Wood and Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good
Very well detailed large 1/16 kit from 1949. Features plastic wheels, grill, headlamps, spotlight, running lights and other accessories and wooden main parts. Although all of Hudson's 1/16 kits have excellent detail, this one has even more detail than usual thanks to Hudson's engineers having access to the actual car owned by Mr. James Melton. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including detailed plans/instructions. As a note, few people even knew that International Harvester even made a passenger car. Not many were produced and very, very few are in existence. Jim Melton's car, the car examined by Hudson engineers, was likely given to him as a promotion as he was a popular opera singer and the star of International Harvester's radio show 'Harvest of the Stars'. The car was very solidly built to last and reportedly gave excellent service. Why IH did not pursue production is not known. Hudson Miniatures created a very popular line of automobile kits in a constant 1/16 scale shortly after WWII. The kits sold very well...so well that you could argue that Gowland & Gowland borrowed Hudson's subject matter for their ground-breaking 'Highway Pioneers.' The Hudson Miniatures 'Old Timers' even spawned a line of imitators, with Fador's 'Smallster' being one of the better in quality. Sales did drop on the appearance and popularity of the much smaller (and less accurate) Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' in 1951. When the all-injection molded Gowland kits proved not to be a passing fad, Hudson quickly planned and released his own all-plastic, small-scale competition called 'Lil' Old Timers Quickie Kits.' The kits were of excellent quality, but it was too little too late. Additionally, sales of the excellent wooden kits faltered further in the next few years with the introduction of accurate, 1/24 and 1/32 all-plastic cars in the mid 1950s. This forced Hudson to discontinue the wood kits and the plastic line was sold to Revell and subsequently re-released. Today, these excellent, big 1/16 kits are often the only model available of these early automobiles. In the mid 1960s Aurora thought so highly of Hudson Miniatures that they purchased the wood kit assets and released a very small number of these in all-plastic models.
Wood and Metal Model Kit, Box Condition: Fair++
Rare. 1953 issue from the famous Ideal Aeroplane & Supply Company which was founded in 1911. Features pre-carved wooden hull, three sealed bag of metal fittings including lifeboats, davits and dozens of other parts, six sheets of nicely done printwood, two large clear cellophane sheets completely pre-decorated with the intricate window, porthole and door and railing patterns from the SS United States, full color flag sheet, numerous stock wood parts as needed, sandpaper, highly detailed full size plans and a separate illustrated instruction sheet. The kit has not been started and is complete. Inside it is just as it left the factory down to the packing paper.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG+
Hardbox is dated 1961. Rare kit of the Arizona's sister ship. Full-hull model that is very nicely molded and detailed for that time. It can be superbly super-detailed with the Gold Medal Model PE detail set. The kit has never been started. Inventoried complete with all parts present including decals and instructions. Please NOTE that the instructions have light bug damage and the decals have bug damage to the backing paper, but the the actual transfers have no damage. Also, part #19 had a chip out of it, so I included another #19 in mint condition from a later issue. The Pennsylvania was in dry-dock during the December 7th Pearl Harbor attack and survived with minimal damage. She was rebuilt and saw significant action in the Pacific in WWII, steaming over 150,000 miles from 1941 to 1945. It is thought that she may have fired more ammunition than any ship in history. She never once reported 'Not Ready' for any operation or need. After being used as a nuclear test ship at Bikini, she was towed to Kwajalein and sunk.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: Good+
Rare, highly prefabricated kit dated 1951. Designed for .09 to .29 sized gas engines. So prefabricated that it does not need plans! Features full instructions and hollow, fully carved 'Wonder Wing,' shaped and hollowed upper and lower fuselage halves, die-cut tail surfaces, pre-formed wire gear and rubber wheels, hinge material, all metal hardware, die-cut hardwood firewall, celluloid windshields and solid pre-cut wing tips. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. NOTE: decals are shown but not mentioned on the box or instructions. If there are suppose to be there, they are not present.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good+
Limited issue multi-media kit. Features injection molded main parts with very fine recessed panel lines, a fret containing many photoetched parts, film instruments and decals for two aircraft (NATC Patuxent River 1950 / VX-3). The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.
Resin Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed
Rare cast resin conversion to make the V tail '109. Requires a base kit - Hasegawa 1/72 Bf-109G - to complete. Contains new aft fuselage section and rudders/elevators. Still factory sealed. Contains full and detailed instructions on the conversion and this unique aircraft. NOTE: rudders have warped, as is usual with fine, thin resin castings. You must be familiar with bending resin under hot water to make them straight again.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc+
1980s MPC kit from quality Airfix molds. 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.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed NM
Still factory sealed. Very rare kit in 1/48 scale. Part of the very highly detailed 'Pin Point' Armor Series by Bandai.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good
Nicely molded older Swift with full decals and painting guide. 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
Superb kit from the 1960s and 'the winner of many national and international contests and "One of the few able to execute the stunt pattern." Designed for control line flight with .19 to .35 engines. Features detailed metal radiator, cleanly die-cut balsa and plywood parts that are inter-notched for fast and easy assembly, shaped and notched leading and trailing edges, rock maple hardwood motor mounts, material for machine guns, gas model silkspan, formed wire landing gear, hardware pack, authentic decals, extensive full size plans and more. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Sterling was a famous manufacturer dating back to the 1930/40s flying model craze. Although they continued to produce kits for decades after the flying model slump following World War II, they eventually fell victim to the general lack of interest in modeling that occurred in the early 1980s. I personally considered Sterlings to be 'deluxe' kits.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Exc
Factory sealed blister pack. Well molded kit with flexible treads, detailed bogies and rotating turret. Has markings for the Commanding Officer's tank No.3 Sqn No.1 Tank Division Malaya, 1942.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: NM-
Rare. First and only issue dated 1958. Life-sized plastic kit with eucalyptus tree stand, injection molded parts, Revell Cement, brush, and three colors of realistic 'fur' to apply after assembly. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals, glue, brush and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Mint
Still factory sealed. Fourth logo issue. Features moving rotor blades, full cockpit and bulkhead, opening rear cargo doors and optional position side doors.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Poor
Contains pre-colored Aeroskin fabric created to resemble fabric covered aircraft. No painting needed since all designs are printed on the fabric. You build the inner structure of the aircraft then cover it, similar to the construction of the actual aircraft. Has markings for Nungesser's colorful aircraft. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, aeroskin and instructions.
Metal Model Kit, Box Condition: Bagged
Includes one highly detailed ejection seat. Precision all-metal 1/48 scale castings are an excellent upgrade for your model. Never used and inventoried complete with all parts.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG++
Hard-to-find kit in the Heller 'Yellow Box' design from the early 1960s. Has 46 parts and decals for the Italian Air Force 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
Very rare. Original issue hardbox dated 1960. I believe this is the one and only issue of this model. The box is in 'excellent' condition with like-new color and gloss, no tape or tags, no marks from either, no fading and no missing litho. The only flaws are light general wear as shown and two corners with closed splits. Inside, this is the same 1955 'S' issue kit with original 'Black Magic' decals, an electric motor and additional motorizing parts added. Features motorized movable tracks for climbing grades and obstacles, detailed suspension, opening hatches, elevating gun and rotating turret. Includes tank commander soldiers 'Set For Action.' The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. An additional addendum set of motorizing instructions are present. Please NOTE that there is some brown packing tape on the instructions but it does not interfere with the assembly. This kit must be shipped insured.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good+
Rare. You have seen this item on the old Revell instructions and box side advertisements. This is the Starbusrt Mobile made from plastic and metal, the ultimate display accessory for your built up Revell kits. The mobile has not been started and is complete with center ball, grease pencil, eye-screw, all arms and rubber arm cups.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good++
Rare kit from 1959. Revell of Great Britain issue. The original Pre-S artwork was extensively reworked to add camouflage, RAF markings and a stunning cloud backdrop. Never started and 100% complete with all parts, 'excellent' decals and instructions.
Resin Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed
Still factory sealed. Very limited production kit - one of about 100 ever made. Very high quality resin castings with metal details and full decals for two aircraft. I have received the following information from Jeff Stockham on this rare kit: 'Regarding the Ragwings Fokker D.VI you have for sale, I can provide some additional background info on this kit. The company was formed and owned by Marty Snow (dba MGS Enterprises) of Rochester, NY; Marty did the masters for the Pfalz E-1 and Bristol Scout D; I did the master for the Fokker D.VI (modifying some parts from Revell's Dr.I and D.VII and scratchbuilding some) and I did the artwork for all the backing cards, decals and instructions, as well as the small print ads that appeared in FineScale Modeler and other magazines. I was halfway though the master for a really accurate Albatros D.V/D.VA when other events interfered, other makers came out with the same items, momentum slowed, and Marty eventually closed up the business. The actual production of both the resin and metal copies was subcontracted to Ted Paris of Commanders Series Inc, Rochester NY; I think that Decal Master printed the decals. In all the years since, I have never seen one of these for sale. I know Marty marketed them directly to retail buyers via mail order ads in FSM; I don't know how many he actually sold, but it wasn't enough to make it worth the effort. These have to be among of the rarest short-run resin kits ever. I never did build one of these D.VI's up, but I do remember that it got a very positive review in one of the British modeling magazines (I think it was Windsock.)'