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Airmodel Gloster Meteor F8 Conversion - (For Frog Kit) - Bagged, 1/72, 144

Vacuform Model Kit

$6   

Nicely done conversion kit designed for the classic and readily available Frog Meteor. Never started. Complete with all parts and instructions.

Revell 1907 Renault Limousine Highway Pioneers - Series Four, 1/32, H53-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+++

$39   

1953 early issue molded in gloss dark brown plastic. This is from the issues produced with Gowland & Gowland as it carrier their 'balloon' logo on the side. The model has not been started. The parts are still sealed in the original 'krinkle' bag and the kit is complete with instructions. Before the 1950s 'model building' never made the top 10 list of boy's activities. Hobbies were nothing new to America in the 1930s/40s, but they were not mainstream. Shortly after the turn of the century, many dedicated modelers built flying or static airplanes, ship, train, automotive or other subjects. Basic kits existed, but the majority of these models were built from scratch, which demanded a high talent level developed from years of experience. That changed in the early 1950s. The phenomenon of the Revell/Gowland & Gowland 'Highway Pioneers' car kits was a significant force in proving that model building as a hobby could have mass appeal, provided that the kits were easy enough to build and finish. These 1/32 scale vehicles could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real car. The Highway Pioneers series lead to the production of other subjects in plastic and the effect was revolutionary. By the early 1960s, model building was the #1 past time of American boys.

Revell Oldsmobile Delivery Van Highway Pioneers - (Oldsmobile), 1/32, H44

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

$38   

1953 early issue molded in white and black plastic and it includes colorful insignia for 'Gowland's Bakery.' This kit has never been started. All parts are still factory sealed in the original 'krinkle' bag and it includes the instructions. Before the 1950s 'model building' never made the top 10 list of boy's activities. Hobbies were nothing new to America in the 1930s/40s, but they were not mainstream. Shortly after the turn of the century, many dedicated modelers built flying or static airplanes, ship, train, automotive or other subjects. Basic kits existed, but the majority of these models were built from scratch, which demanded a high talent level developed from years of experience. That changed in the early 1950s. The phenomenon of the Revell/Gowland & Gowland 'Highway Pioneers' car kits was a significant force in proving that model building as a hobby could have mass appeal, provided that the kits were easy enough to build and finish. These 1/32 scale vehicles could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real car. The Highway Pioneers series lead to the production of other subjects in plastic and the effect was revolutionary. By the early 1960s, model building was the #1 past time of American boys.

Aurora Sopwith Camel, 1/48, 102-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$54   

Third issue of Aurora's Camel. It retains the original 1956 box art, but the square Aurora 'Northern Lights' logo is gone, blotted out with a yellow rectangle and the the soon-to-be classic sunburst 'Famous Fighters' oval. There is no Parents' Magazine Seal and no '69' price circle on this issue. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Convair B-36 Giant Bomber - Peacemaker, 1/333, 492-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$115   

Third issue hardbox dated 1961. Fantastic Jo Kotula artwork. Note the oval sunburst logo with no yellow rectangular background. The box has excellent color and gloss, four solid corners and light, general wear as the only flaws. Features rotating propellers, full landing gear, auxiliary jet engines, clear canopy & nose and the Aurora 'Triangle World' clear stand. Molded in gloss silver and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions, both in 'excellent' condition.

Gavia Fokker D-II - Ltn. Fritz Grunzweig Ensheim 1916 or 540/16 (w/n 832) 1915 - (M17 D.II), 1/48, 003-1199

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$34   

Very nice kit of an unusual subject. Features very cleanly molded parts, 'very good' cockpit detail and machine guns, PE details and decals and paint guide for two aircraft. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Airfix Boston Bomber A-20 - Craftmaster Issue, 1/72, 1-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$28   

Black end panel issue from the 1960s. Features movable rudder, elevator and ailerons, crew and cockpit, movable propeller and wheels and British markings. NOTE: this kit has minor and 'professional' quality assembly to (2) pieces - the pilot is glued to his seat. There is no other assembly. Inventoried and 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

LS Mitsubishi A6M5 Type 52 Zeke Zero - Motorized, 1/72, 106-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$32   

Classic early Japanese box art with a high quality LS model. It is engineered to be motorized with the battery in the stand. As was the practice, all of the hardware is included but the motor is not. Features moving rudder, wing flaps and ailerons, sliding canopy and retracting landing gear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Pyro Hawker Fury RAF - (ex-Inpact), 1/48, P608-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$27   

Larger scale (1/48) Fury model. Nicely molded good detail and subtle fabric texture where appropriate. Features cockpit detail, pilot with positionable arms and full rigging instructions. Very colorful checkerboard decals. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Special Hobby Pfalz D-XII Late Version - (DXII), 1/48, SH48024

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$28   

Still factory sealed. Excellent, very well molded kit featuring clean injection molded parts, numerous resin detail, photoetched details and two large decal sheets; one with aircraft markings and one for the wing lozenge patterns.

Aurora German Tiger Tank, 1/48, 312-129

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$59   

Hard to find 1/48 scale armor kit. John Steel hard-box art is dated 1964. The box has very good color and gloss, no tape or price tag marks and four solid corners. Light, general and even wear are the only flaws. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. NOTE: the treads are intact and 'near mint' but there are tread burns on the inside of one side panel (not visible when built), inside of the lower hull panel (again, not seen when built) and on the gun barrel. The barrel is all there but significantly damaged by the burns. The decal backing paper has bug damage but the actual transfers are intact.

Flyline Models Travel Air 6000 - 36 inch Wingspan for RC/Free Flight or Static Display, 115

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$68   

Still factory sealed but the seal has split on the right side. Very large kit for RC or built for static display. Flyline Models was a manufacturer out of Fairfax, Virginia USA. The models are known for their high quality. The kit contains full size detailed plans, instructions, high quality printed balsa sheets, decals, hardware and more.

Flyline Models Flyette - 24 Inch Wingspan Freeflight Aircraft, S201

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$28   

From 1978. A flying model that can be swapped easily between rubber and CO2 power. Features full size plans, 6 print wood sheets, strip wood, balsa stock as required, fully formed wheels, plastic prop, metal prop shaft and decals. The kit has never been started and has been inventoried complete.

Revell M-2 Long Range Cannon - US Army 155mm Field Artillery Piece - 'S' Issue, 1/40, H535-129

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$199   

Very rare 1958 hardbox issue with the great artwork that has made all the 1950s "S" kits so desirable. Highly detailed and well molded for the time; almost all parts of the gun work like the real prototype. Molded in the correct high-gloss olive drab plastic. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The decals and instructions are in remarkable "near mint" condition.

Air Lines Morane Saulnier MS-406 C1 - (ex Frog), 1/72, 4902

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$24   

From the mid 1960s and very finely molded for that time in silver and clear plastic. Features separately molded ailerons, elevators and rudder. This kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Box art is by the famous Jo Kotula who did 1930s covers for the magazine 'Model Airplane News' and later the Aurora box art of the late 1950s. Air Lines kits are all Frog molds that the Lines Brothers imported to the USA between 1964-1966. The kits, decals and instructions were made in England, then imported to the USA where Testors created the boxes with the colorful trading cards on the back. There are one or two trading cards on each box which show the boxart but not the advertising/logo. Some kits contain a Testors color painting guide also, but it is not specific to any model.

Lindberg F-80C Shooting Star - (P-80), 1/48, 500-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$59   

From the 1950s and with wonderful artwork. The hardbox is in 'excellent+' condition with great color and gloss. Molded in the correct gloss silver and clear with the early O-lin style two-piece, teardrop-based stand. The kit has not been started and is complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Paul Lindberg got his start in 1930s model aviation by designing, building and flying stick and tissue aircraft. His plans appeared in Popular Aviation magazine and he soon made a name for himself. When injection molding showed the way to increased kit sales in the late 1940s/early 1950s, he quickly teamed up with Mr. Olsen to create 'O-lin' models. Ray Gaedke was one the the early artists for O-lin, and he help pioneer dramatic and colorful box artwork. In the early 1950s Paul Lindberg was running the company and had the logo changed to his name. The first logo was circular, with 'Lindberg' in middle and 'Products' 'Incorporated' arched across the top and bottom. The second logo is the 'Yellow Square' that is on this kit. Ray Gadke continued his bold and colorful artwork for Lindberg and did this F-80C boxart as well.

Lindberg Nautilus Atomic Submarine - By Paul Lindberg, 704

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$89   

Rare first issue hardbox from the early 1950s with round script Lindberg logo on the top and sides. In the 1930s, Paul Lindberg was designing, building and flying stick and tissue aircraft like so many other men and boys of the time. His plans appear in Popular Aviation magazine and he made a good name for himself. When injection molding showed the way to increased kits sales in the late 1940s/early 1950s, he quickly teamed up with Mr. Olsen to create 'O-lin' models. Ray Gaedke was one the early artists for O-lin. In the early 1950s Paul Lindberg had control and had his name as the logo. The first logo is the one on this kit - 'Lindberg' in script with 'Products' arched across the top and 'Incorporated' arched across the bottom to create a broken circle around the script. Ray Gaedke continued his bold and colorful artwork for Lindberg, such as the box painting for the Nautilus here. The Nautilus appears to be the first sea vessel that Lindberg cut it's own molds for - the Chris Craft Express Cruiser, PT Boat, LST and Fleet Submarine (Ex-Varney) were done by O-lin. The model is an interesting work of fact and fiction - it includes a deck gun and what looks like an early 'concept' Regulus II missile for the deck! The scale is not known but it measures about 12 inches long when assembled. Molded in gloss gray and clear plastic & includes a display stand. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Revell Douglas DC-7 Compania Mexicana De Aviacion, 1/122, H222

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$110   

Still factory sealed. Hard-to-find Lodela issue with CMA markings. The actual parts are from Revell's famous 'Pre-S' kit from 1954/55.

Minicraft IJN I-19 Type Otsu Submarine Motorized - (ex Nichimo), 1/200, U-2006-700

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$95   

Very successful Japanese fleet submarine from WWII that sported an aircraft in a sealed hanger. This combination was used to bomb the western states as the only WWII bombing attack on the American mainland. This is a well detailed, motorized model that can be made remote control with today's tiny components. Features gearbox and all running hardware and even includes the motor. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Guillows Thomas-Morse S4C Scout - 24 inch Wingspan for Free Flight or R/C Conversion, 201

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$69   

From the 1960s and in amazing 'near mint' condition. Large scale, well detailed model can be flown rubber free flight, gas free flight, or converted to electric RC using today's small and light servos and receivers. Well detailed with scale plastic wheels, plastic propeller, vacuform nose/cowl and engine, full color decals, colored tissue, die cut balsa parts, rubber motor, plywood firewall and excellent full size plans. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Guillow's founder, Paul K. Guillow, was a WWI naval aviator. In 1926 he began producing wooden model airplane kits. His 'Shelf Models' were some of the earlier non-flying models in production. Guillow's grew during the model boom of the 1930s, and when the Depression hit the hardest, Guillow's responded with lower prices and became one of the low price leaders, frequently advertising in Model Airplane News and other leading publications. During the war, like most manufacturers, Guillow's was forced to alternative materials such as cardboard and pine. Guillow's survived the post WWII slump by creating many inexpensive profile flying rubber powered aircraft and gliders in the 1950s (along with North Pacific) which became famous - some are still available today. The stick and tissue lines have been updated with laser cut parts and are still in production as of 2009.