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Classic Warships HMS Lion Battlecruiser - Lion Class 1909-1913 - (HMS Princess Royal), 1/700, CW042

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM


Rare kit features a fantastic resin cast waterline hull of higher quality than any injection moldings could achieve, large details cast in resin and a very large number of precision cast metal small parts, metal stock and a well detailed set of instructions with the ship and class history. These resin castings are professionally done and appear to have been done in a pressure chamber as I cannot spot any air bubbles. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions, exploded parts diagram and excellent side and top detail drawings. I have listed HMS Princess Royal because the manufacturer listed the instructions as "HMS Lion and Princess Royal." I do not know what changes (if any) must be made to do Princess Royal and the instructions do not list them. Thanks to James Natt for giving us this history: 'Classic Warships' was by Steve Wiper, who (as of 2022) still produces the 'Classic Warships Profiles' in soft cover. These resin kits were well produced and included everything except photo etch. He stopped producing these models around 2000 and sold all his molds and to Chris Decker. Chris re-boxed, improved the instructions, added decals and Tom's Modelworks photoetch (both where appropriate) and sold them under the label 'Midship Models'. That ended around 2010. Both the original CW and later Midship Models are much sought after by ship modelers, especially the USN battleships.

Monogram Willy Ley Passenger Rocket, 1/192, PS47-149

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+++


Rare first issue dated 1959. This is one of a very famous series of space kits that Monogram made with the designer Willey Ley. The model is molded in three colors and features a two stage rocket with separating stages, upper shuttle craft, retracting landing gear, launching pad and five figures. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals, instructions and the special "Passenger Rocket" booklet. The decals are in amazing 'excellent++' condition, as are the instructions and booklet. The box has 'very good' color and gloss, four solid corners, no missing litho and no repairs, fading or stains. There is light general wear, edge and corner wear and the long sides of the box are bowed out slightly.

Hawk Jupiter-C Rocket - With Explorer Satellite / Launch Pad And Figures, 1/48, 150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+


Rare 1958 first issue and a well detailed model of this classic early launch vehicle. Features 360 degree rotating launch stand and base, moving fin aerodynamic surfaces, Explorer satellite, ground crew, full decal and lapel pin. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Hawk Explorer 18 Earth Satellite, 1/20, 553-130

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-


Accurate scale kit of this NASA interplanetary platform. This model is made of injection molded plastic, metal panels and metal wire and includes a full color decal sheet. Features unusual stand that allows the satellite to spin (see box top left and right) and 'appears to defy gravity.' Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Strombecker Walt Disney's Satellite Launcher - from Man in Space, D35-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+


This model is from about 1955/56 and is part of Strombecker's incredibly famous science fiction series released with Disney's landmark 'Man in Space' movie series. This kit is a completely transparent model of the three stage rocket and satellite. Has colorful paper inserts that go on the inside of the parts to show the interior of the missile such as liquid and solid fuel tanks, fuel system, launcher details, etc. Features launch base, three separating stages and metal 'satellite'. The paper sheet is in excellent condition. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, color paper interior parts and instructions present.

Revell Lockheed X-17 Re-Entry Research Missile - 'S' Kit, 1/40, H1810-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc


Rare 1957 first and only issue of this important test vehicle for studying re-entry of ICBM warheads. Features three separating stages, launch pad, crew and tracking instruments. Never started. 100% complete with all parts/decals and instructions. The box is in 'excellent' condition with like-new color and gloss, four solid corners, no repairs, no tape (other than the factory sealing tape, of course) and no rips, missing litho, fading or stains. Flaws include very light wear, a light crease at the upper right and the original price tag from "Rogers Toy Stores" on the upper short side panel.

Ideal Aeroplane & Supply BB-55 USS North Carolina BB-55 Battleship 1941 - 18 Inch Long Wooden Ship Model

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+


Very rare kit from 1941 that measures 18 inches long when assembled. It depicts the ship basically as she was launched. Includes completely pre-molded and shaped pressed-wood hull in solid, "near mint" condition, two sheets of cleanly done printwood, two sheets of quality cardstock ("Due to war emergency and government restrictions" according to a special paper insert) and wood stock in many shapes and sizes. Includes excellent full size plans and instructions. The plans show numerous detail views of the ships details and superstructure. Never started and complete.

Dyna-Model Lockheed P-38 Lightning - Wood and Metal Model Aircraft, 1/48

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+


In the 'Golden Age of Aviation Modeling' (1930s and '40s), most modelers built the flying 'stick and tissue' type kits with rubber, CO2 or gas power. But there were a small but measurable percent that built solid aircraft display models of great detail. This required great skill worthy of the shipbuilders of old, especially considering the limited technology. Many manufacturer's kits consisted of blocks of wood and a plan - the famous (or infamous) 'Make Wood Look Like Plane' kits. A few, like Dyna-Model Products Company, attempted to provide true-scale static models with a high level of detail. Today Dyna-Models are legendary and sought after collectibles. When you first open the kit, you see a black and white cardstock display with all the needed jigs and templates for assembly. Underneath, the fuselage and twin booms are rough carved to ~95% of final shape (not just profile cut) and all other parts are either profile (2D) or die cut. Includes color decals, full size high-quality plans and the crowning jewel, two boxes of finished metal castings (48 fittings in all) for super detailing your aircraft. Never started and complete.

Revell Sherman Tank M4 Black Magic - (M-4), 1/40, H522-150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++


Rare 1963 issue utilizing the original 'S' artwork and molds. Features movable track and suspensions, opening hatches, elevating gun and rotating turret. Includes tank commander soldiers 'Set For Action.' Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions both in 'near mint' condition with light age yellowing being the only flaw.

Revell Highway Pioneers Five Kit Gift Set - 1903 Model A Ford / 1910 Model T Ford / 1909 Stanley Steamer / 1903 Cadillac / 1900 Packard, 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-


Very rare. From 1952 or '53. This is one of (if not) Revell's first gift set. It is Gowland-produced with no part number. Gowland designed and molded these kits as well as providing the box artwork (signed D.K. Gowland) and instructions - Revell did the marketing. Inside, the kit is correct with all cardboard dividers, all small parts still factory sealed in the correct wax paper bags, cars molded in red, black, dark blue, yellow and green, tires molded in black and correct instructions. The models have never been started. All kits have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts present. 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. By the late 1910 and early '20s, many dedicated modelers were building 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. By the 1930s, the 'Aviation Craze" had taken hold of this country and kits appeared everywhere. However, it was estimated at the time that at least 80% of these were never sucessfully completed (and fewer than that flown). That changed in the early 1950s with the advent of plastics and affordable injection molding equipement. The phenomenon of the all-plastic 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 were completely molded to shape in color and could be built in an hour after dinner. When complete, they 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...and adult males as well!

Trumpeter USS Missouri BB-63 Battleship - 1945, 1/200, 03705

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc


This giant, superbly detailed model needs no introduction and is the ultimate 'Big MO' in WWII configuration. Features 1,573 peices and eleven large, brass photoetched sheets of fine details. The kit has never been started. Inside, everything is factory-new. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Trumpeter USS Nimitz CVN-68 Aircraft Carrier 1975, 1/350, 05605

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++


Very large and highly detailed model. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

ERTL International Paystar 5000 Dump Truck, 1/25, 8010

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+


Still factory sealed and the original issue - very rare in this condition. Very highly detailed with over 300 pieces and features a rolling chassis build just like the real truck, full suspension and driveline, complete engine and engine compartment, detailed cab with full interior, opening hood and much more. Molded in colored plastic (often orange, silver & gold), chrome plate, clear, red-tinted clear and with real rubber tires.

Wingnut Wings SE.5A Hisso Scout - (Se-5), 1/32, 32003

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+


Amazingly well detailed and certainly the finest injection-molded Scout kit available in any scale. Never started. All of the parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Tamiya Tiger I - Panzerkampfwagen VI Sd.Kfz.181 Ausf. E - Remote Control Motorized, 1/35, MT226

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++


Still factory sealed. Tamiya's early armor models were the finest works of the mold maker's art and the very top of that line had push-button remote control and dual electric motor operation. Features all metal twin drive gearbox, two electric motors, all motorizing hardware and very good detail throughout.

Tamiya M60A2 Remote Control Motorized, 1/35, MT238

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM+


Still factory sealed and in investment-grade 'Near Mint+' condition. Very rare and even more so in this condition. Tamiya's early armor models were the finest works of the mold maker's art and the very top of that line had push-button remote control and dual electric motor operation. This is one of those kits, featuring factory-assembled, all-metal gear box with two RE-14 electric motors, hand-held remote control, factory wired switch and control unit, metal hardware and a very well detailed model kit of this excellent US tank design.

Tamiya King Tiger Sd.Kfz.182 Tiger II Panzer Kampfwagen VI Motorized And Remote Control, 1/35, MT246

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM


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Very rare, and even rarer in investment-grade 'Near Mint' condition. Tamiya's early armor models were the finest works of the mold maker's art and the very top of that line had push-button remote control and dual electric motor operation. This is one of those kits. The box has great color and gloss, four solid corners and general light wear as the only flaws. It features excellent detail and mold quality, a factory assembled all-metal gear box with dual electric motor drive for realistic differential steering control, all hardware, a factory wired/soldered switch, hand-held remote and working treads that are still 100% intact and flexible. The kit has never been started. Inside, it is exactly as it left the factory. All of the parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The few larger parts that were never sealed are inventoried complete. With full color painting guide in 'excellent' condition and 'near mint' instructions. The decals are still factory sealed and are in 'excellent+' condition. Please note, this kit must be shipped insured.

Aurora PBY-5A Catalina, 1/74, 374-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG


Rare, first issue from about 1956. This was a fine effort by Aurora for that time and an impressive model when assembled. Features retracting pontoons and rotating propellers. Includes correct early logo instructions which show the clear 'Triangle World' stand. This correct stand is included. This must be one of the first instances of the 'Triangle' stand being used as it is normally associated with oval 'Famous Fighter' logo kits. 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. It is interesting to note that the early Aurora PBY issue has at least three small variations to the box top. The very first issue says '1/4 SCALE MODEL' at the top right. Clearly, this kit is not 1/48 scale and someone at Aurora corrected it. Following that, there are two known corrections: early and late. On the early version, the '1/4' was blotted out with a dark blue oval or circle and '5/32' was added after the word 'SCALE.' It was now correct, but the appearance was not completely professional. This box is the later version - on the next box order, they kept the '1/4' blotted out but added a proper looking '5/32' in front of the blot.

Revell Corporal -Firestone US Army Surface to Surface Missile - 'S' Issue, 1/40, H1820-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc


Classic 1958 model of the early US Army surface-to-surface ballistic missile. Has working launcher which can be configured for towing or set up for launch. Includes crew of three and remote control panel with radar. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Classic Warships USS Sims Class Destroyer - Hammann / O'Brien / Walke / Buck / Morris / Russell / Roe / Hughes / Anderson / Mustin / Wainwright, 1/192

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG


Very rare, very large scale museum-quality model with superb detail. Features excellent high-definition resin hull, superstructure, turrets and range finder, numerous precision cast metal fittings and a large and extensive photoetched brass detail set. Includes full, illustrated instructions. The kit has never been started. The smaller (like the turrets) resin parts, metal fittings and brass parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags; the larger resin pieces were never sealed and have been inventoried complete. Includes hull number decals and instructions. Please note, this kit is not for beginners; experience in building large resin ship models is highly recommended. These destroyers served early in WWII and thus had a high attrition rate; Sims was lost with the tanker Neosho in the Battle of the Coral Sea, Hammann was assisting the crippled Yorktown at Midway when I-168 torpedoed both her and Yorktown. O'Brien, Walke, Buck and Morris were casualties of war also. The rest of the class were expended in nuclear testing after the war or scrapped in 1947.