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AMT Bonnie & Clyde 1932 Ford Vicky With Diorama, 1/25, T220-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Rare early issue with special box art and a very colorful cardstock diorama. Very cleanly molded kit with full rolling chassis, complete engine, suspension and exhaust detail, removable hood, detailed interior and parts for stock and custom versions. This special issues comes with decals for bullet holes. Never started. The plastic parts have been inventoried complete and includes excellent condition decals and instructions. The cardstock diorama is in 'excellent+' condition.

Monogram A-7 Corsair II - VA-72 USS Kennedy, 1/48, 5418

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG+

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Still factory sealed. 1979 issue "White Box" issue that is a high quality kit featuring full cockpit, wheel well detail, optional position canopy and a large load of external stores with drop tanks, AIM-9 Sidewinders and iron bombs. Decals for VA-72 USS John F Kennedy. This kit has a very interesting history. Aurora originally cut the molds just a few years before they shut down. The A-7 was an excellent kit for that time as Aurora did everything they could to make it so. It features all recessed panel lines, realistic retractable landing gear with opening and closing doors, rotating wheels, good cockpit and a huge loadout of iron bombs, Sidewinder missiles and drop tanks. The molds were sold in 1977 to Monogram, and the A-7 molds survived the train accident on the way to Chicago. Monogram only reissued the finest Aurora kits; however, to meet Monogram standards, they often received significant upgrades, like the 737, DC-10 and 747 did. However, the A-7 upgrade was so extensive that it is a challenge to tell if it came from Aurora or not. For years I read that it did, but the differences are so significant that I wanted to compare them side-by-side. I finally got that chance. My conclusion is that this certainly is the old Aurora kit, but it has been modified so extensively that it may be the largest, most comprehensive mold rework ever done in the history of plastic modeling. First, it is from the Aurora molds because of the identical parts tree layout for the trees and parts that Monogram did keep - down to the millimeter, right down to the part number tabs. Also, the dimensions of the wings, horizontal stabs and most other major parts are identical along with many other smaller clues. But the amazing things are the changes. This is not a complete list, but Monogram did the following- on the fuselage halves they made the nose slightly longer (2MM) and wider; added the cockpit cowl, moved the front landing gear bay forward by 5mm, added the main wheel bays to the fuselage parts and removed all surface detail, replacing it with fine raised details. Antennas and lights were modified or added, as well as refueling probe storage. The wings were lengthened by 2mm each; while the recessed lower control surface lines were replace, the rest of the surface detail was redone complete. The horizontal stabilizers were reworked for surface detail and in doing so, they removed the reinforcement plates at the hinges; you can still see the tooling marks from this removal. The retractable landing gear was eliminated. The main gear struts were simply given strut detail, while the nose strut is almost completely new. The landing gear doors were almost left intact, but the tabs (for retraction) were removed and interior detail was added. The cockpit is completely new. The bomb loadout and ejector racks are almost the same, but the racks received new surface detail. The AIM-9s are almost completely Aurora - all Monogram did was remove the mounting tab. You can still see the original ejector pin marks, tree layout and even the same part number tab. There are many more changes, but this gives you a good idea of the trouble that Monogram went to in making accurate models.

Revell F-18C Hornet Chippy Ho, 1/48, 85-5836

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

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Still factory sealed. From 1998 and features 109 pieces, detailed cockpit, pilot figure, optional position canopy and air brake and more. Includes a large and colorful decal for the box art aircraft.

Monogram F-117A Nighthawk Pro Modeler - With Photoetched Details, 1/48, 5922

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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1995 Pro Modeler issue. This highly detailed model features boarding ladder, ground figure and pilot, detailed cockpit with optional position canopy, detailed gear wells, optional detailed open weapons bay with laser guided bomb load out, photoetched details and more. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Monogram F-15E Strike Eagle Pro Modeler, 1/48, 85-5965

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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This is the superb Pro Modeler issue from 2001 and most likely from Hasegawa molds. Features all very fine recessed panel lines, excellent cockpit and gear well detail, optional position canopy, very well-designed intakes and exhaust, optional position speed brake with well detail, optional intake covers, conformal fuel tanks, flattened tires, LANTRIN targeting and navigation pods, AIM-9 Sidewinder and AIM-120A missiles, drop tanks, datalink pod, GBU-15 and GBU-10 bombs and more. Includes a large and beautiful decal sheet for 494 Sqn USAFE Lakenheath for NATO TigerMeet 1998 in Lechfeld, Germany and 550 TFS 405 TTW USAF Luke AFB 'ZEE OUTLAW.' Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Bluejacket NS Savannah - 37.5 Inch Long Wood And Metal Ship Model, 1/192

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very rare and the larges, most detailed kit ever made of this stunning ship. Museum quality craftsman model in large scale. Features hardwood, kiln-dried, factory-carved hull, hardwood factory-carved superstructure, extensive high quality cast Britannia fittings and other hardwood and metal parts as required. Includes very detailed full size plans and text instruction booklet. The kit has never been started. The fittings are all still in the factory sealed bags. The parts that were never factory sealed (hull, wood and metal stock) have been inventoried complete. Includes all paperwork. NS Savannah was the first nuclear-powered merchant ship. She launched on July 21, 1959. The total cost was $46.9 million which including a $28.3 million nuclear fuel reactor. Funding was from United States government agencies. Savannah was a demonstration project for the potential use of peaceful nuclear energy. The ship was named after the first steamship to cross the Atlantic ocean, the SS Savannah. She was in service between 1962 and 1972 as one of only four nuclear-powered cargo ships ever built. Savannah was deactivated in 1971 and after several moves has been moored at Pier 13 of the Canton Marine Terminal in Baltimore, Maryland, since 2008. Fortunately, she is being restored as a museum ship and some tours are available with special arrangements. I was fortunate enough to tour the ship when she was docked at Patriots Point, South Carolina back in the early 1990s. Much of the interior was in such poor condition that the museum had locked or disabled all doors leading into the ship so that visitors were restricted to the outside only. Leaving portholes open to staterooms and general lack of funds to keep the ship lead to the neglect.

Aurora McDonnell F-4H Phantom, 1/48, 394-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Early release hardbox dated 1961. Please note this kit is from the middle 1960s as it has the oval sunburst logo with no 'Famous Fighters' border. Large 1/48 scale early Phantom has great Jo Kotula box artwork and is a nicely detailed kit for that time featuring dual cockpits, full landing gear, four AIM-7 Sparrow missiles, a tiny additional F-4H scale model (measuring only 1.5 inches long) and a large, clear 'Triangle World' display stand. Never started. It has been inventoried and NOTE: missing one piece: pilot's control stick. Otherwise includes all other parts, decals and instructions. In the photo the box displays better than the 'good' rating but note that it has a long crease and edge dings along the bottom, clear tape on the center of both long sides and a closed litho tear on the lower long side as well as general wear.

Aurora Sikorsky HH-3E Jolly Green Giant, 1/72, 505

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

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'Big A' logo issue dated 1972. In the late 1960s/early 1970s, Aurora realized that it needed to produce new and better kits if they were to stay competitive. As a result, several helicopters, aircraft and ships were released with markedly improved mold quality and detail. The HH-3 is one of those kits. The result is a very nice scale model that features full cockpit, pilot and co-pilot figures, stub wing fuel tanks, detailed rescue winch, in-flight refueling probe, retractable landing gear, rotating main and tail rotors and more. The kit has never been started. Inventoried and NOTE: Missing two parts: pilot's arm and front left clear windshield. Otherwise complete will all other parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora Convair B-58 Hustler, 1/76, 375

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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1972 'Big A' issue of the largest scale Hustler released by Aurora. (The other two are 1/96 and the ex-Comet 1/175). The colorful and dramatic box art is from an unknown artist. Molded in silver, clear and with a large black 'Tripod' stand. The kit has never been started. Inventoried and NOTE: missing one tiny part, (1) landing light. Easily made. Otherwise complete with all other parts, decals and instructions present.

Aurora Hiller X-18 Convertiplane, 1/70, 146-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair-

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Rare ex-Comet kit and the first Aurora issue as evidenced by the 98 cent price extension. When Aurora bought the Comet molds in 1963, they released this kit for the next few years but never again. Features recessed panel detail, spinning counter-rotating props and tilting wing. The aircraft is considered the 'Grandfather of the V-22 Ospry'. Never started. Inventoried and NOTE: missing one piece, nose strut. Otherwise includes all other parts, decals and instructions. NOTE: the box would grade better, but there are 50 or 60 small holes poked through from the back of the box top. They don't show up well in the photo but you can certain see them in person; hence the low box grade of 'Fair-'.

Aurora Bell AH-1G Huey Cobra - Assault Helicopter - Rectangle Box Issue, 1/48, 501-130

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

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Still factory sealed and in investment-grade 'Mint' condition. Big 'A' logo issue is dated 1972 and this is likely the third issue of this kit. In the late 1960s Aurora realized that the older molds were out of date and modelers were demanding more realism. They made a new set of molds for ships, airplanes and helicopters. These were significant improvements as the new molds were on par with current offerings. This Cobra kit is one of the improved models. Features full cockpit, pilot and copilot figures, rotating main and rear rotors and optional weapons load of miniguns or rocket pods.

Monogram USS Saratoga CV-60 Aircraft Carrier - (ex Aurora), 1/600, 3505

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Dated 1978. When Monogram purchased the Aurora molds, they only modified and reissued the best ones; and the Saratoga was in that group. This large model measures 21 inches long when assembled and has a full hull with four propellers and rudder, detailed islands, separately molded AA armament and gun directors and more. The modification the Monogram made was to cut completely new molds for a beautiful and extensive airwing of (12) F-4 Phantoms, (9) A-4 Skyhawks, (6) Vigilantes, (3) Trackers and (3) helicopter with separately molded blades. NOTE: this kit has very minor and 'professional' quality assembly to two pieces: the dual elevator framework is glued to the hull. There is no other assembly and zero painting. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts present and includes decals and instructions.

Monogram US Army M3A1 Armored Personnel Carrier, 1/35, 85-0035

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Recent (2017) reissue from the original 1958 'Four Star' molds. The classic 'Four Star' armor kits were easily considered the finest of their kind for decades. All were superbly molded and well detailed. This one features moving tracks, moving winch, elevating and swiveling machine gun, operating doors, full interior and 9 realistic figures. Molded in dark olive drab with a clear windshield and rubber tires and tracks. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Monogram 1930 Packard Model 734 Boattail Speedster, 1/24, 2301

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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1975 Monogram/Mattel issue and part of the Harrah's Automobile Collection series. Very highly detailed and well molded featuring full rolling chassis, engine, steering and rear axle detail, complete interior, removable hood, and removable soft top and boot. Molded in the two body colors shown on the box top and white, chrome and clear and with rubber tires. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

Lindberg USS Alliance Training Sailing Ship - (ex Pyro / Life-Like), 1/200, 857

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

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Still factory sealed. Dated 1986 and from the same quality molds as the original 1967 Pyro large-scale issue. Measures just over 15 inches long when built. The frigate Alliance was built at Salisbury Point MA in 1777 by Hackett Brothers Shipyard. She was 213 feet long and featured a 32 gun armament. She had a reputation for great speed and was also used as a training ship in the early American Navy.

Lindberg The Armed Schooner Sandpiper - War of 1812 Privateer, 70852

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG+

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Still factory sealed. 1989 Lindberg issue; possibly from Marx molds. The scale is not given but the model measures 13 inches long when assembled. Full-hull model includes display stand, metal chain, rigging thread, full billowing sails, 10 cannon and extensive rigging diagrams.

Airfix German E-Boat - Kriegsmarine Schnellboot, 1/72, 10280

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

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Still factory sealed. Fantastic and well detailed large-scale Schnellboot.

Airfix Vosper Motor Torpedo Boat MTB, 1/72, 05280-9

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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From 1975. Very nicely detailed full-hull, large-scale kit. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

AFV Club M730A1 Chaparral Air Defense Missile System - Land-based AIM-9 Sidewinder, 1/35, 001

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Good+

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Still factory sealed but the seal has shrunk, split and drawn part of the box top concave. Hard-to-find armor kit that is very highly detailed. Features 304 parts, M730 tracked vehicle, M48 major subsystems, four MIM-72 Chaparral Missiles, TX150 track links (132 links), optional FLIR system and more.

Sword Fairchild 91 - A-942 F-91 - Japanese or Spanish Nationalist, 1/72, SW72013

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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Hard-to-find, very well detailed and molded injection molded model with resin details. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. The model 91 was originally ordered by Pan Am as an improvement on the S-38. Pan Am took delivery of two and they were used by their Brazilian branch, Panair do Brazil. This is how the name 'Jungle Clipper' was born. One 91 went to New Guinea, two ended up in service with the Japanese Armed Forces, one lead an fascinating life in the Spanish Civil War, and yet another was an executive transport owned by the famous high-speed boat driver Gar Wood.