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Revell 1910 Ford Model T Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++


1952 first issue in the 'Series One' yellow box. This early issue has the Gowland & Gowland 'balloon' logo on the long sides and no price extension on the part number. 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 black 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!

Classic Airframes Regianne RE-2001 CN - 101 Gruppo 5 Stormo 'Tuffatori' Co-Belligerent Air Force 1943 / 234th Sq Cacchia Nottura, 1/48, 425

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good


Out of production and rare. Very high quality, limited issue injection molded kit with all fine recessed panel lines, resin cockpit and other resin details, decals for the two aircraft listed and more. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including paint and placement guide, decals and instructions.

Hawk Curtiss R3C-2 Racer - (R3C2), 1/48, 620-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc


Hardbox is dated 1961 and has the early 50 cent price extension. This nice 1/48 kit of the sleek 1925 Schneider Trophy Winner features recessed panel lines, raised wing rib lines and excellent fit. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

AMCO Baku Geki Ki-99 - Japanese Navy Dive Bomber - Official Identification Model Kit Build For Victory - Solid Wood Model From WWII - Comet - (Type 99 Val), 1/72, IA-17

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+


1940s WWII wooden kit from AMCO, which was a division of Comet. Features all hardwood parts including blocks & wood stock, sandpaper, CASCO glue, a full size cardstock template and patter sheet and highly illustrated double-sided assembly instructions. Never started and inventoried complete with all parts and paperwork present. This is an official identification model. The US Armed Forces found themselves in a World War with almost no ID models. Someone decided that it would be perfect to let the air-minded modeling youth build them for the military, and thus the "Identification Model" was born. However, the idea did not last as the quality ranged from excellent to horrible, with the majority on the later side. A much better substitute was found by casting one-piece models out of a hard rubber plastic. Little did anyone know that this was a foretaste of the doom of the solid wood scale model, which was replaced by plastic in the early 1950s.

Aoshima Yawatamaru Pacific Ocean Liner - (Yawata Maru), 1/700, 01501-1000

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM


1/700 scale waterline model that is very highly detailed and finely molded. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. The Yawata Maru was one of a class of Japanese ocean liners that were built for the Nippon Yusen KK line. She was launched on October 31, 1939 from her builder, Mitsubishi Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. at Nagasaki. She did see peacetime service as an ocean liner for a short period. After war was declared, Yawata Maru was rebuilt at Kure Naval Yard as the Taiyo-class escort carrier Unyo. She had a very active war career but was sunk by two torpedoes from USS Barb on September 17, 1944.

Aurora American Buffalo, 1/16, 402

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM


Still factory sealed and rare. The box is in investment-grade 'Near Mint' condition. Dated 1972 and part of Aurora's Animal Series which included the Black Bear & Cubs, American Buffalo White Tail Deer, White Stallion, Wild Horse Black Beauty and Thoroughbred Race Horse.

Lotte MBB Bo-105 PAH-1 / SH-2F Seasprite / August-Bell Jetranger / SA-341D Gazelle - With Decorated Gum

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


SALE!! Includes all four rare and well detailed small scale kits. The Bo-105 is 1/98 scale, the Seasprite is 1/150, Jetranger 1/100 and the Gazelle 1/99. Each kit includes two very cool large pieces of sealed gum which has detailed line drawings of either a helicopter, ship, aircraft or rocket model of the Lotte line. The Jetranger is still factory sealed; all others have never been started and are still in the internal factory sealed bags.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+


First issue dated 1958 with 'Famous Fighters in the sunburst logo and the price (1.98) circle at the top right. This issue has classic Jo Kotula artwork, which was dropped for the final issue in the 1970s. This kit had very positive reviews in the few modeling resources of that time and still builds a large and impressive finished product. Features detailed engines and nacelles, 'good' cockpit, pilot, good gun station detail with two gunners, two ground crew and a large ground chock base. Molded in stunning gloss deep burgundy and black. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Estes Sandhawk - Sounding Rocket - Over 30 Inches Tall, K-51

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++


Still factory sealed and very rare. This is a semi-scale model of this famous research rocket. Features "D" engine power, scale plastic fins and lower rocket section and much more. The body tube is round and in 'mint' condition (no crushing).

Merlin Models Supermarine Spitfire MkXII, 1/72, 19

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc


Limited run plastic kit with metal detail parts and decals. Nicely molded with recessed panel lines. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Heller Espadon Torpedo Floatplane, 1/50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG


Very rare late 1950s/early 1960s high-gloss box issue from before Heller used part numbers. Features good cockpit and engine detail, good raised molded and rib detail and a torpedo loadout. This kit has never been started. Inventoried and NOTE: missing instrument panel. Otherwise complete with all other parts, decals and instructions. There is actually an instrument panel molded into the fuselage halves; it makes me wonder if this was a mistake on the instructions or not. I have seen such errors on other early Heller kits before like the Super Broussard.

Monogram P-51B Mustang - Blue Box Issue, 1/72, PA143-70

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+


First issue dated 1967. This is one of two 'Blue Box' box art variations that share this part number. Well detailed and finely molded. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Maircraft Bellanca Cruisair - Solid Wood Model Airplane, 1/48, S-5

Vaccuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-


Maircraft was originally founded in the early or mid 1930s by Gordon Christoph and went by the name Aircraft Model Company. The company produced a typical line of solid 'profile cut' kits that required the usual high talent levels for carving and finishing. A former Comet Model Airplane & Supply Co. salesman, Jack Mair, bought the company in the early 1940s and renamed it Maircraft. This company was one of the handful of solid kit producers who issued models in a consistent 1/48 scale during the 1930s and 1940s (others included Hawk and Dyna-Model). This lead to one of the most desirable and rare model kits ever produced in the USA - the wood/plastic 1/48 United DC-3 model issued immediately after World War 2. Other than the P-61 and a few other Maircraft offerings, most were simple kits that sold for the low price of about 35 cents and gave the owners many hours of pleasurable work. This kit features a full size plan with instructions steps, fuselage that is about 80% 3D cut, profile cut wings and tails, wood stock as required and a small factory sealed paper envelope of details. Never started. The small parts are still sealed; the larger parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete and includes excellent step-by-step text and illustrated building instructions and full-size three-view plans with fuselage and wing templates.

Revell Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker - 'S' Issue, 1/139, H287-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+


1957 original 'S' issue with the fantastic box art that has made these kits so famous and collectible. The box is in superb 'excellent' condition with like-new color and gloss, four solid corners, no repairs, no fading or torn/missing litho. Very light and general wear is the only flaw. This was an excellent kit for that time and features optional position cargo door, refueling boom, optional position landing gear, moving rudder and more. Molded in the correct gloss silver and with the clear Revell 'Globe' Swivel Display Stand. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Eagle Model Aircraft Co Culver Cadet - Light Aircraft, 1/48

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-


Rare 1/48 scale kit from the early 1950s. Solid wood, scale display model has about a 7 inch wingspan when built. Features profile cut fuselage and wings, round metal stock for main gear struts, printwood horizontal and vertical stabilizers, tail wheel and main gear wheels and metal propeller. It includes a fantastic set of full-size three view plans with step-by-step, beautifully illustrated instructions with fuselage and wing templates. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. Other kits in this light plane 1/48 line included the Ercoupe, Taylorcraft 15, Aeronca Champion, Piper Cub Coupe and Stinson 150. Eagle Model Aircraft Company was located in Brooklyn, NY.

AMT 1960 Chevrolet Custom Fleetside Pickup - With Go Cart, 1/25, AMT1063M-12

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc


Modern (recent) reissue of this classic and well detailed model. Features a full rolling chassis build just like the real truck with detailed drive line, exhaust, suspension and linkage, detailed 'Stovebolt 6' Chevy engine, full interior, detailed engine compartment, opening hood (with optional detailed hinges), full bed and optional position tailgate. Also includes a complete Go-Cart kit and go-cart bed racks for transport. The kit has never been started. Almost all parts still in the internal factory sealed bags; the few that were not have been inventoried complete. Includes decals and instructions.

Lindberg Messerschmitt Me-262 - Cellovision Issue, 1/48, 538-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc


Still factory sealed. Late 1950s Cellovision issue with dramatic Gaedke artwork. The clear panel is 100% intact and the trading card on the back is in 'excellent++' condition. The model is loaded with features including detailed jet engines with removable cowlings, retractable landing gear, detailed gun bay with removable cover, pilot figure, hinged canopy, bomb load and more.

Bandai German Infantry No.1, 1/48, 8242-125

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good


Very highly detailed. Includes one tree with four fully positionable troops and 6 personal accessories each (total of 24) and a second tree full of a very large variety of weapons. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

Airfix HS Buccaneer S2B - RAF Lossiemouth Gulf Detachment-Desert Storm Bahrain 1991 / No 12 Sq Lossiemouth 1998 / No 208 Sq, 1/48, 08100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+


Highly detailed and finely molded featuring 122 pieces, all recessed panel lines, detailed ejection seats and cockpit, detailed air inlets/compressor fans, optional position air brake, two piece canopy, folded or unfolded wings, detailed gear wells, optional slipper tanks, Sea Eagle Missiles, AN/ALQ 101, AN/ALQ 23E, AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles and more. includes decals for the 3 aircraft listed. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Novo Vickers Vimy Mk IV Heavy Bomber - No. 70 Squadron Egypt 1921 / RAE 1919-1922 Research Aircraft Used For Experiments Including Automatic Landing Systems - (ex Frog), 1/72, F163

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc


Still factory sealed. From quality ex-Frog molds. Please note that this is the wartime version with the guns and bombs and not the post-war transatlantic version. The 'gun & bomb' version has become somewhat harder to find. Includes markings and color paint guide for the two aircraft listed.