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Hawk Convair Manned Orbiting Laboratory with Interior and Clear Parts - Built Up, 1/98, 551-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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NOTE: this kit has been built. Very rare. 1966 issue issue hardbox. The MOL, or Manned Orbiting Laboratory one of the classic space kits. Includes interior detail, figures, clear cover and two rocket reentry vehicles. The rocket and clear cover is present - the base is not. Assembly quality of the rocket is very good - there are no gaps, but some light glue marks. The clear cover has not been glued on and is in excellent condition. A small antenna and one thruster are missing (the other thruster is present but detached). There are no instructions and the decals have been applied.

Lindberg USS Lexington CV-16 Aircraft Carrier (Essex Class) - Motorized, 1/888, 7103M

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. 1968 motorized issue for operation in water. This is the Lady Lex after her modernization to an angled deck carrier.

Renwal USS Compass Island Experimental Ballistic Navigational Ship, 1/500, S606-149

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Very rare. This kit is highly detailed, very finely molded and includes the Regulus I missiles and launcher, retractable stabilizers, detailed helicopter and landing pad and highly detailed superstructure, booms and deck fittings. The kit has not been started and has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. In the 1950s, the US Navy began a program called the "Fleet Ballistic Missile". Since missiles of the day had short range, it made sense to sail Navy ship within range and fire missiles from then. Nothing had ever been done like this before, so a special research ship was converted from a "Mariner" class cargo vessel. The USS Compass Island was the US Navy's experimental forerunner of ballistic missile-launching vessels. She was commissioned at the New York naval Shipyard on December 3, 1956. Displacing 17,000 tons, the Compass Island was designed to assist in the development of SINS, or the Ship Inertial Navigational System. Missiles can only hit targets if they know exactly where they were launched from. This early system was a distant relative of GPS, the Global Positioning System. The ship carried the usual crew in addition to many scientists. She was equipped with Regulus I missiles for testing as well as many other instruments from research on navigation done at the Instrumentation Laboratory and MIT. The Compass Island was also equipped with the Sperry Gyroscope Company's new Gyrofin Ship Stabilizer. These are included in the model and move as the real ones did to keep the Compass Island from rolling. Each fin provided 3,000 foot-tons of lift and reduced this motion by 90%. This kit is highly detailed, very finely molded and includes the Regulus I missiles and launcher. The kit has not been started and has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Tamiya Japanese Self Defense Force Type 61 Tank (90mm Gun) - Motorized, 1/35, MT129-700

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Highly detailed and beautifully molded armor kit. Includes Mabuchi 26 motor and all metal gear box. The model as never been started. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Revell F-94C Starfire Intereceptor - Pre 'S' Kit, 1/56, H210-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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1954 Pre-S issue. This is the third issue. The first issue was in the simple one-piece box and Revell quickly converted to this two-piece box as it was much more durable and a full-color lithographed 'slick' could be used. For the second issue, Revell added rivet and raised panel line detail as well as landing gear, and went to this box and H210-79 kit number. The famous 'Globe' clear stand was added, but the 2nd issue has the rare one piece stand arm and the instructions reflecting that. The 3rd issue (this kit) is identical to the 2nd issue except that the 'Globe' stand was changed to the sturdy 3 piece arm version. The model has never been started. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Veron Nieuport 27 - 20 inch Wingspan Flying Model Airplane

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

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Veron models were made by Model Aircraft (Bournemouth) Ltd. In Bournemouth, Great Britain. Three of the product lines were 'Kwik-Fix' gliders, 'Super Truscale' (sold kits) and 'Tru-Flite' (stick and tissue kits). This Tru-Flite kit contains high quality printwood and strip wood, hardware, rubber, beautifully drawn full size plans, detailed instructions and plastic wheels, prop and thrust bearing. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Guillows Bristol Bullet - 18 inch Wingspan Rubber Powered Balsa Wood Kit, WW-7

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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One of a very popular line of World War 1 flying aircraft stick and tissue kits with 18 inch wingspan. Kit features scale plastic wheels, plastic propeller, light vacuform nose cowl, die cut balsa parts, colored tissue, rubber motor and full decals. Includes full size detailed plans. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, 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.

Revell Spanish Galleon, 1/65, H400

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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1970 issue. Large and highly detailed model. 28.5 inches long and 25 inches high. Comes with vac sails with colorful designs on them as per the box artwork. Sails are in good condition but not mint. The printing is excellent, but two sails have small corner cracks that can be repaired. Full rigging instructions and material included. Never started. 100% inventoried complete or factory bagged with instructions present.

Rareplane Detective Convair XF2Y-1 Sea Dart (Ex-Strombecker) - (XF2Y1), 1/60, RPD01

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Limited edition of only 1000 kits issued. The Sea Dart was a supersonic design that could operate from water. 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. Ex-Strombecker molds released by Jeff Garrity. Has rivets as the final Strombecker release did (early Strombecker release does not have rivets). Has very colorful decals for this unusual and beautiful aircraft. Never started. Factory sealed bag or 100% inventoried with all parts decals and instructions present.

AMT F9F Panther - Ted Williams Aircraft, 1/48, T643

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

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Still factory sealed. Large 1/48 scale kit with Ted Williams personal aircraft markings.

Hasegawa North American RA-5C Vigilante - RVAH-12 USS America, 1/72, 1027

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. Very nicely molded kit with cockpit and gear well detail, four drop tanks and clear camera windows.

Lindberg B-58 Hustler, 1/64, 5304

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Late 1960s/early 1970s issue of this popular kit. Loaded with operating features and good detail. Features retracting main and nose gear and opening/closing gear doors, detailed opening cockpits and movable control surfaces, crew of three and four detailed engines with removable panels. Never started and complete. Molded in correct early gray plastic. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Airfix Bristol Blenheim IV, 1/72, 2027

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

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Still in the factory seal. Well molded model. Kit includes rotating turret with elevating guns, crew members and good interior and landing gear detail.

Maircraft Vultee Vanguard Solid Wood Model Airplane, 1/48, S7

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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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.

Revell CV-13 USS Franklin (Essex Class), 1/720, H484-150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still sealed. 1967 issue. Can be built as waterline or full hull version. Nicely molded and detailed with all AA guns and an air wing of Hellcat and Helldiver aircraft.

Strombecker Northrop P-61 Black Widow, C33

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

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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. This kit is hardwood with many plastic injection molded parts, so it was produced in the transition from wood to plastic. The P-61 is one of the rarest of the WWII Strombeckers. The model includes plastic detail parts, decals, glue and sandpaper. The carving is done to the final shape - which makes for some impressive parts for a Black Widow. When complete it makes an impressive desk top display model with an 11 inch wingspan. Never started. 100% complete with all parts, decals and detailed plans/instructions.

Revell Delta Airlines Lockheed L-1011 Tristar, 1/144, H143

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

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Still factory sealed but the seal has split. 1974 issue.

Hawk Northrop P-61 Black Widow Solid Wood Kit, 1/48

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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For the advanced Hawk collector. Hawk was one of the few manufacturers making wooden kits to a constant scale of 1/48 as far back as the late 1920s. However, the company was innovative as it quickly included injection molded accessories in the late 1930s. This kit is from 1944. Almost all Hawk kits were put in colorful but generic boxes and the name of the model was stamped on the side - but the large 1/48 P-61 got it's own large box and special artwork! Contains cut-out wooden main airframe sections and details, decals, full sized plans, templates for wings and fuselage cross-section shapes, wheels, turned and shaped cowlings and two injection molded propellers. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Airmodel ZMC-2 (Z MC-2) Metal-Clad Rigid Airship - US Navy 1929 - Bagged, 1/72, 237

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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Rare. Very large 1/72 scale US Navy Rigid Airship. Measures just over 24 inches long when assembled. Features white plastic vacuformed main body, fins and details. Includes history and instructions/plans. Never started. NOTE: missing clear gondola. This was a two piece clear shell. Includes all other parts and instructions. The idea of a rigid airship using a monocoque metal skin had been tried in Germany in 1897 with the 'Schwarz'. In 1929 the ADC tried a more successful experiment with the ZMC-2 - the MC stood for 'Metal Clad'. A supporting structure of twelve ring frames mounted on twenty-four longitudinal lattice beams. This structure was entirely covered with duralumin and pure aluminum foil sandwich skinning amounting to no more than a few hundredths of a millimeter in thickness. This metal envelope was gas tight and was directly filled with helium. Two Wright Whirlwind engines of 220hp were used. The ZMC-2 first flew on August 19, 1929. She had a maximum speed of 48 mph and entered the US Navy as a training vessel. It was scrapped in 1942 after 12 years of trouble-free service.

MPC Douglas F-18 Hornet US Marine Prototype, 1/72, 14304

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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1980s issue. Well molded. With colorful red prototype markings. This kit has not been started. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.