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Maircraft Taylorcraft - Solid Wood Model Airplane, 1/48, S-17

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair


Maircraft was originally founded in the early or mid 1930s by Gordon Christoph and went by the name Aircraft Model Company. The company produced a typical line of solid 'profile cut' kits that required the usual high talent levels for carving and finishing. A former Comet Model Airplane & Supply Co. salesman, Jack Mair, bought the company in the early 1940s and renamed it Maircraft. This company was one of the handful of solid kit producers who issued models in a consistent 1/48 scale during the 1930s and 1940s (others included Hawk and Dyna-Model). This lead to one of the most desirable and rare model kits ever produced in the USA - the wood/plastic 1/48 United DC-3 model issued immediately after World War 2. Other than the P-61 and a few other Maircraft offerings, most were simple kits that sold for the low price of about 35 cents and gave the owners many hours of pleasurable work. This kit features a full size plan with instructions steps, fuselage that is about 80% cut, profile cut parts, printwood and a small bag of details. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Frog Junkers JU-87G Stuka - Hungarian Air Force or Hans Rudel, 1/72, F181

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


Kit includes Stab/Stukageschwader 2 Hans Rudel and Hungarian 102/1 Dive Bomber Squadron (1943) markings. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions. Frog is considered the father of injection molded model kits. 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, Blue, 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.

Hasegawa P-47D Thunderbolt and A-10A Thunderbolt Combo, 1/72, SP81

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc


Includes both model kits. Still factory sealed and dated 1993. The P-47D has 36 parts and the A-10A has 112 parts.

IMC Gates Learjet (Lear Jet) Model 24, 1/48, 401-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+


Hard to find early issue from before Testors bought the IMC molds. Once Testors received the Lear Jet molds, they modified them, making any reissue impossible. Kit has many moving parts and very good detail. Features movable ailerons and rudder, full cockpit and cabin, opening cabin upper and lower doors with stairs and magazine rack, front nose panel opens to show detailed avionics bay and engine covers are removable to show detailed turbojet engines. Includes clear lenses for tip tanks lights with green and red tinted clear for wing tip navigation lights. With real rubber tires, full decals including stripes and many chromed parts including gear struts and engine exhaust/intake fans. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Lindberg Vought F7U-1 Cutlass - (F7U1), 1/48, 2320

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+


Please note this kit is in the wrong box; someone taped the original box top to another kit box. Large scale Cutlass from the original 1950s molds. Molded with fine raised details. Never started. NOTE: missing rudder pitot tube, easily made. Inventoried with all other parts, decals and instructions present. Also includes a cockpit tub, pilot, instrument panel and seat from another kit.

Minicraft 1929 Duesenberg Model J ex-Highway Pioneers - (ex-Revell), 1/32, 1506

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+


Excellent builder. Modern reissue from the original Revell/Gowland & Gowland Highway Pioneers molds. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

Dragon Bristol T.188 (T-188) - Hypersonic Research Aircraft- Bagged, 1/72

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed


Still factory sealed. Nicely molded. Basic vacuform kit with plans/instructions. Vacuform models are not recommended for builders who are inexperienced with the medium. Considerable skill and experience are required.

Matchbox 1928 Packard Victoria Convertible, 1/32, PK-451

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good


Dated 1983. Very well detailed in and molded in four color to minimize painting. Features detailed engine and exhaust, two position hood (opened or closed), detailed chassis with separately molded suspension, gas tank and driveshaft, spoke wheels, full interior and more. Molded in bright yellow, brown, black, white, chrome plate, clear and with rubber tires. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Matchbox 1928 Rolls Royce Phantom Mk.I, 1/32, PK-452

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good


Dated 1983. Very nicely molded and detailed in three colors to minimize painting. Features detailed engine, removable hood or the hood can be built in optional closed or open positions, complete interior, 'good' underside and suspension detail with separately molded front and rear ends and exhaust, spoke wheels and more. Molded in burgundy, black, tan, chrome plate and clear and with rubber tires. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Arii 1955 Toyopet Crown, 1/32, 41006

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc


Very nice small scale model. Features one piece body, full interior, detailed underside (mainly molded in), clear windshields and lenses, rubber tires and decals. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The instructions fold out and have color box art of all 25 kits in this line.

Matchbox Dassault Mirage IIIB Two Seater - 328 Centre d'Instruction Bordeaux 1981 / 16th and 17th Staffeln Surveillance Wing Swiss Air Force Payerne 1979, 1/72, 40044

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++


Still factory sealed. Dated 1989. Contains decals for both air forces and a full color painting guide on the back of the box.

Scientific The Gloucester Schooner Sharpshooter, 303

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good


Perfect first wooden ship model. Measures 15.5 inches long when assembled. Features factory-carved basswood hull, die-cut wooden stand, excellent quality basswood printwood, hardwood masts & tapered yards, all cast metal fittings, rigging material, pre-printed sail cloth, superb, illustrated step-by-step instructions and full size plans with all rigging details. Never started. The fittings are still in the factory sealed bag and the other parts have been inventoried complete.

Sealsmodel Hashidate and Itsukushima ( Matsushima Class Protected Cruisers) - Two Ship Kits, 1/700, SMP003600

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+


Includes both cruiser kits. Very highly detailed and finely molded waterline models. The kits have never been started. They have been inventoried complete with all parts and includes flags and instructions. The Matsushima class consisted of three ships - Matsushima, Hashidate and Itsukushima. These three ships were the primary Japanese Naval force during the First Sino-Japanese War. On the advice of the French military adviser Louis-�mile Bertin, these ships were light, fast, thinly armored but had a huge main gun. The first of the class was built in France and delivered in 1891. While the basic design sounded good, it was not workable in service. The boilers also proved defective, with Itsukushima's failing during the delivery voyage. It was only after a prolonged stay in Ceylon and a visit by a French emergency team that she eventually made it to Japan. The Japanese wisely upgrade the boilers but the basic design could not be changed. But as the most modern ships in the fleet, they were destined for very active service. In the First Sino-Japanese War, they were certainly enough to overwhelm the inferior Chinese ships. Although badly outdated, the sisters were also very active in the Russo-Japanese War.

Lindberg Auxilary Schooner Yacht (ex-'Forrest'), unknown, 835

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++


With preformed vac sails. Small but detailed full hull ship is about 8 inches long when assembled. Includes rigging illustration. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Airfix BOAC Comet 4 Craftmaster Issue, 1/144, 5-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++


Very early 1960s issue in fantastic 'excellent++' condition. Nice 1/144 scale kit of the world's first jet airliner. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including 'near mint' condition decals and instructions. The initial Comet Is were in operation long before the 707, which gave the British an incredible post-war lead in the expanding civil aviation market. Just as the Comet was flying high and orders were pouring in from around the world, Comets began to mysteriously fall out of the sky. Everything from lighting to terrorist bombs were blamed. For months the root cause went undiscovered. Then, in a landmark investigation that is considered the first modern post-crash autopsy, it was discovered that the stresses around a small ADF window on the top of the fuselage were causing metal fatigue failure when the fuselage was pressurized. To confirm this, a Comet I was placed in a water tank and subjected to pressurization stresses. After some time, a dramatic failure occurred. Then parts of a crashed Comet were pulled from underwater proving once and for all that this was the root cause.

Revell P-51D Miss America Reno Air Racer, 1/48, 4040

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG++


Still factory sealed but the seal has shrunk and drawn the box concave. 1990 issue in 1/48 of the famous air racer. Kit features very good cockpit detail, detailed gear wells, optional position canopy and excellent decals.

Rosebud Kitmaster American General Steam Locomotive and Tender of Civil War Fame - HO Scale, 1/87, 3

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+


Hard-to-find. Nicely detailed kit with fantastic box art. Features moving parts and can be used on a layout (it is non-operating). Comes with extensive decals and full instructions, as well as two Rosebud Kitmaster color (small) catalogs and the original glue capsule. Never started and inventoried complete

Roundhouse-Model Die Casting Great Northern 40 Foot Box Car - HO Craftsman Kit, 1/87, B601

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++


Excellent, all-metal kit from the late 1950s or very early 1960s. Features factory painted and lettered sides in 'near mint' condition. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed (all small fittings) are still in the sealed bags. The parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including instructions. No parts are warped; everything is straight and usable. There are no trucks with this kit.

Funaro & Camerlengo 40' 8 Hatch Hinged Door Reefer - NSC or ID Ends Resin HO Craftsman Kit, 1/87, 5131-33

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint


Still factory sealed. Very highly detailed modern craftsman kit. The main parts are cast from high definition resin, which is superior in detail to injection moldings. Smaller details are resin, plastic and metal as required. Includes detailed instructions and plans as well as decals for Canadian National.

Athearn 40' Steel Box Car Canadian National - HO Craftsman Kit with Trucks, 1/87, A111

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+


Very high quality wood and metal kit from the Golden Age of HO Craftsman kit. Builds a very accurate and highly detailed prototype. Of the early metal box car kits, these are my favorites, with their popularity witnessed by the various reissues through the years. Almost all the parts that are metal on the actual box car are metal on the model. This and the factory paint, lettering and decoration makes these kits difficult to beat for scale appearance. Features stamped steel body, car ends and roof that are factory painted, lettered and decorated, steel ladders, doors, door guides and brake platform, cast metal running boards, bolsters, coupler pockets and three piece brake detail, stamped metal undercarriage beam with fine cross bearers, corner steps, grab irons and more. Includes trucks. The factory paint is excellent, and I have wrapped it so it will not be damaged in shipment. Due to the high degree of factory finishing, the only painting required for this kit is the interior floor and underside. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including instructions. 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/