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California Model Co Nieuport 17C-1 - 19.75 Inch Wingspan Balsa Flying Aircraft - (Ni17 Nieuport 17), 1/16

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$59   

Probably from the late 1940s or early 1950s. Higher quality stick-and-tissue flying model to a constant 1/16 scale. Can be built for static scale display or flown with rubber, CO2 or small gas motors for power. Features quality balsa printwood and strip wood, factory-carved balsa propeller (needs final finishing), completely finished wheels and thrust button, hardware, stock wood and metal as required, blocks as needed, covering tissue and beautifully drawn full-size plans. The model has not been started. Inventoried complete with all parts and plans. Made by California Model Company out of Long Beach, CA USA. If you have more information on this manufacture, please email me. How far back they go is unknown; they claim to have the 'Know How of 30 Years Experience' on the box side, but that could be interpreted many ways. From the box there was at least a Spad, SE-5, Fokker DVII, Niuport and a Sopwith Camel for rubber power as well as the 'Spacer A-B' & 'Spacer 1/2A' and the indoor Featherette. We know they also issued some ex-Suydam railroad kits as well. From Bill Baker Jr - "California Model Company originated in Long Beach, Calif in the late 1940's or early 1950's. My grandparents, William (Bill) Loyal Baker and his wife, Ruth (Tripp) Baker were the founders. The company started out as primarily balsa based model aircraft but later, in the late 50's or early 60's, branched into the model RR craft kits and Cub Scout craft kits. They even had a balsa speed boat kit powered by a model airplane gas engine adapted to fit. When they retired, around 1968 or 1969, they sold the business and the "shop" in North Long Beach they built to house their business. I have many fond memories as a young child "working" with them in the shop, assembling kits. I have a few unbuilt kits today!"

AMT Ford Courier Minivan - Pickup Truck, 1/25, 2701

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$42   

1970s one and only issue. This model can be assembled as a stock pickup truck, custom truck or minivan. Nicely detailed with over 80 parts and features rolling chassis construction just like the real truck with full suspension, exhaust gas tank and more, detailed engine and compartment, removable hood, full interior, working tailgate, optional wheels, roll bar, minivan topper, optional bumper guard and more. Molded in white, clear, chrome and with rubber tires. The kit has never been started. The parts that were sealed at the factory are still sealed. The parts that were never sealed (chrome & clear) have been inventoried complete. Includes decals and instructions.

ESCI Sepecat Jaguar A, 1/48, SC-4036

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$22   

Features optional position canopy and speed brakes, cockpit detail, external stores, ordnance and more. Includes decals for two French aircraft and paint guide. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora British SE-5 Scout, 1/48, 103-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$55   

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Very rare version. Of all the Aurora SE-5, this one and the 'white' version turns up the least. The hardbox is dated 1956 but shows the original Jim Cox box art with the 1957 oval 'Famous Fighters' logo. The original rectangle 'Northern Lights' logo has been neatly blotted out with a yellow rectangle of the same size. The fact that the price is still 69 cents (as the original issue) means this issue is very early 1957 and predated the 'yellow' box art issue. Molded in gloss olive green and black. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Airfix Avro Lancaster B.1 - Craftmaster Issue, 1/72, 3-129

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$42   

1960s issue with colorful artwork of a Lancaster lifting off from the English countryside into a clear and star-lit sky. The model is well detailed for that time and features movable control surfaces, rotating gun turrets, props and wheels and optional position undercarriage. Molded in silver and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Fujimi Sikorsky HSS-2B - JMSDF Anti-Submarine Or Flying Department Fuji Type - (S-61 Sea King), 1/72, 7A30-1000

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$29   

Quality Fujimi Mokei release with decals for either version. Features excellent cockpit and full interior, detailed rotor hub, working main and tail rotors, weapons loadout and more. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

LS Mitsubishi A6M5 Type 52 Zeke Zero - Motorized, 1/72, 106-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$32   

Classic early Japanese box art with a high quality LS model. It is engineered to be motorized with the battery in the stand. As was the practice, all of the hardware is included but the motor is not. Features moving rudder, wing flaps and ailerons, sliding canopy and retracting landing gear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Advanced Molding Corp Ferrari 342 America Sports Car - (pre-Aurora), 1/32, 13

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$45   

NOTE: builder only, please read carefully. Very rare and for the advanced builder/collector of early plastic models. Advanced Molding issued 7 pioneering plastic car kits in 1954. But in 1955, Aurora purchased the molds then released them (the first in '55) under the Aurora name and artwork. They became famous under the Aurora name but virtually unknown under the original Advanced label because they were issued for year or less. Advanced cleverly advertised all 7 kits on each box - the box top shows the kit inside, and the long side panels show 3 on each side. The 7 were the Cunningham, MG, Jaguar, Alfa Romeo, Ferrari Sportster, Corvette and Ferrari 342 America. This kit is the Ferrari Sportster, is molded in bright red with rubber tires. NOTE: this kit has the body shell assembled to 'professional' quality. Fit is perfect and the seams are puttied and sanded. There is no other assembly and zero painting. All parts are present. With instructions that include a nice history of the car. Advanced was located at 54 West 21st Street, New York 10, NY. After selling the cars, Advanced remained in the plastic model business with the Trailblazers HO train series in 1955 centered around the famous "General." It was issued as a locomotive and tender, or just the cars as set (passenger, mail combine, baggage, box car, flat car and caboose), or the cars each separately and the rare freight set which included the locomotive and tender, box car, flat car and caboose.

Airfix Handley Page 0/400 Bomber, 1/72, 9 06007

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$38   

Very highly detailed kit of this WWI bomber features full crew, detailed interior and bomb station, many small and one very large bomb, rigging diagrams and more. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Please NOTE, one engine strut is broken in two but both parts are present and fit together perfectly so you can repair it.

Craft Master Water Wagon - Wagons of the Old West, 50114-350

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$84   

Rare and still factory sealed. Authentic, large-scale model from high quality, die-cut California Redwood, Ponderosa Pine and other materials as required. Measures 7 inches long and 4 inches high when assembled. This excellent series contained several other kits, all done to the same (unlisted) scale - Covered Wagon, Log Wagon, Jerky Wagon, Mule Team, Horse Team, Ox Team, Jail Wagon, Yellowstone Wagon, Buckboard Wagon, Sheepherders Wagon, Ore Wagon, Conestoga Wagon, Milk Wagon, Chuck Wagon, Delivery Wagon, Dray Wagon, Stage Coach and Water Wagon. There was also a very early Red Rover Fire Engine Wagon in the same scale.

Aurora British SE-5 Scout, 1/48, 103-100

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

$49   

1963 issue with Jo Kotula box art. Still factory sealed but the seal has split, and there is minor box wear on the center of the far left side.

Classic Airframes Heinkel He-51 B-2 Floatplane - (He51B-2), 1/48, 96-410

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

$28   

Still factory sealed. Nicely detailed kit that features fine recessed panel lines, highly detailed cockpit, resin and photoetch details, film instruments, clear windscreen and more.

Revell Grumman Martlet Mk V / FM-1 (F4F Wildcat) - Royal Navy or USS Core, 1/32, 4784

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$44   

Dated 1992 and includes a very large decal sheet with extensive stencils and markings for Royal Navy Martlet V, 1932 Squadron, NAS Englinton, June 1944 and Grumman FM-1 from VC-12 from the USS Core, Autumn 1943. Features detailed cockpit, sliding canopy, pilot figure, rotating wheels and props and removable cowl to show the Pratt and Whitney R-1830 engine. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

E&B Valley Railroad Co Single Or Double Deck Stock Car With Trucks - HO / HOn3 Narrow Gauge, 1/87, 018-3100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$32   

Superb injection molded kit with plastic truck set and dummy couplers. Highly detailed with a large number of parts. While model aircraft mold makers and molding machine operators were claiming that you could not mold parts this fine, several model train companies, like E&B Valley, were busy proving them wrong. This is kit for the serious model railroader who demands prototype fidelity. Molded in black plastic. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. Please note that these E&B kits did not come with decals.

Main Line Models 50' Outside Braced Double SD Door Wooden Automobile Box Car - New York Cental - HO Craftsman Kit, 1/87, BC-15

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$39   

Very high quality wood and metal kit from the Golden Age of HO Craftsman kit. Builds a very accurate and highly detailed prototype of the 50' box car. Kit features pre-cut and pre-scribed hardwood sides that are factory painted tuscan red and lettered, cut and pre-milled hardwood roof and floor, hardwood pre-cut and scribed car ends, wood and metal stock as required, metal ladders, and brake wheel, metal grab irons, brake details and more. The model has never been started. The small parts are still factory sealed and the other parts have been inventoried complete and includes full size plans/instructions. If you have an interest in these kits and the revolution they created in modeling, please read the article about their history located on this website. Please cut and paste this link in your browser to see it - http://www.oldmodelkits.com/blog/plastic-model-kit-history/the-ho-scale-model-railroading-revolution-of-the-1940s/

Revell Douglas DC-9 KLM - Lodela, 1/120, H101

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Good+

$38   

Still factory sealed. Rare Lodela release in KLM colors. The parts are from the original 1966 issue molds. This is not a stretch DC-9 but an original early 'short' DC-9. Nicely molded for that time, featuring optional position landing gear, movable wheels and very colorful and complete KLM markings.

Hobby Craft TWO Sukoi Su-25 Frogfoot - USSR or Czech Air Forces, 1/72, HC1382

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$26   

SALE!! Includes two models in one box. Kit #1 is mint and never started. NOTE: kit #2 has very minor and 'professional' quality subassembly as follows: seat and instrument panel to floor; one wing half assembled. There is no other assembly. Inventoried complete and include decals and instructions. Both feature fine recessed panel lines and decals for two air forces. The Su-25 became operational at the end of the 1980s as the equivalent of the US A-10 Warthog/Thunderbolt II.

Merlin Models Fokker E-V / D-VIII - German or Polish Air Force, 1/72, 16

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$19   

Limited edition kit with finely cast metal parts and details and injection molded main airframe parts. Includes decals for multiple versions. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

Novo Techna Soviet Type D Series I Submarine, 1/400, K4004

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$10   

Ex-Soviet Union kit that is very well molded for that time with very fine detail and hull drain holes. Full hull model measures 7.5 inches long when assembled and includes display stand and decals. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags, which is attached to cardstock that is folded in two. At times the factory workers had to get pretty creative because of a shortage of staples. Beyond staples, I have seen the bag of parts attached with tape, a clothing snap, a rivet or even sewn on with thread!

Welsh Vickers Super VC-10 - East African Airlines, 1/144, SL38

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$24   

Very high quality vac kit with cast metal details. Never started. The small parts are still in the factory sealed bags. The big parts were never sealed and have been inventoried complete including very colorful 'East African' decals and instructions. NOTE: the large decal sheet is cut in half. All that I have seen are like that; perhaps it was done at the factory.