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Revell 1903 Model A Ford Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H36-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$40   

1952 first issue in the 'Series One' yellow box. Molded in gloss black. This is from the issues produced by Gowland & Gowland as it carrier their 'balloon' logo on the side. 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. This kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts present and 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 fits 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 1910 Ford Model T Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$36   

1952 first issue in the 'Series One' yellow box. This early issue has the Gowland & Gowland 'balloon' logo on the long sides and no price extension on the part number. 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 black plastic. This kit has never been started. Inventoried complete with with all pieces present and 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 Highway Pioneers Five Kit Gift Set - 1903 Model A Ford / 1910 Model T Ford / 1909 Stanley Steamer / 1903 Cadillac / 1900 Packard, 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$145   

Very rare. From 1952 or '53. This is one of (if not) Revell's first gift set. It is Gowland-produced with no part number. Gowland designed and molded these kits as well as providing the box artwork (signed D.K. Gowland) and instructions - Revell did the marketing. Inside, the kit is correct with all cardboard dividers, all small parts still factory sealed in the correct wax paper bags, cars molded in red, black, dark blue, yellow and green, tires molded in black and correct instructions. The models have never been started. All kits have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts present. 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. By the late 1910 and early '20s, many dedicated modelers were building 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. By the 1930s, the 'Aviation Craze" had taken hold of this country and kits appeared everywhere. However, it was estimated at the time that at least 80% of these were never sucessfully completed (and fewer than that flown). That changed in the early 1950s with the advent of plastics and affordable injection molding equipement. The phenomenon of the all-plastic 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 were completely molded to shape in color and could be built in an hour after dinner. When complete, they 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...and adult males as well!

Trumpeter HMS Repulse 1941 - Renown Class Battlecruiser, 1/350, 05312

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$115   

Highly detailed, large-scale kit with over 660 pieces and three large frets of photoetched details. Can be built in full hull or waterline versions. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Revell Highway Pioneers Six Kit Gift Pack - Foreign Car Seires / 1953 MG TD / 1907 Renault Limo / 1911 Rolls Royce / 1913 Mercedes Torpedo / 1953 Jaguar XK-120 / 1915 Fiat Tourer, 1/32, P495

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$179   

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Very rare set from about 1953 which includes all six models, a glass bottle of Pactra Cement, a brand-new Pactra set of legendary 'Namel paints in 8 colors: red, yellow, blue, white, black, gold, chrome silver and thinner and a brush. Never started; all six kits are still factory sealed in the original 'krinkle' bags and include the correct instructions. Molded in dark green, bright red, very light green, yellow and light blue plastic. Inside, the kit is correct with all cardboard dividers. 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. Starting the 1910 and '20s, many dedicated modelers began building 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. The availability of wooden model kits expanded rapidly after Lindberg's flight due to the nation-wide 'Aviation Craze.' However, it was widely reported by hobby publications that because of the high degree of skill required in building wooden aircraft that less than 80% of the kits purchased were successfully completed (and far fewer flown). That changed in the early 1950s with the introduction of plastics and injection molding machinery. The phenomenon of the all-plastic Gowland & Gowland 'Highway Pioneers' car kits was a significant force in proving that model building as a hobby could have mass appeal, since 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 - and had zero carving or painting required. 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...and adult males as well! The instructions in this issue highly illustrated and show several gift set boxes: the giant 'Collectors Kit' with 10 cars, glue and paint, H42 Series II with 5 cars, H37 Series I yellow box with 5 cars and H-49 Series III with 5 cars. Strangely there is no mention of this set.

Trumpeter USS Texas BB-35 Battleship - With Hunter Wood Deck, 1/350, 05340

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$84   

Includes a beautiful Hunter laser-cut wood deck in mint, never condition. The actual kit is very highly detailed with 840 parts and three PE frets. The kit has never been started. The smallest parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags; all other parts are inventoried complete. With decals and instructions.

Tamiya German Sd.Kfz.250/3 Greif - With General Rommel And 11 Soldiers, 1/35, MM213A

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG++

$44   

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Still factory sealed. Very highly detailed armor model includes decals for Rommel's half track, eleven soldiers and General Rommel figure.

Revell Marine Attack Squadron F-8E Crusader Marines VMA-AW-533 / A-4E Skyhawk Marines VMA-211 / A-6E Intruder Marines VMF(AW)-232 - Yankee Station Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club, 1/72, 4784

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$64   

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1988 issue that includes all three aircraft. The models are nicely done with all recessed panel lines and full US Marine decals. Never started. All three are still in the internal factory sealed bags. Includes decals and instructions.

Wingnut Wings Roland D.VIa - (DVI), 1/32, 32022

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$259   

Out of production. This is an amazingly well detailed injection molded model with a fret of PE details and a wide variety of decal choices. Never started. All parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Hobby Craft Vought F7U-3/3M Cutlass - US Navy VC-3 or VX-4 - (F7U3/3M), 1/48, HC1600

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$68   

Features all fine recessed panel lines, four separately molded leading edge wing slats, separately molded ailerons, two piece canopy, drop tanks and four Sparrow I Missiles. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Tamiya 20mm Flakvierling 8 ton Semitrack Sd.Kfz 7/1, 1/35, MM150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$38   

Very highly detailed and well molded featuring excellent half track and mounted 20mm quad flak gun unit with five figures in winter gear. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Trumpeter USS Yorktown CV-10 Aircraft Carrier 1944 - Essex Class, 1/350, 05603

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$105   

Very highly detailed and features 678 pieces, your choice of full hull or waterline build, hanger deck, three types of aircraft with folding wings, extensive decals and much more. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Airfix German E-Boat - Kriegsmarine Schnellboot - S-Boat, 1/72, 10280-1

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$95   

First issue from 1975 issue with excellent detail. Features a full hull molded in medium gray and clear and all deck fittings and details as well as crew members. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Hobby Craft Avro CF-100 MK IV All-Weather Fighter, 1/48, HC1650

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$135   

Large model and the only 1/48 injection-molded Canuck ever made. Features recessed panel lines, 'good' cockpit, pilots and RCAF decals. Never started. All parts are still in the factory sealed bag with decals and instructions.

Tamiya Panther Type G Early Version - Panzerkampfwagen V Panther Ausf.G / Sd.Kfz.171, 1/35, 35170

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$42   

Still factory sealed. Very highly detailed armor kit.

Tamiya Sturmpanzer IV Brummbar Sdkfz 166, 1/35, MM177

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$32   

Very well detailed and molded. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Testors Lockheed TR-1A - NASA ER-2 / TR-1B Two Seater, 1/48, 580

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$54   

Builds any one of the three and includes colorful NASA decals. The NASA craft is white/gray with NASA blue and gray pinstripes. One USAF version is black, and the other is white. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

MPC Dukes Of Hazzard General Lee Dodge Charger - From The Television Show, 1/25, 1-0661

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$124   

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Still factory sealed. 1979 issue of the Dodge Charger in General Lee paint scheme from the famous TV series. Features detailed engine and engine compartment, opening hood, complete interior with roll cage, custom mag wheels and more. With colorful decals. Molded in colored plastic, clear, chrome, red tinted clear and with rubber tires.

MPC Chevy Dust Devil - Stock 1979 Chevrolet Pick Up Truck Or Custom Version, 1/25, 1-0419

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$134   

Still factory sealed; this is a rare kit and even more so in this condition. Dated 1978 and builds a stock 1979 Chevy Pick Up or the wild version shown on the box art. Truck is very well detailed with full engine and engine compartment, opening hood, full interior, molded underside detail and more.

Monogram Huey Chopper - Bell UH-1B Iroquois - Army Gunship - White Box Issue, 1/48, 6809

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$38   

Still factory sealed. This is the 1973 White Box issue that has Army decals. Very nicely detailed and features rotating main and tail rotors, full interior, optional position doors, pilot figure and machine guns.