Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good
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.
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: VG+
1991 issue. Very nicely detailed and molded. Features detailed V-12 engine and compartment, opening rear deck, detailed chassis, complete interior, opening hood with spare tire and more. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including instructions.
Multimedia Model Kit, Box Condition: Good+
Very high quality model from new molds. Features all fine recessed panel lines, cast resin and PE parts, excellent cockpit,good gear well detail, bomb load and paint guide and decals for the two aircraft listed. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
Rare kit dated August of 1950. Very well detailed for that time. Features mainly die-cut, machined and saw-cut wooden parts and excellent plastic wheels and lanterns. Also includes metal parts, metal stock and die-cut cardstock. Has excellent, large full-size fold-out plans with numerous elevations, a great many detail drawings and extensive instructions. The kit has never been started. The small parts are either still in the internal factory sealed bag or inventoried complete and the parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete. We think of electric cars of new; nothing could be further from the truth. From 1900 to 1915 at least 25 well-known electric car manufacturers advertised vehicles which '...were clean, quite, stylish and easy to operate - the only car for a lady.' And how true this was! Early automobiles were notoriously noisy with dirty exhaust and the constant requirement to handle smelly gasoline by hand. The Baker Electric was one of the longer ranged models - when all six batteries were fully charge it could travel about 75 miles - acceptable even today for a commute. The wheelbase was 80 inches and it had a convertible top that could be lowered or raised. Fador was another maker of big 1/16 classic cars, like Hudson Miniatures. The full name was Fador Mfg. Company and the address was 501E. Clinton St., Elmira, NY. It appears that Hudson beat Fador to the scene by a year; Hudson's spectacular product line growth starting in 1948 may have influenced Fador in the choice of subject and scale. Fador called the line 'Smallersters' and the design of the kits is very similar. Fortunately, Fador chose completely different vehicles. Because of their great decisions, these are often the only model kits ever made of these historical cars. There is no record of Fador making any plastic kits; the introduction and overwhelming popularity of the Highway Pioneers and the other kits that quickly followed may have driven them out of the market as it did many other wood manufacturers.
Vacuform Model Kit, Box Condition: Bagged
SPECIAL ORDER larger (1/48) vacuform kit with resin/metal parts set. Not shipped from stock. Kit is molded upon receipt of payment. Time from receipt to shipping your kit is usually 8 to 10 weeks. Contains vacuform basic airframe components, full size plans plus metal or resin parts such as wheels, prop, struts, etc. Does not include decals. Advanced modeling skills are required to build vacuform kits. Not recommended for beginners.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
Rare Airfix Japan issue. The Mauretania and her sister Lusitania were considered the finest and most beautiful ships of the day, both inside and out. Launched in 1907, she quickly won the Blue Riband from the 'Kaiser Wilhelm II' for the fastest Atlantic crossing. For more than 22 years she was the Queen of the Atlantic liners. She saw extensive service in WWI as an armed cruiser, transport and hospital ship. In 1922 she was converted from coal to oil and set another record in 1931 when she crossed the Atlantic 4 times in one month. Sadly, she was scrapped in 1935 as the Queen Mary neared completion. Never started. Factory sealed internal bag with decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good+
From quality Frog molds. Features working ailerons, elevators and rudder, optional position landing gear, very good engine detail and RAF decals. The kit has not been started. NOTE: missing two pilot figures. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts, decals and instructions. NOTE: instructions are photocopies from the FROG issue.
Resin Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
Excellent limited edition kit. Features main airframe parts in professional grade castings, detailed full interior, clear windows, photoetched parts, printed instruments, painting guide and full decals. 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+
1960s issue with dramatic artwork. Well detailed and molded small scale (near 1/72) tank kit; ideal for dioramas. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG-
1973 "White Box" issue. Has parts and markings for both day (silver scheme) and night fighter (black) version. Very finely molded and detailed kit with traditional high Monogram quality. Features canopies that open and close to show cockpit detail, detailed gear wells, detailed gun bay with .50 caliber machine guns and removable hatch, rotating wheels and propellers and missiles, bombs and drop tank loadout. NOTE: this kit has minor assembly. The outboard wing halves (pro quality), bomb, radome and drop tank halves (excellent quality) have been built. There is no other assembly and no painting. Inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed
Still factory sealed. Limited issue kit. Bagged kit does not include header. Very nicely molded with very fine recessed detail. Includes cast metal details and full decals.
Metal Model Kit, Box Condition: VG+ to Exc+
Includes all five high-quality, die-cast factory painted and completely finished aircraft models. All have never been displayed or used and are still in the original boxes and packing materials.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good++
Very finely molded and detailed. Features all recessed panel lines, detailed dual cockpits, realistic and very detailed intake and exhausts, optional position speed brake and canopy, gear well detail, drop tanks, AIM-7 Sparrow and AIM-9 Sidewinder load-outs, extensive decals for multiple aircraft and more. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including large decal sheet and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc++
1965 hardbox issue. First motorized release. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. 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: Sealed Exc++
Rare. Still factory sealed. Hard-to-find "G" variant. From well-detailed Italeri molds. Includes full cockpit, underwing stores, tip tanks, full bomb bay load, optional position landing gear and speed brakes and decals for two aircraft.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Mint
Still factory sealed. From the 'Snapfast' series. Has full interior but no engine detail.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc+
Very nicely molded kit. Features decals for two squadrons, very fine raised panel lines and recessed control lines, very good cockpit and gear well detail, optional position canopies and crew of two. Never started. Factory sealed bag with decals and instructions. The T-2 was first flown in 1971 as Japan's first supersonic trainer. The design proved successful and served until replaced by the F-2 in 2006
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed NM
Limited edition injection molded kit. Well detailed. Features photoetched brass fret of parts, film instruments, color painting guide (on the back of the box) and full decals.
Metal Model Kit, Box Condition: Bagged
Includes two engines. Very highly detailed all-metal castings makes an excellent upgrade to your model. Superior in detail to plastic injection molded engines. Never used and complete.