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Megow Pennsylvania 70GR Heavyweight Passenger Coach - HO Craftsman Kit With Trucks, HO, Q27

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Rare Megow kit from the 1930s. Kit features high quality pre-decorated sides with gold Pennsylvania letter, numbers and window frames and tuscan red elsewhere. The sides are crisply embossed with girder and rivet detail. Features correct trucks, pre-cut and milled hardwood roof and other wooden parts as needed, wood and metal stock, clear window material, diaphragms, stairs, full size plans/instructions, a paper envelope with detail parts and more. 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.

Airfix Junkers Ju-87 Stuka Craftmaster Issue, 1/72, 2-39

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Very unique and interesting box art on this Craftmaster issue. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Frog Northrop P-61 Black Widow 'Double Trouble' - Orange Series, 1/72, F170

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very nicely molded kit with fine raised panel detail - no rivets. 61 parts. Features separately molded ailerons, elevator and rudders as well as optional position landing gear, crew and crew stations and detailed motors. This kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Frog is considered the father of injection molded model kits. The Lines Brothers opened Frog in 1932, capitalizing on the fever caused by Lindberg's solo transatlantic flight. Almost overnight the western populations became 'Air-Minded', and anything aviation was in high demand. Frog created a quality line of stick and tissue rubber powered aircraft and gliders as well as innovative ready-to-fly rubber powered aircraft that required no assembly. The box even contained a built-in rubber motor winder and fuselage holder. Model airplane flight competitions were popular in Great Britain, and one category was 'Rise Off the Ground', or ROG. By changing this to 'Flies Right Off the Ground', the FROG name was born. In 1936 Frog created a line of injection molded plastic models, the first such kit line in the world (Hawk sold a line of injection molded aircraft models in 1934 but they were factory assembled and painted). Named 'Penguin' after the bird that does not fly, the kits were innovative beyond the means of production. At a time when models were simply built by wingspan, the Penguin line was a constant 1/72 scale. Furthermore, a large 1/72 Short S.30 Empire class flying boat contained a full interior and lights! A line of accessories such as AA guns, tractors, hanger, ambulance, sound locator, searchlights and lighting kits were quickly added to the line. WWII caused a pause in production. After the war the box color changed from silver to green, and Penguin kits were also marketed in the USA. Production ended in 1950. Frog quickly expanded and released the Red, Blue, Orange, Black, Green, Gold Token, Spin and Comet series as well as Trail Blazers and several others. It is noteworthy that while most manufacturers in the 1940s/50 were making toy-like models, Frog attempted to make very realistic models. For example, 'detailing' kits with excessively large rivets was once very popular. Frog ignored this trend and continued to mold aircraft with fine panel lines and no rivets. As a result, Frog kits can be built into very realistic replicas. Production ended in the late 1970s, but Frog molds are still in use around the world.

Frog Northrop P-61 Black Widow 'Double Trouble' - Orange Series, 1/72, F170

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very nicely molded kit with fine raised panel detail - no rivets. 61 parts. Features separately molded ailerons, elevator and rudders as well as optional position landing gear, crew and crew stations and detailed motors. This kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Frog is considered the father of injection molded model kits. The Lines Brothers opened Frog in 1932, capitalizing on the fever caused by Lindberg's solo transatlantic flight. Almost overnight the western populations became 'Air-Minded', and anything aviation was in high demand. Frog created a quality line of stick and tissue rubber powered aircraft and gliders as well as innovative ready-to-fly rubber powered aircraft that required no assembly. The box even contained a built-in rubber motor winder and fuselage holder. Model airplane flight competitions were popular in Great Britain, and one category was 'Rise Off the Ground', or ROG. By changing this to 'Flies Right Off the Ground', the FROG name was born. In 1936 Frog created a line of injection molded plastic models, the first such kit line in the world (Hawk sold a line of injection molded aircraft models in 1934 but they were factory assembled and painted). Named 'Penguin' after the bird that does not fly, the kits were innovative beyond the means of production. At a time when models were simply built by wingspan, the Penguin line was a constant 1/72 scale. Furthermore, a large 1/72 Short S.30 Empire class flying boat contained a full interior and lights! A line of accessories such as AA guns, tractors, hanger, ambulance, sound locator, searchlights and lighting kits were quickly added to the line. WWII caused a pause in production. After the war the box color changed from silver to green, and Penguin kits were also marketed in the USA. Production ended in 1950. Frog quickly expanded and released the Red, Blue, Orange, Black, Green, Gold Token, Spin and Comet series as well as Trail Blazers and several others. It is noteworthy that while most manufacturers in the 1940s/50 were making toy-like models, Frog attempted to make very realistic models. For example, 'detailing' kits with excessively large rivets was once very popular. Frog ignored this trend and continued to mold aircraft with fine panel lines and no rivets. As a result, Frog kits can be built into very realistic replicas. Production ended in the late 1970s, but Frog molds are still in use around the world.

Aurora Sikorsky CH-54A Skycrane, 1/72, 499-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+++

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1969 issue in the square hardbox with the Big A logo. Very highly detailed kit and well molded, typical of Aurora's last kits. Features full cockpit, detailed engines and rotor assembly, optional position entry doors, rotating main and rear rotors and removable mobile hospital with opening ramp and cot. Although these kits were a huge improvement over the offerings from the 1950s, they were too few to save the company. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. The mobile hospital is still in the factory sealed bag.

Airfix Emergency Set - Austin K.2 Ambulance and Austin K.6 Chassis Crash Tender, 1/76, 03304

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

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Still factory sealed. Very highly detailed kit contains both vehicles, crews and man in a stretcher.

Berkeley Piper Tri-Pacer 'King Size' RC Flying Model Airplane Kit, 1/8, 3-1

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Big 1/8 scale model with 44 inch wingspan. Designed for RC, free flight or control line. Easily converted to electric power. Features shock mounted nose gear and wing panels, pop-off wing struts, fully cowled engine, sheet or built up tail, self aligning fuselage, full size plans and more. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. Berkeley is a very famous manufacturer of flying model kits from the Golden Age of flying aviation, about 1932-1954. Founded in 1933 by William Effinger, the company was quite progressive in producing quality kits - it was likely the Berkeley 'Buccaneer' was the first gas powered model in kit form. In the later 1930s, Effinger acquired the services of a very talented Henry Struck. Struck went on to design numerous award-winning kits under the Berkeley name. Berkeley weathered the post WWII recession and emerged as a major kit producer in the late 1940 and 1950s. These were great years for Berkeley and they produced some incredible and large kits. The company went bankrupt in about 1960 however. Fox engines (Duke Fox) bought the company and released the kits alongside his own FOX models and engines. This arrangement did not last, and in the early 1960s the Berkeley name disappeared from hobby shop shelves.

Pyro American President Liner - President Wilson or Cleveland, 1/547, 279-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Poor

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Box is intact but poor with litho damage, split corners and excessive wear. The kit inside is excellent. First release from Pyro molds for very good mold quality. Nicely detailed full hull kit. Designed from the original blueprints furnished by the American President Lines. Has decals for the Ocean Liners SS President Wilson or SS President Cleveland. These fine ships sailed to exotic Pacific ports and did at least one Round-The-World Cruise each year. At the time the kit was made, they were the only two ocean liners flying the American flag. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Monogram Douglas A1-E Skyraider (A-1E) - Blue Box Issue, 1/72, PA146-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

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Still factory sealed. First issue dated 1967. Very finely molded and detailed kit with traditional high Monogram quality. Features cockpit, pilot, drop tanks and rotating wheels and propeller.

Revell Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat - (F4F4), 1/32, H299

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG++

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Still factory sealed. 1970 release in big 1/32 scale. Features detailed cockpit, sliding canopy, pilot figure, rotating wheels and props and removable cowl to show the Pratt and Whitney R-1830 engine.

Revell Hawker Hurricane Mk I or PR Mk 1, 1/32, H217

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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1970s Kikoler issue. Large scale well detailed kit. Builds Battle of Britain version or tropical PR Mk 1 version. Box aircraft is that of squadron leader RR Stanford-Tuck whose markings are included. Features detailed Rolls Royce Merlin engine, removable cowling, completely detailed cockpit, sliding canopy, pilot figure, rotating wheels and propeller, detailed gear wells and more. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

Hawk US Marines Vought AU-1 Corsair (F4U), 1/72, 621-60

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Softbox dated 1959 with Bill Campbell artwork. Due to the 60 cent price extension, this kit is likely from the late 1960s. Well molded with all recessed panel lines. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Revell McHale's Navy PT-73, 1/72, H323-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

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Still factory sealed. Rare. One and only issue dated 1965. Includes four action figures of Lt. Commander Quinton McHale, Capt. Binghamton, Ens. Parker and Seaman Gruber.

Heller D621 Surcouf - T47 Class Destroyer, 1/400, 1092

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

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Still factory sealed. 1/400 scale full hull kit of the well-known French Destroyer place in service in 1955. Very nicely detailed kit with 185 parts.

Revell Republic P-47D Thunderbolt 527th FS/86th FG, 1/32, H296

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

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Still factory sealed. Early issued dated 1969. Has decals for the Squadron Commander of that squadron of the 12th Air Force in Corsica in 1944. Well detailed kit features full cockpit, opening canopy, complete engine with removable cowling doors, optional position landing gear, and rotating prop and wheels.

Monogram 1979 Monogram Catalog - 45 Full Color Pages

Cardstock Paper Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Large format 11 x 8.5 inch full color 45 page catalog. This catalog is full of stunning and fantastic kit photography and in my opinion is one of their best later catalogs. This is before Monogram merged with Revell. The cover and back are almost like new with very light wear only. Inside, there is no writing or tears and all pages are excellent.

Revell Douglas DC-8-61F / DC-8-63F Flying Tigers, 1/144, H188

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Lodela issue stretch DC-8 issue with colorful Flying Tiger Line decals. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions. Decals are in 'excellent' condition. Please read the article on this website about saving old decals before you use any older decals.

Hawk Vought Corsair F4U-1D - (F4U1D), 1/72, 604-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Mint

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1965 hardbox issue with Tom Morgan artwork. Great kit with excellent fit and all recessed panel lines. Never started. 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions.

Entex Douglas DC-8 Super 62 'Stretch Job' - Eastern Airlines, 1/100, 8507

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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The largest injection molded DC-8 kit. Measures over 18 inches long when assembled. Well molded and detailed with colorful Eastern markings. Never started. Factory sealed bag with excellent decals and instructions.

Bandai NAMC YS-11 With Full Interior and Ground Tug - Piedmont Air lines or ANA Airlines, 1/72, 38508

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

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Early release of this kit with large and colorful Piedmont and ANA decal sheets. Very nicely molded. Very high gloss box top. Features working wing flaps and rudder, rotating props and most interestingly, a complete interior including floor and all cockpit and passenger seats as well as an aircraft tow tug and tow bar. Even a nose weight is included. Never started. Factory sealed bag with decals and instructions.