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Strombecker Boeing B-47 Strato-Jet - 12.5 inch Wingspan Solid Wooden Aircraft Kit - (Stratojet), C-45

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Classic large 12.5 inch wingspan kit. Made of solid, completely precarved Western Pine - not balsa. Builds up to an impressive display model. Features fuselage, wings, elevators, engine pylons and engine nacelles all cut to shape. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried with all wood and plastic parts present and even has the original glue, wood filler and sandpaper. With instructions. Also includes big Strombecker stand and stand arm. Before plastic kits were introduced, Strombecker was famous as the premier hardwood preshaped model manufacturer. In the 1940s and 1950s, Strombecker kits were flawlessly engineered but not inexpensive. All wooden parts are hardwood and are precarved to shape - usually only sanding would finish them.

Pioneer North American P-51 Mustang

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Rare kit from the mid 1940s. The scale is not given, but the wingspan is 7.5 inches. Features balsa fuselage, cardboard template, very thick die-cut cardstock wings, horizontal and vertical stabilizers, wheels and prop, full color insignia sheet, sandpaper and full size plans with instructions. Complete and never started. Pioneer Modelcraft Co. was based out of Brooklyn, New York. Other kits in the same general configuration included the F4F, Lockheed Hudson, P-40, P-51 (this kit), P-47, Corsair F4U, Hurricane, SBD Dauntless, Spitfire, Ju-87 Stuka, Me-109 and Japanese Zero. Thanks to Dusty Rhodes, we know that Enterprise purchased Pioneer in about 1949. At this time, they were able to enter both the balsa sheet and strip cutting ends of the business. Perhaps Pioneer had this equipment. Little else is known.

Blue Max L.V.G C.VI - (LVG C-VI), 1/48, BM204

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

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Very possibly the only C-VI in 1/48 scale. Still factory sealed. Limited, numbered edition. Well detailed kit with main injection molded parts and many cast metal details.

Hasegawa Saab J-35 F/J Draken - (J35FJ), 1/48, PT41

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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This is the only modern 1/48 Draken and is dated 2008. Very well detailed with 109 pieces, all fine recessed panel lines, detailed cockpit and gear wells, optional position canopy, drop tanks and AIM-9 Sidewinders and Rb28s (AIM-4D). There are decals and paint guide for three different aircraft. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Hasegawa Messerschmitt Bf-109 G-14 - Kdr. I/JG53 Oblt Erich Hartmann / III/JG7, 1/48, JT48

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Dated 1995. This line is widely considered the best and most accurate '109 series in this scale. Superbly molded with all very fine recessed panel lines and features very good cockpit and landing gear well detail, separately molded leading edge slats and split flaps, multiple piece canopy and more. Includes decals for multiple aircraft. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Life-Like GI Soldiers - (ex Revell G.I. Battle Action Combat Team Figure Set ), 1/40, 09650

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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From the original Revell molds. Includes the following figures - general, radioman, 2 bazooka men, 2 mortar men with mortar, 2 machine gunners with tripod and machine gun, soldier with mine detector, soldier with flame thrower and 9 other infantrymen. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions. Please note that Life-Like (and Revell) never issued this kit with decals.

Revell M-35 Military Truck, 1/40, H537-129

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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1994 reissue using the original molds from the 1958 'S' issue. This model is well detailed for that time and features rotating wheels, guard rails that convert into seats, opening tailgate, opening cab doors, detailed interior, driver figure and 6 soldiers with reels, duffle bags, radio, rifles, generator, mortar, machine gun and tripod. Molded in olive drab, clear and with flexible rubber tires. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora Gotha Bomber G-V, 1/48, 126-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

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This kit is in investment-grade 'Near Mint' condition inside and out. The box has factory-new color and gloss. The only flaws are very light localized wear, with the top left edge being the heaviest as shown. Dated 1958 with 'Famous Fighters in the sunburst logo and the 1.98 price circle at the upper right. Jo Kotula composed the stunning composition for Aurora; by this point, he was a famous commercial artist and in high demand. The big and impressive model is molded in a stunning gloss deep burgundy and black. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. This model is part of a very successful 1/48 scale WWI series that Aurora started in 1956. They sold so well that they introduced new kits almost annually well into the 1960s. Some sold well right up until the end of Aurora in the mid 1970s.

Aurora De Havilland DH-10 Bomber, 1/48, 125-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Mint

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First issue dated 1957 and in investment-grade 'Mint' condition. It has no more wear than it came the assembly line with. The box has factory-new color and gloss, four perfect corners, no fading and it even escaped the factory tape machine! There are no price tags and no marks from old price tags. This was a very nice, large-scale model for that time and features an aircraft crew of three, two ground crew, two machine gun positions, good engine detail, a ground base with chocks and more. Molded in gloss olive drab and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Dragon Sd.Kfz. 164 Hornisse Nashorn - Early Variant With Brass Projectiles, 1/35, 6165

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Well detailed with 464 pieces and beautiful brass ammunition. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Revell Convair Atlas - America's First Interncontinental Ballistic Missile - 'S' Issue, 1/110, H1822-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

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Very rare model dated 1958 and in an amazing, investment-grade 'Near Mint' condition box. This is the finest condition box I have ever seen in my 25 years of dealing in antique kits. The color and gloss are factory-new, there are no price tags or tape (other than the factory sealing tape), no fading, stains or tears and all four corners are solid and original - no repairs. The only flaw is light general wear, mostly on the lower edges of the side panels. This is the first and only issue of this Revell 'S' kit representing the Atlas in ICBM configuration. Reissues are impossible because the the molds were altered to make the Mercury Atlas kit. Very highly detailed and molded in correct white, gray and bright yellow plastic. Features elevating missile support arms and hinged break-away supports, complete launching base, ramp and pad, missile truck and trailer that elevates 90 degrees to load missile and crew. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. The decals are in exceptional 'excellent+++' condition with the light yellowing as the only flaw. The instructions are 'near mint++' with typical yellowing. Shipping insurance is required for this kit. This model has a great history. Fresh on the heels of the initial "Missile Boom" in model kit sales, Revell quickly planned a large series of missile kits. In order to make them more interesting, any accessories that could be included were such as launchers, transports, cranes and crew. Spurred on by early success, Revell decided to create an expensive missile model by adding all the trimmings - a complete base with support equipment. The result was the Convair Atlas ICBM, which sold for the almost unheard of price of $1.98 in 1958. However, the missile kit sales bubble exploded almost right at that moment and inventory turnover dropped to almost zero just as fast. The Atlas and most other Revell, Aurora and Monogram missiles were dropped from the line up. The high price and nearly non-existent sales ensured the rarity of this kit, but there was more to come. For a long time, it looked like Revell had wasted a small fortune on this kit. But in a few short years the Atlas would carry the Mercury Capsule into space. Revell would dust off the molds, cut in the correct changes and issue a new kit, the Mercury Atlas "Everything Is Go!" model. This model was a success for many years but the mold modifications made any reissue of the original Atlas ICBM impossible. From my friend Stephen Payne, Major, USAF (Ret): The launch pad in both kits used Launch Complex - 14 (also known asSpace Launch Complex-14 or "Slic-14") as their example. LC-14 waspart of what was known as ICBM Row at Cape Canaveral and originally usedto test the Atlas ICBM prior to being converted for the Mercury Spaceprogram (starting with John Glenn's orbital mission). The yellow & white trailers seen here were the gaseous nitrogen tube bank trailers. The nitrogen trailer in both Atlas kits came from the accessories associated with the Revell Thor kit. Having spent 5 years working at the Cape, I passed this site numerous times. Unfortunately, time & the elements have resulted in the removal of all ruminants of SLC-14. Only the memorial (with associated timecapsule) remains.

Aurora Japanese Zero, 1/48, 88-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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1959 issue with 79 cent price extension and the sunburst logo with 'Famous Fighters' in the border. This is the issue with the Parents' Magazine Seal in the lower left. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Monogram US Army Armored Half Track Multiple Gun Carriage - Four Star Issue, 1/35, PM23-149

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Rare original issue hardbox from 1957. Very nicely detailed and molded classic model that features flexible tracks, revolving multiple machine gun turret and elevating machine guns, operating doors, full interior, rubber tires and a 5 Army soldiers with equipment. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Lindberg British Interceptor Supermarine Spitfire - Cellovision Issue, 1/72, 414-29

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Good

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Still factory sealed. Late 1950s one-piece soft box with a color trading card on the back and great Ray Gaedke artwork - his biography is located on this website.

Lindberg P-47D Thunderbolt - Cellovision Boy Craft Issue, 1/72, R408-29

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

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Hard-to-find late 1950s issue with artwork by Ray Gaedke. Very nicely molded kit for that time with fine raised panel lines, full landing gear and doors, separately molded machine guns barrels, pilot bust, underwing rocket tubes and a display stand. Molded in gloss silver and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions (on the back of the box). Please note that the box is only graded 'fair' and has a lot of heavy wear and tears. Builder quality only; not collectible.

Bandai 1937 Packard Formal Sedan - Twelve Cylinder - V12, 1/16, 8069

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Amazing, beautifully molded and detailed model in large 1/16 scale. Bandai is said to have designed this kit with direct assistance from Packard. Features a complete rolling chassis build up just like the actual car, fully detailed engine that is almost a kit in itself, flexible hoses, complete front and rear suspension, full driveline & exhaust, a hood that opens just like the one on the real car, detailed interior with working center armrest, opening rear jump seat, working writing table, four opening doors, working rear luggage rack with removable trunk, dual side-mount spares and more. Molded in blue, leather tan, black, silver, chrome plate, clear and with rubber tires. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Estes Masters Series Mercury Atlas Missile, 1/35, EST2111

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very well detailed model of this famous, early manned spacecraft measures almost 3 feet tall when assembled. Can be built as a static model or flying model. Includes decals for all manned Mercury Atlas missions including John Glenn's Friendship 7, Wally Schirra's Sigma 7, Scott Carpenter's Aurora 7 and Gordon Coopers Faith 7. Never started. The plastic parts are still in the factory sealed bag. The other parts have been inventoried and NOTE: missing 'orange spacer' #034998 which can be easily made. Otherwise complete with all other parts, decals and instructions present.

Aeropiccola Frigate Essex Section - Midship Cut-Away Wooden Plank-On-Frame Ship Model

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Very highly detailed and unique cut away of the famous American Navy Frigate USS Essex from 1799. Measures 73cm x 36cm x 11cm when assembled and features complete deck details, die-cut plywood frames and hardwood parts, quality plank wood, printed hardwood, numerous completely finished wood, brass, metal and plastic fittings, rigging cord, full color fabric flags and extensive instructions and plans. Never started. All of the small parts, rigging, fittings and paperwork are still factory sealed. All other parts have been inventoried complete.

Hasegawa Nakajima E8N1 Type 95 Reconnaissance Seaplane Dave Model 1 - Battleship Kirishima 1938 / Seaplane Tender Kamoi 1938, 1/48, JT97

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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The actual kit features all fine recessed panel lines, super-detailed cockpit and crew station, Two positionable crew members, optional bomb load, beaching dolly and more. Includes paint guide and decals for 2 different aircraft. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Pyro Miquelet Moorish Lock Pistol, 1/1, G227-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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This 21 inch long model is full (1/1) scale and well molded & detailed for that time. It dates from the late 1960s. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. In addition to cars, ships, planes and figures, Pyro added an excellent line of well-known and not-so-well-known life-sized (1/1) scale pistol and rifle models to their line. In each case Pyro gained access to the actual weapon during the kit design, insuring a very accurate model. This one is a 21 inch long copy of the Miquelet used in Spanish Morocco between 1610 and 1875. The lock was made in Spain, while the barrel and the ornamented stock were made by the North African and Arabian craftsmen.