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Seacraft Shipyards US Navy Corvette - 10 Inch Long Wooden Ship Kit

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$65   

From 1945. Above-average quality early wooden ship kit. Features full hull precarved to correct overhead outline, two sheets of very nicely done print wood, wood stock as needed, several sizes of wooden dowels as needed, correct diameter smoke stack dowels, hollow superstructure style build, very well drawn plans with side, rear and overhead profiles, hull sections, cut out doors and window detail, several other views and drawings to aid construction and detail, awnings, rigging diagram, assembly instructions and more. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including all parts and plans/instructions. Seacraft Shipyards was located in New York, New York and advertised a line of sailing vessels, aircraft carriers, warships and freighters. If you have more information about Seacraft please email me at oldmodels@yahoo.com

The Ship Model Shop USS Arleigh Burke DDG51 Guided Missile Destroyer - 22 Inches Long, 1/250

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$275   

Very rare, highly detailed and prefabricated model from Allen Baker's legendary Ship Model Shop. This was the last kit he issued, and there are two personally signed letters from Mr. Baker included with the kit. Very high quality kit features 90% factory finished hardwood hull, perfectly cut and crisp wood superstructure parts, a vast number of cast metal fittings, a large sheet of photoetched brass details, wood, plastic and metal stock as required, a beautiful set dry transfers designed by Mr. Baker and custom made by Chartpak. Paperwork includes instructions, plans, sales material, color photos and various photocopies of plans. Carefully inventoried against the included parts list and NOTE: missing (2) of (16) small bitts and the (4) flat Aegis Antenna Enclosures; very easily made by cutting them from sheet styrene. All original paperwork is included but please NOTE: Mr. Baker had difficulty in releasing this final kit. So the instructions are generic (from the FFG7 kits) and a set of assembled plans. He apologizes in the letter for the standard of documentation. I only recommend this model if you are comfortable building a ship from plans.

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.

Graupner Neptun Freighter Motorship - With Optional Fittings Set #498 - 33.7 Inch Long R/C Ship Model, 2144

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$229   

Very rare. Even harder to find with the optional Graupner #498 Optional Fittings Set. This is a large and nicely detailed model designed for R/C and you can build it one of two ways: 'Midship Bridge' (as shown on the box) or "Aft Bridge.' She measures 857mm long and has a beam of 142mm. It features completely formed ABS plastic one-piece hull, plastic superstructures, funnel, rudder, life boat and davits, cranes, outrigger and mast, die cut plywood decks and other wooden parts, propeller and shaft, extensive decals, kit fittings, instructions, plans and more. The actual kit has never been started. The parts that the factory sealed are still factory sealed; all other parts have been inventoried complete. The Fittings Set #498 has never been used and has been inventoried complete with all parts and instructions.

Monogram US Navy Destroyer DD-610 USS Hobby, B2

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM++

$205   

Very rare early Monogram kit from 1945. Investment grade condition inside and out. This is Monogram's second military ship kit in a series of five - a battleship, carrier, cruiser and landing craft. The kit features a carved balsa hull, color decals, printwood in two sizes, metal life rafts, cardstock and full size plans with complete instructions. I have seen this model built and it is a beautiful large-scale representation of the ship. Measures 16 inches long when built. The kit has never been started. The inside is like new and even includes the cardboard display space and original sandpaper. Complete with all parts, decals and instructions/plans.

Ideal Aeroplane & Supply SS America Ocean Liner / Troop Ship USS West Point / S.S. Australis - Wooden Ship Kit, 1/330, 605

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$325   

Very rare and an excellent example. Large wooden and metal kit builds to just over 26 inches long. This model is of the SS America Ocean Liner, which was designed by the famous naval architect William Francis Gibbs. She was laid down in 1938 and entered service on August 22 1940 as the flagship of the United States Lines. World War II interrupted her passenger service. The ship was active through the war. She narrowly escaped being sunk off Singapore during the Japanese invasion. After the war she resumed her North Atlantic route. The liner was the pride of the US Merchant fleet before the USS United States was commissioned. When the 'Big U' entered service, the two liners were stable mates and often appeared in the same travel agency posters and prints. By 1964 aircraft had taken a large section of the ocean liner travelers away, and the America was sold to Chandris Group and was renamed the Australis. She sailed for 14 years in a very successful career and was the last liner to sail from Southampton to Australia/New Zealand. She was laid up in 1977. She changed owners several times, but was never again successful. While being towed to Thailand, the lines broke and she ran aground in the Canary Islands, where the wreck broke up after time - but not before the locals rescued many items from the ship. The model box is very good and the kit inside is in as-new condition. Features pre-carved hull, metal fittings, very large full size plans, print wood and heavy cardstock, clear material for windows, color flag sheet, building instructions with perspective views and rigging material and diagrams. Never started. I believe that I was the first one to remove the parts from the box when I performed the inventory. All of the fittings are either still in factory sealed bags or inventoried complete. The parts that were never sealed are 100% complete including plans. You can convert it to the USS West Point if you have photos of the ship (which are on the internet) - the main difference is the addition of lifeboats and different paint. Photos of the S.S. Australis will provide the needed data to convert her to that ship, but this conversion will require more work than the West Point. Please NOTE: this kit must be shipped insured. The travel agency poster does NOT come with the kit and is used for illustrative purposes only.

Artesania Latina J.S. Elcano - 40 Inch Long Plank-On-Frame Wooden Ship, 1/110, 20710

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$395   

From 1987 and retails for $599 if you can find one. This is the rare, large scale version; not the much smaller version that is still in production. Very large and highly detailed model features high-quality hardwood and ply, highly detailed metal castings and pre-carved wooden parts. The kit has not been started. All the parts that were factory sealed are still factory sealed. The few parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete. With plans and instructions.

Master Modelcraft Supply Co Brig Washington - Commodore Famous Ship Line - 17 Inch Long And 12 Inch High Highly Prefabricated Wood And Plastic Ship, C-2

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$129   

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Very, very rare model from 1954. Everyone knows of the Master Modelcraft aircraft kits. The ship kits are much rarer, and the Commodore Series was their 'flagship' of the modeling line. In an attempt to simply the difficult task of making wooden parts look like an intricate ship, they created perhaps the ultimate prefabricated classic ship models with completely finished wooden parts, metal fittings and numerous plastic parts. This model features a factory-finished wood hull, one sheet of die-cut printwood, and the rest of the parts are metal or plastic: there are 37 injection molded plastic parts from bulwarks to masts and yardarms and cast metal deck fittings as well. The model kit has never been started. The small metal and plastic parts (with the rigging thread) are still in a factory sealed clear bag. The other parts are still attached to the blue factory presentation cardboard or inventoried complete. With excellent instructions, large full size plan with two sides including many other drawings, rigging diagram, section view and step-by-step text instructions. Master Modelcraft Supply Company listed their address as N.Y. 66, New York during the early 1950s. The costly Commodore Series included C-1 Revenue Cutter, C-2 Brig Washington, C-3 Brig Boxer and C-4 Baltimote Clipper. Each was $2.95, a small fortune at that time for hobby kits. This contributed to their demise, low production numbers and rarity today. They also made a lesser line of ship kits that were prefabricated, but not to the level of the Commodore Series. They were all wood with metal fittings (part numbers B-1 through B-18). The Brig Washington was built in 1838 and was originally schooner rigged. In 1838 she was rerigged as a brig. During most her career she engaged in hydrographic work. Her 12 pound gun had a unique arrangement on a rotating turret-like platform amidships, enabling it to have a great field of fire. Upon the outbreak of the Civil War, the Washington was seized by the Confederacy and armed with one huge 42 pound carronade and impressed into the Confederate Navy. She was finally scuttled in 1862 near New Orleans to prevent capture by the Union Navy.

Ideal Aeroplane & Supply Marion Sprague Three Masted Schooner 1899 - 29 Inches Long, 601

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$265   

Very rare, large-scale deluxe edition from the late 1940s/very early 1950s. This version is hardly ever seen. Measures 29 inches long and 16 inches high when built. Features a 90%+ cut factory wooden hull, four factory sealed bags of metal fittings (over 100 fittings total), a large sheet of beautiful sail cloth, numerous hardwood dowels and pre-cut square wood of many sizes, metal stock, two types of rigging thread, colorful flag sheet and fantastic full size plans that have detailed assembly instructions and rigging diagrams. Inside, the kit is exactly as it left the factory. The fittings are all in clear bags stapled to the original Ideal 'blue' backing cardstock. Sail cloth, printwood and wood stock are all held together with the original factory rubber bands. Even the original factory packing tissue is present. The box is complete and very nice, but the corners are repaired from the inside correctly as they had split. The plans have never been unfolded but have some damage to one side from the way they were packed by Ideal. They are still completely usable. The three-masted Marion Sprague schooner was built in 1899. Being far more economical to operate than the large, two-masted schooner, they soon monopolized all coastal trade up and down the US seaboard after the civil war. Ideal was a famous producer of early model kits. In 1911 they released their first aircraft kit, which put them among the first USA model companies. Ideal was unique also in that they released large civil ships and ocean liners.

Robbe Norderney Survey Ship With 1036 Fittings Set - 49 Inches Long For R/C Or Static Display, 1/25, 1035

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$569   

Very rare, and even rarer with the important fittings kit. This was Robbe's flagship model and was around $800 with the optional ship's fittings kit which is included. This full-scale model is designed for radio control operation with two props and rudders and provides great maneuverability even in rough water. The beautiful and huge hull is one piece molded ABS plastic and all other parts are pre-fabricated (die-cut) of wood and plastic. Includes hull, mast, funnel and small parts, die-cut decks, superstructure and crane parts, die-cut main frames and deck beams, clear glazing, double rudder system, R/C fitting set with tillers and pushrods, 35mm diameter screws, rubber rubbing strip, rails, anchor winch parts, optional fittings set and more. This example is never touched. It has not been started and all the parts are still exactly as the factory shipped them. The ones that were sealed are still sealed and the few that were not have been inventoried complete. With all plans/instructions. Unless you specify otherwise, this kit will be shipped in the huge and sturdy original box with paper covering the identification label and photo. If you choose to have it boxed again, extra shipping will apply. Please note, this may not ship to other countries who have size limited on postage because the box is 52.3 x 18.2 x 14.2 inches. Must be shipped insured.

Billing Boats US Coast Guard MLB Motor Life Boat 44 Feet With Running Hardware - 28.8 Inch Long Ship For R/C, 1/20, 586

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$169   

Out of production. This is not the common small scale model but the rare, very large 1/20 scale issue. It is highly detailed and can be built static or remote control. Excellent kit with plastic one-piece hull and deck, extensive brass and plastic small fittings, wood stock where required, highly detailed instructions and decals. The kit has never been started. The small parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags and plastic fittings containers. The large parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions. Includes an NOS aftermarket running hardware set that is very similar to the "Model Expo" set. It includes a RS-540 (S4) large electric motor, metal motor clamp and two motor sticks (wood). The US Coast Guard 44 Foot MLB is a high endurance boat designed to perform search and rescue missions in very adverse weather and sea states. It is self-bailing and self-righting. Built for the USCG by the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, MD, the first 44 footer was put into service in 1961. The design was so successful that 110 were built and only one has ever been taken out of service - a testimony to the durability of the design and construction methods. Four MLBs were sold to foreign governments for search and rescue.

Sterling Caltex Lumba-Lumba With Optional Fittings Set B20F - 38 Inches Long For R/C Or Display, B20M

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$429   

Rare in this condition and ever rarer with the fittings set. This very large, scale model is 'completely pre-fabbed for easy assembly' It features die-cut plywood and balsa parts, factory carved parts, plastic molded smoke stack, other plastic parts as well, sheeted hull construction, 'excellent' decals, superb full size drawings and plans and simple-to-follow, step by step instructions. Never started and complete. Lumba-Lumba means 'porpoises' in the far east. This ship was commissioned by Caltex Pacific Oil Company in 1961 to speed personnel and freight from Sumatra to Singapore. She was designed by the famous naval architects Sparkman and Stephens who created the Columbia (winner of the New England yacht races. NOTE: this kit must be shipped insured.

Sterling Mk.II Puddle Jumper - 30 Inch Long Air Boat For R/C Operation - Sport or Coast Guard Version, B27

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$279   

Still factory sealed and in mint condition. Rare, large-scale 30" version, not the smaller 18" one. A great performer when powered by a .15 to .35 engine or a modern electric motor. Features a precision vacuum formed plastic hull and cabin, accurately die-cut balsa and plywood parts, hardware package including R/C hardware, full size plans, decals for sport version or coast guard, instructions and more.

Aeropiccola Susanna II Fishing Trawler With Fittings - 24.8 Inches Long For R/C Or Display, 1/34, 606SM

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$189   

A superbly detailed, full scale plank-on-frame model. Features accurately die-cut plywood frames/bulkheads, deck and more, numerous other hardwood and plywood die-cut parts for the superstructure, etc., molded composite wood stern, limewood planking, complete set of metal and wood fittings, instructions, plans and more. Never started. The kit is exactly as it was shipped from the factory. The items that were bag sealed are still sealed. The ones that were never sealed have been inventoried complete.

Ideal Aeroplane & Supply Fishing Trawler - 18 Inch Long Wooden Ship, 317

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$219   

Very, very rare, especially in this condition. Dated 1950 and measures 18 inches long when built. Wooden kit with a beautiful pre-carved balsawood hull and quality printwood parts, wood stock as required, one very large and full factory-sealed bag of cast metal fittings and another smaller factory-sealed bag of metal fittings, sail cloth, printed cardstock superstructure sides, a full color flag sheet as well as highly detailed three-view plans with hull cross sections, numerous superb detail drawings, very good instructions with additional building illustrations, full rigging diagram and sail details. Certainly one of Ideal's more detailed and better kits.

Ideal Aeroplane & Supply SS United States Ocean Liner - 22 Inch Long Wooden Ship Kit, 324

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair++

$199   

Rare. 1953 issue from the famous Ideal Aeroplane & Supply Company which was founded in 1911. Features pre-carved wooden hull, three sealed bags of metal fittings including lifeboats, davits and dozens of other parts, six sheets of nicely done printwood, two large clear cellophane sheets completely pre-decorated with the intricate window, porthole and door and railing patterns from the SS United States, full color flag sheet, numerous stock wood parts as needed, sandpaper, highly detailed full size plans and a separate illustrated instruction sheet. The kit has not been started and is complete. Inside it is just as it left the factory down to the packing paper.

Constructo Viking Ship, 80416

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$28   

Makes a perfect first wooden ship kit. Measures 9.6 inches long when assembled. Features a wooden hull that is completely carved, shaped and drilled (ready for paint), die cut wooden parts, other wood parts as required, plastic oars, colorful pre-printed sail, glue, paint, full size plans, rigging diagram, step-by-step illustrated instructions and colorful shields. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes and instructions and plans.

Ideal Aeroplane & Supply BB-55 USS North Carolina 1941 - 18 Inch Long Wooden Ship Model

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG-

$145   

Very rare kit from 1941. Measures 18 inches long when assembled. Issued in 1941, it depicts the ship basically as she was launched. Includes completely pre-molded and shaped wood-material hull in excellent, solid condition, 5 sheets of cleanly done printwood, wood stock in many shapes and sizes, a sealed fittings packet (I can tell that it contains at least the props and anchors) and two packs of Casco Glue. Features excellent full size plans and instructions. The plans show numerous detail views of the ships details and superstructure. Never started. Factory sealed fittings bag with the other parts inventoried complete with instructions.

Sterling United States Lines American Scout C-2 Cargo Ship with B-18F Optional Fittings Set, 1/96, B18M

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$650   

Includes rare metal fitting set B-18F. Very highly detailed, large-scale model measuring 50 inches long when assembled. Designed for remote control or impressive static display. Never started. Inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions/plans present. This kit came from a very particular collector and the contents were exactly as it left the factory until I inspect it. I have put them back exactly as the factory did.

BaD Ship Models Virginia Class Cruiser USS Virginia CGN38 / USS Texas CGN39 / USS Mississippi CGN40 / USS Arkansas CGN41 - 73 Inches Long For R/C Or Static Display, 1/96, BSM-CGV

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$595   

Still factory sealed. Rare and very large kit that can be built as any one of the four sister ships. True scale model can be built for static display or R/C operation. The model is plank-on-frame construction and features plywood and balsa parts, planking strips, other wood as required, molded polyester plastic parts (i.e. resin), vacuum formed styrene parts, metal stock, cast metal anchors and chain, two brass props, stuffing boxes, drive shafts, rudder assemblies, decal sheet and flag. Because of the common scale, many super detail fittings are available to make this a true museum piece (extra fittings not included.) There are even super-detailed 3D printed parts on Shapeways.com! Copy and paste this link for photos and more information on this kit: http://wmunderway.mysite.com/gallery21/gallery21.htm