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ODK Ki-45 Koryu Nick, 1/71, 2

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$36   

ODK was the logo used by Odaka Sangyo. Odaka began plastic model kit production in early 1960, but all production stopped by 1965. The Koryu is their second model. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Fujimi IJN Jintsu Light Cruiser, 1/700, WLC078

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$24   

Still factory sealed. 1/700 scale waterline model that is finely molded and highly detailed.

Heller Vought F-8 Crusader - F-8E / F-8E (FN) / F8J - French Aeronavale Flotille 12F / VF-24 USS Hancock / VF-194 USS Ticonderoga, 1/72, 259

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$19   

Early Heller 'Yellow Box' trim issue from the 1960s. Very nicely molded with recessed control surfaces and fine raised panel lines. Features parts and decals to build any of three aircraft listed, optional position wing (up or down), two piece canopy, 'good' cockpit detail, optional position speed brake and detailed well, detailed main gear well, Matra or AIM-9 Sidewinder AAM and more. NOTE: this kit has minor, 'professional' quality subassembly as follows: control stick to cockpit floor; intake ramp and bulkhead to one fuselage half. There is no other assembly. Inventoried 100% complete and includes decals and instructions.

AMT Lockheed Vega Winnie Mae, 1/48, T642

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$34   

Older but nicely molded kit with an extensive and colorful decal sheet. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. In 1933, Wiley Post made solo flight around the world in the Lockheed Vega 'Winnie Mae'. Not only was it the first solo flight around the world, but it broke the previous record set by Post and his Navigator Harold Gatty. Vegas did see military service, with a few operated by the RAAF, Spanish Republic Air Force, and USAAC. (This kit does not include military decals.)

Airfix Handley Page Halifax B.MK.III - T2 Issue, 1/72, 584

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$64   

late 1950s or very early 1960s Type Two box design issue. This kit features movable control surfaces, elevating guns, rotating turrets, retracting landing gear and rotating propellers & wheels. Molded in black and clear. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Hasegawa Kawanishi N1K2-J George, 1/48, U002-700

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$24   

Very nicely molded 1/48 model with very good detail. Features full cockpit, detailed engine & gear wells, optional position canopy, drop tank, pilot figure and more. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Monogram Devastator TBD-1 With Diorama Instructions - VT-2 Lexington 1939 / VT-6 Enterprise 1939 / VT-8 Hornet 1941 / VT-6 Enterprise 1942, 1/48, 7575

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$62   

1974 'tall box' first issue with the very desirable Diorama Instructions for Torpedo 8 at the Battle of Midway . This is avery highly detailed kit and much more accurate than the new GW model. Features complete interior, folding wings, elevating and rotating tail gun, rotating propeller and wheels, working arresting gear, optional position gun compartment doors & canopy, optional parts for bomber or torpedo versions and more. Includes markings for three aircraft including the yellow-winged pre-war versions and Torpedo 8 from the Battle of Midway. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts including decals and instructions.

Monogram SA-16B Albatross - Air Rescue Amphibian, 1/72, P20-149

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$68   

Rare first issue hardbox dated 1957. The first issue is P20 and the second is PA20; the "P" designation lasted less than a year. Features retracting landing gear, rotating wheels and propellers, three man crew, optional position rear door and two survivors in a life raft. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The Albatross was the primary sea rescue aircraft of the Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service, a branch of MAC - Military Airlift Command. Operational service began in 1947 and Hu-16s saw wartime action in Vietnam.

Minicraft RMS Titanic Ocean Liner, 1/350, 11312

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$69   

Large and highly detailed model that is over 30 inches long when assembled. Never started. Factory sealed bags and complete with decals and instructions. Just about every aftermarket photo-etched accessory you can imagine is available for this kit, so you can create a museum masterpiece if you wish; I prefer the sets from Tom's Modelworks and Gold Medal Models as they provide superb detail and are affordable.

Tamiya Sturmtiger 38cm Assault Mortar, 1/35, 35177

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$44   

Very well molded and features detailed interior and exterior, crew member and separately molded track links. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

AMT 1951 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible - Cruisin USA George Barris Custom, 1/25, 2253

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$29   

Still factory sealed. 1980 issue that features detailed straight-six Stovebolt engine and engine compartment, opening hood, detailed underside with exhaust and suspension, complete interior, chrome parts, rubber tires, special decals and even special rear fender reflective stick-ons as shown on the build box top model.

Rail Line D&RGW Box Car HOn3 - HO Scale Craftsman KIt, 1/87, 130

Metal and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$22   

Superb kit featuring injection molded main body (1 piece) and floor (1 separate piece), many metal details and numerous very fine injection molded details (with better quality than almost any aircraft model). Includes excellent parts diagram, full text instructions for each step and also photos showing the placement of all parts. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.

Renwal USS King Destroyer Leader DDG10, 1/500, 85-0603

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$52   

This is the modern 2015 reissue from the original 1950s molds. Well detailed, full hull model of this 512 foot-long large destroyer designed for anti-air and ASW duties. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Trumpeter USS Arizona BB39 Battleship 1941, 1/200, 03701

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$189   

This giant, superbly detailed model needs no introduction. The kit has never been started. Inside, everything is in factory-new condition. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Tamiya Japan Torpedo Boat PT-15 - Static or Motorized, 1/72, PT7202

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$99   

Large scale model with excellent detail. Includes all motorizing hardware and even the electric motor is present. This model can be converted to remote control operational or for static display. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. Built in the 1960s, the PT-15 was one of 15 JSDF craft in use till the early 1990s.

StromBecker American Airlines Convair Flagship - 10 Inch Wingspan Solid Wood Kit, C-38

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$129   

Superb kit from the 1950s and makes a very impressive display when built. This highly prefabricated model made from solid Western Pine - not balsa wood. Features completely precarved fuselage, wings, engine nacelles & tail feathers, ready to install propellers, full landing gear and even wood filler, glue, and sandpaper. With detailed instructions and drawings with aircraft history and a large, colorful American Airlines decal sheet in amazing "Near Mint" condition. Never started and 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 - usually only a quick sanding would finish them.

Tamiya M-42 (M42) Duster Self-Propelled AA Gun Remote Control Motorized, 1/35, MT227

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$109   

Very rare. Tamiya's early armor models were the finest works of the mold maker's art and the very top of that line had push-button remote control and dual electric motor operation. Very well detailed and features two RE-14 motors (included), all-metal gear box, factory wired switch and all hardware. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. Please NOTE the box is rated 'good-' because of the damage to the lower left corner as shown.

Revell 1910 Ford Model T Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$39   

1952 first issue in the 'Series One' yellow box. This early issue has the Gowland & Gowland 'balloon' logo on the long sides and no price extension on the part number. 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 black plastic. This kit has never been started. All parts are still in the factory sealed bag. 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 Highway Pioneers Five Kit Gift Set - 1903 Model A Ford / 1910 Model T Ford / 1909 Stanley Steamer / 1903 Cadillac / 1900 Packard, 1/32, H37-345

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

$125   

Rare set from about 1953 or '54 includes all five models. Never started; the kits are all still factory sealed in the original 'krinkle' bags and include instructions. Molded in bright red, dark green, dark blue and black plastic. Inside, the kit is correct with all cardboard dividers. The box has age foxing/spots are shown. Before the 1950s 'model building' never made the top 10 list of boy's activities. Hobbies were nothing new to America in the 1930s/40s, but they were not mainstream. Starting the 1910 and '20s, many dedicated modelers began building flying or static airplanes, ship, train, automotive or other subjects. Basic kits existed, but the majority of these models were built from scratch, which demanded a high talent level developed from years of experience. The popularity of model kits expanded after Lindberg's flight due to the nation-wide 'Aviation Craze.' However, it was widely reported by hobby publications that because of the high degree of skill required in building wooden aircraft that less than 80% of the kits purchased were successfully completed. That changed in the early 1950s with the introduction of plastics and injection molding machinery. The phenomenon of the all-plastic Gowland & Gowland 'Highway Pioneers' car kits was a significant force in proving that model building as a hobby could have mass appeal, since the kits were easy enough to build and finish. These 1/32 scale vehicles could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real car - and had zero carving or painting required. The Highway Pioneers series lead to the production of other subjects in plastic and the effect was revolutionary. By the early 1960s, model building was the #1 past time of American boys...and adult males as well!

Aurora Fokker D-7 - (D-VII), 1/48, 106-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$45   

This is the fourth issue of this kit. Until recently, I did not think that there was a 'blue logo' with a 79 cent price extension, but here it is. It retains the original 1956 box art this kit is famous for. Molded in gloss dark green and black. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Please note it is graded only 'good' due to the bug damage on the upper left and lower right corners.