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Modelcraft Toshi Matsudo's Zero - 42 inch Winspan for R/C Conversion or Free Flight

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$85   

Classic award-winning design from the 1950s. Big 42 inch wingspan, total weight with engine 6 to 6.5 ounces. This model came from the estate of a very active and particular early aircraft kit collector. It is like factory-new inside and has not been started. Complete with all parts, plans and decals (if originally included). Designed for 'Sniffing Thermals', the honored pastime of a generation of model enthusiasts. Flying model aircraft predated powered flight; however, balsa wood and printwood were not introduced until the early 1930s and the hobby took off, as well as the hunt for thermals. Gas flight began in the early 1930s, and early gas powered models, all powered by Brown engines, took home so many awards that they were forever separated in competition from rubber powered models. Design of gas models was tricky since RC (radio control) models could not yet be applied to the mass market; so a gas model had to not only fly and climb under power, but then glide sufficiently - all without any operator inputs once the airplane took off. Getting the wing up out of the propeller airflow was a huge improvement, and this type of design proliferated. This is one example of a parasol style 1950s free-flight competition aircraft.

Hasegawa North American RA-5C Vigilante With Microscale Decals - RVAH-12 USS America, 1/72, 1027

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$32   

Includes Microscale 72-94 'Navy RA-5C Vigilanties #2' in never used, mint condition with the original paperwork. The actual kit is older but nicely molded with cockpit and gear well detail, four drop tanks and clear camera windows. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Flight Designs Vultee V-1A 'Lady Peace' 23 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft, 301

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$34   

An excellent kit featuring several sheets of high quality printwood, factory cut stripwood and spars, lightweight metal hardware packet, fully carved thrust button, plastic prop, cardstock template sheet, an extensive booklet with facts and history about the aircraft, flying instructions, catalog, beautiful full size plans, insignia sheet, covering tissue and more. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

BaD Ship Models Virginia Class Cruiser USS Virginia CGN38 / USS Texas CGN39 / USS Mississippi CGN40 / USS Arkansas CGN41 - 73 Inches Long For R/C Or Static Display, 1/96, BSM-CGV

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$595   

Still factory sealed. Rare and very large kit that can be built as any one of the four sister ships. True scale model can be built for static display or R/C operation. The model is plank-on-frame construction and features plywood and balsa parts, planking strips, other wood as required, molded polyester plastic parts (i.e. resin), vacuum formed styrene parts, metal stock, cast metal anchors and chain, two brass props, stuffing boxes, drive shafts, rudder assemblies, decal sheet and flag. Because of the common scale, many super detail fittings are available to make this a true museum piece (extra fittings not included.) There are even super-detailed 3D printed parts on Shapeways.com! Copy and paste this link for photos and more information on this kit: http://wmunderway.mysite.com/gallery21/gallery21.htm

Lindberg F-86D Sabre Jet Fighter, 1/48, 522-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$125   

Hard-to-find 1950s issue with incredible Ray Gaedke artwork. The box is in investment-grade 'near mint' condition with like-new color and gloss, four solid corners, no price tags or tag marks, no tape or tape marks (not even from factory sealing tape!), no fading and no litho damage. The only flaws are very slight wear. Features pilot and ejection seat, two piece canopy, optional fuselage rocket tray, full landing gear, two wing drop tanks and 8 wing mounted rockets. Molded in silver and clear and includes a display stand and very colorful decals for the box art aircraft Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, 'excellent++' condition 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.

Lindberg Convair XFY-1 Vertical Take-Off, 1/48, 526-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$85   

Rare early issue from the 1950s with fantastic Ray Gaedke artwork. The Convair VTO was a Navy program for a high performance zero-length take off fighter. The aircraft flew well but transition from vertical/horizontal and back was tricky. This, combined with the performance of the new jets signaled the end of the program in 1955. Comes with boarding ladder. Molded in the correct high gloss silver and clear. Never started. 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.

Aurora Martin B-26 Marauder, 1/46, 371-259

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$359   

Very rare first issue from the early 1950s. When Aurora moved to the West Hempstead plant, they planned a series of very large scale bombers. All kits released up to this time had been small. Aurora's instincts were correct, and the B-26, B-25 and B-29 were a big sales success. This box art was done by Jim Cox and was only used for about one year, making it very rare. The kit has never been started and is inventoried 100% complete with all parts, large clear stand, instructions and decals.

RCM P-61A / P-61B Black Widow, 1/32

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Bagged

$110   

SPECIAL ORDER vacuform kit. Not shipped from stock. Kit is molded upon receipt of payment. Time from receipt to shipping your kit is usually 6 to 8 weeks and occasionally longer. Kit includes resin and/or metal details -clear canopy and full size plans/instructions. Details included will vary from kit to kit but may contain landing struts - wheels - props - engines (not jets) - some cockpit parts - seats - etc. Other parts will need to be scratch built or from your spares box. Decals not furnished. Vacuform kits are only recommended for modelers who are experienced with this type of model. Special skills and scratch building experience are required. If you are curious, I highly recommend that you read the article 'How To Build Vacuform Model Kits' which is located on this website.

Revell 105mm Howitzer, 1/40, H539-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$55   

Still factory sealed. 1995 reissue of the classic 1958 kit. Ideal builder since it is made from the original 'S' kit molds. Box artwork is a reproduction of the original artwork. Gun barrel swivels, elevates and has recoil action. Wheels turn with flexible tires and trails fold inward for towing. Includes 4 G.I. figures, shells, crates and detailed 'battle-ground' base.

Revell Sears Buggy Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H45-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$46   

1953 early issue molded in green plastic. This is from the issues produced by Gowland & Gowland as it carrier their 'balloon' logo on the side. This kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. 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.

Monogram Grumman Gulfhawk (F3F) Gulf Oil - Blue Box Issue, 1/32, 6850

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG-

$110   

Third or fourth issue. Note the four digit part number, Mattel logo and "Blue Box" dated 1967. This airplane is a civil F3F that was flown for Gulf Oil by the famous stunt pilot Al Williams. The kit has several action features: When you pull the prop outward and rotate it CCW, the landing gear retracts. Pull it outward and rotate it CW, and the gear extends. Push the prop in, and it freewheels as normal. Kit features a movable control surfaces, highly detailed cockpit, full decals including striping, sliding canopy, bracing material and instructions for rigging, and is molded in clear, orange and gray. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The box shows much better than the 'very good-' rating, but is rated as such because there is clear tape along the bottom of the sides and box bottom tray.

William H Low Co Rumsey Service Hose Reel 1850 - Wilo Line Fire Trucks, 1/24, CR110

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$89   

Very rare. Likely from the 1940s. William H Low Co., of Braintree Mass., issued the 'Wilo Line' which featured a superb series of antique commercial firefighting equipment, all in 1/48 scale. Bill Low was the designer of all kits and he was a superb model maker. The scale is given as 1/2" and the finished model wagon is approximately 7 inches long without the horse hitch and ~ 12 inches long with it. The kits were very advanced for the time and shared many of the pre-fabrication methods of Hudson Miniatures. Wilo Line kits features "all parts in this kit cut to size and shape." Includes plastic injection molded spoke wheels, precut and machined large and small wooden parts, beautiful, metal stock, a sealed bag of smaller parts including a great many more fully carved wood parts, metal parts and full size plans with numerous drawings and detailed text instructions. There is even a big photo of the actual prototype. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed small-parts bags with the non-sealed parts inventoried complete including instructions/plans. The kits in this line include Amoskeag Steamer, Hose Reel, Hose Wagon, Chemical Engine and many others. In most cases they are the only kits in existence of these historic vehicles. Bill Low did design at least one 'non-fire truck' kit in his Will-O-Line - a Conestoga Wagon, advertised as being 1/24 scale, kit #B14 for $2.85 listed as "This is another Museum Piece by Bill Low." After seeing these fire truck kits, I do not doubt that.

Minicraft 1907 Rolls Royce Touring Car, 1/16, 11215

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$75   

Most likely ex-Bandai. Very large scale (1/16) and highly detailed. Features a rolling chassis build just like the full-size vehicle, detailed engine and engine compartment, removable hood, full suspension, driveline and exhaust, complete interior, optional top and many accessories. Molded in multiple colors and with rubber tires. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Tamiya Williams FW-07 Albilad, 1/20, GC2014

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$49   

Highly detailed 1/20 static display model with removable cowling, detailed engine, interior and driver figure. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

Aurora Atomic Submarine Nautilus SS571, 1/242, 500-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$179   

Rare, Brooklyn-produced, early 1950s U-Ma-Kit. This was Aurora's first naval model. Molded in the correct glossy very dark gray plastic and includes a display stand and decals to match the box art. Never started and complete with all parts, remarkable 'excellent' condition decals and 'near mint' instructions. Even the original factory tissue packing paper is present. The box has excellent color, four solid corners with no repairs, no fading and no price tags. The only tape is the factory sealing tape on the long sides. There is light general shelf wear and edge wear as shown.

Revell Israeli Mirage 5J or French Mirage 5F, 1/32, H155

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$185   

Very rare 1975 release. Builds either version, 'F' or the 'J.' Well detailed for that time with mixed fine recessed and raised panel lines, removable jet engine, full cockpit, opening canopy, missile/bomb/rocket pod load-out and optional position landing gear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and decals and instructions, both in 'excellent+' condition. Please read the two articles on this website about saving old decals before using any older kit decals.

Strombecker Walt Disney's RX-1 Space Ship - 4 Stage Rocket from 'Man in Space', 1/265, D26A-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$250   

Very rare science fiction kit from the late 1950s that Strombecker issued in cooperation with Walt Disney's classic motion picture 'Man In Space'. The RX-1 features a 1st stage with 29 engines, 2nd stage with 9 engines, third stage with one engine, and a reusable RX-1 Shuttle on the top. Model features all motors, four removable stages, launch pad and gantry with large colorful decal sheet in exceptionally good condition. Molded in correct gray plastic. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Airfix Saab AJ-37 Viggen, 1/72, 03015-1

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG++

$26   

Still factory sealed. Airfix type 4 logo kit dated 1975. Nicely molded kit with optional position landing gear, two piece canopy, a very large variety of under-wing loadouts and decals for one Swedish Air Force aircraft.

Aeroclub Gloster Gamecock I, 1/48

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$49   

Still the only Gamecock in 1/48 scale. Rare, limited issue. The kit consists of vacuformed main components, cast metal engine, intake manifold, landing gear struts, prop, machine gun and more, two sizes of airfoil cross section stock, other strip and round stock as needed, colorful decals and instructions. The vacuform parts of a very high quality - higher quality than many injection molded kits. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Monogram Ford F-150 Ranger Pickup Truck - (F150), 1/24, 2262

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$36   

Dated 1980. Very nicely detailed featuring full engine, excellent engine compartment and opening hood, detailed chassis with two or four wheel drive driveline & differential, opening tail gate, optional bed cover, detailed interior and more. Molded in gloss red, clear and chrome plate with rubber tires. NOTE: this kit has minor and neat assembly. The long block (engine 1/2, intake, heads and exhaust manifolds) are built to 'professional' quality. The two bed inner walls are assembled to 'excellent++' quality. There is no other assembly and zero painting. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Although the box has bug damage, the decals and instructions are in 'excellent++' condition. Before you use any older kit decals, please read the articles (located on this website) about saving old kit decals.