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Delta Macchi MC 72 Stavebnice Racing Float Plane (MC-72) with Booklet, 1/72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$29   

Color box art issue. Very rare kit of the famous 1930s air racer. This unique aircraft caused quite a stir with its counter-rotating props and twin engines mounted in-line. Contains the well-produced booklet on the MC-72 with many detailed photos. NOTE: this kit has "professional" quality (done as good as can be done for this kit) minor assembly as follows: float halves and radiators; also wing halves are assembled. There is no other assembly and zero painting. The airplane has been inventoried with all parts, decals and instructions present. NOTE: missing display stand.

Aurora SE-5 Scout British WWI Fighter, 1/48, 103-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$48   

In investment-grade 'Near Mint' box condition with flawless color and gloss. Very light wear is the only flaw. 1963 issue has dramatic hardbox Jo Kotula artwork. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. This model was part of a very successful line of 1/48 WWI aircraft. The line proved very popular and Aurora expanded it through the 1960s. Many of them were sold right up until Aurora's demise in 1976.

Aurora Boeing F4B-4 - (F4B4), 1/48, 122-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$65   

1958 issue with fantastic Jo Kotula boxart. This is the Parents' Magazine issue with the seal located in the lower right. Classic 1930s Navy Biplane Fighter that is still famous for their colorful paint jobs at that that time. Cowl, tail and trim color would vary with the Aircraft Carrier (Ranger, Lexington or Saratoga) that the group was based on and the aircraft's position in the flight formation. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

LS Mitsubishi Ki-46 II Type 100-2 Dinah With Color Painting Guide, 1/72, A301-300

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$19   

Wonderful kit with legendary LS quality. Highly detailed and molded, featuring all fine recessed panel lines, detailed interior and more. It even has a full color painting guide. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. Some of the LS molds are still in use by Hasegawa as testament to the their detail and accuracy.

Lindberg Navy R4Y Samaritan (Navy C-131 Convair 340), 1/165, 458-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Poor

$28   

Late 1950s Cellovision issue with Ray Gaedke box artwork. The Military version of the famous Convair Airliners. Features decals for Navy R4Y. Never started. Inventoried and NOTE: missing one part, the nose strut. Otherwise includes all other parts, decals and instructions (on the back of the box). Can be built as civil Convair 340 but modeler will have to provide his own decals.

Elliott SU-24 Fencer, 1/72

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$18   

Vacuform kit with metal cockpit - struts - wheels and other details. Never started and complete with all parts.

CM HMS Campbeltown (St. Nazaire Raid), 1/350

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$119   

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.

Heller Mikoyan-Gurevich Mig-21 (early) Fishbed With Lapel Pin and Glue, 1/72, L252

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$22   

Earlier issue with 'Heller' lapel pin and factory glue included. 1960s 'L' style box with gloss box top, full artwork and yellow background Heller logo. Nicely molded and detailed. Features recessed control surface lines and fine, raised panel lines. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Ideal Aeroplane & Supply Fishing Trawler - 18 Inch Long Wooden Ship, 317

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$219   

Very, very rare, especially in this condition. Dated 1950 and measures 18 inches long when built. Wooden kit with a beautiful pre-carved balsawood hull and quality printwood parts, wood stock as required, one very large and full factory-sealed bag of cast metal fittings and another smaller factory-sealed bag of metal fittings, sail cloth, printed cardstock superstructure sides, a full color flag sheet as well as highly detailed three-view plans with hull cross sections, numerous superb detail drawings, very good instructions with additional building illustrations, full rigging diagram and sail details. Certainly one of Ideal's more detailed and better kits.

Merlin Models Hawker Osprey Frog Penguin Replica, 1/72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$42   

Very limited edition replica of the historic Frog Penguin kit. Nicely molded. Also includes photocopies of the original Penguin instructions. The kit has never been started and is still sealed in the internal factory bag with all paperwork. In the late 1930s, before WWII, Frog created the world's first line of injection molded plastic model kits. Since Frog stood for 'Flies Right Off the Ground' and Frog had a famous line of flying models, the world's first all injection molded kits were called Frog Penguin for the bird that does not fly. The Penguin Osprey was among the early pre-war releases by Frog. The kit is reproduced from actual Frog Penguin kits belonging to the extensive collection of the owner of Merlin Models. Only 2000 copies were made and each is serial numbered.

Doyusha U-Boat German Submarine - Motorized, 1/270, U-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$42   

Older kit that is designed to operate in water. Measures 10 inches long when assembled. Features a metal weight to achieve neutral buoyancy, movable diving planes and a rubber band motor with winding handle. The kit is molded in dark blue (above the waterline) and dark red (below the waterline). The kit has never been started. Inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. No decals are shown on the instructions, so I believe that Doyusha did not issue this kit with decals. Please note that there is a small piece (2.5cm x .5cm approx) broke from the hull side; that piece is includes and is an easy fix.

Varney US Navy Fleet Submarine, 1/240

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$1100   

This model is a landmark in the history of Plastic Kits. The Varney Fleet Sub is the primary candidate for the first all-plastic ship kit made in the USA. The famous HO/O train manufacture, Varney, branched out into other scale model kits at the end of WWII. In late 1945, they introduced what are thought to be the first USA produced plastic model kits - the Fleet Sub and the PT-17 Stearman. Both kits were excellent scale models given the state of modeling at that time. However, Varney was 6 years too early. The Fleet Sub and PT-17 met a cool reception when it was introduced to retailers. Hobby Shops were not sure if it would sell, and did not know how to sell it. Consequently, most retailers would not order it and those who did put them where they were not seen by the public. Distributors stopped carry the kits due to a lack of reporders. The result was inevitable - they did not sell, and Varney pulled both kits from production very quickly. Varney was committed to cutting the molds on the LST and it was released in 1946 with the same result. That marked the end of Varney's venture into non-train scale plastic models. Varney dedicated all production to HO trains and in the late 1940s they sold the molds for the Fleet Sub, the LST and the PT-17 to O-Lin. The molds underwent modification (the hull was divided into two parts instead of one) and were released by O-Lin and Lindberg. This kit is a superb, investment-grade "excellent++" example. The box top has like-new color and gloss, four solid corners with no repairs, no tape or price tags, no marks from tape or tags and no tears or other litho damage. Flaws include very light and even edge wear (as shown), very slight 'dishing' inward and very light foxing on two box sides. Inside, the kit is still as it came from the factory. The yellow parts display is 'very good++' and the only flaw is the scuffing as shown. The small parts bag is still factory sealed and factory stapled to the yellow display. The glass display stand arm is tucked into its holder. The heavy one-piece molded hull is beautiful and in rare crack-free condition and cradled into the holder. The base was factory glued to the yellow display but has come loose. It also includes the unused factory tube of Testors cement in its own holder. Very large instruction sheet is near mint and folds out to illustrate construction and offers numerous display ideas for this new medium in hobby kits. Decals were not provided with the kit. This kit was made with gray injection molded details, glass stand arm and black injection molded stand and sub hull. I have seen versions with no paint on the base and hull; however, this one has the base and hull factory painted gray. The paint is in 'near mint' condition on the hull and 'excellent' on the stand base. A rare example of a classic kit. Shipped with insurance only.

Revell 1929 4 1/2 Liter Bentley Highway Pioneers - US Antique Series, 1/32, H63-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$48   

Original issue dated 1954 in 'excellent+' condition inside and out. The US Antique series was the first one to have real box art for the exact kit inside. This kit is from old hobby shop stock and has never been sold retail until now; but the box does has light wear as shown. Inside the box, it has not been started. All the parts are still factory sealed in the original 'krinkle' bag. Includes instructions. This is from the issues produced with Gowland & Gowland as it carries their 'balloon' logo on the box top a the lower right. Not long after this, the Gowland logo would disappear completely, leaving only the Revell logo. It is also worth noting that this is one of the first non-generic Highway Pioneers boxes. Earlier boxes were all the same, with the kit number and car stamped on the side, usually with a red or black rubber stamp. This box is completely dedicated to the Bentley kit, and even has advertisements for very early Pre-S issue Revell 1954 ship and aircraft kits on the long sides. Before the 1950s 'model building' never made the top 10 list of boy's activities. Hobbies were nothing new to America in the 1930s/40s, but they were not mainstream. Shortly after the turn of the century, many dedicated modelers built flying or static airplanes, ship, train, automotive or other subjects. Basic kits existed, but the majority of these models were built from scratch, which demanded a high talent level developed from years of experience. That changed in the early 1950s. The phenomenon of the Revell/Gowland & Gowland 'Highway Pioneers' car 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 could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real car. The Highway Pioneers series lead to the production of other subjects in plastic and the effect was revolutionary. By the early 1960s, model building was the #1 past time of American boys.

Varney P.F.E (Pacific Fruit Express) 40' Wood Refrigerator (Reefer) Car - Wood and Metal HO Scale Craftsman Train Kit, HO, R-17

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$48   

Varney was one of the most known names in early HO model railroading. Gordon Varney was visionary in early business years. When HO was just gaining in popularity in the late 1930s, Varney sold all of his successful 'O' gauge moldings and casting to concentrate exclusively on HO gauge. Judging from the style of kit, this one is from the 1930s. Features very neatly precut and shaped roof, floor board and ends cut to final shape, other stripwood as needed, metal ladders and fittings, some very early style injection molded parts (such as ice hatches), other metal parts and stock as needed, very colorful and highly detailed cardstock embossed car sides done in bright orange PFE with the Union Pacific logo (correct for this car and kit), and brown embossed car ends. The kit has not been started. Inventoried complete with all parts and instructions present. The car sides and end are in 'excellent+' condition.

Maquette Polikarpov I-185, 1/72, 3107

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$22   

The I-185 developed from the I-180, which was a direct descendant of the famous I-16 and I-15 fighters that saw extensive service around the world. The I-185 had superior performance in every aspect to current Soviet designs and the future looked very promising. However, Soviet leaders decided not to built it as the standard fighter as the tool-up times would cause delays in getting aircraft to the front. Very nicely molded kit. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Revell Focke-Wulf FW-200C Condor - Japan Issue - KG40 (F8+DH) Bordeaux 1940 / SG+KR (Unit Unknown), 1/72, H204

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$64   

Rare Revell of Japan issue with unique box art. As with most Revell Japan issues, this one has additional decal choices. Includes markings for F8+DH and SG+KH. Has many operating features: movable control surfaces, rotating props, wheels and gun turrets and full crew. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

TMY WACO Biplane 29.5 Inch Gas Model Airplane

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$275   

Very rare. This is an early Japanese export kit from TMY in Tokyo, probably dating right around 1960. It was clearly intended for control line operation. The kit has a very high degree of prefabrication for that time, featuring fully cut and ready to assemble plywood fuselage bulkheads, fully cut balsa wing rigs, cut out (but final sanding required) wheels pants, tail planes and all other wood parts, strip wood, formed wire main gear strut, balloon-type main wheels and solid tail wheel, an extensive (still sealed) hardware packet, wood for sheeting, silk covering material (still sealed) and full size plans. The kit has never been started. The internal condition is exceptional; many parts are still attached to the orange factory display board with string; even more are still wrapped with the factory green tape. The kit has been inventoried complete with all parts and plans. It must be shipped insured.

Aurora Curtiss Hawk P-6E, 1/43, 116-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$34   

Great builder kit; the box is rough but the kit inside is complete and never started. Dated 1958 and has the 'Famous Fighters' in the border of the oval sunburst logo. Features movable rudder, elevators and wing ailerons, cockpit with pilot, seat, instrument panel, gun sight and feet stirrups, auxiliary gas tank and rotating prop and wheels. Molded in gloss dark green and clear. The kit has never been started. Otherwise inventoried with all other other parts present including decals and instructions.

Hasegawa P-51D Mustang Little Lady, 1/72, AP156

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$24   

From 1994. Highly detailed and finely molded featuring all recessed panel lines, multi-piece canopy, excellent cockpit, detailed gear wells, drop tanks, a very large decal sheet and more. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Lindberg Satellite With Three Stage Launching Rocket, 1004-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$265   

Rare first issue kit from the 1950s. Fantastic Ray Gaedke box artwork. Kit can be taken apart and reassembled to show each mission stage. Features detailed satellite payload with clear housing as shown on box top, three separate stages with engines, clear rocket engine housings for stage one and two, loading truck and four rocket supports for display. Includes a very large and colorful decal sheet with all the markings shown on the rocket on the right of the box top. Molded in gloss silver and clear. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. Decals and instructions are 'excellent'.