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Precisia 1769 Le Fardier and Cugnot Automobile, 1/43

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$245   

Very Rare. From the late 1950s. It is very finely molded for that time and is approximately 6 inches long when assembled. Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot was a French inventor who built the world's first automobile that could carry passengers. He first built a model in 1769, then the full sized version in 1770. He was a military engineer and the French Army showed great interest as this would an ideal way to move field artillery. The model and vehicle was know as fardier a vapeur (steam dray) and it did work, although not well enough for the Army to abandon horses. In 2010 a perfect copy was built at Arts et Metiers ParisTech and it performed perfectly. This is the only assembly kit known of this remarkable and historical vehicle. It is molded in red plastic and has 63 parts. The kit has never been started. All the parts but the frame are still in the factory sealed bag. The frame is intact and complete but never sealed. The instructions are present and in 'very good++' condition. They are in French but there is an old hand-written translation (from the early 1960s) of every word included. Precisia kits are so rare and almost never turn up for sale in public- only a small handful since 2009. Little is known about them beyond the fact that they are of high quality and cover unusual subjects. For years advanced collectors knew of Precisia and assumed them to be metal models...an easy mistake to make since no kits had ever been seen. We have only learned in the past 18 or so years that they were plastic. Precisia also made a 1900 Tonneau Renault 4 CV, Bugatti 1927, 1899 Grobron-Brillie and 1898 Coupe Peugeot model kits. Arnold Madderom reports that the 1898 Coupe Peugeot is molded in 3 colors- blue, black and clear plastic in 1/32 scale 1-32. The Gobron-Brillie is in 1-24. As far as the 1900 Tonneau Renault 4CV and Bugatti 1927, he has never seen them and has never heard of anyone seeing them; they were announced but probably never released.

Monogram Chevrolet El Camino, 1/24, 2241

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$38   

Dated 1978. Nicely detailed featuring full engine, excellent engine compartment and opening hood, opening tail gate, optional bed cover, fully detailed bucket seat interior, rally wheels, Goodyear street radials, roll bar and more. Molded in black, clear and chrome plate with rubber tires. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

KB Kiwi 1/2 A Gas Free Flight By Lou Mahieus - 35 Inch Wingspan

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$45   

Rare early kit from about 1953. This was a fantastic, award-winning design by Lew Mahieu who held 14 AMA World Records at that time. NOTE: perfect builder kit, please read carefully. Model features very high quality balsa parts that are all die-cut, other factory cut parts, plywood firewall with nut plate, formed steel landing gear, rubber tire with metal hub, tapered wing trailing edges, 'Sky Sail' covering material and beautiful full size plans. NOTE: the fuselage has been built to 'professional' quality. There is no other assembly. Inventoried complete with all parts and plans present.

AMT Tupolev Tu-26 Tu-22M Backfire C, 1/72, 8832

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$65   

Large 1/72 scale kit of the successful Soviet supersonic follow-up to the Tu-22 Blinder. Well detailed with full cockpit, swinging wings, detailed wheel wells, crew boarding ladder, AS-4 Kitchen air-to-surface missile and decals for three aircraft. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

AHM Boeing F4B-4 - (F4B4), 1/87, SK-3

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$28   

Still factory sealed. HO scale kit. Very nicely molded and detailed with movable control surfaces, colorful decals and full color painting guide.

Flyline Models The General Airplanes Corp Aristocrat - 36 inch Wingspan for RC / Free Flight or Static Display, 1/12

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$69   

Museum-quality scale model of this famous 1930s aircraft. Flyline Models was a manufacturer out of Fairfax, Virginia USA. The models are known for their high quality. Features full-size, detailed plans, instructions, high quality printed balsa sheets, strip stock and spars, printed plywood, decals, finished wheels and more. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Revell USS New Jersey Battleship BB62 'S' Issue, 1/532, H316-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$129   

Rare first issue dated 1955 with the famous box art by Scott Eidson. Revell modified the original Missouri molds to remove the aircraft catapults and added two helicopters. Never started. Inventoried complete with all parts, flag sheet, decals and instructions present.

Hawk Ben Howard Ike Air Racer - with Race Pylon, 1/48, 629-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$30   

1962 hardbox '50' cent issue with classic Bill Campbell box art. Very well made model with excellent fit and fine recessed and raised panel lines. Includes pylon display stand; excellent for use in a 1930s air racing diorama. Never started and complete with all parts, decals and instructions. The Ike was built by Ben Howard near the Old Chicago Airport (now Midway) and first flew in competition during the Thompson Trophy Race in 1932. It finished 7th with William Ong at the controls. In 1933 she finished 3rd with Roy Minor as pilot at an average speed 8 mph above 1932. In 1934, she finished yet another 8 mph above '33 with Harold Neumann as pilot and finished 4th in the Thompson.

Pocher Fiat 130 HP Grand Prix de France 1907, 1/8, K70

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$565   

Pocher made the finest automobile models ever created. The detail and working parts on these long out-of-production, big 1/8 scale kits is amazing. Recommended for experienced models only. This kit is a prefect reproduction of the original car that won 1st place at the 1907 Grand Prix de France with an average of 113.612 KPH with Felice Nazzaro as the pilot. The prototype of this car was used with the original drawings to create this model. It has 823 parts of plastic, brass, steel, leather, iron, rubber, copper, aluminum and other materials. Features include super detailed engine, opening hood, complete interior, all pilot controls, operating steering, working suspension, operating steel drive chains and more. The kit has never been started. Almost all the parts are still in the factory sealed bags; but several bags had torn open due to age. So I inventoried those bags and they are complete. I taped them shut for safe transport or put the parts in a new ziplock. Includes complete instructions and decals. Shipping insurance (and Express Mail for international customers) is required.

Lindberg XF-88 (F-88) VooDoo, 1/48, 5311

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$45   

1988 issue and an ideal builder. Made from the same molds as the 1950s issue. Features movable flight controls, scale jet engines, opening inspection hatch, pilot figure and more. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Glencoe World War I Subchaser With Scaledeck Wood Deck - (Sub Chaser ex-ITC), 1/74, 07301

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$150   

Includes the factory sealed Scaledecks.com laser cut real wood deck for this kit. The actual model ise Ex-ITC Ideal Molds from the late 1950s or very early 1960s. Large with good detail for the time. Features full hull with complete deck fittings and display stand. The kit has never been started. The small parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and the larger parts are not sealed but have been inventoried complete. Includes decals and instructions.

Monogram 6 Model Missile Packets Sealed, 1/128, MP-1 thru 6

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Near Mint Sealed

$800   

Very rare. Sold only as a set of six. All six packs are still factory sealed with mint to near mint header panels. Includes Honest John/RAT/Thor/Jupiter/Talos/Matdor/Snark/Bullpup/Sidewinder/Dart/Falcon/Little John/Sergeant/LaCrosse/Polaris/Sparrow/Jupiter C/Atlas/Vanguard/Petrel/Nike Ajax/Genie/Terrier/Hawk/Tartar/Regulus II/Bomarc/Rascal/Redstone/Corporal/Nike Hercules. NOTE: postal insurance is required.

Jo-Han 1967 Chrysler 300 Hardtop Customizing Kit - Stock / Rally / Custom, 1/25, C-1167-150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$155   

Very rare original issue. A very well detailed kit for that time and very rare in this condition. Features detailed 440 TNT Fire-Power engine and engine compartment, opening hood, full interior, detailed underside, numerous custom and rally parts, whitewall tires (or flip them over for black-walls) and much more. Molded in white/ivory, clear, red-tinted clear, chrome plate and with rubber tires. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes and the 'NEW! Chrome Trim' that Jo-Han introduced about this time. It was adhesive foil, just like modern Bare Metal Foil. NOTE: there is a very minor tire burn on the very rear edge of the deck lid.

Airfix HMS Amazon F169 Type 21 ASW Frigate, 1/600, 02204-6

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$28   

Type 4 logo issue. Nicely detailed and molded full-hull model with 71 parts. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Lindberg Nautilus Atomic Submarine, 704

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$145   

Rare first issue hardbox with script Lindberg logo. In the 1930s, Paul Lindberg was designing, building and flying stick and tissue aircraft like so many other men and boys of the time. His plans appear in Popular Aviation magazine and he made a good name for himself. When injection molding showed the way to increased kits sales in the late 1940s/early 1950s, he quickly teamed up with Mr. Olsen to create 'O-lin' models. Ray Gaedke was one the early artists for O-lin. In the early 1950s Paul Lindberg had control and had his name as the logo. The first logo is the one on this kit - 'Lindberg' in script with 'Products' arched across the top and 'Incorporated' arched across the bottom to create a broken circle around the script. Ray Gaedke continued his bold and colorful artwork for Lindberg, such as the box painting for the Nautilus here. The Nautilus appears to be the first sea vessel that Lindberg cut it's own molds for - the Chris Craft Express Cruiser, PT Boat, LST and Fleet Submarine (Ex-Varney) were done by O-lin. The model is an interesting work of fact and fiction - it includes a deck gun and what looks like a Regulus II missile for the deck! The scale is not known but it measures about 12 inches long when assembled. The model has never been started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora SE-5 Scout - World War I British Fighter, 1/48, 103-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$75   

First issue from 1956 with Northern Lights logo. This logo only appeared for one year. In 1957 it was replaced with the famous oval 'Famous Fighters' Sunburst logo. The artwork is by Jim Cox. This kit was one of a very famous line of 1/48 scale WWI aircraft kits introduced by Aurora at this time. Due to the popularity, subjects were still being released into the 1960s. Molded in glossy olive green and black. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Jim Walker Pursuit Ready-To-Fly Airplane, 89-1

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$145   

Very rare in this condition. Jim Walker produced a line of ready-to-fly balsa aircraft in the 1940s and early 1950s and the Pursuit was one of the flagships. The bigger brother of the Hornet had a bigger wingspan, could hold a great deal more rubber (and with extra), had a better endurance, instructions for using a winder up to 400 turns and had a more ornate factory paint job. This example has always been in collector hands. The box has great colors and both lids and all four flaps are present and complete. I have given it an internal cardboard 'sleeve' for proper support - these boxes were very weak and this is necessary to keep it as nice as it is and protect it in shipping. Inside, it is factory new with all parts in great condition. Even the color printing on the wood is as new. It has never been built and has been inventoried complete. The instructions are on the box side. Very few of these survived; they were inexpensive, disposable items that were great fun to fly.

Vac Wings Kawasaki Ki-32 'Mary', 1/72

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$8   

High quality vacuform kit with recessed panel lines, full plans/instructions and clear parts as needed. Still factory sealed. Certain modeling skills are required to build vacuform kits. Not recommended for beginners.

Airfix DH88 Comet (DH-88) - Blister Pack, 1/72, 01013-9

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG+

$42   

Still factory sealed. From the 1970s. Includes markings for the Australia Air Race Comet from 1934

Hawk Lockheed Constellation L-749 - One Piece 1948 Box Issue, 1/140, 702

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$175   

Very rare. This kit is from 1949, and even predates the Gowland & Gowland 'Highway Pioneers' that started the plastic model craze in the United States. Hawk was a producer of wooden kits (with with metal details) before and after WWII, and was one of the handful of manufacturers to produce such kits (known as 'solids') in a consistent 1/48 scale. Hawk made aircraft, ship and train models in this fashion. The very first injection molded aircraft kits in the United States were made by Varney or Hawk in 1946, but they did not catch on quickly. Hawk was always an innovative and quality-driven company, and they took a gamble on injection molded kit well before they were popular. As early as 1946 they issued the 1/48 Curtiss R3C-1 with wheels. Like Varney's Fleet Sub and PT-17, they were shunned by hobby dealers. Hawk persisted with the 'Evolution of the Jet' gift set in 1948 and issued several kits - the Supermarine S6B, Gee-Bee, Howard Ike, Laird (all in acetate) and the F-84G and this Constellation (both in polystyrene). All were in the two-tone one-piece box. This model is molded in the correct glossy medium gray with a unique early stand. The model was issued with instructions but did not come with decals. The instructions tell you that '...the plane is molded in the proper base color, and if you intend to paint your favorite air-line markings be sure to use good enamel (not lacquer). The kit has never been started. The contents are either in the factory sealed bag or have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.