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Aurora Grumman F9F Panther - 1st Brooklyn Issue, 1/48, 22

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+++

$1500   

Rare 1st issue from 1952 in the one-piece flip top box. 100% original and correct. The model is molded in the correct gloss dark blue with a clear square 'Brooklyn' stand, stand arm and canopy. Being the first issue, the model does not significant rivet detail, nor was it molded with landing gear or missiles. The entire kit is 13 parts including the stand and stand arm. The instructions are the correct early small Brooklyn version with very minor bug damage. Decals are correctly marked 'The Tatem Company' and are in excellent condition with some curl and minimal yellowing. The box is one of the better I have seen. It is intact - there are no missing parts and no repairs. As is typical with this issue, the fragile box has some small tears, creases and edge wear as shown. In summary, a 100% correct, never started and complete kit for the advanced collector of Aurora or military aircraft models. This kit must be shipped insured. Kit History: In the early 1950s Aurora was making children's toys. Since they were always looking for new avenues of business, the three founders were interested in the new fad of 'plastic models'. They were shown the Hawk F-90 and F9F kits in 1/48, and the rest is history. Aurora copied the F9F and F-90 to issue their very first plastic kits. The boxes were two color one-piece flip top boxes of very thin cardboard; the damaged so easily that the kits were immediately reissued in the more familiar 'hardbox' of a litho slick glued to heavy cardboard.

Modela LF-107 Lunak Glider, 1/48

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$34   

Rare large 1/48 scale glider kit. Very cleanly molded. Includes a display stand and a large decal sheet for three colorful aircraft including sun-rise stripes. Never started. Inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Please note that the instructions with this kit are simple text only and the paint guide is text and with color profiles on the box for the three different aircraft.

Revell 1907 Renault Limousine Highway Pioneers - Series Four, 1/32, H53-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+++

$42   

1953 early issue molded in gloss dark brown 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 Boeing PT-13D Kaydet - Bagged, 1/72, 4116

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+++

$18   

Missing one windshield - otherwise inventoried with all other parts. Includes decals and instructions in excellent condition.

Revell Boeing PT-13D / PT-17 Kaydet - Bagged, 1/72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+++

$26   

Inventoried complete with all parts. Includes decals and instructions in excellent condition.

AMT 1941 Plymouth Model P-12 - Four Passenger Coupe Stock or Custom, 1/25, 6184

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$36   

Still factory sealed. Can be built stock or custom. Features opening hood, detailed engine and compartment, full interior and underside detailing. Molded in color, chrome, clear and rubber tires.

Revell Sears Buggy Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H45-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$46   

1953 early issue molded in green plastic. This is from the issues produced by Gowland & Gowland as it carrier their 'balloon' logo on the side. This kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and 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.

Aurora Grumman F9F Panther Jet - Famous Fighters of All Nations, 1/48, 22A-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$185   

Rare 'Aurora Line' logo version. This is actually the 3rd release of this kit and is the first West Hempstead issue - from the logo, it is from 1954/1955. This model is correct in every way with high gloss deep blue and clear plastic, landing gear and rockets, clear rectangle stand and stand arm, instructions say 'West Hempstead' and have the Aurora Line logo, and the decals are made by 'Tatem Company'. Kit has never been started and is 100% complete with all correct parts, stand, decals and instructions.

Hasegawa Sopwith Camel (F.1 Camel) Museum Model, 1/8, CP-02

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

$1750   

Still factory sealed but the seal has splits and tears. Very rare and large 1/8 scale museum quality kit. The three 1/8 aircraft in this series are widely considered to be the finest model aircraft ever produced. This kit duplicates the classic Sopwith Camel using many of the original material in a near perfect representation of the inner structure of the aircraft. There are 1,198 parts made from die-cut plywood, Japanese cypress, cast soft metal, brass, aluminum, rubber, injection molded plastic and many other materials. The wingspan is 1067mm (42 inches) when assembled. The engineering of the kit is world-class right down to the assembly plans. Please note, this item must be shipped insured.

Eastern Express Gloster E.28/39 Whittle (E-28 / Pioneer) - First Prototype Ex-Frog, 1/72, 72259

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$26   

From ex-Frog molds. Very nicely molded. Very fine panel line detail and separately molded control surfaces. Includes decals for prototype #2 and conversion instructions as well. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Convair 990 Jet Mainliner United Air Lines, 1/107, 397-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$1299   

Very rare kit from 1962. First and only issue. This is the largest injection molded kit ever made of the very fast Convair 990 airliner. The box has as-new color and sheen with four solid corners and no repairs. There are no price tags, tape or price tag/tape marks. The only flaw is light edge wear. The model is molded in the correct white and clear plastic, with the large clear triangle display stand and full color United decals. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried 100% complete including all parts, decals and instructions. Decals and instructions are both flat with slight yellowing being the only flaw. NOTE: shipping insurance is required with this kit. The Convair 990 and its near sister 880 were very high performance airliners. Unfortunately they did not find favor with commercial operators. The commercial failure of the 990 caused Aurora to pull these molds from production shortly after the introduction of the kit. The 990 was a larger and faster (Mach .91) airliner than the 880, but it failed to meet it's range criteria for east to west crossings of the USA. As a result, only 37 were made. Interestingly enough, several 990s continued to be operated by private owners and NASA operated two for decades after the last one was phased out of commercial service. Only 65 880s were produced from 1959 to 1962. The aircraft was designed to be smaller and faster than the DC-8 and 707 - this market did not develop, however, and if it did it could have been served with less expensive designs.

Revell 1907 Renault Limousine Highway Pioneers - Series Four, 1/32, H53-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$44   

1953 early issue molded in salmon 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.

Monogram SM-62 Snark Guided Missile With Tractor and Launch Ramp - US Air Force / SAC, 1/80, PD27-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$285   

First and only issue from 1957. Difficult to find in this condition. The hardbox grades 'Excellent++' with wonderful color and gloss, absolutely no tape or price tags or residue and four solid corners. Hard to find scale kit of the Snark, tow tractor, launcher and crew of four. Launch pad has wheels that rotate and the launcher can be realistically moved from the transport to the launch configuration. Molded in the correct beautiful gloss red and yellow-orange. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Microscale Douglas F4D-1 (F-6A) Skyray - (Ex-Allyn) - (F4D1), 1/48, MS4-2

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$52   

Ex- Allyn molds. Large scale (1/48) Skyray with a display stand. Never started. The kit is mint inside with all parts, two decal sheet and instructions.

Revell Olds Delivery Van Highway Pioneers - (Oldsmobile), 1/32, H44

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$44   

1953 early issue molded in white plastic and it includes colorful decals for the van sides for the 'Gowland's Bakery'. This kit has never been started. All parts are still factory sealed in the original 'krinkle' bag and it is complete with decals and 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.

Beechnut North American F-51H Mustang, 1/72, 1009

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

$28   

Never started and complete. Very limited production injection molded kit. Small details such as interior are not included in Beechnut kits but detailed drawings are provided. They contain all basic parts but you must scratch build the rest.

Pegasus Miles Master Mk1 - Bagged, 1/72, 2003

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

$29   

Limited issue kit. Bagged with header. Very nicely molded with very fine recessed detail. Includes cast metal details and full decals. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Aurora British SE-5 Scout, 1/48, 103-100

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

$55   

1963 issue with Jo Kotula box art. Still factory sealed but the seal has split, and there is minor box wear on the center of the far left side.

Aurora Grumman F9F Panther Jet, 1/49, 22-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Mint

$79   

Investment-grade condition box and kit. Dated 1960. This is actually a newer kit, likely from 1962-64 as it lacks the 'Famous Fighters' logo in the oval border. These molds are from one of Aurora's first two kits - the F9F and F-90. Aurora simply went out and purchased the early Hawk F9F and F-90 kits and copied them almost exactly. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Instructions and decals are in exceptional NM condition.

MPM Messerschmitt Me-262A-1a / U3 & V056, 1/72, 72113

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$38   

Limited issue kit. Nicely molded with recessed panel lines and many photoetched parts. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. The A-1a/U3 was a very early reconnaissance fighter variant of the '262. It had two obliquely mounted Rb 50/30 cameras replacing the Mk 1089 cannon. It is not known if any production variants (A-4) of this aircraft were ever built. The A-1a/U3 was later fitted with FuG 218 radar equipment for night fighting and was rename V056. This aircraft was flown by Oberst Hajo Herrmann from Jagddivision 20, who reported excellent results. This lead to the development of the Me-262B-1A two seating being equipped for night fighting. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.