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Monogram Speedee-Bilt Spad Pursuit - Flying Scale Model Airplane, G8

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

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First issue for the advanced Monogram collector. Dates from the late 1940s or early 50s and is an early, completely pre-fabricated multi-media kit featuring pre-colored and die cut balsa wood, precarved balsa, finished Monofoil wing, plastic detail parts (such as cowl and prop) and rubber motor. Designed for rubber free flight or Co2 engine power. Never started. Inventoried and NOTE: missing clear (flat) windshield material. Otherwise inventoried complete with all other wood and plastic parts, decals and instructions included. Before there were plastic models, there were wooden aircraft kits. These usually came in two types - solid and stick and tissue. The solid models were static and usually contained a few blocks of balsa and sometimes a detail part or two. These "Make Wood Look Like Plane" models required a very high level of skill in carving and finishing. The stick and tissue variety were slightly easier to build and provided the ultimate thrill - they could fly when complete with rubber power (and later with free-flight gas and eventually RC). They still required a great deal of skill, so manufacturers sought ways to make model building more accessible to everyone. One idea was pre-carving and/or prefabrication. This raised prices, naturally. Many manufacturers launched lines of 'easy' to build flying models but only Monogram succeeded in making an entire line at an affordable price that would actual fly. The original "Speedee-Bilt" kits were in one-piece two-color boxes. In the early 1950s, shortly before plastic kits were available, Monogram changed to the 'hardbox' with a lithographic slick glued to the top. Speedee-Bilt kits contained die cut and pre painted wooden parts, completely formed airfoil wings, carved wheels and numerous plastic details like cowling, pilot, missiles, prop and whatever was required. Assembly was by detailed full size plans and instructions. Monogram carried the Speedee-Bilt line for several years past it's prime and the advent of plastic kits, a testimony to the quality and popularity.

UPC Wells Fargo Stage Coach - With Driver / Messenger and Five Horses (ex Adams / Revell / Miniature Masterpieces /Life-Like), 1/48, 4011-100

Vaccuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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A rare model that is very finely engraved and well detailed. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts present and includes Wells Fargo/US Mail decals and instructions. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but either leased molds or bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed them in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s including this model. All UPC production ended in the 1970s. This kit has a fascinating history. It started life as one of the 'Miniature Masterpieces,' which was the brainchild of an alliance between Lou Glasser (Revell) and Steve Adams (Adams Action Models) in 1953. Although having the appearance of an independent company, the firm was run by Revell right down to the prototypes being made at the Revell plant. However, there was no evidence of the parent company on the surface. The State Coach of England was the first kit, issued in 1953. More kits of excellent quality followed. Revell completely took over the line in 1954, making the one-year original issues very rare. However, while Revell was now issuing them under their name, Adams was also issuing the line in 1958. Production was discontinued by both companies in the early 1960s; the molds then ended up with UPC. By the early 1970s, Life-Like ended up with many of the Adams molds and wound up owning the complete, original 'Miniature Masterpieces' line. Life-Like reissued them several times in that decade but the current whereabout of the molds are not known.

Monogram Grumman SA-16B Albatross - Classics Issue - (HU-16), 1/72, 85-0020

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

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The Albatross was the primary sea rescue aircraft of the Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service, a branch of MAC - Military Airlift Command. Operational service began in 1947 and Hu-16s saw wartime action in Vietnam. The kit is still factory sealed and is the 1999 reissue or the original 1960s 'Four Star' kit. It has the same box art and is also molded in the same colors as the original issue (silver and clear). Features retractable landing gear, rotating wheels and propellers, three man crew, optional position rear boarding door, life raft with two survivors and more.

Azur H-75 A-1/3 Hawk In French Service - (Curtiss 75 Hawk H75A1), 1/32, A045

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Highly detailed, limited edition, large-scale kit. It has never been started started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Airfix Ilyushin IL-28 Beagle - China - Poland - Czech Air Forces, 1/72, 490

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Type three logo issue with decals for all three air forces. The Beagle was the USSR's first jet bomber, first flying in 1946. As the primary Soviet light bomber, it was used by 15 nations and was built until 1960. An unarmed version of the Il-28 was used to deliver matrices of the principal Soviet newspapers from Moscow to the East for republication there, as well as other high priority mail. Very nicely detailed kit with no rivets, just fine raised panel lines for a realistic model. Features a crew of three, good cockpit and bombardier detail, optional position landing gear, elevating tail guns, separately molded rudder and ailerons and more. There is no assembly and no painting done but NOTE: the stand decal has been put on the stand base. Nothing else has been done. Inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Monogram Devastator TBD-1 - VT-2 Lexington 1939 / VT-6 Enterprise 1939 / VT-8 Hornet 1941 / VT-6 Enterprise 1942, 1/48, 7575

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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1974 'short box' second issue. Well detailed for that time featuring complete interior, folding wings, elevating and rotating tail gun, prop and arresting gear, optional position gun compartment doors, canopy, parts for bomber or torpedo versions with markings for three aircraft including the yellow-winged pre-war versions and Torpedo 8 from the Battle of Midway. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Accurate Miniatures Yakovlev Yak-1 - VVS Ace Lilia Litvayak Spring 1943, 1/48, 3424

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very well molded and highly detailed. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

AMT The A-Team Van (GMC), 1/25, 6616

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. Dated 1983. Rare issue of the famous A-Team Custom Van. Very nicely done kit with detailed chassis and engine, opening hood, full interior and more. Molded in colored plastic, clear, chrome plate and with rubber tires.

Guillows Douglas C-47 or DC-3 - Eastern Airlines Great Silver Fleet - 35.5 Inch Wingspan Balsa Model, 1/32, 804

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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Large 1/32 scale stick and tissue DC-3 model. Can be built static or, if you are experienced in flying models, converted to RC. Features C-47 decals, two sheets of very colorful and large Eastern Airlines decals, numerous plastic parts, movable control surfaces, scale props and more. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried and NOTE: missing one part, a thrust button. Otherwise complete with all other parts and includes excellent condition decals and instructions.

Tilt Cessna Skyhawk 172 With Floats - Motorized With Working Landing Light - (ex Marui), 1/36, MT49-500

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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Very rare, large-scale model from original Marui molds. Well detailed and features all hardware and wiring for a motorized propeller, hardware for working landing light, working trailing edge wing flaps, rudder and elevators, detailed cockpit, opening left and right cabin doors, positionable standing and sitting pilot figures, complete floats and more. The battery compartment is cleverly located on the fuselage underside aft of the cabin. Includes a large, extensive and colorful decal sheet with most if not all stripes and markings shown on the box art aircraft. Never started. The small parts (clear, pilots and hardware) are still in the factory sealed bag. The other parts have been inventoried complete. Includes decals and instructions. Please note that Tilt did not furnish the motor and light bulb with these kits. The common Mabuchi FA-130 or modern equivalent will work perfectly and any small 1.5v railway light would fit the landing light. The box displays slighter better than the 'good-' grade but is rated as such because there are three tears on the long and short sides of the box.

Skywave DDG-51 Arleigh Burke Aegis Destroyer - Also With Decals For Barry / John Paul Jones, 1/700, M13

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Highly detailed waterline model that contains decals for all three ships listed. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Skywave USS Spruance DD-963 Mk-41VLS Type Destroyer - USS Fife / USS Fletcher, 1/700, M-12

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Highly detailed waterline model with a large and extensive decal sheet which includes hull numbers and stern names for the three ships listed. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Skywave DDG-2 USS Charles F. Adams Guided Missile Destroyer / John King / Lawrence / Claude V. Ricketts / Barney / Henry B Wilson / Lynde McCormick / Towers or HMAS D38 Perth Royal Australian Navy, 1/700, M-7

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

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Still factory sealed. Very nicely detailed and molded kit includes decals (ships numbers and name) for any of the US Navy ships listed and also the HMAS Perth.

Easy Built Models Piper J3 Cub - 22 inch Wingspan for Free Flight, EB07

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

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Still factory sealed. Easy Built was a Canadian manufacturer who made excellent reproductions of classic flying designs from the 1930 and 1940s. Original plans were used. High quality modern kit made in the finest tradition of the stick and tissue flyers. Features high quality printed balsa, strip wood, propeller, rubber, full sized plans and other accessories.

Nichimo IJN Takao Heavy Cruiser - Motorized, 1/500, U5004-350

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Early issue from the 1960s of this unique 1/500 scale kit with rare glossy box art from the 'Golden Age' of Japanese model kit illustrations. Can be built as motorized full hull or static waterline version. Well detailed and molded. Includes original glue, and all hardware for motorizing and metal gear box for multi-prop drive (please note that Nichimo did not include the motor in this issue). Features well one piece lower hull (molded in red), one piece upper hull (molded in gray), detailed deck and superstructure, rotating main turrets and separately molded secondary battery and AA guns, catapults, floatplanes and more. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.

Nichimo IJN Maya Heavy Cruiser - Motorized, 1/500, U5006-350

Vaccuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Early issue from the 1960s of this unique 1/500 scale kit with rare glossy box art from the 'Golden Age' of Japanese model kit illustrations. Can be built at motorized full hull or waterline version. Well detailed and molded. Features original glue, and all hardware for motorizing and metal gear box for multi-prop drive (please note that Nichimo did not include the electric motor in this issue). Features one piece lower hull (molded in red), one piece upper hull (molded in gray), detailed deck and superstructure, rotating main turrets and separately molded secondary battery and AA guns, catapults, floatplanes and more. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.

Nichimo IJN Atago Heavy Cruiser, 1/500, U5003-350

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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Early issue from the 1960s of this unique 1/500 scale kit with rare glossy box art from the 'Golden Age' of Japanese model illustrations. Can be built at motorized full hull or waterline version. Well detailed and molded. Features original glue, and all hardware for motorizing and metal gear box for multi-prop drive (please note that Nichimo did not included the motor in this issue). Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.

Faller Fokker DR-1 Triplane Richthofen, 1/100, 1917

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Rare model kit from the early 1960s and nicely molded for that time in a beautiful red, black and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Even includes the original Faller packing inspection quality control sheet.

Hasegawa F-4J Phantom II Bicentennial - USMC VMFA-115 Silver Eagles 1976 / USNVF-191 Satans Kittens 1976, 1/48, 09632

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Limited issue from 2005. The Hasegawa 1/48 Phantom series are considered the finest F-4 kits every produced in that scale. Features 118 parts, all very fine recessed panel lines and superior detail. There is a very large and incredibly colorful decal sheet for both Bicentennial Birds. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Revell 1915 Ford Model T Sedan Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H42

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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1952 early issue molded in black plastic. These issues feature the same 5 car artwork on every box; the only way to identify the contents was an ink-stamped name on the box ends. This kit has never been started. It has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions present. These kits have a fascinating history. Hobbies were nothing new to America in the 1930s/40s, but they were not mainstream and never made the top 10 list of boys activities. Spurred on by the nation-wide aviation craze in the 1920s, many became modelers and built flying or static wooden models of airplanes, ships, trains, automotive and other subjects. Basic kits existed, but many of these models were built from scratch, which demanded a high talent level developed from years of experience. That changed in the early 1950s when the Gowland & Gowland/Revell Highway Pioneers became the sales sensation of the year. Demand was so great that the factories could not keep up and almost overnight 'model building' was mainstream. The phenomenon of the 'Highway Pioneers' 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 fit the bill: they could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real cars. The success of the Highway Pioneers lead to the production of other subjects in plastic and the effect was revolutionary. By the late 1950s, model building was the #1 past time of American boys...and many adult males too!