Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
Rare, limited run model of excellent quality that features main injection molded parts, resin and many photoetched details. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: NM
Very rare, and even rarer in investment-grade 'Near Mint' condition. Tamiya's early armor models were the finest works of the mold maker's art and the very top of that line had push-button remote control and dual electric motor operation. This is one of those kits. The box has great color and gloss, four solid corners and general light wear as the only flaws. It features excellent detail and mold quality, a factory assembled all-metal gear box with dual electric motor drive for realistic differential steering control, all hardware, a factory wired/soldered switch, hand-held remote and working treads that are still 100% intact and flexible. The kit has never been started. Inside, it is exactly as it left the factory. All of the parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The few larger parts that were never sealed are inventoried complete. With full color painting guide in 'excellent' condition and 'near mint' instructions. The decals are still factory sealed and are in 'excellent+' condition. Please note, this kit must be shipped insured.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Exc
Incredibly rare and even more so in factory sealed condition. This was a special set; AMT took factory-sealed tractor and trailer Bud kits, installed a special empty printed box that says "Big Rig Set" then sealed the entire thing again - making a double seal. The combined kit contains over 350 parts. The tractor is super detailed with over 250 parts and over 100 in chrome. Features full rolling chassis build up just like the actual vehicle, tilting sleeper cab, dual exhaust, fifth wheel assembly, hollow vinyl truck tires, and fully detailed cab with air ride driver's seat and sleeper compartment. The trailer has complete suspension and chassis detail, sliding suspension, opening doors and more. Both have colorful and authentic Budweiser decals. NOTE: must be shipped insured.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good+
Rare 1956 Revell Gift set containing all three ships and even the unopened tube of colorful Revell "S" cement. This was the first and only issue of this specific gift set and features spectacular special box artwork. The tugboat is 1/108 scale and the tanker and cargo ship are both 1/400. Inside, the kit is 100% correct. The special color cardboard over lay is factory fresh. The tug and C-3 lower hulls are factory painted red (the T-2 was molded in red so it was not painted). Decals are included. The instruction sheets are excellent with the typical yellowing as the only flaw. The three kits have not been started. The tug and freighter still have the small parts in the factory sealed clear bags; the parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete. The tanker has been inventoried 100% complete. All three kits include decals and instructions. The box has brilliant color and gloss, four solid corners and no repairs. There is no tape, tape marks, price tags or price tag marks. However, there is moderate and light general wear and 'dings' on the two lower corners as shown. Shipping insurance is required with this kit.
Wood and Metal Model Kit, Box Condition: Good-
Rare and includes the even rarer with the optional cast metal fitting set. This very large scale model is 'completely pre-fabricated for easy construction' It features die-cut plywood and balsa parts, factory carved parts, plastic molded smoke stack, other plastic parts as well, sheeted hull construction, 'excellent' condition decals, superb full size drawings and plans and simple-to-follow, step by step instructions. Never started. Inventoried and NOTE: missing one piece of wood, a 25 inch x .25 inch filler strip. Otherwise all wood parts are present. NOTE: missing one long screw. Otherwise complete. Includes all paperwork. NOTE: the plans & instructions are professional quality reproductions made on a large scanner specifically made for large plans. I had the front made on one sheet and the back on another sheet, which makes building the kit much easier. Lumba-Lumba means 'porpoises' in Malay. This ship was commissioned by Caltex Pacific Oil Company in 1961 to speed personnel and freight from Sumatra to Singapore. She was designed by the famous naval architects Sparkman and Stephens who created the Columbia (winner of the New England yacht races). NOTE: this kit must be shipped insured.
Resin Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc+
Finally! A museum-quality 1/350 scale model kit of the SS Normandie - The World's Most Beautiful Ocean Liner. This nine-year project is a 100% new kit. Seven of those years were spent accurately modeling the ship from scratch in TurboCAD. All design work was done in CAD by Ken Friend, a master modeler and engineer who specialized in CAD/CAM/CAE Systems Management and Implementation. This limited-run kit represents the Normandie from her 1935 maiden voyage to New York and has over 1,000 individual parts. The hull and larger parts are pressure-cast resin from de-aired molds. There is one very large photoetched brass sheet for railings, ladders & fine details, a set of ultra-high resolution 3D printed davits, three sheets of laser-cut, real wood printed decking (from ScaleDecks), decals, flag sheet and a DVD with detailed, highly illustrated instructions including painting guide, step-by-step rigging instructions and research material. This is a previously owned kit; I sold this model years back and then purchased the buyers entire estate. The kit has never been started. This model has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions included. NOTE: this kit must be shipped insured.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG++
Rare. This famous early 1930s transport was the primary competition of the Ford Tri-Motor and saw widespread use. It was the idea of E.L. Cord, the money behind the aircraft and the owner of the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg automobile company. Cord also owned Lycoming, the engines that ended up on the final product. Another of Cord's companies was Century Airlines, which naturally used the aircraft. Century later became part of American Airlines. The Model T was used by many other airlines including Eastern, Delta, Braniff, TWA, United and American when they rolled up Century. The Tri-Motor carried 10 passengers, baggage and of course the mail, which was critical to early airline revenue. The aircraft proved successful and economical to operate. Includes clear windows, interior with passengers and pilots, Eastern Air Service decals and clear blue-tinted display stand. Never started. The clear blue parts are still in the factory sealed bag; all other parts have been inventoried complete and includes decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG++
Very rare. Dual motorized version with hand-held wired remote control unit. Features realistic sprocket drive, all metal gear box and axles with brass and steel gears, factory-wire remote control switch for forward, turning left or right and reverse, all other hardware as required, realistic tracks, decals for almost any Tiger you would want to model and more. The model has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. Please note that Tamiya did not furnish the motors with this kit; two RE-36s are required and they are available on line. The box displays better than the 'very good++' grade but it is rated as such because there is a very light stain at the lower right of the box top and the adjacent long lower side.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc++
First issue early 1950s from the Aurora Brooklyn factory. Molded with correct light gloss blue and clear plastic with correct Brooklyn stand, decals and instructions. Even has original packing tissue paper. Decals are in beautiful condition and are still flat. Box is excellent with light scuffing as the only flaws. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. The Aurora issues of the 1/48 scale P-38 are interesting to say the least. The first issue is the Brooklyn kit with the P-38/B-24 box artwork. Inside, the plastic is light blue with minimal surface detail and a clear canopy and rectangular stand that says 'Aurora Plastic Corp. Brooklyn, 4, N.Y.'. There are no landing gear, gear doors or mass balances. The second issue has identical box art, plastic color, decals and rectangular stand, but the box and instructions says 'West Hempstead' instead of Brooklyn. The clear stand mold has had 'Brooklyn' milled out, and there is no location on the stand. The third issue has the same artwork, but the full color 'Aurora Line' logo is used - but the big changes were on the inside. Aurora modified the molds, adding a pitot tube, elevator mass balances and landing gear struts, wheels and doors. The decals and stand remain the same, but the new instructions reflect the changes to the molds. This time the kit is molded in an attractive metallic blue. The fourth issue dropped the Jim Cox artwork in favor of a new P-38 flying from right to left across a threatening sky. The plastic still metallic light blue and the decals and stand remain unchanged. The new details were retained. The fifth issue was 1959. The oval 'Famous Fighters' logo was used with Jo Kotula artwork of two P-38s. The detail level of the kit remained the same, but it was molded in olive drab and clear. The newer 'Triangle' base was added at this time. Further issues kept this box artwork, but the oval logo changed as well as the price extensions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good
Rare. 1970 issue featuring the Phota-Scope. In place of the nuclear reactor, Aurora put a tube that has a magnifying lens at the top and a film transparency of a submarine interior at the bottom. So when you lift the hatch, you looked through the magnifier to see the inside of the sub. It was an interesting idea, and Aurora extended Phota-scope to some tank kits around the same time. The kit has never been started. Inventoried with all parts, magnifying lens and tube, phota-scope picture, decals and correct instructions present. The box looks much better than the 'good' rating but is graded as such because there is a closed tear in the box top at the sail of the sub.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
First and only issue of this rare kit. 1957 hardbox with the 'S' logo on the sides and the fantastic box art that has made these kits so collectible and valuable. This box has perfect color and gloss, four solid corners, no fading, rips or creases, no price tags or tag marks and no tape or tape marks other than the factory sealing tape (of course). Flaws included light general wear as shown. Large scale and well detailed featuring two stage missile with moving top stage forward fins, working launcher with instrumentation and a crew of three. Molded in dark olive drab and white. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.
Wood and Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good
Before plastic kits were introduced, Strombecker was famous as the premier manufacturer of very highly prefabricated hardwood models. From the 1930s to the 1950s Strombecker kits were flawlessly engineered but not inexpensive. All wooden parts are quality hardwood (not balsa) and are precarved to final shape; usually a quick sanding would finish them. When complete it makes an impressive desk top display with a 10.5 inch wingspan. This example even includes the original glue, wood filler and sandpaper. Never started. Inventoried complete with all parts, decals and detailed plans, instructions. Decals are in amazing "Near Mint" condition.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG+
Nice small scale model from Japanese molds of unknown origin. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: NM
This model is in amazing, investment-grade 'Near Mint' condition. The box has brand-new color and gloss and the only flaws are very light wear, mainly on the lower edges of the long box sides. Aurora did a major face-lift on the P-38 in 1959 with fantastic and new Jo Kotula box artwork. Although dated 1959, this kit is from the mid 1960s due to the '130' price extension and the lack of 'Famous Fighters' in the oval logo. Molded in olive drab and clear has the 'triangle-base' clear stand and stand arm. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: VG+
Rare model from the early 1950s. Not only is this a first issue but it is in a most unusual two piece box; the outer box is a heavy cardboard sleeve which is decorated on all four sides; the inner 'tray' has advertising on both short ends and also on the small upper end flaps where it says "Now...Enjoy Many Pleasant Moments While You Assemble This MONOGRAM MODEL". This is a scale flying wooden rubber powered model for gliding or JETEX power. Before there were plastic models, there were wooden aircraft kits. These usually came in two types - solid and stick and tissue. The solid models were static and usually contained a few blocks of balsa and sometimes a detail part or two. These "Make Wood Look Like Plane" models required a very high level of skill in carving and finishing. The stick and tissue variety were slightly easier to build and provided the ultimate thrill - they could fly when complete with rubber power (and later with free-flight gas and eventually RC). They still required a great deal of skill, so manufacturers sought ways to make model building more accessible to everyone. One idea was pre-carving and/or prefabrication. This raised prices, naturally. Many manufacturers launched lines of 'easy' to build flying models but only Monogram succeeded in making an entire line at an affordable price that would actual fly. The original "Speedee-Bilt" kits were in one-piece two-color boxes or the two piece 'sleeve' box like this kit. (In the mid 1950s, shortly before plastic kits were available, Monogram changed to the 'hardbox' with a lithographic slick glued to the top). Speedee-Bilt kits contained die cut, factory painted wooden parts, completely formed airfoil wings (the famous and beautiful 'Monofoil'), carved wheels and numerous plastic details like the cowling, pilot, missiles, prop and more, depending on the kit. Assembly was by detailed, illustrated plans. The Panther Jet features die-cut dark Navy Blue painted balsa parts, a perfect Monofoil wing, completely carved fuselage blocks, stringers, completely finished wheels, numerous plastic detail parts such as nose, intakes, gear struts, exhaust section, pilot bust and wing-mounted rockets, clear vacuform canopy (still in mint condition, clear and not yellowed), sandpaper, full color decals, Navy Blue covering material and full instructions. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and paperwork present. The decals and instructions are both in 'excellent+' condition. My father has a fine memory and story regarding this model. During the Michigan winter months, he would naturally build models. However, they could not be flown outside so he would fly them in the basement on a tether line hooked to a full gallon paint can. This was even done with gas powered control line aircraft, using a hair pin to keep the elevator fixed in the right position! After finishing the very beautiful Speedee-Bilt F9F, he decided to install the recommended Jetex motor and do some tether flying. The Jetex started flawlessly and propelled the very light weight model to very high speeds. However, the heat of the motor casing soon caught the back on fire. It was a fascinating spectacle to watch the Panther jet circling wildly while trailing a foot or more of flame from the aft section. Finally the flames reached something important, and the craft split in two which quickly ended one of the most memorable and entertaining of all basement winter flights.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed NM
Still factory sealed and from all new molds. Features fully detailed interior and exterior, movable gun elevation and suspension, opened or closed hatches, detailed engine room, accessories and more.
Resin Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
Very Rare model from 2003. This is a superb high-definition resin model that is highly detailed. Features an excellent cockpit and much more. Includes full decals and paint guide. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
Rare. The Er-2ON was derived from the Er-2 Long Distance Bomber which was designed by V.G. Ermolayev and first built in Aviation Plant #18 in Voronezh in 1940. Several dozen Er-2s were built before the start of WWII. In 1944 Aviation Plant #39 in Irkutsk mass produced a new version of this aircraft with diesel engines. Pilots like this aircraft for the stability, robust construction and comfortable cockpit. Irkutsk produced 391 of the Er-2 variants between 1944 and 1946. At the end of 1944 the design bureau of P.O. Sukhoy made four aircraft with a comfortable passenger cabin for government officials, and these were called Er-2 ON, which is this model kit. The model features fine recessed surface detail, good cockpit, correct passenger window configuration and more. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed NM
Still factory sealed. Very well detailed with 199 pieces.
Resin Model Kit, Box Condition: Good
This is a superb high-definition resin model that is highly detailed. Features an excellent cockpit and much more. Includes full decals and paint guide. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags.