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Orange Crush-Revell 1903 Ford Model A, 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$79   

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.

AMT 1951 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible - Cruisin USA George Barris Custom, 1/25, 2253

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$29   

Still factory sealed. 1980 issue that features detailed straight-six Stovebolt engine and engine compartment, opening hood, detailed underside with exhaust and suspension, complete interior, chrome parts, rubber tires, special decals and even special rear fender reflective stick-ons as shown on the build box top model.

Joe Ott Spitfire With Ott-O-Matic Formers - 22 Inch Wingspan Flying Wood Model, 2201

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$64   

Rare kit from the 1940s or very late 1930s. Every rarer in this condition - with a complete box and all contents never disturbed other than when I did the inventory. This is very unusual due to the age and their very fragile nature. This model is one of Joe Ott's mid-range line in size and price. It features glue in a metal tube, 2 sheets of the unique Ott-O-Matic formers on thick stock, factory-carved balsa wood propeller, thin hardwood wing ribs, factory-cut stripwood stock, a factory sealed paper envelope for the small parts (usually consists of fully carved thrust button, main wheels and metal prop shaft/rubber motor hook), clear material for windows, color insignia, covering tissue and excellent plans. The kit has never been started. The loose parts have been inventoried complete and the paper envelope is still factory sealed.

UPC Mitsubishi Ki-46 IIIA Dinah - (ex Marusan), 1/50, 5054-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$39   

Large scale (1/50) Dinah from the original Marusan molds. Kit features 'good' cockpit details for all stations, crew, drop tank, retractable landing gear and optional position tail wheel, working rudder, aileron, elevator and flaps. Has decals for three aircraft. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

Minicraft IJN I-19 Type Otsu Submarine Motorized - (ex Nichimo), 1/200, U-2006-700

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$95   

Very successful Japanese fleet submarine from WWII that sported an aircraft in a sealed hanger. This combination was used to bomb the western states as the only WWII bombing attack on the American mainland. This is a well detailed, motorized model that can be made remote control with today's tiny components. Features gearbox and all running hardware and even includes the motor. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Marvel Douglas 8A-5 / A-33 Attack Bomber - Battle Planes Of America Series - Solid Wood Aircraft, 1/48

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair-

$37   

Rare solid model from 1942. At that time, their were 'fliers' and 'solids.' 'Fliers' were notoriously off-scale so they would fly well and also lacked detail. 'Solids' were true scale models that were solid wood and designed only to be scale miniatures (they did not fly). This kit has a worn box missing the end flaps, but inside it is complete with all parts and full-size plans with instructions and a description of this rare aircraft. There are three sheets of printwood and a block for the fuselage. The model has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and plans present. Please note, this is war time model so compressed fibre-board has been substituted for balsa wood. Marvel Mfg. Company was located in Seaford, Long Island, New York and had an extensive line of solid aircraft, wooden ships, army tanks and more. Just as a small example, the following are advertised on the back of this larger-scale solid kit: Grumman JRF-2, Mariner PBM-1, Bell YFM-1, P-38, P-40, Baltimore, Ryan STM-2, Curtiss AT-9, Douglas A-20A, Republic Guardsman, Grumman Skyrocket and Douglas 8A-5.

Monogram EA-6B Prowler, 1/48, 5611

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$56   

Still factory sealed. Very well molded and features raised and recessed panel lines, detailed cockpit, optional position canopies, detailed gear bays, underwing stores and more.

Faller Heinkel He-162A, 1/100, 1162

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$45   

Rare model kit from the early to mid 1960s and nicely molded for that time in a beautiful swirl green and brown plastic and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals for multiple aircraft and instructions. Even includes the original Faller packing inspection quality control sheet.

Monogram F-4C/D Phantom II - Steve Richie 5 Kill Ace - (F-4), 1/72, 5451

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$34   

1990 issue. Has decals for the aircraft of Steve Ritchie, the only Air Force pilot to shoot down five Mig-21s. Very finely molded and detailed for that time and features one piece or three piece optional position canopies, detailed cockpits, two drop tanks, pod gun, 4 AIM-7 Sparrow and 4 AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles and more. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Revell 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham, 1/25, 1244

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

$68   

Still factory sealed. This is the 1996 reissue of the original 'S' kit utilizing the original artwork. Molded in black, clear and excellent chrome. The Eldorado Brougham four door hardtop (suicide doors) started as a dream car in the GM Motorama and made it to the production floor as the luxury car with "the greatest number of important technological advances ever included in a custom built automobile". The styling was revolutionary at the time. The car sported a large and powerful V-8 engine and air suspension. The interior was simply stunning, with upholstery combinations such as cashmere, nylon and leather in any number of patterns and styles and plenty of chrome trim. In the rear seat, there was a retractable armrest which contained a storage compartment fitted with a vanity, tissue dispenser, cigarette case and a large mirror. All these items, including custom perfume, were designed just for this car. At a price tag of $13,000 few were made but they are valuable classics today.

Fujimi Hughes 500MD Defender ASW - Taiwan Or Spain, 1/48, 5A52-500

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$32   

Features complete cockpit and cabin, detailed rotor head, optional position cabin door, ASW loadout and more. With decals for both Naval forces. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

KVZ Tu-134 'Crusty' - Interflug Boxart, 1/100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$79   

Still factory sealed. Large 1/100 scale kit molded in white, clear, silver and black with full landing gear and large display stand. Fantastic Cold War Box art. KVZ was the logo used by this East German kit manufacturer from 1969 to 1973. During this time, some unique Cold War kits were produced of Russian Airliners and Military Helicopters and Aircraft.

Verlinden Ram II M4 Sherman Conversion - SuperTech Issue, 1/35, 792

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$49   

Still factory sealed. Rare and the only kit available to make this tank. This is a conversion kit and the recommended base kit is the commonly-available Tamiya 35039 M3 Lee. In 1941 the Brits and American disagreed on some future tank configurations. As a result, the Brits developed a version of the Lee with their own 57mm six-pounder gun. A total of 1,899 vehicles were produced before 1943. They did see action, although clearly it was an improvement over the Lee tank. However, the Canadian and British forces used them for training exercises. Additionally it was used as a basis for several self-propelled guns and special-purpose vehicles.

AMT 1994 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 - 50 Anniversary, 1/25, 31830

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$22   

Still factory sealed. Features detailed engine and compartment, opening hood, very good chassis and suspension, full interior, rubber tires and more.

Hobby Japan Brompton Folding Bicycle, 1/12

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$44   

Rare. This is a large-scale model of the famous Brompton folding bicycle. It is well detailed and molded in red plastic and there are a few metal parts as well. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. Please note that the instructions are correct for this kit but are from a magazine. The instructions include photos of a built model.

AMT Datsun 280 ZX Turbo - (280ZX), 1/25, AMT104312

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$25   

Still factory sealed. Recent reissue from the original molds features full interior, turbo engine, detailed engine compartment, opening hood, 'good' underside detail, clear roof panels and more.

Revell US Army Redstone Rocket, 1/110, H1832-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$42   

1995 reissue of the original 1950s 'S' kit from the same molds. It is a great model of one of the USA's early successful ballistic missiles and an ideal builder. Features launching pad, mobile radar van, testing unit and crew of three. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Lindberg North American P-51D Mustang, 1/72, 409-29

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$27   

Rare issue from the late 1950s with artwork by Ray Gaedke. Features fine raised panel lines, full landing gear, pilot bust, wing-mounted triple rocket tubes, display stand and full decals for the box art aircraft. Molded in silver and clear. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. NOTE: instructions are high quality photocopies.

Easy Built Models Scatterbrain - 30 inch Wingspan for Free Flight - (Blue Box Issue), FF-13

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$32   

Still factory sealed. Easy Built was a Canadian manufacturer who made excellent reproductions of classic flying designs from the 1930 and 1940s. Original plans were used. High quality modern kit made in the finest tradition of the stick and tissue flyers. Features high quality printed balsa, strip wood, propeller, rubber, full sized plans and other accessories.

Revell DC-7 Flagship American Airlines One-Piece Stand Arm Pre -S Issue, 1/122, H219-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$189   

Very rare true first issue from 1954/55 with the rare one-piece stand arm and correct instructions. This Pre-S model has fantastic artwork of a DC-7 at the moment just before touchdown. It is easy to see why these models are considered the pinnacle of box artwork and so so collectible today. Besides the one piece stand arm and instructions, another difference in the first issue is that the main gear axles are separate parts on this issue. On the second issues the gear struts were modified and the axles were moved to the wheels, and the stand arm was changed to two plastic parts because the one-piece stand arm was fragile and in use it broke easily. Few true first issues were made because Revell quickly corrected this weakness. Correctly molded in gloss silver and clear and a large, colorful decal sheet. Inside, the kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Instructions are 'very good++' with the detailed American Airlines route map on the back. Decals are also 'very good++' and flat with no curl and the typical yellowing as the main flaw. The box has excellent color and gloss as shown but has general wear, very faint writing in the white zone of the 'REVELL' logo and a small litho tear shown at the center top of the box.