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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Very rare. 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 launchers. The kit has not been started. NOTE: it is missing one small part #11, a short hull fairing. It can be made with sandpaper and stock plastic or can be made with putty. All other parts are inventoried complete with decals and instructions. NOTE: Although the kit is complete, there are two broken parts. Two prop blades are broken but are intact and included. The

Italeri M47 General Patton Tank (90mm Gun) - German or US Army, 1/35, 208

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Very highly detailed kit. Very well molded in green and with flexible treads. Has decals for German or US Army versions. 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.

Nichimo USS Enterprise CVAN-65 - Motorized, 1/500, 18

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. This kit was designed for motorized/RC operation. Like most models of it's type, it contains running gear/hardware but not the motor. Drive is through a gear box on all four props with metal shafts and stuffing boxes. Nicely detailed and molded. Features one piece hull, one piece flight deck, extensive decals, large air group with helicopters, A-5 Vigilante, F-4 Phantom, A-6 Intruder, C-1A Tracker, E-2B Hawkeye, A-4 Skyhawk, A-3 Skywarrior and F-8 Crusader aircraft. Deck tugs/tractors and crane are included also.

Aurora North American XB-70 Valkyrie Bomber, 1/105, 370

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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1969 hardbox issue is still factory sealed. Very large kit with 6 detailed General Electric J93-3 engines, landing gear and clear canopy. NOTE: the original shrink wrap is intact and has drawn the box concave.

Heller Mirage IIIR with Automatic Landing Gear - Buzco Issue, 1/50, 301-250

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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Buzco US issue of this classic older Heller 1/50 scale action kit. Feature rubber tires, detailed cockpit, pilot, moving control surfaces, opening and closing canopy and Automatic Landing Gear. Manually retract the landing gear and close the doors, then one switch unlocks the gear, opens the doors and lowers the landing gear. The mechanism to do this is cleverly designed. Never started and still factory sealed with instructions and decals.

Heller Trident Research Aircraft, 1/50, 203-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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Buzco issue of this 1950s high-speed jet engine and rocket propelled aircraft. The interesting dual propulsion system gave the Trident the world altitude records in 1958. This kit has never been started. It is still in the internally sealed factory bag with decals and instructions. NOTE: the instructions show a stand, but I have never seen the Buzco issue with a stand and the kit is factory bagged sealed - so I do not think it came with one.

MPC Auto Scape - Jeep Commando Off Road with Display Scene, 1/25, 1-0912

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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Unique kit includes a vacuform terrain display base, colorful cardboard backdrop of 4WD territory and a nicely detailed Commando kit. The Jeep builds up a detailed 4 wheel drive rolling chassis - just like the real vehicle. Features frame, steering linkage, springs, front and rear differential, shocks, fuel tank, exhaust and more. Features detailed complete engine, engine compartment, opening hood, full interior and rotating wheels. Molded in orange, clear, red tinted clear, and chrome. With real rubber tires. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Airfix Churchill Mk. VII Tank Craftmaster Issue with 15 Scale Soliders, 1/76, M5-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Kit includes 15 Airfix HO solidersGreat Craftmaster artwork. Kit features very good detail, flexible treads, detailed bogies and rotating turret. Never started. NOTE: missing one middle bogie wheel. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts, decals and instructions. Decals are intact but have a manufacturing smear on them.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Black end panel Craftmaster issue. Features movable rudder, elevator and ailerons, crew and cockpit, movable propeller and wheels and British markings. Never started. NOTE: missing decals and stand. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts and instructions.

Revell Curtiss P-40E, 1/72, H623-60

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

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One piece box issue dated 1963, but from the higher price extension (60 cents) this is a mid 1960s issue. NOTE: one wheel is painted black. It can be stripped with DOT3 brake fluid or other safe stripper. 100% inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

AMT-Hasegawa LTV A-7A Corsair II - US Navy or US Air Force, 1/72, A693-130

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc-

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From quality Hasegawa molds. This kit was part of an early effort by AMT to market quality Hasegawa kits in the USA. The models and decals where made in Japan and shipped to AMT, who supplied the boxes and marketing. The model has decals to build the Navy or Air Force camo versions. Never started. NOTE: missing four bombs. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora F-105 Thunderchief, 1/78, 123-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc +++

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1958 "Famous Fighters" oval logo issue. Dramatic Jo Kotula box art. This is a rare kit of the prototype Thunderchief, with the long nose probe and early configuration nuclear weapons pod. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

AMT 1962 Pontiac Tempest Convertible - 3 in 1 Kit, 1/25, K6012

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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Rare and very nicely molded kit. Can be built any one of three ways - stock, custom or racing. Includes a very large number of optional custom parts so you can make a totally unique automobile. Features detailed complete engine, engine compartment, opening hood, full interior, rotating wheels, exhaust and underside detail. Molded in white, clear, red tinted clear, and chrome. With real rubber tires. The kit has never been started. NOTE: missing one part, the custom 'cat' stuffed animal. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts including decals and instructions.

Jo-Han Heavenly Hearse - Cadillac Hearse Stock or Wild Custom, 1/25, GC-600

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

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Still factory sealed. Rare. Can be built as a traditional stock Cadillac Hearse of as the wild one shown on the box artwork. Includes a full set of wild decals, rack for surf items, hood with swoop scoop, surf boards and scuba tanks.

Aurora UH-1B Cobra Copter, 1/48, 500

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

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Big 'A' logo issue dated 1972. In the late 1960s/early 1970s, Aurora realized that it needed to produce new and better kits if they were to stay in business. Several helicopters, aircraft and ships were released with markedly improved mold quality from the older kits. The UH-1 is one of those kits. Very nicely molded and detailed. Features full cockpit and interior, positionable pilot and copilot figures, two positionable crewmembers, optional position crew doors, detailed rotor head, small or large rocket loadout, machine guns and US Army Vietnam-era decals. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

ESCI Bell UH-1D Iroquois Huey - US Army Vietnam or South African Air Force, 1/48, SC-4033

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Great detail including full interior with cockpit and cabin, opening cabin doors, optional position pilot/copilot doors, full engine and more. Includes decals for both air forces. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

Glencoe Martin M-130 Pan Am China Clipper, 1/144, 05505

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Plain box issue. Nicely detailed kit of the legendary Pan Am Flying Boat. Ex-Strombecker Molds, limited run. Never started. Factory sealed box/bag or 100% inventoried with all parts decals and instructions present. These flying boats established routes to China in the late 1930s. Those who could afford to fly them did so in luxury that is unheard of in air travel today.

Glencoe Curtiss Condor - Argentine Navy - Byrd or American Airways, 1/82, 06101

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Ex ITC molds. Contains decals for all three versions. The Condor was perhaps the first 'Modern Airliner' featuring electric retractable landing gear and a comfortable sound-proofed cabin. Large colorful decal sheet. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Messerschmitt Me-109 (Bf-109) - Yellow Box Ends- Famous Fighters of All Nations, 1/48, 55A-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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I believe this is the 4th edition of this kit, and the first issue with this Jim Cox boxart. Dates from the mid 1956 with small 'Aurora Line' rectangular logo and 'Famous Fighters of All Nations'. It is interesting that this issue did not carry the standard Aurora 'Northern Lights' logo for 1956 - perhaps it was designed at the end of 1955 and simply left that way. Correctly molded in metallic burgundy and clear with the correct rectangular clear stand. For this issue the factory changed the swastikas on the tail to iron crosses and decals as well. This kit has never been started. It is either still in the internally sealed factory bag or has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Fujimi Focke-Wulf FW-190 A-7/R3 - 190 A-7/R1 - 190 A-8/R1 - 190 A-8/R3 - 190 A-8/Trop - 190 A-6/Trop - 190 A-6/R1 - 190 A-6/R3 (also A-9/R1 A-9/R3), 1/48, 5A13-300

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Very nicely molded and detailed kit. Features all fine recessed panel lines, detailed cockpit and gear wells, two piece optional position canopy and a wide variety of war loads. Has parts and decals for all versions listed. 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.