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Orange Crush-Revell 1908 Buick 10 Rumble, 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$58   

Very rare kit with a fascinating history. Around 1958/59, Orange Crush of Mexico offered a promotion. They offered free, colorful, plastic model cars if you collected correctly-marked Orange Crush bottle caps. The models are 1/32 scale Revell Highway Pioneer series - although there is no mention of Revell or Lodela anywhere on the box. Orange Crush had the boxes and even the instructions specially made for them with no mention of a manufacturer. They were never given numbers. The boxes were very thin and fragile cardboard. This has contributed to wear and you must be very cautious with them. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bag and the instructions are sealed in the bag as well. You could redeem your caps two ways - at the Orange Crush truck and at a Modelandia Hobby House. The box sides show the 18 cars in the series. Orange Crush also released two full-color booklets and a complete paint set for the cars. A colorful cardboard box held 7 colors of paint in glass bottles, complete with 'Orange Crush' screw-on caps! The entire promotion was done in coordination with Modelandia Hobby House which had up to 19 stores. Modelandia's name appears on each of the boxes and the paint as well. Robina S.A. was the bottler or distributor of Orange Crush in Mexico at that time. The box side lists the other 18 kits with small color pictures of each and shows three sizes of OC - Family Size (Familiar), Grand (Grande) and Normal. You could also obtain models with Titan bottle caps. Titan was also bottled by Robina and came in large (Titan) and smaller (Titancito) sizes and apparently more than one flavor. We do not know how Orange Crush had access to the plastic kits or who sealed the internal bags with the Crush instructions inside them. We can assume that it may have been Lodela, since they would have had access to the Revell molds. It is not know for how long the promotion lasted, but Orange Crush was one of the most dominant soft drinks in Mexico at that time. Here is one clue: some boxes claim that Modelandia had 13 locations; other boxes, which obviously came later on, claim 19 locations. This may indicate that this promotion went on for a significant amount of time.

Matchbox Armstrong Whitworth Siskin IIIA - RAF 29 Sq 1928 or 32 Sq 1931, 1/72, PK25

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$24   

Still factory sealed. From the 1980s. Very nicely molded kit with excellent detail for that time. With decals and color painting guide for No. 29 Squadron 1928 and No. 32 Squadron RAF 1931.

Revell US Army Tactical Missiles Little John and Dart with Launchers - 'S' Issue, 1/40, H1812-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$125   

First issue from 1958. The box is in superb 'excellent++' condition with like-new color and gloss, four solid corners, not price tags or tag marks, no tape or tape marks (other than the factory sealing tape), no fading and no litho tears. The only flaws are a light crease at the top left and very light general wear. Little John was a light-weight free-flight rocket that was highly mobile. It could be pulled on its launcher or transported by helicopter. Length was 12 feet long and the warhead was atomic. The Dart was a very early, five foot long wire-guided anti-tank missile with a solid propellant rocket motor. An optical rangefinder was used for guidance. Both models are well detailed. The Dart includes four missiles, one launcher, three stands, decals, one optical guidance unit and a crew of three. The Little John includes a detailed launcher with elevating rails, movable support legs, decals and crew of three. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

MPM Focke-Wulf FW-190 S-5 - (FW190S5), 1/72, 72030

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$27   

Very good quality limited issue kit of the two-seat '190 trainer. Features all very fine recessed panel lines, photo etched details and film instruments. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

Merlin Models Rumpler CIII/4 - (Purple Box), 1/72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$36   

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Limited production kit, less than 2000 made. Features nice injection molded parts and cast metal details with decals and instructions. Never started and still in the internal factory sealed bag.

Italeri Junkers JU-86 Civil Version - Lufthansa or Swissair, 1/72, 1029

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$26   

Nicely detailed and molded. Includes detailed cockpit, positionable pilots, cabin floor and bulkheads, optional position boarding door, optional position landing gear and decals for both air lines. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Scientific Robert E Lee Mississippi Steamboat - 24.5 Inch Long, 181-3295

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

$249   

One of Scientific's finest kits. The 'Super Deluxe' and 'Museum Quality' boast on the box top is true, and it can be made into a stunning model with skill and patience. Includes pre-carved hull with wood display stand and pedestals, metal name plate, a vast number of cast metal fittings including lifeboats, paddle wheels, ships wheel, weathervane, whistle, bell, ladders, cargo posts, bitts, cleats, anchors and much more, printwood and tapered hardwood masts/yards, pre-formed fiber pattern ornate railings, colorful name and pennant materials and much more. There are four large pages of full size plans, and a detailed, step by step instruction book with very nice assembly illustrations. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed (fittings) are still in the sealed bags. The parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including instructions.

Adams Thor Missile at White Sands with Launch Pad, 1/87, K162-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$275   

Rare kit dated 1958. Features a well detailed Thor missile, complete launching tower and ground crew of three. Molded in gloss white and medium gloss gray. Decals and instructions are in amazing 'excellent+' condition. Never started and inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. The box has great color and gloss, four solid corners, no fading, stains or repairs. It would grade higher but it has general wear as shown.

Easy Built Models Taylorcraft - 50 Inch Wingspan, FF-52

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$79   

Very large scale stick and tissue style kit. Features giant 50" wingspan, 6 sheets of printwood, factory-cut stringers and spars, balsa nose block and hardwood stock as required, metal rubber motor/prop hook, thrust button, rubber motor, large 11" diameter plastic propeller, clear window material, metal stock, covering material and well detailed, full-size plans. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts.

Matchbox TWO Dassault Mystere IVa - French No 2 Sq Cambrai 1955 / No 200 Sq Israeli Air Force 1967, 1/72, PK-47

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$32   

SALE!! Includes two never started and 100% complete kits including decals and instructions. Dated 1986. Well made kit has fine panel line detail, drop tanks, optional position landing gear and decals for both aircraft.

Italeri Junkers Ju-88 A-4, 1/72, 018

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$24   

Still factory sealed. Finely molded and well detailed, featuring parts for two different variants, very good cockpit and crew stations, opened or closed belly boarding hatch and ladder, optional position diving brakes, external bomb load and paint guide & decals for both aircraft (Swiss Air Force or Luftwaffe 'Totenkopf Geschwader' 1/KG 54 Bergamo 1943).

Hobby Mikoyan Mig-29 Fulcrum - Soviet Air Force / Indian Air Force / Syrian Air Force, 1/144, S01-1200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$20   

Quality kit and most likely from Fujiimi molds. Features all very fine recessed panel lines, good cockpit, optional position canopy, detailed gear wells, realistic intake and exhaust, six air-to-air missiles and more. Includes decals for all three air forces and enough aircraft numbers to model almost any aircraft in the three air forces. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Airfix North American F-86D Sabre Dog - USAirfix Issue, 1/72, 20040

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$24   

1979 release and a very nicely molded kit. Features decals for the colorful box photo aircraft, good cockpit and inlet detail, optional position air brakes and air brake well detail, optional position landing gear, retracted or extended ventral rocket tray and drop tanks. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Competition Models Inc Sal Taibi's Starduster - 42 Inch Wingspan Gas Powered Free Flight Model

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$75   

Sold brand new on 7-7-1961 at the legendary Cleveland Hobby Supply Company at 4526 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, OH. Includes the original hand-written receipt. Large wingspan kit for .02 to .074 engines. This is one of the famous Sal Taibi's National award winning designs. Sal was one of the early 'Kings Of Gas Free Flight' and a very gifted designer. The model is from the 1950s. This model came from the estate of a very active and particular early aircraft kit collector. It is like factory-new inside and has not been started. The small parts are still in the factory sealed clear bag; the other parts have been inventoried complete with the plans. Designed for 'Sniffing Thermals,' the honored pastime of a generation of model enthusiasts. Flying model aircraft predated powered flight; however, balsa wood and printwood were not introduced until the early 1930s and the hobby took off, as well as the hunt for thermals. Gas flight began in the early 1930s, and powered models (most all driven by Brown engines) took home so many awards that they were forever separated in competition from rubber powered models. Design of gas models was tricky since RC (radio control) models could not yet be applied to the mass market; so a gas model had to not only fly and climb under power, but then glide sufficiently - all in a stable fashion and without any operator inputs once the airplane took off.

Hasegawa Cessna A-37 A/B - USAF High Visibility, 1/72, 1036

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$18   

Well molded kit featuring 52 parts, very fine raised panel lines, optional parts for A or B variants, cockpit and gear well detail, two pilots and 100 Gallon drop tanks and Aero-6A and LAU-3A loadouts. Never started. It has been inventoried and NOTE: missing one tiny flap hinge cover (a small triangle; easily made from flat stock plastic). Otherwise complete with all other parts and includes decals and instructions.

Airfix DH-82a Tiger Moth - Blister Pack, 1/72, 01015-5

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$20   

Type four logo factory sealed pack dated 1973. This classic RAF biplane trainer includes a color painting guide and RAF markings from 1935.

Monogram C-47 Skytrain, 1/48, 5607

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$64   

1989 issue. Large and highly detailed model with full cockpit and complete interior down to the bathroom sink in the rear. Has markings for "Camel Caravan to Berlin" (Berlin Airlift aircraft "Clarence") C-47A 86th Air Base Group, Neubiberg, Germany December 1947 or "Honey Bun III" C-47A 8th Troop Carrier Sqdn, 436 Troop Carrier Group, 9th Air Force, Melun, France 1945. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: one prop shaft is a different color plastic. It is from a later issue of this same kit.

Italeri Gotha Go-242 / Go-244 - Glider or Twin Engine Transport, 1/72, 1111

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$29   

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Very well detailed kit. Builds glider or twin engine transport. Features full interior detail and opening rear cargo hatches. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

A A Hales Ltd Cutty Sark 'Marinecraft' Kit - 17 Inch Wooden Ship Kit, 658

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$89   

Very nicely early kit from Hales who also had the Yeoman line of flying aircraft kits. This model features a shaped wooden hull, early injection molded life boats, dead-eyes, figurehead and ships wheel, a full set of flags and sails, injection mast platforms, metal chain, numerous brass rigging parts, precut wood, wood stock for masts, yards, metal stock, three types of rigging material, colorful insignia sheet with front scrollwork, rear scrollwork and name, name plate and cabin sides with windows and doors, detailed instruction sheet, large, foldout photographic sheet showing construction at many phases (and keyed to the instructions) and full size plans with rigging details. The kit has never been started. The small parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and the parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete including flags, instructions, photo sheet and plans.

Comet Republic P-47D Thunderbolt - 24 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft, 3502

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG+

$54   

Still factory sealed. 1970s large scale issue for rubber or gas free flight, or easily converted to RC using today's tiny and light servos and receivers. Kit features traditional wood/tissue construction, insignia, detailed full size plans, building instructions, wheels, hardware, tissue and propeller. 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.