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Hudson Miniatures 1903 Rambler - Old Timers, 1/16

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$48   

Very well detailed large 1/16 kit from 1949. Features plastic wheels, lights, other accessories and wooden main parts and occasionally metal parts and cardstock. Although all of Hudson's 1/16 kits have excellent detail, this one has even more detail than usual thanks to Hudson's engineers having access to the actual car. The small parts are still factory bag sealed and the other parts have been inventoried complete with all parts, plans and instructions. Hudson Miniatures created a very popular line of automobile kits in a constant 1/16 scale shortly after WWII. The kits sold very well...so well that you could argue that Gowland & Gowland borrowed Hudson's subject matter for their ground-breaking 'Highway Pioneers.' The Hudson Miniatures 'Old Timers' even spawned a line of imitators, with Fador's 'Smallster' being one of the better in quality. Sales did drop on the appearance and popularity of the much smaller (and less accurate) Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' in 1951. When the all-injection molded Gowland kits proved not to be a passing fad, Hudson quickly planned and released his own all-plastic, small-scale competition called 'Lil' Old Timers Quickie Kits.' The kits were of excellent quality, but it was too little too late. Additionally, sales of the excellent wooden kits faltered further in the next few years with the introduction of accurate, 1/24 and 1/32 all-plastic cars in the mid 1950s. This forced Hudson to discontinue the wood kits and the plastic line was sold to Revell and subsequently re-released. Today, these excellent, big 1/16 kits are often the only model available of these early automobiles. In the mid 1960s Aurora thought so highly of Hudson Miniatures that they purchased the wood kit assets and released a very small number of these in all-plastic models.

Hudson Miniatures 1903 Cadillac - Old Timers, 1/16

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$48   

Dated 1949 and very highly detailed and prefabricated for that time. Large scale kit measures 7 inches long when built. Features plastic wheels, steering and lamps, die cut and factory machines wooden parts and a small number of metal and accessory parts. The kit has never been started. The small parts are still factory bag sealed and all other parts have been inventoried present including highly detailed plans/instructions. The 1903 Cadillac was the very first production Caddy and the car that began the legend. This particular model was capable of 30 mph with four passengers. Its 11 hp engine could negotiate a 45% grade with ease. The car was first test driven on Oct 17, 1902. In January of '03 it was taken to the New York Automobile show where orders for 2286 were placed. By mid week, Cadillac announced that were 'Sold Out.' This makes sense when you realize that in 1903 all cars had a rough machine-shop or 'garage' fit and finish; the new Cadillac looked like a Jewel in comparison. Later that year the Cadillac placed or won challenges and reliability contests worldwide and earned the status of 'Standard of the World.' Hudson Miniatures created a very popular line of automobile kits in a constant 1/16 scale shortly after WWII. The kits sold very well...so well that you could argue that Gowland & Gowland borrowed Hudson's subject matter for their ground-breaking 'Highway Pioneers.' The Hudson Miniatures 'Old Timers' even spawned a line of imitators, with Fador's 'Smallster' being one of the better in quality. Sales did drop on the appearance and popularity of the much smaller (and less accurate) Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' in 1951. When the all-injection molded Gowland kits proved not to be a passing fad, Hudson quickly planned and released his own all-plastic, small-scale competition called 'Lil' Old Timers Quickie Kits.' The kits were of excellent quality, but it was too little too late. Additionally, sales of the excellent wooden kits faltered further in the next few years with the introduction of accurate, 1/24 and 1/32 all-plastic cars in the mid 1950s. This forced Hudson to discontinue the wood kits and the plastic line was sold to Revell and subsequently re-released. Today, these excellent, big 1/16 kits are often the only model available of these early automobiles. In the mid 1960s Aurora thought so highly of Hudson Miniatures that they purchased the wood kit assets and released a very small number of these in all-plastic models.

Merlin Models Morane Saulnier 28, 1/72, 95

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$58   

Rare and believed to be the only 1/72 injection molded kit of this subject. Features very nice limited-run injection molded main parts, many cast metal details, airfoil strut material and decals. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Special Hobby Pfalz D-XII Late Version - (DXII), 1/48, SH48024

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$28   

Still factory sealed. Excellent, very well molded kit featuring clean injection molded parts, numerous resin detail, photoetched details and two large decal sheets; one with aircraft markings and one for the wing lozenge patterns.

Fujimi Aichi Type 99 Model 22 D3A2 Val - Markings for Two Aircraft, 1/72, 7A-F8-800

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$23   

Beautiful kit from when Fujimi made the finest models in the world. Features all fine recessed panel lines, cockpit detail, rotating propeller, dive brakes and centerline and wing mounted bomb loads. Decals represent two different aircraft. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Revell USS Franklin D Roosevelt - Midway Class Aircraft Carrier, 1/547, 0307

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$155   

Still factory sealed. 1995 reissue of the 1950s 'S' kit. Rare kit of a straight-deck Midway class.

Aurora German Tiger Tank, 1/48, 312-129

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$59   

Hard to find 1/48 scale armor kit. John Steel hard-box art is dated 1964. The box has very good color and gloss, no tape or price tag marks and four solid corners. Light, general and even wear are the only flaws. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. NOTE: the treads are intact and 'near mint' but there are tread burns on the inside of one side panel (not visible when built), inside of the lower hull panel (again, not seen when built) and on the gun barrel. The barrel is all there but significantly damaged by the burns. The decal backing paper has bug damage but the actual transfers are intact.

OEZ Mig-21 MF / bis / SMT - Czech / Finnish / USSR, 1/48, 1

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG-

$24   

Very well detailed and large (1/48) kit. Cleanly molded with all recessed panel lines and details. Features detailed cockpit and gear wells, optional position air brakes and two piece canopy, numerous optional parts for the different variants and a very impressive set of external stores many types of drop tanks, missiles, rockets and pylons. Includes a large and detailed decal sheet for several USSR, CSSR and Finnish aircraft. There is a color painting guide on the back of the box. Never started. Factory sealed bags with decals and instructions present.

Hasegawa Cessna Citation I - Emery N975EE / N2200A / Japanese Aircraft, 1/48, 1168

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$62   

Larger scale kit from the early 1980s. Features complete cockpit, full executive interior details and optional position passenger door and stairs. Includes three decal sheets; one for N2200A and a Japanese civil aircraft, another sheet enough Japanese civil registration for aircraft you would wish to model and and final sheet with complete Emery markings including fuselage stripes. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Flyline Models Curtiss SO3C-1 Seamew - 23 inch Wingspan for RC / Free Flight or Static Display, 117

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$34   

Made for rubber free flight, but easily converted to electric RC with today's light and tiny servos and receivers. Flyline Models was a manufacturer out of Fairfax, Virginia USA. The models are known for their high quality. The kit contains full size detailed plans, instructions, high quality printed balsa sheets, pre-cut spars and stringers, decals, plastic prop and vacuform spinner, clear window material, covering tissue, hardware and more. The kit has never been started. The small parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions.

Flyline Models Travel Air 6000 - 36 inch Wingspan for RC/Free Flight or Static Display, 115

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$68   

Still factory sealed but the seal has split on the right side. Very large kit for RC or built for static display. Flyline Models was a manufacturer out of Fairfax, Virginia USA. The models are known for their high quality. The kit contains full size detailed plans, instructions, high quality printed balsa sheets, decals, hardware and more.

Flyline Models Flyette - 24 Inch Wingspan Freeflight Aircraft, S201

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$28   

From 1978. A flying model that can be swapped easily between rubber and CO2 power. Features full size plans, 6 print wood sheets, strip wood, balsa stock as required, fully formed wheels, plastic prop, metal prop shaft and decals. The kit has never been started and has been inventoried complete.

Flyline Models Curtiss SO3C-1 Seamew - 23 inch Wingspan for RC / Free Flight or Static Display, 117

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$42   

Still factory sealed but the seal has split from age. Made for rubber free flight, but easily converted to electric RC with today's light and tiny servos and receivers. Flyline Models was a manufacturer out of Fairfax, Virginia USA. The models are known for their high quality. The kit contains full size detailed plans, instructions, high quality printed balsa sheets, pre-cut spars and stringers, decals, plastic prop and vacuform spinner, clear window material, covering tissue, hardware and more.

Flyline Models Earl Stahl's Howard - 24.5 inch Wingspan for Rubber Free Flight or CO2 Power, I09

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$38   

Stick and tissue flying model airplane kit. Flyline Models was a manufacturer out of Fairfax, Virginia USA. The models are known for their high quality. The kit contains full size detailed plans/instructions, high quality printed balsa sheets, decals, wheels, tissue and more. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Airfix AEC Matador Truck - With 5.5 Inch Gun, 1/76, 01314

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$10   

Still factory sealed. Includes detailed truck and 5.5 inch gun kit. Part of the excellent 1/76 Airfix armor range of kits.

Revell Northrop F-89D Scorpion, 1/72, 4455

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$29   

Hard-to-find release from 1992. This kit is from completely new molds and is superbly detailed for that time. Features all fine recessed panel lines, detailed cockpit and gear wells, optional wing tanks, optional position canopy, Genie and Falcon air-to-air missiles and a very large, extensive decal sheet for the checkerboard aircraft on the box art. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Revell Hurricane Mk1, 1/144, H1014

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$24   

Still factory sealed. Rare Lodela issue, most likely from the late 1960s or early 1970s. The colorful inner box is factory sealed with special Lodela tape, then it was factory shrink-wrapped.

La Belle Denver & Rio Grande Open Platform Combine HOn3 Narrow Gauge - HO Scale Wood Kit, HO, HOn3-21

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$32   

During the golden era of realistic train models, La Belle Woodworking Company created perhaps the very finest scale kits of early American passenger equipment. The kit features die cut hardwood parts (no balsa), carved clerestory roof, clear window material, underside details, metal details, building instructions and full size plans. I have built these models and they look identical to the real prototypes. The kit has not been started and is complete with all parts, sealed smaller details and plans + instructions. Please read the article on this website about older HO train kits and the modeling revolution they caused in the late 1930s/1940s.

Academy USS Indianapolis CA35 Premium Edition - With IJN I-58 Submraine With Kaiten, 1/350, 14113

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$219   

Rare and limited Premium Edition with extensive photoetched parts and a real wood deck. Very highly detailed. Features waterline or full hull build, full deck fittings, highly detailed superstructure and much more. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Revell North American P-51B Mustang - Gentile's 'Shangri-La' 336th FS 4th FG / 'Bald Eagle' 374 FS 361 FG / 'Big Mac Junior' 382 Sq 363 FG - Japan Issue, 1/32, H295

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$85   

Rare Revell of Japan issue in amazing investment-grade 'near mint' condition. Big 1/32 scale kit is dated 1976. As with most Revell Japan released, this one contains additional decals over the USA releases. In this case, it has markings and a complete painting guide for the three aircraft listed in the title. Features detailed Rolls Royce Merlin engine, removable cowl, full cockpit detail, pilot figure and rotating wheels and propeller. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. Decals are in 'mint' condition but please read the article on this website about using and saving older decals. It is wise to take these precautions before using any older kit decals.