Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG+
From the 1950s. Rare first issue with no rivet detail on the plastic parts. Later issues all had this detail added. Box has great color. Nicely done kit for the time. Molded in dark blue plastic. Has very colorful decals in like-new contiion for this unusual and beautiful aircraft. Never started. Inventoried with all parts, decals, Strombecker club application and instructions present. Strombecker was very well known for producing the finest pre-carved hardwood aircraft and missile kits, but they had a very short journey into the plastic model field. After making the Sea Dart kit in 1956, they added four more for a total of 5 injection molded aircraft kits. All were discontinued in the mid 1960s. The Sea Dart was a supersonic design that could take off and land from water using retractable hydro-skis. Five prototypes were built and over 300 test flights made. The advent of the super carrier spelled the end of the Sea Dart, although 4 still exist on display today.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Mint
Still factory sealed and in investment-grade condition. The seal is present and intact except for a 1/2 inch split on the bottom. The box has no damage at all. Rare 1/72 scale 737 dated 1966 with great Roy Grinnell boxart. This is the first issue artwork but the third price extension change. This kit has the 2.50 price instead of the earlier 1.98 or 2.49. Given the 250 price extension, this exact kit was likely issued around 1967/68. Molded in white and clear, with the large clear 'Triangle World' display base.
Wood and Metal Model Kit, Box Condition: VG++
Number 11 of 100 made. Very limited production multi-media kit and the largest, most accurate USS Maine kit ever created. For Bluejacket's' centennial celebration (1905-2005), they created this kit. Features machine-carved solid basswood hull, laser-cut wood and styrene parts, brittania metal fittings, cast resin boats and sponsons, hundreds of photoetched brass parts in three different thicknesses, five sheets of full-sized plans and detailed step-by-step instructions. The kit has never been started; it is as it left the factory. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes plans and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG++
Old hobby shop stock from Pennsylvania that has never been up for retail sale until now. Rare, one and only issue from 1956 of the theorized (and incorrect) Atlas Intercontinental Ballistic Missile. Features three stages, entry doors, launch pad and crew members. Molded in correct gloss silver, white and transparent orange plastic. Box is in 'very good' condition with nice color and gloss, four solid corners, no rips or tears, no repairs and no tape (other than the factory sealing tape. Flaws in include those shown - The flaws are edge wear and general light wear as shown. Inside, the kit is exactly as it left the factory. All of the small parts are still sealed in factory bags, which are factory sealed to the presentation cardboard. The larger parts were never factory sealed and have been inventoried complete. With dividers, 'excellent+' condition decals and 'near mint' instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
Original 'S' issue from 1958 with classic Revell box art. Full hull kit with very good detail for that time. Never started. Inventoried and NOTE: missing one part, a gun barrel. Otherwise complete with all other parts, decals, flag sheet and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good++
Rare. Lodela first and only issue with Argentine markings, Bullpup missiles, two missile carts and tow bars, pilot and three ground crew. This kit uses modified 1956 molds from H232-89, the original S Skyhawk issue. Revell added two Bullpup Missiles (improperly labled as 'Air-To-Air Missiles' on the box top), two missile trailers with towbars, four figures, three figure bases, weapons pylons and separate flap hinge covers (which are included in this issue but strangely missing from the instructions). Molded in white and clear. Never started. Inventoried and the aircraft itself is complete but NOTE: missing one (of 8) wheels for the missile carts. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts present, plus a 'near mint' condition large decal sheet and 'very good++' instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc+
Out-of-production. Huge scale, well molded and detailed kit. Includes bonus cast metal 6V battery and also heater and heating lamps. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: NM+
1957 issue in amazing investment-grade 'Near Mint+' condition. Very light wear is the only flaw. This if the first issue of this large scale (1/48) kit and part of the famous Aurora WWI series of 1/48 scale aircraft. The series began in 1956 and Aurora added new kits into the early 1960s. The line proved incredibly popular that these kits were included in the 'mold upgrade' in the 1970s before Aurora went out of business. Includes three crew, ground base and two ground crew. Molded in the correct gloss dark olive, black and clear plastic. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.
Resin Model Kit, Box Condition: NM+
SPECIAL ORDER limited production kit. Features quality high-definition resin castings and photoetched details. Complete kit with all parts needed for assembly. Kits are molded upon receipt of payment. Normal wait is 2 to 3 weeks. Please NOTE this is a model that you have to build and paint. The photo shows an assembled model.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc++
1959 issue of the military bomber turned civil transport. Molded in the correct gloss gull gray and clear with the clear triangle 'World' stand and Aeroflot decals. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: NM+
First issue from the late 1950s in amazing investment-grade 'Near Mint+' condition and fantastic box artwork. The box top has factory-new color and gloss, four solid corners, no repairs, no fading, holes or litho tears, no price tags or marks from them, no tape or tape marks (other than the original factory sealing tape), no creasing and no dishing. The only flaw is very slight edge wear. Very highly detailed with many working features. Missile can be removed or installed for launch or transport. Launcher/truck can be configured for travel or launch, and the launching boom can be elevated and rotated. Features completely detailed suspension and chassis, complete interior, crew of 5 and more. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Decals are bright and flat and besides light (and typical) yellowing and age micro-cracking, they are 'very good++' while the instructions are near mint and have almost zero yellowing.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed NM+
Still factory sealed. Very large and highly detailed full-hull kit.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed NM
Still factory tape sealed. Has markings and optional parts for "A" or "B" variants. Includes markings for one "B" (956) and two different "A" - 974 is a standard SR-71A and 972 is a 'Low Observable" scheme. Decals are included for the CIA A-12 / M-12, but Testors never did furnish the parts. The instructions provide drawings for making the proper modifications.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Exc+
Still factory sealed but the seal has a split. Very nicely detailed kit dated 1971. Measures over 15 inches long when assembled and features rotating turrets, elevating guns, torpedo tubes, radar, decals and flag sheet.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: VG++
Rare kit from the 1940s or very late 1930s. Every rarer in this condition - with a complete box and all contents never disturbed other than when I did the inventory. This is very unusual due to the age and very fragile nature. This model is one of Joe Ott's mid-range line in size and price. It features two metal tubes of glue, 2 and 1/2 sheets of the unique Ott-O-Matic formers on thick stock, hardwood propellers and wing ribs, factory-cut stripwood stock, a factory-sealed paper envelope of small parts (usually contains fully carved thrust buttons, metal stock and more) clear material for windows, color insignia, covering tissue and excellent plans. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried 100% complete.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good+++
Rare 1st issue from 1952 in the one-piece flip top box. 100% original and correct. The model is molded in the correct gloss dark blue with a clear square 'Brooklyn' stand, stand arm and canopy. Being the first issue, the model does not significant rivet detail, nor was it molded with landing gear or missiles. The entire kit is 13 parts including the stand and stand arm. The instructions are the correct early small Brooklyn version with very minor bug damage. Decals are correctly marked 'The Tatem Company' and are in excellent condition with some curl and minimal yellowing. The box is one of the better I have seen. It is intact - there are no missing parts and no repairs. As is typical with this issue, the fragile box has some small tears, creases and edge wear as shown. In summary, a 100% correct, never started and complete kit for the advanced collector of Aurora or military aircraft models. This kit must be shipped insured. Kit History: In the early 1950s Aurora was making children's toys. Since they were always looking for new avenues of business, the three founders were interested in the new fad of 'plastic models'. They were shown the Hawk F-90 and F9F kits in 1/48, and the rest is history. Aurora copied the F9F and F-90 to issue their very first plastic kits. The boxes were two color one-piece flip top boxes of very thin cardboard; they damaged so easily that the kits were immediately reissued in the more familiar 'hardbox' of a litho slick glued to heavy cardboard.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc+++
Long hardbox issue dated 1966. In those days, it was said by reviewers that Aurora made the best tank kits - this one is no exception. Features all moving bogies and drive wheels, flexible black treads, elevating main gun, rotating turret, one tankman, three soldiers and decals. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: there are tread burns on the bottom of the belly pan.
Wood and Metal Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
Very rare, large-scale deluxe edition from the late 1940s/very early 1950s. This version is hardly ever seen. Measures 29 inches long and 16 inches high when built. Features a 90%+ cut factory wooden hull, four factory sealed bags of metal fittings (over 100 fittings total), a large sheet of beautiful sail cloth, numerous hardwood dowels and pre-cut square wood of many sizes, metal stock, two types of rigging thread, colorful flag sheet and fantastic full size plans that have detailed assembly instructions and rigging diagrams. Inside, the kit is exactly as it left the factory. The fittings are all in clear bags stapled to the original Ideal 'blue' backing cardstock. Sail cloth, printwood and wood stock are all held together with the original factory rubber bands. Even the original factory packing tissue is present. The box is complete and very nice, but the corners are repaired from the inside correctly as they had split. The plans have never been unfolded but have some damage to one side from the way they were packed by Ideal. They are still completely usable. The three-masted Marion Sprague schooner was built in 1899. Being far more economical to operate than the large, two-masted schooner, they soon monopolized all coastal trade up and down the US seaboard after the civil war. Ideal was a famous producer of early model kits. In 1911 they released their first aircraft kit, which put them among the first USA model companies. Ideal was unique also in that they released large civil ships and ocean liners.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG+++
In the mid 1950s, Aurora bought three 'Knight' molds from Crown Plastics and issued them as K1, K2 and K3. These were the very first Aurora figure kits. The early Aurora 'Northern Lights' logo has the correct 'Crown Line' logo inside it. Inside, the kit is mint. The shiny, very dark blue plastic parts are complete and there is a red feather plume. The instructions are correct with the Crown logo in the Aurora logo.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
Dated 1954. Rare, desirable and very collectible. Classic early multi-media kit with a fantastic internal box presentation. The box top has excellent color and gloss but general wear as shown, two properly repaired (from the inside) split corners and a closed tear (also repaired) on the lower side. Inside, the kit is factory new. All of the factory cardboard presentation material is present and grades from 'mint' to 'excellent++.' Includes numerous plastic parts in red, gray, clear and black, four unopened glass bottle of Mono*Dope that are still good, an unopened tube of MonoGlue still in the original mint box, all prefabricated wooden parts including the amazing Monofoil wing, three sheets of die-cut and factory painted wood (unpunched), colored die-cut cardstock sheet, sandpaper, gun barrel plastic material, decals in amazing 'near mint' condition, 'near mint' instruction book and full size plans and even a miniature Monogram Catalog showing this kit and the entire Speedee-Bilt line for '54. The kit has never been started. It has been carefully inventoried 100% complete with all parts, paperwork, instructions, plans and decals. Amazingly, the celluloid plastic parts range from no warping to very slight warping (on two of the nacelles). This is very rare, as that type of plastic was unstable and warped easily over time. Before injection molded plastic kits were common, Monogram issued the famous 'Speedee-Bilt' and 'Super Kits' which featured injection molded details and precarved wooden parts. Of these, the Speedee-Bilt B-24 and B-17 were the finest. These kits are very rare today due to their relatively high original price of $4.95. This kit must be shipped insured.