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Airfix British Crusader Tank, 1/32, 08301-4

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$28   

Well detailed kit with decals and paint guide for two different tanks. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Rogers Motor Company Studebaker M-29 C Weasel - Army Personnel and Cargo Carrier, 1/12, 29C

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$125   

Rare, large 1/12 scale highly pre-fabricated kit from 1945. Very high quality wood and metal scale Weasel measuring 10.5 inches long when assembled. Features pre-cut and precarved hardwood parts for the main body and deck fittings, completely formed bogie wheels, die-cut fibre bogie chassis, numerous other very thick fibre parts, metal screen and metal stock as needed, complete interior, numerous other die cut parts, completely formed tread links, clear windshield, full decals and much more. Rogers spent a significant amount of time on the 'Photo-Plan' instructions, providing photos for each step and detailed text, full size plans and parts list. The kit has never been started. The small parts are still in the factory sealed paper bags. The other parts have been inventoried as good as possible and appears complete with all parts, decals and full instructions with plans. There are no part numbers and assembly is by the plans; so inventory is very difficult at best. 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 Sherman M4 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 WWI 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.

Revell Wasp Radial Visible Aircraft Engine - History Makers Issue (Ex-Renwal), 1/4, 8614

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

$675   

Still factory sealed but the seal has multiple large splits. From ex-Renwal molds. From 1982 and the only reissue of the famous Renwal Visible Aircraft Engine. Very large 1/4 scale highly detailed kit from the original molds. Transparent housings permits viewing the correctly working pistons, valves, rocker arms, connecting rods, cam and gears. Propeller also changes pitch.

Italeri Scania R620 Atelier Semi Tractor Truck, 1/24, 3850

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$55   

Still factory sealed. Dated 2008. Very highly detailed kit.

Glenn Torrance Models Fokker D-VI 1/4 Scale 75 Inch Wingspan Flying R/C Model, 1/4

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$1395   

Very rare and giant scale super-detailed radio controlled kit. I obtained it from the original owner. It is still in the original shipping box that Glenn Torrance sent to the customer; a personally written letter by Glenn to the original owner is included. This is an incredibly nice kit featuring laser cut wood and plywood, completely painted lozenge covering fabric (real fabric), metal cowl and plastic machine gun kits and bullets. There are sealed cockpit super detail sets - several of them. Each is a complete model by itself. Included is a large model for the general cockpit as a whole, then separate kits of the compass, pilot seat and harness, throttle quadrant, control grip, ammo box, cockpit leather items and even the magneto. Even wheels and tires are included. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in factory sealed bags. The parts that were never factory sealed have been inventoried complete. Comes with many sets of highly detailed instructions that are heavily illustrated, many sheets of excellent, full size plans and Winsock Datafile #84 on the Fokker D.VI.

Heller Boeing 707 Air France Chaleau de Chambord, 1/125, L700

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$125   

Very rare, from the late 1950s. Early Heller issue with fantastic artwork. Some early Heller kits had some wonderful engineering (such as in the Etendard IV) and this model is no exception. You can built this model and will look like the airplane on the cover with no painting at all. The kit is molded in white, gray/silver, clear and includes black rubber tires. The fuselage lower section is molded in gray/silver along with the wings and engines, and the upper fuselage is in white. There are two sheets of colorful Air France decals including complete side pinstripes and tail 'feathers' all in 'excellent+' condition. The landing gear and gear doors can be positioned up or down. This kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internally sealed factory bags. Includes decals, instructions and the correct large black display stand.

Sterling British SE-5 Scout - 40 inch Wingspan Scale RC Airplane, FS22

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$139   

Very large full-scale kit. Even the rib spacing in the wings and tail is correct, as is the stringer spacing of the fuselage. The only exception to scale is the modern airfoil cross section. Designed for R/C or control line with a .19 to .29 gas engine and measures 30.5 inches long with a 40 3/8 inch wingspan. Highly detailed. Features all die-cut sheet wood parts of very high quality balsa, numerous plastic details and metal radiator parts, wood and metal stock as needed, dowels, blocks and cut to shape wood, a great deal of hardware, three huge full color decal sheets and superb full size plans with instructions on them. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. 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 personally considered Sterlings to be 'deluxe' kits.

Revell Boeing 747 Aerolineas Argentias Jumbo Jet - Lodela, 1/144, RH4513

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG+

$125   

Still factory sealed and the seal has drawn the box top concave. Very rare Lodela issue. Please note the 30th anniversary of Lodela logo at the top right. The kit appears to be from the mid to late 1980s as the side panel mentions that in 1987 Aerolineas Argentinas celebrates 20 years of service between Argentina and Mexico.

Revell Douglas DC-9 AeroMexico - Lodela Issue, 1/120, RH4222

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$39   

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Revell Lodela issue. Includes a very large and colorful decal sheet with all the markings and all red stripes and fin as shown. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. Decals are in 'mint' condition but please read the article (on this website) about using older kit decals before using any of them.

Marlin Chemical and Ladder American Firefighters, 1/48, 101 FC

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$125   

Very rare. In 1952 Marlin Toy Company of New York City, New York entered the plastic model business. The Revell 'Highway Pioneers' were making a huge impact on the hobby industry and the timing seemed perfect. Marlin first cut the molds in 1952 and issued the six original American Firefighters -Chemical and Ladder, Steamer, Hook and Ladder, Water Tower, Aerial Ladder and Hose Reel. The boxes were identical as a cost saving measure - similar to the Revell Highway Pioneers. Revell signed a marketing agreement with Marlin in 1953. Five of the kit were released with the Revell name and marketing name 'Collectors Kits, Closter N.J.' Revell added the horse parts as they were not originally part of the Marlin issues. The kits made excellent display pieces, but they never caught the imagination of young men like jet aircraft did. The five molds were shipped to Brazil. After a run for Kikoler (Revell Brazil's Distributor), they were shipped back to the USA but the molds were lost at sea. This is an original Marlin kit and contains the Chemical and Ladder. Molded in dark red and yellow. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

SIG Supermarine Spitfire - 27.25 Inch Wingspan Controliner Flying Airplane (ex-Berkeley)

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$95   

Dated 1966. Perfect builder if you are looking for a Berkeley Spitfire. Designed for control line and .09 to .15 gas engines. Features all die-cut balsa sheet parts, pre-cut balsa blocks, wood and metal stock, formed wire landing gear, very nice vacuformed canopy, big hardware pack, full size plans with construction notes and a huge full color decal sheet. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions.

Austin-Craft US Army 1 1/2 Ton Truck - Small Box Issue, 1/24

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$22   

From the 1940s. Excellent wooden kit featuring all parts cut to shape, completely finished wheels, clear windshield, genuine Army Khaki roof covering, sandpaper and much more. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes 5 view plan with instructions. This kit is an part of an extensive line of Austin-Craft kits produced during and immediately after World War 2.

SIG Fairchild 24 Rancher- 36 Inch Wingspan for Freeflight / Control Line / R/C - (Ex-Berkeley)

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$125   

From about 1970. Very nice scale kit that is ex-Berkeley. Can be build for freeflight with .02 to .049 gas engines, controline with .049 to .099 or can be converted to electric power and R/C with today's modern systems. Features high-quality die-cut balsa sheet parts, stripwood and spars, several factory cut balsa blocks, other balsa wood as required, fully formed metal landing gear struts (front and tail wheel), a sealed pack of metal hardware, tail wheel, clear cabin window material, two big decal sheets with registration numbers, covering material, full size plans with detailed text instructions and even the original AMA membership sheet and the SIG ID card to be place on your model in case it flew beyond simple recovery. Never started and complete.

Mamoli Halifax English Colonial Schooner 1774, 1/54

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$165   

Very highly detailed plank-on-frame model that measures 59cm when built. This is a superb kit featuring numerous factory cut wooden parts, numerous die-cut hard and plywood parts, high quality stripwood, a large and very complete fittings pack, sailcloth, printed cloth flags, full size plan sheet with complete rigging details and more. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes plans/instructions. The Halifax was purchased by the Royal Navy in 1768 and transformed at Portsmouth into a typical colonial schooner of that time. She saw service along the American coasts in a rather complex period the history of this country.

Hobby-Time Sealed Factory Case of 12 Bell XV-3 US Army Convertiplane, 1/43, 901-98c

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$635   

This is a factory-sealed case of 12 Hobby-XV-3 model kits from the 1950s. Hobby-Time shipped them to the address on the box, and I purchased them from the man at that address. The case has never been opened and is still securely sealed top and bottom with the factory tape. The box is in 'excellent' condition. The actual model kits (12 inside the case!) are the one and only issue of this amazing aircraft. This is a very nice kit for that time with fine raised panel lines, interior detail and molded in gloss silver and clear.

Monogram Speedee-Bilt Boeing PT-13 Kaydet Trainer, G5-100

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$134   

Rare kit from 1957 in very good overall condition. This is a highly prefabricated, rubber-powered, wooden scale flying model kit. It features beautiful, completely finished Monofoil upper and lower wings, die-cut fuselage sides and formers that are factory painted yellow, precarved wooden parts, fully finished wheels, die-cut clear windscreens, plastic engine, prop and pilot bust, fully formed wire landing gear, rubber motor, sandpaper, tissue, decals and excellent instructions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes 'excellent+' condition decals and instructions. Before there were plastic models, there were wooden aircraft kits. These usually came in two types - solid and stick and tissue. The solid models were static and usually contained a few blocks of balsa and sometimes a detail part or two. These "Make Wood Look Like Plane" models required a very high level of skill in carving and finishing. The stick and tissue variety were slightly easier to build and provided the ultimate thrill - they could fly when complete with rubber power (and later with free-flight gas and eventually RC). They still required a great deal of skill, so manufacturers sought ways to make model building more accessible to everyone. One idea was pre-carving and/or prefabrication. This raised prices, naturally. Many manufacturers launched lines of 'easy' to build flying models but only Monogram succeeded in making an entire line at an affordable price that would actual fly. The original "Speedee-Bilt" kits were in one-piece two-color boxes. In the early 1950s, shortly before plastic kits were available, Monogram changed to the 'hardbox' with a lithographic slick glued to the top as this kit. Speedee-Bilt kits contained die cut and pre painted wooden parts, completely formed airfoil wings, carved wheels and numerous plastic details like engine cowl, pilot, missiles, prop and more. Assembly was by detailed full size plans.

Tamiya SU100 Assault Gun Motorized - (Su-100), 1/35, MT117

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$210   

Very rare, early issue. Please note Tamiya-Mokei early logo. The box is the desirable high-gloss issue and displays better than the 'very good' grade. But I gave it that grade because there is light general wear, and one short side has a 3/4" closed tear, as well as general side panel wear as well. Inside, the kit is as it left the factory. It has never been started. All the parts that were factory sealed are still sealed and the correct color headers on the bags are excellent. The small parts are bagged with a header; the all-metal gear box is bright as new and sealed as well. The TKK Mabuchi motor is present and still in a mint, early Mabuchi factory box. The modified motor mount is included in the factory sealed bag with the correction to the instructions. Only the (2) hull parts and treads were never sealed, and even the treads are 100% whole, 'near mint' and fully flexible. The instructions are 'near mint' and decals are still sealed in a bag and 'excellent.'

Aurora Atomic Submarine SSN Nautilus SSN-571 First Under The North Pole, 1/242, 708-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$110   

1958 issue with fantastic 'North Pole' box artwork by Jo Kotula. Molded in the correct high gloss black plastic. This kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Dolphin Scire Assault Version Adua Class 600 Italian Navy Submarine, 1/400, 003

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$95   

Still factory sealed. Very rare. Dolphin made the only kit of Italy's most renown submarine, famous for the amazing attacks in Gibraltar and Alexandria harbors using 'Chariots.' This is a resin, metal and PE model kit of the attack version.

Revell DC-7 Flagship American Airlines One-Piece Stand Arm Pre -S Issue, 1/122, H219-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$210   

Rare 1954/55 Pre-S true issue with the fantastic artwork of a DC-7 at the moment just before touchdown. Please note, this is the correct first release with the one-piece plastic stand arm and instructions that illustrate this. Also, the main gear axles are separate parts on this issue. On the second issues the gear struts were modified and the axles were moved to the wheels, and the stand arm was changed to two plastic parts because the one-piece stand arm was fragile and in use it broke easily. Very few were made as Revell quickly corrected this weakness. Correctly molded in gloss silver and clear and a large, colorful decal sheet. Inside, the kit has never been started. I has been inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Instructions are 'near mint' with the detailed American Airlines route map on the back. Decals are 'excellent' and flat with no curl and light yellowing.