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Varney US Navy Fleet Submarine, 1/240

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$1100   

This model is a landmark in the history of Plastic Kits. The Varney Fleet Sub is the primary candidate for the first all-plastic ship kit made in the USA. The famous HO/O train manufacture, Varney, branched out into other scale model kits at the end of WWII. In late 1945, they introduced what are thought to be the first USA produced plastic model kits - the Fleet Sub and the PT-17 Stearman. Both kits were excellent scale models given the state of modeling at that time. However, Varney was 6 years too early. The Fleet Sub and PT-17 met a cool reception when it was introduced to retailers. Hobby Shops were not sure if it would sell, and did not know how to sell it. Consequently, most retailers would not order it and those who did put them where they were not seen by the public. Distributors stopped carry the kits due to a lack of reporders. The result was inevitable - they did not sell, and Varney pulled both kits from production very quickly. Varney was committed to cutting the molds on the LST and it was released in 1946 with the same result. That marked the end of Varney's venture into non-train scale plastic models. Varney dedicated all production to HO trains and in the late 1940s they sold the molds for the Fleet Sub, the LST and the PT-17 to O-Lin. The molds underwent modification (the hull was divided into two parts instead of one) and were released by O-Lin and Lindberg. This kit is a superb, investment-grade "excellent++" example. The box top has like-new color and gloss, four solid corners with no repairs, no tape or price tags, no marks from tape or tags and no tears or other litho damage. Flaws include very light and even edge wear (as shown), very slight 'dishing' inward and very light foxing on two box sides. Inside, the kit is still as it came from the factory. The yellow parts display is 'very good++' and the only flaw is the scuffing as shown. The small parts bag is still factory sealed and factory stapled to the yellow display. The glass display stand arm is tucked into its holder. The heavy one-piece molded hull is beautiful and in rare crack-free condition and cradled into the holder. The base was factory glued to the yellow display but has come loose. It also includes the unused factory tube of Testors cement in its own holder. Very large instruction sheet is near mint and folds out to illustrate construction and offers numerous display ideas for this new medium in hobby kits. Decals were not provided with the kit. This kit was made with gray injection molded details, glass stand arm and black injection molded stand and sub hull. I have seen versions with no paint on the base and hull; however, this one has the base and hull factory painted gray. The paint is in 'near mint' condition on the hull and 'excellent' on the stand base. A rare example of a classic kit. Shipped with insurance only.

Hasegawa Junkers Ju-87 R-2 Stuka Desert Snake, 1/48, JT114

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$36   

Still factory sealed, but the seal has a hole in in as shown. Well detailed and molded kit with 104 parts.

KVZ Mil Mi-4 'Hound' Helicopter, 1/100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$24   

Still factory sealed. Unique kit from KVZ, which was an East German company from 1969 to 1973. During this time, they produced some fantastic Cold War kits of Soviet and Eastern Bloc Airliners, Military Helicopters and Aircraft.

Frog DH Hornet F.Mk.3 LR Fighter - No 41 Sq RAF 1950 or No. 19 Sq 1950, 1/72, F239

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$22   

Includes parts and decals to make either aircraft. Excellent full color painting guide is located on the bottom of the box. Typical high quality Frog kit with fine panel lines and no rivet detail so it builds up to a realistic model. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. NOTE: decals have moisture damaged and cannot be used. Hornets took part in a major incident in US/UK/PRC relations on July 23, 1954, when PLAAF La-7s (or -11s) shot down Cathay Pacific DC-4 VR-HEU near Hong Kong. Hornets from 80 Squadron Kai Tak (not depicted in the Frog kit decals) are scrambled and the first to locate the survivors. Two days later, 7th Fleet AD-1s splash two Lavochkins in the same area.

Peerless-Max White M3A1 Scout Car - US Army / British Army / Canadian Army / New Zealand Army / Soviet Army, 1/35, 3507

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$56   

Very finely molded model. Highly detailed with full chassis, suspension, drive line and exhaust, crew of three, complete interior, machines guns, accessories, optional top and more. Includes decals for all nations listed and painting guide. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Kemziv Antonov AN-2M - (ex-MEE), 1/50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$69   

Rare and likely from the late 1970s. One of at least two Kemziv issues, and probably the earliest of the two known. Large almost 1/48 scale kit of the popular and successful AN-2, the world's largest single engined biplane. The model has never been started and all parts are still sealed in the factory 'krinkle' clear plastic bags. Includes color insignia sheet and full instructions. The insignia are CCCP and Aeroflot for a civil AN-2 transport. This model is the Ex-MEE 1/50 AN-2 kit that was sold as a built up display model and a kit. Production ended at MEE in about 1984. Some molds passed to Genton at that point, and obviously Kemziv got them at some point. Thanks to Tom Marino for help on this.

Revell F-105B Thunderchief 'S' Issue, 1/75, H285-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$89   

1958 first issue with dramatic hardbox artwork. The box has excellent color and gloss. Features optional position landing gear, movable wheels, four bombs, pilot figure and hinged cockpit canopy and refueling probe. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Union 1904 De Dion Bouton, 1/16, C-04-1200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$95   

Rare. Older but highly detailed kit. Features working worm gear steering, detailed interior and is molded in white, black, clear, brass plated and includes rubber tires and metal parts as well. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.

Master Modelcraft Supply Co Spad XIII World War I Fighter, 1/40, 13 MM

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$22   

Likely from the 1940s. This is a solid wood model with an 8 inch wingspan. Features 2D cut fuselage block, quality printwood wings, die-cut horizontal and vertical stabilizer, die-cut propeller, fully formed wheels, wood stock, color insignia sheet and very nice full size plans with templates, text instructions and even the color scheme. Complete and never started.

Marvel Douglas A-20 A Combat Planes of America, 1/64

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$24   

Rare kit from 1942. This is a scale, solid wood kit. It features balsa wood, very thick and heavy printed cardstock parts, cardboard template, heavy cardstock props, full size plans with more templates and construction notes. A very simple kit that requires serious carving and shaping skills, but typical of the time! Complete and never started. The paint scheme shown on the aircraft is the pre-war variety. Marvel was a popular manufacture with a large line of army vehicles, tanks of all nations, aircraft and more.

Model Craft Hawker Typhoon, 56 S9

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$22   

From the 1940s or very early 1950s. The scale is not given, but the wingspan is 8 inches. This is a higher-quality solid wood scale kit featuring all die-cut balsa parts, bread-and-butter fuselage constructions, die cut wings, printwood tail feathers and other parts, fully finished wheels, clear vacuform canopy (in like-new condition, very highly detailed plans with templates, step-by-step construction and even a painting guide. Never started and complete. The original part number of this kit was 25 S9, but the factory over-stamped it with the number listed.

Pioneer North American P-51 Mustang

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$22   

Rare kit from the mid 1940s. The scale is not given, but the wingspan is 7.5 inches. Features balsa fuselage, cardboard template, very thick die-cut cardstock wings, horizontal and vertical stabilizers, wheels and prop, full color insignia sheet, sandpaper and full size plans with instructions. Complete and never started. Pioneer Modelcraft Co. was based out of Brooklyn, New York. Other kits in the same general configuration included the F4F, Lockheed Hudson, P-40, P-51 (this kit), P-47, Corsair F4U, Hurricane, SBD Dauntless, Spitfire, Ju-87 Stuka, Me-109 and Japanese Zero. Thanks to Dusty Rhodes, we know that Enterprise purchased Pioneer in about 1949. At this time, they were able to enter both the balsa sheet and strip cutting ends of the business. Perhaps Pioneer had this equipment. Little else is known.

Revell Boeing 707 Astrojet - American Airlines Jet Horizons Series, 1/140, H243-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG++

$74   

Still factory sealed. 1964 issue. Features colorful American Airlines decals, fan-jet engines, optional position landing gear and passenger doors and moving rudder and wheels.

Easy Built Models Miles Mohawk - 20 inch Wingspan for Free Flight or R/C Conversion, FF-17

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$24   

Originally manufactured by 'Easybuilt Micro Since 1932.' Reissued in 1987 by Easy Built using copies of the original plans. High quality modern kit made in the finest tradition of the stick and tissue kits from the 1930s-1950s. Kit contains high quality printed balsa, strip wood, plastic propellers (when required), rubber, full sized plans and other accessories. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes plans.

Meikraft Models Douglas D-558-1 Skystreak - (D5581), 1/72, 1501

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$39   

Limited edition injection molded kit of only 2000 made. Includes full color decals. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

CM BM7 USS Florida (Arkansas Class Monitor 1902), 1/350

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$129   

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 two to three weeks. As the Tallahassee, this ship participated in various research projects, including a feasibility study for the helical, "cage" mast system subsequently used in BBs of the period.

Midwest Wally Simmers' Dyna-Moe - 34 inch Wingspan Flying Cabin Class C for Free Flight or R/C Conversion - (Dynamoe), C-2

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$89   

Another successful design for Class C Cabin National Competition by Wally Simmers. Large and graceful. Climbs at 1000 feet per minute and glides at 10 to 1. Features colored tissues, printwood, carved prop, hardwood and beautiful full size plans. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

OldModelKits SS Normandie Ocean Liner 1935, 1/350

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

Oldmodelkits.com has received exclusive world-wide license from French Lines/CGT to produce and sell the SS Normandie in 1/350 scale. This nine-year project is a 100% new kit. Seven of those years were spent accurately modeling the ship from scratch in TurboCAD. All this design work was done by a master modeler and engineer who helped pioneer industrial CAD and 3D printing at GM. This limited-run kit represents the Normandie from her 1935 maiden voyage to New York and has over 1,100 individual parts. The hull and larger parts are pressure-cast resin from de-aired molds. There are two large photoetched brass sheets (one for railings, ladders, details, etc. and one for the davits), three sheets of laser-cut, real wood printed decking (from Scale Decks), decals, flag sheet and a DVD with detailed, highly illustrated instructions including painting guide, step-by-step rigging instructions and research material. NOTE: this kit must be shipped insured.

Crown Avro Lancaster B Mk1, 1/144, HB-2

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$14   

Excellent small scale kit with rotating props and wheels, optional position landing gear and full color painting guide. Molded in dark green and clear. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

AMT Ford Mustang Street Freak Blueprinter, 1/25, 6016

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$30   

Nicely detailed kit with full engine, tubular racing chassis, full interior and more. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.