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Monogram B-24 Liberator Speedee-Bilt - Five Star Super Deluxe Kit, 1/60, H4-495

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Dated 1954. This is the finest H4 Liberator that I have seen. The box has like-new color and gloss, four solid corners and only light general wear. The inside is like new also. Classic early multi-media kit with a fantastic internal box presentation. Before injection molded plastic kits were common, Monogram issued the famous 'Speedee-Bilt' and 'Super Kits' which featured injection molded details and precarved wooden parts. Of these, the Speedee-Bilt B-24 and B-17 were the finest. These kits are rare today due to their relatively high original price of $4.95. This example is inventoried 100% complete with all parts, glue, dope, decals, sand paper, plans and instruction book. The kit has never been started. Still has all internal packing as shown. Amazingly, the celluloid plastic parts range from no warping to very slight warping. This is very rare, as that type of plastic was unstable and warped easily over time. Instructions, decals and plans are 'near mint' also, as are the parts sheets. No wooden parts have been punched out. This kit must be shipped insured.

Monogram Boeing B-52D Stratrofortress, 1/72, 8292

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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1977 issue of this classic kit. The visual effect of the SAC 'Anti-Nuclear Flash White' is shown well in the box art and includes decals and paint guide to make this aircraft or the camouflage version. Contains 207 parts and is nicely detailed. Features crew of three, detailed cockpit, elevating and traversing rear turret, opening and closing bomb bay doors, operating wing flaps, operating spoilers, optional position entry hatch and landing gear, and optional parts to display one nacelle open to show the jet engine. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The bigger parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions.

Monogram Bell P-39 D-1 / D-2 or L-1 Airacobra - USA or Russian Versions Blue Box, 1/48, PA227-150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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First issue of this kit dated 1968 with the "P" kit number and price extension. Very well detailed for that time and can be built as any one of three versions with markings for Soviet or US. Features full cockpit, gun bay and engine detail, removable panels, opening door and external stores. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Airfix Bren Gun Carrier and 6 pdr Anti-Tank Gun, 1/76, 01309

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Contains Universal Carrier and gun kit. Part of the excellent 1/76 Airfix armor range of kits. Kit features very good detail and crew. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

PMC Yellow Cab Taxi 1954 Plymouth Belvedere 4 Door And 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air 4 Door Promo, 1/25

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Includes both promos. Original dealer models are in 'good' condition. The bodies have typical warping as shown but display well; the worst warp is at the left lower rocker panel of the Chevy as shown. These are rollers and do not have friction drive (the drives were removed at some point). Factory plastic color is original but both have general wear and age foxing as shown. The clear on both is 'very good++' but can use cleaning. The tires are almost like new - if it was played with, it was not for long. No parts are missing and they are original except that the rear sign and some of the fine trim (door handles, trim, etc) has been correctly and very neatly adult painted. The quality is good enough to pass for factory paint.

Easy Built Models Ryan ST Trainer - 20 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft, 1/20, FF-18

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

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Still factory sealed. Very large scale stick and tissue model with a 20 inch wingspan. Designed for flight but can also be built as a display model.

Hasegawa Falcon 10 Executive Jet, 1/48, 1159

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Larger scale (1/48) kit from the early 1980s. Features complete cockpit and interior and optional position passenger doors. With full decals including stripes. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Matchbox AD-5 Skyraider - With Squadron Canopy - (A1-E or AD-5N / A-1G), 1/48, PK-651

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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Includes Squadron 'Crystal Clear Canopies' for the A-1E in mint condition. The actual kit is the rare tandem seat Skyraider in 1/48. Includes optional parts for different variants. Contains markings for Air Force 4407 Combat Crew Training Sq or Navy USS Forrestal VA(AW)-33. Features detailed full cockpit for three and crew, folding wings, separately molded rudder, optional position wing flaps, optional position landing gear and air brake, drop tanks, a full load of underwing bombs and a detailed painting guide. The kit has never been started. NOTE: inventoried and missing (1) part, the propeller. Otherwise includes all other parts, decals and instructions.

Airmodel Boeing KC-97 / C-97 Stratocruiser Conversion Kit - Bagged, 1/72, 185

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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From 1972. Quality vacuform conversion kit. Requires an Airfix or other 1/72 B-29 for wings and detail parts. Includes optional parts and full instructions for making the KC-97 tanker or C-97 cargo aircraft. Includes additional detail photos of the cockpit, tanker interior arrangement and refueling station. Never started and complete. Vacuform kits require certain modeling skills and are not recommended for beginners.

Revell Sikorsky S-55 Sabena or HO4S Netherlands Navy Valkenburg 1960, 1/48, 4410

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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1993 issue. Kit features colorful Sabena and Dutch Navy markings, detailed cockpit, rotating main and tail rotors, detailed engine and optional position clam-shell nose doors. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried and NOTE: missing two pilots. Otherwise complete with all other parts and includes decals and instructions. Please note that one tiny antenna is from this model but a different color plastic - it is from an earlier issue.

Guillows Supermarine Spitfire - Flying Aircraft Model, 50-10

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

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Still factory sealed. Rare stick-and-tissue model dated 1954. This was part of Guillow's extensive '50' line of models with wingspans between 16 and 24 inches. These were very advanced kit for their day, featuring all die-cut balsa parts, stripwood and spars, plastic cowl and wheels, completely finished wheels and thrust button, plastic prop, metal prop shaft, covering tissue and superb plans with numerous construction details. Guillow's founder, Paul K. Guillow, was a WWI naval aviator. In 1926 he began producing wooden model airplane kits. His 'Shelf Models' were some of the earlier non-flying models in production. Guillow's grew during the model boom of the 1930s, and when the Depression hit the hardest, Guillow's responded with lower prices and became one of the low price leaders, frequently advertising in Model Airplane News and other leading publications. During the war, like most manufacturers, Guillow's was forced to alternative materials such as cardboard and pine. Guillow's survived the post WWII slump by creating many inexpensive profile flying rubber powered aircraft and gliders in the 1950s (along with North Pacific) which became famous - some are still available today. The stick and tissue lines have been updated with laser cut parts and are still in production as of 2009.

Monogram OA-4M Skyhawk, 1/48, 5436

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG+

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Still factory sealed. 1985 issue. High quality kit that is very finely molded and detailed. Features full cockpits, optional position leading edge slats, detailed gear wells, external load out missiles, bombs and drop tanks, optional position air brakes and canopy and pilot boarding ladder.

Monogram P-39 Airacobra - USAAF 347th FG 67th FS 13 AF 'Hells Bells' Guadalcanal / Same Unit Another Aircraft / 54th FG 57th FS Alaska / USSR Lend-Lease, 1/48, 5213

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

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Still factory sealed. Dated 1990 and from the excellent original 1960s molds. Feature very fine panel line detail, full cockpit, gun bay and engines detail with removable panels, opening door and external stores.

Monogram Hawker AV-8A Harrier - US Marines or RAF, 1/48, 5420

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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1981 issue with the quality you would expect from Monogram. Includes decals for both versions. Features detailed cockpit and gear well, optional position nozzles, speed brake, canopy, underwing stores and optional refueling probe. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

AMT 1963 Chrysler Imperial 2 Door Hardtop 3 in 1 Customizing Kit, 1/25, 6823-149

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Rare original issue. Very nicely detailed with an impressive host of custom and optional parts. Features full engine and compartment, opening hood, complete interior and detailed underside. The kit has never been started. The stock version has been inventoried complete. On the custom version, NOTE: missing scissors jack and custom steering wheel. Otherwise includes all other parts. With excellent condition decals and instructions. Please note that the box displays better than the 'good' rating; but it is graded as such because there are tape pulls on both short ends and there is some bug damage at two lower corners.

Italeri Westland Mk III Lysander - RAF No. 239 Sq 1941 or Free French Forces Group Gretagne Tunisia 1942, 1/48, 804

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

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Still factory sealed. Nicely detailed older kit with full cockpit for pilot and observer, opening canopy, detailed engine, drop tank, decals for both aircraft and optional bomb load.

Monogram A-1E Skyraider Flying Dump Truck - White Box Issue, 1/72, 6807

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

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1973 release with Monogram and Mattel logos (on the side); note that difference in text on this box from the other White Box issue. Well molded and detailed kit with the quality you expected from Monogram. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes 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: Sealed VG

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Still factory sealed but the seal has split on the left short side. 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 for it's time.

AMT Douglas AD-4W Skyraider - US Marines / Royal Navy and US Navy, 1/48, 8622

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

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Still factory sealed. Detailed kit of one of the first Advanced Early Warning radar aircraft for the Navy. Builds all three versions: Marines VMC-1 from the Korean War, British Royal Navy 849 Sq and US Navy VC-11 from the Korean War. US versions are from 1950 (Korean War) and Royal Navy version is Squadron 849, 1956. Features detailed interior, landing gear, wing mounted fuel tanks and 65 parts.

Monogram The Big Deuce 1932 Ford Roadster - Classic Yellow Issue - Street or Show Rod or Classic Highboy, 1/8, PC88-1498

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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Rare first issue from 1963. In the early 1960s Monogram invested in a series of huge 1/8 scale models with extraordinary detail and working features. The complete line consisted of the Big 'T' Street/Rod, Big Drag Competition Roadster, Big Rod Show/Go Roadster, Big Tub Custom Phaeton and this Big Deuce '32 Ford Roadster. The design work alone for the model was $50,000; then Deuce molds cost over $150,000 to produce - an absolute fortune at the time. The total cost of the complete 1/8 scale line of cars was over $1,000,000 - in 1963 money. The result was a nearly flawless large American Automotive model that has never been equaled to this day. The Big Deuce was one of the series by famous customize Darryl Starbird and was issued in red or yellow bodies - this is the yellow issue. It measures 20.5 inches long when assembled. Fit, mold quality and finish are of the highest quality - as only Monogram could do. Very highly detailed with 284 parts molded in 6 colors, 185 parts in chrome plate as well as real rubber tires. Can be built as the classic roadster or the highboy. Each can be further customized with a variety of extra parts. The kit features operating doors and trunk lid, operating head and tail lights (bulbs and hardware included), operating tilt windshield with wind wings, realistic steering from the steering wheel, super detailed Pontiac engine with six Stromberg carburetors, individual spark plugs and ignition wires, rolled and pleated interior and trunk, dash panel with S-W instruments, chrome plated under-carriage and Le Mans wheels, realistic rubber wide whitewall tires, custom chrome firewall with instruments, plated dropped front axle, flexible radiator hoses, optional top with detailed top bow frame and much more. The model builds up a realistic rolling chassis with all suspension, driveline and exhaust items just like the actual car. Inside, the kit has never been started. All the original factory packing material is present- the lower tissue and all the clear 'separator' sections used between each part tree. The yellow plastic is brilliant, glossy and deep...it looks like paint, but it is not. The small parts are still in the small factory sealed clear bag. Monogram never sealed the other parts and they have been been carefully inventoried 100% complete. The chrome was always covered and is outstanding 'Near Mint' condition which is very unusual. Includes decals, instructions and even the Big Deuce Guarantee sheet. The decals are 100% intact but have visible age cracking; please see the article (on this website) about saving and restoring old kit decals. The box is rated only 'Good-' because is has light stains, general wear and discoloration as shown, tiny dots of white overspray and the cardboard is very brittle. There are some high-quality repairs done correctly from the inside with cardstock and book binding glue. The only missing litho is on the right short side, a 3 x 1 inch section at the very bottom center. NOTE: these kits commonly had cracked or broken yellow plastic as the high-gloss formula was very brittle. This kit has a very high-quality repair to the body where part of the cowl cracked in two places. There are close up photos of the repaired areas. The repairs are solid and reinforced from the rear so they are stronger than the original body. There repaired joints are perfectly smooth; there is no ridge. However, there is a tiny (about 1mm) chip of plastic missing on the very rear of the cowl.