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Berkeley Aeronca C-3 'King Size RC Flying Model Airplane Kit, 1/8, 3-5

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Big 1/8 scale model with 54 inch wingspan. Designed for RC, free flight or control line. Easily converted to electric power. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. Berkeley is a very famous manufacturer of flying model kits from the Golden Age of flying aviation, about 1932-1954. Founded in 1933 by William Effinger, the company was quite progressive in producing quality kits - it was likely the Berkeley 'Buccaneer' was the first gas powered model in kit form. In the later 1930s, Effinger acquired the services of a very talented Henry Struck. Struck went on to design numerous award-winning kits under the Berkeley name. Berkeley weathered the post WWII recession and emerged as a major kit producer in the late 1940 and 1950s. These were great years for Berkeley and they produced some incredible and large kits. The company went bankrupt in about 1960 however. Fox engines (Duke Fox) bought the company and released the kits alongside his own FOX models and engines. This arrangement did not last, and in the early 1960s the Berkeley name disappeared from hobby shop shelves.

Revell American Firefighters Chemical and Ladder, 1/48, F201-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

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Dated 1953 with a wonderful hardbox illustration. Kit also includes horses, dog and fireman and real chain. The kit has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. Marlin first cut the molds in 1952 and issued the six original American Firefighters (Chemical and Ladder, Steamer, Hook and Ladder, Water Tower, Aerial Ladder and Hose Reel) in 1952. Revell signed a marketing agreement with Marlin in 1953. Five of the kit were released with the Revell name and marketing name 'Collectors Kits, Closter N.J.' Revell added the horse parts as they were not originally part of the Marlin issues. The kits made excellent display pieces, but they never caught the imagination of young men like jet aircraft did. The five molds were shipped to Brazil. After run for Kikoler (Revell Brazil's Distributor), they were shipped back to the USA but the molds were lost at sea. This issue is from when Revell still had the marketing agreement, as it says 'Trade Mark Copyright 1953 Marlin Toy Co. Inc' on the box top and 'Collector's Kits, Inc, Closter, N.J.' on the side.

Huma Model Messerschmitt Me-209 V5, 1/72, 3505

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Designed as an enhanced version of the Bf-109, the 209 witnessed many incarnations. Originally designed to use 109 components, this quickly fell by the wayside, and when the final variant (V5) flew in 1944, it was more than 30 mph slower than the current FW designs. The project was cancelled and ended Messerschmitt's final bid to build a high performance piston interceptor. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Monogram Water Devil Runabout Power Boat, 1/24, P17 249

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Rare Motorized kit from 1956. This is Monogram's 17th plastic kit. Very nicely molded and detailed. Can be built for static display, rubber powered or electric motor powered. Kit features one piece hull, interior detail, chrome plated deck fittings, skipper and girl figures, rubber drive hardware with original rubber band and winder and motorizing hardware. This kit could easily be made remote control with today's small RC systems. Please be aware the Monogram did not included the electric motor with this kit. Molded in the correct white, dark gloss orange, blue and chrome plastic. Large decal sheet with wood grain and other marking is in very good condition and flat. Never started. NOTE: missing one 'battery plate' that is only used with the motorizing version. Can be easily made from flat, stock plastic if you wish. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts, decals and excellent instructions present.

Monogram Green Hornet - Ford Model 'T' Show and Go Roadster - Four Star Issue, 1/24, PC61-149

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Rare. Original issue hardbox from 1960. Nicely detailed kit builds up a rolling chassis just like the actual car. Features removable top, body and fenders, Chevrolet engine, GMC blower, tuned exhausts, sling seat, dual quad carbs, full interior, full pinstripe decals and can be converted to a rail job. Molded in chrome, gloss dark green, clear and with rubber tires. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Merlin Models Airco DH-4, 1/72, 12

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Limited run injection molded kit with metal details, extruded airfoil shaped strut material and decals. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Pyro Bristol Bulldog, 1/48, P609-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Very nicely molded with good details. Features full engine, cockpit and a very fine 'fabric' design where the real aircraft was cloth covered. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Rareplane Grumman G-23 Goblin / FF-1 US Navy / SF-1 - Bagged, 1/72

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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The G-23 was the Canadian version of the Grumman FF-1. The FF-1 was not only Grumman's first fighter, but was the first production fighter with retractable gear, all metal construction and fully enclosed cockpit. Twenty seven were produced, and this aircraft led to the famous line of Grumman Biplanes and Monoplanes...F3F, F4F, F6F, etc. Very high quality vacuform kit with moldings equal to or better than many older injection molded models. Features very fine detail, complete cockpit, clear canopies and instructions/plans. Never started. Factory bag is still sealed. Significant modeling skill is required to build vacuform kit. Not recommended for beginners.

Athearn 40' Steel Box Car - Seaboard Railroad 'The Route of Courteous Service' - HO Craftsman Kit with Trucks, 1/87

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

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Very high quality wood and metal kit from the Golden Age of HO Craftsman kit. Builds a very accurate and highly detailed prototype. Of the early metal box car kits, these are my favorites, with their popularity witnessed by the various reissues through the years. Almost all the parts that are metal on the actual box car are metal on the model. This and the factory paint, lettering and decoration makes these kits difficult to beat for scale appearance. Features stamped steel body, car ends and roof that are that are factory painted, lettered and decorated, steel ladders, doors, door guides and brake platform, cast metal running boards, bolsters, coupler pockets and three piece brake detail, stamped metal undercarriage beam with fine cross bearers, corner steps, grab irons and more. Includes trucks. The factory paint is mint, and the factory protective plastic is still in place on the body, roof and car ends. Due to the high degree of factory finishing, the only painting required for this kit is the interior floor and underside. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including instructions. NOTE: this kit is in a period Athearn box, but the box originally contained a different kit. 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/

Monogram 1937 Cord 812 SC Convertible, 1/24, PC130-300

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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First issue dated 1965 in the "Four Star" hardbox. Like all Monogram car kits, this one is very nicely molded and detailed. Features highly detailed V8 engine, hinged hood, retractable headlamps whitewall tires and full interior. Molded in ivory, clear, black, chrome and with real rubber tires. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Heller C-121A Constellation 'Berlin', 1/72, 80382

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

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Still factory sealed. Well detailed large scale (1/72) kit with MATS Airlift markings.

Revell Douglas DC-7 Flagship American Airlines - Kikoler Issue, 1/122, H219

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Rare. Revell Brazil Kikoler (Rio de Janeiro) issue. The kit is from the same molds and uses the same box art as the famous Pre 'S' issue. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried 100% complete including all parts and excellent decals and instructions. The box would grade higher than 'Good' but there is clear tape on the top.

Hasegawa Lockheed S-3A Viking - VS-28 USS Forrestal / VS-38 USS Ranger, 1/72, K23

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. Limited issue kit with decals for two aircraft. Highly detailed kit features full cockpit detail, optional position crew boarding door, detailed wheel wells, extending MAD boom, external fuel tanks and weapons.

Monogram US Navy A-5A (A-3J) Vigilante Mach 2 Attack Bomber, 1/72, PA177-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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1968 'Blue Box' issue of the 1950s Four Star kit. This is the second or third issue of this kit. I say this because there are two PA177-100 box variants, and I am not sure which one came first. Hard-to-find kit of the original bomber version of the Vigilante; usually you only see the Airfix or Hasegawa recon variant. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Monogram Hawker Mk 1B Typhoon - 3 RAF Squadrons, 1/48, 5303

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

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1977 'White Box' issue with decals for three different RAF aircraft. Very high quality kit as you would expect from Monogram. Features optional position landing gear, detailed wheel wells, full cockpit interior, rotating wheels and prop and optional position canopy. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. Box is only fair, but parts, decals and instructions inside are as new.

Lindberg British Battleship Hood - Motorized, 1/400, 763M-500

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Rare motorized 1st issue. Could easily be made RC with today's small FM components. Excellent condition box with wonderful gloss and color and four solid corners. This is a large and wonderful motorized kit that sails well. One electric motor drives the ship on a course that you pre-set - figure 8, straight or circle. While sailing at a good rate of speed, the four main turrets slowly swing from port to starboard together and the guns elevate. I remember sailing mine for years before the batteries died in the middle of the lake. Never started. Inside, the kit is as new. The parts are still factory wrapped, complete and in mint condition. Includes flag sheet, electric motor, running hardware and instructions.

Monogram North American P-51B Mustang ' OLE-II' - 'White Box' Issue, 1/72, 6788

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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1979 issue. Very high quality Monogram kit. Very finely molded with excellent detail. Includes choice of regular or Malcolm Hood canopy. The model has never been started. The parts are still in the factory sealed bag with decals and instructions.

Tamiya German Panzer Grenadiers Set, 1/35, MM161-250

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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Very well molded and detailed. Features 8 soldiers in action poses. Never started. Factory sealed bag with decals and instructions present.

Tamiya Sand Bags Set, 1/35, MM125-150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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48 nicely molded sand bags in 1/35 scale. Never started. Inventoried with all parts present.

ESCI German Camp Rest Area - 7 Figures and 101 Pieces, 1/35, 5005

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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Includes all soldiers and numerous accessories as shown. Never started and complete with all parts. Instructions are on the back of the box.