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Hawk Granville Gee Bee 1932 - Thompson Trophy Winner - One Piece Box Issue 1949, 1/48, 601

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Very rare. For the advanced model collector. This is a model kit with a fascinating history for it is among the early injection molded kits produced in the United States (please see the article about early USA kit production on this website). The Hawk model company was the most innovative in America and had been making constant 1/48 scale models in wood with metal accessories since the late 1920s. During the re-run of the World's Fair in 1933, Hawk may have made the world's first injection molded airplanes models - but they were not kits. The models were completely finished and were on display for the then-large sum of $25 each. The Mates brothers, who founded and ran Hawk, were quick to incorporate this new technology by replacing the metal detail parts with injection molded details to the wooden kits in the late 1930s. During the war, Hawk put it's injection molding knowledge to work making ID models for the US Armed Forces. Originally there was a nation-wide program to have children and adults make these from wood, but consistency was an issue - injection molded solved this problem. Immediately after WWII in 1946, Hawk made the Curtiss Racer model injection molded in black tenite. The box was a simple one-color affair. This may have been the first injection molded airplane kit produced in the USA; another contender is the Varney's PT-17. Both met a very cool reception at hobby shops. Hawk quickly changed the Curtiss box to two colors and added box artwork while molding the kit is bright yellow acetate. In 1947, Hawk approached toy stores since hobby shops were giving the kit poor promotion. The toy stores did much better. Spurred on by toy store sales in 1947, Hawk added four classic racers in 1948, all molded in acetate - the Gee Bee, Howard Ike, Laird Solution and the Supermarine S6B. In 1949, Hawk switched to polystyrene. This is the 1949 issue. The kit has not been started and is 100% complete. The instructions are in excellent condition. The box has great color but has wear typical of these early one-piece boxes. Please note that this early kit did not come with decals. The markings are raised in the plastic and the instructions tell how to paint them.

Hasegawa BMW 327, 1/48, 36013

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Very well detailed kit in 1/48 scale with 60 parts and figure as shown. Features full interior and can be built with top up or down, with boot or without. Includes extensive decals with pinstripes. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Revell Boeing 727-100 Europa Jet Lufthansa, 1/144, H240

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc-

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Early short-body 727 variant. Early Revell of Germany issue with a Lufthansa Logo on the box art as well as darker composition in the painting. Landing gear can be built up or down as can the rear passenger loading ramp (Airstair Door). The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Monogram North American F-86 Sabre Jet, 1/48, 5427

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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NOTE: builder kit only, please read carefully. Very nicely detailed kit of the famous Korean War fighter. 1983 issue. Includes full cockpit and landing gear detail, optional open machine gun bay and hinged flaps. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: decals are from Monogram F-86 issue #5402 'The Paper Tiger' FU-958. Instructions are quality photocopies from F-86 issue #6049.

Roco DB Round Roof Combine/Freight Car - HO Scale Train, HO, 46971

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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New in the box - never used and complete. Very highly detailed HO train. Completely factory assembled, painted and lettered. Ready to run.

Roco DB Riv Cattle / Livestock Transporter Car (Stock Car) - HO Scale Trains, HO, 46035

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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New in the box - never used and complete. Very highly detailed HO train. Completely factory assembled, painted and lettered. Ready to run.

Roco Gondolas (2) #44152 HO Scale, HO, 44152

Metal and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Very finely detailed and molded. Contains gondola loads. Completely factory assembled and complete. New in the box - never run.

Trumpeter USS North Carolina BB55 Battleship, 1/350, 05303

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Highly detailed large scale kit with over 600 parts. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

MPC 1957 Flip Nose Vette (1957 Chevrolet Corvette), 1/25, 38433

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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2005 issue. Features detailed chassis and suspension, full engine with flip nose hood, full racing interior, excellent striping decals and more. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Hasegawa German Army Sd.Kfz.7 8 Ton Half Track, 1/72, 711-150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very highly detailed 1/72 armor kit. Ideal for 1/72 scale dioramas. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

Tamiya Sd. Kfz 222 Leichter Panzerspahwagen and Motorcycle - Afrika Korps - With PE Parts, 1/35, MM286

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

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Detailed kit from high quality Tamiya molds. Includes commander, radio operator and two types of motorcycle rider figures and PE screen material for top of turret. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

Monogram Convair RB-36H B-36H Peacemaker - 28th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing Ellsworth AFB S. Dakota (RB-36H) - 7th Bomb Wing Carswell AFB Texas (B-36H), 1/72, 85-5710

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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1997 issue. Modified from the original Monogram B-36 molds to make the reconnaissance or 'H' bomber variant. Very highly detailed and large kit. Features fully detailed cockpit, nose compartment and landing gear, crew of four, optional position bomb bay doors with 80 bombs, optional electronic fairings, rotating props, moving tail turret and optional position landing gear. Includes decals and paint guide for both aircraft. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The parts that were never factory sealed (one tree) have been inventoried complete including excellent decals and instructions.

Heljan Villa / Small Home - HO Scale Building, HO, 211

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Nicely molded kit with clear windows, printed curtains and window treatments, separate mullions and downspouts and base/foundation. The kit has never been started. Inventoried complete with all parts and instructions.

Heljan Drugstore - HO Scale Building, HO, HO 461

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

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Still factory sealed. Nicely molded kit with base/foundation. Molded in the colors shown on the box top.

Monogram Grumman F-14A Tomcat + Microsale Decals - And VF-142 USS America, 1/48, 5803

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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Includes Microscale #48-118 CVW-8 F-14 Tomcat VF-41 Sukhoi Killers Plus A-7E VA-86. Decals and marking guide are in new, never used condition. The actual model is the 1981 issue with colorful high-vis decals from VF-142 USS America. Model features full cockpit detail, optional position canopy, variable position wings, and four AIM-54 Phoenix, 2 AIM-9 Sidewinder and 2 AIM-7F Sparrow Missiles. Very finely molded and detailed kit with traditional high Monogram quality. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Monogram Mig-29 Fulcrum + Aires Cockpit + QuickBoost Seat + Eduard PE, 1/48, 5825

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Includes Aires #4074 Cockpit Set, QuickBoost #QB48-237 Ejection Seat with Safety handles and Eduard #48-423 PE detail set. All three items are still factory sealed. The kit itself is dated 1991 and is very finely molded and detailed. Features detailed cockpit and engine air inlets, pilot, optional position canopy, detailed gear wells, long range drop tanks and two types of air-to-air missiles. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Frog Hotspur II Glider - Red Series, 1/72, 152P

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

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Cleanly molded in yellow plastic. This kit has never been started. It is either still in the internally sealed factory bag or has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. 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, 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.

Monogram F-15 Eagle, 1/48, 5801

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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1979 large 1/48 scale issue. Very well detailed kit with typical Monogram high fit and finish. Features very highly detailed cockpit, detailed gear wells and engine air inlets, drop tanks, ECM pod, Sidewinder and Sparrow missiles, optional position canopy, speed brake and pilots boarding step, detailed radar and optional position radome and an excellent decal sheet for three aircraft (1st TFW Langley AFB / 33rd TFW Elgin AFB / 32nd TFW The Netherlands). The model has never been started. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Frog MC-202 Folgore - 363 Sq 150 Gruppo 53 Stormo Benghazi Libya July 1942 or 351 Sq 155 Gruppo 51 Stormo - Bagged, 1/72, F225F

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

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Still factory sealed. Very finely molded with fine raised panel lines. Features decals and color painting guide for both aircraft and separately molded ailerons, elevators and rudder.

Frog Douglas Havoc A-20 / Intruder / Boston - RAAF Flt Lt. W.T. Nelson (VC) or RCAF 418 Sq 1942 - Green Series, 1/72, F208

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+++

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Nicely molded. High quality Frog kit - no rivets, just fine panel lines for a realistic model. Features separately molded ailerons, elevators and rudder. Decals and paint guide for both the RAAF and RCAF aircraft are included. This kit has not been started. The parts are still in the factory sealed bag with decals and instructions. 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, 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.