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Monogram B-25 Mitchell Big Cannon Plane - Four Star Issue, 1/70, PA7-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$89   

Still factory sealed but the seal has split, typical of the old, brittle cello. Dated 1955. 2nd issue with "PA" price prefix instead of "P." Kit features rotating wheels and propellers, side gun packs and cannon/machine gun nose, crew members, underwing rockets and boarding ladder.

Lindberg Grumman F6F Hellcat - British Carrier Fighter Cellovision Issue, 1/48, 558-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$89   

Still factory sealed. Rare 1950s Cellovision box issue with Ray Gaedke artwork and trading card on the back.

Air Lines Martin Marauder II (B-26C) RAF - (Frog), 1/72, 12902

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$25   

Purchased new in 1965 in Cleveland, Ohio. Quality Frog kit - no rivets, just fine panel lines for a realistic model. Features separately molded rudder, elevator and ailerons, pilot and gunner figure and detailed engines with rotating propellers. Inventoried with all parts, decals and instructions. Please NOTE that one prop blade is broken at the hub base but is present. This box has some of my favorite Jo Kotula boxart. Kotula originally did 1930s covers for the magazine 'Model Airplane News' and later the Aurora box art of the late 1950s. Air Lines kits are all Frog molds that the Lines Brothers imported to the USA between 1964-1966. The kits, decals and instructions were made in England, then imported to the USA where Testors created the boxes with the colorful trading cards on the back. There are one or two trading cards on each box which show the boxart but not the advertising/logo. Some kits contain a Testors color painting guide also, but it is not specific to any model.

Guillows Piper Cherokee 140 - 20 inch Wingspan Balsawood Flying Model Airplane, 1/19, 307

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$24   

High quality stick-and-tissue flying model kit from about 1970s. Can be built for display, rubber free flight or powered by a 1/2A gas engine. Includes instructions for all options and flying tips. Measures to about 1/16 scale and has a 24 inch wingspan. Features very large and colorful decal sheet with all stripes as shown on the box art, quality die-cut balsa wood, stripwood, vac full engine cowling and details, plastic prop, wood wheels, clear window material, tissue and more. The full size plans are excellent and contain a significant amount of building instruction and guidance as well. This kit has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Maintrack Supermarine 510, 1/72, PX-006

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

$39   

Very high quality vac kit. Highly detailed moldings, full decals and metal seat, struts, wheels and other parts. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions.

Easy Built Models Bell P-39 Airacobra - 24 inch Wingspan Balsa Flying Model, FF-27

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$20   

High quality modern kit made in the finest tradition of the stick and tissue kits from the 1930s-1950s. Kit contains high quality printed balsa, strip wood, plastic propellers (when required), rubber, full sized plans and other accessories. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

Easy Built Models Monocoupe - 12 inch Wingspan Balsa Flying Model

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$16   

High quality modern kit made in the finest tradition of the stick and tissue kits from the 1930s-1950s. Kit contains high quality printed balsa, strip wood, plastic propellers (when required), rubber, full sized plans and other accessories. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts 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.

Mamoli Halifax English Colonial Schooner 1774, 1/54

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$165   

Very highly detailed plank-on-frame model that measures 59cm when built. This is a superb kit featuring numerous factory cut wooden parts, numerous die-cut hard and plywood parts, high quality stripwood, a large and very complete fittings pack, sailcloth, printed cloth flags, full size plan sheet with complete rigging details and more. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes plans/instructions. The Halifax was purchased by the Royal Navy in 1768 and transformed at Portsmouth into a typical colonial schooner of that time. She saw service along the American coasts in a rather complex period the history of this country.

Hasegawa Junkers Ju-87 R-2 Stuka Desert Snake, 1/48, JT114

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$36   

Still factory sealed, but the seal has a hole in in as shown. Well detailed and molded kit with 104 parts.

Hasegawa Kawasaki Ki-61 I Hien Tony Mainland Defence, 1/48, JT105

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$32   

From 1995. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

KVZ Mil Mi-4 'Hound' Helicopter, 1/100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$24   

Still factory sealed. Unique kit from KVZ, which was an East German company from 1969 to 1973. During this time, they produced some fantastic Cold War kits of Soviet and Eastern Bloc Airliners, Military Helicopters and Aircraft.

Aircraft Douglas SBD Dauntless, 1/48, H-8

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$29   

Solid wooden model from the 1930s. Features hardwood 3D machine carved fuselage, profile cut wings, horizontal and vertical stabilizers, excellent turned hardwood cowl, printwood prop, a sealed envelope of small parts and excellent plans that include 3 elevation drawings and many cross sections for templates. Never started and complete, even include factory packing tissue paper. This model is rare in that it is from Gordon Christoph's Aircraft Model Company. This company was founded in the early 1930s. Jack Mair, a former Comet Model Airplane & Supply Co. salesman bought the company in the early 1940s and renamed it Maircraft. Mair continued with the same logo and 1/48 scale and went on to make one of the rarest and valuable 1/48 scale wooden kits ever - the Maircraft DC-3. The company went out of business just as production began on the DC-3, which was in 1947.

Comet Supermarine Spitfire II - 19.5 inch Wingspan Gas or Rubber Powered Wooden Aircraft Kit, 1620-250

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$42   

Purchased new on April 22, 1972 at a Kmart in Cleveland, OH. Large scale issue for rubber or gas free flight, or easily converted to RC using today's tiny and light servos and receivers. Box art is by Locher, who did a great deal of the Monogram box artwork also. Kit features traditional wood/tissue construction with all die cut parts, 'Tube-O-Matic' fuselage construction and 'Rugged Super X Simplified Non-Warping Wing' construction, colorful insignia, detailed full size plans, building instructions, wheels, hardware, tissue and propeller. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. Comet was a famous manufacturer of stick and tissue flying and static models. In the 1930s Great Depression, they lead the low-priced kit revolution with the "Dime Scale" kits and famous advertisements in Model Airplane News magazine and others. Comet reached it's peak in the 1930s when they acquired the services of Carl Goldberg. Goldberg was a highly accomplished modeler with articles in Model Airplane News and famous designs that won him several National level competitions in the 1930s and beyond. (Carl Goldberg went on to found his own company and produced well designed and popular free-flight and RC aircraft). Comet survived the post World War economic slump and continued kit production until they were bought out by long-time competitor Guillow's in 1998.

KVZ Antonov AN-24b Interflug, 1/100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$24   

Box and artwork is in excellent condition. Classic Cold War East German/USSR airliner in Interflug markings. KVZ was the logo used by this East German kit manufacturer from 1969 to 1973. During this time, some fantastic Cold War kits were produced of Russian Airliners and Military Helicopters and Aircraft. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. NOTE: two prop blades are broken but present.

Italaerei Caproni Ca-311 Bomber, 1/72, 113

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$28   

Like from the 1970s. Very nicely molded and detailed for that time. Features full cockpit, bomb bay load and gunners positions. Includes decals for two aircraft. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Frog Canadair Sabre Mk6 or Mk 32 (F-86) - Luftwaffe or Royal Australian Air Force - Red Series, 1/72, F267

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$26   

Molded in silver and contains decals for both air forces. 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.

Frog DH Hornet F.Mk.3 LR Fighter - No 41 Sq RAF 1950 or No. 19 Sq 1950, 1/72, F239

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$22   

Includes parts and decals to make either aircraft. Excellent full color painting guide is located on the bottom of the box. Typical high quality Frog kit with fine panel lines and no rivet detail so it builds up to a realistic model. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. NOTE: decals have moisture damaged and cannot be used. Hornets took part in a major incident in US/UK/PRC relations on July 23, 1954, when PLAAF La-7s (or -11s) shot down Cathay Pacific DC-4 VR-HEU near Hong Kong. Hornets from 80 Squadron Kai Tak (not depicted in the Frog kit decals) are scrambled and the first to locate the survivors. Two days later, 7th Fleet AD-1s splash two Lavochkins in the same area.

Peerless-Max White M3A1 Scout Car - US Army / British Army / Canadian Army / New Zealand Army / Soviet Army, 1/35, 3507

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$56   

Very finely molded model. Highly detailed with full chassis, suspension, drive line and exhaust, crew of three, complete interior, machines guns, accessories, optional top and more. Includes decals for all nations listed and painting guide. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Kemziv Antonov AN-2M - (ex-MEE), 1/50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$69   

Rare and likely from the late 1970s. One of at least two Kemziv issues, and probably the earliest of the two known. Large almost 1/48 scale kit of the popular and successful AN-2, the world's largest single engined biplane. The model has never been started and all parts are still sealed in the factory 'krinkle' clear plastic bags. Includes color insignia sheet and full instructions. The insignia are CCCP and Aeroflot for a civil AN-2 transport. This model is the Ex-MEE 1/50 AN-2 kit that was sold as a built up display model and a kit. Production ended at MEE in about 1984. Some molds passed to Genton at that point, and obviously Kemziv got them at some point. Thanks to Tom Marino for help on this.