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StromBecker Swift 125 Land Plane, C-39

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+


Wonderful kit from the 1950s. The carving is done to the final shape. When complete it makes an impressive desk top display. Features all high-quality hardwood main parts, full color decals, glue, wood filler and sandpaper. Never started. Inventoried complete with all parts and plans. Before plastic kits were introduced, Strombecker was famous as the premier hardwood preshaped model manufacturer. In the 1940s and 1950s, Strombecker kits were flawlessly engineered but not inexpensive. All wooden parts are hardwood and are precarved to shape - you only had to glue, sand and paint to finish them.

Lindberg Ercoupe Light Plane, 1/48, 506-39

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc


Rare first Lindberg issue with the oval Lindberg script logo on the top and sides. Wonderful early Ray Gaedke artwork. The box is excellent with light shelf wear only. This kit was issued very shortly after Paul Lindberg bought out Mr. Olsen as the sides of the box state 'Formerly O-lin Products Inc'. Inside the kit is like new and mold in bright red plastic. The instructions and decals are correct for this early issue. 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.

Maircraft Globe Swift Solid Wood Model Airplane, 1/48, S-7

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++


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). This lead to one of the most desirable and rare model kits ever produced in the USA - the wood/plastic 1/48 United DC-3 model issued immediately after World War 2. Other than the P-61 and a few other Maircraft offerings, most were simple kits that sold for the low price of about 35 cents and gave the owners many hours of pleasurable work. This kit features a full size plan with instructions steps, fuselage that is about 80% cut, profile cut parts, printwood and a small bag of details. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Revell USS Coral Sea Aircraft Carrier, 1/540, H440

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++


Rare kit from 1974 and the only injection molded kit of the USS Coral Sea. Nicely molded full hull kit with rudder and propeller details, positionable elevators, 3 and 5 inch AA guns, boats and boat cranes, mobile aircraft deck crane and tugs, detailed island and an airwing of 26 aircraft - 2 Skyraiders, 6 Corsairs, 16 Cougars and 2 helicopters. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Revell CV-61 USS Ranger Picture Fleet Issue, 1/542, H360

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc


Still factory sealed. 1971 Picture Fleet issue with John Steel artwork. Kit features movable cranes, optional position elevators, 16 aircraft, helicopters, 11 tow trucks, 10-5" guns, lifeboats and radar details.

Monogram US Space Missiles Heritage Issue -Titan II - Atlas - Minuteman II - Thor - Hound Dog - Corporal - Nike Hercules - Sergeant - Nike Ajax - Poseidon - Honest John - Terrier - La Crosse - ASROC - Rat - Sparrow - Bullpup - Falcon - Redstone - Jupiter - Spartan, 1/128, 6055

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++


Still factory sealed. 1970s reissue of the 1969 kit (the 1969 kit is the updated Four Star Kit "Missile Arsenal" from 1959). Includes missile kits listed and special display stand.

ITC Stinson Model T Tri-Motor Eastern Air Service, 1/61, 3722

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+


Rare. This famous early 1930s transport was the primary competition of the Ford Tri-Motor and saw widespread use. It was the idea of E.L. Cord, the money behind the aircraft and the owner of the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg automobile company. Cord also owned Lycoming, the engines that ended up on the final product. Another of Cord's companies was Century Airlines, which naturally used the aircraft. Century later became part of American Airlines. The Model T was used by many other airlines including Eastern, Delta, Braniff, TWA, United and American when they rolled up Century. The Tri-Motor carried 10 passengers, baggage and of course the mail, which was critical to early airline revenue. The aircraft proved successful and economical to operate. Includes clear windows, interior with passengers and pilots, Eastern Air Service decals and clear blue-tinted display stand. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Airfix Heinkel He-177 A-5 Grief with Hs293 Guided Missile - Bagged, 1/72, 589

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: No Box


No box - bagged kit. The box is shown for reference only. 1960s issue. Very well detailed kit. Features complete crew, elevating guns and rotating turrets, movable ailerons, elevators and rudder, optional position landing gear, rotating wheels and props, opening bomb bay doors with full bomb load and optional wing-mounted Hs 293 Guided Missiles. Never started. NOTE: missing one horizontal stabilizer for one missile - could be easily made from stock plastic sheet. Otherwise complete with all other parts, decals and instructions.

Airfix Boeing 747 'Big Orange' Braniff Airlines, 1/144, 6101

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+


From 1980. Nicely detailed kit with optional position cabin doors and baggage storage areas. Includes clear windows for the entire cabin and cockpit, optional position landing gear and extensive Braniff and pinstriping decals for the 'Big Orange' aircraft pictured. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Monogram Speedee-Bilt Vought F4U-5 Corsair Flying Scale Model - (F4U5), G14-100

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+


Scale flying wooden rubber powered model from the early 1950s. Before there were plastic models, there were wooden aircraft kits. These usually came in two types - solid and stick and tissue. The solid models were static and usually contained a few blocks of balsa and sometimes a detail part or two. These "Make Wood Look Like Plane" models required a very high level of skill in carving and finishing. The stick and tissue variety were slightly easier to build and provided the ultimate thrill - they could fly when complete with rubber power (and later with free-flight gas and eventually RC). They still required a great deal of skill, so manufacturers sought ways to make model building more accessible to everyone. One idea was pre-carving and/or prefabrication. This raised prices, naturally. Many manufacturers launched lines of 'easy' to build flying models but only Monogram succeeded in making an entire line at an affordable price that would actual fly. The original "Speedee-Bilt" kits were in one-piece two-color boxes. In the early 1950s, shortly before plastic kits were available, Monogram changed to the 'hardbox' with a lithographic slick glued to the top as this kit. Speedee-Bilt kits contained die cut and pre painted wooden parts, completely formed airfoil wings, carved wheels and numerous plastic details like cowlings, pilot, missiles, prop and more. Assembly was by detailed full size plans. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Revell US Army Tactical Missiles Little John and Dart with Launchers 'S' Kit, 1/40, H1812-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+


First and only issue from 1958 with 'S' box art. Little John was a light-weight free-flight rocket that was highly mobile. It could be pulled on it's launcher or transported by helicopter. Length was 12 feet long and the warhead was atomic. The Dart was a very early wire guided anti-tank missile with a solid propellant rocket motor. An optical rangefinder was used for guidance. It was 5 feet in length. The models these are well detailed. The Dart includes four missiles, one launcher, three stands, decals, one optical guidance unit and a crew of three. The Little John includes a detailed launcher with elevating rails, movable support legs, decals and crew of three. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Lindberg Northrop SM-62 Snark Intercontinental Guided Missile, 1/48, 687

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair


The Snark was America's first Intercontinental Cruise Missile. Max speed was 650 MPH and range was 6000 miles. Guidance was by an internal celestial system and the warhead was nuclear. SAC units operated Snark from 1958 to the early 1960s. Kit includes mobile launching platform, detailed missile, stair lift check stand, tractor and jet engine. The kit has never been started. NOTE: missing crew. Otherwise inventoried complete with all other parts, decals and instructions present.

Megow Stinson - 24 inch Wingspan Balsa Wood Flying Model, C-5

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+


I located this kit in the 1938 Megow catalog, so it is from near that year. Part of the famous 24 inch wingspan series of kits which were 25 cents each. Features print wood, pre-cut stringers, spars, wood stock, preformed wheels, very nicely pre-carved wooden propeller blank (needs sanding to complete), tissue paper and full size plans. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including plans. Fred Megow was a famous pioneer in the model aircraft field from the late 1920s and a very early manufacture for HO scale trains in the 1930s. His product lines of semi-prefabricated, solid and stick and tissue kits won him national and extensive world wide distribution - possibly the first modern model manufacture to achieve this. His fascinating story involves trying novel and untested marketing ideas in the Great Depression, followed my explosive world-wide growth. Mr. Megow was a true pioneer in the early days of modeling and a leader in the low price field so that every boy could afford a kit during those difficult times. Megow also produced scale operating train and trackside kits, ship models (large and small) and automotive subjects. Megow's catalogs claim that they were pioneers in HO scale, and there is documentation to support this fact. Megow's early HO train kits served not only to promote this now-popular scale nationally, but were among the very first train kits. Model train kits were responsible for the explosion in model railroad popularity in the late 1930s - please see the article in this website about these kits.

Scale Flight Comet's Curtiss-Wright Coupe - 16 inch Wingspan Dime Scale Flying Airplane, Dime

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM


Scale Flight Model Company in Bloomington, Indiana, USA was dedicated to releasing authentic reproductions of the finest "Dime Scale" flying model (stick and tissue) kits from the 1930s/40s. Dime Scale models used to sell for a dime in the 1930's, hence the name. They are actually box scale, but as a general guideline, they usually had a wingspan of 16 inches and have simple and light construction. "Dime Scale" models are now a class flown in some competitions. Kit consists of contest grade printwood, contest quality strip wood, machine cut balsa propeller, the best Japanese tissue, wooden wheels, competition bushed nose plug, brass thrust washers, prop shaft, prop freewheeler, FAI rubber strip motor and a copy of a genuine dime scale plan that was used in the 1930s-1940s. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Revell 155mm 'Long Tom' Gun and M-4 High Speed Tractor 'S' Kit, 1/40, H523-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG-


Rare 1956 first issue. Includes both kits - the High Speed Tractor and the Long Tom 155mm gun. The box has excellent color and gloss but has edge wear and has litho damage on the left small side panel. Has many working features - the tractor has movable tracks and working bogies, rotating and elevating machine gun, driver and interior details. The gun can be stowed for transport with the M-4 and all extra gear to do this correctly is supplied. The Long Tom features and elevating barrel, moving limbers and detailed mechanism. Never started. The small parts are still in the factory sealed bag and the other parts have been inventoried 100% complete. Includes decals and instructions.

Aurora Sopwith Camel, 1/48, 102-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+


First issue from 1956 with Northern Lights logo. This logo was only used for this one year - in 1957 it was replaced by the 'Famous Fighters' oval 'Sunburst'. The box artist on this issue is Jim Cox, one of the first if not the first box artist for Aurora. This kit is part of a very successful WWI aircraft line in 1/48 scale that Aurora introduced this year. The line sold so well that kits were added to it into the 1960s. Molded in the glossy olive drab green and black. The kit has never been started. NOTE: missing prop shaft. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts, decals and instructions. Box has damage as shown

Revell Grumman F-14A Tomcat - VF-84 USS Nimitz, 1/48, H291

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc-


1978 1/48 scale release. Features very fine raised and some recessed panel lines, detailed cockpit, working swing wings and glove vanes, optional position canopy, Phoenix, Sparrow and Sidewinder missiles and more. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Monogram Vietnam Rag Boat River Assault Group (STCANS), 1/48, PB179-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed


Still factory sealed. This is the 1994 reissue (by Revell-Monogram) with identical box art as the original 1967 issue. River Assault Groups (RAG) were built by the French during the Indochina war. The US continued the tradition and RAGs patrolled the river and Mekong Delta during the conflict. Features elevating and rotating .30 and .50 caliber machine guns, one piece hull, base and crew of four. Still factory sealed.

ESCI Mig 29 Fulcrum w/ground crew, 1/72, 9095

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed


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

Schreiber-Bogen Fokker DR-1, 1/20, JFS-72022

Cardstock Paper Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed


Still sealed. Highly detailed and large (1/20 scale) cardstock model printed in full color on quality car.