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Revell 1913 Mercedes Factory Display With The Original Box - Built Up With Case - Highway Pioneers, 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very rare and even more so with the original shipping box. This is a Revell-factory built display built for hobby shop promotional use around 1954. The intention was simple- if hobby shops would purchase and display these attractively built displays, potential buyers would see them and immediately purchase the kit. This probably worked well; but the hitch was that these displays were expensive for the 1950s, so few hobby shops could afford them. And once in public, there was heavy attrition; parts easily broke, and when the new kits came out next year, they were thrown away to make room for more. Which makes condition of this one even more exceptional. The actual model is very neatly built and Revell factory airbrushed. You can always tell the Revell-built models by the airbrushing and the way the parts were masked. It is 100% complete and has no breaks and no repairs. Even the base, etched gold name of the car and 'jewel case' cover are in excellent condition. 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.

Revell 1903 Cadillac Action Miniatures - Pre Highway Pioneers, 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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From the very early 1950s; very rare and in the original box. It is easy to forget that the birth of the modern USA model kit industry was an accident. Before the plastic kit age, Revell, Gowland & Gowland, Aurora and others were completely involved in making toys and an occasional injection molding contract job. Toys were the way to make money, but it was risky business and hit-or-miss. J.P. Gowland was a very creative and innovative toy company with many patents and they often sold their ideas to other companies or marketed them through another manufacturer. Gowland created many other action toys such as Champ, Chu-Chu the Maxwell and many more. What would become the Highway Pioneers began as the 'Revell Action Miniatures.' The simple car model was factory assembled and airbrushed, then a 'Controlit' knob and flexible metal control line was attached to the car, braced at the lower radiator and then hooked to the rear differential, which was mounted on a pivot. When you moved the lever, the rear end jumped down, throwing the back of the car into the air and somewhat forward. Well, someone at Revell or Gowland got the very bright idea that perhaps these would sell without the Controlit attachment and in parts that had to be assembled! It was a smashing success that swept the entire country...thus the Highway Pioneers and the modern US Plastic Modeling industry was born. When you look at your early Highway Pioneers models, you can spot the older 'Action Miniature' molds because these is a round acceptor molded into the lower part of the radiator, which braced the front of the Controlit assembly. The hinged rear end was unique to the Action Miniatures and was eliminated for the Highway Pioneers. This example is in excellent condition as shown with the original box. The Controlit action feature works perfectly. These were very short lived because of the wild success of their non-assembled, non-action version, the Highway Pioneers. 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.

Pyro 1912 Packard Model 30 Touring Car - Brass Car Series, 1/32, C457-125

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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1967 Pyro issue from original molds. In the early to mid 1960s the Pyro company chose many of it's kit subjects based more on historical significance than popularity. Luckily for us, Pyro not only made these kits but did an excellent job for the time. This Pyro car model is based on the Model 30 that was on display in the Auto Aviation Museum in Cleveland, Ohio that Pyro engineers and designers had access to. The model includes rubber tires, brass plated parts, colored injection molded parts and clear parts. Features detailed chassis, complete motor and interior and a removable hood or 'bonnet'. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including instructions.

Monogram F-100 Super Sabre - With SuperScale Decals - Fighter Bomber Camo or Natural Finish, 1/48, 5416

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Includes the incredibly colorful SuperScale International #48-226 "F-110 Super Sabers USAF 429 FBS 474 FBW & 50th TFW." In mind condition and never used. The actual model is the 1980 issue of this detailed Monogram kit. Includes paint guide and decals for High Vis or Vietnam Camo variants. Features full cockpit and wheel well details, visible gun bay with optional hatch, realistic internal inlet, optional jet exhaust and refueling probe for camo or natural finish, optional position speed brakes and canopy, full underwing stores - missiles, drop tank and boarding ladder. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried and NOTE: missing pilot and ground crew figures. Otherwise complete with all other parts and includes decals and instructions.

Italeri Command Post / Fountain / Draw Well / Check Point, 1/35, 417

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc to Sealed NM

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SALE!! Includes all four sets. Three are still factory sealed. The Command Post has been opened but is never started and with all parts inventoried complete. Please note that these did not come with instructions as the kits are very basic and easy to assemble by looking at the box top.

Hasegawa Mitsubishi F1M2 Type 0 Pete Model 11 - Observation Seaplane - With Aftermarket PE, 1/48, JT96

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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Includes Hasegawa #QG32 Photoetched Detail Set that is designed for this model and still factory sealed. The actual kit features all fine recessed panel lines, super-detailed cockpit and crew station, optional bomb load, beaching dolly and more. Includes paint guide and decals for 3 different aircraft. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Hasegawa F-18A Horent USMC - (F/A-18), 1/48, P25

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Dated 1992 and widely considered the finest 1/48 F-18 kit available. Features 220 highly detailed parts, all very fine recessed panel lines, detailed cockpit and gear wells, detailed air inlets, optional position canopy and air brake, separately molded leading edge slats, flaps, ailerons & rudders and much more. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Hasegawa Grumman F-14A Plus Tomcat - Be-Devilers VF-74 US Navy / Evaluators VX-4 / Grim Reapers VF-101, 1/48, SP8

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Limited edition from 1989. The Hasegawa Tomcat series is widely regarded as the most extensive and finest 1/48 F-14 kits ever made. Very highly detailed model features 287 pieces, photoetched and cast metal parts, real rubber tires, all fine recessed panel lines, detailed cockpits and gear wells, optional position canopy and boarding ladder, two positionable crew members, excellent intake and exhausts, optional position speed brake with well detail, separately molded wing leading edge slats, separately molded wing inboard flaps and more. With paint guides and decals for all the aircraft listed. Never started. The parts are all still in the factory sealed bags and includes the decals and instructions.

Hasegawa F-14 Super Tomcat - F-14D Super Tomcat US Navy Evaluation Aircraft, 1/48, SP12

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very highly detailed model features 279 pieces, photoetched and cast metal parts, real rubber tires, all fine recessed panel lines, detailed cockpits and gear wells, optional position canopy and boarding ladder, two positionable crew members, excellent intake and exhausts, optional position speed brake with well detail, separately molded wing leading edge slats, separately molded wing inboard flaps and more. Never started. The parts are all still in the factory sealed bags and includes the decals and instructions.

Hasegawa F-4B/N Phantom II - (F-4B F-4), 1/48, P5

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Limited production issue. The Hasegawa 1/48 Phantom series are considered the finest F-4 kits every produced in this scale. All very fine recessed panel lines and superior detail inside and out. Never started. Some trees are still factory sealed; two trees have been opened and those two are inventoried complete. With decals and instructions.

Hasegawa British Phantom FG Mk1 - (McDonnell Douglas F-4 ) Royal Air Force Treble One No.111 Sq No.11 Group / 'IAT'83 No.111 Sq No.11 Group RAF / No.43 Sq No.11 Group RAF, 1/48, P17

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. Widely considered the finest injection molded 1/48 scale F-4 kit. Very finely molded and detailed RAF Phantom with markings and painting guide for three aircraft.

Monogram Amphibious Weasel - M-29C Personnel and Cargo Carrier, 1/35, 8212

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Good

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Still factory sealed. 1972 'White Box' issue is a high quality kit with excellent detail. Features flexible treads, movable windshield/rudder, full interior detail and four soldiers with arms and equipment.

Tamiya M577 US Armoured Command Post, 1/35, MM171

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Most likely from the 1980s. Excellent kit featuring opening rear door, several crew members, accessories shown on the box top and a paint guide and decals for two different vehicles. The kit has never been started. The parts are either still in the internal factory sealed bags or have been inventoried complete. Includes decals and instructions.

Tamiya British Ambulance Rover 7, 1/35, MM182

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Likely from the very late 1970s or 1980s and well molded and detailed for that time. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Tamiya Sd. Kfz 222 Leichter Panzerspahwagen, 1/35, MM151

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Detailed kit from high quality molds. Includes commander figure and screen material for top of turret. Never started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

Emhar F3H-2N / F3H-2M (F-3C) Demon - VF-122 or VF-61 - (F3H2N F3H2M), 1/72, EM3002

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Cleanly molded with recessed panel lines, 'good' cockpit, parts to build -2N strike/night fighter version or -2M interceptor with Sparrow I missiles, optional position speed brakes, drop tanks and more. Includes paint guide and decals for both squadrons. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Fine Molds Mitsubishi Navy Type 96 A5M2a Claude - Later Version, 1/48, FA-3

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

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Still factory sealed. Dated 1992; well detailed an molded.

Revell Cutty Sark Clipper Ship - 3 Feet Long, 1/96, H364-995

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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Rare first issue of this kit dated 1960. Large and highly detailed, measuring 36 inches long when built. Although older, this kit is the standard that all other large-scale plastic models of sailing ships are measured by. Since this is the first issue, the model has the factory painted copper hull below the waterline. The factory paint is in amazing 'excellent++' condition. Since this is a first edition it also contains the larger-format earlier booklet about the Cutty Sark. The model features highly detailed deck, deck houses, cargo holds and removable covers, masts, yards and booms, bilge pump, windlass, 20 crew figure, lifeboats with oars, life preservers, anchors and anchor chains. With draftline and transom decals, figurehead, finely detailed hull, preformed ratlines and molded deadeyes, pin rails and blocks, full standing rigging instructions and diagrams and thread & chain for rigging. Molded in three colors - black, ivory/white and dark wood tan. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts present. Includes instructions, rigging plans and decals. Please note that the box displays better than the 'good-' condition grade. That is because there is significant litho loss on the left short side panel.

Monogram Consolidated B-24J Liberator with Diorama Instructions, 1/48, 5601

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

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First issue from 1976. Includes tow tractor and desirable diorama instructions. Kit features extensive interior detail, rotating turrets, elevating guns, optional position side gun positions, full bomb bay with bomb load, steerable nose wheel, rotating props and optional position bomb bay doors. The kit has never been started. Inventoried complete with all parts numbers present and including decals and instructions. NOTE: one machine gun is missing from dual-gun part #45. The decals are intact and flat, but there is a stain on the lower right 1/3 of the sheet.

Testors F8F-2 Bearcat - US Navy / Gulfhawk Al Williams - (F8F2), 1/48, 519

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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From ex-Hawk molds. This kit is noteworthy for the large and beautiful set of decals for the 'Gulfhawk' Gulf Oil sponsored air-show aircraft flown by the famous Al William's. There were many Gulfhawks through the years, but perhaps two of the most famous were the F3F Biplane and the F8F Bearcat. Millions of spectators were amazed by Williams stunt routine. The decals are in mint condition. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.