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Hudson Miniatures 1903 Cadillac - Old Timers, 1/16

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$42   

Dated 1949 and very highly detailed and prefabricated for that time. Large scale kit measures 7 inches long when built. Features plastic wheels, steering and lamps, die cut and factory machines wooden parts and a small number of metal and accessory parts. The kit has never been started. The small parts are still factory bag sealed and all other parts have been inventoried present including highly detailed plans/instructions. The 1903 Cadillac was the very first production Caddy and the car that began the legend. This particular model was capable of 30 mph with four passengers. Its 11 hp engine could negotiate a 45% grade with ease. The car was first test driven on Oct 17, 1902. In January of '03 it was taken to the New York Automobile show where orders for 2286 were placed. By mid week, Cadillac announced that were 'Sold Out.' This makes sense when you realize that in 1903 all cars had a rough machine-shop or 'garage' fit and finish; the new Cadillac looked like a Jewel in comparison. Later that year the Cadillac placed or won challenges and reliability contests worldwide and earned the status of 'Standard of the World.' Hudson Miniatures created a very popular line of automobile kits in a constant 1/16 scale shortly after WWII. The kits sold very well...so well that you could argue that Gowland & Gowland borrowed Hudson's subject matter for their ground-breaking 'Highway Pioneers.' The Hudson Miniatures 'Old Timers' even spawned a line of imitators, with Fador's 'Smallster' being one of the better in quality. Sales did drop on the appearance and popularity of the much smaller (and less accurate) Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' in 1951. When the all-injection molded Gowland kits proved not to be a passing fad, Hudson quickly planned and released his own all-plastic, small-scale competition called 'Lil' Old Timers Quickie Kits.' The kits were of excellent quality, but it was too little too late. Additionally, sales of the excellent wooden kits faltered further in the next few years with the introduction of accurate, 1/24 and 1/32 all-plastic cars in the mid 1950s. This forced Hudson to discontinue the wood kits and the plastic line was sold to Revell and subsequently re-released. Today, these excellent, big 1/16 kits are often the only model available of these early automobiles. In the mid 1960s Aurora thought so highly of Hudson Miniatures that they purchased the wood kit assets and released a very small number of these in all-plastic models.

Monogram Chevrolet El Camino Camper, 1/24, 2252

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$38   

Still factory sealed. Dated 1979. Well detailed featuring full engine & engine compartment, opening hood, streamlined camper top, special wheels, opening tail gate, fully detailed interior and more. Molded in colored plastic, clear and chrome plate with rubber Goodyear tires.

Bandai Panzer H 18/2 Auf Gw II (105mm) WESPE - Sd.Kfz.124, 1/48, 058221

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$42   

1/48 scale model from the classic and highly detailed Bandai Pin Point armor series. These kits are beautifully molded and feature full interior detail as well as flexible treads, many operating features and detailed crew members that can be posed in almost any position. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora German Tiger Tank, 1/48, 312-129

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$59   

Hard to find 1/48 scale armor kit. John Steel hard-box art is dated 1964. The box has very good color and gloss, no tape or price tag marks and four solid corners. Light, general and even wear are the only flaws. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. NOTE: the treads are intact and 'near mint' but there are tread burns on the inside of one side panel (not visible when built), inside of the lower hull panel (again, not seen when built) and on the gun barrel. The barrel is all there but significantly damaged by the burns. The decal backing paper has bug damage but the actual transfers are intact.

Glencoe PT-76 Russian Amphibious Tank (Ex ITC), 1/32, 06401

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$28   

From the original early 1950s ITC molds and an excellent 'Classic Builder.' Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Pyro 1911 Martin-Handasyde No. 3 Monoplane - (ex Inpact), 1/48, P602-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$28   

Very nicely detailed. Has realistic fabric texture on wings and control surfaces. Includes engine and cockpit detail. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Faller Republic F-84F Thunderstreak - Luftwaffe / USAF / Netherlands, 1/100, 1084

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$38   

Rare model kit from the early to mid 1960s and nicely molded for that time in silver and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Even includes the original Faller packing inspection quality control sheet.

Revell Su-27 Flanker, 1/72, 4348

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$16   

Very nicely molded and highly detailed model. Features all very fine recessed panel lines, detailed cockpit, gear and air brake wells, optional position air brake, AA-10 missiles, two piece canopy and more. 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.

AMT Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 - King of the Hill Option, 1/25, 6277

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$38   

Very nicely detailed kit. Features 80 parts, detailed engine and compartment, underside and suspension and interior. Has opening hood, real rubber tires and optional ZR-1 decals. Molded in white, chrome, clear, red-tinted clear and with rubber tires. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

AMT Sun Chaser Chevy Custom Van, 1/25, T402

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$65   

Still factory sealed. 1970s first and only issue features CB radio and antennas, custom side exhaust ports, wide Goodyear tires, twin skylights, 'airfoil' spoiler, rear windows louvers, stacked rectangular headlights, custom front end cap, Crager 'Super Trick' wheels, custom tail lights, tubular rear bumper, bucket seats and V-8 engine.

Dale Newton - Red Ball Wood Refrigerator (Reefer) - Farmer's Co-Operative Creamery Co - 'Pelican Brand Eat More Butter' with Trucks, HO, 97

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$34   

The Red Ball Line has been famous for fidelity and diversity for 70 years. Please read the article on this website covering the history of this manufacture. The box is present and is excellent but it is not shown in the photo. M. Dale Newton Red Ball HO scale kit with the famous quality heavy cardstock embossed and printed car sides. Also includes milled hardwood roof/sides and floor, correct cast metal trucks, sealed parts packet containing metal and plastic parts, wood and metal stock and full instructions. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including instructions.

Sterling Curtiss P-6E Hawk - 16 inch Wingspan Flying Model Aircraft that Drops Bombs in Flight, A10

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$75   

Excellent flying model from the early to mid 1960s that is designed for rubber free flight or control line. It includes an innovative system for dropping bombs in flight. Features stick and tissue construction, quality die-cut balsa parts, stripwood and spars, other wood stock as required, die-cut clear windshield, vac plastic details including radiator scoop, engine cowling, pilot bust, wheels pants, exhaust ports and more, finished wire landing gear struts, finished main and tail wheels, rubber motor, plastic prop, covering tissue and a big full color decal sheet. Includes excellent full size plans with detailed instructions. Never started. The small parts are still in the factory sealed bag; the parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete. Sterling was a famous manufacturer dating back to the 1930/40s flying model craze. Although they continued to produce kits for decades after the flying model slump following World War II, they eventually fell victim to the general lack of interest in modeling that occurred in the early 1980s. I always considered Sterling's offering to be 'deluxe' compared to other manufacturers.

Lindberg Japanese Zero Motorized, 1/48, 304M-129

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$85   

First motorized issue from the late 1950s with great hardbox artwork by Ray Gaedke. Includes electric motor and all hardware. Molded in silver and clear. never started. The motor is still factory sealed and all other parts have been been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Please NOTE that that one of the prop blades is cleanly broken off at the hub; it is present for an easy repair. The meticulously researched box art scene may be of particular interest to admirers of Mr. Gaedke's work. The colorful aircraft combines with abrightly painted, grassy background, including a well turned out (Army) ground crewman, to produce an almost storybook, 'beautiful day in theneighborhood' atmosphere. A most attractive and, in an historical context, almost whimsical image. Please read the biography of Ray Gaedke, which is located on this website. Lindberg is a company with a fascinating history The original 'Lindberg Line' stretches back to the 1930s when Paul Lindberg drew plans for famous modeling magazines and marketed his balsa wood 'stick and tissue' by urging dealers to carry the '...Complete Lindberg Line'. After the war, Lindberg and Olsen had a strong hand in early United States injection molded kit development. Please see the article located on this website about early USA plastic kit manufacturers.

Aurora Sopwith Camel, 1/48, 102-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

$65   

Third issue of this kit. It retains the original 1956 box art, but the square Aurora 'Northern Lights' logo is gone, replaced with the soon-to-be classic sunburst 'Famous Fighters' oval. There is no Parents' Magazine Seal and no '69' price circle on this issue. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Heller Breguet 693 - Buzco Issue, 1/72, 201-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$20   

Sleek and beautiful, the Breguet 693 was a fast low-level twin engine attack bomber with a crew of two. Armament was one 20mm cannon and two machine guns in front and one turret mounted machine gun facing aft. Bomb load was 6 to 8 50 kg bombs. The kit has never been started. The parts are either still in the internal factory sealed bags or inventoried complete. Includes decals and instructions.

Fujimi Army Kawasaki Ki-100 Goshikisen, 1/70, FC-8-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$18   

Fujimi Mokei/AHM issue, likely from the late 1960 or early 1970s Features rotating prop, retractable undercarriage, working elevator, ailerons and rudder and opening canopy. The model as never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Pyro 1930 Packard Boat-Tail Roadster, 1/32, C343-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$38   

1965 Pyro issue from original molds. 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. The model features detailed chassis with suspension, steering linkage and fuel tank, spoke wheels, complete motor & interior and a removable hood. Molded in green, chrome plated & clear and with rubber tires. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Tamiya Panzerkampfwagen V Panther Motorized, 1/35, MT123

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$76   

Hard-to-find motorized version. Features all metal gearbox and axles and all hardware for motorized operation. The model has never been started. The parts are still in the factory sealed bags with decals and instructions. Please note that Tamiya did not furnish the electric motor with this issue.

Premiere Shorts Tucano T.MK.1, 1/72, P1001

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$22   

RAF Trainer aircraft. Cleanly molded and detailed with recessed panel lines. Never started. Factory sealed bag with decals and instructions.

Hudson Miniatures 1903 Cadillac - Old Timers, 1/16

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$48   

Dated 1949 and very highly detailed and prefabricated for that time. Large scale kit measures 7 inches long when built. Features plastic wheels, steering and lamps, die cut and factory machines wooden parts and a small number of metal and accessory parts. The kit has never been started. The small parts are still factory bag sealed and all other parts have been inventoried present including highly detailed plans/instructions. The 1903 Cadillac was the very first production Caddy and the car that began the legend. This particular model was capable of 30 mph with four passengers. Its 11 hp engine could negotiate a 45% grade with ease. The car was first test driven on Oct 17, 1902. In January of '03 it was taken to the New York Automobile show where orders for 2286 were placed. By mid week, Cadillac announced that were 'Sold Out.' This makes sense when you realize that in 1903 all cars had a rough machine-shop or 'garage' fit and finish; the new Cadillac looked like a Jewel in comparison. Later that year the Cadillac placed or won challenges and reliability contests worldwide and earned the status of 'Standard of the World.' Hudson Miniatures created a very popular line of automobile kits in a constant 1/16 scale shortly after WWII. The kits sold very well...so well that you could argue that Gowland & Gowland borrowed Hudson's subject matter for their ground-breaking 'Highway Pioneers.' The Hudson Miniatures 'Old Timers' even spawned a line of imitators, with Fador's 'Smallster' being one of the better in quality. Sales did drop on the appearance and popularity of the much smaller (and less accurate) Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' in 1951. When the all-injection molded Gowland kits proved not to be a passing fad, Hudson quickly planned and released his own all-plastic, small-scale competition called 'Lil' Old Timers Quickie Kits.' The kits were of excellent quality, but it was too little too late. Additionally, sales of the excellent wooden kits faltered further in the next few years with the introduction of accurate, 1/24 and 1/32 all-plastic cars in the mid 1950s. This forced Hudson to discontinue the wood kits and the plastic line was sold to Revell and subsequently re-released. Today, these excellent, big 1/16 kits are often the only model available of these early automobiles. In the mid 1960s Aurora thought so highly of Hudson Miniatures that they purchased the wood kit assets and released a very small number of these in all-plastic models.