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O-Lin Fleet Submarine (Gato Class, Ex-Varney)

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$289   

Very, very rare investment piece for the advanced collector. From the late 1940s. This is the first one I have had in 20 years of dealing with kits and among the finest condition I have seen. Molded in the correct, gloss olive-drab plastic with a two piece hull, fore and aft decks, sail and detail parts and full instructions and the correct stand marked 'FLEET SUBMARINE.' The kit has never been started and is inventoried 100% complete with all parts and 'Very Good++' condition instructions. The box is graded 'excellent' (not perfect!) and has very nice color and gloss, four solid, original corners, no price tags or tag tears, no tape except for the remains of clear tape on the two long sides where the box was factory sealed, no tape tears and no box tears, fades or missing litho. Wear includes general light shelf wear as shown and some corner and edge wear. NOTE: must be shipped insured. This kit has a fascinating history. These molds may well be the oldest production ship kit in US plastic modeling history. The kit started as the Varney Fleet Sub in the mid 1940s. It is widely believed that it was the very first USA all-plastic construction kit of a military vessel. Varney produced an all plastic aircraft kit at the same time, the PT-17. It is the #1 candidate for the first plastic airplane kit in the USA. Varney was a famous manufacture of model trains, first O then a leader in HO models. The two new additions did not sell very well - remember, the Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' had yet to be issued, so the boom in modeling had not occurred. Varney soon sold the molds for the Fleet Sub and the PT-17 to O-Lin (along with the molds for a fantastic multi-media kit with a wooden hull and plastic fittings, the Varney PT Boat ). O-Lin was a joint venture by Paul Lindberg and Mr. Olsen. O-Lin successfully issued the PT Boat (the PT Boat was given an injection molded hull and deck), PT-17 Stearman and Fleet Sub but modified the molds for the Sub. The original Varney kit had a solid, one-piece black hull and gray fittings. O-Lin engineers created a two-piece hull that provided a hollow hull and made from the same shot of plastic as the fittings. The 'Lin' in O-Lin, Paul Lindberg, was already well known for his publication of articles and plans for flying model aircraft in some of the leading aviation publications in the 1940/50s.

Shizukyo Leopard 105MM Cannon West German New Type Tank, 1/50, TS-203-300

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$145   

Very, very rare and an excellent investment. Shizukyo started in the 1960s but was out of business before the end of the decade. This kit is likely from 1965 and is well detailed for that time and features motorized operation on the rear drive wheels. Features Tkk Mabuchi RE15 motor that is still in the original old-style TKK box, complete with printed plastic wrapper and sealed accessory bag, all metal gear box, a sealed bag with numerous pieces of metal hardware for motorized operation, wire and more. The actual kit is molded in a black or very, very dark green plastic. Inside, the kit has never been touched. All the smaller parts are still in the factory sealed bags with color headers. All parts but the upper and lower hull halves, motor and treads are still factory sealed, and the biggest bag has a nice paper header. The sealed gear box metal is shiny like brand new. Amazingly, the treads are in perfect condition and still 100% flexible. They are held together by the factory rubber bands! The instructions are in 'near mint' condition and the decals are 'near mint' also. NOTE: this kit must be shipped insured.

Shizukyo German 75mm Assault Gun III Motorized With Light Up Gun Barrel, 1/50, TS-202-300

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$185   

Very, very rare and a very nice investment. Shizukyo started in the 1960s but was out of business before the end of the decade. This kit is probably from about 1963/64 and is well molded and detailed for that time and features motorized operation on the rear drive wheels to move the treads and a large flashing red bulb at the end of the barrel that 'fires' the gun. Features TKK Mabuchi RE15 motor that is still in the original old-style TKK box, complete with printed plastic wrapper and sealed accessory bag, all metal gear box, wire and sealed bag with motorizing hardware, the red electric light bulb, glue and decals. The actual kit is molded in a black or very, very dark green plastic. Inside, the kit has never been touched. All the smaller parts are still in the factory sealed bags and the big one has a paper header. However, one of the two bags had a 2" tear, so I inventoried the bag - it is complete with all parts. The only parts that were not sealed are the upper and lower hull, upper and lower turret and gear box/gears/drive shaft. The instructions are in 'excellent' condition and the decals are still in the sealed bag and 'very good' with moderate yellowing being the only flaw. Amazingly, the treads are in 'near mint' condition and completely intact - they are still very flexible! NOTE: this kit must be shipped insured.

Airfix Monty's Humber Staff Car M239485, 1/32, 05501-3

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$32   

Still factory sealed but the seal has split and some of the seal is gone on the bottom. Very nicely done kit of the second of Monty's two Humbers. Features very good underside detail with suspension, exhaust, gas tank and more. Full interior is nicely done and the kit includes two figures.

Arii USS Nautilus SSN571 Nuclear Submarine, AR116-D100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$69   

Very rare; not even listed in John Burn's guide. Small scale kit that measures about 6.6 inches long when assembled. The kit is basic, featuring only 10 plastic parts. It is also designed for motorized operation, and comes with a big slow-rpm prop, rubber motor and torpedo-shaped weight holder and weight that hang from the bottom when you wish to operate it. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions. The instructions are on the bottom of the box top.

Blue Water Navy V.K. Konovalov Alfa Class Submarine, 1/350

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$36   

Rare. Very high quality resin full hull model kit with PE details. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.

Blue Water Navy Russian Kilo Class Attack Submarine, 1/350, BN35047

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$27   

Rare. Very high quality resin full hull model kit with cast metal parts and PE details. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.

Blue Water Navy Russian Kilo Class Attack Submarine, 1/350, BN35047

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$24   

Rare. Very high quality resin full hull model kit with cast metal parts and PE details. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.

Planet Models U-Boat Type IIC, 1/200, NS005

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$22   

Large scale, full hull, highly detailed resin kit with full decals. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Planet Models U-Boat Type IA, 1/200, NS001

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$26   

Large scale, full hull, highly detailed resin kit with full decals. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Novo Techna Soviet Type L Series II Submarine, 1/400, K4003

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$14   

Ex-Soviet Union kit that is very well molded for that time with very fine detail and hull drain holes. Full hull model measures 7.5 inches long when assembled and includes display stand and decals. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags, which is attached to cardstock that is folded in two. At times the factory workers had to get pretty creative because of a shortage of staples. Beyond staples, I have seen the bag of parts attached with a clothing snap, a rivet or even sewn on with thread!

Novo Techna Soviet Type S 9-BIS Series Submarine, 1/400, K4002

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$14   

Ex-Soviet Union kit that is very well molded for that time with very fine detail and hull drain holes. Full hull model measures 7.5 inches long when assembled and includes display stand and decals. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags, which is attached to cardstock that is folded in two. At times the factory workers had to get pretty creative because of a shortage of staples. Beyond staples, I have seen the bag of parts attached with a clothing snap, a rivet or even sewn on with thread!

Novo Techna Soviet Type D Series I Submarine, 1/400, K4004

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$14   

Ex-Soviet Union kit that is very well molded for that time with very fine detail and hull drain holes. Full hull model measures 7.5 inches long when assembled and includes display stand and decals. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags, which is attached to cardstock that is folded in two. At times the factory workers had to get pretty creative because of a shortage of staples. Beyond staples, I have seen the bag of parts attached with tape, a clothing snap, a rivet or even sewn on with thread!

Novo Techna Soviet M Class Submarine, 1/400

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$12   

Ex-Soviet Union kit that is very well molded for that time with very fine detail and hull drain holes. Full hull model measures 4.5 inches long when assembled and includes display stand and decals. The kit has never been started. The parts are either inventoried complete or still in the internal factory sealed bags, which is attached to cardstock that is folded in two. At times the factory workers had to get pretty creative because of a shortage of staples. Beyond staples, I have seen the bag of parts attached with tape, a clothing snap, a rivet or even sewn on with thread! This M class kit even has a color painting guide on the back with English colors.

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.

Gulfstream German Type IXC U-Boat, 1/350, 9302

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$19   

Features TWO excellent quality resin one-piece hull and sail with very fine drain holes and decking and a large number of PE details, but only has PE for one sub. Complete and never started and includes instructions.

Aurora 12 O'Clock High P-38 Lightning, 1/48, 346-130

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$185   

Very rare first and only hardbox issue from the tie-in promotion with Twentieth Century Fox Televisions smash hit "12 O'Clock High." Dated 1965. Some of the most valuable models are linked to TV or movie promotions and the "12 O'Clock High" series from Aurora is no exception. This example has like-new color and gloss, four solid corners, no tape, tags or tears and zero fading. The only flaws are very slight foxing and very slight general corner wear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Other kits in the series included the B-17, P-51, Me-109 and FW-190.

Monogram Wright Brothers Flyer I (Kitty Hawk) - White Box Issue, 1/40, 6824

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair-

$22   

1973 'White Box' issue. Possibly the best injection molded kit of the first aircraft to sustain powered, controlled flight. Includes rigging instructions. Kit also features figures of Orville and Wilbur Wright, carrier dolly and historical accessories that were all there for the historic flight- "C" clamp, bench, can, spade and starting battery. The model as never been started. NOTE: Missing the monorail launching track. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts and instructions present.

Flagship Models USS Monitor Ironclad 1861-1962 - Civil War, 1/192

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$95   

Rare. Widely considered the best Monitor in this scale. Features a beautiful, high-definition resin-cast full hull, resin cast larger parts, cast metal smaller parts and extensive PE parts. This version has the smaller field cannon on the aft deck. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes detailed, illustrated instructions.

ATP Douglas DC-6B / C-118A, 1/144

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$22   

Limited issue model. Features one piece cast resin main fuselage, wings/engines, and elevator, injection molded propellers, gear struts, wheels and gear doors and instructions. Never started and inventoried complete. There are no decals with this kit, and it is still packed in the ATP white mailing box.