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Sterling Beechcraft Bonanza - 22 Inch Wingspan With Operating Landing Gear For R/C or Free Flight, A3-249

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Purchased new on March 31, 1966 in a hobby shop on Lorain Ave, Cleveland, OH. Very nicely produced stick-and-tissue model with landing gear that operates in flight. Can be flown with rubber, electric, gas, control line or converted to RC with modern lightweight systems. Features high quality die-cut balsa sheet parts, stripwood and spars, fully formed wire landing gear struts, finished wheels, other wood and metal stock as required, light plastic nose cowl, spinner and other details, beautiful clear vacuformed one-piece cabin window set (still mint not yellowed), rubber motor, plastic prop, a big decals sheet that includes registration, Bonanza ID trim and full side strips as shown, covering tissue and excellent full size plans with detailed instructions. Never started and complete. Sterling was a famous manufacturer dating back to the 1930/40s flying model craze. Although they continued to produce kits for decades after the flying model slump following World War II, they eventually fell victim to the general lack of interest in modeling that occurred in the early 1980s. I always considered Sterling kits to be 'deluxe' as they had the action features and were much nicer than most other kits of this type.

Monogram A/B-26C Invader (A-26 B-26), 1/48, 85-5508

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

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Still factory sealed and the seal has drawn the top of the box concave as shown. Very highly detailed and features full interior with all stations represented, optional position landing gear and bomb bay doors with detailed bay and weapons.

Revell Cunard RMS Queen Mary Ocean Liner, 1/568, H311

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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1971 release of this popular kit with beautiful box artwork. Well detailed, 20.75 inch long full hull kit of the classic Cunard Ocean Liner. This kit has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals, flags and instructions.

Hasegawa Lockheed P-3C / CP-140 Orion - RCAF (Canadian) or US Navy VP-19, 1/72, 1147

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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From the 1980s. Nicely detailed and has excellent mold quality. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions.

Alliance Republic XP-72 Long Range Escort Fighter, 1/72, 72004

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Rare. Beautifully cast in high-definition resin with all fine recessed panel lines, cockpit, counter-rotating propellers, optional position landing gear and full decal. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. The XP-72 was the first fighter designed around the 28 cylinder Was Major engine. Two prototypes were built and a production order for 100 aircraft was placed. However, requirements were changing quickly at this time in the war and the order was canceled.

Revell 1910 Ford Model 'T' Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Early Highway Pioneers kit molded in black. This issue has the Gowland 'Balloon' logo on both long sides and D.K. Gowland credited with the design on the instructions. Molded in black. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. NOTE: the steering wheel is green plastic, not black like the rest of the car. 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.

Lindberg Marine Invasion Craft LSI Infantry Landing Ship, 1/150, 728-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

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Rare 1950s hardbox early issue with great Ray Gaedke artwork. The box has like-new color and gloss and very little wear. Full hull kit in large 1/150 scale. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. NOTE: the Lindberg decals are for '171' and the box shows '78'. I have seen this many times; that is how Lindberg packed this kit, at least for a time.

Lindberg LSU Landing Ship Utility with Tank Motorized, 1/100, 709M-249

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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First issue hardbox from the 1950s with Ray Gaedke artwork. In exceptional condition with like-new color and gloss, four solid corners with no repairs, no price tags, tape or even tape marks, no fading and no litho tears. There is light general wear as shown. This was an excellent large-scale kit for that time featuring a tank, detailed deck fittings, electric motor that drove props on all three shafts, all motorizing hardware, opening or closing bow landing ramp, AA guns, railing stanchions, crew members and a display stand. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals, flag sheet and instructions. The listed scale is approximate but close. LSU's varies in length depending on several factors; this kit could be about 1/90 or up to 1/110 scale.

Lindberg LST (Landing Ship Tank) with LCVPs, 1/245, 70865

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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2008 issue from the original 1950s molds. At that time it was considered well detailed. Larger scale kit measures 16 inches long when built.

Hobby Craft De Havilland DHC-3 Floatplane - SAC 4082 Command Wing USAF or Civil Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, 1/48, HC1655

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

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Still factory sealed. Large-scale Otter that is well molded with all recessed panel line details. Features detailed cockpit, separately molded crew entry and cargo doors, clear windows for the cockpit and sides, floats and decals for two aircraft.

Sterling Zero A6M3 Model 32 Hamp - 24 inch Wingspan for Free Flight or R/C - Drops Belly Tank in Flight, A15-398

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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24 inch wingspan kit for RC, free flight or control line. Includes innovative system for automatically dropping the centerline belly tank in flight, color decals, high-grade die-cut balsa, vacuform plastic detail parts, clear vacuform canopy, plastic wheels, finished wire landing gear, rubber motor and plastic prop, full size plans with instruction details and notes on RC or control line conversion. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions. Sterling was a famous manufacturer dating back to the 1930/40s flying model craze. Although they continued to produce kits for decades after the flying model slump following World War II, they eventually fell victim to the general lack of interest in modeling that occurred in the early 1980s. I always considered Sterling kits to be deluxe kits as they were very complete.

Revell CVB-41 USS Midway Carrier, 1/547, H441

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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1974 issue. Hard to find kit of the last WWII carrier class with the original 'Straight Deck.' Has John Steele artwork from the 'Picture Fleet' series. Nicely done full hull model features detailed island, 26 aircraft including Skyraiders, Corsairs, Cougars and helicopters, nicely engraved flight deck, stand, decals and flags. The kit has never been started. The factory sealed bag is still factory sealed. The 'tree' with the hull was never factory sealed and it has been inventoried complete including all parts plus the decals and instructions. Although designed for the Pacific battles, the Midway and her sisters did not see service in WWII. The Midway was the first surface ship to launch a ballistic missile. She and her sisters served proudly in the post-war years until replaced by the super-carriers.

ITC Chevrolet 1953 / 1954 / 1955 Corvette Motorized with Working Headlights, 1/10, 3686-498

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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Rare. This is a big scale kit that is commonly listed as 1/10 - it is actually closer to 1/11. Features one piece upper and one piece lower body, opening hood and trunk, good full interior, numerous chrome parts and all necessary parts for motorized operation, including the motor, hardware and even the bulbs for the headlights. Also includes "Rayco" cloth seat covers, die-cut felt carpet, and a big sheet of custom decals. Molded in white, chrome plate, black and clear and with many metal and fabric parts. The chrome is all 'excellent+ or better. There has been no assembly but NOTE the upper and lower bodies have been neatly spray or airbrushed a very light blue - so light you can see the plastic color under it. Carefully inventoried and all parts are present but one - missing (1) of (2) tail light housings. Since they are identical, you can cast this one with and then build the kit. The center of one hubcap is broken out but is present. With decals and instructions

Wilhelmshaven Boeing B-47E Stratojet, 1/50, 1602

Cardstock Paper Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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Large scale, highly detailed cardstock model. Beautifully color printed on 8 large sheets of quality cardstock. The exterior 'metal' parts are printed in a wonderful metallic silver. No painting required - just build! Features German instructions and some illustrated assembly drawings. You should be experienced with card models before building this model. Never started; nothing has been cut out and all the sheets are in excellent condition. It has been inventoried 100% complete.

Wilhelmshaven HP-80 Victor 'V' Bomber, 1/50, 1600

Cardstock Paper Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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Large scale, highly detailed cardstock model. Beautifully color printed on 8 large sheets of quality cardstock. The exterior 'metal' parts are printed in a wonderful metallic silver. No painting required - just build! Features German instructions and some illustrated assembly drawings. You should be experienced with card models before building this model. Never started; nothing has been cut out and all the sheets are in excellent condition. It has been inventoried 100% complete.

Schreiber-Bogen Concorde Supersonic Airliner Air France, 1/100, JFS-72426

Cardstock Paper Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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Large scale kit features color printed high-quality cardstock - no painting required. The kit has not been started. The parts are complete and have not been cut out.

Schreiber-Bogen Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle Air France, 1/50, JFS-71025

Cardstock Paper Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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Very large (almost 1/48) scale kit of possibly the most beautiful airliner ever built. Features color printed high-quality cardstock - no painting required. The kit has not been started. The parts are complete and the sheets are uncut.

Bachmann Pedestrian Bridge - HO Scale Accessory Kit, HO, 45172

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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Older but nicely detailed kit. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including signs and instructions.

Bachmann Crane Car & Boom Tender - HO Scale Model, HO, 46115

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Never run. Older but nicely detailed and still new in the factory box. Completely factory assembled, painted and lettered - ready to run.

Bachmann Great Northern Covered Hopper / Rio Grand D&RGW 41' Steel Box Car / Sante Fe 51' Reefer / Koppers Plastic Covered Hopper / Dow Tank Car - N Scale Lot, N

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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All five N cars are in as-new condition - it appears that they may have never been run. All but the Dow Tanker are in the original boxes with original plastic or foam inserts. From the mid to late 1980s.