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Strombecker Cessna T-37A Tweet - USAF Jet Primary Trainer, 1/48, D33-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$125   

From the mid 1950s. Strombecker was very well known for producing the finest pre-carved hardwood aircraft and missile kits, but they had a very short journey into the plastic model field. They made a total of 5 molds for plastic injected aircraft kits, the 1956 Sea Dart being the first. All were discontinued in the mid 1960s. One kit was this T-37A, which after Strombecker's demise, was issued as an Aurora kit. This is a very nice kit for that time with operating landing gear, dive brakes and canopy, as well as 'good' cockpit detail and instruction and student pilot figures. Includes very colorful and extensive decals in 'excellent' condition and full instructions with two photos of the completed model and one photo of the real aircraft, exploded parts diagram and very nicely illustrated building steps. Molded in silver and clear. Never started. Inventoried and NOTE: missing one part, the hinge frame for the canopy. Can be built without this part (Aurora eliminated it in their issues). Otherwise includes all other parts, decals and instructions.

Lindberg McDonnell F-88 Voodoo - (XF-88), 1/48, 543-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$59   

1950s first issue and still the only injection molded 1/48 XF-88. Features movable controls, detailed ejection seat and pilot, scale jet engines with inspection hatch, full landing gear, optional wing tip tanks, full landing gear and a display stand. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes 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.

Varney 40' Billboard Reefer Old Dutch Cleanser Car with Sprung Trucks - HO Craftsman Kit, 1/87, RW-1

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$39   

Sale Pending
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Excellent kit featuring real sprung trucks and steel car sides and ends that are factory prepainted and lettered for Old Dutch Cleanser. The roof is also metal and factory painted. This issue has a plastic underbody that is factory mint - it has not warped. The kit has never been started. The small parts were factory sealed are still in the sealed envelope. The large parts were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including instructions.

Heller Mureaux 117, 1/72, L095

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$18   

Early yellow-logo "L" part number issue from the 1960s with wonderful wrap around box art. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora C-141A Starlifter, 1/108, 376-250

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM++

$165   

Still factory sealed and in investment-grade condition. 1969 issue with the 'Big A' logo. Still the largest injection molded Starlifter kit ever made.

AMT 1964 Buick Wildcat 2 Door Hardtop 3 In 1 - Stock / Custom / Racing, 1/25, 6524-150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$225   

Sale Pending
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Very, very rare original issue. This is one-owner kit purchased new in 1964. Very well detailed model with full engine and engine compartment, complete interior, opening hood and many optional parts. Molded in white, chrome and clear and with rubber wheels. The kit has not been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts. Decals and instructions are included. NOTE: decals have bug damage to the backing paper only; the transfers are fine except for typical micro-cracking. There are a few minor tire burns but not on any major parts.

Guillows Jetfire Glider - Bagged

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$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.

Pyro The Privateer Antique Pistol, 1/1, C202-129

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$69   

Early hardbox issue from the late 1950s or very early '60s. In addition to cars, ships, planes and figures, Pyro added an excellent line of well-known and not-so-well-known life-sized (1/1) scale pistol and rifle models to their line. In each case Pyro gained access to the actual weapon during the kit design, insuring an accurate model. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the factory sealed bag; the two largest parts were never sealed and are complete including instructions.

Hasegawa McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo Chrome Plated - 15th TRS Kadena Air Base Japan / 45th TRS, 1/72, MJ-05-350

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair++

$64   

Very rare 1960s Japan Issue that is completely chrome plated. Each tree is individually factory sealed so the plating is in amazing factory 'mint' condition. Please note the early rectangle logo. Has decals for two high-visibility paint jobs with colorful tail markings. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. The box has water damage but the kit inside is mint as are the decals and instructions.

CM BB-2 USS Texas (2nd US Battleship 1898), 1/350

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair++

$150   

SPECIAL ORDER limited production kit. Museum quality high definition resin castings. Complete kit with all parts needed for assembly. Some kits include photo-etched details and decals if required -email for details on a certain kit. Kits are molded upon receipt of payment. Normal wait is six to eight weeks.

Testors SR-75 Penetrator 'Top Secret Aurora Program', 1/72, 568

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$95   

Large kit of the secret aircraft that has reportedly replaced the SR-71. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Please note this is the 2nd issue 'higher parts count' version with full landing gear, clear canopies and other improvements over the first issue.

Revell Boeing 747 KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, 1/144, 4223

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$79   

1983 Revell of Germany issue. Nicely molded large kit featuring detailed engine pods and landing gear, clear cockpit windows, through-molded passenger windows, display stand and a large, extensive and colorful KLM decal sheet. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Berkeley Dr. Walter Good's Royal Rudder Bug - 62 Inch Winspan RC Flying Aircraft

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$169   

Rare. 1950s model of this very early radio control aircraft with a 62 inch wingspan. Dr. Walter Good, a famous pioneer of radio controlled flight, designed this aircraft. In the 1930s he won several National competitions - often his design was the only one to fly properly. Please note the similarity in design to the early free-flight models - most early RC models had this appearance. This type of stability was required due to the difficult nature of RC control in the late 1930s. The kit features die-cut balsa and plywood, metal hardware, cut out windshield, full size plans, formed landing gear and covering material. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions/plans present. Berkeley is a very famous manufacturer of flying model kits from the Golden Age of flying aviation, about 1932-1954. Founded in 1933 by William Effinger, the company was quite progressive in producing quality kits - it was likely the Berkeley 'Buccaneer' was the first gas powered model in kit form. In the later 1930s, Effinger acquired the services of a very talented Henry Struck. Struck went on to design numerous award-winning kits under the Berkeley name. Berkeley weathered the post WWII recession and emerged as a major kit producer in the late 1940 and 1950s. These were great years for Berkeley and they produced some incredible and large kits. The company went bankrupt in about 1960 however. Fox engines (Duke Fox) bought the company and released the kits alongside his own FOX models and engines. This arrangement did not last, and in the early 1960s the Berkeley name disappeared from hobby shop shelves.

Frog TWO Vengence Mk.II A-32 - Royal Australian Air Force 24 Sq/10 Group or RAF 84th Sq India 1944, 1/72, F199

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$34   

Includes TWO model kits. Red Series issue features parts and decals to make either aircraft and an excellent full color painting guide is located on the bottom of the box for both aircraft listed. NOTE: both kits have minor 'professional' quality sub assembly and interior painting. The actual aircraft has been inventoried complete including decals and instructions. NOTE: missing display stand.

Airfix BAe Sea Harrier FRS1 - No.899 NAS HMS Hermes Falklands Campaign May/June 1982 / 700A Flight FAA RNAS Yeovilton UK 1979 / No. 801 NAS FAA RNAS Yeovilton 1988, 1/72, A03078

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$18   

An excellent kit featuring fine recessed panel lines, very good cockpit, detailed engine inlet and compressor fans, optional intake parts, detailed gear wells, optional position speed brake and landing gear, drop tank, air to surface missiles, AIM-9 Sidewinders and a full color painting guide and decals for all aircraft listed. NOTE: this kit has "professional" quality minor assembly as follows: wing halves; parts 36 (2 parts) to fuselage sides; seat to cockpit floor. There is no other assembly. Inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Paige Enterprises Log Flume - HO / HOn3 Scale Craftsman Kit, 1/87, 1003

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$44   

Highly detailed hardwood model with numerous cast metal details. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes extensive plans with text instructions.

Monogram Mustang P-51B Ding Hao - Blue Box Issue, 1/48, 6806

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$36   

1968 issue still factory sealed and in investment-grade 'Near Mint' condition. Very finely molded and detailed 1/48 scale model featuring detailed cockpit and gear wells and choice of two canopies. The decals are for Col. Howard, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. He was an AVG pilot and became the first US pilot to become an ace in both the Pacific and European theaters.

Hartman C-2 Cargo American Scout 50 Inch Long Fiberglass Hull, 1/96, HF-73

Other Materials,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$129   

Rare, very high quality hand-laid fiberglass hull in superb condition Number #43 made by Mr. Hartman on 1/15/07. These were made as aftermarket hulls for the Sterling C-2 American Scout or for scratch builders. The hull is still in excellent, completely original condition as it left the factory.

Frog Airspeed Oxford Trainer II - Red Series, 1/72, F336

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$18   

1970s issue with excellent Jo Kotula artwork. Very nicely molded in gray and clear. NOTE: this kit has "professional" quality minor assembly as follows: seat to floor; elevators built; engines to cowls' gear doors in 'closed' position. There is no other assembly. The actual aircraft has been inventoried complete including decals and instructions. NOTE: missing display stand.

Aurora HC-1B Chinook (CH-47), 1/48, 350-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$199   

First issue hardbox issue dated 1961 with classic Jo Kotula artwork and the 'Famous Fighters' in the border of the Aurora sunburst logo. Very large 1/48 scale kit with good cockpit and rotor detail, moving rotors, clear side and cockpit windows and full decals. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.