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Iron Shipwrights SS John Ericcson - Great Lakes Ore Carrier, 1/72, 8-012

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Sells new for $45.00 Small-scale waterline model is highly detailed and features cast resin hull, resin details and instructions. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags.

MPM Stinson L-1 Vigilant - O-49 Model 74, 1/72, 72503

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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Nicely molded limited-issue kit. The Vigilant was based on the Model 74 civil aircraft and saw service on all fronts in WWII as spotter and for liaison duties. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Pavla Curtiss O-52 Owl - Soviet or USA, 1/72, 72031

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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Designed as a two seat observation aircraft in the 1930s, 203 of these aircraft were built for WWII. First flight was made in 1941. However, battlefield experience proved that it would likely be a one way mission, so they were used for training. 19 were supplied to the Soviet Union under Lend-Lease. Includes resin details and full decals for either version. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Revell 1903 Model A Ford Factory Display - Built Up With Flower Style Case - Highway Pioneers, 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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This is a Revell-factory built display built for hobby shop promotional use around 1952 or 1953. This one of the earliest examples with the model screwed to a hardwood base and a folded and glued celllophane cover nailed into place with one nail on all four sides. The cellophane cover was like that used by florists to protect their flowers for sale. 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. It is still sealed - the cover had never been removed as all nails are intact. The car is 100% complete with no damage. Even the wooden base, etched gold name plate for the car and fragile flower case cover are in excellent condition. It would be hard to find such a fine example of early USA plastic modeling history. 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 1904 Nash Rambler Factory Built Up With Case - Highway Pioneers, 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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This is a Revell-factory built display built for hobby shop promotional use around 1954. You can always tell the Revell-built models by the airbrushing and the way the parts were masked. 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. It is 100% complete and has no breaks and no repairs. Even the base, base decal and 'jewel case' cover are in very good condition; however there are tape marks on the two short ends of the clear cover and a tiny chip at the base on one 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 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.

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.

ESCI TWO German Sturmtruppen Sappers Unit / TWO 7.5cm Light Infantry Gun German Artillery Unit, 1/35, 5006

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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SALE!! Includes all four factory sealed models. Each Sappers kit includes 101 pieces total, 6 men and accessories. Each 7.5cm kit includes a well detailed artillery piece, crew of four and accessories.

Italeri TWO German Infantry / German Paratroopers / German Artillery, 1/35, 334

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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SALE!! Includes all four factory sealed models. Perfect for 1/35 scale dioramas.

Tamiya German Army Infantry / German Army Officers / Wehrmacht Mounted Infantry Set / 3 German Infantry Weapons Set, 1/35, MM102

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc to VG+

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SALE!! Includes all six sets. Perfect for any 1/35 modern armor or diorama. They have never been started. The three with troops are still factory sealed. Two of the Weapons Sets are still factory sealed inside. The third has been opened but is never started. NOTE: this one set is missing (1) of (7) ammo boxes. Otherwise inventoried complete with all other parts present.

Tamiya US Infantry West European Theater And US Combat Group Set, 1/35, MM148A

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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SALE!! Includes both kits. They have never been started and are both are either inventoried complete or still sealed in the internal factory bag. With instructions.

Skywave JMSDF DDG-169 Asakaze And Kurama DDH-144 - With P-3 Orions and Helicopters, 1/700, 42

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc to Sealed Exc

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SALE!! Includes both very high quality Pit Road/Skywave waterline kits. Asakaze is still factory sealed. Kurama has never been started and the parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions (on the back of the box).

Pavla Fairchild UC-61 Forwarder - With Warner Engine Or UC-61K With Ranger Engine - Argus M.I Or Argus Mk.III - (Civil Model 24), 1/72, 72029

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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This is the military version of the famous Fairchild 24 and can make one of several versions, USAAF, two RAF or US Coast Guard. Very well detailed featuring fine recessed surface detail, realistic raised fabric/rib detail, choice of in-line or radial resin engines, other resin details, full interior, parts for either version including two types of landing gear and more. Includes decals and paint guide for USAAF aircraft at Middletown, USCG Coat Guard based at Charleston, South Carolina, a British Argus Mk.I that served as a light transport with the Middle East forces and also and Argus Mk.III with 221st Group Communications Sqn at the HQ of the 14th Army in Central Burma. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. This aircraft was popular in the 1930s as Hollywood actors and businessmen were among the many owners.

Trumpeter T-34 /76 Model 1943, 1/16, 00903

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Very large and highly detailed kit with 764 parts. Features full interior details, metal parts for steel tow rope and springs, photoetched grills, very realistic treads and much more. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Comet Douglas Skyray F4D - 19.7 Inches Long - Coca-Cola Bottle Issue, Y9-129

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Part of the deluxe high-cost Comet "Y" kit line from the 1950s/early 1960s. Note the box showing a bottle of Coke next to the young builder's snack tray and a finished aircraft. Measures 19 11/16 inches long with a 15.5 inch wingspan when assembled. Kit features traditional wood/tissue construction, very high quality printwood, stripwood and spars, other balsa stock as required, completely preformed wood wheels and covering tissue. The model has not been started. It has been inventoried with all parts present but NOTE: missing plans. They are available on-line. At the time of this kit, the entire Comet "Y" line consisted of Y1 F-51 Mustang, Y2 A-26 Invader, Y3 P-47, Y4 Hellcat F6f, Y5 P-38 Lightning, Y6 F-84F Thunderflash, Y7 Cougar F9F, Y8 Taylorcraft, Y9 Douglas Skyray F4D, Y10 Piper Cub Super Cruiser, Y11 Douglas Skystreak D558-1, Y12 F-86 Sabre, Y13 Gull and Y14 Aeronca Chief. 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.

ESCI Curtiss P-36A Hawk 75A-3 - USAAC 94th Pursuit Sq 1st Pursuit Group / French Air Force 2e Esc CG 1/4 Dakar Senegal 1942, 1/48, 4101

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Nicely molded with very fine raised panel lines, recessed control surface lines, 'good' cockpit, gear well detail, optional position landing gear and paint guide and decals for both aircraft listed. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

R&L The Mayflower - Pilgrims Ship from 1620 - Bagged, 1/720

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: No Box

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Still factory sealed. Very well detailed and molded. Full hull kit includes sails and is approximately 2.75 inches long when built. Small scale model from R&L in Australia. R&L marketed these kits independently but some were also sold by Minicraft/Hasegawa, Academy, as the Aurora 'Snaparoos' and in Kellogg's Cereal as premiums.