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Marvel Douglas 8A-5 / A-33 Attack Bomber - Battle Planes Of America Series - Solid Wood Aircraft, 1/48

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair-

$34   

Rare solid model from 1942. At that time, their were 'fliers' and 'solids.' 'Fliers' were notoriously off-scale so they would fly well and also lacked detail. '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 box missing the end flaps, but inside it is complete with all parts and full-size plans with instructions and a description of this rare aircraft. There are three sheets of printwood and a block for the fuselage. The model has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and plans present. Please note, this is war time model so compressed fibre-board has been substituted for balsa wood. 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.

Revell 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham, 1/25, 1244

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

$64   

Still factory sealed. This is the 1996 reissue of the original 'S' kit utilizing the original artwork. Molded in black, clear and excellent chrome. The Eldorado Brougham four door hardtop (suicide doors) started as a dream car in the GM Motorama and made it to the production floor as the luxury car with "the greatest number of important technological advances ever included in a custom built automobile". The styling was revolutionary at the time. The car sported a large and powerful V-8 engine and air suspension. The interior was simply stunning, with upholstery combinations such as cashmere, nylon and leather in any number of patterns and styles and plenty of chrome trim. In the rear seat, there was a retractable armrest which contained a storage compartment fitted with a vanity, tissue dispenser, cigarette case and a large mirror. All these items, including custom perfume, were designed just for this car. At a price tag of $13,000 few were made but they are valuable classics today.

Verlinden Ram II M4 Sherman Conversion - SuperTech Issue, 1/35, 792

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$49   

Still factory sealed. Rare and the only kit available to make this tank. This is a conversion kit and the recommended base kit is the commonly-available Tamiya 35039 M3 Lee. In 1941 the Brits and American disagreed on some future tank configurations. As a result, the Brits developed a version of the Lee with their own 57mm six-pounder gun. A total of 1,899 vehicles were produced before 1943. They did see action, although clearly it was an improvement over the Lee tank. However, the Canadian and British forces used them for training exercises. Additionally it was used as a basis for several self-propelled guns and special-purpose vehicles.

Revell US Army Redstone Rocket, 1/110, H1832-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$42   

1995 reissue of the original 1950s 'S' kit from the same molds. It is a great model of one of the USA's early successful ballistic missiles and an ideal builder. Features launching pad, mobile radar van, testing unit and crew of three. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Easy Built Models Scatterbrain - 30 inch Wingspan for Free Flight - (Blue Box Issue), FF-13

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$32   

Still factory sealed. Easy Built was a Canadian manufacturer who made excellent reproductions of classic flying designs from the 1930 and 1940s. Original plans were used. High quality modern kit made in the finest tradition of the stick and tissue flyers. Features high quality printed balsa, strip wood, propeller, rubber, full sized plans and other accessories.

Aurora Sopwith Camel, 1/48, 102-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$54   

Third issue of Aurora's Camel. It retains the original 1956 box art, but the square Aurora 'Northern Lights' logo is gone, blotted out with a yellow rectangle and the the soon-to-be classic sunburst 'Famous Fighters' oval. There is no Parents' Magazine Seal and no '69' price circle on this issue. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Revell Boeing PT-13D Kaydet / Navy N2S-5, 1/72, H649-60

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$30   

Still factory sealed. 1966 one piece box issue with markings for either Army Air Force or Navy versions.

UPC Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien 'Tony' (ex-Fujimi), 1/70, 8016-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$16   

From older but quality Fujimi molds and with box art by Scott Eidson. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

Life-Like 1936 Ford Roadster - (ex-Pyro), 1/32, 09288

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$32   

Still factory sealed. 1970s Life-Like issue from original 1960s Pyro molds. Features detailed molded chassis underside with separately molded front and rear suspension, complete interior, top boot or top in the 'up' position and rear trunk mounted spare tire. In the early to mid 1960s the Pyro company chose many of its kit subjects based more on historical significance than popularity. Luckily for us, Pyro not only made these kits but did an excellent job for the time. The Pyro car models are based on the actual cars that Pyro engineers and designers had access to. Pyro stated that it can be converted to a 'road racing' or slot car.

Tamiya M-1 Abrams Tank with Mine Plow, 1/35, 35158

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$30   

Well molded and detailed. Features movable turret, elevating gun, optional position hatches, clear plastic for periscopes, commander figure and accurate M240 and M2 machine guns. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bags including decals and instructions.

Aurora British SE-5 Scout - Without Parents Magazine Seal - Yellow Box Issue, 1/48, 103-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$72   

Rare box art version and in amazing investment-grade 'Near Mint' condition with perfect color and gloss, four solid corners, no fading, tears, tags, tape or marks from either. Very light wear is the only flaw. Hardbox is dated 1960 and it appears that this design was only issued for a few years at the most. Molded in gloss olive drab and black. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Hasegawa F-104G Starfighter Vikings - West German Navy Demonstration Team, 1/48, 09475

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$42   

Still factory sealed but the seal has split on the right side as shown. Rare 2003 special edition featuring 143 pieces, all recessed panel lines, detailed cockpit and gear wells and special markings for the Navy Flight Demonstration team.

PP Aeroparts RAF Nitrogen Trolley, 1/72, GA704

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$32   

Very highly detailed multimedia kit. Includes three bags of perfectly cast metal parts, a fret of photoetched parts, wire, full decals and complete instructions. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bags including decals and instructions.

Hudson Miniatures 1903 Rambler - Old Timers, 1/16

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$48   

Very well detailed large 1/16 kit from 1949. Features plastic wheels, lights, other accessories and wooden main parts 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. The small parts are still factory bag sealed and the other parts have been 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.

Aurora Lockheed F-94C Starfire, 1/82, 495-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$42   

Dated 1961. Dramatic Jo Kotula box art. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. The decals have some light damage affecting several of the transfers as they were once stuck to the instructions.

AMT 1957 Chrysler 300C Two Door Hardtop, 1/25, 30046

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$30   

Highly detailed model features 392 V-8 engine, TorqueFlite Transmission, whitewall tires, detailed engine compartment, opening hood, deluxe wheel covers, detailed underside and complete interior. Molded in light gray, clear, red-tinted clear, chrome and with rubber tires. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Execuform McDonnell F2H-3/4 Banshee - Bagged - (F2H3 F2H4), 1/72

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

$10   

Still factory staple sealed. Basic vacuform kit. Never started. Complete with vacuform main parts, detailed plans, clear parts and instructions. A certain degree of modeling skill is required to build vacuform kits. They are not recommended for beginners.

ESCI Bell UH-1D Huey UN Rescue, 1/48, 4037

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$36   

Unusual civil issue with very good detail including full interior with cockpit and stretchers, opening doors, turbine engine and more. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Hobby-Time McDonnell F3H-1 Demon Shipboard Interceptor - (F3H1), 1/45, 2003

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$65   

Rare large scale Demon. Very close to 1/48; measures 15.5 inches long when assembled. Can be built as a flying model with retracted landing gear or a static model with extended landing gear. Features recessed panel line detail, vacuform main parts, injection molded details, clear canopy, catapult launcher and decals. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

California Model Co Nieuport 17C-1 - 19.75 Inch Wingspan Balsa Flying Aircraft - (Ni17 Nieuport 17), 1/16

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$59   

Probably from the late 1940s or early 1950s. Higher quality stick-and-tissue flying model to a constant 1/16 scale. Can be built for static scale display or flown with rubber, CO2 or small gas motors for power. Features quality balsa printwood and strip wood, factory-carved balsa propeller (needs final finishing), completely finished wheels and thrust button, hardware, stock wood and metal as required, blocks as needed, covering tissue and beautifully drawn full-size plans. The model has not been started. Inventoried complete with all parts and plans. Made by California Model Company out of Long Beach, CA USA. If you have more information on this manufacture, please email me. How far back they go is unknown; they claim to have the 'Know How of 30 Years Experience' on the box side, but that could be interpreted many ways. From the box there was at least a Spad, SE-5, Fokker DVII, Niuport and a Sopwith Camel for rubber power as well as the 'Spacer A-B' & 'Spacer 1/2A' and the indoor Featherette. We know they also issued some ex-Suydam railroad kits as well. From Bill Baker Jr - "California Model Company originated in Long Beach, Calif in the late 1940's or early 1950's. My grandparents, William (Bill) Loyal Baker and his wife, Ruth (Tripp) Baker were the founders. The company started out as primarily balsa based model aircraft but later, in the late 50's or early 60's, branched into the model RR craft kits and Cub Scout craft kits. They even had a balsa speed boat kit powered by a model airplane gas engine adapted to fit. When they retired, around 1968 or 1969, they sold the business and the "shop" in North Long Beach they built to house their business. I have many fond memories as a young child "working" with them in the shop, assembling kits. I have a few unbuilt kits today!"