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Vac Wings Thomas-Morse S4C Scout Tommy - Bagged, 1/48, VW489

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

$38   

Still factory sealed and the only 1/48 S4C kit ever made. High quality vacuform kit with injection molded struts, clear, decals and full plans/instructions. Certain modeling skills are required to build vacuform kits. Not recommended for beginners.

OldModelKits SS Rex Ocean Liner - Italian Line / Mid To Late 1930s, 1/350

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$669   

Finally, the Pride of the Italian Line in 1/350 scale! The SS Rex is from the same team that brought you the 1/350 SS Normandie Ocean Liner. This four year project is a 100% new model and represents the Rex in her glory years of the mid 1930s. All design work was done in CAD by Ken Friend, a master modeler, designer and builder of experimental engines and test equipment and an engineer who specialized in CAD/CAM/CAE Systems Management and Implementation. All of the smaller parts are printed on ultra-high resolution 3D SLA resin printers. These parts meet and often exceed what is possible with injection molded plastic. Only the larger parts (hull, deck pieces and funnels)are cast resin. These are pressure-cast from de-aired molds to minimize air bubbles. The Italian Line advertised that "The Southern Route Is the Lido Deck Route." By virtue of avoiding the stormy and cold North Atlantic, travelers experienced a true outdoor lifestyle. The Rex was intentionally designed for this. For this model, extensive research and time was spent capturing the exact look of the colorful 1st and 2nd Class Aft Pool Areas- from the changing room & showers, grab rope on the pool, pool slide, stairs & diving boards, tables with umbrellas, recessed (covered) 1st Class Restaurant/Lounge and more.Because of the superior performance of 3D Printing, over 90% of the usual PE (photoetched) metal parts are now 3D printed resin. This is a vast improvement as they are no longer flat, but are true to the shape of the prototype. This also makes for a nearly complete model "out-of-the-box," as the majority of the parts normally furnished in aftermarket PE metal are already included in resin. NOTE: railings are the only parts not included with the model shown. They are not required to complete the kit, however they are sold separately.

Comet Firefly - 24 Inch Wingspan - Coke Bottle Issue, N12-29

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$48   

1950s lightweight long distance/high endurance design with a big wingspan. Traditional stick-and-tissue flying model. Features quality balsa printwood, strip stock, fully formed wheels and thrust button, balsa prop, covering material and full plans. The kit has never been started and is complete. The entire Comet 1950s "N" line included the following (gaps mean there is no kit, at least at that time): N1 Tiger Shark P-40, N2 F-86D Sabre Jet, N4 Globe Swift, N6 Taylorcraft, N8 F-51 Mustang, N9 Helicopter, N11 Ryan Navion, N12 Firefly, N15 Piper Cub, N16 Fokker DVII, N17 Spad, N24 Phantom Fury, N25 Aeronca K (floats) and N26 Stinson SR-7. 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.

Revell PT-109 John F. Kennedy - (PT Boat), 1/72, 85-0310

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$39   

Sale Pending
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2004 issue from original 1960s molds. Large 1/72 scale model of Lt.(jg) John F. Kennedy's historical ship. Well detailed for that time and measures just over 13 inches long when assembled. Features 4 torpedo tubes, 2 twin .50 caliber machine guns, 20mm cannon, life raft, 4 crew figures, rudder and prop detail and more. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

MPC 1904 Darracq, 1/32, 2-1020

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$44   

The Darracq was designed and built when France was the international center of motor vehicle excellence. While Britain, American and Germany either rejected the motorcar, showed indifference or activly fought to eliminate it, the French accepted it with open arms. As a result, the Darracq and other fine designs were the best automobiles in the world. The model is from 1975 and is a nicely molded kit of this successful early gasoline powered automobile. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions. Other kits in this series include the 1912 Ford T, 1905 Rolls Royce and 1930 Bentley

Life-Like 1912 Hispano-Suiza - (ex Pyro), 1/32, C465

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$38   

Sale Pending
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From original Pyro molds. Nicely detailed model featuring complete engine, removable hood, full interior, and very good suspension, exhaust & driveline detail. Molded in green, brass plated plastic, clear and with real rubber tires. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. Although the molds were made by Pyro, this kit was never released under the Pyro name due to the timing of Pyro selling off their plastic kit business to Life-Like. Other Pyro molds that were introduced under the Life-Like name included the Stanley Steamer, 1910 Buick and 1908 Lanchester.

Airmodel Gloster Meteor F8 Conversion - (For Frog Kit) - Bagged, 1/72, 144

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$6   

Nicely done conversion kit designed for the classic and readily available Frog Meteor. Never started. Complete with all parts and instructions.

Expomodel Stampe SV-4 - Les Manchots, 1/72, EM02

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$14   

Limited edition of 750. High quality and highly detailed complete kit. Includes cast metal parts - decals for two aircraft - shaped struts and a fret of photoetched brass details. Never started at 100% complete.

Monogram Devastator TBD-1 - VT-2 Lexington 1939 / VT-6 Enterprise 1939 / VT-8 Hornet 1941 / VT-6 Enterprise 1942, 1/48, 7575

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$49   

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1974 'short box' second issue. Well detailed for that time featuring complete interior, folding wings, elevating and rotating tail gun, prop and arresting gear, optional position gun compartment doors, canopy, parts for bomber or torpedo versions with markings for three aircraft including the yellow-winged pre-war versions and Torpedo 8 from the Battle of Midway. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Monogram US Air Force T-28A Trainer - Classic Issue With Patch, 1/48, 85-0028

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$36   

Still factory sealed. 1999 Revell-Monogram reissue with the original box art; it is even molded in the original plastic colors of silver and clear. Features detailed cockpit, opening rear canopy, retractable landing gear, rotating propeller and wheels, ground crew, student pilot and trainer figures and more.

Revell Dragster Frame, 1/25, C1122

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$36   

Rare. Early to mid 1960s 'Custom Car Parts' issue in a very narrow box with a clear cello insert so you can see the parts and a header for hanging. Never used and complete with all parts and instructions (on the back of the box).

Hawk Grumman F9F-3KD Drone Panther - GMSRon Two - (F9F3KD), 1/48, 502-130

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG-

$42   

Softbox issue dated 1965 with Tom Morgan box art. Unique target drone issue is molded in gloss yellow and clear with special drone decal markings from Navy Guided Missile Service Squadron Two (GMSRon Two). Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Hudson Miniatures 1904 Oldsmobile - Lil Old Timers Quickie Kit, 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$44   

Rare and in investment-grade 'near mint' condition inside and out. This is old hobby shop stock that has not been sold retail until now. Molded in a brilliant deep red plastic. Never started and the small parts are still factory bag sealed. With instructions. These kits have a very interesting history. When the Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' burst upon the hobby scene in 1951, they started a hobby revolution. Plastic model kits were not new in 1951, but successful mass marketing of plastic kits was new. The sensation swept the country, and Gowland & Revell could not make the kits fast enough. The fact that the public was buying these models shocked the successful hobby establishment. One such manufacture was Hudson Miniatures. In the 1940s, Hudson had established a name in making 1/16 scale 'Old Timer' models of automobiles. These were excellent kits with wood and metal parts, but a high degree of skill was required to carve and finish the wood parts. In the late 1940s, they added some injection molded plastic parts (usually acetate wheels) to the series but did not consider a completely plastic kit. When Hudson saw what was happening with the Highway Pioneers, he began to design his own 1/32 scale line called 'Lil Old Timers', which hit the stores in 1954. An early paper fold-out catalog shows 18 models including some real gems like the 1910 International Harvester Passenger Car, 1911 Brush Delivery Truck and 1906 Columbia Electric Car just to name a few. The line was bought by Revell a short time after it's release, and Revell did reissue some (but not all) of the kits. As you would expect from Hudson, this is a nice kit with excellent moldings and detail for the time. The Mercer was perhaps the most famous sports car of it's day, and it can be successfully argued that it was America's first sports car. The 30 horsepower 'T' head 4 cylinder engine sped it along at over 80 miles per hour. A 1914 Mercer clocked 112 mph at Daytona Beach - no mean feat for that age.

Revell 1915 Fiat Tourer Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H55-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$39   

1953 early issue molded in red acetate plastic. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. This is from the issues produced with Gowland & Gowland as it carrier their 'balloon' logo on the side. 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 1907 Renault Limousine Highway Pioneers - Series Four, 1/32, H53-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+++

$39   

1953 early issue molded in gloss dark brown plastic. This is from the issues produced with Gowland & Gowland as it carrier their 'balloon' logo on the side. The model has not been started. The parts are still sealed in the original 'krinkle' bag and the kit is complete with 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.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$36   

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.

Revell 1900 Packard Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H33

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$22   

NOTE: builder kit only, please see below. Ex-Gowland and Gowland molds in the Highway Pioneers series from about 1954/55. Never started. Inventoried with all parts and instructions. NOTE: The box is old, but the kit inside is a recent reissue of the Highway Pioneers Packard by Dapol/Minicraft of the United Kingdom. Dapol did use the original molds and there is some flash.

Revell Oldsmobile Delivery Van Highway Pioneers - (Oldsmobile), 1/32, H44

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

$38   

1953 early issue molded in white and black plastic and it includes colorful insignia for 'Gowland's Bakery.' This kit has never been started. All parts are still factory sealed in the original 'krinkle' bag and it includes the 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 B-17G Flying Fortress With Diorama Sheet, 1/48, 5600

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$55   

First issue from 1975 with the best mold quality and includes the very desirable color pamphlet "Tips on Building Dioramas" by Shep Paine. Highly detailed and considered the finest 1/48 Fortress model made. Features full interior detail, rotating wheels and props, rotating turrets, elevating guns, and bomb cart with bombs. Molded in silver, black and clear plastic. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Williams Brothers Boeing 247 Airliner - Roscoe Turner Racer or United Air Lines, 1/72, 72-247

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$32   

Often called the first 'Modern Airliner,' the successful Boeing 247 was one the earliest transports with all metal construction, retractable landing gear, de-icers and controllable pitch props. The model features two types of windshields, rubber tires, optional position landing gear and struts, full interior detail for two ships: long-range tanks and accessories for Col. Turner's MacRobertson Race Entry, and complete passenger seat interior for the United version. Colorful markings for Turners racer or the UAL ship shown on the cover. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.