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Revell 1913 Mercedes Factory Display - Built Up With Base - Highway Pioneers, 1/32

Plastic Model Kit

$56   

This is a Revell-factory built display made for hobby shop promotional use around 1954. The intention was simple- if hobby shops would purchase and display these attractively built displays, potential buyers would see them and immediately purchase the kit. This probably worked well; but the hitch was that these displays were expensive for the 1950s, so few hobby shops could afford them. And once in public, there was heavy attrition; parts easily broke, and when the new kits came out next year, they were thrown away to make room for more. Which makes condition of this one even more exceptional. The actual model is very neatly built and Revell factory airbrushed. You can always tell the Revell-built models by the airbrushing and the way the parts were masked. It is 100% complete and has no breaks and no repairs. Even the base is in very good condition. However, 1/2 of the paper nameplate is missing as well as the clear cover. 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.

Randles Sikorsky R-4 Helicopter - Float Version US Navy - 13.5 Inch Fuselage, 1/30, 105D

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$54   

Rare. Large 1/30 scale 1940s solid wood scale model. Features large profile (2D) cut fuselage, factory cut rotor base and hardwood rotor hub, hardwood rotor blades, blocks and wood stock as required, an unopened metal tube of wood glue, insignia sheet, cockpit windows and doors and pilot printed on another sheet. Includes excellent, large full-size plans with templates, detail drawings, construction tips. Randles Was another name for Ranco and may have simply been the deluxe version of the Ranco kits as they shared the same address. Just a few of those kits include the B-29, Cessna Bobcat, Sikorsky Helicopter and Kellett Auto Giro. There is evidence that they made boat kits also.

Hawk US Navy TV-2 Lockheed Jet Trainer - (TV2 T33), 1/48, 512-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$52   

Dated 1958 with classic Bill Campbell box art hardbox. Hard-to-find issue that is well molded and features 55 parts, removable rear section and detailed jet engine, engine ground cradle, pilot and ground figures, good cockpit detail, opening canopy and more. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

UPC Covered Wagon - With Driver / Two Oxen / Horse And Rider - (ex Adams / Revell / Miniature Masterpieces /Life-Like), 1/48, 4010-100

Vaccuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$59   

A rare model that is very finely engraved and well detailed. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but either leased molds or bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed them in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s including this model. All UPC production ended in the 1970s. This kit has a fascinating history. It started life as one of the 'Miniature Masterpieces,' which was the brainchild of an alliance between Lou Glasser (Revell) and Steve Adams (Adams Action Models) in 1953. Although having the appearance of an independent company, the firm was run by Revell right down to the prototypes being made at the Revell plant. However, there was no evidence of the parent company on the surface. The State Coach of England was the first kit, issued in 1953. More kits of excellent quality followed. Revell completely took over the line in 1954, making the one-year original issues very rare. However, while Revell was now issuing them under their name, Adams was also issuing the line in 1958. Production was discontinued by both companies in the early 1960s; the molds then ended up with UPC. By the early 1970s, Life-Like ended up with many of the Adams molds and wound up owning the complete, original 'Miniature Masterpieces' line. Life-Like reissued them several times in that decade but the current whereabout of the molds are not known.

Revell Sears Buggy Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H45-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$39   

1953 early issue molded in green plastic. This is from the issues produced by Gowland & Gowland as it carrier their 'balloon' logo on the side. These issues feature the same 5 car artwork on every box; the only way to identify the contents was an ink-stamped name on the box ends. This kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internally sealed factory bag. Includes instructions. These kits have a fascinating history. Hobbies were nothing new to America in the 1930s/40s, but they were not mainstream and never made the top 10 list of boys activities. Spurred on by the nation-wide aviation craze in the 1920s, many became modelers and built flying or static wooden models of airplanes, ships, trains, automotive and other subjects. Basic kits existed, but many of these models were built from scratch, which demanded a high talent level developed from years of experience. That changed in the early 1950s when the Gowland & Gowland/Revell Highway Pioneers became the sales sensation of the year. Demand was so great that the factories could not keep up and almost overnight 'model building' was mainstream. The phenomenon of the 'Highway Pioneers' 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 fit the bill: they could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real cars. The success of the Highway Pioneers lead to the production of other subjects in plastic and the effect was revolutionary. By the late 1950s, model building was the #1 past time of American boys...and many adult males too!

Revell M*A*S*H 4077th Helicopter Bell H-13H - (MASH) (Bell 47), 1/35, 4334

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

$59   

Still factory sealed. First issue dated 1994. The Bell H-13 was the first US production helicopter and was made immortal in the hit MASH TV series. Large scale kit is well detailed and includes M*A*S*H decals.

Revell F-89D Scorpion 'S' Issue, 1/80, H221-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$95   

1955 'S' first issue with the fantastic box art that has made these kits so popular today. Very well molded for that time in silver and clear plastic. Includes the famous clear Revell 'Revelving Swivel Base.' Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Trumpeter Sukhoi Su-15 UM Flagon-G - USSR or Russian, 1/48, 02812

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$42   

Well molded and features very fine recessed panel lines, detailed cockpits, inlets and gear wells, separately molded flaps, ailerons and rudder, missiles, drop tanks and four piece canopy. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Revell 1907 Renault Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H53-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$42   

1960 issue hardbox with full artwork; Highway Pioneers prior to this year simply had generic artwork and an ink stamped name on the box ends was the only way to identify the contents. This kit has never been started. All parts are still sealed in the factory bag. Includes instructions. The box would rate slightly higher than 'very good' but there is age foxing on the box side panels. These kits have a fascinating history. Hobbies were nothing new to America in the 1930s/40s, but they were not mainstream and never made the top 10 list of boys activities. Spurred on by the nation-wide aviation craze in the 1920s, many became modelers and built flying or static wooden models of airplanes, ships, trains, automotive and other subjects. Basic kits existed, but many of these models were built from scratch, which demanded a high talent level developed from years of experience. That changed in the early 1950s when the Gowland & Gowland/Revell Highway Pioneers became the sales sensation of the year. Demand was so great that the factories could not keep up and almost overnight 'model building' was mainstream. The phenomenon of the 'Highway Pioneers' 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 fit the bill: they could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real cars. The success of the Highway Pioneers lead to the production of other subjects in plastic and the effect was revolutionary. By the late 1950s, model building was the #1 past time of American boys...and many adult males too!

Revell Beretta Pro Street - Chevrolet, 1/25, 7168

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$65   

Still factory sealed . Rare model from 1988. Very highly detailed featuring full chassis and racing cage build, removable body, detailed 700 HP Chevy V8 engine, detailed suspension and driveline, complete interior and more. Molded in black, clear, chrome plate and with rubber tires.

AMT 1925 Ford Model T Roadster And Fruitwagon - TWO Kits, 1/25, T329-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$52   

Rare original issue; not a newer issue. This kit can built two of any four 1925 Model Ts. Your options are stock T Truck, stock T roadster, Hot Rod or Fruitwagon. Features rolling chassis construction just like the real cars with stock or custom options, stock Ford engine and Hot Rod Lincoln OHV V-8 engine, removable hood, full stock or custom interiors, removable top, regular or pick-up body and all of the special fruitwagon parts such as the special sides with rolled up canvas covers, bed, roof and of course a highly detailed fruit stand that fits in the bed. There is a large sheet of decals for the hot rod and Fruitwagon versions. Molded in black, white and clear plastic. Never started. All black parts have been inventoried complete; the white parts to the Fruitwagon are still in the clear factory sealed bag. With decals and instructions. Even includes the original full-color Hurst shifter flyer that folds out to show a photo of the "Hemi Under Glass" doing a wheelie at the starting line.

Airfix Hawker Hunter F6 - Type Three Issue, 1/72, 288

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$24   

1960s issue with the Type Three Airfix logo. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: instructions are photocopies.

Revell Me-262 B-1a/U1 Night Fighter - History Makers Issue, 1/32, 8641

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$42   

1983 History Makers issue. Nicely molded and detailed kit. Features removable engine panels to display detailed Jumo 004 turbojets, full cockpit detail, two belly tanks, FuG 219 "Neptun V" radar antennas, hinged canopy, crew of two and clear wing tip lights. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Legend IDF Megach 7 Converson Set - For Academy M60A1 Blazer, 1/35, LF1023

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$36   

Very highly detailed conversion model consisting of numerous high-definition case resin parts, many PE parts, metal stock and brass wire. Please note this is only a conversion and the base listed is required. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.

Comet Grumman S2F Hunter Killer - ASW Aircraft - Large Scale Issue, 1/54, PL801-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$64   

Rare early USA plastic model kit. This is the larger of the two Comet S2Fs in near 1/48 scale. As with most Comet kits, this one is well molded with all recessed panel detail and no unsightly rivets. Features retractable sonar dome and MAD boom, extensive clear windows, wing search light with clear cover, rocket under-wing load out, rotating propellers and display stand. Molded in gloss silver and clear. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Tamiya Zero Fighter A6M7 - Motorized, 1/50, 4

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$62   

Very early Tamiya Mokei kit from 1963 with a high-gloss box top and very collectible artwork. Features all very fine raised panel lines, working rudder, ailerons & elevators, retractable landing gear, centerline bomb load and two wing mounted drop tanks, three piece opening canopy and more. The kit is engineered to be motorized and includes all hardware to do so, but Tamiya did not include the motor with the model. Has decals for two aircraft. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

MPC B-24D Liberator Profile Series - 466th BG 8th AF / 98th BG 15th AF / Liberator B Mk. VI 356 Sq SEAC, 1/72, 2-2001-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$38   

1970s issue of this quality Airfix model issued by MPC in the popular Profile Series line with markings for three aircraft: 466 BG, 8th AF - 98 BG, 15th AF and RAF 356 Sqdn, SEAC. This was a well detailed model for that time featuring elevating guns and rotating turrets, movable control surfaces, retractable landing gear, crew members, rotating propellers and wheels, optional position crew entry door & ladder and more. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: one short end panel is sun faded.

Planet Models FW Entwurf II - (Focke-Wulf), 1/72, 020

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$39   

Hard-to-find limited edition model finely cast in high definition resin. Features all fine recessed surface detail, a clear vacuform canopy (still clear, not yellowed), 'good' cockpit detail and more. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Fujimi North American P-51D Mustang - USAF 361st FG 375FS 8th Air Force or Big Beautiful Doll 78th FG 83 FS 8th Air Force, 1/48, P-3

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$29   

Well detailed and finely molded with recessed panel lines and very fine, light raised rivets. Kit features detailed cockpit, opened or closed canopy, detailed gear wells and engine & firewall, rockets, drop tanks and bombs, large, full-color painting guide and a choice of two USAF aircraft. This kit has not been started. The parts are still in the factory sealed bags with decals and instructions.

MPC Sod Buster Chevy 4x4 Pickup - Factory Stock Pickup Or Custom Version, 1/25, 1-0440

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$79   

Still factory sealed. This is a hard-to-find model and even more so in this condition. Dated 1980 and builds a stock Chevy Pick Up or the wild version shown on the box art. Truck is very well detailed with full engine and engine compartment, opening hood, full interior, detailed chassis, suspension & driveline and more.