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AMT-Frog Douglas A-20 Havoc - Royal Australian Air Force or USAAF, 1/72, A648-130

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

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Limited issue from the 1970s when AMT bought Frog kits from Great Britain and put them in US boxes and marketed them in North America. Has decals for early USAAF with the red/white rudder flash and a camo machine from the RAAF. High quality Frog kit - no rivets, just fine panel lines for a realistic model. Features separately molded rudder, elevator and ailerons, pilot and gunner figure and detailed engines with rotating propellers. 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.

LS Mitsubishi A6M5 Type 52 Zeke, 1/72, 6

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Very early LS kit. Even at this early date, you can see why LS became legendary for it's quality. Features well molded parts with all fine recessed panel lines, decals for several aircraft, moving rudder, wing flaps and ailerons, choice of drop tank or bomb, sliding canopy and retracting landing gear. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Some of the LS molds are still in use by Hasegawa as testament to the their detail and accuracy.

Guillows Spitfire - 16 inch Wingspan Rubber Powered Balsa Wood Kit, 504

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

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One of a very popular 16.5 inch wingspan series of World War 2 kits. This later issue is still factory sealed. The original issues were from the late 1960s/early 1970s. Scale stick and tissue rubber powered flying model. Includes die cut balsa parts, vacuform nose, wheels, plastic propeller, hardware, vacuform canopy, colored tissue, insignia and full size plans with detailed building 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.

Guillows Cessna O-1E Bird Dog - 17 inch Wingspan Rubber Powered Flying Model, 902

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Roughly 1980s scale stick and tissue rubber powered flying model. Includes die cut balsa parts, vacuform nose/spinner, wheels, plastic propeller, hardware, vacuform canopy, colored tissue, insignia and full size plans with detailed building instructions. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts 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.

Aurora Boeing F4B-4 - (F4B4), 1/48, 122-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Second release dated 1959. Has sunburst inside the 'Famous Fighters' Aurora oval logo.Classic 1930s Navy Biplane Fighter. These are famous for the colorful paint jobs of the day. Cowl/Tail/Trim color would vary with the Aircraft Carrier that the group was based on. Each ship-Ranger, Lexington, and Saratoga all had their own colors. Never started. 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions

Mantua Pacific 4-6-2 HO Scale Metal Locomotive Kit, 1/87, 212

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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This kit is from the late 1940s or very early 1950s. Manuta was legendary for it's quality and attention to detail. After doing a piece-by-piece inventory on this kit, I can understand why. The tender and locomotive body are die cast. The castings are of high quality without the usual impurities, so they are in excellent conditions without the usual cracks. The kit is complete with all parts needed and the motor. The valve gear is a work of art in itself with plated nickel steel and tiny rivets. Includes complete instructions, guarantee card and a list of Mantua approved service stations. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts.

Revell Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet - Lufthansa Airlines, 1/144, H176

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

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1970's Revell of Germany issue with great, unique box artwork. Nicely molded large kit featuring detailed engine pods and landing gear, clear cockpit windows, through-molded passenger windows, display stand and a large colorful Lufthansa decal sheet. The kit has never been started. All parts, decals and instructions are still in the factory sealed bag. Note the box art shows a 747 with 3 upper deck windows, but the kit has 10 upper deck windows per side.

Jewel-Like Models Grumman XF5F-2 Skyrocket Long Nose/ Grumman Project G-39 - (XF5F2), 1/72

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

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Still factory sealed. Nicely molded kit with clear canopy and full plans/instructions. A certain degree of modeling skill is required to build vacuform kits. They are not recommended for beginners.

Contrail Saunders-Roe A.27 (A-27) London Mk II - Bagged, 1/72

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

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Contrail bagged kit with header. The kit is still factory staple sealed. The London first flew in 1934 and production began in 1936. The design was considered successful for Maritime patrol and the London carried a respectable load of bombs, depth charges or mines. They saw action from Great Britain up to mid 1940 and the 202 Sq. continued to use the London from Gibraltar up to June 1941 when Hudsons and Sunderlands took over their duties.

Pyro Fairey Flycatcher, 1/48, P610-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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Very nicely molded with good details. Features full engine, cockpit and a very fine 'fabric' design where the real aircraft was cloth covered. Never started. NOTE: missing two "V" pushrods. Easily made. Other wise complete with all other parts, decals and instructions.

KMK AP-35 Mabuchi Geared Motor and Battery Case for Free-Flight TK-1 or other Airplanes, AP-35

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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It is said that the Mattel Superstar (late 1971) was the first mass produced electric powered free-flight rechargeable airplane. This primitive geared electric drive certainly predates the Superstar but does not use rechargable batteries. The intended aircraft - TK-1 - is likely pictured on the cover. Has a clever method of controling how long the motor stays on - similary to the Ideal wooden flying kits 'gear extension' method of the 30's and 40s. Contains fuse material that is lit when the aircraft is lauched. The fuse burns and releases a rubber band that disconnects the battery power. I assume this kit is from the 1960s but it is not dated. Made from very light-weight plastic and metal. Never used and mint in the box. Two sheets of instructions - Japanese and English.

Revell Cunard Ocean Liner RMS Queen Mary (1938), 1/568, H311-298

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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1962 hardbox with framable John Steel box art. First release. Very nicely detailed full hull kit. Never started. Factory sealed bag with decals and instructions present.

Revell Motorized Chris Craft 42' Sport Fishing Boat, 1/56, H400-249

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Rare. 1962 hardbox issue with John Steel boxart. This kit was originally the Pre-'S' Chris Craft Flying Bridge Cruiser. In about 1960 the mold were reworked to make it a fishing boat. In 1961/62 Revell was attempting to motorize everything that it could. This trend did not last, with most kits being limited to only one issue. Today they are valuable collectors items. The kit inside is mint. All parts and instructions are still in the factory sealed bags, with the motor and motorizing parts sealed in another bag.

Revell Queen Mary (1938), 1/568, H311-300

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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First release hardbox dated 1962 with John Steel box art. Well detailed 20.75 inch long, full-hull kit of the classic Cunard Ocean Liner. Features full rudder and propeller detail, separately molded davits and life boats, detailed deck with full fittings and ventilators, swimming pool, sports deck, radar, masts and cargo booms and more. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Revell SS United States Pre 'S' Kit, 1/602, H312-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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1953 Pre-'S' release. Beautiful boxart. This model builds to an excellent kit. Includes detailed decks and fittings, lifeboats, decals, flags and rigging instructions. Never started. 100% inventoried complete with all parts/decals and instructions present.

Frog Grumman F4F Wildcat - FAA or USS Ranger Bagged, 1/72, F242F

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

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Still factory sealed. Has markings for HMS Pursuer 896 Sqn, Fleet Air Arm or VF-9 USS Ranger from Operation Torch in North Africa during November, 1942.

Revell XSL-01 3-Stage Rocket to the Moon Manned Space Ship - 'S' Issue, 1/96, H1800-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

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One of the "Holy Grail" of the classic Revell 1950s Space Kits. 1957 first and only issue 'S' kit is in investment-grade condition with a 'Near Mint' box. The box is solid and the color and gloss is like new. There is a very minor amount of very light shelf wear as the only flaw. The molds for this kit were reportedly damaged beyond use, which makes reissues impossible. The spaceship was designed by the rocket scientist Ellwyn E. Angle of Systems Laboratories Inc. The kit features detailed working launch pad, ground crew, separating stages, booster with opening hatch, detailed top stage with removable top, opening hatch and full interior including controls, instruments, crew and seats. The main stages and boosters snap apart to recreate all phases of the flight from Earth takeoff, Lunar Landing and Return to Earth. The included 'XSL-01 Operations Manual' outlines in words and illustrations each phase of the trip on the spaceship. This kit has never been started. It is 100% inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions and booklet present. Other than very light yellowing the instructions, booklet and decals are mint.

Revell F-105B Thunderchief 'Thud' Tactical Fighter-Bomber, 1/75, H166

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

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1976 version. This is one of the last releases from slightly modified 'S' kit molds from 1958. Features optional position landing gear, movable wheels, four bombs, pilot figure and hinged cockpit canopy and refueling probe. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Nitto Kettenkrad Sd.Kfz2 with 37mm Gun, 1/35, 15090

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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Highly detailed kit with tracked motorcycle, three soldiers, machine guns and tripods, mortar, bazooka, 37mm gun, rifles, helmets, bed rolls, packs, grenades and much more. Never started. NOTE: missing treads. All other parts are still factory sealed. Includes decals and instructions.

Monogram Focke-Wulf Fw-190 - White Box Issue, 1/48, 6804

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

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Still factory sealed. The box has very light foxing under the seal which is not visible in the photo. 1973 release. This kit is one of a series of famous 1/48 scale WWII aircraft that Monogram originally made in the 1960s. Very well molded kit can make any of 6 versions - Focke-Wulf FW-190 A-8/R-3 - A-7/R2 - A7/R3 - A-5/U8 - A-8/R1 - A-5/U3 Tropical. Has optional position canopy and landing gear with a very large variety of underwing stores and gun options. Paint guide for all variants is included.