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UPC Mitsubishi Type 21 Zero Fighter - (ex-Fujimi), 1/70, 8026-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc-

$16   

From older but quality Fujimi molds. The model has never been started. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, 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 bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

UPC Nakajima Ki-84 Frank - (ex-Fujimi), 1/70, 8028-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$16   

From older quality Fujimi molds and with box art by Scott Eidson. Features very fine raised detail, moving ailerons and full color decals. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes 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 bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

Airfix HMS Victory - Lord Nelson's Flagship, 1/180, F902S

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$125   

1960s type 3 logo kit in excellent overall condition. The box has wonderful color and gloss, four solid corners and very little general wear. Very nicely molded and detailed kit with 353 parts. Full hull kit contains complete deck fittings, preformed scale ratlines, vacuform billowing sails, flag sheet, rigging instructions and more. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including instructions. The Victory was started in 1759 and launched in 1765 for the Royal Navy. She gained fame as the flagship for Lord Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar. The HMS Victory is the oldest naval ship still in commission, and is a museum ship in drydock at Portsmouth, United Kingdom.

Airfix Golden Hind Sir Francis Drake's Ship, 09258-4

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$79   

Still factory sealed. Dated 1977. Large scale model of Sir Francis Drake's English galleon that is famous for its circumnavigation of the globe between 1577 and 1580. The ship was originally named Pelican, but Drake re-named her in mid-voyage 1577 just before entering the Strait of Magellan. The name 'Golden Hind' was a compliment to his patron of the voyage, Sir Christopher Hatton. Hatton's family coat of arms was a golden female deer (hind). Well detailed kit with over 100 parts and is 18 inches long when assembled. Features fully detailed decks, 12 hull mounted cannons, 4 cannons and carriages, 5 crew figures, pre-formed rat lines, 6 pre-formed sails, full color flag sheet, display stand and nameplate, full instructions and rigging diagram.

Tamiya KV-1 Type C Motorized, 1/35, MT134-600

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$89   

Older but very well detailed and molded. Includes Mabuchi 26 motor still in the Mabuchi box, all-metal gear box and all hardware for motorized operation. The model has never been started. The parts are still in the factory sealed bags with decals and instructions present.

Monogram 1956 Ford Thunderbird with Metal Body - (T-Bird), 1/24, 6101

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$59   

1977 issue. Includes die cast metal body and body parts with plastic details and chassis. Molded in color, clear, chrome and with rubber tires. Features full engine, full interior and underside details, opening hood, removable hardtop and more. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. Please NOTE that the steering wheel is intact in one piece but has closed cracks.

Matchbox Handley Page Halifax GRII Series IA / B.MkI/II - 58 Sq Coastal command Wales 1943 / 76 Sq RAF Yorks (P/O Christoper Cheshire's Aircraft) / 10th Sq RAF Yorks 1942, 1/72, 40604

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG+

$34   

Still factory 'round tape' sealed. From the 1980s. Very nicely molded for that time with very fine raised panel lines and many recessed lines as well. Features detailed cockpit, crew, rotating turrets, wheels and propellers, parts for all three versions, optional position bomb bay doors and a painting guide and decals for the three aircraft listed.

Hudson Miniatures 1913 Mercer Raceabout Lil' Old Timers 'Quickie Kit', 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$39   

Rare. When the Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' burst upon the hobby scene in 1951, they started a hobby revolution. Plastic model kits were not new in 1951, but successful mass marketing of plastic kits was new. The sensation swept the country, and Gowland & Revell could not make the kits fast enough. The fact that the public was buying these models shocked the successful hobby establishment. One such manufacture was Hudson Miniatures. In the 1940s, Hudson had established a name in making 1/16 scale 'Old Timer' models of automobiles. These were excellent kits with wood and metal parts, but a high degree of skill was required to carve and finish the wood parts. In the late 1940s, they added some injection molded plastic parts (usually acetate wheels) to the series but did not consider a completely plastic kit. When Hudson saw what was happening with the Highway Pioneers, he began to design his own 1/32 scale line called 'Lil Old Timers', which hit the stores in 1954. An early paper fold-out catalog shows 18 models including some real gems like the 1910 International Harvester Passenger Car, 1911 Brush Delivery Truck and 1906 Columbia Electric Car just to name a few. The line was bought by Revell a short time after it's release, and Revell did reissue some (but not all) of the kits. As you would expect from Hudson, this is a nice kit with excellent moldings and detail for the time. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including instructions. The Mercer was perhaps the most famous sports car of it's day, and it can be successfully argued that it was America's first sports car. The 30 horsepower 'T' head 4 cylinder engine sped it along at over 80 miles per hour. A 1914 Mercer clocked 112 mph at Daytona Beach - no mean feat for that age.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$44   

1953 early issue molded in red acetate plastic. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes 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.

Life-Like 1932 Lincoln KB Sport Convertible - (ex-Pyro), 1/32, 09342

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$26   

1970s Life-Like issue from the original 1965 Pyro molds. In the early to mid 1960s the Pyro company chose many of their kit subjects based more on historical significance than popularity. Luckily for us, Pyro not only made these kits but did an excellent job for the time. The Pyro car models are based on the actual cars that Pyro engineers and designers had access to. Features detailed chassis with suspension, gas tank and steering linkage, complete motor and interior, spoked wheels, optional convertible top and removable hood. Molded in purple, chrome plate, clear and with rubber tires. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including instructions. NOTE: instructions are photocopies.

StromBecker American Airlines Convair Flagship - 10 Inch Wingspan Solid Wood Kit, C-38

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$110   

Highly prefabricated kit made from Solid Western Pine - not balsa wood. Makes a very impressive display model when built. Includes precut and shaped fuselage, wings, elevators, rudder and nacelles, a bag of sealed detail parts including propellers, wheels, etc, envelopes of wood filler and glue, sandpaper, detailed instructions and drawings with aircraft history and a large, colorful American Airlines decal sheet. Never started. 100% complete with all parts and plans. NOTE: the box is only fair. The ends are heavily taped and the tape extends onto the box top and bottom. It is graded 'fair', not collectible but an ideal builder as the parts and paperwork are all in very good condition. Before plastic kits were introduced, Strombecker was famous as the premier hardwood preshaped model manufacturer. In the 1940s and 1950s, Strombecker kits were flawlessly engineered but not inexpensive. All wooden parts are hardwood and are precarved to shape - usually only a quick sanding would finish them.

Revell Hermann Marwede Seenotkreuzer Search and Rescue, 1/72, 05238

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$89   

Dated 2005. Very large scale and highly detailed. Suitable for R/C or static display. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. The prototype vessel is the flagship of the German Society for the Rescue of the Shipwrecked (DGzRS). Hermann Marwede (1878-1959) was a notedGerman philanthropist and industrialist, known for his support of civil sea rescue and lifesaving operations.

Hawk F-84F Thunderstreak Picture Gallery, 1/72, 606-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$48   

Rare early issue hardbox Hawk kit. The rare 'Picture Gallery' series was Hawk's first move away from the thin one piece boxes and to full color artwork. The artist doing this early work fell sick and Hawk needed the artwork immediately - Bill Campbell was contacted and did box art for Hawk from that point on. Hawk was a manufacturer of 1/48 constant scale solid wooden models well before plastic, but they jumped on the plastic band wagon very early. The kit is molded in the correct glossy silver with the early style stand and correct instructions and decals. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Thanks to Jean-Claude who told me that the boxart shows a standard F-84F but in reality the model inside is of prototype YF-96A, (aka YF-84F), s/n 49-2430. this aircraft was later modified to become the YRF-84F parasite fighter in combination with GRB-36F.It is on display at the USAF Museum, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio.

Matchbox Mosquito NF30 or Mk IX - 85 Sq RAF Swanington 1944 or 105 Sq RAF Marnham 1943, 1/72, PK-116

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$24   

Still factory sealed. Dated 1989. Builds either version from No. 85th squadron 1944 or No. 105th squadron 1942. Three color kit that has a full color painting and marking guide on the back of the box

Marx Chris Craft Constellation Motor Yacht, 1/20, 5707

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$525   

One of the finest motor yacht kits ever made. From the late 1950s. Features very good detail and 225 parts. Measures approximately 30" long, 10" high and 8 inches wide when assembled. Can be made for radio control or as a highly detailed static model. This is the finest example of this model that I have had. The outer box is very good with some wear but has perfect color and shine. The model has never been started. This kit is in mint condition inside - all parts are still in the factory sealed bags. The very large instructions/plans are mint also. Molded with cast metal accessories, metal and brass hardware and classic 1950s turquoise, brown, white, clear and peach colored and chrome plated plastic. Includes the famous Captain, deck chairs and the two 'Bathing Beauties'. Shipping insurance is required for this model.

Testors AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter, 1/72, 631

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$14   

Still factory sealed. Nicely detailed with over 70 parts, full cockpits, many moving features, 8 Hellfire missiles, rocket launchers and more.

KVZ Yak-24P Aeroflot, 1/100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$22   

Hard-to-find kit of the Yak-24 in civil service colors. Well detailed for a KVZ kit and molded in white, silver, clear and black. Never started. NOTE: missing one clear round window. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts, decals and instructions present. KVZ was the logo used by this East German kit manufacturer from 1969 to 1973. During this time, some fantastic Cold War kits were produced of Russian Airliners and Military Helicopters and Aircraft.

KVZ Mil Mi-10K Aeroflot, 1/100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$36   

Still factory sealed. Early issue in the shorter and narrow box. Large Soviet helicopter with a unique gondola below the cockpit for the crane operator. It is very nice for a KVZ kit with 'good' detail. Molded in white, silver, clear and black. Includes full color large decal sheet with Aeroflot markings. KVZ was the logo used by this East German kit manufacturer from 1969 to 1973. During this time, some fantastic Cold War kits were produced of Russian Aeroflot Airliners and Military Helicopters and Aircraft.

Airfix Handley Page Halifax B.Mk.III Craftmaster Issue, 1/72, 2-129

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$38   

Craftmaster box artwork. Kit features movable control surfaces, elevating guns, rotating turrets, retracting landing gear, rotating props and wheels. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. NOTE: two prop blades are broken but are present.

Inpact Hawker Fury, 1/48, P202

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

$34   

Still factory sealed. Large (1/48) kit. Well molded with many parts and fine detail. Has realistic subtle cloth texture on the areas covered by fabric and a smooth surface on metal sections. Includes display stand, rigging material and colorful decals.