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Model Shipways Fisherman 'Benjamin Latham' 1902 - 16.5 Inch Long Wooden Ship Kit, 1/96, 2009

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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High quality scale kit from the famous Model Shipways. Features an excellent precarved hardwood hull, high quality select hardwood parts, scored deck, tapered hardwood yards, wood and metal stock as needed, rigging materials, precarved wooden fittings, brass stock, cast metal fittings, three sheets of plans with numerous detailed views, full rigging information and more. The kit has never been started. All small parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and the other parts have been inventoried complete including plans and instructions.

Gowland & Gowland Bon Homme Richard Shipyard Ships in Miniature, 312-S

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Rare, early, small scale ship kit from 1952. Very nicely detailed and molded, especially for that era. Includes sails, molded sea display base and clear sheet plastic with the delicately printed ratlines. The scale is not given, but the sea base measures 6.5"x2" and the ship is approximately 5 inches long. Includes beautiful color instructions with the ship history, illustrations of assembly, how to set the sails and photos for rigging. This kit has never been started and is still in the original 'krinkle' bag. The bag has typical splitting, so it has been placed inside a zip-lock bag so that no parts will be lost. Includes instructions. The box sides illustrates and names the 10 kits of this line. All were available in regular (such as this kit) or 'Ship In A Bottle' versions. the 'Bottle' was also available separately. The entire set consists of the Santa Maria 1492, Golden Hind 1588, Mayflower 1620, Bon Homme Richard 1779, SS Savannah 1819, The Flying Cloud 1849, Charles W. Morgan 1850, Gertrude L. Thebaud 1929, Frigate Constitution 1797 and US Revenue cutter 1849. It appears that Gowland & Gowland has not received the credit that it deserves in the plastic kit revolution that took America by storm in the early 1950s. Gowland developed the first all plastic car made in the USA in 1950, the 1911 Maxwell. Even more interesting is that Kevin and Jack Gowland developed the 'Highway Pioneers' in 1951 which heralded the future for the American Hobby Industry. The reason that Gowland's name is not in the fore-front of model history is that Precision Specialties (later Revell) did the distribution for Gowland.

Revell Steamer American Firefighters, 1/48, F200-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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1953 issue. Molded in the correct white, red and yellow. Includes two highly detailed horses, hitch, carriage with frame detail, flexible hose, rope and metal chain, along with two firefighters and a Dalmatian dog. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. Marlin first cut the molds in 1952 and issued the six original American Firefighters (Chemical and Ladder, Steamer, Hook and Ladder, Water Tower, Aerial Ladder and Hose Reel) in 1952. Revell signed a marketing agreement with Marlin in 1953. Five of the kit were released with the Revell name and marketing name 'Collectors Kits, Closter N.J.' Revell added the horse parts as they were not originally part of the Marlin issues. The kits made excellent display pieces, but they never caught the imagination of young men like jet aircraft did. The five molds were shipped to Brazil. After run for Kikoler (Revell Brazil's Distributor), they were shipped back to the USA but the molds were lost at sea. This issue is from when Revell still had the marketing agreement, as it says 'Trade Mark Copyright 1953 Marlin Toy Co. Inc' on the box top and 'Collector's Kits, Inc, Closter, N.J.' on the side.

Mars Model Industries US Army Jeep, 1/24

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Excellent hardwood kit from about 1944. It is well above average for that time and certainly from World War II as evidenced by the 'BUY BONDS' note on the instructions. The photo on the box top is of the actual model. Big-scale and measures 5 inches long when assembled. Features factory cut out and shaped hardwood parts, realistic treaded black wheels, folding front windshield, rolling wheels and spare tire, full interior, plastic pick, axe and shove set, gas can, reflectors, grab irons, double railing for passenger compartment, molded steering wheel, gear shift levers, brake and clutch pedals, front and rear bumpers and fantastic instructions with assembly drawings for each step, detailed side and top full size drawings and a photo of the completed model. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed paper envelope. The parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including instructions.

RCM Yak-1D, 1/32

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Bagged

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SPECIAL ORDER vacuform kit. Not shipped from stock. Kit is molded upon receipt of payment. Time from receipt to shipping your kit is usually 8 to 10 weeks. Kit includes resin and/or metal details -clear canopy and full size plans/instructions. Details included will vary from kit to kit but may contain landing struts - wheels - props - engines (not jets) - some cockpit parts - seats - etc. Other parts will need to be scratch built or from your spares box. Decals not furnished. Vacuform kits are only recommended for modelers who are experienced with this type of model. Special skills and scratch building experience are required. If you are curious, I highly recommend that you read the article 'How To Build Vacuform Model Kits' which is located on this website.

Revell 1895 American La France Water Tower American Firefighters, 1/48, H706-169

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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1955 issue with fantastic box art. Molded in the correct white, red and gold. Includes three highly detailed horses, hitch, metal chain, carriage with frame detail, three firefighters and a Dalmatian dog. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. Please NOTE that one crank is neatly broke in two but both halves are present. Marlin first cut the molds in 1952 and issued the six original American Firefighters (Chemical and Ladder, Steamer, Hook and Ladder, Water Tower, Aerial Ladder and Hose Reel) in 1952. Revell signed a marketing agreement with Marlin in 1953. Five of the kit were released with the Revell name and marketing name 'Collectors Kits, Closter N.J.' Revell added the horse parts as they were not originally part of the Marlin issues. The kits made excellent display pieces, but they never caught the imagination of young men like jet aircraft did. The five molds were shipped to Brazil. After run for Kikoler (Revell Brazil's Distributor), they were shipped back to the USA but the molds were lost at sea. This issue is from when Revell still had the marketing agreement, as it says 'Trade Mark Copyright 1953 Marlin Toy Co. Inc' on the box top and 'Collector's Kits, Inc, Closter, N.J.' on the side.

Revell The Golden Hind - Flagship of Sir Francis Drake, 1/96, H325

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Dated 75 and from the original 1960s molds. As with most all early Revell sailing ship models, this one is highly detailed and finely molded. Kit includes vacuform sails, figures of Drake and his crew, preformed rat lines, very painting instructions, rigging instructions, decals and flag sheet. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Billing Boats Le Martegaou - 16 Inch Long Lasercut Plank-On-Frame Ship, 1/80, 902

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Flat-bottom boat formerly used alone the Rhone River for commerce and trade. High quality hardwood kit that is completely laser cut. Includes all fittings, rigging materials, sail, all fittings and full plans. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags..

Minicraft 1907 Rolls Royce Touring Car, 1/16, 11215

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

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Still factory sealed. Very large scale (1/16) and highly detailed kit. Features full chassis and suspension, detailed engine, removable hood, full interior and much more.

Hudson Miniatures 1911 Maxwell Lil' Old Timers 'Quickie Kit', 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Rare. When the Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' burst upon the hobby scene in 1951, they started a hobby revolution. Plastic model kits were not new in 1951, but successful mass marketing of plastic kits was new. The sensation swept the country, and Gowland & Revell could not make the kits fast enough. The fact that the public was buying these models shocked the successful hobby establishment. One such manufacture was Hudson Miniatures. In the 1940s, Hudson had established a name in making 1/16 scale 'Old Timer' models of automobiles. These were excellent kits with wood and metal parts, but a high degree of skill was required to carve and finish the wood parts. In the late 1940s, they added some injection molded plastic parts (usually acetate wheels) to the series but did not consider a completely plastic kit. When Hudson saw what was happening with the Highway Pioneers, he began to design his own 1/32 scale line called 'Lil Old Timers', which hit the stores in 1954. An early paper fold-out catalog shows 18 models including some real gems like the 1910 International Harvester Passenger Car, 1911 Brush Delivery Truck and 1906 Columbia Electric Car just to name a few. The line was bought by Revell a short time after it's release, and Revell did reissue some (but not all) of the kits. As you would expect from Hudson, this is a nice kit with excellent moldings and detail for the time. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Planet Models US Army Ben Hur Water Tank Trailer, 1/72, MV087

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

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Very detailed small scale kit with decals. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Planet Models US Army Ben Hur Cargo Trailer, 1/72, MV088

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

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Very detailed small scale kit with decals. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Durango Press HO Handcar - Metal Craftsman Kit, 1/87, DP-12

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Superbly cast all metal craftsman kit. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.

Jordon Products 1923 Mack Aerial Ladder Fire Truck HO Scale, 1/87, C-220

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. Very well detailed for this scale. Intended for HO layouts but are considered fine kits on their own. The back of many Jordan Highway Miniatures boxes reads "Purchaser Please Note: This is not a 'quickie' kit for kids. It is a highly detailed, authentically scaled craft-type kit, designed for modelers of HO Scale Railroads."

Jordon Products Mack Stake Truck HO Scale, 1/87, C-209

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. Very well detailed for this scale. Intended for HO layouts but are considered fine kits on their own. The back of many Jordan Highway Miniatures boxes reads "Purchaser Please Note: This is not a 'quickie' kit for kids. It is a highly detailed, authentically scaled craft-type kit, designed for modelers of HO Scale Railroads."

Jordon Products Mack Tank Truck HO Scale, 1/87, C-212

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. Very well detailed for this scale. Intended for HO layouts but are considered fine kits on their own. The back of many Jordan Highway Miniatures boxes reads "Purchaser Please Note: This is not a 'quickie' kit for kids. It is a highly detailed, authentically scaled craft-type kit, designed for modelers of HO Scale Railroads."

Jordon Products Ahrens-Fox Fire Truck HO Scale, 1/87, C-221

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Very well detailed for this scale. Intended for HO layouts but are considered fine kits on their own. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions. The back of many Jordan Highway Miniatures boxes reads "Purchaser Please Note: This is not a 'quickie' kit for kids. It is a highly detailed, authentically scaled craft-type kit, designed for modelers of HO Scale Railroads."

AMT 1929 Model Model A Roadster and Custom Ala-Kart - Both Kits, 1/25, T129-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Includes both kits. Rare original issue from the late 1950s or very early 1960s, and even rarer in complete, not started condition. The stock Roadster features realistic rolling chassis construction, detailed engine, removable hood, spare tire mount, top up or down with boot and full interior. The stock version contains numerous additional parts so it can also be built as an early hot rod or early custom. The Ala-Kart features rolling chassis construction, V-8 engine, pick-up truck bed, custom nose, grill, hood and top and much more. There are many extra parts for the Ala-Kart so it can be built as a street rod or competition rod. Molded in white/ivory, clear, red-tinted clear, chrome and with rubber tires. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Scratchbuilders Grumman TBF-1C Avenger - US Navy or Royal Navy FAA, 1/32

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Production number 177 of a limited lot in 1996. This is an amazingly detailed large-scale Avenger kit. It features all fine recessed panel and rivet detail, the finest TBF interior in this scale, optional folded or straight wings, detailed 'Engines & Things' #32009 motor, decals, extensive instructions and much more. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Rogers Motor Company M-4 Sherman US Army Medium Tank, 1/16, T-295

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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Very Rare. From 1944 or 1945. Very large, full scale kit over 14 inches long that represented the state-of-the-art in model kits at that time. Has over 780 finished parts. No carving. Features precision machined hardwood hull and turret parts, accurately cut out parts, turned, finished and die cut trim parts, revolving turret, realistic moving treads, finished turnings, 22 finished bogie and slack wheels, very thick (thicker than many woods) die-cut heavy cardstock parts (mainly for the treads), sandpaper, US Army Olive Drab paint and more. Includes superb, full size plans with elevation drawings, very detailed text instructions and numerous detail drawings keyed to the assembly steps. The kit has never been started. NOTE: Missing one wooden parts and one heavy cardboard tread side piece. Both parts are easily made as there are identical patterns still present. NOTE: the plans are professional quality photocopies, done on one sheet. Inventoried with all other parts, paint, wood filler and sandpaper present. Rogers was an early producer of miniature gas engines for free-flight and early radio control model kits and often had large adds for these engines in hobby magazines. The full company name on the box is listed as 'Rogers Motor Company Detroit Michigan' and the 'Scale Model Division' is listed as Tawas City, Michigan. Right at the end of WWII, Rogers made a very short journey into kit manufacturing. As you would expect from an engine manufacture, the kits were all true scale, highly prefabricated, had excellent detail and were fairly complicated. Rogers produced at least four kits - the 40MM AA Gun and Carriage (1/16 scale), Army Weasel, LST and an amazing huge scale M4 Sherman tank with over 780 parts. These kits were likely produced in that order, with the LST being released around late 1945/early 1946. I have seen several of these kits built and they make excellent displays. And thanks to kit builder and collector Fran Fierko for some new and important kit history! Fran was able to track down the son of the designer of the five Rogers kits. Mr. John Hoenle Jr. was a master model builder who received a deferment from the draft in WWII to build recognition models for the military- some of which may still be on display at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio. Mr. Hoenle is believed to have designed one other early kit, a civilian Chris Craft cabin cruiser. It is unknown if this kit was issued or not. Mr. Hoenle left Rogers to design promo models for Jo-Han, which is famous for their 1950s line of car kits.