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Frog Arado Ar-234C-2 Four Engine Bomber with V-1/ Ar-234B-2 Twin Engine Bomber / AR-234C-3 Four Engine Blitz Bomber, 1/72, F417

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

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Still in the factory seal, but the seal has split. Includes parts and decals to make all three versions - Ar-234C-2 with Fi-103 Flying Bomb, Ar-234B-2 Blitz 9 Staffel, III/KG 76 Achmer 1945 (the first aircraft to be shot down and captured by the Allies for evaluation at RAE Farnborough) or Ar-234C-3 Production Machine early 145 (the war ended before it could be used operationally). 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.

Ace Whitman Ryan Fireball FR-1 - Solid Wood Kit, 1/53, 2253

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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Dated 1946. The 'Ace Whitman' name was used by Joe Ott for some of his marketed kits. Joe Ott had a very popular line of wooden flying and non-flying kits in the Golden Age of flying models. This is a solid wood display model featuring excellent condition full size plans, extensive templates, all wood and wheels. The kit has never been started. NOTE: the cardboard die cut propeller is missing but the original sheet is present for use as a template. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts and plans.

Monogram Pro Modeler WWII Ground Support Equipment, 1/48, 85-5930

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

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Still factory sealed. Contains American 'tug' tractor and bomb cart, British fuel pumper and battery starter cart and German large bomb hoist and fuel pumper. Vinyl tubing is included for hoses and decals are included also.

Lindberg Sea Raider (Q-Ship - Decoy Ship), 1/390, 731-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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Very rare. From the late 1950s. Classic kit with Ray Gaedke artwork. This is the Lindberg Q Ship, which has an unknown prototype but is suppose to be a WWI style Q-Ship submarine trap. The ship appears to be a WWI British Q Ship by the title, yet looks a little modern and has US numbers of 171 (which apparently mean nothing). The Lindberg model actually has the layout of the AK-101 USS ATIK, which was formerly the SS-CAROLYN, built in 1912. The CAROLYN was recommissioned as the USS ATIK and at the start of WWI which was a real US Q-ship. This kit has never been started. It has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Lindberg US Navy Tanker (Fleet Oilier AO-47 USS Neches - Mattaponi Class) - Bagged, 1/520, 750

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: No Box

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Bagged kit - no box. The box is shown for reference only. Rare original kit from the late 1950s. Smaller scale but very nicely detailed kit of the famous and very active WWII Fleet oilier. The kit has never been started. NOTE: Inventoried with all parts but missing decals. Instructions are photocopies.

Glencoe TWA Moonliner Disney Rocket to the Moon (Mars Liner) Ex-Strombecker, 1/144, 05914

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Re-issue of the classic Strombecker kits from the original molds. Kit has not been started. Complete with all parts, decals and instructions. The original decals issued with this kit are of poor quality, so I have replaced them with a reproduction set on quality Bel Decals Paper from the original Strombecker kit.

MPC Vought Kingfisher OS2U-1 - (OS2U1), 1/72, 7001-70

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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This kit is from Airfix molds and is one of the MPC '3 Big Bonus' features series. Dates from the late 1960s/early 1970s. The model features customizing parts (such as chrome plated bombs, missiles, prop, exhaust, air scoops, antenna and guns), stock and customizing decals and the clear modular display stand. Note that this issue still have '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. 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.

Aurora M-109 Self Propelled Howitzer US or West German, 1/48, 063

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

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Hard-to-find 1/48 scale '109 kit. 1976 improved molds version in the block 'Aurora' logo box. Features elevating gun, rotating turret, opening hatches, movable bogies, flexible tracks and combat crew. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Revell Convair B-24 Liberator - Warbird Issue, 1/72, H203-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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Early issue hardbox from 1964. Very nice kit in builder condition - please read below. Has many action features: landing gear retracts and extends, control surfaces move, guns elevate and turrets rotate, wheels and props spin, flaps extend/retract, and has optional position side gunner's position (open or closed). The kit has not been started. NOTE: missing one waist gun. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts, instructions and decals. One prop blade has broken but it is present.

Fujimi F8-D Crusader (F-8) US Navy or Marines, 1/70, 7A13

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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Early Fujimi Mokei issue with fantastic box art. Has decals for two aircraft. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bags including decals and instructions.

Fujimi A-1H or AD-6 Douglas Skyraider, 1/70, FH-3-129

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Very finely molded early Fujimi kit. Has decals for VA-145 US Navy and the very colorful red and gray Marine AES-12 as well as a nice color painting guide (on the bottom of the box). Includes extensive underwing loadout. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora DeHavilland DH-4 (DH4), 1/48, 112-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

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Hard-to-find 1964 issue with the 'transparent' blue oval logo and no 'Starburst' or 'Famous Fighters'. The box is in fantastic near mint condition with brilliant like-new color and gloss. The artwork is still the 1957 classic from Jo Kotula artwork. The original issue was a 98 cent price extension. Aurora had several price hikes between 1957 and 1964, but oddly enough this kit still has the 98 cent extension. Molded in gloss olive drab and black - still contains the ground base as the original issue. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Bandai M4A3(76)W 76mm Sherman Tank, 1/48, 35435

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Rare 1/48 scale kit. Part of the classic and highly detailed Bandai 'Pin Point' 1/48 armor series. These kits are beautifully molded and feature full interior detail as well as flexible treads, many operating features and very detailed crew members that can be posed in almost any position. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Lindberg Beechcraft V35 Bonanza - Cellovision Boycraft Issue, 1/48, R504-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Good+

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Still factory sealed but the box has wear as shown. This is a an early (1950s) Cellovision issue with the instructions printed on the back of the box.

Lindberg Messerschmitt Me-262, 1/48, 538-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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1950s hardbox issue with dramatic Gaekdke artwork. Loaded with features - detailed jet engines with removable cowlings, retractable landing gear, detailed gun bay with removable cover and hinged canopy. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions.

Revell North American B-25B Mitchell Doolittle Raider, 1/48, H285-250

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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1968 issue. Can be built as a standard B-25B or includes conversion parts for a Doolittle Tokyo Raider. Features movable and retractable lower turret (or cover for raider), three crew, detailed engines with removable cowling, rotating props and wheels and optional position bomb bay doors and bomb load. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Hasegawa Fuji T-1A Trainer JSDF, 1/72, JS058-130

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Early hardbox issue. Includes decals for two JSDF Training Squadrons. Very nicely molded kit with very fine raised panel lines, cockpit and gear well detail, two pilot and drop tanks. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. The T-1 was designed and built in Japan in 1958 as a replacement for the aging T-6 Texan trainer. The design was very successful and remained in service until 2006.

Revell North American P-51B Mustang - Don Gentile's 'Shangri-La' 336th Fighter Squadron 4th Fighter Group, 1/32, H295-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed - seal has a split as shown at the bottom center. 1969 issue in big 1/32 scale. Features detailed Rolls Royce Merlin engine, removable cowl, full cockpit detail, pilot figure and rotating wheels and prop.

Monogram Boeing B-52D Stratrofortress, 1/72, 8292

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

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1977 issue of this classic kit. The visual effect of the SAC 'Anti-Nuclear Flash White' is shown well in the box art. Has decals and paint guide to make this aircraft or the camouflage version. Contains 207 parts. Very nicely detailed. Features crew of three, detailed cockpit, elevating and traversing rear turret, opening and closing bomb bay doors, operating wing flaps, operating spoilers, optional position entry hatch and landing gear, and optional parts to display one nacelle open to show the jet engine. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Meikraft Models J-3 Piper Cub or L-4, 1/72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Limited edition kit. Cleanly molded and includes photoetch details. Can be built as the civil version or as one of several military L-4s. Includes a large and colorful decal sheet for civil and military variants. 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.