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Monogram Speedee-Bilt Boeing PT-13 Kaydet Trainer, G5-100

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$89   

Rare kit from 1957. This is a highly prefabricated, rubber-powered, wooden scale flying model kit. It features beautiful, completely finished Monofoil upper and lower wings, die-cut fuselage sides and formers that are factory painted yellow, precarved wooden parts, fully finished wheels, die-cut clear windscreens, prop and pilot bust, fully formed wire landing gear, rubber motor, sandpaper, tissue, decals and excellent instructions. The kit has never been started. The small parts are still factory sealed in the wax bag. The parts that ever never sealed have all been inventoried complete. Includes decals and instructions. 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 RC). 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 raised prices, naturally. 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 lithographic slick glued to the top as this kit. Speedee-Bilt kits contained die cut and pre painted wooden parts, completely formed airfoil wings, carved wheels and numerous plastic details like engine cowl, pilot, missiles, prop and more. Assembly was by detailed full size plans.

CM DE-339 USS Rudderow (Rudderow class 1944), 1/350

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$119   

SPECIAL ORDER limited production kit. Museum quality high definition resin castings. Complete kit with all parts needed for assembly. Some kits include photo-etched details and decals if required -email for details on a certain kit. Kits are molded upon receipt of payment. Normal wait is 2 to 3 weeks.

Arii Scud-B R-17 Missile And Transporter/Launcher, 1/48, A688-2400

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$39   

Still factory sealed. Nicely detailed kit includes Scud battlefield missile, transporter, metal axles, rubber tires, vinyl detail tubing, extensive decals and more.

The Ship Model Shop USS Arleigh Burke DDG51 Guided Missile Destroyer - 22 Inches Long, 1/250

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$245   

Very rare and highly detailed model from Allen Baker's legendary Ship Model Shop. This was the last kit he issued, and there are two personally signed letters from Mr. Baker included with the kit. Very high quality kit features 90% factory finished hardwood hull, perfectly cut and crisp wood superstructure parts, a vast number of cast metal fittings, a large sheet of photoetched brass details, wood, plastic and metal stock as required, a beautiful set of dry transfers designed by Mr. Baker and custom made by Chartpak. Paperwork includes instructions, plans, sales material, color photos and various photocopies of plans. Carefully inventoried against the included parts list and NOTE: missing (2) of (16) small bitts and the (4) flat Aegis Antenna Enclosures; very easily made by cutting them from sheet styrene. All original paperwork is included but please NOTE: Mr. Baker had difficulty in releasing this final kit. So the instructions are generic (from the FFG7 kits) and a set of assembled plans. He apologizes in the letter for the standard of documentation. I only recommend this model if you are comfortable building a ship from plans.

Western Aircraft Mfg Co Dragon-Fly Miniature Airplane - 14 Inch Wingspan Prefabricated Flying Model

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$249   

Very rare. 1932 early RTF stick-and-tissue model from Western Aircraft Manufacturing Company, Los Angeles California. The box and kit are both in investment-grade 'near mint' condition. I had seen these in 1930s magazines but did not know if any were left. All of the pieces of this aircraft have been factory assembled and simply need to be put together with the supplied rubber bands. The fuselage/rubber stick is cut, finished & painted and has both metal rubber motor clips installed. The wing, vertical and horizontal stabilizers are fully assembled of light-weight wood with the tissue applied. The horizontal stabilizer and wing have the correct airfoil camber built in, and the wing has the USA national insignia applied. There is a perfectly carved wooden propeller, metal rubber hook/propeller shaft, two fully finished wheels, other wood parts cut to size and ready to install. Even the original rubber bands used for installing sub-assembles together are present and still intact on the motor stick. The rubber band motor is present but very brittle and broken into many sections. There is an excellent set of front and back illustrated instructions that cover assembly, how to fly and adjust the aircraft and how to maintain it. Please note, this model must be shipped insured.

Lincoln Douglas DC-7 - BOAC, 1/150, 105

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$55   

Rare, very early issue with "ALL PLASTIC no cutting no sanding" on the box top. Nicely made small scale kit from the 1950s. Molded in gloss silver with a large clear display stand. Never started. Inventoried complete including decals/transfers and instructions. Lincoln was an injection molding firm located in Hong Kong. Model kits were not their primary business but an important sideline and they established an early presence. Major countries of distribution were Hong Kong, Great Britain, New Zealand and Australia. Through specialty hobby shops, they often found their way to the West Coast of the USA. As early as 1956 Lincoln reissued about 16 Hawk kits from the USA, often with 'Picture Gallery' artwork. Although not their primary business, they established quite a line of plastic before discontinuing production in the late 1960s/early 1970s. Many molds moved to Kader, also in Hong Kong, who reissued the line. Some molds eventually found their way to the USA either through ATP (who purchased the excess kit stock when Kader sold out) or IM.

Revell Jupiter C - With Working Gantry / Elevator / Explorer Satellite and Crew - 'S' Issue, 1/100, H1819-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$329   

1958 first issue hardbox featuring some of my favorite 'S' box artwork. Correct, original issue molded in three colors. Not a reproduction. The box is in 'very good+++' condition with great color and gloss. There are no price tags, no tag marks, no litho tear or missing litho, no fading, four solid original corners and no stains. Flaws include even light general wear as shown, a very short and mild crease at the upper left and residue from thin, clear tape on all four sides. Loaded with working features typical of kits at the time. The entire gantry tower folds back and moves on railroad base, the elevator moves to the four different work platforms and the Explorer Satellite can be removed from the Jupiter rocket. Includes crew of 7. Inside, the kit has never been started. Parts are molded in red, medium gray and white. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and completely flat 'very good++' condition decals and 'very good' instructions with typical yellowing and some edge wear, the heaviest at the bottom.

Tamiya 6x4 Truck Krupp Protze, 1/35, MM204

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$32   

Still factory sealed. Well detailed and includes driver figure and many accessories.

Revell Sting Ray III GM Concept Car, 1/25, 7346

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$22   

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Still factory sealed. This 1993 model is one of the most fluid and aerodynamic concept cars every designed by General Motors. Features a detailed Corvette engine, flip up front end, roll bar built into dual headrests, full interior and more. Molded in purple, clear and chrome plated plastic.

Monogram Rommel's Rod With Two Trading Cards - The Desert Fox's Krazy Kommand Kar - Designed by Tom Daniel, 1/24, PC225-6745

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$119   

Rare first issue dated 1969. Not the common reissue. The box is complete and has four solid corners, but there is writing as shown and bug damage oddly restricted to the edges. This is a wonderful and fun kit with machine guns, two skeletons, detailed engine and interior, removable hood and more. Molded in the correct tan, clear, chrome plate and with rubber tires. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Decals and instructions are 'very good++' and the small Monogram fold-out catalog is included. Also includes the two original trading cards that each measure 3.5 x 2.5 inches. One is for Rommel's Rod (this kit) and the other is for Tom Daniel's Swee'T'ee Model T Street and Show Rod. The Swee'T'ee card has 'very good+' centering, new color and gloss and the only real flaws are three small chips at the very edge of the white border. The car image is flawless. Rommel's Rod has only 'good to fair' centering. The image is flawless but there are several chips at the very edge of the white border.

Hobby-Time Sealed Factory Case of 12 Bell XV-3 US Army Convertiplane, 1/43, 901-98c

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Good

$545   

This is a factory-sealed case of 12 Hobby-XV-3 model kits from the 1950s. Hobby-Time shipped them to the address on the box, and I purchased them from the man at that address. The case has never been opened and is still securely sealed top and bottom with the factory tape. The box is in 'excellent' condition. The actual model kits (12 inside the case!) are the one and only issue of this amazing aircraft. This is a very nice kit for that time with fine raised panel lines, interior detail and molded in gloss silver and clear.

Bandai German Infantry No 2, 1/48, 8243-125

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$20   

Ideal for all 1/48 dioramas. Contains the four figures shown, which can be built in a variety of combat positions. Also includes a very large number of accessories (dozens) and a color painting guide on the back of the box. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the factory sealed internal bag with instructions.

ESCI AB-206 Police Patrol - Jet Ranger, 1/48, 4068

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$42   

Still factory sealed. A very nice model featuring complete cockpit and passenger interior, optional open or closed cockpit and cabin doors, optional snow or ice skis, water floats, standard skids or skid with wheels and extensive decals for the LAPD and Swiss Police Forces.

Revell Sikorsky H-19 Rescue Helicopter 'S' Issue, 1/48, H227-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$65   

First issue of this model dated 1955. The incredible boxart by Richard Kishady makes is easy to understand why these models are seen as the height of box artwork and are so collectible today. This is an excellent model for that era and features detailed cockpit and two pilots, rotating main and tail rotors, detailed engine and optional position clam-shell nose doors, winch and 'downed' pilot and clear Revell "Globe" stand. There is no assembly but NOTE: lower rotor hub #3 has a small amount of glue on it (but was never glued to anything). Inventoried 100% complete including all parts, decals and instructions present.

Just Fantasy Arado 248 - Bagged, 1/48, 4806

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$95   

Very rare and the only kit of this subject in any scale. Features high definition resin cast parts, a clear vacuform canopy (still clear and not yellowed), complete decals and full instructions. The kit has never been started. The small parts that were factory sealed are still in the factory sealed bags. The larger parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete. With decals and instructions.

Eagle Model Aircraft Co Hawker Typhoon, 1/48

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$28   

Rare kit from the 1940s. Solid wood, large-scale display model has a 10.5 inch wingspan when built. Features profile cut fuselage & wings, printwood, sandpaper, color insignia sheet for the RAF and detailed plans with cross sections and painting guide. Never started and 100% complete.

Revell A4D Skyhawk (A-4D) - Famous Artist Series, 1/51, H179-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$125   

1960 hardbox issue in the rare Famous Artist Series. This classic box art is titled "Firepower" and is by Bart Doe. All of the Famous Artist Series feature some of the finest artwork to grace model kit boxes. This was the issue directly after Revell discontinued the "S" release. The model includes pilot figure in cockpit section, working wing flaps, detailed landing gear, drop tank, two Bullpups, two missile trailers and three ground crewmen. Never started. Inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions present. Does not include trading card or stamp.

Aurora German Tiger Tank, 1/48, 324-150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$54   

1969 Big A hardbox issue. This model features working bogie wheels, flexible treads, rotating turret and elevating gun and crew. The kit has never been started. The tank has been inventoried with all parts including decals and instructions; NOTE: missing display base.

Aurora Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina, 1/74, 374-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$129   

1962 issue with colorful pre-war high-visibility paint in the artwork. Please note that this is the first issue of this box art because of the 'Famous Fighters' in the border of the Aurora logo. Box is in 'very good++' condition with nice color and gloss, four solid corners and no sign of price tags or tape. There is light general wear as shown. Kit features retracting pontoons and rotating props. This version has the desirable large clear two-piece 'World' triangle-base stand. Molded in gloss silver and clear. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

StromBecker Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket - (D-558 2), C-42

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$74   

StromBecker was famous for this line of precarved hardwood and plastic kits. The carving is done to the final shape. When complete it makes an impressive desk top display. Includes glue, sandpaper, decals, hardwood stand, metal stand arm, plastic canopy and full instructions. Never started. 100% complete with all parts, plans and partial decal sheet.