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Frog Bristol 138/A Trail Blazers Issue - Green Series, 1/72, F165

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$36   

Very nicely done kit in the Frog tradition. On the 28th of September, 1936, the Bristol 138/A climbed to an altitude of 49,967 feet to establish a new world altitude record. In 1937 it climbed to 53,967 feet where the windscreen cracked. The pilot was saved by the pressure suit he was wearing. NOTE: this kit has "professional" quality minor assembly as follows: bulkhead, floor and radiator baffle installed in one fuselage side. There is no other assembly. The actual aircraft has been inventoried complete including decals and instructions. NOTE: missing display stand.

Aero Team Aero L-29 Delfin - Iraqi Air Force Training Squadron - Bagged, 1/72, KPA002

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

$24   

Still factory sealed. Limited issue of 1000 kits. Nicely molded older model with very fine raised panel lines and good detail. Features a great decals sheet for the Iraqi Air force.

Bouwplaten SS Statendam (1956) Holland America Line Ocean Liner - Cardstock Model, 1/350

Cardstock Paper Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

$24   

Still factory sealed. Nice kit of this classic liner that saw extensive service; she was not scrapped until 2004. Features color printed high-quality cardstock - no painting required. This appears to be a waterline kit; I cannot tell more because it is still sealed.

Supermodel Cant. Z-1007 bis Alcione Bideriva - (Z1007), 1/72, 10-006

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$38   

1970s model of the dual vertical stabilizer variant. Well detailed for that time. never started. Internal factory sealed bags including decals and instructions.

Aurora German Gotha G.V Bomber, 1/48, 126-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$79   

Ross Abare issue Gotha in 'Excellent' condition. Mr. Abare, a rare kits dealer in the earliest days of the hobby, contracted with Aurora to produce a copy of the original 1958 kit. However, Aurora has the printers use the mid 1960s oval logo without the 'Famous Fighters' in the border- thus forever separating the Abare issue from the original issue. Mr. Abare was reportedly quite upset, as he wanted exact copies. Molded in deep burgundy and black plastic. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The box has perfect color and gloss but some very light general wear and a light crease in the upper left hand corner.

Precise Martin Marietta Sprint ABM

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$1100   

Very rare promotional model of the 'Safeguard' ABM Missile Sprint. The Sprint and Spartan pair made up the missiles of this Anti-Ballistic Missile system with Sprint designed for short range interceptions. The system was made operational on October 1 1975 and Congress voted to shut it down less than 24 hours later on October 2 1975. Condition is excellent. Missile measures 14.75 inches high and is made of plastic. The missile body is mint with no broken parts - no scratches - no wear. The decals are 'very good.' There is some black missing on the roll pattern at the top (see photo) and the same amount missing on the back base roll pattern. The red 'US ARMY' is mint on the back but part of the 'R' is missing on the front as shown. The base is 'excellent' and has a metal plate that reads 'US Army Sprint Antimissile Missile - Martin Marietta.' There are no touch ups or repairs and no cracks. Please note that shipping insurance is required.

Revell DD-537 USS Sullivans Destroyer (Fletcher Class) - Pre 'S' Issue, 1/301, H305-129

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM-

$175   

1955 Pre-'S' release in exceptional investment-grade 'Near Mint-' condition. Beautiful boxart has like-new gloss and color, four solid corners, no price tag or tag marks, no fading, tears, creases or missing litho, no tape (other than the factory sealing tape of course) and no repairs. The only flaws are very light, even general wear. Full hull kit with detailed deck, main 5 inch guns, anti-aircraft guns, torpedo tubes and more. It has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including all parts, decals flag sheet and instructions.

Formaplane Rogozarski IK-3 - WWII Yugoslavian Fighter - Bagged, 1/72, C5

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

$22   

Bagged kit that is still factory sealed. Very high quality vacuform kit from about 1987. Features recessed panel line detail and raised detail were appropriate, full cockpit, optional position landing gear, prop and clear canopy. Vacuform kits are not recommended for modelers who do not have experience building them.

Comet SBD Dauntless - 20 Inch Wingspan Flying Balsa Airplane - Coke Bottle Issue, R1-59

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$42   

1950s issue flying model with the box art showing a Coke next to the young builders snack plate and finished product. Kit features traditional wood/tissue construction with high quality printwood, stripwood, wooden stock as required, fully formed wheels, covering tissue, prop and detailed full size plans/building instructions. The model has not been started. Inventoried complete. At the time this kit was made, the entire Comet "R" series consisted of R1 Dauntless, R2 Spitfire, R3 Avenger, R4 Corsair F4U-1, R5 F-86D Sabre, R6 Vengence, R7 Piper Cub, R8 Ercoupe, R9 Sparky, R10 F-100 Super Sabre and R11 Grumman F9F Panther. Comet was a famous manufacturer of stick and tissue flying and static models. In the 1930s Great Depression, they lead the low-priced kit revolution with the "Dime Scale" kits and famous advertisements in Model Airplane News magazine and others. Comet reached it's peak in the 1930s when they acquired the services of Carl Goldberg. Goldberg was a highly accomplished modeler with articles in Model Airplane News and famous designs that won him several National level competitions in the 1930s and beyond. (Carl Goldberg went on to found his own company and produced well designed and popular free-flight and RC aircraft). Comet survived the post World War economic slump and continued kit production until they were bought out by long-time competitor Guillow's in 1998.

Megow The Cadet 51.5 Inch Wingspan Early Gas Free Flight Aircraft, E-17

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

$425   

Very, very rare. From the early 1930s. Notice that the motor is referred to simply as 5/8" bored engine. There is no record of a public sale of this kit since the mid 1990s and no public photo of one until now. It is safe to say that only a handful are left. Fred Megow once stated that they lost money on the big gas models (like this Cadet) and sold very few; they were done for status only. The box top and tray are in exceptional condition given the age of the model. The box top and litho are both 100% intact, although the corners are taped due to splits and the litho has stains as shown. The tray is better with no splits. This is an incredible kit for that time with a high degree of prefabrication- "Can Be Built In A Few Evenings!" at the box says and it is true. Features ready-carved, completed hollow wing leading edges from a single block of balsa, conical monocoque fuselage, universally acceptable motor mounting, special wing mounting that protects the model (the wing will fly off loose undamaged in case of a collision), realistic cabin, high aspect ratio, solid, factory cut tail, high quality printwood, spars, stripwood and sheet wood, balsa blocks as required, metal stock, finished rubber tires with wooden hubs, the original paper envelope including all hardware, embossed and outlined aluminum sheet including lower, top and nose cowls, beautiful fuselage-length 'CADET' insignia in black and silver, covering material, huge, detailed plans and even a four page, illustrated brochure by Maxwell B. Bassett (Pioneer Gas Model Builder and Designer) called 'Flying Gasoline Powered Models.' Even the original cardboard dividers and inserts are present. There is no assembly but NOTE: 20 wing ribs are cut out to 'professional' quality. All other parts are uncut. Carefully inventoried and NOTE: missing the prop blank and fluids. The factory rubber bands disintegrated. Otherwise includes all other items, insignia and paperwork.

Monogram F-104C Starfighter - NAM Tour of Duty Issue, 1/48, 5455

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG++

$30   

Still factory sealed but the seal has split on the left short side. Limited issue kit from 1988 released in promotion with the TV series 'Tour of Duty'. Very finely molded and detailed kit with traditional high Monogram quality. Features full cockpit, optional position canopy, detailed cannon bay with optional position access door, detailed gear wells, AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles and optional position speed brakes with detailed wells.

Lindberg A-4 Skyhawk Navy Light Attack Bomber and Tractor - Cellovision Issue, 1/48, 555-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Good

$69   

Still factory sealed. Rare late 1950s issue with Ray Gaedke artwork. The clear Cellovision window and trading card on the back are both 100% intact and very good. The kit was well detailed for that time and includes rockets and drop tanks, detailed engine, opening engine access panel, opening canopy, pilot figure, moving ailerons and rudder and more. The scale tractor is molded in yellow and features a detailed engine and suspension, removable engine access panels and a driver figure. The box has a crunch at the lower left, edge wear and a creased lower long side panel.

La Belle Denver & Rio Grande Open Platform Combine HOn3 Narrow Gauge - HO Scale Wood Kit, HO, HOn3-21

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$32   

During the golden era of realistic train models, La Belle Woodworking Company created perhaps the very finest scale kits of early American passenger equipment. The kit features die cut hardwood parts (no balsa), carved clerestory roof, clear window material, underside details, metal details, building instructions and full size plans. I have built these models and they look identical to the real prototypes. The kit has not been started and is complete with all parts, sealed smaller details and plans + instructions. Please read the article on this website about older HO train kits and the modeling revolution they caused in the late 1930s/1940s.

Aurora Boeing F4B-4 With Aurora Glue Tube - (F4B4), 1/48, 122-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$54   

Includes an unopened, 2" long colorful tube of Aurora plastic model cement. 1958 first issue with fantastic Jo Kotula boxart. This is the Parents' Magazine issue with the seal located in the lower right. At the time this was considered a fine kit and highly rated in reviews. The F4B-4 was a classic 1930s Navy Biplane Fighter that is still famous for their colorful paint jobs at that that time. Cowl, tail and trim color would vary with the group's Aircraft Carrier (Ranger, Lexington or Saratoga) and the aircraft's position in the flight formation. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

O-Lin Republic Seabee Amphibian - (Lindberg), 1/48, 503

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$119   

Very rare kit. The Seabee was produced as a high performance sport amphibian. This is a very hard-to-fine original O-lin kit in the small box and advertisement for O-lin cement on the top. Produced in 1949 or just before. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. O-Lin (correctly spelled with a hyphen) was founded by Paul Lindberg and a Mr. Olsen - hence the company name. Although a producer of flying models in the 1930s, O-lin produced some of the earliest American injection molded kits in the late 1940s. In 1950 the partnership may have ended, because all branding was changed to Lindberg and Paul Lindberg. I have not seen a catalog of O-lin, but from some instructions we know that the kit line sometime during the late 1940s was #100 C&NW Pioneer Locomotive and Tender, #500 F-80C Shooting Star, #501 Piper Cub Special, #502 Stinson, #503 Republic Seabee, #504 Beechcraft Bonanza, #505 F-86 Sabre Jet Fighter, #506 Ercoupe Club-Air and #507 Ryan Navion. More kits were issued as the 1940s came to a close and O-Lin ended all production. At some time in 1950 all kits were branded Lindberg only. It is common to see the earliest Lindberg kits with un-marked O-Lin instructions and "O-Lin Products Chicago 25, Ill." on the bottom of the teardrop stand. Paul Lindberg was careful to use up all the old materials on hand at O-lin.

AMT-Hasegawa Lockheed F-104 Starfighter - Greek and Spanish AF Markings, 1/72, A-625-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$22   

From high quality Hasegawa molds. This was a short-lived venture by AMT to promote quality Hasegawa model kits under the AMT name. Kits were molded in Japan then boxed in the USA, while AMT made the unique decal choices for Royal Hellenic Air Force (Greece), Italian and Spanish Air Forces. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: the instructions have very light bug damage. The actual decal transfers are fine, but the backing paper has bug damage also.

Airfix H.S. Trident 1C Sky King - British Airways, 1/144, 03174-9

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$38   

Type Four logo issue. Nicely molded featuring clear windows, optional position cabin and baggage doors, optional position landing gear and mobile boarding stairs. Includes decals for four different British Airways aircraft G-ARPC / G-ARPD / G-ARPN and G-ARPR. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Blue Ribbon Arado Ar-196 - (ex-Heller) - Bagged, 1/72, RO 8241

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

$16   

Still factory sealed. From ex-Heller molds and made in Mexico. Very nicely molded with recessed control surfaces and fine raised panel lines. Includes decals for Luftwaffe 2/SAGr 125 1942 or 102 Sq Romanian Air Force Odessa 1943.

Testors Soviet Oscar SSGN Nuclear Submarine - Bagged, 1/700, 903

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

$10   

Still factory bag sealed. Includes an 8.25 inch long Oscar Cruise Missile Submarine that can be built full hull or waterline and includes a display base. Does not includes any other model - only the Oscar.

Revell Boeing 727 Cruzeiro Brasil - Kikoler Issue, 1/144, H245

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG+

$129   

Still factory sealed and the seal has drawn the left box side concave as shown. Very rare. This Revell of Brazil kit was manufactured by A. Kikoler in Rio de Janeiro. This is Revell's excellent 51 piece 'short body' 727-100 kit with very extensive and colorful Cruzeiro markings. They include all side stripes in multiple colors, full rudder/vertical fin decals, anti-glare panel, registration and all other markings. Landing gear can be built up or down as can the rear passenger loading ramp (Airstair Door).