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Life-Like Mercedes Benz SSK Sportswagen - (ex-Pyro), 1/32, 09348

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$24   

1970s Life-Like issue using the original 1966 Pyro molds. Features detailed chassis, complete motor, removable hood and full interior. Molded in ivory, clear, chrome plate and rubber tires. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. In the early to mid 1960s the Pyro company chose many of their kit subjects based more on historical significance than popularity. Luckily for us, Pyro not only made these kits but did an excellent job for the time. The Pyro car models are based on the actual cars that Pyro engineers and designers had access to. Initially Life-Like had to mention Pyro on the boxes as part of the buy-out agreement- but at this point, Life-Like was no longer putting 'Licensed by Pyro Plastics' on the box sides.

Academy F-15E Strike Eagle With ASAT Missile, 1/48, 1687

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$32   

Still factory sealed. Very nicely detailed kit with all fine recessed panel lines, detailed cockpit and gear wells, optional position speed brake, ASAT missile, Sidewinder missiles and more. Includes a decal sheet for box art aircraft.

ESCI Mirage F1 CR, 1/72, 9062

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$19   

Still factory sealed but the seal has split on the left side. Well detailed and molded F1 kit features all recessed panel lines, good cockpit and detailed gear wells, optional position canopy and weapons load-out.

Aurora P-38 Lightning Texas Ranger Noseart, 1/84, 498-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$49   

1964 issue hardbox. Earlier issue with 49 cent price extension. This is the kit with the 'Texas Rangers' nose art decal. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Airfix Arado Ar-196 - Type Three Logo Issue, 1/72, 299

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$24   

From the 1960s. Kit features moving elevators and ailerons, interior detail and optional position canopy. Includes bomb load and crew members. Never started. Inventoried with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Tamiya IJN I-16 and I-58 Submarines, 1/700, 7772

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$14   

1/700 scale waterline kit. Includes both submarines, seaplane for the I-58 and a mini-sub. Very highly detailed and finely molded. The kit has never been started. The parts are either inventoried complete or still in the internal factory sealed bags with instructions.

Continental Model Airplane Co Giant ROG (R.O.G.) - Balsa Wood Flying Airplane, X24

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$29   

From the mid to late 1930s. New old stock from a closed down hobby shop. Because they are in 'new' condition, the end flaps and tabs are in great condition with no tears or rips. I was the first one to open them and did so very carefully to avoid all damage. Features 18 inch wingspan, quality pre-cut balsa wood stock, fully carved hardwood wheels, metal stock for tail skid and landing gear, partially carved prop blank (needs sanding), rubber band (very old and no longer usable), color insignia sheet, tissue paper and detailed, full size plans that include instructions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

MPM Messerschmitt Bf-109 T-1/T-2 - Oblt. Herbert Christmann Lister Base Norway Summer 1944 / 2./JG77 Lister Base Norway 1941 / T-1 Prototype W.Nr.1773 Travemunde 1938, 1/48, 48023

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$34   

Large-scale, limited issue of the '109 carrier version. Can build either the Graf Zeppelin intended T-1 version or the operational Norway-based T-2. This model includes all the changes including extended wingspan, modified cowl cover, tail hook, etc. Features all recessed panel lines, many resin details, excellent cockpit and more. There is a paint guide and full decals for all versions listed. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Revell Bell X-5 Research Aircraft, 1/40, H187-129

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+++

$36   

First issue from 1960. The X-5 was the first aircraft to change the angle of wing sweepback in flight and paved the way for the legendary F-111 and F-14. Model features variable sweep wings, retracting landing gear, detailed jet engine and movable control surfaces. Never started. The aircraft is complete but NOTE: missing the display stand. Otherwise inventoried with all other arts, decals and instructions present.

Hudson Miniatures 1913 Mercer Raceabout Lil' Old Timers 'Quickie Kit', 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$42   

Rare. When the Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' burst upon the hobby scene in 1951, they started a hobby revolution. Plastic model kits were not new in 1951, but successful mass marketing of plastic kits was new. The sensation swept the country, and Gowland & Revell could not make the kits fast enough. The fact that the public was buying these models shocked the successful hobby establishment. One such manufacture was Hudson Miniatures. In the 1940s, Hudson had established a name in making 1/16 scale 'Old Timer' models of automobiles. These were excellent kits with wood and metal parts, but a high degree of skill was required to carve and finish the wood parts. In the late 1940s, they added some injection molded plastic parts (usually acetate wheels) to the series but did not consider a completely plastic kit. When Hudson saw what was happening with the Highway Pioneers, he began to design his own 1/32 scale line called 'Lil Old Timers', which hit the stores in 1954. An early paper fold-out catalog shows 18 models including some real gems like the 1910 International Harvester Passenger Car, 1911 Brush Delivery Truck and 1906 Columbia Electric Car just to name a few. The line was bought by Revell a short time after it's release, and Revell did reissue some (but not all) of the kits. As you would expect from Hudson, this is a nice kit with excellent moldings and detail for the time. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including instructions. The Mercer was perhaps the most famous sports car of it's day, and it can be successfully argued that it was America's first sports car. The 30 horsepower 'T' head 4 cylinder engine sped it along at over 80 miles per hour. A 1914 Mercer clocked 112 mph at Daytona Beach - no mean feat for that age.

AMT Dodge Viper RT/10, 1/25, 6808

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$24   

Still factory sealed. 1992 issue. Very nicely molded and detailed. Features detailed engine and engine compartment, removable hood, full interior, detailed exhaust and chassis underside and more.

MPM Arado Ar-196A/B Expert Series Plus POMK Trolley For German Seaplanes - II./S.A. Gr 125 Aegean Sea 1942 / Panzershiff Admiral Graf Spee (with false British Markings), 1/48, 48025

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$29   

Includes Pen Oreille Model Kits LLC #PO-A75 Resin Trolley For German Seaplanes (Arado 95, 96, He-51, etc). Beautifully cast and includes full instructions. Never started and complete. The actual MPM kit is a limited edition kit with PUR resin detail set and a large sheet of decals for the two aircraft noted Features very highly detailed interior and engine as well as float rigging diagram. The kit has never been started. NOTE: missing throttle quadrant (a very small resin part). Otherwise inventoried with all other parts, decals and instructions present.

KP Avia S-199 Mezek (Bf-109) - Czech, 1/72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$10   

Unique kit of this domestically produced Czech single-seat fighter based on the Me-109. When the Germans left Czechoslovakia in 1945, the Avia Works completed a small number of Bf-109G-6 and G-14 airframes with abandoned German engines. The single seat aircraft were designated S-99 and the two seater CS-99. Due to a shortage of DB-605 engines and replacement parts, Avia adapted the well-stocked Jumo-211 engines and the single seat S-199 and 2 seat CS-199 were born. First flown in March of 1947, about 500 S-199s were produced up till 1951 and remained in service till the mid 1950s when they were replaced by MIG-15. Kit includes detailed descriptions and markings markings for three historically significant aircraft. Cleanly molded with very fine raised panel line details, good cockpit and choice of two canopies. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. KP stood for Kovozavody Prostejov. Many USA builders had their first exposure to Eastern Block kits in the 1980s from KP. Although they certainly cannot compete with recent Tamiya or Hasegawa kits, they had good details for that time and can be built up into some beautiful and unique models.

RCM Focke Wulf Ta-152 C/H, 1/32

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: bagged

$94   

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.

AMT 1932 Ford Coupe Classic - 3 In 1 Kit - Drag / Street / Stock, 1/25, 38280

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$32   

2005 issue. Features full engine and compartment, removable hood, detailed underside and full interior. Includes parts for all thee versions and optional engines, wheels and tires. Molded in gray, clear, chrome and with rubber tires. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Heller C-160 Transall Transport - French Air Force, 1/220, L038

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$22   

Nicely done small-scale 'Cadet' series of this efficient French transport. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Eduard Messerschmitt Bf-109 E-4 ProfiPACK - (Bf109E-4), 1/32, 3003

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$52   

Amazingly well detailed, large-scale kit featuring 152 plastic parts and 49 metal parts. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Nitto Tupolev Tu-144 Supersonic Transport, 1/132, 173-500

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$98   

Rare early issue of the very near 1/144 airliner. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. The Tu-144 was the worlds first supersonic transport, beating the Concord into the air. A series of accidents, however, robbed the aircraft of the fame it might have had. She cruised at mach 2.35 and carrier 120 passengers.

Blue Max Airco DH-2 - (DH2), 1/48, BM108

Metal and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$28   

Well detailed kit with main injection molded parts and many cast metal details. Has decals for two aircraft. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Orange Crush-Revell 1910 Studebaker Cupe Electro (Electric Coupe), 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair++

$59   

Very rare kit with a fascinating history. Around 1958/59, Orange Crush of Mexico offered a promotion. They offered free, colorful, plastic model cars if you collected correctly-marked Orange Crush bottle caps. The models are 1/32 scale Revell Highway Pioneer series - although there is no mention of Revell or Lodela anywhere on the box. Orange Crush had the boxes and even the instructions specially made for them with no mention of a manufacture. They were never given numbers. The boxes were very thin and fragile cardboard. This has contributed to wear and you must be very cautious with them. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bag and the instructions are sealed in the bag as well. You could redeem your caps two ways - at the Orange Crush truck and at a Modelandia Hobby House. The box sides show the 18 cars in the series. Orange Crush also released two full-color booklets and a complete paint set for the cars. A colorful cardboard box held 7 colors of paint in glass bottles, complete with 'Orange Crush' screw-on caps! The entire promotion was done in coordination with Modelandia Hobby House which had up to 19 stores. Modelandia's name appears on each of the boxes and the paint as well. Robina S.A. was the bottler or distributor of Orange Crush in Mexico at that time. The box side lists the other 18 kits with small color pictures of each and shows three sizes of OC - Family Size (Familiar), Grand (Grande) and Normal. You could also obtain models with Titan bottle caps. Titan was also bottled by Robina and came in large (Titan) and smaller (Titancito) sizes and apparently more than one flavor. We do not know how Orange Crush had access to the plastic kits or who sealed the internal bags with the Crush instructions inside them. We can assume that it may have been Lodela, since they would have had access to the Revell molds. It is not know for how long the promotion lasted, but Orange Crush was one of the most dominant soft drinks in Mexico at that time. Here is one clue: some boxes claim that Modelandia had 13 locations; other boxes, which obviously came later on, claim 19 locations. This may indicate that this promotion went on for a significant amount of time.