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UPC M-40 155mm Self-Propelled Gun - (ex Adams), 1/40, 2151-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$65   

Universal Powermaster reissue of the 1957 Adams 'Action Model' that is amazingly well detailed for that time. Features rotating, elevating and recoiling gun, working track and hatches, hinged platform that opens and closes, working extension ramp, crew and much more. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bag and includes decals and instructions. This kit has a fascinating history. After Adams became disillusioned with plastic model kit production (perhaps partially due to Revell's founder), they sold most if not all of the molds to Athearn, the famous craftsman train kit manufacturer. Athearn reissued many of the kits under the SNAP name, which caused a great deal of confusion. Many thought they were snap-together kits; they couldn't have been more wrong. Athearn did a simple modification to each mold; where it would say ADAMS (usually on a part or area that did not show), they machined that away and put the SNAP logo. At some point Athearn stopped production and eventually sold the molds. However, during this time in the 1960s, UPC decided to reissue many of these kits. Evidently Athearn did the molding or a job shop did, while UPC produced their own boxes, instructions and decals. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers (many in Japan) and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

UPC 105MM Howitzer And Emplacement, 1/40, 5152-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

$39   

Still factory sealed and rare. Judging only from the box art, I would guess that this is the from the Revell "S" 1950s molds. If so, here are the features: gun barrel swivels, elevates and has recoil action, wheels turn with flexible tires, trails fold inward for towing, 4 G.I. figures, shells, crates and detailed 'battle-ground' base. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

UPC Armored Car - M-20 Armored Combat Car - (ex Revell), 1/40, 5146-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$110   

Very rare kit that is from the original Revell "S" 1950s molds. This issue even shares the same box art as the Revell release, which is unusual. Like all early Revell armor, this is a very nicely detailed and molded kit that features detailed suspension, optional position front hatches, rolling wheels, swiveling and elevating machine gun, two drivers, machine gunner, commander, mine detector, rifleman and three extra rifles. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

UPC Covered Wagon - With Driver / Two Oxen / Horse And Rider - (ex Adams / Revell / Miniature Masterpieces /Life-Like), 1/48, 4010-100

Vaccuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$54   

A rare model that is very finely engraved and well detailed. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but either leased molds or bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed them in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s including this model. All UPC production ended in the 1970s. This kit has a fascinating history. It started life as one of the 'Miniature Masterpieces,' which was the brainchild of an alliance between Lou Glasser (Revell) and Steve Adams (Adams Action Models) in 1953. Although having the appearance of an independent company, the firm was run by Revell right down to the prototypes being made at the Revell plant. However, there was no evidence of the parent company on the surface. The State Coach of England was the first kit, issued in 1953. More kits of excellent quality followed. Revell completely took over the line in 1954, making the one-year original issues very rare. However, while Revell was now issuing them under their name, Adams was also issuing the line in 1958. Production was discontinued by both companies in the early 1960s; the molds then ended up with UPC. By the early 1970s, Life-Like ended up with many of the Adams molds and wound up owning the complete, original 'Miniature Masterpieces' line. Life-Like reissued them several times in that decade but the current whereabout of the molds are not known.

UPC M-40 155mm Self-Propelled Gun - (ex Adams), 1/40, 2151-250

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$55   

Universal Powermaster's 2nd reissue of the 1957 Adams 'Action Model' that is amazingly well detailed for that time. Features rotating, elevating and recoiling gun, working track and hatches, hinged platform that opens and closes, working extension ramp, crew and much more. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bag and includes decals and instructions. This kit has a fascinating history. After Adams became disillusioned with plastic model kit production (perhaps partially due to interaction with Revell's founder), they sold most if not all of the molds to Athearn, the famous craftsman HO train kit manufacturer. Athearn reissued many of the kits under the SNAP name. This name sometimes caused confusion. Many people thought they were snap-together kits; they couldn't have been more wrong. Athearn did a simple modification to each mold; where it would say ADAMS (usually on a part or area that did not show), they machined that away and put the SNAP logo. At some point Athearn stopped production and eventually sold the molds. However, during this time in the 1960s, UPC decided to reissue many of these kits. Evidently Athearn did the molding or a job shop did, while UPC produced their own boxes, instructions and decals. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers (many in Japan) and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. However, the famous Roy Grinnell did the 2nd issue UPC artwork for the ex-Adams AA Gun, M-40 (this kit) and perhaps others. All UPC production ended in the 1970s. NOTE: instructions are SNAP instructions. I have seen this before and evidently UPC used up Athearn's stock of instructions in their kits. Given the cost of printing back then, this would have been a wise move.

UPC Kawasaki Ki-45 Nick - (ex Marusan), 1/101, 7033-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$22   

1960s issue from Marusan molds and a very nicely molded small scale kit. Never started and inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

UPC English Electric BAC Lightning - (ex Marusan), 1/98, 7034-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$16   

1960s issue from the original Marusan molds. Well molded with very fine raised panel detail and features clear canopy, complete landing gear and doors, drop tank and two SkyFlash air-to-air missiles. Never started and inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

UPC North American A3J-1 Vigilante (ex-Marusan), 1/129, 7038-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$24   

1960s issue from quality Marusan molds. Features full landing gear and clear canopy. When the nose probe is pulled, the canopy opens. Never started and the parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

UPC Patton Tank US Army, 1/40, 5156-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$36   

This UPC model is ex-Fujimi and molded in olive drab with metal axles and flexible tracks. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

UPC Japanese M61 Medium Tank, 1/40, 5157-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$36   

This UPC model is ex-Fujimi and molded in olive drab with metal axles and flexible tracks. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

UPC British Tank Comet I, 1/40, 5159-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$36   

This UPC model is ex-Fujimi and molded in olive drab with metal axles and flexible tracks. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

UPC 105mm Gun Emplacement - Howitzer With 5 G.I.s - (ex Adams), 1/40, 5152-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$48   

From original Adams Action Model molds. This issue has great box art of American ground troops & armor being attacked by very strange looking Stuka-hybrid aircraft. The kit is a well detailed mini-diorama that features a detailed gun that elevates and has moving left and right trails, molded base and sandbags, radio, shell casings, many shells, ammo box and crew of 5 'in action' G.I.s. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

UPC German Tank Mark IV / F2 - Panzer IV - HO Scale, 1/87, 3025-29

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$22   

Nice small scale model from Japanese molds of unknown origin. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

UPC German Tank Mk IV / F1 - Panzer IV - HO Scale, 1/87, 3024-29

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$22   

Nice small scale model from Japanese molds of unknown origin. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

UPC German Armored Car 234/1 - HO Scale, 1/87, 3012-29

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$22   

Nice small scale model from Japanese molds of unknown origin. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

UPC Sound Detector - HO Scale, 1/87, 3029-29

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$24   

Nice small scale model from Japanese molds of unknown origin. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

UPC German Half-Track Munitions Carrier - HO Scale, 1/87, 3028-29

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$22   

Nice small scale model from Japanese molds of an unknown origina. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

UPC Nakajima Ki-84 Frank - (ex Fujimi), 1/70, 8028-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$14   

From older quality Fujimi molds and with box art by Scott Eidson. Features very fine raised detail, moving ailerons and full color decals. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

UPC Nakajima Ki-44 Tojo - (ex Fujimi), 1/70, 8013-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$14   

From older but quality Fujimi molds. The model as never been started. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

UPC BAC Lightning F.Mk.53 - RAF or Royal Saudi Arabian Air Force, 1/72, 5082-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$18   

From quality Hasegawa molds. Scott Eidson box art. Includes decals for both aircraft. 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. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.