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Revell S.S. Hope Hospital Ship - The World's First Peacetime Hospital Ship with Master Modelers Stamp And Hope Booklet, 1/500, H388-169

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+


1962 hardbox 'Master Modeler' issue. This is the famous ship of Project Hope, which was financed by private citizens and US Industry. The ex-Navy Hospital ship was equipped with the latest technology and a staff of 6 doctors, nurses and technicians. The Hope and crew toured the world, treating disease and training doctors in the latest developments in medical science. The kit has never been started. Inside, it is factory new. All parts and all paperwork is still sealed in the factory clear bag. I can see that the special Hope booklet about the ship is present.

Revell USS Sullivans DD Fletcher Class Pre 'S' Issue, 1/301, H305-129

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc


1954 Pre-'S' release with beautiful artwork. The box has factory new gloss and color; the only significant flaw is the light stain shown at the far right center. Never started. Inside, it is exactly as it left the factory. The small parts are still in the factory sealed clear bag, while the large parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete. Includes decals, flag sheet and instructions.

Pyro Laird-Turner Pesco Special Thompson Trophy Racer - Motorized, 1/32, 342-249

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good


Very rare motorized version. Propeller spins and the aircraft taxis across the floor. Features steerable tail wheel, movable elevators, rudder and ailerons, detailed cockpit with pilot, seat and instrument panel and electric motor with pulley drives. The kit is complete with the colorful cardboard presentation pieces, all parts still in the factory sealed bag, decals and instructions. The complete line of 1/32 Pyro motorized Thompson Trophy Air Racers is the Hall-Springfield 'Bulldog', Gee Bee and Laird Turner Pesco Special.

Revell Honest John Missile with Mobile Carrier Truck 'S' Kit, 1/48, H1821-169

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+


Very rare, original hardbox 'S' issue from 1958 - not the common reproduction. Has many operating features. The missile can be disassembled and put into individual crates on the trailer. The trailer unhitches from cab and all 18 wheels rotate. Detailed truck has opening hood with full engine and cab interior. Includes a crew of 2 and is molded in gloss green and white plastic. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora Spitfire Famous Fighters of all Nations First Issue, 1/48, 20-59

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++


Rare first issue that is 100% correct. The box has excellent color and gloss, four solid original corners (no repairs), no fading or stains, no missing litho or tears, no tags or tag marks and no tape or tape marks (other than the factory sealing tape of course). Flaws include very light general wear as shown and moderate corner wear at the lower left corner. This first issue has minimal surface detail and is molded in the correct non-metallic medium blue and clear plastic. It also has the correct rectangle-based clear display stand and the instructions match this perfectly. (The second and all later issues had greatly increased rivet detail and were molded in a metallic blue plastic) The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present. The decals are flat and in amazing 'near mint' condition with only the slightest yellowing. The instructions are 'near mint+' with slight yellowing being the only flaw. Even the original factory packing tissue is present.

Topping Grummand F-14 Tomcat Factory Desk Top Model, 1/72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++


Rare Factory/Desk Promotional model produced by Topping for Grumman. Grumman gave these models to Navy 'Project Decision Makers' and squadron leaders and sometimes pilots as promotional items. The model is 100% complete with the original stand. It has never been broken and there are no cracks. Paint and decals are 100% original with no touch up. The paint is 'excellent' with very light and even wear. The decals are 'very good++' with light to moderate wear as shown in the photos. The stand would rate 'near mint' with no repairs and the blue "Grumman F-14" in perfect condition Insurance required for shipment and the model will be double boxed.

Strombecker Convair Manned Observational Satellite Vehicle, 1/200, D39-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG


Rare kit from the late 1950s. The artwork is by Cal Smith and entitled 'Tender Flight Arriving.' The model is based on Krafft Ehricke design of Convair's Astronautics Division as a 200 foot long, 600 mile-high orbiting laboratory for 4 men. The model is molded in very light blue plastic is 24 inches long when assembled. Includes a black display stand and large stand decal. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. The decals are flat and in amazing 'excellent++' condition. The instructions are 'near mint' with typical yellowing as the only significant flaw.

Aurora M8 Munitions Carrier And 8 inch Howitzer, 1/48, 310-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+


Dated 1958. Very rare dual kit that contains both models. Very well detailed for that time with 276 parts. Each has many operating features including movable tracks, gun, bulldozer blade, ammunition loader and more. Includes crew members. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present. Please note that the box looks slightly better than the 'good+' grade but is graded as such because there 1.25" x .7" section of litho missing on the left short side where a price tag was torn off. there is also other general wear and edge wear as shown.

Aurora The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Universal Pictures, 1/8, 461-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc


Very rare original issue hardbox kit from 1963. The box is in excellent condition with great color and gloss. The flaws are light corner and very light edge wear, as well as a very fine vertical scratch on the center left; it may not show up in the photo but it is there. All four corners are solid and there are no tape or price tags or marks. Inside, the kit is molded in the correct tan. It has never been started. It has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts. The instructions are in 'excellent' condition with light yellowing. This kit must be shipped insured.

AMT Tyrone Malones Hide Out Truck Kenworth Aerodyne, 1/25, 5008

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Good-


Very rare and still factory sealed. The seal has a split on the lower center. Highly detailed AMT/Matchbox issue with the AMT part number 5008 and Matchbox PK-8405. This kit has never been reissued.

Monogram Skystick Airplane Controller - With P-51B Mustang, 1/1, 5901

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG+


Still factory sealed. Very rare Monogram/Mattel kit for use with many 1/48 aircraft kits that have the special "Skystick" markings on the box top. When the built model was affixed to the Skystick, the 'pilot' could perform dives, climbs, turns and spin action while the 'instrument panel' reflected his pitch and roll attitudes with a pointer.

Revell M-2 Long Range Cannon - US Army 155mm Field Artillery Piece - 'S' Issue, 1/40, H535-129

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG


Very rare 1958 hardbox issue with the great artwork that has made all the 1950s "S" kits so desirable. Highly detailed and well molded for the time; almost all parts of the gun work like the real prototype. Molded in the correct high-gloss olive drab plastic. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The decals and instructions are in remarkable "near mint" condition.

Aurora Focke-Wulf FW-190, 1/48, 30-130

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+


Still factory sealed. The box is in 'near mint' condition but the seal has a few small splits on the corners where it shrunk. Aurora of Canada issue dated 1964.

Aurora Boeing B-29 Superfortress, 1/76, 372-350

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++


Still factory sealed. Rare and even rarer in this condition. Aurora of Canada issue is dated 1964 and this issue retaining the same artwork as the 1956 issue. This kit has arguably the most dramatic and fanciful B-29 composition from the 'Golden Era' of modeling. Note the square 'Northern Lights' logo has been replaced with the Aurora sunburst oval logo. There is no fading or stains, tape or price tags, but there is light crease along the upper left side. Responding to market information that boys wanted larger kits, Aurora introduced the B-26 followed by the B-29 and B-25, all of which sold well for many years- almost right up until the end.

Aurora P-51 Mustang Screwdriver Issue, 1/27, 377-350

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM+


Still factory sealed and in remarkable investment-grade 'Near Mint+' condition. The seal is intact. 1969 hardbox issue. This kit was originally designed as a gas powered flying model. However, Aurora discontinued the gas powered line very shortly after introduction due to returns and liability issues. Since the mold investment was already made, Aurora marketed these kits as large scale static models and they became know as "Screwdriver Kits" to collectors. For example, the 1/32 scale B-25 was issued in Gas U-Control and then static - but the P-51 may have only been issued in static.

Aurora Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, 1/156, 491-70

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+


Dated 1961. This issue has the oval 'sunburst' logo, so the actual issue date is probably the mid 1960s. The hardbox has excellent color and gloss, four solid corners, no fading or tears, no repairs and no price tags or tape (other than the factory sealing tape). Light general wear is the only flaw. The kit is molded in olive drab and clear and contains the correct Aurora 'world' triangle stand. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. The instructions and decals are both in superb 'near mint' condition with slight yellowing as the only flaw.

Hawk Curtiss Racer R3C-1 - One Piece Box Issue 1949 - (R3C1), 1/48, 600

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++


For the advanced collector. This is a model kit with a fascinating history as it may be among the very first injection molded kits produced in the United States (please see the article about early USA kit production on this website). The Hawk model company was the most innovative in America and had been making constant 1/48 scale models in wood and metal since the late 1920s. During the re-run of the World's Fair in 1933, Hawk may have made the world's first injection molded airplanes models - but they were not kits. The models were completely finished and were on display for the princely sum of $25 each. The Mates brothers, who founded and ran Hawk, were quick to incorporate this new technology by adding injection molded details to the wooden kits in the late 1930s. During the war, Hawk put it's injection molding knowledge to work making ID models for the US Armed Forces. Originally there was a nation-wide program to have children and adults make these from wood, but consistency was an issue - injection molded solved this problem. Immediately after WWII in 1946, Hawk made the Curtiss Racer model injection molded in black tenite. The box was a simple one-color affair. This kit, like Varney's PT-17, met a very cool reception at hobby shops. Hawk quickly changed the box to two colors, added box artwork and molded the kit in bright yellow acetate. That was the second issue, still from 1946. By 1948/49 Hawk was using injection molded styrene plastic and still molding it in high-gloss yellow - that is this kit, the third issue. Other than the material, there are subtle changes to the box. It is still one piece but much larger, has much simpler (and larger) text on the end flaps and the box top says "All Plastic Airplane Assembly Kit" (instead of "...Construction Kit"). The box is in remarkable 'excellent++' condition with great colors, no creases, rips or tears, no splits and all 6 flaps present and 100% attached. The box has not been crushed or flattened, which is unusual as it was not very strong. Inside, the kit has never been started and has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. The instructions are in excellent condition. Please note that Hawk did not issue decals with this issue of this kit.

Pacific Coast Models Fiat G-55 Serie 1 Centauro - (G.55), 1/32, PCM32007

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc


Superbly detailed and molded. Features main injection molded parts with fine recessed panel lines, numerous high-definition resin details, a large number of photoetched details (many factory painted), excellent cockpit, two piece canopy, highly detailed gear wells, excellent cooler and radiator and a large, impressive decal sheet along with a full color painting guide for the five different aircraft. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Model Airways Nieuport 28 1917, 1/16, 1002

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++


Excellent model from 2000 that assembled to a skeletal Nieuport 28. Features over 190 laser cut hardwood (basswood, birch and plywood) parts, over 200 Britannia metal, copper, aluminum, steel, brass and rubber parts and over 50 Britannia metal castings for the Gnome-Rhone Type 9N rotary engine complete with all cylinders, distributor, spark plugs and crankcase. Details other than the engine (which is a kit to itself) include turnbuckles, guy wires, compression bar, pulleys, wire support brackets, struts, flight instruments, tires and much more. Includes three sheets of full size plans and very detailed instructions. Completed wingspan is 20 inches. Never started. All of the small parts and many of the large parts are still in the factory sealed bags. The few larger parts are not sealed and have been inventoried complete. Includes all plans and instructions.

Aurora Cessna 310, 1/62, 283-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++


Rare issue dated 1963 and from ex-Comet molds. Neatly molded with all recessed panel lines, clear side and front windows, tip tanks, rotating propellers, display stand and full pinstripe decals. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. Aurora had started a line of inexpensive 29 cent kits in about 1957. The line was a success, and it was expanded. The line grew again when Aurora purchased the Comet molds, as most of Comet's line was very small scale kits, many of them civil aircraft like this one. It appears that Aurora was encouraged by the sale of the ex-Comet civil aircraft, as it expanded the line with it's own molds in the early 1960s.