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Airfix DH Comet 4B - BEA, 1/144, SK500

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$69   

1960s 'Third Logo' issue. Nice 1/144 scale kit of the world's first jet airliner. Includes clear windows, full landing gear, display stand, passenger boarding stairs and BEA decals. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The initial Comet Is were in operation long before the 707, which gave the British an incredible post-war lead in the expanding civil aviation market. Just as the Comet was flying high and orders were pouring in from around the world, Comets began to mysteriously fall out of the sky. Everything from lighting to terrorist bombs were blamed. For months the root cause went undiscovered. Then, in a landmark investigation that is considered the first modern post-crash autopsy, it was discovered that the stresses around a small ADF window on the top of the fuselage were causing metal fatigue failure when the fuselage was pressurized. To confirm this, a Comet I was placed in a water tank and subjected to pressurization stresses. After some time, a dramatic failure occurred. Then parts of a crashed Comet were pulled from underwater proving once and for all that this was the root cause.

Mach Dzik P52 Polish Navy (U-Class) Submarine, 1/400, 02

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$12   

Dzik and here sister Solol and her sister were the first submarines delivered to the Polish Navy once WWII began. By February of 1941 Sokol was patrolling the Bay of Biscay and Dzik followed shortly after delivery on October 11, 1942. Both of these ships achieved significant success in the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas, where they destroyed several enemy ships. Both subs outlasted the war and were returned to England. Dzik was then lent to the Danish Navy in 1946. Her active service ended in 1957 and she was broken up in 1958. Very nicely molded and detailed but certainly not a 'state of the art' Tamiya style kit. Features full hull with propellers and rudder, display stand, color paint guide on the back of the box with rigging diagram and full decals with flags. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Glencoe Bristol HR.14 Sycamore - RAF No.228 Sq / No. 103 Sq / No. 275 Sq / No. 225 Sq (Used in Cyprus for Anti-Terror Operations March 1953) / HMS Ocean or Royal Australian Navy, 1/72, 04001

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$35   

Features cockpit detail, optional position cabin doors and detailed rotor head. Contains markings for both Air Forces and a total of 6 helicopters. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The first Sycamore flew in 1947 and deliveries continued until 1957. This very successful design was in use well into the 1970s. Detailed interior and Scale Master Decals for six British Army Machines and one Australian squadron.

Orange Crush-Revell 1908 Buick '10' Rumble, 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$59   

Very rare kit with a fascinating history. Around 1958/59, Orange Crush of Mexico offered a promotion. They offered free, colorful, plastic model cars if you collected correctly-marked Orange Crush bottle caps. The models are 1/32 scale Revell Highway Pioneer series - although there is no mention of Revell or Lodela anywhere on the box. Orange Crush had the boxes and even the instructions specially made for them with no mention of a manufacturer. They were never given numbers. The boxes were very thin and fragile cardboard. This has contributed to wear and you must be very cautious with them. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bag and the instructions are sealed in the bag as well. You could redeem your caps two ways - at the Orange Crush truck and at a Modelandia Hobby House. The box sides show the 18 cars in the series. Orange Crush also released two full-color booklets and a complete paint set for the cars. A colorful cardboard box held 7 colors of paint in glass bottles, complete with 'Orange Crush' screw-on caps! The entire promotion was done in coordination with Modelandia Hobby House which had up to 19 stores. Modelandia's name appears on each of the boxes and the paint as well. Robina S.A. was the bottler or distributor of Orange Crush in Mexico at that time. The box side lists the other 18 kits with small color pictures of each and shows three sizes of OC - Family Size (Familiar), Grand (Grande) and Normal. You could also obtain models with Titan bottle caps. Titan was also bottled by Robina and came in large (Titan) and smaller (Titancito) sizes and apparently more than one flavor. We do not know how Orange Crush had access to the plastic kits or who sealed the internal bags with the Crush instructions inside them. We can assume that it may have been Lodela, since they would have had access to the Revell molds. It is not know for how long the promotion lasted, but Orange Crush was one of the most dominant soft drinks in Mexico at that time. Here is one clue: some boxes claim that Modelandia had 13 locations; other boxes, which obviously came later on, claim 19 locations. This may indicate that this promotion went on for a significant amount of time.

Pegasus Albatros D-I / D-II, 1/72, 1029

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$24   

Limited run kit with metal detail parts. The injection molded parts are of superb mold quality and there are numerous cast metal details, extruded strut material and full decals. Never started. Factory sealed bag or 100% inventoried with all parts/decals and instructions present.

Airfix Handley Page Halifax B.Mk.III Craftmaster Issue, 1/72, 2-129

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$38   

Craftmaster box artwork. Kit features movable control surfaces, elevating guns, rotating turrets, retracting landing gear, rotating props and wheels. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. NOTE: two prop blades are broken but are present.

Revell Republic F-84F Thunderstreak Whip-Fly, 1/54, H152-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$89   

1960 issue of the rare 'Whip Fly' series. Hardbox artwork for this series was 'action' photos by Tom Kelly. Whip-Fly kits contain the aircraft model with nose ballast, a metal control ring, 12 feet of control line and a control handle so that you could spin the aircraft around in circles. This kit has never been started. It is either still in the internally sealed factory bag or has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aeroclub Martin Baker Mark 9 Ejection Seat - MK9 Harrier / Jaguar, 1/48, EJ406

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Bagged

$4   

Includes one highly detailed ejection seat. Precision all-metal 1/48 scale castings are an excellent upgrade for your model. Never used and inventoried complete with all parts.

Italeri Martin B-57G Canberra Night Hawk, 1/72, 174

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

$32   

Hard-to-find "G" variant. From the same molds as the Testors model. Includes full cockpit, underwing stores, tip tanks, full bomb bay load, optional position landing gear and speed brakes and decals for two aircraft. Never started. NOTE: missing one very small blade antenna. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts, decals and instructions.

R&L Mobile Construction Crane - Bagged, 1/150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: No Box

$8   

Still factory sealed. Very well detailed small scale vehicle molded in two color and with rotating wheels. Small scale model from R&L in Australia. R&L marketed these kits independently but some were also sold by Minicraft/Hasegawa, Academy, as the Aurora 'Snaparoos' and in Kellogg's Cereal as premiums.

AMT 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Hardtop or Convertible, 1/25, 2205

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$58   

Can be built as street or includes many parts for a custom version such as tires, wheels, chopped windshield, front pan, grill, bumpers, headrest and much more. Includes stock Fuel Injection engine, custom 2x4 or single 4 carbs and intake, factory exhaust manifolds or custom tuned exhaust, complete interior with stock or Hurst shifter, opening hood, stock or lowered front, roll bar and optional hardtop. Never started. The parts that were factory sealed are still factory sealed. The chrome and clear parts were not factory sealed and have been inventoried complete. With decals and instructions.

Heller Nina Columbus' Exploration Ship, 1/75, 765

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$36   

Early issue from the 1960s. Nicely detailed kit of one of the three ships that Columbus used on his exploration voyage. Large scale model features full hull, complete deck fittings, billowing vacuform sails and full rigging instructions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes colorful flag sheet and instructions. The sails are in 'excellent' condition.

AMT 1962 Buick Electra 2 Door Hartop 3 in 1 Customizing Kit - Stock / Custom / Stylized, 1/25, S-522

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$75   

Rare original issue that also includes AMT Body Putty and sandpaper (both never used), bonus parts for the motorcycle kit and the color fold out for the AMT Model Turnpike. The actual kit is very nicely molded and can be built any one of three ways - stock, custom or racing. Includes a very large number of optional custom parts so you can make a totally unique automobile. Features detailed complete engine & compartment, opening hood, full interior, detailed chassis and suspension, numerous optional parts and much more. Molded in white, clear, red-tinted clear and chrome. With real rubber tires. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all car parts and includes instructions. NOTE: missing decals and upholstery material. NOTE: instructions are photocopies.

Comet Miniatures Flying Sub From Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea, MM03

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

$24   

Rare and still factory sealed. No scale is given, but the cast metal sub is about 1.5 inches wide. Includes painting guide on the back.

AMT American LaFrance Custom Pumper Fire Truck, 1/25, T513

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$64   

Early issue with excellent mold quality. Likely from the 1970s or very late 1960s. Deluxe issue includes and very nice instruction book with color front and rear covers as well as a small American LaFrance history brochure. Large and highly detailed kit with over 300 parts - and more than 100 of those are chromed. Builds a full rolling chassis just like the real truck with supercharged, fuel injection V-8 Detroit Diesel, full suspension, exhaust and driveline and two stage 'Twinflow' pump. Features complete engine and engine compartment, fully detailed cab, 3 ladders, hollow flexible hoses with twin hose reels and nozzles, 4 fire axes and pike pole, rubber tires and much more. The large decal sheet has enough gold letters and numbers to make almost any city or county pumper and also has pre-made markings for City of Troy (Michigan), Elmira Fire Department, San Franscico, Atlanta and Baltimore. Molded in white, clear tinted yellow, clear tinted red, clear, chrome and with flexible tires. The kit has never been started. Some parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags. The parts that are not sealed have been inventoried complete. Includes decals and instructions.

Hawk Douglas SBD Dauntless, 1/48

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$39   

For the advanced Hawk collector. Solid wood, wartime scale kit from the early 1940s. Features 3D cut fuselage, fully finished engine nacelle, 2D cut wings, horizontal and vertical stabilizers, fully finished wheels, a very early injection molded propeller, wood stock as necessary, color insignia sheet, sandpaper and excellent Hawk full size plans. Even includes the factory tissue paper. Never started and inventoried 100% complete. Hawk was one of the few manufacturers making wooden kits to a constant scale of 1/48 in the 1930s. Hawk kits were very complete and included plastic or metal details and superb quality drawings for the true scale enthusiast.

Fador 1905 White Steamer, 1/16

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$54   

Dated November of 1949. Very well detailed for that time. Features a large number of die-cut, machined and saw cut wooden parts as well as excellent plastic wheels, headlights, steering wheel, horn and lanterns. There are also metal parts, metal stock and die-cut cardstock parts. Includes full-size, superb fold-out instructions with multiple elevation drawings, numerous detail drawings and templates, two photos of the completed model and extensive instructions. The kit has never been started. NOTE: missing one die-cut cardstock part. Very easily made as the perfect pattern (the original cardstock sheet) is present, so simply trace to the outline to get the part. Inventoried with all other parts present. Fador was another maker of big 1/16 classic cars and competed with the bigger Hudson Miniatures. Fador called the line 'Smallersters' and the design & parts breakdown of the kits are very similar. The full name was Fador Mfg. Company and the address was 501E. Clinton St., Elmira, NY. Hudson Miniatures, launched in 1948, apparently beat Fador to the market by at least a year or more. Hudson's national success probably lead Fador to choose the same subject (antique cars) and in the same scale, 1/16. Hudson snatched up the most obvious classic automobiles for kit subjects, forcing Fador to select very carefully. Fortunately, they chose well and they are still the only models ever made of these subjects. There is no record of Fador making any plastic kits; the introduction and overwhelming popularity of the Revell/Gowland Highway Pioneers and the models that quickly followed probably drove them out of the market. This was the fate of most wooden kit manufacturers who did not make the transition. In 1949 the Fador line consisted of a 1909 Hupmobile Roadster, 1904 Cadillac Runabout, 1905 REO 4 Passenger Runabout and one kit that was "3 In 1' - it made one of the following: 1909 EMF Single Rear Seater, 1909 EMF Touring or EMF Roadster. The Baker Electric kit was introduced in 1950 and possibly others as well.

Guillows Aeronca Champion 85 - 24 inch Wingspan for Free Flight or R/C Conversion, 301

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$39   

From 1961. Large scale well detailed kit. Can be flown rubber free flight, gas free flight, or converted to electric RC using modern small and light servos and receivers. Features quality die-cut balsa parts, stripwood and spars, excellent vacuform full engine cowl, scale wheels, thrust button, clear window material, rubber motor, plastic prop, metal stock and prop shaft, diecut plywood firewall for gas engine option, big decal sheet and two sheets of superb full size plans and detailed instructions. Never started and complete. 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.

Comet Phantom Fury - 32 Inch Wingspan Endurance Competition Flying Airplane, 5212-49

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$36   

Early 1960 issue of one of the more famous free-flight models of the 1930s. These aircraft were common in the 1930s when the sport of free-flight model airplanes reached it's zenith. It was not uncommon for these models to fly for 45 minutes or more on rubber power alone - many flew out of site, and it became common practice to write your name, address and phone number on the covering tissue. Kit features traditional wood/tissue construction, quality printwood, stripwood and spars, fully formed wheels, nose block, clear window material, covering tissue, rubber motor, metal prop/rubber shaft, plastic propeller and detailed full size plans. Never started and inventoried complete. Comet was a famous manufacturer of stick and tissue flying and static models. In the 1930s Great Depression, they lead the low-priced kit revolution with the "Dime Scale" kits and famous advertisements in Model Airplane News magazine and others. Comet reached it's peak in the 1930s when they acquired the services of Carl Goldberg. Goldberg was a highly accomplished modeler with articles in Model Airplane News and famous designs that won him several National level competitions in the 1930s and beyond. (Carl Goldberg went on to found his own company and produced well designed and popular free-flight and RC aircraft). Comet survived the post World War economic slump and continued kit production until they were bought out by long-time competitor Guillow's in 1998.

Aviation USK Kawasaki Ki-10 Perry, 1/72, AV1010

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$23   

Limited edition kit. Well detailed and molded. Includes photoetched details and full decals. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.