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Revell Olds Delivery Van Highway Pioneers - (Oldsmobile), 1/32, H44

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$40   

1953 early issue molded in white plastic and it includes colorful decals for the van sides for the 'Gowland's Bakery'. 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 1913 Mercedes Highway Pioneers - Series 4, 1/32, H54-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$36   

1954 original issue of the famous Highway Pioneers 'Foreign Car' series. 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. Molded in gloss dark green plastic. This kit has never been started. All parts are still in the factory sealed 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 1953 Jaguar XK-120 Highway Pioneers - Series 4, 1/32, H56-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$38   

1953 original issue of the famous Highway Pioneers 'Foreign Car' series. 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. Molded in light green plastic. This kit has never been started. All parts are still in the factory sealed 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!

Heller SA-360 or SA-365 Dauphin, 1/50, 483

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$44   

Large 1/50 scale detailed helicopter kit. Features parts and decals to build -360 or 365 versions, complete cockpit and interior, detailed rotor head, working rotors and more. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Aeroclub Martin Baker GRU-7 Ejection Seats (2) - GRU7 F-14 Tomcat, 1/48, EJ414

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Bagged

$4   

Includes one highly detailed ejection seat. Precision all-metal 1/48 scale castings are an excellent upgrade for your model. Never used and inventoried complete with all parts.

Revell Seenotkreuzer DGzRS Arkona - Search and Rescue Cruiser, 1/72, 05226

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$69   

Hard-to-find kit from Revell of German, 1999. Large 1/72 scale is extensively detailed and well molded. Features one piece, full hull design, three props and three rudders, clear superstructure windows, detailed bridge, mast with full antennas, complete deck fittings, complete scale railings, detailed cabin lifeboat/rescue craft, rigging thread and rigging diagram, full decals and more. Also includes color DGzRS brochure and color four-inch sticker. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Monogram The Space Taxi By WIlly Ley, 1/48, PS45-129

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$129   

Rare first issue dated 1959. One of a very famous series of space kits that Monogram made with the designer Willy Ley. Big 1/48 scale model has excellent detail and is molded ivory, silver and clear plastic. Features four figures and special 'Globe' mounting base. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals, instructions and special "Space Taxi" booklet. Decals are in remarkable 'near mint' condition as is the paperwork.

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.

Monogram NASA Space Shuttle - Enterprise / Columbia / Challenger / Discovery / Atlantis, 1/72, 5904

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

$59   

Monogram's offering is still considered the finest large-scale kit of the US Space Shuttle. Features complete cockpit, full interior detail, operating cargo bay doors, air lock, space lab, instrumentation pallets with telescope, bio-medical satellite and communications satellite with launcher. Can be built as any shuttle listed. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Revell Lockheed X-17 Re-Entry Research Missile - 'S' Kit, 1/40, H1810-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$185   

Rare 1957 first and only issue of this important test vehicle for studying re-entry of ICBM warheads. Features three separating stages, launch pad, crew and tracking instruments. Never started. 100% complete with all parts/decals and instructions. The box is in 'excellent' condition with like-new color and gloss, four solid corners, no repairs, no tape (other than the factory sealing tape, of course) and no rips, missing litho, fading or stains. Flaws include very light wear, a light crease at the upper right and the original price tag from "Rogers Toy Stores" on the upper short side panel.

Revell Apollo Lunar Module, 1/48, H1842-150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$95   

Rare first issue from 1969 before the lunar landing as the box text says '...the Apollo 'Bug' that will land on the moon." Very highly detailed large scale kit of the LM includes two astronaut figures (does not include one stepping on the moon as that came after Apollo 11) separable ascent (upper) and descent (lower) stages, clear windows and interior. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts. Includes decals and instructions.

Randales Kellett Autogyro YG-1B - XR-2, 1/42, 103D

Vaccuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$89   

Very rare kit from the 1940s. This is a large (17 inch LOA) model of this 1930s craft. This unique ship had no ailerons, rudder or elevator. Directional control was through a pivoting rotor head. Rotor blades folded for storage. The KD-1 made the worlds first autogyro roof-top landing in May of 1935 at the US Post Office in Philadelphia. The plans say this is the XR-2 and YG-1B. The plans certainly look like the YG-1B Army Craft; the YG-1B was modified with a constant speed rotor and became the YG-1C; it was then redesignated XR-2. This craft is also known as a KD-1; the model will built any of the three. Features 2D (profile) carved fuselage, hardwood rotor blades, other precut parts and a sealed envelope of small parts. Includes excellent full size plans with many detail drawings, templates and construction notes. Never started. Complete with all parts, plans and unused glass bottle of glue (some of which is still a liquid). 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.

Falcon Model Airplane Co Me-109 - (Bf-109), B37

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$27   

From the mid to late 1940s. Large scale, solid wood kit featuring profile cut fuselage, wings, tail surfaces, printwood, wood stock as required, finished wheels, plastic 3-blade big spinner propeller and full size plans with templates. Complete and never started.

Falcon Model Airplane Co De Havilland Mosquito, 1/43, B37

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$29   

From the mid to late 1940s. Large scale, solid wood kit featuring profile cut fuselage, wings & tail surfaces, printwood, wood stock as required, finished wheels, full color decals and full size plans. Complete and never started.

Supreme Lockheed C-65 Loadstar - 8 Inch Wingspan Solid Wood Model

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$29   

Very rare. This is a solid wood model kit from the 1940s. It features two sheets of printwood, blocks and balsa stock, color insignia, fully formed wood wheels, sandpaper, high quality plans with templates for the fuselage and wings, some text instructions and even painting tips. Never used and complete. Supreme Scale Models were made by the Steve Patti Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Ranco Models Lockheed Constellation - 15 Inch Wingspam

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$32   

Rare 1940s solid wood scale model with a 15" wingspan. Features profile (2D) cut fuselage and wings, balsa nacelle blocks, wood stock as required, factory-sealed small parts envelope, a very large double-sided fold out poster with numerous photos of the aircraft, detail shots and history. Includes excellent plans with all fuselage and wing templates, detail views and building tips. Never started and complete. Ranco made quite a line of kits and the address was Ranco Manufacturing, Hutchinson, Kansas. 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.

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

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$64   

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.

Randales Hiller Helicopter XH-44 - The Hiller-Copter, 110E

Vaccuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$125   

Very rare kit from the mid 1940s. This is a large (6.5 inch LOA and a 13 inch rotor span) model of this 1944 craft. Features profile (2D) cut fuselage, hardwood rotor blades, factory cut rotor mount, wood stock as required, an envelope of small parts and a glass bottle of wood cement (dried up). Includes excellent full size plans with templates, detail drawings, construction tips and history. Never started and complete. 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.

StromBecker US Navy Regulus Guided Missile, M1-29

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$124   

Rare 1950s first and only issue. StromBecker was famous for their high-quality line of precarved quality hardwood and plastic kits. All of the carving is done to the final shape and the wings, fin and nose are injection molded in a beautiful gloss red plastic. Includes a precarved hardwood base and formed metal stand wire. When complete it makes an impressive desk top display. Never started and complete with all parts and plans. The plans are printed on the back of the box.

Strombecker USAF Martin Matador Guided Missile, M2-29

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$95   

Rare 1950s first and only issue. StromBecker was famous for their high-quality line of precarved hardwood and plastic kits. All of the carving is is done to the final shape in hardwood with the wings, fin and nose are injection molded in a beautiful gloss plastic. Includes a precarved hardwood base and formed metal stand wire. When complete it makes an impressive desk top display. Never started and complete with all parts and plans (which are printed on the back of the box).