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Revell 1903 Cadillac Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H35

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Mint

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In rare, investment-grade condition. This is old hobby shop stock that has never been offered for retail sale until now. 1952 first year issue with the box is in amazing 'mint' condition and inside, the kit has never been started. Before the 1950s 'model building' never made the top 10 list of boy's activities. Hobbies were nothing new to America in the 1930s/40s, but they were not mainstream. Shortly after the turn of the century, many dedicated modelers built flying or static airplanes, ship, train, automotive or other subjects. Basic kits existed, but the majority of these models were built from scratch, which demanded a high talent level developed from years of experience. That changed in the early 1950s. The phenomenon of the Revell/Gowland & Gowland 'Highway Pioneers' car kits was a significant force in proving that model building as a hobby could have mass appeal, provided that the kits were easy enough to build and finish. These 1/32 scale vehicles could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real car. The Highway Pioneers series lead to the production of other subjects in plastic and the effect was revolutionary. By the early 1960s, model building was the #1 past time of American boys.

Revell Firestone Corporal US Army Surface to Surface Missile 'S' Issue, 1/40, H1820-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

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New old stock from a long-closed hobby shop. The box is in amazing investment-quality "Near Mint" condition. It has factory-new color and gloss, four solid corners, no creases, stains or tears, no missing litho, and no price tags or tape (other than the factory sealing tape, of course). The only flaws are very light wear as shown. Classic 1958 model of the early US Army surface-to-surface ballistic missile. Features working launcher which can be configured for towing or set up for launch. Includes crew of three and remote control panel with radar. Molded in the correct gloss white and dark olive drab. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Academy THREE Curtiss P-40B Tomahawks, 1/72, 1655

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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SALE!! Includes all three kits. The models are open but never started. Here are some details for the P-40B kits- very good quality molds with all fine recessed panel lines. Features cockpit detail, optional bombs and drop tank and optional position landing gear. Decals are for Charles Older's aircraft of the 3rd Squadron 'Hell's Angels' of the American Volunteer Group (AVG) Flying Tigers in Kunming, China 1942. Inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Revell Bf-109 and Hawker Tempest V Fighting Deuces Series, 1/72, H223-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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1969 issue that contains both kits. Revell was famous for the 'series' concept where older kits were put into boxes with dramatic new art and given series names such as this one, or 'Famous Artist' or 'Famous Aircraft' Series. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Monogram Grumman F8F Bearcat - White Box Issue, 1/72, 6789

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

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Still factory sealed. From 1973. Very finely molded and detailed kit with traditional Monogram quality.

Monogram Curtiss P-36A - White Box Issue, 1/72, 6790

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. Dated 1979. Very finely molded and detailed kit with traditional high Monogram quality. The Hawk P-36A has the dubious distinction of fighting on both sides and for more countries than any other plane in history during the opening years of WWII. This Hawk, one in a long progression of famous fighter aircraft, was the winner of a 1935 competition. The USAA Corps received the first aircraft in April of 1938 and the French ordered 100 aircraft in May of the same year. French Hawks shot down just over 30 German planes during the battle for France. The Germans captured the aircraft and sold them to Finland. Others were captured when the Germans overran Norway. In all over 800 Hawks were produced and served in China, Netherlands East Indies, Portugal, Great Britain, Thailand, Argentina and Peru. Although an excellent fighter in 1935, the Hawk was outclassed by the time the war started but when flown properly still gave a good account of itself.

Heller HMS King George IV Battleship, 1/400, 81088

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

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Still factory sealed. Very large 1/400 scale full hull kit. As with most Heller ship kits, this model is very highly detailed and very finely molded.

Monogram A-1H Skyraider NAM Tour of Duty Issue, 1/48, 5454

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG++

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Still factory sealed. Issued as a tie in with the 1988 TV Series. Nicely detailed kit. Features complete cockpit, detailed main and tail wheel wells, optional position canopy and large weapons/drop tank loadout.

Monogram Corsair F4U-4 - VF-61 from USS Midway (1949) - (F4U4), 1/48, 6833

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG++

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Still factory sealed. Dated 1983 and a reissue of the famous 'Four Star' kit of the early 1960s. Many action features; wings fold, landing gear and tail wheel retract and all gear doors close, working arresting gear and turning wheels and prop.

Monogram Grumman Wildcat F4F - White Box Issue, 1/48, 6798

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

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Still factory sealed. 1973 release of the famous 'Four Star' kit featuring folding wings, rotating prop and wheels. Part of a very famous series of 1/48 WWII aircraft models produced by Monogram.

Lindberg USS Sentry AM-299 Motorized (Admirable Class) WWII US Navy Minesweeper, 1/130, 761

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG++

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Still factory sealed. 1987 issue that is motorized for operation in water. Very large scale model of the workhorse minesweeper from World War II. Very nicely detailed for that time and could easily be made remote control with today's very small and efficient systems.

Frog Martin Baltimore Bomber - RAF - Green Series, 1/72, F339

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Green Series issue that shares dramatic Jo Kotula box art with the Air Lines issue. Finely molded and contains no rivets - just fine panel lines. Features rotating turret, crew of three and some interior detail and optional position landing gear. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. Frog is considered the father of injection molded model kits. The Lines Brothers opened Frog in 1932, capitalizing on the fever caused by Lindberg's solo transatlantic flight. Almost overnight the western populations became 'Air-Minded', and anything aviation was in high demand. Frog created a quality line of stick and tissue rubber powered aircraft and gliders as well as innovative ready-to-fly rubber powered aircraft that required no assembly. The box even contained a built-in rubber motor winder and fuselage holder. Model airplane flight competitions were popular in Great Britain, and one category was 'Rise Off the Ground', or ROG. By changing this to 'Flies Right Off the Ground', the FROG name was born. In 1936 Frog created a line of injection molded plastic models, the first such kit line in the world (Hawk sold a line of injection molded aircraft models in 1934 but they were factory assembled and painted). Named 'Penguin' after the bird that does not fly, the kits were innovative beyond the means of production. At a time when models were simply built by wingspan, the Penguin line was a constant 1/72 scale. Furthermore, a large 1/72 Short S.30 Empire class flying boat contained a full interior and lights! A line of accessories such as AA guns, tractors, hanger, ambulance, sound locator, searchlights and lighting kits were quickly added to the line. WWII caused a pause in production. After the war the box color changed from silver to green, and Penguin kits were also marketed in the USA. Production ended in 1950. Frog quickly expanded and released the Red, Orange, Black, Green, Gold Token, Spin and Comet series as well as Trail Blazers and several others. It is noteworthy that while most manufacturers in the 1940s/50 were making toy-like models, Frog attempted to make very realistic models. For example, 'detailing' kits with excessively large rivets was once very popular. Frog ignored this trend and continued to mold aircraft with fine panel lines and no rivets. As a result, Frog kits can be built into very realistic replicas. Production ended in the late 1970s, but Frog molds are still in use around the world.

AMT Kodak Film Olds NASCAR / 8187 Kellogg's Chevrolet Monte Carlo / 1932 Ford Phantom Vickie Custom Show Row, 1/25, 6731

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

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SALE!! Contains all three factory sealed kits.

Accurate Miniatures Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless - VB-16 USS Lexington (CV16) November 19 1943 At Tarawa, 1/48, 3412

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG++

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Still factory sealed but the seal has drawn the box top concave. Widely considered the finest quarter-scale Dauntless. Very highly detailed with over 110 parts, all fine recessed panel lines, positionable perforated dive brakes, fully detailed interior, opened or closed canopies, R-1820-60 engine and more.

Tamiya Su-122 Russian Tank Destroyer, 1/35, MM193

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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Excellent armor kit. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Tamiya M3 Stuart US Light Tank, 1/35, 35042-700

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. Highly detailed in the traditional Tamiya style.

Testors Dornier Do-24T - Luftwaffe 106th Coastal Patrol Wing Baltic Sea or Air/Sea Rescue Wing Syracuse 1943, 1/72, 868

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

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Still factory sealed. Very nicely molded and detailed kit with 116 parts. Features all fine recessed panel lines, detailed cockpit, rotating turrets, separately molded elevators and markings for two aircraft. The Do-24 was being built in Holland under license . When the Germans invaded, they found 3 done and 25 in various states of completion. The Air Ministry was looking for aircraft suitable to salvage sunk aircraft, and the Do-24 fit the bill. The American Wright engines were removed and BMWs installed. The Do-24 went on to see successful service in WWII as recon, supply and ambulance aircraft. A squadron was supplied to Spain, and one Do-24 remained operational until 1970.

Tamiya R/C German King Tiger Sd.Kfz.182 Ausf. B Tiger II Panzer VI Konigstiger - Motorized For Remote Control, 1/16, RT1604

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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NOTE: BUILDER KIT ONLY. Please read carefully. Very well detailed and beautifully molded plastic and metal operating tank model. Features 360 degree servo controlled turret rotation, servo controlled gun flashing, duralumin chassis, factory assembled metal gear box and large, powerful electric motor, metal suspension, realistic forward, reverse and turning and more. Metal parts include lower hull, inner and outer drive sprockets, idler wheels, idler tension drums, idler arms, wheel shafts, suspension housing, tension shaft, torsion sway bar and dozens and dozens more. Essentially the entire fully functioning suspension and wheels are metal. NOTE: this kit has significant professional quality assembly. There are no gaps and zero visible glue - a superb job. Everything fits perfectly also. As you can see, the basic hull and turret have been built. A few details are built, but almost all have been left off (so the model could be painted first). There has been zero painting. The model has been inventoried and the following parts are missing - one cosmetic part, the short machine gun barrel (can be made). All other cosmetic parts are present. The following non-cosmetic parts are missing: clutch assembly, one small screw (for turret motor), generic battery box (easily replaced), a small common 3mm washer and 2 spacers (can be made from tubing cut to size). Also, the old mechanical speed control is missing - which everyone replaces with a small (and safer) ESC (electronic speed control). Otherwise inventoried with all other parts present. With decals and high-quality photocopied, complete instructions on large format paper.

AMT Caterpillar Bulldozer D8H, 1/24, T818

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

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Early issue of this very large and highly detailed model with over 350 parts. Molded in Cat Yellow and with silver tracks. Features 6 cylinder turbocharged diesel engine, optional center tooth ripper attachment with vinyl hydraulic line tubing, adjustable blade and ripper, detailed track roller frames with working idler wheels, track rollers, track carrier rollers and drive sprockets, snap-together individual track sections and more. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. The box is rough as graded but the kit inside is like new.

AMT 1963 Buick Riviera 3 in 1 - Stock / Custom / Competition, 1/25, 06-553-149

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

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Rare original issue hardbox from '63. Can be built stock, custom or competition. George Barris served as the AMT consultant and is credited (with others) for the custom touches possible with this kit. Model includes numerous optional parts for suspension, motor, exterior and interior as well as custom decals. Molded in white, clear, red-tinted clear and chrome with rubber tires. Never started. The car parts are inventoried 100% complete and includes instructions. NOTE: missing decals. Instructions are complete but only rated 'good' condition with some wear and stains.