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Nichimo IJN Musahsi Battleship - Motorized, 1/500, U5002-1800

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Very rare 1960s 1/500 scale model with classic Nichimo very high-gloss box artwork. The model was designed to be operated in water and includes the RE-280 electric motor and all required metal running gear & hardware. Well detailed for that time and shows a great deal of forethought. Features dark red hull below the waterline, dark gray parts above the waterline, black searchlights, stack boot, yard arms and other pieces, brass leaf switch and battery contacts, electrical wiring as needed, tube of glue, metal and brass gear box with nylon gears for drive on two propellers, the original electric motor, a black display base and gold-plated display pedestals. The kit has not been started. All parts are still internally factory sealed. Includes instructions in English and Japanese.

Hasegawa F-8J Crusader - VF-194 Red Lightnings - CAG NM200 USS Oriskany Or NM204 Oriskany, 1/48, 09868

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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This rare kit from 2009 is exceptionally well detailed and the finest Crusader in this scale. Features 125 pieces, excellent cockpit and gear well detail, optional position canopy, very well designed intake and exhaust, separately molded leading edge slats and trailing edge flaps, optional position wing/speed brake ('up or down' wing), fuselage-mounted Zuni rocket launchers and more. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Dragon PzBefWg Panther Ausf. G, 1/35, 9046

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

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Still factory sealed but the seal has split at the right side as shown. Very highly detailed with 397 pieces

Revell Messerschmitt Bf-110 G-2 ZG1 - (Bf110G-2), 1/48, 85-4164

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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From 1999. Very nicely detailed and finely molded with all recessed panel lines, detailed cockpit, optional position crew entry hatch, detailed gear wells and more. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Entex Cessna 150 - Or 150L Aerobat, 1/48, 8515C

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Larger scale kit that is well detailed. Includes four figures that can be built in any pose, full interior, detailed engine with optional position cowling and decals for the 150 or 150L as well as enough "N" numbers to make almost any registration. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Revell 1908 Buick 10 Rumble Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H40

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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1952 early issue molded in bright red plastic. This is from the issues produced by Gowland & Gowland as it carries their 'balloon' logo on the side. These issues feature the same 5 car artwork on every box; the only way to identify the contents was an ink-stamped name on the box ends. This kit has never been started. All parts are still sealed in the factory bag. Includes instructions. These kits have a fascinating history. Hobbies were nothing new to America in the 1930s/40s, but they were not mainstream and never made the top 10 list of boys activities. Spurred on by the nation-wide aviation craze in the 1920s, many became modelers and built flying or static wooden models of airplanes, ships, trains, automotive and other subjects. Basic kits existed, but many of these models were built from scratch, which demanded a high talent level developed from years of experience. That changed in the early 1950s when the Gowland & Gowland/Revell Highway Pioneers became the sales sensation of the year. Demand was so great that the factories could not keep up and almost overnight 'model building' was mainstream. The phenomenon of the 'Highway Pioneers' kits was a significant force in proving that model building as a hobby could have mass appeal, provided that the kits were easy enough to build and finish. These 1/32 scale vehicles fit the bill: they could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real cars. The success of the Highway Pioneers lead to the production of other subjects in plastic and the effect was revolutionary. By the late 1950s, model building was the #1 past time of American boys...and many adult males too!

AMT Grumman F7F-3N Tigercat - Marine Night Fighter - (F7F3N), 1/48, 8842

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Large and highly detailed kit with 120 parts. Features full cockpit and engine detail. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. Decals are for VMF(N)-513 (Korea 1952) and F7F-3N VMF(N)-312 August 1950.

AMT Grumman F7F-3 Tigercat - Marines or Navy - (F7F3), 1/48, 8843

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

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Still factory sealed. Large scale Tigercat features decals for two Marine Aircraft and one Navy F7F-3, all engraved panel lines, fully detailed cockpit, PW R-2800-34W engines and landing gear. Very well detailed with 120 total parts.

Comet Boeing 707 Jetliner 367-80 Dash 80, 1/300, PL16-29

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Very rare. Civil version of the 707 prototype. In the 1950s Comet made a beautiful line of small scale aircraft and missile models with colorful boxes. When Comet went out of business, these molds saw action for years with Aurora. This is the one-piece flip up box of the '707 - Dash 80.' And it is a nice kit of the famous prototype, the world's first commercially-successful airliner. Well molded with fine recessed panel lines in 'In-Flight' configuration with stand and prototype decals. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

AMT Star Trek USS Enterprise - Also Yorktown / Valiant / Hood / Farragut / Excalibur / Intrepid / Republic / Constitution / Lexington / Potemkin / Constellation / Exeter / Kongo, 1/635, S951

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

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Early issue from about 1970. Molded in light blue and green-tint clear plastic and contains decals for all the starships from the series. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. Decals are excellent as 'as-new'. Please read the article located on this website about saving old decals before you use these or any older decals.

Cobra Company PB4Y-2 Privateer Super Detail Set For The Matchbox Kit, 1/72, CC72019

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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This is the ultimate set for upgrading the venerable Matchbox Privateer. Features a vast number of high-definition resin cast parts, clear parts and extensive, illustrated instructions. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.

Aurora Bell AH-1G Huey Cobra - Assault Helicopter, 1/48, 501-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM+

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Still factory sealed and in amazing investment-grade condition. This is the first issue hardbox dated 1967. After the sales slow down in the mid 1960s, Aurora realized that it must put out higher quality models to compete; this AH-1G is one of those highly improved kits. Features very fine raised surface detail, very good dual cockpits, crew of two, external ordnance, rotating main and tail rotors and more.

Tamiya Gneisenau Battle Cruiser, 1/700, WLB120

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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1/700 scale waterline model that is very highly detailed and finely molded. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Revell 1903 Model A Ford Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H36

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

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1952 first issue in the 'Series One' yellow box. This issue has no part number on the box and strangely does not have 'Parents' Magazine Seal' on the box sides. Also, there is no Gowland & Gowland 'balloon' logo on the side. These issues feature the same 5 car artwork on every box; the only way to identify the contents was an ink-stamped name on the box ends. Molded in gloss yellow plastic. This kit has never been started. The wax bag for the small parts is present but split open; the kit kit has been inventoried complete with all pieces present and includes instructions. These kits have a fascinating history. Hobbies were nothing new to America in the 1930s/40s, but they were not mainstream and never made the top 10 list of boys activities. Spurred on by the nation-wide aviation craze in the 1920s, many became modelers and built flying or static wooden models of airplanes, ships, trains, automotive and other subjects. Basic kits existed, but many of these models were built from scratch, which demanded a high talent level developed from years of experience. That changed in the early 1950s when the Gowland & Gowland/Revell Highway Pioneers became the sales sensation of the year. Demand was so great that the factories could not keep up and almost overnight 'model building' was mainstream. The phenomenon of the 'Highway Pioneers' kits was a significant force in proving that model building as a hobby could have mass appeal, provided that the kits were easy enough to build and finish. These 1/32 scale vehicles fit the bill: they could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real cars. The success of the Highway Pioneers lead to the production of other subjects in plastic and the effect was revolutionary. By the late 1950s, model building was the #1 past time of American boys...and many adult males too!

Revell 1903 Model A Ford Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H36-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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1960 issue hardbox with full artwork; Highway Pioneers prior to this year simply had generic artwork and an ink stamped name on the box ends was the only way to identify the contents. This kit has never been started. All parts are still sealed in the factory bag. Includes instructions. These kits have a fascinating history. Hobbies were nothing new to America in the 1930s/40s, but they were not mainstream and never made the top 10 list of boys activities. Spurred on by the nation-wide aviation craze in the 1920s, many became modelers and built flying or static wooden models of airplanes, ships, trains, automotive and other subjects. Basic kits existed, but many of these models were built from scratch, which demanded a high talent level developed from years of experience. That changed in the early 1950s when the Gowland & Gowland/Revell Highway Pioneers became the sales sensation of the year. Demand was so great that the factories could not keep up and almost overnight 'model building' was mainstream. The phenomenon of the 'Highway Pioneers' kits was a significant force in proving that model building as a hobby could have mass appeal, provided that the kits were easy enough to build and finish. These 1/32 scale vehicles fit the bill: they could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real cars. The success of the Highway Pioneers lead to the production of other subjects in plastic and the effect was revolutionary. By the late 1950s, model building was the #1 past time of American boys...and many adult males too!

Aurora The Barnstormers Customizing Kit DH-4 and JN-4 Jenny, 1/48, 200-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

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Rare one-and-only issue from 1960 that contains both the DH-4 and Curtis JN-4 Jenny. Aurora really went out of the way to make this a special kit; however, it did not catch on and was retired after only one year. Features completely new box artwork, a DH-4 molded in gloss dark green and black, the JN-4 molded in gloss bright yellow and black, great custom decal sheets for both aircraft and special 'Barnstormer' instructions for each aircraft. The kit has never been started. Both models are still in the factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. Instructions are both in 'excellent+' condition and the decal sheets are both almost completely flat with typical age yellowing as the only flaw.

Aurora Fokker DR-1 Triplane - 'Newsprint' Issue, 1/48, 105-79

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

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1964 issue. Still factory sealed.

Aurora Fokker DR-1 Triplane, 1/48, 105-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM+

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Still factory sealed and in amazing 'Near Mint++' condition. Rare forth issue of this kit and most likely from 1958/ 59. Please note the Sunburst Logo with the 'Famous Fighters' in the border and the lack of a Parents' Magazine logo. Aurora retained the original, classic Jim Cox artwork from the '56 issue but painted out the rectangular logo, replacing it with the new one. For some reason, this and the second issue turn up far less than the others. Aurora experimented with a number of different plastics for sealing, and this is one of the thicker ones.

Revell 1913 Mercedes-Benz Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H54-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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1960 issue hardbox with full artwork; Highway Pioneers prior to this year simply had generic artwork and an ink stamped name on the box ends was the only way to identify the contents. This kit has never been started. All parts are still sealed in the factory bag. Includes instructions. The box would rate slightly higher than the 'very good+' rating but it has some age foxing on the side panels. These kits have a fascinating history. Hobbies were nothing new to America in the 1930s/40s, but they were not mainstream and never made the top 10 list of boys activities. Spurred on by the nation-wide aviation craze in the 1920s, many became modelers and built flying or static wooden models of airplanes, ships, trains, automotive and other subjects. Basic kits existed, but many of these models were built from scratch, which demanded a high talent level developed from years of experience. That changed in the early 1950s when the Gowland & Gowland/Revell Highway Pioneers became the sales sensation of the year. Demand was so great that the factories could not keep up and almost overnight 'model building' was mainstream. The phenomenon of the 'Highway Pioneers' kits was a significant force in proving that model building as a hobby could have mass appeal, provided that the kits were easy enough to build and finish. These 1/32 scale vehicles fit the bill: they could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real cars. The success of the Highway Pioneers lead to the production of other subjects in plastic and the effect was revolutionary. By the late 1950s, model building was the #1 past time of American boys...and many adult males too!

Revell Fokker D-VII - Warbird Issue, 1/72, H632-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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1964 issue in the early two piece box with framable artwork. This model is part of Revell's very popular line of 1/72 scale single-engined WWI and WWII aircraft. The line started in the early 1960s and was expanded through that decade. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.