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O-Lin Fleet Submarine (Gato Class, Ex-Varney)

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$289   

Very, very rare investment piece for the advanced collector. From the late 1940s. This is the first one I have had in 20 years of dealing with kits and among the finest condition I have seen. Molded in the correct, gloss olive-drab plastic with a two piece hull, fore and aft decks, sail and detail parts and full instructions and the correct stand marked 'FLEET SUBMARINE.' The kit has never been started and is inventoried 100% complete with all parts and 'Very Good++' condition instructions. The box is graded 'excellent' (not perfect!) and has very nice color and gloss, four solid, original corners, no price tags or tag tears, no tape except for the remains of clear tape on the two long sides where the box was factory sealed, no tape tears and no box tears, fades or missing litho. Wear includes general light shelf wear as shown and some corner and edge wear. NOTE: must be shipped insured. This kit has a fascinating history. These molds may well be the oldest production ship kit in US plastic modeling history. The kit started as the Varney Fleet Sub in the mid 1940s. It is widely believed that it was the very first USA all-plastic construction kit of a military vessel. Varney produced an all plastic aircraft kit at the same time, the PT-17. It is the #1 candidate for the first plastic airplane kit in the USA. Varney was a famous manufacture of model trains, first O then a leader in HO models. The two new additions did not sell very well - remember, the Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' had yet to be issued, so the boom in modeling had not occurred. Varney soon sold the molds for the Fleet Sub and the PT-17 to O-Lin (along with the molds for a fantastic multi-media kit with a wooden hull and plastic fittings, the Varney PT Boat ). O-Lin was a joint venture by Paul Lindberg and Mr. Olsen. O-Lin successfully issued the PT Boat (the PT Boat was given an injection molded hull and deck), PT-17 Stearman and Fleet Sub but modified the molds for the Sub. The original Varney kit had a solid, one-piece black hull and gray fittings. O-Lin engineers created a two-piece hull that provided a hollow hull and made from the same shot of plastic as the fittings. The 'Lin' in O-Lin, Paul Lindberg, was already well known for his publication of articles and plans for flying model aircraft in some of the leading aviation publications in the 1940/50s.

Nitto Navy Type 93 Advanced Trainer Willow, 1/32, 391-800

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

$95   

Well detailed and molded kit from 1982. The box is complete but rough, but parts and decals are both factory sealed and 'excellent++' as are the instructions. Features rubber tires, metal rigging lines and rigging instructions, excellent engine and cockpit detail, separately molded rudder, four positionable figures (two sitting and two standing) and more. Includes an extensive painting guide and decals for three different aircraft. Molded in orange, dark wood brown, clear and white plastic. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. DD-792 USS Callaghan was sunk July 9, 1945, by a Willow configured for kamikaze attack. It has been reported the light construction of the aircraft prevented the ship's AA ammunition proximity fuses from detonating. The type was also reported to have been used by Indonesian forces against Dutch colonial rule in 1947.

Hasegawa F/A-18E Super Hornet VFA-27 Royal Maces, 1/48, 09877

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$49   

Still factory sealed. Very highly detailed and one of the finest 1/48 F/A-18 kits available. Features all very fine recessed panel lines, detailed cockpit and gear wells, pilot figure, detailed air inlets, optional position canopy and air brake, separately molded leading edge slats, flaps, ailerons & rudders, pilot boarding ladder and more.

Revell German Sub U-47 U-Boat Cutaway Display Model with Interior, 1/125, H384

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+++

$64   

1975 release of the cut-away version of the famous "Snorting Bull" of Gunther Prien. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Prien and his men survived 11 sailings but were lost on the 12th. On his second sailing, Prien made history by sailing into the British Base of Scapa Flow and sinking HMS Royal Oak.

Tamiya SU-85 Russian Tank Destroyer, 1/35, 3572

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$29   

Still factory sealed. Excellent armor kit.

Italeri Junkers JU-86 Civil Version - Lufthansa or Swissair, 1/72, 1029

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$28   

Still factory sealed. Nicely detailed and molded. Includes detailed cockpit, positionable pilots, cabin floor and bulkheads, optional position boarding door, optional position landing gear and decals for both air lines. With decals for both air lines.

Tamiya M1046 Humvee Tow Missile Carrier, 1/35, MM267

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG++

$29   

Still factory sealed. Very well detailed and molded.

ODK Bf-110 - (Me-110), 1/67, 4

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$52   

ODK was the logo used by Odaka Sangyo. Odaka began plastic model kit production in early 1960, but all production stopped by 1965. This early issue has very high gloss box art and the 'postage stamp' artwork frame. The Bf-110 was probably their 4th kit. The box top says "Sohatsu Series" and thanks to my friend Mr. Jiro Kawashima in Japan, this means "Dual Engine" series ('so' = dual and 'hatsu = engine') On the side, the first four kits are listed with the Bf-110 as #4. (The instructions say 'No.5' but Burn's guide agrees with the box top side that it is #4.) It is molded in a very dark green, black and clear like so many other ODK kits. Never started. The parts have been inventoried 100% complete and includes decals and instructions. The decals are noteworthy as they have giant all-red vertical stabilizer swastikas and fuselage markings for AE+JK.

Revell USS Wasp Gemini Recovery Vessel, 1/520, H375

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$129   

1969 issue that is highly detailed for that time. Measures 20" long when assembled and features Grumman S-2 Trackers, Sikorsky Sea King helicopters, movable elevators, Gemini capsule, flags and large decal sheet. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals, flags and instructions. Decals are in amazing 'near mint' condition.

AMT 1961 Ford F100 Truck Pickup Customizing Kit - Stock / Custom / Service Truck Mobile Gas, 1/25, K131

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$325   

Very rare one-and-only issue that is complete and never started. Features all parts for stock version, a complete trailer with hitch and a great number of of parts for custom or service versions. Has detailed engine and compartment, opening hood, detailed underside (primarily molded) and complete interior. It includes all the paperwork, which is very rare. The decals are in amazing 'near mint' condition as are the instructions. The color AMT Kandy Kolor flyer is present as well as the AMT "What Did You Think Of This Kit" customer survey card. Molded in white, chrome plate, clear, red-tinted clear and with rubber tires, metal chassis to body screws and metal axles. The model has never been started. It has been inventoried 100% complete. NOTE: the box top displays much better than the 'good-' grade. It is rated as such because there is significant bug damage to the litho on the right short side (one 2"x"2 area and one 2"x1" area) and light bug damage on the other 3 sides. This kit must be shipped insured.

Aurora Pan Am Space Shuttle Orion From 2001 A Space Odyssey, 1/144, 252

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$149   

Still factory sealed and in mint investment-grade condition. Rare kit dated 1975 from the movie "2001: A Space Odyssey." Kit features Pan Am decals, clear windows and landing lights and a removable rear section showing the detailed reactor.

Panda F-35B USMC, 1/48, 48002

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$36   

Features recessed panel lines, 'good' cockpit, detailed gear wells and more. Includes decals and paint guide for X-35B Test Flights and US Marines. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Cleveland Ryan FR-1 Fireball With Liquids 30.75 Inch Wingspan Balsa Flying Aircraft, 1/16, SF-92

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$169   

Very rare, especially in untouched condition and with the fluids. This is the 1946 Deluxe 'large box' issue of this incredibly well detailed flying model and it even comes with the five glass bottles of Cleveland-labeled liquids - cement and colored dope behind the blue cut out display included by Cleveland just to 'show them off.' The four larger bottles are still factory sealed in the brown paper and tape! The one smaller bottle was never sealed. Cleveland 'SF' or 'Scale Flying' models in museum scale of 1/16 were very complete and this one is no exception. The kit came from a long time collector of 1930s and 1940s models. Features very high quality balsa printwood and strip wood, fully formed thrust button, prop blades, main and nose wheels, balsa blocks and sheet wood, other wood stock, covering material, clear canopy material, highest quality plans and more. Never started and inside it is as it left the factory. No parts are cut out. I have inventoried the kit and it is complete with 'excellent' plans. Cleveland Model and Supply Company played a pivotal role in the development of true scale models. In 1909 Bleriot's English Channel flight caused a surge in aviation and model aircraft around the globe. Several companies were ideally positioned to take advantage of the aviation craze. In the USA, Wading River Manufacturing Co. (1909), White Aeroplane (1911), Ideal Model Aeroplane (1911), Broadfield Model Aeroplanes (1919) were among these pioneers, offering everything from plans and parts to complete kits and ARF models. Lindbergh's 1927 crossing of the Atlantic Ocean caused an even bigger world-wide phenomenon called "The Aviation Craze" that extended up to the start of World War II. Many companies such as Megow, Guillow's and others started right around the time of Lindbergh's flight. Some of these models flew and flew well, but they all had one thing in common - were generally not accurate scale representations. In 1929, a youngster named Ed Packard had a very advanced dream- to produce incredibly accurate, true scale models that flew perfectly. This radical idea established the world's longest running single-owner (77 years) model airplane supply business - Cleveland Model and Supply Company. To this day, Cleveland models are treasured as the most accurate flying scale models produced. The fact that Mr. Packard started and successfully grew this business during The Great Depression is a testament to his ideals and business skill. I highly suggest the excellent book called 'Aviation's great Recruiter - Cleveland's Ed Packard' by H.L. (Herm) Schreiner. It is an excellent history of the man, his company and the times of the Golden Age of Model Aviation.

Aurora Breguet 14, 1/48, 141-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM-

$95   

First issue dated 1963 with a 98 cent price extension and artwork by Jo Kotula. The box is in fantastic condition with like-new color and gloss, four solid corners, no repairs, no price tags or tape (not even the factory sealing tape) and no missing litho or fading. There is light general wear as shown. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions present.

Revell Bristol Beaufighter Mk.IF, 1/32, 04889

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Good-

$54   

Still factory 'round tape' sealed. 2014 issue. Features detailed Bristol Hercules engines, removable cowling, two flight crew, optional position landing gear, full crew cockpits and radar antenna.

CM BB-2 USS Texas (2nd US Battleship 1898), 1/350

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Good-

$165   

SPECIAL ORDER limited production kit. Museum quality high definition resin castings. Complete kit with all parts needed for assembly. Some kits include photo-etched details and decals if required -email for details on a certain kit. Kits are molded upon receipt of payment. Normal wait is 2 to 3 weeks.

Revell Space Shuttle Launch Tower, 1/144, 4910

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$249   

Still factory sealed but the seal is split along one side at the bottom. Very rare model from 1986. Large and very highly detailed kit. Simply add your own readily-available 1/144 shuttle kit and you have a complete Kennedy Space Center Diorama. Features detailed tower structure, fixed service structure with 12 work levels, lightning mast, movable access arms for the support systems, movable access arm with the 'White Room' for the crew, rotating hammerhead crane, retractable rotating service structure, payload changeout room, authentic decals and more.

Heller Douglas C-118 Liftmaster - Transport (DC-6), 1/72, 80317

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$59   

Military version of the famous DC-6 transport. Nicely detailed with 92 parts. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Tamiya German Army Tank Crew, 1/35, MM119

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$12   

Includes tank crew of four, two 55 gallon drums and paint guide. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.

Airfix HMS Belfast (Town Class) Heavy Cruiser, 1/600, 04212

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$22   

Older yet incredibly well detailed, finely molded full-hull kit with 250 pieces. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.