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Athearn Rock Island F-7A and F-7B Freight Locomotives Genesis DCC Quick Plug Equipped - HO Scale, 1/87, G22084

Metal and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$145   

Superbly detailed Genesis issue powered A and B locomotives in excellent condition. Judging from the very slight wheel wear, these were run perhaps once or twice. There are no broken parts and each engine is 100% complete. I hesitate to call anything mint, so I will grade them both as 'near mint' condition. Not perfect, but close. Includes all three factory boxes (a box for each locomotive and the external sleeve for both those boxes), all the original factory plastic and dark gray foam packing and the following paperwork: (2) "FlyWheel Drive F-Unit" exploded diagrams and parts sheet and (2) "Athearn News" sign up sheets. I have no way to test these locomotives so they are sold as-is.

Revell B-36 Giant Bomber - True First Issue Pre 'S' With One Piece Stand Arm, 1/184, H205-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$275   

Very rare 1954 true first issue, narrow height Pre 'S' box with full background artwork. It is molded in gloss silver and clear plastic and has the early one-piece stand arm (three prongs at the top) and correct instructions showing that stand. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. It even has the original 'Thick Paper Towel' packing material that Revell used for a short time. One prop blade is neatly broken at the hub but is present so it can be repaired. The Revell B-36 had an interesting early history which took years to unfold. All early issues share the H205-98 part number and are molded in gloss silver and clear plastic. The first issue (this kit) has the full background art and the one piece stand arm (also shown on the instructions). The second issue carries the same full background box art but has the improved two piece stand arm and the instructions that reflect that. For the third issue, Revell made the box taller by .25 inches and improved the contrast of the artwork by adding a completely new and very light (yellow) background. This issue also had the two piece stand arm and instructions reflecting that.

ODK Nakajima J1N1 Irving Getsuko, 1/71, 1

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$42   

ODK was the logo used by Odaka Sangyo. Odaka began plastic model kit production in early 1960, but all production stopped by 1965. The Irving is their first kit. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Revell Do-228 -100 - Holiday Express (DHL) - (Do228200), 1/72, 4239

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$24   

Nicely molded kit with very good detail, nicely done cockpit, rotating props and more. Decals are the very colorful DHL Holiday Express and all stripes are included. NOTE: this kit has minor, 'professional' quality subassembly as follows: two seats to the floor / wing halves. There is no other assembly. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Monogram Grumman TBF Avenger - White Box Issue, 1/48, 6829

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

$44   

Still factory sealed and the seal has shrunk and draw the box concave as shown. 1973 issue of the famous 1950s 'Four Star' kit and part of Monogram's incredibly successful 1/48 WWII line. Includes many action features: wings fold properly as on real aircraft, landing gear, tail wheel and arresting hook all retract and extend, turret revolves, machine gun elevates, bomb bay doors open and torpedo drops.

Pavesi Fiat G-91, 1/82

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$44   

Very rare. Pavesi was an Italian confectionery company that in the 1960s managed a series of motorway service stations. They still exist today and are famous for the "Pavesini" Biscuits. In the 1960s Pavesi had an awards program. You could accumulate points for buying certain products, then choose a prize. There were various gadgets, micro-ship models and eventually one series of four scale models. The firm of Plurex, located in Cornaredo (near Milan) was sub-contracted to make these. Plurex was an injection molder but had no experience in plastic modeling. The four Plurex aircraft were based on Airfix models but with certain changes, possibly to avoid copyright issues. They were suppose to be 1/72 scale, but judging from this example, they are only close as this one measures about 1/82. This exact issue was made as an advertisement and promotion for the Pavesi Service Stations, but there was a run of all four aircraft marketed in a transparent plastic bag with a header, exactly like the bagged Revell Air Cadet series and similar to the early Airfix kits. These issues only had the name of the subjects and not the service station and were marketed in various service stations in the Lombardy Region. Thank you to Italian model collector and historian Giampiero Grammatico for the information above! Here are the details of the actual kit pictured. The Italian text on the short box sides says (in English): "The sale of this item is strictly prohibited as part of the special offer. Complete the series of planes a unique offer for 4 perfect scale models." The other three models are A-4D Skyhawk, Mirage IIIC and Mig-21. From actual measurements, this model is very close to 1/82 scale. Features very fine raised panel lines, recessed control surface lines, complete landing gear, two wing drop tanks, a clear canopy and complete decals for the box art aircraft. The model has never been started and is 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions (on the back of the box). There is a small piece of paper inside that is in Italian which translates to: "Dear friend, for you an exceptional Pavensi offer; a beautiful Fiat Jet to assemble. Nothing should be missing ... but if you do not find a few pieces in the bag, write to this address: Ditta Plurex Via Monsignore Moneta N. 23, 20010 Cornaradeo"

Airfix North American B-25J / B-25H / B-25J Gun Nose Mitchell, 1/72, 04005-7

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$25   

Early 1970s Type 4 logo issue includes parts and decals for three versions - B-25J "Lady Luck", B-25J Modified Gun Nose and B-25H "Norma Sue". Features rotating turrets and guns that elevate, crew and good interior detail, opening bomb bay doors, opening fore and aft boarding doors with optional ladders, rotating wheels & props and moving control surfaces. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Revell Whip-Fly Russian Yak-25 Flashlight - Sound and Streamers, 1/50, H158-129

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$145   

Rare. Based on the 1950s Yak-25 "S" kit, the Flashlight Whip Fly comes with USSR decals, flight ballast, handle, 12 feet of control line, control ring, colorful streamers for the jet engines and a underside pod which is a in-flight whistle! Never started. The entire kit including all parts and paperwork is still in a factory sealed bag. The long side of the box shows the complete Whip-Fly series with the action box art. Included are H151 F9F-8 Cougar, H152 F-84F, H153 F-89D Scorpion, H154 F8U-1 Crusader, H155 F-39 Airacobra and H156 F-101A Voodoo. Although not listed yet, there was also a Whip-Fly Canberra, F-106 and Yak-25 Flashlight. The Whip-Fly series seemed like a good idea...at first. Revell quickly realized that spinning heavily-ballasted, sharp objects at dizzying speeds in or outside the home near groups of children was not the best idea. The series was quickly discontinued.

Testors M24 Chaffee Light Tank - US Army / France / Italy / Japan / Great Britain, 1/35, 810

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$52   

Very finely molded and detailed kit. Features 210 parts, rotating turret, elevating gun, elevating and rotating .50 caliber machine gun, flexible tracks, detailed suspension, shovels, axes, crowbars, fuel cans, grab handles, radio antennas, tow hooks, tarp roll and decals for the five countries listed. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Cleveland 1930 Howard Pete Racer - Balsa Flying Aircraft, 1/16, SF18

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$125   

Dated 1933 on the plans. This model came from a long-time collector who purchased this model new in October of 1955 from Cleveland direct. It was even factory-packed with pages of the newspaper "Cleveland Plain Dealer" dated June 29, 1955. This is a 'SF' or 'Scale Flying' model in museum scale of 1/16. All Cleveland kits were exceptionally complete and this one is no exception. Features very high quality balsa printwood and strip wood, sheet wood, pre-drilled nose block, fully finished spinner, thrust button & wheels, metal stock, rigging material, completely formed prop blades, covering material, highest quality plans and more. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with everything present. 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 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.

Monogram GAM-63 Rascal Missile With Transporter/Loader and Tractor - Four Star Issue, 1/48, PD42-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$345   

Very rare. This is the one and only issue of this kit, dated 1958. High-quality kit for that time with plenty of features. Includes folding missile fins, rolling transporter/loader that actually cranks the missile up and down and side-to-side and the tractor/tug. Molded in the correct orange/yellow, bright red, white and black plastic. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. NOTE: postal insurance is required.

Revell Nike Ajax Surface to Air Missile with Launcher - History Makers Issue (Ex-Renwal), 1/32, 8648

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$95   

America's first operational surface-to-air missile system. Large-scale 1983 History Makers issue from quality ex-Renwal molds. Missile has separating stages and launcher that operates as the real one does. Can hook to other Ajax models to create an entire battery. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Revell AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter, 1/32, 4575

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

$69   

Still factory sealed but the seal has shrunk and drawn the box top concave as shown. Very large scale helicopter kit. Features highly detailed fuselage, rotors, engine pods, rough field landing gear, complete cockpit interior and instrument panels, rotating 18 inch main rotor and tail rotor, two figures, pivoting 20mm chain gun, 2.75 inch rocket pods, Hellfire missiles, AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles and more. Molded in olive drab and clear.

Tamiya Matilda Mk II British Infantry Tank, 1/35, 3524

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$26   

Sale Pending
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Nicely detailed and well molded armor kit. Includes commander figure. Never started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

Varney US Navy Fleet Submarine, 1/240

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$1100   

This model is a landmark in the history of Plastic Kits. The Varney Fleet Sub is the primary candidate for the first all-plastic ship kit made in the USA. The famous HO/O train manufacture, Varney, branched out into other scale model kits at the end of WWII. In late 1945, they introduced what are thought to be the first USA produced plastic model kits - the Fleet Sub and the PT-17 Stearman. Both kits were excellent scale models given the state of modeling at that time. However, Varney was 6 years too early. The Fleet Sub and PT-17 met a cool reception when it was introduced to retailers. Hobby Shops were not sure if it would sell, and did not know how to sell it. Consequently, most retailers would not order it and those who did put them where they were not seen by the public. Distributors stopped carry the kits due to a lack of reporders. The result was inevitable - they did not sell, and Varney pulled both kits from production very quickly. Varney was committed to cutting the molds on the LST and it was released in 1946 with the same result. That marked the end of Varney's venture into non-train scale plastic models. Varney dedicated all production to HO trains and in the late 1940s they sold the molds for the Fleet Sub, the LST and the PT-17 to O-Lin. The molds underwent modification (the hull was divided into two parts instead of one) and were released by O-Lin and Lindberg. This kit is a superb, investment-grade "excellent++" example. The box top has like-new color and gloss, four solid corners with no repairs, no tape or price tags, no marks from tape or tags and no tears or other litho damage. Flaws include very light and even edge wear (as shown), very slight 'dishing' inward and very light foxing on two box sides. Inside, the kit is still as it came from the factory. The yellow parts display is 'very good++' and the only flaw is the scuffing as shown. The small parts bag is still factory sealed and factory stapled to the yellow display. The glass display stand arm is tucked into its holder. The heavy one-piece molded hull is beautiful and in rare crack-free condition and cradled into the holder. The base was factory glued to the yellow display but has come loose. It also includes the unused factory tube of Testors cement in its own holder. Very large instruction sheet is near mint and folds out to illustrate construction and offers numerous display ideas for this new medium in hobby kits. Decals were not provided with the kit. This kit was made with gray injection molded details, glass stand arm and black injection molded stand and sub hull. I have seen versions with no paint on the base and hull; however, this one has the base and hull factory painted gray. The paint is in 'near mint' condition on the hull and 'excellent' on the stand base. A rare example of a classic kit. Shipped with insurance only.

Frog Fairey Barracuda Torpedo Bomber - Red Series, 1/72, F161

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$28   

Nicely molded with fine panel line detail and no rivets. Features separately molded ailerons, elevators, rudder, crew of two and torpedo loadout. Never started. The actual aircraft has been inventoried complete and and includes decals and instructions but NOTE: missing display stand.

Airfix Junkers Ju-52 /3m - Wheels or Floats / Luftwaffe (3 versions) / German Civil / Swiss Air Force - T3 Logo Issue, 1/72, 588

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$36   

From the 1960s and a very nicely detailed model for that time. Features fine, correctly corrugated skin surfaces, optional parts for early German Civil (without cargo hatch & armament but with wheel spats and tail skid), German Air Force (early with no cargo hatch but with armament, wheel spats and tail wheel / Float Plane Version / Late with no wheel spats, with armament, cargo hatch (open or closed) tail wheel and top central engine cover and Swiss Air Force (no armament, cargo hatch or wheels spats but with tail wheel. Has crew members, 'good' cockpit detail, separately molded ailerons, flaps and elevators and rotating wheels and props. The kit has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions.

Revell USS Boston Guided Missle Cruiser 'S' Issue, 1/480, H334-169

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$189   

Rare original issue hardbox from 1956. This is a nice model that was well detailed for that time featuring full hull (not waterline), detailed deck and superstructure, separately molded and moving main armament, Terrier missiles, launcher and directors and more. Never started. Inside, the kit is exactly as it left the factory. The smallest parts are still in the factory sealed clear bag. The parts that were never factory sealed have been inventoried complete and are still covered in the Revell 'Thick Paper Towel" packing material that was only used for a short time in the 1950s. Includes flag sheet, decals (still sealed) and instructions. The USS Boston, originally CA-69 (Baltimore Class Heavy Cruiser) was converted to the world's first Guided Missile Cruiser in 1952.

Italaerei TWO Caprioni CA-313 or CA-314 - Ground Attack Aircraft Italian/Swedish/French Air Forces, 1/72, 106

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$34   

SALE!! Includes two models in one box. Ideal builder kits, please read carefully for the condition. This model is well detailed older kit with 85 parts. Can build versions 131 R.P.B 2 / 313 R.P.B.1 / 313 R.P.B. 1 Sil. / 314C. Comes with markings for four aircraft and three air forces. NOTE: these models have 'professional' quality subassembly as follows: Kit #1 cockpit built. No other assembly. Kit #2 cockpit; landing light to lower wing; horizontal stabilizer halves; wheel halves. The actual aircraft have been inventoried complete and included decals and instructions but NOTE that the display stands are missing.

Frog TWO Supermarine Spitfire Mk14 - RAF or SEAC Kai Tak - Red Series, 1/72, F194

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$20   

NOTE: Includes two complete Spitfire models but NOTE: missing both V-1s. The Spitfires have never been started and have been inventoried complete with their parts, decals and instructions.