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Revell Convair Atlas - America's First Interncontinental Ballistic Missile - 'S' Issue, 1/110, H1822-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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Dated 1958. Very rare ICBM and the first and only issue of this Revell 'S' kit representing the Atlas in ICBM configuration. Reissues are impossible because the the molds were altered to make the Mercury Atlas kit. Very highly detailed and molded in correct white, gray and bright yellow plastic. Features elevating missile support arms and hinged break-away supports, complete launching base, ramp and pad, missile truck and trailer that elevates 90 degrees to load missile and crew. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. NOTE: one part (a tiny ladder) is silver and it should be white. It is from this kit but the Mercury-Atlas issue. The decals are in exceptional 'near mint' condition with the slightest yellowing as the only flaw. The instructions are also 'near mint' with typical yellowing. The box has great color and gloss, four solid & original corners, no repairs and no fading. However, it is only graded 'very good+' because there is corner wear, edge wear and other general moderate to light wear as shown. Shipping insurance is required for this kit. This model has a great history. Fresh on the heels of the initial "Missile Boom" in model kit sales, Revell quickly planned a large series of missile kits. In order to make them more interesting, any accessories that could be included were such as launchers, transports, cranes and crew. Spurred on by early success, Revell decided to create an expensive missile model by adding all the trimmings - a complete base with support equipment. The result was the Convair Atlas ICBM, which sold for the almost unheard of price of $1.98 in 1958. However, the missile kit sales bubble exploded almost right at that moment and inventory turnover dropped to almost zero just as fast. The Atlas and most other Revell, Aurora and Monogram missiles were dropped from the line up. The high price and nearly non-existent sales ensured the rarity of this kit, but there was more to come. For a long time, it looked like Revell had wasted a small fortune on this kit. But in a few short years the Atlas would carry the Mercury Capsule into space. Revell would dust off the molds, cut in the correct changes and issue a new kit, the Mercury Atlas "Everything Is Go!" model. This model was a success for many years but the mold modifications made any reissue of the original Atlas ICBM impossible. From my friend Stephen Payne, Major, USAF (Ret): The launch pad in both kits used Launch Complex - 14 (also known asSpace Launch Complex-14 or "Slic-14") as their example. LC-14 waspart of what was known as ICBM Row at Cape Canaveral and originally usedto test the Atlas ICBM prior to being converted for the Mercury Spaceprogram (starting with John Glenn's orbital mission). The yellow & white trailers seen here were the gaseous nitrogen tube bank trailers. The nitrogen trailer in both Atlas kits came from the accessories associated with the Revell Thor kit. Having spent 5 years working at the Cape, I passed this site numerous times. Unfortunately, time & the elements have resulted in the removal of all ruminants of SLC-14. Only the memorial (with associated timecapsule) remains.

Antares Curtiss SC-1 Seahawk - Landing Gear or Floats, 1/72, 001

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very good quality moldings featuring recessed panel lines. Can be built at a floatplane or with landing gear. Never started. Factory sealed bag with decals and instructions. The Seahawk was the last aircraft to serve aboard US Navy Battleships and Cruisers. The SC-1 was the single-seat replacement for the venerable Kingfisher. The design was a success, but saw limited use at the end of WWII due to the late service introduction. Top speed was 315 MPH with Float, a range of 650 miles and a ceiling of 32,000 feet.

Unicraft Blohm & Voss Bv P.188.04 - (P-188 04 / BVP-188), 1/72

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory tape sealed. Very rare model of this advanced German design. Nicely detailed, limited-run resin kit.

Unicraft Blohm und Voss Zerstorer, 1/72

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory tape sealed. Very rare model of this advanced German design. Nicely detailed, limited-run resin kit.

Unicraft Junkers Ju-287 B-1 Mistel 4 - (Ju287B1), 1/72

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory tape sealed. Rare. Nicely detailed, limited-run resin kit. NOTE: Unicraft only included the Junkers Ju287 with this kit. As the box top notes, the Me262 and Ground Trolley are not included.

Skybow M38A1C 1/4 ton 4x4 With M40A1 106mm Recoilless Rifle - US Army 82 Airborne / US Army 101 Airborne / Marines 3rd Division Vietnam 1963, 1/35, TP3505

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very nicely detailed. Builds a full rolling chassis just like the actual vehicle. Features complete engine and suspension, full exhaust, driveline, underside shields, complete interior, optional 'up' or 'down' windshield, accessories, detailed gun with moving parts and decals & paint guide for all versions listed. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Unicraft Gudkov Gu-VRD, 1/72

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory tape sealed. Very rare model of this advanced Soviet design. Nicely detailed, limited-run resin kit.

Lindberg Republic F-91 Thunderceptor / XF-91, 1/48, 513-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

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Still factory sealed. This a late 1950s issue and the second Lindberg boxing of this kit. By far it has the most interesting artwork, this time done by Ray Gaedke. 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.

Huma Model Junkers Ju-287 V1 - Jet Bomber, 1/72, 5001

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

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Still factory sealed and a very rare kit. This is the only injection molded Ju-287 ever made and long out of production.

Amodel Yak-28R - Brewer D - Multi-Sensor Reconnaissance Aircraft, 1/72, 7291

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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A good model of this attractive aircraft that was one of the most successful of the Yak-28 line. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

MRC CH-34 US Army Rescue - Army #71743 or Army #54465, 1/48, 64103

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Well detailed inside and out with more than 320 parts. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Hasegawa Falcon 10 Executive Jet - Dassault Falcon Jet Promotional Give Away From NBAA 1981, 1/48, 1159

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Fair

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Still factory sealed but the seal has split as shown and drawn the box top concave. Dassault gave these to prospective buyers at NBAA 1981 in Anaheim, California. Larger scale (1/48) kit from the early 1980s. Features complete cockpit and executive interior, optional position passenger doors and full decals including stripes.

Revell 1953 Jaguar XK-120 Highway Pioneers - Series 4, 1/32, H56-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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1953 original issue of the famous Highway Pioneers 'Foreign Car' series. These issues feature the same 5 car artwork on every box; the only way to identify the contents was an ink-stamped name on the box ends. Molded in light green plastic. This kit has never been started. All parts are still in the factory sealed bag. Includes instructions. 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 Bristol Beaufighter Mk IF - Flt./Lt. John ' Cats Eyes' Cunningham's Aircraft, 1/32, H251

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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1974 issue. Well detailed large scale kit of the British night fighter with airborne interception radar. The Beaufighter was flown by aces such like Flt./Lt. "Cat's Eyes" Cunningham, whose markings are included. His final score stood at 20 victories and his aircraft is depicted in this model. Kit features detailed Bristol Hercules engines, removable cowling, two flight crew, optional position landing gear, full crew cockpits and radar antenna. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Testors Chevrolet 15 CWT - British / Canadian / Australian, 1/35, 772

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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From 1983 and a very nicely detailed kit with 170 parts. Features complete underside and suspension, full cab interior and optional tarp for the cargo bed. Includes decals for all three countries. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

Tiger Werke 10.5cm leFH18(Sf) Auf Geschutzwagen Hotchkiss 39H(f), 1/35, TW35001

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. Very rare and a highly detailed high-definition cast resin model kit.

Testors M101 105mm Howitzer With Crew, 1/35, 828

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Well molded and detailed with 71 pieces. Features elevating and turning gun that correctly slides in the mount, three crew with sidearms, helmets, etc., ammo box and more. For use in dioramas, you can attach this gun to Testors 1/35 Jeep or Truck models of the same scale. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.

Minicraft 1948 MG TC Sports Roadster - (ex Entex / ex Bandai), 1/16, 1512

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Well detailed large-scale model from the original, high quality Bandai molds. Features hinged hood, fully detailed chassis, engine and interior with very well molded wire wheels. The top can be displayed up or down. Molded in clear, bright red, black, silver, white, chrome and with rubber wheels. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Tamiya Chikuma Heavy Cruiser - With Eduard 53102 PE Set / Toms Modelworks IJN Cruiser Details, 1/350, 78027

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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Build the ultimate Chikuma! Includes the superb Eduard #53102 IJN Chikuma Photoetched Brass Super Detail Set and Tom's Modelworks #3580 IJN Cruiser Details in 1/350 scale. The actual model needs little introduction and is easily the finest model ever made of this subject. It can be assembled waterline or full hull and comes with a Tamiya-furnished set of photoetched details. Never started. The smaller parts are still in the factory sealed bags; all other parts have been inventoried complete and includes decals and instructions.

Italeri Bofors 40mm Anti-Aircraft Gun With Four Figures, 1/35, 6458

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. 2007 issue and a very nice kit of this effective and popular AA gun which became the US standard during WWII and beyond.