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Pavesi Fiat G-91, 1/72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$44   

Very rare. Pavesi was an Italian confectionery company that in the 1960s managed a series of motorway service stations. They still exist today and are famous for the "Pavesini" Biscuits. In the 1960s Pavesi had an awards program. You could accumulate points for buying certain products, then choose a prize. There were various gadgets, micro-ship models and eventually one series of four scale models. The firm of Plurex, located in Cornaredo (near Milan) was sub-contracted to make these. Plurex was an injection molder but had no experience in plastic modeling. The four Plurex aircraft were based on Airfix models but with certain changes, possibly to avoid copyright issues. They were supposed to be 1/72 scale, but different collectors have reported them as being significantly different, such as 1/82. However, it turns out that they really are 1/72 (see the notes at the end of this description). This exact issue was made as an advertisement and promotion for the Pavesi Service Stations, but there was a run of all four aircraft marketed in a transparent plastic bag with a header, exactly like the bagged Revell Air Cadet series and similar to the early Airfix kits. These issues only had the name of the subjects and not the service station and were marketed in various service stations in the Lombardy Region. Thank you to Italian model collector and historian Giampiero Grammatico for the information above! Here are the details of the actual kit pictured. The Italian text on the short box sides says (in English): "The sale of this item is strictly prohibited as part of the special offer. Complete the series of planes a unique offer for 4 perfect scale models." The other three models are A-4D Skyhawk, Mirage IIIC and Mig-21. Features very fine raised panel lines, recessed control surface lines, complete landing gear, two wing drop tanks, a clear canopy and complete decals for the box art aircraft. The model has never been started and is 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions (on the back of the box). There is a small piece of paper inside that is in Italian which translates to: "Dear friend, for you an exceptional Pavensi offer; a beautiful Fiat Jet to assemble. Nothing should be missing ... but if you do not find a few pieces in the bag, write to this address: Ditta Plurex Via Monsignore Moneta N. 23, 20010 Cornaradeo". Today (19-7-21) I received an update from collector and historian Giampiero Grammatico - "I compared the Fiat G.91 Pavesi with the Airfix and with the 1/72 scale drawings by Richard Caruana published on the Fiat G.91R, PAN, Y monograph published in 1991. it seems clear to me that the Pavesi model turns out to be absolutely in 1/72 scale. I also compared the other three subjects with the Airfix equivalents without opening the envelopes and the results, albeit with slight differences, are dimensionally identical. At this point I would say there is no longer any doubt that the scale used by Pavesi is 1/72." Again, many thanks to Mr. Giampiero for all his help on this manufacturer.

Revell Grumman Wildcat F4F-4 - Smithsonian FM-1 Aircraft - (F4F4), 1/32, 4447

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$38   

1986 Smithsonian edition featuring detailed Pratt and Whitney R-1830 engine, removable cowl, detailed cockpit, sliding canopy, pilot figure, rotating wheels & prop and more. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

UPC Kaiwo Maru / Nippon Maru - 1930s Japanese Navy Sailing Training Ship, 1/200, 5019

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$95   

Hard-to find kit of the old Japanese Naval Training Ship. The two sister ships were built in Kobe and launched in 1930. They were both steel four-masted barques carrying royals over double top and topgallant sails. They served as school ships for the Japanese merchant marine. After WWII, they carried demobilized soldiers home, and up to 1951 made dozens of trips to Asia and the Pacific. In 1952, they worked to collect the remains of Japanese war dead from the South Pacific. The ships were replaced in 1989. Very nicely detailed kit in large 1/200 scale. The assembled kit measures about 19 inches long when built. Molded in white, yellow and brown and includes extensive vacuform sails. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Varney American Refigerator Transit Co. (A.R.T.) 40' Wood Refrigerator (Reefer) Car - With Metal Truck Set - Wood and Metal HO Scale Craftsman Train Kit, HO, R-42

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$44   

Varney was one of the most known names in early HO model railroading. Gordon Varney was visionary in early business years. When HO was just gaining in popularity in the late 1930s, Varney sold all of his successful 'O' gauge moldings and casting to concentrate exclusively on HO gauge. Judging from the style of kit, this one is from the 1950s. Features all metal main parts that are factory painted and lettered; metal and plastic details, metal truck set and more. The kit has not been started. Inventoried complete with all parts and instructions present. The car sides and end are in 'excellent+' condition. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Hasegawa Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero Fighter Type 52 Night Fighter, 1/48, 09543

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$32   

Very well detailed featuring complete cockpit, detailed engine and gear wells, drop tank, optional position canopy and more. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

KVZ Mil Mi-1 'Hare' Helicopter - Poland / USSR / DDR / USSR, 1/100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$28   

KVZ was the logo used by this East German kit manufacturer from 1969 to 1973. During this time, some fantastic Cold War kits were produced of Russian Aeroflot Airliners and Military Helicopters and Aircraft. Never started. This kit is molded in dark green and clear and features raised details, antenna material and has cockpit detail with a crew of two. It includes decals for all countries listed. Never started. Inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Revell P-51B Mustang - U've Had It!, 1/32, 4401

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$42   

1979 issue and a fine model for that time. Features very good full cockpit, complete engine and firewall, removable cowl panel, detailed landing gear wells, optional position landing gear, rotating wheels and propeller, pilot figure and more. Includes decals for the colorful box top aircraft. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Testors XR-7 Thunder Dart, 1/72, 567

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$69   

Well molded and nicely detailed kit of the concept model from the Aurora (or Senior Citizen) Program. The ultimate Mach 7 Pulse Wave Detonation-Engined marvel that has been 'heard' flying around Groom Lake and leaving 'Donuts on a Rope' contrails. NOTE: this kit has minor, 'professional' quality subassembly as follows: the exhaust blocks are neatly glued to the inside of the upper fuselage half. There is no other assembly. Inventoried 100% complete and includes decals and instructions.

Revell 1915 Fiat Tourer Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H55-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$38   

1953 early issue molded in red acetate plastic. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. This is from the issues produced with Gowland & Gowland as it carrier their 'balloon' logo on the side. 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.

Aurora-KB De Havilland DH-10A Collector's - (DH10), 1/48, 1125-300

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$75   

1972 hardbox issue in amazing, investment-grade 'near mint' condition. This is an excellent builder and features 'fair' cockpit details, two Lewis machine guns, twin Liberty 12 engines, pilot, two gunners and 2 mechanic figures, painting guide, terrain display base and rigging guide. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including all parts, decals and instructions.

Amodel SM-1/300 With Additional Wing, 1/72, 72113

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$24   

Rare. Features good cockpit and colorful markings for the box art helicopter. Never started. Either inventoried complete or still in the factory sealed bag and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: decals are intact but have visible age micro-cracking. Please read the two articles (on this website) about how to save or reproduce old decals.

Hasegawa Aichi B7A2 Attack Bomber Ryusei Kai Grace - 752nd Air Corps (Two Different Aircraft) / Yokosuka Air Corps, 1/48, JT49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$46   

Still factory sealed. Very finely molded and detailed kit. Features 130 pieces, very fine recessed panel lines, complete and highly detailed interior, open or closed canopy and more. Includes decals for three aircraft.

Revell Mil Mi-8 Hip - Luftwaffe / East Germany / USSR, 1/72, 4477

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$22   

Nicely detailed featuring 116 pieces, very fine recessed and raised surface detail, excellent full cabin and cockpit, optional position rear clamshell doors, optional position forward boarding door and crew boarding stairs and more. With detailed paint guide and markings for all three air forces. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Airmodel North American AJ-1 Savage - Bagged, 1/72, 161

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$18   

Basic vac kit with main airframe parts and clear canopy. Very crisp and well detailed moldings with recessed panel lines. Complete and never started. A certain degree of modeling skill is required to build vacuform kits. They are not recommended for beginners.

Microscale YF-102 (Prototype F-102 Delta Dagger), 1/60, MS4-4

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$95   

Still factory sealed. Ex-Allyn molds. Rare kit showing the original subsonic configuration of the prototype F-102 before the Area Rule 'Coke Bottle' fuselage. With two decal sheets and stand. Aircraft builds to in-flight configuration and includes display stand.

Dumas P-26 Peashooter - 17.5 inch Wingspan For Rubber Power or Electric And R/C Conversion, 223

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$26   

Excellent wooden kit designed for rubber power but can also be converted to electric and R/C with todays small components. Features hand-selected laser cut balsa, contest rubber and plastic prop, vacuformed details, color decals, full size plan, hardware, lightweight colored tissue and full step by step instructions. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions.

Tamiya Fairey Swordfish Mk.I - 825th Sq Lt Commander E. Esmonde / Bismarck Attack Lt. AWD Beale / 823rd Sq, 1/48, 61068-4200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$58   

Still factory sealed. Very highly detailed and finely molded model features complete cockpit, crew of three, optional folded or straight wings, detailed engine and more.

Revell Search and Rescue Cruiser Berlin - (Seenotkreuzer Berlin), 1/72, 5226

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$42   

Large scale and well detailed model from 1988 features a one-piece hull, fully detailed bridge, superstructure and deck fittings, upper navigation station with detailed equipment, ships boats and much more. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

AFV Club Wiesel 1 TOW - 1992 French German Brigade Somalia, 1/35, AF35014

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$24   

Still factory sealed. Very well detailed inside and out.

Lindberg Lockheed Vega Winnie Mae - Post's Round the World Record Setting Aircraft, 1/48, 533-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$39   

Original 1950s issue with fantastic Ray Gaedke box art. In 1931, Post and Gatty flew the Vega 'Winnie Mae' around the world in 8 days, 15 hours and 8 minutes for a new world record. In 1933 Post tested a gyroscope automatic pilot and radio direction finder in another record flight lasting 7 days, 18 hours and 45 minutes. This aircraft is now in the Smithsonian Museum. Kit features moving control surfaces, cockpit, rotating prop and wheels and clear display stand. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.