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Revell U-Boat VIIC/41 Atlantic Version, 1/72, 05045

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$175   

From 2006 and very highly detailed with 190 parts. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Revell Documented Arizona Factory Display Owned By Esther Ross, Who Christened The USS Arizona

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$3800   

An incredibly rare, documented, one-of-a-kind piece of history in amazing investment-grade collector condition. For the very advanced collector of unique military history and model kits. This Revell Factory Model was originally owned by Mrs. Esther Ross Wassell, who earlier was Miss Esther Ross who christened the USS Arizona in New York on June 19, 1915. She went on to play a very key role in the creation of the USS Arizona Memorial. Thanks to newspaper reports, we know that her father, William Ross, was a prominent pharmacist in Prescott, Arizona. He and his friends convinced Gov. Hunt to choose his daughter from the other 100 applicants anxious to do the honors. It turned out to be a wise choice reasons no one could foresee. Miss Ross took the task of launching the world's most powerful battleship very seriously. She practiced her duties every day after school for months, smashing syrup bottles full of water against a fence behind the house. Miss Ross was popular and well respected in Prescott. Even the Associated Press reported that she "was one of the prettiest girls in the state." A special train took Gov. Hunt, Miss Ross, her family and others to New York for the event. Although the applause for the then unpopular Gov. Hunt, the cheering for Miss Ross was "heard for miles." Page 1 of the Prescott Journal Miner, June 20th, 1915, reported that at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Miss Ross cried "I dub thee Arizona," and "Not a hitch or sign of accident marred the success of the launching." "This is the proudest moment of my life," she stated, "and I am most intensely gratified at the magnificent demonstration that my friends and the city of Prescott has given me." Sometime after the launching ceremony, Miss Ross married Mr. Arthur Wassell and became Mrs. Esther Ross Wassell. She saw the horror of World War II and the disaster of the Arizona touched her deeply. After the war, she joined the drive to create a memorial over the ship to the 1177 sailors entombed in her. She joined the Arizona Memorial Committee which raised all the funds needed to build the Arizona Memorial. She served on the staff and toured the USA giving numerous media interviews and key speeches for the fund raising. Out of gratitude, the USS Arizona Memorial Committee ordered a special Revell Factory Display USS Arizona for her. It came with two specially affixed small Fleet Reserve and Arizona Committee signs (shown in the photos) on the right side; these special markings are only found on the rare "appreciation gift" factory displays from the Arizona Memorial Committee members to important fundraisers. The model was shipped to her in Los Angeles. You can see the original "Arizona Memorial Committee" mailing label that has her full name and address, documenting that it was her model. Esther treasured this gift and kept it in remarkable and very complete condition. Included is the original shipping box in "very good++" condition with all the original shipping tape, all the original internal special cardboard packing material, the model ship in exceptional condition, the cardboard display base(complete but with small tears and very light wear as shown), the colorful backdrop (with wear and slight tears as shown, missing one lower tab), the original display assembly instructions and even an original fund raising card from the Arizona memorial campaign. This display, box and all materials were always in a climate controlled environment. The colors on the cardboard display are in stunning, factory-new condition. The instructions for the display are 'excellent.' The ship is 100% complete and the factory paint is in exceptional condition. Even the factory rigging and all flags are intact. There is very little dust on the ship; it appears to be in 'not displayed' condition; but I know it was displayed for a short time because of the small tears and one tab on the cardboard display backdrop (see photos), which were probably due to putting it up and taking it down. I have only found one repair; the jackstaff broke and was neatly repaired at some point. The factory shipping box still has all the original tape and very little wear for that age. The original Arizona Memorial Committee shipping label is in 'very good' shape. Due to it being on the bottom of the shipping box, it does have some wear, but all the writing can be clearly read with slight magnification. This piece passed to Esther's daughter, who gave it to a friend who then gave it to another friend. The later friend is wife to an OMK customer, who sold me the model. This kit must be shipped insured and I may require it shipped by special courier.

Aurora Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, 1/270, 494-70

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$95   

1961 issue hardbox with the dramatic Jo Kotula artwork that made these kits so famous and collectible. Nicely molded small scale kit with full main landing gear, outrigger gear, clear canopy and auxiliary gas tanks on the outboard wings. Molded in the correct gloss silver and clear with the clear 'Triangle World' stand. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. It is interesting to note that this kit is not a reissue of the Comet molds - this kit is original to Aurora. The Aurora kit is significantly larger that the Comet issue and varies in a great many details.

ITC 1956 1957 Lincoln Continental Mark II - (Ideal Toy Company Continental), 1/25, 3712

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$425   

Very rare, especially in complete, never started condition like this example. The model may be rarer than the actual car; less than 10 kits have traded hands publically (on-line) in a decade. The Continental MkII was a hand-built car of the highest quality. It was the most expensive American car made at that time and was certainly a style leader. About 3,000 of them were produced; Ford said it lost $1000 on each one. But they did prove that a world-class car rivaling Rolls-Royce could be made in America. This model is molded in black (body), red (interior/chassis and other details), chrome plate, clear, metal axles and rubber tires. It has never been assembled and is 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

MPC Schwinn 10 Speed Continental Bicycle, 1/8, 1-1480-250

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG++

$115   

Still factory sealed. From the 1970s. Big scale kit with excellent detail for that time. Features finely molded chrome spoke wheels, real rubber tires, detailed derailleur, cluster and chain drive, twin-stick stem-mounted gear shifters, steerable front wheel, lightweight diamond-styled racing frame, caliper brakes and numerous optional parts including rear carrier, child seat, headlight, speedometer, mirror, tool bag, water bottle, air pump, generator, pack and chrome clamp (for rear carrier), kickstand and brake safety levers. With authentic Schwinn decals. MPC release one other kit in this series, the beautiful Schwinn Stingray, also in 1/8 scale.

AMT 1968 Buick Riviera - Stock / Custom / Show Car, 1/25, 6558-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$110   

Very rare. Nice kit of the second generation Riviera. Features optional parts for three versions, detailed engine and engine compartment, opening hood, good exhaust and suspension detail, full interior and more. Molded in white clear, red-tinted clear, chrome plate and with narrow whitewall rubber tires. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Revell USS Buckley DE51 Destroyer Escort - 'S' Issue, 1/249, H355-169

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$155   

Rare first issue hardbox dated 1957 with the 'S' logo on the sides and incredible artwork. Large scale kit features a full hull, complete deck fittings, a display stand and is very nicely detailed for that time. Never started. All parts, decals and instructions are still sealed in the internal factory bag.

Revell P-47D Razorback Thunderbolt Brazilian Air Force - 1st Grupo De Caca de FAB (Forca Aerea Brasileira) - Kikoler Issue, 1/32, H296Br

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

$129   

Still factory sealed but the seal has drawn part of the box concave. Rare. 1970s Revell of Brazil (Kikoler) issue of the large scale and well detailed kit with FAB markings. Has detailed R-2800 engine with removable panels, fully detailed cockpit, pilot figure, two wing pylons with bombs, centerline drop tank and moving prop and wheels.

Cruver 1949 Oldsmobile 98 Futuramic 4 Door Promo, 1/25

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

$175   

Very rare and even more so in this condition. Very early original dealer promotional model. It is 100% complete with all four door handles, trim and hood and trunk ornaments. This model came from a collector who began saving these in the late 1940s; it has always been adult owned. It has the black chassis with the following raised tex "Manufactured By Cruver Mfg Co Chicago" The tires look factory new. The whitewalls are excellent, which is rare - they were normally a weak point and would often crack and peel. The body is amazing 'near mint' condition; I cannot find any warping. The body color and beautiful and gloss as new. The thin clear windows are 'very good++' on the front and back, but the sides have some wrinkling as shown. Some of the fine trim (door handles, etc) has been painted to 'professional' quality; it is good enough to pass for factory paint.

Jo-Han 1960 Dodge Dart 2 Door Hardtop 3 in 1 - Custom / Stock / Racing, 1/25, 2460-140

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

$185   

Extremely rare kit of a beautiful but seldom seen subject. Features detailed chassis with torsion bars suspension, full interior and a host of optional parts such as fender skirts, tach, floor shift, exhaust dump pipes, fender mirrors, chrome horns, dual aerials, louvers, continental kit and more. Molded in ivory/white, chrome plate, clear and with real rubber wide white-wall tires. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried with all parts and includes instructions. NOTE: missing decals.

Hubley 1930 Packard Model 740 Custom Roadster, 1/22, 4860-500

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$119   

From the 1970s. Very well detailed with 143 parts. Includes metal body, chassis, hood, engine and other detail parts with injection molded details, clear parts, and a large tree of chrome plated parts. Features a full rolling chassis just like the real car with excellent engine detail, removable hood, complete exhaust and suspension, working steering, flexible radiator hoses, rubber tires, chrome spoke wheels and working worm-gear steering. Has full interior detail with very clear thin windshields and special interior side panels. Never started. All the parts that were factory sealed are still sealed; the parts that were never sealed (the large metal ones) have been inventoried complete. With instructions and decals. In the 1930s Packard was the style leader in America and a beautiful, fast status symbol. Packards were not the most expensive, but were the most desired cars. The 1930s Packards are seen as the high point of the brand.

Renwal See-Thru SSBN 618 Thomas Jefferson Polaris Nuclear Submarine, 1/200, 653

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$245   

Classic 1950s boxart at it's finest and the rarest of all the Renwal SSBNs. Large 24 inch long kit with clear right half that is hinged to open. The Jefferson is the only Renwal sub that has the clear hull half - all others have a solid gray hinged half. The clear hull half model has never been reissued. The clear half is in very good condition and carefully wrapped for shipping. There are no splits, cracks or breaks and the only flaw is typical slight yellowing. Features a heavily detailed interior and actual 'launching' Polaris missile from a spring loaded missile tube. NOTE: this kit has very minor and neat assembly to two parts: the torpedo room bulkhead and inner wall are assembled to 'near mint' quality. There is no other assembly. Those two parts and one torpedo cradle are very neatly painted; there is no other painting. All parts have been inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Entex Panzerkampfwagen (Panzer) IV F2 - (ex Bandai / Imai), 1/15, 8479

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$175   

Very large 1/15 scale kit from quality Imai/Bandai molds. R/C capable (see below). Features excellent suspension detail, opening inspection and crew hatches, individually molded track links and more. Some parts are still in the factory sealed bags. Parts that are not sealed have been inventoried complete. Includes decals and instructions. Please NOTE that one small part (a horn or headlight) is a different color plastic. It is from the earlier Imai issue of this same kit. This model is R/C capable because Imai originally designed it for motorized operation. Entex did not include those parts, however; you would need to provide them.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$325   

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 has very good color and gloss, four solid corners, no price tag or tape tears and no torn or missing litho. Flaws include the scratch at the top and general wear and edge & corner wear as shown. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts. Includes decals and instructions in 'very good+' condition. This kit must be shipped insured.

Aurora Ryan X-13 Vertijet With Trailer And Launcher, 1/48, 376-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$425   

Old hobby shop stock that has never been up for retail sale. Very rare kit dated 1957; first and only issue. Very nice, large-scale model for that time with a fully operational mobile operations trailer. The aircraft is molded in gloss silver & clear while the trailer/launcher is bright yellow. The kit has never been started. When you open the box, it is exactly as it left the factory down to the packing tissue paper. The silver parts (aircraft) are still in the factory sealed bag. The yellow parts and clear canopy were never factory sealed and are inventoried complete. Includes 'excellent' condition decals and instructions. The box grades 'very good' which is rare for this kit. The red color is in unusually good shape, which is rare; as you may know, it usually ages poorly. The colors are bright and vibrant, all four corners are solid with no repairs, there is no fading, no tape, no price tags and no stains. Flaws include edge wear as shown and 3 small litho chips as well as creases visible at the lower left corner and center right. Although not perfect, it is one of the best I have seen.

Hawk Atlas Satellite InterContinental Ballistic Missile ICBM, 200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$425   

Old hobby shop stock from Pennsylvania that has never been up for retail sale until now. Rare, one and only issue from 1956 of the theorized (and incorrect) Atlas Intercontinental Ballistic Missile. Features three stages, entry doors, launch pad and crew members. Molded in correct gloss silver, white and transparent orange plastic. Box is in 'very good' condition with nice color and gloss, four solid corners, no rips or tears, no repairs and no tape (other than the factory sealing tape. Flaws in include those shown - The flaws are edge wear and general light wear as shown. Inside, the kit is exactly as it left the factory. All of the small parts are still sealed in factory bags, which are factory sealed to the presentation cardboard. The larger parts were never factory sealed and have been inventoried complete. With dividers, 'excellent+' condition decals and 'near mint' instructions.

AMT 1965 Buick Riviera 3 in 1 Kit Movie 'Villa Riviera' George Barris, 1/25, 6555-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$125   

Early issue hardbox. Legendary AMT 3 in 1 kit can be built stock, custom or competition. George Barris served as the AMT consultant for the customized kits, and designed and built the 'Movie Car of the Year' for the movie Villa Riviera. This model will build the stock, Barris Custom or Barris' movie version. Model includes numerous optional parts for suspension, motor, exterior and interior as well as custom decals. Includes a special clear display stand also. Molded in white, clear and chrome with rubber tires and metal axles. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, vinyl material, decals and instructions. NOTE: box looks better than the 'fair' grade but it is graded that low because there is a large stain and box damage to the lower left long side and short left side of the box top. Additionally, there is identical damage to the tray (lower box) and I would grade it 'fair-.' NOTE: the instructions have only very minor bug damage but the decals have significant damage and are only 70% intact (about 30% destroyed).

Aurora F8U-1 Crusader (F-8) - (F8U1), 1/48, 119-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$125   

Very rare first issue. This box art was only used for one year (or less) in 1957, then the more common 'ground' artwork was used till production ceased. A nice kit for that time, it features including retracting landing gear, removable tail section, detailed and removable jet engine, pilot, some cockpit detail and more. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts in the correct high-gloss early issue light grey. Features the correct 1st issue instructions showing the early stand, large rectangular-based stand and decal sheet correctly lacking the stand decal.

Aurora Convair VR XFY-1 Pogo, 1/48, 60-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$175   

Final issue box design from 1957 to the final year in 1959. Please note that the factory eliminated the old rectangular logo with a yellow triangle and put the new 'Famous Fighters' oval logo in the center. The box is in very nice 'Excellent' condition with like-new color and gloss, no price tags or tag marks, no tape or tape marks (not even factory tape marks!) and four solid corners. Flaws include very light corner wear and a very light crease at left and light impact damage on the upper short side. Rare, large scale model features working counter-rotating props and is molded in gloss silver and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The decals are 'very good++' with the only flaw being the typical yellowing and the instructions are also 'very good' with edge wear to the lower side.

Lindberg Air Force Rescue Boat Motorized, 1/72, 706M-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$155   

Rare kit from the 1950s with classic Ray Gaedeke artwork. Motorized and designed for water operation; easily converted to R/C. this large-scale kit was very well detailed for that time, featuring clear hull and superstructure windows, all deck fittings down to ammo boxes and flag staffs, 6 piece 20mm anti-aircraft guns, full superstructure and bridge with horns, search lights, front and rear radar antennas and more, life boat, stretchers, opening rear rescue transom with boarding ladder, gun and bridge crew members, stanchions and railing rigging instructions, display stand and more. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including all parts, decals, flag sheet and instructions. Advertised by Lindberg as 1/72 but is actually closer to 1/88 scale. The Air Force Rescue Boats were the fastest among all Air Force craft. Built by Detroit Basin Inc, they were designed to reach a downed aircraft very quickly and rescue the crew in the least possible time. They were powered by three 1,500 horsepower Packard V-12 gasoline engines and fully crewed by 14 men and 2 officers. After reaching a downed aircraft, the pilots were brought aboard through a gate in the transom. In the event the flight crew was injured, the well in the stern leads directly into a sick bay with 12 litters. To ward off attackers, these vessels were equipped with two 20mm twin mount cannons and plenty of ammunition. They had radar and could operate in all weather conditions.