Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
From the mid to late 1930s. New old stock from a closed down hobby shop. Because they are in 'new' condition, the end flaps and tabs are in great condition with no tears or rips. I was the first one to open them and did so very carefully to avoid all damage. Features 18 inch wingspan, quality balsa printwood and wood stock, fully carved hardwood wheels, partially carved prop blank (needs sanding), balsa blocks as required, covering tissue and detailed, full size plans that include instructions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed NM
Still factory sealed. From 2002. Very highly detailed kit from newer tooling with 97 parts. Widely considered the finest 1/72 scale Tornado kit produced. Features all very fine recessed panel lines, very good cockpit detail, wings that swing, detailed gear wells and two piece canopy.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good++
Type three logo issue from the 1960s. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions. The lower left corner of the decal sheet has a small black stain, but the actual transfers are clear of damage.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc+
Very early LS kit with first logo and old box art. Even on this early kit (#4), the legendary LS attention to detail is evident with recessed panel lines and fine rivet detail. Features opening canopy, and extending/retracting flaps and movable ailerons. Includes nicely molded beaching dolly. The model as never been started. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. LS was one of the earliest Japanese manufacturers to produce very high quality kits. Some of these molds are still in use by Hasegawa as testament to the LS detail and accuracy.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG++
Nicely done kit contains large 1/72 scale fort, soldiers and accessory ladders (2) and small boat. The kit has not been started and is 100% complete. The fort is still factory sealed. There are 48 German figures and 40 pieces of British Commandos - four pieces are 2 ladders and a commando boat.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
Very highly detailed and finely molded. Kit features two frets of photoetched parts, excellent cockpit detail, two piece canopy and all recessed detail on the plastic moldings. Large decal sheet and paint guide for several different aircraft. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
High quality limited production kit. Features recessed panel lines, photoetched details and full decals. Never started. Factory sealed parts bag with decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good-
Very rare kit with a fascinating history. Around 1958/59, Orange Crush of Mexico offered a promotion. They offered free, colorful, plastic model cars if you collected correctly-marked Orange Crush bottle caps. The models are 1/32 scale Revell Highway Pioneer series - although there is no mention of Revell or Lodela anywhere on the box. Orange Crush had the boxes and even the instructions specially made for them with no mention of a manufacturer. They were never given numbers. The boxes were very thin and fragile cardboard. This has contributed to wear and you must be very cautious with them. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bag and the instructions are sealed in the bag as well. You could redeem your caps two ways - at the Orange Crush truck and at a Modelandia Hobby House. The box sides show the 18 cars in the series. Orange Crush also released two full-color booklets and a complete paint set for the cars. A colorful cardboard box held 7 colors of paint in glass bottles, complete with 'Orange Crush' screw-on caps! The entire promotion was done in coordination with Modelandia Hobby House which had up to 19 stores. Modelandia's name appears on each of the boxes and the paint as well. Robina S.A. was the bottler or distributor of Orange Crush in Mexico at that time. The box side lists the other 18 kits with small color pictures of each and shows three sizes of OC - Family Size (Familiar), Grand (Grande) and Normal. You could also obtain models with Titan bottle caps. Titan was also bottled by Robina and came in large (Titan) and smaller (Titancito) sizes and apparently more than one flavor. We do not know how Orange Crush had access to the plastic kits or who sealed the internal bags with the Crush instructions inside them. We can assume that it may have been Lodela, since they would have had access to the Revell molds. It is not know for how long the promotion lasted, but Orange Crush was one of the most dominant soft drinks in Mexico at that time. Here is one clue: some boxes claim that Modelandia had 13 locations; other boxes, which obviously came later on, claim 19 locations. This may indicate that this promotion went on for a significant amount of time.
Resin Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc+
Superbly cast resin waterline model. Castings are superior in detail to injection molded parts. Features resin hull and larger parts, numerous precision cast metal details, metal rod stock and extensive PE parts including railings. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions. Mikasa was the only ship of her class and took part in the Russo-Japanese war. In the late 1890s the Japanese shipyards were not quite yet ready for such a project, so the Navy contracted with Vickers in Great Britain to build this ship, which is actually a highly modified Formidable class. Mikasa saw a great amount of action at Port Arthur and the Battle of the Yellow Sea. She was preserved as a museum ship in 1923. Mikasa suffered from neglect during and after WWII, but was restored to her former glory in the 1950s after a campaign led by the Japan Times and Admiral Chester Nimitz. The Mikasa is the only surviving pre-dreadnought in the world.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG++
Hardbox first issue dated 1965 and molded in the proper green, black and clear plastic. Very nicely designed- can make any of 6 versions listed and also includes paint guide and decals for all variants. Has optional position canopy and landing gear with a very large variety of underwing stores and gun options. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Exc++
Still factory sealed. Hard-to-find original issue - not the common Round 2 reissue. Very well detailed with 100 parts.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Mint
Still factory sealed and in investment-grade condition. 1960s issue with great box art.
Vacuform Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Mint
Large 1/48 scale FJ-1 Fury kit. Very cleanly molded. Well detailed with all fine recessed panel lines. Straight wing kit of the Navy Fury. Includes main airframe parts, wheels, struts, seat, drop tanks and clear canopy with instructions/plans. 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: Sealed Exc+
Still factory sealed. Dated 1987. Very nicely molded kit. Features very fine raised detail, very good cockpit and rear cabin, opening cabin door, optional parts for stowed flight position tail and rotor, optional cowlings + exhaust and parts for RAF HC Mk2 / HUM K5 for both naval air squadrons.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good
Early issue from the 1960s. This is the hardbox in the 'long box' format, perhaps the hardest to find of the three variants. Dramatic artwork shows 'A Bit O'Lace' near the bombing run. Features many moving parts: turrets rotate and guns elevate, landing gear retracts/extends, wheels and props turn and all control surfaces move. Never started. NOTE: missing the crew figures and display stand. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts present, as well as decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed NM
Still factory sealed. 1993 reissue from original molds. The Stearman was the last standard biplane produced for the Army and Naval Air Forces. Production was over 10,000 planes, making if more prolific than any other US Biplane design. Kaydets help to train over 60,000 allied airmen in WWII.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG+
1973 release with interesting box art variation. This is one of two early 'White Box' issues. The kit is from the original molds as the impressive 'Four Star' issue from 1965. Very well molded for that time and includes parts and decals to make any one of 6 versions listed. Has optional position canopy and landing gear with a very large variety of underwing stores and gun options. Paint guide for all variants is included. NOTE: this kit has minor assembly. Three parts are built - the seat and stick are glued to the cockpit. Assembly quality is "professional" and there is no other assembly and zero painting. One prop blade is broke neatly at the hub and is present. The kit has been inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.
Multimedia Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc-
Rare Megow kit from the 1930s. Kit features high quality embossed thick cardstock sides with crisp printing, wood and metal stock as needed, embossed material for car ends and detail parts, a paper envelope with truck kits and many metal details, full instructions/plans, factory tube of glue (unopened) and paint cardboard tube including the original paint vials. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including instructions. Fred Megow was a famous pioneer in the model aircraft field from the late 1920s and a very early manufacture for HO scale trains in the 1930s. His product lines of semi-prefabricated, solid and stick and tissue kits won him national and extensive world wide distribution - possibly the first modern model manufacture to achieve this. His fascinating story involves trying novel and untested marketing ideas in the Great Depression, followed my explosive world-wide growth. Mr. Megow was a true pioneer in the early days of modeling and a leader in the low price field so that every boy could afford a kit during those difficult times. Megow also produced scale operating train and trackside kits, ship models (large and small) and automotive subjects. Megow's catalogs claim that they were pioneers in HO scale, and there is documentation to support this fact. Megow's early HO train kits served not only to promote this now-popular scale nationally, but were among the very first train kits. Model train kits were responsible for the explosion in model railroad popularity in the late 1930s - please see the article in this website about these kits.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
Also includes Xtradecal sheet #005-48 'USAF Europe 1/48 F-4G and F-16C'. For the F-4G, 480 TFS 52 TFW 1988 and 81 TFS 52 TFW 1988 and 52 TRW 1987 are represented. The decals have not been used and are as new with the paint and marking guide included. The kit itself is very finely molded and detailed. Widely considered the finest injection molded 1/48 scale F-4G kit. The kit has never been started. NOTE: missing one half of an ECM pod and decal #59 (on the Hasegawa sheet - a long black strip). Otherwise inventoried with all other parts and factory decals. With instructions.
Wood and Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good+
Dated 1949 and very highly detailed and prefabricated for that time. Large scale kit measures 7 inches long when built. Features plastic wheels, steering and lamps, die cut and factory machines wooden parts and a small number of metal and accessory parts. The kit has never been started. The small parts are still factory bag sealed and all other parts have been inventoried present including highly detailed plans/instructions. The 1903 Cadillac was the very first production Caddy and the car that began the legend. This particular model was capable of 30 mph with four passengers. Its 11 hp engine could negotiate a 45% grade with ease. The car was first test driven on Oct 17, 1902. In January of '03 it was taken to the New York Automobile show where orders for 2286 were placed. By mid week, Cadillac announced that were 'Sold Out.' This makes sense when you realize that in 1903 all cars had a rough machine-shop or 'garage' fit and finish; the new Cadillac looked like a Jewel in comparison. Later that year the Cadillac placed or won challenges and reliability contests worldwide and earned the status of 'Standard of the World.' 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.