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Aurora The Barnstormers Customizing Kit DH-4 and JN-4 Jenny, 1/48, 200-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

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Rare one-and-only issue from 1960 that contains both the DH-4 and Curtis JN-4 Jenny. Aurora really went out of the way to make this a special kit; however, it did not catch on and was retired after only one year. Features completely new box artwork, a DH-4 molded in gloss dark green and black, the JN-4 molded in gloss bright yellow and black, great custom decal sheets for both aircraft and special 'Barnstormer' instructions for each aircraft. The kit has never been started. Both models are still in the factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. Instructions are both in 'excellent+' condition and the decal sheets are both almost completely flat with typical age yellowing as the only flaw.

Aurora Fokker DR-1 Triplane - 'Newsprint' Issue, 1/48, 105-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++++

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1964 issue. Still factory sealed.

Aurora Fokker DR-1 Triplane, 1/48, 105-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM+

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Still factory sealed and in amazing 'Near Mint++' condition. Rare forth issue of this kit and most likely from 1958/ 59. Please note the Sunburst Logo with the 'Famous Fighters' in the border and the lack of a Parents' Magazine logo. Aurora retained the original, classic Jim Cox artwork from the '56 issue but painted out the rectangular logo, replacing it with the new one. For some reason, this and the second issue turn up far less than the others. Aurora experimented with a number of different plastics for sealing, and this is one of the thicker ones.

Revell 1913 Mercedes-Benz Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H54-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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1960 issue hardbox with full artwork; Highway Pioneers prior to this year simply had generic artwork and an ink stamped name on the box ends was the only way to identify the contents. This kit has never been started. All parts are still sealed in the factory bag. Includes instructions. The box would rate slightly higher than the 'very good+' rating but it has some age foxing on the side panels. These kits have a fascinating history. Hobbies were nothing new to America in the 1930s/40s, but they were not mainstream and never made the top 10 list of boys activities. Spurred on by the nation-wide aviation craze in the 1920s, many became modelers and built flying or static wooden models of airplanes, ships, trains, automotive and other subjects. Basic kits existed, but many of these models were built from scratch, which demanded a high talent level developed from years of experience. That changed in the early 1950s when the Gowland & Gowland/Revell Highway Pioneers became the sales sensation of the year. Demand was so great that the factories could not keep up and almost overnight 'model building' was mainstream. The phenomenon of the 'Highway Pioneers' 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 fit the bill: they could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real cars. The success of the Highway Pioneers lead to the production of other subjects in plastic and the effect was revolutionary. By the late 1950s, model building was the #1 past time of American boys...and many adult males too!

Revell Fokker D-VII - Warbird Issue, 1/72, H632-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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1964 issue in the early two piece box with framable artwork. This model is part of Revell's very popular line of 1/72 scale single-engined WWI and WWII aircraft. The line started in the early 1960s and was expanded through that decade. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Revell 1910 Model T Ford Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H32-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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1960 issue hardbox with full artwork; Highway Pioneers prior to this year simply had generic artwork and an ink stamped name on the box ends was the only way to identify the contents. This kit has never been started. All parts are still sealed in the factory bag. Includes instructions. The box has light age foxing on the top and also on the sides. These kits have a fascinating history. Hobbies were nothing new to America in the 1930s/40s, but they were not mainstream and never made the top 10 list of boys activities. Spurred on by the nation-wide aviation craze in the 1920s, many became modelers and built flying or static wooden models of airplanes, ships, trains, automotive and other subjects. Basic kits existed, but many of these models were built from scratch, which demanded a high talent level developed from years of experience. That changed in the early 1950s when the Gowland & Gowland/Revell Highway Pioneers became the sales sensation of the year. Demand was so great that the factories could not keep up and almost overnight 'model building' was mainstream. The phenomenon of the 'Highway Pioneers' 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 fit the bill: they could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real cars. The success of the Highway Pioneers lead to the production of other subjects in plastic and the effect was revolutionary. By the late 1950s, model building was the #1 past time of American boys...and many adult males too!

Fujimi Messerschmitt Me-109G-K - With Decals for Three, 1/48, P-1

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

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Still factory sealed but the seal has splits. Very nicely molded kit with all fine recessed panel lines. Features detailed cockpit, numerous optional parts for different variants, bomb, drop tank, rocket or underwing cannon loadouts and more. Includes color painting guide, large and extensive decal sheet and more.

Fujimi Supermarine Spitfire Mk.V - 303 Polish Sq / ARF / JAK / FFD / Desert, 1/48, P-5

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

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Nicely molded model that features all fine recessed panel lines, parts for three variants (A, B or C), cockpit detail and pilot figure and more. Includes a full color painting guide and avery large decal sheet for at least the four aircraft listed - perhaps more. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Monogram Thunderbirds F-100 - Super Sabre, 1/48, 5442

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Hard-to-find 1985 issue that includes a large, colorful decal sheet with complete Thunderbirds markings. Features full cockpit and wheel well detail, visible gun bay with optional hatch, realistic internal inlet, optional jet exhaust and refueling probe, optional position speed brakes and canopy, full underwing stores - missiles, drop tank - and boarding ladder with ground crew member. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: a strip 1" deep and along the along the entire top of the decal sheet is stuck to the parts bag. It did not want to come off, so I did not remove it. Perhaps you will have better luck.

Revell Chance Vought Cutlass F7U-3 Famous Artist Series - with Sparrow Missiles - (F7U3), 1/59, H171-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

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Rare 1960 Famous Artist Series hardbox with the artwork "Wings Over The Fleet" especially painted for Revell by artist Chuck Coppock. The box is in investment-grade 'Near Mint' condition with factory-new gloss and color, four solid, original corners, no tags or tag marks, no tears, no missing lithograph and no tape or tape marks. Flaws include very light and isolated wear. This model was the issue directly after the "S" issues and is from the 'S' molds with the AIM-7 Sparrow missiles and missile pylons added. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. This kit includes the Master Modelers Collectors Stamp for this kit and also the two larger full-color trading cards for the F7u-3 and USS Saratoga.

Dragon USS Belleau Wood CVL24 Escort Carrier, 1/700, 7058

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Amazing kit with superb detail and over 190 pieces. Features parts for full hull or waterline versions, complete hanger deck, optional clear flight deck and hanger deck sides, Avengers and F6F Hellcats molded in clear, numerous PE parts and a display stand. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Skywave USS San Diego CL53 Light Cruiser - Oakland / Atlanta / Juneau / San Juan / Reno / Flint / Tucson / Spokane / Fresno, 1/700, 50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Pit Road/Skywave issue. Very highly detailed and finely molded waterline model that can be built as any of the cruisers listed because it includes decals for all ships listed - hull numbers and stern names as well. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Skywave DD-710 USS Gearing Destroyer - With Hull Numbers For Any Ship Of The Class, 1/700, W32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very highly detailed and finely molded waterline kit with a large and extensive decal sheet including any variety of hull numbers in both white and black as well as national and signal flags. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Skywave IJN Torpedo Boat Kiji - Two Model Ships - Otarti Class / Kari / Sagi / Hato, 1/700, W42

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Includes two highly detailed waterline ship models. Includes extensive decals for all four ships listed. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Monogram Speedee-Bilt Spad Pursuit - Flying Scale Model Airplane, G8

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

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First issue for the advanced Monogram collector. Dates from the late 1940s or early 50s and is an early, completely pre-fabricated multi-media kit featuring pre-colored and die cut balsa wood, precarved balsa, finished Monofoil wing, plastic detail parts (such as cowl and prop) and rubber motor. Designed for rubber free flight or Co2 engine power. Never started. Inventoried and NOTE: missing clear (flat) windshield material. Otherwise inventoried complete with all other wood and plastic parts, decals and instructions included. 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. Speedee-Bilt kits contained die cut and pre painted wooden parts, completely formed airfoil wings, carved wheels and numerous plastic details like cowling, pilot, missiles, prop and whatever was required. Assembly was by detailed full size plans and instructions. Monogram carried the Speedee-Bilt line for several years past it's prime and the advent of plastic kits, a testimony to the quality and popularity.

UPC Wells Fargo Stage Coach - With Driver / Messenger and Five Horses (ex Adams / Revell / Miniature Masterpieces /Life-Like), 1/48, 4011-100

Vaccuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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A rare model that is very finely engraved and well detailed. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts present and includes Wells Fargo/US Mail 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 either leased molds or bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed them in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s including this model. All UPC production ended in the 1970s. This kit has a fascinating history. It started life as one of the 'Miniature Masterpieces,' which was the brainchild of an alliance between Lou Glasser (Revell) and Steve Adams (Adams Action Models) in 1953. Although having the appearance of an independent company, the firm was run by Revell right down to the prototypes being made at the Revell plant. However, there was no evidence of the parent company on the surface. The State Coach of England was the first kit, issued in 1953. More kits of excellent quality followed. Revell completely took over the line in 1954, making the one-year original issues very rare. However, while Revell was now issuing them under their name, Adams was also issuing the line in 1958. Production was discontinued by both companies in the early 1960s; the molds then ended up with UPC. By the early 1970s, Life-Like ended up with many of the Adams molds and wound up owning the complete, original 'Miniature Masterpieces' line. Life-Like reissued them several times in that decade but the current whereabout of the molds are not known.

Monogram Grumman SA-16B Albatross - Classics Issue - (HU-16), 1/72, 85-0020

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

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The Albatross was the primary sea rescue aircraft of the Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service, a branch of MAC - Military Airlift Command. Operational service began in 1947 and Hu-16s saw wartime action in Vietnam. The kit is still factory sealed and is the 1999 reissue or the original 1960s 'Four Star' kit. It has the same box art and is also molded in the same colors as the original issue (silver and clear). Features retractable landing gear, rotating wheels and propellers, three man crew, optional position rear boarding door, life raft with two survivors and more.

Azur H-75 A-1/3 Hawk In French Service - (Curtiss 75 Hawk H75A1), 1/32, A045

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Highly detailed, limited edition, large-scale kit. It has never been started started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Airfix Ilyushin IL-28 Beagle - China - Poland - Czech Air Forces, 1/72, 490

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Type three logo issue with decals for all three air forces. The Beagle was the USSR's first jet bomber, first flying in 1946. As the primary Soviet light bomber, it was used by 15 nations and was built until 1960. An unarmed version of the Il-28 was used to deliver matrices of the principal Soviet newspapers from Moscow to the East for republication there, as well as other high priority mail. Very nicely detailed kit with no rivets, just fine raised panel lines for a realistic model. Features a crew of three, good cockpit and bombardier detail, optional position landing gear, elevating tail guns, separately molded rudder and ailerons and more. There is no assembly and no painting done but NOTE: the stand decal has been put on the stand base. Nothing else has been done. Inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Monogram Devastator TBD-1 - VT-2 Lexington 1939 / VT-6 Enterprise 1939 / VT-8 Hornet 1941 / VT-6 Enterprise 1942, 1/48, 7575

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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1974 'short box' second issue. Well detailed for that time featuring complete interior, folding wings, elevating and rotating tail gun, prop and arresting gear, optional position gun compartment doors, canopy, parts for bomber or torpedo versions with markings for three aircraft including the yellow-winged pre-war versions and Torpedo 8 from the Battle of Midway. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.