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

Vaccuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$34   

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 Republic P-47D Razorback Thunderbolt - 'Bonnie' Major Bill Dunham (14 Kills), 1/32, 4554

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$38   

From 1990 and from original 1970s molds. Has a colorful decal sheet for the cover aircraft in the Pacific Theater. Well detailed and features full cockpit, opening canopy, complete engine with removable cowling doors, optional position landing gear, and rotating prop and wheels. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Airfix BAC Strikemaster / Jet Provost MK5 - Oman AF or RAF Red Pelicans, 1/72, 2044-6

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$24   

Still factory sealed and dated 1973. Contains optional parts to build either aircraft with full underwing stores. Older but very finely detailed and molded kit for that time and includes decals for both aircraft listed.

Revell USS Fletcher Destroyer - With Hull Numbers for Any Fletcher Class DD, 1/306, 5106

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$55   

Large scale full-hull kit from older molds. Includes enough white hull numbers that you could build any of the similar Fletcher class destroyers. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals, flags and instructions.

Classic Airframes Boulton-Paul Defiant Mk1 Day Fighter - RAF 141 Sq / 307 Sq / 276 Sq (ASR), 1/48, 471

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$85   

Nicely detailed kit that features fine recessed panel lines, highly detailed cockpit, resin details and more. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Tamiya M247 Sgt York - US Air Defense Gun System, 1/35, 3626

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$42   

Very well detailed model. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Airfix Fairey Swordfish - Craftmaster Issue, 1/72, 3-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$24   

One of two 1960s issues which share the same dramatic boxart of a Swordfish dropping on enemy ships. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Monogram Army Military Jeep With Anti-Tank Gun - With 3 GIs - M3-37mm Field Gun, 1/35, 6302

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$72   

Still factory sealed. 1982 issue from the original 1957 'Four Star' molds. A fine model that features hinged windshield, rolling wheels, rubber tires, driver, two combat troops and detailed M3-37mm field gun.

Nichimo Supermarine Spitfire 5B, 1/70

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$34   

Early 1960s kit with very collectible box art on the high gloss box top. Very cleanly molded kit with moving ailerons, retractable landing gear, rotating prop and ice-blue tinted clear display base. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Academy Grumman TBF-1 Avenger - USN, 1/72, 1651

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$22   

From 1987. A nicely molded kit that features all fine recessed panel lines, detailed cockpit, optional position landing gear and rotating turret with elevating gun. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$54   

Ideal builder. The chrome is in 'very good' to 'very good+' condition and the decals and instructions are 'excellent.' Slight yellowing is the only flaw on both. 1962 hardbox kit with Bill Campbell artwork. Completely chrome plated; it is difficult to find the chrome in this good of condition (please note that 'very good' is not mint, but is more like 'just above average'). Large scale with 20 inch wingspan. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and decals & instructions.

Heller Saab J-32 Lansen, 1/72, 343

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG++

$32   

Still factory sealed but the seal has drawn the box top slightly concave as shown. Includes parts to build A or C variant and decals for both aircraft from Flygflottilj 17 or Flygflottilj 11.

Revell 1915 Fiat Tourer Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H55-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$39   

1953 early issue molded in red acetate plastic. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. This is from the issues produced with Gowland & Gowland as it carrier their 'balloon' logo on the side. Before the 1950s 'model building' never made the top 10 list of boy's activities. Hobbies were nothing new to America in the 1930s/40s, but they were not mainstream. Shortly after the turn of the century, many dedicated modelers built flying or static airplanes, ship, train, automotive or other subjects. Basic kits existed, but the majority of these models were built from scratch, which demanded a high talent level developed from years of experience. That changed in the early 1950s. The phenomenon of the Revell/Gowland & Gowland 'Highway Pioneers' car 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 could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real car. The Highway Pioneers series lead to the production of other subjects in plastic and the effect was revolutionary. By the early 1960s, model building was the #1 past time of American boys.

Bandai 8 Ton Semi-Truck Sd.Kfz.7, 1/48, 8235-400

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$58   

Rare kit that is part of the classic and highly detailed Bandai Pin Point 1/48 armor series. Beautifully molded and features full interior detail as well as flexible treads, many operating features and very detailed crew members that can be built in almost any position. Never started. The parts are still in the factory sealed bags as are the decals.

Model Shipways Dapper Tom American Privateer / Baltimore Clipper - 24 Inches Long, MS2003

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$149   

Very nice kit of a beautiful ship. Features an excellent precarved hardwood hull that needs final sanding only, precision laser cut wood pieces, a large number of metal and finished wooden fittings, full standing and running rigging material, hardwood stock as required and more. Includes and excellent instruction book and two pages of full-sized plans including detailed rigging diagrams, full size profiles, detail drawings and more. The kit has never been started. All parts are still in the factory sealed bags.

Dyna-Model Grumman F9F Cougar - Wood and Metal Model Aircraft - (F9F-6 / F9F6), 1/48

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$79   

In the 'Golden Age of Aviation Modeling' (1930s and '40s), most modelers built the flying 'stick and tissue' type kits with rubber, CO2 or gas power. But there were a small but measurable percent that built solid aircraft display models of great detail. This required great skill worthy of the shipbuilders of old, especially considering the limited technology. Many manufacturer's kits consisted of blocks of wood and a plan - the famous (or infamous) 'Make Wood Look Like Plane' kits. A few, like Dyna-Model Products Company, attempted to provide true-scale static models with a high level of detail. Today Dyna-Models are legendary and sought after collectibles. When you first open the kit, you see a black and white cardstock display with all the needed jigs and templates for assembly. Underneath, the fuselage is rough carved to ~95% of final shape (not just profile cut) and all other parts are either profile (2D) or die cut. Includes color decals, full size high-quality plans and the crowning jewel, a box of finished metal castings for super detailing your aircraft. Never started and inventoried complete.

Pyro Sea Going Diesel Tugboat Despatch No. 9 of Standard Oil, 1/76, 207

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair++

$115   

From the late 1950s. Rare, early original Pyro issue with large colorful box and internal blue packing inserts. Very nicely detailed for that time and measures 13.5 inches long when assembled. Includes crew members and rigging material. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions. Please note, this very early issue was not made with decals. The box is intact but has wear and the hole at left as shown. Despatch No.9 was built by the Tampa Marine Corporation in Florida in 1945 for the fleet of tugs operated by Standard Oil of California in Sacramento Bay and the San Joaquin River.

Model Shipways Virginia Pilot Boat Katy - 20 Inches Long, 1/48

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$89   

Very nice kit of this beautiful ship. Features a superb factory-carved hardwood hull, factory 'planked' decking material, a large number of pre-cut hardwood parts and wood stock, a large number of metal and finished wooden fittings, full standing and running rigging material, full size plans and more. The kit has never been started. The fittings are still factory sealed. The larger parts that never were sealed have been inventoried complete including the plans/instructions.

Verlinden Vietnam River Sampan, 1/35, 817

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$64   

Still factory sealed. Excellent accessory kit made from high-definition resin.

Artesania Latina Whaleboat from the Charles W. Morgan Whaler - Plank-on-Frame Wooden Boat Kit, 1/25, 20020

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$74   

Excellent large 1/25 scale model of one of the Morgan's boats. This is a superb kit and ideal as your first plank-on-frame boat. Features all hardwood construction, laser cut parts, wood strip stock as required, sail cloth, precarved wooden fittings, cast metal fittings, complete instructions and full size plans. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes all paperwork.