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Lindberg SS Gato US Fleet Submarine, 1/240, 70885

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. Modern Crafthouse reissue from original molds. This kit has a fascinating history. These molds are believed to be the oldest production plastic ship model in US modeling history. The kit started as the Varney Fleet Sub in the mid 1940s. It is widely regarded as the very first USA all-plastic construction kit of a military vessel. Varney produced an all plastic aircraft kit at the same time, the PT-17. It is the #1 candidate for the first plastic airplane kit in the USA. Varney was a famous manufacture of model trains, first O then a leader in HO models. The two new additions did not sell very well - remember, the Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' had yet to be issued, so the boom in modeling had not occurred. Varney soon sold the molds for the Fleet Sub and the PT-17 to O-Lin (along with the molds for a fantastic multi-media kit with a wooden hull and plastic fittings, the Varney PT Boat ). O-Lin was a joint venture by Paul Lindberg and Mr. Olsen. O-Lin successfully issued the PT Boat (the PT Boat was given an injection molded hull and deck), PT-17 Stearman and Fleet Sub but modified the molds for the Sub. The original Varney kit had a solid, one-piece black hull and gray fittings. O-Lin engineers created a two-piece hull that provided a hollow hull and made from the same shot of plastic as the fittings. The 'Lin' in O-Lin, Paul Lindberg, was already well known for his publication of articles and plans for flying model aircraft in some of the leading aviation publications in the 1940/50s. Mr. Lindberg soon bought out Mr. Olsen and began marketing the same O-Lin kits under 'The Lindberg Line.' One immediate change was the box art. O-Lin box art was usually two or three color and not very exciting. Near the end of O-Lin, the partners asked Ray Gaedke to provide some box art. The bright colors and vivid action were an immediate hit, and Paul Lindberg took this lesson and Mr. Gaedke's artwork along to the new 'Lindberg Line.' Lindberg continue to issue the old Varney kits with the O-Lin modifications. The kit has been issued by a resurgent Lindberg as late at 2009, likely making it the longest running plastic ship kit in US history.

Fujimi 1985 Porsche 911 Carrera, 1/24, EM3

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

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Still factory sealed. Part of the famous and extensive Fujimi 911 series.

Testors Mitsubishi A6M2 Model 21 Zero - 261 NAG Tora (Tiger) / Lt Sumio Carrier Hiryu Indian Ocean April 1942 / Major Itaya Carrier Akagi Pearl Harbor Attack - (ex Fujimi), 1/48, 336

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

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Still factory sealed. From high quality Fujimi molds when they made the world's finest models. Features all recessed fine panel lines, highly detailed cockpit and gear wells, optional position landing gear and pilot figure. Includes a large colorful decal sheet with markings for the three aircraft listed as well as a detailed painting guide.

Academy Consolidated PBY-4 Catalina, 1/72, 2136

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

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Still factory sealed. Excellent model with very good detail, fine recessed panel lines and interior detail, beaching gear, optional bomb load, optional position wing tip floats, rotating propellers, real rubber tires and very interesting early WWII camo aircraft shown on the box top.

Nitto M4-18T US Army 18 Ton High Speed Cargo Tractor, 1/35, 91

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

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Still factory sealed. Very nicely detailed and features 7 soldiers, swiveling and elevating machine gun, rotating bogies, flexible tracks and more.

DML A-10a Thunderbolt II Kuwait Highway Patrol - 760th TFS 926 TFG, 1/144, DS-8

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Excellent kit with all fine recessed panel lines, excellent cockpit for this scale, full weapons load and a large decal sheet for the aircraft listed. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Revell Douglas DC-9 KLM, 1/120, 0101

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Unusual KLM issue from 1981. From the original issue molds from 1966. This is not a stretch DC-9 but an original early 'short' DC-9. Nicely molded for that time, featuring optional position landing gear, movable wheels and very colorful and complete KLM markings. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

Dragon USS Tarawa LHA-11 Amphibious Assaultl Ship, 1/700, 7008

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

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Still factory sealed. Well detailed with 198 pieces and includes an airwing of (4) CH-46E, (2) CH-53E, (2) AH-1W and even (2) LCM-6, (2) LVTP-7. The photos on the side show this to be a full hull model.

Trumpeter LCM (3) Landing Craft US Navy WWII, 1/35, 00347

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. From all new molds and features 161 pieces and PE details.

Italeri Waco CG-4A Assault Glider or British Hadrian D-Day Invasion Glider, 1/72, 1118

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

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Still factory sealed. Same as the Testors kit as Italeri made and owns the molds. The Waco CG-4 was designed and initially built by Waco Aircraft Company of Troy, OH. It first saw action in Sicily and the operation was termed a disaster. This likely had more to do with planning than the actual glider. Missions in Europe, including D-Day, went much better. The glider was even deployed to Burma. It could carry up to 13 troops, or a jeep and four men, or a 75mm Field Gun.

Modelcraft F-82E North American Twin Mustang, 1/48, 48-021

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

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Still factory sealed. Unusual large scale Twin Mustang. Well detailed with 144 parts and decals for Colonel Cy Wilson's personal aircraft 'Ole 97'.

Bandai Panzerkampfwagen Panzer IV Ausf.H Sd.Kfz.161/2, 1/48, 8270

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Rare 1/48 scale kit. Part of the classic and highly detailed Bandai Pin Point 1/48 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 posed in almost any position. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Revell Consolidated PBY Catalina - Japan Issue, 1/72, H277

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Rare Revell of Japan 1972 issue with unique box artwork of a Coast Guard PBY on the scene of a large freighter in flames. Well detailed with cockpit, crew of two, rotating turret, complete set of beaching gear (mains and tail), and operating wing floats. Molded in silver and clear. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Hasegawa T-33A Shooting Star USAF or JSDF / Heller Skyraider / Airfix F2H Banshee / KVZ Il-28 Beagle, 1/72, 038-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Poor to Exc

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SALE!! Includes all four builder kits, please read carefully. The KVZ Il-28 and Heller Skyraider both have never been started and are inventoried 100% complete including all parts, decals and instruction. The Airfix Banshee has a poor box but has never been started and is inventoried with all plastic parts and instruction present. NOTE: missing decals. The Hasegawa T-33A has NOTE: neat and minor assembly as follows: seats glued to floor, one drop tank built and the gear doors glued in the 'closed' position. There is no other assembly. Inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Airfix Dog Fight Doubles Mirage III and Mig-15, 1/72, D363F

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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Type Three logo kit contains both models. The Mirage is Israeli and the Mig is Egyptian Air Force. NOTE: this kit has minor, 'professional' quality subassembly as follows: Mig-15 wing halves assembled. There is no other assembly. Both aircraft have been inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions present. NOTE: missing display stand.

Airfix Mig-21 (Early) Fishbed-C - Finnish / Czech / USSR Air Forces, 1/72, 254

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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1960s Type Three logo issue includes markings for all three versions. NOTE: this kit has minor, neat subassembly as follows: wing halves assembled ('professional' quality) and one weapons pylon to each wing ('excellent' quality assembly). There is no other assembly. The aircraft has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present. NOTE: missing display stand.

Revell Martin B-26 Marauder Flak Bait, 1/72, H147

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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1973 issue that features two detailed engines with removable cowls, optional position landing gear, crew of three, movable props, wheels, guns & turrets, authentic Flak Bait decals and more. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Monogram Boeing B-52 Stratofortress with Jet Sound, 1/72, PA215

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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First issue dated 1968 of this legendary kit that features realistic 'Jet Sound.' Well detailed with 207 parts. Features crew of three and cockpit, elevating and traversing rear turret, opening and closing bomb bay doors, operating wing flaps, operating spoilers, optional position entry hatch and landing gear, and optional parts to display one nacelle open to show the jet engine. When you open the box, the white printed cardboard display presentation is still present, in 'new' condition and still contains a mint tube of 'Monoglue' plastic cement. The instructions, B-52 Book and decals are present and in 'excellent' condition as well, but the decals have curled ends. The kit has never been started. The motor and hardware are still in the factory sealed bag. The plastic parts, which were never factory sealed, have been inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions. The box displays much better than the 'good++' grade but I have graded it as such because there is a closed tear on one side panel and some clear tape formerly used to hold the box shut. You can safely remove the clear tape by soaking it in lighter fluid; this will render the tape adhesive useless, and then the tape will come off easily.

Revell The Thermopylae Clipper Ship - 3 Feet Long, 1/96, H390

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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1974 issue of the Cutty Sark's famous competitor. Beautiful John Steele boxart. Molded in green, black, brown and white plastic. Highly detailed large kit that measures 36 inches long when assembled. Has complete running and standing rigging instructions and can be built with or without sails. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags. Includes rat lines, assembly instructions, rigging instructions, billowing sails, decals, flag sheet and standing and running rigging material. Please note that the vacuform sails are in 'Excellent' condition, which is rare for this kit. There is only very minor wear and damage to them.

Revell Space Shuttle Columbia - with Spacelab, 1/72, 4702

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Very large 1/72 scale kit and dated 1979. Well detailed inside and out with fine, engraved tile detail. Has decals for all four shuttles. Includes full cockpit, Space Lab Module and airlock, ESA Experiment Module with Telescope, Articulated arm, opening/closing bay doors and two position landing gear. Includes crew members. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the factory sealed internal bags. Includes decals and instructions.