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Dyna-Model Grumman F9F Cougar - Wood and Metal Model Aircraft - (F9F-6 / F9F6), 1/48

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc


In the 'Golden Age of Aviation Modeling' (1930s and '40s), most modelers built the flying 'stick and tissue' type kits with rubber, CO2 or gas power. But there were a small but measurable percent that built solid aircraft display models of great detail. This required great skill worthy of the shipbuilders of old, especially considering the limited technology. Many manufacturer's kits consisted of blocks of wood and a plan - the famous (or infamous) 'Make Wood Look Like Plane' kits. A few, like Dyna-Model Products Company, attempted to provide true-scale static models with a high level of detail. Today Dyna-Models are legendary and sought after collectibles. When you first open the kit, you see a black and white cardstock display with all the needed jigs and templates for assembly. Underneath, the fuselage is rough carved to ~95% of final shape (not just profile cut) and all other parts are either profile (2D) or die cut. Includes color decals, full size high-quality plans and the crowning jewel, a box of finished metal castings for super detailing your aircraft. Never started and inventoried complete.

Pyro Sea Going Diesel Tugboat Despatch No. 9 of Standard Oil, 1/76, 207

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair++


From the late 1950s. Rare, early original Pyro issue with large colorful box and internal blue packing inserts. Very nicely detailed for that time and measures 13.5 inches long when assembled. Includes crew members and rigging material. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions. Please note, this very early issue was not made with decals. The box is intact but has wear and the hole at left as shown. Despatch No.9 was built by the Tampa Marine Corporation in Florida in 1945 for the fleet of tugs operated by Standard Oil of California in Sacramento Bay and the San Joaquin River.

Model Shipways Virginia Pilot Boat Katy - 20 Inches Long, 1/48

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good


Very nice kit of this beautiful ship. Features a superb factory-carved hardwood hull, factory 'planked' decking material, a large number of pre-cut hardwood parts and wood stock, a large number of metal and finished wooden fittings, full standing and running rigging material, full size plans and more. The kit has never been started. The fittings are still factory sealed. The larger parts that never were sealed have been inventoried complete including the plans/instructions.

Verlinden Vietnam River Sampan, 1/35, 817

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM


Still factory sealed. Excellent accessory kit made from high-definition resin.

Artesania Latina Whaleboat from the Charles W. Morgan Whaler - Plank-on-Frame Wooden Boat Kit, 1/25, 20020

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+


Excellent large 1/25 scale model of one of the Morgan's boats. This is a superb kit and ideal as your first plank-on-frame boat. Features all hardwood construction, laser cut parts, wood strip stock as required, sail cloth, precarved wooden fittings, cast metal fittings, complete instructions and full size plans. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes all paperwork.

MPC Northrop P-61 Black Widow Profile Series, 1/72, 2-1507-150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM


Still factory sealed. 1970s quality Airfix kit re-boxed by MPC with unique markings. Contains decals for the 425th Night Fighter Sq, 9th USAAF, Picauville, France 1944 / 550th Night Fighter Squadron, 5th USAAF, Morotai, Dutch Indies 1944 / The prototype P-61A-10-NO model flown by Lt. R.C. Bolinder.

Hasegawa F-4J Phantom II Colorful CAG Birds, 1/48, 09778

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+


Limited issue from 2007. The Hasegawa 1/48 Phantom series are considered the finest F-4 kits every produced in that scale. Features 118 parts, all very fine recessed panel lines and superior detail. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora German Pfalz D-3 - (D-III), 1/48, 109-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint


Still factory sealed and in remarkable 'Mint' condition. Features classic Jo Kotula artwork. The box is dated 1957 but this is roughly the third or fourth issue because of the simplified blue-border logo which means it is from about 1963/64. This is part of the famous Aurora WWI series of 1/48 scale aircraft. The series began in 1956 and Aurora added new kits into the early 1960s. The line proved incredibly popular, so these kits were included in the 'mold upgrade' in the 1970s before Aurora went out of business. Monogram even reissued a few of these kits after they purchased the Aurora molds in the late 1970s.

Aurora Fokker D-VIII - Flying Razor, 1/48, 135-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+++


Still factory sealed. Second issue dated 1959 with fantastic Jo Kotula artwork and Famous Fighters Sunburst logo. This model of the dreaded 'Flying Razor' of WWI is usually molded in a beautiful metallic high-gloss green and black plastics; I say 'usually' because the box is factory sealed so I cannot confirm the plastic color. Never started. The Fokker D-VIII was a great performer but it came too late to change the tide of the air war. It started life as the Fokker E.V, one of the first warplanes to have the cantilever wing. This advancement was the result of a long-term Fokker project to perfect this technology. In addition to greatly reducing drag, a properly built cantilever wing is very light and strong. This wing was first used on prototype V17 and then on V28 which took part in the Second Fighter Competition (July 6-14, 1918) where the most experienced German front line pilots chose new fighters for late war service. V28 was chosen for it's excellent flying properties and 200 of the production aircraft, known as the Fokker E.V, were ordered. Over 289 aircraft were delivery. The E.V began front line service on August 5, 1918; Lt. Emil Rolff of Jasta 6 reported an aerial victory on August 17. However, the day before, an E.V suffered catastrophic wing failure. Two days later, the same failure cost Lt. Rolff his life. All E.Vs were immediately grounded. A detailed investigation showed that there were fatal defects in the wing assembly caused by slack manufacturing processes. Although it was not his fault, Fokker took this opportunity to re-design and strengthen the wing. Existing E.V aircraft received new wings and newly built aircraft were designated D.VIII. Modified aircraft made it back to the front in November, too late for service. However, the aircraft saw active service after that war with the Freikorps air units, the Polish Air Force against Russia, the Dutch Air Force and an unspecified number went to France and the USA.

Aurora Sopwith Camel, 1/47, 102-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc


Rare early 1960s issue and harder to find than the original 1956 release. This was only made for a year or two before the new artwork release. Please note the full, original artwork (the only issue with such) due to the 'transparent' new simplified oval logo at the lower right. The side logos still have the old 'Famous Fighters' in the border. Molded in the correct gloss olive drab and black plastic and with the chock ground base and pilot & mechanic figures. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions.

Aurora Black Bear and Cubs, 1/8, 407

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+


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Still factory sealed and rare. Large 1/8 scale model with mother bear, 2 cubs, tree trunk and detailed display base. This is the 1972 reissue of the original 1962 kit.

Aurora American Buffalo, 1/16, 402

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM


Still factory sealed and rare. The box is in investment-grade 'Near Mint' condition. Dated 1972 and part of Aurora's Animal Series which included the Black Bear & Cubs, American Buffalo White Tail Deer, White Stallion, Wild Horse Black Beauty and Thoroughbred Race Horse.

Maircraft Focke-Wulf Fw-198 - Solid Wood Aircraft Model, 1/48, H-6

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good


From the 1940s. Features finished booms, 3D cut fuselage, 2D cut wings and tail feathers, printwood, fully formed wheels and s factory sealed parts bag. With excellent, full-sized plans. Never started and complete. Maircraft was originally founded in the early or mid 1930s by Gordon Christoph and went by the name Aircraft Model Company. The company produced a typical line of solid 'profile cut' kits that required the usual high talent levels for carving and finishing. A former Comet Model Airplane & Supply Co. salesman, Jack Mair, bought the company in the early 1940s and renamed it Maircraft. This company was one of the handful of solid kit producers who issued models in a consistent 1/48 scale during the 1930s and 1940s (others included Hawk and Dyna-Model). This lead to one of the most desirable and rare model kits ever produced in the USA - the wood/plastic 1/48 United DC-3 model issued immediately after World War 2. Other than the P-61 and a few other Maircraft offerings, most were simple kits that sold for the low price of about 35 cents and gave the owners many hours of pleasurable work.

Marvel Ryan STM-2 - Combat Planes Of America Series - Solid Wood Aircraft, 1/32

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Poor


Rare, large 1/32 scale solid model from 1942. At that time, their were 'fliers' and 'solids.' 'Fliers' were notoriously off-scale and lacked detail so they would fly well. 'Solids' were true scale models that were solid wood and designed only to be scale miniatures (they did not fly). This kit has a very worn box but inside everything is in very good condition. Features a 12 inch wingspan, balsa blocks and wood stock, printwood, color insignia sheet and quality plans with construction notes, cross section templates as well as a painting guide. Never started and complete. 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.

Master Modelcraft Supply Co Fiat CR-40 - Actually A CR-42 DB or CR-30 or CR-32, 1/40, 12MM

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG


Likely from the 1940s. This is a solid wood model with an 8 inch wingspan. Features 2D cut fuselage block, quality printwood wings, die-cut horizontal and vertical stabilizer, printwood, die-cut propeller, fully formed wheels, wood stock, blue insignia sheet and very nice full size plans with templates, text instructions and even the color scheme. Complete and never started. NOTE: Master Modelcraft advertises this as a CR-40. Most reference material I have shows a CR40 with a radial engine, which this model clearly does not have. The in-line engine and the lines of the ship align much more with a CR-42DB, CR30 or CR32. I believe it is actually one of those two and they simply made an error in the name.

Ideal Aeroplane & Supply Fishing Trawler - 18 Inch Long Wooden Ship, 317

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good


Very rare and especially in this condition. This solid wood model is sated 1950 and measures 18 inches long when assembled. it is certainly one of Ideal's most detailed and highest quality kits. Features a beautiful pre-carved balsawood hull, four sheets of quality printwood parts, wood and metal stock as required, a vast number of cast metal fittings, printed cardstock superstructure sides, a full color flag sheet as well as highly detailed three-view plans with hull cross sections, numerous superb detail drawings, very good instructions with additional building illustrations, full rigging diagram and more.

Ideal Aeroplane & Supply BB-55 USS North Carolina BB-55 Battleship 1941 - 18 Inch Long Wooden Ship Model

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+


Very rare kit from 1941 that measures 18 inches long when assembled. It depicts the ship basically as she was launched. Includes completely pre-molded and shaped pressed-wood hull in solid, "near mint" condition, two sheets of cleanly done printwood, two sheets of quality cardstock ("Due to war emergency and government restrictions" according to a special paper insert) and wood stock in many shapes and sizes. Includes excellent full size plans and instructions. The plans show numerous detail views of the ships details and superstructure. Never started and complete.

IPMS Palm Trees In Photoetched Brass Plus Street - Bagged, 1/35, BP-018

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+


SALE!! Includes factory sealed 1/35 scale Palm trees and also an opened, printed cardstock 1/35 scale street corner as shown.

Tamiya M10 Tank Destroyer Motorized, 1/35, MT142

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM


Still factory sealed. This rare motorized version is well detailed and molded. Features an all-metal gear box and gears and all other motorizing hardware.

Tamiya Jagdpanzer V Jagdpanther Sd.Kfz.173 Motorized, 1/35, MT124

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc


Still factory sealed. This rare model is designed for realistic motorized operation. Includes all-metal gear box, on/forward/reverse switch, complete hardware, metal axles, battery holders and contacts. Features sprocket drive on flexible tracks, positionable commander figure, optional position hatches, accessories, decals and more.