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-
Softbox issue dated 1965 with Tom Morgan box art. Unique target drone issue is molded in gloss yellow and clear with special drone decal markings from Navy Guided Missile Service Squadron Two (GMSRon Two). Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.
Resin Model Kit, Box Condition: NM
Very rare. Beautifully cast resin kit with numerous cast metal details, many photoetched parts, options for waterline or full hull and even a display stand. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions. CAppellini was a very successful Italian Navy submarine with a very interesting war record. She was started in Le Spezia on April 25, 1938 and launched on May 14, 1939. The Regio Marina took delivery of her on September 23, 1939. After training and working up, Cappellini left for her first war patrol with Captain Cristiano Masi for the Atlantic. The patrol did not go well; she was sighted at least twice and the British destroyer Vidette fired torpedoes at the submarine, which missed. But the Cappellini failed to score and eventually went to a Spanish Harbor then to La Spezia. The Navy changed commanders, putting Corvette Captain Salvatore Todaro in charge and this seemed to make a big difference. He navigated the Straight of Gibraltar submerged on Sept. 29 and broke out into the Atlantic. She sank the armed vessel Kabalo with torpedoes and used guns to sink the British merchant Shakespeare. On January 14 she sunk the British auxiliary cruiser Eumaeus after a long two hour battle involving both torpedoes and guns. On another mission in April of 1941, Todaro attacked two large vessels and sank one. Command changed for the next voyage to Lieutenant Aldo Lenzi and he proved as brave as Todaro, sinking the British Miguel de Larrinaga with two torpedoes near the Azores. Lieutenant Marco Revedin commanded Cappellini next, sinking the merchant vessel Tisnaren and the tanker Dinsdale. On Sept 13 she took part in the search for survivors from the Laconia, which U-156 had sunk. She rescued many survivors but naturally had little room for them; Revedin call the French and they too the survivors to shore. In may of 1943, Cappellini was converted into a 'carriage' submarine for cargo and placed under Captain Walter Auconi; she left for Singapore and arrived on July 10th and was given the new name Aquila III. According to official reports, the submarine was so overloaded that she was hardly buoyant; only the tip of the bow and part of the conning tower were above the water. After avoiding many air attackers, she did arrive safely but with completely dry fuel tanks. After unloading cargo Cappellini went to Sebang as planned to meet the submarine Giuliani. But with the situation in Italy in flux, the Japanese made various excuses and seized the submarine. The put the crew in a POW camp. And handed the submarine over to the Germans as UIT-24. However, some of the enlisted men in the POW camp decided to fight alongside the Germans and a mixed crew was formed with Oberleutnant-zur-See Heinrich Pahls as commander. She had five patrols like this until Germany surrendered; at that point the Japanese took her over again and assigned the name I-503. She operated that way until the end of the war. The Cappellini was eventually captured by the United States and sank in the deep waters off Kobe on April 16th, 1946.
Metal Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
Not a model kit but a factory assembled and painted toy car. Features a pressed steel body on a die-cast chassis. In 'very good' condition with all parts, all decals and very little paint wear.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed VG++
Still factory sealed. Very highly detailed model. Superbly molded with all very fine recessed panel lines. Features super detailed cockpit, complete turbojet engine, detailed gear wells, photoetched parts, optional position canopy and more. Has decals for the two aircraft listed.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good++
Hard-to-find kit of the Yak-24 in civil service colors. Well detailed for a KVZ kit and molded in white, silver, clear and black. Never started. NOTE: missing one clear round window. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts, decals and instructions present. KVZ was the logo used by this East German kit manufacturer from 1969 to 1973. During this time, some fantastic Cold War kits were produced of Russian Airliners and Military Helicopters and Aircraft.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG++
1950s first issue with classic Ray Gaedke art. Features movable control surfaces, pilot and ejection seat, scale jet engines with opening inspection hatch, full landing gear, optional tip tanks or 'clean' wings and colorful decals for the box art aircraft. Molded in silver and clear. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. NOTE: the front (short) windshield is cleanly broken in two. Both halves are present and fit back together perfectly. Lindberg is a company with a fascinating history The original 'Lindberg Line' stretches back to the 1930s when Paul Lindberg drew plans for famous modeling magazines and marketed his balsa wood 'stick and tissue' by urging dealers to carry the '...Complete Lindberg Line'. After the war, Lindberg and Olsen had a strong hand in early United States injection molded kit development. Please see the article located on this website about early USA plastic kit manufacturers.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Exc+
Still factory sealed. Very finely molded with 185 parts.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc+
A very nice model designed for 3 Channel R/C (throttle, rudder & elevator) and 400 sized electric motor. Features quality balsa die-cut parts, stringers and spars, vacuform plastic parts including full cowl, wire landing gear, full size plans and much more. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes plans/instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG+
Late 1950s Cellovision with Ray Gaedke artwork. Kit features movable controls, retractable landing gear, removable cowling and scale engines, crew and engine ground stand. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions.
Cardstock Paper Model Kit, Box Condition: VG+
Large and very highly detailed cardstock kit. Features 8 completely pre-colored sheets. The kit has never been started and is 100% complete and uncut. All sheets are in factory new condition. As with many of these kits, Wilhelmshaven did not include a great deal of instructions - just a general sheet and a very large number of detailed assembly drawings on the sheets themselves.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc+
2008 reissue from the original molds and with the original box art. Can be built one of two ways. A beautiful, fluid Ford design. Kit features full engine, opening hood, detailed interior and full suspension. Builds up as a rolling chassis like the real car. Molded in white, clear, clear red, and chrome. Never started. Factory sealed internal parts bag with decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
Rare 1/48 scale kit from the classic and highly detailed Bandai Pin Point armor series. These kits are beautifully molded and feature full interior detail as well as flexible treads, many operating features and very detailed crew members that can be posed in almost any position. 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 decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Exc++
Still factory sealed. Dated 1983. Famous British warship/harbor based flying boat from WWII. Markings for HMS Sheffield's aircraft and No. 283 Squadron RAF Italy 1944.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
Build the ultimate '37B! Includes all accessories listed, which has four PE frets. All accessories are never used and complete. This is a well detailed model kit with fine recessed detail and a choice of decals as well as a full color painting guide. The kit has not been started. It is missing the engine pushrods, but those are present if you use the superior cast metal engines in place of the kit engines. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts present including decals and instructions.
Metal Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Exc+
Rare, factory sealed running hardware kit for the big Dumas PT-109. Includes one each of the stainless steel prop shaft, stuffing box, rudder arm, brass rudder, brass rudder shaft, brass rudder tube, 3/16" coupling socket, brass stuffing box pin, nylon washer, drive dog, prop nut and set of misc fasteners. Please note that one hardware set is required for each prop depending on how you decide to drive the model.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good
Rare original issue in excellent condition. Not a common reissue. Features fully detailed engine and engine compartment, opening hood, detailed underside, complete interior. optional position top, a huge variety of customizing parts and more. Molded in white, chrome plate, clear, red-tinted clear and with rubber tires. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The decals are in 'very good' condition. Even includes AMT adhesive foil, the forerunner of 'Bare Metal' foil. NOTE: the hood has a very light burn.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good+
1953 issue, the first year for the 'Series Three' Highway Pioneers. The box is nice and the kit is molded in a stunning, 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.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good
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 seamed are puttied and sanded. There is no other assembly and zero painting. All parts are present. With instructions that have 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.
Resin Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
Rare, very high quality waterline kit of the Akagi in the three-deck configuration. Features superbly cast resin hull and deck sections, three large trees of injection molded details, numerous cast metal details and precision cast metal biplane torpedo bombers and biplane fighters. There are extensive decals for the air wing and the ship The kit has never been started. Almost all parts are still in the factory sealed bags. The few large parts that are not internally sealed have been inventoried complete, including decals and instructions. The initial idea for Akagi was to make three decks to speed up the take-off and landing of aircraft. It worked initially, but by 1935 the lower two decks were not long enough for the heavier aircraft. At that point Akagi was reconstructed to a single deck configuration.