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Life-Like 1908 Lanchester, 09463

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

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Still factory sealed. 1970s Life-Like issue. From Pyro molds (see the end of this description for details). Nicely detailed kit for the time. Features detailed chassis and suspension with exhaust and steering linkage, full interior, complete motor and removable hood. Molded in colored plastic, clear and with rubber tires. On the side of the box it says 'Made Under License From Pyro Plastics Corp, Union, New Jersey', so clearly the molds came from Pyro. Part layout and design is identical to the other 'Brass Car' kit issues from Pyro. Also interesting is the Life-Like part number of 09463. The first issue from Life-Like was C463, certainly a Pyro style part number code. In October of 1969 Pyro issued C462 (one number less), the 1906 Renault. It is possible that Pyro never issued the Lanchester under the Pyro name. But clearly, when Life-Like obtained manufacturing license in the early 1970s, the molds for this kit were completed and owned by Pyro.

Life-Like 1910 Buick Model F Tourer - Bagged, 1/32, C464

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: No Box

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Bagged kit - no box. The box is shown for reference only. From Pyro molds cut just before Life-Like took over production. Pyro's intent was most likely the 'Vintage Brass Car' series. Very nicely done model with full engine and compartment details, complete interior, separately molded front and rear suspension/axles, spoked wheels, optional top with porthole rear windows and a four piece hood that can be built closed or correctly opened. Molded in ivory with brass plated and clear parts and rubber tires. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Hasegawa Curtiss SOC-3 Seagull - USS Phoenix Scout Plane, 1/72, JS051-130

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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Excellent model with full color decals for a prewar scout plane from heavy cruiser USS Phoenix. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions. The USS Phoenix was the only ship to get underway and clear Pearl Harbor during the attack on December 7, 1941. She was sold to Argentina, renamed the General Belgrano, later sunk in the Falkland Islands/Malvinas by a British nuclear attack submarine.

Eduard Pfalz D-III (DIII) Fighter - Werner Voss, 1/48, 8031

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

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Still factory sealed. Includes well detailed injection molded plastic parts, brass photoetched parts, film instruments and color decals with painting guide.

Eduard Fokker D-VIII (D.VIII - E.V), 1/48, 8003

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

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Still factory sealed. Very highly detailed kit. Has main injection molded parts, a super detailed cockpit, a large fret of photoetched brass detail parts and a large decal sheet.

Airfix Avro Lancaster B.1 Craftmaster Issue, 1/72, 3-129

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++++

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Craftmaster box is in very good condition. Artwork shows a Lanc taking off from the English countryside into a clear and star-lit sky. Well detailed. Features movable control surfaces, rotating gun turrets, props and wheels and optional position undercarriage. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Revell 1914 Stutz Bearcat Highway Pioneers - US Antique Series, 1/32, H38-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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1954 issue molded very neatly in a beautiful gloss yellow plastic. The kit has not been started. All parts are still sealed in the factory bag. Includes instructions. 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.

Revell Custom '55 Chevy Sedan (1955 Chevrolet Sedan), 1/25, 7111

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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1985 issue in association with Hot Rod magazine. Nice kit with detailed chassis and engine, opening hood, full interior and more. Molded in colored plastic, clear, chrome plate and with rubber tires. 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.

Revell Willys Drag Racer - Stone Woods & Cook, 1/25, 85-2032

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. Nice kit with detailed chassis and engine, opening hood, full interior and more. Molded in colored plastic, clear, chrome plate and with rubber tires.

Life-Like 1910 Stanley Steamer, 1/32, 09466

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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From ex-Pyro molds - the box says "Made Under License From Pyro Plastics Corp, Union, New Jersey". Nicely done kit with detailed engine, removable hood, separately molded suspension and axles, full interior, spoke wheels, lanterns, dual side mount spares and tool box. Molded in light blue, clear, brass plate and with real rubber tires. The kit has never been started. NOTE: missing one very small engine detail part - looks like a pipe. Also missing one small, flat, rectangular lens for a lantern - can be made from flat clear stock. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts and instructions.

Pyro 1933 Bugatti Model 59 Grand Prix Racer Car, 1/32, C303-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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1960s Pyro issue from original molds. In the early to mid 1960s the Pyro company chose many of it's kit subjects based more on historical significance than popularity. Luckily for us, Pyro not only made these kits but did an excellent job for the time. The Pyro car models are based on the actual cars that Pyro engineers and designers had access to. In some cases, the specific car and owner is on the box. The model includes colored injection molded parts, clear parts, detailed chassis, detailed engine, removable hood and complete interior. Ideal for slot car conversion. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

CM SS Brooklyn (single screw tug) - 2 Kits, 1/350

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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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.

CM Flower Class Corvette 1940/41 (Long forecastle), 1/350

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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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.

Hasegawa F-4E Phantom II 'Bataan', 1/48, P3

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Very highly detailed. Widely considered the finest 1/48 F-4 kits available. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Revell American AL 727-100 Astrojet, 1/144, H245-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

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Still factory sealed. Soft box issue dated 1964. Landing gear can be built up or down, rear passenger loading ramp works and a display stand is included.

Monogram Mustang P-51D 'Detroit Miss', 1/48, 5101

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

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1977 'White Box' issue. Very nicely detailed kit of typical high Monogram quality. Very finely molded. Features complete cockpit, removable wing panels showing machine guns and ammo belts, rotating wheels and prop and detailed gear wells. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

Revell Everything is 'GO' Atlas Booster - Friendship 7 Mercury Capsule with Full Launch Base, 1/110, 85-1833

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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1998 reissue of the single greatest model kit for the Mercury Atlas program. Contains highly detailed Atlas/Mercury, launching pad, ramp, tractor transports, nitrogen tank and trailer. Has many moving parts and features. Includes limited edition Space Shuttle Discovery patch. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

Airfix VC-10 British Airways Skyking Series, 1/144, 04171-3

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Hard to find. Has decals for three VC10 aircraft of British Airways. Well-detailed kit with optional position baggage/cargo and passenger doors, optional position landing gear and boarding stairs. The kit has never been started. Either still in the internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Kyosho Convair B-36 Peacemaker Bomber - 9.3 Foot Wingspan 6 Engine Flying Model Airplane, 1/18

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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Very Rare and Very Large Kit. From the late 1950s or early 1960s. Approximatly 1/18 scale flying model aircraft kit with a 112.5 inch (9.375 foot) Wingspan and a overal length of 78 inches (6.5 foot). Designed for powered flight on 6 gasoline engines and control line. It was once popular to convert this kit to RC but great skill is required. Highly prefabricated kit of precut hardwood, precut plywood, precut and pre-shaped balsa, vacuform plastic canopies and blisters, completely prefabricated sprung main and nose metal landing gear with metal hubs and rubber tires. Includes metal hardware also. There are two very large sheets of full size plans. The kit has not been started. Inside is as new - parts are still wrapped in the factory Kyosho tape and the small parts are factory bagged. I ziplocked similar parts (like ribs) during the inventory for safe keeping. The kit is complete with all parts and plans. Plans are 'very good' with some wear and closed splits at the folded corners. Shipping insurance is required with this kit.

Aurora Grumman F4F Wildcat, 1/65, 497-70

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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Likely the third issue - Sunburst oval logo does not have 'Famous Fighters' in the border. Dated 1962 but is from the mid 1960s due to the 70 cent price extension. Molded in dark blue and clear. Never started. Inventoried with all parts, decals and instructions present.