Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: NM
This model is unique because it is designed for motorization and also has provision for working head and tail lights. Very nicely molded. The one piece body is molded in bright yellow. All other parts are molded in black & clear and with rubber tires. Includes a large and extensive Rally decal sheet for the colorful Bug shown on the box top, full interior, steerable front wheels and more. The motorizing hardware - metal axle, gear, contacts, etc. is included. However, Imai did not furnish the common FA-130 motor or the four small bulbs with this kit; they had to be purchased separately. HO or N gauge railroad bulbs would work perfectly. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.
Vacuform Model Kit, Box Condition: NM
Never started. Complete with all parts and instructions. Basic kit only with fuselage and clear canopy. A certain degree of modeling skill is required to build vacuform kits. They are not recommended for beginners.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Fair++
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.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG+
First issue dated 1957 with classic Jo Kotula artwork. Molded in deep gloss burgundy and black plastic. Never started and inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present. This aircraft has a fascinating history. From the internet: The United States Post Office had been running the air mail service since 1918 mainly using variants of the de Havilland DH.4 biplane. In 1925, it decided to modernize and placed an order with Douglas for a replacement aircraft based on the Douglas O-2 observation biplane. The company modified an O-2 by covering over the forward cockpit to make a mail compartment and moving the pilot into what had been the observer's cockpit. The aircraft was designated the DAM-1 (Douglas Air-Mail-One) but this was soon shortened to M-1. The M-1 used the same Liberty engine as the DH.4, which was available in large numbers. Small modifications were made to the exhaust system to keep fumes away from the pilot and the design was considered a success, but was not ordered into production. When the Contract Air Mail (CAM) routes were introduced, the newly formed Western Air Express Company (later Western Airlines) ordered six mailplanes with the designation M-2. The main change from the M-1 was that the tunnel radiator was replaced with a frontal type. It also had the provision to carry a passenger instead of mail in the front cockpit. Just before Western Air Express introduced the aircraft into service (in April 1926 from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City), the Post Office ordered 50 aircraft designated M-3 for its major route network. The M-3 had only detailed differences from the M-2.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Exc
Still factory sealed. Features left or right hand drive option, steerable front wheels, rear spoiler and front air dam, instrument decals, choice of tires and more.
Resin Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Exc
SPECIAL ORDER limited production kit. Museum quality high definition resin castings. Complete kit with all parts needed for assembly. Some kits include photo-etched details and decals if required -email for details on a certain kit. Kits are molded upon receipt of payment. Normal wait is 2 to 3 weeks.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: VG+
From the 1940s or very early 1950s. The scale is not given, but the wingspan is 8 inches. This is a higher-quality solid wood scale kit featuring all die-cut balsa parts, bread-and-butter fuselage constructions, die cut wings, printwood tail feathers and other parts, fully finished wheels, clear vacuform canopy (in like-new condition, very highly detailed plans with templates, step-by-step construction and even a painting guide. Never started and complete. The original part number of this kit was 25 S9, but the factory over-stamped it with the number listed.
Resin Model Kit, Box Condition: NM
Rare. Widely considered the best Monitor in this scale. Features a beautiful, high-definition resin-cast full hull, resin cast larger parts, cast metal smaller parts and extensive PE parts. This version has the smaller field cannon on the aft deck. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes detailed, illustrated instructions.
Vacuform Model Kit, Box Condition: NM
Never started. Complete with all parts and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Exc+
Still factory sealed. 1984 rare issue that comes with USNOO decals for Project Magnet as well as ASW Patrol Squadron VP-64. This kit was created by heavy modification of the Electra mold (please see the article about this on this website).
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
From ex-Frog molds. Very nicely molded. Very fine panel line detail and separately molded control surfaces. Includes decals for prototype #2 and conversion instructions as well. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.
Wood and Metal Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
High quality Ambroid kit from the 'Golden Age' of HO models. The limited-issue Ambroid kits are widely considered to be among the finest Craftsman kits issued. They can be built to a museum-quality display or used on your layout. The kit is made from quality Northeastern Scale Lumber and features all pre-scribed and milled hardwood parts, milled detail parts as needed, wood and metal stock, a sealed bag of detail parts, extensive decals and full instructions and plans. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed small parts bag and the other parts have been inventoried 100% complete including transfers and instructions. If you have an interest in these highly accurate HO kits and the revolution they created in modeling, please read the article about their history located on this website.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG++
Injection molded kit. Limited edition and one of only 289 made. Injection molded. Never started. Kit is either 100% inventoried with all parts & decals and instructions present or is in factory sealed internal bags. Includes decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed NM
Still factory sealed. Has markings for either version. A very well made model of one of the greatest aircraft in aviation history. Wiley Post, Amelia Earhart, Hearst, USAAF and the RAF were among it's record setting pilots and operators. Kit features full cockpit and complete passenger cabin with floor and seats, optional wheel pants and other optional parts and decals with paint guide for the two aircraft listed. The Shell aircraft is a very colorful bright yellow overall with red trim.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
Purchased new in 1965 in Cleveland, Ohio. Quality Frog kit - no rivets, just fine panel lines for a realistic model. Features separately molded rudder, elevator and ailerons, pilot and gunner figure and detailed engines with rotating propellers. Inventoried with all parts, decals and instructions. Please NOTE that one prop blade is broken at the hub base but is present. This box has some of my favorite Jo Kotula boxart. Kotula originally did 1930s covers for the magazine 'Model Airplane News' and later the Aurora box art of the late 1950s. Air Lines kits are all Frog molds that the Lines Brothers imported to the USA between 1964-1966. The kits, decals and instructions were made in England, then imported to the USA where Testors created the boxes with the colorful trading cards on the back. There are one or two trading cards on each box which show the boxart but not the advertising/logo. Some kits contain a Testors color painting guide also, but it is not specific to any model.
Multimedia Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Exc
Still factory sealed. Very large stick and tissue kit that can be built to fly rubber, gas free flight or U-Control, RC or for scale display. Features retractable landing gear (main and tail wheel), cockpit interior, opening canopy, movable flaps, ailerons, rudder and elevator, complete bomb, drop tank and rocket load and more. Has high quality die-cut balsa, balsa stock as needed, die-cut plywood, completely finished wooden prop, hardware, a very large number of vacuformed plastic parts including a pilot, clear vac canopy, cardstock interior details, other wood and metal stock as needed, full instructions, full size plans and more.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
During the golden era of realistic train models, La Belle Woodworking Company created perhaps the very finest scale kits of early American passenger equipment. The kit features die cut hardwood parts (no balsa), carved floor and roof, underside details and truss rods, metal details, building instructions, full decals and full size plans. I have built these models and they look identical to the real prototypes. The kit has not been started and is complete with all parts, sealed smaller details and plans + instructions. Please read the article on this website about older HO train kits and the modeling revolution they caused in the late 1930s/1940s.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good+
1970s issue in the popular "Profile Series" line. Inside is a quality Airfix model with MPC decals for all three box art aircraft. The model builds any one of the five F-4 variants listed and includes colorful decal sheet for VF-11 Sundowners from the USS Coral Sea (1971), USAF 4th TFS Vietnam and Thunderbirds Aircraft #1. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions. The decals are 100% intact and flat but NOTE: they have age micro-cracking. Please see the two articles (located on this website) on how to save and also reproduce decals at home.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed
Still factory sealed. Excellent quality limited run kit. Very finely molded with all recessed panel lines, detailed wheel bays, injection molded clear parts, metal parts and decals. With instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed NM
Still factory sealed. HO scale kit. Very nicely molded and detailed with full color decals, movable control surfaces, colorful decals and full color painting guide.