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Strombecker Lockheed VTO XFV-1 Vertical Take-Off Fighter, 1/72, C50-89

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$95   

Strombecker was famous as the premier hardwood preshaped model manufacturer before plastic kits were introduced. 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. This kit is hardwood with many plastic injection molded parts, so it was produced in the transition from wood to plastic. The prop hubs, spinner, tip tanks and fuselage are wood, while the wings, prop blades, scoop and tank fins are red plastic while the canopy is injection molded in clear. Full color decals are furnished as well as a "Join the Strombecker Model-Makers Club" brochure. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals, instructions, sandpaper, sanding stick and club form present.

Hasegawa Fuji T-1 A/B Trainer JSDF - (T1AB), 1/72, QP2

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$24   

Very nicely molded kit with very fine raised panel lines, cockpit and gear well detail, two pilot and drop tanks. Includes a superb and large decal sheet with all red and orange markings shown for the box art aircraft and markings for four JSDF Training Squadrons. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. The T-1 was designed and built in Japan in 1958 as a replacement for the aging T-6 Texan trainer. The design was very successful and remained in service until 2006.

Hawk Chrome Plated Lockheed U-2 - (Authenti-Plate), 1/48, 300-300

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$42   

1962 completely chrome plated hardbox kit with Bill Campbell artwork. Large scale with 20 inch wingspan. While the box is only fair, the chrome is above average condition with typical light wear. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all aircraft parts, decals and instructions.

Frog Bristol 138/A Trail Blazers Issue - Green Series, 1/72, F165

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$36   

Very nicely done kit in the Frog tradition. On the 28th of September, 1936, the Bristol 138/A climbed to an altitude of 49,967 feet to establish a new world altitude record. In 1937 it climbed to 53,967 feet where the windscreen cracked. The pilot was saved by the pressure suit he was wearing. NOTE: this kit has "professional" quality minor assembly as follows: bulkhead, floor and radiator baffle installed in one fuselage side. There is no other assembly. The actual aircraft has been inventoried complete including decals and instructions. NOTE: missing display stand.

Supermodel Cant. Z-1007 bis Alcione Bideriva - (Z1007), 1/72, 10-006

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$38   

1970s model of the dual vertical stabilizer variant and well detailed for that time. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora German Gotha G.V Bomber - Abare Issue, 1/48, 126-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$69   

Ross Abare issue Gotha in 'Excellent' condition. Mr. Abare, a rare kits dealer in the earliest days of the hobby, contracted with Aurora to produce a copy of the original 1958 kit. However, Aurora has the printers use the mid 1960s oval logo without the 'Famous Fighters' in the border- thus forever separating the Abare issue from the original issue. Mr. Abare was reportedly quite upset, as he wanted exact copies. Molded in deep burgundy and black plastic. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The box has perfect color and gloss but some very light general wear and a light crease in the upper left hand corner.

Formaplane Rogozarski IK-3 - WWII Yugoslavian Fighter - Bagged, 1/72, C5

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

$22   

Bagged kit that is still factory sealed. Very high quality vacuform kit from about 1987. Features recessed panel line detail and raised detail were appropriate, full cockpit, optional position landing gear, prop and clear canopy. Vacuform kits are not recommended for modelers who do not have experience building them.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

$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.

Aurora Fokker Eindekker - (E-III Eindecker), 1/48, 134-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$59   

1963 issue with Jo Kotula artwork. This kit was part of Aurora's very popular and successful 1/48 WWI series. The line started in 1956 and was expanded through the 1960s. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present. This is the second issue because the box side logos does not have 'Famous Fighters' in the border of the logos. Thank to Dusty Rhodes for pointing out that the decals are for serial 419/15, Bayerische Feldflieger Abteiling 9, Autumn 1915.

Sunbeam Bristol Britannia (ex-Frog) - Soviet Military Transport, 1/96

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$79   

Many Frog molds made their way to the ex-Soviet Union, probably in the 1960s. Of them, this one is perhaps the most interesting. This kit represented quite a research problem, but Mark Zandy has provided information from his Soviet kit collection. The manufacture is Jaroslavl Chemical Plant "Lutch" (Jaroslavl is a town on Volga river). "Lutch" can be translated as "Ray", but "Sunbeam" is a better interpretation. Rovex sent this mold to the USSR in 1977 in an agreement between Dunbee-Combex-Marx and Novoexport, but the Bristol Britannia didn't receive the Novo kit number and this kit had been produced only for the Russian market. The price was 2 rubles, which I am told was expensive at the time. The number on the box OCT 17-296-75 refers to the number of an industrial standard for plastic toys production that was established in 1975. The box states "assembly kit of a transport plane" and it is clearly in USSR military markings. The scale is stated as 1/72, which is incorrect. Inside the box is the Frog model of the Britannia, which is 1/96. What the Soviets were doing with a model of the Britannia in Soviet military markings is unknown to me. There are no instructions or decals, but it was easy to determine that the kit is missing one propeller retainer (easy to make or can be left out as it does not show) and is missing four propeller blades. The kit also has a clear windshield and full landing gear, gear doors, etc. The kit has never been started. "Lutch" received 4 ex-Frog molds. For the domestic market kits were numbered: No. 196 -- Hawker Tempest V (bagged), No. 197 -- P-47D-25 Thunderbolt (bagged), No. ??? -- Bleriot XI (bagged) , No. 214 -- Bristol Britannia (you can see this number on the box: Article Jr 085 -- 1 -- 214). At least two different boxes were issued for the Britannia. Dusty Rhodes may have an answer as to how a Britannia could even come close to wearing a Soviet Star insignia - "...you pose a very good question about why anyone would have thought of issuing the kit with Soviet markings. From Woodley, Bristol Britannia (2002), and some online sources, I now think there may be a vaguely sensible reason. Bristol sold four Britannia transportsto Cuba in 1959, under an exception to the US embargo. The state airline Cubana ran these until around 1975, including leases to Czechoslovakia. Some of the aircraft were used to transport Cuban troops and Soviet equipment to communist insurgents in Africa. Castro apparently thought the use of British a/c was a big to do; Woodley (p. 90) describes an instance in which Fidel flew around Cuba in one of the ships and making a radio broadcast. I found no evidence that Soviet military or other markings were even temporarily applied, but as a result of all this, it might not have seemed unreasonable to someone to use red stars on the box art for this kit."

Hasegawa North American F-86F Sabre Jet - JSDF, 1/72, JS015-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$18   

Very early Hasegawa kit with the first logo. This is one of at least two early logo issues with this part number and different box art. Includes JSDF decals. Nicely molded. Never started. Factory sealed internal parts bag with decals and instructions.

Italeri M109 Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzer, 1/35, 372

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$64   

Still factory sealed. Well molded and detailed featuring over 200 parts including flexible treads, hinged recoil spades, hinged barrel travel lock, rotating turret, optional position hatches and more.

MPM Avia B-534 IV Series - Czech Air Force 41st Sq 4th Air Regiment Hradec Kralove / Slovakian Air Force Ukraine 1941, 1/48, MP6004

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$16   

Large 1/48 scale kit of the very attractive biplane. Features very high quality main vacuform parts with fine recessed panel lines and injection molded details. Vacuform part detail is better than many injection molded kits. Includes cockpit detail and clear vacuform canopy as well as a full painting guide and decals for both aircraft listed. The kit has not been started. NOTE: missing both wheels. These are simple disks which are hardly visible with the wheel pants on (see box art). Otherwise inventoried with all other parts, decals and instructions.

Victor Stanzel & Co Lil' Raider Mono-Line 1/2A Stunt and Combat Model

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$75   

From the 1950s. Flying gas model for control line. Completely pre-fabricated kit featuring fully formed balsa and hardwood fuselage, fully formed hardwood engine mount, thick, clear plastic wing tips and canopy, die-cut wing ribs, fully shaped and notched leading and trailing wing edges, die-cut fin and rudder, factory-hinged stabilizer, formed wire landing gear, hardware, detailed instructions and covering tissue. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. Please note that there is very light bug damage on the instructions but heavy bug damage on the white tissue paper.

ESCI Fiat G-91 Gina Pan - Frecce Tricolori, 1/48, SC-4028

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$32   

Larger (1/48) scale Gina that features cockpit detail, optional position speed brakes and canopy, detailed gear wells, smoke tank and blocked gun ports. Includes large and colorful decal sheet for the Italian Air Force Acrobatic Team 313 Gruppo G-91R-1B (modified). The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. In 1961, the US Army evaluated four 'Ginas' for possible use in the close support/forward air control role. Despite much anticipatory rejoicing by Army aviators, this interesting project was abandoned when most fixed wing types were transferred to the USAF.

Tamiya British Challenger Main Battle Tank (MTB), 1/35, 3634

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$32   

Very nicely detailed and molded and includes mesh for camouflage net bin baskets. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker, 1/125, 143-130

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$79   

Still mint in the factory seal. Dated 1963 and from the larger (1/125 scale) of the two ex-Comet molds. Kit features cockpit and cabin clear windows and full landing gear and a 'tanker' rear end and flying boom (although the box art does not show it). Molded in gloss gray and clear. This model was given a clear Aurora two piece 'triangle world' stand, unlike many of the other Comet kits which only had a modified version of their original stands included. Of course this is not the production KC-135 but a model of the Boeing prototype.

Revell Martin Lacrosse Missile with Mobile Launcher - US Army Surface to Surface Missile, 1/40, H1816

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

$62   

1997 reissue utilizing the original box art and molds of the original 1958 'S' kit. Very highly detailed and well molded. Has moving launch arms, opening doors, sliding ladders, rotating wheels, rubber tires, moving fins and a launch crew of three.

Scotia Scale Models Westside Lumber 24 Foot Flat Car HOn3 Narrow Gauge, 1/87, 7104

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$27   

Mach 2 Leduc 022, 1/72, GP003

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$48   

Nicely molded for Mach 2 and features fine recessed panel lines, little to no flash and clear injection molded canopy. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. Please note that this kit did not come with any decals since the prototype usually had no markings. The final development of Rene Leduc's 1950s experiments with RamJet Power. The first experimental were the un-powered 010; these were the first aircraft to fly on ramjet power alone. Several accidents later, the program still showed promise so larger aircraft were built: the 021 and 022. The 021s completed their tests, and the unique 022 then flew 141 times. It has a centrally mounted turbo jet so it could take off on it's own power; 021 and 010 were carried aloft by a mother ship (Se-161). The turbojet in the 022 would accelerate it to ramjet operation speed. Fuel was stored in the round fuselage, but the ramjet consumed fuel so quickly that you had 10 minutes at the most at full power. The program was canceled in 1958 and Rene Leduc did not build further aircraft.