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Comet Taylorcraft Struct-O-Speed - 15 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft, 2202-49

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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From the later 1960s. Comet advertises that the Struct-O-Speed series 'Puts Itself Together...That Quick!' on the box top. These kits were very highly prefabricated for their time, and in comparison to the regular stick and tissue models, the claim is not unfounded. Features die-cut balsa wood main parts, about 12 inch wingspan, finished wooden wheels, paper insignia and full plane/instructions. Features die-cut wings, fuselage sides and formers, tail surfaces, finished wood wheels, formed wire landing gear, metl prop shaft, plastic prop and thrust button and detailed illustrated instructions. Complete and never started. 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.

Comet Piper Cub Cruiser Struct-O-Speed Prefabricated Flying Aircraft - (P-51), 2302-100

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. From the late 1960s/early 1970s. Comet would advertise that the Struct-O-Speed series 'Puts Itself Together...That Quick!' on the box top, and it was not a completely idle boast. These kits were very highly prefabricated for their time, and in comparison to the regular stick and tissue models, the claim is not unfounded. Kit features die cut and factory painted balsa wood parts, formed and finished wheels, plastic prop & thrust button, rubber motor and detailed instructions with flying tips. Has a 13.25" wingspan when assembled. 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.

Hasegawa I-401 Motorized Wood and Metal Submarine, 1/160

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

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Very, very rare. Few know that the first Hasegawa kits were primarily wood and there was quite a line of them. It appears that all were motorized, from the heavy cruisers, 1/300 IJN Battleships to a 1/400 NS Savannah and even a giant Iowa class battlewagon. This is the only submarine - I401 of the famous I-400 class airplane carriers. This giant kit measures 30 inches (762mm) long when built and is designed for static display or operation in water. Features a completely factory carved hardwood hull with no sanding required, fully cut and finished ribbed hardwood decks, factory assembled forward deck, numerous other hardwood parts all cut to shape, some small rough cut wood parts, a tiny scale aircraft model for the deck (plastic, 7 parts with decals, still factory sealed in the small box), numerous brass and metal hand-soldered parts including railings with stanchions, island gun decks and much more, metal props and drive shafts w/hull ports, a stunning all metal gear box with brass gears that is still mint in the box, a TKK Mabuchi DC motor still in the old-style box with instruction sheet, triple battery holders, reproduced photo of the built kit (and she is beautiful!), very large instruction sheet with numerous drawings for all steps and operation/motorizing notes (all in 'very good++' condition) and full-size blue prints in 'excellent' condition. The kit has never been started: NOTE: If the ship had decals or not is unknown from the instructions; there are none present. Beyond that, the kit has been inventoried with all other parts and paperwork. Even the original Hasegawa paper headers for the bags are present, and even the cardboard they were originally stapled to are present - although the bags were open, which is why I did the inventory. I have returned the contents to as close to factory condition as I could. You will notice yellowed cellophane in the photo - this kit originally had cello factory sealed over the inner box at the factory, so that the prospective owner could remove the box top and view the (factory sealed) contents. NOTE: the upper and lower boxes were complete but in very bad (poor) condition. I spent 4 hours fixing them correctly from the inside. Please be aware that I have rated them 'fair' and complete, but there were completely flat and in 5 parts when I received them. There is a great deal of wear, as you can imagine. NOTE: A shaft came off one diving plane but was present - I cleaned the parts and soldered it back into position.

Monogram Phantom Huey UH-1B Chopper Motorized with Sound, 1/24, 6867

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Rare. Dated 1969. Large and completely transparent with a 20 inch long fuselage and nearly 2 foot rotor diameter. Well detailed with 184 parts and full internal detail. Features full cockpit, pilot and co-pilot, complete cabin, opening cabin door, inner fuselage framing, detailed engine and more. The electric motor (in the display base with the batteries) turns main and tail rotors. Sound unit makes "chop-chop" sound that varies correctly with main rotor speed. To minimize painting, the kit is molded in clear, zinc chromate green, black, chrome plate, gray, olive drab and flexible silver (ammo belts). The clear fuselage halves have no breaks or cracks, they are mint. The motor, battery contacts and hardware are still in the factory sealed bag. The other parts were never in sealed bags and have been inventoried complete, including 'excellent' decals and instructions. These boxes were thin, fragile and easily damaged. This one is in slightly above-average condition but has wear as shown. NOTE: this kit must be shipped insured.

Hawk Chrome Plated Lockheed U-2 - (Authenti-Plate), 1/48, 300-300

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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1962 completely chrome plated hardbox issue with Bill Campbell artwork. Chrome is in 'excellent' condition with very minor wear. It is difficult to find the chrome in this condition. Large scale with 20 inch wingspan. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

MPM Sikorsky R-4B or HNS-1 - USAAF or Coast Guard, 1/72, 72045

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Very well detailed model with brass photoetched parts. Features complete cockpit and decals for two versions - USAAF Tinian 1945 and HNS-1 US Coast Guard 1944. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Monogram F-101B Voodoo - Blue Box Issue, 1/109, PA164-70

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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Second issue of this 'Four Star 49er' kit from 1967 in the Blue Box. The kit has never been started. NOTE: missing both pilots. Otherwise inventoried complete with all other parts including decals and instructions.

Guillows Spad VII - 18 inch Wingspan Rubber Powered Balsa Wood Kit, WW-3

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Purchased new in 1965. One of a very popular line of World War 1 flying aircraft stick and tissue kits with 18 inch wingspan. Kit features scale plastic wheels, plastic propeller, light vacuform nose cowl, die cut balsa parts, colored tissue, rubber motor and full decals. Includes full size detailed plans. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Guillow's founder, Paul K. Guillow, was a WWI naval aviator. In 1926 he began producing wooden model airplane kits. His 'Shelf Models' were some of the earlier non-flying models in production. Guillow's grew during the model boom of the 1930s, and when the Depression hit the hardest, Guillow's responded with lower prices and became one of the low price leaders, frequently advertising in Model Airplane News and other leading publications. During the war, like most manufacturers, Guillow's was forced to alternative materials such as cardboard and pine. Guillow's survived the post WWII slump by creating many inexpensive profile flying rubber powered aircraft and gliders in the 1950s (along with North Pacific) which became famous - some are still available today. The stick and tissue lines have been updated with laser cut parts and are still in production as of 2009.

Doyusha USS Nautilus SSN571 With Regulus II Missile - Motorized, 1/380, MI-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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Older kit that is designed to operate in water. Includes missile shelter, launcher and scale Regulus II guided missile - although I do not believe the Nautilus test launched the Regulus II. Submarine measures 10 inches long when assembled. Features a metal weight to achieve neutral buoyancy, movable diving planes and a rubber band motor with winding handle. The kit is molded in dark blue above the waterline and dark red below the waterline. Includes a static display stand also. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

Doyusha RO-55 Japanese Submarine - Motorized, 1/270, RO-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Older kit that is designed to operate in water. Measures 10 inches long when assembled. Features a metal weight to achieve neutral buoyancy, movable diving planes and a rubber band motor with winding handle. The kit is molded in dark brown/gray (above the waterline) and dark red (below the waterline). Includes a static display stand also. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions. Ro-55 was a K6 Kaichu Type medium submarine. She was launched on April 23, 1944 and commanded by LtCdr Suwa. On January 27, 1945 Ro-55 departed Kure on her first war patrol west of Mindoro. On February 2, Suwa reports being attacked by aircraft. That was the last communication received. On February 7, RO-55 attempted to attack a convoy os hips headed for Leyte Gulf where she was probably sunk by USS THOMASON (DE 203). in a hedge-hog attack just before midnight.

Tamiya MBT 71 Motorized - (M.B.T. 71 JGSDF), 1/48, MS108-250

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Hard to find 1/48 motorized kit. Well detailed and includes electric motor and metal gear box. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Revell Tony Nancy's '22 JR' Roadster and Dragster - (2 Kits), 1/25, 85-1224

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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2003 reissue. Contains both Tony Nancy race winners. The Roadster features a blown, detailed Buick engine, complete chassis, detailed '23 T Cal Automotive body, Halibrand magnesium wheels, full interior and drag chute pack. The Dragster has a detailed Tommy Ivo chassis, removable body shell, detailed Plymouth 426 Super Stock engine, American magnesium wheels and full interior. Both features very good detail and are molded in silver, chrome, clear and with real rubber tires and full decals. NOTE: one set of engine block halves and timing chain cover has been assembled. Quality of assembly is excellent. There is no other assembly and no painting. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

MPC Northrop P-61 Black Widow - Jukin Judy, 1/72, 1-4303

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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From 1982. From quality Airfix molds. Features interior detail, rotating wheels and props, drop tanks, decals for two aircraft, elevating guns and rotating turret, moving ailerons, positionable spoilers and optional bomb load. Molded in black and clear. There has been zero assembly but NOTE: one bulkhead is painted zinc chromate green. There is no other painting. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decal and instructions.

Skywave Krivak II Missle Frigate - Two Kits, 1/700, 31

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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Includes two Kirvaks. Highly detailed waterline ship kits include hull numbers for 19 different ships of that class. The kit has never been started. Both ships are inventoried complete with all parts. Decals are intact as are the instructions. NOTE: the instructions show some 1/700 scale helicopters and non-related guns - they are not present. I have never had this issue with them present - I think they are from an accessory tree that could be purchased separately.

Italeri AH-64 Apache, 1/72, 159

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

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Still factory sealed. Nicely molded kit with good cockpit detail and weapons load.

AMT Caterpillar Bulldozer D8H, 1/24, 31769

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

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Large-scale, highly detailed kit with over 350 parts. Features 6 cylinder turbocharged diesel engine, optional center tooth ripper attachment with vinyl hydraulic line tubing, adjustable blade and ripper, detailed track roller frames with working idler wheels, track rollers, track carrier rollers and drive sprockets, snap-together individual track sections and more. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

AMT 1962 Chevrolet Impala 2 Door Hardtop - 3 in 1 Kit, 1/25, S722-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

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Rare and very nicely molded kit. This is the only formal 'hardtop' model and it has never been re-released. You can find the bubble top and convertible as they have been reissued. Can be built any one of three ways - stock, custom or stylized. Includes a very large number of optional custom parts so you can make a totally unique automobile. Features detailed complete engine, engine compartment, opening hood, full interior, rotating wheels, exhaust and underside detail. Molded in white, clear, red tinted clear, and chrome. With real rubber tires. The kit has never been started. The stock version is complete. NOTE: missing (4) custom baby moon hubcaps, body putty, sand paper and decals. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts present and instructions.

Fujimi Japanese Army Kawasaki Goshikisen Ki-100, 1/72, 708-70

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

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Still factory sealed. From the 1970s. Early issue with Fujimi Mokei Co. Ltd. logo with text. Features rotating prop, retractable undercarriage, working elevator, ailerons and rudder and opening canopy.

MPC Fiat G-50, 1/72, 5006-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

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Still mint in the factory seal. This kit is from quality Airfix molds and is one of the MPC issues with custom decals and the unique clear modular display stand. 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. Dates from the late 1960s/early 1970s. Note that this issue still has '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.

PM Model Beechcraft AT-11 Kansan - USAF or Turkish Air Force, 1/72, PM303

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Cleanly molded and accurate kit. Features all fine recessed panel lines and very good cockpit, engine and landing gear detail. Has markings for both air forces. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.