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Aurora Gotha Bomber G-V - Parents Magazine Seal Issue, 1/48, 126-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$85   

First issue dated 1958 with 'Famous Fighters in the sunburst logo, Parents Magazine seal and the 1.98 price circle at the upper right. Jo Kotula, a famous commercial aircraft illustrator, painted the stunning artwork. Molded in a stunning gloss deep burgundy and black. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. This model is part of a very successful 1/48 scale WWI series that Aurora started in 1956. They sold so well that they introduced new kits almost annually well into the 1960s. Some sold well right up until the end of Aurora in the mid 1970s.

Aurora De Haviland DH-10 Bomber - Parents Magazine Seal Issue, 1/48, 125-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$85   

Dated 1957 with classic Jo Kotula box art. This is the edition with the Parent's Magazine approval seal on the box. The box is in 'very good++' condition with like new color and gloss, four solid corners and no tape or price tags. Flaws include general shelf wear as shown, a very light stain by the word 'Assembly' and another light stain on one side (the top long panel, lower part). Molded in the correct glossy dark olive drab, black and clear plastic. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM+

$54   

This model is in amazing 'Near Mint+' condition. It would have been 'Mint' but the factory-applied price suffix stickers fell off, and they left a small area of residue from the old adhesive. The kit is dated 1958, but still has original 1956 box art. The actual issue date is from the mid-1960s due to the blue oval logo. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete including all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Spad XIII, 1/48, 107-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$59   

First issue hardbox is dated 1957 with great Jo Kotula artwork. Please note the 69 cent price extension and oval 'Famous Fighters' sunburst logo. This is part of a popular and very successful series of 1/48 scale WWI aircraft that Aurora started in 1956 and added to well into the 1960s. Many of the line were in production right up until the demise of Aurora in the mid 1970s Molded in correct high-gloss olive drab and black plastic. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora SE-5 Scout, 1/48, 103-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$55   

First issue from 1956 with Northern Lights logo. This logo only appeared for one year. In 1957 it was replaced with the famous oval 'Famous Fighters' Sunburst logo. The artwork is by Jim Cox. Molded in glossy olive green and black. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. This kit was one of a very famous line of 1/48 scale WWI aircraft kits introduced by Aurora at this time. Due to the popularity, subjects were still being released into the 1960s.

Aurora DeHavilland DH-4 - (DH4), 1/48, 112-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$54   

First issue dated 1957 with classic Jo Kotula artwork. Part of the famous WWI 1/48 scale series of aircraft that Aurora issued starting in 1956. Molded in the correct gloss olive drab and black plastic, including figures and the ground base with chocks. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Besides it's distinguished career in WWI, the DH-4 saw extensive post war service in numerable ways. One of the most interesting was as a United States Post Office air mail service aircraft. The aircraft's likeness even graced an airmail stamp of the time. In about 1925, the Post Office decided to upgrade. The prototype was the Douglas M-1 and an improved version, the M-2, became the next mail carrier. The M-2 is also an Aurora kit in the same scale.

Aurora Douglas M2 Mailplane - (M-2), 1/48, 111-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM-

$85   

First issue dated 1957 and in amazing 'near mint-' investment-grade condition. The box has like-new color and gloss, four solid corners with no repairs, no tags or tape or marks from either, no fading, no missing litho and no tears. It does have very light wear and a light crease at the lower left corner as shown. This classic Jo Kotula artwork kit is molded in deep gloss burgundy and black. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present. Decals are in amazing 'near mint' and flat with slight yellowing as the only flaw. The instructions are 'excellent++' and have little yellowing. This is the very first issue as it has the instructions missing the clear windshield part and NO small additional instruction sheet showing it. This aircraft has a fascinating history. From the internet: The United States Post Office had been running the air mail service since 1918 mainly using variants of the de Havilland DH.4 biplane. In 1925, it decided to modernize and placed an order with Douglas for a replacement aircraft based on the Douglas O-2 observation biplane. The company modified an O-2 by covering over the forward cockpit to make a mail compartment and moving the pilot into what had been the observer's cockpit. The aircraft was designated the DAM-1 (Douglas Air-Mail-One) but this was soon shortened to M-1. The M-1 used the same Liberty engine as the DH.4, which was available in large numbers. Small modifications were made to the exhaust system to keep fumes away from the pilot and the design was considered a success, but was not ordered into production. When the Contract Air Mail (CAM) routes were introduced, the newly formed Western Air Express Company (later Western Airlines) ordered six mailplanes with the designation M-2. The main change from the M-1 was that the tunnel radiator was replaced with a frontal type. It also had the provision to carry a passenger instead of mail in the front cockpit. Just before Western Air Express introduced the aircraft into service (in April 1926 from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City), the Post Office ordered 50 aircraft designated M-3 for its major route network. The M-3 had only detailed differences from the M-2.

Airfix THREE DeHavilland DHC-1 Chipmunk, 1/72, 134

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM-

$26   

SALE! Includes three kits in one incorrect makeshift box. Please read the condition carefully as two of three have 'professional' quality assembly as follows: Kit #1, mint and never started Kit #2, minor interior paint; fuselage halves assembled; seats to floor; wing halves assembled. Kit #3, completely built except for the canopy. Painted to 'very good' but not professional standards. The actual aircraft are inventoried complete with all parts, decals and at least one set of instructions included. NOTE: if any kit came with a display stand, then that stand is missing.

Amodel SM-1/300 With Additional Wing, 1/72, 72113

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$26   

Rare. Features good cockpit and colorful markings for the box art helicopter. Never started. Either inventoried complete or still in the factory sealed bag and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: decals are intact but have visible age micro-cracking. Please read the two articles (on this website) about how to save or reproduce old decals.

Verlinden Airfield Beacon Lights, 1/72, 74301

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$24   

Excellent cast resin accessory set, long out of production. It contains all of the beacons shown on the box photo. Still factory sealed inside.

Hobby Craft TWO Sukoi Su-25 Frogfoot - USSR or Czech Air Forces, 1/72, HC1382

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$26   

SALE!! Includes two models in one box. Kit #1 is mint and never started. NOTE: kit #2 has very minor and 'professional' quality subassembly as follows: seat and instrument panel to floor; one wing half assembled. There is no other assembly. Inventoried complete and include decals and instructions. Both feature fine recessed panel lines and decals for two air forces. The Su-25 became operational at the end of the 1980s as the equivalent of the US A-10 Warthog/Thunderbolt II.

Heller Patrouille de France Fouga CM-170 Magister / Ouragan / Alpha Jet, 1/72, 80399

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$48   

1988 35 year anniversary of the famous French Air Force acrobatic team Patrouille De France. Includes all three kits and a very large, extensive decal sheet with all the special markings. The Alpha Jet and Magister have never been started and are 100% complete. NOTE: the Ouragan has very minor 'professional' quality assembly to two parts: bulkhead to floor. There is no other assembly. Inventoried 100% complete. With instructions and decals in 'near mint' condition.

Novo General Aircraft Ltd Hotspur II Glider, 1/72, F152

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$18   

Nicely detailed model from the original FROG molds. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Roden Junkers D.I Short Fuselage Version - (DI / D1), 1/48, RO434

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$25   

Very nice kit from new molds. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Renwal Nieuport 17 Aeroskin Capt. G.M. Guynemer's Aircraft, 1/72, 265-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$36   

Contains pre-colored Aeroskin fabric created to resemble fabric covered aircraft. No painting needed since all designs are printed on the fabric. You build the inner structure of the aircraft then cover it, similar to the construction of the actual aircraft. Has markings for Guynemer's aircraft. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Renwal Nieuport 17 Aeroskin - Lt. C.E. Nungesser's, 1/72, 264-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$38   

Contains pre-colored Aeroskin fabric created to resemble fabric covered aircraft. No painting needed since all designs are printed on the fabric. You build the inner structure of the aircraft then cover it, similar to the construction of the actual aircraft. Has markings for Nungesser's colorful aircraft. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, aeroskin and instructions.

Aurora Beechcraft Super 18, 1/88, 284-60

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$125   

Rare 1964 Canadian Flip Top Box issue molded in yellow and clear plastic. Ex-Comet molds in the smaller scale. Ex-Comet molds smaller scale (1/88) issue. Features rotating props, full side and cockpit glass, and blue and red pinstripe decals with N numbers and rudder fin flash markings. Never started and inventoried 100% complete.

MPC Ford 1912 Model T, 1/32, 2-1017

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$32   

From quality Airfix molds. Very nicely detailed kit in 1/32 scale. Features full interior and back seat, full suspension and exhaust, optional top up or top down, driving figure, spare tire and more. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including instructions.

Tamiya Ford M151A2 TOW MIssile, 1/35, MM125

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$24   

Still factory sealed. Excellent kit that features TOW launcher, M220 tracking system, driver and a variety of decals for US Army, US Marines and more.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

$19   

Very nicely molded model. Includes decals for both versions. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal clear factory sealed bag and includes 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.