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Hudson Miniatures 1904 Oldsmobile Lil Old Timers - Quickie Kit, 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM


Rare and in investment-grade 'near mint' condition inside and out. This is old hobby shop stock that has not been sold retail until now. Molded in a brilliant deep red plastic. Never started and the small parts are still factory bag sealed. With instructions. These kits have a very interesting history. When the Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' burst upon the hobby scene in 1951, they started a hobby revolution. Plastic model kits were not new in 1951, but successful mass marketing of plastic kits was new. The sensation swept the country, and Gowland & Revell could not make the kits fast enough. The fact that the public was buying these models shocked the successful hobby establishment. One such manufacture was Hudson Miniatures. In the 1940s, Hudson had established a name in making 1/16 scale 'Old Timer' models of automobiles. These were excellent kits with wood and metal parts, but a high degree of skill was required to carve and finish the wood parts. In the late 1940s, they added some injection molded plastic parts (usually acetate wheels) to the series but did not consider a completely plastic kit. When Hudson saw what was happening with the Highway Pioneers, he began to design his own 1/32 scale line called 'Lil Old Timers', which hit the stores in 1954. An early paper fold-out catalog shows 18 models including some real gems like the 1910 International Harvester Passenger Car, 1911 Brush Delivery Truck and 1906 Columbia Electric Car just to name a few. The line was bought by Revell a short time after it's release, and Revell did reissue some (but not all) of the kits. As you would expect from Hudson, this is a nice kit with excellent moldings and detail for the time. The Mercer was perhaps the most famous sports car of it's day, and it can be successfully argued that it was America's first sports car. The 30 horsepower 'T' head 4 cylinder engine sped it along at over 80 miles per hour. A 1914 Mercer clocked 112 mph at Daytona Beach - no mean feat for that age.

Aurora Boeing 707 Astrojet American Airlines, 1/104, 380-250

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good


1971 hardbox AURORA block letters logo issue. This kit is made from the original molds and represents an early configuration 707. Features cut out side windows, clear cockpit windows, full color American Airlines decals, full landing gear and the large silver/gray three-arm display stand. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Guillows Stearman PT-17 - 28 inch Wingspan for Free Flight / U Control / R/C, 1/16, 803

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Good+


Still factory sealed. Large 1/16 scale kit with a 28 inch wingspan. Late 1970s/early 80s issue. Includes provisions for rubber or U Control flight or could be converted to RC. Features movable ailerons, elevator and rudder. The main structure is wood (stick and tissue) while many plastic details are included such as pilot, cowl, scale engine and propeller, wheel fairings, wheels and more. Includes well cardstock detailed cockpit, die cut balsa, full size plans and a large sheet of decals.

Guillows Ryan NYP Spirit of St. Louis - 34.5 Inch Wingspan, 1/16, 807

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+


Large scale display, rubber powered, gas powered or R/C model. Very well engineered and detailed. Features all die-cut balsa, dozens of vacuform details, pre-cut wooden stock as needed, metal stock, covering tissue, large and complete decal sheet, detailed and illustrated instruction sheet, full size plans, completely formed wheels and prop, U-Control handle with control horn and thread and more. The kit has never been started. The small 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. NOTE: there plans have some cut marks but are still completely usable.

Maquette Polikarpov I-185, 1/72, 3107

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++


The I-185 developed from the I-180, which was a direct descendant of the famous I-16 and I-15 fighters that saw extensive service around the world. The I-185 had superior performance in every aspect to current Soviet designs and the future looked very promising. However, Soviet leaders decided not to built it as the standard fighter as the tool-up times would cause delays in getting aircraft to the front. Very nicely molded kit. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Hawk San Francisco Cable Car, 1/48, 517-130

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG+


Still factory sealed but the seal has drawn the box concave. Very highly detailed kit from the 1960s. Features full interior, exterior, truck and under-body detail and track display stand.

Guillows Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless - 31 inch Wingspan RC Flying Model Airplane, 1003

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++


Excellent, large scale stick and tissue flying or static model with a 31 1/4 inch wingspan. Easily converted to control line or RC. Features operating bomb trapeze, retractable landing gear, movable dive breaks, detailed cockpit and sliding canopy, movable tail surfaces, pilot and gunner figures, quality die-cut balsa printwood and strip wood, die-cut plywood, numerous lightweight plastic parts, clear canopy, wide-blade prop and 6 feet of rubber, light silkspan, full size plans with detailed building instructions, full color decals and more. Never started. The inside of the kit is exactly as it left the factory with the small parts still in the factory sealed bag and all other parts inventoried complete. With decals and plans/instructions.

AMT American Lafrance Aero Chief 1000 Fire Truck / Ladder Truck, 1/25, 6634

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-


Box has wear but the kit inside is mint. Very highly detailed and has over 410 parts. Features swiveling 90 piece snorkel boom assembly that elevates and extends to over 28 inches long, fully detailed Detroit Diesel 8V-71 engine, full engine compartment, complete interior and rear deck and much more. The kit has never been started. Inside, it is just as it left the factory. The parts that were sealed at the factory are still in the internal factory sealed bags. The few parts that were never factory sealed have been inventoried complete. Includes decals and instructions.

Monogram Dodge Daytona Turbo, 1/24, 1415

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-


Dated 1987. Features detailed engine and engine bay, opening hood, detailed underside and full interior. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Please NOTE: the instructions are completely usable but have minor bug damage.

Cleveland Bayles 1931 Gee Bee Racer - Balsa Flying Aircraft, 1/16, SF17

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG


This model came from a long-time collector. He ordered the model direct from Cleveland, mailing the USPS Money order on Sept. 2 and received the kit on October 6, 1955 - both receipts are enclosed. This is a Cleveland '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 wheel pants blocks, clear windshield material, fully finished cowling and wheels, finished thrust button and rubber retainer, metal stock in multiple sizes, rigging material, preformed 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 1956 Ford Thunderbird with Metal Body - (T-Bird), 1/24, 6101

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-


1977 issue. Includes die cast metal body and body parts with plastic details and chassis. Molded in color, clear, chrome and with rubber tires. Features full engine, full interior and underside details, opening hood, removable hardtop and more. There is no assembly but NOTE: the metal parts are neatly and correctly primed. There is nothing else done. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

Hasegawa North American RA-5C Vigilante - US Navy RVAH-5 or RVAH-12, 1/72, JS027-225

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++


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

Nichimo IJN Kirishima Battleship Motorized, 1/742, 21

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+


Very nicely detailed smaller scale kit for either static display or operation in water. Includes electric motor, all required hardware and adjustable rudder. Features one piece lower hull (molded in red), one piece upper hull (molded in gray) that fits the lower hull flawlessly, detailed deck and superstructure, rotating main turrets and separately molded secondary battery and AA guns. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes motor and instructions.

MPC 1904 Darracq Early Automobile, 1/32, 2-1020

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good


Nicely molded kit of this successful early gasoline powered automobile. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

IMC Bell 206 Jet Ranger - Executive / Police / Military Versions - (Jetranger), 1/32, K402

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good


Large scale kit with very good details and many operating features. Has full interior, complete engine, removable cowling, opening doors and opening cargo door with cargo bay. Can be built one of three ways: Military, Police or Executive Transport. Decals are provided for each and the parts includes military figures. Molded in tan and clear with many chromed parts. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried and NOTE: missing two tiny parts, 'beacons' (lights). Easily made from clear sprue. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts present including 'excellent' decals and instructions. NOTE: one very small part (a rotor retainer) is different color; it is from an earlier issue of this same kit.

Aoshima Focke-Wulf FW-189 A-1 Reconnaissance Aircraft, 1/72, G6-502-500

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+


Older issue Aoshima slightly-glossy box kit with very collectible artwork. Inside, the model has never been started and has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Nicely molded older kit with operating triple split flaps, ailerons and rotating wheels and props.

Testors HMS Hood Battlecruiser, 1/720, 891

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-


Features over 200 parts. From high quality and well detailed Italeri molds. Can be assembled waterline or full hull. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.

Berkeley Super Cadet - 35 Inch Wingspan For R/C or Free Flight, 1/12

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair++


Big, flying 1/12 true scale model designed for gas power, free flight or control line, but can be converted to electric power and modern R/C (radio control) operation. Features die cut balsa and plywood parts, pre-carved wood parts, strip and stock wood as required, rubber wheels, covering material, clear material for windows, formed wire parts, full size plans and more. The model has not been started. Inventoried and NOTE: missing one small part; the clear upper flat window. I have included flat stock so it can be made. Otherwise complete with all other parts, both large decals sheets and instructions/plans. Berkeley is a very famous manufacturer of flying model kits from the Golden Age of flying aviation, about 1932-1954. Founded in 1933 by William Effinger, the company was quite progressive in producing quality kits - it was likely the Berkeley 'Buccaneer' was the first gas powered model in kit form. In the later 1930s, Effinger acquired the services of a very talented Henry Struck. Struck went on to design numerous award-winning kits under the Berkeley name. Berkeley weathered the post WWII recession and emerged as a major kit producer in the late 1940 and 1950s. These were great years for Berkeley and they produced some incredible and large kits. The company went bankrupt in about 1960 however. Fox engines (Duke Fox) bought the company and released the kits alongside his own FOX models and engines. This arrangement did not last, and in the early 1960s the Berkeley name disappeared from hobby shop shelves.

Lindberg Douglas F4D-1 Skyray, 1/48, 523-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+++


1950s issue with fantastic Ray Gaedke artwork. Kit features fine raised details, moving rudder and wing control surfaces, complete jet engine and opening inspection cover, pilot, two drop tanks, underwing rockets and a clear display stand. Never started. 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.

Monogram Supermarine Mk IX Spitfire Four Star Issue, 1/48, PA79-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM


Still factory sealed but the seal has a split as shown. First issue hardbox dated 1962. This kit is part of a very famous World War II action kit line that Monogram issued in 1/48 scale. Very nicely molded for that time and features retractable landing gear, pilot, four blade prop, 20mm cannon, rotating prop and wheels and a belly tank.