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MPC Pilgrim Observer Space Station Nuclear Powered With Iron On Patch, 1/100, 9001

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Rare original issue; not the common reissue. Still contains the correct iron-on patches (Pilgrim badge and two USA flags) and the Flight Data and Technical Guide. This offering from MPC is one of the most interesting and a classic among Science Fiction kits. The model dates from 1975. Large 1/100 scale kit is 17 inch long, has excellent detail and a large clear section to show interior detail. Fourteen movable parts allow you to display or change the ship's configuration from "Launch" to "Earth's Atmosphere Entry" to "Space Cruise". 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. There was a time when space research was not aimed at the earth's orbit and moon, but at distant planets in our solar system and eventually beyond. Planning went much further than most people are aware. The main limitation was seen as the chemical rocket motor. It could only be fired once and the specific impulse was limited. To overcome these limitations, the United States embarked on a large program to build the nuclear rocket engine. Unlike the nuclear aircraft engine, this program overcame the technical obstacles placed before it was VERY successful. The effort resulted in numerous test engines up through the Phoebes 5000 MW monster, which is still the world's most powerful reactor. The nuclear engines could run at full power for an hour, then be shut down and restarted up to a dozen times or more. Also, the flow of fuel (liquid hydrogen) could be regulated through turbo-pumps to 'throttle' the engine just as one does a car engine. Crew radiation shielding from the engine was less than requirements for cosmic ray shielding. At one point, a KIWI series reactor (KIWI-TNT) was blown up on purpose to test the environmental impact; it was minimal and clean up went quickly. The final result was to be a space rated engine called NERVA, or Nuclear Engine for Rocket Vehicle Application. Before the project was terminated, many vehicles were designed for deep space exploration based on these amazing engines.

Vac Wings Curtiss SOC Seagull - Bagged, 1/48, VW4813

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

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Still factory sealed. Rare and still the only 1/48 Seagull kit ever made. Very nicely done model with main vacuform airframe parts and numerous cast metal details including the engine. The clear canopy is as new and not yellowed; it is still on the protective form that it was shipped on. Vacuform kits are only recommended for people experienced with this type of kit. Previous experience and scratch building skills are required.

Revell HMCS Snowberry or USS Saucy Flower Class Corvette - (ex Matchbox), 1/72, 05061

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

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Still factory 'round tape' sealed. Has optional parts and decals to build either ship. Very highly detailed and large kit with 1003 parts. Includes display stand, 15 crew members, steel chain, signal flags, rigging material, complete assembly instructions and more.

Revell NS Savannah, 1/381, 05235

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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2005 Revell of Germany reissue from the classic and well detailed 1958 'S' kit. Features 148 pieces, viewable detailed reactor, full hull, rotating prop, movable rudder and 12 booms, cargo that fits into the holds, display stand and full decals. Very well molded kit and probably the best of all NS Savannah models. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Lindberg USS Sentry AM-299 Motorized (Admirable Class) WWII US Navy Minesweeper, 1/130, 765

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG+

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Still factory sealed. 1976 issue with great John Steel box art. 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.

Trumpeter HMS Abercrombie Monitor, 1/350, 05336

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. Highly detailed, large scale kit with over 480 parts and three frets of brass PE parts.

Revell USS Pittsburgh Heavy Cruiser, 1/490, H457-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

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1971 issue of the Iwo Jima and Okinawa veteran. Full hull kit is over 16 inches long when assembled. Features movable guns and turrets, complete secondary and AA gun mounts, detailed deck, scout planes, crane and more. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts, flag sheet and includes instructions.

ITC US Navy WWI Submarine Chaser (Sub Chaser) - ex-ITC, 1/74, C-582-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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The US Navy WWI Submarine chaser was a 110 foot wooden vessel that carried a crew of 25 and were armed with a 3 lb deck gun and a 'Y' gun for discharging depth charges. The ships proved valuable in combating the German U-boats in the Atlantic and Mediterranean. Some were updated and saw service in WWII. This is the large and nicely detailed ex-ITC kit from the 1960s. When ITC discontinued plastic kit production, 'Ringo' was the name give to the 'clearing house' company that cleansed the ITC warehouse of left-over stock. Ringo kits normally did not come with decals or flag sheets - this kit is no exception. The kit has not been started. The small (black) parts are still in the factory sealed bag. The larger (yellow) parts have been inventoried complete. With instructions.

Ideal Aeroplane & Supply RMS Queen Mary Ocean Liner Super Detail Issue - 32 Inches Long, 1/380

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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This model is from 1938 and is Ideal's finest issue of the almost 32 inch long Queen Mary. It features an accurate, pre-carved solid wood hull, numerous cast metal fittings such as 24 lifeboats, stairs, winches, props, etc., 48 aluminum davits, assorted wooden stock, numerous neatly done printwood sheets, printed cardstock, sandpaper, funnel tubing, glass bottles of Ideal lacquer, shellac and three jars of paint. The superb plans are full size and in 'good+' condition with some bug damage but not bad. The assembly procedure is detailed in writing and with the drawings. Sectional profiles are included as well as detail views. The kit has not been started. Most small parts are still sealed in factory bags; the two bags that are torn have been inventoried complete. All parts that were never factory sealed have been inventoried complete with the huge plans and detailed parts sheet with instructions (also with minor bug damage). Ideal was a famous producer of early model kits. In 1911 they released their first aircraft kit, which put them among the first USA model companies. Ideal was unique also in that they released large ocean liners, giving us the only big scale SS Normandie, SS America, Rex and RMS Queen Mary models ever made.

Monogram P-51B Mustang - Blue Box Issue, 1/72, PA143_6788

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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NOTE: build kit only, please read carefully. First issue dated 1967. Well detailed and finely molded in traditional Monogram style. This kit has 'professional' quality sub assembly as follows: the wing assembly is build (3 parts total). There is no other assembly. The seat and fuselage interior are painted very neatly; there is no other painting. Inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Entex Boeing F4B4 - (F4B-4 Aurora Copy), 1/48, 8518B

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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Ideal "Classic Builder" from the 1970s. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. It was once assumed that this kit was made from ex-Aurora molds. However, Jean-Claude Mermet has done a piece-by-piece comparison and sent photos - they are not from the same molds. It is clear that the Japanese-produced F4B-4 is a copy of the Aurora kits parts, but they are created from different molds. The design of a number of parts is different, as well as the ejector pin locations and even the 'tree' structure.

Trumpeter Republic F-105D Thunderchiefs, 1/72, 01617

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very well detailed model from completely new molds. NOTE: this kit has "professional" quality minor sub-assembly as follows: exhaust unit assembly. There is no other assembly. There is minor interior paint to 'excellent' quality. Inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Airfix McDonnell F2H-2P or F2H-2 Banshee - VMJ-1 or VF-172, 1/72, 4010

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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US Airfix edition. Includes parts for recon or fighter-bomber variants and decals for both aircraft. Nicely molded with all recessed panel lines and no rivets. Can be built into a very realistic model. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Revell USS Los Angeles CA135 - Pre 'S' - Fall River - Baltimore - Pittsburg - Columbus - Bremerton - Canberra - Toledo - Quincy - Chicago - St. Paul - Helena - Macon - Boston, 1/490, H306-169

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

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1954 Pre 'S' hardbox in investment grade 'near mint' condition. The colors and gloss are brilliant and as new. The corners are solid with no repairs and there has never even been tape on the ends. Inside, the kit is mint as it left the factory. All small parts are still sealed in the factory bag; all other parts are still factory-wrapped in tissue. The parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete including decals, flag sheet and instructions. The decals and flags are in amazing 'near mint' condition with typical yellowing as the only flaw. Instructions are 'near mint+.' Has decals and hull numbers for these cruisers: USS Los Angeles - Fall River - Baltimore - Pittsburg - Columbus - Bremerton - Canberra - Toledo - Quincy - Chicago - St. Paul - Helen - Macon - Boston.

Comet Taylorcraft Struct-O-Speed - Flying Balsa Aircraft, 2303

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

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Still factory sealed. Kit features balsa sheet construction (no tissue needed), building instructions, hardware, wheels and canopy material (if required and propeller. Comet was a famous manufacturer of stick and tissue flying and static models. In the 1930s Great Depression, they lead the low-priced kit revolution with the "Dime Scale" kits and famous advertisements in Model Airplane News magazine and others. Comet reached it's peak in the 1930s when they acquired the services of Carl Goldberg. Goldberg was a highly accomplished modeler with articles in Model Airplane News and famous designs that won him several National level competitions in the 1930s and beyond. (Carl Goldberg went on to found his own company and produced well designed and popular free-flight and RC aircraft). Comet survived the post World War economic slump and continued kit production until they were bought out by long-time competitor Guillow's in 1998. When sales sagged, Comet's response was the easier to build Struct-O-Speed series with a significant amount of prefabrication that dramatically reduced assembly time. Light and well designed, these kits flew well.

SIG Customaire Cabin Biplane - 20 inch Wingspan Balsa Flying Model, FF-26

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Typical high quality SIG kit with complete building and flying instructions, full size, detailed plans, plastic propeller, wheels, contest rubber, die cut parts, covering material and full decals. Stick and tissue construction with big 20 inch wingspan. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora McDonnell F-4H Phantom, 1/48, 394-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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First issue dated 1961 with oval sunburst logo and 'Famous Fighters' in the logo border. Large 1/48 scale early Phantom kit with great Jo Kotula box artwork. Nicely detailed kit for that time with cockpit, full landing gear, four AIM-7 Sparrow missiles, a tiny additional F-4H scale model (measuring only 1.5 inches long) and a large, clear 'Triangle World' display stand. NOTE: wing halves are neatly assembled to 'professional' quality. There is no other assembly and zero painting. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and including decals and instructions.

Accurate Miniatures Grumman F3F-2 - (F3F2) With Decals For all 82 F3F-2s That Were Built, 1/48, 3414

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. Highly detailed kit with over 80 parts. Features well molded parts with recessed panel lines, many photoetched brass details, weighted or unweighted tires and a large decals sheet.

Fujimi McDonnell F-4J Phantom II - 301 Sqn / 302 Sqn / 304 Sqn / 305 Sqn / 306 Sqn JASDF, 1/72, G-4

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very nicely molded kit with all finely recessed panel detail. Features full cockpit, detailed gear wells, optional position canopy, ALQ-119 Pod, 600 and 370 gallon drop tanks, AIM-9B Sidewinders, AIM-7E Sparrows and decals for five aircraft. Never started. Factory sealed bag with decals and instructions.

Hasegawa P-51C Mustang 'Yellow Tail' - 2nd FS 52 FG Lt. Emerson 'Sit' / 5th FS 52nd FG, 1/72, AP12

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

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Limited issue kit with decals for both aircraft. Well molded and detailed with all fine recessed panel lines. Never started. Sealed factory bag with decals and instructions.