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Megow Seabird 19th Century Merchant Brig - 17.75 inch long Wooden Ship Model, G-16

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$125   

From 1938. Megow was famous for their line of ship kits. This is one of the more expensive kits as it contains a hardwood (not balsa) precarved hull, several metal fittings and metal launch, three printed balsa sheets, rigging material, blocks and two very rare jars of Megow Paint. Includes full size plans, with sectional outlines and assembly instructions, rigging diagrams, complete color scheme, colorful flag sheet and two photos of the completed model. Several parts were rough cut from two printed sheets, but there is no assembly on the model and it is complete with all parts, metal fittings, rigging material, two jars of Megow paint (it may have came with three originally), flag sheet and plans. The 'Seabird' was a typical merchant brig out of Philadelphia used in the Pacific Trade, dating back to the middle of the 19th century.

Revell Boeing E-3A AWACS Sentry - USAF or NATO, 1/139, 4422

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$24   

Still factory sealed. 1982 issue. Very close to 1/144 scale. This is Revell's classic 707 modified into the airborne command post. Features optional position landing gear and decals for USA or NATO.

Revell Documented Arizona Factory Display Owned By Esther Ross, Who Christened The USS Arizona

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$3800   

An incredibly rare, documented, one-of-a-kind piece of history in amazing investment-grade collector condition. For the very advanced collector of unique military history and model kits. This Revell Factory Model was originally owned by Mrs. Esther Ross Wassell, who earlier was Miss Esther Ross who christened the USS Arizona in New York on June 19, 1915. She went on to play a very key role in the creation of the USS Arizona Memorial. Thanks to newspaper reports, we know that her father, William Ross, was a prominent pharmacist in Prescott, Arizona. He and his friends convinced Gov. Hunt to choose his daughter from the other 100 applicants anxious to do the honors. It turned out to be a wise choice reasons no one could foresee. Miss Ross took the task of launching the world's most powerful battleship very seriously. She practiced her duties every day after school for months, smashing syrup bottles full of water against a fence behind the house. Miss Ross was popular and well respected in Prescott. Even the Associated Press reported that she "was one of the prettiest girls in the state." A special train took Gov. Hunt, Miss Ross, her family and others to New York for the event. Although the applause for the then unpopular Gov. Hunt, the cheering for Miss Ross was "heard for miles." Page 1 of the Prescott Journal Miner, June 20th, 1915, reported that at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Miss Ross cried "I dub thee Arizona," and "Not a hitch or sign of accident marred the success of the launching." "This is the proudest moment of my life," she stated, "and I am most intensely gratified at the magnificent demonstration that my friends and the city of Prescott has given me." Sometime after the launching ceremony, Miss Ross married Mr. Arthur Wassell and became Mrs. Esther Ross Wassell. She saw the horror of World War II and the disaster of the Arizona touched her deeply. After the war, she joined the drive to create a memorial over the ship to the 1177 sailors entombed in her. She joined the Arizona Memorial Committee which raised all the funds needed to build the Arizona Memorial. She served on the staff and toured the USA giving numerous media interviews and key speeches for the fund raising. Out of gratitude, the USS Arizona Memorial Committee ordered a special Revell Factory Display USS Arizona for her. It came with two specially affixed small Fleet Reserve and Arizona Committee signs (shown in the photos) on the right side; these special markings are only found on the rare "appreciation gift" factory displays from the Arizona Memorial Committee members to important fundraisers. The model was shipped to her in Los Angeles. You can see the original "Arizona Memorial Committee" mailing label that has her full name and address, documenting that it was her model. Esther treasured this gift and kept it in remarkable and very complete condition. Included is the original shipping box in "very good++" condition with all the original shipping tape, all the original internal special cardboard packing material, the model ship in exceptional condition, the cardboard display base(complete but with small tears and very light wear as shown), the colorful backdrop (with wear and slight tears as shown, missing one lower tab), the original display assembly instructions and even an original fund raising card from the Arizona memorial campaign. This display, box and all materials were always in a climate controlled environment. The colors on the cardboard display are in stunning, factory-new condition. The instructions for the display are 'excellent.' The ship is 100% complete and the factory paint is in exceptional condition. Even the factory rigging and all flags are intact. There is very little dust on the ship; it appears to be in 'not displayed' condition; but I know it was displayed for a short time because of the small tears and one tab on the cardboard display backdrop (see photos), which were probably due to putting it up and taking it down. I have only found one repair; the jackstaff broke and was neatly repaired at some point. The factory shipping box still has all the original tape and very little wear for that age. The original Arizona Memorial Committee shipping label is in 'very good' shape. Due to it being on the bottom of the shipping box, it does have some wear, but all the writing can be clearly read with slight magnification. This piece passed to Esther's daughter, who gave it to a friend who then gave it to another friend. The later friend is wife to an OMK customer, who sold me the model. This kit must be shipped insured and I may require it shipped by special courier.

Dolphin Nazario Sauro Italian Navy Submarine, 1/400, 002

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$59   

Very rare. Beautifully cast resin kit with metal details, a display stand and decals for any hull numbers. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. Sauro was the first of her class and is a diesel-electric attack submarine. Sauro and her sister Carlo Fecia di Cossato were introduced in the 1970s, and after some technical problems were solved with the batteries, sisters Leonardo da Vinci and Guglielmo Marconi began service in 1982. The main armament are wire-guided Whitehead Motofides A184 (533mm) torpedoes located amidships, and mines can be substituted. The hull is of a special steel and these subs can dive to at least 410 M (1,345 feet).

Dolphin Scire Assault Version Adua Class 600 Italian Navy Submarine, 1/400, 003

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$95   

Still factory sealed. Very rare. Dolphin made the only kit of Italy's most renown submarine, famous for the amazing attacks in Gibraltar and Alexandria harbors using 'Chariots.' This is a resin, metal and PE model kit of the attack version.

Bandai Panzer Jager Tiger 88mm Pak 43 Elefant Sd.Kfz.184, 1/48, 8269

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$64   

Rare 1/48 scale kit. Part of the classic and highly detailed Bandai 'Pin Point' 1/48 armor series. These kits are beautifully molded and feature full interior detail as well as flexible treads, many operating features and very detailed crew members that can be posed in almost any position. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The few parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions.

Heller C-160 Super Transall Transport With Commandos, 1/72, 3003

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$38   

Nice model of this modern and efficient transport. Features cockpit and pilot, rear cabin floor, working rear loading doors, rotating props and wheels, 10 scale soldiers, full color painting guide on the instructions and two sets of transfers - one decals and one stickers. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: the paint set and glue/brush is not included.

Lindberg Nantucket Lightship - (Ex-Pyro), 1/95, 717

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$95   

Large scale full hull kit measures 17 inches long when assembled. Nicely detailed model of the most famous US Lightship. From quality ex-Pyro molds. Includes rigging material and full rigging instructions. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including instructions. Please note that this kit was not issued with decals.

Revell Lockheed SR-71 Spy Plane 'Blackbird', 1/72, H212-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$24   

NOTE: perfect builder but not collectible. Please read carefully. 1969 issue and a nice kit featuring optional position landing gear, removable nose with radar dish and more. Molded in black and clear. NOTE: this kit has neat and minor assembly as follows: upper and lower fuselage halves and tail halves (4 parts) are assembled, puttied with some sanding. Quality of work is 'near mint.' The nose halves are assembled to 'near mint' standards and puttied neatly but not glued to the fuselage. There is no other assembly and zero painting. Inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Pegasus Boulton Paul Defiant T.T.Mk1 - Bagged, 1/72, 2004

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

$22   

Still factory sealed. Excellent quality limited run kit. Very finely molded with all recessed panel lines, detailed wheel bays, injection molded clear parts, metal parts and decals. With instructions.

AMT 1960 Ford Starliner - Stock or Custom, 1/25, AMT-604

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$34   

2008 reissue from the original molds and with the original box art. Can be built one of two ways. A beautiful, fluid Ford design. Kit features full engine, opening hood, detailed interior and full suspension. Builds up as a rolling chassis like the real car. Molded in white, clear, clear red, and chrome. Never started. Factory sealed internal parts bag with decals and instructions.

AMT Chevrolet 1963 Corvette Stingray - Split Window Coupe, 1/25, A163

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG++

$64   

Still factory sealed but the seal has splits. Can be built in stock or custom versions. Custom version contains different intake manifolds, 4 Weber carbs or supercharger with "Bug Catcher" injector, drag headers, racing tires, two custom helmets, exhaust tips, drag chute and more. Model features underside detail, complete interior and engine/compartment and opening hood. Molded in white, chrome, clear and rubber.

AMT 1960 Pontiac Convertible 3 in 1 Kit, 1/25, 66660

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$159   

Very rare and never reissued. Nicely molded and detailed kit that can be built three ways - stock, show or track. Molded in ivory white, clear, red-tint clear, chrome and black rubber whitewall tires. Chrome and windshield are excellent for this model. The kit has never been started. The stock version is missing one red taillight lens. Otherwise it is complete. The following show/track parts are missing: 1 (of 2) antennas, custom taillights, one wheel spinner. All other parts are present. Includes decals and instructions.

MPC Heinkel He-111H Profile Series - 6/KG 55 France 1940 / Benina Cyrenaica 1942 / 11/KG 53 Winter Northern Europe 1943/44 - (He111H), 1/72, 2-1511-150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$27   

In the 1970s, MPC released the very popular Profile Series. Inside each box was a quality Airfix kit but with MPC decals to build any of the three aircraft shown on the box top. Well detailed kit for that time featuring elevating and rotating gun and turret, full crew, movable ailerons, elevators and rudder, optional position landing gear and external bomb load. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Decals are 100% intact but have very fine microcracking to some transfers.

Tamiya Merkava, 1/35, 3627A

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG++

$32   

Still factory sealed. Very well detailed armor model with commander figure, movable turret, 105mm main gun with thermal jacket, opened or closed hatches and headlamps and accurate plastic tracks.

La Belle DSP & PRR Tiffany Reefer HOn3 Narrow Gauge - Craftsman Model, 1/87, HOn3-36

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$22   

During the golden era of realistic train models, La Belle Woodworking Company created perhaps the very finest scale kits of early American equipment. The kit features die cut hardwood parts (no balsa) such as pre-cut and scribed sides all cut to the correct size, car ends done in the same fashion, excellent underside and cast metal details, building instructions and plans and decals/transfers. I have seen these models built and they look identical to the real prototypes. The kit has not been started. Inventoried and NOTE: missing both queenpost. Otherwise complete with all other parts, transfers and instructions accounted for. Please read the article on this website about older HO train kits and the modeling revolution they created in the late 1930s/1940s, predating the plastic kit boom by more than a decade.

La Belle Victor Gold Mining Co. Gondola HOn3 Narrow Gauge - Craftsman Model, 1/87, HOn3-34

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$30   

Please read the article on this website about older HO train kits and the modeling revolution they caused in the late 1930s/1940s. During the golden era of realistic train models, La Belle Woodworking Company created perhaps the very finest scale kits of early American equipment. The kit features die cut hardwood parts (no balsa) such as pre-cut and scribed sides all cut to the correct size, car ends done in the same fashion, excellent underside and cast metal details, building instructions and plans and decals/transfers. I have seen these models built and they look identical to the real prototypes. The kit has not been started and is complete with two packets of small parts still factory sealed, and all other parts inventoried complete with transfers and instructions.

La Belle D&RG Double Deck Stock Car HOn3 Narrow Gauge - Craftsman Model, 1/87, HOn3-35

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$34   

Please read the article on this website about older HO train kits and the modeling revolution they caused in the late 1930s/1940s. During the golden era of realistic train models, La Belle Woodworking Company created perhaps the very finest scale kits of early American equipment. The kit features die cut hardwood parts (no balsa) such as pre-cut and scribed sides all cut to the correct size, car ends done in the same fashion, excellent underside and cast metal details, building instructions and plans and decals/transfers. I have seen these models built and they look identical to the real prototypes. The kit has not been started and is complete with two packets of small parts still factory sealed, and all other parts inventoried complete with transfers and instructions.

Battle Axe Republic F-84G Thunderjet, 1/48, 48BA01

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$22   

Very detailed metal, resin and plastic multi-media kit. Never started. Factory sealed box/bag or 100% inventoried with all parts decals and instructions present.

KVZ Mil Mi-4 - Civil DDR / USSR / Polish / Czech, 1/100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$19   

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. Comes with colorful markings for DDR, Polish, Russian and Czech versions. Molded in silver, black and clear. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.