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PZW PZL P-23 A Karas, 1/72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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Older but nicely molded model with raised panel detail and decals for the box art aircraft. Molded in light green, clear and with a white display stand. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Comet Cessna C-37 Airmaster - 20 inch Wingspan Balsawood Flying Model Airplane, 5302-98

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Kit features traditional wood/tissue construction, detailed full size plans, building instructions, hardware, wheels and canopy material (if required), tissue, rubber and propeller. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. Comet was a famous manufacturer of stick and tissue flying and static models. In the 1930s Great Depression, they lead the low-priced kit revolution with the "Dime Scale" kits and famous advertisements in Model Airplane News magazine and others. Comet reached it's peak in the 1930s when they acquired the services of Carl Goldberg. Goldberg was a highly accomplished modeler with articles in Model Airplane News and famous designs that won him several National level competitions in the 1930s and beyond. (Carl Goldberg went on to found his own company and produced well designed and popular free-flight and RC aircraft). Comet survived the post World War economic slump and continued kit production until they were bought out by long-time competitor Guillow's in 1998.

Aurora Cessna 310, 1/62, 283-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc-

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1963 issue from ex-Comet molds. Neatly molded with all recessed panel lines, clear side and front windows, tip tanks, rotating propellers, display stand and full pinstripe decals. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. Aurora had started a line of inexpensive 29 cent kits in about 1957. The line was a success, and it was expanded. The line grew again when Aurora purchased the Comet molds, as most of Comet's line was very small scale kits, many of them civil aircraft like this one. It appears that Aurora was encouraged by the sale of the ex-Comet civil aircraft, as it expanded the line with it's own molds in the early 1960s.

Monogram Bell UH-1C 'Huey' Iroquois Air Force Rescue Chopper, 1/48, 5202

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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1978 hard-to-find Air Force 'C' variant issue. Very nicely detailed kit. Includes revised 'C' intake and exhaust, skids with wheels, rescue winch, Air Force markings, two pilots, rotating main and tail rotors, full interior, optional position doors and more. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

UPC Grumman TBF Avenger - Bagged (Ex-Sanwa), 1/130, 7049

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: No Box

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Small scale kit from Sanwa molds. Features crew, three clear windows, two drop tanks, rockets and full landing gear. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. 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 UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

Airfix Lockheed P-38J Lightning - USAAF, 1/72, 284

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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Type three logo issue. Nicely molded kit. Includes drop tanks. 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.

Airfix Lockheed P-387F Lightning - 347th FG Guadalcanal 1943 / 14th FG Algeria 1942, 1/72, 03018-0

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Dated 1975. Includes long range drop tanks and decals for both aircraft. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Revell USS Hornet CV-8 with B-25s, 1/490, H376

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Poor

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1969 issue. The box is poor but the kit inside is as new. Kit is over 20 inches long and includes a one piece hull, 16 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, moving cranes, decals and flags. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Pyro The Independence War Schooner, 373-298

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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Nicely detailed kit of a rare subject. Features full deck detail, cannon, blocks, billowing sails and full rigging instructions. Kit is about 15 inches long when built. NOTE: kit has some assembly and paint: Hull halves and small deck house. Quality of assembly is excellent with no gaps or smearing. The hull has been painted black, and the deck has been painted brown. The deck is excellent; the hull is good. Missing two parts: anchor stocks (easily made). Has all other parts, billowing sails, flag sheet and instructions.

Matchbox Martin B-26B Marauder - USAAF 599 BS 397 BG 9thAF 1944 / 'Bar Fly' 544 BS 386 BG UK 1943/44 / South African Air Force Marauder II 24th Sq Italy 1943/44, 1/72, PK-407

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Very nicely molded and detailed 'B' variant. Features very fine raised panel lines and recessed panel lines, elevating guns, rotating turrets, good engine and cockpit detail, crew and rare South African markings as well as two USAAF aircraft. 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.

LS Mitsubishi Nell G3 M3 Type 96 Mk23 - Matsushima / Misawa / Genzan / Kanoya / Miyazaki or Mihoro Air Corps, 1/72, 156-350

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Very high quality kit with legendary LS detail and moldings. High-gloss style box has excellent artwork. Features all fine recessed panel lines, cockpit detail with crew, retractable landing gear, rotating wheels and propellers, separately molded ailerons, optional torpedo or bomb loadout and more. Includes beautiful full color painting guide and decals for the 6 aircraft listed. The model as never been started. The parts are still in the factory sealed bags with decals and instructions. The fact that Hasegawa still uses some LS molds testifies to their detail and accuracy.

Testors Lockheed TR-1A - NASA ER-2 or 2 seat TR-1B - Bagged Kit, 1/48, 580

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: No Box

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Bagged kit - no box. The box is shown for reference only. Builds any one of the three and includes colorful NASA decals. The NASA craft is white/gray with NASA blue and gray pinstripes. One USAF version is black, and the other is white. Never started. Factory sealed bag with decals and instructions.

Air Lines Hawker Sea Fury, 1/72, 4903

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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Very finely molded in silver. Features separately molded ailerons, elevators and rudder. NOTE: prop blades have been glued to the hub. Quality of assembly is excellent - all blades are oriented and pitched correctly. There is no other assembly. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Air Lines kits are all Frog molds that the Lines Brothers imported to the USA between 1964-1966. The kits, decals and instructions were made in England, then imported to the USA where Testors created the boxes with the colorful trading cards on the back. There are one or two trading cards on each box which show the boxart but not the advertising/logo. Some kits contain a Testors color painting guide also, but it is not specific to any model.

Hasegawa T-33A Shooting Star, 1/72, A18

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

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Still factory sealed. Very nice 1/72 scale model of this venerable two seat trainer. Features 40 finely molded parts, cockpit detail optional position landing gear and speed brakes and tip tanks.

Frog Canberra Mk.8 / 12 Low Level Bomber South African or RAF, 1/72, F203

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Final Frog logo from the late 1970s. Has parts for either version. Markings for RAF No.88 Sqn, Wildenrath Germany 1960 or South African Air Force No.12 Sqn, Waterkloof, 1969. 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. 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.

Aeroclub MG 81 German Machine Guns, 1/72, G011

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Precision metal castings. Contains two guns. Much greater detail than injection molding. Never used and complete.

Testors Harley Davidson Visible Twin Cam 88 Motorized Engine, 1/2, 460

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

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Large, motorized, visible working engine kit is one-half actual size. Over 100 parts and electric drive motor. Features working valves, pistons and crankshaft. Includes authentic Harley Davidson sound chip. Molded in chrome, black and clear. Still factory tape sealed.

Strombecker F-100C Super Sabre - Flying Model Kit, 1/58, SM50-89

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Part of the nicely designed plastic flying model series from Strombecker. These are not profile models but full three dimensional kits that are launched from an included rubber band, hood and launching stick. Includes full instructions, flying tips and an excellent decal sheet. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Monogram Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero - Blue Box Issue, 1/48, 6799

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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1968 Monogram/Mattel issue. Kit features retracting landing gear, rotating prop and wheels, machine guns/cannons and belly tank. Four digit kit number with no alpha prefix means this is likely the 4th issue from the late 1960s. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Revell The Mayflower - Pilgrims Ship from 1620 - 20 Inches Long, 5602

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG+

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Still factory sealed 1980 large scale release. Of the two Mayflower kit released by Revell, this is by far the largest. Well detailed like most Revell sailing ship kits. Features full hull, one piece deck, textured billowing sails, one piece rat lines, detailed deck and fittings, crew members, flag sheet, rigging diagrams and more.