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Minicraft 1804 Trevithick The World's First Steam Locomotive, 1/38, 11102

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$65   

From ex-Entex molds. The world's first locomotive was the 1804 Trevithick. On February 13 of that year, Richard Trevithick's high pressure steam locomotive pulled five wagons carrying 10 tons of iron and 70 men on the Penydaren Tramroad from Methyr to Abercynon, Wales. The nine miles was covered in four hours and five minutes but much time was lost cutting down several trees and removing some large rocks. At times they reached the unheard of speed of five miles per hour! The performance won a 500 Pound wager for the train's owner, Mr. Samuel Homfrey and proved for once and for all that smooth steel wheels could obtain traction on a smooth iron rail. Until this day, conventional wisdom insisted that only geared wheels running on geared track would be able to pull any load up the slightest grade. The model is from 1996 but the molds pre-date that. Older but very nice kit that is well detailed and molded in wood brown, medium gray and black. Includes display stand. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.

Eduard Pfalz D-III Fighter - Werner Voss (DIII), 1/48, 8031

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$32   

Includes well detailed injection molded plastic parts, many photoetched details, film instruments and decals with painting guide. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Testors Soviet Oscar SSGN Nuclear Submarine - Bagged, 1/700, 903

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$10   

Still factory bag sealed. Includes an 8.25 inch long Oscar Cruise Missile Submarine that can be built full hull or waterline and includes a display base. Does not includes any other model - only the Oscar.

Revell 1956 Chrysler New Yorker Customizing Kit - Stock or Custom, 1/25, H1231

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$48   

Still factory sealed. Can be built stock or wild custom. 1996 reissue of the 'S' kit featuring a 1956 Chrysler New Yorker and 78 customizing accessories such as turtle fins, mirrors, spotlights, hood scoops, side stacks, 'shark' fender fins, continental extension kit, antennas, 8 disc and bumper bullets, fender skirts and more.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$38   

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. Vegas did see military service, with a few operated by the RAAF, Spanish Republic Air Force, and USAAC. (This kit does not include military decals.) 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.

Mania TWO Nakajima Type 97 B5N1 and B5N2 Kate Torpedo Bombers, 1/72, 02-800

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc-

$27   

Includes two complete Kate models in one box and one builds the B5N1 and the other a B5N2. Older issue with a high gloss box top and very nice artwork. Excellent, high quality kit. Features all fine recessed panel lines, highly detailed cockpit, clear side windows, torpedo loadout, beautiful full-color painting guide and decals for four different aircraft - AI-301 / AII - 306 / W-326 and KEB-306. This kit has not been started. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Peerless Dodge Command And Reconnaissance Truck WC-56/57 3/4 Ton And 1 Ton 250 Gallon Ben Hur KWT Water Tanker, 1/35, 3505

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$44   

Very highly detailed moldings. Molded in green and clear with metal axles. Builds a rolling chassis just like the real truck. Features complete suspension, driveline and exhaust details, complete interior, crew of three, optional raised top or lowered top, 1 Ton 250 Gallon Ben Hur KWT Water Tanker, optional parts to build WC-56 or 57 and more. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Gowland & Gowland Mayflower Shipyard Ships in Miniature, 310-S

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$24   

Rare, early, small scale ship kit from 1952. Very nicely detailed and molded, especially for that era. Includes sails, molded sea display base and clear sheet plastic with the delicately printed ratlines. The scale is not given, but the sea base measures 6.5"x2" and the ship is approximately 5 inches long. Includes beautiful color instructions with the ship history, illustrations of assembly, how to set the sails and photos for rigging. This kit has never been started and is still in the original 'krinkle' bag. The bag has typical splitting, so it has been placed inside a zip-lock bag so that no parts will be lost. Includes instructions. The box sides illustrates and names the 10 kits of this line. All were available in regular (such as this kit) or 'Ship In A Bottle' versions. the 'Bottle' was also available separately. The entire set consists of the Santa Maria 1492, Golden Hind 1588, Mayflower 1620, Bon Homme Richard 1779, SS Savannah 1819, The Flying Cloud 1849, Charles W. Morgan 1850, Gertrude L. Thebaud 1929, Frigate Constitution 1797 and US Revenue cutter 1849. It appears that Gowland & Gowland has not received the credit that it deserves in the plastic kit revolution that took America by storm in the early 1950s. Gowland developed the first all plastic car made in the USA in 1950, the 1911 Maxwell. Even more interesting is that Kevin and Jack Gowland developed the 'Highway Pioneers' in 1951 which heralded the future for the American Hobby Industry. The reason that Gowland's name is not in the fore-front of model history is that Precision Specialties (later Revell) did the distribution for Gowland.

Hasegawa McDonnell-Douglas F-4E - 5000th Phantom II and 36TFW 22TFS 1976 Bi-Centennial Markings, 1/72, 1085

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$22   

Special issue kit containing markings for the 5000th Phantom to leave the assembly line and markings for a colorful 36TFW 22TFS 1976 Bicentennial Phantom (camo scheme). Includes paint guide for both aircraft. Features a very wide variety of external stores. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Decals are 'excellent' but please see the article (on this website) about using old decals.

Revell German Sub U-47 'Show-Off Model' with Interior, 1/125, H384

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair-

$24   

NOTE: builder kit only, please read carefully. 1975 release of the cut-away version of the famous "Snorting Bull" of Gunther Prien. This is a nice kit with a detailed but simplified interior. There has been no assembly but NOTE: one bulkhead has been painted. There is no other painting. NOTE: missing one crew figure, two bulkheads and rear torpedo tube. The bulkheads are simple and can be cut from sheet styrene; the rear tube can be made from anything of the correct diameter. The other parts have all been inventoried present with decals and instructions. Prien and his men survived 11 sailings but were lost on the 12th. On his second sailing, Prien made history by sailing into the British Base of Scapa Flow and sinking HMS Royal Oak.

Novo Techna Soviet M Class Submarine, 1/400

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair-

$12   

Ex-Soviet Union kit that is very well molded for that time with very fine detail and hull drain holes. Full hull model measures 4.5 inches long when assembled and includes display stand and decals. The kit has never been started. The parts are either inventoried complete or still in the internal factory sealed bags, which is attached to cardstock that is folded in two. At times the factory workers had to get pretty creative because of a shortage of staples. Beyond staples, I have seen the bag of parts attached with tape, a clothing snap, a rivet or even sewn on with thread! This M class kit even has a color painting guide on the back with English colors.

Tauro Model Italian RN Pola Heavy Cruiser - With Photoetched Railings, 1/400, 202

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$44   

Highly detailed kit with 217 parts and a fret of Eduard photoetched railings. Beautifully molded. Can be built waterline or full hull. Features rotating main turrets with elevating guns, rotating secondary turrets, float plane, detailed paint guide, decals and instructions for the ship and the PE railing set. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The Pola was very fast at over 35 knots and well armed with 8 x 8" guns. She has the misfortune to be at Matapan with her sisters Zara and Fiume. After the Pola was disabled by an air strike, her two sisters were sent to assist but were sunk at very close range by the Warspite, Barham and Valiant. The Pola was spared but located and sunk later by the destroyer Jervis.

Frog Miles Magister 1 Trainer, 1/72, F153

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$36   

Finely molded in dark yellow and clear. Builds to an excellent model. This kit has never been started. It 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.

Pegasus Fairey Fulmar Mk.I or Mk.II & Airwaves Detail Set - RAF or USAAF - Bagged, 1/72, 3002

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$28   

Includes factory-sealed Airwaves AC7261 Fairy Fulmar super detail set with brass PE parts. The actual model is the limited edition that builds either variant. Features all injection molded main parts with recessed panel lines, metal details, injection molded clear canopy and decals for either version. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Fujimi Junkers Stuka Ju-87 G-2 Kanonenvogel - SG.2 'Immelmann' or SG.2 Commander Rudel's Aircraft, 1/72, F-17

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$26   

This model dates from when Fujimi made the finest models in the world. Features all fine recessed panel lines, detailed cockpit, correct armament and decals for the two aircraft listed. Excellent detail throughout. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

MPC H.M.S. Repulse Battlecruiser, 1/600, 1-5253

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$42   

Still factory sealed. From Airfix molds and dated 1984. Nicely detailed full hull kit.

Athearn MKT 50 Foot Auto Box Car - Metal HO Craftsman Kit, 1/87

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$42   

In the 1930s and especially during the 40s/early 50s there was a revolution in model railroading: high quality kits became available for the first time. Before this, there were few standard gauges and most railroads were scratch built to any gauge the collector desired. This kit is a classic Athearn model from that era. These kits build very realistic models because parts that are metal on the real box car are metal in the kit; same for the wooden parts. All sides are factory painted and decorated the correct colors, leaving very little painting. Includes wooden floor, metal roof and car ends as well as opening doors, metal underside and detail fittings such as AB brake set, brake wheel, etc. These make great stand alone models or high-quality rolling stock for your line. The kit has not been started. All small parts are still in factory sealed bags and all other parts have been inventoried complete with the car sides in as new condition.

Guillows Nieuport 11 - 24 inch Wingspan for Free Flight or R/C Conversion, 203

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$42   

Large scale well detailed kit. Can be flown rubber free flight, gas free flight, or converted to electric RC using today's small and light servos and receivers. Well detailed with scale plastic wheels, plastic propeller, vacuform nose/cowl and engine, full color decals, colored tissue, die cut balsa parts, rubber motor, plywood firewall and excellent full size plans. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Guillow's founder, Paul K. Guillow, was a WWI naval aviator. In 1926 he began producing wooden model airplane kits. His 'Shelf Models' were some of the earlier non-flying models in production. Guillow's grew during the model boom of the 1930s, and when the Depression hit the hardest, Guillow's responded with lower prices and became one of the low price leaders, frequently advertising in Model Airplane News and other leading publications. During the war, like most manufacturers, Guillow's was forced to alternative materials such as cardboard and pine. Guillow's survived the post WWII slump by creating many inexpensive profile flying rubber powered aircraft and gliders in the 1950s (along with North Pacific) which became famous - some are still available today. The stick and tissue lines have been updated with laser cut parts and are still in production as of 2009.

MPC Douglas DC-3 / C-47 Profile Series - Pan American Airways / Royal Canadian Air Force RCAF / 1944 US Army Troop C-47, 1/72, 2-1512-150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$45   

Has decals for all three aircraft. From quality Airfix molds. Features all moving control surfaces, rotating props and wheels, optional position doors and more. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts including decals and instructions. Decals appear 'near mint' which is unusual since MPC decals from this era are traditionally of poor quality. Please read the two articles on saving old decals on this website before using old MPC decals.

DML HMS Trafalgar vs Soviet Oscar Class SSGN and Nimrod MR2 and (2) Westland Seaking HAS5, 1/700, 7004

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$22   

Very nicely molded and detailed with all recessed lines. Includes both subs, one aircraft, two helicopters and an excellent decal sheet. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.