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AMT USS Reliant NCC-1864 Star Trek, 1/650, 8766

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Hard-to-find. Over 20 inches long when built. Never started. Parts still sealed in factory plastic. Complete with decals and instructions.

Blue Water Navy USS Houston CA30 (Northampton Class Heavy Cruiser) - February 1942 Battle of the Java Sea (CA26 / Chester CA27 / Louisville CA28 / Chicago CA29 / Augusta CA31), 35019

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

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Still factory sealed. Very high quality model and the only 1/350 scale Houston model ever made. BWN said they made the finest ship models available and it was no idle boast. The master was researched in depth and built to museum standards. In making the molds, the silicone was de-aired in a vacuum chamber; then the resin was pressure cast. This method makes for virtually air-bubble-free parts with flawless detail. Scale fidelity and historical accuracy are top-rate throughout. Requires assembly and painting - photo shows assembled and painted model. Includes museum quality resin castings, metal castings and a large fret of photoetched brass parts. Can be built waterline or full hull. Includes very good pictorial and text 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: VG

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One of at least five such Highway Pioneer reissues by Minicraft and ideal builders. The original molds were used for these issues as evidenced by the engraved 'Gowland' on several kit parts. Includes all four cars listed. The kits have never been started. All four cars are still in the internal factory sealed bags including instructions.

Minicraft Highway Pioneers (Ex-Gowland/Revell) 1900 Packard / 1903 Cadillac / 1903 Ford A / 1904 Olds Delivery, 1/32, 1501

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

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

Minicraft Highway Pioneers (Ex-Gowland/Revell) 1910 Stanley Steamer / 1911 International / 1910 Hudson / 1910 Studebaker, 1/32, 1503

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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One of at least five such Highway Pioneer reissues by Minicraft and ideal builders. The original molds were used for these issues as evidenced by the engraved 'Gowland' on several kit parts. Includes all four cars listed. The kits have never been started. All four cars are still in the internal factory sealed bags including instructions.

Revell 1910 Pierce Arrow Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H48-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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1953 issue, the first year for the 'Series Three' Highway Pioneers. The box is excellent and the kit is molded in bright red, glossy acetate plastic. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. Before the 1950s 'model building' never made the top 10 list of boy's activities. Hobbies were nothing new to America in the 1930s/40s, but they were not mainstream. Shortly after the turn of the century, many dedicated modelers built flying or static airplanes, ship, train, automotive or other subjects. Basic kits existed, but the majority of these models were built from scratch, which demanded a high talent level developed from years of experience. That changed in the early 1950s. The phenomenon of the Revell/Gowland & Gowland 'Highway Pioneers' car kits was a significant force in proving that model building as a hobby could have mass appeal, provided that the kits were easy enough to build and finish. These 1/32 scale vehicles could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real car. The Highway Pioneers series lead to the production of other subjects in plastic and the effect was revolutionary. By the early 1960s, model building was the #1 past time of American boys.

Monogram Boeing 737 United Airlines (T-43A) - (Ex-Aurora) (Modified Molds), 1/72, 5415

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Still the only 1/72 injection molded 737. 1978 issue after Monogram bought Aurora's molds. Monogram only reissued the best and most commercially viable models. The 737 fell into that category but only after Monogram carefully modified the molds for accuracy. The result is an excellent early 737-100. First, Monogram filled in the side windows. Then they added very fine and accurate full panel lines on the entire model and also added flap hinge covers (fairings) to the lower wings. Contains greatly improved, full, excellent United Airlines markings and window decals. Could be converted to Military Transport T-43A, but you must furnish your own decals. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: decals were adult-cut in half so the 1st owner could store them in a zip lock bag. The result is that they are in amazing 'near mint' condition but they are cut in half.

Revell RA-5C Vigilante - RVAH-7 USS Kitty Hawk, 1/72, 4367

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Dated 1988. High quality kit - very likely the best RA-5 available in this scale. Excellent mold quality with all fine recessed panel lines. Features detailed cockpit and detailed gear wells, optional position arresting hood and bay doors, clear camera lens and drop tank loadout. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Aeroclub Mosquito PR34/B35 Deep Bomb Belly, 1/72, K814

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Still factory sealed. Contains very nicely molded deep belly with recessed panel line detail. Never used and complete.

Berkeley Steve Whitman's Buster R/C Pylon Racer, 1/4, 3-8

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Very large quarter scale model for RC Pylon racing. Big 48 inch wingspan. Features stamped metal landing gear, full size plans with RC details, all die cut balsa and plywood, complete color decals and more. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Berkeley is a very famous manufacturer of flying model kits from the Golden Age of flying aviation, about 1932-1954. Founded in 1933 by William Effinger, the company was quite progressive in producing quality kits - it was likely the Berkeley 'Buccaneer' was the first gas powered model in kit form. In the later 1930s, Effinger acquired the services of a very talented Henry Struck. Struck went on to design numerous award-winning kits under the Berkeley name. Berkeley weathered the post WWII recession and emerged as a major kit producer in the late 1940 and 1950s. These were great years for Berkeley and they produced some incredible and large kits. The company went bankrupt in about 1960 however. Fox engines (Duke Fox) bought the company and released the kits alongside his own FOX models and engines. This arrangement did not last, and in the early 1960s the Berkeley name disappeared from hobby shop shelves.

Comet Bellanca Junior - 15 inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft, 3102

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

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Still factory sealed. From the 1970s and a reissue of the 1960s kit. Features traditional wood/tissue construction, detailed full size plans, building instructions, wire stock, preformed wooden wheels, clear material, rubber, tissue and propeller. 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.

Diels Engineering Ryan FR-1 Fireball - Peanut Scale Flying Model Kit, Peanut, 14

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Craftsman style Peanut Scale (roughly 13"/33cm wingspan) rubber powered flying kit. David Diels kits are upper end stick and tissue models that feature the highest quality materials. Kit includes a beautiful set of full-size plans, assembly instructions, hardware, strip wood, printwood, plastic prop, molded canopy or material (if required), full-color decals, aircraft history, color/markings notes. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Italeri 021 Mil Mi-8 / Mi-17 Hip and 014 Mi-24 Hind D, 1/72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Good

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Includes both factory sealed kits. The seal has drawn the box tops concave. The Hip has decals for USSR, German and Poland while the Hind has them for USSR, CSFR and Germany.

Revell F-16C Fighting Falcon - Chuck Yeager SuperFighters Issue, 1/48, 4538

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Dated 1989. Features correct C version details, full cockpit, two HARM AGM-88 missiles, centerline tank and decals for USAF 52nd TAW. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Revell Ocean Exploration Vessel (Jacques-Yves Cousteau's Calypso), 1/125, 05101

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Rare. 2010 issue from the original 1976 molds. To avoid license fees, this kit has no mention of Cousteau or Calypso but includes all the original pieces. Features 139 parts, full hull, detailed decks and superstructure, Hughes 300C helicopter, anti-shark cage, sharks, Galeazzi diving chamber, Zodiac Mk III "Grand Raid" inflatable boats and two SP-600 mini-subs. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals ("Neptune") and instructions.

Monogram Apollo Saturn V Rocket - Heritage Edition, 1/144, 6051

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

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Still factory sealed. 1983 issue from the original 1968 molds. Widely considered the best Saturn in this scale. All three stages separate from each other in order to demonstrate a simulated flight. Apollo upper section opens to release lunar module with two stages and operating landing legs. Includes three figures and launch pad stand.

Comet P-38 Lightning - 34 Inches Wingspan - Coca-Cola Bottle Issue, Y5-129

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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Part of the deluxe high-cost Comet "Y" kit line from the 1950s/early 1960s. Note the box showing a bottle of Coke next to the young builder's snack tray and a finished aircraft. Big-wingspan model features traditional wood/tissue construction, high quality printwood, stripwood and spars, balsa nose and engine blocks, fully formed wooden thrust buttons, scale wood props, other balsa stock as required, completely preformed wood wheels, one big insignia sheet that also has windshield cutting patterns, air scoops and other details, another large sheet with fillets, gear doors and many other patterns, covering tissue and superb full size plans with instructions. The model has not been started. It has been inventoried complete. NOTE: a narrow strip (.5 inches x 4 inches) of one print wood sheet is not present; it appears to be a factory flaw in the wood. There is one part effected: one prop blade. At the time of this kit, the entire Comet "Y" line consisted of Y1 F-51 Mustang, Y2 A-26 Invader, Y3 P-47, Y4 Hellcat F6f, Y5 P-38 Lightning, Y6 F-84F Thunderflash, Y7 Cougar F9F, Y8 Taylorcraft, Y9 Douglas Skyray F4D, Y10 Piper Cub Super Cruiser, Y11 Douglas Skystreak D558-1, Y12 F-86 Sabre, Y13 Gull and Y14 Aeronca Chief. 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.

Faller Signal Tower Interior Equipment - HO Scale, HO, 120118

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Complete signal tower interior set contains 168 parts in three colors. Includes switch equipment, boards, desks, tables, chairs, lockers and more. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Airfix HMS Victorious Aircraft Carrier, 1/600, 904201

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very nicely detailed model; finely molded. Airwing includes A-1 Skyraiders, Sea Vixens and Scimitars. Kit has never been started. NOTE: missing one of six Sea Vixen aircraft. Inventoried complete with all other parts, decals and instructions.

Verlinden British Chariot Human Torpedo, 1/35, 236

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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This is a very large scale diorama model as the Chariot is one part with the water base. Very well molded and detailed. Includes one piece water/chariot and pilots as shown on the box top illustration. Never stared and complete. This is a very simple kit, it did not come with instructions.