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Lindberg Benny Howard's 'Pete' - 1930s Thompson Trophy Racer - One Piece Box Issue, 1/48, 25-301

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$145   

Very rare kit for the advanced collector. First Lindberg issue in a one piece box. Dates from the early 1950s. Molded in unique gloss light green and includes the early unique 'Circle' two piece stand.. The box is in excellent condition and carries the circular Lindberg first logo. The instructions are on the back and Lindberg did not issue the kit with decals. The kit has never been started and is complete.

Lindberg Knight Twister - One Piece Box Issue, 1/48, 25-304

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

$145   

Very rare kit for the advanced collector. First Lindberg issue in a one piece box. Dates from the early 1950s. Molded in unique gloss light green and includes the early unique 'Circle' two piece stand.. The box is in excellent condition and carries the circular Lindberg first logo. The instructions are on the back and Lindberg did not issue the kit with decals. The kit has never been started and is complete.

ITC Spirit of St. Louis and Wright Brothers Flyer I, 1/110, C-513-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$18   

Ringo issue - contains both kits. Very nicely molded for small scale models. These were originally ITC models. Ringo was the name ITC used to clear the warehouse of plastic kits. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including instructions. Ringo did not put decals with the vast majority of kits.

Revell Douglas DC-9 - KLM Dutch Royal Airlines- Japan Issue, 1/120, H718-350

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$79   

Rare Revell of Japan issue with colorful KLM markings. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

Lindberg Dornier Do-335 Arrow, 1/72, 438-60

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$29   

Still factory sealed. 1966 hardbox issue with Tom Morgan boxart.

Micro-Dyne Micro A Ultralight - Indoor Flying Aircraft Model - 13 inch Wingspan

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$32   

Rare late 1950s early 1960s balsa micro-film indoor endurance model kit. Contains drilled thrust bearing, wire parts, balsa prop, lubricant, microfilm solution, glue, Micro-2 rubber, emory paper, full size templates and enough wood to build two models. The factory container (which is folded cardboard) is still factory staple sealed.

Hasegawa North American Rockwell OV-10A Bronco - US Marines (Markings for 2 Aircraft), 1/72, JS-022-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+++

$29   

Rare first logo issue. Has decals and paint guide for gray or green paint scheme. 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.

StromBecker American Airlines Convair Flagship, C-38

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Near Mint

$149   

From the 1950s and with a 10 inch wingspan. This kit and box are in rare, investment-grade 'near mint' condition. Highly prefabricated kit made from solid western pine - not balsa wood. Makes a very impressive display model when built. Includes precut and shaped fuselage, wings, elevators, rudder and nacelles, a bag of detail parts including propellers, wheels, etc, wood filler and glue, sandpaper, detailed instructions and drawings with aircraft history and a large, colorful American Airlines decal sheet. Never started. 100% complete with all parts and plans. Before plastic kits were introduced, Strombecker was famous as the premier hardwood preshaped model manufacturer. In the 1940s and 1950s, Strombecker kits were flawlessly engineered but not inexpensive. All wooden parts are hardwood and are precarved to shape - usually only a quick sanding would finish them.

Aurora Jap Zero (Aircraft Carrier Artwork) - Famous Fighters of All Nations, 1/48, 88-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc-

$650   

Third issue of the rare Zero from Aurora. First issue was the 59 cent Brooklyn issue, then came the 88-59 'Carrier' issue, then this 'Carrier' issue 88-69. This art was only issued for one year and maybe less. Molded in brilliant high gloss yellow and clear with the correct rectangular clear stand. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and correct decals and instructions.

IM Lockheed F-94C Starfire - Bagged, 1/56, 1

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

$36   

Still factory sealed. Includes color decals and instructions. This kit was initially a puzzle to me. First, the kit is not listed in any of my guides. On first inspection, it appears to be the rare Revell first mold F-94 from the one piece box with no landing gear and one-piece wings. However, it could not be - it has the rivet detail of the 2nd Revell issue- but not the split upper & lower wings and added landing gear. It has come to light that Lincoln, from Hong Kong copied the 2nd edition Revell F-94 and left off the 'details' and changed the base to the typical Lincoln base. Plastic kit production was a sideline for Lincoln, and when production ended, the molds moved to Kader, also in Hong Kong. Kader reissued the entire Lincoln line in the mid 1970s. When Kader discontinued production in the late 1970s, ATP Inc in the USA bought the remaining kits and perhaps some molds. Eventually IM obtained many Kader molds - perhaps from ATP - and this issue was made.

Czech Model Ki-10 Perry - Bagged, 1/72

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

$24   

Very high quality complete resin kit. Excellent detailed. Never started and complete with all parts.

Hawk Republic F-84G Thunderjet, 1/48, 505

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$48   

Still factory sealed. 1964 softbox issue with great Tom Morgan artwork. Includes drop tanks and very colorful decals for the plane shown on the box.

Czech Model Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk, 1/72

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$29   

Very high quality complete kit with very fine detail. Cast in high definition resin. Complete and never started. No instructions.

Lindberg Benny Howard's 'Pete' - 1930s Thompson Trophy Racer - Cellovision Issue, 1/48, 419-29

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG-

$52   

Still factory sealed. Late 1950s Cellovision issue with a clear panel on the front and a color trading card on the back. Classic artwork by Ray Gaedke. Larger 1/48 scale kit of this famous racer designed by Benny Howard.

Fujimi IJN Sakura Destroyer, 1/700, 0809-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$19   

1/700 scale waterline kit. Very highly detailed and finely molded. All trees are still sealed in factory bags. Complete with instructions and decals.

Eldon US Air Service SPAD XIII - 'Matchbook' Issue, 1/72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$14   

1968 issue of the famous 'Match Kits.' This nicely molded 1/72 scale model is packaged in a 6 x 4.5 inch giant matchbook. The kit has never been started and is still sealed in the original factory bag. Instructions and decals are present in the sealed bag.

Revell 1953 Jaguar XK-120 Highway Pioneers - Series 4, 1/32, H56-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$38   

1954 early issue molded in very light green plastic. NOTE: this model has had the wheels and floor painted. There has been no other painting and no assembly. It has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts and 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.

Lindberg Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat - (F6F5), 1/72, 484-60

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$28   

1967 hardbox issue with artwork by Lacina. Never started. Factory sealed bag or 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 Dornier Do-335 Arrow, 1/72, 438-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$26   

1966 hardbox issue with Tom Morgan boxart. Never started. Factory sealed bag or 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.

Hawk Curtiss Racer R3C-1 - One Piece Box Issue 1946 - (R3C1), 1/48, 600

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$175   

For the advanced model collector. This is a model kit with a fascinating history as it may be among the very first injection molded kits produced in the United States (please see the article about early USA kit production on this website). The Hawk model company was the most innovative in America and had been making constant 1/48 scale models in wood and metal since the late 1920s. During the re-run of the World's Fair in 1933, Hawk may have made the world's first injection molded airplanes models - but they were not kits. The models were completely finished and were on display for the princely sum of $25 each. The Mates brothers, who founded and ran Hawk, were quick to incorporate this new technology by adding injection molded details to the wooden kits in the late 1930s. During the war, Hawk put it's injection molding knowledge to work making ID models for the US Armed Forces. Originally there was a nation-wide program to have children and adults make these from wood, but consistency was an issue - injection molded solved this problem. Immediately after WWII in 1946, Hawk made the Curtiss Racer model injection molded in black tenite. The box was a simple one-color affair. This kit, like Varney's PT-17, met a very cool reception at hobby shops. Hawk quickly changed the box to two colors, added box artwork and molding the kit in bright yellow acetate plastic. That makes it the second issue, still from 1946, and that is this kit for sale here. The box is in very good condition with great colors. There is tape on both end flaps. The box has not been crushed or flattened, which is unusual. These came in one-piece boxes and they are not very strong. Inside, the kit has minor assembly. The fuselage 1/2s have been glued. The quality of assembly is excellent - there are no gaps and no glue showing. There is no other assembly. The kit is 100% complete with all parts. The small parts are still sealed in the 'crinkle' bag. The instructions are in as new condition. Please note that Hawk did not issue decals with this issue of this kit.