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Hudson Miniatures 1913 Mercer Raceabout Lil' Old Timers 'Quickie Kit', 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$39   

Rare. When the Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' burst upon the hobby scene in 1951, they started a hobby revolution. Plastic model kits were not new in 1951, but successful mass marketing of plastic kits was new. The sensation swept the country, and Gowland & Revell could not make the kits fast enough. The fact that the public was buying these models shocked the successful hobby establishment. One such manufacture was Hudson Miniatures. In the 1940s, Hudson had established a name in making 1/16 scale 'Old Timer' models of automobiles. These were excellent kits with wood and metal parts, but a high degree of skill was required to carve and finish the wood parts. In the late 1940s, they added some injection molded plastic parts (usually acetate wheels) to the series but did not consider a completely plastic kit. When Hudson saw what was happening with the Highway Pioneers, he began to design his own 1/32 scale line called 'Lil Old Timers', which hit the stores in 1954. An early paper fold-out catalog shows 18 models including some real gems like the 1910 International Harvester Passenger Car, 1911 Brush Delivery Truck and 1906 Columbia Electric Car just to name a few. The line was bought by Revell a short time after it's release, and Revell did reissue some (but not all) of the kits. As you would expect from Hudson, this is a nice kit with excellent moldings and detail for the time. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including instructions. The Mercer was perhaps the most famous sports car of it's day, and it can be successfully argued that it was America's first sports car. The 30 horsepower 'T' head 4 cylinder engine sped it along at over 80 miles per hour. A 1914 Mercer clocked 112 mph at Daytona Beach - no mean feat for that age.

Aurora 12 O'Clock High B-2D Martin Marauder, 1/46, 347-249

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$275   

Very rare, first and only hardbox issued as a tie-in promotion with Twentieth Century Fox Television's hit "12 O'Clock High." Dated 1965. Some of the most valuable models are linked to TV or movie promotions and the "12 O'Clock High" series from Aurora is no exception. This example has like-new color and gloss, four solid corners, no tape, tags or tears and zero fading. The only flaws are very light, even and general wear. Molded in silver and clear with the correct large 'Battle Damaged' decal sheet, which is in 'excellent' condition. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Other kits in the series included the B-17, P-51, Me-109 and FW-190.

Cleveland Ryan / North American Navion - 30 Inch Winspan Rubber / Gas / CO2 Flying Aircraft, IT 107

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$48   

Rare kit from 1947. Could be made electric powered and R/C with todays lightweight components. Big scale model features high-quality, full size plans and instructions, four sheets of excellent printwood, stripwood and spars, drilled nose block, fully finished wheels and thrust button, propeller, clear window material, covering material, other pre-cut balsa stock and block as required and the famous "C-D" full size plans with assembly instructions and drawings. Never started and inventoried complete.

RCM C-133 Cargomaster, 1/72

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Bagged

$99   

SPECIAL ORDER vacuform kit. Not shipped from stock. Kit is molded upon receipt of payment. Time from receipt to shipping your kit is usually 8 to 10 weeks. 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.

Heller Dunkerque Battlecruiser, 1/400, L1025

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$145   

Rare. The Dunkerque-class Battlecruisers were the French response to the German Graf Spee-class and the fast and well-armed Italian ships at the time. If the 1900 to 1930 span of French shipbuilding could be defined as lacking a clear vision or plan, the Strasbourg and her sister decisively ended that period. The products of superior design and engineering, the two sisters would re-define fast capital ships as would their near-sisters Battleships Richelieu and Jean Bart after them. But world events would conspire against these beautiful ships and there visibility in naval history. The Dunkerque was laid down on 24 Dec, 1932 at St. Nazire, launched on 2 Oct, 1935 and put into service on 15 Apr, 1937. Displacement was 26,500 ton and top speed was 30 knots. Main armament was (8) 330mm guns and (16) 130 mm dual purpose. The main and secondary guns were mounted in the first quadruple turrets. Both main 330 mm turrets faced forward and had almost unlimited arcs of fire - so that all main guns could fire when the enemy was sighted or in pursuit. Her superior speed would allow her to escape anything that she could not out-gun. Like most advanced ships of the day she featured the 'All-Or-Nothing' armor design or 'armored box'. The compact design and placement of the main and secondary armament allowed unusually high armor protection for a battlecruiser. Serious consideration was also given to underwater protection, and the ships had a unique and effective (as events would prove) anti-mine/torpedo system with a novel water-exclusive material. At Mers-El-Kebir, the Dunkerque was pinned at the pier. The British fired 15 inch shells, which the Dunkerque's deck armor was surprisingly resistant to. In an unlucky set of events, the auxiliary ship Terre Neuve moored next to her was sunk during the battle with a full load of depth-charges. Later, a torpedo set off the huge explosive cargo. The damage to Dunkerque was immense. She was hastily repaired and fled to Toulon, where she was joined by the hastily repaired Strasbourg. The French tried to repair Dunkerque as best they could but the wartime resources and material were very limited. However, when the Germans threatened to seize the ships, the entire fleet including the two sisters was scuttled in the harbor. The Italians raised the Strasbourg and stripped her of her guns; but she was bombed and sunk by Allied aircraft. In 1945 she was raised again, but salvage was beyond hope. In 1959 she was sold for scrap. Kit has never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Avro CF-100 Canuck - All-Weather Fighter, 1/67, 137-175

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$115   

Fantastic factory sealed investment-condition box. 1964 issue with 'Famous Fighters' in the border of the oval sunburst.

Monogram 1989 Lamborghini Countach - 25 Anniversary, 1/24, 2935

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$24   

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1991 issue. Very nicely detailed and molded. Features detailed V-12 engine and compartment, opening rear deck, detailed chassis, complete interior, opening hood with spare tire and more. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including instructions.

Revell Boeing P-26A Peashooter, 1/72, 04117

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$24   

Still factory sealed. 1994 issue. Very nicely molded kit. Includes complete decals for the aircraft on the box artwork.

Admiral Focke Wulf FW-190 A-4 Jabo - Walter Nowotny Staffelkapitan 1/JG54 1943 / Otto Berchtold I/SKG 10 1943, 1/72, KPL72001

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$24   

Very high quality model from new molds. Features all fine recessed panel lines, cast resin and PE parts, excellent cockpit,good gear well detail, bomb load and paint guide and decals for the two aircraft listed. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Fador 1908 Baker Electric, 1/16

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$69   

Rare kit dated August of 1950. Very well detailed for that time. Features mainly die-cut, machined and saw-cut wooden parts and excellent plastic wheels and lanterns. Also includes metal parts, metal stock and die-cut cardstock. Has excellent, large full-size fold-out plans with numerous elevations, a great many detail drawings and extensive instructions. The kit has never been started. The small parts are either still in the internal factory sealed bag or inventoried complete and the parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete. We think of electric cars of new; nothing could be further from the truth. From 1900 to 1915 at least 25 well-known electric car manufacturers advertised vehicles which '...were clean, quite, stylish and easy to operate - the only car for a lady.' And how true this was! Early automobiles were notoriously noisy with dirty exhaust and the constant requirement to handle smelly gasoline by hand. The Baker Electric was one of the longer ranged models - when all six batteries were fully charge it could travel about 75 miles - acceptable even today for a commute. The wheelbase was 80 inches and it had a convertible top that could be lowered or raised. Fador was another maker of big 1/16 classic cars, like Hudson Miniatures. The full name was Fador Mfg. Company and the address was 501E. Clinton St., Elmira, NY. It appears that Hudson beat Fador to the scene by a year; Hudson's spectacular product line growth starting in 1948 may have influenced Fador in the choice of subject and scale. Fador called the line 'Smallersters' and the design of the kits is very similar. Fortunately, Fador chose completely different vehicles. Because of their great decisions, these are often the only model kits ever made of these historical cars. There is no record of Fador making any plastic kits; the introduction and overwhelming popularity of the Highway Pioneers and the other kits that quickly followed may have driven them out of the market as it did many other wood manufacturers.

RCM Fairchild C-119 Boxcar - All Major Variants, 1/48

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Bagged

$98   

SPECIAL ORDER larger (1/48) vacuform kit with resin/metal parts set. Not shipped from stock. Kit is molded upon receipt of payment. Time from receipt to shipping your kit is usually 8 to 10 weeks. Contains vacuform basic airframe components, full size plans plus metal or resin parts such as wheels, prop, struts, etc. Does not include decals. Advanced modeling skills are required to build vacuform kits. Not recommended for beginners.

Hawk Lockheed Constellation L-749 - One Piece 1948 Box Issue, 1/140, 702

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$175   

Very rare. This kit is from 1949, and even predates the Gowland & Gowland 'Highway Pioneers' that started the plastic model craze in the United States. Hawk was a producer of wooden kits (with with metal details) before and after WWII, and was one of the handful of manufacturers to produce such kits (known as 'solids') in a consistent 1/48 scale. Hawk made aircraft, ship and train models in this fashion. The very first injection molded aircraft kits in the United States were made by Varney or Hawk in 1946, but they did not catch on quickly. Hawk was always an innovative and quality-driven company, and they took a gamble on injection molded kit well before they were popular. As early as 1946 they issued the 1/48 Curtiss R3C-1 with wheels. Like Varney's Fleet Sub and PT-17, they were shunned by hobby dealers. Hawk persisted with the 'Evolution of the Jet' gift set in 1948 and issued several kits - the Supermarine S6B, Gee-Bee, Howard Ike, Laird (all in acetate) and the F-84G and this Constellation (both in polystyrene). All were in the two-tone one-piece box. This model is molded in the correct glossy medium gray with a unique early stand. The model was issued with instructions but did not come with decals. The instructions tell you that '...the plane is molded in the proper base color, and if you intend to paint your favorite air-line markings be sure to use good enamel (not lacquer). The kit has never been started. The contents are either in the factory sealed bag or have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Matchbox Beaufighter Mk-X - RAF Coastal Comman 254 Sq 1945 or 144 Sq 1945, 1/72, PK-103

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$20   

1989 issue that was nicely molded with recessed panel lines and torpedo load-out. Includes decals for Coastal Command Squadrons No. 254 and 144 in 1945 and has a color painting guide on the back of the box. The model as never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Airfix RMS Mauretania Ocean Liner, 1/600, X481-800

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$95   

Rare Airfix Japan issue. The Mauretania and her sister Lusitania were considered the finest and most beautiful ships of the day, both inside and out. Launched in 1907, she quickly won the Blue Riband from the 'Kaiser Wilhelm II' for the fastest Atlantic crossing. For more than 22 years she was the Queen of the Atlantic liners. She saw extensive service in WWI as an armed cruiser, transport and hospital ship. In 1922 she was converted from coal to oil and set another record in 1931 when she crossed the Atlantic 4 times in one month. Sadly, she was scrapped in 1935 as the Queen Mary neared completion. Never started. Factory sealed internal bag with decals and instructions.

Tri-ang Douglas Boston III, 1/72, 151P

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$19   

From quality Frog molds. Features working ailerons, elevators and rudder, optional position landing gear, very good engine detail and RAF decals. The kit has not been started. NOTE: missing two pilot figures. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts, decals and instructions. NOTE: instructions are photocopies from the FROG issue.

Kora Bucker Bu-134 Light Aircraft, 1/72, 7247

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$38   

Excellent limited edition kit. Features main airframe parts in professional grade castings, detailed full interior, clear windows, photoetched parts, printed instruments, painting guide and full decals. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Revell 1934 Rolls Royce Phantom II Continental Museum Classic Issue - with Brass Stanchions / Real Cloth Top / Real Wooden Trim, 1/16, H1288

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$155   

The ultimate issue of the fabulous Revell 1/16 Rolls-Royce is this 'Museum Classic' issue from 1979. Special items in this release include real brass stanchions, gold braided rope, real cloth material for the convertible top, real walnut dash and door trim as well as a walnut display easel. The kit itself is highly detailed and features real rubber tires, spoked wheels, steerable wheels, two position doors and trunk with drop-down tool tray, fully detailed chassis and suspension, two position hood, detailed engine with wiring and more. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The one tree that was not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions.

Entex 1931 Ford Model A 2-Door Sedan, 1/16, 9014

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$125   

Very highly detailed, large 1/16 scale model that builds up a rolling chassis just like the actual car. Features highly detailed engine and exhaust, complete suspension, wire wheels and rubber tires, full interior with front seat backs that tilt forward, opening doors, hood that opens correctly as the real car and more. Molded in olive, silver, black and ivory with chrome parts and rubber tires. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the internal factory sealed bags. The trees that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete and includes decals and instructions.

Maircraft Douglas A-20 Havoc, 1/48, D-4

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$32   

Rare, large-scale solid wood display model from about 1943/44. Has a 15+ inch wingspan when built. Features factory 3-D cut fuselage (not just profile cut), profile-cut nacelles, inboard and outboard wings and stabilizers, quality print wood, a factory sealed paper envelope of small detail parts, full color decals and excellent plans with templates and instructions. Never started and complete - the small parts are still factory sealed.

Monogram Messerschmitt Me-262 A-1a or A-1B - Decals for 8 Aircraft - White Box Issue, 1/48, 5410

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$32   

Well detailed kit from 1978. Features detailed cockpit, optional position canopy and landing gear, parts to make either fighter or bomber versions, detailed gun bay with removable panel, detailed jet engine with removable cowl and a detailed paint guide and decals for 8 different aircraft. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including 'near mint' condition decals and instructions.