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Revell Curtiss P-40E Aleutian Tiger (Warhawk), 1/32, H271

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc


Still factory sealed. 1969 issue with excellent mold quality. Features authentic Aleutian markings, detailed Allison engine, highly detailed cockpit, retractable landing gear, movable wheels and prop, movable control surfaces, belly tank and pilot figure.

Aurora Hiller X-18 Convertiplane, 1/70, 146-130

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint


Still mint in the factory seal - an investment-grade kit. Rare ex-Comet kit. When Aurora bought the Comet molds in 1963, they released this kit the same year but never again. Features recessed panel detail, spinning counter-rotating props and tilting wing. The 'Grandfather of the V-22 Ospry'.

Aurora P-40 Warhawk Flying Tiger - Famous Fighters of All Nations, 1/48, 44A-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+


Most likely the third issue of the popular Aurora P-40 From the mid-1950s. This is the short-lived West Hempstead issue with the small square 'Aurora Line' logo, unique (to this issue) artwork and 'Famous Fighters of All Nations' logo. Molded in gloss silver and clear with one piece wings. Has original rectangular clear stand. NOTE: the drop tank 1/2s have been glued. Quality of assembly is excellent. No other assembly. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Monogram Northrop F-5E Tiger II - USAF or USN Aggressor, 1/48, 5407

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++


From 1978 and with Aggressor markings. Features full cockpit, wheel well detail, auxiliary fuel tanks, 20mm gun pods, pilot boarding ladder and markings for the kit shown on the box. Very finely molded and detailed kit with traditional high Monogram quality. 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.

Hawk Lotus / Ford 30, 1/32, 644

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+


Nicely done smaller scale (1/32) kit. Features black rubber tires, clear windshield and standing driver figure. Never started. NOTE: missing one tire. Otherwise complete with all other parts, decals and instructions.

Monogram Boeing B-52 Stratofortress with Jet Sound, 1/72, PA215

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-


First issue of this legendary kit. 1968 model includes realistic 'Jet Sound'. Monogram did not seal this kit from the outside - it was intended that the potential buyer could lift off the box top, and the internals were very neatly displayed on a cardboard background with a sealed cello top and yellow cardboard frame. This kit has been opened inside, but includes all internal packing material with yellow overlay and cellophane and even the factory tissue for the parts under the display. The internal cardboard 'presentation' insert is mint and includes the original Monoglue. Contains 207 parts. Very nicely detailed. Features crew of three, detailed cockpit, elevating and traversing rear turret, opening and closing bomb bay doors, operating wing flaps, operating spoilers, optional position entry hatch and landing gear, and optional parts to display one nacelle open to show the jet engine. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

AMT-Matchbox USS San Diego (Atlanta Class) AA Cruiser, 1/700, 4406

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


Still factory sealed. 1970s issue when AMT expanded it's product line in the USA with joint issues of Matchbox (of England) kits. Nicely molded small scale waterline kit.

Aoshima IJN Chiyoda Seaplane Carrier, 1/700, WLE091-500

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-


1/700 scale waterline kit. Very highly detailed and finely molded. All trees are still sealed in factory bags. Complete with instructions and decals (if furnished). Box has wear but kit inside is factory mint.

Airfix Douglas SBD-3 or SBD-5 Dauntless Dive Bomber - Japan Issue, 1/72, X-206-300

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc-


Airfix Japan issue. Has parts and decals to make -3 or -5 versions. Well molded kit. Features full interior with crew, optional position canopy, pivoting rear gun, working arresting hood and center line and wing bomb loads. Decals are for high-vis markings (red dot in the stars and bars) and later wartime markings. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Monogram B-52D Stratofortress, 1/72, PA215

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good


First issue from 1968. NOTE: this is a builder kit only - not for collectors. The left fuselage is gray and not green - the green fuselage was damaged and I replace it with a fuselage from the 1970s issue (exact same part-different color plastic). All parts for the Jet Sound are missing - none of them are visible, so the kit can simply be built without it. Kit has been inventoried complete with all other parts. Decals are present but cracking. Instructions are a photocopy from a later issue.

Charmore Lockheed XF-90, 1/90

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+


Very rare kit for the advanced collector. Charmore was located at 126 Market Street in Paterson New Jersey. They issued a small line of kits in the early 1950s, at the dawn of US plastic kit production. All boxes have the same art - the name of the kit stamped on a side white panel. Inside, the kit has never been started. The contents are mint and complete in the original Charmore paper sacks. The main parts are the correct silver, while the canopy, stand and stand arm are clear. Includes decals and instructions. From toy historians, we know that Charmore was created by the toy giant Louis Marx Company after 1945. Evidently Marx hope to obtain retail buyer-level advantages and tax breaks from the arrangement. The company was named for Louis' brother's (David) wife, Charlene. It has been shown that Charmore and Marx mixed molds and products when it came to toys; however, it seems that the model lines were separate. Please email me if you have more details.

UPC Airship R-100 with Mooring Mast (ex-Frog), 1/500, 5040-500

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG


Still factory sealed but the seal has splits. UPC (Universal Power Master)from quality Frog molds. Rare and excellent kit. Features a large Montreal Mooring Mast and detailed airship with clear engine pods and passenger gondola. The model includes a clever set of metal rods that allows the airship to be displayed 'floating' in mid-air from the mooring mast. R-100 measures about 17 inches long. The R-100 was built by a Vickers Subsidiary. The famous Barnes Wallis worked on her design, which lead to the innovative geodesic airframe used for the Wellington and two other aircraft. The R-100 made a successful Transatlantic flight. Although there were issues, the design was sound. However, the government-built R-101 was not as soundly engineered and crashed on her maiden voyage, forever bringing an end to the Airship in the British Isles. The R-100 was sold for scrap and R-102 was never built. 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 almost all the UPC box art in the 1960s, but this kit is unusual in that it kept the Frog Green series artwork. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

Hasegawa Blue Angels A4E/F or TA-4J Skyhawk, 1/72, 1140

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair


Unique kits builds one seater or two seat trainer version of the famous Blue Angels Skyhawk. Never started. Sealed factory bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions. NOTE: decals appear dirty and are probably not usable.

Lindberg USS Carronade IFS-1 (Bobtail Cruiser) LSMR US Navy Missile Support Ship, 1/160, 7310

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+


Very nicely detailed large scale full-hull model. The kit has never been started. NOTE: the ship is 100% complete, but the kit is missing the stand name plate. Inventoried with all other parts present including decals and instructions.

Blue Rider Fiat CR.1 (CR-1) Post WWI Italian Fighter- Italian or Latvian Air Forces - Bagged, 1/72, BR-104

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+


Beautiful kit with well detailed moldings. Quality of vacuform parts is better than many injection molded kits. Features full interior, two large brass photoetched frets, cast metal propeller and solid wheels (although real spoked wheels are furnished with the photoetch). Has a very extensive and colorful decal sheet for 77th Squadriglia 1925, 96th Squadriglia 1929, 86th Squadriglia 1920s, 88th Squadriglia 1927, Commanders Aircraft 2 Stormo 1926 and a Lavtian Air Force CR-1, serial number 94. Never started and 100% complete.

Pyro Portuguese Man-O-War Santa Catarina do Monte Sinai - Flagship of Vasco de Gama, 1/200, P209-400

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc


Very rare Larger-scale hardbox issue from 1966. There are only two 15th century war carrack ships that have made into plastic models - this one and the Henri Grace a Dieu, also by Pyro. Pyro had a tendency to produce historically significant models regardless of the popularity. I am thankful today that Pyro made these kits, but in the long run this practice did not help them, and they eventually sold out their side of the kit business to Life-Like. The Portuguese carrack Santa Catarina do Monte Sinai was launched in 1520. She had the typical higher-castled construction and carried 140 cannons. In 1523 she was the flagship of the famous Vasco da Gama. The kit is well detailed and molded and included pre-formed ratlines and billowing sails. The model measures about 14-15 inches long when assembled. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Aurora Aero Commander, 1/81, 285-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++


Second or third Aurora release (50 cent price extension) from ex-Comet molds. 1963 issue in the smaller of the two Comet scales. 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. The Aero Commander was a state-of-the-art twin engine light transport from the early 1960s. It was built by Aero Design and Engineering Co. of Bethany, Oklahoma. It was the first twin engine aircraft to be used by the President of the United States and served in this capacity in the early 1960s. This high performance 5 to 7 place was popular with business travelers and had a range of 1,050 miles and a ceiling of 22,000 feet. The Aero Commander led to the Jet Commander, which became the IAI 1121 through 1124 Westwind business jets. Aero Commanders can still be seen at some airports in excellent condition, but many are neglected as newer aircraft are in favor.

Esoteric Curtiss 'F' Boat, 1/72, NAF-14

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed


The Curtiss F was the first successful production flying boat in history. The US Navy originally purchased five and numbered them C-1 through C-5, and later AB-1 through AB-5. C-1 was the first US aircraft to be catapult launched and AB-2 was the US Navy's first successful ship launched aircraft. The F was also the first Navy aircraft to be used in hostilities against another nation during the Mexican Expedition. Eventually around 144 were made for the US Navy and they served till the end of WWI in training squadrons. Esoteric was known for making perhaps the finest vacuform kits. The moldings are crisp and have fine recessed detail - better than many injection molded kits. Every part needed to complete the kit is included down to the interior. Includes metal parts - decals - shaped struts and full instructions. Never started and 100% complete.

Maintrack Douglas ERA-3B Skywarrior from Hasegawa 1/72 A-3B Kit, 1/72, 72-48

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint


Very rare resin conversion kit.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Mint


1960s issue. Never started. Missing stand arm. Otherwise inventoried complete with all other parts decals and instructions.