Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: NM-
First issue dated 1963 with a 98 cent price extension and artwork by Jo Kotula. The box is in fantastic condition with like-new color and gloss, four solid corners, no repairs, no price tags or tape (not even the factory sealing tape) and no missing litho or fading. There is light general wear as shown. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions present.
Multimedia Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
Almost-ready-to-fly model with a very high degree of prefabrication. Ready to fly in a few hours or less. Features factory colored and finished flying surfaces, electric motor and gearbox, nylon propeller, safety spinner, preformed wire landing hear, many injection molded nylon parts, metal 'stick' (fuselage), a huge decal sheet and comprehensive, heavily illustrated full color instructions. Never started. All small parts are still in the factory sealed bags. Only the larger aerodynamic surfaces are not sealed, and they are inventoried complete.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG+++
Rare early 1960s issue. This release has turned up less than any of the other issues and was only made for a year or two at the most before the new artwork release. This is the only issue with the full, original artwork due to the 'transparent' new simplified oval logo at the lower right. The side logos do not have 'Famous Fighters' in the border. One side has the original printed '102-79' part number while the other end has a factory-applied '100' sticker over the 79. Molded in the correct gloss olive drab and black plastic and with the chock ground base and pilot & mechanic figures. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions. Please NOTE that the box displays much closer to 'Excellent++' but is graded lower because there is a small tape pull on the lower long side and some missing litho at the right short side.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Fair+
First issue from the early 1950s in the one-piece box. Molded in high gloss yellow and black. The model has not been started. Complete with instructions and all parts. This kit is from early in this first issue, and the first kits were not issued with decals. In the 1920s through the 1940s Hawk made constant scale 1/48 aircraft kits from wood. In 1946 they added plastic injection molded kits to the line and were possibly the first injection molded kit manufacturer in the USA. When Hawk made an early jump to all-plastic kits they kept the 1/48 scale and created these new one-piece boxes with two color artwork.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: NM
From the 1960s and in amazing 'near mint' condition. Large scale, well detailed model can be flown rubber free flight, gas free flight, or converted to electric RC using today's small and light servos and receivers. Well detailed with scale plastic wheels, plastic propeller, vacuform nose/cowl and engine, full color decals, colored tissue, die cut balsa parts, rubber motor, plywood firewall and excellent full size plans. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Guillow's founder, Paul K. Guillow, was a WWI naval aviator. In 1926 he began producing wooden model airplane kits. His 'Shelf Models' were some of the earlier non-flying models in production. Guillow's grew during the model boom of the 1930s, and when the Depression hit the hardest, Guillow's responded with lower prices and became one of the low price leaders, frequently advertising in Model Airplane News and other leading publications. During the war, like most manufacturers, Guillow's was forced to alternative materials such as cardboard and pine. Guillow's survived the post WWII slump by creating many inexpensive profile flying rubber powered aircraft and gliders in the 1950s (along with North Pacific) which became famous - some are still available today. The stick and tissue lines have been updated with laser cut parts and are still in production as of 2009.
Multimedia Model Kit, Box Condition: VG+
The Red Ball Line has been famous for fidelity and diversity for 70 years. Please read the article on this website covering the history of this manufacture. M. Dale Newton Red Ball HO scale kit with the famous quality heavy cardstock embossed and printed car sides. Also includes milled hardwood roof, hardwood floor, correct cast metal trucks, sealed parts packet containing metal and plastic parts, wood and metal stock and full instructions. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good+
Late 1950s hardbox issue with great Bill Campbell artwork. Includes drop tanks and very colorful decals for the plane shown on the box. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed
Still factory sealed. Injection molded kit includes conversion parts only to make a Backfire C. With instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Fair++
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.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG+
First issue dated 1957 with classic Jo Kotula artwork. Molded in deep gloss burgundy and black plastic. Never started and inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present. This aircraft has a fascinating history. From the internet: The United States Post Office had been running the air mail service since 1918 mainly using variants of the de Havilland DH.4 biplane. In 1925, it decided to modernize and placed an order with Douglas for a replacement aircraft based on the Douglas O-2 observation biplane. The company modified an O-2 by covering over the forward cockpit to make a mail compartment and moving the pilot into what had been the observer's cockpit. The aircraft was designated the DAM-1 (Douglas Air-Mail-One) but this was soon shortened to M-1. The M-1 used the same Liberty engine as the DH.4, which was available in large numbers. Small modifications were made to the exhaust system to keep fumes away from the pilot and the design was considered a success, but was not ordered into production. When the Contract Air Mail (CAM) routes were introduced, the newly formed Western Air Express Company (later Western Airlines) ordered six mailplanes with the designation M-2. The main change from the M-1 was that the tunnel radiator was replaced with a frontal type. It also had the provision to carry a passenger instead of mail in the front cockpit. Just before Western Air Express introduced the aircraft into service (in April 1926 from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City), the Post Office ordered 50 aircraft designated M-3 for its major route network. The M-3 had only detailed differences from the M-2.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: VG+
From the 1940s or very early 1950s. The scale is not given, but the wingspan is 8 inches. This is a higher-quality solid wood scale kit featuring all die-cut balsa parts, bread-and-butter fuselage constructions, die cut wings, printwood tail feathers and other parts, fully finished wheels, clear vacuform canopy (in like-new condition, very highly detailed plans with templates, step-by-step construction and even a painting guide. Never started and complete. The original part number of this kit was 25 S9, but the factory over-stamped it with the number listed.
Vacuform Model Kit, Box Condition: VG+
Never started. Complete with all parts and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
From ex-Frog molds. Very nicely molded. Very fine panel line detail and separately molded control surfaces. Includes decals for prototype #2 and conversion instructions as well. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.
Wood and Metal Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
High quality Ambroid kit from the 'Golden Age' of HO models. The limited-issue Ambroid kits are widely considered to be among the finest Craftsman kits issued. They can be built to a museum-quality display or used on your layout. The kit is made from quality Northeastern Scale Lumber and features all pre-scribed and milled hardwood parts, milled detail parts as needed, wood and metal stock, a sealed bag of detail parts, extensive decals and full instructions and plans. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed small parts bag and the other parts have been inventoried 100% complete including transfers and instructions. If you have an interest in these highly accurate HO kits and the revolution they created in modeling, please read the article about their history located on this website.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc+
Limited issue from 1989 and still considered the finest 1/72 F-104 model ever made. From new molds with all very fine recessed panel lines, very nicely detailed cockpit and gear wells, optional position canopy, four drop tanks and a very large and colorful decal sheet for 12 different aircraft, including the 20th Anniversary of 204 Squadron. Never started and the parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed NM
Still factory sealed. Has markings for either version. A very well made model of one of the greatest aircraft in aviation history. Wiley Post, Amelia Earhart, Hearst, USAAF and the RAF were among it's record setting pilots and operators. Kit features full cockpit and complete passenger cabin with floor and seats, optional wheel pants and other optional parts and decals with paint guide for the two aircraft listed. The Shell aircraft is a very colorful bright yellow overall with red trim.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
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.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed NM
Still factory sealed. Modern kit featuring very good detail, all motorizing hardware and gears, FE-130 electric motor and realistic drive through the flexible tracks. This is one of a vast number of detailed 1/48 scale motorized armor kits issued by Kitech and Zhengdefu.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed NM
Still factory sealed. HO scale kit. Very nicely molded and detailed with full color decals, movable control surfaces, colorful decals and full color painting guide.
Multimedia Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
Out of production. Very high quality modern craftsman-style HO kit. The main parts are beautifully cast in high definition resin while the details are injection molded and metal. With transfers. The kit has never been started. The small parts are still in the internal factory sealed bag and the rest have been inventoried complete including transfers and instructions.