Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed NM
Still factory sealed. Features detailed engine and engine compartment, opening hood, detailed underside, full interior and more. Molded in colored plastic, clear, red-tinted clear, chrome plate and with rubber tires.
Vacuform Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed
Still factory sealed. Kit contains full instructions, cast metal nose and tail cone and high quality vacuform fuselage. Requires a base kit, and the Hasegawa 1/72 Mig-17 is recommended.
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: VG
Purchased new on September 28, 1965 in Cleveland, Ohio. Very colorful box art of a Beaufigher making a low attack run on shipping. Kit includes torpedo and rocket load-outs. Never started. Inventoried and 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Please NOTE the box looks better than the grade, but is graded 'very good' because there is a closed tear on one side. Craftmaster kits were made in the UK by Airfix and marketed by MPC in the USA.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good
Very rare, original issue. Even rarer in this condition - this is a one-owner kit purchased new on May 18, 1964 at a department store in Lexington, KY for 89 cents. The collector would open the kit once then put it away. Features detailed 426 Ramcharger engine and engine compartment, opening hood, full interior, detailed underside, numerous custom and race parts and much more. Molded in light tan, clear, red-tinted clear, chrome plate and with rubber tires. Chrome is in 'factory new' condition and there are no tire burns. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: windshield frame is broken but all parts are present so it can be repaired. I recommend using the clear windshield as a former - this greatly helps with the rebuild of the frame.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: Good-
Very, very rare- contains traces of the element 'unobtainium.' There is no internet or known auction history of one of these kits changing hands. Purchased new by a US Navy officer in about 1961 in Tokyo, Japan. He equipped himself nicely for a future R/C hobby upon his return to the states, but never built this kit. Features a large (1160 mm) wingspan and is specifically designed for R/C flight on a .9 to 1.5 size gas engine. This was a deluxe and highly prefabricated kit for that time with very high quality wood parts, of which 90% or more are completely cut out with the part number stamped in ink on each one. Woods are hardwood, plywood and balsa. Many of the parts are still held together with the unique color-tinted clear tape from this era of Japanese modeling. Other cut and shaped parts are still sealed in a plastic bag with a 'Picnic' header. This kit has sheeted fuselage sides which are also completely cut out. There is a sealed bag of hardware, sealed balloon wheels, plenty of silkspan-style covering material, fully formed wire landing gear and of course a very large set of actual size plans that includes R/C equipment placement guides. The kit has never been started. Some parts are still in the factory sealed bags and others are still factory taped as they were at the factory. The loose parts have been inventoried all present. Includes plans.
Wood and Metal Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc+
Highly detailed craftsman kit featuring laser-cut hardwood parts, hardwood lumber stock, very fine metal castings, metal truck set and full, illustrated instructions. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc+
Very rare and even more so in this condition. Very early original dealer promotional model. It is 100% complete with all four door handles, trim and hood and trunk ornaments. This model came from a collector who began saving these in the late 1940s; it has always been adult owned. It has the black chassis with the following raised tex "Manufactured By Cruver Mfg Co Chicago" The tires look factory new. The whitewalls are excellent, which is rare - they were normally a weak point and would often crack and peel. The body is amazing 'near mint' condition; I cannot find any warping. The body color and beautiful and gloss as new. The thin clear windows are 'very good++' on the front and back, but the sides have some wrinkling as shown. Some of the fine trim (door handles, etc) has been painted to 'professional' quality; it is good enough to pass for factory paint.
Wood and Metal Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
Quality model kit with wood, metal and other materials. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed VG
Very rare factory gift set consists of a sleeve and three kits. The sleeve and kits are still factory tape sealed; the kits have never been removed from the sleeve or opened. The kits have general wear, with the F6F having the most wear in the lower left corner.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good++
Has markings for Lufthansa Civil aircraft D-UMIM, Spanish Civil War Nationalist Air Force Grupo 7-G-14 and Royal Hungarian Air Force 1st Independent Long-Range Reconnaissance Group, 2nd Sq. Very nicely molded kit with very fine raised panel lines. Features full cockpit and cabin (with appropriate options), gun or non-gun deck, separately molded rudder, optional position landing gear and more. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Fair
One of the first three Revell aircraft molds issued in 1953. This kit is correct with no rivets and no landing gear. Instructions are printed on the back of the box. Molded in the correct high gloss silver and clear. The kit has never been started. NOTE: missing stand arm. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts and decals. The box has wear and creasing as shown. It is missing three of the four small inside flaps. Both large and visible end flaps are complete. Please note that this kit is different from the 'Pre-S' issue in the following ways: no rivet detail, almost no panel lines, different part numbers, pilots are a part of the fuselage (busts only), one piece wings and absence of the pods at the half-wingspan line, no landing gear and no holes for such, very early 'Colortone' logo decals and a silver, two piece plastic stand of a unique design that was not used again.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Exc
Still factory tape sealed. Not a scale model but a 14 inch long wooden kit of a generic military submarine. Excellent for children.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good
1967 release with John Andrews artwork. This kit is completely metal plated and includes realistic matte and gloss panel variations; the plating is amazing 'near mint+' condition and is well protected for shipping. Well detailed kit for that time with drop tanks, rocket launchers and optional position canopy. Includes decals for all three versions. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.
Metal Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
Brand new, never removed from the box and complete. Please note, the canopy is not missing, Franklin Mint shipped them this way and you have to snap the canopy on. High quality die-cast model that is completely factory built and painted. When I saw this kit had never been removed from the packaging, I did not open it. If any of the paperwork is important to you, let me know before you purchase and I will check for you. This is what Franklin Mint says about each of these models: "Each of our die-cast models are hand-assembled and hand painted to ensure quality and authentic detail. To create each exciting precision replica, our designers and engineers make exhaustive examinations of their subject from every conceivable angle; photographing, sketching and in many cases studying the actual plans. Months are spent sculpting a scale prototype that captures even the most intricate details. The result: A precision-engineered model of unsurpassed quality that you will be proud to own and display. Each is a masterpiece of the model maker's art, reflecting our passion for perfection, our total commitment to superb craftsmanship, and our abiding respect for quality and authenticity."
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good+
Very rare. Civil version of the 707 prototype. In the 1950s Comet made a beautiful line of small scale aircraft and missile models with colorful boxes. When Comet went out of business, these molds saw action for years with Aurora. This is the one-piece flip up box of the '707 - Dash 80.' And it is a nice kit of the famous prototype, the world's first commercially-successful airliner. Well molded with fine recessed panel lines in 'In-Flight' configuration with stand and prototype decals. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good-
Very rare. 1970s Revell of Brazil (Kikoler) issue of the large scale and well detailed kit with FAB markings. Has detailed R-2800 engine with removable panels, fully detailed cockpit, pilot figure, two wing pylons with bombs, centerline drop tank and moving prop and wheels. The kit has never been started. Inventoried complete with all parts including decals and instructions. NOTE: several parts are broken, but everything is present so it can be repaired. Here is the breakdown of broken parts: rudder pedals from instrument panel, 2 exhaust pipes, pylon half from a bomb half, push rods from the crankcase.
Vacuform Model Kit, Box Condition: Good-
Large vac kit of the famous RAF transport. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including all white parts, all clear parts (in excellent condition) and instructions/plans. Vacuform kits are only recommended for modelers who are experienced with this type of model. Special skills and scratch building experience are required.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG++
Very rare and correct Brooklyn hardbox issue. This is the second issue of this kit - the first was in a rather plain flip-top box. The box is very good with typical wear as shown and all four corners are solid. Inside, the kit is 100% correct for this issue. It is molded in gray and does not have landing gear or missiles. Decals and instructions are correct as well as the early clear rectangular stand. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. When Aurora issued it's first two plastic kits, they were copies of the Hawk Model Company's F9F and F-90 fighters. Reportedly, Hawk was not happy about this and there were some words exchanged at some hobby trade shows. Hawk attempted to hide it's name - one example was using rivets to spell H-A-W-K in morse code to prevent further use of it's designs. Fortunately, the incident was not repeated.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Exc++
Still factory sealed. Hard-to-find larger 1/48 (although actually 1/50) scale kit of the first mass-produced turbo-jet engined helicopter.