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Hudson Miniatures 1904 Curved Dash Oldsmobile- Lil' Old Timers 'Quickie Kit', 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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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. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. The 1904 Oldsmobile was the first production car in America and was considered very dependable. To emphasize it's simplicity and dependability, Oldsmobile invented the slogan 'Nothing to Watch but the Road'. Gus Edward's hit song of 1905, 'In My Merry Oldsmobile' was a tribute to the popularity of the car. It was powered by a single cylinder engine of 4.5 horsepower.

Revell Kawasaki Hien Ki-61 'Tony', 1/72, H621

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Beautiful artwork by Knight, who did many of the 1/72 single engine Revell aircraft. Two piece box Revell of Great Britain issue from the 1960s. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Monogram Boeing B-52D Stratrofortress With Jet Sound, 1/72, PA215

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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First issue of this legendary kit. 1968 model includes realistic electric 'Jet Sound'. Inside the white printed cardboard display presentation is still present and as new. There is no yellow overlay with cellophane; this was likely removed by the first owner. The instructions, B-52 Book and decals are present and in very good condition. Kit does not include the glue. 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.

Aurora Boeing 747 CP Air - Canadian Pacific Air Lines, 1/156, 383

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

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Rare Canadian issue. Still mint in the factory seal.

Frog DH-60G Gipsy Moth Trail Blazers Issue, 1/72, F169

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

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Very nice and detailed kit of the famous aircraft. Includes a realistic standing figure of the famous pilot Amy Johnson. Also includes unique decal of a painting of the Gipsy Moth in flight. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Frog Fairey Gannet 3-Seat Prop-Jet Submarine Spotter - Red Series, 1/72, F331

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. 1960 'Red Series' issue.

Fujimi Ford GT40 Mark II, 1/24, 12103-2000

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Highly detailed kit with very fine details. Includes photoetched grill, seat belts and other details. Features complete interior, fully detailed chassis and suspension, opening hood and more. Molded in white, clear, satin chrome and rubber tires. 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.

Matchbox Hawker Siddeley Harrier Mk.1 - US Marines VMA-513 and RAF No. 3 Sq Wildenrath 1972, 1/72, PK-16

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Includes decals for both aircraft. 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.

Lindberg Russian Mig-19, 1/48, 521

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Earlier 1950s Ray Gaedke hardbox artwork. Rare issue with the earliest rectangular 'Lindberg Line' simplified logo on the box top and the circular (1st) Lindberg logo on the short sides. This is a large scale (1/48) 'theoretical' Mig-19. The aircraft never existed in this configuration. However, Aurora made one almost just like it; it is believed that they both used the same magazine drawing of the Mig as the basis for the models. Never started. 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.

Lindberg Republic XF-91 Thunderceptor, 1/48, 5308

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

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Still factory sealed. 1975 release of the large 1/48 scale 'Thunderceptor'.

Aoshima Bell P-63A Kingcobra, 1/72, 310-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

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Features very fine surface detail, rotating propeller, optional position entry doors and wing drop tanks. 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.

Frog Short Sealand Amphibian, 1/103, 383P

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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Rare. Well detailed with recessed panel lines. Includes the capsule of paint and one of glue. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Italaerei Marder III Self Propelled Gun, 1/35, 210

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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Nicely detailed kit from the 1970s or early 80s. Includes more than 180 parts and a crew of two. Markings are included for at least 9 tank groups. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Monogram 1980 Turbo Trans Am 1/8 Scale, 1/8, 2605

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very large 24+ inch long model. Well detailed. One of the few 1/8 scale kits of an American Muscle Car. Molded in metallic dark brown, tan, black, chrome plated and clear plastic. Real rubber Goodyear Eagle tires. Features optional T Tops, 400 CID engine, WS-6 handling package, steerable front wheels, detailed engine compartment with opening hood, full interior and more. Includes large decal sheet with hood bird. Factory sealed bags or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decal sheet and instructions. Decals are as new.

Revell USS Repose Hospital Ship- Picture Fleet Issue, 1/500, H381-169

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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1960 first issue with John Steel artwork. Nicely detailed 13" long kit of the "Mercy Ship". Features fully detailed deck and fixtures, ambulance-helicopter, landing platform, 12 lifeboats, 2 landing craft, 2 motor launches, 2 whale boats, full color decals, flag sheet and display stand. Never started. All contents are still in the factory sealed bag.

Monogram 1958 Ford Thunderbird Convertible or Hardtop Customizing Kit - 2 Stock or 2 Darryl Starbird Custom Cars, 1/24, PC89-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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1966 issue. Has all parts needed for the hardtop or convertible stock models and two customs designed by Starbird. Very highly detailed kit with 161 parts. Very finely molded. All designs feature a detailed engine, engine compartment, underside with suspension, exhaust and drive line, full interior, opening doors and hood. The first custom is a mild hardtop custom. The full custom is a fascinating design with large clear bubbles for the roof. 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.

Cleveland Lockheed P-38E Lightning Balsa Flying Model Airplane Kit, 1/16, SF-85

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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This is a Cleveland 'SF' or 'Scale Flying' model in museum scale of 1/16. The kit came from a long time collector of 1930s and 1940s models and is in exceptional condition. All Cleveland kits were exceptionally complete and this one is no exception. Features very high quality balsa printwood and strip wood, covering material, highest quality plans, all parts required for assembly and decals (if issued with the kit). The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. The Cleveland Model and Supply Company played a pivotal role in the development of true scale models. In 1909 Bleriot’s English Channel flight caused a surge in aviation and model aircraft around the globe. Several companies were ideally positioned to take advantage of the aviation craze. In the USA, Wading River Manufacturing Co. (1909), White Aeroplane (1911), Ideal Model Aeroplane (1911), Broadfield Model Aeroplanes (1919) were among these pioneers, offering everything from plans and parts to complete kits and ARF models. Lindbergh’s 1927 crossing of the Atlantic Ocean caused an even bigger world-wide phenomenon called “The Aviation Craze” that extended up to the start of World War II. Many companies such as Megow, Guillow's and others started right around the time of Lindbergh’s flight. Some of these models flew and flew well, but they all had one thing in common - were generally not accurate scale representations. In 1929, a youngster named Ed Packard had a very advanced dream – to produce incredibly accurate, true scale models that flew perfectly. This radical idea established the world’s longest running single-owner (77 years) model airplane supply business – Cleveland Model and Supply Company. To this day, Cleveland models are treasured as the most accurate flying scale models produced. The fact that Mr. Packard started and successfully grew this business during The Great Depression is a testament to his ideals and business skill. I highly suggest the excellent book called ‘Aviation’s great Recruiter – Cleveland’s Ed Packard’ by H.L. (Herm) Schreiner. It is an excellent history of the man, his company and the times of the Golden Age of Model Aviation.

ESCI Dassault-Breguet Mirage F.1C (F1 / F-1/F-1CZ) - South Africa/France/Greece/Spain & Ecuador Aztec Decals, 1/48, SC-4006

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Hard to find large 1/48 F-1. Has markings for five different aircraft of four nationalities. Also includes aftermarket Aztec decal sheet from 1999 for the Ecuadorian Air Force including 1/48 Mirage F-1, A-37B, Alouette and Strikemaster. Decals include color painting guide. 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.

Entex Lockheed C-5A Galaxy USAF or L500 Pan Am, 1/144, 8213

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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The only large scale injection molded plastic model kit of the venerable Galaxy. From original Otaki molds. Very cleanly molded with all fine recessed panel lines and nicely detailed. Kit features MAC decals and full markings for proposed civil version in Pan Am colors. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Tamiya Type 74 Main Battle Tank, 1/35, MT152

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Rare motorized version. Very highly detailed kit designed for 'rugged operation' with high grip true scale rubber tracks. Kit includes 260 electric motor, metal gear box with nylon gears and all hardware required. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bags including decals and instructions.