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Monogram Grumman Albatross HU-16E Coast Guard, 1/72, 5400

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Poor

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Hard to find Coast Guard version in one of two box variations for this issue. Features retracting landing gear, rotating wheels/props, three man crew, optional position door and two survivors in life rafts. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. NOTE: Instructions have bug damage but are usable. Box is 'poor' because both short side panels are missing. The Albatross was the primary sea rescue aircraft of the Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service, a branch of MAC - Military Airlift Command. Operational service began in 1947 and Hu-16s saw wartime action in Vietnam. Many finished their careers in the Coast Guard.

Revell SWAT - Hughes 500 (OH-6A Cayuse), 1/32, H161

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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1977 issue. Large 1/32 scale kit. Well molded with fine raised details, complete cockpit and passenger compartment, pilot figure, working main and tail rotors and SWAT Police decal markings for N765IR and including the four large white door markings. Molded in black and clear. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Model Power Decals - For (4) Northrop P-61 Black Widows ('Lovely Lady' / 'Lady of the Dark' / 'Battle Ax' / 'Black Widow' with 4 graphic nose arts) and (4) SBD Dauntless Dive Bombers (JA Leppla VS-2 USS Lexington Coral Sea '42 / VMSB-231 US Marines / SBD-1 VMB-2 194, 1/72, 45

Cardstock Paper Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

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Still factory sealed. Wonderful older decal set the covers 4 Black Widows, each with very graphic nose art, and 4 SBD Dauntless. They decals are in excellent condition but please read the articles on this website about using and saving old decals.

Monogram Speedee-Bilt Grumman F6F Hellcat Flying Scale Model, G-12

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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Early issue scale flying wooden rubber powered model from the early 1950s. Can be rubber, CO2 or small gas engine powered. Very nicely detailed pre-fabricated kit with completely finished parts, Monofoil wing, cut out fuselage, plastic cowl and prop, detailed instructions and plans and more. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with instructions. NOTE: instructions are graded 'good'. Before there were plastic models, there were wooden aircraft kits. These usually came in two types - solid and stick and tissue. The solid models were static and usually contained a few blocks of balsa and sometimes a detail part or two. These 'Make Wood Blocks Look Like Plane' models required a very high level of skill in carving and finishing. The stick and tissue variety were slightly easier to build and provided the ultimate thrill - they could fly when complete with rubber power (and later with free-flight gas and eventually RC). They still required a great deal of skill, so manufacturers sought ways to make model building more accessible to everyone. One idea was pre-carving and/or prefabrication. This raised prices, naturally. Many manufacturers launched lines of 'easy' to build flying models but only Monogram succeeded in making an entire line at an affordable price that would actual fly. The original 'Speedee-Bilt' kits, such as this one, were in one-piece two-color boxes. In the early 1950s, shortly before plastic kits were available, Monogram changed to the 'hardbox' with a lithographic slick glued to the top as this kit. Speedee-Bilt kits contained die cut and pre painted wooden parts, completely formed airfoil wings, carved wheels and numerous plastic details like cowling, pilot, missiles, prop and more. Assembly was by detailed full size plans.

Czech Model Beechcraft T-34C Turbo Mentor Light Strike Aircraft - Argentine Navy or Royal Moroccan Air Force, 1/48, 4810

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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1/48 scale Mentor. Nicely made limited issue kit. Features quality all fine-recessed panel line injection molded parts and numerous resin parts. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

ESCI Douglas AD-6 (A-1H) Skyraider - USS Intrepid or USS Midway-Vietnam, 1/48, SC-4045

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Nicely molded kit features cockpit and wheel well detail, optional position canopy and drop tanks. Includes decals for both aircraft. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Airfix Boulton Paul Defiant N.F.I, 1/72, 01031

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Markings for No. 265 Sqn, Catterick in December of 1940. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Monogram Stuka Ju-87 G-1 Rudel, 1/48, 6840

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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1973 Monogram/Mattel release. Unusual box art issue. Well detailed kit with rotating propeller and wheels, optional position canopy and two figures. Includes decals for Rudel's Aircraft. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

ESCI Fieseler Fi-156C Storch - Luftwaffe / Swiss / Swedish / Spanish Air Forces, 1/48, SC-4019

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Nicely molded with full interior, separately molded slats and decals for four nationalities. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

Revell Bristol Beaufighter Mk IF - Flt./Lt. John ' Cat's Eyes' Cunningham's Aircraft, 1/32, H251

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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1974 issue. Well detailed large scale kit of the British night fighter with airborne interception radar. The Beaufighter was flown by aces such like Flt./Lt. "Cat's Eyes" Cunningham, whose markings are included. His final score stood at 20 victories and his aircraft is depicted in this model. Kit features detailed Bristol Hercules engines, removable cowling, two flight crew, optional position landing gear, full crew cockpits and radar antenna. The kit has never been started. Some parts are still in the internal factory sealed bag. The ones that are not factory bagged have been inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Aurora McDonnell Phantom 110 (F-4), 1/48, 391-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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Rare US Navy prototype F-4 Phantom kit in 1/48 scale. The fantastic Jo Kotula artwork is dated 1962, but the lack of a 'Famous Fighters' in the logo border probably dates this from 1963/4. Nicely done, large 1/48 scale kit with good detail for this early date. Features full landing gear, good cockpit detail, four AIM-7 Sparrow missiles, clear 'Triangle World' display stand, decals for the aircraft shown on the box art and a tiny 1.5 inch long scale model of the F-4 Phantom. This kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

UPC Kaiwo Maru / Nippon Maru 1930s Japanese Navy Sailing Training Ship, 1/200, 5019

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Poor

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Hard-to find kit of the old Japanese Naval Training Ship. The two sister ships were built in Kobe and launched in 1930. They were both steel four-masted barques carrying royals over double top and topgallant sails. They served as school ships for the Japanese merchant marine. After WWII, they carried demobilized soldiers home, and up to 1951 made dozens of trips to Asia and the Pacific. In 1952, they worked to collect the remains of Japanese war dead from the South Pacific. The ships were replaced in 1989. Very nicely detailed kit in large 1/200 scale. The assembled kit measures about 19 inches long when built. Molded in white, yellow and brown and includes extensive vacuform sails. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Nichimo Tachikawa Ki-9 Type 95-1 Otsu Trainer 'Spruce', 1/48, S-4814

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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Excellent kit. Very nicely molded and highly detailed. Features very complete cockpit and decals for several aircraft, as well as rigging instructions and rigging wire. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

Renwal Oblt. Max Immelmann's Fokker E.III (E-III) Aero Skin, 1/48, 283-149

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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This is one of Renewal's famous Aeroskin kits, and a rare large one in 1/48. Features markings of the famous aircraft of Max Immelmann. The model has an injection molded inner structure of ribs and stringers like a real aircraft, then the modeler covers it with provided authentic pre-colored Aeroskin fabric. There is no painting needed as elaborate finishes are printed directly on the Aeroskin covering. This results a very realistic and colorful model. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including Aeroskin and instructions.

Airfix HMS Belfast Heavy Cruiser, 1/600, 04212

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Full hull kit in 1/600 scale. If you have ever seen the inside of this model, you know that it is incredibly well detailed and finely molded. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete including instructions.

Airfix Handley Page Halifax B.III LV917-C 100 Missions, 1/72, 05004-7

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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Type four box logo. Kit features movable control surfaces, elevating guns, rotating turrets, retracting landing gear, rotating props and wheels. LV917-C was a Halifax operated by 158 Squadron that completed 100 operational missions and survived the war. Only one other Halifax had more missions, 'LV917-E 'Friday the Thirteenth', also of 158. NOTE: the inside of one gun turret tub is neatly painted zinc chromate green. There is no other painting and no assembly at all. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Revell HMS King George V British Battleship, 1/568, H380

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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1974 issue. Great box art and a very nice kit. Features Walrus float plane, rotating cranes, rotating turrets and elevating guns, detailed secondary and AA guns, stand and flag sheet. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, flag sheet and instructions.

Frog Junkers Ju-88A-4 - Green Series, 1/72, F160

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Green Series issue with a desperate box art scene. Ground crew flee for their lives as Typhoons lob rockets into an airfield of gassed and about-to-be armed bombers. Well detailed and molded. Has 74 parts including separately molded ailerons, elevators and rudder. This kit has never been started. It is either still in the internally sealed factory bag or 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.

Fujimi Aerospatiale SA-341G Gazelle, 1/48, 5A42

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Very nicely molded kit with full cockpit, detailed rotor hub, excellent exhaust with some engine detail and markings for two helicopters. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bags including decals and instructions.

Hawk Supermarine Swift Ground Attack Fighter, 1/72, 607-60

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very cleanly molded kit that builds very nicely. The model has excellent fit and recessed and raised panel lines. Can be assembled with or without landing gear. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. The Swift was a very early jet fighter to replace the Supermarine Attacker. A very capable aircraft, the Swift suffered numerous accidents early on. As a result, less than 200 were ever built and it did not see combat. It did hold a world speed record for a short time, only to have a Douglas Skyray take the record a few hours later. The problems were ironed out, but by then the Hawker Hunter was proving very capable and there was no need for the Swift and it's RAF service life was short. The most successful version was the PR variant.