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Life-Like Joseph Conrad Cadet School Ship - (ex-Pyro), 1/88, 09215

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

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Still factory sealed but the seal has split and the box has superficial damage as shown. From original Pyro molds. The Joseph Conrad was built in 1882 in Denmark as the Georg Stage. Alan Villiers bought the ship in 1934 and saved it from the breakers. He renamed it Joseph Conrad for the famous maritime author. The ship made a famous round-the-world voyage from which Villiers wrote three books about the travels. The ship is now a museum ship at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut and is still used for static sailing ship training. The kit was originally made in the early 1960s and is nicely done for that time. Measures about 16 inches long when built. Includes detailed hull and deck, billowing sails, rigging material and rigging guide photos. Molded in black and ivory.

Revell F-4E Phantom II Mig Killer - 131st TFW Missouri Air National Guard 30th Anniversary / 141 TFS 108th TFW New Jersey Air National Guard, 1/32, 85-4668

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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From 1998. Features all recessed panel lines and excellent detail. Includes a full cockpit with detailed ejection seats, crew boarding ladder, optional position canopies, detailed radar array, optional position nose, detailed gear wells, excellent intake and exhaust details, weighted wheels, optional position landing gear, full sensors and antenna, AIM-7 Sparrow, AIM-9 Sidewinder, centerline and wing drop tanks and more. Decals are for Commander Jim Renschen, 131st TFW, Missouri Air National Guard 30th Anniversary markings and Major Pat Dunn, 141 TFS, 108th TFW, New Jersey Air National Guard. NOTE: this kit has minor assembly. The ejection seat frames (3 parts each) have been neatly built and painted. There is no other assembly. The seat cushions and instrument panels have been very neatly painted. There is no other painting. Inventoried complete with all parts, instructions and decals present. NOTE: decals are intact but if you look closely there is micro-cracking.

Tamiya (2) Gato Class Submarines / (2) Japanese Sub Chasers / (2) B-24 Bombers - (ex-Skywave_, 1/700, 31903-600

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

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Hard-to-find. Excellent molds with all recessed panel lines. Includes two full-hull or waterline Gato subs, two Japanese Sub Chasers (waterline), two B-24 Liberator Bombers and an extensive decal sheet for all listed. Never started. The parts are still in the factory sealed bag with decals and instructions.

Revell Allison 501-D13 Prop-Jet (Turbo prop) Engine - History Makers Issue, 1/11, 8606

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG++

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Still factory sealed but the seal has several splits as shown. Very highly detailed model of the inside and outside of of the 501-D13 that powered the Convairs and other aircraft. Has many moving parts. Includes full internal engine details. All turbine and compressor blades rotate as well as the prop. Prop blades change pitch. Doors open to show engine interior.

RCM Sikorsky S-39, 1/32

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Bagged

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SPECIAL ORDER large (1/32) vacuform kit with resin/metal parts set. Not shipped from stock. Kit is molded upon receipt of payment. Time from receipt to shipping your kit is usually 8 to 10 weeks. Contains vacuform basic airframe components, full size plans plus metal or resin parts such as wheels, prop, struts, etc. Does not include decals. Vacuform kits are only recommended for modelers who are experienced with this type of model. Special skills and scratch building experience are required. If you are curious, I highly recommend that you read the article 'How To Build Vacuform Model Kits' which is located on this website.

Revell North American P-51B Mustang - Don Gentile's 'Shangri-La' 336th Fighter Squadron 4th Fighter Group, 1/32, H295

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

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Still factory sealed - seal has a split as shown at the lower right. 1969 issue in big 1/32 scale. Features detailed Rolls Royce Merlin engine, removable cowl, full cockpit detail, pilot figure and rotating wheels and prop.

Williams Brothers 5 Inch Diameter Vintage Wheels - (Covered Spoke), 133

Other Materials,   Box Condition: Sealed VG+

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Still factory sealed. Includes two 5 inch diameter scale wheels with soft rubber tires and injection molded hubs with molded in detail. These represent the older spoke wheels with light covers over them; you can see the spoke detail under the cover.

Megow F7F Tigercat Redi-Carved, 1/43, SE-1

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Very rare and dated 1946. At the very end, Megow pulled out all the stops and competed in the 'highly prefabricated' and expensive segment of the model airplane segment. The result was fantastic. This is a large-scale solid wood kit with a 14.5 inch wingspan. It features completely carved balsa fuselage that even has the cockpit cut out, completely machine-finished hardwood engine nacelles/gear housings (full length nacelle behind the engine), excellent profile cut wings, horizontal and vertical stabilizers, fully formed nose and main wheels, vacuform canopy (still like new), two injection-molded plastic three-blade propellers, wood and metal stock as required, color decals, two glass bottles, one of Megow Glue and one of Megow Dope (both still good!), a paint brush, step-by-step, heavily illustrated building instructions, very large full size three view plans including numerous templates and airfoil views and even a 'Plastic Wood' color advertising brochure. Even the internal factory presentation cardboard is present. The kit has never been started. The small parts are still in the factory sealed bag. The other have been inventoried complete including plans/instructions and decals. Please NOTE that two prop blades are cleanly broken off at the hub but are present.

Comet De Havilland DH-4 Mail Plane - 21 inch Wingspan Flying Balsa Airplane, 3305-200

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Large 21" wingspan flying kit can be powered by rubber, electric and made into RC with today's tiny and lightweight servos and receivers. Kit features traditional wood/tissue construction, die-cut printwood, spars, leading and trailing edges, stripwood, fully formed wood wheels and thrust button, metal prop shaft, clear windshield material, covering tissue, rubber motor, propeller, color insignia for US Mail aircraft and detailed full size plans with building instructions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete. Comet was a famous manufacturer of stick and tissue flying and static models. In the 1930s Great Depression, they lead the low-priced kit revolution with the "Dime Scale" kits and famous advertisements in Model Airplane News magazine and others. Comet reached it's peak in the 1930s when they acquired the services of Carl Goldberg. Goldberg was a highly accomplished modeler with articles in Model Airplane News and famous designs that won him several National level competitions in the 1930s and beyond. (Carl Goldberg went on to found his own company and produced well designed and popular free-flight and RC aircraft). Comet survived the post World War economic slump and continued kit production until they were bought out by long-time competitor Guillow's in 1998.

Guillows Fokker D-VII - 18 inch Wingspan Rubber Powered Balsa Wood Kit, 103

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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1970s issue and a reissue of #WW-4. NOTE: builder or parts kit only. Missing parts. Only includes die-cut firewall, all die-cut balsa sheets (seven total) and plans. Plans are intact but have been used - evidently to build a model at some point. Again, this model is for parts or a builder only.

Guillows P-51D Mustang - 27 inch Wingspan for Free Flight or R/C Conversion, 1/16, 402

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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From the 1960s. Large scale stick-and-tissue model that can be flown rubber free flight, gas free flight, or converted to electric RC using modern light-weight servos and receivers. Well detailed with scale plastic wheels, plastic propeller, vacuform spinner, cowl and exhaust stacks, full color decals, covering tissue, die cut balsa parts, rubber motor, plywood firewall and excellent full size plans. There has been no assembly but NOTE: the vacuform spinner and nose cowl have been professionally cut out. No other work has been done. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: the instructions have been adult-cut (very neatly) on the factory dotted lines to ease assembly. Guillow's founder, Paul K. Guillow, was a WWI naval aviator. In 1926 he began producing wooden model airplane kits. His 'Shelf Models' were some of the earlier non-flying models in production. Guillow's grew during the model boom of the 1930s, and when the Depression hit the hardest, Guillow's responded with lower prices and became one of the low price leaders, frequently advertising in Model Airplane News and other leading publications. During the war, like most manufacturers, Guillow's was forced to alternative materials such as cardboard and pine. Guillow's survived the post WWII slump by creating many inexpensive profile flying rubber powered aircraft and gliders in the 1950s (along with North Pacific) which became famous - some are still available today. The stick and tissue lines have been updated with laser cut parts and are still in production as of 2009.

Revell 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham, 1/25, 1244

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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This is the 1996 reissue of the original 'S' kit utilizing the original artwork. Molded in black, clear and excellent chrome. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. The Eldorado Brougham four door hardtop (suicide doors) started as a dream car in the GM Motorama and made it to the production floor as the luxury car with "the greatest number of important technological advances ever included in a custom built automobile". The styling was revolutionary at the time. The car sported a large and powerful V-8 engine and air suspension. The interior was simply stunning, with upholstery combinations such as cashmere, nylon and leather in any number of patterns and styles and plenty of chrome trim. In the rear seat, there was a retractable armrest which contained a storage compartment fitted with a vanity, tissue dispenser, cigarette case and a large mirror. All these items, including custom perfume, were designed just for this car. At a price tag of $13,000 few were made but they are valuable classics today.

Revell Lockheed F-117A Stealth Fighter, 1/72, 4382

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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1990 Revell of Germany kit molded in the USA. Very finely made kit with full cockpit, optional position weapons bay doors, missiles and excellent detail throughout. 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.

Revell Douglas DC-9 Delta Airlines, 1/120, H247-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

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1966 issue of the original 'short' DC-9 with very colorful Delta Airlines decals. The decals were stored in a zip lock and are remarkable 'near mint' condition. Molded in white. The kit has never been started. Inventoried complete including decals and instructions. Please note that the box is only fair and not collectible. Ideal builder.

Wild West The Pitkin House With Interior Structure - HO Scale, 1/87

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Beautiful laser-cut wood kit with removable roof and second floor, interior walls with stairs, no-paint laser-cut shingles, self-squaring constructions of all wood, four sided architecture and step by step instructions. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.

DML Focke-Wulf Ta-152 C-0 - W.Nr. 110007 Feb 1945 Sorau Germany, 1/72, 5007

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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From 1992. Very high quality kit with all fine recessed panel lines. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bags including decals and instructions.

KMK AP-35 Mabuchi Geared Motor and Battery Case for Free-Flight TK-1 or other Airplanes, AP-35

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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It is said that the Mattel Superstar (late 1971) was the first mass produced electric powered, free-flight, rechargeable airplane. This geared electric drive certainly predates the Superstar but does not use rechargeable batteries. The intended aircraft - TK-1 - is pictured on the cover and described in great detail (including all dimensions) on the instructions. This power unit has a clever method of controlling how long the motor stays on - similar to the Ideal wooden flying kits 'gear extension' method of the 30's and 40s. It contains fuse material that is lit when the aircraft is launched. The fuse burns and releases a rubber band that disconnects the battery power. I assume this kit is from the 1960s but it is not dated. High quality and made from very light-weight plastic and metal. The power unit and battery box are mint and never used; the hardware is still sealed in the factory clear bag. Fuse material is also included and mint, and there are two sheets of instructions - Japanese and English. The Japanese set has extensive drawings and information the aircraft. Box has some wear as shown and missing one of the side inner flaps, but the contents are mint.

Revell Nakajima Ki-49 Donryu Helen, 1/72, H102-600

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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1973 Revell Japan hardbox issue. The box is 'excellent+' with great gloss, color, four solid corners, no tape or price tags, no marks from either and light general wear as the only flaws. Nicely molded and detailed for that time featuring raised and recessed details, complete cockpit, bomb load, optional position bomb bay doors and very good landing gear and engine detail. Has decals for 9 aircraft and a beautiful full color painting guide. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Premier 1907 Mack 7 Ton Truck With Wooden Payload Barrels, 1/32, 1263-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Rare. Early 1960s model that is very nicely molded. Features cab interior, separately molded suspension, axles and chain drive/sprockets, full cargo bed, accessories and more. The kit includes 4 scale plastic barrels, but also included are 18 aftermarket hardwood turned correct period barrels for a superb payload. Molded in a bright yellow with 13 chrome parts with the chrome in 'excellent+' condition. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

Aurora DC-8 Jet Mainliner United Air Lines, 1/103, 387-249

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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First issue dated 1959 and with 'Hobby Kits' in the oval logo border. Still a favorite among builders because it is the only early DC-8 in 1/100 scale and fairly accurate. Features full landing gear, early style turbo-jet engines, clear cockpit windows and can be easily built 'gear up' if you wish. With the large, clear, triangle-based Aurora 'World' stand. Molded in white and clear. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.