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Hillcrest US Army 1909 Wright Biplane - World's First Military Aircraft, 1/65

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$175   

Very rare. Hillcrest was one of the pioneers among American plastic model kit manufacturers. Two kits are known to exist - this one and the Curtiss Pusher. There may have been a Bleriot XI but this is unconfirmed. Model Plastic Products of Hollywood, California was the parent company and they first issued the two kits under that name in 1951. In 1952 the Hillcrest name was used. The kits were a radical departure from other kits of the day that required tedious building and finishing of wood parts. For this reason Hillcrest advertised "prefabricated" and "assembly time 3 to 6 hours" on the box least they be mistaken for traditional wooden kits. The kit has injection molded main parts for the internal framework of the actual aircraft. The small cello bag is still sealed and contains fine the details such as the engine, tank and more. The framework is to be covered in tissue which is supplied along with rigging material. The instructions have a very nice three view drawing, parts diagram and written instructions. Never started and complete. All of the special internal cardboard that holds the parts and sealed packed is intact and in very good condition. The outer box is complete and the top flap is nice as shown, but overall the box is only 'good' with some clear tape on torn corners and some general deforming of the box as shown. This aircraft, called a "Flyer" by the Wrights, was built for the US Army about five years after the first Kitty Hawk aircraft. The aircraft incorporated many improvements and was built of very high quality hickory, ash and spruce. Wings were two-spar construction with built-up ribs and wire trailing edges. The airfoil had a camber-cord ratio of 1 to 20 and both sides were covered by a rubberized fabric. This aircraft had the doubtful distinction of having the first fatal air crash. A propeller cracked and tore the rudder loose, killing Lt. Selfridge while seriously injuring Orville Wright.

Belkits Peugeot 207 S2000 - Kris Meeke Paul Meagle 2009 Ypres Westhoek Rally Winner, 1/24, BEL-001

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$48   

Rare and well detailed inside and out. Includes photoetched details. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora Superboy Comic Scenes - With Base / Backdrop Mural And Comic Book, 1/8, 186

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$69   

This is the 1974 issue which includes the comic book with the base and backdrop mural to create a 3-D Action Display. Superboy, Krypto and the monster are all molded in medium blue plastic. The comic book is in 'very good' condition. This kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Tamiya Type 90 Tank With Mine Roller, 1/35, 35236

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$38   

Still factory sealed.

Revell Jupiter C - With Working Gantry / Elevator / Explorer Satellite and Crew - 'S' Issue, 1/100, H1819-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$329   

1958 first issue hardbox featuring some of my favorite 'S' box artwork. Correct, original issue molded in three colors. Not a reproduction. The box is in 'very good+++' condition with great color and gloss. There are no price tags, no tag marks, no litho tear or missing litho, no fading, four solid original corners and no stains. Flaws include even light general wear as shown, a very short and mild crease at the upper left and residue from thin, clear tape on all four sides. Loaded with working features typical of kits at the time. The entire gantry tower folds back and moves on railroad base, the elevator moves to the four different work platforms and the Explorer Satellite can be removed from the Jupiter rocket. Includes crew of 7. Inside, the kit has never been started. Parts are molded in red, medium gray and white. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and completely flat 'very good++' condition decals and 'very good' instructions with typical yellowing and some edge wear, the heaviest at the bottom.

Heller Republic F-84F Thunderstreak - French / Luftwaffe / Belgian Air Forces, 1/48, 554

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$28   

Large scale with very good detail for that time. Features full cockpit, pilot, optional position speed brakes, detailed gear wells, drop tanks and more. Includes a large and extensive decal sheet and paint guide for all aircraft listed. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Lindberg F-86D Sabre Jet Fighter, 1/48, 522-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

$89   

Hard-to-find 1950s issue with incredible Ray Gaedke artwork. The box is in superb 'excellent+++' condition with like-new color and gloss, four solid corners, no price tags or tag marks, no tape or tape marks (except for the factory sealing tape of course), no fading and no litho damage. The only flaws are very slight wear. Features pilot and ejection seat, two piece canopy, optional fuselage rocket tray, full landing gear, two wing drop tanks and 8 wing mounted rockets. Molded in silver and clear and includes a display stand and very colorful decals for the box art aircraft Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, 'near mint' condition decals and instructions. Lindberg is a company with a fascinating history The original 'Lindberg Line' stretches back to the 1930s when Paul Lindberg drew plans for famous modeling magazines and marketed his balsa wood 'stick and tissue' by urging dealers to carry the '...Complete Lindberg Line'. After the war, Lindberg and Olsen had a strong hand in early United States injection molded kit development. Please see the article located on this website about early USA plastic kit manufacturers.

Fujimi Ferrari 288 GTO - (288GTO), 1/24, RS-105

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$58   

Well molded and detailed model features opening hood and trunk, detailed engine, complete interior, suspension detail and more. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

AV Models Horten Ho-229 V1 - (Ho299V1), 1/72

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$44   

This is the test glider version of this famous German WWII aircraft. It is rare as the only 1/72 model every made of this exact aircraft. Beautifully molded in high definition resin and includes cast metal details, many brass PE parts and film instruments. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Dale Newton - Red Ball CNR Wood Caboose - Steel Underframe Version With High Cupola And 'Close' Spacing Of Side Windows - Central Hobbies, HO, 102

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$44   

Amazingly accurate and well detailed HO Craftsman model. The actual prototype XN78541 was used for the extensive research. This kit includes 13 pages of illustrations and text down to the finest detail, such as the wiring diagram for the marker lights. Features main parts of high-definition resin casting, stocked scribed plastic, brass stock, numerous brass photoetched parts including window frames and much more, brass eyelets, injection molded brake details, brake platforms, wheels and more.

Dragon PzBeobWg V Ausf. G, 1/35, 9041

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$24   

Still factory sealed. Very well detailed with 368 pieces.

Aurora Boeing B-29 Superfortress, 1/76, 372-249

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$159   

Rare 1960s issue retaining the same artwork as the 1956 issue. The hardbox is in amazing 'Excellent++' condition which is rare. This kit has arguably the most dramatic and fanciful B-29 artwork from the 'Golden Era' of modeling. Never started. Inventoried an the actual aircraft is complete with the decals and instructions but NOTE: missing the display stand. Responding to market information that boys wanted larger kits, Aurora introduced the B-26 followed by the B-29 and B-25, all of which sold well for many years. This is likely the 4th issue. I believe the 3rd issue is almost identical but has "Famous Fighters" in the oval logo. That would date this kit as 1963 and up till the 'Big A' box issue. Note the square 'Northern Lights' logo has been replaced with the Aurora sunburst oval logo.

Shizukyo German 75mm Assault Gun III Motorized With Light Up Gun Barrel, 1/50, TS-202-300

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$185   

Very, very rare and a very nice investment. Shizukyo started in the 1960s but was out of business before the end of the decade. This kit is probably from about 1963/64 and is well molded and detailed for that time and features motorized operation on the rear drive wheels to move the treads and a large flashing red bulb at the end of the barrel that 'fires' the gun. Features TKK Mabuchi RE15 motor that is still in the original old-style TKK box, complete with printed plastic wrapper and sealed accessory bag, all metal gear box, wire and sealed bag with motorizing hardware, the red electric light bulb, glue and decals. The actual kit is molded in a black or very, very dark green plastic. Inside, the kit has never been touched. All the smaller parts are still in the factory sealed bags and the big one has a paper header. However, one of the two bags had a 2" tear, so I inventoried the bag - it is complete with all parts. The only parts that were not sealed are the upper and lower hull, upper and lower turret and gear box/gears/drive shaft. The instructions are in 'excellent' condition and the decals are still in the sealed bag and 'very good' with moderate yellowing being the only flaw. Amazingly, the treads are in 'near mint' condition and completely intact - they are still very flexible! NOTE: this kit must be shipped insured.

Frog Short Sealand Amphibian, 1/103, 383P

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$115   

Very rare. Well detailed with recessed panel lines and even includes the capsule of paint and one of glue. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

UPC 105mm Gun Emplacement - Howitzer With 5 G.I.s - (ex Adams), 1/40, 5152-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$49   

From original Adams Action Model molds. This issue has great box art of American ground troops & armor being attacked by very strange looking Stuka-hybrid aircraft. The kit is a well detailed mini-diorama that features a detailed gun that elevates and has moving left and right trails, molded base and sandbags, radio, shell casings, many shells, ammo box and crew of 5 'in action' G.I.s. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Trumpeter Soviet MiG-3 Early Version, 1/48, 02830

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$28   

Highly detailed model with fine recessed surface detail, excellent cockpit, detailed gear wells, separately molded ailerons, leading edge slats & split trailing edge flaps, optional position canopy, rocket loadout and more. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Eduard Avia B-534 Serie III - No. 2 Air Regiment 51st Fighter Flight Olomouc Czechosolvakia May 1937-March 1939, 1/48, 8474

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$24   

Excellent model featuring all fine recessed panel lines, detailed cockpit, full color painting guide (on the box sides and top) and decals for the box art aircraft. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Cromwell Models Tiger II Prototype Conversion Kit - Ferdinand Tiger Prototype, 1/35, VK4502

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$69   

Rare. Highly detailed conversion kit cast in high definition resin that features new hull, new turret, optional position hatches and more. Never started. Inventoried and NOTE: missing gun barrel (but includes turret base for gun and flash suppressor). Easily replaced with the plastic donor kit barrel or an aftermarket aluminum barrel. Otherwise includes all other parts and instructions. Please note this is a conversion kit only; a base kit is required but not furnished. Cromwell recommends the Italeri 1/35 as the base kit.

Monogram Focke-Wulf FW-190 - A-8/R-3 - A-7/R2 - A7/R3 - A-5/U8 - A-8/R1 - A-5/U3 Tropical - Four Star Issue, 1/48, PA107-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$34   

Hardbox first issue dated 1965 and molded in the proper green, black and clear plastic. Very nicely designed and can build any of 6 versions listed; includes a paint guide and decals for all variants. Features a good cockpit, pilot figure, optional position canopy and landing gear, a very large variety of underwing stores & gun options and more. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Monogram Willy Ley TV Orbiter, 1/96, PS44-129

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$245   

This is the one-and-only issue of the TV Orbiter that is part of the famous Willy Ley space series that Monogram made with the noted scientist and designer in 1959. Features three stage reconnaissance rocket with base, launcher, service tower, television nose cone, separating stages and three figures. It is molded in the correct red and Good Humor 'Creamsicle' orange. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The decals are in amazing 'near mint' condition as are the instructions. Even the original TV Orbiter booklet is present. Please note that the box displays 'Excellent++' but is graded as 'Excellent' because there is a crease on the lower short side panel.