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Jetco Thermic Trooper Towline Glider - 30 Inch Wingspan - Superflite Series, G-5

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Jetco was a producer of high quality gliders (the famous Thermic series), rubber and gas free flight and radio controlled aircraft. Jetco kits used the best materials and are very well engineered and complete. Kit is of balsa design and includes die-cut balsa parts, completely shaped wing trailing edges, strip stock, nose block, yellow covering tissue and full size plans/instructions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. the kits in the popular Superflite series included Thermic B, Thermic 20, Thermic Dart, thermic Trio, Thermic 18, thermic C, Trooper, Thermic 36, Lark, Hawk, Jet 50, Cougar and Cutlass.

Maircraft Douglas DC-3 United Airlines' Mainliner 180 - Scale Solid Model Kit, 1/48, X-2

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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One of the rarest and most valuable aircraft models in US history, and certainly the finest solid model ever produced. The add from Model Airplane News in 1947 states 'MUCH MORE THAN A MODEL - IT'S A MINIATURE AIRPLANE!' - and it's true. The company originally produced solid scale models, but plastics were just coming into play and plastic was not considered a 'strategic war material.' Maircraft decided to produce their first deluxe kit with many injection molded details, and the excellent P-61 Black Widow model was introduced in 1945 at a very high price for that time. The P-61 must have sold, as the next project was determined to be the DC-3. Development of this great kit must have taken 1/2 a year or more as . Maircraft started to run adds in late 1946 modeling magazines with a 'price to be announced' statement; the January Model Airplane News add showed the whopping price of $9.95 - almost unheard of during that time. Maircraft's timing for such a wonderful model was unfortunate - almost all model manufacturers predicted a huge boom in sales once the war ended and the opposite occurred, causing poor sales and high inventory levels. Maircraft went out of business shortly after introduction of the DC-3. I purchased this model from the original owner who purchased it new in 1947. This kit has never been started and is complete. The box is complete, has great colors, no tears, solid original corners and some litho bubbling. There is no fading, stains, writing or tears in the cardboard or the litho. The box has general age and shelf wear as shown and is slightly crunched as it appears that someone place a heavier box on it at one point. The kit has never been started and is inventoried 100% complete. All internal display packing cardboard is intact. All injection molded details are still factory-affixed to the red display - landing gear and braces, two exhaust stacks, main wheels, rear baggage door and door frame, two air scoops, two cowls, two props, two P&W engines, forward cargo door and door frame, tail wheel, VHF Range and Glide Path antenna, loop antenna, two clear landing lights, main entrance door and door frame, tail wheel well and strut, two oil coolers and two clear landing lights. For the wooden parts, high quality balsa is used. Wings and stabilizers are cut to profile, except the center wing section was finished to an airfoil by the factory. Engine nacelles and fuselage sections are factory-cut and about 70% to shape. Many other factory-carved and stock wooden parts are present as well. The elaborate 'Douglas DC-3 Complete Template Sheet' is intact. Clear window material for cabin windows is included and the bag of hardware is still factory sealed. Paperwork is complete and excellent as well, including the parts order sheet, sheet, 'Note from the Engineering Staff' and the 'Douglas DC-3 Illustrated Instruction Brochure' book are all in excellent condition with light foxing as the only flaw. The plans - the crowning glory of the model - are perhaps the most accurate ever produced outside of Douglas Aircraft Company. They are in excellent condition and have probably been opened two or three times judging from the lack of wear. The large and colorful decal sheet is 'excellent' and flat and has only light yellowing and age wear. Please note that the fuselage is hollow when built and full details are provided for cockpit and cabin detail and notes on lighting the model. A true investment-quality piece of modeling history for the advanced collector. For the protection of the buyer this model will only be shipped via Express Mail Insured. Maircraft was originally founded in the early or mid 1930s by Gordon Christoph and went by the name Aircraft Model Company. The company produced a typical line of solid 'profile cut' kits that required the usual high talent levels for carving and finishing. A former Comet Model Airplane & Supply Co. salesman, Jack Mair, bought the company in the early 1940s and renamed it Maircraft.

Aurora Ryan X-13 Vertijet - With Mobile Operational Trailer, 1/48, 376-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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First and only issue of this very rare kit dated 1957. Large-scale model is very well detailed and molded for that time and one of Aurora's best kits. Features a fully operational mobile operations trailer that can be put into transport, launch or recovery positions, working elevating cylinders, rigging instructions, decals, ladder & ground crew basket, scale figure, tow bar and decals. The aircraft features very fine raised surface detail and recessed control surface lines, pilot and 'good' cockpit details, prototype marking and more. It is molded in gloss silver & clear plastic while the trailer/launcher is a bright yellow. The kit has never been started. All parts are still in the factory sealed bags; one for the silver and one for yellow. Includes 'very good+++' condition decals and 'excellent+' instructions.

Monogram Speedee-Bilt Grumman F9F Panther Jet - Flying Scale Model For Jetex Engine, G16-100

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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Rare model dated 1957. Scale flying wooden rubber powered model from the early 1950s. Before there were plastic models, there were wooden aircraft kits. These usually came in two types - solid and stick and tissue. The solid models were static and usually contained a few blocks of balsa and sometimes a detail part or two. These "Make Wood Look Like Plane" models required a very high level of skill in carving and finishing. The stick and tissue variety were slightly easier to build and provided the ultimate thrill - they could fly when complete with rubber power (and later with free-flight gas and eventually RC). They still required a great deal of skill, so manufacturers sought ways to make model building more accessible to everyone. One idea was pre-carving and/or prefabrication. This raised prices, naturally. Many manufacturers launched lines of 'easy' to build flying models but only Monogram succeeded in making an entire line at an affordable price that would actual fly. The original "Speedee-Bilt" kits were in one-piece two-color boxes. In the mid 1950s, shortly before plastic kits were available, Monogram changed to the 'hardbox' with a lithographic slick glued to the top, as this F9F kit. Speedee-Bilt kits contained die cut, factory painted wooden parts, completely formed airfoil wings (the famous and beautiful 'Monofoil'), carved wheels and numerous plastic details like the cowling, pilot, missiles, prop and more, depending on the kit. Assembly was by detailed, illustrated plans. The Panther Jet features die-cut dark Navy Blue painted balsa parts, a perfect Monofoil wing, completely carved fuselage blocks, stringers, completely finished wheels, numerous plastic detail parts such as nose, intakes, gear struts, exhaust section, pilot bust and wing-mounted missiles, clear vacuform canopy (still in mint condition, clear and not yellowed), sandpaper, full color decals, Navy Blue covering material and full instructions. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and paperwork present. My father has a fine memory and story regarding this model. During the Michigan winter months, he would naturally build models. However, they could not be flown outside so he would fly them in the basement on a tether line hooked to a full gallon paint can. This was even done with gas powered control line aircraft, using a hair pin to keep the elevator fixed in the right position! After finishing the very beautiful Speedee-Bilt F9F, he decided to install the recommended Jetex motor and do some tether flying. The Jetex started flawlessly and propelled the very light weight model to very high speeds. However, the heat of the motor casing soon caught the back on fire. It was a fascinating spectacle to watch the Panther jet circling wildly while trailing a foot or more of flame from the aft section. Finally the flames reached something important, and the craft split in two which quickly ended one of the most memorable and entertaining of all basement winter flights.

Monogram F-51D (P-51D) Mustang Action Model - Four Star Issue, 1/32, PA77-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Dated 1962. First issue of this classic 'Action Model' with great detail and mold quality. Features opening canopy to show the highly detailed cockpit, tiny levers under the wings drop 2 bombs, a small knob on the bottom rotates and extends and retracts the main gear and tailwheel; all gear doors including tailwheel open and close automatically with the gear. Not only do these features sound great, but they work. My built kit is over 40 years old and functions like new! Molded in silver, black and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The decals are flat and 100% intact but NOTE: there are are light brown stains (age foxing) on the backing paper only. The actual transfers are clear. This kit has an interesting history. In 1961, Monogram introduced the 1/32 scale Phantom Mustang. This was a very ambitious project. The kit was transparent, highly detailed and included two electric motors. One motor raised and lowered the main gear and tail wheel while the other spun the prop. Two small levers on the base dropped bombs from the wings. It was molded in clear, silver, black, red and zinc chromate green. Although successful, the kit was expensive to produce and Monogram charged a hefty retail price of $4.98. As a way to create more revenue from the molds, Monogram cleverly created this kit - using some of the same molds as the Phantom Mustang. The silver parts tree was completely re-cut and does not match the Phantom version. The red stand, gears and motorizing features were simply left out and the model molded in solid colors. The gear retraction/extension features was retained, but not motorized. On the new silver parts tree they added a small knob (placed on the bottom of the wing) and the same for the bomb dropping mechanism. This lowered the price to $1.98 and this additional revenue hopefully helped pay down the original mold costs.

Monogram Black Widow P-61, 1/48, 7546

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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First issue 'Tall box' is dated 1974 and hasd the best mold quality. This is an incredibly well detailed model for that time and features optional parts for different variants, very fine raised panel lines and recessed control surface outlines, highly detailed interior with all crew stations, optional position canopy, detailed wheel wells, removable cowl with detailed engine, optional position wing flaps and crew boarding door with stairs, rotating turret with elevating guns, optional drop tanks, 55 gallon drum, three ground crew figures and more. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: missing Diorama Instructions.

Tamiya Messerschmitt Me-262 A-2a With Kettenkraftrad, 1/48, 61082

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very highly detailed and well molded. Includes tractor as shown on box art. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Arii Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat - (F6F3) Lt. Commander Flatley CV-10 Yorktown / Lt. Framming 16th Sq CV-16 Lexington / FAA HMS Khedive 1945, 1/48, A330-600

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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From ex-Otaki molds. Features fine recessed panel lines, detailed cockpit and gear wells, optional bombs and drop tanks and decals for two US Navy and one British Fleet Air Arm aircraft from Operation Sumatra in 1945. Includes very nice full color painting guide. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

Monogram De Havilland Mosquito - N.F.II / Mk.IV / F.B.VI / II Night Intruder, 1/48, 5478

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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1992 reissue using the original high quality 1960s 'Four Star' molds. Features 122 pieces, parts and decals to build any one of four versions: NF II Night Fighter, Mk IB Bomber, Mk VI Fighter Bomber and MkII Night Intruder, detailed cockpit and much more. Never started. The parts that were factory sealed (the gray ones) are still factory sealed. The black parts were never sealed and have been inventoried complete and includes decals and instructions.

Monogram P-38J Lightning Richard Bong - Day Fighter / Droop Snoot / Night Fighter - Major Richard Bong WWII US Ace of Aces, 1/48, 5479

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Features decals for Richard Bongs aircraft 'Marge', Droop Snoot 'Bomba-Dear' and night fighter 'Night Lightning', parts for all three versions, detailed cockpit and much more Never started. The silver parts are still in the factory sealed bag; the black parts were never sealed and have been inventoried complete. With decals and instructions. F-5 parts are included but not shown on the instructions (unlike the earlier versions).

Gavia L-140 UVP Turbolet - Civil LET / Aeroflot / Military Czech Air Force, 1/72, KP0410

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Very nice kit of an unusual subject. Features photoetched details, very cleanly molded plastic parts, fine recessed panel lines, very good cockpit and full cabin detail (even including the cabin roof), parts and markings for different civil and military versions and more. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Monogram 70 Chevy Malibu - (1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu), 1/24, 2284

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

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Rare and still factory sealed. 1981 issue and a very nicely detailed model featuring full 454 CID engine and compartment, opening custom shaker hood, louvered side pipes, mag wheels, Goodyear GT Radials, rear spoiler, sport mirrors, complete interior, underside detail and more.

Monogram Jeep CJ-7 Off-Road, 1/24, 2231

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. 1978 issue and a very nicely detailed model. This Jeep features a complete engine and compartment, opening hood, full suspension and exhaust underside detail, steering shaft, box and linkage, full interior, optional position doors, hardtop or off-road top cover and more. Includes plated, clear and colored parts with rubber tires.

MPC Datsun Monster Truck - Scavenger Super 4x4 Wrecker, 1/25, 6347

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

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Still factory sealed. This is the first issue and not the recent and common reissue. Features over 145 pieces, blown Chevy V-8 engine, super detailed monster 4x4 suspension, huge monster off-road tires, detailed towing winch, full interior and more.

MPC Chevy Shortbed Off-Road Stepside Pickup - (Chevrolet), 1/25, 1-0416

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

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Still factory sealed. Very rare and from the 1970s. Features big, detailed V8 engine and engine compartment, opening hood, giant off-road tires, roll bar, detailed suspension and four wheel drive, clear sun roof, spare tire, complete interior, CB radio and antenna, west coast mirrors, large colorful decal sheet and more.

MPC Dodge Emergency Van The Cannonball Run Movie, 1/25, 1-0447

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM+

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Still factory sealed and in amazing, investment-grade 'Near Mint+' condition. Dated 1981 and from the famous all-star movie.

MPC 1977 Datsun Pickup - Stock / Dirt Racer / Custom, 1/25, 1-7708

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. This is the rare first and only issue kit of this popular 1977 pickup. This is a rather remarkable kit and is very well detailed for that time. Features a complete rolling chassis build just like the actual truck, excellent full front and rear suspension, separately molded exhaust, underside mounted spare, well-detailed engine with optional custom parts, detailed engine compartment, opening hood, full interior, roll bar, custom lights, stock and custom wheels, turning front wheels, opening tailgate and more.

Revell Sting Ray III GM Concept Car, 1/25, 7346

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. This 1993 model is one of the most fluid and aerodynamic concept cars every designed by General Motors. Features a detailed Corvette engine, flip up front end, roll bar built into dual headrests, full interior and more. Molded in purple, clear and chrome plated plastic.

AMT Bigfoot 4x4x4 The Original Monster Truck, 1/25, 6712

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed and from 1989. This is the first monster truck that started it all! Features over 110 pieces, Ford 460 CID engine with dual quad and headers, opening hood, complete 4x4x4 suspension, double roll bar with off-road lights, complete interior and much more. With full color decals.

AMT Destroyer II Monster Truck, 1/25, 6930

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Good

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Still factory sealed. Very rare model dated 1989. Very nicely detailed and features over 100 pieces, complete 460 CID Ford V8 engine, detailed chassis with 4x4 suspension and driveline, complete interior, tubular roll and light bar, Goodyear Terra Tires, full interior and more. Molded in colored plastic, clear, chrome plate and with rubber tires.