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Monogram A-7 Corsair II - VA-72 USS Kennedy, 1/48, 5418

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

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Still factory sealed. 1979 issue "White Box". High quality kit with full cockpit, wheel well detail, optional position canopy and a large load of external stores with drop tanks, AIM-9 Sidewinders and iron bombs. Decals for VA-72 USS John F Kennedy. This kit has a very interesting history. Aurora originally cut the molds just a few years before they shut down. The A-7 was an excellent kit for that time as Aurora did everything they could to make it so. It features all recessed panel lines, realistic retractable landing gear with opening and closing doors, rotating wheels, good cockpit and a huge loadout of iron bombs, Sidewinder missiles and drop tanks. The molds were sold in 1977 to Monogram, and the A-7 molds survived the train accident on the way to Chicago. Monogram only reissued the finest Aurora kits; however, to meet Monogram standards, they often received significant upgrades, like the 737, DC-10 and 747 did. However, the A-7 upgrade was so extensive that it is a challenge to tell if it came from Aurora or not. For years I read that it did, but the differences are so significant that I wanted to compare them side-by-side. I finally got that chance. My conclusion is that this certainly is the old Aurora kit, but it has been modified so extensively that it may be the largest, most comprehensive mold rework ever done in the history of plastic modeling. First, it is from the Aurora molds because of the identical parts tree layout for the trees and parts that Monogram did keep - down to the millimeter, right down to the part number tabs. Also, the dimensions of the wings, horizontal stabs and most other major parts are identical along with many other smaller clues. But the amazing things are the changes. This is not a complete list, but Monogram did the following- on the fuselage halves they made the nose slightly longer (2MM) and wider; added the cockpit cowl, moved the front landing gear bay forward by 5mm, added the main wheel bays to the fuselage parts and removed all surface detail, replacing it with fine raised details. Antennas and lights were modified or added, as well as refueling probe storage. The wings were lengthened by 2mm each; while the recessed lower control surface lines were replace, the rest of the surface detail was redone complete. The horizontal stabilizers were reworked for surface detail and in doing so, they removed the reinforcement plates at the hinges; you can still see the tooling marks from this removal. The retractable landing gear was eliminated. The main gear struts were simply given strut detail, while the nose strut is almost completely new. The landing gear doors were almost left intact, but the tabs (for retraction) were removed and interior detail was added. The cockpit is completely new. The bomb loadout and ejector racks are almost the same, but the racks received new surface detail. The AIM-9s are almost completely Aurora - all Monogram did was remove the mounting tab. You can still see the original ejector pin marks, tree layout and even the same part number tab. There are many more changes, but this gives you a good idea of the trouble that Monogram went to in making accurate models.

ESCI LTV A-7E Corsair II - VA-113 'Stingers' USS Ranger / VA-83 USS Forrestal, 1/48, SC-4014

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

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Still factory sealed. Very nicely molded with very fine raised panel lines. Features cockpit and gear well detail, decals for both colorful high-vis squadrons and a huge variety of weapons.

Italeri Grumman TBF-1 / TBM-1 Avenger - FAA Tarpon Mk1 846 Sq 1944 / USS San Jacinto July 1944 / USS Natoma Bay Feb 1944 / USS Mission Bay Dec 1943 / USS Block Island 1944 / Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Whenvapai 1944 - Ex-Accurate Miniatures, 1/48, 2644

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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From high quality ex-Accurate Miniatures molds. Very highly detailed kit inside and out with over 100 parts and all fine recessed panel lines. Features completely detailed cockpit, interior, turret and weapons bay and much more. Includes decals for all 6 versions listed. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Academy Republic P-47N Thunderbolt, 1/48, 2155

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very well molded and features all fine recessed panel lines, detailed cockpit, gear wells, engine and gun bay, optional position canopy, extensive under-wing stores and colorful decals with paint guide. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

H&F Model Airplane Co Ryan ST Trainer - 50 Inch Wingspan Flying Scale Aircraft

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Rare kit from the late 1940s. Very large wingspan, true scale model was designed for free-flight rubber power but is perfectly suited for conversion to R/C and electric power. Features quality printwood, stripwood and spars, prefabricated wheel pants, finished hardwood wheels and thrust button, profile cut and partially shaped wooden nose, other factory cut wooden parts, metal stock, tissue paper and very nice full size plans. Never started and inventoried complete.

RN Models Fleet Trainer 16B - 28 Inch Wingspan For R/C Or Free Flight, UA411

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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Very nice scale flying model that be powered by a .020 gas engine or rubber and flow R/C. Features quality printwood, strip wood, spars and metal stock as required, formed plastic wheels and engine cylinders, plastic prop, covering tissue, full text instructions and full size plans. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including all paperwork.

Herr Engineering Piper Super Cub On Wheels Or Floats - 30 Inch Wingspan Balsa Flying Aircraft, K-109

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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Large 30 inch wingspan wooden kit for scale rubber flying or conversion to electric RC. Includes numerous quality laser cut balsa wood parts, complete hardware, colorful tissue, clear windshield, contest rubber and plastic prop, wheels, optional floats, complete building instructions, full size plans and full decals. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: there is adult writing and notes on the plan in red ink.

Guillows Fokker DR-1 Triplane - 20 inch Wingspan for Free Flight or R/C Conversion, 204

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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Large-scale and well detailed. Can be flown rubber free flight, gas free flight or converted to electric R/C with modern servos and receivers. Features scale plastic wheels, plastic propeller, plastic nose cowl, plastic radial engine, full decals, coveringtissue, die cut balsa parts, rubber motor, plywood firewall and excellent full size plans. The kit has no assembly but NOTE: the plastic wheel halves are painted. There is no other painting. The model has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Guillow's founder, Paul K. Guillow, was a WWI naval aviator. In 1926 he began producing wooden model airplane kits. His 'Shelf Models' were some of the earlier non-flying models in production. Guillow's grew during the model boom of the 1930s, and when the Depression hit the hardest, Guillow's responded with lower prices and became one of the low price leaders, frequently advertising in Model Airplane News and other leading publications. During the war, like most manufacturers, Guillow's was forced to alternative materials such as cardboard and pine. Guillow's survived the post WWII slump by creating many inexpensive profile flying rubber powered aircraft and gliders in the 1950s (along with North Pacific) which became famous - some are still available today. The stick and tissue lines have been updated with laser cut parts and are still in production as of 2009.

Guillows B-25 Mitchell U-Control or Static Balsa Model, 1/32, 805

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Large 1/32 scale stick and tissue model. Can be built static or twin .012 to .049 engine U-Control. Features decals, numerous plastic parts such as cockpit surround, engine nacelles and more, movable control surfaces, detailed landing gear, hinged landing gear doors and more. The kit has never been started. Some parts are still in the factory sealed bags. The parts that are not internally sealed have been inventoried complete, including decals and instructions.

Scale Flight Comet's Heath LNS-4 Parasol - 16 inch Wingspan Dime Scale Flying Airplane, Dime

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

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Scale Flight Model Company in Bloomington, Indiana, USA was dedicated to releasing authentic reproductions of the finest "Dime Scale" flying model (stick and tissue) kits from the 1930s/40s. Dime Scale models used to sell for a dime in the 1930's, hence the name. They are actually box scale, but as a general guideline, they usually had a wingspan of 16 inches and have simple and light construction. "Dime Scale" models are now a class flown in some competitions. Kit consists of contest grade printwood, contest quality strip wood, machine cut balsa propeller, the best Japanese tissue, wooden wheels, competition bushed nose plug, brass thrust washers, prop shaft, prop freewheeler, FAI rubber strip motor and a copy of a genuine dime scale plan that was used in the 1930s-1940s. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Scale Flight Comet's Great Lakes Trainer - 16 inch Wingspan Dime Scale Flying Airplane, Dime

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

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Scale Flight Model Company in Bloomington, Indiana, USA was dedicated to releasing authentic reproductions of the finest "Dime Scale" flying model (stick and tissue) kits from the 1930s/40s. Dime Scale models used to sell for a dime in the 1930's, hence the name. They are actually box scale, but as a general guideline, they usually had a wingspan of 16 inches and have simple and light construction. "Dime Scale" models are now a class flown in some competitions. Kit consists of contest grade printwood, contest quality strip wood, machine cut balsa propeller, the best Japanese tissue, wooden wheels, competition bushed nose plug, brass thrust washers, prop shaft, prop freewheeler, FAI rubber strip motor and a copy of a genuine dime scale plan that was used in the 1930s-1940s. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

SIG Monocoupe 24 Inch Wingspan - Balsa Flying Airplane, FF-25

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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1973 Free Flight Nationals Winner - a proven flier designed by Tom Stark. Stick and tissue construction with big wingspan. Typical high quality SIG model featuring complete building and flying instructions, full size, detailed plans, plastic propeller, wheels, contest rubber, die cut parts, covering material and full decals.

Lindberg Monitor and Merrimac Civil War Ironclads - (ex-Pyro), 718

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

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1986 issue from quality original Pyro molds. These are considered more accurate than the Lindberg models of the same subject. The box is beat up, but inside everything is like new. Both models have never been started. The parts are still in the the two internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions. These two American Civil War ships spelled the end of the wooden ship age. In March of 1862, the Merrimac put to sea to raise the Union Blockade off the St. James. There she sank the Cumberland and Congress. The Monitor, the Union's only ironclad and the first turret ship, was rushed to the scene. The epic battle between the two iron-clad ships ended in a draw, with the Merrimac suffering a little more damage than the Monitor. The Merrimac was blown up to avoid capture; the Monitor sank in a gale in 1862.

MPC Avro Vulcan with Blue Steel Missile, 1/72, 1-4552

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

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Still factory sealed. This is the large, quality Airfix kit as marketed by MPC in the USA. Excellent kit of the most famous of the 'V Force' triad. Includes all parts and decals to build one of two versions - aircraft 'XL 321' with a nuclear Blue Steel stand-off missile or iron bomber 'XM 607' Features pilots/cockpit, detailed landing gear, optional Blue Steel missile, optional position boarding hatch and ladder and more.

Matchbox RY3 C.Mk.IX or PB4Y-2 Privateer Liberator - USA / French Navy / RAF - (PB4Y2), 1/72, PK-606

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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Single-tailed B-24 that was extensively adapted for long-range naval use. Well detailed model for its time and includes a large, colorful decal sheet that allows you to built as US Navy, French Navy or RAF. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Hubley 1930 Packard Model 740 Custom Roadster, 1/22, 860K-500

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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From the 1970s. Very well detailed with 143 parts. Includes metal body, chassis, hood, engine and other detail parts with injection molded details, clear parts, and a large tree of chrome plated parts. Features a full rolling chassis just like the real car with excellent engine detail, removable hood, complete exhaust and suspension, working steering, flexible radiator hoses, rubber tires, chrome spoke wheels and working worm-gear steering. Has full interior detail with very clear thin windshields and special interior side panels. The kit has never been started. Most parts are still in the factory sealed bags; the plastic parts bag was torn, so I opened it and inventoried those parts; they are complete, along with the few other parts that were never factory sealed. With instructions and decals. In the 1930s Packard was the style leader in America and a beautiful, fast status symbol. Packards were not the most expensive, but were the most desired cars. The 1930s Packards are seen as the high point of the brand.

Trumpeter A-7E Corsair II With Icraus Stencil Decal Set - VA-82 CVW-8 USS Nimitz 1978 / VA-192 CVW-11 USS Kitty Hawk 1972, 1/32, 02231

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

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Includes Icarus #32006 "A-7E Stencil Data" decals. Never used and complete. The actual kit is very highly detailed with 678 parts. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

AMT 1937 Cord 812 SC Supercharged Convertible Coupe, 1/12, 370-700

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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First issue of this very large 1/12 scale, detailed classic car model with over 230 parts. Features rolling chassis construction like the actual automobile, complete engine, full suspension, driveline and exhaust, opening hood, working steering, full interior with removable convertible top, opening doors, windows that crank up and down with the handles, rubber whitewall tires and more. Molded in gloss deep maroon, clear, red tinted clear, chrome, black and tan plastic. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts present and the chrome in 'excellent++' condition. With instructions. NOTE: instructions are quality photocopies of the original.

Heller Talbot-Lago 4L5 Gran Prix Racer, 1/24, 721

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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Nicely detailed kit with 80 parts featuring detailed engine, wire wheels and rubber tires, detailed suspension, full interior, removable hood and more. Mold in blue, clear and chrome plate. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Airfix Saturn 1B Rocket, 1/144, A06172

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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1991 issue. This kit is the only 1/144 injection molded kit of the Saturn 1B or 'Clusters Last Stand.' Very nicely molded and detailed. Includes scale LEM, separating stages and full color decals. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.