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Comet USS Saratoga CV3 Aircraft Carrier - Wooden Ship Kit, J5

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$42   

Dated 1945. Almost everyone has heard of the Comet flying aircraft kits that boys and men built from stick and tissue, but few know that Comet had a line of ships also. Very nicely done wooden kit that measures 12 inches long when assembled. The hull had been very neatly factory machine cut to the overhead (beam) dimensions only. Also includes two sheets of printwood, mast and gun barrel material, sandpaper, decals for the hull and flight deck and full size plans. The plans are superior to most ship plans of the day with 5 hull sections, full size top and side drawings, illustrated instructions and many detail drawings. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Revell A3J (A-5A) Vigilante 'S' Issue, 1/83, H196-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$125   

This was the last "S" kit issued by Revell. Dated 1959. Kit features opening tandem canopies, moving control surfaces, detailed, removable jet engines and two pilots. As the last "S" kit, it incorporates a critical improvement for the time - recessed panel lines. The entire kit has recessed panel lines and rivet detail-no raised marks. It has an attention to detail that is lacking in many older Pre-S and S kits. Molded in the correct gloss light gray and clear with the "Globe" clear stand. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. NOTE: the box displays better than the 'Good' grade but it has a 1.25 by 1 inch section of missing litho on one short side.

AGA Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk.V VII - ex Frog, 1/72, MKA00108

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$59   

Contains optional parts and markings to build the Mark V or Mark VII version. Very nicely detailed and molded like most Frog kits. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Rogers Motor Company Bofors 40mm AA Gun and Carriage, 1/16, 40

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$89   

Rare, large 1/16 scale highly pre-fabricated kit from 1945. Very high quality wood scale kit measuring 14 inches long when assembled. Features pre-cut and precarved hardwood parts, completely formed wheels, die-cut fibre detail parts, numerous other pre-shaped and factory cut parts and much more. Rogers spent a significant amount of time on the instructions, providing detailed assembly steps, a photo of the completed model, full size plans and a very large number of assembly detail drawings. The kit has never been started. The small parts are either still in factory sealed paper bags or inventoried complete. The parts that were never factory sealed have been inventoried complete with full instructions with plans. Rogers was an early producer of miniature gas engines for free-flight and early radio control model kits and often had large adds for these engines in hobby magazines. The full company name on the box is listed as 'Rogers Motor Company Detroit Michigan' and the 'Scale Model Division' is listed as Tawas City, Michigan. Right at the end of WWII, Rogers made a very short journey into kit manufacturing. As you would expect from an engine manufacture, the kits were all true scale, highly prefabricated, had excellent detail and were fairly complicated. Rogers produced at least four kits - the 40MM AA Gun and Carriage (1/16 scale), Army Weasel, LST and an amazing huge scale M4 Sherman tank with over 780 parts. These kits were likely produced in that order, with the LST being released around late 1945/early 1946. I have seen several of these kits built and they make excellent displays. And thanks to kit builder and collector Fran Fierko for some new and important kit history! Fran was able to track down the son of the designer of the five Rogers kits. Mr. John Hoenle Jr. was a master model builder who received a deferment from the draft in WWII to build recognition models for the military- some of which may still be on display at Wright-patterson AFB in Ohio. Mr. Hoenle is believed to have designed one other early kit, a civilian Chris Craft cabin cruiser. It is unknown if this kit was issued or not. Mr. Hoenle left Rogers to design promo models for Jo-Han, which is famous for their 1950s line of car kits.

Solido SUD Alouette II Helicopter, 1/60

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$75   

Rare kit from the early to mid 1960s. Features cockpit interior, two pilot figures and clear tail boom section with molded girder detail. The kit has never been started. NOTE: missing two control rods (very easily made from stock plastic or pulled sprue) and one very small round cap that holds the back rotor on - also easily made. Inventoried with all other parts, decals and instructions.

Joe Ott Supermarine Spitfire with Ott-O-Formers - 32 inch Wingspan Wood Flying Model

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

$69   

Rare kit from the late 1930s. This model is one of Joe Ott's mid-range line in size and price. Large model features 2 sheets of Ott-O-Formers, printwood, stripwood, full size plans, color insignia, clear canopy material, fully carved thrust button, main wheels and tail wheel, required metal hardware, covering tissue (2 sheets) and 2 blocks for the spinner. NOTE: the prop blank has been rough cut to shape and the 'lightning holes' in the fuselage Ott-O-Formers have been pressed out (normally they are factory die cut). Quality of all work is excellent. The kit has been inventory complete with all parts and plans. NOTE: plans are complete but have neat tape to the back. They are very fragile! Please note that the box displays better than the 'Fair+' grade but is missing the end flaps - hence the 'Fair+' grade.

Heller La Reale De France - 17th Century Warship, 1/75, 80898

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$59   

NOTE: builder kit only, please read carefully. Originally constructed to protect the southern coast of France, this galley-type warship is one of the most colorful ever built. The Reale de France was the flagship of the 17th Century French Navy and carried the commander's flag and the flag of King Louis XIV. Large and very highly detailed. Contains banners and flags as shown on the cover. Never started. NOTE: kit is missing vacuform sails and three parts: (1) #239 light gun, (1) #240 light gun stand, (1) #115 yard arm half. Inventoried with all other parts. NOTE: parts #27 and #28 have 6 broken posts. Two posts are still present and four are missing. These are easily replaced with stock plastic. Includes flags, rigging material and instructions.

Revell Cutty Sark Clipper Ship, 1/219, H304

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$38   

1977 issue. Measures almost 16 inches long when assembled. Nicely done kit with finely engraved hull and one-piece deck with fittings, 35 billowing sails, one piece masts with separately molded yards, one piece rat lines, choice of simple or authentic riggings, display stand base, flag sheet, decals, tan and black rigging thread and more. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Vacuform sails are 'excellent.'

Aurora Cutty Sark Clipper - YMBC, 1/260, 432

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$35   

Young Model Builders Club issue in the original mailing box dated 1972. Excellent builder kit. Nicely molded, smaller scale full-hull kit. Kit features molded rat lines, detailed deck and fittings, display stand and rigging instructions. Molded in green, wood tan and black. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts including flag sheet and instructions.

Life-Like USS Olympia - Admiral Dewey's Flagship - (ex-Pyro), 1/240, B240-250

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$29   

Life-Like issue with original Pyro part number and A.J. Rudisill artwork. This is a full hull, large scale model of Admiral Dewey's famous flagship. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts including instructions. NOTE: The stern of the hull as a repair. The repair is neatly done, very strong and the hull halves still fit as they should. A 1.5 inch section broke off due to the brittle plastic.

Airfix Wasa Swedish Warship, 1/144, 09256

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$68   

Large scale highly detailed kit of the famous sailing ship. Nicely molded. This kit has 229 parts and includes full rigging instructions and vac billowing sails. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, a large sheet of colorful flags and instructions.

Heller Corona Galleon Type 1450, 1/200, 840

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$45   

Still factory sealed. Highly detailed model with 173 parts. Galleon type of warship from about 1450. Note the 8 towers, which housed men-of-arms for when the ship drew near the opponent. With billowing sails.

MPC F-86D Sabre Dog - (Ex-Airfix), 1/72, 1-4101

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$18   

This kit is from quality Airfix molds. Dates from the mid 1970s. Very nicely molded kit with decals for the very colorful box art aircraft. Features good cockpit and inlet detail, optional position air brakes and air brake well detail, optional position landing gear, retracted or extended ventral rocket tray and drop tanks. This kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. NOTE: box has the 'Golden Tokes' cut away from the side panel.

MPC F4D-1 Skyray - (F4D1) US Navy VF213 - ex-Airfix, 1/72, 1-4211

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$18   

From the 1970s and quality Airfix molds. Nicely detailed kit with a colorful decal sheet for VF-213 US Navy. Features fine panel detail, full cockpit, detailed optional-position landing gear and several underwing stores options with drop tanks, rocket pods, nav Radio Pod and Sidewinder AIM-9 missiles. Never started. Inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions. NOTE: 'Golden Tokens' have been removed from the side panel.

Lindberg Messerschmitt Me-410 Hornet, 1/72, 440-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$16   

1966 hardbox issue with Tom Morgan boxart. Never started. 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.

Revell SE-210 Caravelle SAS Airlines - Master Modelers Issue, 1/96, H184-129

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$75   

1961 hardbox Master Modeler Kit issue that even includes the Caravelle stamp. Arguably one of the most beautiful airliners built. With large colorful SAS decal sheet, rotating wheels, optional position loading ramp and landing gear. She saw service with Air France, SAS, Swissair, United and several others. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, trading stamp, decals and instructions.

Aurora Lockheed F-104 Starfighter, 1/110, 291-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$45   

Very nicely molded model from ex-Comet molds. Classic Jo Kotula box artwork is in near mint condition with as-new color and gloss, four solid corners, not price tags or tags marks, no tape and only factory tape marks. Kit is molded in gloss silver with optional full landing gear, clear canopy, display stand and colorful decals. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Palmer Revolutionary War Cannon Brass Plated, 1/24, 34-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+++

$45   

Still factory sealed. Unusual brass-plated original issue Palmer kit. Subsequent issues were not brass plated. Kit features moving barrel, tool chest and moving wheels. Molded in dark gray and brass plate. Palmer made a range of five field gun kits which included the Gatling Gun, Civil War Field Piece, Revolutionary War Cannon, Naval Cannon and 75mm World War I Artillery Piece. The original issues contained brass plated parts and chain or rope as necessary. The economy line was issued without brass plating or chain. Finally, there was a deluxe series that included extra parts such as limbers, carriers and caisson. Life-Like eventually purchased the molds and reissued the line in the mid to late 1970s, and Encore reissued some of them in 1993.

AMT 1950 Ford Convertible Coupe - Cruisin USA George Barris Issue, 1/25, 2256

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$27   

1980 issue. Wild custom Barris design with 'Prismatic' lower body decals. Features detailed Flathead V-8 and engine compartment, opening hood, detailed suspension and underside, full interior and a large number of custom parts. Molded in dark blue, clear, chrome plate, red-tinted clear and with rubber tires. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes flame and Prismatic decals and instructions.

MPM Kawanishi N1K1 'Shinden' George, 1/72, 72123

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$22   

Still factory sealed. Kit features fine, all recessed panel line detail, many photoetched parts and decals for four aircraft. During construction of the NiK1 Kyofu (Strong Wind) float plane, the design team at Kawanishi did a study of converting that aircraft to a land-based fighter. The design seemed very promising, but the Japanese Navy rejected it. Kawanishi decided to privately fund the building of prototypes regardless. The aircraft flew and flew well, but the navy was unimpressed as they ordered the J2M Raiden into production. Kawanishi, undaunted, built four additional prototypes. The IJN was finally won over, and funds were released to produce the fighter. Production problems were solved in time for the Shiden (Violet Lightning) to see action before the end of the war, but not in significant numbers to change the tide. The Shiden was an excellent aircraft, but a modified version, NiK2-J may have been the finest Japanese Naval fighters of the war.