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Lindberg Lumber Schooner Forester, 836

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG+


As the West Coast lumber trade became big business in late 1800s, the industry needed a way to move vast amounts of timber. The answer was lumber schooners, built of the same Douglas fir as the planks they carried. These ships had shallow drafts for crossing coastal bars, uncluttered deck arrangements for ease of loading and were especially handy for maneuvering into the tiny, Northern California ports. The C.A. Thayer was one such schooner, built in 1895 and preserved today as a museum ship in San Francisco. The kit is still factory sealed. This is the 1975 issue hardbox issue. Small but nicely detailed ship is about 8 inches long when assembled and includes vacuformed sails. The actual lumber schooner Forester was 217 feet long, 680 ton, 32 feet wide, drew 13.6 feet of water with a displacement of 1,812.5 tons. She cost $60,000 to build and netted between $12,000 and $19,000 per trip for her investors during the heyday of the trade. As of 2006 you could see see her wreckage along the Martinez shoreline.

Academy Consolidated PBY-2 Catalina, 1/72, 2122

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc


Still factory sealed but the seal has some splits. An excellent model that is very well detailed. Molded with very fine, all recessed panel lines and features interior detail, beaching gear, optional bomb load, optional position wing tip floats, rotating propellers, real rubber tires and very colorful decals for the pre-WWII aircraft shown on the box top.

Renwal SSB(N)-608 Ethan Allen Polaris Launching Nuclear Submarine, 1/200, 652-298

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-


1961 model features fantastic Cold-War artwork and full interior detail. The Ethan Allen was the lead submarine of her class. These replacements for the George Washington class had 16 tubes as before, but could carry the Polaris A-1, A-2 and A-3. Classic large (24" long) SSBN kit actual fires a spring-loaded Polaris Missiles from the launch tube. Highly detailed and well molded for that time. Starboard hull halve hinges down to reveal full interior detail for each compartment. There is no assembly but NOTE: there is minor painting. All torpedoes and one torpedo cradle are neatly painted. There is no other painting. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Airfix Dornier Do-217 E.2 Craftmaster Issue, 1/72, 2-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+


From the 1960s. Action-packed artwork shows a British fighter in a hot gun battle with the main Do-217, which is receiving major damage. Another Do-217 released it's bomb load, while the starboard wing on another snaps away in flames as the crew hits the silk. Kit features crew stations and a crew of four, elevating gun and rotating turret, separately molded ailerons, elevators and rudders, optional position landing gear (or even retractable undercarriage but not doors), choice of aft fuselage 'long' tail cone containing the early dive brake or 'short' tail cone after the dive brake was discontinued. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Entex Douglas DC-9-40 Stretch Version - SAS Airlines, 1/100, 8513

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++


Still factory sealed. Large scale DC-9 is very well detailed and includes detailed landing gear and full color SAS markings.

Aurora Northrop P-61 Black Widow, 1/48, 392-249

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+


Still in the factory seal and in 'Excellent+' condition. The only flaws are corner creases at the left side as shown. Hardbox issue is dated 1960 - however, this issue lacks the 'Famous Fighters' in the oval logo boarder and has a 198 price extension, so it likely from about 1963/64. Large 1/48 scale model features some of Jo Kotula's finest artwork - the P-61 patrols over a South Pacific island base at night, destroying an intruder (or defender?).

Aurora P-51 Mustang Screwdriver Issue, 1/27, 377-350

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM++


Original issue dated 1969 and in remarkable, investment-grade 'Near Mint++' condition. The box has only a tiny bit more wear than when it came off the assembly line. This kit was originally designed as a gas powered flying model. However, Aurora discontinued the gas powered line very shortly after introduction due to returns and liability issues. Since the mold investment was already made, Aurora marketed these kits as large scale static models and they became know as "Screwdriver Kits" to collectors. For example, the 1/32 scale B-25 was issued in Gas U-Control and then static - but the P-51 may have only been issued in static. Molded in dark blue, light blue and clear & with many metal parts. Never started. The metal parts are still factory sealed in the original 'krinkle' bag. All other parts have been inventoried 100% complete. Includes decals in amazing, perfect 'Mint' condition and instructions in 'excellent' condition with yellowing as the only significant flaw. Even includes the original factory screwdriver with the clear yellow handle.

Airfix Boston Bomber, 1/72, 385

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++


Type three logo issue from the 1960s. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions. The lower left corner of the decal sheet has a small black stain, but the actual transfers are clear of damage.

Testors Lockheed SR-71 Spyplane - With Squadron 'In Action' Book and Paint, 1/48, 4061

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc


Still factory sealed. Includes large 1/48 kit, Squadron 'In Action' Book #55 (49 pages), one of the best reference books available on the Blackbird, 6 paints, two brushes, glue, glue tip and hobby knife.

Revell Junkers Ju-52 /3M - Luftwaffe 2./KGtzbV102 Italy 1942 or 2./KGtzbV500 Russia March 1942, 1/48, 85-5612

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG+


Still factory sealed. Very well detailed, large-scale model from Monogram Pro Modeler molds. Features fully detailed cabin interior and cockpit, excellent engines, separately molded elevators, weighted wheels, separately molded wing flaps, two machine gun stations and four paratrooper figures.

AFV Club M109 A2 Howitzer - With WarMachines #1 Military Photo File - (M109A2), 1/35, AF35109

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+


Includes the excellent WarMachines #1 M109 A1/A2-M109-M108 Photo Reference book by Verlinden. It is in 'excellent condition and features 36 pages of color photos and some text - the perfect refernce work for building this model. The actual kit is very well detailed and molded . Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, 1/156, 491-70

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+


Dated 1961. This issue has the oval 'sunburst' logo, so the actual issue date is probably the mid 1960s. The hardbox has excellent color and gloss, four solid corners, no fading or tears, no repairs and no price tags or tape (other than the factory sealing tape). Light general wear is the only flaw. The kit is molded in olive drab and clear and contains the correct Aurora 'world' triangle stand. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. The instructions and decals are both in superb 'near mint' condition with slight yellowing as the only flaw.

Trumpeter Curtiss P-40B Warhawk - Tomahawk MkIIA - USAAF 18th Pursuit Group Pearl Harbor Nov. 1941 / RAF 26th Squadron Gatwick June-July 1941, 1/32, 02228

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM


Still factory sealed. Excellent kit from all new molds featuring 181 pieces, PE details, film instruments, all fine recessed panel lines, excellent cockpit and decals/paint guide for both aircraft listed.

Aurora Sopwith Camel, 1/48, 102-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++


Just when I think all the issues have surfaced for an Aurora kit, another one shows up! This is a 120-69 (same number as the first issue) 'Famous Fighters' oval logo with the '69' price circle and the Parents' Magazine seal. That makes this the second issue - it would have been put out in early 1957, with the very first re-imaging to the new logo. It also shows that the Parents' seal was used as early as 1957 on some kits. The box artist on this issue is Jim Cox, the first model box artist for Aurora. (Please read the article about Mr. Cox on this website) This kit is part of a very successful WWI aircraft line in 1/48 scale that Aurora introduced in '56. The line sold so well that kits were added to it into the 1960s. Molded in the glossy olive drab green and black. This kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora British SE-5 Scout - With Parents' Magazine Seal, 1/48, 103-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint


Still factory sealed and in amazing investment-grade 'Mint' condition. The seal is intact. Rare box art version with perfect color and gloss. Hardbox is dated 1960 and it appears that this design was only issued for a few years at the most.

Aurora British SE-5 Scout - Without Parents' Magazine Seal, 1/48, 103-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM


Rare box art version and in amazing investment-grade 'Near Mint' condition with perfect color and gloss, four solid corners, no fading, tears, tags, tape or marks from either. Very light wear is the only flaw. Hardbox is dated 1960 and it appears that this design was only issued for a few years at the most. Molded in gloss olive drab and black. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora P-40 Flying Tiger Warhawk, 1/48, 44-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+


Still factory sealed. 1964 issue with John Steel artwork.

Comet Focke-Wulf FW-190 A - 'Super Stars' Series 21 inch Wingspan Flying Model, 1621

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good


From the early 1970s. Large scale issue for rubber or gas free flight or easily converted to RC using today's tiny and light servos and receivers. Box art is by Locher, who did a great deal of the Monogram box artwork also. Kit features traditional wood/tissue construction with all die cut parts, 'Tube-O-Matic' fuselage construction and 'Rugged Super X Simplified Non-Warping Wing' construction, a very large and colorful insignia sheet, detailed full size plans, building instructions, wheels, hardware, tissue and propeller. 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 insignia and plans. 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.

Revell USS Sullivans DD Fletcher Class Pre 'S' Issue, 1/301, H305-129

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc


1954 Pre-'S' release with beautiful artwork. The box has factory new gloss and color; the only significant flaw is the light stain shown at the far right center. Never started. Inside, it is exactly as it left the factory. The small parts are still in the factory sealed clear bag, while the large parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete. Includes decals, flag sheet and instructions.

Huma Model Grunau 9 And Schulgleiter SG-38 Gliders - Bagged, 1/72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Bag


Still factory sealed. Limited edition injection molded kit includes both gliders and full decals.