Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc++
Finely molded in dark yellow and clear. Builds to an excellent model. This kit has never been started. It has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Frog is considered the father of injection molded model kits. The Lines Brothers opened Frog in 1932, capitalizing on the fever caused by Lindberg's solo transatlantic flight. Almost overnight the western populations became 'Air-Minded', and anything aviation was in high demand. Frog created a quality line of stick and tissue rubber powered aircraft and gliders as well as innovative ready-to-fly rubber powered aircraft that required no assembly. The box even contained a built-in rubber motor winder and fuselage holder. Model airplane flight competitions were popular in Great Britain, and one category was 'Rise Off the Ground', or ROG. By changing this to 'Flies Right Off the Ground', the FROG name was born. In 1936 Frog created a line of injection molded plastic models, the first such kit line in the world (Hawk sold a line of injection molded aircraft models in 1934 but they were factory assembled and painted). Named 'Penguin' after the bird that does not fly, the kits were innovative beyond the means of production. At a time when models were simply built by wingspan, the Penguin line was a constant 1/72 scale. Furthermore, a large 1/72 Short S.30 Empire class flying boat contained a full interior and lights! A line of accessories such as AA guns, tractors, hanger, ambulance, sound locator, searchlights and lighting kits were quickly added to the line. WWII caused a pause in production. After the war the box color changed from silver to green, and Penguin kits were also marketed in the USA. Production ended in 1950. Frog quickly expanded and released the Red, Orange, Black, Green, Gold Token, Spin and Comet series as well as Trail Blazers and several others. It is noteworthy that while most manufacturers in the 1940s/50 were making toy-like models, Frog attempted to make very realistic models. For example, 'detailing' kits with excessively large rivets was once very popular. Frog ignored this trend and continued to mold aircraft with fine panel lines and no rivets. As a result, Frog kits can be built into very realistic replicas. Production ended in the late 1970s, but Frog molds are still in use around the world.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Fair
1950s issue with fantastic Ray Gaedke artwork. Kit features fine raised details, moving rudder and wing control surfaces, complete jet engine and opening inspection cover, pilot, two drop tanks, underwing rockets and a clear display stand. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. NOTE: box is only 'fair' because it has something stuck to it on the left side as shown. Lindberg is a company with a fascinating history The original 'Lindberg Line' stretches back to the 1930s when Paul Lindberg drew plans for famous modeling magazines and marketed his balsa wood 'stick and tissue' by urging dealers to carry the '...Complete Lindberg Line'. After the war, Lindberg and Olsen had a strong hand in early United States injection molded kit development. Please see the article located on this website about early USA plastic kit manufacturers.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Fair
Includes factory-sealed Airwaves AC7261 Fairy Fulmar super detail set with brass PE parts. The actual model is the limited edition that builds either variant. Features all injection molded main parts with recessed panel lines, metal details, injection molded clear canopy and decals for either version. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Exc
Still factory sealed. Very rare. This Revell of Brasil kit was manufactured by A. Kikoler in Rio de Janeiro. This is Revell's excellent 51 piece 'short body' 727-100 kit with very extensive and colorful Cruzeiro markings. They include all side stripes in multiple colors, full rudder/vertical fin decals, anti-glare panel, registration and all other markings. Landing gear can be built up or down as can the rear passenger loading ramp (Airstair Door).
Vacuform Model Kit, Box Condition: Bagged
SPECIAL ORDER vacuform kit. Not shipped from stock. Kit is molded upon receipt of payment. Time from receipt to shipping your kit is usually 8 to 10 weeks. Kit includes resin and/or metal details -clear canopy and full size plans/instructions. Details included will vary from kit to kit but may contain landing struts - wheels - props - engines (not jets) - some cockpit parts - seats - etc. Other parts will need to be scratch built or from your spares box. Decals not furnished. Vacuform kits are only recommended for modelers who are experienced with this type of model. Special skills and scratch building experience are required. If you are curious, I highly recommend that you read the article 'How To Build Vacuform Model Kits' which is located on this website.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
This model dates from when Fujimi made the finest models in the world. Features all fine recessed panel lines, detailed cockpit, correct armament and decals for the two aircraft listed. Excellent detail throughout. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed NM
Still factory sealed. From Airfix molds and dated 1984. Nicely detailed full hull kit.
Metal Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
In the 1930s and especially during the 40s/early 50s there was a revolution in model railroading: high quality kits became available for the first time. Before this, there were few standard gauges and most railroads were scratch built to any gauge the collector desired. This kit is a classic Athearn model from that era. These kits build very realistic models because parts that are metal on the real box car are metal in the kit; same for the wooden parts. All sides are factory painted and decorated the correct colors, leaving very little painting. Includes wooden floor, metal roof and car ends as well as opening doors, metal underside and detail fittings such as AB brake set, brake wheel, etc. These make great stand alone models or high-quality rolling stock for your line. The kit has not been started. All small parts are still in factory sealed bags and all other parts have been inventoried complete with the car sides in as new condition.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good+
Rare original issue from the 1950s with Pan Am decals. Decals and instructions are in excellent condition for the age of this kit. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good+
1970s issue of the engine that powered Lindberg's Spirit of St. Louis across the Atlantic Ocean. Large 1/8 scale and well detailed with over 150 parts. Complete engine includes crankcase, 9 cylinders, two magnetos, carburetor air heater, fuel pump, oil pump, accessories, mounting ring, carburetor and fuel system, vinyl wires for the distributor blocks and dual ignition system and more. A name plate label is included with a Wright J-5 decal. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bags including decals and instructions. The Wright J-5 powered a great many famous aircraft of the day - the Bellanca 'Columbia', Boeing Model 72, Cessna Cabin, Curtiss Lark, Fairchild Cabin, Fokker Universal and C-2 / F-7 Trimotors, early Ford Trimotors, Keystone Pathfinder, Lockheed Vega, Sikorsky S-36 and many others.
Resin Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed
Very nicely detailed add-on for your Heller or AMT 1/72 KC-135. Still sealed with instructions.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
Large scale well detailed kit. Can be flown rubber free flight, gas free flight, or converted to electric RC using today's small and light servos and receivers. Well detailed with scale plastic wheels, plastic propeller, vacuform nose/cowl and engine, full color decals, colored tissue, die cut balsa parts, rubber motor, plywood firewall and excellent full size plans. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Guillow's founder, Paul K. Guillow, was a WWI naval aviator. In 1926 he began producing wooden model airplane kits. His 'Shelf Models' were some of the earlier non-flying models in production. Guillow's grew during the model boom of the 1930s, and when the Depression hit the hardest, Guillow's responded with lower prices and became one of the low price leaders, frequently advertising in Model Airplane News and other leading publications. During the war, like most manufacturers, Guillow's was forced to alternative materials such as cardboard and pine. Guillow's survived the post WWII slump by creating many inexpensive profile flying rubber powered aircraft and gliders in the 1950s (along with North Pacific) which became famous - some are still available today. The stick and tissue lines have been updated with laser cut parts and are still in production as of 2009.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
1985 issue. Very nicely done model with detailed cockpit and gear wells, optional position speed brakes and canopy, JATO bottles, detailed bomb dolly and a large nuclear free-fall bomb. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc+
Has decals for all three aircraft. From quality Airfix molds. Features all moving control surfaces, rotating props and wheels, optional position doors and more. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts including decals and instructions. Decals appear 'near mint' which is unusual since MPC decals from this era are traditionally of poor quality. Please read the two articles on saving old decals on this website before using old MPC decals.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
Very nicely molded and detailed with all recessed lines. Includes both subs, one aircraft, two helicopters and an excellent decal sheet. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.
Resin Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc++
Very rare. Resin conversion kit that makes the Revell Lionfish into an accurate model of Medal of Honor winner Commander Samuel D. Dealey's legendary Harder. Includes cast resin island (sail) structure, periscope/antenna cluster and numerous other very nice cast resin parts. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags. Please note, these kits did not come with instructions. Please note, the Revell base kit is not furnished, it must be purchased separately.
Resin Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
Very rare. Resin conversion kit that makes the Revell Lionfish into an accurate model of Bluefish. This was the first US Navy ship to be name as such, and she survived 9 war patrols in the Pacific Ocean in WWII. Includes cast resin island (sail) structure, periscope/antenna cluster and numerous other very nice cast resin parts. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags. Please note, these kits did not come with instructions. Please note, the Revell base kit is not furnished, it must be purchased separately.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Mint
Factory sealed kit from 1972. This kit is greatly improved because Aurora upgraded the molds for accuracy. Includes 'Battle Terrain Display Base".
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed VG
Rare first issue. Factory sealed bag with very good header. Nicely molded small scale kit with display base, billowing sails and transparent rate lines.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: No Box
Bagged kit - no box. The box is shown for reference only. 1980 issue. Wild custom Barris design. Features detailed Flathead V-8 and engine compartment, opening hood, detailed suspension and underside, full interior and a large number of custom parts. Molded in dark blue, clear, chrome plate, red-tinted clear and with rubber tires. The kit has never been started. NOTE: includes flame decals but not lower body 'prismatic' decals. It has been inventoried with all plastic parts present, flame decals and instructions.