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Pyro 1909 Lozier Briarcliff, 1/32, C455-125

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

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1967 Pyro issue from original molds. In the early to mid 1960s the Pyro company chose many of it's kit subjects based more on historical significance than popularity. Luckily for us, Pyro not only made these kits but did an excellent job for the time. The Lozier was a large four cylinder T-Head rated at 45 horsepower. The wheelbase was 124 inches and she road on huge 36 x 4.5 tires. This Pyro car model is based on a car that was owned by Thomas J Lester of Chargin Falls, Ohio that Pyro engineers and designers had access to. The model includes rubber tires, brass plated parts, colored injection molded parts and clear parts. Features detailed chassis, complete motor and interior and a removable hood or 'bonnet'. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including instructions.

Revell 1911 Rolls Royce - Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H46-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc-

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1953 issue, the first year for the 'Series Three' Highway Pioneers. The box is excellent, and the inside has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and instructions. Molded in deep burgundy plastic. 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.

Entex De Havilland No.1 (DH-1) 1910 / Antoinette 1908 Monoplane / Voisin Farman 1908 Biplane 'The Pioneers of the Air' (Ex-Taimei), 1/72, 8448

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG-

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Rare and highly detailed kits from original Taimei molds. These are unique and accurate kits. The original internal frame structure and details of the aircraft is built from injection molded plastic. When complete, it is covered with a very strong fabric which is included. The result is a very realistic aircraft. Never started. Factory sealed bags complete with instructions and covering material. Fuji also released this kit from ex-Taimei molds, and since Entex lists the kits as being made in Japan (and uses Fuji's box art), it is likely that Fuji molded the kits for Entex. Some of these molds found their way to Renwal, where they may have been the inspiration for the famous Aeroskin series.

Aurora Viking Ship, 1/80, 320-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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1962 hardbox issue with John Steel artwork. large scale full hull kits with crew, colorful decals and a flexible printed red and white striped sail. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora UFO from 'The Invaders' TV Series, 1/72, 813-150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

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Hard-to-find first issue in the 1968 hardbox. This kit was issued in conjunction with the TV series 'The Invaders' and represents the spaceship on the series. The box has like-new color and gloss, solid corners and no tape, price tags or litho tears. Minor edge wear is the only flaw. The kit features retractable landing legs, detailed interior with four figures, removable top and optional clear top. Inside, the kit is mint. The parts are the original gloss medium gray. The model has never been started and has been inventoried complete with all parts and instructions. There are several differences between this first edition and the second release. The first one has the original box artwork, the clear top and gray 'lights' for the bottom. There is no stand in this issue. The second issue does not have a clear top, has red-tinted clear 'lights' for the underside, a display stand and 6 additional aliens for the ground base.

Maircraft Luscombe Silvaire - 'Little Gems' Series Scale Solid Wooden Aircraft Kit, 1/72, G-6

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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These kits are good candidates for the first line of 1/72 model aircraft produced in the USA. Although not as old as the Frog injection molded 1/72 scale kits, these solid wood and metal models were made in the late 1930s or 1940s to 1/6 inch scale - which is commonly known today as exactly 1/72 scale. Maircraft announced kits G-1 through G-6 with 'more to come', but it is likely that no others were produced as Maircraft was out of business by 1948. The highpoint of the Little Gems series was the plans and instructions. Wonderfully illustrated and written, they show step by step how to carve and contour the model and how to finish it. Includes excellent three view full size drawings and templates. The kit consists of balsa wood with printed outlines for all parts and a metal parts sheet with wheels and propeller. This kit has never been started and is complete with all parts and plans/instructions. 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), and eventually even made these 1/72 scale series 'Little Gems'.

MPC 1973 Plymouth Duster - Stock / Street Machine / Super Stock Drag Racer, 1/25, 1-7326-225

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Can be built one of three ways. Street machine and drag versions include many optional parts. 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, a custom hood scoop. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts including decals and instructions.

Revell NS Savannah History Makers with Aftermarket Photoetched Accessories, 1/381, 8622

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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1982 History Makers issue of the classic 1958 'S' kit. Also includes aftermarket 1/400 scale photoetched parts - 17 inches of three-bar railing, nine life rings, 6 inches of vertical ladders, 9 watertight doors/hatches and 2.9 inches of stairs with railings. Kit features viewable detailed reactor, rotating prop, movable rudder and 12 booms, cargo that fits into the holds, display stand and full decals. Very well molded kit and probably the best of all NS Savannah models. The model has never been started and is complete with all parts, decals, flag sheet and instructions.

Revell USS Hornet +3 Apollo 11 Recovery Vessel, 1/490, H354

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Fair++

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Still factory sealed but the seal has drawn the box very concave at the ends as shown. Dated 1969. Well detailed kit in the Apollo Recovery configuration from the same year. Measures 20 inches long when assembled. Features one piece hull, in-scale Apollo Capsule, Grumman S-2 Trackers, E-1 Tracers, Sea King Helicopters and movable elevators and cranes.

Lindberg Stearman Kaydet PT-17 Primary Trainer - Bagged, 1/48, 2313

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: No Box

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Bagged kit - no box. The box is shown for reference only. 1/48 scale kit from the original molds that Lindberg used in the 1950s. The kit has never been started. NOTE: missing prop shaft. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts including decals and instructions. The Stearman was the last standard biplane produced for the Army and Naval Air Forces. Production was over 10,000 planes, making if more prolific than any other US Biplane design. Kaydets help to train over 60,000 allied airmen in WWII.

Monogram De Havilland Mosquito N.F.II / Mk.IV / F.B.VI / II Night Intruder 'Heritage Edition' Bagged, 1/48, 6064

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: No Box

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Bagged kit. Builds any one of four versions: NF II Night Fighter, Mk IB Bomber, Mk VI Fighter Bomber and MkII Night Intruder. Classic excellent Monogram detail. Never started. NOTE: missing one clear wingtip light. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts, decals and instructions.

Revell Convair B-24 WARBIRD, 1/72, H203-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

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1964 first issue hardbox with excellent color and gloss. Has many action features: landing gear retracts and extends, control surfaces move, guns elevate and turrets rotate, wheels and props spin, flaps extend/retract, 4 crew and has optional position side gunner's position (open or closed). NOTE: left fuselage underside has been painted light gray. Quality of paint is average. Can be painted over or stripped with DOT 3 brake fluid or safe plastic stripper. No other painting and no assembly. 100% inventoried with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Comet Boeing 707 Stratotanker (367-80 - Dash 80), 1/125, PL800-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Comet originally began model production in 1929 with a line of balsa flying models. In the mid-1950s Comet made a beautiful line of small and medium scale aircraft and missile models with colorful boxes. The early issues were in one-piece 'flip-top' boxes, and the later issues and releases were in standard two-piece 'hardboxes' with a lithograph slick glued to the top box. In 1963 Comet sold the plastic kit molds to Aurora. Aurora reissued some but not all kit. There were two Boeing 707 models made. This is the two-piece box larger scale (1/125) 'Stratotanker' - not really a tanker model at all, but a nice kit of the famous Dash-80 Prototype Tanker/707, which lead to the world's first commercially-successful airliner. Well molded with fine recessed panel lines, landing gear and prototype decals. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Bandai Japanese Navy Type 99 Dive Bomber 'Val', 1/50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Poor

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Early Bandai kit with many action features. Wings fold, rudder, ailerons, flaps and elevators move, arresting gear operates, canopy open and closes, rear machine gun elevates and wheels and propeller spin. Includes markings and color paint guide for three colorful aircraft. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bags including decals and instructions. Box is graded 'poor' because end flaps are missing.

Aurora Curtiss SBC-3 Helldiver, 1/48, 117-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Dated 1955. First issue of this kit. Note early rectangular 'Aurora Line' Logo and 'Famous Fighters of All Nations' script. Has movable control surfaces and excellent detail for that time. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Monogram US Navy Grumman TBF Avenger Torpedo Bomber Four Star Issue, 1/48, PA31-149

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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First issue hardbox 'Four Star' kit from 1958. Model has many action features: Wings fold properly as on the real aircraft, landing gear retracts, bomb bay doors open and torpedo drops, machine gun rotates and elevates, and the prop and wheels turn. Includes four airmen. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

AMT Curtiss P-36A Hawk, 1/48, T645

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Never started. Factory sealed box/bag or 100% inventoried with all parts decals and instructions present.

Airfix Handley Page 0-400 Bomber - Type 4 Issue, 1/72, 05010-2

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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Very highly detailed kit of the WWI bomber. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

MPC Fiat G-50 (G50), 1/72, 5006-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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This kit is from quality Airfix molds and is one of the MPC issues with custom decals and the unique clear modular display stand. This kit has never been started. It is either still in the internally sealed factory bag or has been inventoried with all parts, partial decals and instructions. NOTE: the stock decals are all present, but the 'custom' decals are missing. Dates from the late 1960s/early 1970s. Note that this issue still has 'Craft Master' under the MPC logo. Before this, MPC was marketing Airfix kits under the Craftmaster name in the USA. This continued for several issues and was finally discontinued although MPC continued to distribute Airfix and their own models.

Frog Dornier Do-335 A-6 Night Fighter or A-12 Trainer - Luftwaffe or RAF Captured, 1/72, F235

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+++

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Still factory sealed, but the seal has split. Final logo issue from the late 1970s just before Frog ceased production. Nicely molded kit contains parts and decals for both versions. Frog is considered the father of injection molded model kits. The Lines Brothers opened Frog in 1932, capitalizing on the fever caused by Lindberg's solo transatlantic flight. Almost overnight the western populations became 'Air-Minded', and anything aviation was in high demand. Frog created a quality line of stick and tissue rubber powered aircraft and gliders as well as innovative ready-to-fly rubber powered aircraft that required no assembly. The box even contained a built-in rubber motor winder and fuselage holder. Model airplane flight competitions were popular in Great Britain, and one category was 'Rise Off the Ground', or ROG. By changing this to 'Flies Right Off the Ground', the FROG name was born. In 1936 Frog created a line of injection molded plastic models, the first such kit line in the world (Hawk sold a line of injection molded aircraft models in 1934 but they were factory assembled and painted). Named 'Penguin' after the bird that does not fly, the kits were innovative beyond the means of production. At a time when models were simply built by wingspan, the Penguin line was a constant 1/72 scale. Furthermore, a large 1/72 Short S.30 Empire class flying boat contained a full interior and lights! A line of accessories such as AA guns, tractors, hanger, ambulance, sound locator, searchlights and lighting kits were quickly added to the line. WWII caused a pause in production. After the war the box color changed from silver to green, and Penguin kits were also marketed in the USA. Production ended in 1950. Frog quickly expanded and released the Red, Blue, Orange, Black, Green, Gold Token, Spin and Comet series as well as Trail Blazers and several others. It is noteworthy that while most manufacturers in the 1940s/50 were making toy-like models, Frog attempted to make very realistic models. For example, 'detailing' kits with excessively large rivets was once very popular. Frog ignored this trend and continued to mold aircraft with fine panel lines and no rivets. As a result, Frog kits can be built into very realistic replicas. Production ended in the late 1970s, but Frog molds are still in use around the world.