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O-Lin LST - Landing Ship Tank, 1/250, 702

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-


Very rare kit for the advanced collector. From the very early 1950s. This is the O-Lin issue of the Varney LST. The Varney kit line was introduced in the late 1940s and was very innovative - including the multi-media LST and PT boat and what was likely the first injection molded airplane (PT-17) and ship model (Fleet Sub) kits in the USA. These excellent kits were unsuccessful due to poor distribution and incorrect marketing by retailers. Varney soon discontinued production of these four kits. O-Lin, (Mr. Olsen and Paul Lindberg) purchased these molds and modified them in several ways. The LST had been a wooden kit with dozens of injection molded detail parts. The O-Lin kit utilized the injection molded details (done in multi-color tennite plastic), but created a vacuform hull, cardboard deck, water-slide decals and flags and soldered metal wire railings. O-Lin did not use the wooden hull from Varney as a form for the vac hull, but created their own. This kit has not been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the factory sealed bag. The rest of the parts have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

KVZ Tu-20 Bear (Tu-95) - USSR/Soviet Air Force, 1/100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG


Still factory sealed. From the 1970s or early 1980s. 'Iron Curtain' East German kit from KVZ, which made the largest variety of Communist Cold War models. This is the military box art version and decals with 'Big Bulge' nose radome.

KVZ Ilyushin IL-28 Beagle, 1/100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG


KVZ make kits in East Germany during the Soviet Bloc years. Although some kits were a bit crude, this kit is exceptionally well molded like the Su-7 and would build up very nicely. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Billing Boats Danmark (Denmark) Training Ship, 1/75, 1

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+


This ship needs little introduction - to many, it is almost the country itself! The Danmark has enjoyed an incredible history since 1932 of training merchant marine sailors. To this day you can book passage and train on this very ship. Very large scale kit featuring plank-on-frame construction, die-cut hull frames and work stand, tapered dowels for masts and yards, a large number of high quality printwood parts, full size plans, instructions, exploded parts diagram, full rigging diagram and more. Includes many fittings such as bow figurehead and scroll decoration, scuttles, blocks, stanchions and much more. Does not include the optional 'common' (as Billing refers to it) fittings set with anchors, wheel, ships boats, etc. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Billing Boats Marie Jeanne - Laser Cut, 1/50, 580

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG


Superbly detailed wood and metal boat kit. Features all laser cut parts, plank-on-frame construction, complete fittings set, sails, all rigging materials, full size plans, detailed instructions and more. Measures 57 cm long and 50 cm high when assembled. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions.

Billing Boats Nordlandsbaden - Laser Cut, 1/20, 416

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+


Still factory sealed. Superb, highly detailed wooden kit that features plank-on-frame construction and a full fittings set. Measures 71.5 cm long and 71 cm high when assembled.

Skywave Iwo Jima Diorama / Fletcher DD / LST with vehicles / LSM / LCI / LCT (2 types) / With Base, 1/700, SW-1000

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+


Rare. Includes all of the follow waterline ships and accessories - vacuform display base with water, beach and inland zones, a superb Fletcher class destroyer with a choice of hull numbers, Landing Ship Tank Mk2 with M4 Sherman and LVT tanks, GMT trucks, jeeps, LCVP and barrage balloons, LSM, LCI, LCT(3) and LCT(R) craft. There are extensive decals for all ships and most all have different hull number options. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Hudson Miniatures 1911 Maxwell Lil' Old Timers 'Quickie Kit', 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+


Rare. When the Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' burst upon the hobby scene in 1951, they started a hobby revolution. Plastic model kits were not new in 1951, but successful mass marketing of plastic kits was new. The sensation swept the country, and Gowland & Revell could not make the kits fast enough. The fact that the public was buying these models shocked the successful hobby establishment. One such manufacture was Hudson Miniatures. In the 1940s, Hudson had established a name in making 1/16 scale 'Old Timer' models of automobiles. These were excellent kits with wood and metal parts, but a high degree of skill was required to carve and finish the wood parts. In the late 1940s, they added some injection molded plastic parts (usually acetate wheels) to the series but did not consider a completely plastic kit. When Hudson saw what was happening with the Highway Pioneers, he began to design his own 1/32 scale line called 'Lil Old Timers', which hit the stores in 1954. An early paper fold-out catalog shows 18 models including some real gems like the 1910 International Harvester Passenger Car, 1911 Brush Delivery Truck and 1906 Columbia Electric Car just to name a few. The line was bought by Revell a short time after it's release, and Revell did reissue some (but not all) of the kits. As you would expect from Hudson, this is a nice kit with excellent moldings and detail for the time. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Strombecker Civil War Charge Shiloh April 6 1862 - 54mm, 1515

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++


From 1966. Cast metal, highly detailed figures. The box side says "Set includes one soldier less than illustrated in scene" and that is true - the front soldier who looks like he has just been hit is not included. Includes all figures and they have never been painted. NOTE: missing one gun barrel end and instructions.

Revell Lockheed Electra American Airlines - 'S' Issue, 1/115, H255-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good


1957 'S' issue with famous box art. Box is solid with four perfect corners, no rips or tears, no price tags or tape (beyond the factory sealing tape) but has general wear as shown. Features optional position cabin doors, rotating props, optional position landing gear, large colorful decal sheet and famous Revell 'Globe' clear swivel-base stand. Never started. The kit has been inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions. In the 1960s these molds were modified to make the P-3C Orion, making a reissue of this kit impossible. Please see the article about the mold conversion on this on this website.

Aurora Boeing F4B-4 - (F4B4), 1/48, 122-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++


1958 issue with fantastic Jo Kotula boxart. This is the Parents' Magazine issue with the seal located in the lower right. Classic 1930s Navy Biplane Fighter that is still famous for their colorful paint jobs at that that time. Cowl, tail and trim color would vary with the Aircraft Carrier (Ranger, Lexington or Saratoga) that the group was based on and the aircraft's position in the flight formation. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Revell Austin-Healey 100-Six - (Austin Healey), 1/25, H1202

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++


Still factory sealed. Dated 1976. Features detailed engine, opening hood, complete interior, opening trunk, very nice chassis and suspension, chrome spoked wheels, Goodyear custom wide tread tires and more. Molded in colored plastic, chrome and with black tires.

Testors 1964 Ford GT-40, 1/25, 104

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+


Still factory sealed. Dated 1976. Very nicely detailed model of this classic racer. Features chrome chassis, detailed engine, opening rear hood, detailed interior, opening doors, steerable wheels and more

IMC Volkswagen Beetle / VW Bug - Stock or Double A Altered Coupe, 1/25, 114

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc


Still factory sealed. Rare. Stock version features detailed engine, opening deck lid, full interior with hinged front seats and opening doors, opening front hood, working steering and more. AA/Altered version has a 426 Hemi engine with GM supercharger, Goodyear slicks, racing tube frame, racing mag wheels and drag decals.

Revell Pontiac Club de Mer Show Car from 1956 GM Motorama, 1/25, H1213-129

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++


Not a reproduction but a 100% correct original issue. Arguably one of the rarest (with the Lincoln Futura) early Revell car kits made. The box is in excellent++ with perfect colors and gloss; light corner creasing being the only flaw. Inside, the kit is molded in the correct glossy medium blue and chrome with clear windshields and metal axles. The model has never been started and is inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Matchbox Beaufighter Mk-X - RAF Coastal Comman 254 Sq 1945 or 144 Sq 1945, 1/72, PK103

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+


Still factory sealed. From 1973. Nicely molded kit with recessed panel lines and torpedo load-out. Includes decals for Coastal Command Squadrons No. 254 and 144 in 1945.

Joe Ott North American Mustang (A-36 / P-51) - 27 inch Wingspan Flying Model

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair


The 1930s were the classic age of the stick and tissue balsa models, and the Joe Ott kits were one of the most famous. Loaded with deluxe features, the 'Flying Battle Plane' kits had large wingspans and the new 'Ott-O-Formers' to reduce building time and make 'better sturdier planes'. This kit is 100% complete and and has not been started. The back of the box shows typical contents and special features of the kits. The box shows better than 'fair' but is graded as such because the small end flaps are missing.

Aurora F8U Crusader - (F-8), 1/50, 119-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc-


Dated 1957 but is actually the third issue with the 'ground' artwork and simplified oval logo. Likely from 1963/64 as it still has the 98 cent price extension. Model has many interesting features including retracting landing gear, removable tail section. detailed jet engine and cockpit. Molded in gloss gray and clear with the transparent Aurora 'Triangle' world stand. Never started. NOTE: Missing seat (for pilot) and one main wheel. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts, decals and instructions present

Revell Boeing B-52H Stratofortress with GMA-87A Skybolt / AGM-69 SRAM / AGM-28 Hound Dog / ADM-20 Quail Missiles, 1/144, 4728

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG++


Still factory sealed. Dated 1982. Very popular kit from ex-Crown molds. Excellent model with a huge array of extras. Has all recessed panel line detail. Features all the missiles listed and 5 extra clear display stands for each. Has decals for two different aircraft in camo or SAC Anti-Nuclear Flash white and silver. The Skybolt was a plan to deliver an ALBM (Air Launched Ballistic Missile) from a B-52 to greatly enhance it's survivability. Skybolt failed 5 of 6 initial tests, but finally was successful. However, the program was canceled due to the availability of the Polaris SLBM. Plans to equip the RAF Vulcan with Skybolt fell through and left with British with no modern nuclear force, causing them to adapt the Polaris SLBM and passing strategic nuclear capability from the RAF to the RN. AGM-28 Hound Dog was a sleek design to help B-52 penetrate thick SAM defenses. Hound Dog could use it's engines to help the B-52 during take off and then could be refueled from the B-52's tanks. This was an important point as the B-52 carried 2 of these missiles at 5 tons each. Hound Dog had a range of 200 to 500 miles (depending on launch height) at Mach 2.0 and an accuracy of one mile at those ranges. The warhead was 4 megatons. SRAM was a nuclear-armed short range missile carried in quantity of 20. SRAM was designed to blast holes in defenses in front of the B-52 and for the final target. Quail was a decoy that would mimic the B-52 with radar reflectors, infrared, radar repeaters and chaff decoys. Quail did reach operational status and operated on some Hound Dog-equipped B-52s.

Revell Chris Craft 42' Sport Fishing Boat, 1/56, H387-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM


Still factory sealed. 1996 reissue of the classic early 1960s kit. Nicely molded full hull model with display stand, rigging instructions for outriggers, propellers and rudders and a crew of two with fishing equipment.