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Aurora Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina, 1/74, 374-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$135   

First issue artwork from the early 1950s. Rare. Kit features retracting pontoons and rotating props. Includes correct early logo instructions which show the clear 'Triangle World' stand. That stand is correctly included. This must be one of the first instances of the 'Triangle' stand being used as it is normally associated with oval 'Famous Fighter' logo kits. Molded in gloss silver/gray and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: the back half of the pitot tube has broken off and is missing. Only the front part is present. It is interesting to note that the early Aurora PBY issue has at least three small variations to the box top. The very first issue says '1/4 SCALE MODEL' at the top right. Clearly, this kit is not 1/48 scale and someone corrected Aurora. Then the '1/4' was blotted out with a dark blue oval or cicle and '5/32' was added after the word 'SCALE.' it was now correct, but the appearance was not completely professional. On the next box order, they kept the '1/4' blotted out but added a proper looking 5/31" in front of the blot. That is this issue.

Eduard Albatros D.V (D-V) with Mask Set - Jasta 12 1917 / Kurt Monnington Jasta 15 / Ltn Walter Boning Jasta 76b, 1/48, 8109

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$26   

Very good quality model with excellent moldings and detail. Includes mask set and decals for three aircraft. This kit has never been started. All parts are still in the factory sealed bags. Complete with decals and instructions.

Monogram Flying Sub from Seaview Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, 1/60, 6011

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$85   

1995 reissue from ex-Aurora molds. Very nice, larger scale kit molded in yellow, gray and clear plastic. Features detailed interior, operating pick up hood and a crew of two. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.

O-Lin Fleet Submarine (Gato Class, Ex-Varney)

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$289   

Very, very rare investment piece for the advanced collector. From the late 1940s. This is the first one I have had in 20 years of dealing with kits and among the finest condition I have seen. Molded in the correct, gloss olive-drab plastic with a two piece hull, fore and aft decks, sail and detail parts and full instructions and the correct stand marked 'FLEET SUBMARINE.' The kit has never been started and is inventoried 100% complete with all parts and 'Very Good++' condition instructions. The box is graded 'excellent' (not perfect!) and has very nice color and gloss, four solid, original corners, no price tags or tag tears, no tape except for the remains of clear tape on the two long sides where the box was factory sealed, no tape tears and no box tears, fades or missing litho. Wear includes general light shelf wear as shown and some corner and edge wear. NOTE: must be shipped insured. This kit has a fascinating history. These molds may well be the oldest production ship kit in US plastic modeling history. The kit started as the Varney Fleet Sub in the mid 1940s. It is widely believed that it was the very first USA all-plastic construction kit of a military vessel. Varney produced an all plastic aircraft kit at the same time, the PT-17. It is the #1 candidate for the first plastic airplane kit in the USA. Varney was a famous manufacture of model trains, first O then a leader in HO models. The two new additions did not sell very well - remember, the Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' had yet to be issued, so the boom in modeling had not occurred. Varney soon sold the molds for the Fleet Sub and the PT-17 to O-Lin (along with the molds for a fantastic multi-media kit with a wooden hull and plastic fittings, the Varney PT Boat ). O-Lin was a joint venture by Paul Lindberg and Mr. Olsen. O-Lin successfully issued the PT Boat (the PT Boat was given an injection molded hull and deck), PT-17 Stearman and Fleet Sub but modified the molds for the Sub. The original Varney kit had a solid, one-piece black hull and gray fittings. O-Lin engineers created a two-piece hull that provided a hollow hull and made from the same shot of plastic as the fittings. The 'Lin' in O-Lin, Paul Lindberg, was already well known for his publication of articles and plans for flying model aircraft in some of the leading aviation publications in the 1940/50s.

Airfix Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer S.2B - RAF 208 Sq Lossiemouth 1988 or 12th Sq Lossiemouth 1985, 1/72, 03055

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$22   

From 1992 and has 78 parts. Features very fine raised panel lines, 'good' cockpit detail, optional drop tanks, Radar Martel, T.V. Martel and Sea Eagle missiles, two piece canopy and extensive paint guide and excellent decals for the two aircraft listed. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. The Buccaneer was the world's first purpose designed low level 'below the radar' bomber. Low level strike aircraft have a shorter airframe life limit due to the stresses of low level flying, so the Buccaneer was designed to be very strong and even had many sub-assemblies milled from solid metal.

Aurora Convair 880 Jetliner Delta, 1/103, 383-249

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+++

$189   

Still in the factory seal - the seal has a 2 inch split on one long side. Rare 1960 Delta Airlines issue. The Convair 880 and it's near sister 990 were very high performance airliners. Unfortunately they did not find favor with commercial operators. Only 65 880s were produced from 1959 to 1962. The aircraft was designed to be smaller and faster than the DC-8 and 707 - this market did not develop, however, and if it did it could have been served with less expensive designs.

Strombecker Beechcraft Bonanza V35 - Solid Wood Model Aircraft Kit, C-41

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG-

$125   

Rare. Classic early 1950s kit. Made of solid Western Pine - not balsa. Builds up to an impressive display model. Kit includes fuselage, wings, elevators, rudder all cut to shape, sandpaper and a small parts bag with propeller, wheels, etc. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. Decals and instructions are excellent. Before plastic kits were introduced, Strombecker was famous as the premier hardwood preshaped model manufacture. In the 1940s and 1950s, Strombecker kits were flawlessly engineered but not inexpensive. All wooden parts are hardwood and are precarved to shape - usually only a quick sanding would finish them.

Renwal USS King Destroyer Leader DDG10, 1/500, 85-0603

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$45   

Still factory sealed. This is the modern reissue and not the 1950s issue. Well detailed model of the 512 foot-long large destroyer designed for anti-air and ASW duties.

Blue Water Navy Russian Kilo Class Attack Submarine, 1/350, BN35047

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$29   

Rare. Very high quality resin full hull model kit with cast metal parts and PE details. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.

Heller Submarine Cruiser NN3 Surcouf, 1/400, 1074

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$24   

Includes the best article I have read a about this unique submarine. Surcouf was a huge 360 foot long submarine cruiser with twin 8 inch guns, heavy AA guns, torpedo tubes for two different diameter torpedoes and a seaplane/hanger. The advanced design had a range of 10,000 miles but experienced many critical teething and design issues. Due to this fact, she was the only ship of her class. Her fate is unknown except that she may have sunk in the Gulf of Mexico. Nicely molded full-hull kit from the 1970s. Includes seaplane. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

Monogram Wright Brothers Flyer I (Kitty Hawk) - Blue Box Issue, 1/40, PA201-130

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$32   

Second issue is dated 1967. Possibly the best injection molded kit of the first aircraft to sustain powered, controlled flight. Excellent detail and includes rigging material and instructions. Also features figures of Orville and Wilbur Wright, monorail launching track and carrier dolly and historical accessories ("C" clamp, bench, can, spade and starting battery) that were all present at the first flight. Molded in ivory and brown with a clear stand. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

CM HMCS Sackville (Short forecastle Flower Class), 1/350

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$75   

SPECIAL ORDER limited production kit. Museum quality high definition resin castings. Complete kit with all parts needed for assembly. Some kits include photo-etched details and decals if required -email for details on a certain kit. Kits are molded upon receipt of payment. Normal wait is six to eight weeks.

Airfix Fairey Rotodyne, 1/72, 482

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$49   

1960s 'Type Three' logo issue. Very nicely detailed and molded kit. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. The Rotodyne first flew in 1957. The purpose was to create the first true vertical take-off airliner that could operate from an area no larger than two tennis courts with a full load. The Rotodyne flew at up to 191 MPH with a range of 450 miles and a payload of 48 passengers or 5 tons of freight. Despite the excellent performance and a larger design in the works, the RAF never placed an order and BEA never placed a firm order. The project was discontinued in 1962.

Scale Flight Spartan Executive (Fighter) - 20 inch Wingspan Dime Scale Flying Airplane, Dime

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$18   

Scale Flight Model Company in Bloomington, Indiana, USA was dedicated to releasing authentic reproductions of the finest "Dime Scale" flying model (stick and tissue) kits from the 1930s/40s. Dime Scale models used to sell for a dime in the 1930's, hence the name. They are actually box scale, but as a general guideline, they usually had a wingspan of 16 inches and have simple and light construction. "Dime Scale" models are now a class flown in some competitions. Kit consists of contest grade printwood, contest quality strip wood, machine cut balsa propeller, the best Japanese tissue, wooden wheels, competition bushed nose plug, brass thrust washers, prop shaft, prop freewheeler, FAI rubber strip motor and a copy of a genuine dime scale plan that was used in the 1930s-1940s. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Revell B-29 Giant Superfortress - Pre 'S' Kit- Great Britain Issue, 1/135, H208

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$155   

1956 Revell of Great Britain Pre 'S' issue. The box is in near mint condition with brilliant color and gloss and no stains, splits or tape marks. This is a correct Great Britain issue, with Revell GB on the box and instructions. The model has not been started. The small parts are still sealed in the factory bag and all other parts are inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Monogram The Visible B-17G with Full Interior, 1/48, 85-5614

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$125   

Out of production. This is the second issue dated 2007 - it is a reissue of the classic first issue from 1979. Very well detailed with 175 parts and molded in light gray and clear. Features clear port fuselage half that shows the interior detail of the cockpit, bomb bay, navigators station, radio operator, gunner and bombardier stations. If you do not want to use the clear fuselage, there is also a 'solid' colored port half.8 The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Flashback Miles Magister - RAF No. 601 Sq Croydon 1940 / No. 312 (Czech) Squadron RAF Martlesham heath 1941 / L207 Royal Egyptian Air Force Heliopolis 1939, 1/48, KLH8924

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$44   

Superb kit that is finely molded. Includes a good size fret of PE parts, film instruments and a paint guide and decals for all aircraft listed. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Top Flite DC-3 Gold Edition - 82.5 Inch Wingspan RC Aircraft - Eastern or C-47 Markings, 1/14, TOPA0500

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$179   

Very large RC 1/14 Sport Scale Airplane. The Golden Era of Aviation Eastern Air Lines replica is IMAA Legal with a fully-sheeted fuselage and wingspan of 82.5". The original airplane was designed for commercial passenger travel, and some still fly today. This is a great introduction into building and flying a scale twin-engined kit. Features excellent flying characteristics; because of the engine angle and modified aerodynamics, this kit flies extremely well, even on one engine. (Most models of the DC-3 will go inverted and crash.) The kit is primarily wood and precision-formed ABS (tail cone, engine nacelles, wing fairings, and cockpit top). An interlocking fuselage frame builds flat on the plans and the large round fuselage requires very little carving or shaping. Can be built with split-flaps and the scale aerodynamic "Balance Tab" rudder which uses the air deflection to help turn the plane. Includes Eastern Air Lines and Optional Military C-47 decals. The kit has never been started and is factory new inside. All small parts are still factory sealed. All other parts are still in the factory rubber band bundles and have been inventoried complete including decals, great instructions and plans. NOTE: unless you specify otherwise, the kit will be shipped in the box shown. There will be an additional charge to pack and ship it in another box.

Pyro Portuguese Man-O-War Santa Catarina do Monte Sinai - Flagship of Vasco de Gama, 1/200, C209-300

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$95   

Very rare Larger-scale hardbox issue from 1966. There are only two 15th century war carrack ships that have made into plastic models - this one and the Henri Grace a Dieu, also by Pyro. Pyro had a tendency to produce historically significant models regardless of the popularity. I am thankful today that Pyro made these kits, but in the long run this practice did not help them. Pyro eventually sold the plastic kit business to Life-Like. The Portuguese carrack Santa Catarina do Monte Sinai was launched in 1520. She had the typical higher-castled construction and carried 140 cannons. In 1523 she was the flagship of the famous Vasco da Gama. The kit is well detailed and molded for that time and includes pre-formed ratlines, rigging line and billowing sails. The model measures about 14-15 inches long when assembled. The instructions include completed model photographs that are intended to be used as for rigging diagrams. Never started. The brown parts are all still in the factory sealed bag. The white parts were not sealed and have been inventoried complete with all parts, thread and instructions.

Revell F/A-18E Super Hornet - US Navy VFA-41 USS Nimitz, 1/48, 85-5850

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$29   

Still factory sealed. Excellent kit from newer molds with over 110 parts. Features all fine, recessed panel detail, excellent cockpit, optional position canopy, well designed intake and exhaust, detailed gear and gear wells, weighted tires, centerline external tanks and a variety of weapons.