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Frog Blackburn Shark Torpedo Bomber - FAA RNAS Ford (1940) / Portuguese Navy Lisbon 1936 / 820 Sq FAA HMS Courageous 1937, 1/72, F179

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$34   

Final logo issue from the late 1970s just before Frog ceased production. Nicely molded kit contains parts and decals for all three versions. Features extended or folded wings, separately molded control surfaces, prop, wheels, optional floats or wheeled version and torpedo and bomb loads. With color painting guide and decals for the three aircraft listed. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes 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.

AMT Warren Tope Trans-Am Mustang, 1/25, T206-225

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$38   

Rare original issue; not the common reissue. Nicely molded and detailed, featuring a complete engine and compartment, removable hood, full racing interior including roll cage, detailed chassis underside & driveline, and more. MOlded in white, clear, red-tinted clear, chrome plate and with rubber tires. Never started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in factory sealed bags. The parts that were never factory sealed (chrome and clear) have been inventoried complete. With instructions and "excellent++" condition decals.

KSN Midori German Sd. Kfz. 250/9 Motorized, 1/40, 200-018

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$29   

Larger-scale (1/40) kit from the 1970s with high-gloss box art. Nicely detailed for that time. Features motorized rear wheel tracked drive through a differential via a wind-up clock motor and winding key, both of which are included. Features real rubber tires, flexible tracks, interior detail, rotating turret, machine gun, accessories and more. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Lindberg Avro Vulcan Jet Bomber With Ground Equipment - Cellovision Issue, 1/96, 537-149

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$85   

Rare late 1950s Cellovision deluxe issue with Ray Gaedke artwork, intact clear panel and trading card on the back. Includes a nice assortment of scale ground equipment and ground crew molded in yellow plastc. The kit features movable ailerons, wing flaps, rudder, pilot and copilot figures and a large, clear round-base stand. The aircraft is molded in white and clear. Although the box has some tape and general wear, it is easily in above average condition, which is rare. These boxes were fragile and easily damaged by normal handling. The box art a/c, VX777, was the aerodynamic prototype of the Mk. 2, and first flew on August 31, 1957.

Hasegawa Beechcraft T-34A Mentor With Ground Tractor - US Navy, 1/72, 1088

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$34   

Well detailed with 71 parts, 'good' cockpit with two pilots, optional position landing gear, Toyota ground tractor/tug and colorful USN paint scheme. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Airfix A.W. Seahawk - T4 Blister Pack, 1/72, 01025-2

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$14   

Still factory sealed. 1973 issue includes decals and color paint guide for No. 804 Sq Fleet Air Arm RNAS Ford, England 1958 and West German Navy.

Heller Boeing 707 - Air France ' Chateau de Versailles', 1/125, L700

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$32   

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NOTE: builder only, missing parts. Very rare, from the late 1950s. One of two box art versions of this kit. Early Heller issue with fantastic artwork. Early Heller kits had some wonderful engineering (such as in the Etendard IV and DC-8) and this model is no exception. You can built this model and will look like the airplane on the cover with no painting at all. The kit is molded in white, gray-silver, clear and includes black rubber tires. The fuselage lower section is molded in gray-silver along with the wings and engines, and the upper fuselage is in white. There are colorful Air France decals in very good condition. The landing gear and gear doors can be positioned up or down. The kit has never been started. NOTE: missing one engine inlet (3 are present) and three exhausts (1 is present). You could mold replacements from the existing ones, as they are the same. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts, decals and instructions present.

Revell Junkers Ju-87B Stuka - Luftwaffe 3.St.G.5 or 4.St.G.77 Balkans, 1/32, 4661

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG++

$48   

Still factory sealed. 1994 large scale with very good detail for that time. Features full Jumo engine with removable cowling, detailed interior, crew figures, sliding canopy, bomb load and more.

Hawk Spirit of St. Louis - Ryan NYP, 1/72, 608

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$22   

Dated 1965 but this is a later version in the softbox but still with classic Tom Morgan artwork. Very nicely molded kit with all recessed panel lines and excellent fit. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Merlin Models Hawker Hart Frog Penguin Replica, 1/72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$29   

Have you ever wanted to build the world's first injection molded plastic kits? Well, now you can and for an affordable price. As you know, Frog in England produced the world's first plastic model kits starting back in 1938. Merlin Models receive permission for this very limited edition, exact replica of this historic Frog Penguin kit. Nicely molded. Also includes photocopies of the original Penguin instructions. The kit has never been started and is complete with all parts and paperwork. In the late 1930s, before WWII, Frog created the world's first line of injection molded plastic model kits. Since Frog stood for 'Flies Right Off the Ground' and Frog had a famous line of flying models, the world's first all injection molded kits were called Frog Penguin for the bird that does not fly. The Penguin Hart was among the early pre-war releases by Frog.

Wilhelmshaven Angelburg Freighter And WWII Troopship Transport - Cardstock Model, 1/250, 1016

Cardstock Paper Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$20   

This ship was launched in 1938 and had a very active career in WWII. She is listed as surviving until 1962. Features color printed high-quality cardstock - no painting required. The kit has not been started. The parts are complete and the sheets are uncut. For a history, copy and paste this address into your browser: http://www.historisches-marinearchiv.de/projekte/weseruebung/ausgabe.php?where_value=50

Orange Crush-Revell 1909 Stanley Steamer, 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

$34   

Very rare kit with a fascinating history. Around 1958/59, Orange Crush of Mexico offered a promotion. They offered free, colorful, plastic model cars if you collected correctly-marked Orange Crush bottle caps. The models are 1/32 scale Revell Highway Pioneer series - although there is no mention of Revell or Lodela anywhere on the box. Orange Crush had the boxes and even the instructions specially made for them with no mention of a manufacturer. They were never given numbers. The boxes were very thin and fragile cardboard. This has contributed to wear and you must be very cautious with them. The kit has never been started. The parts have been inventoried complete and includes the instructions. NOTE: this kit has the front springs broke off one side of the body half. You will need to repair it if you wish to build it. You could redeem your caps two ways - at the Orange Crush truck and at a Modelandia Hobby House. The box sides show the 18 cars in the series. Orange Crush also released two full-color booklets and a complete paint set for the cars. A colorful cardboard box held 7 colors of paint in glass bottles, complete with 'Orange Crush' screw-on caps! The entire promotion was done in coordination with Modelandia Hobby House which had up to 19 stores. Modelandia's name appears on each of the boxes and the paint as well. Robina S.A. was the bottler or distributor of Orange Crush in Mexico at that time. The box side lists the other 18 kits with small color pictures of each and shows three sizes of OC - Family Size (Familiar), Grand (Grande) and Normal. You could also obtain models with Titan bottle caps. Titan was also bottled by Robina and came in large (Titan) and smaller (Titancito) sizes and apparently more than one flavor. We do not know how Orange Crush had access to the plastic kits or who sealed the internal bags with the Crush instructions inside them. We can assume that it may have been Lodela, since they would have had access to the Revell molds. It is not know for how long the promotion lasted, but Orange Crush was one of the most dominant soft drinks in Mexico at that time. Here is one clue: some boxes claim that Modelandia had 13 locations; other boxes, which obviously came later on, claim 19 locations. This may indicate that this promotion went on for a significant amount of time.

Pyro 1912 Packard Model 30 Touring Car - Brass Car Series, 1/32, C457-125

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$39   

1967 Pyro issue from original molds. In the early to mid 1960s the Pyro company chose many of it's kit subjects based more on historical significance than popularity. Luckily for us, Pyro not only made these kits but did an excellent job for the time. This Pyro car model is based on the Model 30 that was on display in the Auto Aviation Museum in Cleveland, Ohio that Pyro engineers and designers had access to. The model includes rubber tires, brass plated parts, colored injection molded parts and clear parts. Features detailed chassis, complete motor and interior and a removable hood or 'bonnet'. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including instructions.

Fujimi P-47D Thunderbolt With Color Painting Guide and Glue, 1/70

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$34   

Fujimi-Mokei issue from the very early 1960s; please note this is before Fujimi used part numbers. Japan issue with very collectible artwork and high gloss box top. Includes the original glue and a very nice full color painting guide for 4 different aircraft. Features fine raised detail, rotating prop and wheels, working wing flaps, drop tank, two bombs and pilot figure. The model as never been started. The parts are still in the factory sealed bag and even includes a near mint condition Fujimi color bag header. Includes decals and instructions.

Monogram 2 Pylon Air Racers F8F And P-51B - With Racing Pylon Stand, 1/72, PA218-150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$72   

Still factory sealed. Unique kit from 1968. This model features Monogram's excellent F8F and P-51B kits molded in Racing Blue and Bright Red, special racing decals, and a large scale heavy cardstock red/white checkerboard 3-D pylon with special stand arms for a 'in flight' display of both aircraft rounding the turn.

Hasegawa Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star, 1/72, JS-038

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG++

$28   

Still factory sealed. Well molded early 1/72 Hasegawa kit and a nice model of this venerable two seat trainer. Features 40 finely molded parts, cockpit detail optional position landing gear and speed brakes and tip tanks.

Lindberg Dornier Do-335 Arrow, 1/72, 438-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$26   

1966 hardbox issue with Tom Morgan boxart. Never started. Factory sealed bag or 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.

Novo Miles Magister 1 Trainer - Bagged (Ex-Frog), 1/72, F153

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

$20   

Still factory sealed. Bagged kit with Jo Kotula artwork header. From quality Frog molds and very cleanly molded.

Life-Like HMS Victory - The Ship of Admiral Lord Nelson, 09369

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$25   

From ex-Pyro molds. Utilizes the same great artwork from the first issue. Nicely molded small scale ship model that measures about 6 inches long when assembled. Full hull kit includes very nicely engraved deck and hull detail, well-molded cannons, billowing sails and display stand. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and instructions.

Revell F-89D Scorpion - Academy Issue, 1/65, H126-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$42   

1961 issue hardbox in very nice condition. This kit is from the original "S" molds and makes a fine builder. Never started. Inside, it is factory-new. All parts and even all paperwork are still sealed in the factory bag.