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Comet Curtiss Jenny JN-4D - 34 inch Wingspan Rubber / Gas Control Line / RC Flying Balsa Aircraft, 3646

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$48   

Large 34 inch wingspan flying kit can be powered by rubber, electric and made RC with modern lightweight servos and receivers. This is a deluxe Comet kit from the 1970s and features true scale appearance, rugged Super-X non-warping wing assembly, Tube-O-Matic fuselage construction, many lightweight plastic details - cowling, machine guns, pilot, bombs etc. for flying models or static displays, quality die-cut balsa parts, plywood firewall, factory cut spars and stringers, fully formed gear struts and wheels, windscreen material, covering tissue, hardware, weight for balancing, scale four-blade and flying (2 blade) propellers, rubber motor, huge color decorating sheet, detailed full size plans and building instructions. The kit has never been started. The small parts are still in the factory sealed clear bag, and the parts that were never factory sealed have been inventoried complete with all parts and includes insignia and instructions. Please NOTE that the box has bug damage as shown, mainly along the edges but everything inside the box is is fine. Comet was a famous manufacturer of stick and tissue flying and static models. In the 1930s Great Depression, they lead the low-priced kit revolution with the "Dime Scale" kits and famous advertisements in Model Airplane News magazine and others. Comet reached it's peak in the 1930s when they acquired the services of Carl Goldberg. Goldberg was a highly accomplished modeler with articles in Model Airplane News and famous designs that won him several National level competitions in the 1930s and beyond. (Carl Goldberg went on to found his own company and produced well designed and popular free-flight and RC aircraft). Comet survived the post World War economic slump and continued kit production until they were bought out by long-time competitor Guillow's in 1998.

Hudson Miniatures 1900 Packard Roadster - Old Timers, 1/16

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$68   

Dated 1949 and highly detailed for that time. Large-scale model measures 6.5 inches long when built. Early multi-media kit consist of numerous die-cut, saw cut and machined wood parts, beautiful plastic wheels, steering wheel, lanterns, metal parts and stock, die-cut card stock and large, excellent plans/instructions. Includes full size plans and instructions. This kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and full-size 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.

Authentikit Vehicles 1903 Overland, 1/16

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$72   

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VERY rare kit from about 1950 and the only large-scale model of this subject. Very well detailed for that time and a rather deluxe model featuring machine cut hardwood parts (many cut to final shape), excellent plastic wheels, brass lanterns, stock brass, stock metal, hardwood dowels and more. With excellent full-size plans including patterns, detail drawings and full text instructions. Even includes a painting guide. The kit has never been started. Inventoried complete with all pieces and paperwork. Authentikit Vehicles was another maker of big 1/16 classic cars and competed with the bigger Hudson Miniatures and Fador. Authentikit simply called their models "Antique Automobile Kits" while Husdon Miniatures called theirs "Old Timers" and Fador called their line "Smallersters." Authentikit Vehicles was located in Coatesville, Pennsylvania and from what I can tell, it was a slightly superior kit to the more common Hudsons and Fadors. Authentikit advertised a "1902 Piece Motorette" on the instructions which could be purchased from a hobby shop or directly from the Pennsylvania office. So far these are the only two I have seen. The models are incredibly rare; to date only one Pierce and one Overland have traded hands publicly over the internet.

Fador 1908 Baker Electric, 1/16

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$62   

Rare kit dated August of 1950 and very well detailed for that time. Features mainly die-cut, machined and saw-cut wooden parts and excellent plastic wheels and lanterns, metal parts & stock and die-cut cardstock. includes excellent, large full-size fold-out plans with numerous elevations, a great many detail drawings and extensive instructions. The kit has never been started. Inventoried complete with all parts and paperwork present. We think of electric cars of new; nothing could be further from the truth. From 1900 to 1915 at least 25 well-known electric car manufacturers advertised vehicles which '...were clean, quite, stylish and easy to operate - the only car for a lady.' And how true this was! Early automobiles were notoriously noisy with dirty exhaust and the constant requirement to handle smelly gasoline by hand. The Baker Electric was one of the longer ranged models - when all six batteries were fully charge it could travel about 75 miles - acceptable even today for a commute. The wheelbase was 80 inches and it had a convertible top that could be lowered or raised. Fador was another maker of big 1/16 classic cars and competed with the bigger Hudson Miniatures. Fador called the line 'Smallersters' and the design & parts breakdown of the kits are very similar. The full name was Fador Mfg. Company and the address was 501E. Clinton St., Elmira, NY. Hudson Miniatures, launched in 1948, apparently beat Fador to the market by at least a year or more. Hudson's national success probably lead Fador to choose the same subject (antique cars) and in the same scale, 1/16. Hudson snatched up the most obvious classic automobiles for kit subjects, forcing Fador to select very carefully. Fortunately, they chose well and they are still the only models ever made of these subjects. There is no record of Fador making any plastic kits; the introduction and overwhelming popularity of the Revell/Gowland Highway Pioneers and the models that quickly followed probably drove them out of the market. This was the fate of most wooden kit manufacturers who did not make the transition. In 1949 the Fador line consisted of a 1909 Hupmobile Roadster, 1904 Cadillac Runabout, 1905 REO 4 Passenger Runabout and one kit that was "3 In 1' - it made one of the following: 1909 EMF Single Rear Seater, 1909 EMF Touring or EMF Roadster. The Baker Electric kit was introduced in 1950 and possibly others as well.

Hudson Miniatures 1914 Stutz Bearcat - Old Timers, 1/16

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$85   

Well detailed, large 1/16 scale kit from 1949. Features plastic wheels, grill, steering wheel, lights and other accessories, wooden and metal main parts and some die-cut cardstock parts as well. 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 instructions even warn that this kit will take more time than usual due to the 'tedious detail.' This kit has never been started. It has 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 1911 Maxwell - Old Timers - First Issue, 1/16

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$64   

Very rare first issue dated 1948 inside with the short-lived yellow box and with metal fittings. In one year this box was replaced with the common white version. Large scale and very well detailed for that time. Features die-cut and machined to shape wooden parts, beautiful die-cast metal wheels, steering wheel, side lanterns, carbide headlights and other accessories, metal stock and die-cut cardstock. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions and full size plans. In 1911, Maxwell was one of the 'Big Four' in the automobile industry. The 1911 Maxwell was considered very stylish and dignified and was widely used by doctors, lawyers and businessmen. It featured a 2 cylinder engine, 12 horsepower and had a folding top. These cars were usually painted with a bright red body, red wheels, black top and fenders and with shiny brass fittings and lights. 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.

Tamiya USS Indianapolis CA35 Heavy Cruiser, 1/700, 31804

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$28   

Still factory sealed. Intricately detailed 1/700 scale waterline model.

Hawk Cessna Super Skymaster - Model 337, 1/48, 565

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$42   

Dated 1968. An excellent large-scale kit for that time with complete interior detail and full color decals (including all stripes) for the center (red) aircraft on the box art. Molded in white and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Matchbox Hawker Siddeley HS-125 600 - (Hawker 125 Series 600), 1/72, PK-110

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$59   

The only 1/72 scale model of the popular 600 series HS-125 business jet. Includes decals for first HS Demo Aircraft or RAF No. 32 Squadron. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts present including decals and instructions.

MPC Douglas DC-9-30 Eastern Airlines, 1/144, 1-4703

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$30   

Hard to find -30 version of the venerable short-haul transport. Features optional position boarding and baggage doors, optional position landing gear, clear windows and Eastern Airlines decals. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

MPC Boeing 737 United Airlines - Airfix molds, 1/144, 1-4701

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$32   

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Very nicely molded short haul jet with United markings. Features optional position passenger boarding doors and luggage hold doors. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. Decal sheet appears to be in mint condition. But before using any older kit decals, please see the articles on this website about saving old decals for use.

Monogram A/B-26C Invader - (A-26 B-26), 1/48, 5508

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$44   

Very highly detailed. Features full interior with all stations represented. Optional position landing gear and bomb bay doors with detailed bay and weapons. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Tamiya Sturmgeschutz III Ausf. G Sd.kfz.142/1 - Fruhe Version, 1/35, 35197

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$37   

Still factory sealed. Very well detailed and molded.

Tamiya Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind Quad 20mm, 1/35, 35233

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$30   

Very highly detailed armor kit. Never started. Most parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags; the one bag that was opened has been inventoried complete. Includes decals and instructions.

Tamiya M16 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage - With 3 Figures, 1/35, MM181

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$79   

Very highly detailed armor model. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Tamiya M60A2 Medium Tank - BAGGED, 1/35, MT138

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: No Box

$36   

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NOTE: bagged kit - there is no box. The box is shown for reference only. Contains all special parts for motorizing and even the motor in the original Mabuchi box. NOTE: the kit has very minor and 'excellent' quality assembly. Two small parts are glued to a box. There is no other assembly, Inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Tamiya TWO M106A1 US Armoured S.P. Mortar, 1/35, MM216A

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$68   

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SALE!! Includes two kits in one box. Both have never been started. They are still sealed in the internal factory bags. With decals and instructions.

Tamiya TWO M4A3 Sherman 75mm Gun Late Model - Ardenne December 1944 / Germany January 1945 / Germany Feb 1945 / Philippines January 1945 - (M-4), 1/35, MM222A

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$54   

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SALE!! Includes two kits in one box. Both are never started with the parts still in the factory sealed bags. With decals and instructions. Very highly detailed kit with numerous operating features, optional position hatches, choice of two types of cupolas, wheels and sprockets, two figures, many accessories and decals for three different tanks.

Tamiya Leopard 2A5 Main Battle Tank, 1/35, 35242

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$39   

Still factory sealed.

Tamiya M60A1 Medium Tank Motorized, 1/35, MT328-598

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$62   

Motorized kit with realistic track operation through geared sprocket drive. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Please note that Tamiya did not furnish the electric motor in this issue.