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UPC HMS Tiger Cruiser - Bagged, 1/415

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: No Box

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Bagged kit - no box. The box is shown for reference only. Probably ex-Frog molds. Very nicely detailed full-hull ship model. Measures 16 inches long when assembled. Never started and still in the factory sealed bag with all paperwork. The instructions are water damaged.

Frog Fiat G55 (G-55) - 1 Squadriglia I Gruppo Caccia Aviazione RAI 1944 and Erprobungskommando Unit Luftwaffe 1944, 1/72, F216

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

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Still factory sealed but the seal has splits. Final logo issue from the late 1970s, just before Frog ceased kit production. Very nicely molded kit. Contains decals for both aircraft. 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 Republic P-47D Thunderbolt - Eagleston's Aircraft 353FG/354FS/19th Air Force - 'Little Chief' - Thunderbolt Mk.II RAF, 1/72, 1029

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Very nicely molded kit featuring all fine recessed detail, nicely done cockpit and landing gear, drop tanks and bombs, optional position landing gear and pilot. Features decals for three aircraft, two USAAF and one RAF. 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. I suspect that these are Hasegawa molds.

Hasegawa Messerschmitt Bf-109E4 or E7/8 - III/SKG210 Eastern Front 1941 or JG26 Galland 1940, 1/72, A9

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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1980s issue with exceptionally crisp and energetic box art showing S9+CD of ZG 1 bombing a bridge. Includes parts and decals for two 'E' variants. Very cleanly molded with fine recessed panel lines. This kit has not been started. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Revell Rockwell B-1B Bomber, 1/48, 4725

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

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Still factory sealed. Seal has splits. 1983 issue. Very large 1/48 scale. Highly detailed kit with decals for the two aircraft shown. Includes complete cockpit, detailed gear wells, optional position bomb bay doors and bomb load and much more.

Comet Curtiss Jenny JN-4D - Super Stars 34 inch Wingspan Rubber / Gas Control Line / RC Flying Balsa Model Airplane, 3646

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

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Still factory sealed. Large 34 inch wingspan flying kit can be powered by rubber, electric and made RC with today's lightweight servos and receivers. This is a deluxe Comet kit from the 1970s and includes many plastic details - cowling, machine guns, pilot, bombs etc. and can also be built as a very nice static model. Kit features traditional wood/tissue construction, detailed full size plans, building instructions, hardware, wheels and canopy material (if required), tissue and propeller. 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.

Revell Bell P-39 Airacobra - Advent Issue, 1/72, 3301

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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1979 Advent issue. This kit is from the same molds as the Revell 1960s 1/72 scale P-39. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Airliners America Convair 340 - North Central Airlines - with Aeroclub Metal Propellers, 1/144

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Limited issue. Resin kit with full landing gear and metal propellers. Includes very nice full decals with windows and North Central markings. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

ATP Fokker F-28 Mk 4000 - Air France - Bagged, 1/144

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Includes a nicely injection molded F-28 with full landing gear and very complete Jet Set Air France decals. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

R&L Hovercraft and Tugboat - Bagged, 1/400

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: No Box

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Still factory sealed. Very well detailed and molded. Full hull kits in 1/400 scale. Small scale model from R&L in Australia. R&L marketed these kits independently but some were also sold by Minicraft/Hasegawa, Academy, as the Aurora 'Snaparoos' and in Kellogg's Cereal as premiums.

R&L Radar Dish / Radio Telescope - Bagged, 1/400

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: No Box

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Still factory sealed. Small scale model from R&L in Australia. R&L marketed these kits independently but they were also sold by Minicraft/Hasegawa, Academy, as the Aurora 'Snaparoos' and in Kellogg's Cereal as premiums. Very well detailed and molded.

Entex Aero Spacelines Guppy Oversized Cargo Aircraft, 1/144, 8488

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

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Still factory sealed. Unusual kit of one of the most popular out-sized cargo aircraft. From ex-Otaki molds. High quality kit that is well molded and detailed.

UPC M1 120mm 'Tillie The Toiler' Anti-Aircraft Gun with Mount & 8 Wheel Trailer (Ex-Adams), 1/40, 2156-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

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From high quality Adams molds. Very highly detailed and well molded kit. Features 120mm gun that recoils, elevates and swivels, operating hinged platforms and gun trails, removable jack floats and limber, four man crew and more. The kit has never been started. All parts are still sealed the factory bag. With decals and instructions.

MPC 1978 Star Wars Darth Vader Tie Fighter, 1/48, 1-1915

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Original issue TIE fighter in very large 1/48 scale. Box is dated 1978. Kit features full interior and Darth Vader figure. The kit has not been started. All parts are still in the factory sealed bag, except the clear parts which did not come sealed. They are all still attached to the clear tree. Complete with instructions.

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. 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.

Revell The Thermopylae Clipper Ship - 3 Feet Long, 1/96, H390-1195

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: See Notes

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Early issue dated 1960 of the Cutty Sark's famous competitor. Beautiful box art painting by John Steele. The model features the hull molded in green with the factory painted copper underside. Copper paint is still in factory-new condition. Highly detailed large kit. Measures 36 inches long when built. Has complete running and standing rigging instructions as well as metal chain, preformed rat lines and all required rigging material. Molded in green, brown, black and gray plastic.Never started. All parts are still in factory sealed bags. Complete with instructions, rigging instructions, decals, flag sheet, rigging thread, billowing sails and pre-formed rat lines. NOTE: this is a heavy cardboard box with a photocopied top. The kit is mint, but the outer box was badly torn - hence the new box.

Renwal Vanguard 3-Stage Missile with Satellite and Full Interior, 1/48, 650-169

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very rare kit from the late 1950s. Large 18" high model features removable panels and full interior detail with rocket engines, fuel pumps, extneisve piping detail from tanks to engines, helium oxygen and nitric acid tanks, instrument section and satellite with folding antennas. Launching stand and a ground crew of two are included. The model is correctly molded in metallic blue plastic. Kit has not been started and is complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Renwal The Visible Airplane Engine WASP 9 Cylinder Radial by Pratt & Whitney, 1/4, 809-1495

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

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Very large and highly detailed kit. Motorized. Operating pistons - valves - rocker arms - connecting rods - cam - gears -prop spins - distributor turns and fires 'spark plugs' which are red light bulbs. Prop changes pitch. Includes book on Aircraft Engine Operation. Never started. 100% inventoried complete with all parts and accessories and instructions present.

Hasegawa McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II with 'First Flight' Markings + RF-4B/C/E Conversion, 1/72, JS-012-150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Early hardbox issue. Very nicely molded F-4J kit with decals for the first flight of the F-4J. Also includes Armtec injection molded RF-4B Phantom II Conversion Pack in 1/72. The instructions state that it also makes a C or E variant of the RF-4. The conversion is still factory sealed. The F-4J kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

12 Squared BMG-109 Tomahawk Cruise Missile - Bagged, 1/72, 2-2

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

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Still factory sealed. Limited edition kit of the famous Cruise Missile. Includes display base.