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Varney US Navy Fleet Submarine - The First Plastic US Ship Model, 1/240

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$795   

This model is a landmark in the history of Plastic Kits. The Varney Fleet Sub is the primary candidate for the first all-plastic ship kit made in the USA. The famous HO/O train manufacture, Varney, branched out into other scale model kits at the end of WWII. In late 1945, they introduced what are thought to be the first USA produced plastic model kits - the Fleet Sub and the PT-17 Stearman. Both kits were excellent scale models given the state of modeling at that time. However, Varney was 6 years too early. The Fleet Sub and PT-17 met a cool reception when it was introduced to retailers. Hobby Shops were not sure if it would sell, and did not know how to sell it. Consequently, most retailers would not order it and those who did put them where they were not seen by the public. Distributors stopped carrying the kits due to a lack of re-orders. The result was inevitable - they did not sell, and Varney pulled both kits from production very quickly. Varney was committed to cutting the molds on the LST and it was released in 1946 with the same result. That marked the end of Varney's venture into "non-train" scale plastic models. Varney dedicated all production to HO trains and in the late 1940s they sold the molds for the Fleet Sub, the LST and the PT-17 to O-Lin. The molds underwent modification (the hull was divided into two parts instead of one) and it was released by O-Lin and later Lindberg. This kit is a a very nice, never started and complete example. The box top grades 'good+' and has nice color as shown, general light stains and wear, three solid corners and one closed split corner. Three sides are as nice as the top, with one small piece of clear tape on both long sides. The right short side does have a 3/4" x 1/2" tape tear but is fine beside that . Inside, it is complete. The yellow parts display is intact and in 'good-' condition. The original krinkle small parts bag is present but split open; I have included the bag and all parts are inventoried complete. The original glue is present but the tube shattered; I have put it in a zip lock. The stand was glued to the yellow at the factory; the glue has come off. The factory glass rectangle for the stand arm is still present and in it's holder. The heavy one-piece molded hull is in rare crack-free condition and cradled into the holder. The base is in very good condition also. Very large instruction sheet is 'very good++' and folds out to illustrate construction and offers numerous display ideas for this new medium in hobby kits. Decals were not provided with the kit. This kit was made with gray injection molded details, glass stand arm and black injection molded stand and sub hull. I have seen versions with no paint on the base and hull; however, this one has the base and hull factory painted gray. The paint is in 'very good' condition on the hull and 'excellent' on the stand base. A rare example of a classic kit. Shipped with insurance only.

Airfix Harrier GR-5 - RAF, 1/72, 04038

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$24   

Still factory sealed. Dated 1991 and features 102 parts. Very nicely detailed and molded. Features good cockpit, intakes and exhaust detail, optional position landing gear, numerous pylons with weapons loadout and decals with painting guide.

PZW TS-11 Iskra, 1/72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$18   

Early kit of this once-common two seat training jet. Features raised panel lines, clear canopy, full landing gear and Polish decals. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Airmodel Hawker Sea Fury T20 / Hawker Typhoon F1A / Spitfire Mk XVI and Beaufighter F.X Thimble Nose Conversions - Bagged, 1/72, 105

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$8   

Never started. Complete with all parts and instructions. Conversion kits require a base injection molded kit to complete. Parts included are for the conversion only. Some scratchbuilding is required.

Premiere BAe Hawk T.Mk 1A Red Arrows, 1/48, P3102

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$26   

Large scale 1/48 Hawk. Features colorful decals for any of 11 (10 flying aircraft and a spare) of the Red Arrows Display Team, detailed cockpit, optional position landing gear, AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles and optional gun pack. The model has not been started. Factory sealed bags with decals and instructions.

Revell F-84F Thunderstreak Pre 'S' Issue, 1/54, H215-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$95   

1955 Pre 'S' issue with dramatic box artwork. Kit features rotating wheels, cockpit and pilot detail, famous 'Revelving' clear globe stand and is molded in gloss silver and clear. Never started. 100% inventoried complete with all parts/decals and instructions present.

Airfix Bristol Beaufighter Craftmaster Issue, 1/72, 7-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$28   

Purchased new on September 28, 1965 in Cleveland, Ohio. Very colorful box art of a Beaufigher making a low attack run on shipping. Kit includes torpedo and rocket load-outs. Never started. Inventoried and 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Please NOTE the box looks better than the grade, but is graded 'very good' because there is a closed tear on one side. Craftmaster kits were made in the UK by Airfix and marketed by MPC in the USA.

Aurora Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina, 1/74, 374-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$129   

1962 issue with colorful pre-war high-visibility paint in the artwork. Please note that this is the first issue of this box art because of the 'Famous Fighters' in the border of the Aurora logo. Box is in 'very good++' condition with nice color and gloss, four solid corners and no sign of price tags or tape. There is light general wear as shown. Kit features retracting pontoons and rotating props. This version has the desirable large clear two-piece 'World' triangle-base stand. Molded in gloss silver and clear. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Frog Gloster Whittle E28 / 39 Pioneer - Bagged, 1/72, F174F

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

$27   

Bagged kit with header. Still factory sealed. Very nicely molded, like most Frog kits. Very fine panel line detail and separately molded control surfaces.

Revell Fairchild F-27 Propjet Bonanza Airlines - Lodela Issue, 1/94, H298

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$95   

Rare Revell Lodela issue with colorful Bonanza markings. Well detailed kit includes moving rudder, flaps and elevators, rotating wheels and props and loading ramp. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

Revell Douglas DC-7 Pan Am Airport Scene - 'S' Kit with Boarding Ramp / Stanchions / Gasoline Truck & Trailer / Tractor with 3 Baggage Carts / Aircraft Tractor and 7 Figures, 1/122, H257

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$2200   

Very, very rare, complete and 100% correct. The Pan Am Airport Scene was commissioned by Pan Am in the late 1950s and only sold through the airline, not through Revell distributors. This has made it one of the rarest Revell kits in existence. It is widely considered an 'S' kit since it was made at that time and features that style of artwork, but the box never had the yellow 'S' anywhere on it. It contains all the parts and markings listed in the title and makes an incredible airport diorama. The box has excellent color and gloss with no tears or stains. Three corners are solid - the other has been repaired very neatly with clear tape. There is general wear as shown but no other damage. Inside, the parts are as new. All pieces are in the correct gloss silver plastic with the clear Revell 'Swivel Base Display Stand.' The airport accessories are still sealed in the original factory bag, including the metal axles. The unique decal sheet for this special issue is intact, never cut and in 'good' condition. It contains Pan Am DC-7 decals and markings for the ground equipment. The decals are flat but have some yellowing and two creases. On the back they have the correct Revell markings and part number to be original for this model. The instructions are 100% correct and original for this model. They are in 'very good+' condition with the usual yellowing, two very small thin spots and one very light stain. In all, an excellent investment piece that has never been started with the airport parts bag sealed and otherwise inventoried complete with the correct decals and instructions. Please note that Revell did NOT issue this kit with paper 'carpet' like the United Airlines Flight 707 Airport Scene. The 'carpet' has been intentionally de-listed from the area of the box that describes the contents and has been removed from the instructions as well. Although this kit does not have an 'S' on it, I have included it as an 'S' kit since it is from that time frame and shares the common box art theme.

Aurora 12 O'Clock High P-38 Lightning, 1/48, 346-130

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$185   

Very rare first and only hardbox issue from the tie-in promotion with Twentieth Century Fox Televisions smash hit "12 O'Clock High." Dated 1965. Some of the most valuable models are linked to TV or movie promotions and the "12 O'Clock High" series from Aurora is no exception. This example has like-new color and gloss, four solid corners, no tape, tags or tears and zero fading. The only flaws are very slight foxing and very slight general corner wear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Other kits in the series included the B-17, P-51, Me-109 and FW-190.

Marine Model Co Limber Ammo Carrier Civil War, 1/16, 1129

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$24   

From the 1950s. NOTE: builder kit only, please read carefully. This is an metal kit that is 9 inches long and 3.5 inches high when assembled. It is in big 1/16 scale and is a companion piece to other Civil War field gun kits #1125, 1126, 1127 and 1128. This model has not been assembled but the main parts have been neatly painted. NOTE: there are no instructions or plans of any type. Although I can verify that all the main parts are there, this is a detailed kit with many fittings and I cannot verify if they are all present or not. Sold as-is.

Formaplane Rogozarski IK-3 - WWII Yugoslavian Fighter - Bagged, 1/72, C38

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$18   

Very high quality vacuform kit from about 1987. Features recessed panel line detail and raised detail were appropriate, full cockpit, optional position landing gear, prop, clear canopy and more. Never started and complete with all parts and plans. Vacuform kits are not recommended for modelers who do not have experience building them.

Formaplane Fairey Seafox, 1/72

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$12   

Still factory sealed. Well detailed, quality vacuform kit. Not recommended for builders who have no experience with vacuform kits.

Kader Vickers Viscount BEA - British European Airways, 1/121, 393

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$36   

Ex-Lincoln molds. Very close to 1/144 scale. Good detail and complete decals including all pin stripes. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora USS Skipjack Submarine Phota-Scope Issue, 1/228, 614-180

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$125   

Rare. 1970 issue featuring the Phota-Scope. In place of the nuclear reactor, Aurora put a tube that has a magnifying lens at the top and a film transparency of a submarine interior at the bottom. So when you lift the hatch, you looked through the magnifier to see the inside of the sub. It was an interesting idea, and Aurora extended Phota-scope to some tank kits around the same time. The kit has never been started. Inventoried with all parts, magnifying lens and tube, phota-scope picture, decals and correct instructions present. The box looks much better than the 'good' rating but is graded as such because there is a closed tear in the box top at the sail of the sub.

Arii USS Nautilus SSN571 Nuclear Submarine, AR116-D100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$69   

Very rare; not even listed in John Burn's guide. Small scale kit that measures about 6.6 inches long when assembled. The kit is basic, featuring only 10 plastic parts. It is also designed for motorized operation, and comes with a big slow-rpm prop, rubber motor and torpedo-shaped weight holder and weight that hang from the bottom when you wish to operate it. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions. The instructions are on the bottom of the box top.

Shizukyo German 75mm Assault Gun III Motorized With Light Up Gun Barrel, 1/50, TS-202-300

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$185   

Very, very rare and a very nice investment. Shizukyo started in the 1960s but was out of business before the end of the decade. This kit is probably from about 1963/64 and is well molded and detailed for that time and features motorized operation on the rear drive wheels to move the treads and a large flashing red bulb at the end of the barrel that 'fires' the gun. Features TKK Mabuchi RE15 motor that is still in the original old-style TKK box, complete with printed plastic wrapper and sealed accessory bag, all metal gear box, wire and sealed bag with motorizing hardware, the red electric light bulb, glue and decals. The actual kit is molded in a black or very, very dark green plastic. Inside, the kit has never been touched. All the smaller parts are still in the factory sealed bags and the big one has a paper header. However, one of the two bags had a 2" tear, so I inventoried the bag - it is complete with all parts. The only parts that were not sealed are the upper and lower hull, upper and lower turret and gear box/gears/drive shaft. The instructions are in 'excellent' condition and the decals are still in the sealed bag and 'very good' with moderate yellowing being the only flaw. Amazingly, the treads are in 'near mint' condition and completely intact - they are still very flexible! NOTE: this kit must be shipped insured.

Shizukyo Leopard 105MM Cannon West German New Type Tank, 1/50, TS-203-300

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$145   

Very, very rare and an excellent investment. Shizukyo started in the 1960s but was out of business before the end of the decade. This kit is likely from 1965 and is well detailed for that time and features motorized operation on the rear drive wheels. Features Tkk Mabuchi RE15 motor that is still in the original old-style TKK box, complete with printed plastic wrapper and sealed accessory bag, all metal gear box, a sealed bag with numerous pieces of metal hardware for motorized operation, wire and more. The actual kit is molded in a black or very, very dark green plastic. Inside, the kit has never been touched. All the smaller parts are still in the factory sealed bags with color headers. All parts but the upper and lower hull halves, motor and treads are still factory sealed, and the biggest bag has a nice paper header. The sealed gear box metal is shiny like brand new. Amazingly, the treads are in perfect condition and still 100% flexible. They are held together by the factory rubber bands! The instructions are in 'near mint' condition and the decals are 'near mint' also. NOTE: this kit must be shipped insured.