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Lindberg F-80C Shooting Star - (P-80), 1/48, 500-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$64   

1950s issue. The hardbox is in exceptional investment-grade "near mint" condition with fantastic color and gloss, four solid corners, no fading and no tears. Very slight wear (mainly on the corners) is the only flaw. Molded in the correct silver and clear with the early O-lin style teardrop-based stand. The kit has not been started and is complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Paul Lindberg got his start in 1930s model aviation by designing, building and flying stick and tissue aircraft. His plans appeared in Popular Aviation magazine and he soon made a name for himself. When injection molding showed the way to increased kit sales in the late 1940s/early 1950s, he quickly teamed up with Mr. Olsen to create 'O-lin' models. Ray Gaedke was one the the early artists for O-lin, and he help pioneer dramatic and colorful box artwork. In the early 1950s Paul Lindberg was running the company and had the logo changed to his name. The first logo was circular, with 'Lindberg' in middle and 'Products' 'Incorporated' arched across the top and bottom. The second logo is the 'Yellow Rectangle' that is on this kit. Ray Gadke continued his bold and colorful artwork for Lindberg and did this F-80C boxart as well.

Aurora Curtiss Hawk P-6E, 1/43, 116-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

$69   

Rare first issue from the early to mid 1950s please note the rectangular logo. It includes the correct rectangle-based stand and early instructions showing the same. Box color and gloss is as new and the box grades a very strong 'Excellent+++' overall. The model features moving control surfaces, pilot figure, clear windshield, rotating wheels & propeller and more. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions present.

Comet Lockheed F-104A Starfighter - True First Issue, 1/62, PL500-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$69   

Hard-to-find 1950s issue. Shortly after this release, Comet sold all their model molds to Aurora. Comet had made two F-104 kits - this is the larger scale one. Inside, the kit is like new and molded in gloss silver and clear. Includes the Comet Model Hobbycraft catalog mailer. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals in amazing 'near mint' condition and 'excellent' instructions. This is the true first issue which includes two instructions sheets - the standard one, and the Supplement. The first draft of the instructions left out the stand ball retainer, and the supplement includes that omission.

StromBecker American Airlines Convair Flagship, C-38

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$149   

From the 1950s and with a 10 inch wingspan. This kit and box are in rare, 'excellent++' condition. This highly prefabricated kit made from solid western pine (not balsa wood) and makes a very impressive display model when built. Includes precut and shaped fuselage, wings, elevators, rudder and nacelles, a bag of detail parts including propellers, wheels, etc, wood filler and glue, two grits of sandpaper, detailed instructions and drawings with aircraft history and a large, colorful American Airlines decal sheet. Never started. 100% complete with all parts and plans. Before plastic kits were introduced, Strombecker was famous as the premier hardwood preshaped model manufacturer. In the 1940s and 1950s, Strombecker kits were flawlessly engineered but not inexpensive. All wooden parts are hardwood and are precarved to shape - usually only a quick sanding would finish them.

Revell Spad XIII Captain Eddie Rickenbacker - 'S' Issue, 1/28, H256-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM-

$145   

Very large 1957 'S' kit in 1/28 scale. Investment-grade 'Near Mint-' condition box with perfect color and gloss. Nicely molded and features 'Hat-In-The-Ring' 94th Aero Squadron markings for Captain Eddie Rickenbacker's aircraft, detailed Hispano-Suiza engine, removable inspection panels, detailed machine guns, full cockpit, rotating wheels and prop, very fine 'fabric' detailing over ribs and stringers, rigging material and full rigging instructions. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Italeri Lockheed F-22 Raptor, 1/48, 850

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$36   

Large-scale Raptor features all fine, recessed panel lines, very good cockpit and weapons bay detail, optional position bay doors, weapons load, separately molded wing control surface, optional position canopy, boarding ladder and decals with paint guide for aircraft #1 and #2. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Tamiya Mitsubishi A6M3 Type 32 Hamp Zero - With 7 Figures - 2 Fighter Group Buna East of New Guinea 1940 / Tainan FG (1st) Buna '42-'43 / 204 FG Rabaul 1943 / Tainan FG (2nd) Taiwan 1944, 1/48, 61025

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

$24   

Still factory sealed. Very nicely molded and detailed model features all very fine recessed and raised panel lines, detailed full cockpit and landing gear wells, closed or open canopy, opened or closed cowl flaps, optional drop tanks, optional position landing gear, 7 figures (including pilot) and paint guide and decals for the 4 aircraft listed.

Special Hobby Polikarpov I-152 - With RS-82 Rockets, 1/48, SH48060

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$34   

Features quality recessed panel line injection molded parts with resin and photoetched details. Never started. The resin parts are still in the factory sealed bag; all other pieces are inventoried complete. Includes decals and instructions.

Classic Airframes Polikarpov I-153 Chaika - USSR 8th FR Black Sea Fleet / Minsk June 1941, 1/48, 96-406

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$28   

Very high quality model with all fine recessed panel lines, many photoetched details, film instruments and decals and color paint guide for both aircraft. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

MPC Curtis Helldiver SB2C - Air Group 87 USS Ticonderoga 1945, 1/72, 1-4105

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$28   

1983 Golden Wings issue from quality Airfix molds. Nicely molded and detailed for that time featuring folding wings, interior detail, canopy molded in the correct five different sections for optional positions, two position bomb bay doors, internal bomb load and external drop tanks and wing mounted missiles. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. This kit is from Airfix molds. Before this, MPC was marketing Airfix kits in the USA under the Craftmaster name. This continued for several issues and was finally discontinued although MPC continued to distribute Airfix and their own models.

Lincoln Bristol Helicopter Sycamore, 1/64, 110

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$48   

Nicely molded, larger scale model from the late 1950s or early 1960s. Never started. The small parts are still in the internal factory sealed bag, and the larger parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions. Lincoln was based in Hong Kong. Plastic kits were not the primary business, but they established quite a line of them before discontinuing production in the late 1960s/early 1970s. Many molds moved to Kader, also in Hong Kong, who reissued the line. Many molds eventually found their way to the USA either through ATP (who purchased the excess kit stock when Kader sold out) or IM.

Hasegawa Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star Thunderbirds, 1/72, 123

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$28   

From the late 1970s/early 1980s and nicely detailed for that time. Has extensive detail sheet for Thunderbirds. NOTE: this kit has minor 'professional' quality subassembly as follows: cockpit and drop tanks built. There is no other assembly. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present. Decals are 'excellent++.'

Revell Cut Away George Washington Class Polaris Missile Submarine - (SSBN), 1/261, H437

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$165   

Dated 1975. This is Revell's own cut-away nuclear SSBN (not Renwal's larger scale issue). The molds were slightly modified from the 1961 original. Features a complete and well detailed interior with nuclear power plant room, reactor room with shield, 'Sherwood Forest,' instrument and chart room, mess and galley, crew's quarters, torpedo room, opening missile hatches and Polaris missiles. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Peerless Canadian Chevrolet Field Gun Tractor - British Commonwealth Forces World War II, 1/35, 3510

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$48   

Very nicely detailed and with decals for multiple trucks. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags 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.

ESCI Beechcraft G17S Staggerwing - Or US Navy GB-2, 1/48, 4103

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$44   

Still factory sealed. Features very good cabin detail with cabin tub, seating, pilot, instrument panel & yoke, optional position cabin entry door, optional position main and tail gear, good engine detail and decals for a restored G17S N99DV (1990) or the Beechcraft GB-2 US Navy from The Vero Beach (FL) Naval Air Station 1944.

ESCI Aermacchi MB-326K Impala - Or MB-326KC Version - Italian 1st Prototype from Farnborough 1975 / South African Air Force 4th Squadron, 1/48, 4060

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$37   

Very nicely detailed 1/48 scale model features all fine recessed panel lines, very good cockpit, two piece canopy, tip tanks, detailed gear wells, avionics package in the nose with removable cowl, optional position speed brake with detailed well, optional underwing stores including fuel tanks, rockets, gun pods, etc and decals for both air forces. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Tamiya Long Range Desert Group 30cwt Chevrolet Truck - LRDG, 1/35, MM192

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$35   

Detailed kit from high quality molds. Includes a crew of two. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.

Verlinden Sherman M4 US Marines Wading Equipement, 1/35, 276

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$56   

Rare and the only kit available to make this Sherman variant. This is a conversion kit and the recommended base kit is the commonly-available Italeri M4A1. Features a complete resin upper hull and turret, many other resin details, numerous photo-etched parts and heavily illustrated instructions. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The few large parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including instructions.

ESCI Fiat G-91R-1/R-3 Gina - Luftwaffe or Italian Air Force, 1/48, SC-4027

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$29   

Features optional parts for both versions, a variety of drop tanks and bombs and more. Includes decals for both aircraft. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. In 1961, the US Army evaluated four 'Ginas' for possible use in the close support/forward air control role. Despite much anticipatory rejoicing by Army aviators, this interesting project was abandoned when most fixed wing types were transferred to the USAF.