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Cavacraft Cessna 140 - Solid Wood Aircraft Model, S-7

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$89   

Rare. This excellent kit is among Cavacraft's final efforts to compete in the solid model hobby. The fuselage and wing are completely carved to shape. The quality is excellent - as good or better than Strombecker. Never started. The small parts are still in the factory sealed envelope. The larger parts were never sealed and have been inventoried complete. With plans/instructions.

Airfix Douglas C-47 with Paratroopers - Craftmaster Issue, 1/72, 2-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$36   

Colorful artwork issue from the 1960s. Features movable control surfaces, rotating propellers and wheels, optional position cargo doors, two sitting pilots, a stand pilot and a paratrooper. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present. The box has damage to the lower left corner and adjacent side panels.

Airfix Fairey Swordfish - Craftmaster Issue, 1/72, 3-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$24   

One of two 1960s issues which share the same dramatic boxart of a Swordfish dropping on enemy ships. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Revell Chuck Wagon with Three Figures and Four Animals - Miniature Masterpieces, 1/48, H507-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$59   

Rare 1954 Pre-S issue. Very nicely detailed kit of the classic 'Wild West' Chuck Wagon (aka the first food truck). Features full suspension, rear shelves, back fold-down deck, coffee pot, pot, lamp, bell, accessories, two horses, calf, dog, two men and more. Inside, the kit has not been started. It has been inventoried and NOTE: missing rear axle. Otherwise complete with all other parts and instructions. 'Miniature Masterpieces' was formed through an alliance of Lew Glasser (Revell) and Steve Adams (Adams Action Models) in 1953. Although the molds were made at Adams and it had the appearance of an independent company, the firm was run by Revell down to the prototypes being made at the Revell plant. Originally there was no evidence of the parent company on the surface. The State Coach of England was the first kit - without figures and horses, issued in 1953. More kits of excellent quality followed. Revell completely took over the line in 1954 and in that year and the next, kits were labeled 'Revell' with a 'Miniature Masterpiece' label on the box top also. 1954 advertisements from Revell list the complete line as the H506 State Coach of England, H510 Ranch Wagon, H503 Covered Wagon, H502 Marquis de Lafayette Carriage, H504 Roman Racing Chariot, H501 Wells Fargo Stage Coach, H509 Western Figures and H507 Chuck Wagon.

Trumpeter USS Franklin CV-13 1944 - Aircraft Carrier Essex Class, 1/350, 05604

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$99   

Still factory sealed. Very highly detailed featuring 734 pieces, parts for full hull or waterline versions, detailed hanger deck, airwing of F6F Hellcats, SB2C Helldivers, F4U Corsairs & TBF Avengers, full decals and much more.

Comet USS Gridley Destroyer - DD380, K9

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$25   

Dated 1944. Almost everyone has heard of the Comet flying aircraft kits that boys and men built from stick and tissue, but few know that Comet had a line of wooden ships also. This destroyer measures 12 inches long when assembled. The hull had been very neatly factory machine cut to the overhead (beam) dimensions only. Also includes three sheets of printwood, mast and gun barrel material and full size plans. The plans are superior to most ship plans of the day with 3 hull sections, full size top and side drawings, illustrated instructions and a very large number of detail drawings. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. NOTE: Comet used too narrow of a 'block' when machine-cutting the hull. As a result, there is a 9" strip of wood that is short on one side by about 1/4 to 3/8". You will need to glue a strip to this or use filler to rebuild it. The Comet 'Fleet' shown on the box side included K11 Aircraft Carrier, K7 Cruiser, K10 Battleship, K9 Destroyer and K12 Submarine. From the gaps in the part numbers there may have been other kits as well.

Revell Focke-Wulf Fw-190D, 1/32, H215

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$59   

Still factory sealed. 1971 issue features full cockpit, removable cowl to show the detailed Jumo engine, sliding canopy, pilot figure, rotating wheels & propeller and more.

Master Modelcraft Supply Co Fiat CR-40 - Actually A CR-42 DB or CR-30 or CR-32, 1/40, 12MM

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$29   

Likely from the 1940s. This is a solid wood model with an 8 inch wingspan. Features 2D cut fuselage block, quality printwood wings, die-cut horizontal and vertical stabilizer, printwood, die-cut propeller, fully formed wheels, wood stock, blue insignia sheet and very nice full size plans with templates, text instructions and even the color scheme. Complete and never started. NOTE: Master Modelcraft advertises this as a CR-40. Most reference material I have shows a CR40 with a radial engine, which this model clearly does not have. The in-line engine and the lines of the ship align much more with a CR-42DB, CR30 or CR32. I believe it is actually one of those two and they simply made an error in the name.

Model Shipways Colonial Schooner Sultana 1767 - 17 Inches Long, 1/64

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$65   

Excellent wood and metal ship kit. Features a superb precarved hardwood hull, a large number of cast metal fittings, scribed (planked) wood deck, wood stock as required, tapered wood masts & spars, rigging material and very detailed plans/instructions. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed (metal fittings) are still in the sealed bags. The parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including instructions.

Hasegawa TWO Kawasaki T-4 Air Proving Wing, 1/72, 1006

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$26   

SALE!! Includes two models in one box. Kit #1 is never started and inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present. NOTE: kit #2 has minor 'professional' quality subassembly as follows: one seat to cockpit floor. There is no other assembly. Inventoried complete with all pieces present and includes decals and instructions. Very finely molded with all recessed panel lines, full cockpit, two piece canopy, drop tanks and a painting guide and large, colorful decals sheet for aircraft 1, 2, 3, and 4 of the Air Proving Wing JASDF.

Revell City Fire Department UH-1D - Los Angeles Police / Los Angeles Fire Deparment, 1/48, H2396

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$39   

Hard-to-find Revell issue from quality ESCI molds. Thie Huey features extensive interior detail including cockpit and cabin, detailed engine and transmission, sliding cabin doors, optional position pilot doors and more. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Lindberg US Moon Ship, 1/96, 1003-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$74   

Rare first issue from the 1950s. Lindberg made the world's first plastic science fiction model, the famous UFO. The sales success quickly prompted a wonderful line of 'near science fiction' models of which this Moon Ship was one. Very nicely molded and detailed in silver and red-tinted clear plastic. Display base and scale figures are included. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: the box displays slightly better than the 'very good' rating but is graded a such because of moderate to significant wear on the right-hand long side panel.

Revell 1910 Cadillac Limousine Highway Pioneers - Series Two, 1/32, H39

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$36   

1952 early issue molded in light blue plastic. These issues feature the same 5 car artwork on every box; the only way to identify the contents was an ink-stamped name on the box ends. This kit has never been started. The parts have been inventoried complete and includes instructions. NOTE: one wheel is a different color plastic; it is from another issue of the same kit. NOTE: the hat (for the figure) is also a different color and is from another issue of the same kit; it has been glued to the original figure (not the one in this kit). These kits have a fascinating history. Hobbies were nothing new to America in the 1930s/40s, but they were not mainstream and never made the top 10 list of boys activities. Spurred on by the nation-wide aviation craze in the 1920s, many became modelers and built flying or static wooden models of airplanes, ships, trains, automotive and other subjects. Basic kits existed, but many of these models were built from scratch, which demanded a high talent level developed from years of experience. That changed in the early 1950s when the Gowland & Gowland/Revell Highway Pioneers became the sales sensation of the year. Demand was so great that the factories could not keep up and almost overnight 'model building' was mainstream. The phenomenon of the 'Highway Pioneers' 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 fit the bill: they could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real cars. The success of the Highway Pioneers lead to the production of other subjects in plastic and the effect was revolutionary. By the late 1950s, model building was the #1 past time of American boys...and many adult males too!

Cap Croix de Sud TWO Mig-3 / Lotina Spitfire Mk.IX / Beechnut Models CAC Wirraway (Factory Sealed) / TWO Mikro 72 LWS Czapla, 1/72, 1

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good to VG

$28   

SALE!! Includes all 6 kits in the boxes and one bag shown. Only the bagged Beechnut CAC Wirraway is factory sealed. For all other kits, NOTE: Sold AS-IS and not inventoried. This collector was very meticulous and of his kits that I did inventory, 95% are complete. But on these kits he cut the sprue (trees) with the part numbers still attached to each number, so the parts are loose. Because of that, I have not inventoried these kits. NOTE: he built minor sub assemblies (cockpit tubs, wing halves, etc) to 'professional' quality. Again, these kits are sold not inventoried and AS IS hence the very low price.

Hasegawa Boeing B-47E Stratojet, 1/72, JS-23

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$62   

Still factory sealed. The B-47 was a very advanced aircraft at the time. The XB-47 first flew in 1947. The big jet's speed was equal to or greater than all current fighter aircraft, so it received radar-controlled twin 20mm cannons in the tail as the only guns. Through the use of mid-air refueling, the B-47 gave SAC it's first all-jet force for nuclear or regular bomb delivery. Although it was tricky to fly, Stratojets flew into the mid 1960s. A program to strengthen the wings for low-level attack was responsible for prolonging the service life. Kit is very nicely detailed with fine panel detail, cockpit, open/closed bomb bay doors with internal iron bomb load, tail "stinger" and detailed landing gear with good well detail.

Bandai German Artillery Soldiers, 1/48, 8245

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$24   

Still factory sealed. Rare 1/48 Bandai kits made as accessories for the famous 'Pin Point' armor series or for any 1/48 scale models or dioramas. Includes 4 crew members that can be assembled in almost any position. Includes rangefinder, dozens of shell casings and shells, 3 jerry cans and 12 grates for gun set up. Has painting guide on the back of the box.

Yankee Modelworks 5, 1/72, YKM-20010

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$22   

Includes all five factory sealed detail parts sets. All are beautiful and detailed metal castings. There are two sets of YKM-20010 5"/25 Open Gun Mounts (4 in each, so you get a total of 8), one set YKM-20012 of 5"/38 Single Closed Turrets (2 in the pack), one set of YKM-20053 Smoke Generators (4 included) and one YKM-20034 Kingfisher Float Plane.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$38   

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 finish the wood parts. In the late 1940s, they added some injection molded plastic parts (usually acetate wheels and lamps) but all other parts remained wood and cardstock. 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. Molded in a brilliant deep red plastic. Never started and inventoried complete with all parts and instructions.

Revell F8U-2N Crusader Famous Artist Series - (F8U2N), 1/67, H167-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$46   

1960 hardbox issue with fantastic artwork titled 'Prepare To Intercept' by George Akimoto. All Famous Artist Series included framable artwork by some of the best names in aviation illustration. This issue immediately followed the "S" releases and is from the same molds as the 'S' kit. The kit features pilot figure & cockpit, full landing gear, folding wingtips and AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Please note that the box is only 'good' because of the tear on the left of the box and a 1"x1" price tag tear on the left short side. There are no trading stamps or cards present.

Lindberg CL-86 USS Vicksburg Light Cruiser - Cleveland Class, 1/1080, 2216

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$28   

Full, one-piece hull model with 'good' detail' from the original late 1950s molds. This kit has never been started. Inventoried and NOTE: missing one tiny part, a searchlight platform that goes on a stack. Otherwise includes all other parts, decals and instructions.