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Monogram Grumman TBF Avenger Blue Box Issue, 1/48, PA31-150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

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Still factory sealed and in investment-grade condition. Dated 1966 and the second release of this classic Four Star kit from 1958. The model has many action features: wings fold properly as on real aircraft, landing gear, tail wheel and arresting hook all retract and extend, turret revolves, machine gun elevates, bomb bay doors open and torpedo drops.

Superior Plastics The Seeing Eye Anatomical Model, 1/375, 3100-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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Hard-to-find and dated 1961. A very nice kit featuring a very large eye (2x size) with life-like muscle movement, all internal and external parts, skull section that it fits into (doubling as a display base) and heavily illustrated, color instruction book. Molded in ivory and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Superior Plastics Inc. listed their address as 426 N. Oakley Boulevard, Chicago12 , Illinois. They called themselves 'Custom Molders and Extruders.' From the sounds of things, Superior was an injection molding and extruding job shop which decided to go into the business of making model kits - and they did, cutting molds for a significant line of educational style model kits. Science kits appeared as early as 1962, and possibly earlier. Superior often referred to the kit line as 'Superlon' on the box top and instructions. The first building kit, 'Statue of Liberty', has a copyright of 1963. This kit was designed to be lit from the inside and came with lamp accessories. The second kit was the Taj Mahal and the third 'The Lincoln Memorial,' which could also be illuminated from within. Other kits included 'Yankee Stadium', 'United Nations Building', 'The Deep Sea Lobster', 'The Giant American Bull Frog', 'Unit of Life - Animal Vegetable Cell' and 'Amoeba.' They are best known, however for the anatomy series - 'The Thinking Man Human Skull', 'The Thinking Matter Human Brain', '3-D Human Body', 'Modern Man Skeleton', 'Vital Organs', 'The Beating Heart', 'The Mighty Molar', 'The Visible Pumping Heart', The Five Senses series with 'The Seeing Eye', 'The Listening Ear', 'Anatomy of Taste', 'Anatomy of Smell', 'Anatomy of Touch' and the 'World of Sensation', which was all five senses in one giant kit. The company was quite innovative and even had a patent on action for the Visible Pumping Heart. Sometimes the same kit was issued without a display case and sometimes with under a different part number. Other kits are said to exist are 'Grasping Hand' and the Skull and Brain together. Superior eventually sold off the molds, but the exact date is not know. Early boxes do not have zip codes, but later boxes list 60612, so production at least went into the later 1960s. The science kit molds were sold to 'Educational Products Inc' (EPI) and most of them were reissued. MDK bought the 5 building molds and reissued them all along with the Marx White House before the ceased production. The Statue of Liberty used to be for sale in the on-sight gift shop and still may be. Lindberg later purchased the all the science molds from EPI and have reissued many of them.

Monogram The Red Knight of Vienna - (ex-Aurora), 1/8, 85-6522

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Ideal builder kit. 2010 reissue from the original 1963 Aurora molds. This kit is the same scale as the other Aurora Knights. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions. In the mid 1950s, Aurora bought three 'Knight' molds from Crown Plastics and issued them as K1, K2 and K3. These were the very first Aurora figure kits and they sported the 1956-only rectangular 'Northern Lights' logo with the correct 'Crown Line' logo inside it. The sales success of the Knight prompted Aurora to launch an entire line of figure kits. The knights themselves stayed in production long after many other figures were discontinued. When Aurora went out of business in 1976, they sold the molds to Monogram. However, Monogram did not release the Knights until well after Revell and Monogram merged.

Heljan Double House / Bloc / Reihenhauser - HO Scale Building, HO, 155

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Nicely molded kit of two small homes with 102 parts total. Features clear windows, printed curtains and window treatments, separate doors, window mullions, downspouts and base/foundation. The kit has never been started. Inventoried complete with all parts and instructions.

Strombecker Boeing B-29 Superfortress, 1/72, C-250

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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From the 1950s and Strombecker's flagship model. Features fully carved and finished main wooden parts, plastic props, wing flaps, tricycle landing gear with gear doors, turret and tail guns and a booklet of B-29 adventures. The kit has never been started. NOTE: missing three parts - one wing flap and two small, triangle-shaped nacelle extensions on the bottom wing. Otherwise the smaller parts are still in the factory sealed paper envelope and the other parts have been inventoried present. Includes 'excellent++' fold-out instructions and plans, amazing 'near mint' condition decals, factory sand paper, sealed envelopes of 'Home Craft' wood filler and casein glue, Strombecker model club form and the booklet.

Monogram Douglas A-4 Aggressor Skyhawk (Top Gun) - A-4E or A-4F Variants, 1/48, 5411

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

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Still factory sealed. From 1979. Navy Top Gun Aggressor Issue. Dive brakes, canopy, wing flaps and leading edge slats can be positioned opened or closed. Full underwing stores include drop tanks, bombs and missiles. Typical high Monogram quality kit.

MPC Ford Van Juke Box - Stock or Custom (Jukebox), 1/25, 1-0439

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

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1980 issue that can be built as a factory stock van or as the wild custom shown on the box top. Builds up a rolling chassis just like the real van. Features detailed V-8 engine, opening hood, choice of wheels, complete suspension, driveline and exhaust, optional position cabin door, custom or stock interior, optional sunroof, custom front and rear end treatments, side mirrors, antenna, side pipes, fender flares and more. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried with all parts and includes instructions. NOTE: Missing decals.

ERTL International Transtar II Eagle Semi Truck, 1/25, 8017

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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Very highly detailed kit with over 250 parts. Features complete engine and engine compartment, detailed cab with complete interior, opening hood, full suspension and underside details and more. Builds a full rolling chassis just like the full-size truck. 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 (chrome only) have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions. Please NOTE that the instructions are very high quality, full size photocopies.

Revell The Mayflower Pilgrims Ship - From 1620- 20 Inches Long, 5602

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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1980 large scale release. Of the two Mayflower kit released by Revell, this is by far the largest. Well detailed like most Revell sailing ship kits. Features full hull, one piece deck, textured billowing sails, one piece rat lines, detailed deck and fittings, crew members, flag sheet, rigging diagrams and more. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including flags and instructions.

Monogram 1982 Chevrolet Corvette 'Metal Glow' Issue, 1/8, 2606

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

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Still factory sealed. From 1982. Very large 1/8 scale kit is over 23 inches long when assembled. Features the unique 'Metal Glow' molded body which contains tiny metal flakes in the plastic for a realistic car paint look. Details include complete interior, opening hood, full engine and engine compartment, complete chassis, steerable front wheels, removable roof panel 'T' Tops, 'Collectors Edition' special decals and more. The kit is molded in body color, black, clear and plated and with real rubber tires.

Guillows Sopwith Camel - 18 inch Wingspan Rubber or .010 Gas Powered Freeflight Aircraft, 105

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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One of a very popular line of World War 1 flying aircraft stick and tissue kits with 18 inch wingspan. Kit features scale plastic wheels, propeller, nose cowl/engine and pilot bust, die cut balsa parts, rubber motor and full decals. Includes full size detailed plans. The model has not been started but NOTE: the plans have been adult cut into sections to ease assembly. and the tissue is missing. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts present. 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.

Airfix Focke-Wulf FW-190A - Josef Wurmheller Staffel Kapitan of 9/JG2 (102 kills) / Gruppen Kommandeur Walter Nowotny of 1/JG54 Grun Herz / F-2 Fighter Bomber Eastern Front Ground Support, 1/24, 16001-8

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Unusual issue with high-gloss box art. Very large and highly detailed model. Features complete engine, firewall and interior, sliding canopy, removable cowling, moving control surfaces, rubber tires, retracting landing gear, full wing cannons with removable inspection hatches and underwing stores with bombs and drop tanks. It has a paint guide and decals for all three aircraft listed. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Hobby Craft Seversky P-35 USAAC, 1/48, HC1552

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Nicely molded with all recessed panel lines and with good detail. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: box and decals are water damaged. Although the decals are present and complete, you will need to provide your own if you intend to build it.

UPC Grumman F6F Hellcat - (ex-Lindberg), 1/48, 5057-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

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Still factory sealed. Purchased new at Woolworths on May 19, 1967 in 1966 in Cleveland, Ohio. Larger scale kit from Lindberg molds. 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.

Tamiya Nakajima A6M2-N Type 2 Rufe - 11th Air Flotilla (Tender Kamikawa Maru) 1942 Solomons / Yokosuka Air Fleet / 5th Air Fleet Kiska Aleutian Island 1942 / 452 Air Fleet 1943 Kimikawa Maru / 934 Air Fleet Avon Aquatic Base 1944 - (A6M2N), 1/48, 6417

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

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Nicely detailed and well molded older kit. Features all fine recessed panel lines, detailed cockpit and engine, beaching trolley, color painting guide, bomb load and decals for 6 aircraft. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Unknown Yak-9, 1/48

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

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Russian made, manufacture unknown. For a Soviet kit it is well molded, clean and has very light raised and many recessed panel lines. Includes decals and color paint guide (on the box back) for two different aircraft from 1944. Molded in white and clear. Never started. Inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Arii Mitsubishi J2M3 Raiden 'Jack' - (ex-Otaki), 1/48, A326-600

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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From ex-Otaki molds. Very nicely molded kit featuring all fine recessed details, very good cockpit, gear well and engine detail, pilot, drop tank, decals for multiple aircraft and a full color painting guide. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

SMER Drakkar Oseberg Viking Ship, 1/180, 0904

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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Smaller scale, full hull kit. Features full hull, detailed 'planked' deck, side oars, 'tent' cover over the oar stations, billowing sail, very colorful decals for the sail and shields and a display stand. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. I believe this kit is from Heller molds but I am not 100% positive.

Sterling Curtiss P-6E Hawk Drops Bombs In Flight - 16 inch Wingspan Flying Model, A10-149

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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16 inch wingspan kit for rubber free flight or control line. Includes innovative system for dropping bombs in flight. Stick and tissue model featuring quality die-cut balsa parts, stripwood and spars, other wood stock as required, die-cut clear windshield, vac plastic details including radiator scoop, engine cowling, pilot bust, wheels pants, exhaust ports and more, finished wire landing gear struts, finished main and tail wheels, rubber motor, plastic prop, covering tissue and a big full color decal sheet. Includes excellent full size plans with detailed instructions. Never started and inventoried complete. Sterling was a famous manufacturer dating back to the 1930/40s flying model craze. Although they continued to produce kits for decades after the flying model slump following World War II, they eventually fell victim to the general lack of interest in modeling that occurred in the early 1980s. I always considered Sterling's offering to be 'deluxe' compared to other manufacturers.

Life-Like 105mm Annie Oakley Howitzer - With Emplacement and 5 GIs (Ex-Adams), 1/40, 09653

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

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From Ex-Adams molds. Well detailed mini-diorama kit. Detailed gun elevates and has moving left and right trails. Features molded base and sandbags, radio, shell casings, full shells, ammo box and crew of 5 in action GIs. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.