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Airfix Dornier Do-217 E.2 - Craftmaster Issue, 1/72, 1402-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$24   

Action-packed artwork shows a British fighter in a hot gun battle with the main Do-217, which is receiving major damage. Another Do-217 released its bomb load, while the starboard wing on another snaps away in flames as the crew hits the silk. Kit features movable elevators, rudders and ailerons, elevating gun and rotating turret, cockpit detail, four crew members and rotating wheels and props. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Model Shipways Phantom New York Pilot Boat - 11.25 Inch Long Wood and Metal Ship Kit

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$79   

Very nice kit of a beautiful ship. Features a very nice precarved hardwood hull that needs final sanding only, a large number of metal and finished wooden fittings, full standing and running rigging material, wood stock as required and three pages of plans including full rigging diagrams, full size plans and hull profiles, detail drawings and more. The kit has never been started. Small parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and the other parts have been inventoried complete including instructions.

Merlin Models Fokker E-V / D-VIII - German or Polish Air Force, 1/72, 16

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$19   

Limited edition kit with finely cast metal parts and details and injection molded main airframe parts. Includes decals for multiple versions. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

William H Low Co Combination Chemical Wagon - Wilo Line Fire Truck, 1/24, FC180

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$64   

Very rare. Likely from the 1940s. William H Low Co., of Braintree Mass., issued the 'Wilo Line' which included a superb series of antique commercial firefighting equipment. The box top photo shows the actual model as assembled by Bill Low. The scale is given as 1/2" and the finished wagon is a large 8" long (13.5" with the front carriage bar). The kits were very advanced for the time and shared many of the pre-fabrication methods of Hudson Miniatures. Features plastic injection molded spoke wheels, precut large wooden parts, fully finished chemical tanks, completely cut and drilled ladder frames and pre-cut rungs, smaller parts including a great many fully carved of wood & others of metal and brass (chain), with a variety of metal stock as needed, sandpaper, complete instructions with detailed plans, additional drawings, complete text instructions and a big photo of the actual built model. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including instructions/plans. The kits in this line include Amoskeag Steamer, Hose Reel, Hose Wagon, Chemical Engine and many others. In most cases they are the only kits in existence of these historic vehicles. Bill Low did design at least one 'non-fire truck' kit in his Will-O-Line - a Conestoga Wagon, advertised as being 1/24 scale, kit #B14 for $2.85 listed as "This is another Museum Piece by Bill Low." After seeing these fire truck kits, I do not doubt that.

Guillows Focke-Wulf Fw-190 - 25 inch Wingspan RC / Control Line / Free Flight Flying Model, 1/16, 406

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$38   

Still factory sealed and in investment-grade condition. Purchased new on May 23, 1967 in Northern Ohio. One of a very popular 1/16 scale stick-and-tissue series with a 25 3/4 inch wingspan. Can be flown on gas power, U-Control, radio control (R/C) or rubber power. Features high quality balsa die cut balsa parts and stripwood, die-cut plywood parts, vacuform nose / spinner / pilot and more, wheels, plastic propeller, hardware, clear vacuform canopy, covering tissue, big decal sheet and full size plans with detailed building 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.

Air Lines General Aircraft Ltd Hotspur II Glider, 1/72, 7904

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$18   

Well detailed kit from ex FROG molds. Never started. Factory sealed bag or 100% inventoried with all parts/decals and instructions present. 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.

Czech Master DFS Kranich Glider, 1/72, G27

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$38   

Very high quality limited edition resin kit. Features very finely detailed moldings, full cockpit and complete decals. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

Merlin Models Hawker Osprey Frog Penguin Replica, 1/72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$42   

Very limited edition replica of the historic Frog Penguin kit. Nicely molded. Also includes photocopies of the original Penguin instructions. The kit has never been started and is still sealed in the internal factory bag with all paperwork. In the late 1930s, before WWII, Frog created the world's first line of injection molded plastic model kits. Since Frog stood for 'Flies Right Off the Ground' and Frog had a famous line of flying models, the world's first all injection molded kits were called Frog Penguin for the bird that does not fly. The Penguin Osprey was among the early pre-war releases by Frog. The kit is reproduced from actual Frog Penguin kits belonging to the extensive collection of the owner of Merlin Models. Only 2000 copies were made and each is serial numbered.

Easy Built Models Fairchild 24 - 12 inch Wingspan for Free Flight, FF-37

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$18   

Still factory sealed. Easy Built was a Canadian manufacturer who made excellent reproductions of classic flying designs from the 1930 and 1940s. Original plans were used. High quality modern kit made in the finest tradition of the stick and tissue flyers. Features high quality printed balsa, strip wood, propeller, rubber, full sized plans and other accessories.

Airfix EE Lightning F1 / F-1A / F-2 / F-3 - 74 Sq / 56 Sq / 92 Sq / 23 Sq / 29 Sq / 111 Sq, 1/48, 09179

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$34   

Early issue with the best mold quality. Large scale kit that is highly detailed. Optional parts are included to make any of the variants listed. Features highly detailed cockpit, inlets and exhaust, optional position canopy and air brakes, Red Top and Firestreak missiles and more. With paint guide and decals for 6 different aircraft. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Heller Breguet 693, 1/72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$29   

This is a very early Heller issue with no part number, very high gloss box with wrap-around full artwork and the yellow-backed Heller Logo. Very nicely molded and finely detailed. Contains early small catalog. Never started. Factory sealed bag with decals and instructions. Sleek and beautiful, the Breguet 693 was a fast low-level twin engine attack bomber with a crew of two. Armament was one 20mm cannon and two machine guns in front and one turret mounted machine gun facing aft. Bomb load was 6 to 8 50 kg bombs.

Accurate Miniatures North American P-51A Mustang - Allison Powered, 1/48, 3402

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$34   

Still factory sealed. Well detailed and molded with over 60 parts, recessed panel lines, complete cockpit, full wheel wells and optional weighted tires.

Aurora Cutty Sark Clipper Ship, 1/260, 432-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$39   

Excellent builder kit. Nicely molded, smaller scale full-hull kit. Kit features molded rat lines, detailed deck and fittings, display stand and rigging instructions. Molded in green, wood tan and black. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts including flag sheet and instructions. NOTE: the smallest yard has 1/3 of the tip broken off and that tip is missing.

Comet Stinson Voyager Struct-O-Speed Flying Aircraft - Coke Bottle Issue, Q4

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$38   

1950s/very early 1960s issue with a ~14.75 inch wingspan. Comet advertised that the Struct-O-Speed series 'Puts Itself Together...That Quick!' on the box top, and it was not a completely idle boast - they were highly prefabricated, built in a fraction of the time of regular stick-and-tissue models and flew well if properly built and trimmed. Features high quality die cut balsa sheet parts, pre-formed wire landing gear strut, fully formed wooden wheels, plastic prop and thrust button and excellent plans with instructions and flying tips. Never started and complete. 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. The entire 1950s "Q" line included (at the date of this kit) Q1 Piper Cub, Q2 Taylorcraft, Q3 Aeronca, Q4 Stinson Voyager, Q5 Cessna, Q6 Fokker DVIII, Q7 Beech Bonanza, Q8 Ryan Navion, Q9 Globe Swift, Q11 F-51 Mustang, Q12 Spitfire, Q13 Thunder Jet (F-84) and Q14 F-86D Saber Jet. Some of these kits were reissued later with different part numbers and various internal parts changes.

Monogram P-40N Curtiss Warhawk - Blue Box Issue, 1/64, PA165-70

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$29   

Still factory sealed. Blue box issue from 1967. Very finely molded with excellent detail and traditional Monogram quality.

Battle Axe Republic F-84G Thunderjet, 1/48, 48BA01

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$22   

Very detailed metal, resin and plastic multi-media kit. Never started. Factory sealed box/bag or 100% inventoried with all parts decals and instructions present.

OK Herkimer Metal Streamliner Baggage Car - HO Scale Metal Kit, HO, 34

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$32   

Please read the article on this website about older HO train kits and the modeling revolution they caused in the late 1930s/1940s. During this time, OK (Herkimer Tool and Model Works) created a line of real metal streamliner cars. The ends and body are made from cast aluminum. If you polish them and assemble the model, the look like the real thing. The kit comes with fully assembled Talgo metal trucks, predrilled floors, sealed small parts and NMRA couplers. The aluminum is in excellent condition and has not corroded. The model has not been started and is complete.

Monogram A-37 Dragonfly USAF or South Vietnam Air Force, 1/48, 5486

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$34   

1995 issue. A-37s served as close support aircraft in Vietnam. The Dragonfly carried a nose mounted minigun that fired 6000 rounds per minute and had a large variety of underwing stores. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

MPC Vickers Wellington Profile Series - No. 9 Sq Honnington England 1938/39 / No. 75 New Zealand Sq / No. 311 Czech Squadron 1941, 1/72, 2-2005

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$32   

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. This kit has never been started. It is still in the internally sealed factory bag with decals and instructions.

Orange Crush-Revell 1915 Ford Model T Sedan - Bagged, 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Bagged

$22   

Very rare kit with a fascinating history. Around 1958/59, Orange Crush of Mexico offered a promotion. They offered free, colorful, plastic model cars if you collected correctly-marked Orange Crush bottle caps. The models are 1/32 scale Revell Highway Pioneer series - although there is no mention of Revell or Lodela anywhere on the boxes. Orange Crush had the boxes and even the instructions specially made for them with no mention of a manufacturer. They were never given part numbers. NOTE: there is no assembly, but one driving lantern has been painted. There is no other painting. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes photocopied instructions. You could redeem your caps two ways - at the Orange Crush truck and at a Modelandia Hobby House. Orange Crush also released two full-color booklets and a complete paint set for the cars. A colorful cardboard box held 7 colors of paint in glass bottles, complete with 'Orange Crush' screw-on caps! The entire promotion was done in coordination with Modelandia Hobby House which had up to 19 stores. Modelandia's name appears on each of the boxes and the paint as well. Robina S.A. was the bottler or distributor of Orange Crush in Mexico at that time. The box side lists the other 18 kits with small color pictures of each and shows three sizes of OC - Family Size (Familiar), Grand (Grande) and Normal. You could also obtain models with Titan bottle caps. Titan was also bottled by Robina and came in large (Titan) and smaller (Titancito) sizes and apparently more than one flavor. We do not know how Orange Crush had access to the plastic kits or who sealed the internal bags with the Crush instructions inside them. We can assume that it may have been Lodela, since they would have had access to the Revell molds. It is not know for how long the promotion lasted, but Orange Crush was one of the most dominant soft drinks in Mexico at that time. Here is one clue: some boxes claim that Modelandia had 13 locations; other boxes, which obviously came later on, claim 19 locations. This may indicate that this promotion went on for a significant amount of time.