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Aurora Boeing P-12E, 1/48, 121-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$65   

The box is in 'Near Mint' investment-grade condition. Has factory-new color and gloss, four solid corners, not tape or price tags, no marks from any tape or tags, no fading and no torn or missing litho. Has light wear as shown, and that is the only falw. Features fantastic Jo Kotula artwork and is dated 1958. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Airfix American Infantry Military Series Figures, 1/32, 1729

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$12   

Large scale, highly detailed figures. Never used. NOTE: includes 22 figures, so it is missing 7.

Revell USS Buckley DE51 Destroyer Escort - Sea Power Issue, 1/249, H423-169

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$145   

1961 'Sea Power' issue that is seldom seen. Still used the incredible artwork from the 'S' kit. This was issued right before the 'Commander Series.' Large scale kit is full hull and is very nicely detailed for that time. This model has never been touched inside. Still includes the 1/25 scale Revell catalog, USS Buckley Master Modelers Stamp and the two large, full-color trading cards (Revell C-130 and B-25, both original art) from the Science program. All the parts are still in the factory sealed bag. With decals, flags and instructions.

Revell Clipper Stag Hound Clipper - The Largest Merchant Ship of Her Day, 1/216, H345-300

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$85   

Very nicely detailed like all early Revell sailing ships. Full hull kit with premolded ratlines, optional sails and full rigging instructions. Molded in three colors. The kit has never been started. The parts and all paperwork are still in the internal factory sealed bag. The Stag Hound was designed by the famous Donald McKay and was launched on December 7, 1850. She is famous for her great speed and turned a nice profit for her owners. The most notable event was when the Stag Hound was asked to take a copy of President Lincoln's inaugural address to London. During this run, she raced the steamer 'America' and won easily. Shortly after this she was lost off Brazil to a spontaneous combustion of her coal cargo. The crew successfully abandoned ship. The captain was the last to leave. He lowered the American Flag, wrapped it around himself and jumped overboard.

Revell CVB-42 USS Franklin D Roosevelt - Midway Class Aircraft Carrier - Picture Fleet / US Naval Aviator Wings Issue, 1/547, H321-298

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$169   

1961 hardbox Picture Fleet issue from original 1954 Pre-S molds. The box has exceptional color and gloss, four solid corners and light wear and creases as shown. The Pre'S' Roosevelt was Revell's first aircraft carrier and a very good kit of a straight-deck Midway class ship in the near-original configuration. Features early heavy AA battery and air wing. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including all parts, decals and instructions.

Sterling Curtiss JN-4 Jenny - 32 inch Wingspan RC Flying Model Airplane, 1/16, E1

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$95   

Excellent model with a 32.35 inch wingspan kit for RC, CO2, free flight, control line or non-flying detailed scale build. Features all die-cut balsa and plywood parts, numerous detailed light-weight plastic parts (engine heads, exhaust, cowls and more), rubber motor, plastic prop, formed wire landing gear, clear material for windshields, strip wood, real rubber tires with completely finished hubs, control hardware, hinge material, covering material, beautiful full size plans and a huge, colorful 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. 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 and very complete.

Airfix Vanguard Turbo-Prop Airliner Trans-Canada - Craftmaster Issue, 1/144, 4-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$125   

Rare 1960s issue with very colorful Trans-Canada decals. This was an excellent kit for the time with rotating wheels and props, clear windows for the cabin and cockpit, full landing gear, optional position cabin doors and two boarding stairs with railings. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The decals appear in outstanding 'near mint' condition. The British were very quick to design and build successful turbo (jet) prop airliners after the war. The turboprops had superior speed, range and fuel economy. The Vanguard was one of several excellent designs. She cruised at 425 MPH with a full passenger load and 7 to 8 tons of cargo below the cabin.

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-

$159   

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.

KVZ Tupolev Tu-144 Supersonic Transport, 1/100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$125   

Still factory sealed. Classic Cold War Airliner kit and the world's first supersonic transport. Very large 1/100 scale kit molded in ivory, clear, black and silver and with colorful Aeroflot decals. Although the USSR manufacture Yunyj Tyechinik issued their own 1/100 Tu-144, it appears that completely new molds were created by KVZ for their own kit.

Heller Boeing 707-300B Intercontinental - (707) TWA / BOAC / Air France, 1/72, 80305

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$165   

Still factory sealed. Large and well detailed model with decals for all three airlines.

Doyusha Boeing 777 ANA, 1/144, 144-B7NH-4000

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$85   

Still factory sealed. Large and very well detailed kit with ANA markings.

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   

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.

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

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$115   

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. 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.

Airfix 1910 B Type Bus Old Bill, 1/32, 471

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$34   

Old type two logo box. Large and well detailed kit. Includes billboard signs as shown on box art. Never started. NOTE: one small, short cylinder is broken from the firewall and is missing. Missing one part: (1) of (9) chair supports. It can be made from stock plastic, such as Plastistrut. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts, decals and instructions.

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.

RN Models Caudron Pioneer French Aircraft - 30 Inch Wingspan Flying Airplane, GF107

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$55   

This is a scale kit and a reproduction of the 1938 Nationals Winner by the famous Henry Struck. Can be powered by a .020 gas engine or rubber. Features quality printwood, wood and metal stock as required, formed wheels, plastic prop, covering tissue and full size plans. 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 plans/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.

StromBecker Chance Vought F7U Cutlass, C49-89

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$129   

Beautiful kit from the 1950s made of quality hardwood - no balsa. The carving is done to the final shape. When complete it makes an impressive model and comes with a unique display stand. Features all carved and smooth wood parts, clear plastic canopy, full color decals, glue, wood filler, sandpaper and special display stand. Never started. Inventoried complete with all parts and plans. Before plastic kits were introduced, Strombecker was famous as the premier hardwood preshaped model manufacture. In the 1940s and 1950s, Strombecker kits were flawlessly engineered but not inexpensive. All wooden parts are hardwood and are precarved to shape - you only had to glue, sand and paint to finish them.