Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: Good-
Very, very rare- contains traces of the element 'unobtainium.' There is no internet or known auction history of one of these kits changing hands. Purchased new by a US Navy officer in about 1961 in Tokyo, Japan. He equipped himself nicely for a future R/C hobby upon his return to the states, but never built this kit. Features a large (1160 mm) wingspan and is specifically designed for R/C flight on a ".9 to 1.5" (sic) size gas engine (should be .09 to .15- AB). This was a deluxe and highly prefabricated kit for that time with very high quality wood parts, of which 90% or more are completely cut out with the part number stamped in ink on each one. Woods are hardwood, plywood and balsa. Many of the parts are still held together with the unique color-tinted clear tape from this era of Japanese modeling. Other cut and shaped parts are still sealed in a plastic bag with a 'Picnic' header. This kit has sheeted fuselage sides which are also completely cut out. There is a sealed bag of hardware, sealed balloon wheels, plenty of silkspan-style covering material, fully formed wire landing gear and of course a very large set of actual size plans that includes R/C equipment placement guides. The kit has never been started. Some parts are still in the factory sealed bags and others are still factory taped as they were at the factory. The loose parts have been inventoried all present. Includes plans.
Wood and Metal Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc+
Includes the rare Billing Boats #511 Fittings Set which is still factory sealed. The actual kit is superbly detailed, full-scale and has plank-on-frame construction. Features accurately die-cut plywood frames/bulkheads, and more, numerous other hardwood and plywood die-cut parts for the superstructure, etc., hardwood planking, plans and more. Never started. The kit is exactly as it was shipped from the factory. The items that were bag sealed are still sealed. The ones that were never sealed have been inventoried complete. This vessel was built in 1965 at the N.V. Scheepswerven in Millingen, Holland, and called named "Maasbank." In September 1977 she was renamed "Banckert". The Maasbank served for 12 years in the Western part of Holland.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
Dated 1935. Very rare. This kit is almost never found and even less in this condition. includes the never-seen sealed tube of very colorful Comet Cement and a glass jar of Comet brand Banana Liquid. Comet made a total of three different Robin kits and this 'Giant Wingspan' version is by far the largest. Kit features traditional wood/tissue construction with quality balsa printwood sheet parts, stripwood and spars, fully formed wheels, spars and wood stock, wood blocks and dowels, beautiful machine cut 9" prop, a factory-sealed envelope of hardware, decals, two colors of tissue, an insignia sheet and detailed, full-size plans with building instructions. Never started and complete. Comet was a famous manufacturer of stick and tissue flying and static models. In the 1930s Great Depression, they lead the low-priced kit revolution with the "Dime Scale" kits and famous advertisements in Model Airplane News magazine and others. Comet reached it's peak in the 1930s when they acquired the services of Carl Goldberg. Goldberg was a highly accomplished modeler with articles in Model Airplane News and famous designs that won him several National level competitions in the 1930s and beyond. (Carl Goldberg went on to found his own company and produced well designed and popular free-flight and RC aircraft). Comet survived the post World War economic slump and continued kit production until they were bought out by long-time competitor Guillow's in 1998.
Multimedia Model Kit, Box Condition: Good
Pocher made the finest automobile models ever created. The detail and working parts on these long out-of-production, big 1/8 scale kits is amazing. Recommended for experienced models only. This kit is a prefect reproduction of the original car that won 1st place at the 1907 Grand Prix de France with an average of 113.612 KPH with Felice Nazzaro as the pilot. The prototype of this car was used with the original drawings to create this model. It has 823 parts of plastic, brass, steel, leather, iron, rubber, copper, aluminum and other materials. Features include super detailed engine, opening hood, complete interior, all pilot controls, operating steering, working suspension, operating steel drive chains and more. The kit has never been started. Almost all the parts are still in the factory sealed bags; but several bags had torn open due to age. So I inventoried those bags and they are complete. I taped them shut for safe transport or put the parts in a new ziplock. Includes complete instructions and decals. Shipping insurance (and Express Mail for international customers) is required.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: Good+
Very rare kit from 1946. It appears that only one of these has traded hands in any public transaction since the late 1990s and the lack of photos is noteworthy. This was a very deluxe, expensive model for that time, retailing for an astounding $7.95. It is a very sturdy model with fully planked fuselage, sheeted wing, solid horizontal and vertical stabs, rudder and elevators, solid wing tips and more. Features a very large number of precut parts (some fully finished, others requiring additional trimming or sanding, rubber scale wheels with finished wood hubs, many plywood parts at key locations, quality planking and sheeting wood, clear windshield material, extensive hardware still in the wax paper bag, various sizes of wire stock, separate text building instructions and superb full size plans. Never started and complete. Please note there is no tissue because this model does not use tissue. There is also no printwood since the parts are factory cut out.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Mint
Still factory sealed and in investment grade condition. A rare kit and every more so in this condition. Nicely detailed featuring complete engine and compartment, opening hood, detailed chassis/underside, full interior and more. Usually molded in white, chrome plate, clear, red-tinted clear (although I cannot confirm it because it is factory sealed) and with rubber tires.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc++
Very rare and even rarer in this condition. First issue and with the one-year only rectangular logo. Dramatic Jo Kotula box art with 1956 date. The box is the finest I have seen. It has like-new color and gloss, four solid corners, no repairs, no tape or tape marks, no tags or tag marks, no fading, and no tear or missing litho. The only flaws are the light edge and corner wear shown at the bottom right and other (even lighter) shelf wear that probably not even visible in the photo. Molded in correct silver and clear with correct rectangular clear stand. A nice kit for that time, it features full centerline landing gear and outrigger struts and gear doors as well as clear cockpit canopy, outboard slipper fuel tanks, display stand and decals. It has the correct early rectangle-base clear Aurora stand, which is also shown on the instructions. Molded in the correct gloss silver and clear. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Instructions are mint and the decals are 'near mint.' It is interesting to note that this is not a reissue of the Comet molds - the two models are not even close to the same size or scale. This kit is original to Aurora, was made before Aurora acquired the Comet molds and also varies in a great many details. It appears that Aurora never even re-issued the Comet B-52, probably because they had a superior model already in the same low price range.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good+
Very rare and even more so in never started, 100% complete condition. Well detailed mode that can be built any one of three ways - stock, custom or competition. Includes a very large number of optional custom parts so you can make a totally unique automobile. Features detailed complete engine, engine compartment, opening hood, full interior, rotating wheels, exhaust and underside detail. Molded in white, clear, red tinted clear, and chrome. With real rubber tires, metal axles and metal chassis screws. The kit has never been started. Inventoried will all parts including decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
With Yellowhammer #48-161C "WWII Invaders Part II" decals in mint condition from climate-controlled storage. Has two large sheets and a color paint and markings guide. The actual model is the 1995 first issue. Hard-to-find kit of the solid or 'gun nose' Invader in large 1/48 scale. Features full interior with all stations represented, optional position landing gear and bomb bay doors with detailed bay and weapons and more. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.
Multimedia Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
20 inches long and 11.5 inches high when assembled. Constructo kits are the finest of all the older prefabricated wooden ship kits. Features a completely shaped and sanded hardwood hull with predrilled mast, bowsprit, anchor chain and pedestal mounting holes, finished wood display stand, finished and painted stand pedestals and mounting nails, a large sheet of heavy cardboard with dozens of completely cut and finished and numbered hardwood parts held on with string, a factory sealed bag of fully finished fittings of metal, wood and plastic, numerous other hardwood parts completely cut to shape and numbered, deadeyes and blocks, paint and glue, wood stock as required and a complete set of sewn, ready-to-install cloth sails, black and white standing and running rigging thread, instructions in English and a full size plan sheet with many views, complete part identifications by number and excellent rigging diagrams. The kit has never been started. All the small parts are still in the factory sealed bags or factory-tied to the display piece. Only the hull was not factory sealed. With full size plans and instructions. Constructo kits were made in Spain and early issues in the USA were marketed by Constructo Nautical Miniatures, Inc, New York 1. There were many series of kits issues by size; some smaller and some larger than this kit.
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: Sealed VG++
Still factory sealed. Dated 1987 and contains both nicely molded and detailed kits.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good
Third issue is dated 1967 and carries the Mattel logo. Possibly the finest injection molded model of the first aircraft to sustain powered, controlled flight. Features very good detail, full rigging instructions, figures of Orville and Wilbur Wright, monorail launching track with carrier dolly and historical accessories that were all present at the first flight: "C" clamp, bench, can, spade and starting battery. Molded in white, tan and with a clear stand. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. This kit even has the original rigging thread.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: Good++
Includes rare metal fitting set B-18F. Very highly detailed, large-scale model measuring 50 inches long when assembled. Designed for remote control or impressive static display. Never started. All the parts that were originally factory sealed - hardware, smaller parts and all the small fittings are still in the factory sealed bags. The larger fittings and wood parts have been inventoried complete. Includes decals, instruction book and plans in excellent condition.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG++
Excellent box art in very displayable condition. Early 1950s version before Aurora bought these molds and others when Comet exited the plastic kit business. Well molded with fine all recessed panel line detail. Features clear windows and windshield, rotating props, 'gear up' configuration and Comet 'teardrop" stand. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.
Resin Model Kit, Box Condition: NM
High definition cast resin upgrade for correcting the Monogram and Airfix Saturn V kit. Contains Apollo spacecraft, small maneuvering nozzeles and shroud. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: VG++
Large scale well detailed kit. Can be flown rubber free flight, gas free flight, or converted to electric RC using today's small and light servos and receivers. Well detailed with scale plastic wheels, plastic propeller, vacuform nose/cowl and engine, full color decals, colored tissue, die cut balsa parts, rubber motor, plywood firewall and excellent full size plans. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present. Guillow's founder, Paul K. Guillow, was a WWI naval aviator. In 1926 he began producing wooden model airplane kits. His 'Shelf Models' were some of the earlier non-flying models in production. Guillow's grew during the model boom of the 1930s, and when the Depression hit the hardest, Guillow's responded with lower prices and became one of the low price leaders, frequently advertising in Model Airplane News and other leading publications. During the war, like most manufacturers, Guillow's was forced to alternative materials such as cardboard and pine. Guillow's survived the post WWII slump by creating many inexpensive profile flying rubber powered aircraft and gliders in the 1950s (along with North Pacific) which became famous - some are still available today. The stick and tissue lines have been updated with laser cut parts and are still in production as of 2009.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed NM
Still factory sealed. 1995 reissue of the famous 'S' kit and an ideal builder. Features dramatic show-car styling, full interior and dash, driver and passenger figures, clear 'bubble' canopy, rotating wheels, chrome front and rear bumper, emblem and side trim and more. M olded in mint green (like the box art) and clear plastic. Ford created the Lincoln Futura as a concept car to promote Lincoln. The designers were Ford lead stylists John Jajjar and Bill Schmidt. Unlike many concept cars, this one was fully operational. The basis of the chassis was the Continental Mark II and she was powered by a 368 cubic inch Lincoln engine and powertrain. The car was hand built by Ghia iin Italy and originally cost $250,000, or about $2.3 million in modern USD. The car was a big success for Ford and brought significant recognition in toys, movies and the show circuit. It was first displayed in 1955. When Ford was done, they sold the car to George Barris for $1. Because it was never titled and could not insured, Barris parked it behind the shop. However, in 1966 Barris was asked to make a car for the Batman TV series. Dean Jefferies was originally contracted with, but he could not make the car in time. Barris thought the Futura would make a fine basis for the Batmobile, and so it did. Barris always retained ownership of the car, leasing it to the studio for filming. In 2013 he sold the car to a collector for 4.62 Million US Dollars.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG++
Quality Hawk kit dated 1964 and well detailed kit for the time. Features fine raised panel lines, drop tanks, rotating prop and wheels, rocket launchers and optional position canopy. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
Nicely molded with recessed control surfaces and fine raised panel lines. 1970s Heller issue with 'Black Box' design that has black background on the box top and all 4 sides. Includes markings for the two aircraft listed. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.