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Hawk Curtiss Racer R3C-1 - One Piece Box Issue 1946 - (R3C1), 1/48, 600

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$150   

For the advanced model collector. This is a model kit with a fascinating history as it may be among the very first injection molded kits produced in the United States (please see the article about early USA kit production on this website). The Hawk model company was the most innovative in America and had been making constant 1/48 scale models in wood and metal since the late 1920s. During the re-run of the World's Fair in 1933, Hawk may have made the world's first injection molded airplanes models - but they were not kits. The models were completely finished and were on display for the princely sum of $25 each. The Mates brothers, who founded and ran Hawk, were quick to incorporate this new technology by adding injection molded details to the wooden kits in the late 1930s. During the war, Hawk put it's injection molding knowledge to work making ID models for the US Armed Forces. Originally there was a nation-wide program to have children and adults make these from wood, but consistency was an issue - injection molded solved this problem. Immediately after WWII in 1946, Hawk made the Curtiss Racer model injection molded in black tenite. The box was a simple one-color affair. This kit, like Varney's PT-17, met a very cool reception at hobby shops. Hawk quickly changed the box to two colors, added box artwork and molding the kit in bright yellow acetate plastic. That makes it the second issue, still from 1946, and that is this kit for sale here. The box is in very good condition with great colors. There is tape on both end flaps. The box has not been crushed or flattened, which is unusual. These came in one-piece boxes and they are not very strong. Inside, the kit has minor assembly. The fuselage 1/2s have been glued. The quality of assembly is excellent - there are no gaps and no glue showing. There is no other assembly. The kit is 100% complete with all parts. The small parts are still sealed in the 'crinkle' bag. The instructions are in as new condition. Please note that Hawk did not issue decals with this issue of this kit.

ERTL International Transtar CO-4070A Semi Tractor, 1/25, 8000

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$120   

Very highly detailed kit with over 250 parts. Features complete engine and engine compartment, detailed cab with complete interior, opening hood, full suspension and underside details and more. Builds a full rolling chassis just like the full-size truck. The kit has never been started. Almost all parts are still in the factory sealed bags; some parts were never factory sealed (cab, tires & clear) and those are inventoried complete. Includes decals and instructions. Includes instructions and decals (in amazing 'mint' condition) as well as International four-page flyer for this semi.

Monogram Eagle Lunar Explorer - Space Patrol and Exploration Landing Vehicle / NASA Space Shuttle With Transport Carrier - Young Astronauts Issue, 1/48, 5906

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

$135   

Still factory sealed and rare. This 1985 science fiction space craft is very well molded and highly detailed. The unique design is convertible from 1/48 to 1/144 scale and has two versions - one with the US NASA Space Shuttle where the Eagle functions as a shuttle carrier. Features complete cargo interior, cockpit, crew and much more.

Revell German Submarine U-boat VIIC Wolf Pack - U-69 / U-82 / U-203 / U-253 / U-552 Late or Early, 1/72, 05015

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$145   

Still factory 'round tape' sealed. Out of production and hard to find. Very large and highly detailed 1/72 submarine kit that can be built for static display or converted to radio control (parts for conversion are not included).

Kitty Hawk Su-35 Fullback - 4 Different Markings Options, 1/48, KH80141

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$145   

This rare model is a superb kit from all new molds. Features excellent detail inside and out, all fine recessed panel lines, photoetched details, excellent cockpit & gear wells and much more. Includes full color paint guide and decals sheets for different aircraft. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Revell Convair F-106A Delta Dart Whip Fly with Whistle and Streamers, 1/67, H159-129

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$145   

Very rare 1961 issue in the Whip-Fly 'Master Modeler' series. Model even includes the F-106 trading stamp and Master Modeler application form. This issue is based on the 1950s F-106 "S" kit. The Delta Dart Whip Fly comes with USAF decals, flight ballast, handle, 12 feet of control line, control ring, colorful streamers for the jet engine and a underside pod which is a in-flight whistle! Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The short-lived Whip-Fly series seemed like a good idea...at first. It was quickly discontinued when Revell discovered that heavily weighted models with sharply pointed noses rotating in a 24 foot diameter circle at very high speeds might not be safe.

Revell Destroyer USS The Sullivans Fletcher Class DD-537 - Pre 'S' Issue, 1/301, H305-129

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM-

$169   

1955 Pre-'S' release in exceptional investment-grade 'Near Mint-' condition. Beautiful boxart has like-new gloss and color, four solid corners, no price tag or tag marks, no fading, tears, creases or missing litho, no tape (other than the factory sealing tape of course) and no repairs. The only flaws are very light, even general wear. Full hull kit with detailed deck, main 5 inch guns, anti-aircraft guns, torpedo tubes and more. It has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including all parts, decals flag sheet and instructions.

Aurora Martin B-26 Marauder, 1/46, 371-259

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$225   

Very rare first issue from the early 1950s. When Aurora moved to the West Hempstead plant, they planned a series of very large scale bombers. All kits released up to this time had been small. Aurora's instincts were correct, and the B-26, B-25 and B-29 were a big sales success. This box art was done by Jim Cox and was only used for about one year, making it very rare. The kit has never been started and is inventoried 100% complete with the original tissue paper, all parts, large clear stand, instructions and decals.

Revell USS Franklin D Roosevelt - Midway Class Aircraft Carrier, 1/547, 0307

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$139   

1995 reissue of the original 1950s 'S' issue. Rare model of an early straight-deck Midway class that is well detailed for that time and features full one-piece hull, separately molded main anti-aircraft armament, gun directors, detailed island structure with sensors, airwing of F9F-8 Cougars (straight and folded wings), helicopters, F4U Corsairs & AD-6 Skyraiders, display stand and more. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

AMT Peterbilt 359 California Hauler Tractor Semi Truck - With Goodyear Truck Tire Flyer and 9 Inch Goodyear Logo, 1/25, T500

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$119   

Rare original issue from the 1970s. Super detailed truck features over 250 parts, over 70 in chrome, a rolling chassis build up just like the real truck, giant 567 CID Detroit Diesel engine, opening forward-tilt hood, hollow vinyl truck tires, dual exhaust, running lights, horns, Goodyear tires, fully detailed cab and more. The kit has never been started. Inside it is exactly like it was when it left the factory. Most parts are still in the factory sealed bags. The clear, tires, chrome and sleeper were never factory sealed and have been inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. The decals and instructions are in exceptional 'near mint' condition. Includes a near mint Goodyear Truck Tire fold-out flyer and 9 inch long cut-out logo (may be adhesive on the back).

Aurora Curtiss Hawk P-6E, 1/43, 116-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$110   

Still factory sealed. The kit is dated 1958, but this is obviously a later issue as the Aurora logo does not say 'Famous Fighters' in the border and has no sunburst. Due to the 100 price extension, it is most likely from 1960 or '61.

Hasegawa McDonnell Douglas F-4 British Phantom FG Mk1, 1/48, P15

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$110   

Rare. Very finely molded and detailed. Widely considered the finest injection molded 1/48 scale F-4 kit. Never started and inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, 1/156, 491-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$129   

Very rare 1956 first issue hardbox with the one-year-only 'Northern Lights' rectangular logo. This logo was was replaced the very next year with the famous oval 'Famous Fighters' Starburst. Inside, the kit is 100% correct for the first issue and includes the early rectangular-based stand, instructions showing this stand, the correct decal sheet with no stand decal and is molded in gloss olive drab green and clear. This kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present. It even includes the original factory tissue packing paper. Please NOTE that the box would grade slightly higher but it rated as 'very good+' because there are two tape tears on the lower long box side.

Aurora Martin B-26 Marauder, 1/46, 371-259

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$325   

Very rare first issue from the early 1950s. When Aurora moved to the West Hempstead plant, they planned a series of very large scale bombers. All kits released up to this time had been small. Aurora's instincts were correct, and the B-26, B-25 and B-29 were a big sales success. This box art was done by Jim Cox and was only used for about one year, making it very rare. The kit has never been started and is inventoried 100% complete with the original tissue paper, all parts, large clear stand, instructions and decals. The box has very good color, four solid corners (no repairs), no fading, stains or tears and no price tags or tape (other than the factory sealing tape). It does have moderate general wear as shown, a small (3/4" x 3/8") price tag tear on the left short side, edge wear (more on the on the left than the right) and litho chips on the top long side along the edge.

Revell Consolidated B-24 Liberator Buffalo Bill - Air Power And Master Modelers Club Issue, 1/92, H137-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$110   

Rare 1961 hardbox issue in 'excellent++' condition inside and out. This kit used the original 1950s 'S' kit molds and decals as well as the box artwork. Molded in correct glossy olive drab with 'Buffalo Bill' decals. Never started and the parts and all paperwork are still in the internal factory sealed bags. Literally all of the contents are factory sealed.

Revell Douglas A3D Skywarrior - S Issue - (A-3), 1/84, H241-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

$119   

First issue with great "S" artwork. Dated 1956. The box is in amazing condition with perfect color and gloss. The only thing keeping it from being 'mint' is light wear and prices on the short end panels. Features folding wings and horizontal stabilizer, rotating and elevating rear gun turret, optional position landing gear, speed brakes & escape hatch, three crew figures and more. Includes the famous clear Revell 'Globe' stand. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Revell USS Decatur DD936 - 60th Anniversary Destroyer Fleet US Navy / Master Modelers Club Issue, 1/301, H430-169

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$129   

Rare 1962 hardbox issue is excellent condition. Box top color and gloss is like new. Special item included in this issue are two large, colorful trading cards (B-36 and F-105) and the full color Master Modelers Stamp for the Decatur. Large and detailed full-hull model is almost 16 inches long and features rotating main 5 inch turrets, AA guns, detailed superstructure, life rafts, torpedo tubes, display stand and more. It has never been started and is inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals, flag sheet and instructions.

Revell CAG-1 USS Boston Guided Missile Cruiser, 1/480, H461

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$129   

Still factory sealed. 1971 issue. The USS Boston, originally CA-69 (Baltimore Class Heavy Cruiser) was converted to the world's first Guided Missile Cruiser in 1952. Full hull kit that is 17 inches long when assembled. Features movable guns and turrets, detailed Terrier missiles and launchers, radar and missile tracking antennas, display stand and more.

Revell USS Montrose PA212 or USS Randall Attack Transport PA224 - Haskell Class Attack Transport), 1/375, 05018

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$115   

2004 issue from the original 1950s 'S' kit. Very well detailed kit with 83 parts. Features one piece hull, detailed deck and superstructure, 12.5cm cannon, 20mm twin anti-aircraft guns, life rafts, detailed masts, cargo booms, 15 very nicely molded landing craft, flag sheet and decals for the Montrose, Randall and full markings for the landing craft. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. The USS Montrose was on of 57 Haskell Class Attack Transports built for service in and immediately after WWII. The ships were designed to carry troops close to the beachheads, transfer them to landing barges (carried on board) and to supervise the landing operations. Her length was 455 feet and she could handle 1,560 troops and carry 3000 tons of equipment.

Aurora Crown Logo Blue Knight of Milan 1520, 1/8, K2-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$150   

Very Rare. In the mid 1950s, Aurora was searching for faster and less expensive ways to expand their model kit line beyond simply designing new kits then cutting new molds. Aurora was able to find several such sellers, like Comet, Best, Helicopters for Industry and others. However, their most famous and profitable deal they negotiated was the purchase three 'Knight' molds from Crown Plastics. They quickly issued them as K1, K2 and K3 and these were the very first Aurora figure kits. This first issue from 1956 has the one-year-only Aurora 'Northern Lights' logo with the correct 'Crown Line' logo inside it. Inside, the kit is mint as it left the factory. The shiny, very dark blue plastic parts are complete and there is a red feather plume. The instructions are correct with the Crown logo in the Aurora logo.