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Aurora Sikorsky S-55 Windmill - (ex Helicopters for Industry), 1/45, 503-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$225   

Most likely the second issue from around 1962/63. Please note the oval logo where the original rectangular one was. The original issue has the same great box art but with the 'Northern Lights' logo at the upper right. The model is from the ex-Helicopters for Industry molds and was an excellent kit for the early 1950s. Features features fine raised detail, cockpit seats, instrument panel and control sticks, opening cabin door, floats with wheels and decals for US Air Force, Navy, Army or Marines. Molded in a stunning gloss dark blue and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Tamiya Jagdpanzer V Jagdpanther Sd.Kfz.173s, 1/35, 3569

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$38   

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

Amodel NC/AC-123K Provider - With Markings For Two USAF Aircraft In South Vietnam, 1/144, 1407

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$24   

Nicely molded 1/144 scale kit with all fine recessed panel lines. Features very good cockpit and cargo bay detail with optional position cargo bay rear doors. Includes decals for two different aircraft. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Adams Honest John Rocket with Launcher and Truck, 1/40, K150-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM+

$325   

First issue from the late 1950s in amazing investment-grade 'Near Mint+' condition and fantastic box artwork. The box top has factory-new color and gloss, four solid corners, no repairs, no fading, holes or litho tears, no price tags or marks from them, no tape or tape marks (other than the original factory sealing tape), no creasing and no dishing. The only flaw is very slight edge wear. Very highly detailed with many working features. Missile can be removed or installed for launch or transport. Launcher/truck can be configured for travel or launch, and the launching boom can be elevated and rotated. Features completely detailed suspension and chassis, complete interior, crew of 5 and more. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Decals are bright and flat and besides light (and typical) yellowing and age micro-cracking, they are 'very good++' while the instructions are near mint and have almost zero yellowing.

Airfix Fokker F-27 Friendship (F27) - Braathens Safe Air Transport - Third Logo Issue, 1/72, 583

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$56   

1960s style logo with colorful decals for Braathens SAFE Air Transport A/S. Features good cockpit, working rudder, elevator and ailerons, retracted or extended landing gear, rotating propellers & wheels and more. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Please note that the box displays better than the 'good-' rating but is graded as such because there is a closed split along the left edge.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$38   

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. Never started. The parts are still sealed in the correct 'krinkle' clear bag. Includes 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.

Monogram Sherman M4A1 Tank with T34 Rocket Launcher Screamin' Mimi, 1/32, 4200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG+

$68   

Still factory sealed. 1997 reissue of the classic 1975 kit. Very highly detailed.

Heller Douglas C-118 Liftmaster - Transport (DC-6), 1/72, 80317

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$57   

Military version of the famous DC-6 transport. Nicely detailed with 92 parts. Never started. The parts are either still in the internal factory sealed bags or inventoried complete. Includes decals and instructions.

Orange Crush-Revell 1908 Buick 10 Rumble, 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$58   

Very rare kit with a fascinating history. Around 1958/59, Orange Crush of Mexico offered a promotion. They offered free, colorful, plastic model cars if you collected correctly-marked Orange Crush bottle caps. The models are 1/32 scale Revell Highway Pioneer series - although there is no mention of Revell or Lodela anywhere on the box. Orange Crush had the boxes and even the instructions specially made for them with no mention of a manufacturer. They were never given numbers. The boxes were very thin and fragile cardboard. This has contributed to wear and you must be very cautious with them. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bag and the instructions are sealed in the bag as well. You could redeem your caps two ways - at the Orange Crush truck and at a Modelandia Hobby House. The box sides show the 18 cars in the series. Orange Crush also released two full-color booklets and a complete paint set for the cars. A colorful cardboard box held 7 colors of paint in glass bottles, complete with 'Orange Crush' screw-on caps! The entire promotion was done in coordination with Modelandia Hobby House which had up to 19 stores. Modelandia's name appears on each of the boxes and the paint as well. Robina S.A. was the bottler or distributor of Orange Crush in Mexico at that time. The box side lists the other 18 kits with small color pictures of each and shows three sizes of OC - Family Size (Familiar), Grand (Grande) and Normal. You could also obtain models with Titan bottle caps. Titan was also bottled by Robina and came in large (Titan) and smaller (Titancito) sizes and apparently more than one flavor. We do not know how Orange Crush had access to the plastic kits or who sealed the internal bags with the Crush instructions inside them. We can assume that it may have been Lodela, since they would have had access to the Revell molds. It is not know for how long the promotion lasted, but Orange Crush was one of the most dominant soft drinks in Mexico at that time. Here is one clue: some boxes claim that Modelandia had 13 locations; other boxes, which obviously came later on, claim 19 locations. This may indicate that this promotion went on for a significant amount of time.

Testors Dodge M6 Anti-Tank Gun Carrier 37mm Jeep - (ex Peerless / Max), 1/35, 839

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$39   

Still factory sealed. Dated 1986 and from very high quality Peerless/Max molds. Very well detailed with over 140 parts. Features detailed chassis with drive train components, front winch, gas cans, bed rolls, rifles, tools hinged windshield, full interior, driver figure and an elevating and rotating 37mm gun.

Matchbox Armstrong Whitworth Siskin IIIA - RAF 29 Sq 1928 or 32 Sq 1931, 1/72, PK25

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$24   

Still factory sealed. From the 1980s. Very nicely molded kit with excellent detail for that time. With decals and color painting guide for No. 29 Squadron 1928 and No. 32 Squadron RAF 1931.

Revell US Army Tactical Missiles Little John and Dart with Launchers - 'S' Issue, 1/40, H1812-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$125   

First issue from 1958. The box is in superb 'excellent++' condition with like-new color and gloss, four solid corners, not price tags or tag marks, no tape or tape marks (other than the factory sealing tape), no fading and no litho tears. The only flaws are a light crease at the top left and very light general wear. Little John was a light-weight free-flight rocket that was highly mobile. It could be pulled on its launcher or transported by helicopter. Length was 12 feet long and the warhead was atomic. The Dart was a very early, five foot long wire-guided anti-tank missile with a solid propellant rocket motor. An optical rangefinder was used for guidance. Both models are well detailed. The Dart includes four missiles, one launcher, three stands, decals, one optical guidance unit and a crew of three. The Little John includes a detailed launcher with elevating rails, movable support legs, decals and crew of three. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Heller Sinagot with Sails - Plus Paint and Glue, 1/60, 60605

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$36   

Excellent kit of a small sailing (perhaps fishing) vessel in large 1/60 scale. Very nicely detailed. Includes optional billowing vac sails and rigging instructions. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

MPM Focke-Wulf FW-190 S-5 - (FW190S5), 1/72, 72030

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$27   

Very good quality limited issue kit of the two-seat '190 trainer. Features all very fine recessed panel lines, photo etched details and film instruments. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

Revell Europa Jet Lufthansa 727-100 - (Boeing 727), 1/144, H240

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$48   

1981 issue. Rare. This is the short fuselage -100 version of the once-numerous tri-jet. A very nice kit for that time that features Landing gear can be built up or down and rear passenger loading ramp can be placed up or down. With full Lufthansa decals. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Ambroid Great Northern GN Airslide Hopper - HO Craftsman Kit, 1/87, H-11

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$26   

High quality Ambroid kit from the 'Golden Age' of HO models. The limited-issue Ambroid kits are widely considered to be among the finest Craftsman kits issued. They can be built to a museum-quality display or used on your layout. The kit is made from quality Northeastern Scale Lumber and features all pre-scribed and milled hardwood parts, milled detail parts as needed, wood and metal stock, an envelope of detail parts, extensive decals and full instructions and plans. The kit has never been started. Either inventoried 100% complete including transfers and instructions or the envelope is still factory sealed and all other parts are inventoried present. If you have an interest in these highly accurate HO kits and the revolution they created in modeling, please read the article about their history located on this website.

Flyline Models Quaker Flash by Herb Clunkey - 34 inch Wingspan for R/C or Free Flight, S202

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$68   

Classic design that can be flown gas free flight or RC. Flyline Models was a manufacturer out of Fairfax, Virginia USA. The models are known for their high quality. The kit contains full size detailed plans, instructions, high quality printed balsa sheets, fully formed wheels, hardware and more. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Revell IL-38 Bison Bomber - Master Modelers Club / Picture Plane Issue, 1/169, H182-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$139   

1960 Picture Plane hardbox issue with Master Modelers Club logo in the upper right. This is a reissue of the famous 'S' kit from the late 1950s with fantastic Jack Leynnwood box art. Molded in dark gloss green and clear. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all plastic parts and includes 'excellent' condition decals and instructions.

Aurora Fokker DR-1 Triplane - Newsprint Issue, 1/48, 105-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$79   

Still factory sealed. This kit is in amazing investment-grade 'Mint' condition and the seal is completely intact. The DR-1 'Newspaper' issue is a a reissue of the classic 1956 kit. James Cox, who did much of the early artwork for Aurora, created a timeless classic for the original issue and this artwork was used well into the 1960s and possibly up till the final 'White Box' release before Aurora's demise. Mr. Cox also did unique artwork for the early Aurora Catalogs as well.

Merlin Models Rumpler CIII/4 - (Purple Box), 1/72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$36   

Limited production kit, less than 2000 made. Features nice injection molded parts and cast metal details with decals and instructions. Never started and still in the internal factory sealed bag.