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ITC SS France Ocean Liner - (Norway), 1/450, 3600-4-500

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$250   

Very rare. First and only issue from 1963; very shortly after this kit was issued, ITC discontinued all plastic kit production. This is a large 1/450 scale kit of the SS France, one of the most beautiful ocean liners of all time. Very good detail for the time. Features full hull that is 24.75 inches long, 124 parts, 2 winged funnels, 3 anchors, 4 propellers, 2 launches, 20 lifeboats, 2 whaleboats, detailed mast, kingposts and superstructure. Inside, the kit is like new. The kit is molded in black (hull), red (funnels and fittings) and ivory (promenade and superstructure) to minimize painting like in the ITC United States. Kit also includes a beautiful letter (with a color painting of the France on the letterhead) from Georges Croisile, the Commandant of the French Line, introducing the kit and welcoming you onboard the real France one day. The kit has never been started. Almost all parts are still sealed in the factory bags. The red parts are not sealed but have been inventoried complete. Decals, flag sheets and instructions are included.

Revell Douglas DC-7 United Airlines - Lodela Issue, 1/122, H220

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$65   

Rare Lodela issue, likely from the early 1960s. The kit is from the same molds and uses the same box art as the famous Pre 'S' Airport issue, but this kit was issued by Lodela with the airplane only - there are no ground accessories. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions. NOTE: the big decal sheet was very neatly torn in two. One design was cut, the others are intact. The decals have age cracking.

AMT Tupolev Tu-26 Tu-22M Backfire C, 1/72, 8832

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$65   

Large 1/72 scale kit of the successful Soviet supersonic follow-up to the Tu-22 Blinder. Well detailed with full cockpit, swinging wings, detailed wheel wells, crew boarding ladder, AS-4 Kitchen air-to-surface missile and decals for three aircraft. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Monogram P-40B Tiger Shark 'China Doll' Chinese/USAF/RAF 'Blue Box' Issue, 1/48, PA96 6803

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Good++

$28   

Still factory sealed but the box has wear from other kits being stacked on it. Third issue dated 1968. This kit is interesting in that it has both part number systems on it - the old PA96, and one inch away it has the new 4 digit system 6803. Very nice kit featuring movable landing flaps, optional position landing gear and canopy, and decals for USAF, Flying Tigers and RAF versions.

Collect-Aire F2H-2 / F2H-2N / F2H-2P Banshee, 1/48, 4827

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$200   

Very rare; #242 of only 300 made. Currently the finest quarter-scale Banshee ever made. Features three different noses and cockpit configurations so you can build one of three versions, full cockpit, detailed gear wells and landing gear and markings for three different aircraft. Includes main cast-resin parts with fine recessed panel lines, many precision cast metal details, two clear vacuform canopies in as-new condition, extensive decals and detailed instructions. The kit has not been started. Inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Recommended only for experienced modelers who have previously built multi-media kits. Must be shipped insured.

Revell BB-38 USS Pennsylvania, 1/426, H422-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$155   

1961 Sea Power hardbox release. Rare kit of the Arizona's sister ship. The Pennsylvania was in dry-dock during the December 7th Pearl Harbor attack and survived with minimal damage. She was rebuilt and saw significant action in the Pacific in WWII, steaming over 150,000 miles from 1941 to 1945. It is thought that she may have fired more ammunition than any ship in history. She never once reported 'Not Ready' for any operation or need. After being used as a nuclear test ship at Bikini, she was towed to Kwajalein and sunk. Never started. Inventoried complete with all parts, decals, flag sheet and instructions.

Hasegawa CF-104 Red Indian Starfighter, 1/72, NTL-H03

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$28   

Rare special limited edition. Includes three extensive decal sheet for this special paint scheme. Decals are in 'excellent' condition. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Revell F-4F Phantom II - 40 Years JG71 'Richthofen' Wittmund 1999 / JG73 'Molders' Neuburg-Donau 1995, 1/72, 04615

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Slealed Exc

$29   

Still factory sealed. Superb model from Revell of Germany 2000. Features very fine all-recessed panel lines, highly detailed cockpit and ejection seats, excellent inlet and exhaust, detailed gear wells, optional position canopies and landing gear, drop tanks, Sparrow AIM-7 missiles and what appears to be an ECM pod.

Pit Road IJN Akagi With Three Flying Decks (Pre-1935), 1/700, HM-020

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$59   

Rare, very high quality waterline kit of the Akagi in the three-deck configuration. Features superbly cast resin hull and deck sections, three large trees of injection molded details, numerous cast metal details and precision cast metal biplane torpedo bombers and biplane fighters. There are extensive decals for the air wing and the ship The kit has never been started. Almost all parts are still in the factory sealed bags. The few large parts that are not internally sealed have been inventoried complete, including decals and instructions. The initial idea for Akagi was to make three decks to speed up the take-off and landing of aircraft. It worked initially, but by 1935 the lower two decks were not long enough for the heavier aircraft. At that point Akagi was reconstructed to a single deck configuration.

Lindberg North American F-86 Sabre Jet, 1/48, R505-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Good-

$28   

Still factory sealed. 'Boy Craft' Cellovision issue from the late 1950s. Box has the yellow oval 'Lindberg' logo on top hanging tab. Dramatic Ray Gaedke box artwork. 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.

Pit Road IJN Akagi With Three Flying Decks (Pre-1935), 1/700, HM-020

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$69   

Still factory sealed. Rare, very high quality waterline kit of the Akagi in the three-deck configuration. Features superbly cast resin hull and deck sections, three large trees of injection molded details, numerous cast metal details and precision cast metal biplane torpedo bombers and biplane fighters. There are extensive decals for the air wing and the ship. The initial idea for Akagi was to make three decks to speed up the take-off and landing of aircraft. It worked initially, but by 1935 the lower two decks were not long enough for the heavier aircraft. At that point Akagi was reconstructed to a single deck configuration.

Combrig Peter Velikiy 1877 Russian Battleship, 1/700, ZA1877

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$36   

Limited edition waterline kit. Features a beautifully cast resin hull and resin details. Detail is far superior to injection molded kits. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.

Airfix Gloster Meteor III, 1/72, 02038-1

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$18   

Fourth logo type from 1978. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Hawk Supermarine Swift, 1/72, 607

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$24   

Very cleanly molded kit that builds very nicely. The model has excellent fit and recessed and raised panel lines. Can be assembled with or without landing gear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The Swift was a very early jet fighter to replace the Supermarine Attacker. A very capable aircraft, the Swift suffered numerous accidents early on. As a result, less than 200 were ever built and it did not see combat. It did hold a world speed record for a short time, only to have a Douglas Skyray take the record a few hours later. The problems were ironed out, but by then the Hawker Hunter was proving very capable and there was no need for the Swift and it's RAF service life was short. The most successful version was the PR variant.

Aeroclub Aermacchi MB-339 - Italian or Argentine Navy, 1/72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$34   

Limited run full kit. Features injection molded main airframe parts, Aeroclub cast metal details, PE details, clear vac canopy and decals for Italian or Argentine Navy. The kit has never been started. The large parts have been inventoried complete and the small details are still in the factory sealed bag. Includes decals and instructions.

Yunyj Tyechinik Yakovlev Yak-18 II Light Acrobatic Aircraft - Bagged, 1/40

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$18   

Classic Cold War kit in large 1/40 scale. Features fine raised panel lines, pilot figure, 'in flight' configuration and decals. Molded in gray, white and clear. The kit has not been started. NOTE: missing prop retainer and display stand. Inventoried with all other parts, decals and instructions. I believe this is a 'Yunyj Tyechinik' release and not the earlier MZMPI. This company succeeded MZMPI (which was the first kit manufacturer in the USSR) and continued till a new name was introduced in the mid 1970s. Yak-18s have been observed in service with the North Korean air force as recently as August 2018.

Airmodel Curtiss XF-15 C-1 - Bagged, 1/72, 174

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$18   

Still factory sealed. One of Airmodel's better jobs with nice recessed panel detail, clean canopy and instructions with assembly diagrams. The Curtiss XF-15 C-1 was a mixed powerplant (piston and jet engine) long-range aircraft carrier based interceptor. Basic vacuform kit. Vaccuform kits are only recommended for modelers who are experienced with this type of kit.

Fowler Boeing 727-200 Conversion Kit - Two Conversions Bagged, 1/144, CF-1

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$5   

Possibly from ex-Griffon molds. Includes enough conversion parts for two models. Includes full instructions and side and cockpit window and door decal sheet. Never started. Complete with all parts and instructions.

Revell The Mayflower Pilgrims Ship, H316

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$29   

1972 release. Well detailed like most Revell sailing ship kits. Features full hull, one piece main deck, billowing sails, one piece rat lines, detailed deck and fittings, crew members, flag sheet, rigging thread (two types), very detailed rigging diagrams and more. NOTE: this kit has minor assembly. The capstan, a short post and a bulkhead have been glued to the main deck. There is no other assembly. The kit is missing (1) of (8) #8 Kevels - looks like a large cleat. 3 of the eyebolts are a darker plastic - they are from an earlier issue of this same kit. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts, nice condition sails, flag sheet, instructions and rigging material.

Cleveland Boeing F4B-3 - Flying or Scale, 1/16, SF-29

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$75   

This is a legendary Cleveland 'SF' or 'Scale Flying' model in museum scale of 1/16. All Cleveland kits were exceptionally complete for the time, and this is no exception. Features very high quality balsa printwood, strip wood, fully formed wood main and tail wheels, carved thrust bearing, prop blades, blocks, wires and other wood as required, covering material, highest quality plans and three color sheets of insignia. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. NOTE: the plans are complete & usable but are heavily taped along the fold lines. The plans are interesting in that they also have details for another aircraft and even a few ships! 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 operating single-owner model airplane supply business, called 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 'Aviations 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.