Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
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.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG++
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.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Fair
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).
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG+
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.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
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.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good
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.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: Fair
Very large flying glider for free flight or R/C Conversion. Most likely from the 1940s but I am not certain. High performance contest model features die-cut ribs with a 6409 airfoil, solid balsa pod and hard boom, shaped leading and trailing edges, easy pop up dethermalizer, precut spars and strip wood, covering tissue and more. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes plans/instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good+
Very rare 2nd 'Crown' issue. This issue is dated 1956, but is from 1957 judging from the new 'Famous Fighters' oval logo and the fact that 'CROWN' is moved up to the top, just below Aurora. Inside, the kit is also correct for the second issue. The instructions still have the 1956 rectangular logo, but Aurora has removed copyright on them that said 'Crown Plastics, Inc Princeton, New Jersey'. Molded in a beautiful gloss silver and with a feather plume. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. In the mid 1950s, Crown Plastics advertised the release of a series of Knight models - some of the very first figure kits. However, before Crown entered production, Aurora marketed the line for Crown in 1956- the first issue of this kit (this is the second issue). The first issue had a copyright on the instructions as 'Crown Plastics, Inc Princeton, New Jersey'. These were the first Aurora Knights ever issued and Aurora gave them the kit numbers K1-98, K2-98 and K3-98. These were the very first Aurora figure kits. The knights sold well, and Aurora bought the three 'Knight' molds from Crown Plastics within the year. The first issue had the early Aurora 'Northern Lights' rectangular logo has the correct 'Crown Line' logo inside it.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: Good
Very large kit for RC or built for static display. Flyline Models was a manufacturer out of Fairfax, Virginia USA. The models are known for their high quality. The kit contains full size detailed plans, instructions, engine cylinder materials, high quality printed balsa sheets, decals, hardware and more. The model has not been started. The parts are inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: Good-
Rare. 1950s model of this very early radio control aircraft with a 62 inch wingspan. Dr. Walter Good, a famous pioneer of radio controlled flight, designed this aircraft. In the 1930s he won several National competitions - often his design was the only one to fly properly. Please note the similarity in design to the early free-flight models - most early RC models had this appearance. This type of stability was required due to the difficult nature of RC control in the late 1930s. The kit features die-cut balsa and plywood, metal hardware, cut out windshield, full size plans, formed landing gear and covering material. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions/plans present. Berkeley is a very famous manufacturer of flying model kits from the Golden Age of flying aviation, about 1932-1954. Founded in 1933 by William Effinger, the company was quite progressive in producing quality kits - it was likely the Berkeley 'Buccaneer' was the first gas powered model in kit form. In the later 1930s, Effinger acquired the services of a very talented Henry Struck. Struck went on to design numerous award-winning kits under the Berkeley name. Berkeley weathered the post WWII recession and emerged as a major kit producer in the late 1940 and 1950s. These were great years for Berkeley and they produced some incredible and large kits. The company went bankrupt in about 1960 however. Fox engines (Duke Fox) bought the company and released the kits alongside his own FOX models and engines. This arrangement did not last, and in the early 1960s the Berkeley name disappeared from hobby shop shelves.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed NM
Still factory sealed. Earlier issue hardbox is dated 1967 and has beautiful artwork by A.J. Rudisill. Large scale, full hull kit is very nicely detailed for that time. I have seen it built and it still makes a very beautiful model.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good
Rare, first issue artwork from about 1955-56. This was a fine effort by Aurora for that time and an impressive model when assembled. Features retracting pontoons and rotating props. Includes correct early logo instructions which show the clear 'Triangle World' stand and the correct stand is included. This must be one of the first instances of the 'Triangle' stand being used as it is normally associated with oval 'Famous Fighter' logo kits. 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. Please note the 'good' grade due to small white paint spots at the right and a slight crunch at the upper right corner. It is interesting to note that the early Aurora PBY issue has at least three small variations to the box top. The very first issue says '1/4 SCALE MODEL' at the top right. Clearly, this kit is not 1/48 scale and someone at Aurora corrected it. Following that, there are two known corrections: early and late. On the early version, the '1/4' was blotted out with a dark blue oval or circle and '5/32' was added after the word 'SCALE.' It was now correct, but the appearance was not completely professional. This box is the early, uncorrected version.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good+
Very rare. Dated 1961 with hardbox artwork by Bill Campbell. Large-scale kit measures 10 inches long when built, but no scale is given. Designed for motorized operation in water and can actually tow a water skier, which is included. Molded in a stunning high-gloss dark blue, ivory, chrome plate and light tan. Features dual rudder control, high-torque propeller, female boat driver, male water skier with ski sled, universal joint drive, removable cabin top, detailed cabin and display stand. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts, electric motor and includes decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good
Rare. 1961 issue in the Whip Fly 'Master Modeler' series. Does include the Master Modeler Trading Stamp (for the Competition Corvette) and MM application form. This series was quickly discontinued when it discovered that heavily weighted models with pointed front ends swinging at terrific speeds around young children might not be safe. Based on the 1950s F-106 "S" kit, the Delta Dart Whip Fly comes with USAF decals, flight ballast, handle, 12 feet of control line, control ring, colorful streamers (cut from the colored bag according to the instructions) for the jet engines and a underside pod which is a in-flight whistle! Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good-
This is the 1997 reissue using the original 1964 molds. Well detailed for that time. Full hull, military tanker features detailed deck fittings and deck houses, anti-aircraft and general purpose guns, lifeboats and davits, display stand and more. The decals are for four different ships of this class. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals, flagsheet and instructions.
Metal Model Kit, Box Condition: Good+
Amazing museum-quality, hand-built and factory painted model for the very discriminating collector. CMC quality it legendary and this model is no exception. Many of them have appreciated in value rapidly. This model is in mint, complete condition and has always been kept in the original packing material and in the original box. It was only removed for photos. It is fully detailed inside and out, including places that cannot be seen once it was assembled and includes many working features. This amazing model has 1,141 parts and is completely hand assembled. The front grill is metal, the front and rear bumpers are metal and chromed to a gloss finish, there is a complete engine with all wiring and lines, the hood opens and has an adjustable bracket, the correct riveted metal lining is in the door steps, the wheels are aluminum rims with air valves and with stainless steel spokes each fitted by hand, removable knock-offs and wheels, exactly crafted and accurate louvers on the front and rear fenders, filigree-designed metal wipers equipped with rubber blades, padded bucket seats covered with the finest leather, true-to-the-original dashboard complete with all controls and instruments, authentically replicated Nardi three-spoke steering wheel in wood-like finish, carpeted passenger compartment and trunk floor, removable spare wheel fastened by a toggle screw in the trunk, all windows framed in metal, working fuel tank cap, exact replication of the underbody and the steel tube frame, complete front suspension with triangular wishbone, coil springs and shock absorbers all made of metal, rear wheel suspension on rigid axle with lengthwise compound springs, shock absorbers and double sided trailing links, true-to-original exhaust pipes and chromed metal tips, all brake and fuel pipes, complete with filter, electric fuel pump, hand brake ropes and more. Includes the car, the full color booklet describing the model and features, separate "Manual For Moving Parts", Tag with the Serial Number (#2761), lug nut wrench, original polishing cloth, all the original packing styrofoam and the CMC white 'red printed' sheet on the outside of the foam.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good++
The artwork is copyrighted 1956, but this kit is likely from about 1957 since it has the old 'Famous Fighters of the Sea' logo on the box top and the oval logo with "Famous Fighters" in the border on the two short sides. All parts, decals and instructions are correct for this early issue. Molded in bright orange and black. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals, flag sheet and instructions. Even includes original tissue paper.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG++
Rare early 1960s hardbox issue with dramatic and colorful artwork by AJ Rudisill of the 'trawler' monitoring Polaris SLBM test launches while a SSBN lurks off the starboard side. In the early 1960s the appearance of the Russian 'Fishing Fleet' loaded with sensors to track US Missile tests or fleet communications prompted the Pyro company to issue this kit with a 'Communist Red' molded hull, tan decks and black fittings. Large scale and well detailed for that time, the model measures 17 inches long when assembled. The kit has never been started. All the small parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags; the larger parts were never sealed and inventoried complete. With instructions. Pyro did not include decals with this kit.
Metal and Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good
Rare and even rarer in this condition. The contents of this kit are still factory sealed - the metal, nylon and rubber parts are still sealed in the factory blister display and the box with the car is still factory tape sealed. The Russkit motor box was never factory sealed; however, the motor inside is factory bag sealed and includes detailed instructions. (NOTE: the motor says 'Russkit 34' and not '22' like the box top. I don't know if the 34 replaced the 22, or if Russkit simply packed the wrong motor.) Never started and includes all of the factory packing/display materials. With detailed instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good
Very Rare. Early, colorful issue from the late 1950s. The kit is dated by the 'Sanwa Plastic' logo, which was normally used in the late 1950s up to 1960. Sanwa clearly copied Lindberg in making this a Cellovision-style package; the back has the clear panel still intact as well as a trading card style illustration - even many of the same colors are used. Molded in green, black and clear. Inside, the model is factory new - all the parts and decals are still in the factory sealed clear bags. The decals are flat and 'excellent' with slight yellowing as the only flaw and the instructions are in 'very good' condition. The box has a crush on the lower long side panel and back as shown. Sanwa was one of Japan's earliest post-WWII kit producers, making model kits in the 1950s; some sources say 1955. Kits were marketed under Sanwa and Tokyo Plamo, with the general consensus being the the later logo came out around 1960 or later. Production ended in 1964, making all Sanwa kits rare and collectible. The entire line was extensive. It included very small scale tanks (some that were motorized), battleships in three scales with the larger ones motorized with dual prop drive, slot cars, civil sport boats and an electric outboard, a full line of hand gun models that actually shot plastic bullets, two fighter groups and bomber groups (probably Monogram), several different lines of scale aircraft, missile kits, scale (static) car models of early Japanese automobiles, at least 7 flying model aircraft that had electric and rubber motors, a 'Super Control Stand' P-51 that moved with a joystick and had an electric propeller and sound unit, two different lighthouses and a windmill, an air cushion boat, motor cycles, a diving submarine (electric) and a working (rubber band) George Washington Class SSBN and even a garden tractor with an electric motor. Just before going out of business, Sanwa issued some kits in conjunction with the 1964 Tokyo Olympic games - these kits even included a copy of an Olympic medal.