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Monogram XM-47 Little John Missile - With Missile Launching Ramp / Army Jeep Tractor / Three Man Crew - Four Star Issue, 1/35, PD38-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG


Very rare. First and only release dated 1958 that features an Army Jeep, missile launching ramp, Little John missile and three man crew. Has many working features including launcher legs that can be folded for towing or extended for launch, elevating launching for any inclination, removable missile and the jeep features rotating wheels, trailer hitch and folding windshield. Molded in the correct army olive drab and white plastic with a clear die-cut jeep windshield. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present. The decals are perfectly flat, intact and in 'excellent++' condition with slight yellowing. The instructions are also 'excellent++' with slight yellowing as the only flaw. The box is 'very good' nice color and gloss as shown, 100% complete, no price tags or tape (and no marks from either of those), no stains and no fading. Flaws include light to moderate wear as shown and two properly repaired closed split corners (done from the inside with cardstock and book binding glue). They are repair so well that is very difficult to see them from the outside of the box. This kit must be shipped insured.

Revell Jupiter C - With Working Gantry / Elevator / Explorer Satellite and Crew - 'S' Issue, 1/100, H1819-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc-


1958 first issue hardbox featuring some of my favorite 'S' box artwork. Correct, original release molded in three colors. Not the modern reproduction. The box is in 'excellent-' condition with great color and gloss. There are no price tags, no tag marks, no litho tear or missing litho, no fading, four solid original corners, no stains and no tape other than the factory tape. Flaws include moderate edge wear, corner wear and light but even general wear. Loaded with working features typical of kits at the time. The entire gantry tower folds back and moves on railroad base, the elevator moves to the four different work platforms and the Explorer Satellite can be removed from the Jupiter rocket. Includes crew of 7. Inside, the kit has never been started. Parts are molded in red, medium gray and white. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts but NOTE: (2) part #67 supports are broke; the broken parts (one each) are present and fit back perfectly. One #64 ladder guard (a small "U" shaped part) is red when it should be white plastic. The decals are in amazing 'near mint' condition with slight yellowing as the only flaw. The instructions are also in 'near mint' condition.

Revell Convair Atlas - America's First Interncontinental Ballistic Missile - 'S' Issue, 1/110, H1822-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+


Dated 1958. Very rare ICBM and the first and only issue of this Revell 'S' kit representing the Atlas in ICBM configuration. Reissues are impossible because the the molds were altered to make the Mercury Atlas kit. Very highly detailed and molded in correct white, gray and bright yellow plastic. Features elevating missile support arms and hinged break-away supports, complete launching base, ramp and pad, missile truck and trailer that elevates 90 degrees to load missile and crew. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. NOTE: one part (a tiny ladder) is silver and it should be white. It is from this kit but a later issue. The decals are in exceptional 'near mint' condition with the slightest yellowing as the only flaw. The instructions are also 'near mint' with typical yellowing. The box has great color and gloss, four solid & original corners, no repairs and no fading. However, it is only graded 'very good+' because there is corner wear, edge wear and other general moderate to light wear as shown. Shipping insurance is required for this kit. This model has a great history. Fresh on the heels of the initial "Missile Boom" in model kit sales, Revell quickly planned a large series of missile kits. In order to make them more interesting, any accessories that could be included were such as launchers, transports, cranes and crew. Spurred on by early success, Revell decided to create an expensive missile model by adding all the trimmings - a complete base with support equipment. The result was the Convair Atlas ICBM, which sold for the almost unheard of price of $1.98 in 1958. However, the missile kit sales bubble exploded almost right at that moment and inventory turnover dropped to almost zero just as fast. The Atlas and most other Revell, Aurora and Monogram missiles were dropped from the line up. The high price and nearly non-existent sales ensured the rarity of this kit, but there was more to come. For a long time, it looked like Revell had wasted a small fortune on this kit. But in a few short years the Atlas would carry the Mercury Capsule into space. Revell would dust off the molds, cut in the correct changes and issue a new kit, the Mercury Atlas "Everything Is Go!" model. This model was a success for many years but the mold modifications made any reissue of the original Atlas ICBM impossible.

Nitto Honda Civic RSL Racing, 1/16, 584-2000

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+


Very rare, high quality early Nitto Kagaku release. Features over 175 pieces, detailed engine with ignition wiring, detailed engine compartment, opening hood, full front and rear suspension, complete interior, opening driver and passenger doors, steerable front wheels, molded underside detail and separately molded exhaust, rear spoiler and roll bar for racing, a large decal sheet and more. Molded in dark red, black, chrome plate, clear, red-tinted and amber-tinted clear and with rubber tires. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Minicraft Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing - (ex Entex / Bandai), 1/16, 9019

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+


Very large scale and highly detailed. Features fully detailed engine and engine compartment, opening hood, complete inner-body substructure, suspension and steerable front wheels, full interior, opening Gullwing doors and more. Molded in white, black, silver, chrome plated and with rubber tires. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.

ESCI BMW R75 Motorcycle With Side Car, 1/9, 8290

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG


Still factory sealed. Large, highly detailed 1/9 scale kit with over 200 parts. Molded in tan, flexible black plastic, silver and with rubber wheels.

Aurora British Spitfire, 1/43, 20-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc


Hardbox issue dated 1960 with wonderful Mort Kunstler artwork. The kit is molded in gloss metallic blue and clear and features full landing gear, bombs and a clear 'Triangle World' base. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. It even includes the original factory packing tissue paper.

Engel Senior Telemaster - 94.5 Inch Wingspan R/C Aircraft, 1/99, 1391B

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair


Rare. NOTE: builder kit only. Contains wooden parts and metal gear struts only; missing all paperwork, small hardware packet and covering material. Very large flying aircraft designed for R/C operation. Never started. NOTE: the kit looks as if all the wooden parts are present, but I did not inventory it. Many are still bound by the red factory rubber bands. This kit is sold-as.

Model Engineering Of Norwalk Buzzard Bombshell - 72 Inch Wingspan RC Aircraft

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG


Very large wingspan free flight or R/C Buzzard Bombshell from M.E.N. (Model Engineering Of Norwalk). Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes plans/instructions. NOTE: this kit will ship in this box (wrapped in heavy brown paper) unless you specify otherwise. If shipped in another box, additional shipping charges will apply.

J&J J-Craft Trainer - 65 Inch Wingspan R/C Aircraft

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+


Excellent, large-scale Radio Control trainer and still popular today. Never started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the factory sealed bags; the larger parts that were never factory sealed have been inventoried complete. Includes full size plans. NOTE: this kit will ship in this box (wrapped in heavy brown paper) unless you specify otherwise. If shipped in another box, additional shipping charges will apply.

Hobby Craft Vought F7U-3/3M Cutlass - US Navy VC-3 or VX-4 - (F7U3/3M), 1/48, HC1600

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good


Features all fine recessed panel lines, four separately molded leading edge wing slats, separately molded ailerons, two piece canopy, drop tanks and four Sparrow I Missiles. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Pocher Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 Monza 1931, 1/8, K71

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc


This kit is still factory sealed in the clear cello wrap but the seal has splits. Pocher made the finest automobile models ever created. The detail and working parts on these long out-of-production, big 1/8 scale kits is amazing. This kit has 1954 parts of plastic, brass, steel, leather, iron, rubber, copper and many other material. Working features include operating steering, working suspension, lights that operate from the dashboard, doors that open and close with operating door latches and handles, starting handle that operates the crankshaft, connecting rods, pistons, V-belts, Fan, dynamo and more in the engine and much more. Recommended for experienced modelers only. This is the desirable early version with the most realistic wheel construction. Each wheel is built just like a real spoke wheel with individual spokes and well over 100 parts each. Shipping insurance (and Express Mail for international customers) is required.

Aurora Russian Mig-19, 1/48, 66-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM


Dated 1958 with fantastic Jo Kotula artwork; however, the lack of 'Famous Fighters' in the oval boarder logo means that this kit is from the early 1960s. The box is in amazing 'near mint' investment-grade condition with factory-new color and gloss, four solid corners, no creases, price tags or fading and no tape or even tape marks. The only flaw is very light wear, mainly along the right upper side as shown. Molded in a wonderful gloss dark green and clear. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Instructions and decals are both in remarkable 'excellent++' condition.

Model Airways Nieuport 28 1917, 1/16, 1002

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++


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.

Revell Cut Away George Washington Class Polaris Missile Submarine - (SSBN), 1/261, H437

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-


Dated 1975. This is Revell's own cut-away nuclear SSBN (not Renwal's larger scale issue). The molds were slightly modified from the 1961 original. Features a complete and well detailed interior with nuclear power plant room, reactor room with shield, 'Sherwood Forest,' instrument and chart room, mess and galley, crew's quarters, torpedo room, opening missile hatches and Polaris missiles. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora 1931 Miller Special 1931 Indianapolis 500 Winner - (ex Best), 1/30, 523-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-


Very rare and from 1958. Best originally created the line of Indianapolis 500 Winner kits; Aurora purchased them shortly after their introduction and reissued them for a short time. The model features driver and mechanic figures, some interior detail, spoke wheels and very nice decals. Molded in white plastic with real rubber tires It has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Please note that the box is 100% intact with no repairs, no split corners, tears or missing litho but is graded 'good-' because of the age foxing (brown tint) and general but very even wear as shown. Louis Schneider and 'Jigger Johnson' (driver and mechanic) drove the Bowes Seal Special to victory in 1931. The Miller Special had rear wheel drive, and eight cylinder 151.7 CID Miller engine and won the day averages 96.629 miles per hour. The track was dangerously unsafe that year due to a heavy drizzle that made driving over 80 mph dangerous - at one point, drivers were required to slow down to 80 mph and passing was not allowed other than the pit area. There were many spectacular accidents but the rain did relent and there were many speeds over 100 mph in the later part.

Aurora Grumman F6F Hellcat - Famous Fighters of All Nations, 1/48, 40A-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++


Third issue of this rare kit. Oddly enough, this one is the rarest of them all. The box is in remarkable 'Excellent++' condition with like-new color and gloss, four solid corners, no repairs, no tears or missing litho, no tape or tape marks (other than the factory sealing tape, of course), no price tags or tag marks, no fading and no stains. The flaws are general very light edge wear. The 4 box sides are in the same condition as the top; the box tray (bottom box) is in 'near mint' condition. The box top is copyrighted 1956, but this issue is from 1957 for the debut of the new logo. For this release, Aurora kept the original issue box art but with these changes from the second issue: the old logo was replaced with the 'Famous Fighters' Sunburst Oval on a yellow rectangle background and the white 'price circle' was removed. The kit is molded in the correct beautiful metallic dark blue and clear and has the early rectangular clear display stand, correct decals and correct instructions. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Heller Paquebot Avenir - Car Ferry Steamer of De La Cie De Navigation Mixte, 1/200, 1010

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair++


Very rare kit of this Deluxe Automobile Ferry from the 1960s. Early gloss box art 'L' issue with yellow background logo. This is a large model measuring 26 inches long when built - ideal for RC conversion. Includes an original color brochure for Avenir from Navigation Mixte. The brochure is of the large fold out type and shows the exterior, interior, deck spaces and Marseille-Tunis route map. The kit is Molded in white and clear. Very highly detailed down to individual clear portholes and railings. This kit has not been started. The parts are still in the factory sealed bag and decals and instructions in English and French are included. Please note that there is a short closed crack on one hull half. It closes back perfectly by hand so you cannot even see the crack, so it will be a simple repair. I have stabilized it so it will be safe in shipping. Please note that this kit must be shipped insured.

OldModelKits SS Rex Ocean Liner - With ScaleDecks Wood Deck - Italian Line / Mid To Late 1930s, 1/350

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+


Finally, the Pride of the Italian Line in 1/350 scale! The SS Rex is from the same team that brought you the 1/350 SS Normandie Ocean Liner. This four year project is a 100% new model and represents the Rex in her glory years of the mid 1930s. All design work was done in CAD by Ken Friend, a master modeler, designer and builder of experimental engines and test equipment and an engineer who specialized in CAD/CAM/CAE Systems Management and Implementation. All of the smaller parts are printed on ultra-high resolution 3D SLA resin printers. These parts meet and often exceed what is possible with injection molded plastic. Only the larger parts (hull, deck pieces and funnels)are cast resin. These are pressure-cast from de-aired molds to minimize air bubbles. The Italian Line advertised that "The Southern Route Is the Lido Deck Route." By virtue of avoiding the stormy and cold North Atlantic, travelers experienced a true outdoor lifestyle. The Rex was intentionally designed for this. For this model, extensive research and time was spent capturing the exact look of the colorful 1st and 2nd Class Aft Pool Areas- from the changing room & showers, grab rope on the pool, pool slide, stairs & diving boards, tables with umbrellas, recessed (covered) 1st Class Restaurant/Lounge and more.Because of the superior performance of 3D Printing, over 90% of the usual PE (photoetched) metal parts are now 3D printed resin. This is a vast improvement as they are no longer flat, but are true to the shape of the prototype. This also makes for a nearly complete model "out-of-the-box." Includes a real wood deck from Scaledecks. NOTE: railings are the only parts not included with the model shown. They are not required to complete the kit, however they are sold separately.

Berkeley Cessna 180 - 36 Inch Wingspan Flying Model Airplane Kit, 1/12, 4-7

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG


Big 1/12 scale model with a 36 inch wingspan. Originally designed as a gas powered model for free flight or control line, or can be converted to electric power and modern RC (radio control) gear. Features rubber wheels, sheeted (wood covered) design on many parts, covering material for the others, clear window material, formed wire parts, full size plans, die cut balsa and plywood parts and more. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. Berkeley is a very famous manufacturer of flying model kits from the Golden Age of flying aviation, about 1932-1954. Founded in 1933 by William Effinger, the company was quite progressive in producing quality kits - it was likely the Berkeley 'Buccaneer' was the first gas powered model in kit form. In the later 1930s, Effinger acquired the services of a very talented Henry Struck. Struck went on to design numerous award-winning kits under the Berkeley name. Berkeley weathered the post WWII recession and emerged as a major kit producer in the late 1940 and 1950s. These were great years for Berkeley and they produced some incredible and large kits. The company went bankrupt in about 1960 however. Fox engines (Duke Fox) bought the company and released the kits alongside his own FOX models and engines. This arrangement did not last, and in the early 1960s the Berkeley name disappeared from hobby shop shelves.