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Superior Plastics Taj Mahal - Pearl of the East - With Display Stand, 1/375, 2100-400

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed but the seal has splits. Hard-to-find kit from the mid or late 1960s. Includes a 10 by 10 inch cardboard display base with a printed 'brick' overlay, many parts, assembly instructions and a full history of the Taj Mahal. The plastic is a very unique color and the instructions state that painting is not necessary, although painting tips are given if you wish to detail the model further. Superior Plastics Inc. listed their address as 426 N. Oakley Boulevard, Chicago12 , Illinois. They called themselves 'Custom Molders and Extruders.' From the sounds of things, Superior was an injection molding and extruding job shop which decided to go into the business of making model kits - and they did, cutting molds for a significant line of educational style model kits. Science kits appeared as early as 1962, and possibly earlier. Superior often referred to the kit line as 'Superlon' on the box top and instructions. The first building kit, 'Statue of Liberty', has a copyright of 1963. This kit was designed to be lit from the inside and came with lamp accessories. The second kit was the Taj Mahal and the third 'The Lincoln Memorial,' which could also be illuminated from within. Other kits included 'Yankee Stadium', 'United Nations Building', 'The Deep Sea Lobster', 'The Giant American Bull Frog', 'Unit of Life - Animal Vegetable Cell' and 'Amoeba.' They are best known, however for the anatomy series - 'The Thinking Man Human Skull', 'The Thinking Matter Human Brain', '3-D Human Body', 'Modern Man Skeleton', 'Vital Organs', 'The Beating Heart', 'The Mighty Molar', 'The Visible Pumping Heart', The Five Senses series with 'The Seeing Eye', 'The Listening Ear', 'Anatomy of Taste', 'Anatomy of Smell', 'Anatomy of Touch' and the 'World of Sensation', which was all five senses in one giant kit. The company was quite innovative and even had a patent on action for the Visible Pumping Heart. Sometimes the same kit was issued without a display case and sometimes with under a different part number. Other kits are said to exist are 'Grasping Hand' and the Skull and Brain together. Superior eventually sold off the molds, but the exact date is not know. Early boxes do not have zip codes, but later boxes list 60612, so production at least went into the later 1960s. The science kit molds were sold to 'Educational Products Inc' (EPI) and most of them were reissued. MDK bought the 5 building molds and reissued them all along with the Marx White House before the ceased production. The Statue of Liberty used to be for sale in the on-sight gift shop and still may be. Lindberg later purchased the all the science molds from EPI and have reissued many of them.

KP Mig-17PF Fresco -Czechoslovakia / Indonesian / Egyptian Air Forces, 1/72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Includes decals for all three air forces. Good moldings with fine raised detail and very little flash. Includes full cockpit, optional position landing gear and two drop tanks. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Tsukuda Douglas A-1H (AD-6) Skyraider - US Navy VA-176 USS Intrepid / VA-52 USS Ticonderoga, 1/72, WP02

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Neatly molded kit with all fine recessed panel lines, optional position dive/air brakes and a large weapons load out. NOTE: the interior surfaces have been neatly airbrushed the correct gray and white and the prop, wheels hubs, engine and struts have been correctly airbrushed as well. Quality of paint is excellent and there is no other painting and no assembly. Inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Heljan Watermill / Mill - HO Scale Building, HO, 1771

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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Nicely molded kit with the parts molded in the colors shown on the box photograph so no painting is needed. Features clear windows, separate doors, window frames/mullions and base/foundation. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including instructions.

Trimaster Messerschmitt Me-262A-2a/U2 - V555 W.Nr. 110555, 1/48, MA-11

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

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From 1989. Highly detailed model with legendary Trimaster quality. Kit features two frets of photoetched parts, numerous metal castings, brass and metal rod as well as all recessed detail on the plastic moldings. Includes a large decal sheet and paint guide. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

CM Flower Class Corvette (Late Improved Version 1943), 1/350

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

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SPECIAL ORDER limited production kit. Museum quality high definition resin castings. Complete kit with all parts needed for assembly. Some kits include photo-etched details and decals if required -email for details on a certain kit. Kits are molded upon receipt of payment. Normal wait is six to eight weeks.

Italeri Lockheed C-130J Hercules II - USAF / Royal Australian Air Force RAAF / Italian Air Force, 1/48, 846

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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Includes decals for three aircraft. Big 1/48 scale model with a very large 33 inch wingspan when built. Fantastic detail with full flight deck and cargo hold interior. Cargo doors open to show detail. 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 decals and instructions.

Aurora De Havilland Tiger Moth, 1/48, 110-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc-

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Dated 1958, but this is the second issue with the 79 cent price extension, so it is most likely from 1959. Jo Kotula box artwork. Nicely molded kit for that time. Never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts, clear triangle display stand and includes decals and instructions.

Heljan Customs House - HO Scale Building, HO, HO 219

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG-

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Includes foundation/base and clear windows. Nicely molded in white, roof brown and red brick. Includes a set of color printed blinds and window treatments. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including instructions.

Renwal 1909 Avro Triplane and 1909 Curtiss Golden Flyer, 1/72, 256-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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Kit includes both models. The Avro was one of the first British aircraft and the Curtiss Golden Flyer was the Speed trophy winner at Reims in France. These are unique and accurate kits. The original internal frame structure and details of the aircraft is built from injection molded plastic. When complete, it is covered with a very strong fabric which is included. The result is a very realistic aircraft. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including covering, Testors covering glue (which is still good) and instructions.

Renwal 2 for 1 Aeroskin Fabulous Flying Machines Antoinette 1908 Monoplane and Voisin Farman 1908 Biplane, 1/72, 212-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Kit includes both models. Very nicely detailed. The Antoinette was the first plane in the world to attain an altitude of 500 feet, and the Voisin made the first city-to-city powered flight. These are unique and accurate kits. The original internal frame structure and details of the aircraft is built from injection molded plastic. When complete, it is covered with a very strong fabric which is included. The result is a very realistic aircraft. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, covering, Testors covering glue (which is still good) and instructions.

MPC Lotus STP Indy Turbine Car with Tractor, 1/25, 800-150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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Original issue from 1968 of unusual Turbine car. Features detailed turbine engine and four wheel drive set up, hollow rubber tires, interior with bucket seat, fire extinguisher, roll bar, instrument panel and competition steering wheel, disc brakes, battery and braces, detailed suspension and a scale model of a track tow tractor. Molded in bright dark red, chrome and clear with rubber tires. NOTE: this kit has minor assembly. The turbine engine has been 80% built and the wheels have been built. Quality of assembly on the engine is average; on the wheels the quality is excellent. There is no other assembly and no painting. Inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Revell BB-63 USS Missouri - Picture Fleet Issue, 1/535, H300-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Mint

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1961 Picture Fleet Master Modeler's Kit . The box is in investment-grade 'Mint' condition with perfect color and gloss. The box has no more wear than if you just removed it from the original shipping carton. Includes John Steel box art and reproduction of the deck plaque that is on the Might Mo's deck were WWII ended. The model has not been started. Inside the kit is like new. All parts and paperwork are still in the factory sealed bag.

Revell DC-7 Flagship American Airlines - Pre 'S' Kit, 1/122, H219-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

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1953/54 Pre 'S' issue with fantastic box artwork. Very nicely done kit molded in gloss silver and clear with the 'Revelving' swivel globe base. The instructions fold out to show a large route map for American Airlines on the back. Never started. 100% inventoried complete with all parts, 'excellent' decals and 'very good' instructions present. The box is only fair with heavy wear as shown and side litho tears.

Revell Lockheed Electra American Airlines - 'S' Kit, 1/115, H255-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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1957 'S' issue with the famous box art. In the 1960s these molds were modified to make the P-3C Orion, making a reissue of this kit impossible. Please see the article about the mold conversion on this on this website. Features optional position cabin doors, rotating props, optional position landing gear, large colorful decal sheet and famous Revell 'Globe' clear swivel-base stand. Never started. The kit has been inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Monogram Military Jeep with M3-37MM Gun and 3 Soldiers, 1/35, 6864

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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1966 reissue of the rare "4 Star" kit. Features hinged windshield, rolling wheels, rubber tires, driver, two combat troops and detailed M3-37mm field gun. Never started. Complete with all parts, decals and instructions. NOTE: one half of a jerry can is a different shade of green. It is correct for this kit but is from a later issue. All other parts are the correct issue color.

Airfix HMS Prince 1670, 09254-2

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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Larger scale and very highly detailed kit. Can be fully rigged with standing and running rigging; includes vac sails that can be installed if you wish. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including colorful flag sheet and instructions.

Aurora-ESCI Panzer IV Ausf.G - Decals for Four Tanks, 1/72, 6203

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Unusual Aurora issue from ESCI quality molds. Very high mold quality and over 100 parts. Features flexible treads, decals for all versions listed and optional parts. Never started. Factory sealed bag with decals and instructions.

Aurora-ESCI Jagdpanther V - 9th SS Panzer/3rd SS Panzer/10th SS Panzer/Any Division, 1/72, 6216

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. Unusual Aurora issue from ESCI quality molds. Very high mold quality and 90 parts. Features flexible treads, decals for all versions listed and optional parts.

AHM Panzerkamphwagen Panzer II Ausf.F, 1/72, K555

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Very nicely molded with see-through grates, detailed bogies, flexible treads, rotating turret and elevating gun. Includes decals for three Panzer II, including two Afrika Korps. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Includes color painting guide on the back of the box.