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Revell DD-445 USS Fletcher - Picture Fleet Issue, 1/301, H371-189

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

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1960 'smooth' hardbox issue with framable John Steel box artwork. Although dated 1960, this is a later issue due to the 89 cent price extension on the kit number. Large and detailed kit builds up to almost 15" long. The kit has not been started. The contents are still sealed in the factory internal bag.

Aurora Boeing P-12E, 1/48, 121-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

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Still factory sealed but the seal has split. Kit is dated 1958 and is the second issue with the 79 cent price extension and 'Famous Fighters' in the sunburst oval. Features fantastic Jo Kotula artwork.

Esoteric Curtiss F6C-4 Marine Hawk, 1/72, NAF-18

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

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The Marine Hawk was the final production version of the venerable aircraft. The addition of the Pratt & Whitney R-1340 engine made the aircraft lighter and more maneuverable than the liquid cooled versions. These aircraft were assigned to land based Marine squadrons. The -4 Hawks finished there service life in Pensacola, FL in a training roll. Also, these machines were used for aerobatic flight displays in a three ship formation, thus the -4 is responsible for creating the foundation of the Blue Angels Demonstration Team. Includes metal parts - decals for multiple aircraft - shaped struts and full instructions. Never started and 100% complete. 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.

Aurora F-105 Thunderchief, 1/78, 123-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+++

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1958 "Famous Fighters" oval sunburst logo issue. Dramatic Jo Kotula box art. This is a rare kit of the prototype Thunderchief, with the long nose probe and early configuration nuclear weapons pod. 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.

Hasegawa QF-4N Phantom II Drone, 1/72, 00604

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

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Unusual drone Phantom. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Planet Models Focke Wulf FW-186 Autogyro, 1/72, 092

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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Limited issue high quality resin kit. The FW-186 was built and flew well, but the Fieseler Fi-156 beat it in competition. Only one was built. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora XB-70 Valkyrie Bomber, 1/105, 370

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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Late 1960s to early 1970s issue. Very large kit with 6 detailed General Electric J93-3 engines, landing gear and clear canopy. This kit has not been started. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Hawk Vought Corsair F4U-ID - (F4U1D), 1/72, 604-60

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

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1960s issue softbox with Tom Morgan artwork. Never started. 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions.

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

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

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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.

Renwal USS Compass Island Experimental Ballistic Navigational Ship, 1/500, S606-129

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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Very rare. In the 1950s, the US Navy began a program called the "Fleet Ballistic Missile". Since missiles of the day had short range, it made sense to sail Navy ship within range and fire missiles from then. Nothing had ever been done like this before, so a special research ship was converted from a "Mariner" class cargo vessel. The USS Compass Island was the US Navy's experimental forerunner of ballistic missile-launching vessels. She was commissioned at the New York naval Shipyard on December 3, 1956. Displacing 17,000 tons, the Compass Island was designed to assist in the development of SINS, or the Ship Inertial Navigational System. Missiles can only hit targets if they know exactly where they were launched from. This early system was a distant relative of GPS, the Global Positioning System. The ship carried the usual crew in addition to many scientists. She was equipped with Regulus I missiles for testing as well as many other instruments from research on navigation done at the Instrumentation Laboratory and MIT. The Compass Island was also equipped with the Sperry Gyroscope Company's new Gyrofin Ship Stabilizer. These are included in the model and move as the real ones did to keep the Compass Island from rolling. Each fin provided 3,000 foot-tons of lift and reduced this motion by 90%. This kit is highly detailed, very finely molded and includes the Regulus I missiles and launcher. The kit has not been started and has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Lindberg Vought F7U-1 Cutlass - (F7U1), 1/48, 2320

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair++

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Large scale Cutlass from the original 1950s molds. Molded with fine raised details. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Lindberg is a company with a fascinating history The original 'Lindberg Line' stretches back to the 1930s when Paul Lindberg drew plans for famous modeling magazines and marketed his balsa wood 'stick and tissue' by urging dealers to carry the '...Complete Lindberg Line'. After the war, Lindberg and Olsen had a strong hand in early United States injection molded kit development. Please see the article located on this website about early USA plastic kit manufacturers.

ESCI Dassault-Breguet Mirage IIIC / CJ / CZ Israeli / South African / French Air Forces, 1/48, SC4047

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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Has large decal sheet for three variants. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Airfix RMS Queen Elizabeth, 1/600, 06201

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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The famous Queen Elizabeth was the largest liner in the world when launched in 1938. She saw extensive service during WWII as a troop transport. After the war, she and the original Queen Mary formed the backbone of Cunard Atlantic Service in unparalleled luxury. Some customers favored the Queen Elizabeth for her modern lines and more modern interior fittings. She was supposed to be on display in the USA on the opposite shore of the Queen Mary, but buyers never materialized. While serving as a 'College Ship' she burned in Hong Kong Harbor where she was scrapped, but only after appearing in a James Bond film as a MI-6 hide-out. Well done model with good details. Never started and complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora P-51 Mustang with 'Horse' Artwork, 1/48, 118-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

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Classic boxart with the famous 'Bucking Airborne Horse'. The artwork is dated 1956, but this kit is likely about 1959 - note the 'Famous Fighters' in the border of the sunburst Aurora logo. The artwork is the original issue P-51 with a slight downward angle and the horse added. Has many working features: detailed engine with removable cowling, full cockpit and retractable landing gear. This kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Frog Heinkel He-162A-2 / A-3 - 3/JG1 Leck Germany Oberlt Demuth 1945 or A-3 from JG1 Leck 1945, 1/72, F401

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair++

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Final Frog issue with the late 1970s logo. Kit is realistically and finely molded as with most Frog kits. Has decals for two different aircraft and color painting guide. Aircraft are Oberleutnant Demuth, Staffelkapitain of 3/JG.1 in Leck, Germany in Spring of 1945 and the other is a He-162A-3 from JG.1 also. 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. Frog is considered the father of injection molded model kits. The Lines Brothers opened Frog in 1932, capitalizing on the fever caused by Lindberg's solo transatlantic flight. Almost overnight the western populations became 'Air-Minded', and anything aviation was in high demand. Frog created a quality line of stick and tissue rubber powered aircraft and gliders as well as innovative ready-to-fly rubber powered aircraft that required no assembly. The box even contained a built-in rubber motor winder and fuselage holder. Model airplane flight competitions were popular in Great Britain, and one category was 'Rise Off the Ground', or ROG. By changing this to 'Flies Right Off the Ground', the FROG name was born. In 1936 Frog created a line of injection molded plastic models, the first such kit line in the world (Hawk sold a line of injection molded aircraft models in 1934 but they were factory assembled and painted). Named 'Penguin' after the bird that does not fly, the kits were innovative beyond the means of production. At a time when models were simply built by wingspan, the Penguin line was a constant 1/72 scale. Furthermore, a large 1/72 Short S.30 Empire class flying boat contained a full interior and lights! A line of accessories such as AA guns, tractors, hanger, ambulance, sound locator, searchlights and lighting kits were quickly added to the line. WWII caused a pause in production. After the war the box color changed from silver to green, and Penguin kits were also marketed in the USA. Production ended in 1950. Frog quickly expanded and released the Red, Blue, Orange, Black, Green, Gold Token, Spin and Comet series as well as Trail Blazers and several others. It is noteworthy that while most manufacturers in the 1940s/50 were making toy-like models, Frog attempted to make very realistic models. For example, 'detailing' kits with excessively large rivets was once very popular. Frog ignored this trend and continued to mold aircraft with fine panel lines and no rivets. As a result, Frog kits can be built into very realistic replicas. Production ended in the late 1970s, but Frog molds are still in use around the world.

Jetco Cessna 170 36-inch Wingspan, S-5

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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True wooden scale flying model of the sleek Cessna 170. Designed for Radio Control. Features plastic cowl, die-cut balso and plywood parts, formed gear, celluloid windows, shaped tapered wing edges, a very large decal sheet and instructions with full size plans. Nothing has been punched out and the model is exactly as it left the factory. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Airfix Discovery, 1/144, 905

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Type 3 logo issue. Very highly detailed. Includes billowing sails, pre-made rat lines and full rigging instructions. This kit has not been started. NOTE: missing one crew member. Otherwise inventoried complete with all other parts, flags and instructions.

Fujimi Northrop F-5A Tiger Freedom Fighter - USAF or RCAF, 1/48, 5A 5-300

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Early Fujimi Mokei Issue with the high gloss box top and decals for both aircraft. Nicely molded. Includes many loadout options such as drop tanks, Bullpup missiles, 1000 or 750lb iron bombs, wingtip tanks or AIM-9 wingtip Sidewinder missiles. The model as 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.

Frog Northrop P-61 Black Widow 'Double Trouble' - Orange Series, 1/72, F170

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Very nicely molded kit with fine raised panel detail - no rivets. 61 parts. Features separately molded ailerons, elevator and rudders as well as optional position landing gear, crew and crew stations and detailed motors. 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. Frog is considered the father of injection molded model kits. The Lines Brothers opened Frog in 1932, capitalizing on the fever caused by Lindberg's solo transatlantic flight. Almost overnight the western populations became 'Air-Minded', and anything aviation was in high demand. Frog created a quality line of stick and tissue rubber powered aircraft and gliders as well as innovative ready-to-fly rubber powered aircraft that required no assembly. The box even contained a built-in rubber motor winder and fuselage holder. Model airplane flight competitions were popular in Great Britain, and one category was 'Rise Off the Ground', or ROG. By changing this to 'Flies Right Off the Ground', the FROG name was born. In 1936 Frog created a line of injection molded plastic models, the first such kit line in the world (Hawk sold a line of injection molded aircraft models in 1934 but they were factory assembled and painted). Named 'Penguin' after the bird that does not fly, the kits were innovative beyond the means of production. At a time when models were simply built by wingspan, the Penguin line was a constant 1/72 scale. Furthermore, a large 1/72 Short S.30 Empire class flying boat contained a full interior and lights! A line of accessories such as AA guns, tractors, hanger, ambulance, sound locator, searchlights and lighting kits were quickly added to the line. WWII caused a pause in production. After the war the box color changed from silver to green, and Penguin kits were also marketed in the USA. Production ended in 1950. Frog quickly expanded and released the Red, Blue, Orange, Black, Green, Gold Token, Spin and Comet series as well as Trail Blazers and several others. It is noteworthy that while most manufacturers in the 1940s/50 were making toy-like models, Frog attempted to make very realistic models. For example, 'detailing' kits with excessively large rivets was once very popular. Frog ignored this trend and continued to mold aircraft with fine panel lines and no rivets. As a result, Frog kits can be built into very realistic replicas. Production ended in the late 1970s, but Frog molds are still in use around the world.

Frog Heinkel He-219 'UHU' Owl - Night fighter Camo or Natural Finish - Green Series, 1/72, F177

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very finely molded kit with 94 parts and realistic detail. Builds up to a nice model. Features separately molded ailerons, elevators and rudders, crew of two and decals/painting instructions for two aircraft, G9+FB finished in night fighter paint and a natural finish variant. 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. Frog is considered the father of injection molded model kits. The Lines Brothers opened Frog in 1932, capitalizing on the fever caused by Lindberg's solo transatlantic flight. Almost overnight the western populations became 'Air-Minded', and anything aviation was in high demand. Frog created a quality line of stick and tissue rubber powered aircraft and gliders as well as innovative ready-to-fly rubber powered aircraft that required no assembly. The box even contained a built-in rubber motor winder and fuselage holder. Model airplane flight competitions were popular in Great Britain, and one category was 'Rise Off the Ground', or ROG. By changing this to 'Flies Right Off the Ground', the FROG name was born. In 1936 Frog created a line of injection molded plastic models, the first such kit line in the world (Hawk sold a line of injection molded aircraft models in 1934 but they were factory assembled and painted). Named 'Penguin' after the bird that does not fly, the kits were innovative beyond the means of production. At a time when models were simply built by wingspan, the Penguin line was a constant 1/72 scale. Furthermore, a large 1/72 Short S.30 Empire class flying boat contained a full interior and lights! A line of accessories such as AA guns, tractors, hanger, ambulance, sound locator, searchlights and lighting kits were quickly added to the line. WWII caused a pause in production. After the war the box color changed from silver to green, and Penguin kits were also marketed in the USA. Production ended in 1950. Frog quickly expanded and released the Red, Orange, Black, Green, Gold Token, Spin and Comet series as well as Trail Blazers and several others. It is noteworthy that while most manufacturers in the 1940s/50 were making toy-like models, Frog attempted to make very realistic models. For example, 'detailing' kits with excessively large rivets was once very popular. Frog ignored this trend and continued to mold aircraft with fine panel lines and no rivets. As a result, Frog kits can be built into very realistic replicas. Production ended in the late 1970s, but Frog molds are still in use around the world.