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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$179   

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.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM-

$185   

Very rare and even more so in investment-grade 'Near Mint-' condition. 1958 hardbox has great box art, like-new color, four solid corners, no repairs, fading, stains, price tags or tears. Light general wear (mainly on the edges and corners) are the only flaws. Highly detailed and well molded for the time; almost all parts of the gun work like the real prototype. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The instructions have two 1.5" closed age splits on the fold lines; beyond that they are 'near mint.' The decals are also in 'near mint' condition.

Aurora De Haviland DH-10 Bomber - 'Parents Magazine' Seal Issue, 1/48, 125-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$95   

Dated 1957 with classic Jo Kotula box art. This is the edition with the Parent's Magazine approval seal on the box and the instructions. Box is in excellent condition with like new color and gloss, four solid corners and no tape or price tags. Flaws include a ding at the top left corner and very, very light discoloration. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Even includes the original tissue packing paper.

Aurora Spad XIII, 1/48, 107-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$95   

Still factory sealed and the seal is intact. Hardbox is dated 1957 and has dramatic Jo Kotula artwork and the oval 'Famous Fighters' logo with the sunburst. This is the second issue as it has the 79 cent price extension on the part number.

Aurora Albatross D-3 - (Albatros DIII), 1/48, 104-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$59   

Rare. Please note, this is a 'Famous Fighters' logo, first box art issue kit WITHOUT the Parents' Magazine Logo and a 69 cent price extension. This is the first time I have seen a FF original art version with no PM logo with a 69 cent price extension. Just when you think you have Aurora figured out, another variation comes along! That would make this the true third issue of this kit - only three issues have the 69 cent extension and are from 1956 and 1957. This kit has not been factory overstamped to 79 and still shows 69 on both sides The kit is molded in gloss dark green and black. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The decals are 'excellent' and the instructions are near mint. Please NOTE that the box only grades 'good.' The box has good color, is very solid (including all four corners) and has no fading but there is the obvious short litho tear under the logo on the box top. Additionally, there is general wear as shown and a short piece of masking tape on each of the two long sides.

Huma Model Grunau GR-9 and Schulgleiter SG-38, 1/72, 2505

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$32   

Limited run injection molded kit of both pre-war gliders. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Huma Model Messerschmitt Me-209 V1 or V4 - Bagged, 1/72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$22   

Hard-to-find injection molded kit. Features high quality moldings, recessed panel lines and parts & decals for V1 and V4. Never started. Inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Air Lines Airspeed Oxford Trainer - (ex-Frog), 1/72, 7906

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$28   

Well molded kit features separate ailerons, rudder and elevators. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. Box art is by the famous Jo Kotula who did 1930s covers for the magazine 'Model Airplane News' and later the Aurora box art of the late 1950s. Air Lines kits are all Frog molds that the Lines Brothers imported to the USA between 1964-1966. The kits, decals and instructions were made in England, then imported to the USA where Testors created the boxes with the colorful trading cards on the back. There are two trading cards on each box which show the boxart but not the advertising/logo. Some kits contain a Testors color painting guide also, but it is not specific to any model.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$125   

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.

Lindberg Heinkel He-111, 1/64, 580-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$36   

Large hard box issue from 1967. Features movable control surfaces, 'good' cockpit, working landing gear, two scale engines, removable cowling, engine ground display stand, crew and mechanic figures and a clear display stand for the aircraft. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried and NOTE: missing the mechanic's arm. Otherwise complete with all other parts and includes decals and instructions.

Frog Blackburn Shark Torpedo Bomber - Red Series, 1/72, F179

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$38   

From the 1960s but very well detailed. Can be built with floats or land/carrier versions and the wings can be folded or extended. Includes markings for 3 aircraft- Portuguese Air Force, FAA HMS Courageous 1937 or a Trainer. Molded in gloss gray and clear. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bag and includes decals and instructions.

Frog English Electric BAC Canberra B(1) Mk.8 - or B(1)Mk. 12 South African or RAF, 1/72, F203

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$32   

Like most Frog kits, this model has very fine panel lines only, which builds up to a realistic model. Includes parts and decals for either version: RAF No.88 Sqn, Wildenrath Germany 1960 or South African Air Force No.12 Sqn, Waterkloof, 1969. NOTE: this kit has minor, 'professional' quality subassembly as follows: seat to floor; wing gear doors in 'up' position. There is no other assembly. The aircraft has been inventoried with all parts present and include decals and instructions, however NOTE: the display stand is missing. Please NOTE also that the box displays much better than the 'very good' grade but it is rated as such because there is a closed split seam 2" long on the lower right.

Fujimi Nissan Fairlady 280ZR Racing Motorized, 1/20, RC6

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

$190   

Rare, early Mokei issue. Large scale and very well molded. Designed to be motorized with a RE-14 or similar sized electric motor. Includes all hardware but Fujimi did not furnish the motor with the kit. Features switchable rear wheel drive, steerable front wheels, nicely detailed interior, opening doors, a huge decal sheet with all the colorful stripes and markings of the box art car and more. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. The box is complete but worn and clear tape is holding most corners together.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$275   

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.

Revell AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter, 1/32, 4575

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

$69   

Still factory sealed but the seal has shrunk and drawn the box top concave as shown. Very large scale helicopter kit. Features highly detailed fuselage, rotors, engine pods, rough field landing gear, complete cockpit interior and instrument panels, rotating 18 inch main rotor and tail rotor, two figures, pivoting 20mm chain gun, 2.75 inch rocket pods, Hellfire missiles, AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles and more. Molded in olive drab and clear.

La Belle D&RG Closed Vestibule Coach HOn3 Narrow Gauge - Craftsman Model, 1/87, HOn3-25

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$28   

Please read the article on this website about older HO train kits and the modeling revolution they caused in the late 1930s/1940s. During the golden era of realistic train models, La Belle Woodworking Company created perhaps the very finest scale kits of early American passenger equipment. The kit features die cut hardwood parts (no balsa) such as pre-cut and scribed sides with all windows factory cut, car ends done in the same fashion, carved clerestory roof, tinted clear clerestory window material, working end diaphragms, excellent underside details & other metal details, building instructions and full size plans. I have seen these models built and they look identical to the real prototypes. The kit has not been started and is complete with all parts, plans and instructions.

Eduard Roland C-II - (CII), 1/48, 8040

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$29   

Very finely molded and features a mask set, excellent full interior and cockpit, complete engine, optional parts for different versions and more. There are decals & a paint guide for two different aircraft. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Pavesi Fiat G-91, 1/72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$44   

Very rare. Pavesi was an Italian confectionery company that in the 1960s managed a series of motorway service stations. They still exist today and are famous for the "Pavesini" Biscuits. In the 1960s Pavesi had an awards program. You could accumulate points for buying certain products, then choose a prize. There were various gadgets, micro-ship models and eventually one series of four scale models. The firm of Plurex, located in Cornaredo (near Milan) was sub-contracted to make these. Plurex was an injection molder but had no experience in plastic modeling. The four Plurex aircraft were based on Airfix models but with certain changes, possibly to avoid copyright issues. They were supposed to be 1/72 scale, but different collectors have reported them as being significantly different, such as 1/82. However, it turns out that they really are 1/72 (see the notes at the end of this description). This exact issue was made as an advertisement and promotion for the Pavesi Service Stations, but there was a run of all four aircraft marketed in a transparent plastic bag with a header, exactly like the bagged Revell Air Cadet series and similar to the early Airfix kits. These issues only had the name of the subjects and not the service station and were marketed in various service stations in the Lombardy Region. Thank you to Italian model collector and historian Giampiero Grammatico for the information above! Here are the details of the actual kit pictured. The Italian text on the short box sides says (in English): "The sale of this item is strictly prohibited as part of the special offer. Complete the series of planes a unique offer for 4 perfect scale models." The other three models are A-4D Skyhawk, Mirage IIIC and Mig-21. Features very fine raised panel lines, recessed control surface lines, complete landing gear, two wing drop tanks, a clear canopy and complete decals for the box art aircraft. The model has never been started and is 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions (on the back of the box). There is a small piece of paper inside that is in Italian which translates to: "Dear friend, for you an exceptional Pavensi offer; a beautiful Fiat Jet to assemble. Nothing should be missing ... but if you do not find a few pieces in the bag, write to this address: Ditta Plurex Via Monsignore Moneta N. 23, 20010 Cornaradeo". Today (19-7-21) I received an update from collector and historian Giampiero Grammatico - "I compared the Fiat G.91 Pavesi with the Airfix and with the 1/72 scale drawings by Richard Caruana published on the Fiat G.91R, PAN, Y monograph published in 1991. it seems clear to me that the Pavesi model turns out to be absolutely in 1/72 scale. I also compared the other three subjects with the Airfix equivalents without opening the envelopes and the results, albeit with slight differences, are dimensionally identical. At this point I would say there is no longer any doubt that the scale used by Pavesi is 1/72." Again, many thanks to Mr. Giampiero for all his help on this manufacturer.

La Belle F & CC Boxcar HOn3 Narrow Gauge - HO Scale Wood Kit, HO, HOn3-33

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$32   

During the golden era of realistic train models, La Belle Woodworking Company created perhaps the very finest scale kits of early American passenger equipment. The kit features die cut hardwood parts (no balsa), carved floor and roof, underside details and truss rods, metal details, building instructions, full decals and full size plans. I have built these models and they look identical to the real prototypes. The kit has not been started and is complete with all parts, sealed smaller details and plans + instructions. Please read the article on this website about older HO train kits and the modeling revolution they caused in the late 1930s/1940s.

Pegasus Albatros D-III (Oef) 53 / 153 / 253 Series, 1/72, 1027

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$16   

Limited run kit with cleanly molded, nicely detailed injection molded parts, many metal detail parts and decals. Never started. Factory sealed bag or 100% inventoried with all parts, decals and instructions present.