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Frog Mitchell Mk.II (B-25C) Medium Bomber - RAF - Orange Series, 1/72, F159

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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High quality 'Orange Series' Frog kit. As with most every Frog kit, there are very fine panel lines and no unrealistic surface detail. This allows you to build the model up into a realistic depiction of the actual aircraft. Features cockpit, crew, detailed engines, separately molded ailerons, elevators and rudders and rotating wheels and props. The model has not been started. NOTE: missing one large main gear door. Otherwise inventoried with all other 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, Blue, 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.

Air Lines Blackburn Skua Dive Bomber, 1/72, 7901

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+++

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Well molded kit features separate ailerons, rudder and elevators. 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. Box art is by the famous Jo Kotula who did 1930s covers for the magazine 'Model Airplane News' and later the Aurora box art of the late 1950s. Air Lines kits are all Frog molds that the Lines Brothers imported to the USA between 1964-1966. The kits, decals and instructions were made in England, then imported to the USA where Testors created the boxes with the colorful trading cards on the back. There are two trading cards on each box which show the boxart but not the advertising/logo. Some kits contain a Testors color painting guide also, but it is not specific to any model.

Frog Martin Marauder II (B-26C) - Orange Series, 1/72, 338P

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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High quality Frog kit - no rivets, just fine panel lines for a realistic model. Features separately molded rudder, elevator and ailerons, pilot and gunner figure and detailed engines with rotating propellers. 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, Blue, 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.

Air Lines Airspeed Oxford Trainer, 1/72, 7906

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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Well molded kit features separate ailerons, rudder and elevators. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions. Box art is by the famous Jo Kotula who did 1930s covers for the magazine 'Model Airplane News' and later the Aurora box art of the late 1950s. Air Lines kits are all Frog molds that the Lines Brothers imported to the USA between 1964-1966. The kits, decals and instructions were made in England, then imported to the USA where Testors created the boxes with the colorful trading cards on the back. There are two trading cards on each box which show the boxart but not the advertising/logo. Some kits contain a Testors color painting guide also, but it is not specific to any model.

Doyusha Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet - All Nippon Airways (ANA), 1/100, 100-B4-8000

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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This is the largest injection molded 747 ever made. Huge 1/100 scale model is 28 inch long kit with over 325 parts. Very nicely detailed and very cleanly molded. Contains significant interior details as well. There are also two very large and colorful ANA decals sheets. The model has never been started. All parts are still in the internally sealed factory bags. Decals are factory sealed as well. NOTE: instructions are photocopies.

Revell Standard Oil of California Tanker 'J.L. Hanna' (T-2) 'S' Kit, 1/400, H322-169

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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1955 original issue 'S' kit. This kit has some of my favorite Revell 'S' artwork. The box has excellent color and gloss and very little wear. Inside, the model is molded in the correct gloss dark red plastic and has not been started. The kit has been inventoried complete with all parts, decals, flag sheet and instructions.

Monogram P-47D Thunderbolt - Gabreski or RAF - Blue Box Issue, 1/48, PA187-150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

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First issue dated 1967. Very high quality kit that builds to a beautiful model. Has markings for Gabreski's aircraft and RAF 81 Sq. The model has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Box is only fair but the parts, decals and instructions are excellent.

Best Winchester Lever Action Repeater Model 94 - 1/3 Scale Miniature Rifle, 1/3, G94-149

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

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Rare. Very nicely molded and detailed kit. Best's line of miniature rifles are all 1/3 actual size. The Model 94 stock is molded in a realistic dark brown wood color, while the other gun parts are molded in black/blue. Includes metal spring and many working features. Also includes a light tan wood wall display rack and foil/black name plate. The kit has never been started. All parts are still sealed in the factory bags and the instructions are included. Best Plastics was based in Brooklyn, NY. The entire rifle line consists of the Winchester Model 94, Stevens 311 Double Barrel Shotgun, Mannlicher-Schoenauer Sporting Carbine Improved Model 1952, Browning Automatic Shotgun, Savage Repeating Rifle Model 1899 and Remington Wingmaster Model 870.

Best Mannlicher-Schoenauer Sporting Carbine Improved Model 1952 - 1/3 Scale Rifle, 1/3, G52-149

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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Rare. Very nicely molded and detailed kit. Best's line of miniature rifles are all 1/3 actual size. The Sporting Carbine stock is molded in a realistic medium brown wood color, while the other gun parts are molded in black. Includes metal spring and many working features. Also includes a light tan wood wall display rack and foil/black name plate. The kit has never been started. Inventoried complete with all parts including instructions. Best Plastics was based in Brooklyn, NY. The entire rifle line consists of the Winchester Model 94, Stevens 311 Double Barrel Shotgun, Mannlicher-Schoenauer Sporting Carbine Improved Model 1952, Browning Automatic Shotgun, Savage Repeating Rifle Model 1899 and Remington Wingmaster Model 870.

Heller Boeing 707-300B Intercontinental - TWA / BOAC / Air France, 1/72, 80305

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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Large and well detailed kit. Contains very large full color decal sheets for TWA, BOAC and Air France. The model has not been started. The parts that Heller bagged are still in the factory sealed bag and all other parts have been inventoried 100% complete with decals and instructions.

Pegasus Gloster Gauntlet, 1/72, 004

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

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Limited production injection molded kit. Still factory sealed. Kit was not issued with decals.

Central Model Toy Mig-19 Farmer East German - Soviet - Cuban and North Vietnam, 1/72, CE202-150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Very nicely molded kit with all recessed panel lines. Has decals for all four air forces. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Monogram 1958 Ford Thunderbird Convertible or Hardtop, 1/24, 2759

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. 1987 issue of this classic kit. Very finely molded and detailed kit with traditional high Monogram quality. Features all parts needed to build the convertible or hardtop, detailed engine, engine compartment, underside with suspension, exhaust and drive line, full interior and opening doors and hood. Molded in colored plastic, chrome, clear and with rubber tires.

Jordon Products 15 Ton Mack Locomotive - HO Scale (Not Powered), HO, 302

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very nicely molded and detailed small kit. Not powered but the instructions give information on the proper power units. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including instructions.

Lehigh 40' Wood Sheathed Refrigerator Car - 'Gerber's Strained Vegetables-Better For Baby' - HO Craftsman Kit with Trucks and Paint, 1/87

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Very good quality wood and metal kit from the Golden Age of HO Craftsman kit. Builds a very accurate prototype of the 40' Wooden Reefer in colorful Gerber colors of dark blue, light blue and black. Includes cast metal trucks and two glass bottles of factory paint. Kit features pre-cut and pre-scribed sides and car ends of heavy bristol board that are factory printed. Also includes pre-cut and milled floor and roof, other cut wood and wood & metal stock as needed, metal roof walk, ice hatches, brake wheel and system, brake platform, couplers, end sills, roof ribs and ladders. The model has never been started. NOTE: missing one roof rib. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts and instructions. Includes full size plans. If you have an interest in these kits and the revolution they created in modeling, please read the article about their history located on this website. Please cut and paste this link in your browser to see it - http://www.oldmodelkits.com/blog/plastic-model-kit-history/the-ho-scale-model-railroading-revolution-of-the-1940s/

Constructo US Navy Baltimore Schooner Enterprise 1799 - Wood and Metal Plank-On-Frame Ship Kit, 1/51, 80822

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Very highly detailed and intricate ship kit. Measures 32 inches long and 26.75 inches high when assembled. Castings are in solid brass or Britannia metal. Includes full size plans and instruction book. The kit has never been started. The inner box (and all parts and paperwork) is still internally sealed.

Merlin Models Gloster Grebe, 1/72, 9

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Limited production kit, less than 2000 made. High quality injection molded kit. Features full decals and extruded pre-shaped strut material. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Gotha Bomber, 1/48, 126-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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First issue dated 1958 with 'Famous Fighters' in the sunburst logo. Classic Jo Kotula artwork. The box is in exceptional 'Very Good+' condition with nice color and gloss and four solid corners. There is light wear and creasing as well as minor litho damage on one short side. Very nicely detailed kit for it's time. Molded in the correct burgundy and black. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Bandai McLaren M6B Can Am Racer - Motorized, 1/20, 600

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Hard-to-fine 1/20 scale kit. Features gear box and motor hidden inside detailed rear engine, opening rear hood, opening (tilting) forward body, rear suspension with u-joint drive to each rear wheel, steerable front wheels, interior detail and more. Includes electric motor and metal gear box with nylon gears. Molded in bright orange, clear, dark gray, satin chrome plate and with rubber tires. NOTE: the kit has minor assembly. The drivers seat and front suspension have been assembled. Quality of assembly is excellent and the front wheels steer and the hubs rotate perfectly. There is no other assembly and no painting. NOTE: missing the following metal parts: two small screws, one small spring, one small nut. All plastic pieces are included. Inventoried with all other parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora-KB Fokker E.III (E-III), 1/48, 1134-170

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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1972 Collector's Series issue with greatly improve molds and terrain display base. Never started. NOTE: missing prop shaft. Inventoried with all other parts, decals and instructions. NOTE: decals have a small amount of peeling.