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KP Avia C-2 Advanced Trainer - Czech Central Flying School / Civil VZLU (Air Research and Test Institute) / Czech Air Guard, 1/72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very nicely molded model with very fine raised panel lines and good detail. Contains a large decal sheet for the three aircraft listed. The model as never been started. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. The C-2 was built by Avia and was based on the Arado Ar-68, which the Germans were having Avia build during WWII. The C-2 was replaced by the Yak-11 in the mid 1950s.

UPC Messerschmitt Me-262A (ex-Marusan) - Bagged, 1/100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: No Box

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From Marusan molds. Very nicely molded with very fine raised panel detail. Features clear canopy, complete landing gear and doors and color decals. The model as never been started. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

IMC A-4E Skyhawk with Battle Damaged Parts, 1/72, 485-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Neat kit features stock parts and additional 'Extra Battle Damaged Parts" with realistically damaged fuselage, rudder and elevator. Has decals for camo Marines VMA-322 version or stock Navy (grey/white) VA-55 finish. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

KP Avia B.21 (B-21), 1/72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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Famous Czech fighter and the winner of international competition in the 1930s. 139 were build by Avia and another 39 by SABCA for the Belgian Air Force. Nice kit - cleanly molded and nicely detailed. Includes paint guide and markings for four very colorful aircraft. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Airfix B-24 Liberator Craftmaster Issue, 1/72, 1503-150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Wide 'White' box issue with white side panels. Action-packed Craftmaster artwork shows part of a box of B-24s at the moment of "Bombs Away!". Guns blaze at attacking fighters while flak burst close in. One B-24 is going down with the starboard wing in flames. Well detailed kit. Guns and turrets move. Movable control surfaces. Retracting landing gear. Rotating props. Optional position crew entry door and ladder. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Revell USS Norton Sound Rocket Launcher Missile Test Ship, 1/424, H331-169

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Very rare kit from 1956; molds were altered to make the class seaplane tender, which made any reissue impossible. Excellent stain-free box with brilliant color and gloss. There are no tape or price tags or similar marks. This Norton Sound was originally a seaplane tender and was converted to an ocean-going laboratory for development and testing of guided missiles and rockets. This ship was key in the Navy's move into the guided missile age. Model features working cranes, operating launching platform for the Viking missile, Terrier with launcher, Jeeps and Lark missile. NOTE: the kit has minor painting. The aft deck has been about 1/2 painted. This can be stripped with DOT3 brake fluid. Decals and flag sheet, as well as the instructions, are in excellent condition. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

MPC Vickers Wellington Profile Series - No. 9 Sq Honnington England 1938/39 / No. 75 New Zealand Sq / No. 311 Czech Squadron 1941, 1/72, 2-2005

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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In the 1970s, MPC released the very popular Profile Series. Inside each box was a quality Airfix kit but with MPC decals to build any of the three aircraft shown on the box top. Well detailed kit. This kit has never been started. It is either still in the internally sealed factory bag or has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Renwal Attack Transport PA-24 USS Sarasota, 1/500, S605-129

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

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Very rare. Dates from the late 1950s or early 1960s. This is a full hull kit. Very nicely molded and finely detailed. The model has never been started. NOTE: it is missing one boom, #34. This part can be made, or you can resin cast any of the others for an exact duplicate. Otherwise inventoried complete with all other parts, decals and instructions.

Revell DD-445 USS Fletcher - Picture Fleet Issue, 1/301, H371-189

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

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1960 'smooth' hardbox issue with framable John Steel box artwork. Although dated 1960, this is a later issue due to the 89 cent price extension on the kit number. Large and detailed kit builds up to almost 15" long. The kit has not been started. The contents are still sealed in the factory internal bag.

Esoteric Curtiss F6C-4 Marine Hawk, 1/72, NAF-18

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

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The Marine Hawk was the final production version of the venerable aircraft. The addition of the Pratt & Whitney R-1340 engine made the aircraft lighter and more maneuverable than the liquid cooled versions. These aircraft were assigned to land based Marine squadrons. The -4 Hawks finished there service life in Pensacola, FL in a training roll. Also, these machines were used for aerobatic flight displays in a three ship formation, thus the -4 is responsible for creating the foundation of the Blue Angels Demonstration Team. Includes metal parts - decals for multiple aircraft - shaped struts and full instructions. Never started and 100% complete. Esoteric was known for making perhaps the finest vacuform kits. The moldings are crisp and have fine recessed detail - better than many injection molded kits. Every part needed to complete the kit is included down to the interior.

Aurora F-105 Thunderchief, 1/78, 123-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+++

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1958 "Famous Fighters" oval sunburst logo issue. Dramatic Jo Kotula box art. This is a rare kit of the prototype Thunderchief, with the long nose probe and early configuration nuclear weapons pod. This kit has never been started. It is either still in the internally sealed factory bag or has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Hasegawa QF-4N Phantom II Drone, 1/72, 00604

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

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Unusual drone Phantom. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Planet Models Focke Wulf FW-186 Autogyro, 1/72, 092

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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Limited issue high quality resin kit. The FW-186 was built and flew well, but the Fieseler Fi-156 beat it in competition. Only one was built. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora XB-70 Valkyrie Bomber, 1/105, 370

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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Late 1960s to early 1970s issue. Very large kit with 6 detailed General Electric J93-3 engines, landing gear and clear canopy. This kit has not been started. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Renwal USS Compass Island Experimental Ballistic Navigational Ship, 1/500, S606-129

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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Very rare. In the 1950s, the US Navy began a program called the "Fleet Ballistic Missile". Since missiles of the day had short range, it made sense to sail Navy ship within range and fire missiles from then. Nothing had ever been done like this before, so a special research ship was converted from a "Mariner" class cargo vessel. The USS Compass Island was the US Navy's experimental forerunner of ballistic missile-launching vessels. She was commissioned at the New York naval Shipyard on December 3, 1956. Displacing 17,000 tons, the Compass Island was designed to assist in the development of SINS, or the Ship Inertial Navigational System. Missiles can only hit targets if they know exactly where they were launched from. This early system was a distant relative of GPS, the Global Positioning System. The ship carried the usual crew in addition to many scientists. She was equipped with Regulus I missiles for testing as well as many other instruments from research on navigation done at the Instrumentation Laboratory and MIT. The Compass Island was also equipped with the Sperry Gyroscope Company's new Gyrofin Ship Stabilizer. These are included in the model and move as the real ones did to keep the Compass Island from rolling. Each fin provided 3,000 foot-tons of lift and reduced this motion by 90%. This kit is highly detailed, very finely molded and includes the Regulus I missiles and launcher. The kit has not been started and has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Lindberg Vought F7U-1 Cutlass - (F7U1), 1/48, 2320

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair++

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Large scale Cutlass from the original 1950s molds. Molded with fine raised details. Never started. Factory sealed bag or 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.

ESCI Dassault-Breguet Mirage IIIC / CJ / CZ Israeli / South African / French Air Forces, 1/48, SC4047

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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Has large decal sheet for three variants. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora P-51 Mustang with 'Horse' Artwork, 1/48, 118-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

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Classic boxart with the famous 'Bucking Airborne Horse'. The artwork is dated 1956, but this kit is likely about 1959 - note the 'Famous Fighters' in the border of the sunburst Aurora logo. The artwork is the original issue P-51 with a slight downward angle and the horse added. Has many working features: detailed engine with removable cowling, full cockpit and retractable landing gear. This kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Frog Heinkel He-162A-2 / A-3 - 3/JG1 Leck Germany Oberlt Demuth 1945 or A-3 from JG1 Leck 1945, 1/72, F401

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair++

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Final Frog issue with the late 1970s logo. Kit is realistically and finely molded as with most Frog kits. Has decals for two different aircraft and color painting guide. Aircraft are Oberleutnant Demuth, Staffelkapitain of 3/JG.1 in Leck, Germany in Spring of 1945 and the other is a He-162A-3 from JG.1 also. This kit has never been started. It is either still in the internally sealed factory bag or has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, 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, Blue, 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.

Airfix Discovery, 1/144, 905

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Type 3 logo issue. Very highly detailed. Includes billowing sails, pre-made rat lines and full rigging instructions. This kit has not been started. NOTE: missing one crew member. Otherwise inventoried complete with all other parts, flags and instructions.