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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.

Hasegawa Mikoyan-Gurevich Mig-21 F13 Fishbed (Early Variant) - Czech / USSR / China, 1/72, JS012-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$24   

First issue with rare rectangular Hasegawa logo. Includes decals for all three versions, supersonic drop tank and two Atoll wing-mounted missiles. NOTE: the drop tank halves are assembled to 'professional' quality. There is no other assembly. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Mach Dzik P52 Polish Navy (U-Class) Submarine, 1/400, 02

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$10   

Dzik ("Wild Boar") and her sister Solol ("Falcon" were the first submarines delivered to the Polish Navy once WWII began. By February of 1941 Sokol was patrolling the Bay of Biscay and Dzik followed shortly after delivery on October 11, 1942. Both of these ships achieved significant success in the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas, where they destroyed several enemy ships. Both subs outlasted the war and were returned to England. Dzik was then lent to the Danish Navy in 1946. Her active service ended in 1957 and she was broken up in 1958. Very nicely molded and detailed but certainly not a 'state of the art' Tamiya style kit. Features full hull with propellers and rudder, display stand, color paint guide on the back of the box with rigging diagram and full decals with flags. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Lindberg North American F-100 Super Sabre, 1/48, 528-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$65   

1950s hardbox issue with incredible Ray Gaedke artwork. Large-scale Super Sabre features movable rudder, elevators and ailerons, detailed ejection seat and pilot, full jet engine detail and opening engine access hatch and a load-out of two drop tanks and 8 missiles. Includes colorful decals for the box art aircraft. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Comet Supermarine Spitfire IX - 20 Inch Wingspan Flying Balsa Airplane Model, 3402

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$34   

1970s reissue of the older and still very popular kit. Features traditional wood/tissue construction, quality printwood, stripwood, wire prop shaft, fully formed and finished wood wheels and thrust button, clear canopy material, rubber, tissue, propeller and detailed full size plans with building instructions. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete. 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.

Heller Super Broussard, 1/75, L320

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$69   

Rare, 1960s issue airliner model that is very near 1/72 scale. Includes real rubber tires and colorful decals for the prototype. This kit has never been started. It is either still in the internally sealed factory bag or has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Please note that Heller updated the nose gear on this kit - the original was a three piece strut and the revised strut is one piece. They did not not update the instructions, however. Thanks to Dusty Rhodes for this note that "...the box art may be intended to depict a flight over the old 'Interarmy Special Vehicles Test Centre' ~ CIEES: ( Centre Interarmes d'Essais d'Engins Speciaux) launch center at Hammaiguir, Algeria, which closed in 1967."

Tamiya Sturmtiger 38cm Assault Mortar, 1/35, 35177

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$48   

Still factory sealed. Very well molded and features detailed interior and exterior, crew member and separately molded track links.

Frog Westland Wallace - Red Series Issue, 1/72, F167

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$28   

Red Series Issue. Very finely molded kit from the 1960s. I have seen this model built up and it is excellent. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Revell Sauin C6N1 Myrt, 1/144, H1012

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

$22   

Still factory sealed. Rare Lodela issue, most likely from the late 1960s or early 1970s. The colorful inner box is factory sealed with special Lodela tape, then it was factory shrink-wrapped.

Tamiya Sturmpanzer IV Brummbar Sdkfz 166, 1/35, MM177

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$30   

Very well detailed and molded. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

RPM PWS-16 bis, 1/72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$22   

Cleanly molded kit with very nice detail. Includes full cockpits, rigging diagrams and markings for two different aircraft. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

Orange Crush-Revell 1903 Ford Model A, 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$79   

Very rare kit with a fascinating history. Around 1958/59, Orange Crush of Mexico offered a promotion. They offered free, colorful, plastic model cars if you collected correctly-marked Orange Crush bottle caps. The models are 1/32 scale Revell Highway Pioneer series - although there is no mention of Revell or Lodela anywhere on the box. Orange Crush had the boxes and even the instructions specially made for them with no mention of a manufacturer. They were never given numbers. The boxes were very thin and fragile cardboard. This has contributed to wear and you must be very cautious with them. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bag and the instructions are sealed in the bag as well. You could redeem your caps two ways - at the Orange Crush truck and at a Modelandia Hobby House. The box sides show the 18 cars in the series. Orange Crush also released two full-color booklets and a complete paint set for the cars. A colorful cardboard box held 7 colors of paint in glass bottles, complete with 'Orange Crush' screw-on caps! The entire promotion was done in coordination with Modelandia Hobby House which had up to 19 stores. Modelandia's name appears on each of the boxes and the paint as well. Robina S.A. was the bottler or distributor of Orange Crush in Mexico at that time. The box side lists the other 18 kits with small color pictures of each and shows three sizes of OC - Family Size (Familiar), Grand (Grande) and Normal. You could also obtain models with Titan bottle caps. Titan was also bottled by Robina and came in large (Titan) and smaller (Titancito) sizes and apparently more than one flavor. We do not know how Orange Crush had access to the plastic kits or who sealed the internal bags with the Crush instructions inside them. We can assume that it may have been Lodela, since they would have had access to the Revell molds. It is not know for how long the promotion lasted, but Orange Crush was one of the most dominant soft drinks in Mexico at that time. Here is one clue: some boxes claim that Modelandia had 13 locations; other boxes, which obviously came later on, claim 19 locations. This may indicate that this promotion went on for a significant amount of time.

AMT 1951 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible - Cruisin USA George Barris Custom, 1/25, 2253

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$29   

Still factory sealed. 1980 issue that features detailed straight-six Stovebolt engine and engine compartment, opening hood, detailed underside with exhaust and suspension, complete interior, chrome parts, rubber tires, special decals and even special rear fender reflective stick-ons as shown on the build box top model.