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AMT 1966 Buick Riviera GS (Grand Sport), 1/25, 30083

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. Nicely detailed kit of the first year of the second generation Riviera. This is the GS package with the 2x4 carbs, large air cleaner and side badges. Features detailed engine and engine compartment, opening hood, full one piece frame, complete exhaust, detailed suspension, full interior and more. Molded in light gray, chrome, clear, white, red tinted clear and with real rubber tires.

Sterling USCG Eagle - 11.25 inch long Solid Wood Ship with Cloth Sails and Metal Fittings, G9

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. In the late 1970s/early 1980s Sterling issued these simplified wood kits for beginners. They included a completely carved hull with very little sanding needed to complete. Also included are full size plans, printwood, fully shaped wooden parts, cast metal fittings, pre-cut blocks, hardwood dowels, instructions, standing and running rigging line, rigging diagrams and printed cloth sails. I remember building some of these - it was an ideal project for someone who had never built a solid wooden kit but wanted the experience. Sterling had quite a line at this point - the box side mentions almost 150 different kits to choose from! From this series the following are listed: G1 Spanish Galleon, G2 Frigate Constitution, G3 Schooner Bluenose, G4 HMS Bounty, G5 Golden Hind, G6 Pirate Brig, G7 Emma C Berry and G8 Charles W. Morgan.

Preiser Engine Driver / Stoker / Seated Passenger Figures Circa 1900, 1/32, 33032

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Goes well with trains or 1/32 early vehicles like Revell Highway Pioneers, Hudson Miniatures, etc. Very well detailed. Includes 13 unpainted figures.

Comet Piper Cub Struct-O-Speed - Coke Bottle Issue, K2-50

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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Dated 1951. This is a semi-scale, highly prefabricated rubber powered free-flight balsa kit with a wingspan of 13.25 inches. This is a 3D kit (not a profile model) of all die-cut balsa and a beautiful fully finished one-piece wood wing with airfoil. Includes clear and template for windshield, a factory sealed envelope of small parts and illustrated and text instructions, flying tips and more. Complete and never started. 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.

Sterling Great Lakes Trainer - 36 inch Wingspan Flying Model, C13

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Superb kit from the 1960s or early 70s. Designed for control line flight with .19 to .35 engines. Features die-cut and inter-notched balsa and plywood parts, shaped and notched leading and trailing edges, hardwood motor mounts, formed wire landing gear, molded plastic cowling, hardware pack, silk-span covering, authentic decals, extensive full size plans and more. The kit has never been started. The smaller parts are still in factory sealed bags; the parts that were never factory sealed have been inventoried complete and includes decals and instructions. 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 personally considered Sterlings to be 'deluxe' kits.

Monogram Consolidated B-24J Liberator with Diorama Instructions, 1/48, 5601

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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First issue from 1976. Includes tow tractor and desirable diorama instructions. Kit features extensive interior detail, rotating turrets, elevating guns, optional position side gun positions, full bomb bay with bomb load, steerable nose wheel, rotating props and optional position bomb bay doors. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. NOTE: one machine gun is missing 1/4" of a barrel. Easily made from cylindrical stock or pulled sprue.

Matchbox Dornier Do-18 Civil or Military G-1/V-2 - Luftwaffe Calais-based 3/KuFlGr 406 (1940) or 2/KuyFlGr 506 Kiel 1938 or Civil D-AANE 'Zyklon' Lufthansa South Atlantic Mail Service (1938), 1/72, PK-409

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Nicely detailed older kit with markings for the three aircraft listed above. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Lufthansa was a pioneer in trans-oceanic mail services and the Do-15 and Do-18 grew to fit this need. Given the German interests in South America, it was no surprise that they established one of the first airmail services between Europe and that continent. This kit will build one of those aircraft, the Lufthansa South Atlantic Mail Aircraft (1938) D-AANE 'Zyklon' or the military version. The Do-18 was an improved D0-15 'Wal' and set several records during it's long useful life.

UPC Republic P-47D Thunderbolt - (ex-Lindberg), 1/48, 5056-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

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Still factory sealed. Purchased new on May 19, 1967 at Woolworths in Cleveland, Ohio. From ex-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.

UPC Mitsubishi A6M5 Zeke Zero (ex-Marusan), 1/50, 5058-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Purchased new on May 19, 1967 at Woolworths in Cleveland, Ohio. From ex-Marusan molds. Features moving ailerons, elevators, rudder & flaps and retractable landing gear. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. 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.

Maircraft Taylorcraft - Solid Wood Model Airplane, 1/48, S-17

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

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Maircraft was originally founded in the early or mid 1930s by Gordon Christoph and went by the name Aircraft Model Company. The company produced a typical line of solid 'profile cut' kits that required the usual high talent levels for carving and finishing. A former Comet Model Airplane & Supply Co. salesman, Jack Mair, bought the company in the early 1940s and renamed it Maircraft. This company was one of the handful of solid kit producers who issued models in a consistent 1/48 scale during the 1930s and 1940s (others included Hawk and Dyna-Model). This lead to one of the most desirable and rare model kits ever produced in the USA - the wood/plastic 1/48 United DC-3 model issued immediately after World War 2. Other than the P-61 and a few other Maircraft offerings, most were simple kits that sold for the low price of about 35 cents and gave the owners many hours of pleasurable work. This kit features a full size plan with instructions steps, fuselage that is about 80% cut, profile cut parts, printwood and a small bag of details. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Frog Junkers JU-87G Stuka - Hungarian Air Force or Hans Rudel, 1/72, F181

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++++

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Kit includes Stab/Stukageschwader 2 Hans Rudel and Hungarian 102/1 Dive Bomber Squadron (1943) markings. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions. Frog is considered the father of injection molded model kits. Frog is considered the father of injection molded model kits. The Lines Brothers opened Frog in 1932, capitalizing on the fever caused by Lindberg's solo transatlantic flight. Almost overnight the western populations became 'Air-Minded', and anything aviation was in high demand. Frog created a quality line of stick and tissue rubber powered aircraft and gliders as well as innovative ready-to-fly rubber powered aircraft that required no assembly. The box even contained a built-in rubber motor winder and fuselage holder. Model airplane flight competitions were popular in Great Britain, and one category was 'Rise Off the Ground', or ROG. By changing this to 'Flies Right Off the Ground', the FROG name was born. In 1936 Frog created a line of injection molded plastic models, the first such kit line in the world (Hawk sold a line of injection molded aircraft models in 1934 but they were factory assembled and painted). Named 'Penguin' after the bird that does not fly, the kits were innovative beyond the means of production. At a time when models were simply built by wingspan, the Penguin line was a constant 1/72 scale. Furthermore, a large 1/72 Short S.30 Empire class flying boat contained a full interior and lights! A line of accessories such as AA guns, tractors, hanger, ambulance, sound locator, searchlights and lighting kits were quickly added to the line. WWII caused a pause in production. After the war the box color changed from silver to green, and Penguin kits were also marketed in the USA. Production ended in 1950. Frog quickly expanded and released the Red, Blue, Orange, Black, Green, Gold Token, Spin and Comet series as well as Trail Blazers and several others. It is noteworthy that while most manufacturers in the 1940s/50 were making toy-like models, Frog attempted to make very realistic models. For example, 'detailing' kits with excessively large rivets was once very popular. Frog ignored this trend and continued to mold aircraft with fine panel lines and no rivets. As a result, Frog kits can be built into very realistic replicas. Production ended in the late 1970s, but Frog molds are still in use around the world.

Hasegawa P-47D Thunderbolt and A-10A Thunderbolt Combo, 1/72, SP81

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

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Includes both model kits. Still factory sealed and dated 1993. The P-47D has 36 parts and the A-10A has 112 parts.

IMC Gates Learjet (Lear Jet) Model 24, 1/48, 401-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Hard to find early issue from before Testors bought the IMC molds. Once Testors received the Lear Jet molds, they modified them, making any reissue impossible. Kit has many moving parts and very good detail. Features movable ailerons and rudder, full cockpit and cabin, opening cabin upper and lower doors with stairs and magazine rack, front nose panel opens to show detailed avionics bay and engine covers are removable to show detailed turbojet engines. Includes clear lenses for tip tanks lights with green and red tinted clear for wing tip navigation lights. With real rubber tires, full decals including stripes and many chromed parts including gear struts and engine exhaust/intake fans. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Lindberg Vought F7U-1 Cutlass - (F7U1), 1/48, 2320

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Please note this kit is in the wrong box; someone taped the original box top to another kit box. Large scale Cutlass from the original 1950s molds. Molded with fine raised details. Never started. NOTE: missing rudder pitot tube, easily made. Inventoried with all other parts, decals and instructions present. Also includes a cockpit tub, pilot, instrument panel and seat from another kit.

Minicraft 1929 Duesenberg Model J ex-Highway Pioneers - (ex-Revell), 1/32, 1506

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Excellent builder. Modern reissue from the original Revell/Gowland & Gowland Highway Pioneers molds. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

Dragon Bristol T.188 (T-188) - Hypersonic Research Aircraft- Bagged, 1/72

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

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Still factory sealed. Nicely molded. Basic vacuform kit with plans/instructions. Vacuform models are not recommended for builders who are inexperienced with the medium. Considerable skill and experience are required.

Matchbox 1928 Packard Victoria Convertible, 1/32, PK-451

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Dated 1983. Very well detailed in and molded in four color to minimize painting. Features detailed engine and exhaust, two position hood (opened or closed), detailed chassis with separately molded suspension, gas tank and driveshaft, spoke wheels, full interior and more. Molded in bright yellow, brown, black, white, chrome plate, clear and with rubber tires. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Matchbox 1928 Rolls Royce Phantom Mk.I, 1/32, PK-452

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Dated 1983. Very nicely molded and detailed in three colors to minimize painting. Features detailed engine, removable hood or the hood can be built in optional closed or open positions, complete interior, 'good' underside and suspension detail with separately molded front and rear ends and exhaust, spoke wheels and more. Molded in burgundy, black, tan, chrome plate and clear and with rubber tires. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Arii 1955 Toyopet Crown, 1/32, 41006

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very nice small scale model. Features one piece body, full interior, detailed underside (mainly molded in), clear windshields and lenses, rubber tires and decals. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The instructions fold out and have color box art of all 25 kits in this line.

Matchbox Dassault Mirage IIIB Two Seater - 328 Centre d'Instruction Bordeaux 1981 / 16th and 17th Staffeln Surveillance Wing Swiss Air Force Payerne 1979, 1/72, 40044

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

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Still factory sealed. Dated 1989. Contains decals for both air forces and a full color painting guide on the back of the box.