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Best 1935 Gilmore Special Indianapolis 500 Winner, 1/30, 535-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$145   

Very rare kit for the advanced collector. In the early 1950s Best Hobby Kits (Best Plastic Corporation of Brooklyn, NY) entered the infant USA plastic model kit market with a series of Indianapolis 500 winners. Six kits were issued - the 1920 Monroe Special, 1922 Murphy Special, 1931 Miller Special, 1935 Gilmore Special, 1940 Maserati Racer and 1953 Fuel Injection Special. The kits were priced correctly and featured 'Super Detailed' parts (for the time). It is unknown why the line failed to sell - it may have been distribution. Best was certainly not a large player in the business. The kit features real rubber Firestone racing tires, decals and some interior detail. The kit has not been started. All parts are still in the original 'krinkle' bag. Complete with decals and instructions.

Monogram Slingshot Dragster - For Use With Jetex 50B or CO2 Capsule - 'Four Star' Issue, PC49-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$155   

Rare. Original 'Four Star' issue from 1959. The box has excellent color and gloss, four solid corners, no tape or price tags and no missing or torn litho. Moderate corner wear on the left and minor corner wear on the right are the only flaws. The kit is molded in the correct high gloss dark blue, silver and black. Features driver, Chrysler dummy engine, six carburetors, drag 'slicks' and pin stripe decals. Includes rope guides and motor mount for powered racing. The instructions provide details on attaching the Jet-X unit to the car. The kit has never been started. NOTE: pinstripe decals are present but 'slingshot' and '7' are missing from the decal sheet. All parts have been inventoried complete including instructions and remaining decals.

AMT 1963 Buick Electra Hardtop 3 in 1, 1/25, 6523-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$139   

Very rare first issue hardbox in 'very good' condition. This is a one-owner kit that was purchased on January 2, 1964 in Woolworths in Lexington KY. Even includes the original body putty, sand paper and upholstery material. Legendary AMT 3 in 1 kit can be built stock, custom or competition. George Barris served as the AMT consultant for the customized kits. Model includes numerous optional parts for suspension, motor, exterior and interior as well as custom decals. Molded in white, clear, red tinted clear and chrome with rubber tires. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora AT-6 Texan, 1/48, 70-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$135   

From 1956. Rare first issue of this classic kit. Has early rectangular logo "Aurora Line" logo. Molded in silver and clear plastic. Includes the correct early rectangular clear base Aurora stand, the correct instructions showing this base, and the correct early Tatem decals which Aurora issued without a stand decal. (Aurora issued stand decals with kits with the introduction of the triangular 'world' base style clear stand. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Ideal Aeroplane & Supply SS America Ocean Liner / Troop Ship USS West Point / S.S. Australis - Wooden Ship Kit, 1/330, 605

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$325   

Very rare and an excellent example. Large wooden and metal kit builds to just over 26 inches long. This model is of the SS America Ocean Liner, which was designed by the famous naval architect William Francis Gibbs. She was laid down in 1938 and entered service on August 22 1940 as the flagship of the United States Lines. World War II interrupted her passenger service. The ship was active through the war. She narrowly escaped being sunk off Singapore during the Japanese invasion. After the war she resumed her North Atlantic route. The liner was the pride of the US Merchant fleet before the USS United States was commissioned. When the 'Big U' entered service, the two liners were stable mates and often appeared in the same travel agency posters and prints. By 1964 aircraft had taken a large section of the ocean liner travelers away, and the America was sold to Chandris Group and was renamed the Australis. She sailed for 14 years in a very successful career and was the last liner to sail from Southampton to Australia/New Zealand. She was laid up in 1977. She changed owners several times, but was never again successful. While being towed to Thailand, the lines broke and she ran aground in the Canary Islands, where the wreck broke up after time - but not before the locals rescued many items from the ship. The model box is very good and the kit inside is in as-new condition. Features pre-carved hull, metal fittings, very large full size plans, print wood and heavy cardstock, clear material for windows, color flag sheet, building instructions with perspective views and rigging material and diagrams. Never started. I believe that I was the first one to remove the parts from the box when I performed the inventory. All of the fittings are either still in factory sealed bags or inventoried complete. The parts that were never sealed are 100% complete including plans. You can convert it to the USS West Point if you have photos of the ship (which are on the internet) - the main difference is the addition of lifeboats and different paint. Photos of the S.S. Australis will provide the needed data to convert her to that ship, but this conversion will require more work than the West Point. Please NOTE: this kit must be shipped insured. The travel agency poster does NOT come with the kit and is used for illustrative purposes only.

AMT-Matchbox Supermarine Spitfire Mk 22/24 - RAF(2) / Egyptian Air Forces, 1/32, 7201

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$54   

From quality Matchbox molds and still the only 1/32 scale kit of the last and fastest production Spitfire. Cleanly molded with recessed panel lines. Features full cockpit, detailed Griffon engine with removable panels, sliding canopy, optional position entry hatch and decals for RAF 80 Squadron Kai Tak Hong Kong 1950, Royal Egyptian Air Force and 603 'City of Edinburgh' Squadron 1950. 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++

$225   

From the Strombecker science fiction series released with Disney's famous 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.

Airfix Great Western Atlantic Ocean Liner, 1/180, 1701-300

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

$109   

NOTE: builder kit only! Please read carefully. Large scale issue with fantastic Craftmaster artwork. The Great Western was the first ship specifically built for the Atlantic Ferry Service and was designed by I.K. Brunel (who designed the Great Eastern). When launched in 1837, she carried 120 first class, 20 second class, and beds could be set up for an additional 100 if needed. The crew was 60 men. The first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean was in April of 1838 and took just over 15 days. After crossing the Atlantic 64 times, she ran for 10 years between Southampton and the West Indies before being broken up in 1857. The kit has never been started. NOTE: missing a section and one part of the display stand. The actual ship is missing 1/2 of the smoke stack (a simple cylinder with raised lines and two straight pipes. The other half is there to use as a perfect guide) and part #192 aft mast cross tree. Inventoried with all other parts, sails, rat lines, flag sheet and instructions present. NOTE: the bowsprit is present, but the fore most end is broken off. Best replaced with a section of pulled sprue or stock round plastic stock.

Aurora Boeing 737 - United Airlines, 1/72, 359-249

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$165   

This rare 1/72 scale 737 hardbox is dated 1966 and features great Roy Grinnell art. Molded in white and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

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.

KMT Dart and Little John Missiles, M12-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$285   

In the late 1950s KMT released several large scale missile kits, all of which are rare today. This one is the Little John in 1/20 scale and the Dart in 1/12 scale. The Dart measures 6 inches long when built. Other large scale missiles that are listed as released by KMT are the Talos, Nike Hercules, Nike Ajax, Honest John and large 22" Corporal. Never started. Factory sealed small parts bag and all non-sealed parts inventoried complete with decals and instructions. Instructions and decals are in excellent condition.

Lindberg Satellite With Three Stage Launching Rocket, 1004-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$265   

Rare first issue kit from the 1950s. Fantastic Ray Gaedeke box artwork. Kit can be taken apart and reassembled to show each mission stage. Features detailed satellite payload with clear housing as shown on box top, three separate stages with engines, clear rocket engine housings for stage one and two, loading truck and four rocket supports for display. Includes a very large and colorful decal sheet with all the markings shown on the rocket on the right of the box top. Molded in gloss silver and clear. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. Decals and instructions are 'excellent'.

Aurora North American P-51D Mustang - With Aurora Glue, 1/48, 118-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$145   

Contains still sealed Aurora glue with the early 'Aurora Line' logo. The kit is the first issue from about 1956 with the Northern Lights logo. Has many working features: detailed engine with removable cowlings, full cockpit and retractable landing gear. Molded in gloss olive green and clear. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

AMT 1960 Pontiac Convertible 3 in 1 Kit, 1/25, 66660

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$159   

Very rare and never reissued. Nicely molded and detailed kit that can be built three ways - stock, show or track. Molded in ivory white, clear, red-tint clear, chrome and black rubber whitewall tires. Chrome and windshield are excellent for this model. The kit has never been started. The stock version is missing one red taillight lens. Otherwise it is complete. The following show/track parts are missing: 1 (of 2) antennas, custom taillights, one wheel spinner. All other parts are present. Includes decals and instructions.

Hawk F4D Skyray Triangle Box, 1/72, 402

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$135   

Rare Triangle Box issue from about 1957/58. As a marketing experiment, Hawk tried this novel and colorful box only with the Skyray. Dealers found it difficult to stack with other kits and it was discontinued. Molded in correct gloss white with a green-tinted clear canopy and brown pilot. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. This box rates as 'good.' It is completely solid and free of repairs but has general wear and left upper corner damage as shown. Luckily, it is missing the factory tape seals that are usually across the top corners.

Orange Crush-Revell 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible, 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair++

$159   

Very rare kit with a fascinating history. Around 1958/59, Orange Crush of Mexico offered a promotion. They offered free, colorful, plastic model cars if you collected correctly-marked Orange Crush bottle caps. The most common set is the 1/32 scale Revell Highway Pioneer series - although there is no mention of Revell or Lodela anywhere on the box. Orange Crush had the boxes and even the instructions specially made for them with no mention of a manufacturer. What most people have never seen is the other cars the Crush offered beyond the Highway Pioneers. Again, these were from Revell (Lodela) molds and this time 'Revell' is listed two short box sides in addition to Orange Crush. Inside, the instructions are specially made for Orange Crush but also have the Revell logo. Inside is the classic Revell kit with detailed engine and chassis, opening hood, detailed interior with separately molded inside panels and driver and passenger figures. Molded in ivory plastic. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. Once you had your bottle caps, they could be redeemed one of two ways - at the Orange Crush truck and at a Modelandia Hobby House. Orange Crush also released two full-color booklets and a complete paint set for the cars. A colorful cardboard box held 7 colors of paint in glass bottles, complete with 'Orange Crush' screw-on caps! Robina S.A. was the bottler or distributor of Orange Crush in Mexico at that time. The box side shows three sizes of OC - Family Size (Familiar), Grand (Grande) and Normal. You could also obtain models with Titan bottle caps. Titan was also bottled by Robina and came in large (Titan) and smaller (Titancito) sizes and apparently more than one flavor, judging from the box side illustration. It is not know for how long the promotion lasted, but Orange Crush was one of the most dominant soft drinks in Mexico at that time. Here is one clue: some boxes claim that Modelandia had 13 locations; other boxes, which obviously came later on, claim 19 locations. This indicated that the promotion went on for a significant amount of time. Oddly enough, the '56 Eldorado box does not mention Modelandia, although we know they were deeply involved in the Crush Highway Pioneers. This kit must be shipped insured.

Aurora Regulus II Guided Missile with Launcher, 1/48, 378-249

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$425   

1958 release of this kit featuring classic Jo Kotula boxart. The large 1/48 scale missile comes with a fully operational scale launcher. The hardbox is 'very good++' with great color and gloss, four solid corners, no price tag or tape tears, no torn or missing litho and no creases. Flaws include edge and corner wear as shown and light general wear. The kit has never been started and is factory new inside right down to the original tissue packing paper. Aurora factory sealed the silver parts and the red missile parts; these are both still sealed. The deep blue parts were not sealed but have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts. Includes decals and instructions in 'excellent' condition. This kit must be shipped insured.

Aurora Sikorsky S-55 Helo - (ex-Helicopters for Industry), 1/45, 503-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$225   

Second issue, likely from around 1962/63 because of the logo and 98 cent price extension. Has the same box art as the original issue but with the newer style logo (with no 'Famous Fighters' in the border) at the upper right. From the ex-Helicopters for Industry molds. Features fine raised detail, cockpit seats, instrument panel and control sticks, opening cabin door, floats with wheels and decals for US Air Force, Navy, Army or Marines. Molded in a stunning gloss dark blue and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora F6F Hellcat, 1/43, 40-130

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$149   

Still factory sealed but the seal has split on the left short side. Aurora of Canada issue. The factory-applied stickers have a '130' price suffix, but the box was originally '100' priced. Dated 1964 with fantastic Mort Kunstler artwork.

Revell Lockheed Electra II Los Angeles Dodgers, 1/115

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$225   

SALE! Very rare. Special issue of the Dodgers Team Aircraft made by Revell just for the concessions dealer 'Danny Goodman' for the LA Dodgers, Inc. I purchased this kit along with the Revell factory shipping carton. This carton was originally sold to Union 76 Service Station #3459, located at 12080 Ventura Blvd in Studio City California. The case was shipped directly from Revell in Los Angeles to the Union Oil Station; the gas station owner's son confirmed this. (Somehow Danny Goodman was bypassed in the transaction!). The kit is fresh from the original shipping carton with no more wear than you would expect. The box is in investment grade 'near mint' condition with the only flaws being some yellowing and light wear on the paper label. Inside, the kit is factory new. All parts, decals and instructions are still sealed in the Revell factory bag. The kit includes a wonderful photo of the 1963 Dodgers - World's Champions!