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Revell 1913 Mercedes Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H54-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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1953 early issue molded in green plastic. This is from the issues produced with Gowland & Gowland as it carrier their 'balloon' logo on the side. The model has not been started. The parts are still sealed in the original 'krinkle' bag and the kit is complete with instructions. Before the 1950s 'model building' never made the top 10 list of boy's activities. Hobbies were nothing new to America in the 1930s/40s, but they were not mainstream. Shortly after the turn of the century, many dedicated modelers built flying or static airplanes, ship, train, automotive or other subjects. Basic kits existed, but the majority of these models were built from scratch, which demanded a high talent level developed from years of experience. That changed in the early 1950s. The phenomenon of the Revell/Gowland & Gowland 'Highway Pioneers' car kits was a significant force in proving that model building as a hobby could have mass appeal, provided that the kits were easy enough to build and finish. These 1/32 scale vehicles could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real car. The Highway Pioneers series lead to the production of other subjects in plastic and the effect was revolutionary. By the early 1960s, model building was the #1 past time of American boys.

Revell 1915 Fiat Tourer - Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H55-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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1953 early issue molded in red acetate plastic. This kit has never been started. It has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. This is from the issues produced with Gowland & Gowland as it carrier their 'balloon' logo on the side. Before the 1950s 'model building' never made the top 10 list of boy's activities. Hobbies were nothing new to America in the 1930s/40s, but they were not mainstream. Shortly after the turn of the century, many dedicated modelers built flying or static airplanes, ship, train, automotive or other subjects. Basic kits existed, but the majority of these models were built from scratch, which demanded a high talent level developed from years of experience. That changed in the early 1950s. The phenomenon of the Revell/Gowland & Gowland 'Highway Pioneers' car kits was a significant force in proving that model building as a hobby could have mass appeal, provided that the kits were easy enough to build and finish. These 1/32 scale vehicles could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real car. The Highway Pioneers series lead to the production of other subjects in plastic and the effect was revolutionary. By the early 1960s, model building was the #1 past time of American boys.

Nichimo IJN Atago Heavy Cruiser, 1/500, 3

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Unique 1/500 scale kit. Rare glossy box art issue from the golden age of Japanese box art in the 1950s/early 1960s. Can be built at motorized full hull or waterline version. Well detailed and molded. Features original glue, and all hardware for motorizing (motor not included) and metal gear box for multi-prop drive. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Nichimo IJN Maya Heavy Cruiser, 1/500, 3

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Unique 1/500 scale kit. Rare glossy box art issue from the golden age of Japanese box art in the 1950s/early 1960s. Can be built at motorized full hull or waterline version. Well detailed and molded. Features original glue, and all hardware for motorizing (motor not included) and metal gear box for multi-prop drive. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Nichimo IJN Chokai Heavy Cruiser, 1/500, 3

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Unique 1/500 scale kit. Rare glossy box art issue from the golden age of Japanese box art in the 1950s/early 1960s. Can be built at motorized full hull or waterline version. Well detailed and molded. Features original glue, and all hardware for motorizing (motor not included) and metal gear box for multi-prop drive. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Frog Blackburn Skua Dive Bomber - Red Series, 1/72, F162

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

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Very colorful box artwork issue. Very finely molded in medium gray. Features separately molded ailerons, elevators and rudder. 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.

Tru-Scale Blacksmith Car HO Scale Kit, 1/87, S829-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Early injection molded 1950s kit of a very unique subject. Highly detailed car features blacksmith figure, anvil, bellows, forge, hand-car, boom/hood, tool shelf, axe, shovel, hammer and coal bin. Never started. Missing one wheel to the hand car; easily found in a spares box. Inventoried complete with all other parts, decals and instructions. As it typical of most kits of this period, it does not come with trucks. Makes for a great stand-alone kit or a great subject for you line.

Frank Modellbau Soviet Air Force Weapons Set 1, 1/72, AM-2505

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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High definition cast resin. Includes w AA-2 Atoll AA missles - 2 132 Imp gallon (600 L) drop tanks - 6 Cluster Bomb (CBU) containers - 6 UB-32-57 HVAR (32 x 57mm rockets) and 6x 500 kg general purpose HE Bombs. Unstarted and 100% complete.

Aoshima US Navy SB2C Helldiver, 1/72, 302

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Early Japanese kit. Features folding wings, retracting gear, sliding canopy and working tailhook. Very fine detail and nicely molded. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Tonto (Lone Ranger) Comic Series, 1/10, 183

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

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1974 issue is still factory sealed. This is the 'Comic' issue which contains an original story comic book and backdrop mural to create a 3-D action display.

Merlin Models Kaman HOK-1 Helicopter, 1/72, 101

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Limited edition injection molded gray and clear kit. With decals. Complete and never started.

Monogram F-117A Stealth Fighter with Photoetched Details-Pro Modeler Issue, 1/48, 5922

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

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1995 Pro Modeler issue is still factory sealed. Highly detailed model includes boarding ladder, ground figure and pilot, detailed cockpit with optional position canopy, detailed gear wells, optional detailed open weapons bay with laser guided bomb load out, photoetched details and more.

ESCI French Spad XIII, 1/72, 8250

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

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

ESCI Albatros DIII, 1/72, 8253

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

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

Revell Lockheed F-104G/F-104C Starfighter - USAF Camo / Luftwaffe and Marine / Denmark / Netherlands / Belgium Markings, 1/32, 4722

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very large (1/32) scale Starfighter with decals for all versions listed. Features full cockpit, detailed gear wells, cannon bay with optional position hatch, optional tip tanks, AIM-9 Sidewinders, iron bombs or AIM-7 Sparrow missiles. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Revell Douglas AD-6 Skyraider (AH-1) Navy Attack Aircraft - 50 Years of Naval Aviation Issue, 1/40, H260-298

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Rare 1960 issue of this original 'S' action kit. This edition is the '50 Years of Naval Aviation' issue and has the smooth box with the framable John Steel box artwork. Wings fold, dive brakes operate, canopy slides to show full cockpit, landing gear retracts and cowling comes off to show fully detailed engine. Molded in the correct dark gloss blue and clear. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. NOTE: Collectors stamp is included.

Wen-mac USAAF P-39 Airacobra with Working Air-To-Ground Rockets - Gas Powered Control Line Aircraft, 150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Very rare. AMF/Wen-Mac pre zip code (<1964) 'Hot Shot' control line aircraft that launches two large missiles at the pilots command during flight. It has a 22 inch wingspan and is 21 inches long. This item is new store stock and has never been run or started. The box is intact with some wear and discoloration as shown. The clear plastic in intact. Inside, the kit is as it left the factory. The aircraft has never been removed from the factory cardboard insert that holds it down - the same goes for the missiles, U-control handle and cord. The aircraft and all accessories are incredibly preserved as if they were new. The paperwork is mint and complete with the owners manual and parts list/special instructions. It would be difficult to find a better example of this rare flying toy.

AMT McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagle Satellite Killer with ASAT - 318th FIS Air Defense Command USAF, 1/72, 8826

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

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Very nicely detailed kit with ASAT missile and excellent decals. 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.

MPC HP Halifax Profile Series - Prototype R9543 / No.347 'Tunisie' Free French Air Force / No.408 'Goose' Sq No.6 Group Yorkshire, 1/72, 2-2504

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Profile Series - builds any of the the three aircraft. Well detailed kit. Kit features movable control surfaces, elevating guns, rotating turrets, retracting landing gear, rotating props and wheels. 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. NOTE: two prop blades are broken off. One is included but the other one is missing.

MPC F-86D Sabre Dog USAF with Ground Crew (Ex-Airfix), 1/72, 22106

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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This kit is from quality Airfix molds and is from the MPC 'Air Combat Collection', which includes ground crew. Dates from the mid 1970s. Note that this issue does not 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 (possibly with this issue) although MPC continued to distribute Airfix models. This kit has never been started. NOTE: missing canopy. Includes all other parts, decals and instructions.