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Revell Sears Buggy Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H45-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$36   

1953 early issue molded in green plastic. This is from the issues produced by Gowland & Gowland as it carrier their 'balloon' logo on the side. Never started. The parts are still sealed in the correct 'krinkle' clear bag. Includes instructions. 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.

Revell 1900 Packard Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H33

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$22   

NOTE: builder kit only, please see below. Ex-Gowland and Gowland molds in the Highway Pioneers series from about 1954/55. Never started. Inventoried with all parts and instructions. NOTE: The box is old, but the kit inside is a recent reissue of the Highway Pioneers Packard by Dapol/Minicraft of the United Kingdom. Dapol did use the original molds and there is some flash.

Revell Oldsmobile Delivery Van Highway Pioneers - (Oldsmobile), 1/32, H44

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

$38   

1953 early issue molded in white and black plastic and it includes colorful insignia for 'Gowland's Bakery.' This kit has never been started. All parts are still factory sealed in the original 'krinkle' bag and it includes the instructions. 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.

Monogram B-17G Flying Fortress With Diorama Sheet, 1/48, 5600

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$55   

First issue from 1975 with the best mold quality and includes the very desirable color pamphlet "Tips on Building Dioramas" by Shep Paine. Highly detailed and considered the finest 1/48 Fortress model made. Features full interior detail, rotating wheels and props, rotating turrets, elevating guns, and bomb cart with bombs. Molded in silver, black and clear plastic. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Williams Brothers Boeing 247 Airliner - Roscoe Turner Racer or United Air Lines, 1/72, 72-247

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$32   

Often called the first 'Modern Airliner,' the successful Boeing 247 was one the earliest transports with all metal construction, retractable landing gear, de-icers and controllable pitch props. The model features two types of windshields, rubber tires, optional position landing gear and struts, full interior detail for two ships: long-range tanks and accessories for Col. Turner's MacRobertson Race Entry, and complete passenger seat interior for the United version. Colorful markings for Turners racer or the UAL ship shown on the cover. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Pegasus Fairey Fulmar Mk.I or Mk.II - FAA or USAAF - Bagged, 1/72, 3002

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

$18   

Still factory sealed. Very good mold quality featuring all very fine recessed panel lines, cast metal details and full decals for both aircraft listed.

Pegasus Boulton Paul Defiant T.T.Mk1 - Bagged, 1/72, 2004

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

$22   

Still factory sealed. Excellent quality limited run kit. Very finely molded with all recessed panel lines, detailed wheel bays, injection molded clear parts, metal parts and decals. With instructions.

Minicraft Piper Cherokee 140 - USA / Canada / German / Great Britain Civl, 1/48, 11677

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

Sold   

An excellent kit from original Bandai molds. Features complete interior, detailed engine, firewall and engine mounts, exhaust manifolds and more. Even includes the original style black plastic Bandai stand. Includes a very large and colorful decal sheet that for four different color and strip schemes and enough registration numbers to to make almost aircraft imaginable. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Mirko Mir CSS H.L. Hunley - World's First Successful Submarine - Bagged, 1/35, 35-013

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

Sold   

Large-scale kit of this excellent subject. Full hull model features fine moldings and very good detail, injection molded parts, photoetched brass details, bow 'torpedo', display stand and color painting guide. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions. Hunley was privately built in 1863 by Park and Lyons of Mobile, Alabama. The world's first successful submarine was fashioned from a cylindrical iron steam boiler, which was deepened and lengthened by the addition of tapered ends. Power was by 8 to turn the hand-cranked propeller while the 9th crew member worked the rudder. The ballast tanks could be flooded by valves and pumped out by hand. Extra ballast was through iron weights bolted to the underside of the hull; in the event of emergency surfacing, these could be removed by unscrewing the bolts from inside the vessel (nothing was mentioned about how the submarine may flood if you did this). On February 17, 1864, the crew of the Hunley made a daring late night attack on USS Housatonic in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. Hunley rammed the Housatonic and embedded her bow-mounted spar torpedo into the hull. The torpedo was detonated by a long rope, so after leaving the warhead, the Hunley's crew backed away. The torpedo did explode, sinking the Housatonic. However, the blast sank the Hunley also. The submarine was finally found in 1995 and is now a museum ship in South Carolina.

Revell V-2 with Trailer and Launcher - History Makers Issue, 1/69, 0560

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$65   

1994 re-release of the 1982 release- which itself is from the very popular 1960s original molds. Has many operational features including the V-2 missile with removable panel with full interior including fuel tanks, rocket engine and more, working launcher and transport trailer/erector and crew members. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions. Please note that Revell lists this kit as 1/54 but I have noted it as 1/69 because the built missile measures 8" tall and the actual missile is 45.9 feet tall. That comes out to be 1/69.

Aurora Sopwith Camel, 1/48, 102-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$54   

Third issue of Aurora's Camel. It retains the original 1956 box art, but the square Aurora 'Northern Lights' logo is gone, blotted out with a yellow rectangle and the the soon-to-be classic sunburst 'Famous Fighters' oval. There is no Parents' Magazine Seal and no '69' price circle on this issue. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Revell USS Buckley DE51 Destroyer Escort - Or HMS Affleck K462 - 'S' Issue, 1/249, H355

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$68   

Rare Great Britain hardbox issue from the 1950s that includes decals for both ships. It has the 'S' logo on the sides and incredible artwork. Large-scale kit was well detailed for that time and features a full hull with prop and rudder detail, complete deck fittings and separately molded armament, display stand and more. Never started. It has been inventoried and NOTE: missing (1) part, the yardarm. As usual, many of the fine stanchions are broken and missing. With decals, flag sheet, rigging material and instructions. NOTE: instructions have a 3" x 1.2" section missing at the parts list; all building instructions are intact if you wish to assemble the model. The box is only 'fair' - it is intact and has good color and gloss, but two split corners, a 2" split on the lower top corner as shown and a great deal of wear.

Aurora Russian Mig-19, 1/48, 66-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$179   

Dated 1958 with fantastic Jo Kotula artwork; however, the lack of 'Famous Fighters' in the oval boarder logo means that this kit is from the early 1960s. The box is in amazing 'near mint' investment-grade condition with factory-new color and gloss, four solid corners, no creases, price tags or fading and no tape or even tape marks. The only flaw is very light wear, mainly along the right upper side as shown. Molded in a wonderful gloss dark green and clear. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Instructions and decals are both in remarkable 'excellent++' condition.

Aurora British SE-5 Scout, 1/48, 103-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+++

$59   

Rare "Yellow" box art version hardbox is dated 1960 and it appears that this design was only issued for a few years at the most. There are two variations of this rare box - one with the Parents' Magazine Seal and one without; this one has the seal. Molded in gloss olive drab and black. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Convair B-36 Giant Bomber - Peacemaker, 1/333, 492-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$115   

Third issue hardbox dated 1961. Fantastic Jo Kotula artwork. Note the oval sunburst logo with no yellow rectangular background. The box has excellent color and gloss, four solid corners and light, general wear as the only flaws. Features rotating propellers, full landing gear, auxiliary jet engines, clear canopy & nose and the Aurora 'Triangle World' clear stand. Molded in gloss silver and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions, both in 'excellent' condition.

Apex Vostok Yuri Gagarin Space Rocket, 1/144, ML1001

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$55   

On the 12th of April in 1961 a three stage Vostok put the first man into orbit. This model represents the configuration that made the historic flight. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

Apex R-7 ICBM Sputnik Launcher, 1/144, ML1002

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$55   

On the 4th of October 1957 a specially modified R-7 Missile launched the first man-made satellite named PS-1 or "Sputnik" into orbit. PS-1 (simple satellite number one) broadcast for 92 days on 20.005 and 40.002 Mhz. The kit itself is nicely molded with all fine recessed panel line detail. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

Airfix Handley Page 0/400 Bomber, 1/72, 06007

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$44   

Very highly detailed kit of this WWI bomber. Features very good interior detail, crew stations, crew members, bomb load and much more. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Roden Gotha G-II / G-III - G.II / G.III Bomber, 1/72, 002

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$29   

Very highly detailed kit of this early Gotha bomber. The GII and GIII suffered from technical faults so combat was limited. However, they lead the way to the very successful GIV. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

SMER Nieuport 11 / 16 - French Escadrille N.48 1916 Pilot Armand Galliot de Turrenne / Russian 1916, 1/48, 0814

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$32   

Nicely done kit that was originally copied from the Aurora. Cleanly molded and includes a large, colorful decal sheet for both colorful aircraft. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.