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Monogram C-47 Skytrain With Diorama Sheet and Paratroopers - RAF or USAAF, 1/48, 5603

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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First issue from 1978 with desirable full-color Diorama Instructions. Since this was the first run of the molds, the mold quality is very high. Well detailed and features 12 ground crew and paratrooper figures, full cockpit, complete navigators and engineer's station, full cargo/passenger compartment with bulkheads and seats with seat belts, restroom with sink and toilet, optional position passenger and cargo doors, rotating wheels and propellers, detailed gear and wells and more. Includes decals for two aircraft. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: instructions are full-size photocopies. The original instructions are missing.

LS Model 24 Stielhandgranate 'Potato Masher' German WWI and WWII Hand Grenade, 1/1, P506

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Large full size (1/1 scale) replica that is very well detailed and molded. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

AMT Visible Wankel Rotary Engine, 1/4, T575

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Rare model from the 1970s. This large 1/4 scale model features operating rotors, flywheel, alternator, water pump & fan, clear engine block, ignition wiring and includes a display stand. Molded in blue, yellow and clear with flexible rubber drive belt and ignition wires. 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 (yellow only) have been inventoried complete including instructions.

ITC Curtiss Condor - Eastern Air Service or Antarctic Expedition II, 1/84, 3724

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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ITC was the model manufacturing arm of the giant Ideal Toy Company. Ideal only made plastic models for a very short time in the late 1950s and early 1960s before all production was discontinued. Luckily, they made some great subjects. This Condor is molded in the correct bright orange with blue-tinted clear windows and base. Includes decals for both variants. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Hudson Miniatures 1911 Maxwell - Old Timers, 1/16

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

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Dated 1949. Large scale and very well detailed for that time. Features die-cut and machined to shape wooden parts, beautiful plastic wheels, steering wheel, side lanterns, carbide headlights and other accessories, metal stock and die-cut cardstock. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions and full size plans but NOTE: the paper convertible top is a photo-copied reproduction. The original was missing, so I copied one from my collection for this kit. In 1911, Maxwell was one of the 'Big Four' in the automobile industry. The 1911 Maxwell was considered very stylish and dignified and was widely used by doctors, lawyers and businessmen. It featured a 2 cylinder engine, 12 horsepower and had a folding top. These cars were usually painted with a bright red body, red wheels, black top and fenders and with shiny brass fittings and lights. 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.

Glencoe US Coast Guard Rescue Boat, 1/48, 05301

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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From ex-ITC Ideal molds. Full hull model with crew and display stand. The kit has never been started. Inventoried with all parts present including instructions. Please note that the instructions do not show any decals and none are present.

Monogram Mercury and Gemini Capsules - Young Astronauts Issue, 1/48, 5909

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

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Still factory sealed. 1987 issue from the highly detailed 1960s Revell molds. Hard to find, 1/48 scale model contains both Mercury and Gemini capsules with interiors, optional position entry doors, astronaut figures and display stands. This special issue contains poster with membership application.

Premier Old Time Autos Gift Set Five Models With Paint And Glue - 1903 Model A Ford / 1910 Model T Ford / Cadillac Type Model 1903 / Stanley Steamer 1909 / Packard 1900, 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Very rare 1950s gift set from Premier. Includes all five automobiles still sealed in the factory 'krinkle' bags, two metal containers of paint (still factory sealed), three glass bottles of paint and one bottle of brush cleaner and a paint brush. The car are colorfully molded in dark green, yellow, bright red, silver and black and all have black tires & wheels. The box shows significant shelf wear as shown but is 100% complete, has four solid corners, no repairs, no tears, no missing litho, no price tags or tape (or marks from either).

Premier 1903 Ford Model A - Old Time Autos Issue, 1/32, 101

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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This model dates from the early or mid 1950s. Due to the instant and wide-spread popularity of the Revell Highway Pioneers, many companies jumped on the car model bandwagon and Premier was one of them. Molded in pale yellow with black wheels. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions. I have seen this kit molded in many colors - ivory, deep red, black and yellow with perhaps more colors to be discovered. The box top array of kits offered appears to be suspiciously like the Gowland & Gowland/Revell Highway Pioneers line. Although the parts are factory sealed with clearly-labeled Premier instructions, it is possible that Premier was receiving kit parts from Revell or Gowland and then putting them in their own boxes with their own instructions. Such practices were common later such as MPC and Airfix, all UPC models and more.

Revell 1900 Packard Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H33

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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1952 first issue in the 'Series One' yellow box. This kit was sold new at one of the famous "Neisner's 5 cent and $1 Stores" in 1952 for 69 cents (from the price tag on the bottom of the box). This kit actually has no part number on it; I have given it the H33 as the Packard is usually know by that. This early issue has the "Parents' Magazine Seal" on the long sides which is very rare; it was removed very quickly and is possibly the only Revell kit to wear this badge. The Gowland & Gowland 'balloon' logo is not present on this box. These issues feature the same 5 car artwork on every box; the only way to identify the contents was an ink-stamped name on the box ends. Molded in bright red plastic and the tires & wheels are molded in black. This kit has never been started. The small parts are still factory sealed in the wax paper bag; the parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete. Includes instructions. These kits have a fascinating history. Hobbies were nothing new to America in the 1930s/40s, but they were not mainstream and never made the top 10 list of boys activities. Spurred on by the nation-wide aviation craze in the 1920s, many became modelers and built flying or static wooden models of airplanes, ships, trains, automotive and other subjects. Basic kits existed, but many of these models were built from scratch, which demanded a high talent level developed from years of experience. That changed in the early 1950s when the Gowland & Gowland/Revell Highway Pioneers became the sales sensation of the year. Demand was so great that the factories could not keep up and almost overnight 'model building' was mainstream. The phenomenon of the 'Highway Pioneers' 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 fit the bill: they could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real cars. The success of the Highway Pioneers lead to the production of other subjects in plastic and the effect was revolutionary. By the late 1950s, model building was the #1 past time of American boys...and many adult males too!

Revell 1900 Packard Highway Pioneers - Official Construction Kit Of The Cub Scouts And Boy Scouts Of America Issue, 1/32, H33-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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1952 first issue in the 'Series One' yellow box with the rare Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts emblems. The same text and logos are duplicated on the right short side and on the left side it says "National Supply Service - Boy Scouts of America" This early issue has the Gowland & Gowland 'balloon' logo on the long sides. These issues feature the same 5 car artwork on every box; the only way to identify the contents was an ink-stamped name on the box ends. Molded in bright red plastic and the tires & wheels are molded in black. This kit has never been started. Inventoried complete with with all pieces present. NOTE: the instructions are photocopies. The original instructions are missing. These kits have a fascinating history. Hobbies were nothing new to America in the 1930s/40s, but they were not mainstream and never made the top 10 list of boys activities. Spurred on by the nation-wide aviation craze in the 1920s, many became modelers and built flying or static wooden models of airplanes, ships, trains, automotive and other subjects. Basic kits existed, but many of these models were built from scratch, which demanded a high talent level developed from years of experience. That changed in the early 1950s when the Gowland & Gowland/Revell Highway Pioneers became the sales sensation of the year. Demand was so great that the factories could not keep up and almost overnight 'model building' was mainstream. The phenomenon of the 'Highway Pioneers' 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 fit the bill: they could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real cars. The success of the Highway Pioneers lead to the production of other subjects in plastic and the effect was revolutionary. By the late 1950s, model building was the #1 past time of American boys...and many adult males too!

Hudson Miniatures 1904 Oldsmobile - Lil Old Timers Quickie Kit, 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

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Rare and in investment-grade 'near mint' condition inside and out. This is old hobby shop stock that has not been sold retail until now. Molded in a brilliant deep red plastic. Never started and the small parts are still factory bag sealed. With instructions. These kits have a very interesting history. When the Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' burst upon the hobby scene in 1951, they started a hobby revolution. Plastic model kits were not new in 1951, but successful mass marketing of plastic kits was new. The sensation swept the country, and Gowland & Revell could not make the kits fast enough. The fact that the public was buying these models shocked the successful hobby establishment. One such manufacture was Hudson Miniatures. In the 1940s, Hudson had established a name in making 1/16 scale 'Old Timer' models of automobiles. These were excellent kits with wood and metal parts, but a high degree of skill was required to carve and finish the wood parts. In the late 1940s, they added some injection molded plastic parts (usually acetate wheels) to the series but did not consider a completely plastic kit. When Hudson saw what was happening with the Highway Pioneers, he began to design his own 1/32 scale line called 'Lil Old Timers', which hit the stores in 1954. An early paper fold-out catalog shows 18 models including some real gems like the 1910 International Harvester Passenger Car, 1911 Brush Delivery Truck and 1906 Columbia Electric Car just to name a few. The line was bought by Revell a short time after it's release, and Revell did reissue some (but not all) of the kits. As you would expect from Hudson, this is a nice kit with excellent moldings and detail for the time.

Classic Airframes Brewster Type 239 Buffalo Finnish Version, 1/48, 4101

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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Highly detailed with main injection molded parts and many resin & photoetched parts. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Accurate Miniatures Yakovlev Yak-1B, 1/48, 3425

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very well molded and highly detailed. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Hasegawa Grumman F6F-3 / 5 Hellcat - US Navy VF-17 / VF-15 / F.Mk.1 Royal Navy, 1/32, S15

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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Very nicely detailed kit with 139 parts. Features optional parts for -3 or -5 variants, complete engine, individual cowl flaps, full cockpit with optional position canopy, detailed wing gun bays with removable covers, moving wing flaps and rotating prop. Has decals for VF-17, VF-15 and Royal Navy No.800 Sq. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Hasegawa P-51D Mustang Nose Art - Capt. Weaver 362 FS 357 FG / 'Big Beautiful Doll' 78th FG / 'The Mille P' 55th FG 343 FS 8th AF / Col. Glenn Eagleston 353 FS 354 FG / 'Man 'O War' 334 FS 4FG 8AF Lt. Kinnard / 'Ridge Runner III' 335FS 65 FW 8th Air Force Maj. P, 1/32, SP33

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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Limited edition kit with two very large and colorful decal sheets including markings for all aircraft listed. Full nose checkerboards are included and there are complete paint guides for each aircraft. The actual kit is very nicely detailed featuring very fine panel lines, detailed engine and firewall, removable cowl panels, complete cockpit, opening canopy, pilot figure, detailed gear wells, detailed wing machine guns and ammo trays with removable wing panels and drop tank & bomb load. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Revell Hawker Typhoon MK 1B, 1/32, H266

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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1970s release. Made in West Germany. Features full cockpit detail and hinged entry/exit door, detailed Napier Sabre Engine with removable engine cowl, movable wheels and prop and decals for British Ace Roland Beamont. Never started. Inventoried with all parts, decals and instructions present. The box shows much better than the 'very good+' grade but is graded such because there is clear tape on the box sides.

Revell P2V-7 Neptune 'S' Issue - (P2V7), 1/104, H239-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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1955 first issue hardbox with timeless 'S' box art. This series of models is considered the apex of model kit box art and it is easy to understand why they are so popular with collectors today. This was a nicely molded and detailed kit for that time and is molded the correct gloss silver and clear and includes the famous Swivel Base Display Stand. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

AZ Model Kayaba Ka-Go KA-1, 1/48, AZ4809

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Hard-to-find large scale model of this unique aircraft. Features excellent injection molded parts, recessed panel lines, resin details and photoetched parts. There is also a beautiful full color painting guide. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Amtech Focke-Wulf Ta-183 Huckebein, 1/48, 484601

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Nicely detailed and contains parts and markings for four versions and two engine options. Features recessed panel lines, optional drop tank and X4 wire-guided air-to-air missiles. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. The Ta-183 was the winner of the Luftwaffe's emergency fighter competition of 1945 and was to enter full scale production. The aircraft never entered production, but the Russians and the Americans found the plans. From them, the Russians eventually build some aircraft and modified them till it was the Mig-15 while the Americans relied more on Messerschmidt plans for the basis of the F-86 Sabre Jet.