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Aurora P-38 Lightning Brooklyn - Famous Fighters of All Nations, 1/48, 99-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$219   

First issue Brooklyn kit from the early 1950. Molded in the correct light blue with little surface detail and no mass balances, pitot tube or landing gear struts, wheels and doors. Includes the correct rectangular clear stand for this issue. Decals and instructions are in excellent condition. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. The Aurora issues of the 1/48 scale P-38 are interesting to say the least. The first issue is the Brooklyn kit with the P-38/B-24 box artwork. Inside, the plastic is light blue with minimal surface detail and a clear canopy and rectangular stand that says 'Aurora Plastic Corp. Brooklyn, 4, N.Y.'. There are no landing gear, gear doors or mass balances. The second issue has identical box art, plastic color, decals and rectangular stand, but the box and instructions says 'West Hempstead' instead of Brooklyn. The clear stand mold has had 'Brooklyn' milled out, and there is no location on the stand. The third issue has the same artwork, but the full color 'Aurora Line' logo is used - but the big changes were on the inside. Aurora modified the molds, adding a pitot tube, elevator mass balances and landing gear struts, wheels and doors. The decals and stand remain the same, but the new instructions reflect the changes to the molds. This time the kit is molded in an attractive metallic blue. The fourth issue dropped the Jim Cox artwork in favor of a new P-38 flying from right to left across a threatening sky. The plastic still metallic light blue and the decals and stand remain unchanged. The new details were retained. The fifth issue was 1959. The oval 'Famous Fighters' logo was used with Jo Kotula artwork of two P-38s. The detail level of the kit remained the same, but it was molded in olive drab and clear. The newer 'Triangle' base was added at this time. Further issues kept this box artwork, but the oval logo changed as well as the price extensions.

Hasegawa Cessna A-37A - USAF, 1/72, 036

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$22   

Very well molded kit with 52 parts. Features very fine raised panel lines, Cockpit and gear well detail, two pilots and 100 Gallon drop tanks and Aero-6A and LAU-3A loadouts. Includes decals for two USAF aircraft. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

Inpact Hawker Fury, 1/48, P202

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+++

$34   

Still factory sealed. Large (1/48) kit. Well molded with many parts and fine detail. Has realistic subtle cloth texture on the areas covered by fabric and a smooth surface on metal sections. Includes display stand, rigging material and colorful decals.

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.

ITC SS France Ocean Liner - (Norway), 1/450, 3600-4-500

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$215   

Very rare. First and only issue from 1963; very shortly after this kit was issued, ITC discontinued all plastic kit production. Large 1/450 scale kit of one of the most beautiful ocean liners of all time. Features very good detail for the 1960s, full hull that is 24.75 inches long, 124 parts, 2 winged funnels, 3 anchors, 4 propellers, 2 launches, 20 lifeboats, 2 whaleboats, detailed mast, kingposts and superstructure. Inside, the model has never been started. The kit is molded in black (hull), red (funnels and fittings) and ivory (promenade and superstructure) to minimize painting (like in the ITC United States). Kit also includes a beautiful letter (with a color painting of the France on the letterhead) from Georges Croisile, the Commandant of the French Line, introducing the kit and welcoming you onboard the real France one day. The kit has never been started. The red parts are still sealed in the factory bags. The other parts had tears in the bags due to age, so I opened them and did an inventory - NOTE: missing one tiny part, a lifeboat davit. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts present. Decals, flag sheet and instructions are included.

Aurora Albatross CIII - (Albatros C-III), 1/48, 142-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$69   

First issue dated 1963. Has 98 cent price extension and 'Famous Fighters' in the border of the oval logos on the four sides. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

AMT Firestone 1978 Ford 4x4 Pickup Super Stones, 1/25, AMT858-12

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$52   

Nicely done and detailed kit features detailed engine, removable hood, full interior and detailed underside. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

Douglas Model Studio Thrust Augmented Delta Missile NASA / Douglas

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$1395   

Very rare hand made model from the internal Douglas Studios. Measures 27 1/4 inches high and is made from wood and metal. Brass name plate says 'NASA / Douglas Thrust Augmented Delta'. Condition is beautiful. Decals are excellent. Paint is very good but there is typical hairline age cracking as the entire missile is primarily made of wood. No broken or missing parts.

Coast Model Aircraft The Cloud Chaser 54 - 54 in Wingspan Class A/ B/ C Gas Free Flight or R/C Conversion

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$135   

Large and complete kit. Includes full size plans, quality balsa stock and printwood, steel wire landing gear, turned balsa wheels, silkspan covering, celluloid windows, tube of glue, bottled dope (still good), plywood firewall and hardwood motor mounts. Likely from the 1940s. This model came from the estate of a very active and particular early aircraft kit collector. It is like factory-new inside and has not been started. Complete with all parts, plans and decals (if originally included).

Revell Lockheed F-94C Starfire - With Markings for Three Aircraft - Takara Issue, 1/56, S33

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$34   

Rare 1977 Revell Takara Japan issue with unique box artwork and collectible high-gloss box top. The kit is molded from the original Pre-'S' molds. As with most Japan releases, this one contains a special decal sheet and painting guide for three different Starfires. The model has never been started. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Megow Contest Commercial - 36 inch Wingspan Cabin Style N.A.A. Class 'C' Flying Model Airplane, J-16

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$75   

From 1940. Part of the AYA 'Air Youth of America' series of aircraft. Kit features 36 inch wingspan and 25 inch long fuselage, full size plans, print and strip balsa wood, nose block, covering material and a very nice pre-carved propeller blank (final finishing required). The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete. Fred Megow was a famous pioneer in the model aircraft field from the late 1920s till 1949. His product lines of semi-prefabricated, solid and stick and tissue kits won him national and extensive world wide distribution - possibly the first modern model manufacture to achieve this. His fascinating story involves trying novel and untested marketing ideas in the Great Depression, followed my explosive world-wide growth. Mr. Megow was a true pioneer in the early days of modeling and a leader in the low price field so that every boy could afford a kit during those difficult times. Megow also produced scale operating train and trackside kits, ship models (large and small) and automotive subjects. Megow's catalogs claim that they were pioneers in HO scale, and there is documentation to support this fact. Megow's early HO train kits served not only to promote this now-popular scale nationally, but were among the very first train kits. Model train kits were responsible for the explosion in model railroad popularity in the late 1930s - please see the article in this website about these kits.

Heller Santa Maria - Flagship of Christopher Columbus, 1/90, 6503

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$39   

Still factory sealed. Aurora-Heller issue. Very nicely detailed kit with 128 parts and measures 43 cm long when assembled. Includes vacuform sails, rigging material, colorful flags and full instructions with rigging diagrams.

Hasegawa Nakajima C6N1 Saiun Myrt, 1/48, JT84

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$35   

Still factory sealed. Very well molded and nicely detailed with 119 parts, all fine recessed panel lines, excellent cockpit and more.

Zvezda HMS Dreadnought With Pontos Detail Up Set, 1/350, 9039

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$169   

Build the ultimate 1/350 Dreadnought! includes Pontos Detail Up Set #35002F1 which features 99 scribed brass parts, four sheets of photoetching, wooden deck, 24 resin parts, torpedo nets, black coated anchor chain, dry transfers for draft markings and highly illustrated instructions. Never used and with all contents still in the factory sealed bags. The actual model is still factory sealed. It is from new molds and is a very nice full-hull model.

RN Models Patriot - 30 Inch Wingspan Free Flight For .020 Power, GF110

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$46   

Excellent kit of this free-flight or R/C design for gas or electric engines. Features high quality balsa printwood, stripwood and spars, many other wood parts cut to shape, two colors of covering tissue, metal stock/hardware and full size plans. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including instructions.

Formaplane Hawker Siddeley Nimrod ASW, 1/72

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$32   

Well detailed and large kit. Complete with all parts and plans.

Hasegawa G4M2E Betty 24 Tei and MXY7 Ohka Model 11, 1/72, QP15

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$52   

Older but high-quality, limited edition issue. Includes MXY7 Ohka manned missile and the Betty has all the proper modifications for Ohka 'Cherry Blossom' delivery. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

Hasegawa Beechcraft T-34A Mentor with Tractor - (1) USAF or (4) JSDF, 1/72, JS-088

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$39   

Likely from the early 1980s. Well detailed with 73 parts and a Toyota ground tractor/tug. Includes markings and paint guide for four different JASDF and one USAF aircraft. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

NNT SMS A-80 German Torpedo Boat, 1/700, 70002

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$32   

Rare. Very highly quality limited issue kit. Features cast resin waterline hull, superstructure and some detail and an Eduard PE fret with railings and numerous other details. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions. The 'A' class of German torpedo boats began construction in 1915. Many were built, but A83 through 85 could not be completed at the end of WWI so they were scrapped at Kiel. Many of the A class ended up Polish and Belgian Navies after the war. The balance of the finished ships were scrapped in Britain.

Shizukyo Leopard 105MM Cannon West German New Type Tank, 1/50, TS-203-300

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$145   

Very, very rare and an excellent investment. Shizukyo started in the 1960s but was out of business before the end of the decade. This kit is likely from 1965 and is well detailed for that time and features motorized operation on the rear drive wheels. Features Tkk Mabuchi RE15 motor that is still in the original old-style TKK box, complete with printed plastic wrapper and sealed accessory bag, all metal gear box, a sealed bag with numerous pieces of metal hardware for motorized operation, wire and more. The actual kit is molded in a black or very, very dark green plastic. Inside, the kit has never been touched. All the smaller parts are still in the factory sealed bags with color headers. All parts but the upper and lower hull halves, motor and treads are still factory sealed, and the biggest bag has a nice paper header. The sealed gear box metal is shiny like brand new. Amazingly, the treads are in perfect condition and still 100% flexible. They are held together by the factory rubber bands! The instructions are in 'near mint' condition and the decals are 'near mint' also. NOTE: this kit must be shipped insured.