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La Belle D&RG Closed Vestibule Coach HOn3 Narrow Gauge - Craftsman Model, 1/87, HOn3-25

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$24   

Please read the article on this website about older HO train kits and the modeling revolution they caused in the late 1930s/1940s. 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) such as pre-cut and scribed sides with all windows factory cut, car ends done in the same fashion, carved clerestory roof, tinted clear clerestory window material, working end diaphragms, excellent underside details & other metal details, building instructions and full size plans. I have seen these models built and they look identical to the real prototypes. The kit has not been started and is complete with all parts, plans and instructions.

Welsh McDonnell Douglas MD-87 - Austrian Airlines, 1/144, SL57

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$24   

High quality, limited edition injection molded, metal and vacuform kit. Features injection molded wings, engine pods and stabilizers, vac fuselage, and all other parts in cast metal. The kit has never been started. The small parts are still in the factory sealed bags. The large parts were never sealed and are inventoried complete. Includes instructions and decals.

Hawk Skykray F4-D Picture Gallery, 1/72, 708-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$39   

Rare issue from the 1950s from the 'Picture Gallery' series. Includes the correctly early decals and the green tinted canopy. Bill Campbell explained to me that the artist producing the Picture Gallery series artwork had a heart attack and could not finish the assignment. Hawk had to switch artist in a hurry, and that is how Bill found his way to Hawk. Bill did the art from that point forward, making the limited issue PG boxes very desirable for collectors. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: the instruction sheet is a quality photocopy of the original. NOTE: the box is only graded 'good' because there is significant bug damage on the side panels. The bugs ate away some of the litho but left the heavy cardboard behind it.

Renwal Lt. C.E. Nungessers Nieuport 17, 1/72, 264

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$22   

Late 1960s issue. Features decals for Nungesser's aircraft with history of the great Ace & aircraft and an adjustable clear display stand. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Lockheed F-94C Starfire, 1/82, 495-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$36   

Dated 1961 and features Jo Kotula box art. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. The box has one large flaw: a crush and closed split corner on the left short side.

Airfix English Electric Lightning F.1A - Craftmaster Issue, 1/72, 11-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$26   

1960s issue with vivid artwork. A pilot ejects on a pillar of flame as his stricken BAC plunges earthward trailing black smoke. Despite this dramatic scene, XM192 enjoyed in historical fact a long career with 111 and 145 squadrons, retiring intact in 1973 to become a ground display aircraft. Never started. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Hawk T-6 Texan - Air Force Trainer, 1/72, 610

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$27   

Still factory sealed but the seal has drawn the box top slightly concave. 1965 softbox issue with Tom Morgan artwork. Excellent kit for that time with great fit and all recessed panel lines.

Air Lines Miles Magister - (Ex-Frog), 1/72, 3900

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$24   

From quality Frog molds. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Box art is by the famous Jo Kotula who did 1930s covers for the magazine 'Model Airplane News' and later the Aurora box art of the late 1950s. Air Lines kits are all Frog molds that the Lines Brothers imported to the USA between 1964-1966. The kits, decals and instructions were made in England, then imported to the USA where Testors created the boxes with the colorful trading cards on the back. There are one or two trading cards on each box which show the boxart but not the advertising/logo. Some kits contain a Testors color painting guide also, but it is not specific to any model.

Easy Built Models SE-5A Scout - 50 Inch Wingspan - (SE5A), FF-59

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$79   

Very large scale stick and tissue style kit. Features giant 50" wingspan, 7 sheets of printwood, factory-cut stringers and spars, balsa blocks and other wood stock as required, rubber motor, large 9.5" diameter plastic propeller, metal stock, covering material and well detailed, full-size plans. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts.

MPC Knight 2000 Knight Rider - Trans Am KITT From The TV Show, 1/25, 1-0675

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$49   

From the 1980s TV Classic show 'Knight Rider.' Molded in black, chrome, clear and rubber. Great kit that is a true custom - complete with KITT interior and special body panels. Molded in black, chrome, smoke-tint clear, red-tint clear and with rubber tires. The model has not been started. The black parts are still in factory sealed bag. The parts that were never factory sealed have been inventoried present with instructions.

ITC Martin MB-2 Bomber, 1/78, 3725-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$25   

Original issue from the late 1950s/early 1960s with the finest mold quality. This is an excellent model for that time and is still popular today. Molded in dark green and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The famous first bomber to sink a battleship under any circumstances. Billy Mitchell arranged to have the ex-WWI German Battleship Ostfriesland used as target practice for 6 MB2s, and the ship sank in 25 minutes.

Revell F-84F Thunderstreak Pre 'S' Issue, 1/54, H215-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$95   

1955 Pre 'S' issue with dramatic box artwork. Kit features rotating wheels, cockpit and pilot detail, famous 'Revelving' clear globe stand and is molded in gloss silver and clear. Never started. 100% inventoried complete with all parts/decals and instructions present.

Minicraft 1804 Trevithick The World's First Steam Locomotive, 1/38, 11102

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$42   

From ex-Entex molds. The world's first locomotive was the 1804 Trevithick. On February 13 of that year, Richard Trevithick's high pressure steam locomotive pulled five wagons carrying 10 tons of iron and 70 men on the Penydaren Tramroad from Methyr to Abercynon, Wales. The nine miles was covered in four hours and five minutes but much time was lost cutting down several trees and removing some large rocks. At times they reached the unheard of speed of five miles per hour! The performance won a 500 Pound wager for the train's owner, Mr. Samuel Homfrey and proved for once and for all that smooth steel wheels could obtain traction on a smooth iron rail. Until this day, conventional wisdom insisted that only geared wheels running on geared track would be able to pull any load up the slightest grade. The model is from 1996 but the molds pre-date that. Older but very nice kit that is well detailed and molded in wood brown, medium gray and black. Includes display stand. The kit has never been started. The plastic parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags; the metal parts have been inventoried and NOTE: missing one (round) shaft. Easily made from round stock. Includes instructions.

Revell Martin Mariner PBM-5 Patrol Bomber - Brazil Issue, 1/118, H175

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$44   

Kikoler issue. From the same molds as the detailed 1950s 'S' kit. Ideal builder. Features rotating turrets, elevating guns, optional position crew doors and rotating props. Although from old molds, this builds into a nice model. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Scale Models 1909 Ford Model T Touring - (ex Hubley / Gabriel), 1/20, FD-4026

Metal and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$59   

Large 1/20 scale kit from quality Hubley molds. One of a series of popular and desirable metal and plastic kits reissued by 'Scale Models' (and earlier from Gabriel). The metal castings are very well done and detailed. Features over 120 parts, cast metal body, roof, hood, engine, suspension and more, many injection molded parts such as spoke wheels, interior seats and many other details. Includes real white rubber tires. Features two trees of brass plated parts, steering front wheels, full engine detail, removable hood, detailed exhaust, suspension and driveline, complete interior, flexible engine hose and more. The kit is likely from the 1980s. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including instructions.

Revell Bristol Beaufighter II or Beaufighter IF (Day or Night Fighter) - No. 25 Sq March 1941 or AFDU Duxford March 1941, 1/32, 04756

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$59   

Still factory sealed. Has parts, decals and paint guide for either version. Features detailed engines, removable cowling, rotating wheels and props, full cockpits and optional position landing gear.

Kora Bucker Bu-134 Light Aircraft, 1/72, 7247

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$38   

Excellent limited edition kit. Features main airframe parts in professional grade castings, detailed full interior, clear windows, photoetched parts, printed instruments, painting guide and full decals. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora Fokker D-7 - (D-VII DVII), 1/48, 106-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$52   

This model is in investment-grade 'Neam Mint' box condition. Kit is dated 1958, but still has original 1956 box art. The actual issue date is from the mid-1960s due to the lack of a price extension and the blue oval logo. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Frog Westland Wessex I (S-58) - Royal Australian Navy or Royal Navy - Red Series, 1/72, F247

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc-

$28   

Molded in light gray-blue. Very nicely molded model. Includes decals for both versions. This kit has never been started. Inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Frog is considered the father of injection molded model kits. The Lines Brothers opened Frog in 1932, capitalizing on the fever caused by Lindberg's solo transatlantic flight. Almost overnight the western populations became 'Air-Minded', and anything aviation was in high demand. Frog created a quality line of stick and tissue rubber powered aircraft and gliders as well as innovative ready-to-fly rubber powered aircraft that required no assembly. The box even contained a built-in rubber motor winder and fuselage holder. Model airplane flight competitions were popular in Great Britain, and one category was 'Rise Off the Ground', or ROG. By changing this to 'Flies Right Off the Ground', the FROG name was born. In 1936 Frog created a line of injection molded plastic models, the first such kit line in the world (Hawk sold a line of injection molded aircraft models in 1934 but they were factory assembled and painted). Named 'Penguin' after the bird that does not fly, the kits were innovative beyond the means of production. At a time when models were simply built by wingspan, the Penguin line was a constant 1/72 scale. Furthermore, a large 1/72 Short S.30 Empire class flying boat contained a full interior and lights! A line of accessories such as AA guns, tractors, hanger, ambulance, sound locator, searchlights and lighting kits were quickly added to the line. WWII caused a pause in production. After the war the box color changed from silver to green, and Penguin kits were also marketed in the USA. Production ended in 1950. Frog quickly expanded and released the Red, Orange, Black, Green, Gold Token, Spin and Comet series as well as Trail Blazers and several others. It is noteworthy that while most manufacturers in the 1940s/50 were making toy-like models, Frog attempted to make very realistic models. For example, 'detailing' kits with excessively large rivets was once very popular. Frog ignored this trend and continued to mold aircraft with fine panel lines and no rivets. As a result, Frog kits can be built into very realistic replicas. Production ended in the late 1970s, but Frog molds are still in use around the world.

Quality Craft Models D&RGW Narrow Gauge Caboose HOn3 - HO Scale Craftsman Kit, 1/87, 1001

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$24   

Highly detailed and builds a very accurate prototype. Features factory cut, milled and scored hardwood parts, a large number of cast metal details, brass ladder, metal stock as required, full decals and complete instructions. Never started. The small parts are still in the factory sealed bag; the parts that were larger and never sealed have been inventoried complete. Long after manufacturers turned to plastic ready-to-run rolling stock, Quality Craft continued to produce high quality models you could build. Headquartered in Northumberland, PA, they gave the craftsman an opportunity to build a state-of-art kit and show their skill.