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Revell Jacques-Yves Cousteau's Calypso - Ocean Exploration Vessel, 1/125, H575

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

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Still factory sealed. Rare. 1976 first issue of Cousteau's Ocean Exploration Vessel. The Calypso was a US Navy YMS Class Minesweeper from 1942; so if you did the research and modifications, you could built a model of any of the YMS ships. Includes Hughes 300C helicopter, anti-shark cage, sharks, Galeazzi diving chamber, Zodiac Mk III 'Grand Raid' inflatable boats and two SP-600 mini-subs.

Revell Guided Missile Fleet Set ABC Navy Log Gift Set USS Norton Sound / USS Nautilus Submarine / USS Boston - 'S' Issue, G333-495

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Rare 1955 release. This is a very complete kit and it includes all three ship models with the small parts packets still factory sealed, instructions and decals, the three correct small bottles of paint (which still look good), brush and Revell 'S' Cement (opened). The box has wear as shown. The inner packing display cardboard insert is complete and in excellent condition. This gift set contains the USS Norton Sound, USS Nautilus and USS Boston. All kits have not been started. These are all original 1955 kits - the plastic color is the correct high gloss light gray and the decals and flags are correct as well. An unusually complete example of a rare kit.

Revell Me-262 B-1/U1 Night Fighter, 1/32, 04995

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Dated 2016 and a beautiful kit from completely new molds. Features 222 pieces, excellent dual cockpits, optional position canopies, detailed forward gun bay and wheel wells, choice of raised or lowered flaps, movable ailerons and rudder, replica of the Jumo 004 engine, two auxiliary fuel tanks and decals for two aircraft. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Borodino Scale Line Colorado & Southern RR 30 Foot Gondola Car Truss Rod Frame HOn3 - HO Scale Craftsman KIt, 1/87

Other Materials,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. The box top is an actual photo of the assembled kit. Since the model is sealed I cannot give a detailed descriptions. I only know of these kits by reputation and have been told they are excellent.

Monogram Mig-15 - North Korean / Russian / Chinese Air Forces - White Box Issue, 1/48, 5403

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Dated 1976. Finely molded and detailed and includes markings for all three aircraft. Features detailed cockpit, wheel wells and speed brake openings, and optional position canopy, flaps and speed brakes. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Air Lines Martin Marauder II (B-26C) RAF - (Frog), 1/72, 12902

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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From the mid 1960s. Quality Frog kit with no rivets, just fine panel lines for a realistic model. Features separately molded rudder, elevator and ailerons, pilot, co-pilot and gunner figure and detailed engines with rotating propellers. Inventoried with all parts, decals and instructions present. This box has some of my favorite Jo Kotula boxart. Kotula originally did 1930s covers for the magazine 'Model Airplane News' and later the Aurora box art of the late 1950s. Air Lines kits are all Frog molds that the Lines Brothers imported to the USA between 1964-1966. The kits, decals and instructions were made in England, then imported to the USA where Testors created the boxes with the colorful trading cards on the back. There are one or two trading cards on each box which show the boxart but not the advertising/logo. Some kits contain a Testors color painting guide also, but it is not specific to any model.

KPI Models TWO Brewster SB2A Buccaneer / Bermuda - Bagged, 1/72

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

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Includes TWO factory sealed models from 1982. Basic vac kit with white and clear canopy. Certain modeling skills are required to build vacuform kits. Scratch building is required. Not recommended for beginners.

Monogram Grumman TBF Avenger - White Box Issue, 1/48, 6829

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG+

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Still factory sealed and the seal has a split as shown. 1973 issue of the famous 1950s 'Four Star' kit and part of Monogram's incredibly successful 1/48 WWII line. Includes many action features: wings fold properly as on real aircraft, landing gear, tail wheel and arresting hook all retract and extend, turret revolves, machine gun elevates, bomb bay doors open and torpedo drops.

Revell USS Hornet CV-12 Anti-Sub Aircraft Carrier, 1/490, 5003

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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Well detailed kit in the Apollo Recovery configuration from 1969. Measures 20 inches long when assembled. Features one piece hull, in-scale Apollo Capsule, Grumman S-2 Trackers, E-1 Tracers, Sea King Helicopters and movable elevators and cranes. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

AMT Klingon Battle Cruiser Star Trek TV Series, 1/635, S952

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Early TV show issue; not the common reissue. Molded in the correct gray and green-tinted clear. Never started. The Battle Cruiser itself is complete with all parts but NOTE: Missing the display stand. Includes all other parts, decals and instructions.

AMT Star Trek TV Series USS Enterprise, 1/635, S951

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed and still has a very old and intact 'SEARs' price tag. Original early issue and not a common reproduction.

AMT Klingon Battle Cruiser Star Trek - (TV Series), 1/635, S952-250

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

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Original large box issue with 1968 date. The original owner opened the kit but carefully left the cello wrap on the box top, leaving in in exceptional condition. This kit was marketed in conjunction with the original 'Star Trek' TV series. Features chrome plated parts, green-tinted clear and white parts and large clear stand and base. Never started. The white parts are still in the factory sealed bag and all parts that were never factory sealed have been inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Hawk 1947 Indianapolis Racer 1939 Mercedes Benz W163 Grand Prix, 1/24, 210-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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Rare. From quality ex-Kaysun molds. Features gold plated body and silver plated suspension, exhaust, engine parts, steering and wheel parts. The upper and lower body were factory gold (or brass) plated. It is still wrapped in the original factory packing tissue. The plating is in amazing 'near mint' condition, which is very rare. Includes positionable driver, seat, instrument panel, steering wheels, good but not excellent suspension detail, complete engine, rubber tires, clear 'spokes' for the wheels and a diorama display base with a section for the engine and a plated trophy. There has been no assembly but NOTE: there is very minor painting. Springs, seat, brake details (on 2 backing plates) and the driver have all been painted. There is no other painting. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, 'excellent' condition decals and instructions present.

Sterling Piper Cub J-3 - 30 Inch Wingspan for R/C / Control Line / Free Flight, A22

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Dates from the late 1960s. This kit is part of Sterling's expensive big-wingspan series that was designed for R/C and also includes numerous extra parts for control line operation. Can also be flown free-flight. Very nicely produced stick-and-tissue model that features high quality die-cut balsa sheet parts, stripwood and spars, fully formed wire landing gear struts, finished wheels, other wood and metal stock as required, light plastic engine, cowl and other details, clear window material and template, rubber motor, plastic prop, a big set of decals, coving tissue and excellent full size plans with detailed instructions. Never started. The small parts (hardware, etc) are still factory sealed. All other parts have been inventoried complete including decals and plans. 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 as they had the action features and included everything needed to complete the model.

Sterling Stearman PT-17 Kaydet Dusts Crops in Flight - 22 Inch Wingspan for R/C / Control Line / Free Flight, A2

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

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Very nicely produced stick-and-tissue model that actually releases 'crop dust' in flight. Can be flown with rubber, electric or gas control line or converted to RC with modern lightweight systems. Features high quality die-cut balsa sheet parts, stripwood and spars, fully formed wire landing gear struts, finished wheels, other wood and metal stock as required, light plastic engine, exhaust and pilot bust, clear dual die-cut windscreens, rubber motor, plastic prop, a big set of decals, covering tissue and excellent full size plans with detailed instructions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Please NOTE there is some bug damage to the backing paper only on the decals. The actual transfers are free of damage. The box is only 'fair' and not collectible; the kit inside is fine and an ideal builder. 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 as they had the action features and included everything needed to complete the model.

Sterling Citabria Sport Plane - 33 Inch Wingspan Flying Wood Model, 1/12, E-5

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Excellent scale flying model with a 33.5 inch wingspan. It can be built for rubber power, gas or CO2 free flight, control line, R/C or non-flying super detail scale. Features high quality die-cut balsa wood, plywood diecut firewall, vacuform engine cowl, spinner and wing tips, balsa strip stock, metal stock, plastic prop and rubber motor, completely formed wooden main wheels, tail wheel and thrust button, hinge fabric, extensive decals, tissue paper, clear window material and detailed full size plans. The kit has never been started. The small parts are still in a factory sealed bag; the parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete and includes all paperwork and decals.

Encore Fokker Dr-1 Triplane - Ltn W. Papenmeier Jasta 'Boelcke' Marcke February 1918 - Bagged, 1/72, EC72003

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Still factory sealed. Nicely detailed, perhaps from Roden molds, but I cannot be certain.

Airfix Vampire FB5 / J-28B - J28B Royal Swedish Air Force / FB5 No.112 Sq RAF / Scandinavian Historic Flight Vampire, 1/72, 03064

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Has markings for all three aircraft. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Airfix Mosquito F.V. VI Craftmaster Issue, 1/72, 1205-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed and in investment-grade 'Near Mint' condition. Early 1960s issue with very colorful Craftmaster artwork with a '109 exploding in flames while a FW-190 moves in to attack.

Frog Hawker Hunter FGA Mk.9 or Mk.59 - RAF No. 54 Sq 1969 or Swiss No.1 Sq 1964, 1/72, F204

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Late 1970s final logo issue. Includes parts and decals to make either version/aircraft. Excellent full color painting guide is located on the bottom of the box. Typical high quality Frog kit with fine panel lines and no rivet detail so it builds up to a realistic model. This kit has not been started. NOTE: missing display stand. Otherwise inventoried with all airplane 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.