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Hudson Miniatures 1909 Stanley Steamer - Old Timers, 1/16

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG


Very well detailed large 1/16 kit from 1949. Features plastic wheels, grill, steering wheel, lights and other accessories and wooden main parts. Although all of Hudson's 1/16 kits have excellent detail, this one has even more detail than usual thanks to Hudson's engineers having access to the actual car. This kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts, plans and instructions present. 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.

Revell F-89D Scorpion - Academy Issue, 1/65, H126-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+


1961 issue hardbox in very nice condition. This kit is from the original "S" molds and makes a fine builder. Never started. Inside, it is factory-new. All parts and even all paperwork are still sealed in the factory bag.

Aurora Gotha Bomber G-V - Parents Magazine Seal Issue, 1/48, 126-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+


First issue dated 1958 with 'Famous Fighters in the sunburst logo, Parents Magazine seal and classic Jo Kotula artwork. Molded in a stunning gloss deep burgundy and black. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. This model is part of a very successful 1/48 scale WWI series that Aurora started in 1956. They sold so well that they introduced new kits almost annually well into the 1960s. Some sold well right up until the end of Aurora in the mid 1970s.

Aurora F8U-1 Crusader - (f-8 / F8U1), 1/48, 119-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+


Very rare first issue. This box art was only used for one year (or less) in 1957, then the more common 'ground' artwork was used till production ceased. A nice kit for that time, it features including retracting landing gear, removable tail section, detailed and removable jet engine, pilot, some cockpit detail and more. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts in the correct high-gloss early issue light grey. Features the correct 1st issue instructions showing the early stand, large rectangular-based stand and decal sheet correctly lacking the stand decal.

Ambroid 40 Foot Single Sheathed Single Door Outside Braced Wooden Box Car With Sprung Metal Trucks - MKT Line - HO Craftsman Model, HO, K-12

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG


High quality Ambroid kit from the 'Golden Age' of HO Craftsman kits. Ambroid kits were limited release models that are widely considered to be the standard of quality for fine HO Craftsman style kits. The wood is all Northeastern Scale Precision Lumber and there is also a set of real sprung metal box car trucks. Features all pre-scribed and milled hardwood parts, milled detail parts as needed, wood and metal stock, a bag of detail parts, MKT decals and full instructions and plans. The kit has never been started. The small parts are still in the factory sealed envelope; the parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete. Includes MKT decals 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.

Hasegawa F-104G Starfighter Vikings - West German Navy Demonstration Team, 1/48, 09475

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc


Still factory sealed but the seal has split on the right side as shown. Rare 2003 special edition featuring 143 pieces, all recessed panel lines, detailed cockpit and gear wells and special markings for the Navy Flight Demonstration team.

Hasegawa P-51D Mustang - 3rd FS 3rd FG Jumpin' Jacques, 1/48, JT30

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+


Dated 1991 and highly detailed with 118 parts. Superbly molded with all very fine recessed panel lines. Features very highly detailed cockpit and landing gear wells, drop tank, bomb and rocket load-outs, two piece canopy and a very large and detailed decal sheet. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

KP Mig-19 - Czech Air Force / USSR / Pakistan, 1/72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc


Early Czech injection molded kit from the 1970s with good detail for the time. Features fine raised panel lines, cockpit, optional drop tanks and rocket loadout. Decals are included for the three air forces listed. The model as never been started. Inventoried and the airplane is complete but NOTE: missing display stand. Includes decals and instructions.

Astro Flight Inc Electra-Fli - 45 Inch Wing Span Early Electric R/C

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG


The model includes the following aftermarket accessories: Cox #245 6x4P plastic props (sealed pack of two and correct for this model) and Du-Bro 1.75" diameter "Low Bounce Shock Absorbing Wheels" (still factory sealed). The actual kit is a classic by AFI. Electric R/C flight was once pioneering and daring, and the remarkable performance of the Electra-Fli made it the hit of the 1972 Nationals. As the box says 'The Quiet Revolution Is Here!' Features simple and sturdy balsa construction, stable aerodynamics and snappy performance. Has numerous die-cut parts, fully formed landing gear struts, some plastic parts, hinges, hardware, full size plans and easy-to-follow instructions. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including plans and instructions. NOTE: this kit comes in a very sturdy box. It will be shipped in this box (with no external box) unless you specify otherwise.

Quality Craft Models 41 Foot Changeable Tank Car Caustic Soda Car - HO Craftsman Kit, 1/87, 357

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc


Excellent kit that builds a detailed duplicate of the prototype. Features all metal parts - a round metal tank and dozens of precision, metal castings as well as metal stock as required. With very complete decals for multiple cars. The kit has never been started. The small fittings are still in the factory sealed bag. The parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions. Long after manufacturers turned to plastic ready-to-run rolling stock, Quality Craft continued to produce high quality models you could build. Headquartered in Northumberland, PA, they gave the craftsman an opportunity to build a state-of-art kit and show their skill.

Trumpeter Japanese Soryu Class Attack Submarine, 1/144, 05911

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM


Still factory sealed. Large scale and well detailed model of the largest tonnage displacement JMSDF vessel commissioned since WWII. The Soryu class has 12 submarines total planned and are being built in Mitsubishi and Kawasaki shipywards. The first two launched were Soryu and Unryu, both named after Japanese Aircraft Carriers of World War II. These are updated Oyashio class boats with four Stirling Air-Independent Propulsion (AIP) engines, two Kawasaki diesel engines and two electric motors. Armament includes Type 89 torpedoes and UGM-84 Harpoon missiles.

Italeri Fire Ladder Truck DAF DLK 23-12 - (Fire Truck), 1/24, 784

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc


Very high quality kit that is well molded. Builds up a rolling chassis just like the actual truck with full frame, drive line, suspension and exhaust detail. Features detailed engine and engine compartment, removable hood, complete interior, all ladder and fire fighting equipment, complete decals and much more.

Italeri Desert Train Mercedes-Benz 6x4 Semi Tractor Trailer, 1/24, 757

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc


Still factory sealed. Very highly detailed kit.

Consolidated Model Engineering Jap Zero - 18 Inch Wingspan for 1/2 A Gas Engines

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG


Very Rare. From the late 1940s or early 1950s. Please note, these came in generic boxes with the model stamped on the end. All of them have a photo of a Corsair, but the kit inside is a Zero as stamped on the box end. The Consolidated flying solids were excellent kits and highly prefabricated. The were 100% solid (no tissue) U-control models designed for 1/2 A size engines. Features a factory carved fuselage, shaped (profile cut) wings, horizontal and vertical stabilizers, fully formed main and tail wheels, balsa and metal stock, plywood firewall, round metal stock as required, hinge material, celluloid clear canopy with printed frames, color decals and full size plans that include building instructions. NOTE: this kit has 'professional' quality assembly. The fuselage and rudder are assembled and perfectly finished to final shape. The quality of the work is outstanding, straight and true to the plans. There is no other assembly. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

California Model Co Nieuport 17C-1 - 19.75 Inch Wingspan Balsa Flying Aircraft - (Ni17 Nieuport 17), 1/16

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good


Probably from the late 1940s or early 1950s. Higher quality stick-and-tissue flying model to a constant 1/16 scale. Can be built for static scale display or flown with rubber, CO2 or small gas motors for power. Features quality balsa printwood and strip wood, factory-carved balsa propeller (needs final finishing), completely finished wheels and thrust button, hardware, stock wood and metal as required, blocks as needed, covering tissue and beautifully drawn full-size plans. The model has not been started. Inventoried complete with all parts and plans. Made by California Model Company out of Long Beach, CA USA. If you have more information on this manufacture, please email me. How far back they go is unknown; they claim to have the 'Know How of 30 Years Experience' on the box side, but that could be interpreted many ways. From the box there was at least a Spad, SE-5, Fokker DVII, Niuport and a Sopwith Camel for rubber power as well as the 'Spacer A-B' & 'Spacer 1/2A' and the indoor Featherette. We know they also issued some ex-Suydam railroad kits as well. From Bill Baker Jr - "California Model Company originated in Long Beach, Calif in the late 1940's or early 1950's. My grandparents, William (Bill) Loyal Baker and his wife, Ruth (Tripp) Baker were the founders. The company started out as primarily balsa based model aircraft but later, in the late 50's or early 60's, branched into the model RR craft kits and Cub Scout craft kits. They even had a balsa speed boat kit powered by a model airplane gas engine adapted to fit. When they retired, around 1968 or 1969, they sold the business and the "shop" in North Long Beach they built to house their business. I have many fond memories as a young child "working" with them in the shop, assembling kits. I have a few unbuilt kits today!"

Revell Northrop F-89D Scorpion, 1/80, 4352

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc


Still factory sealed. 1987 issue and from the original 1950s "S" kit molds. Makes an ideal builder. Molded in silver and clear with decals for the box art aircraft.

MPC Northrop P-61 Black Widow, 1/72, 1105-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc


Still factory sealed. 1970s issue features interior detail, rotating wheels and props, drop tanks, elevating guns and rotating turret, moving ailerons, positionable spoilers and optional bomb load. This kit is from quality Airfix molds and is one of the MPC issues that include custom and USAF decals, clear prop disks for 'in flight' look and the unique clear modular display stand. Note that this issue still has 'Model Products By Craft Master' under the MPC logo. Before this, MPC was marketing Airfix kits under the Craftmaster name in the USA. This continued for several issues and was finally discontinued although MPC continued to distribute Airfix and their own models.

Hawk Cessna Super Skymaster or O-2 Military Version, 1/48, 565

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++


Dated 1968. Civil version that also included parts and photocopied instructions for military O-2A version. Very nice large scale kit with complete interior detail and full color decals for the center aircraft on the box art. Includes all clear windows and military parts for the O-2A. Molded in white and clear. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, civil decals and civil instructions, military O-2 instructions (photocopied) but does NOT include military decals.

Monogram XM-47 Little John Missile - With Missile Launching Ramp / Army Jeep Tractor / Three Man Crew - Four Star Issue, 1/35, PD38-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG


Very rare. First and only release dated 1958 that features an Army Jeep, missile launching ramp, Little John missile and three man crew. Has many working features including launcher legs that can be folded for towing or extended for launch, elevating launching for any inclination, removable missile and the jeep features rotating wheels, trailer hitch and folding windshield. Molded in the correct army olive drab and white plastic with a clear die-cut jeep windshield. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present. The decals are perfectly flat, intact and in 'excellent++' condition with slight yellowing. The instructions are also 'excellent++' with slight yellowing as the only flaw. The box is 'very good' nice color and gloss as shown, 100% complete, no price tags or tape (and no marks from either of those), no stains and no fading. Flaws include light to moderate wear as shown and two properly repaired closed split corners (done from the inside with cardstock and book binding glue). They are repair so well that is very difficult to see them from the outside of the box. This kit must be shipped insured.

Pyro Robert E. Lee Mississippi Steamboat, 1/163, 237-795

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+


Late 1950s or early 1960s issue in very good condition. The excellent artwork is by A.V. Rudisill who did a large number of box paintings for Pyro. Features over 360 parts and measures 22 inches long when assembled. Very large and well detailed model for that time and still widely built today. The details of the real ship are well duplicated, including the railings and carvings. Molded in gloss white and tan plastic. The kit has never been started. Inside it is exactly as it left the factory. All of the parts that were factory sealed are still in the factory sealed clear bags. The few trees and large parts never factory sealed have been inventoried complete. Includes colorful flag sheet and instructions.