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Revell Boeing B-52 Giant Stratofortress - Pre 'S' Kit, 1/175, H207-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$79   

2nd release of this classic Pre 'S' kit from 1954. Features the higher profile box (1.5" high) with great artwork. Inside the kit has the four piece stand and the revised instructions showing it. NOTE: this kit has two parts neatly assembled- the fuselage halves have been assembled to 'near mint' quality. There is no other assembly and zero painting. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Airfix Fokker F-27 Friendship Aer Lingus, 1/72, 583

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$79   

From the late 1950s. Type two logo kit with full Aer Lingus markings on two decal sheets. Features full cockpit, moving rudder, elevator and ailerons, retracting landing gear, optional position cabin doors and rotating propellers & wheels. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Airfix BAC-111 (One-Eleven) Braniff Airlines - Craftmaster Issue, 1/144, 2-88

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$54   

Hard to find Craftmaster issue. Features optional position landing gear and working airstair rear door. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. Braniff decals look 'excellent' but please always take precautions before using any older kit decals. There is an article (on this website) on how to save old decals.

Aurora Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, 1/270, 494-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$145   

Very rare and even rarer in this condition. First issue and with the one-year only rectangular logo. Dramatic Jo Kotula box art with 1956 date. The box is the finest I have seen. It has like-new color and gloss, four solid corners, no repairs, no tape or tape marks, no tags or tag marks, no fading, and no tear or missing litho. The only flaws are the light edge and corner wear shown at the bottom right and other (even lighter) shelf wear that probably not even visible in the photo. Molded in correct silver and clear with correct rectangular clear stand. A nice kit for that time, it features full centerline landing gear and outrigger struts and gear doors as well as clear cockpit canopy, outboard slipper fuel tanks, display stand and decals. It has the correct early rectangle-base clear Aurora stand, which is also shown on the instructions. Molded in the correct gloss silver and clear. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Instructions are mint and the decals are 'near mint.' It is interesting to note that this is not a reissue of the Comet molds - the two models are not even close to the same size or scale. This kit is original to Aurora, was made before Aurora acquired the Comet molds and also varies in a great many details. It appears that Aurora never even re-issued the Comet B-52, probably because they had a superior model already in the same low price range.

MPM Kawanishi N1K1 'Shinden' George, 1/72, 72123

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$16   

Kit features fine, all recessed panel line detail, many photoetched parts and decals for four aircraft. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. During construction of the NiK1 Kyofu (Strong Wind) float plane, the design team at Kawanishi did a study of converting that aircraft to a land-based fighter. The design seemed very promising, but the Japanese Navy rejected it. Kawanishi decided to privately fund the building of prototypes regardless. The aircraft flew and flew well, but the navy was unimpressed as they ordered the J2M Raiden into production. Kawanishi, undaunted, built four additional prototypes. The IJN was finally won over, and funds were released to produce the fighter. Production problems were solved in time for the Shiden (Violet Lightning) to see action before the end of the war, but not in significant numbers to change the tide. The Shiden was an excellent aircraft, but a modified version, NiK2-J may have been the finest Japanese Naval fighters of the war.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$54   

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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. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

ESCI McDonnel Douglas F-18 Hornet (early) - US Navy or Marines, 1/72, SC9001

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$12   

Kit features fine raised and recessed panel lines, good cockpit detail, two piece optional position canopy, AIM-7 Sparrow and AIM-9 Sidewinder loadout and decals for Navy and Marines Prototypes No.5 and No.6. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Special Hobby Sopwith Schneider, 1/48, SH 48012

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$39   

Hard-to-find. Very neatly molded and nicely detailed model. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Special Hobby Dh-103 Hornet F.Mk.3/4 - RAF No. 45 Sq Butterworth Malaya 1955 / No. 33 Sq Butterworth 1955 / No. 64 Sq Linton-on-Ouse 1948, 1/72, SH72054

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$27   

Limited edition kit that is well detailed and features injection molded parts with all fine recessed panel lines, injection molded canopy and resin and PE details, film instruments, full cockpit, optional drop tanks and a paint guide and markings for three different aircraft. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Precisia 1769 Le Fardier and Cugnot Automobile, 1/43

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$245   

Very Rare. From the late 1950s. It is very finely molded for that time and is approximately 6 inches long when assembled. Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot was a French inventor who built the world's first automobile that could carry passengers. He first built a model in 1769, then the full sized version in 1770. He was a military engineer and the French Army showed great interest as this would an ideal way to move field artillery. The model and vehicle was know as fardier a vapeur (steam dray) and it did work, although not well enough for the Army to abandon horses. In 2010 a perfect copy was built at Arts et Metiers ParisTech and it performed perfectly. This is the only assembly kit known of this remarkable and historical vehicle. It is molded in red plastic and has 63 parts. The kit has never been started. All the parts but the frame are still in the factory sealed bag. The frame is intact and complete but never sealed. The instructions are present and in 'very good++' condition. They are in French but there is an old hand-written translation (from the early 1960s) of every word included. Precisia kits are so rare and almost never turn up for sale in public- only a small handful since 2009. Little is known about them beyond the fact that they are of high quality and cover unusual subjects. For years advanced collectors knew of Precisia and assumed them to be metal models...an easy mistake to make since no kits had ever been seen. We have only learned in the past 18 or so years that they were plastic. Precisia also made a 1900 Tonneau Renault 4 CV, Bugatti 1927, 1899 Grobron-Brillie and 1898 Coupe Peugeot model kits. Arnold Madderom reports that the 1898 Coupe Peugeot is molded in 3 colors- blue, black and clear plastic in 1/32 scale 1-32. The Gobron-Brillie is in 1-24. As far as the 1900 Tonneau Renault 4CV and Bugatti 1927, he has never seen them and has never heard of anyone seeing them; they were announced but probably never released.

MPM Messerschmitt Me-262 A-1a / U3 & V056, 1/72, 72113

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$26   

Limited issue kit. Nicely molded with recessed panel lines and many photoetched parts. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: the decals are still sealed in the factory bag but have signs of very light staining. The A-1a/U3 was a very early reconnaissance fighter variant of the '262. It had two obliquely mounted Rb 50/30 cameras replacing the Mk 1089 cannon. It is not known if any production variants (A-4) of this aircraft were ever built. The A-1a/U3 was later fitted with FuG 218 radar equipment for night fighting and was rename V056. This aircraft was flown by Oberst Hajo Herrmann from Jagddivision 20, who reported excellent results. This lead to the development of the Me-262B-1A two seating being equipped for night fighting. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Aurora Boeing KC-135 Jet Stratotanker, 1/125, 143-175

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$69   

1974 Aurora of Canada issue from ex-Comet molds. This is the largest of the two Comet molds and has clear cockpit and cabin windows, full landing gear and a 'tanker' rear end and refueling boom (although the box art does not show it). Molded in gloss silver and clear. This model was given a clear Aurora two piece 'triangle world' stand, unlike many of the other Comet kits which only had a modified version of their original stands included. Of course this is not the production KC-135 but a model of the Boeing prototype. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Revell Olds Delivery Van Highway Pioneers - (Oldsmobile), 1/32, H44

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

$38   

1953 early issue molded in white and black plastic and it includes colorful insignia for 'Gowland's Bakery.' This kit has never been started. All parts are still factory sealed in the original 'krinkle' bag and it includes the 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.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$38   

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. Never started. The parts are still sealed in the correct 'krinkle' clear bag. Includes 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.

AMT AMC Pacer Custom Panel Station Wagon, 1/25, T219

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$48   

Still factory sealed. True custom kit based on the original Pacer. Features baby moon hubcaps, custom front and rear bumpers, chin spoiler, custom hood and steering wheel, CB and antenna, special panel sides and more. Features opening hood, detailed 6 cylinder engine, automatic transmission, air conditioning and power steering, full interior and underside detailing.

AMT-Hasegawa Lockheed F-104 Starfighter - Greek and Spanish AF Markings, 1/72, A-625-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$22   

From high quality Hasegawa molds. This was a short-lived venture by AMT to promote quality Hasegawa model kits under the AMT name. Kits were molded in Japan then boxed in the USA, while AMT made the unique decal choices for Royal Hellenic Air Force (Greece), Italian and Spanish Air Forces. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: the instructions have very light bug damage. The actual decal transfers are fine, but the backing paper has bug damage also.

Italeri Junkers JU-86 Civil Version - Lufthansa or Swissair, 1/72, 029

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG+

$29   

Still factory sealed. Nicely detailed and molded. Includes detailed cockpit, positionable pilots, cabin floor and bulkheads, optional position boarding door, optional position landing gear and decals for both air lines. With decals for both air lines.

Italeri Caproni CA-311 Medium Bomber, 1/72, 113

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$24   

Still factory sealed. Nicely detailed kit.

Hobby Craft Lockheed T-33 Thunderbird (T-Bird) Shooting Star - USAF Korean War - 21st FIS 'We Too' / 51st FIS 'Paddy Daddy', 1/48, HC1548

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$34   

Still factory sealed. Large 1/48 scale T-33 kit. Features all fine recessed panel lines, full cockpits, detailed gear wells, separately molded wing flaps, drop tanks, optional position canopy and decals for two aircraft.

Hobby Craft Grumman F-14 Tomcat - VF-142 or VF-143, 1/72, HC1336

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$14   

From ex-Hasegawa molds. Features very good cockpit, wings that swing, two pilots, two piece canopy, AIM-54 Phoenix, AIM-7 Sparrow and AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles. Includes decals for both squadrons of 'Persian Gulf Fighters.' Never started. Factory sealed internal bag with all parts, decals and instructions.