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Airfix Hawker Hunter F6, 1/72, 288

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$26   

1960s issue with the Type Three Airfix logo. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

AMT Fruehauf Model FB Beaded Panel 40 Foot Van Trailer, 1/25, T507

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$65   

Rare original issue and hard-to-find in this condition. Has more than 100 parts and fits any of the AMT tractor models. Features fully detailed F-2 Tandem suspension, operating 'Select-A-Point" sliding suspension, air brake system with flexible lines, mud guards, rear doors that open realistically, two position support assembly either 'raised' or lowered for static display and more. Molded in white, chrome plate, red-tinted clear and with rubber tires and metal axles. Never started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in factory sealed bags. The parts that were never factory sealed (the largest trailer parts & chrome and clear) have been inventoried complete. With instructions and decals in amazing 'near mint+' condition.

California Model Co SE-5A Scout - 19.75 Inch Wingspan Balsa Flying Aircraft, 1/16

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$59   

Probably from the late 1940s or early 1950s. Stick and tissue flying model kit to a constant 1/16 scale with very nice quality. Kit can use rubber, CO2 or small gas motors for power. Features covering material, quality balsa printwood and strip wood, blocks as needed and beautifully drawn full size plans. The model has not been started. Inventoried complete with all parts and plans. Made by California Model Company out of Long Beach, CA USA. From the box there was at least a Spad, SE-5, Fokker DVII, Niuport and a Sopwith Camel for rubber power as well as the 'Spacer A-B' & 'Spacer 1/2A' and the indoor Featherette. We know they also issued some ex-Suydam railroad kits as well. From Bill Baker Jr - "California Model Company originated in Long Beach, Calif in the late 1940's or early 1950's. My grandparents, William (Bill) Loyal Baker and his wife, Ruth (Tripp) Baker were the founders. The company started out as primarily balsa based model aircraft but later, in the late 50's or early 60's, branched into the model RR craft kits and Cub Scout craft kits. They even had a balsa speed boat kit powered by a model airplane gas engine adapted to fit. When they retired, around 1968 or 1969, they sold the business and the "shop" in North Long Beach they built to house their business. I have many fond memories as a young child "working" with them in the shop, assembling kits. I have a few unbuilt kits today!"

Jetex P-13 Delta Wing Fighter For Jetex 50 Jet Engine

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$54   

Rare. From the early 1950s. Highly prefabricated with all parts cut to shape. Includes all wood pieces, full instructions, complete full size plans and Jetex engine bracket (engine sold separately). Complete and never started.

Hasegawa Nakajima C6N1 Saiun Myrt, 1/48, JT84

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$35   

Still factory sealed. Very well molded and nicely detailed with 119 parts, all fine recessed panel lines, excellent cockpit and more.

Blue Max Phonix D-1, 1/48, BM116

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$26   

Well detailed with main injection molded parts and many cast metal details. Has decals for two aircraft. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Revell Mc Donnell F-101A Voodoo With Stamp - Master Modelers Club / Academy Issue, 1/75, H128-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$59   

1962 hardbox USA issue with Master Modelers, Academy and 'Astronaut Wings' logos as well as the original SS Stamp of the F-101 in 'near mint' condition. This model is from the original 'S' kit molds. Molded in silver and clear. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

AMT 1965 Lincoln Continental Convertible 3 in 1 Kit - Stock / Custom / Station Wagon, 1/25, 6415-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$69   

Rare first issue and even rarer in this condition- never started and complete Can be built stock, custom or station wagon. Detailed kit with many custom parts and features and includes AMT supplied woodgrain for the wagon sides. Features complete stock engine with speed options, detailed engine compartment, opening hood, full interior, rotating wheels, exhaust and underside detail and much more. Molded in white, clear, red-tinted clear, and chrome. With real rubber tires and metal axles. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including all parts, decals, wood grain and instructions.

Hasegawa Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker Test Pilots, 1/72, SP123

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG++

$29   

Still factory sealed. Limited special edition that is very highly detailed with 97 pieces. Features all very fine recessed panel lines, complete cockpit and gear well detail, optional position canopy and speed brakes and more.

Lindberg North American F-100 Super Sabre, 1/48, 528-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$65   

1950s hardbox issue with incredible Ray Gaedke artwork. Large-scale Super Sabre features movable rudder, elevators and ailerons, detailed ejection seat and pilot, full jet engine detail and opening engine access hatch and a load-out of two drop tanks and 8 missiles. Includes colorful decals for the box art aircraft. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

DIWI Ilyushin Il-62 Airliner Aeroflot - (ex- Yunyj Tyechinik), 1/125

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$36   

Large model that measures 16.5 inches LOA (length overall) from rudder to nose. DIWI was an export/import firm based in East Germany. In the 1970s they re-boxed a large number of models from Soviet and Soviet controlled countries and exported them. This model is from the 'Yunyj Tyechinik' molds and even includes YT instructions. YT succeeded MZMPI (which was the first kit manufacturer in the USSR) and continued till a new name was introduced in the mid 1970s. Never started. Inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

KVZ Yakovlev Yak-40 Aeroflot, 1/100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$32   

East German cold war model of the respected Russian mini-trijet transport. Includes clear side and cockpit windows, full landing gear, display stand and a very large and colorful decal sheet for Aeroflot. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. KVZ was the logo used by this East German kit manufacturer from 1969 to 1973. During this time, some fantastic Cold War kits were produced of Russian Aeroflot Airliners and Military Helicopters and Aircraft.

Monogram Bell UH-1C 'Huey' Iroquois Air Force Rescue Chopper, 1/48, 5202

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$44   

1978 hard-to-find Air Force 'C' variant issue. Very nicely detailed kit. Includes revised 'C' intake and exhaust, skids with wheels, rescue winch, Air Force markings, two pilots, rotating main and tail rotors, full interior, optional position doors and more. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. NOTE: the retainer for the rear rotor is a different color plastic. It is from a later issue of this same kit.

La Belle Victor Gold Mining Co. Gondola HOn3 Narrow Gauge - Craftsman Model, 1/87, HOn3-34

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$30   

Please read the article on this website about older HO train kits and the modeling revolution they caused in the late 1930s/1940s. During the golden era of realistic train models, La Belle Woodworking Company created perhaps the very finest scale kits of early American equipment. The kit features die cut hardwood parts (no balsa) such as pre-cut and scribed sides all cut to the correct size, car ends done in the same fashion, excellent underside and cast metal details, building instructions and plans and decals/transfers. I have seen these models built and they look identical to the real prototypes. The kit has not been started and is complete with two packets of small parts still factory sealed, and all other parts inventoried complete with transfers and instructions.

Top Flite Stinson Sentinel L-5 Flying Jeep JIGTIME Flying Balsa Aircraft, TF3

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$32   

Rare late 1950s/early 60s kit in the famous Top Flight "JIGTIME" flying model series. For rubber powered free flight. The Jigtime series were wooden flying models but the tissue, rib and spar method was eliminated. It is a 3D cabin model (not profile) that is built off of central jigs with all parts factory pre-painted with a colorful design. It has not been started. Inventoried and NOTE: missing the very short plastic nose. Easily replaced with a sanded balsa block about 1" x 1" x 1/2". Otherwise includes all other parts and instructions.

Cadet Stratobomber Balsa Glider, G-11

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$45   

Rare kit from the 1940s in fine, never used condition. This is an easy to assemble glider featuring factory painted and decorated parts. The solid fuselage is red and has the profile outline of an advanced pre WWII bomber. The wing is die cut and decorated with four printed engine nacelles and "STRATOBOMBER" across the top. The horizontal and vertical stabs are die cut and even the original nose weight is included. The instructions are on the back of the box. It has never been built and is complete. Cadet Aeronautics was a division of Winner Engineering Corporation, Trenton NJ. This line consisted of a P-40, P-51, Spitfire, Hellcat, P-47, Airacobra, Culver Model V, Aeronca Champion and Stinson Voyager 150 (numbered B-1 through B-9 respectively). Cadet also had a very popular line of ready-to-fly gliders such as the 'Stratobomber' and many others.

Revell Oldsmobile Delivery Van Highway Pioneers - (Oldsmobile), 1/32, H44

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

$38   

1953 early issue molded in white and black plastic and it includes colorful insignia for 'Gowland's Bakery.' This kit has never been started. All parts are still factory sealed in the original 'krinkle' bag and it includes the instructions. 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. Shortly after the turn of the century, many dedicated modelers built 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. That changed in the early 1950s. The phenomenon of the Revell/Gowland & Gowland 'Highway Pioneers' car 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 could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real car. 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.

Hudson Miniatures 1913 Mercer Raceabout Lil Old Timers - Quickie Kit, 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM++

$46   

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 bright yellow plastic. Never started and inventoried 100% complete with all parts and 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. The Mercer was perhaps the most famous sports car of it's day, and it can be successfully argued that it was America's first sports car. The 30 horsepower 'T' head 4 cylinder engine sped it along at over 80 miles per hour. A 1914 Mercer clocked 112 mph at Daytona Beach - no mean feat for that age.

Airfix BAC-111 (One-Eleven) Braniff Airlines - Craftmaster Issue, 1/144, 2-88

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$54   

Hard to find Craftmaster issue. Features optional position landing gear and working airstair rear door. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. Braniff decals look 'excellent' but please always take precautions before using any older kit decals. There is an article (on this website) on how to save old decals.

Airfix Fokker F-27 Friendship Aer Lingus, 1/72, 583

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$79   

From the late 1950s. Type two logo kit with full Aer Lingus markings on two decal sheets. Features full cockpit, moving rudder, elevator and ailerons, retracting landing gear, optional position cabin doors and rotating propellers & wheels. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.