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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.

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.

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.

AMT-Hasegawa Lockheed F-104 Starfighter - Greek and Spanish AF Markings, 1/72, A-625-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$22   

From high quality Hasegawa molds. This was a short-lived venture by AMT to promote quality Hasegawa model kits under the AMT name. Kits were molded in Japan then boxed in the USA, while AMT made the unique decal choices for Royal Hellenic Air Force (Greece), Italian and Spanish Air Forces. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: the instructions have very light bug damage. The actual decal transfers are fine, but the backing paper has bug damage also.

Italeri Junkers JU-86 Civil Version - Lufthansa or Swissair, 1/72, 029

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG+

$29   

Still factory sealed. Nicely detailed and molded. Includes detailed cockpit, positionable pilots, cabin floor and bulkheads, optional position boarding door, optional position landing gear and decals for both air lines. With decals for both air lines.

Italeri Caproni CA-311 Medium Bomber, 1/72, 113

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$24   

Still factory sealed. Nicely detailed kit.

Hobby Craft Grumman F-14 Tomcat - VF-142 or VF-143, 1/72, HC1336

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$14   

From ex-Hasegawa molds. Features very good cockpit, wings that swing, two pilots, two piece canopy, AIM-54 Phoenix, AIM-7 Sparrow and AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles. Includes decals for both squadrons of 'Persian Gulf Fighters.' Never started. Factory sealed internal bag with all parts, decals and instructions.

Tamiya Fiat G-91 (G91) / R1/ R4 - Italian Acrobatic Flight Team / Italian Air Force (2 aircraft) / Greek Air Force, 1/100, PA1007-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$12   

Part of Tamiya's extensive and well detailed line of 1/100 aircraft. Includes decals for all four aircraft. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. In 1961, the US Army evaluated four 'Ginas' for possible use in the close support/forward air control role. Despite much anticipatory rejoicing by Army aviators, this interesting project was abandoned when most fixed wing types were transferred to the USAF.

UPC Fairey Barracuda - (ex Frog), 1/72, 5086-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$19   

From quality ex-Frog molds. Nicely molded with fine panel line detail and no rivets. Features separately molded ailerons, elevators, rudder, crew of two and torpedo loadout. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

UPC Fairey Gannet Mk.1 or Mk.4 - (ex-Frog), 1/72, 5081-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$19   

From quality Frog molds. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

Hasegawa Kugisho P1Y1-S Ginga Frances Type11 Night Fighter 302nd Group, 1/72, CP101

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$32   

Still factory sealed. From 1996. Very nicely detailed and molded kit with 77 pieces.

AMT 1994 GMC Sonoma SLS Pickup Truck, 1/25, 8128

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$38   

Still factory sealed. 1994 issue. Features detailed engine and engine compartment, removable hood, detailed chassis and full interior.