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Revell 1900 Packard Highway Pioneers - Official Construction Kit Of The Cub Scouts And Boy Scouts Of America Issue, 1/32, H33-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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1952 first issue in the 'Series One' yellow box with the rare Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts emblems. The same text and logos are duplicated on the right short side and on the left side it says "National Supply Service - Boy Scouts of America" This early issue has the Gowland & Gowland 'balloon' logo on the long sides. These issues feature the same 5 car artwork on every box; the only way to identify the contents was an ink-stamped name on the box ends. Molded in bright red plastic and the tires & wheels are molded in black. This kit has never been started. Inventoried complete with with all pieces present. NOTE: the instructions are photocopies. The original instructions are missing. These kits have a fascinating history. Hobbies were nothing new to America in the 1930s/40s, but they were not mainstream and never made the top 10 list of boys activities. Spurred on by the nation-wide aviation craze in the 1920s, many became modelers and built flying or static wooden models of airplanes, ships, trains, automotive and other subjects. Basic kits existed, but many of these models were built from scratch, which demanded a high talent level developed from years of experience. That changed in the early 1950s when the Gowland & Gowland/Revell Highway Pioneers became the sales sensation of the year. Demand was so great that the factories could not keep up and almost overnight 'model building' was mainstream. The phenomenon of the 'Highway Pioneers' kits was a significant force in proving that model building as a hobby could have mass appeal, provided that the kits were easy enough to build and finish. These 1/32 scale vehicles fit the bill: they could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real cars. The success of the Highway Pioneers lead to the production of other subjects in plastic and the effect was revolutionary. By the late 1950s, model building was the #1 past time of American boys...and many adult males too!

Hudson Miniatures 1904 Oldsmobile - Lil Old Timers Quickie Kit, 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

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Rare and in investment-grade 'near mint' condition inside and out. This is old hobby shop stock that has not been sold retail until now. Molded in a brilliant deep red plastic. Never started and the small parts are still factory bag sealed. With instructions. These kits have a very interesting history. When the Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' burst upon the hobby scene in 1951, they started a hobby revolution. Plastic model kits were not new in 1951, but successful mass marketing of plastic kits was new. The sensation swept the country, and Gowland & Revell could not make the kits fast enough. The fact that the public was buying these models shocked the successful hobby establishment. One such manufacture was Hudson Miniatures. In the 1940s, Hudson had established a name in making 1/16 scale 'Old Timer' models of automobiles. These were excellent kits with wood and metal parts, but a high degree of skill was required to carve and finish the wood parts. In the late 1940s, they added some injection molded plastic parts (usually acetate wheels) to the series but did not consider a completely plastic kit. When Hudson saw what was happening with the Highway Pioneers, he began to design his own 1/32 scale line called 'Lil Old Timers', which hit the stores in 1954. An early paper fold-out catalog shows 18 models including some real gems like the 1910 International Harvester Passenger Car, 1911 Brush Delivery Truck and 1906 Columbia Electric Car just to name a few. The line was bought by Revell a short time after it's release, and Revell did reissue some (but not all) of the kits. As you would expect from Hudson, this is a nice kit with excellent moldings and detail for the time.

Classic Airframes Brewster Type 239 Buffalo Finnish Version, 1/48, 4101

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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Highly detailed with main injection molded parts and many resin & photoetched parts. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Accurate Miniatures Yakovlev Yak-1B, 1/48, 3425

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very well molded and highly detailed. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Hasegawa P-51D Mustang Nose Art - Capt. Weaver 362 FS 357 FG / 'Big Beautiful Doll' 78th FG / 'The Mille P' 55th FG 343 FS 8th AF / Col. Glenn Eagleston 353 FS 354 FG / 'Man 'O War' 334 FS 4FG 8AF Lt. Kinnard / 'Ridge Runner III' 335FS 65 FW 8th Air Force Maj. P, 1/32, SP33

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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Limited edition kit with two very large and colorful decal sheets including markings for all aircraft listed. Full nose checkerboards are included and there are complete paint guides for each aircraft. The actual kit is very nicely detailed featuring very fine panel lines, detailed engine and firewall, removable cowl panels, complete cockpit, opening canopy, pilot figure, detailed gear wells, detailed wing machine guns and ammo trays with removable wing panels and drop tank & bomb load. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Revell Hawker Typhoon MK 1B, 1/32, H266

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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1970s release. Made in West Germany. Features full cockpit detail and hinged entry/exit door, detailed Napier Sabre Engine with removable engine cowl, movable wheels and prop and decals for British Ace Roland Beamont. Never started. Inventoried with all parts, decals and instructions present. The box shows much better than the 'very good+' grade but is graded such because there is clear tape on the box sides.

Revell P2V-7 Neptune 'S' Issue - (P2V7), 1/104, H239-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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1955 first issue hardbox with timeless 'S' box art. This series of models is considered the apex of model kit box art and it is easy to understand why they are so popular with collectors today. This was a nicely molded and detailed kit for that time and is molded the correct gloss silver and clear and includes the famous Swivel Base Display Stand. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

AZ Model Kayaba Ka-Go KA-1, 1/48, AZ4809

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Hard-to-find large scale model of this unique aircraft. Features excellent injection molded parts, recessed panel lines, resin details and photoetched parts. There is also a beautiful full color painting guide. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Amtech Focke-Wulf Ta-183 Huckebein, 1/48, 484601

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Nicely detailed and contains parts and markings for four versions and two engine options. Features recessed panel lines, optional drop tank and X4 wire-guided air-to-air missiles. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. The Ta-183 was the winner of the Luftwaffe's emergency fighter competition of 1945 and was to enter full scale production. The aircraft never entered production, but the Russians and the Americans found the plans. From them, the Russians eventually build some aircraft and modified them till it was the Mig-15 while the Americans relied more on Messerschmitt plans for the basis of the F-86 Sabre Jet.

Hasegawa Nakajima B6N2 Tenzan Jill Type 12 - With 250kg Bombs, 1/48, JT62

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Rare limited issue dated 1999 that is very finely molded and detailed. Features all fine recessed panel lines, 164 parts, complete cockpit & crew station, optional straight or folded wings and more. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

UPC HMS Torquay - F43 Anti-Submarine Frigate - (ex Frog), 1/500, 6062-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Nicely detailed full hull model from quality Frog molds. NOTE: this kit has minor and 'professional' quality assembly to two pieces. The hull halves are assembled perfectly. There is no other assembly. Inventoried 100% complete including all parts, decals and instructions.

Monogram Ostwind Flakpanzer IV With Diorama Instructions, 1/32, 8219-0300

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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1972 Mattel/Monogram release. Very finely molded and detailed kit that includes a high quality photocopy of the Diorama Instructions. This vehicle could put up a withering barrage of lead in the path of Allied airmen. The Flakpanzer used a Panzer IV chassis and mounted a 2CM Flakvierling 38 quadruple anti-aircraft gun in an open, rotating armored turret. It could reach 25 mph with the 12 cylinder Maybach engine and had a range of 125 miles. Features rotating turret, elevating guns and gun sight, detailed moving flexible treads and bogeys have spring action. Optional position hatch covers. Includes extra tread links, bogeys, Jerry cans and helmets. The kit has never been started. Inventoried with all parts present and includes decal instructions and diorama sheet. NOTE: instruction sheet and diorama sheet and quality photocopies. The originals are missing.

Airfix HMS Ark Royal Aircraft Carrier, 1/600, F408S

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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Type 3 logo issue from the 1960s and perhaps the best injection-molded Ark Royal kit. This is a full hull model with excellent detail for that time and an airwing of Fairey Fulmars. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. This aircraft carrier was the third vessel of the Royal Navy to be named Ark Royal - the first ship took part in the defeat of the Spanish Armada, and the second was being constructed as a tanker when the Royal Navy took it over and converted it to become the first seaplane carrier. The Ark Royal III was launched in April 13, 1937 and was very active during WWII. She was reported sunk several times by German sources. She took part in the defense of Norway. In October of that year, she and Renown went to the South Atlantic to hunt for the Graf Spee. Later her Skuas took part in a gallant but failed attack the Scharnhorst. She then moved to Gibraltar with Force H. In May of 1941, she took part in the search for the Bismarck. Her Swordfish torpedo aircraft scored two hits, one of which jammed the rudders of the German Battleship while she was in a tight turn. This hit sealed the fate of Bismarck, and she was sunk. If this hit would not have occurred, she would have made safe haven at Brest. In November of 1941, the Ark Royal was working the dangerous escort of Malta convoys when she was struck by a torpedo from U-81. Despite all attempts to save her, she went down. Only one sailor lost his life.

Airfix HMS Belfast Heavy Cruiser, 1/600, 04212-3

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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If you have ever seen the inside of this model, you know that it is incredibly well detailed and finely molded. Full hull model includes all propeller and rudder detail and excellent & complete main, secondary and AA armament, superstructure and deck fittings. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.

UPC HMS Exeter Heavy Cruiser - (ex-Frog), 1/500, 2100-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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Full hull kit of the Exeter of the famous 'Battle of River Plate' with the Graf Spee. Well molded and detailed from the original Frog molds. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

Revell US Navys Blue Angels F-4J Phantom II, 1/72, H186

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Hard-to-find model from 1971 contains four F-4 kits in 1/72, a special display stand and extensive decals. The F-4Js are molded in the correct deep blue and clear while the display stand and arms are molded in bright yellow. The kit has never been started. Three F-4 kits are still in the internal factory sealed bags; one is not bagged and has been inventoried complete including decals and instructions. The very large decal sheet is in 'excellent++' condition.

Tamiya IJN Battleship Yamato, 1/700, WLB009

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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1/700 scale waterline model that is very highly detailed and finely molded. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Revell Sikorsky UH-34D - US Marines 'Hunt Club 1' Mercury Recovery and Bu#148772, 1/48, 85-5323

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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From new molds dated 2012 and well detailed. Features 106 pieces, recessed panel lines, full cockpit, cargo section with bench seats, moving main and tail rotors, cable winch and load hood and more. Includes decals for both US Marines helicopters including the famous one that could not retrieve the water-filled Mercury Capsule on 7-21-61. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Monogram P-61 Black Widow, 1/48, 85-7546

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Dated 1998. Very well detailed model from the original 1974 molds. Includes optional parts, decals and paint guide to make the A or B variants. Features very fine raised panel lines and recessed control surface outlines, highly detailed interior with all crew stations, optional position canopy, detailed wheel wells, removable cowl with detailed engine, optional position wing flaps and crew boarding door with stairs, rotating turret with elevating guns, optional drop tanks and more. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Lindberg President Ocean Liner SS President Wilson, 1/547, 77224

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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Reissued from the original Pyro Molds. Full hull model of a rare subject. Box photo shows a built-up of the actual model. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Thanks to Dusty Rhodes for pointing out this excellent MARAD internet write up of this famous ship: SS President Wilson was a U.S. flag passenger ship (design type P2-SE2-R3), constructed by the Bethlehem Steel Company in Alameda, California and completed on April 27, 1948. Originally intended to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II as the Admiral F.B. Upham, the U.S. Maritime Commission canceled its order for the vessel as the war was ending. In 1948, the ship was bareboat chartered to American President Line (APL) and renamed SS President Wilson. The shipping line bought the vessel outright on August 27, 1954.During its service with APL, President Wilson operated on a Pacific Ocean route, traveling from San Francisco to Los Angeles, Hawaii, the Philippines, China, and Japan before returning on the reverse itinerary. By the late 1950s, passenger liners were being eclipsed by jet airplanes as the preferred mode of trans-oceanic travel, but APL redirected its marketing efforts to pleasure travelers and continued its liner service well past the retirement of many of President Wilson's contemporaries.On February 1, 1964, while underway about 600 miles southeast of Tokyo, Greek cargo ship Agia Erini L. (formerly the liberty ship Richard J. Hopkins) transmitted a general message notifying all ships in the vicinity that there were cracks in the ship's hull and requested that all ships indicate their positions. The following day, the ship's crew sent another message stating that its condition was critical and requested that President Wilson, the closest vessel, come to its aid. The captain of President Wilson, J. D. Cox, immediately altered course and steamed toward the ship. Four other vessels in the area also changed course to assist the stricken ship.When President Wilson arrived, the crew found that Agia Erini L.'s condition had deteriorated and feared that the crew would soon have to abandon ship; in the early morning hours of February 3 the crew of the Green ship began to abandon their vessel. Earlier, two ships, SS Stolt Victor and SS Rolv-Jarl, had arrived on scene and Captain Cox directed the ships' crews to position their vessels downwind of Agia Erini L. in the case escaping crew members were swept away.Several crew members were able to escape the sinking ship via motor life boat, but the remaining began to jump over the side and into the sea. In response, President Wilson launched its #3 motor boat with a 13-man crew with Chief Officer Carl Larkin in command. Later, Larkin explained that his greatest concern was to avoid hitting any of the men with the boat's propeller. Just 45 minutes after Larkin and crew set out, they returned to President Wilson with 18 survivors. The master of Rolv-Jarl also joined the rescue effort and maneuvered his ship close to the lifeboat to create a wind-break. Rolv-Jarl also rescued the final eight Agia Erini L. survivors from the water.According to Captain Cox "the success of the operation rested entirely on Chief Officer Larkin and his crew." He also stated the operation was the most dangerous operation he had witnessed in more than 40 years at sea.President Wilson continued to serve as a passenger vessel for American President Line until it was sold to Oceanic Cruise Development, Inc. in April of 1973 and renamed Oriental Empress. In 1976, Oriental Empress was laid up in Hong Kong. In 1984 the ship was sold in Taiwan for scrap.