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UPC Airship R-100 with Mooring Mast (ex-Frog), 1/500, 5040-500

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

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Still factory sealed but the seal has splits. UPC (Universal Power Master)from quality Frog molds. Rare and excellent kit. Features a large Montreal Mooring Mast and detailed airship with clear engine pods and passenger gondola. The model includes a clever set of metal rods that allows the airship to be displayed 'floating' in mid-air from the mooring mast. R-100 measures about 17 inches long. The R-100 was built by a Vickers Subsidiary. The famous Barnes Wallis worked on her design, which lead to the innovative geodesic airframe used for the Wellington and two other aircraft. The R-100 made a successful Transatlantic flight. Although there were issues, the design was sound. However, the government-built R-101 was not as soundly engineered and crashed on her maiden voyage, forever bringing an end to the Airship in the British Isles. The R-100 was sold for scrap and R-102 was never built. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did almost all the UPC box art in the 1960s, but this kit is unusual in that it kept the Frog Green series artwork. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

Hasegawa Blue Angels A4E/F or TA-4J Skyhawk, 1/72, 1140

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

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Unique kits builds one seater or two seat trainer version of the famous Blue Angels Skyhawk. Never started. Sealed factory bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions. NOTE: decals appear dirty and are probably not usable.

Lindberg USS Carronade IFS-1 (Bobtail Cruiser) LSMR US Navy Missile Support Ship, 1/160, 7310

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Very nicely detailed large scale full-hull model. The kit has never been started. NOTE: the ship is 100% complete, but the kit is missing the stand name plate. Inventoried with all other parts present including decals and instructions.

Blue Rider Fiat CR.1 (CR-1) Post WWI Italian Fighter- Italian or Latvian Air Forces - Bagged, 1/72, BR-104

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Beautiful kit with well detailed moldings. Quality of vacuform parts is better than many injection molded kits. Features full interior, two large brass photoetched frets, cast metal propeller and solid wheels (although real spoked wheels are furnished with the photoetch). Has a very extensive and colorful decal sheet for 77th Squadriglia 1925, 96th Squadriglia 1929, 86th Squadriglia 1920s, 88th Squadriglia 1927, Commanders Aircraft 2 Stormo 1926 and a Lavtian Air Force CR-1, serial number 94. Never started and 100% complete.

Pyro Portuguese Man-O-War Santa Catarina do Monte Sinai - Flagship of Vasco de Gama, 1/200, P209-400

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very rare Larger-scale hardbox issue from 1966. There are only two 15th century war carrack ships that have made into plastic models - this one and the Henri Grace a Dieu, also by Pyro. Pyro had a tendency to produce historically significant models regardless of the popularity. I am thankful today that Pyro made these kits, but in the long run this practice did not help them, and they eventually sold out their side of the kit business to Life-Like. The Portuguese carrack Santa Catarina do Monte Sinai was launched in 1520. She had the typical higher-castled construction and carried 140 cannons. In 1523 she was the flagship of the famous Vasco da Gama. The kit is well detailed and molded and included pre-formed ratlines and billowing sails. The model measures about 14-15 inches long when assembled. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Aurora Aero Commander, 1/81, 285-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Second or third Aurora release (50 cent price extension) from ex-Comet molds. 1963 issue in the smaller of the two Comet scales. 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. The Aero Commander was a state-of-the-art twin engine light transport from the early 1960s. It was built by Aero Design and Engineering Co. of Bethany, Oklahoma. It was the first twin engine aircraft to be used by the President of the United States and served in this capacity in the early 1960s. This high performance 5 to 7 place was popular with business travelers and had a range of 1,050 miles and a ceiling of 22,000 feet. The Aero Commander led to the Jet Commander, which became the IAI 1121 through 1124 Westwind business jets. Aero Commanders can still be seen at some airports in excellent condition, but many are neglected as newer aircraft are in favor.

Esoteric Curtiss 'F' Boat, 1/72, NAF-14

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

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The Curtiss F was the first successful production flying boat in history. The US Navy originally purchased five and numbered them C-1 through C-5, and later AB-1 through AB-5. C-1 was the first US aircraft to be catapult launched and AB-2 was the US Navy's first successful ship launched aircraft. The F was also the first Navy aircraft to be used in hostilities against another nation during the Mexican Expedition. Eventually around 144 were made for the US Navy and they served till the end of WWI in training squadrons. Esoteric was known for making perhaps the finest vacuform kits. The moldings are crisp and have fine recessed detail - better than many injection molded kits. Every part needed to complete the kit is included down to the interior. Includes metal parts - decals - shaped struts and full instructions. Never started and 100% complete.

Maintrack Douglas ERA-3B Skywarrior from Hasegawa 1/72 A-3B Kit, 1/72, 72-48

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

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Very rare resin conversion kit.

Aurora F9F Panther Jet, 1/49, 22-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Mint

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1960s issue. Never started. Missing stand arm. Otherwise inventoried complete with all other parts decals and instructions.

Renwal SSB(N)-608 Ethan Allen Polaris Launching Nuclear Submarine, 1/200, 652

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

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Classic 1960s kit with fantastic box art in excellent condition. The Ethan Allen was the lead submarine of her class. These George Washington Class replacements had 16 tubes as before, but could carry the Polaris A-1, A-2 and A-3. Classic large (24" long) SSBN kit actual fires Polaris Missiles from the hull launch tubes. Starboard hull halve hinges down to reveal full interior detail for each compartment. Highly detailed and well molded. Inside, the kit has not been started and has been carefully inventoried 100% complete with all parts. Includes instructions and decals in excellent condition.

Renwal Capt. G.M. Guynemer's Nieuport 17 with Aeroskin Fabric, 1/72, 265-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Contains pre-colored Aeroskin fabric created to resemble fabric covered aircraft. No painting needed since all designs are printed on the fabric. You build the inner structure of the aircraft then cover it, similar to the construction of the actual aircraft. Has markings for Guynemer's aircraft. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, aeroskin and instructions.

Italaerei Pz. Kpfw. 38(t) Tank, 1/35, 212

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Very highly detailed and well molded kit. Please note that the box has a large stain, but the kit inside is mint and still sealed in the factory bag. 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 Yak-25 Flashlight Soviet All-Weather Interceptor - 'Jet Command' Issue, 1/50, H274-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG-

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1964 Jet Command issue. This is a reissue of the original rare 1958 'S' kit. Nicely molded kit in large 1/50 scale. Has moving flaps, ailerons, elevators and rudder and features a full crew. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Revell Il-38 Bison USSR bomber, 1/169, H182

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Lodella Brazil issue of the famous 'S' kit from the late 1950s. Ideal builder. Never started. NOTE: missing decals. Inventoried with all parts present and instructions.

Imai Volkswagen 1303S Beetle - Motorized - Working Headlights and Tail Lights, 1/24, B656

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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This is the Imai release, which is unique for not only being motorized, but having provision for working head and tail lights. Very nicely molded kit. The one piece body is molded in yellow. The other parts are very nicely chrome plated or molded in black, clear and with rubber tires. The front wheels steer and the kit includes a full interior. The RE-140 electric motor and all required hardware are included. The kit is made to have the tail and headlights work but Imai included everything except the bulbs, as noted on the box top. These required a separate purchase; HO or N gauge railroad bulbs would work perfectly. 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.

Monogram Messerschmitt Me-109 (Bf-109) - Bagged, 1/48, 6800

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: No Box

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Bagged kit - no box. 1973 release. This kit is part of a famous 1/48 scale series of WWII aircraft kits that Monogram originally developed in the 1960s. Features retractable landing gear and rotating prop and wheels. Very finely molded and detailed kit with traditional high Monogram quality. 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.

Cleveland Baby Playboy Gas Model Balsa Flying Model Airplane Kit, GP-5008

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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33 inch wingspan for Class 'A' powered gasoline free-flight events. Cleveland entered the 1930s gas model market with the famous Playboy series. The design is so solid and popular that it is still a favorite at meets today (Like SAM - Society of Antique Modelers) where free-flight competition exist. Cleveland was late to introduce these kits (1939), but they wanted to ensure that the quality and performance was there. It appears that there were three aircraft in the Playboy line - the Baby, Junior and Senior. The model has not been started and is in exceptional condition. It comes from a long-time flying aircraft collection. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. The Cleveland Model and Supply Company played a pivotal role in the development of true scale models. In 1909 Bleriot’s English Channel flight caused a surge in aviation and model aircraft around the globe. Several companies were ideally positioned to take advantage of the aviation craze. In the USA, Wading River Manufacturing Co. (1909), White Aeroplane (1911), Ideal Model Aeroplane (1911), Broadfield Model Aeroplanes (1919) were among these pioneers, offering everything from plans and parts to complete kits and ARF models. Lindbergh’s 1927 crossing of the Atlantic Ocean caused an even bigger world-wide phenomenon called “The Aviation Craze” that extended up to the start of World War II. Many companies such as Megow, Guillow's and others started right around the time of Lindbergh’s flight. Some of these models flew and flew well, but they all had one thing in common - were generally not accurate scale representations. In 1929, a youngster named Ed Packard had a very advanced dream – to produce incredibly accurate, true scale models that flew perfectly. This radical idea established the world’s longest operating single-owner model airplane supply business – Cleveland Model and Supply Company. To this day, Cleveland models are treasured as the most accurate flying scale models produced. The fact that Mr. Packard started and successfully grew this business during The Great Depression is a testament to his ideals and business skill. I highly suggest the excellent book called ‘Aviation’s great Recruiter – Cleveland’s Ed Packard’ by H.L. (Herm) Schreiner. It is an excellent history of the man, his company and the times of the Golden Age of Model Aviation.

Hasegawa Blue Angels F-4J Phantom II -Collectors High Grade Series, 1/48, CH4

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Limited edition kit has photoetched parts, cast metal details and real rubber tires. Very highly detailed and widely considered the finest 1/48 Phantom kit. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bags complete with decals and instructions.

Hasegawa A3D-2 Skywarrior Early Version - VAH-1 USS Independence or VAH-9 USS Saratoga, 1/72, 00029-3300

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. Limited issue kit with resin conversion parts to build the early version Skyraider with tail gun turret, early nose, etc. Excellent quality kit. Features all fine recessed panel lines, detailed cockpit and gear wells.

Heller Nord 2501 Noratlas - 3 French - Luftwaffe - Portuguese - Greek Air Forces, 1/72, 350

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Poor

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Includes decals for three French aircraft including 'Miss Pacific' No. 201, No 141 from Djibouti and No 38 Bearn. There are also decals for the air forces of Greece, West Germany and Portugal. Well detailed with complete cockpit and interior cargo bay, optional position rear clamshell doors, optional position crew/passenger doors and more. This kit has not been started. The parts are still in the factory sealed bag with decals and instructions.