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Hudson Miniatures 1906 Columbia Electric Old Timers, 1/16

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$54   

Dated 1949 and very well detailed for that time. Big scale kit features numerous die-cut and machined-to-shape wooden parts, beautiful plastic wheels, leaf spring assemblies and lanterns and a number of metal parts, accessories and die-cut cardstock. The kit has never been started. The small parts are still in the factory sealed bag and all other parts have been inventoried present. Includes large, excellent, detailed plans with instructions. The Columbia Electric was manufactured by the Electric Vehicle Co. of Hartford, Conn. It had a 1.5 HP motor with chain drive and three speeds. It cost $1350 in 1906 and tipped the scales at 1660 pounds. We think of electric cars as 'new' today but they are anything but. There were many advantages (and manufacturers) of these cars. There were no fuel lines and radiators to freeze in the winter and no overheating in the summer. They used no smelly gasoline and produced no odor when operated. The complete lack of noise made them popular with the ladies and the range was between 40 and 50 miles on a charge - not bad at all considering you could not very far anyway (on regular business or errands) in 1906. Hudson Miniatures created a very popular line of automobile kits in a constant 1/16 scale shortly after WWII. The kits sold very well...so well that you could argue that Gowland & Gowland borrowed Hudson's subject matter for their ground-breaking 'Highway Pioneers.' The Hudson Miniatures 'Old Timers' even spawned a line of imitators, with Fador's 'Smallster' being one of the better in quality. Sales did drop on the appearance and popularity of the much smaller (and less accurate) Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' in 1951. When the all-injection molded Gowland kits proved not to be a passing fad, Hudson quickly planned and released his own all-plastic, small-scale competition called 'Lil' Old Timers Quickie Kits.' The kits were of excellent quality, but it was too little too late. Additionally, sales of the excellent wooden kits faltered further in the next few years with the introduction of accurate, 1/24 and 1/32 all-plastic cars in the mid 1950s. This forced Hudson to discontinue the wood kits and the plastic line was sold to Revell and subsequently re-released. Today, these excellent, big 1/16 kits are often the only model available of these early automobiles. In the mid 1960s Aurora thought so highly of Hudson Miniatures that they purchased the wood kit assets and released a very small number of these in all-plastic models.

Airfix Ilyushin IL-28 Beagle - North Korean, 1/72, 5011

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$20   

1970s US Airfix issue. This kit has not been started. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. The Beagle was the USSR's first jet bomber, first flying in 1946. As the primary Soviet light bomber, it was used by 15 nations and was built until 1960. An unarmed version of the Il-28 was used to deliver matrices of the principal Soviet newspapers from Moscow to the East for republication there, as well as other high priority mail.

Life-Like HMS Victory - The Ship of Admiral Lord Nelson, 09369

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$25   

From ex-Pyro molds. Utilizes the same great artwork from the first issue. Nicely molded small scale ship model that measures about 6 inches long when assembled. Full hull kit includes very nicely engraved deck and hull detail, well-molded cannons, billowing sails and display stand. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and instructions.

Life-Like Santa Maria Columbus' Ship - (Ex-Pyro), 09314

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$24   

Still factory sealed and from original Pyro molds. From the August 1492 expedition from Spain. With sails, ratlines and full detail. Hull is about 5 inches long.

Life-Like HMS Bounty Famous Mutiny Ship, B250-125

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$22   

The famous mutiny ship of Captain Bligh and Fletcher Christian fame. About 8" inches long when assembled. Very nicely detailed medium-size kit from Pyro's line of sailing ships. The medium models were originally called the '$1.00' ship line, which were a significant step up in size and detail from the '50 cent' series. Very nicely molded with wood planking and grain detail, full deck with many separately molded fittings and cannon, one piece masts, separately molded ratlines and billowing sails as well as a display stand. NOTE: kit has minor assembly. Hull halves have been assembled; quality is professional; no gaps and no visible glue. There is no other assembly. 5mm of the port half of the figurehead is broke off the hull and missing; the starboard side is intact, so it is difficult to see this defect. The deck and sails have been neatly painted. You can use them as-is or paint directly over them. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

Life-Like Gloster Gladiator, 1/48, 09607

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$24   

From Ex-Pyro molds. Nicely molded. Includes cockpit, positionable pilot figure and molded in realistic fabric surfaces. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Testors SR-71A or SR-71B or CIA A-12 M-12, 1/48, 584

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$159   

large-scale, rare model. Nicely detailed with good cockpit(s), full landing gear and more. Includes optional parts for "A" or "B" variants. Includes markings for one "B" (956) and two different "A" - 974 is a standard SR-71A and 972 is a 'Low Observable" scheme. Decals are included for the CIA A-12 / M-12, but Testors never did furnish the parts. The instructions provide drawings for making the proper modifications. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora Albatross CIII - (Albatros C-III), 1/48, 142-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$69   

First issue dated 1963. Has 98 cent price extension and 'Famous Fighters' in the border of the oval logos on the four sides. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Air Lines General Aircraft Ltd Hotspur II Glider, 1/72, 7904

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$18   

Well detailed kit from ex FROG molds. Never started. Factory sealed bag or 100% inventoried with all parts/decals and instructions present. 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.

Aurora Boeing B-29 Superfortress, 1/76, 372-350

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$165   

Still factory sealed. Rare and even rarer in this condition. Aurora of Canada issue is dated 1964 and this issue retaining the same artwork as the 1956 issue. This kit has arguably the most dramatic and fanciful B-29 composition from the 'Golden Era' of modeling. Note the square 'Northern Lights' logo has been replaced with the Aurora sunburst oval logo. There is no fading or stains, tape or price tags, but there is light crease along the upper left side. Responding to market information that boys wanted larger kits, Aurora introduced the B-26 followed by the B-29 and B-25, all of which sold well for many years- almost right up until the end.

Aurora F6F Hellcat, 1/51, 40-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$165   

Still factory sealed. The artwork copyright date on the box is 1960 but is actually from about 1964/65 due to the 100 price extension and oval sunburst logo with no 'Famous Fighters' in the border.

Aurora Focke-Wulf FW-190, 1/48, 30-130

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$179   

Still factory sealed. The box is in 'near mint' condition but the seal has a few small splits on the corners where it shrunk. Aurora of Canada issue dated 1964.

Aurora Grumman F9F Panther Jet, 1/49, 22-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM+

$79   

Still factory sealed and in investment-grade 'near mint+' condition. Dated 1960, but from about 1964 due to the logo variation. These molds are from one of Aurora's first two kits - the F9F and F-90. Aurora simply went out and purchased the early Hawk F9F and F-90 kits and copied them almost exactly. Reportedly more than a few tense words were exchanged between Aurora and the Mate's brothers at the Chicago Toy Fair when the kits were unveiled. Hawk became suspicious from that point on and on some kits they reportedly used rivets to spell "HAWK" in morse code.

Revell USS Long Beach Nuclear Powered Cruiser - Model Builders Club Issue, 1/508

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$129   

1969 reissue of the classic 1950s "S" kit. Well detailed kit contains Regulus II Cruise Missile with launcher - nuclear reactor assembly- Helicopter - Terrier and Talos missiles and launchers and decals. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. CGN-9 U.S.S. LONG BEACH was the world's first nuclear-powered warship. She was launched in July of 1959 as the lead ship of the first new cruiser class since WWII. Originally designed as an all-missile cruiser, she was later fitted with two 5"/36 caliber guns amidships. After serving more than 33 years, she was decommissioned on 1 May 1995.

Revell US Army 155mm Field Artillery Piece M-2 Long Range Cannon - 'S' Issue, 1/40, H535-129

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM-

$185   

Very rare and even more so in investment-grade 'Near Mint-' condition. 1958 hardbox has great box art, like-new color, four solid corners, no repairs, fading, stains, price tags or tears. Light general wear (mainly on the edges and corners) are the only flaws. Highly detailed and well molded for the time; almost all parts of the gun work like the real prototype. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The instructions have two 1.5" closed age splits on the fold lines; beyond that they are 'near mint.' The decals are also in 'near mint' condition.

Monogram Hawker AV-8A Harrier - US Marines or RAF, 1/48, 5420

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$36   

1981 issue that includes decals for both versions. Features detailed cockpit and gear well, optional position nozzles, speed brake, canopy, underwing stores and optional refueling probe. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Trumpeter F-5A Fighter (Mig-17) - PLAAF China, 1/32, 06

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$36   

Large-scale kit of the license-built Mig-17. Features detailed cockpit, pilot figure, separately molded ailerons, elevators and rudder, two wing drop tanks, detailed gear wells, complete jet engine, removable tail section with dolly, optional position canopy, boarding ladder and more. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Panda F-35B USAF, 1/48, 48001

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$36   

Still factory sealed. Features recessed panel lines, 'good' cockpit, detailed gear wells and more.

Roden Nieuport 24 - William Herisson 11 Victory Ace of Escadrille N.75 1917 / Escadrille N.91 1917 / Lt. Miodrag Tomych Escadrille N.523 Serbia Sept 1917 / Escadrille N.89 1917, 1/32, RO618

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$47   

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Still factory sealed. Large scale model from new molds featuring very good cockpit and engine detail, control horns, rigging instructions and paint guides and decals for all aircraft listed.

Hasegawa Curtiss BF2C-1 - USS Ranger 1934 - (BF2C1), 1/32, S9

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

$52   

Still factory sealed but the seal has shrunk and drawn the box top slightly concave. Large-scale, well detailed kit that includes markings and painting guide for any of the aircraft on the USS Ranger in 1934 (VB-5B).