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Pyro American Cup Racer - With Sails, 1/96, 328-298

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$84   

Rare early issue from Pyro, likely from the late 1950s or very early 1960s. Wonderful kit of the famous schooner that would race between New York and Bermuda. Very nicely detailed and includes billowing sails, standing and running rigging material and full rigging instructions. Measures about 19 inches long when built. NOTE: this kit has very minor and neat assembly: 3 eyelets are glued to the hull. There is no other assembly. NOTE: the hull below the waterline only is painted green. There is one coat and the quality is only 'good.' there is no other painting. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, thread and instructions present.

Pyro The Revenge Sir Francis Drakes Flagship, B263-125

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$44   

Larger scale Pyro kit. Full hull model measures about 7 inches long when assembled. Nicely molded in wood brown and white with billowing sails and a display stand. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. This is one of the 'intermediate' line of Pyro ship kits, which were first called '$1.00 Models' and in 1967 were renamed '$1.25 Models.' All were roughly the same size and were a significant increase in detail from the Pyro '50 Cent Models' line (later called 74 cent models). Kits in the $1.00/$1.25 line (by 1967) included the Skipjack, Cutty Sark, Charles W. Morgan, HMS Bounty, HMS Ark Royal, USS Constellation, British Bomb Ketch, Chinese War Junk, Elsie - Gloucester Fisherman, Henri Grace A'Dieu, Dutch Staten Jacht, Gotta Le Jon and others. 50 Cent/75 Cent kits in 1967 included the Mayflower, Barbary Pirate, USS Constitution, Santa Maria, Golden Hind, Half Moon, Bon Homme Richard, Brig of War, HMS Victory, Flying Cloud, Nina, Pinta, Santa Maria, La Reale French Galley, Venetian Carrack, Roman Merchant, Spanish Galleon and others.

MPC Sikorsky Sea King SH-3D - Number 66 Apollo Mission HS-4 USS Hornet or USS Essex HS-9 Anti-Submarine Patrol, 1/72, 1-4202

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$56   

Still factory sealed. 1982 issue includes decals for both helicopters including the most famous Sea King ever, Number 66 from the Apollo Recovery Missions. Nicely detailed model features working main and tail rotors, cockpit and interior detail including cargo deck, opening side doors, side hoist, ASW torpedoes and more.

Otaki Long Beach - 58 Foot Ocean Yacht, 1/36, OT1-80-3800

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$165   

Rare. Very large (1/36 scale) ocean-going sailing yacht features complete and well detailed deck fittings, clear windows, working rudder, working mast booms, blocks, choice of vacuform billowing sails or real cloth sails, full rigging instructions and display stand. Never started. Almost all small parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags. Two trees of larger parts are not sealed and have been inventoried complete. Includes decals and instructions. NOTE: there is a 1"x1" section of missing plastic on one vacuform sail; however, the sail cloth is in perfect condition.

Hasegawa US Aircraft Weapon Loading Set - Ford Tractor / Drop Tank Dolly / Hydraulic LIft Trailer / GP Dolly / MHU-12M Ammo Trailer / Lift Truck, 1/72, X72-5

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$24   

Very highly detailed accessory set includes all items listed. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Revell F-94C Starfire, 1/56, 4353

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$22   

This is a 1987 reissue of the old Pre-S kit from the original molds, so it makes an ideal 'Classic Builder.' Please see the article on this website about this style of building. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

AMT-Frog Northrop P-61B Black Widow - (ex Frog), 1/72, A644-130

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$22   

From quality Frog molds. Includes crew and decals for multiple aircraft. This was part of a short-lived AMT marketing idea to market Frog kits in the USA. Molded in black and clear and includes a full color painting guide on the back of the box. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Lindberg Lockheed Vega Winnie Mae - Post's Round the World Record Setting Aircraft, 1/48, 533-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$39   

Original 1950s issue with fantastic Ray Gaedke box art. In 1931, Post and Gatty flew the Vega 'Winnie Mae' around the world in 8 days, 15 hours and 8 minutes for a new world record. In 1933 Post tested a gyroscope automatic pilot and radio direction finder in another record flight lasting 7 days, 18 hours and 45 minutes. This aircraft is now in the Smithsonian Museum. Kit features moving control surfaces, cockpit, rotating prop and wheels and clear display stand. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Revell Aerobee Hi Missile - 'S' Issue, 1/40, H1814-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$98   

First issue hardbox kit dated 1958 with great box art. Not the common reissue. An excellent kit for that time, featuring removable missile, firing arm with working piston and cylinder, movable wheels, tow bar and detailed crew figures. Molded in the correct gloss gray and white. Never started. Inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Strombecker Convair Manned Lunar Reconnaissance Vehicle - by Krafft Ehricke, 1/91, D37-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$215   

Very rare 1950s kit. Strombecker issued a series of exotic space craft from Convair designer Krafft Ehricke and the Disney 'Man in Space' series between 1954 and 1956. This is the one that has not been reissued, making it hard to find. Large and interesting model makes an idea display alone or with the other spacecraft in this series. The spaceship has never been started but NOTE: the two stand arm halves are assembled. There is no other assembly. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Decals are in 'very good' condition and the instructions are in amazing 'near mint' condition. Please note that the box displays much better than the 'very good+' grade but is rated as such because there is clear tape on the four sides where someone 'resealed' it in the past. This kit must be shipped insured.

Revell Fairchild F-27 Bonanza Airlines - Lodela Issue, 1/94, H298

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$65   

Still factory sealed but the seal has split. Rare Revell Lodela issue from original "S" kit molds with colorful Bonanza markings. Well detailed kit includes moving rudder, flaps and elevators, rotating wheels and props and loading ramp.

Aurora The Barnstormers Customizing Kit DH-4 and JN-4 Jenny, 1/48, 200-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$164   

Rare one-and-only 1960 issue that contains both the DH-4 and Curtis JN-4 Jenny. Aurora really went out of the way to make this a special kit; however, it did not sell well and was retired after one year. Features completely new box artwork, a DH-4 molded in gloss dark green and black, the JN-4 molded in gloss bright yellow and black, great custom decal sheets for both aircraft and special 'Barnstormer' instructions for each aircraft. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts present and includes decals and instructions. Instructions are both in 'excellent+' condition and the decal sheets are both completely flat (no rolling) with typical age yellowing as the only flaw.

Aurora Spad XIII, 1/48, 107-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$54   

First issue hardbox is dated 1957 with great Jo Kotula artwork. Please note the 69 cent price extension and oval 'Famous Fighters' sunburst logo. This is part of a popular and very successful series of 1/48 scale WWI aircraft that Aurora started in 1956 and added to well into the 1960s. Many of the line were in production right up until the demise of Aurora in the mid 1970s Molded in correct high-gloss olive drab and black plastic. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Revell Convair Atlas - America's First Interncontinental Ballistic Missile - 'S' Issue, 1/110, H1822-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$580   

Dated 1960. Very rare ICBM and the first and only issue of this incredibly well detailed Revell 'S' kit. The molds were altered to make the Mercury Atlas kit, so reissues are impossible. The box grades 'Excellent' with wonderful color and gloss, four solid corners, no price tags or tag marks, no tape and no tape marks (other than the factory sealing tape, of course). The box has general wear as shown. The kit features elevating missile support arms and hinged break-away supports, complete launching base, ramp and pad, missile truck and trailer that elevates 90 degrees to load missile and crew. Molded in correct white, gray and yellow. Inside, it has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present. The decals are 100% intact, flat and in 'excellent' condition with typical light yellowing; the instructions are in 'very good' condition. Shipping insurance is required for this kit. From my friend Stephen Payne, Major, USAF (Ret): The launch pad in both kits used Launch Complex - 14 (also known asSpace Launch Complex-14 or "Slic-14") as their example. LC-14 waspart of what was known as ICBM Row at Cape Canaveral and originally usedto test the Atlas ICBM prior to being converted for the Mercury Spaceprogram (starting with John Glenn's orbital mission). The yellow & white trailers seen here were the gaseous nitrogen tube bank trailers. The nitrogen trailer in both Atlas kits came from the accessories associated with the Revell Thor kit. Having spent 5 years working at the Cape, I passed this site numerous times. Unfortunately, time & the elements have resulted in the removal of all ruminants of SLC-14. Only the memorial (with associated timecapsule) remains.

Bandai Panzerkampfwagen Panzer IV Ausf.H - Sd.Kfz.161/2, 1/48, 8270

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG++

$39   

Still factory sealed. Rare 1/48 scale kit model that is part of the classic and highly detailed Bandai Pin Point 1/48 armor series. These kits are beautifully molded and feature full interior detail as well as flexible treads, many operating features and very detailed crew members that can be posed in almost any position.

Bandai German 88mm Anti-Tank (Flak) Gun with Crew and extra shells and Jerry Cans, 1/48, 8236-400

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$62   

Very rare 1/48 scale gun kit. Part of the classic, highly detailed Bandai Pin Point 1/48 armor series. These kits are beautifully molded and feature detail and many operating features. Includes very detailed crew members that can be posed in almost any position. Kit includes dozens of additional shells, shell casings and several jerry cans. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Bandai Mobelwagen Flakpanzer IV, 1/48, 8285

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$64   

Rare model that is part of the Bandai 1/48 Pin Point series. Very well molded and features a super detailed interior. Includes several crew members that can be assembled in almost any position desired. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The large parts were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions.

Airfix Fairey Swordfish, 1/72, 285

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$26   

1960s issue with the Type 3 Airfix logo. Nicely molded and detailed for that time. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Fujimi Northrop T-38A Talon - US Air Force / US Navy Patuxent River Test Pilot School / 1000th Production T-38A, 1/48, 5A2-400

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

$24   

Fujimi Mokei issue most likely from the very late 1960s or early 1970s. This is a quality model for that time featuring very fine raised panel detail, two pilots and decals for all three aircraft including the unique "1000th Production T-38A Talon." Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: decals are stuck fast to the back of the color painting guide. They will not be good, so be prepared to provide your own decals.

Frog Junkers Ju-88A-4 Fighter/Bomber - Luftwaffe Trop.1 St(F)/121 Martuba Libya 1942 Or II/KG54 Totenkpf Russia 1942 Winter Scheme - (Ju-88), 1/72, F292

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$28   

1970 final log issue is nicely detailed and molded featuring fine raised surface detail, no rivets, crew of three, optional position landing gear, two wing pylons with bombs, separately molded ailerons, elevators & rudder and more. Incluces decals for the two different aircraft listed and a 3 view color painting guide on the back of the box. This kit has never been started. It is still in the internally sealed factory 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.