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Varney US Navy Fleet Submarine, 1/240

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$1100   

This model is a landmark in the history of Plastic Kits. The Varney Fleet Sub is the primary candidate for the first all-plastic ship kit made in the USA. The famous HO/O train manufacture, Varney, branched out into other scale model kits at the end of WWII. In late 1945, they introduced what are thought to be the first USA produced plastic model kits - the Fleet Sub and the PT-17 Stearman. Both kits were excellent scale models given the state of modeling at that time. However, Varney was 6 years too early. The Fleet Sub and PT-17 met a cool reception when it was introduced to retailers. Hobby Shops were not sure if it would sell, and did not know how to sell it. Consequently, most retailers would not order it and those who did put them where they were not seen by the public. Distributors stopped carry the kits due to a lack of reporders. The result was inevitable - they did not sell, and Varney pulled both kits from production very quickly. Varney was committed to cutting the molds on the LST and it was released in 1946 with the same result. That marked the end of Varney's venture into non-train scale plastic models. Varney dedicated all production to HO trains and in the late 1940s they sold the molds for the Fleet Sub, the LST and the PT-17 to O-Lin. The molds underwent modification (the hull was divided into two parts instead of one) and were released by O-Lin and Lindberg. This kit is a superb, investment-grade "excellent++" example. The box top has like-new color and gloss, four solid corners with no repairs, no tape or price tags, no marks from tape or tags and no tears or other litho damage. Flaws include very light and even edge wear (as shown), very slight 'dishing' inward and very light foxing on two box sides. Inside, the kit is still as it came from the factory. The yellow parts display is 'very good++' and the only flaw is the scuffing as shown. The small parts bag is still factory sealed and factory stapled to the yellow display. The glass display stand arm is tucked into its holder. The heavy one-piece molded hull is beautiful and in rare crack-free condition and cradled into the holder. The base was factory glued to the yellow display but has come loose. It also includes the unused factory tube of Testors cement in its own holder. Very large instruction sheet is near mint and folds out to illustrate construction and offers numerous display ideas for this new medium in hobby kits. Decals were not provided with the kit. This kit was made with gray injection molded details, glass stand arm and black injection molded stand and sub hull. I have seen versions with no paint on the base and hull; however, this one has the base and hull factory painted gray. The paint is in 'near mint' condition on the hull and 'excellent' on the stand base. A rare example of a classic kit. Shipped with insurance only.

Aurora Aero Commander 680, 1/81, 285

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$165   

Aurora of Canada issue dated 1964. Still the only plastic kit of this venerable corporate workhorse. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. The Aero Commander was a state-of-the-art twin engine light transport from the early 1960s. It was built by Aero Design and Engineering Co. of Bethany, Oklahoma. It was the first twin engine aircraft to be used by the President of the United States and served in this capacity in the early 1960s. This high performance 5 to 7 place was popular with business travelers and had a range of 1,050 miles and a ceiling of 22,000 feet. The Aero Commander led to the Jet Commander, which became the IAI 1121 through 1124 Westwind business jets. Aero Commanders can still be seen at some airports in excellent condition, but many are neglected as newer aircraft are in favor.

Monogram 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 - 3'n1 Kit - Stock / Street / Drag Versions, 1/12, 2802

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$139   

Still in the factory seal. Very large 1/12 scale kit. Includes all parts to build it one of three ways - stock, street or drag. Includes two different Chevy engines, dual Holley carbs, Edelbrock manifold with velocity stacks, optional wheels, tires, exhaust pipes, rear suspension, air dam, racing decals, full interior, opening hood, detailed engine compartment and more.

Berkeley Stinson SR-9C Reliant - For R/C or Free Flight, 1/12, 4-19

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$169   

Big scale model originally designed for gas powered free flight (.045 to .099) or control line (.099-.29), or can be converted to electric power and modern R/C (radio control). Features plastic cowl, decals, covering material, detailed, full size plans, formed wire main gear and tail wheel struts, die cut balsa and plywood parts, hardwood main and tail wheels and more. The model has not been started. The parts have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions. Berkeley is a very famous manufacturer of flying model kits from the Golden Age of flying aviation, about 1932-1954. Founded in 1933 by William Effinger, the company was quite progressive in producing quality kits - it was likely the Berkeley 'Buccaneer' was the first gas powered model in kit form. In the later 1930s, Effinger acquired the services of a very talented Henry Struck. Struck went on to design numerous award-winning kits under the Berkeley name. Berkeley weathered the post WWII recession and emerged as a major kit producer in the late 1940 and 1950s. These were great years for Berkeley and they produced some incredible and large kits. The company went bankrupt in about 1960 however. Fox engines (Duke Fox) bought the company and released the kits alongside his own FOX models and engines. This arrangement did not last, and in the early 1960s the Berkeley name disappeared from hobby shop shelves.

AMT 1962 Pontiac Bonneville 2 Door Hardtop 3 in 1, 1/25, S622

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$159   

Rare. Nicely molded and detailed kit that can be built three ways - stock, show or track. Features stock or custom engine, detailed engine bay, opening hood, complete stock or custom interior, extensive custom front and rear end treatments, realistic upholstery material and more. Molded in ivory white, clear, red-tint clear, chrome and black rubber narrow whitewall tires. Chrome and windshield are in 'near mint' condition. The kit has never been started. Inventoried with all plastic parts present, instructions and NOTE, missing AMT body putty tube and it only has a partial decal sheet. The sheet is 80% intact but missing 20% of the decals. The tach and custom gauge faces are missing, along with 3 others, but they are not major ones.

Revell Convair B-58 Hustler 'S' Kit, 1/94, H252-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$175   

Hard-to-find first issue from 1957. Even rarer in investment-grade condition like this example. Box is exceptional and graded 'near mint' with factory-fresh color and gloss, four solid corners, no repairs, no price tags or tag marks, no tape or tape marks (except the factory sealing tape, of course), no fading, creases, rips, tear or missing litho. Very light general wear is the only flaw. Very nicely detailed and features very fine recessed and raised panel lines, full crew, three opening cockpit hatches, rotating wheels, 'The Pod' for weapons and fuel and highly detailed gear struts and braces. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Decals and instructions are both in amazing 'near mint' condition as well.

Italeri DC-130 with Teledyne Ryan Q2C or 147 NX Firebee Drones - US Navy or USAF, 1/48, 820

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$179   

Big 1/48 scale model with a very large 33 inch wingspan and four drones & all related C-130 Drone Carrier modifications. Features great detail with full cockpit and flight deck, complete cargo hold interior, opening cargo doors, optional position crew door and stairs and much more. Has decals for USN VC-3, North Island, California 1871 and USAF 11th TAC Drone Squadron 355th TFW, Davis Monthan AFB 1971. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Revell Australia's Domestic Twins TWO Boeing 727 Ansett and TAA (Trans Australia Airlines) - Bagged, 1/144

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$175   

Incredibly rare bagged kit with heavy, full color header. This special Down Under only release includes two Revell 1/144 727-100 models, one set of Revell instructions and two sets of decals - Ansett and TAA. Both decals are in 'excellent++' condition. Molded in silver plastic. The two kits have never been started. They have been inventoried 100% complete. NOTE: one kit has a white flap hinge. It is from an earlier issue of this same kit.

Revell USS Missouri - Pre 'S' Issue Narrow Box, 1/535, H301-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$145   

First release 1953 hardbox pre 'S' kit. This is the first ship that Revell cut the molds for. Earlier Revell ship releases were Ex-Gowland and Gowland molds for the small scale sailing ship series. The box is graded Excellent and it is one of the better (not the best but close) I have seen, with excellent color. There is some edge wear and clear tape neatly applied to one corner. Inside the kit is 100% correct. The plastic is the high gloss medium gray. The instructions are the correct 'large' release for the first issue. Never started. 100% inventoried complete with all parts, flag sheet and instructions present.

CM USS Nevada BB-36 - December 7 1941 Configuration, 1/350

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$375   

SPECIAL ORDER limited production kit with museum-quality high definition resin castings, photoetched details, decals and instructions. Full-hull kit represents the Nevada on the day of the Pearl Harbor attack. Complete kit with all parts needed for assembly. Kits are molded upon receipt of payment. Normal wait is four to six weeks.

CM LST 1179 USS Newport, 1/350

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$335   

SPECIAL ORDER limited production kit. Museum quality high definition resin castings. Complete kit with all parts needed for assembly. Some kits include photo-etched details and decals if required -email for details on a certain kit. Kits are molded upon receipt of payment. Normal wait is six to eight weeks.

Aurora DC-8 Jet Mainliner United Air Lines, 1/103, 387-249

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$155   

First issue dated 1959 and with 'Hobby Kits' in the oval logo border. Still a favorite among builders because it is the only early DC-8 in 1/100 scale and fairly accurate. Features full landing gear, early style turbo-jet engines, clear cockpit windows and can be easily built 'gear up' if you wish. With the large, clear, triangle-based Aurora 'World' stand. Molded in white and clear. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Lindberg Dornier Do-335 Arrow, 1/72, 438-60

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$29   

Still factory sealed. 1966 hardbox issue with Tom Morgan boxart.

Tamiya HMS King George V Battleship, 1/700, WLB 125

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$19   

1/700 scale waterline kit. Very highly detailed and finely molded. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.

ESCI Merkava Tank, 1/72, 8323

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$12   

Very nicely molded and detailed armor kit. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

MPC New Plymouth Volare 2 Door - Stock / Street Machine / Custom, 1/25, 1-7711

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$65   

Still factory sealed. Hard-to-find kit in fantastic First issue dated 1976, and I believe this is a 1977 Volare (but you be the judge!). Has parts to build the versions shown. Features detailed engine and compartment, opening hood, full interior detailed underside and more. Molded in white, clear, red-tinted clear, chrome plate and with rubber tires.

Air Lines Douglas A-20 Attack Bomber - (ex-Frog), 1/72, 9803

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$26   

From quality Frog molds. Box art is by the famous Jo Kotula who did 1930s covers for the magazine 'Model Airplane News' and later the Aurora box art of the late 1950s/early 1960s. Air Lines kits are all Frog molds that the Lines Brothers imported to the USA between 1964-1966. The kits, decals and instructions were made in England, then imported to the USA where Testors created the boxes with the colorful trading cards on the back. There are one or two 'box art' trading cards on each box. Molded in silver and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Precision Lasercraft Thomas Point Shoal Lightstation Lighthouse With Lighted and Rotating Beacon - HO Scale Craftsman Kit, 1/87

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$179   

Still factory tape sealed. Very rare and easily the finest kit of the unique lighthouse. Features laser cut walls, windows and doors, tab and slot construction for accurate alignment and assembly, brass etched and cast metal detail parts, electronic beacon flasher with power supply and more.

AMT 1962 Pontiac Tempest Convertible - 3 in 1 Kit, 1/25, K6012

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$129   

A one-owner kit. Rare and very nicely molded. Can be built any one of three ways - stock, custom or racing. Includes a very large number of optional custom parts so you can make a totally unique automobile. Features detailed complete engine, engine compartment, opening hood, full interior, rotating wheels, exhaust and underside detail. Molded in white, clear, red tinted clear, and chrome. With real rubber tires. The kit has never been started. Inventoried complete with all parts including decals and instructions.

Jo-Han 1960 Plymouth Station Wagon Promo, 1/25

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$49   

Rare friction-drive promotional model. This is an one-adult owned model and has never been played with. It has been stored in a box and never seen light or smoke- the plastic is glossy and clean as new. The body is amazing condition for this type of plastic. The factory silver paint on the top and the green interior paint is mint with zero wear. The body has very little warping. Oddly, it is the interior which is warped but that is the easiest part to fix. The clear has the typical aging; however, I have a new Jo-Han 1960 Plymouth windshield that I am including with this promo - it is a straight-forward replacement. The whitewalls are exceptional, and there is no wear at all on the tires. Strangely, there is a zone of copper spraypaint on the center of the underside. That is the only unusual thing. She is certainly not perfect, with the new windshield installed she will be about as nice as you can get for an all-original, rare promo.