Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc+
Very rare kit for the advanced collector. Charmore was located at 126 Market Street in Paterson, New Jersey. They issued a small line of kits in the early 1950s, at the dawn of US plastic kit production. All boxes have the same art - the name of the kit stamped on a side white panel. Inside, the kit has never been started. The contents are mint and complete in the original Charmore paper sacks. The main parts are the correct gloss silver (just one of the several colors that Charmore used), while the canopy, stand and stand arm are clear. Includes decals and instructions. From toy historians, we know that Charmore was created by the toy giant Louis Marx Company after 1945. Evidently Marx hope to obtain retail buyer-level advantages and tax breaks from the arrangement. The company was named for Louis' brother's (David) wife, Charlene. It has been shown that Charmore and Marx mixed molds and products when it came to toys; however, it seems that the model lines were separate. Please email me if you have more details.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
Hard-to-find kit from Revell of German, 1999. Large 1/72 scale is extensively detailed and well molded. Features one piece, full hull design, three props and three rudders, clear superstructure windows, detailed bridge, mast with full antennas, complete deck fittings, complete scale railings, detailed cabin lifeboat/rescue craft, rigging thread and rigging diagram, full decals and more. Also includes color DGzRS brochure and color four-inch sticker. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good
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 manufacturer. 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.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
From the late 1950s/very early 1960s. It was an excellent kit for that time and is still popular today. Molded in dark green and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The famous first bomber to sink a battleship under any circumstances. Billy Mitchell arranged to have the ex-WWI German Battleship Ostfriesland used as target practice for for 6 MB2s, and the ship sank in 25 minutes.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc++
Second issue dated in 1962 with a hardbox and molded in yellow and clear plastic. (The first issue had a 98 cent price extension on the part number.) Brilliant color and gloss. Rare model of the 4 bladed prop 1946 Thompson Trophy Winner with a 'souped up' P-63 King Cobra Allison engine. Never started. The kit is like new inside with all parts still sealed in the factory bag. With decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG-
From quality Frog molds. Notice that the new manufacture simply used the Frog box but removed the Frog name. Nice but older model of the classic racer that paved the way for the Spitfire. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
Box and artwork is in excellent condition. Classic Cold War East German/USSR airliner in Interflug markings. KVZ was the logo used by this East German kit manufacturer from 1969 to 1973. During this time, some fantastic Cold War kits were produced of Russian Airliners and Military Helicopters and Aircraft. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. NOTE: two prop blades are broken but present.
Wood and Metal Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
Very high quality wood and metal kit from the Golden Age of HO Craftsman kit. Builds a very accurate and highly detailed prototype of this Wooden Reefer. Kit features pre-cut and pre-scribed hardwood sides that are factory painted gray and decorated with white, red and black lettering for the Greenbay Route, cut and pre-milled hardwood roof and floor, hardwood pre-cut and scribed car ends, wood and metal stock as required, metal ladders, reefer doors, ice hatches and other parts as needed metal grab irons, brake details and more. The model has never been started. The detail envelope is still factory sealed, and the parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete and includes full size plans/instructions. If you have an interest in these kits and the revolution they created in modeling, please read the article about their history located on this website. Please cut and paste this link in your browser to see it - http://www.oldmodelkits.com/blog/plastic-model-kit-history/the-ho-scale-model-railroading-revolution-of-the-1940s/
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
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. Features 15 inch wingspan, quality balsa printwood and wood stock, fully carved hardwood wheels, partially carved prop blank (needs sanding), balsa blocks as required, covering paper, color insignia sheet 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.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG+
1966 Pyro issue from original molds. In the early to mid 1960s the Pyro company chose many of it's 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. Features detailed chassis and suspension, spoked wheels, complete motor and interior and a removable hood. Molded in colored, clear and chrome plated plastic with real rubber tires. This kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.
Cardstock Paper Model Kit, Box Condition: VG+
Large scale, very highly detailed cardstock model. Has 1500 parts in 14 sheets. Beautifully color printed on quality cardstock. No painting required - just build! Features English instructions and illustrated showing good detail, but you should be experienced with cardstock before purchasing this model. Never started; nothing has been cut out and all the sheets are in excellent condition. 100% complete.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Exc
Still factory sealed. 1992 issue. Easily the finest 1/72 F-101B kit made. Beautifully molded kit with recessed panel lines. Comes with two Falcon AIM-4s in the missile bay and two Genie unguided nuclear missiles. Large colorful decal sheet.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed VG++
Type three logo bagged kit with header. Still sealed.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG+
This model dates from when Fujimi made the finest models in the world. Features all fine recessed panel lines, gear well and cockpit detail and optional bomb and drop tank loads. Decals represent an aircraft from the 601st group which was partially equipped with the new Judy and took part in the 2nd Battle of the Philippine Sea. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: VG++
From the 1940s. Features 3D cut fuselage, nicely 2D cut wings, stock wood, printwood prop and hub, a sealed bag of details, full color decals and excellent full-sized plans. Never started and complete. Maircraft was originally founded in the early or mid 1930s by Gordon Christoph and went by the name Aircraft Model Company. The company produced a typical line of solid 'profile cut' kits that required the usual high talent levels for carving and finishing. A former Comet Model Airplane & Supply Co. salesman, Jack Mair, bought the company in the early 1940s and renamed it Maircraft. This company was one of the handful of solid kit producers who issued models in a consistent 1/48 scale during the 1930s and 1940s (others included Hawk and Dyna-Model). This lead to one of the most desirable and rare model kits ever produced in the USA - the wood/plastic 1/48 United DC-3 model issued immediately after World War 2. Other than the P-61 and a few other Maircraft offerings, most were simple kits that sold for the low price of about 35 cents and gave the owners many hours of pleasurable work.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed NM
Still factory sealed. Very nicely detailed kit.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Good+
1964 issue. Still has the 'Famous Fighters' in the oval logo with the sunburst. The kit is factory sealed but has seal tears, box damage and small holes in the upper left and center upper right.
Multimedia Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
Very highly detailed ship kit. Includes resin hull and details, extensive photoetched parts and instructions. The kit has never been started. All small parts are still Internal factory bag sealed and the parts that were never bag sealed have been inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good
1969 release with no price extension on the part number. Nicely done and a good kit for that time featuring good intake detail, pilot and seat, optional folded or extended wing tips, detailed landing gear and extensive underwing weapons. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: the decals have bug damage. The actual transfers are 98% intact; the majority of the damage is to the backing paper which apparently tastes much better than the varnish covering the transfers!
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: VG+
Rare kit from the early 1950s. This series was Cavacraft's competition for Strombecker, and they did a great job. These kits are as good and often better than Strombecker's. The wingspan is 6 and 5/8 inches. All parts are completely carved and shaped from quality western pine. Features fully finished fuselage, finished wings complete with perfect airfoil, die-cut horizontal and vertical stabilizers, a factory sealed bag with pre-finished wheels, metal prop and wood dowel stock, excellent full color decals, a sealed envelope of Casein Glue, sandpaper, sanding stick and illustrated, step-by-step instructions with a painting guide and full size plans. Complete and never started. Other aircraft in the line included S-1 P-51 Mustang, S-2 British SE-5, S-3 Piper Cub, S-4 Ercoupe, S-5 Taylorcraft, S-6 Navion, S-7 Cessna 140 and S-8 Fokker Triplane.