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Revell USS John Paul Jones DD-932 - Forrest Sherman Class - Picture Fleet / Master Modelers Club / 50 Years Of Naval Aviation Issue, 1/320, H309-169

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-


Very nicely detailed kit from 1961. This is a rare issue Picture Fleet, Master Modeler with the 50 Years of Naval Aviation logos on on the box top. Includes the full color Master Modelers Stamp of this kit and the club application form. This is likely the first issue for the JPJ. Measures over 15 inches long when assembled and features rotating turrets, elevating guns, torpedo tubes, radar, propeller rudder detail and more. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals, flag sheet and instructions.

Peck-Polymers One Nite 28 - 28 Inch Wingspan High Performance Rubber Powered Aircaft, PP-14

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG


High performance, stick-and-tissue style flying aircraft designed to meet P-30 contest rules. Includes quality printwood, all required stripwood and spars and very detailed plans. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all the items above and paperwork. Please NOTE that this model did not come with the 9.6" propeller, rubber motor, covering tissue or single wheel. Peck-Polymers is a manufacture of high quality stick and tissue models. Never started and complete.

Monogram McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle, 1/72, 5434

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+


1984 issue of the famous two-seat strike aircraft. Well detailed and molded for that time. Features conformal fuel tanks, detailed landing gear and wheel wells, four AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles, two 1000 lb bombs, eight 500 lb bombs and 30mm gun pod. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

SIG Parasol - 18 Inch Wingspan Beginners Flying Rubber Powered Aircraft, FF-15

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc


From 1971 and an ideal first flying model. This kit is a very good performer with simplified construction. Features dhigh quality balsa wood, stripwood and other wood stock as needed, metal stock, rubber motor, plastic propeller, very lightweight plastic wheels, full sized plans which double as the covering tissue and SIGs excellent instructions. Never started and inventoried complete.

Tamiya 20mm Flakvierling 8 ton Semitrack Sd.Kfz 7/1, 1/35, 35050

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG


Still factory sealed; the seal has shrunk and drawn the box top slightly concave as shown. Very highly detailed and well molded.

Ideal Aeroplane & Supply Fishing Trawler - 18 Inch Long Wooden Ship, 317

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++


Very rare and especially so in this condition. This wooden model ship is dated 1950 and measures 18 inches long when assembled. It is certainly one of Ideal's most detailed efforts and features a beautiful pre-carved balsa wood hull, quality printwood parts, wood stock as required, one large factory-sealed bag of cast metal fittings and another smaller factory-sealed bag of more metal fittings, sail cloth, printed cardstock superstructure sides, a full color flag sheet as well as highly detailed three-view plans with hull cross sections, numerous superb detail drawings, very good instructions with additional building illustrations, full rigging diagram and sail details. The model has never been started. Most small parts are still in the factory sealed bags; the parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete. Includes all paperwork.

Revell Boeing IM-99 Bomarc - With Launcher - S Issue, 1/47, H1806-149

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+


Original release from 1957 and in exceptional condition inside and out. The box is in 'excellent+' condition which is very rare; the blue on these boxes was easily damaged. The model is highly detailed for that time and features a fully operational launcher and crew. Molded in black. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Revell Honest John Missile with Mobile Carrier Truck 'S' Kit, 1/48, H1821-169

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+


Very rare, original hardbox 'S' issue from 1958 - not the common reproduction. Has many operating features. The missile can be disassembled and put into individual crates on the trailer. The trailer unhitches from cab and all 18 wheels rotate. Detailed truck has opening hood with full engine and cab interior. Includes a crew of 2 and is molded in gloss green and white plastic. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Bandai Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger I Sd.Kfz.181, 1/48, 8225-500

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG


Rare kit that is part of the classic and highly detailed 1/48 Bandai Pin Point armor series. These kits are beautifully molded and feature full interior detail as well as flexible treads, many operating features and very detailed crew members that can be assembled in almost any position. Never started. Factory sealed bags with decals and instructions.

Zhengdefu Marder Tank - Motorized, 1/48, DF514

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM


Still factory sealed. Modern kit featuring very good detail, all motorizing hardware and gears, FE-130 electric motor and realistic drive through the flexible tracks. This is one of a vast number of detailed 1/48 scale motorized armor kits issued by Kitech and Zhengdefu.

StromBecker Republic F-84 Thunderjet, C47-79

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-


StromBecker was famous for this line of precarved hardwood kits and they are considered the finest ever made. The carving is done to the final shape which makes them remarkably pre-fabricated. Most included plastic detail parts (colored or clear), decals and sometimes even glue and wood filler (if applicable). When built it makes an impressive desk top display. This F-84 has a 5 3/4 inch wingspan. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Please NOTE: the box displays better than the 'good-' grade but is ranked as such due to split corners and clear tape on the corners.

Ace Model Shop 1946 Ford Super Deluxe Sportsman Convertible, 1/24, 15R

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++


Dated 1946. Although Ford is not mentioned, there is no mistaking that this is the Ford Sportsman Convertible. This well designed prefabricated model is primarily wood with plastic wheels and tires and with some metal details and other metal parts. Features main wood parts that are all cut to profile (cut in two dimensions) or die cut and with other wood stock such as dowels. There are four excellent one-piece plastic wheels/tires with tread, a small, sealed clear wax paper sack with some small metal parts (like a steering wheel, etc) and metal stock as well. There are excellent instructions with detailed building text, full size three view drawings, photos of the assembly process and a very nice photo of the built model. Never started. The small parts are still factory sealed; the parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete and includes all paperwork. The famous modeler Gordon A. Babb founded Ace in 1942. Mr. Babb was born in 1897 and became a well-known builder and competitor in the model field with aircraft and cars. National 'how to' hobby magazines often carried details articles about how to build his designs. In his first year in business, he sold 1,800 jeep kits. By 1952 the line had greatly expanded the line to hot rods, T-rods, midgets, roadsters and much more and he was expecting to sell 600,000 model kits. Mr. Babs was famous for inventing the first gas-powered midget racer model which sparked a nation-wide building spree and speed competition. His 'Ace Model Shop' was in Pasadena, California and the mailing address was 60 N. San Gabriel Blvd. Later the address was simply Ace Products, Pasadena 8, California. Most solid 'display' kit producers in the 1940s simply provided plans and blocks of wood, maybe with a few accessories. Ace went well beyond that with all cut-out parts, fully formed wheels and even some metal parts, occasionally small plastic details and sometimes even decals. The plans went well beyond the average also, featuring numerous views (not just three), detail views for sub-assemblies and even text instructions. There were at least 15 car kits in the line and also many military vehicles which were popular kits in World War 2. We don't know what happened to Ace 'Models Of Merit' but the introduction of plastic kits (started by the Highway Pioneers) put an end to most wood kit production.

Coast Model Aircraft The Cloud Chaser 54 - 54 in Wingspan Class A/ B/ C Gas Free Flight or R/C Conversion

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+


Large and complete kit. Includes full size plans, quality balsa stock and printwood, steel wire landing gear, turned balsa wheels, silkspan covering, celluloid windows, tube of glue, bottled dope (still good), plywood firewall and hardwood motor mounts. Likely from the 1940s. 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).

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++


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.

Airfix Apollo Lunar Module / Astronauts / Equipment / Moon Base - USAirfix Issue, 1/72, 70040

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good


1979 issue. Includes lunar module with astronaut figures, simulated moon surface base and models of experimental equipment. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Planet Models Blohm & Voss BV P.204 - (P-204), 1/72, 026

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc


Still factory sealed. Hard-to-find limited edition model finely cast in high definition resin. Features all fine recessed surface detail, a clear vacuform canopy, 'good' cockpit detail and more.

AV Models Tsibin LL-1 - 1945, 1/72

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM


Rare and the only kit of this subject. Very finely molded in high definition resin and includes cast metal gear struts and many photoetched metal details. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Resicast Ram Badger - Canadian Tank, 1/35, 35-155

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc


Very rare and still factory sealed. Made in Belgium by Resicast and now out of production. This is a highly detailed and complete resin kit of this Canadian-built tank. This turretless variant was based on the Kangaroo APC, modified to use the Mk.II flamethrower already made famous by the Wasp (based on the Universal Carrier). The turret ring was covered, and surplus auxiliary turrets were mounted on top of these. The second series were complete vehicles, the turret receiving the flamethrower apparatus. Most served in Holland.

Vac Wings Yokosuka R2Y Keiun - Bagged, 1/72

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc


This unique aircraft design featured two engines coupled to one propeller. The aircraft was destroyed by an American bomber attack shortly into the test flight program. This vacuform kit has the main parts in white plastic, full plans/instructions and a clear canopy. Never started and inventoried complete. Certain modeling skills are required to build vacuform kits. Not recommended for beginners.

Sterling Stearman PT-17 Kaydet - Control Line Wooden 32 Inch Wingspan Flying Model, C12

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+


Big 32.25 inch wingspan kit for control line or RC conversion - .19 to .35 size engines. Features all die-cut and inter-notched plywood and balsa parts, pre-shaped and notched leading and trailing edges, maple motor mounts, wire landing gear, hardware pack, covering material, decals and plans with instructions. Never started. The small parts are still in the factory sealed bag; the parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete an includes all paperwork. Sterling was a famous manufacturer dating back to the 1930/40s flying model craze. Although they continued to produce kits for decades after the flying model slump following World War II, they eventually fell victim to the general lack of interest in modeling that occurred in the early 1980s. I always considered Sterling kits to be deluxe kits as they were very complete and well made.