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Airfix Hawker Typhoon Craftmaster Issue, 1/72, 10-39

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$20   

1960s issue with the great boxart that Craftmaster issues were famous for. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Airfix Japanese Chi-Ha Medium Tank - Blister Pack, 1/76, 01319-4

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$14   

Factory sealed blister pack. Well molded kit with flexible treads, detailed bogies and rotating turret. Has markings for the Commanding Officer's tank No.3 Sqn No.1 Tank Division Malaya, 1942.

Airfix Centurion MK.8 Tank - Bagged, 1/76, A10V

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$16   

Still factory sealed. Type three logo 1960s Airfix bagged kit with header. Nicely detailed and part of the 1/76 armor series.

Heller Corsair 16th and 17th Century Fisherman - Trader / Warship during the Mediterranean 'Race War', 1/150, 80616

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$32   

Large scale high quality kit of a unique subject. Very well detailed and molded full hull kit. Features detailed deck and fittings, cannons, vac sails, full rigging instructions, rigging material and display stand. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. The Corsair originated in the Mediterranean during the 16th Century. Originally designed for trade and fishing, it proved to have such high speed and adaptability that is was used as a warship. Usual war load was four deck cannons and between four and six blunderbusses. It appeared from time to time in many navies into the 17th century, particularly during the Revolution and the 'Empire' days. The Corsair was typical of the trade war ships that roamed the Mediterranean from Morocco, Spain, Italy or France.

MPM Kawanishi N1K1 'Shinden' George, 1/72, 72123

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$16   

Kit features fine, all recessed panel line detail, many photoetched parts and decals for four aircraft. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. During construction of the NiK1 Kyofu (Strong Wind) float plane, the design team at Kawanishi did a study of converting that aircraft to a land-based fighter. The design seemed very promising, but the Japanese Navy rejected it. Kawanishi decided to privately fund the building of prototypes regardless. The aircraft flew and flew well, but the navy was unimpressed as they ordered the J2M Raiden into production. Kawanishi, undaunted, built four additional prototypes. The IJN was finally won over, and funds were released to produce the fighter. Production problems were solved in time for the Shiden (Violet Lightning) to see action before the end of the war, but not in significant numbers to change the tide. The Shiden was an excellent aircraft, but a modified version, NiK2-J may have been the finest Japanese Naval fighters of the war.

ESCI Fokker F27-MK 400 Friendship (F-27) - Air UK Civil Version, 1/72, 9111

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$54   

Unusual civil version. Very highly detailed and well molded model. Features complete cockpit, full interior with all bulkheads and passenger seating, rotating props and optional position entry door. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Heller Sinagot with Sails - And Paint and Glue, 1/60, 60605

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$36   

Excellent kit of a small sailing (perhaps fishing) vessel in large 1/60 scale. Very nicely detailed. Includes optional billowing vac sails and rigging instructions. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

ESCI McDonnel Douglas F-18 Hornet (early) - US Navy or Marines, 1/72, SC9001

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$12   

Kit features fine raised and recessed panel lines, good cockpit detail, two piece optional position canopy, AIM-7 Sparrow and AIM-9 Sidewinder loadout and decals for Navy and Marines Prototypes No.5 and No.6. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Special Hobby Sopwith Schneider, 1/48, SH 48012

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$39   

Hard-to-find. Very neatly molded and nicely detailed model. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Special Hobby Dh-103 Hornet F.Mk.3/4 - RAF No. 45 Sq Butterworth Malaya 1955 / No. 33 Sq Butterworth 1955 / No. 64 Sq Linton-on-Ouse 1948, 1/72, SH72054

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$27   

Limited edition kit that is well detailed and features injection molded parts with all fine recessed panel lines, injection molded canopy and resin and PE details, film instruments, full cockpit, optional drop tanks and a paint guide and markings for three different aircraft. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Special Hobby Arado Ar-231 V-2 Prototype Different Tail - German WWII Submarine Aircraft, 1/48, SH48061

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$39   

Very well detailed limited issue kit in large 1/48 scale. Features quality all fine-recessed panel line injection molded parts and complete decals. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Precisia 1769 Le Fardier and Cugnot Automobile, 1/43

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$245   

Very Rare. From the late 1950s. It is very finely molded for that time and is approximately 6 inches long when assembled. Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot was a French inventor who built the world's first automobile that could carry passengers. He first built a model in 1769, then the full sized version in 1770. He was a military engineer and the French Army showed great interest as this would an ideal way to move field artillery. The model and vehicle was know as fardier a vapeur (steam dray) and it did work, although not well enough for the Army to abandon horses. In 2010 a perfect copy was built at Arts et Metiers ParisTech and it performed perfectly. This is the only assembly kit known of this remarkable and historical vehicle. It is molded in red plastic and has 63 parts. The kit has never been started. All the parts but the frame are still in the factory sealed bag. The frame is intact and complete but never sealed. The instructions are present and in 'very good++' condition. They are in French but there is an old hand-written translation (from the early 1960s) of every word included. Precisia kits are so rare and almost never turn up for sale in public- only a small handful since 2009. Little is known about them beyond the fact that they are of high quality and cover unusual subjects. For years advanced collectors knew of Precisia and assumed them to be metal models...an easy mistake to make since no kits had ever been seen. We have only learned in the past 18 or so years that they were plastic. Precisia also made a 1900 Tonneau Renault 4 CV, Bugatti 1927, 1899 Grobron-Brillie and 1898 Coupe Peugeot model kits. Arnold Madderom reports that the 1898 Coupe Peugeot is molded in 3 colors- blue, black and clear plastic in 1/32 scale 1-32. The Gobron-Brillie is in 1-24. As far as the 1900 Tonneau Renault 4CV and Bugatti 1927, he has never seen them and has never heard of anyone seeing them; they were announced but probably never released.

MPM Messerschmitt Me-262 A-1a / U3 & V056, 1/72, 72113

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$26   

Limited issue kit. Nicely molded with recessed panel lines and many photoetched parts. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: the decals are still sealed in the factory bag but have signs of very light staining. The A-1a/U3 was a very early reconnaissance fighter variant of the '262. It had two obliquely mounted Rb 50/30 cameras replacing the Mk 1089 cannon. It is not known if any production variants (A-4) of this aircraft were ever built. The A-1a/U3 was later fitted with FuG 218 radar equipment for night fighting and was rename V056. This aircraft was flown by Oberst Hajo Herrmann from Jagddivision 20, who reported excellent results. This lead to the development of the Me-262B-1A two seating being equipped for night fighting. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Sierra Phonix D.II - (D-II) - Bagged, 1/72, 72-19

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$18   

Austro-Hungarian Dual Monarch WWI reconnaissance aircraft. Very high quality vac kit with excellent molded detail. Includes many cast metal detail parts. Never started and complete.

Sierra Phonix D.I - (D-I) - Bagged, 1/72

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$18   

Very well molded vac kit with injection molded details. Vac moldings are better than many injection molded kits. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

Heller Vautour IIB Twin Jet Bomber, 1/50, L305

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$89   

Hard-to-find early Heller two piece box issue with high gloss box art in very good condition. Large 1/50 kit from the early 1960s. Features two pilots and optional position landing gear. This kit has never been started. The aircraft has been inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions as well as the very large Heller black display stand.

Aurora Boeing KC-135 Jet Stratotanker, 1/125, 143-175

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$69   

1974 Aurora of Canada issue from ex-Comet molds. This is the largest of the two Comet molds and has clear cockpit and cabin windows, full landing gear and a 'tanker' rear end and refueling boom (although the box art does not show it). Molded in gloss silver and clear. This model was given a clear Aurora two piece 'triangle world' stand, unlike many of the other Comet kits which only had a modified version of their original stands included. Of course this is not the production KC-135 but a model of the Boeing prototype. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora B-47 Stratojet, 1/180, 493-70

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$95   

Dated 1961 but the price extension and logo tell us that this kit is likely from 1964 to 65. Features classic Jo Kotula box art. Molded in gloss silver and clear featuring full landing gear and the clear 'triangle globe' stand and arm. Never started and inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions.

Megow Ranger Class B Gas Model - 44 Inch Wingspan Early Free Flight Aircraft, E-22

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$175   

Very, very rare. From the late 1930s or pre-war 40s. Fred Megow once stated that they lost money on the big gas models and sold very few; they were done for status only. This is a one owner kit; the box top and tray are in good condition given the age of the model; that stain on the litho lowers the overall grade to 'good'. The box top and bottom are 100% intact, never repaired and have great corners. Inside, the kit has never been touched. The small parts are still in the sealed paper envelope and it appears that the plans have never been unfolded. Includes quality printwood, stock balsa, factory cut stringers and spars (still held in a bundle together with the factory rubber bands), balsa and hardwood stock cut to general shape, fully formed wooden wheels, fully formed wire landing gear struts, sealed hardware packet and more. It is complete with all parts and plans. I do not see any covering tissue, but some models did not come with it (and it may be in the never opened plans).

Revell Olds Delivery Van Highway Pioneers - (Oldsmobile), 1/32, H44

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

$38   

1953 early issue molded in white and black plastic and it includes colorful insignia for 'Gowland's Bakery.' This kit has never been started. All parts are still factory sealed in the original 'krinkle' bag and it includes the instructions. Before the 1950s 'model building' never made the top 10 list of boy's activities. Hobbies were nothing new to America in the 1930s/40s, but they were not mainstream. Shortly after the turn of the century, many dedicated modelers built flying or static airplanes, ship, train, automotive or other subjects. Basic kits existed, but the majority of these models were built from scratch, which demanded a high talent level developed from years of experience. That changed in the early 1950s. The phenomenon of the Revell/Gowland & Gowland 'Highway Pioneers' car 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 could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real car. The Highway Pioneers series lead to the production of other subjects in plastic and the effect was revolutionary. By the early 1960s, model building was the #1 past time of American boys.