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  Adams Model Kits

Adams Hawk Missile Battery MIM-23 With Loader / Launcher / Tracker and Crew, 1/40, K154-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$145   

Dated 1958. Classic cold war model with excellent detail and loaded with action features like all Adams kits. The loader has movable wheels and tracks, & the missiles elevate, the launcher has movable wheels and the missiles swivel and elevate and the tracker radar has moving wheels and radar screen. Includes five man crew. The kit has never been started. The parts that Adams factory sealed are still factory sealed - the white missile parts, the black and silver parts and the smaller olive drab parts. The few parts trees that were never factory sealed have been inventoried complete. Includes decals and instructions.

Adams M-40 155mm Self-Propelled Gun Choo Choo Baby, 1/40, K151-169

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$85   

Rare original issue Adams 'Action Model' with excellent details and features. Features movable gun, track & hatches, gun recoils and elevates, platform is hinged so it can be opened and closed, working extension ramp and four man crew. The kit has not been started. The small parts are still sealed in the factory bag. The bigger parts that were never factory sealed have been inventoried complete. With decals and instructions.

Adams Hawk Missile Battery MIM-23 With Loader / Launcher / Tracker and Crew, 1/40, K154-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$185   

Dated 1958. This one-owner kit was purchased new on May 4, 1963 in Lexington, KY. Classic cold war kit with excellent detail and loaded with action features- the loader has movable wheels and tracks, & the missiles elevate, the launcher has movable wheels and the missiles swivel and elevate and the tracker radar has moving wheels and radar screen. Includes five man crew. The kit has never been started. The parts that Adams factory sealed are still factory sealed - the white missile parts, the black and silver parts and the smaller olive drab parts. The few parts trees that were never factory sealed have been inventoried complete. Includes decals and instructions. Box has exceptional color and gloss and would grade much higher than 'VG+' but there is 'crunch' on the upper right side corner.

Adams Hawk Missile Battery Store Display, 1/40

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: No Box

$675   

For the advanced collector and investor. Very rare and in exceptional, all original condition. This is a Adams-factory built display built for hobby shop promotional use. The intention was simple- if hobby shops would purchase and display these dioramas, potential buyers would see the model build and immediately purchase the kit. This probably worked well; but the hitch was that these displays were expensive, so few hobby shops could afford them back in the 1950s. And of the ones made, there was heavy attrition. Parts broke, and when the new kits came out next year, they were thrown away to make room for more. Which makes the 'excellent+' condition of this one even more exceptional. The actual model is very neatly built and painted, is missing no parts and has had no repairs. The paint and decals are in fantastic condition as well. The 3-D cardboard display has like-new color and gloss. There are no rips, tears or missing material. The only damage is that the 'firing missiles' in the middle have been folded over and are creased. I put masking tape on the back to temporarily hold them up for the photo. It will ship folded down as I found it. A superb 'no apologies' piece. NOTE: this kit must be shipped insured. NOTE: It will be packed as well as possible in a double box, but be aware that some small parts or men may come loose during shipping and may have to repaired on your end.

Adams Saab 35 Draken - Supersonic Fighter (J-35), 1/48, K500-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$85   

Rare kit from 1959. Features retractable landing gear, opening canopy and missiles that actually launch from the central pod. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Adams was founded by Steve Adams and released plastic assembly kits in the late 1950s. The company was innovative and the general quality of most kits was very high for the time- so much that builders (not just collectors) still seek the kits today. Adams is best known today for a series of military vehicles and missiles, although they also released an aircraft (Draken), helicopter (YH-41), balloon (La Coquette) and ship (SS Savannah). Some of these appeared in gift sets as well. The Adams smaller scale (1/40) Atomic Cannon, Hawk Missile Battery, Honest John, Vanguard (1/80) and Thor (1/87)missiles and other kits are still sought after today. Combinations of these kits were issued in gift sets, which are very desirable collector's items today. In the late 1950s, Adams entered into a joint venture with Revell, and several of the military kits were released under the Revell label, such as the Jeep among others. Around 1960 there was a disagreement between Adams and Revell, and the agreement was terminated. Sometime after this, Adams quit the plastic model business, and Life-Like purchased most of the Adams molds.