors Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat - US Marines or Blue Angels US Navy 'Beetle Bomb' Aircraft - Bagged - (F8F2), 1/48, 589

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: No Box

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Bagged kit - no box. The box is shown for reference only. From ex-Hawk molds. Includes decals for the aircraft on the box cover and 'Beetle Bomb' of the famed Blue Angels. Includes optional underwing bombs, drop tank and missiles. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Ideal Aeroplane & Supply US Coast Guard Cutter Campbell (USCG) - 22 Inch Long Wooden Model Kit

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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Great model from the famous Ideal Aeroplane & Supply Company, which was founded in 1911. The kit probably dates from 1943. I have seen this kit built, and it is beautiful and nicely detailed. Measures 22 inches when completed. Features a very nicely pre-carved hardwood hull (not balsa), three bags of metal, wood and other small parts, wooden stock as required (still held together by the original rubber band), sandpaper, two envelopes of CASCO wood cement, two large sheets of nicely printed bristol board parts and very nicely drawn plans with numerous templates, details and perspectives. This kit is almost untouched inside down to the packing paper. Never started. Some small parts are still factory sealed. The parts not sealed have been inventoried complete with the plans.

Revell US Navy T2-SE (T-2) Oiler Mission Capistrano / Buenaventura / San Fernando / Santa Clara, 1/400, H342

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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This is the 1997 reissue using the original 1964 molds Very nicely detailed military tanker full hull kit. Includes decals for four different tankers of the class. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Lindberg North American F-86 Sabre Jet with RCAF Golden Hawk Decals, 1/48, R505-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG-

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Includes very nice Royal Canadian Air Force Golden Hawks decal sheet make specifically for this kit. The actual model is still factory sealed. 'Boy Craft' Cellovision issue from the late 1950s. Box has the yellow oval 'Lindberg' logo on top hanging tab. Dramatic Ray Gaedke box artwork. 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.

RCM U-9 German WWI Submarine, 1/72

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Bagged

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The famous submarine of Kommandant Otto Weddigen who sank three British Armored Cruisers in just a few hours. SPECIAL ORDER vacuform kit with resin/metal parts set. Not shipped from stock. Kit is molded upon receipt of payment. Time from receipt to shipping your kit is usually 8 to 10 weeks. Contains vacuform basic components, full size plans plus metal or resin parts such as guns, anchors, cleats, etc. Does not include decals. Vacuform kits are only recommended for modelers who are experienced with this type of model. Special skills and scratch building experience are required. If you are curious, I highly recommend that you read the article 'How To Build Vacuform Model Kits' which is located on this website.

Airfix Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet BOAC, 1/144, SK811

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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T3 logo issue from the 1960s. Nicely detailed kit with optional position cabin and baggage storage doors, optional position landing gear and a very large, color decal sheet with full BOAC markings. The kit has never been started. NOTE: missing one part, the upper (1st class and pilots) emergency exit door. This can be easily made from sheet plastic. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts, decals and instructions present.

Italeri WLA 750 US WWII Motorcycle, 1/9, 7401

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

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Still factory sealed. Very large scale kit that is well detailed.

Aeroclub Blackburn Lincock, 1/72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Rare. Still possibly the only Lincock in this scale. Features main injection molded airframe parts with cast metal engine, prop, wheels and other parts. With extruded airfoil strut material and directions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

Aeroclub Fiat Cr-20 - 72 Squadriglia 17 Gruppo R. A. / Paraguayan Air Force 1930s Escadron de Casa Los Indos / 82 Squadriglia 1 Stormo R.A., 1/72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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Cleanly molded with very nicely molded-in detail. Features main injection molded airframe parts, numerous superb cast metal details, extruded airfoil strut material, extensive and colorful decals and an excellent paint guide for the three aircraft listed. The rare Paraguayan aircraft is of interest! These were finished pale linen with a bare metal cowl. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Revell 1960 Corvette With Route 66 Coral Court Motel Die Cut Diorama - Highway Scenes, 1/25, 85-7802

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

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Still factory sealed. From 1997. Includes full color cardboard diorama of one unit from the legendary Route 66 Coral Court Motel in St. Louis. This actually looks like 1/2 of a double unit; scan it and flip it in photoshop to create the standard double unit (and I think they were more a gold or yellow color too!). Nice, older Vette kit with 69 pieces and molded in white plastic, clear, chrome plate and with rubber tires.

Hasegawa McDonnell Douglas DC-10 KLM, 1/200, LL6

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

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Still factory sealed. High quality kit features extensive decals, optional position landing gear and display stand.

Hasegawa Boeing 747-400 Japanese Government Air Transport, 1/200, SP74

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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High quality kit features extensive decals, optional position landing gear and display stand. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Lindberg Douglas DC-8 Pan American Airlines, 1/231, 410-75

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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From the early to mid 1960s. Nicely molded small scale kit with very fine raised panel detail. Can be built wheels up or down and comes with full Pan Am decals and a display stand. Box artwork is not signed but appears to be by Tom Morgan, who did most if not all of this issue of the Lindberg small airliners. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Lindberg Convair 880 TWA Jetliner, 1/189, 409-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

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1960s hardbox issue. Can be built wheels up or down and comes with full, nicely done TWA decals and a display stand. Very fine raised panel detail. Box artwork is by Tom Morgan, who did most if not all of this issue of the Lindberg small airliners. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. NOTE: the box is only 'fair' because something was stuck to it in the lower left as shown.

Lindberg Caravelle French Jetliner - Air France - Bagged, 1/180, 411-60

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: No Box

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Bagged kit - no box. The box is shown for reference only. Nicely molded small scale kit. Includes full landing gear detail, stand and large colorful decal sheet with all Air France markings and decorations. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Antares Curtiss SC-1 Seahawk - Landing Gear or Floats, 1/72, 001

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very good quality moldings featuring recessed panel lines. Can be built at a floatplane or with landing gear. Never started. Factory sealed bag with decals and instructions. The Seahawk was the last aircraft to serve aboard US Navy Battleships and Cruisers. The SC-1 was the single-seat replacement for the venerable Kingfisher. The design was a success, but saw limited use at the end of WWII due to the late service introduction. Top speed was 315 MPH with Float, a range of 650 miles and a ceiling of 32,000 feet.

Yunyj Tyechinik Yakovlev Yak-25 Flashlight - Bagged, 1/50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Large scale (almost 1/48) Flashlight from the former USSR model company. Features raised panel lines, crew of two and full landing gear. Molded in gray, white and clear. Never started. The aircraft is complete but NOTE: missing the display stand. With instructions. From what I can tell, decals did not come with this issue.