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Revell Regulus II US Navy Test Missile - 'S' Issue, 1/68, H1815-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$149   

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Original issue 1958 'S' kit in 'excellent' condition. The colors and gloss as are new and the box has four solid corners, no repairs, no tape (other than the factory sealing tape, of course), no stains and no missing litho. Flaws include light, general wear as shown, corner and edge wear. This model represents the first test Regulus II with landing gear. Very nicely molded in a beautiful deep gloss blue and with very good detail down to the gear wells. Includes display 'runway' base. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Strombecker Pan American China Clipper - Martin M-130, 1/130, C51-100

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

$169   

Very rare 1955 issue of this superb and highly prefabricated model. From the 1930s to the 1950s Strombecker was the undisputed leader in high quality hardwood models and they pulled out all of the stops for this China Clipper. Features factory carved and finished hardwood fuselage (accurate to the correct 'corrugated' surfaces), factory carved one piece wing with airfoil, dihedral and cutout for the engine nacelles, four perfectly finished engine nacelles, finished sponsons with correct airfoil, factory cut horizontal and vertical stabilizers, finished propellers (ready to install), propeller hubs, strut stock and more. Also includes a hardwood sanding stick, sandpaper, original small parts envelope, original envelope of powdered Casein Glue, a very large and colorful decal sheet in amazing 'near mint' condition and excellent instructions. These are large-format and double-side with detailed text and illustrated construction steps, parts diagram, photos of the actual aircraft, three view full-size drawings, exploded assembly view, aircraft history and more. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Strombecker even went all out on the box artwork, which was most unusual if not unheard of for solid wooden kits.

Frog Short Sealand Amphibian, 1/103, 383P

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$115   

Very rare. Well detailed with recessed panel lines and even includes the capsule of paint and one of glue. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Hillcrest US Army 1909 Wright Biplane - World's First Military Aircraft, 1/65

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$175   

Very rare. Hillcrest was one of the pioneers among American plastic model kit manufacturers. Two kits are known to exist - this one and the Curtiss Pusher. There may have been a Bleriot XI but this is unconfirmed. Model Plastic Products of Hollywood, California was the parent company and they first issued the two kits under that name in 1951. In 1952 the Hillcrest name was used. The kits were a radical departure from other kits of the day that required tedious building and finishing of wood parts. For this reason Hillcrest advertised "prefabricated" and "assembly time 3 to 6 hours" on the box least they be mistaken for traditional wooden kits. The kit has injection molded main parts for the internal framework of the actual aircraft. The small cello bag is still sealed and contains fine the details such as the engine, tank and more. The framework is to be covered in tissue which is supplied along with rigging material. The instructions have a very nice three view drawing, parts diagram and written instructions. Never started and complete. All of the special internal cardboard that holds the parts and sealed packed is intact and in very good condition. The outer box is complete and the top flap is nice as shown, but overall the box is only 'good' with some clear tape on torn corners and some general deforming of the box as shown. This aircraft, called a "Flyer" by the Wrights, was built for the US Army about five years after the first Kitty Hawk aircraft. The aircraft incorporated many improvements and was built of very high quality hickory, ash and spruce. Wings were two-spar construction with built-up ribs and wire trailing edges. The airfoil had a camber-cord ratio of 1 to 20 and both sides were covered by a rubberized fabric. This aircraft had the doubtful distinction of having the first fatal air crash. A propeller cracked and tore the rudder loose, killing Lt. Selfridge while seriously injuring Orville Wright.

Revell Douglas Thor/Thor-Able Missile - with Truck and Trailer 'S' Issue, 1/110, H1823-129

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+++

$149   

Rare. This 1958 'S' hardbox release is the only single issue of this kit. Features elevating missile trailer, four figures, movable fuel boom, fuel truck and trailer, launch pad/blast shield/missile supports, launcher base and more. Includes optional parts and decals for making the Thor-Able version. Molded in correct white and dark blue. NOTE: this kit has very minor and neatly done assembly to 3 pieces: missile halves and fin assembly are built to 'excellent' quality. There is no other assembly. Inventoried and NOTE: missing one tire. Otherwise complete with all other parts, decals and instructions. Decals are both in 'excellent++' condition. Instructions are 'good.'

Revell Sopwith Camel - 'S' Issuet, 1/28, H197-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$124   

1957 'S' kit with classic box art. The box is in 'excellent++' condition. This large 1/28 scale kit is nicely molded and features a detailed rotary engine the moves with the propeller, removable cowling, complete cockpit with movable control stick and rudder bar, authentic fine fabric texture finish over ribs, pilot and crew figures, realistic rigging material, complete rigging instructions and more. The model has never been started. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

StromBecker American Airlines Convair Flagship - 10 Inch Wingspan Solid Wood Kit, C-38

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$115   

Superb kit from the 1950s and makes a very impressive display when built. This highly prefabricated model is made from solid Western Pine (not balsa wood) and features completely precarved fuselage, wings, engine nacelles & tail feathers, ready to install propellers, full landing gear and even wood filler, glue, and sandpaper. With detailed instructions and drawings with aircraft history and a large, colorful American Airlines decal sheet. Never started. The small parts envelope is still factory sealed. All other parts were never internally sealed and have been inventoried complete. Before plastic kits were introduced, Strombecker was famous as the premier hardwood preshaped model manufacturer. In the 1940s and 1950s, Strombecker kits were flawlessly engineered but not inexpensive. All wooden parts are hardwood and are precarved to shape - usually only a quick sanding would finish them.

Strombecker Douglas DC-6 Super 6 Pan American Airlines Clipper - 13.5 inch Wingspan Solid Wooden Aircraft Kit, C-48-179

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$129   

Rare model from the 1950s. This classic model is made of of solid Western Pine - not balsa. It builds up to an impressive display model and features fuselage, wings, elevators, rudder and nacelles all cut to shape and a factory sealed (stapled) small parts envelope with completely formed propellers, wheels, struts, etc. and even a hardwood 'teardrop' shaped display stand with a pre-formed metal support wire. Includes a large full color Pan Am decal sheet in amazing "Near Mint++" condition. The kit has never been started. The small parts bag is still sealed and the other parts have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions. Before plastic kits were introduced, Strombecker was famous as the premier hardwood preshaped model manufacturer. In the 1940s and 1950s, Strombecker kits were flawlessly engineered but not inexpensive. All wooden parts are hardwood and are precarved to shape - usually only sanding would finish them.

Strombecker 155mm Gun and Carriage - Heavy Artillery, 1/19, A71

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$145   

Very Rare. Date unknown but is likely from the late 1930s or early 1940s. This excellent pre-fabricated hardwood kit is large and very highly detailed for that time and features pre-cut and shaped hardwood parts, completely finished and machined wheels, beautifully turned gun barrel that is one foot long, sandpaper, CASCO glue, small parts envelope and two pages (front and back of one) of text and highly illustrated instructions. Never started and inventoried complete with all parts.

Strombecker Piper Cub Super Sea Scout - Float Plane - Solid Wood Aircraft Model, C-37

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$145   

Rare version of the Super Sea Scout floatplane. In the 1950s StromBecker was famous for this line of precarved hardwood kits. The wood is quality western pine hardwood - not balsa. The carving is all done to the final shape and when completed it makes an impressive desk top display. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

StromBecker USS Tacoma Frigate, C17

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$115   

Excellent kit from the 1950s that measures 10.5 inches long when assembled. StromBecker was famous for this line of pre-carved wood kits. Made of solid Western Pine hardwood - not balsa. The carving is done to the final shape. When complete it makes an impressive desk top display. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and plans.

Monogram USS Shangri-La Aircraft Carrier - Essex Class, B5

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$119   

Rare kit for the advanced collector. This is Monogram's fifth ship kit, issued in 1946. Measures 14 inches long when assembled. The hull and lower deck are pre-carved wood. The rest of the kit is printwood, wood and metal stock and cardstock. The air wing includes F6F Hellcats and TBF Avengers. The kit has never been started and is complete with all parts, full size instructions and even sandpaper.

Ideal Aeroplane & Supply USS O'Bannon DD450 - 18 Inch Long Fletcher Class Destroyer - Wooden Model Kit, 1506

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$115   

Rare ship model dated 1946 that features the Ideal 'Premolded Hull' which is a completely formed and finished hollow hull made from a wood composite. It is 'paint or primer ready', 18 inches long and in like-new condition with no warping and no cracks. Also includes a factory-sealed wax bag of fittings, three sheets of quality printwood, a wide selection of wood stock, dowels and bamboo as required, metal stock and full size plans/instructions. The plans are excellent and very detailed. They even include full text step-by-step building instructions. The kit has never been started. The fittings bag is still factory sealed. All other parts have been inventoried complete with all parts and plans. Although the upper and lower boxes are only 'fair' condition, the inside of the kit is like a time capsule and is exactly how it left the factory down to the original tissue packing material.

MPC Tank Battle At El Alamein Historama - Diorama - (HO Scale), 1/87, 2-8054

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$149   

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Very rare and from the 1970s. Encouraged by the success of the first and much smaller 'Historama' series, MPC decided to release the much larger 'Super Historama' series. MPC combined multiple Airfix kits and Airfix HO figures with a giant 18" x 12" vacuform battle terrain base and special instructions (with a huge fold-out map and battle history) to create their ultimate Diorama sets. This one includes five tank kits - Matilda, Crusader, German 75mm Assault Gun, two Panzer IV tanks as well as over 35 Afrika Corps troops. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. Please note that while MPC advertised on the box top that these kits were 1/72 scale, they never were; MPC used the Airfix 1/87 scale armor kits. The other 'Super Historama' kits included Breakout From Normandy, The Guns of Normandy, Commandos Strike at Dawn and this kit, Tank Battle at El Alamein.

Gabriel Duesenberg Model SJ Town Car - (ex Hubley), 1/18, 4868

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$134   

From high quality ex-Hubley molds. It is a very realistic model since most items that were metal on the real car are metal on this kit. Large 1/18 scale multi-media kit is highly detailed with 150 parts. Features primarily metal parts with injection molded plastic, rubber and other materials for the details. Features a rolling chassis build-up just like the real automobile, well detailed 34 piece engine and transmission, full suspension, exhaust system, drive shaft, axles, tie rod, working metal worm gear steering, six piece hood that can be opened and closed, full interior, rubber tires, clear windshields and large tree of chrome plated details including spoked wheels. Never started. The parts that were in factory sealed bags are still factory sealed. All other parts not sealed (chrome, clear and the largest metal parts) have been inventoried complete. Includes decals and instructions.

Eidai German Missile V-2, 1/76, 712-600

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$129   

Very rare model. Superbly detailed and includes V-2 missile, heavy tractor, Meiller Trailer, launching pad, 8Ton Half Track and Fire Guidance Center. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

KSN Midori Kawasaki Ki-61 Tony - Motor Drives Propeller And Wheels And Navigation Lights Flash, 1/28

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$275   

Very rare. This is an early, no part number issue of this large 1/28 scale motorized kit. A metal gear box with nylon gears is driven by the included Mabuchi TKK 13 motor that is still in the original colorful Mabuchi box. The gearbox spins the propeller and drives the tail wheel, moving the aircraft across any smooth surface while the red and green wing navigation light blink on and off. Factory glue is included as well as all running hardware and lights. Features hidden battery compartment (where the real engine would be), moving rudder, elevator and ailerons and opening canopy. The kit has never been started. The small parts, gearbox, lights and glue are still factory sealed. All other parts have been inventoried and NOTE: missing #8 antenna and (1) of (2) small gear door struts. Otherwise includes all other parts, decals and instructions. Decals and instructions are in excellent condition. The cardboard presentation material and color photo of the assembled model are in very good condition.

Renwal Atomic Cannon - M65 280mm with M249 and M250 50 Ton Heavy Gun Lifting Trucks / Transporters, 1/32, 553

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$365   

Very rare original issue and extremely hard-to-find in factory sealed condition. This is the late 1950s issue and not the common modern reissue. The box top says 'Fully Operating Model Does Everything But Fire' and it is true. The model consists of over 300 parts and has many action features typical of Renwal models. The wheels roll, tractors can be hooked to the cannon which can be stowed in the 'travel' position. The gun can move into the 'fire' position off the tractors and can be realistically trained.

Monogram Speedee-Bilt Long Midget - ex Midget Mustang - Flying Scale Model, G6-100

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$125   

Rare from 1957 and part of the incredibly famous Speedee-Bilt line of prefabricated scale flying models. Formerly released as the Midget Mustang. Before there were plastic models, there were wooden aircraft kits. These usually came in two types - solid and stick and tissue. The solid models were static and usually contained a few blocks of balsa and sometimes a detail part or two. These "Make Wood Look Like Plane" models required a very high level of skill in carving and finishing. The stick and tissue variety were slightly easier to build and provided the ultimate thrill - they could fly when complete with rubber power (and later with free-flight gas and eventually R/C). They still required a great deal of skill, so manufacturers sought ways to make model building more accessible to everyone. One idea was pre-carving and/or prefabrication. This naturally raised prices. Many manufacturers launched lines of 'easy' to build flying models but only Monogram succeeded in making an entire line at an affordable price that would actual fly. The original "Speedee-Bilt" kits were in one-piece two-color boxes. In the early 1950s, shortly before plastic kits were available, Monogram changed to the 'hardbox' with a colorful lithograph slick glued to the top as this kit. Speedee-Bilt kits contained die cut and pre painted wooden parts, completely formed 'Monofoil' airfoil wings, carved wheels and numerous plastic details like cowling, pilot, missiles, propeller and more. Assembly was by detailed full size plans. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present. NOTE: the very left side of the decal sheet was once stuck to the tissue paper. The decals are not torn, but there is residue of the tissue still stuck to the left side of the decals (on the 'N' of the wing registration).

KSN Midori Nakajima Ki-32 2 Oscar - Motor Drives Prop And Wheel And Wing Navigation Lights Work, 1/28, 800-03

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$375   

Very rare. Large 1/28 scale motorized kit with many working features. A factory-assembled metal gear box with nylon gears is driven by a common FA-130 motor. This gearbox spins the propeller and drives the tail wheel, moving the aircraft across any smooth surface while the red and green wing navigation light blink on and off. Factory glue is included as well as all running hardware and lights. Please note that KSN did not furnish the motor with the kit. Features hidden battery compartment (where the real engine would be) and it has moving rudder, elevator, ailerons and wing flaps. The kit has never been started. The small parts, gearbox, lights and glue are still factory sealed. The plastic parts that were factory sealed are still sealed in the original clear bags; the few large parts (wings and fuselage) that were never sealed are inventoried compete. The large full-color card showing aircraft and famous pilots is in 'excellent' condition . Includes instructions and decals both in 'excellent' condition. The box is 100% complete with four solid corners and no repairs or tape. But it does have the stain shown on the left and general wear as shown, hence the 'good-' grade.