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AHM Panzerkamphwagen Panzer III Ausf.M, 1/72, K553

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair++

$16   

Very nicely molded with detailed bogies, flexible treads, rotating turret and elevating gun. Includes decals for three different tanks. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Includes color painting guide on the back of the box.

Revell 1911 Rolls Royce Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H46-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$44   

1953 issue, the first year for the 'Series Three' Highway Pioneers. The box is excellent, and the inside has never been started. It is still factory sealed in the 'krinkle' bag. Complete with instructions. Molded in deep burgundy plastic. Before the 1950s 'model building' never made the top 10 list of boy's activities. Hobbies were nothing new to America in the 1930s/40s, but they were not mainstream. Shortly after the turn of the century, many dedicated modelers built flying or static airplanes, ship, train, automotive or other subjects. Basic kits existed, but the majority of these models were built from scratch, which demanded a high talent level developed from years of experience. That changed in the early 1950s. The phenomenon of the Revell/Gowland & Gowland 'Highway Pioneers' car kits was a significant force in proving that model building as a hobby could have mass appeal, provided that the kits were easy enough to build and finish. These 1/32 scale vehicles could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real car. The Highway Pioneers series lead to the production of other subjects in plastic and the effect was revolutionary. By the early 1960s, model building was the #1 past time of American boys.

Orange Crush-Revell 1909 Stanley Steamer, 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$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.

Aurora Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet United Air Lines, 1/156, 362-350

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$89   

Still factory sealed. The seal is 85% intact and has two splits and some cellophane missing on the bottom and side. Aurora Canada issue dated 1968. Features big 15 inch wingspan, clear cockpit windshield, detailed 18 wheel landing gear and a large display stand. Includes full color decals.

Monogram A-1H Skyraider - VA-176 USS Intrepid or South Vietnamese Air Force - White Box Issue, 1/48, 5419

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG+

$34   

Still factory sealed. Well molded and dated 1980. Features complete cockpit, detailed main and tail wheel wells, optional position canopy and large weapons/drop tank loadout.

Hasegawa Mikoyan Mig-27 Flogger D, 1/72, 712

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$16   

Features swing wings, full external stores and optional position landing gear. Never started. Factory sealed bag with decals and instructions.

Revell Cutlass F7U-3 with Sparrow Missiles - Lodela Issue - (F7U3), 1/59, H171

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$49   

Still factory sealed. One-piece Lodela issue, likely from the 1960s. This kit is from the 'S' molds but the molds were modified to add the AIM-7 Sparrow missiles and pylons.

Heljan Farm or Country House - Medium Size - HO Scale Building, HO, 139

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$14   

Nicely molded kit with the parts molded in the colors shown on the box photograph so no painting is needed. Features clear windows, printed curtains, blinds and window treatments, separate doors, window frames/mullions, downspouts and base/foundation. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including instructions.

Mod-Ac Trac-Tractor Model 14 (Bulldozer/ Tracked Tractor) - Wood Assembly Kit, 1/24, 146-I

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair-

$22   

1940s kit from hardwood, plywood, metal stock and with plastic treads. Features full size plans and instructions, track inner and outer frames, tread/track links, driver wheels, bogie wheels, spring and engine housings, smoke stack, seat and much more. The kit has not been started. Inventoried with all parts and plans with detailed text instructions.

Scale Flight New Taylor Cub - 16 inch Wingspan Dime Scale Flying Airplane, Dime

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$14   

Scale Flight Model Company in Bloomington, Indiana, USA was dedicated to releasing authentic reproductions of the finest "Dime Scale" flying model (stick and tissue) kits from the 1930s/40s. Dime Scale models used to sell for a dime in the 1930's, hence the name. They are actually box scale, but as a general guideline, they usually had a wingspan of 16 inches and have simple and light construction. "Dime Scale" models are now a class flown in some competitions. Kit consists of contest grade printwood, contest quality strip wood, machine cut balsa propeller, the best Japanese tissue, wooden wheels, competition bushed nose plug, brass thrust washers, prop shaft, prop freewheeler, FAI rubber strip motor and a copy of a genuine dime scale plan that was used in the 1930s-1940s. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Aeroclub A.S. Cheetah 7 Cylinder Engine - With Exhaust Ring, 1/72, E006

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Bagged

$4   

Very highly detailed all-metal casting makes an excellent upgrade to your model. Superior in detail to plastic injection molded engines. Never used and complete.

Revell Yak-38 Forger, 1/72, 4072

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$35   

Still factory sealed but the seal has split on the right box side. Dated 1989. First Soviet carrier aircraft with VTOL performance. Very nicely detailed and molded. Features all very fine recessed panel lines, cockpit and gear well detail, engine detail, two piece canopy, optional position turbine cover and full load of weapons including drop tanks, rocket pods, AS-7 Missiles and iron bombs.

Cramer Craft Friedrichshafen G-III and Gotha G-V - 2 Kits, 1/72, 72-011

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$24   

Contains both aircraft models. Older, very basic vacuform kit. Has white plastic main parts and includes cast resin engines, wheels and other parts. Never started. Complete with all parts and plans. Please note that all Cramer models are very basic kits. I do not recommend them unless you are highly experienced with older vacuform kits, have an extensive spares box and are an experienced scratch builder.

Megow US Army Jeep, M-10

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$46   

Rare. Dated 1943 and measures about 8 inches long when built. This is an excellent scale kit with novel construction that results in an almost completely finished model with very little painting. The frame and floor are both wood with die-cut heavy cardstock suspension springs. The seats are pre-carved wood. The body, hood, fenders, windshield, radiator, instrument panel and interior are from very heavy cardstock that is completely factory colored, lettered and it is also die-cut. The wheels are completely finished hardwood. Includes an unopened envelope of CASCO glue and full plans with instructions on them. Assembly is nicely illustrated by several diagrams. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and plans. NOTE: one wheel, the spare, has a slightly different hub shape. It is the correct diameter and thickness.

KZS Curtiss P-40K Warhawk Flying Tigers, 1/72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$12   

Very nicely molded kit. Features all fine recessed panel detail, cockpit detail, full landing gear, bombs and drop tank. Decals are for the Flying Tigers AVG as pictured on the box top. The model as never been started. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. KZS stood for Kovozavody Semily and they were located in Czechoslovakia.

ESCI F-15B Eagle - Two Seater USAF or Japanese, 1/72, 9048

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$16   

Nicely molded and detailed kit. Features all very fine recessed panel lines, complete cockpits, optional position canopy, detailed gear wells, optional large centerline drop tank, two optional wing pylons and decals for both air forces. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Airmodel North American AJ-1 Savage - Bagged, 1/72, 161

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$26   

Basic vac kit with main airframe parts and clear canopy. Very crisp and well detailed moldings with recessed panel lines. Complete and never started. A certain degree of modeling skill is required to build vacuform kits. They are not recommended for beginners.

Hasegawa Mitsubishi A6M5c Type 52 Zero - 203 FS flown by Takeo Tanimizu - Atsugi Airbase 1944/45 - Motoyama Airbase, 1/72, A6

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

$18   

Very well molded with fine rivet detail, cockpit, engine and rotating propeller. Has decals for the three aircraft listed. 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.

Premier 1910 Ford Model T Type, 1/32, 600-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$28   

1950s issue with excellent box art. The kit inside is a near-copy of the Highway Pioneers Model T. Premier intended to capitalize on the Gowland/Revell 1/32 classic car popularity; how well they did is unknown. The box art is definitely better than it's rival, but the kit is more basic. Molded in black with a metal wire frame windshield. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including instructions.

Hobby Craft Grumman F-14 Tomcat - VF-142 or VF-143, 1/72, HC1336

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$18   

From ex-Hasegawa molds. Features very good cockpit, wings that swing, two pilots, two piece canopy, AIM-54 Phoenix, AIM-7 Sparrow and AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles. Includes decals for both squadrons of 'Persian Gulf Fighters.' Never started. Factory sealed internal bag with all parts, decals and instructions.