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Globe 40 Foot Steel Box Car (50 Ton) - Burlington 'Way of the Zephyrs' - HO Craftsman Kit with Sprung Metal Trucks, HO, 4000-H

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very high quality Globe kit from the 'Golden Age' of HO Craftsman kits. I have always considered Globe as one of the 'Cadillac' metal kit manufacture for their use of crisply embossed brass or steel and prototype factory paint and markings. This kit is a fine example. Features all steel sides, ends and roof with all parts completely and beautifully painted and marked as required, wooden floor, metal underframe beam and supports, other brass and steel details, metal trucks with real springs and full instructions/plans. The kit has never been started. The small parts are still sealed in the factory bags and the parts that were not sealed have been inventoried complete with the instructions/plans. If you have an interest in these highly accurate HO kits and the revolution they created in modeling, please read the article about their history located on this website.

Renwal 1930 Packard Victoria, 1/48, 152

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

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This is one of a wonderful and extensive line of 1/48 car kits from Renwal. Dates from the late 1960s or early 70s. Idea for use in 1/48 dioramas with aircraft or armor or for use in O Scale train layouts. Renwal did an excellent job on engineering and detail. Features a one piece main upper body, one piece lower body with fenders, complete interior, plated bumpers, grill and other plated parts as required, separately molded front axle/suspension and rear axle/drive shaft, clear windows, separately molded headlights with clear lenses, rubber tires, luggage rack, two spares and more. Molded in high gloss black, chrome, ivory, red, clear and with rubber tires. The kit has never been started. NOTE: missing engine oil pan. Inventoried with all other parts and instructions.

Athearn One Dome Tank Car - Union Oil 76 - HO Craftsman Kit with Sprung Metal Trucks, 1/87, A505

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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Includes working sprung metal trucks. Very high quality metal kit from the Golden Age of HO Craftsman kit. Builds a very accurate and highly detailed prototype. Of the Craftsman metal tank car kits, Athearn's are my personal favorites for scale and detail. Almost all the parts that are metal on the actual box car are metal on the model. This kit is factory painted for Union 76 in overall blue with the colorful 76 logo. Features stamped tank top and bottom with fine rivet and panel detail, die-cast tank ends, die cast dome, frame, supports and bolsters, steel center support rail, metal hand rails, brake set, couplers and draft gear cover plates, steps, dump valves, ladders and more. The factory paint is excellent, and still wrapped in the factory protective plastic. NOTE: the bottom tanker shell, ends and dome have all been painted an identical matching blue. There is no other painting or assembly. The kit has been inventoried complete including instructions. NOTE: instructions are a photocopy of the 3 dome model. If you have an interest in these kits and the revolution they created in modeling, please read the article about their history located on this website. Please cut and paste this link in your browser to see it - http://www.oldmodelkits.com/blog/plastic-model-kit-history/the-ho-scale-model-railroading-revolution-of-the-1940s/

Revell USS Essex CV-9 - Angled Deck Carrier, 1/530, 0353

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

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Still factory sealed. 1982 Revell of Germany reissue of the original 'S' kit. Imported by the famous IMS Trading out of New York. Builds up to an impressive and well detailed kit representing the rebuilt Essex with an angled deck. Air wing includes helicopter, F9F Cougars, F8U Crusaders, A-1 Skyraiders, A-4 Skyhawks and F11F Tigers. Has deck crane and 6 deck tractors. Side elevators go up and down; mid-deck bow elevator can be shown down or up. Excellent after-market decals for the ship and a complete, detailed air wing are available from Starfighter decals.

Joe Ott Grumman F6F Hellcat 'Bild-A-Set' - 38 Inch Wingspan Flying Model, 107

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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Dated 1944. Large 36 inch wingspan issue. The Joe Ott designed 'Bilt-A-Set' series was the height of classic stick and tissue flying model kits- not just for the box art, but also for the contents. The large wingspan kits were the top of the Joe Ott line and had a price tag to match. They were out of reach of most children in the 1940s. Fewer were produced, which makes them harder to find today. In a time when most kits came only with white tissue, printed wood and plans, the Bilt-A-Set line box came chock full of parts and features like Assembly Line jigs for straight fuselage and nacelles, Speedlok Clamps, Die cut plywood or balsa parts sheet, die cut cardstock sheets, colored tissue, color printed national markings, clear window material, fully illustrated instructions and more. This kit has never been started. Parts are still as new, all in the sheets. 100% complete - all sheets, instructions and accessories present.

Fujimi Augusta-Bell 212 ASW - Italian Navy, 1/72, 26

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Nicely molded kit with recessed panel lines, full cockpit and cabin, detailed rotor head, optional position cabin doors, rescue hoist and ASW torpedo. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bags including decals and instructions.

Ideal Aeroplane & Supply Cruiser USS Augusta CA-31 (1938) - 12 inch Long Wooden Model Kit, 1106

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Rare ship model dated 1938. Contains the Ideal 'Premolded Hull' which is a completely formed, hollow hull made from a wood composite. The hull is in excellent condition. Also includes full size plans/instructions, wood stock and dowels as required and two sheets of printwood. The kit has never been started. Inventoried complete with all parts and plans.

Heller USS Maine - 'Remember the Maine' (Ex-Pyro), 1/240

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Rare. From the 1960s. Large scale kit with excellent early Heller high-gloss box art. This is from the Ex-Pyro molds. This kit has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

AMT 1968 Ford Shelby GT-500 Mustang - 3 in 1 - Stock / Custom / Drag, 1/25, 38536

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. 2006 issue. Features 428 or 427 CID engines, full, opening hood, suspension and exhaust underside detail, complete interior, many custom parts to build one of three versions and a very large decal sheet. Molded in color, clear, chrome and with rubber tires.

Renwal The Visible V8 (V-8) Transparent Motorized Operating Auto Engine, 1/4, 802-1095

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

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Still factory sealed. The seal has a split at the upper right as shown and s smaller one at the lower left. This is the original issue from the 1950s. Classic motorized kit that is 1/4 the actual size engine with over 100 moving parts. When built, all major internal parts move via electric motor and spark plugs (red lights) flash in time. Molded in clear, black, red and metallic silver/blue.

Hasegawa H6K5 Mavis Flying Boat, 1/72, JS26-1000

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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Earlier issue with high gloss box top. Very large and well detailed kit. Features full cockpit, moving control surfaces, beaching gear and a large display stand. Never started. Most parts are still in the sealed factory bag. The loose parts have been inventoried 100% complete with decals and instructions.

Comet Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless - 20 inch Wingspan Flying Balsa Airplane Model, 3401-149

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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1970s reissue of the older kit. Comet was a famous manufacturer of stick and tissue flying and static models. In the 1930s Great Depression, they lead the low-priced kit revolution with the "Dime Scale" kits and famous advertisements in Model Airplane News magazine and others. Comet reached it's peak in the 1930s when they acquired the services of Carl Goldberg. Goldberg was a highly accomplished modeler with articles in Model Airplane News and famous designs that won him several National level competitions in the 1930s and beyond. (Carl Goldberg went on to found his own company and produced well designed and popular free-flight and RC aircraft). Comet survived the post World War economic slump and continued kit production until they were bought out by long-time competitor Guillow's in 1998. Kit features traditional wood/tissue construction, detailed full size plans, building instructions, hardware (if required), tissue and propeller. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Airfix Beaufighter TFX T4, 1/72, 283

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Never started. Factory sealed bag or 100% inventoried with all parts/decals and instructions present.

Frog Supermarine S-6B (S.6B) Floatplane - Trail Blazers Issue, 1/72, F164

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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Very finely molded model. This box has artwork from the famous Jo Kotula, who did much of the artwork for Aurora and Air Lines. This kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Frog is considered the father of injection molded model kits. The Lines Brothers opened Frog in 1932, capitalizing on the fever caused by Lindberg's solo transatlantic flight. Almost overnight the western populations became 'Air-Minded', and anything aviation was in high demand. Frog created a quality line of stick and tissue rubber powered aircraft and gliders as well as innovative ready-to-fly rubber powered aircraft that required no assembly. The box even contained a built-in rubber motor winder and fuselage holder. Model airplane flight competitions were popular in Great Britain, and one category was 'Rise Off the Ground', or ROG. By changing this to 'Flies Right Off the Ground', the FROG name was born. In 1936 Frog created a line of injection molded plastic models, the first such kit line in the world (Hawk sold a line of injection molded aircraft models in 1934 but they were factory assembled and painted). Named 'Penguin' after the bird that does not fly, the kits were innovative beyond the means of production. At a time when models were simply built by wingspan, the Penguin line was a constant 1/72 scale. Furthermore, a large 1/72 Short S.30 Empire class flying boat contained a full interior and lights! A line of accessories such as AA guns, tractors, hanger, ambulance, sound locator, searchlights and lighting kits were quickly added to the line. WWII caused a pause in production. After the war the box color changed from silver to green, and Penguin kits were also marketed in the USA. Production ended in 1950. Frog quickly expanded and released the Red, Orange, Black, Green, Gold Token, Spin and Comet series as well as Trail Blazers and several others. It is noteworthy that while most manufacturers in the 1940s/50 were making toy-like models, Frog attempted to make very realistic models. For example, 'detailing' kits with excessively large rivets was once very popular. Frog ignored this trend and continued to mold aircraft with fine panel lines and no rivets. As a result, Frog kits can be built into very realistic replicas. Production ended in the late 1970s, but Frog molds are still in use around the world.

Revell Chris Craft Flying Bridge Cruiser - Pre 'S' Kit, 1/56, H302-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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1953 release and the first issue. Nicely detailed and molded in the correct wood-grain deep brown swirl plastic. The kit has never been started. Inventoried complete with all parts. Includes decals and instructions. Possibly the second Revell ship from original molds. Besides the Missouri, earlier Revell ship releases were Ex-Gowland and Gowland molds for the small scale sailing ship series. Sometimes the earlier Gowland sailing kits had bottles included.

MPC General Dynamics F-111A Profile Series - Standard USAF Markings / SAC 380th SAW Plattsburgh / US Navy Standard Markings, 1/72, 2-1510-150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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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. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

Heller German WWII S-103 and S-211 Schnellbootes (S103 S211) Fast Torpedo Boats - Bagged, 1/400, 1057

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: No Box

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Bagged kit - no box. The box is shown for reference only. Kit contains two very nicely molded S boats and stands. This kits have never been started. NOTE: missing one #18 machine gun. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts and instructions.

Revell Junkers G-38 Transport, 1/144, 04021

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+++

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Military version of the famous 1930s Lufthansa airliner. Highly detailed featuring full interior. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bags including decals and instructions.

ITC NS Savannah Atomic Powered Merchant Ship, 1/350, C580-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

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Still factory sealed. Very nicely detailed larger-scale kit of the beautiful yacht-like vessel. This the Ringo issue. When ITC went out of the model business in the early 1960s, they used the name Ringo to clean out the ITC kits in the warehouse. The Savannah was the world's only nuclear powered cargo ship, and it also had plenty of dedicated space for passengers, including beautiful staterooms, pools and dining areas. I was fortunate enough to tour the ship when she was at Patriots Point, SC. Although the decay was significant, it was not hard to see how incredible this ship was.

Merlin Models Fiat CR-40, 1/72, 72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Limited production kit, approximately 2000 were made. Injection molded kit with cast metal details. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.