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Sanwa B-26D Invader Bomber - (A-26 / A/B-26), 1/110, 514

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc-

$58   

Still factory sealed. Dates from the early 1960s and very hard to find. The scale is approximate. The kit is dated by the 'Tokyo Plamo' logo, which was used between 1960 and 1964. Sanwa was one of Japan's earliest post-WWII kit producers, making model kits in the 1950s; some sources say 1955. Kits were marketed under Sanwa and Tokyo Plamo, with the general consensus being the the later logo came out around 1960 or later. Production ended in 1964, making all Sanwa kits rare and collectible. The entire line was extensive. It included very small scale tanks (some that were motorized), battleships in three scales with the larger ones motorized with dual prop drive, slot cars, civil sport boats and an electric outboard, a full line of hand gun models that actually shot plastic bullets, two fighter groups and bomber groups (probably Monogram), several different lines of scale aircraft, missile kits, scale (static) car models of early Japanese automobiles, at least 7 flying model aircraft that had electric and rubber motors, a 'Super Control Stand' P-51 that moved with a joystick and had an electric propeller and sound unit, two different lighthouses and a windmill, an air cushion boat, motor cycles, a diving submarine (electric) and a working (rubber band) George Washington Class SSBN and even a garden tractor with an electric motor. There was even a cut away 727 in big 1/96 scale and an Airport Set with a Cessna 180 and Bell 47D Helicotoper. Just before going out of business, Sanwa issued some kits in conjunction with the 1964 Tokyo Olympic games - these kits even included a copy of an Olympic medal.

Tamiya Panther Ausf.D - Plus Eduard Zimmerit PE And Tamiya PE Upgrade Set - Pz.Kpfw. Panther Ausf.D Sd.Kfz.171, 1/35, MM345

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$83   

Includes two aftermarket accessories: Eduard #36330 panther Ausf.D Zimmerit Vertical (designed for this kit and includes two large PE frets and full instructions) and Tamiya Detail-Up Parts Set #12666 Panther Ausf.D Photo-Etched Grille Set (never used and complete). The actual model is highly detailed and well molded armor kit. Never started. Some parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags; the parts that are not sealed have been inventoried complete. Includes decals and instructions.

Aurora Spad XIII, 1/48, 107-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$59   

First issue hardbox is dated 1957 with great Jo Kotula artwork. Please note the 69 cent price extension and oval 'Famous Fighters' sunburst logo. This is part of a popular and very successful series of 1/48 scale WWI aircraft that Aurora started in 1956 and added to well into the 1960s. Many of the line were in production right up until the demise of Aurora in the mid 1970s Molded in correct high-gloss olive drab and black plastic. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

AV USK Kawasaki Ki-10 Perry, 1/72, AV1010

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$22   

Limited edition kit. Well detailed and molded. Includes photoetched details and full decals. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Rareplane Lavochkin LA-5 FN, 1/72

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$8   

Well molded vacuform kit with full interior detail. Molded in white and clear plastic. Never started and complete.

La Belle D & RG Double Deck Stock Car - HOn3 Craftsman Kit, 1/87, HOn3-35

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$28   

From 1975. Top quality craftsman kit. Features full markings, completely shaped wood stock, two envelopes of small fittings and detailed instructions. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions & plans.

Tamiya M-1 Abrams Motorized, 1/35, 3054

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$75   

Rare. A well engineered model featuring electric motor through the drive sprockets to the tracks. The electric motor is included. The kit has not been started. All parts are still factory sealed. Includes decals and instructions. The tracks are still factory sealed also and are still perfectly flexible (not hardened).

Heller AS-350 Ecureuil Gendarmerie Nationale, 1/50, 80487

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

$29   

Still factory sealed but the seal has drawn the box top concave. Large scale helicopter kit with 45 parts.

Academy Challenger British Main Battle Tank, 1/48, 13007

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$16   

2002 issue that is well molded and includes flexible tracks. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Airmodel Gloster Meteor F8 Conversion - (For Frog Kit) - Bagged, 1/72, 144

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$6   

Nicely done conversion kit designed for the classic and readily available Frog Meteor. Never started. Complete with all parts and instructions.

Cleveland Ryan FR-1 Fireball - Balsa Flying Model Airplane Kit, 1/16, SF-92

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$95   

This is a Cleveland 'SF' or 'Scale Flying' model in museum scale of 1/16. The kit came from a long time collector of 1930s and 1940s models and is in exceptional condition. All Cleveland kits were exceptionally complete and this one is no exception. Features very high quality balsa printwood and strip wood, covering material, highest quality plans, all parts required for assembly and decals (if issued with the kit). The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. Cleveland Model and Supply Company played a pivotal role in the development of true scale models. In 1909 Bleriot's English Channel flight caused a surge in aviation and model aircraft around the globe. Several companies were ideally positioned to take advantage of the aviation craze. In the USA, Wading River Manufacturing Co. (1909), White Aeroplane (1911), Ideal Model Aeroplane (1911), Broadfield Model Aeroplanes (1919) were among these pioneers, offering everything from plans and parts to complete kits and ARF models. Lindbergh's 1927 crossing of the Atlantic Ocean caused an even bigger world-wide phenomenon called "The Aviation Craze" that extended up to the start of World War II. Many companies such as Megow, Guillow's and others started right around the time of Lindbergh's flight. Some of these models flew and flew well, but they all had one thing in common - were generally not accurate scale representations. In 1929, a youngster named Ed Packard had a very advanced dream- to produce incredibly accurate, true scale models that flew perfectly. This radical idea established the world's longest running single-owner (77 years) model airplane supply business - Cleveland Model and Supply Company. To this day, Cleveland models are treasured as the most accurate flying scale models produced. The fact that Mr. Packard started and successfully grew this business during The Great Depression is a testament to his ideals and business skill. I highly suggest the excellent book called 'Aviation's great Recruiter - Cleveland's Ed Packard' by H.L. (Herm) Schreiner. It is an excellent history of the man, his company and the times of the Golden Age of Model Aviation.

Italeri M4 A1 Sherman Tank - (M4A1), 1/35, 225

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG++

$34   

Still factory sealed. Nicely detailed with 193 parts, working suspension and flexible treads.

Hasegawa Boeing B-47E Stratojet - USAF SAC, 1/72, JS-23

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$64   

Older and well detailed with fine raised fine panel lines, cockpit, optional opened or closed bomb bay doors, internal iron bomb load, tail "stinger", detailed landing gear and gear wells and more. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. Please NOTE that the box displays slightly better than the grade. It is rated as such because there are short pieces of masking tape one each side. The B-47 was a very advanced aircraft at the time. The XB-47 first flew in 1947. The big jet's speed was equal to or greater than all current fighter aircraft, so it received radar-controlled twin 20mm cannons in the tail as the only guns. Through the use of mid-air refueling, the B-47 gave SAC it's first all-jet force for nuclear or regular bomb delivery. Although it was tricky to fly, Stratojets flew into the mid 1960s. A program to strengthen the wings for low-level attack was responsible for prolonging the service life.

Hawk Weird-Ohs Sling Rave Curvette - The Way Out Spectator, 637-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$44   

Original issue hardbox; not a common reissue. In 1962, Bill Campbell thought that kids may be tired of the same old modeling subjects, and he created the Weird-Ohs. Of course it was not that simple - it never is. Please read Bill's own account of the Weird-Ohs, located on this website. Regardless of the path, the Weird-Ohs became an overnight sensation that helped launch the 'monster' and the 'figure' phase of modeling. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

Minicraft Highway Pioneers (Ex-Gowland/Revell) 1907 Renault / 1910 Cadillac / 1907 Sears Buggy / 1910 Ford T, 1/32, 1502

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$49   

Still factory seasled. One of at least five such Highway Pioneer reissues by Minicraft. These made ideal 'classic builders.' The original molds were used for these issues as evidenced by the engraved 'Gowland' on several kit parts. Includes all four cars listed.

Revell P-51B Mustang - U've Had It!, 1/32, 4401

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG++

$46   

Still factory sealed. 1979 issue that was nicely detailed for that time. Features full cockpit, detailed engine, removable cowl panels, detailed wheel bays, optional position landing gear and more.

Aurora US Army M109 Howitzer Tank - Self Propelled Gun, 1/48, 314-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$89   

Box is in exceptional investment-grade'Near Mint' condition with as new color and gloss. Hard to find 1/48 scale armor kit with John Steel box art dated 1963. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$95   

Still factory sealed and in amazing investment-grade 'Mint' condition. The seal is intact. 1963 first issue with 'Famous Fighters' on the four box side logos.

ESCI NATO F-16 Fighting Falcon - with Ground Support Group, 1/48, 4078

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$58   

Still factory sealed. Kit includes tarmac display base, 1/48 scale F-16 kit, a standing pilot and three ground crew, tool cards, signs, dollies, boarding ladder, carts, pylons, chocks, tow tractor, weapons loader and more.

Novo Techna Soviet M Class Submarine, 1/400

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$12   

Ex-Soviet Union kit that is very well molded for that time with very fine detail and hull drain holes. Full hull model measures 4.5 inches long when assembled and includes display stand and decals. The kit has never been started. The parts are either inventoried complete or 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! This M class kit even has a color painting guide on the back with English colors.