Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good
Very large and hard-to-find kit. Well molded and detailed. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. Please NOTE that the decals are intact, but the backing paper has some light stains. It is from light moisture damage.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG+
First issue with dramatic Jo Kotula artwork. Includes a small tube of unopened Aurora glue. Hardbox is dated 1957 and has the oval 'Famous Fighters' logo with the sunburst. Molded in correct high-gloss olive drab and black plastic. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Mint
Still factory sealed. Cleanly molded kit with very fine raised panel lines and good detail overall.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed VG+
Still factory sealed. 1983 reissue of the original 'Four Star' kit but with Byrd and TWA markings. Very nicely molded.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
Very rare. Can be built one of three ways listed: showroom-new, custom or as a ski team vehicle. Features numerous optional parts, detailed engine, opening hood, full interior and more. Molded in white, clear, red-tint clear, chrome and with rubber tires. The kit has never been started. NOTE: missing custom hood scoop. Otherwise inventoried with all parts and includes decals and instructions.
Wood and Metal Model Kit, Box Condition: VG+++
Rare, highly pre-fabricated kit from 1946. Very high quality wood and metal scale LST measuring 14 inches long when assembled; the given 1/135 scale is approximate. Features a completely pre-carved hardwood hull, wooden hardwood superstructure parts that are completely cut and shaped, preformed gun tubs, details such as anchors, guns, vents, lockers, ammo boxes, rudder, propellers, life rafts, bow ramps and much more that are all made from metal, wood, heavy embossed bristol board and other materials as well. Includes full size plans with detailed parts list and instructions. The kit has never been started. The small parts that were factory sealed are still in factory sealed bags. The other parts that were never factory sealed have been inventoried complete with the internal cardboard presentation material and large, detailed instructions with plans. Rogers was an early producer of miniature gas engines for free-flight and early radio control model kits and often had large adds for these engines in hobby magazines. The full company name on the box is listed as 'Rogers Motor Company Detroit Michigan' and the 'Scale Model Division' is listed as Tawas City, Michigan. Right near the end of WWII, Rogers made a very short journey into kit manufacturing. As you would expect from an engine manufacture, the kits were all highly prefabricated, had excellent detail and were fairly complicated. Rogers produced at least four kits - the M4 Sherman Tank, 40MM AA Gun and Carriage (1/16 scale), Army Weasel and LST. These kits were likely produced in that order, with the LST being released around late 1945/early 1946. I have seen several of these kits built and they make excellent displays.
Vacuform Model Kit, Box Condition: Bagged
SPECIAL ORDER vacuform kit. Not shipped from stock. Kit is molded upon receipt of payment. Time from receipt to shipping your kit is usually 8 to 10 weeks. Kit includes resin and/or metal details -clear canopy and full size plans/instructions. Details included will vary from kit to kit but may contain landing struts - wheels - props - engines (not jets) - some cockpit parts - seats - etc. Other parts will need to be scratch built or from your spares box. Decals not furnished. Vacuform kits are only recommended for modelers who are experienced with this type of model. Special skills and scratch building experience are required. If you are curious, I highly recommend that you read the article 'How To Build Vacuform Model Kits' which is located on this website.
Multimedia Model Kit, Box Condition: Bagged
Very rare factory display model of the 1970s DARPA SIAM project, which was short for Self-Initiated Anti-Aircraft Missile. The idea was to develop a completely autonomous air-defense missile. One of the most obvious purposes was for use onboard submarines. The submarine can hear the aircraft or helicopter as it approached since the sound propagates through the water. The submarine could then launch a SIAM buoy to the surface, where the missile would automatically detect and attack any incoming aircraft. It was also theorized that SIAM could be launched vertically from the submarine itself. SIAM was tested in the early 1980s and was generally successful. DARPA handed SIAM over to the Navy, where it was deactivated due to funding. This factory model is complete with the original stand. The wooden base has a metal disk showing a submarine launching a SIAM, which is shown executing the 'dual homing' functions. The missile is just over 7 inches long. The base and metal badge are 'near mint' condition. The missile is excellent, with all original paint and decals. There is some minor wear on some of the port-side gold decals.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Exc
Still factory sealed but the seal has split. From 1992. Civil version of one of the world's greatest early airliners with large, colorful Eastern Airlines 'The Great Silver Fleet' decals. Features full cockpit and cabin interior, detailed wheel wells and optional position cabin door and boarding stairs.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Mint
Still factory sealed. 1970s Life-Like issue using the original 1966 Pyro molds. At this point, Life-Like was no longer putting 'Licensed by Pyro Plastics' on the box sides. Features detailed chassis, complete motor and interior and a removable hood. In the early to mid 1960s the Pyro company chose many of it's kit subjects based more on historical significance than popularity. Luckily for us, Pyro not only made these kits but did an excellent job for the time. The Pyro car models are based on the actual cars that Pyro engineers and designers had access to.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good++
Very rare kit. The Seabee was produced as a high performance sport amphibian. This is a very hard-to-fine original O-line kit in the small box and advertisement for O-line cement on the top. Produced in 1949 or just before. Molded in high-gloss light gray with a beautiful swirl stand and stand arm. The model has not been started. Inside, it is as new. The small parts are still sealed in the factory 'krinkle' bag. The parts that were never sealed have been inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. O-Lin (Olin) was founded by Paul Lindberg and a Mr. Olsen - hence the company name. Although a producer of flying models in the 1930s, O-line produced some of the earliest American injection molded kits in the late 1940s. In 1950 the partnership may have ended, because all branding was changed to Lindberg and Paul Lindberg.
Vacuform Model Kit, Box Condition: Bagged
Basic vacuform kits with main airframe parts, seats and canopy only. Canopy is in 'as new' condition. It has not yellowed and is still attached to a protective form that it was originally shipped with. Comes with excellent full size plans and a list of reference material. NOTE: parts have been professionally cut out and are ready for final sanding and fitting. Inventoried with all parts and plans. Vacuform kits are only recommended for people experienced with this type of kit. Previous experience and scratch building skills are required.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
1966 Hardbox 'Air Commando' issue. Ideal builder from slightly modified 'S' kit molds. Features optional position landing gear, movable wheels, four bombs, pilot figure and hinged cockpit canopy and refueling probe. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good+
1958 first issue with fantastic Jo Kotula boxart. This is the Parents' Magazine issue with the seal located in the lower right. In the day this was considered a fine kit and rated highly in reviews. 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 group's Aircraft Carrier (Ranger, Lexington or Saratoga and the aircraft's position in the flight formation. NOTE: has minor assembly. The seat and floor have been neatly glued to the cockpit. Quality of assembly is professional. There is no other assembly and zero painting. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.
Wood and Metal Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc+
Superb kit of a trackside water tower. Features numerous parts in wood, plastic, metal, etc. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: Good
Dated 1950. Comet advertises that the Struct-O-Speed series 'Puts Itself Together...That Quick!' on the box top. These kits were very highly prefabricated for their time, and in comparison to the regular stick and tissue models, the claim is not unfounded. This is a small-scale, rubber powered free-flight kit with a wingspan of 8.5 inches. This is a 3D kit (not a profile model) of all die-cut balsa. It does not use any tissue covering as the wood is all external surfaces. Includes illustrated instructions and cut-out insignia. Complete and never started. 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.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG++
This is the first issue of this kit, with the square Northern Lights Logo from 1956. Rare early 'ground' box art. Kit has never been started and is 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Instructions show older logo and decals do not have a stand decal. However, it has a triangle base included and not the rectangular one shown on the instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Exc+++
Still sealed. Very large and highly detailed kit with 738 parts. Measures 75cm (~30 inches) in length and 40cm (~16 inches) high when assembled. Full hull kit includes display stand, fantastic deck and fittings detail, railings, detailed masts with separate yards, billowing vac sails, full rigging supplies, numerous rigging diagrams and pin diagrams and full building instructions. The Pamir was bulit in 1905 at Blohm & Voss shipyards to become the 51st ship in the fleet of R.F. Laeisz of Hamberg ("The Flying P Line" was a reference to the starting letter of most of the ships names and the numerous records that they held). She was a four masted barque of 4425 tons with a crew of 33. She saw extensive trade service between the wars and served in both World Wars. After WWI she was given away as compensation; however her original owner bought her back in the 1920s. Before WWI she was sold to a Finnish cereal shipping fleet. Her beauty saved her from torpedoes from a Japanese Submarine - the Commander simply could not sink so wonderful a ship. In her 40th year of existence, the Pamir was bought with the Passat by a Dutch demolition crew. Yet at the last moment the West German merchant marine bought both ships to train cadets in the 1950s. The Pamir was lost in an Atlantic storm in 1957.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: NM++
Hard-to-find. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.
Vacuform Model Kit, Box Condition: Bagged
Very large scale (1/32) SPECIAL ORDER vacuform kit with resin/metal parts set. Not shipped from stock. Kit is molded upon receipt of payment. Time from receipt to shipping your kit is usually 8 to 10 weeks. Contains vacuform basic airframe components, full size plans plus metal or resin parts such as wheels, prop, struts, engine, etc. Does not include decals. Vacuform kits are only recommended for modelers who are experienced with this type of model. Special skills and scratch building experience are required. If you are curious, I highly recommend that you read the article 'How To Build Vacuform Model Kits' which is located on this website.