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Guillows Jetfire Glider - Bagged

Wood Model Kit

$36   

Still factory sealed. 15 Cent issue from the late 1960s or early 1970s. The famous and popular Jetfire features a real plastic canopy with pilot outline, completely diecut parts with colorful red printing, assembled in less than a minute and was ready to fly! 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 2014.

Testors Junkers Ju-52 3M (Landplane) or Ju-52 3Mg5e (Floatplane) - Luftwaffe Mediterranean 1942/43 - Crete 1941 - g5e Crete 1941/42 - (Ju523M), 1/72, 869

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Good+

$30   

Still factory sealed. Well detailed kit dated 1979 from quality Italaerei molds. Includes parts for both versions and decals for the three aircraft listed. Finely molded with full cockpit, complete passenger/cargo compartment with seats (with two arrangements possible), opened or closed cargo doors, several options for top, side and lower armaments and more.

Lindberg Convair 880 TWA Jetliner, 1/189, 409-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$25   

1960s hardbox issue. Can be built wheels up or down and comes with full, nicely done TWA decals and a display stand. Very fine raised panel detail. Box artwork is by Tom Morgan, who did most if not all of this issue of the Lindberg small airliners. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

KVZ Mil Mi-4 - Civil DDR / USSR / Polish / Czech, 1/100, 15060

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$26   

German Democratic Republic kit in exceptional condition. The box top has perfect colors and minor wear only. Inside, the kit has never been started and is exactly as it left the factory and includes the clay weight wrapped in wax paper and the large metal tube of glue. It has been inventoried 100% complete. The kit is molded in clear, silver and black plastic and even includes the KVZ 'antenna wire' made of plastic. Extensive decals are furnished for all versions listed. KVZ was the logo used by this East German kit manufacturer from 1969 to 1973. During this time, some fantastic Cold War kits were produced of Russian Aeroflot Airliners and Military craft.

Addar F3D Skyknight and F4D Skyray - 2 in 1 (Ex Aurora/Comet), 901

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$36   

Still mint in the factory seal. From ex-Comet (and ex-Aurora) molds. Addar was an attempt by ex-Aurora employees to carry on the name when Aurora went under. The Skyray is 1/88 scale and the Skyknight is 1/99.

Hawk North American OV-10A Bronco Chrome Plated, 1/48, 214-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$48   

1967 completely Chrome Plated hardbox issue with John Andrews box artwork. The chrome is in amazing 'Near Mint+' condition. I have protected the parts for shipping. Still the only 1/48 injection molded kit of the short-wing 'A' Variant and an excellent kit for that time. Includes gun packs, AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles, bomb load, 'good' cockpit detail, pilot figure and 3 piece optional position canopy. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Life-Like Golden Hind - The Ship of Sir Francis Drake, B365

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$29   

Still factory sealed. From ex-Pyro molds. Nicely molded small scale ship model. Includes display stand and billowing sails.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$42   

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.

Academy Roman Warship 50 BC - 13 Inches Long (ex Imai), 1/250, 1401

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$59   

Still factory sealed. Dated 1985 and from original Imai molds. This is the large scale, highly detailed version; there is great debate about the scale listed on the box, but I do know it is about 13 inches long when assembled. Features detailed instructions, numerous drawings, billowing sails, full rigging material, detailed rigging instructions (down to how to make certain knots) and 'lion' support stands.

Testors Gates Learjet 24D - (Lear Jet), 1/48, 7500

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$65   

Dated 1998 and the only injection molded kit of the Lear 24D. When Testors acquired the IMC molds for the Lear 24, they extensively modified them to make the more recent Model 24D. Features redesigned fuselage, full interior and cockpit, opening upper and lower cabin doors, movable ailerons and rudder, opening engine cowls and detailed engine tops, removable hatch showing detailed avionics bay, rubber tires and more. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. Testors claims this kit is modeled after the Learjet 24D, although some have claimed it is more like a Lear 25; I will let you decide as I am not an expert.

Supermodel CRDA Cant Z-506 B Airone - Spanish Civil War / Italian Air Force SAR - (Z506), 1/72, 10-015

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$58   

Elegant Italian seaplane model that features markings for several aircraft: Italian SAR (white finish - Luftwaffe Crosses and large red 'Red Cross' markings, Italian Air Force (dramatically red striped wings)and Spanish Civil War Nationalist. From the 1970s and nicely molded and detailed for that time. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Easy Built Models Taylorcraft - 50 Inch Wingspan, FF-52

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$85   

Very large scale stick and tissue style kit. Features giant 50" wingspan, 6 sheets of printwood, factory-cut stringers and spars, balsa nose block and hardwood stock as required, metal rubber motor/prop hook, thrust button, rubber motor, large 8.75" diameter plastic propeller, clear window material, metal stock, covering material and well detailed, full-size plans. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts.

Matchbox LTV A-7D Corsair II - 356 TFS 'Green Demons' 354 TFW South Carolina 1972 or 357 TFS 'Licking Dragons' 355 TFW Arizona, 1/72, PK-101

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$28   

Still factory sealed. From 1973. Nicely molded with both recessed and fine raised panel lines. Features folding wing tips, a very large bomb loadout as well as a full color painting guide and decals for both aircraft.

Aurora Cutty Sark Clipper Ship, 1/260, 432-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$79   

Still factory sealed. Nicely molded smaller scale full hull kit. Kit features molded rat lines, detailed deck and fittings, display stand and rigging instructions.

Revell Boeing 707 Varig - Kikoler Issue, 1/144, H246

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG-

$89   

Rare Kikoler (Brazil) issue. This is the early version 707 with the short vertical stabilizer and turbojet engines. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and excellent decals and instructions. NOTE: one nose wheel is a different color. It is from another issue of the same kit.

Lindberg American Cup Racer With Sails - (ex Pyro), 1/96, 710

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$49   

From original Pyro molds and a very nice kit of the famous schooner that would race between New York and Bermuda. Measures about 20 inches long when built. Nicely detailed for that time featuring a one piece, full hull, complete deck fittings and houses, very crisp vac molded billowing sails (in mint condition), full rigging instructions and more. NOTE: this kit has very minor assembly as follows: 3 eyebolts are glued to the forward hull. There is no other assembly. Quality of assembly is 'good' as there is a small amount of visible glue that can be easily sanded away. Inventoried and NOTE: missing one part, (1) of (4) lifeboat seats. Easily made from flat styrene using the three included seats. Otherwise includes all other parts and instructions.

Tamiya M4 Sherman Tank Early Production, 1/48, 32505

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$24   

Well molded and detailed smaller-scale armor kit with a die-cast metal chassis. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Airfix Focke-Wulf FW-190D Black Side Issue Craftmaster, 1/72, 1223-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$24   

Still factory sealed and in investment-grade condition. This is the black-sided box variant. A well-holed and damaged FW makes a hasty power-off landing in this great box art. The emergency vehicles race down the runway ready to douse the flaming engine. The pilot has the canopy open to clear the smoke or to make a hasty exit...or both. This is the larger format box version of this kit and has black sides. The smaller box is kit #6-39. There are at least three known Craftmaster box variants with this box art - the small box one 6-89 and two kits sharing #1223-50; one has black side panels and one has white.

Frog Bristol Beaufighter Mk.21 Spin Issue - 31 Sq 77 Wing Dutch East Indies 1944 / 22 Sq RAAF Australian Air Force Sanga Sanga Phillipines Late 1944 - Green Series, 1/72, F291Spin

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$29   

Hard-to-find 1970s 'Spin' version. This kit contains the extra parts required to accept the Frog F20 Spin-a-prop motorizing kit (not included). Nicely molded kit with no rivets for a realistic model when built. Has load-out and markings for the two aircraft listed. The kit has never been started. The actual airplane has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: missing display stand. 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, 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.

Lindberg French Galley La Reale, 834

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$32   

From 1975 and part of Lindberg's excellent line of smaller ships. Nicely detailed model is about 7.5 inches long when assembled. Features one-piece full hull, detailed deck and superstructure, all oars, flag masts, fore and main masts, vacuform sails, display stand and even a rigging guide/photo on the instructions. Sails are in mint condition. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. The small scale Lindberg ships were molded much finer than the Pyro series - it is too bad that Lindberg did not make more of them.