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Aurora Sikorsky S-55 Helo - (ex-Helicopters for Industry), 1/45, 503-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++


Second issue, likely from around 1962/63 because of the logo and 98 cent price extension. Has the same box art as the original issue but with the newer style logo (with no 'Famous Fighters' in the border) at the upper right. From the ex-Helicopters for Industry molds. Features fine raised detail, cockpit seats, instrument panel and control sticks, opening cabin door, floats with wheels and decals for US Air Force, Navy, Army or Marines. Molded in a stunning gloss dark blue and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Varney US Navy Fleet Submarine - The First Plastic US Ship Model, 1/240

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+


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 carrying the kits due to a lack of re-orders. 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 it was released by O-Lin and later Lindberg. This kit is a a very nice, never started and complete example. The box top grades 'good+' and has nice color as shown, general light stains and wear, three solid corners and one closed split corner. Three sides are as nice as the top, with one small piece of clear tape on both long sides. The right short side does have a 3/4" x 1/2" tape tear but is fine beside that . Inside, it is complete. The yellow parts display is intact and in 'good-' condition. The original krinkle small parts bag is present but split open; I have included the bag and all parts are inventoried complete. The original glue is present but the tube shattered; I have put it in a zip lock. The stand was glued to the yellow at the factory; the glue has come off. The factory glass rectangle for the stand arm is still present and in it's holder. The heavy one-piece molded hull is in rare crack-free condition and cradled into the holder. The base is in very good condition also. Very large instruction sheet is 'very good++' 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 'very good' condition on the hull and 'excellent' on the stand base. A rare example of a classic kit. Shipped with insurance only.

Aurora The Wanderer Whaler - (HO Scale), 1/87, 440-595

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++


Rare 1966 hardbox issue of this very large, two feet long (1/87 scale) classic commercial whaler. Well detailed for that time. This was one of a series of large-scale sailing ships made by Aurora to appeal to the serious ship modeler. Molded in correct dark wood, black, tan, ivory and white. Features billowing sails, metal anchor chains, running and standing rigging, molded ratlines and display stand. It has not been started. The parts that were factory sealed are all still factory sealed. Only the white sail parts were never factory sealed, and they have been inventoried complete. Includes all other parts, decals, flag sheet, metal chain, rigging thread and instructions. The Wanderer was built in Mattapoiset, MA in 1878 and was the last sailing whaleship to depart the US on a whaling voyage. She sailed from New Bedford on 24 August 1924 and was driven ashore on Cuttyhunk Island by a gale the next day and became a total loss. (from Joe Greenley)

Sanwa Mosquito MkIV - 'Cellovision' Issue, 1/90, 167

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good


Very Rare. Early, colorful issue from the late 1950s. The kit is dated by the 'Sanwa Plastic' logo, which was normally used in the late 1950s up to 1960. Sanwa clearly copied Lindberg in making this a Cellovision-style package; the back has the clear panel still intact as well as a trading card style illustration - even many of the same colors are used. Molded in green, black and clear. Inside, the model is factory new - all the parts and decals are still in the factory sealed clear bags. The decals are flat and 'excellent' with slight yellowing as the only flaw and the instructions are in 'very good' condition. The box has a crush on the lower long side panel and back as shown. Sanwa was one of Japan's earliest post-WWII kit producers, making model kits in the 1950s; some sources say 1955. Kits were marketed under Sanwa and Tokyo Plamo, with the general consensus being the the later logo came out around 1960 or later. Production ended in 1964, making all Sanwa kits rare and collectible. The entire line was extensive. It included very small scale tanks (some that were motorized), battleships in three scales with the larger ones motorized with dual prop drive, slot cars, civil sport boats and an electric outboard, a full line of hand gun models that actually shot plastic bullets, two fighter groups and bomber groups (probably Monogram), several different lines of scale aircraft, missile kits, scale (static) car models of early Japanese automobiles, at least 7 flying model aircraft that had electric and rubber motors, a 'Super Control Stand' P-51 that moved with a joystick and had an electric propeller and sound unit, two different lighthouses and a windmill, an air cushion boat, motor cycles, a diving submarine (electric) and a working (rubber band) George Washington Class SSBN and even a garden tractor with an electric motor. Just before going out of business, Sanwa issued some kits in conjunction with the 1964 Tokyo Olympic games - these kits even included a copy of an Olympic medal.

Aurora The Barnstormers Customizing Kit DH-4 and JN-4 Jenny, 1/48, 200-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+


Rare one-and-only 1960 issue that contains both the DH-4 and Curtis JN-4 Jenny. Aurora really went out of the way to make this a special kit; however, it did not sell well and was retired after one year. Features completely new box artwork, a DH-4 molded in gloss dark green and black, the JN-4 molded in gloss bright yellow and black, great custom decal sheets for both aircraft and special 'Barnstormer' instructions for each aircraft. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts present and includes decals and instructions. Instructions are both in 'excellent+' condition and the decal sheets are both completely flat (no rolling) with typical age yellowing as the only flaw.

Berkeley Sweitzer 1-30 - For R/C or Free Flight, 1/12, 4-18 295

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++


Big 1/12 scale model with a 40 inch wingspan. Originally designed as a gas powered model for free flight or control line, or can be converted to electric power and modern RC (radio control) gear. Features hardware, decals, full size plans, formed wire parts, die cut balsa and plywood parts and more. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, 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.

Ideal Aeroplane & Supply BB-55 USS North Carolina 1941 - 18 Inch Long Wooden Ship Model

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG-


Very rare kit from 1941. Measures 18 inches long when assembled. Issued in 1941, it depicts the ship basically as she was launched. Includes completely pre-molded and shaped wood-material hull in excellent, solid condition, 5 sheets of cleanly done printwood, wood stock in many shapes and sizes, a sealed fittings packet (I can tell that it contains at least the props and anchors) and two packs of Casco Glue. Features excellent full size plans and instructions. The plans show numerous detail views of the ships details and superstructure. Never started. Factory sealed fittings bag with the other parts inventoried complete with instructions.

Airfix HMS Victory - Lord Nelson's Flagship, 1/180, F902S

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc


1960s type 3 logo kit in excellent overall condition. The box has wonderful color and gloss, four solid corners and very little general wear. Very nicely molded and detailed kit with 353 parts. Full hull kit contains complete deck fittings, preformed scale ratlines, vacuform billowing sails, flag sheet, rigging instructions and more. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including instructions. The Victory was started in 1759 and launched in 1765 for the Royal Navy. She gained fame as the flagship for Lord Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar. The HMS Victory is the oldest naval ship still in commission, and is a museum ship in drydock at Portsmouth, United Kingdom.

CM BB-27 USS Michigan (1918), 1/350

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc


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.

Skywave German Navy U-Boat Bunker U-Boat S-Boat Base, 1/700, SW-600

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+


Well detailed and molded 1/700 scale kit features two bunkers with interior detail, roof top with AA battery and decals. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. (on the back of the box).

Imai Panzer IV -F2 - Sd.Kfz.161 Panzerkampfwagen IV For Remote Control, 1/15, 519

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good


Very rare, early issue with glossy artwork. Giant scale (1/15), fully motorized tank model intended for R/C operation. Features three motors, all in the original Mabuchi boxes- two RE-56 size drivers with independent, all-metal gear boxes (one for each track), one Mabuchi TKK 25 size with an all metal gear box for turret rotation, an amazing hardware kit with metal motor mounts, three all metal gear boxes, brass gear, brass pre-wired and soldered battery contacts, full set of pre-wired switches and prewired 7 pin plug and socket set, all machine screws and nuts, very realistic individual track links, full crew, opening crew and rear engine hatches and more. Never started. All the internal presentation cardboard is present and 'excellent.' Almost all parts are still in the factory sealed bags. The few that were not sealed are inventoried complete. With decals and instructions. Please note, the box displays better than the 'good' grade but is graded as such because there is some masking tape on the sides and on split corners. Although the kit is designed for R/C operation, Imai did not include the R/C equipment. The builder will need to furnish that. NOTE: I have done my best to account for the hardware, but it is all still factory sealed, making an accurate count impossible. In a worst case scenario it may be missing a few common nuts or bolts.

Revell Flying Cloud Clipper Ship, 1/232, H344-400

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++


Softbox issue dated 1956 but since it lacks the 'S' logo, it is from the 1962 to 1965 period. Like most early Revell sailing ship models, the molds were cut by true craftsman and has very good detail. Features full hull and display stand, complete deck fittings and deck cabins, pre-formed ratlines, vacuform billowing sails, rigging thread, decals, flag sheet, running and standing rigging instructions and more. Builds to a beautiful model. The kit has never been assembled. NOTE: three small parts are very neatly painted black. There is no other painting. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. NOTE: Two small parts are white plastic; they are from an earlier issue of this same kit. One big railing is broke in two but fits back together perfectly for an easy repair.

Heller Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker - USAF or French Air Force, 1/72, 80437

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++


Very large and well detailed 1/72 scale kit. Features over 120 parts, full cockpit and interior detail, optional position crew and cargo doors, four PW J57 engines, complete boom station and optional position boom. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Renwal See-Thru SSBN 618 Thomas Jefferson Polaris Nuclear Submarine, 1/200, 653-349

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++


Classic 1950s boxart at it's finest, and this is one the best examples of this kit that I have ever had. The box has like new color and gloss, four solid corners and no tape, price tags or tape/tag marks. It is superb but not mint due to light corner and edge wear as shown. Large 24 inch long kit with clear right half that is hinged to open. The Jefferson is the only Renwal submarine that has the clear hull half - all others have a gray hinged half. The clear half is in incredible 'mint' factory fresh condition. It is not yellowed and still wrapped in the original tissue paper (although I have protected it further for shipping). Heavily detailed interior and actual 'launching' Polaris missile from a spring loaded tube. The kit has never been started. Inside, it is like new. Renwal sealed the majority of the parts in a factory clear bag; that bag is still factory sealed. The few parts that were not sealed have been inventoried complete including 'very good++' decals, excellent instructions and even the Renwal factory inspection slip.

Lindberg Northrop SM-62 Snark - Intercontinental Guided Missile, 1/48, 91001

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-


From 2007. Very nicely molded and detailed large 1/48 scale model. Kit includes mobile launching platform, detailed missile, stair lift check stand, tractor and jet engine and a very large and extensive decal sheet including all white stripes on the missile. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. The Snark was America's first Intercontinental Cruise Missile. Max speed was 650 MPH and range was 6000 miles. Guidance was by an internal celestial system and the warhead was nuclear. SAC units operated Snark from 1958 to the early 1960s.

Fujimi P-47D Thunderbolt With Color Painting Guide and Glue, 1/70

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good


Fujimi-Mokei issue from the very early 1960s; please note this is before Fujimi used part numbers. Japan issue with very collectible artwork and high gloss box top. Includes the original glue and a very nice full color painting guide for 4 different aircraft. Features fine raised detail, rotating prop and wheels, working wing flaps, drop tank, two bombs and pilot figure. The model as never been started. The parts are still in the factory sealed bag and even includes a near mint condition Fujimi color bag header. Includes decals and instructions.

DML Arado Ar-234B Nachtigall - BAGGED, 1/72, 5012

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: No Box


NOTE: bagged kit, there is no box. The box is shown for reference only. Very highly detailed and superbly molded with all very fine recessed panel lines. Features a highly detailed cockpit, detailed gear wells, photoetched parts and more. Has decals for the three aircraft listed. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Revell Supermarine Spitfire Mk1 610 Sq 'County of Chester', 1/32, H282-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG


1967 first release one-piece box issue in large 1/32 scale. Has many action features - canopy slides to show fully detailed cockpit, wheels and prop rotate, retractable landing gear, removable cowling shows finely detailed Rolls Royce Merlin engine and more. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora Boeing 737 - United Airlines, 1/72, 359-249

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc


This rare 1/72 scale 737 hardbox is dated 1966 and features great Roy Grinnell art. Molded in white and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

CMC Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 1958 Pontoon Fender - Extremely Detailed Factory Built Display Model, 1/18, M-071

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++


Amazing museum-quality, hand-built and factory painted model for the very discriminating collector. CMC quality it legendary and this model is no exception; most CMC models have between 700 and over 1000 parts and each is completely hand assembled. This model is in mint, complete condition and has always been kept in the original packing material and in the original box. It was only removed for photos. It is fully detailed inside and out, including places that cannot be seen once it was assembled and includes many working features. Includes the original polishing cloth, desiccant pack, the Serial Number Tag (#03888), all the original packing styrofoam and the CMC white 'red printed' sheet on the outside of the foam. There is no other paperwork present.