Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Exc++
Still factory sealed. Dated 1977. Features full racing chassis, roll cage, race interior, Chevy racing V-8 engine, opening hood, one piece body, Pepsi decals and much more.
Wood and Metal Model Kit, Box Condition: VG+
Solid wooden model from the 1930s. Features hardwood 3D machine carved fuselage, profile cut wings, horizontal and vertical stabilizers, excellent turned hardwood cowl, printwood prop, a sealed envelope of small parts and excellent plans that include 3 elevation drawings and many cross sections for templates. Never started and complete, even include factory packing tissue paper. This model is rare in that it is from Gordon Christoph's Aircraft Model Company. This company was founded in the early 1930s. Jack Mair, a former Comet Model Airplane & Supply Co. salesman bought the company in the early 1940s and renamed it Maircraft. Mair continued with the same logo and 1/48 scale and went on to make one of the rarest and valuable 1/48 scale wooden kits ever - the Maircraft DC-3. The company went out of business just as production began on the DC-3, which was in 1947.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
Purchased new on April 22, 1972 at a local Kmart in Cleveland, OH. Large scale issue for rubber or gas free flight, or easily converted to RC using today's tiny and light servos and receivers. Box art is by Locher, who did a great deal of the Monogram box artwork also. Kit features traditional wood/tissue construction with all die cut parts, 'Tube-O-Matic' fuselage construction and 'Rugged Super X Simplified Non-Warping Wing' construction, a very large and colorful insignia sheet, detailed full size plans, building instructions, wheels, hardware, tissue and propeller. Never started and inventoried complete. Comet was a famous manufacturer of stick and tissue flying and static models. In the 1930s Great Depression, they lead the low-priced kit revolution with the "Dime Scale" kits and famous advertisements in Model Airplane News magazine and others. Comet reached it's peak in the 1930s when they acquired the services of Carl Goldberg. Goldberg was a highly accomplished modeler with articles in Model Airplane News and famous designs that won him several National level competitions in the 1930s and beyond. (Carl Goldberg went on to found his own company and produced well designed and popular free-flight and RC aircraft). Comet survived the post World War economic slump and continued kit production until they were bought out by long-time competitor Guillow's in 1998.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Exc
Still factory sealed. Has markings for two aircraft - the 1937 Paris to Tokyo racer and the French Air Force 8 Escadre 1938. Very nicely molded with recessed control surfaces and fine raised panel lines. This highly advanced aircraft first appeared at the XIV Paris Air Show in 1934 . It was used successfully for many record attempts, and was pressed into service for WWII also.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Fair
Has parts to build both variants. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc+++
Colorful Craftmaster artwork unique to this issue. One of two different Craftmaster issues. Kit is well detailed and includes movable control surfaces, rotating props and wheels, optional position cargo doors, two sitting pilots, a stand pilot and a paratrooper. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
Measures 14.5" long, 5" wide and 5.875" high. Dimensions given are interior dimensions. Does NOT include base; contains five clear panels only. All five clear sides are in excellent condition and in plastic bags for protection. Includes hardware and instructions.
Vacuform Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
Nicely molded basic vacuform kit of this interesting aircraft. The J-10 was an all metal aircraft and was actually a modified J-8 (CL-1) ground attack fighter. 47 J-10s were build as a joint venture between Junkers and Fokker. This kit has not been started and has been inventoried complete with all parts. Not recommended for builders who are not experienced with vacuform kits.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc-
Limited run injectiton molded kit. Includes decals and clear parts. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Fair
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."
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
From ESCI molds. Very nicely molded small scale waterline ship kit that is ideal for war gaming. Features detailed hull, deck and superstructure, separately molded turrets, mast, some superstructure parts and more. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Good
Still factory sealed. From new, well-detailed moldings with 82 parts.
Vacuform Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Good
The Dragonfly was a license built version of the Sikorsky S-51. First flight was in 1946 and power was a Pratt & Whitney Wasp Jr. High quality kit that is well molded. Main parts are molded in clear for realistic windows and it includes many metal details such as nose wheel and strut, two main wheels and struts, rotor head, tail rotor, pilots seat, instrument panel, rear bench seat, tail rotor guard and winch. Has full decals for two aircraft including one stationed on HMS Bulwark in 1955. One set is for a dark sea grey aircraft and another with a lighter sky finish. Never started. The metal parts are still in the factory sealed bag and the other parts have been inventoried complete with decals and instructions.
Vacuform Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Good
Well molded basic vac kit with all recessed panel lines, clear canopy and instructions. Never started and complete. A certain degree of modeling skill is required to build vacuform kits. They are not recommended for beginners.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc+
Rare 1971 Revell of Germany issue. Never started. Features moving rudder, optional position cabin crew/passenger boarding doors, detailed engines and full landing gear detail. The kit is mint inside - all parts, decals and instructions are still in the factory sealed bag.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed VG++
Still factory sealed. Features detailed 300hp LT-1 engine, detailed engine compartment, opening hood, full interior and underside details. Build as stock or customize with optional wheels and side exhaust. Over 90 parts molded in color, clear and with plated and rubber parts.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed NM
Still factory sealed. HO scale kit. Very nicely molded and detailed with full color decals, movable control surfaces, colorful decals and full color painting guide.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good+
1972 'Big A' box issue. Large scale kit is almost 16 inches long when assembled. This is an excellent model from Aurora's efforts of the late 1960s/early 1970s. Aurora knew that the old 1950s kits were outclassed by the late 60s and cut a new series of molds including several ships, helicopters and subs. The result was high mold quality and very good detail for that time, as represented by this kit. Includes large display stand, decals, periscope and cranes, conning tower and deck guns. Never started. NOTE: missing Glen seaplane body (floats are present). Otherwise inventoried with all other parts, decals and instructions present. The I-19 is famous for firing history's most successful torpedo spread off Guadalcanal. On September 14, 1942, the I-19 was patrolling of the Solomons when she fired a 6 torpedo spread. Three hit and sank the US Carrier CV-7 WASP, and the remaining three exploded against the BB North Carolina and the destroyer O'Brien. The destroyer sank and the North Carolina had to be repaired at Pearl till November 16, 1942. The I-19's Glen seaplane also flew night reconnaissance on February 23, 1942 over Pearl Harbor for the planned second attack by Emily flying boats on that base.
Wood and Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good-
Dated 1949. Large scale and very well detailed for that time. Features numerous die-cut and machined/cut to shape wooden parts, beautiful plastic wheels, grill, steering wheel, lights and other accessories, metal louvered hood, metal stock and parts and die-cut cardstock. Although all of Hudson's 1/16 kits are excellent, this one has even more detail than usual thanks to Hudson's engineers having access to the actual car owned by Mr. Austin Clark. This kit has never been started. The small parts are still factory bag sealed while the parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete including two sheets of excellent plans/instructions. The Brush Delivery Model C was manufactured by Brush Runabout Company, which was a division of the famous United States Motors. It sold for $650 and was powered by a one cylinder 64 HP engine linked to a gear-set type two speed + reverse multiple disc clutch transmission. Hudson Miniatures created a very popular line of automobile kits in a constant 1/16 scale shortly after WWII. The kits sold very well...so well that you could argue that Gowland & Gowland borrowed Hudson's subject matter for their ground-breaking 'Highway Pioneers.' The Hudson Miniatures 'Old Timers' even spawned a line of imitators, with Fador's 'Smallster' being one of the better in quality. Sales did drop on the appearance and popularity of the much smaller (and less accurate) Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' in 1951. When the all-injection molded Gowland kits proved not to be a passing fad, Hudson quickly planned and released his own all-plastic, small-scale competition called 'Lil' Old Timers Quickie Kits.' The kits were of excellent quality, but it was too little too late. Additionally, sales of the excellent wooden kits faltered further in the next few years with the introduction of accurate, 1/24 and 1/32 all-plastic cars in the mid 1950s. This forced Hudson to discontinue the wood kits and the plastic line was sold to Revell and subsequently re-released. Today, these excellent, big 1/16 kits are often the only model available of these early automobiles. In the mid 1960s Aurora thought so highly of Hudson Miniatures that they purchased the wood kit assets and released a very small number of these in all-plastic models.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Fair-
1973 'White Box' issue. Possibly the best injection molded kit of the first aircraft to sustain powered, controlled flight. Includes rigging instructions. Kit also features figures of Orville and Wilbur Wright, carrier dolly and historical accessories that were all there for the historic flight- "C" clamp, bench, can, spade and starting battery. The model as never been started. NOTE: Missing the monorail launching track. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts and instructions present.