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Special Hobby Pfalz D-XII Late Version - (DXII), 1/48, SH48024

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$24   

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Excellent, very well molded kit featuring clean injection molded parts, numerous resin detail, photoetched details and two large decal sheets; one with aircraft markings and one for the wing lozenge patterns. Never started. The parts are either still in the internal factory sealed bags or have been inventoried 100% complete. Includes decals and instructions.

Matchbox Northrop F-5B Freedom Fighter - Royal Saudi Air Force No. 15 Sq Dhahran 1975 / Royal Netherlands Air Force No. 313 Sq Twente Air Force Base 1973, 1/72, PK-39

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$24   

Dated 1986 and a nicely molded kit for that time. Includes decals and color painting guide for both aircraft listed. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Strombecker Lockheed VTO XFV-1 Vertical Take-Off Fighter, 1/72, C50-89

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$95   

Strombecker was famous as the premier hardwood preshaped model manufacturer before plastic kits were introduced. 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. This kit is hardwood with many plastic injection molded parts, so it was produced in the transition from wood to plastic. The prop hubs, spinner, tip tanks and fuselage are wood, while the wings, prop blades, scoop and tank fins are red plastic while the canopy is injection molded in clear. Full color decals are furnished as well as a "Join the Strombecker Model-Makers Club" brochure. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals, instructions, sandpaper, sanding stick and club form present.

Hawk Chrome Plated Lockheed U-2 - (Authenti-Plate), 1/48, 300-300

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$90   

1962 completely chrome plated hardbox kit with Bill Campbell artwork. Large scale with 20 inch wingspan. While the box is only fair, the chrome is above average condition with typical light wear. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all aircraft parts, decals and instructions.

Frog Bristol 138/A Trail Blazers Issue - Green Series, 1/72, F165

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$36   

Very nicely done kit in the Frog tradition. On the 28th of September, 1936, the Bristol 138/A climbed to an altitude of 49,967 feet to establish a new world altitude record. In 1937 it climbed to 53,967 feet where the windscreen cracked. The pilot was saved by the pressure suit he was wearing. NOTE: this kit has "professional" quality minor assembly as follows: bulkhead, floor and radiator baffle installed in one fuselage side. There is no other assembly. The actual aircraft has been inventoried complete including decals and instructions. NOTE: missing display stand.

Bouwplaten SS Statendam (1956) Holland America Line Ocean Liner - Cardstock Model, 1/350

Cardstock Paper Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$24   

Still factory sealed. Nice kit of this classic liner that saw extensive service; she was not scrapped until 2004. Features color printed high-quality cardstock - no painting required. This appears to be a waterline kit; I cannot tell more because it is still sealed.

Supermodel Cant. Z-1007 bis Alcione Bideriva - (Z1007), 1/72, 10-006

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$38   

1970s model of the dual vertical stabilizer variant. Well detailed for that time. never started. Internal factory sealed bags including decals and instructions.

Aurora German Gotha G.V Bomber, 1/48, 126-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$79   

Ross Abare issue Gotha in 'Excellent' condition. Mr. Abare, a rare kits dealer in the earliest days of the hobby, contracted with Aurora to produce a copy of the original 1958 kit. However, Aurora has the printers use the mid 1960s oval logo without the 'Famous Fighters' in the border- thus forever separating the Abare issue from the original issue. Mr. Abare was reportedly quite upset, as he wanted exact copies. Molded in deep burgundy and black plastic. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The box has perfect color and gloss but some very light general wear and a light crease in the upper left hand corner.

Formaplane Rogozarski IK-3 - WWII Yugoslavian Fighter - Bagged, 1/72, C5

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

$22   

Bagged kit that is still factory sealed. Very high quality vacuform kit from about 1987. Features recessed panel line detail and raised detail were appropriate, full cockpit, optional position landing gear, prop and clear canopy. Vacuform kits are not recommended for modelers who do not have experience building them.

Comet SBD Dauntless - 20 Inch Wingspan Flying Balsa Airplane - Coke Bottle Issue, R1-59

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$42   

1950s issue flying model with the box art showing a Coke next to the young builders snack plate and finished product. Kit features traditional wood/tissue construction with high quality printwood, stripwood, wooden stock as required, fully formed wheels, covering tissue, prop and detailed full size plans/building instructions. The model has not been started. Inventoried complete. At the time this kit was made, the entire Comet "R" series consisted of R1 Dauntless, R2 Spitfire, R3 Avenger, R4 Corsair F4U-1, R5 F-86D Sabre, R6 Vengence, R7 Piper Cub, R8 Ercoupe, R9 Sparky, R10 F-100 Super Sabre and R11 Grumman F9F Panther. Comet was a famous manufacturer of stick and tissue flying and static models. In the 1930s Great Depression, they lead the low-priced kit revolution with the "Dime Scale" kits and famous advertisements in Model Airplane News magazine and others. Comet reached it's peak in the 1930s when they acquired the services of Carl Goldberg. Goldberg was a highly accomplished modeler with articles in Model Airplane News and famous designs that won him several National level competitions in the 1930s and beyond. (Carl Goldberg went on to found his own company and produced well designed and popular free-flight and RC aircraft). Comet survived the post World War economic slump and continued kit production until they were bought out by long-time competitor Guillow's in 1998.

La Belle Denver & Rio Grande Open Platform Combine HOn3 Narrow Gauge - HO Scale Wood Kit, HO, HOn3-21

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$32   

During the golden era of realistic train models, La Belle Woodworking Company created perhaps the very finest scale kits of early American passenger equipment. The kit features die cut hardwood parts (no balsa), carved clerestory roof, clear window material, underside details, metal details, building instructions and full size plans. I have built these models and they look identical to the real prototypes. The kit has not been started and is complete with all parts, sealed smaller details and plans + instructions. Please read the article on this website about older HO train kits and the modeling revolution they caused in the late 1930s/1940s.

AMT-Hasegawa Lockheed F-104 Starfighter - Greek and Spanish AF Markings, 1/72, A-625-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$22   

From high quality Hasegawa molds. This was a short-lived venture by AMT to promote quality Hasegawa model kits under the AMT name. Kits were molded in Japan then boxed in the USA, while AMT made the unique decal choices for Royal Hellenic Air Force (Greece), Italian and Spanish Air Forces. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: the instructions have very light bug damage. The actual decal transfers are fine, but the backing paper has bug damage also.

Blue Ribbon Arado Ar-196 - (ex-Heller) - Bagged, 1/72, RO 8241

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

$16   

Still factory sealed. From ex-Heller molds and made in Mexico. Very nicely molded with recessed control surfaces and fine raised panel lines. Includes decals for Luftwaffe 2/SAGr 125 1942 or 102 Sq Romanian Air Force Odessa 1943.

Testors Soviet Oscar SSGN Nuclear Submarine - Bagged, 1/700, 903

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

$10   

Still factory bag sealed. Includes an 8.25 inch long Oscar Cruise Missile Submarine that can be built full hull or waterline and includes a display base. Does not includes any other model - only the Oscar.

Gabriel 1930 Packard Model 740 Custom Roadster - (ex Hubley), 1/22, 4860

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$85   

Still factory sealed and in investment-grade 'Neart Mint' condition. Ex-Hubley kit from the original 1970s molds. Builds to a very realistic model since the parts that were metal on the real car are metal here also. These kits are highly detailed and feature metal bodies, chassis, hood, engine and more with injection molded details, clear parts, a large tree of chrome platted parts and rubber tires. Features complete engine, removable hood, detailed chassis, suspension and exhaust, full interior, opening and closing rumble seat and more. In the 1930s Packard was the style leader in America and a beautiful and fast status symbol. Packards were not the most expensive, but were the most desired cars. The 1930s Packards are seen as the high point of the brand.

Aurora Fokker Eindekker - (E-III Eindecker), 1/48, 134-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$59   

1963 issue with Jo Kotula artwork. This kit was part of Aurora's very popular and successful 1/48 WWI series. The line started in 1956 and was expanded through the 1960s. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present. This is the second issue because the box side logos does not have 'Famous Fighters' in the border of the logos. Thank to Dusty Rhodes for pointing out that the decals are for serial 419/15, Bayerische Feldflieger Abteiling 9, Autumn 1915.

Aurora Douglas M2 Mailplane - (M-2), 1/48, 111-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM-

$85   

First issue dated 1957 and in amazing 'near mint-' investment-grade condition. The box has like-new color and gloss, four solid corners with no repairs, no tags or tape or marks from either, no fading, no missing litho and no tears. It does have very light wear and a light crease at the lower left corner as shown. This classic Jo Kotula artwork kit is molded in deep gloss burgundy and black. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present. Decals are in amazing 'near mint' and flat with slight yellowing as the only flaw. The instructions are 'excellent++' and have little yellowing. This is the very first issue as it has the instructions missing the clear windshield part and NO small additional instruction sheet showing it. This aircraft has a fascinating history. From the internet: The United States Post Office had been running the air mail service since 1918 mainly using variants of the de Havilland DH.4 biplane. In 1925, it decided to modernize and placed an order with Douglas for a replacement aircraft based on the Douglas O-2 observation biplane. The company modified an O-2 by covering over the forward cockpit to make a mail compartment and moving the pilot into what had been the observer's cockpit. The aircraft was designated the DAM-1 (Douglas Air-Mail-One) but this was soon shortened to M-1. The M-1 used the same Liberty engine as the DH.4, which was available in large numbers. Small modifications were made to the exhaust system to keep fumes away from the pilot and the design was considered a success, but was not ordered into production. When the Contract Air Mail (CAM) routes were introduced, the newly formed Western Air Express Company (later Western Airlines) ordered six mailplanes with the designation M-2. The main change from the M-1 was that the tunnel radiator was replaced with a frontal type. It also had the provision to carry a passenger instead of mail in the front cockpit. Just before Western Air Express introduced the aircraft into service (in April 1926 from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City), the Post Office ordered 50 aircraft designated M-3 for its major route network. The M-3 had only detailed differences from the M-2.

Airframe Ansaldo SVA-5 - Bagged, 1/72

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM-

$9   

Still factory sealed. Basic vacuform kit. Not recommended for builders who are not experienced with vacuform kits.

Sunbeam Bristol Britannia (ex-Frog) - Soviet Military Transport, 1/96

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$79   

Many Frog molds made their way to the ex-Soviet Union, probably in the 1960s. Of them, this one is perhaps the most interesting. This kit represented quite a research problem, but Mark Zandy has provided information from his Soviet kit collection. The manufacture is Jaroslavl Chemical Plant "Lutch" (Jaroslavl is a town on Volga river). "Lutch" can be translated as "Ray", but "Sunbeam" is a better interpretation. Rovex sent this mold to the USSR in 1977 in an agreement between Dunbee-Combex-Marx and Novoexport, but the Bristol Britannia didn't receive the Novo kit number and this kit had been produced only for the Russian market. The price was 2 rubles, which I am told was expensive at the time. The number on the box OCT 17-296-75 refers to the number of an industrial standard for plastic toys production that was established in 1975. The box states "assembly kit of a transport plane" and it is clearly in USSR military markings. The scale is stated as 1/72, which is incorrect. Inside the box is the Frog model of the Britannia, which is 1/96. What the Soviets were doing with a model of the Britannia in Soviet military markings is unknown to me. There are no instructions or decals, but it was easy to determine that the kit is missing one propeller retainer (easy to make or can be left out as it does not show) and is missing four propeller blades. The kit also has a clear windshield and full landing gear, gear doors, etc. The kit has never been started. "Lutch" received 4 ex-Frog molds. For the domestic market kits were numbered: No. 196 -- Hawker Tempest V (bagged), No. 197 -- P-47D-25 Thunderbolt (bagged), No. ??? -- Bleriot XI (bagged) , No. 214 -- Bristol Britannia (you can see this number on the box: Article Jr 085 -- 1 -- 214). At least two different boxes were issued for the Britannia. Dusty Rhodes may have an answer as to how a Britannia could even come close to wearing a Soviet Star insignia - "...you pose a very good question about why anyone would have thought of issuing the kit with Soviet markings. From Woodley, Bristol Britannia (2002), and some online sources, I now think there may be a vaguely sensible reason. Bristol sold four Britannia transportsto Cuba in 1959, under an exception to the US embargo. The state airline Cubana ran these until around 1975, including leases to Czechoslovakia. Some of the aircraft were used to transport Cuban troops and Soviet equipment to communist insurgents in Africa. Castro apparently thought the use of British a/c was a big to do; Woodley (p. 90) describes an instance in which Fidel flew around Cuba in one of the ships and making a radio broadcast. I found no evidence that Soviet military or other markings were even temporarily applied, but as a result of all this, it might not have seemed unreasonable to someone to use red stars on the box art for this kit."

Airfix Fairey Swordfish II - Royal Navy, 1/72, 02005-1

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$18   

Type four logo issue, likely from the late 1970s or 1980s. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.