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Revell 1915 Fiat Tourer Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H55-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$44   

1953 early issue molded in red acetate plastic. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. This is from the issues produced with Gowland & Gowland as it carrier their 'balloon' logo on the side. 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.

StromBecker American Airlines Convair Flagship - 10 Inch Wingspan Solid Wood Kit, C-38

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$110   

Highly prefabricated kit made from Solid Western Pine - not balsa wood. Makes a very impressive display model when built. Includes precut and shaped fuselage, wings, elevators, rudder and nacelles, a bag of sealed detail parts including propellers, wheels, etc, envelopes of wood filler and glue, sandpaper, detailed instructions and drawings with aircraft history and a large, colorful American Airlines decal sheet. Never started. 100% complete with all parts and plans. NOTE: the box is only fair. The ends are heavily taped and the tape extends onto the box top and bottom. It is graded 'fair', not collectible but an ideal builder as the parts and paperwork are all in very good condition. Before plastic kits were introduced, Strombecker was famous as the premier hardwood preshaped model manufacturer. In the 1940s and 1950s, Strombecker kits were flawlessly engineered but not inexpensive. All wooden parts are hardwood and are precarved to shape - usually only a quick sanding would finish them.

Hawk F-84F Thunderstreak Picture Gallery, 1/72, 606-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$48   

Rare early issue hardbox Hawk kit. The rare 'Picture Gallery' series was Hawk's first move away from the thin one piece boxes and to full color artwork. The artist doing this early work fell sick and Hawk needed the artwork immediately - Bill Campbell was contacted and did box art for Hawk from that point on. Hawk was a manufacturer of 1/48 constant scale solid wooden models well before plastic, but they jumped on the plastic band wagon very early. The kit is molded in the correct glossy silver with the early style stand and correct instructions and decals. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Thanks to Jean-Claude who told me that the boxart shows a standard F-84F but in reality the model inside is of prototype YF-96A, (aka YF-84F), s/n 49-2430. this aircraft was later modified to become the YRF-84F parasite fighter in combination with GRB-36F.It is on display at the USAF Museum, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio.

Marx Chris Craft Constellation Motor Yacht, 1/20, 5707

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$525   

One of the finest motor yacht kits ever made. From the late 1950s. Features very good detail and 225 parts. Measures approximately 30" long, 10" high and 8 inches wide when assembled. Can be made for radio control or as a highly detailed static model. This is the finest example of this model that I have had. The outer box is very good with some wear but has perfect color and shine. The model has never been started. This kit is in mint condition inside - all parts are still in the factory sealed bags. The very large instructions/plans are mint also. Molded with cast metal accessories, metal and brass hardware and classic 1950s turquoise, brown, white, clear and peach colored and chrome plated plastic. Includes the famous Captain, deck chairs and the two 'Bathing Beauties'. Shipping insurance is required for this model.

KVZ Yak-24P Aeroflot, 1/100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$22   

Hard-to-find kit of the Yak-24 in civil service colors. Well detailed for a KVZ kit and molded in white, silver, clear and black. Never started. NOTE: missing one clear round window. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts, decals and instructions present. KVZ was the logo used by this East German kit manufacturer from 1969 to 1973. During this time, some fantastic Cold War kits were produced of Russian Airliners and Military Helicopters and Aircraft.

KVZ Mil Mi-10K Aeroflot, 1/100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$36   

Still factory sealed. Early issue in the shorter and narrow box. Large Soviet helicopter with a unique gondola below the cockpit for the crane operator. It is very nice for a KVZ kit with 'good' detail. Molded in white, silver, clear and black. Includes full color large decal sheet with Aeroflot markings. KVZ was the logo used by this East German kit manufacturer from 1969 to 1973. During this time, some fantastic Cold War kits were produced of Russian Aeroflot Airliners and Military Helicopters and Aircraft.

Airfix Handley Page Halifax B.Mk.III Craftmaster Issue, 1/72, 2-129

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$38   

Craftmaster box artwork. Kit features movable control surfaces, elevating guns, rotating turrets, retracting landing gear, rotating props and wheels. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. NOTE: two prop blades are broken but are present.

Inpact Hawker Fury, 1/48, P202

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+++

$34   

Still factory sealed. Large (1/48) kit. Well molded with many parts and fine detail. Has realistic subtle cloth texture on the areas covered by fabric and a smooth surface on metal sections. Includes display stand, rigging material and colorful decals.

Revell Douglas DC-7 Pan Am Airport Scene - 'S' Kit with Boarding Ramp / Stanchions / Gasoline Truck & Trailer / Tractor with 3 Baggage Carts / Aircraft Tractor and 7 Figures, 1/122, H257

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$2200   

Very, very rare, complete and 100% correct. The Pan Am Airport Scene was commissioned by Pan Am in the late 1950s and only sold through the airline, not through Revell distributors. This has made it one of the rarest Revell kits in existence. It is widely considered an 'S' kit since it was made at that time and features that style of artwork, but the box never had the yellow 'S' anywhere on it. It contains all the parts and markings listed in the title and makes an incredible airport diorama. The box has excellent color and gloss with no tears or stains. Three corners are solid - the other has been repaired very neatly with clear tape. There is general wear as shown but no other damage. Inside, the parts are as new. All pieces are in the correct gloss silver plastic with the clear Revell 'Swivel Base Display Stand.' The airport accessories are still sealed in the original factory bag, including the metal axles. The unique decal sheet for this special issue is intact, never cut and in 'good' condition. It contains Pan Am DC-7 decals and markings for the ground equipment. The decals are flat but have some yellowing and two creases. On the back they have the correct Revell markings and part number to be original for this model. The instructions are 100% correct and original for this model. They are in 'very good+' condition with the usual yellowing, two very small thin spots and one very light stain. In all, an excellent investment piece that has never been started with the airport parts bag sealed and otherwise inventoried complete with the correct decals and instructions. Please note that Revell did NOT issue this kit with paper 'carpet' like the United Airlines Flight 707 Airport Scene. The 'carpet' has been intentionally de-listed from the area of the box that describes the contents and has been removed from the instructions as well. Although this kit does not have an 'S' on it, I have included it as an 'S' kit since it is from that time frame and shares the common box art theme.

Heller AS-350 Ecureuil Gendarmerie Nationale, 1/50, 80487

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

$29   

Still factory sealed but the seal has drawn the box top concave. Large scale helicopter kit with 45 parts.

Frog Canberra Mk.8 / 12 Low Level Bomber South African or RAF, 1/72, F203

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

$32   

Still factory sealed. Final Frog logo from the late 1970s. Has parts and decals for either version- RAF No.88 Sqn, Wildenrath Germany 1960 or South African Air Force No.12 Sqn, Waterkloof, 1969. 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.

Aero Team Aero L-29 Delfin - Iraqi Air Force Training Squadron - Bagged, 1/72, KPA002

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

$24   

Still factory sealed. Limited issue of 1000 kits. Nicely molded older model with very fine raised panel lines and good detail. Features a great decals sheet for the Iraqi Air force.

ATP Douglas DC-6B / C-118A, 1/144

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$22   

Limited issue model. Features one piece cast resin main fuselage, wings/engines, and elevator, injection molded propellers, gear struts, wheels and gear doors and instructions. Never started and inventoried complete. There are no decals with this kit, and it is still packed in the ATP white mailing box.

KVZ Mil Mi-10K Aeroflot, 1/100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$48   

Early issue in the shorter and narrow box. Large Soviet helicopter with a unique gondola below the cockpit for the crane operator. Well molded for a KVZ kit and nicely detailed. Molded in white, silver, clear and black. Includes full color large decal sheet with Aeroflot markings. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. KVZ was the logo used by this East German kit manufacturer from 1969 to 1973. During this time, some fantastic Cold War kits were produced of Russian Aeroflot Airliners and Military Helicopters and Aircraft.

Hasegawa Focke-Wulf Fw-190 A-8 - Nacht Jager Night Figher, 1/72, AP5

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$20   

From 1992. Very nice kit from excellent molds. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Air Lines Douglas A-20 Attack Bomber - (ex-Frog), 1/72, 9803

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$26   

Still factory sealed. From quality Frog molds. Box art is by the famous Jo Kotula who did 1930s covers for the magazine 'Model Airplane News' and later the Aurora box art of the late 1950s. Air Lines kits are all Frog molds that the Lines Brothers imported to the USA between 1964-1966. The kits, decals and instructions were made in England, then imported to the USA where Testors created the boxes with the colorful trading cards on the back. There are one or two trading cards on each box which show the boxart but not the advertising/logo. Some kits contain a Testors color painting guide also, but it is not specific to any model.

Aurora 12 O'Clock High P-38 Lightning, 1/48, 346-130

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$185   

Very rare first and only hardbox issue from the tie-in promotion with Twentieth Century Fox Televisions smash hit "12 O'Clock High." Dated 1965. Some of the most valuable models are linked to TV or movie promotions and the "12 O'Clock High" series from Aurora is no exception. This example has like-new color and gloss, four solid corners, no tape, tags or tears and zero fading. The only flaws are very slight foxing and very slight general corner wear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Other kits in the series included the B-17, P-51, Me-109 and FW-190.

Marine Model Co Limber Ammo Carrier Civil War, 1/16, 1129

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$24   

From the 1950s. NOTE: builder kit only, please read carefully. This is an metal kit that is 9 inches long and 3.5 inches high when assembled. It is in big 1/16 scale and is a companion piece to other Civil War field gun kits #1125, 1126, 1127 and 1128. This model has not been assembled but the main parts have been neatly painted. NOTE: there are no instructions or plans of any type. Although I can verify that all the main parts are there, this is a detailed kit with many fittings and I cannot verify if they are all present or not. Sold as-is.

Formaplane Rogozarski IK-3 - WWII Yugoslavian Fighter - Bagged, 1/72, C38

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$18   

Very high quality vacuform kit from about 1987. Features recessed panel line detail and raised detail were appropriate, full cockpit, optional position landing gear, prop, clear canopy and more. Never started and complete with all parts and plans. Vacuform kits are not recommended for modelers who do not have experience building them.

Formaplane Fairey Seafox, 1/72

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$12   

Still factory sealed. Well detailed, quality vacuform kit. Not recommended for builders who have no experience with vacuform kits.