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Revell 1953 Jaguar XK-120 Highway Pioneers - Series 4, 1/32, H56-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$38   

1954 early issue molded in very light green plastic. NOTE: this model has had the wheels and floor painted. There has been no other painting and no assembly. It has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. Before the 1950s 'model building' never made the top 10 list of boy's activities. Hobbies were nothing new to America in the 1930s/40s, but they were not mainstream. Shortly after the turn of the century, many dedicated modelers built flying or static airplanes, ship, train, automotive or other subjects. Basic kits existed, but the majority of these models were built from scratch, which demanded a high talent level developed from years of experience. That changed in the early 1950s. The phenomenon of the Revell/Gowland & Gowland 'Highway Pioneers' car kits was a significant force in proving that model building as a hobby could have mass appeal, provided that the kits were easy enough to build and finish. These 1/32 scale vehicles could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real car. The Highway Pioneers series lead to the production of other subjects in plastic and the effect was revolutionary. By the early 1960s, model building was the #1 past time of American boys.

Lindberg Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat - (F6F5), 1/72, 484-60

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$28   

1967 hardbox issue with artwork by Lacina. Never started. Factory sealed bag or 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.

Lindberg Dornier Do-335 Arrow, 1/72, 438-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$26   

1966 hardbox issue with Tom Morgan boxart. Never started. Factory sealed bag or 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.

Hawk Curtiss Racer R3C-1 - One Piece Box Issue 1946 - (R3C1), 1/48, 600

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$175   

For the advanced model collector. This is a model kit with a fascinating history as it may be among the very first injection molded kits produced in the United States (please see the article about early USA kit production on this website). The Hawk model company was the most innovative in America and had been making constant 1/48 scale models in wood and metal since the late 1920s. During the re-run of the World's Fair in 1933, Hawk may have made the world's first injection molded airplanes models - but they were not kits. The models were completely finished and were on display for the princely sum of $25 each. The Mates brothers, who founded and ran Hawk, were quick to incorporate this new technology by adding injection molded details to the wooden kits in the late 1930s. During the war, Hawk put it's injection molding knowledge to work making ID models for the US Armed Forces. Originally there was a nation-wide program to have children and adults make these from wood, but consistency was an issue - injection molded solved this problem. Immediately after WWII in 1946, Hawk made the Curtiss Racer model injection molded in black tenite. The box was a simple one-color affair. This kit, like Varney's PT-17, met a very cool reception at hobby shops. Hawk quickly changed the box to two colors, added box artwork and molding the kit in bright yellow acetate plastic. That makes it the second issue, still from 1946, and that is this kit for sale here. The box is in very good condition with great colors. There is tape on both end flaps. The box has not been crushed or flattened, which is unusual. These came in one-piece boxes and they are not very strong. Inside, the kit has minor assembly. The fuselage 1/2s have been glued. The quality of assembly is excellent - there are no gaps and no glue showing. There is no other assembly. The kit is 100% complete with all parts. The small parts are still sealed in the 'crinkle' bag. The instructions are in as new condition. Please note that Hawk did not issue decals with this issue of this kit.

Aurora Superboy Comic Scenes, 1/8, 186

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$125   

This is the 1974 issue which includes the comic book with the backdrop mural to create a 3-D Action Display. This kit has never been started. It is either still in the internally sealed factory bag or has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Monogram Firebolt Jet Powered Racer - For CO2 or Jetex, 1/24, PC51-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM-

$175   

Rare original issue from 1959. Molded in correct high-gloss red, black and clear. Includes asbestos washers and metallic heavy cardboard heat shield for CO2 or Jetex B operation. Never started. Complete with all parts, decals, instructions and small catalog.

Revell Republic F-84F Thunderstreak Whip-Fly, 1/54, H152-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$89   

1960 issue of the rare 'Whip Fly' series. Hardbox artwork for this series was 'action' photos by Tom Kelly. Whip-Fly kits contain the aircraft model with nose ballast, a metal control ring, 12 feet of control line and a control handle so that you could spin the aircraft around in circles. This kit has never been started. It is either still in the internally sealed factory bag or has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Meikraft Models Douglas D558-1 Skystreak - IPMS1989 Convention Issue - (D5581), 1/72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$85   

Injection molded kit. Limited edition of only 289 made. Never started. Kit is either 100% inventoried with all parts/decals and instructions or is factory sealed/factory sealed internal bags.

Siedlce Bocian Glider, 1/72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$19   

Cleanly molded and nicely detailed glider kit. Features some cockpit detail, clear canopy, display stand and decals. The kit manufacturer Siedlce often printed PZW on their boxes. These kits and PZWPT and are all from this Polish company. They are no longer in operation.

Hawk Chrome Plated Lockheed U-2 - (Authenti-Plate), 1/48, 300-300

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$90   

1962 completely chrome plated hardbox kit with Bill Campbell artwork. Large scale with 20 inch wingspan. While the box is only fair, the chrome is above average condition with typical light wear. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all aircraft parts, decals and instructions.

Revell Republic F-105B Thunderchief, 1/75, H166

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$65   

1975 Revell Great Britain issue with unique box art. This kit is from the 'S' molds. This kit has not been started. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

KeilKraft Hawker Hurricane MkIIc, 1/72, F1

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$32   

KeilKraft was produced by the E. Keil & Company, Limited of Wickford, Essex Great Britain. Keil specialized in stick and tissue scale flying models and gliders. However, they moved into injection molded kits after WWII. Four kits were planned but only two were released. This Hurricane was the first one, followed by F2, a Sopwith Camel. The Stuka and Chipmunk were never issued. This kit has not been started. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Eduard Fokker F.1 (F-1) - With Photoetched Parts, 1/72, 7015

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$24   

Still factory sealed. Very nicely molded and includes a a large photoetched fret and elaborate pre-cut masks so you can paint all markings on the aircraft. Decals are included if you do not wish to do this.

Ace Whitman De Havilland Venom Fighter - Balsa Model Airplane Kit, 1/64, 2284

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$32   

The 'Ace Whitman' name was used by Joe Ott for some of his marketed kits. This model is a solid display model from 1952 and features an 80% precarved fuselage, die cut parts, full size plans and a stapled bag of detail parts (probably wheels). The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

California Model Co Spacer A-B - 66 inch Wingspan Class A/ B Gas Free Flight

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$85   

Another classic design by Sal Taibi. This is not the original box, but a replacement box with the original label on it. The kit has never been started and is complete. Note: The kit will be shipped in this strong box and will be shipped that way unless you ask for it to be placed into another box.

Megow Baby Quaker - For R/C or Free Flight, E-28

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$165   

Rare 1947 model of this classic Megow Free-Flight Aircraft. Kit includes detailed instructions book (an actual book), full size detailed plans, select balsa and hardwood parts, printed balsa, battery case, turned wheels, celluloid for windows and hardware. This model came from the estate of a very active and particular early aircraft kit collector. It is like factory-new inside and has not been started. Complete with all parts, plans and decals (if originally included).

Modelcraft Toshi Matsudo's Zero - 42 inch Winspan for R/C Conversion or Free Flight

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$85   

Classic award-winning design from the 1950s. Big 42 inch wingspan, total weight with engine 6 to 6.5 ounces. This model came from the estate of a very active and particular early aircraft kit collector. It is like factory-new inside and has not been started. Complete with all parts, plans and decals (if originally included). Designed for 'Sniffing Thermals', the honored pastime of a generation of model enthusiasts. Flying model aircraft predated powered flight; however, balsa wood and printwood were not introduced until the early 1930s and the hobby took off, as well as the hunt for thermals. Gas flight began in the early 1930s, and early gas powered models, all powered by Brown engines, took home so many awards that they were forever separated in competition from rubber powered models. Design of gas models was tricky since RC (radio control) models could not yet be applied to the mass market; so a gas model had to not only fly and climb under power, but then glide sufficiently - all without any operator inputs once the airplane took off. Getting the wing up out of the propeller airflow was a huge improvement, and this type of design proliferated. This is one example of a parasol style 1950s free-flight competition aircraft.

Modelcraft The Ghost - 48 inch Wingpsan Nordic Glider with Auto Rudder for Free Flight or R/C Conversion

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$75   

Most likely from the 1950s. Nordic style towline glider. This model came from the estate of a very active and particular early aircraft kit collector. It is like factory-new inside and has not been started. Complete with all parts, plans and decals (if originally included).

Polar Lights King Kong's Thronester - (Aurora Molds), 1/12, 5016

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$34   

Still factory sealed. This is an ideal builder from the original Aurora kit.

Construct-A-Plane Aeronca C-2 Monoplane - Balsa Aircraft Model, 1/37

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$44   

Rare kit from the very early 1930s. The Aeronca C-2 was the first light aircraft in the United States. It was the first such aircraft to be certified by the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Aeronautics. The aircraft created an audience of pilots that did not previously exist - private individuals. For the first time, they had an affordable, easy to fly and safe aircraft. They were produced from 1929 through 1932 and sold for just under $1300. Kit is near 1/32 scale. Contains excellent full-size plans, balsa wood for fuselage and wings, printed balsa for all other parts, original yellow and red glass paint vials with cork seals, turned wheels, cast metal prop, insignia, sandpaper and celluloid. The wings have been very neatly started. No other assembly. Complete with all parts except the original glue.