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Tamiya Ford M151A2 With TOW Missile Launcher, 1/35, 3625A

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$25   

Still factory sealed. Excellent model that features TOW launcher, M220 tracking system, driver and a variety of decals for US Army, US Marines and more.

Maircraft Focke-Wulf Fw-198 - Solid Wood Aircraft Model, 1/48, H-6

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$26   

From the 1940s. Features finished booms, 3D cut fuselage, 2D cut wings and tail feathers, printwood, fully formed wheels and s factory sealed parts bag. With excellent, full-sized plans. Never started and complete. Maircraft was originally founded in the early or mid 1930s by Gordon Christoph and went by the name Aircraft Model Company. The company produced a typical line of solid 'profile cut' kits that required the usual high talent levels for carving and finishing. A former Comet Model Airplane & Supply Co. salesman, Jack Mair, bought the company in the early 1940s and renamed it Maircraft. This company was one of the handful of solid kit producers who issued models in a consistent 1/48 scale during the 1930s and 1940s (others included Hawk and Dyna-Model). This lead to one of the most desirable and rare model kits ever produced in the USA - the wood/plastic 1/48 United DC-3 model issued immediately after World War 2. Other than the P-61 and a few other Maircraft offerings, most were simple kits that sold for the low price of about 35 cents and gave the owners many hours of pleasurable work.

Nichimo USS Nimitz CVN-68 - Motorized Aircraft Carrier, 1/1109, U317

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$30   

Still factory sealed. This motorized kit is designed for water operation and is part of the Nichimo's popular and well detailed 30cm series.

Aurora SNJ Trainer, 1/48, 80-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$38   

Very likely the 3rd issue of this kit because the boxtop oval logo does not have the 'Famous Fighters' in the border, making this the 1963+ issue. This was a good kit for the time, featuring 'good' cockpit detail, pilot and student figures, rotating prop and US Navy decals. Molded in yellow and clear. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Tamiya Panzerkampfwagen V Panther Motorized, 1/35, MT123

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$94   

Still factory sealed and very rare in this condition. Hard-to-find motorized version is well detailed and features an all metal gearbox & axles, all hardware for motorized operation, realistic sprocket drive, flexible tracks and much more.

Ideal Aeroplane & Supply Fishing Trawler - 18 Inch Long Wooden Ship, 317

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$219   

Very, very rare, especially in this condition. Dated 1950 and measures 18 inches long when built. Wooden kit with a beautiful pre-carved balsawood hull and quality printwood parts, wood stock as required, one very large and full factory-sealed bag of cast metal fittings and another smaller factory-sealed bag of metal fittings, sail cloth, printed cardstock superstructure sides, a full color flag sheet as well as highly detailed three-view plans with hull cross sections, numerous superb detail drawings, very good instructions with additional building illustrations, full rigging diagram and sail details. Certainly one of Ideal's more detailed and better kits.

Marvel Ryan STM-2 - Combat Planes Of America Series - Solid Wood Aircraft, 1/32

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$38   

Rare, large 1/32 scale solid model from 1942. At that time, their were 'fliers' and 'solids.' 'Fliers' were notoriously off-scale and lacked detail so they would fly well. 'Solids' were true scale models that were solid wood and designed only to be scale miniatures (they did not fly). This kit has a worn and clear taped box but inside everything is factory mint because all parts and the plans are still wrapped in the factory tissue. They have never been unwrapped, so you will be the first to open them up. Features a 12 inch wingspan and from what I know about these kits it has balsa blocks and wood stock, printwood and quality plans with construction notes, cross section templates as well as a painting guide. Marvel Mfg. Company was located in Seaford, Long Island, New York and had an extensive line of solid aircraft, wooden ships, army tanks and more. Just as a small example, the following are advertised on the back of this larger-scale solid kit: Grumman JRF-2, Mariner PBM-1, Bell YFM-1, P-38, P-40, Baltimore, Ryan STM-2, Curtiss AT-9, Douglas A-20A, Republic Guardsman, Grumman Skyrocket and Douglas 8A-5.

Pola Beer Garden G Scale, 1/22, G1765

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$38   

Very nicely detailed G scale model of a modern Beer Garden with (12) chairs, (3) umbrellas, (3)round tables, (3) long benches, (4) long tables, (3) small tables, serving bar and all the accessories shown (signs, kegs, bottles, crate, etc.). Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes signs and instructions.

Nichimo USS New Jersey BB62 - Motorized Battleship, 1/901, 25

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair-

$24   

This motorized kit is designed for water operation and is part of the Nichimo's popular and well detailed 30cm series. Includes all motorizing hardware (Nichimo did not include the motor in this issue; any FA130 or equivalent will work.) Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.

Revell 1911 Rolls Royce Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H46-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$37   

1953 issue, the first year for the 'Series Three' Highway Pioneers. Molded in a beautiful dark burgundy 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 are still in the internally sealed factory bag. Includes instructions. 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!

Testors TWO Bell AH-1T SeaCobra, 1/72, 634

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$24   

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 very minor 'professional' quality subassembly as follows: bulkhead to cockpit floor. There is no other assembly. Inventoried complete with all pieces present and includes decals and instructions. Each kit features over 60 pieces and is from the original high-quality Italeri molds.

Monogram TWA Airliner Set DC-3 and Super G Constellation, MGP5

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$419   

1957 first and only issue of this rare Monogram Gift set. While Revell was very prolific with gift sets in the 1950s, Monogram was very restrained, issuing very few and then only once. This hardbox is in very solid condition with no fading, stains or split corners. There is edge wear that account for the 'VG' box rating. Inside, the kit has the correct cardboard divider. The DC-3 is 1/90 scale and features optional position cabin door, rotating propellers and wheels, pilot, copilot, hostess and passenger figures and colorful TWA decals. The Super G Constellation is 1/131 scale and features two hostesses, two loading ramps, tip tanks, battery truck and full TWA decals. The models have not been started. Both models are inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Airfix TWO Mig-23 Flogger - B or E - Soviet Air Force - USAirfix Issue, 1/72, 4011

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$27   

SALE!! Includes two kits in one box. 1980 issue that includes decals for both aircraft - natural finish and camo. Features moving elevators, optional position ventral fin, wings that swing, parts for either variant and some gear well detail. Both kits are never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Revell 1913 Mercedes-Benz - Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H54-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$44   

1960 issue molded in green plastic. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including instructions. 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.

ITC 1956 1957 Lincoln Continental Mark II - (Ideal Toy Company Continental), 1/25, 3712

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$425   

Very rare, especially in complete, never started condition like this example. The model may be rarer than the actual car; less than 10 kits have traded hands publically (on-line) in a decade. The Continental MkII was a hand-built car of the highest quality. It was the most expensive American car made at that time and was certainly a style leader. About 3,000 of them were produced; Ford said it lost $1000 on each one. But they did prove that a world-class car rivaling Rolls-Royce could be made in America. This model is molded in black (body), red (interior/chassis and other details), chrome plate, clear, metal axles and rubber tires. It has never been assembled and is 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Topping Grumman F9F-8 Cougar - Factory Desktop Model In The Original Topping Box

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$289   

Incredibly rare, 1950s NOS Topping F9F-8 model untouched in the original factory box. Inside, all of the factory cardboard and tissue are still intact. The stand and aircraft were never displayed or used. The gloss and shine on both are fantastic. There are no cracks, no breaks and no repairs. Decals and factory paint are 'excellent++' to 'near mint.' While never used, please note that these models never left the factory in 'flawless' condition. There were always minor paint flaws and minor molding flaws as they were mass-produced. Furthermore, the canopies and decals inevitably have some yellowing, although this example is minimal. Because the original Topping box adds significantly to the value, it will be carefully packed into another box for shipping. Shipping insurance is required.

Imai Chieftain Medium Tank Motorized - (ex Bandai), 1/50, 1-527-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$44   

Rare Imai-AHM issue from the original Bandai molds. Features the electric motor, all motorizing hardware; metal gear box with brass shafts and nylon gears, pinion gear, screws, brass drive wheel shafts, contacts and springs. The model has very good detail for that time and realistic drive through the tracks. The tracks are 100% intact and still fully flexible. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Hobby TWO Douglas AD-6 Skyraider - USAF Or South Vietnam, 1/72, WP-01

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$32   

SALE!! Includes two models in one box. The kits have never been started and are inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present. This model features all fine recessed surface detail, 'good' cockpit, optional opened or closed dive brakes, a very large variety of underwing munitions and more. Includes decals and paint guide for the two aircraft listed.

Monogram Curtiss P-36A - Mini Masterpieces Issue, 1/72, 5014

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$24   

Dated 1989 and an excellent model from original 1967 molds. Never started. The aircraft itself has been inventoried complete but NOTE: missing display stand. Includes decals and instructions. The Hawk P-36A has the dubious distinction of fighting on both sides and for more countries than any other plane in history during the opening years of WWII. This Hawk, one in a long progression of famous fighter aircraft, was the winner of a 1935 competition. The USAA Corps received the first aircraft in April of 1938 and the French ordered 100 aircraft in May of the same year. French Hawks shot down just over 30 German planes during the battle for France. The Germans captured the aircraft and sold them to Finland. Others were captured when the Germans overran Norway. In all over 800 Hawks were produced and served in China, Netherlands East Indies, Portugal, Great Britain, Thailand, Argentina and Peru. Although an excellent fighter in 1935, the Hawk was outclassed by the time the war started but when flown properly still gave a good account of itself.

Revell HRS-1 Marine Helicopter - Picture Plane Series, 1/48, H181-130

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$98   

Rare Marine issue dated 1960, but judging from the box type and price extension it is more likely from 1964/65. Features Marines decals, detailed rotor hub, complete cockpit and crew, detailed engine and optional position engine cowl. Molded in the correct dark blue and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.