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Pyro USS Chicago CA136 Heavy Cruiser, 147-129

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$39   

Very rare. Pyro's first ship kits were the BB Missouri, CA Chicago, CV Shangri-La and DD Sumner in the early 1950s. The one-piece box is complete but has wear as shown and a closed tear on one long side. It is molded in dark gray and black plastic. The scale is not listed, but the built model is about 12 inches long. NOTE: the main turrets have been snapped (not glued) in to the deck. There is no other assembly. NOTE: missing display stand. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts and instructions. Please note that the three larger ships all came in the same box. Pyro placed the kit contents on the side of the box.

Skywave JMSDF Sawakaze DDG170 / HSS-2B / P-3 Orion, 1/700, 43

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$24   

Very highly detailed waterline model. Includes P-3C Orion aircraft and HSS-2B helicopter. With extensive decals for the ship and helicopters. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Model USA Cessna L-19 / O-1 Bird Dog USAF - South Vietnam - JSDF, 1/48, 0001

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$79   

Still factory sealed. Large scale (1/48) kit of the famous liaison aircraft from 1950s. The O-1 was best know as an effective FAC aircraft in the Vietnam War. Very nicely molded with recessed panel lines. Includes underwing stores and full detail for the interior and engine. Has decals for all three air forces.

Hudson Miniatures 1906 Columbia Electric Old Timers, 1/16

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$54   

Dated 1949 and very well detailed for that time. Big scale kit features numerous die-cut and machined-to-shape wooden parts, beautiful plastic wheels, leaf spring assemblies and lanterns and a number of metal parts, accessories and die-cut cardstock. The kit has never been started. The small parts are still in the factory sealed bag and all other parts have been inventoried present. Includes large, excellent, detailed plans with instructions. The Columbia Electric was manufactured by the Electric Vehicle Co. of Hartford, Conn. It had a 1.5 HP motor with chain drive and three speeds. It cost $1350 in 1906 and tipped the scales at 1660 pounds. We think of electric cars as 'new' today but they are anything but. There were many advantages (and manufacturers) of these cars. There were no fuel lines and radiators to freeze in the winter and no overheating in the summer. They used no smelly gasoline and produced no odor when operated. The complete lack of noise made them popular with the ladies and the range was between 40 and 50 miles on a charge - not bad at all considering you could not very far anyway (on regular business or errands) in 1906. 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.

Monogram F-101B Voodoo, 1/109, P401-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$39   

Part of the 1960s Forty-Nine Cent Series. Very nicely done model with two Genie Missiles (Genie was an air-to-air unguided nuclear rocket). The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Sanwa Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa 'Oscar', 1/106, 121

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$55   

Hard-to-find. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Pyro Hawker Fury RAF - (ex-Inpact), 1/48, P608-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$27   

Larger scale (1/48) Fury model. Nicely molded good detail and subtle fabric texture where appropriate. Features cockpit detail, pilot with positionable arms and full rigging instructions. Very colorful checkerboard decals. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Revell A3D Skywarrior 'S' Issue - (A-3), 1/84, H241

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$89   

First issue with great "S" artwork. Features folding wings and tail, optional position landing gear and speed brakes, escape hatch, three crew figures and refueling probe. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Air Lines Miles Magister - (Ex-Frog), 1/72, 3900

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$19   

From quality Frog molds. The kit has never been started. NOTE: missing one of two tiny canopies. It has been inventoried with all other parts included and has decals and instructions. Box art is by the famous Jo Kotula who did 1930s covers for the magazine 'Model Airplane News' and later the Aurora box art of the late 1950s. Air Lines kits are all Frog molds that the Lines Brothers imported to the USA between 1964-1966. The kits, decals and instructions were made in England, then imported to the USA where Testors created the boxes with the colorful trading cards on the back. There are one or two trading cards on each box which show the boxart but not the advertising/logo. Some kits contain a Testors color painting guide also, but it is not specific to any model.

Aurora Grumman F4F Wildcat, 1/65, 497-70

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$48   

Dated 1962 but is from the early 1960s since the price extension is 70 cents and there is no Famous Fighters in the logo border. Most likely the third issue. Molded in dark blue and clear. Never started. Inventoried with all parts, decals and instructions present.

StromBecker Chance Vought F7U Cutlass, C49-89

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$89   

Beautiful kit from the 1950s made of quality hardwood - no balsa. The carving is done to the final shape. When complete it makes an impressive model and comes with a unique display stand. Features all carved and smooth wood parts, clear plastic canopy, full color decals, glue, wood filler, sandpaper and special display stand. Never started. Inventoried complete with all parts and plans. Before plastic kits were introduced, Strombecker was famous as the premier hardwood preshaped model manufacturer. In the 1940s and 1950s, Strombecker kits were flawlessly engineered but not inexpensive. All wooden parts are hardwood and are precarved to shape - you only had to glue, sand and paint to finish them.

Hawk Chrome Plated Lockheed U-2 - (Authenti-Plate), 1/48, 300-300

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$90   

1962 completely chrome plated hardbox kit with Bill Campbell artwork. Large scale with 20 inch wingspan. While the box is only fair, the chrome is above average condition with typical light wear. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all aircraft parts, decals and instructions.

MPM Hawker SeaHawk FGA/RR / Mk.101 (Sea Hawk) Mk 100 - MFG2 (RB242) German Federal Navy / MFG2 (RB248) German Federal Navy / 300 Sq Indian Navy 'White Tigers' INS Vikrant Late 1960, 1/72, 72509

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$22   

Very nicely molded with all recessed panel lines. Features very good cockpit detail and decals for the three aircraft listed. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

Peerless White M3A1 Scout Car - US Army / British Army / Canadian Army / New Zealand Army / Soviet Army, 1/35, 3507

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$32   

Very finely molded model. Highly detailed with full chassis, suspension, drive line and exhaust, complete interior, machine guns, accessories, optional top and more. Includes decals for all nations listed and painting guide. The kit has never been started. NOTE: missing crew and one of four shock absorbers (part #C11). Otherwise inventoried with all other parts, decals and instructions.

Heller Mikoyan-Gurevich Mig-21 (early) Fishbed With Lapel Pin and Glue, 1/72, L252

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$22   

Earlier issue with 'Heller' lapel pin and factory glue included. 1960s 'L' style box with gloss box top, full artwork and yellow background Heller logo. Nicely molded and detailed. Features recessed control surface lines and fine, raised panel lines. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Airfix Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger Mk.1 - North Africa 1943, 1/76, 961308

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

$14   

Part of the excellent 1/76 Airfix armor range of kits. Features flexible tracks, full bogie detail and rotating turret. Markings for the North Africa campaign. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Airfix German Assault Gun Craftmaster Issue, 1/76, M1-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$22   

Still factory sealed. 1960s issue with colorful and dramatic artwork.

Execuform McDonnell F2H-3/4 Banshee - Bagged - (F2H3 F2H4), 1/72

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

$12   

Still factory staple sealed. Basic vacuform kit. Never started. Complete with vacuform main parts, detailed plans, clear parts and instructions. A certain degree of modeling skill is required to build vacuform kits. They are not recommended for beginners.

Cleveland Kling's 1937 Fokerts Racer - Balsa Flying Aircraft, 1/16, SF-71

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$89   

This is a Cleveland 'SF' or 'Scale Flying' model in museum scale of 1/16. The kit came from a long time collector of 1930s and 1940s models and is in exceptional condition. All Cleveland kits were exceptionally complete and this one is no exception. Features very high quality balsa printwood and strip wood, covering material, highest quality plans, all parts required for assembly and decals (if issued with the kit). The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. The Cleveland Model and Supply Company played a pivotal role in the development of true scale models. In 1909 Bleriot's English Channel flight caused a surge in aviation and model aircraft around the globe. Several companies were ideally positioned to take advantage of the aviation craze. In the USA, Wading River Manufacturing Co. (1909), White Aeroplane (1911), Ideal Model Aeroplane (1911), Broadfield Model Aeroplanes (1919) were among these pioneers, offering everything from plans and parts to complete kits and ARF models. Lindbergh's 1927 crossing of the Atlantic Ocean caused an even bigger world-wide phenomenon called 'The Aviation Craze' that extended up to the start of World War II. Many companies such as Megow, Guillow's and others started right around the time of Lindbergh's flight. Some of these models flew and flew well, but they all had one thing in common - were generally not accurate scale representations. In 1929, a youngster named Ed Packard had a very advanced dream to produce incredibly accurate, true scale models that flew perfectly. This radical idea established the world's longest operating single-owner model airplane supply business, called Cleveland Model and Supply Company. To this day, Cleveland models are treasured as the most accurate flying scale models produced. The fact that Mr. Packard started and successfully grew this business during The Great Depression is a testament to his ideals and business skill. I highly suggest the excellent book called 'Aviations great Recruiter, Cleveland's Ed Packard' by H.L. (Herm) Schreiner. It is an excellent history of the man, his company and the times of the Golden Age of Model Aviation.

ESCI NATO F-16 Fighting Falcon - with Ground Support Group, 1/48, 4078

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$58   

Still factory sealed. Kit includes tarmac display base, 1/48 scale F-16 kit, a standing pilot and three ground crew, tool cards, signs, dollies, boarding ladder, carts, pylons, chocks, tow tractor, weapons loader and more.