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Air Lines DH-88 Comet Racer - (ex-Frog), 1/72, 4901

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$34   

Purchased new on December 12, 1965 at Value City in Cleveland, Ohio. Finely molded for that time in silver and clear plastic. Features separately molded ailerons, elevators and rudder, two pilots and two standing figures. This kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Box art is by the famous Jo Kotula who did 1930s covers for the magazine 'Model Airplane News' and later the Aurora box art of the late 1950s. Air Lines kits are all Frog molds that the Lines Brothers imported to the USA between 1964-1966. The kits, decals and instructions were made in England, then imported to the USA where Testors created the boxes with the colorful trading cards on the back. There are one or two trading cards on each box which show the boxart but not the advertising/logo. Some kits contain a Testors color painting guide also, but it is not specific to any model.

Revell USS Hornet +3 Apollo 11 Recovery Vessel, 1/490, H354

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$149   

Still factory sealed. Dated 1969. Well detailed kit in the Apollo Recovery configuration from the same year. Measures 20 inches long when assembled. Features one piece hull, in-scale Apollo Capsule, Grumman S-2 Trackers, E-1 Tracers, Sea King Helicopters and movable elevators and cranes.

Aurora Superboy Comic Scenes, 1/8, 186

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$125   

This is the 1974 issue which includes the comic book with the backdrop mural to create a 3-D Action Display. 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.

Hawk Curtiss Racer R3C-1 - One Piece Box Issue 1946 - (R3C1), 1/48, 600

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$175   

For the advanced model collector. This is a model kit with a fascinating history as it may be among the very first injection molded kits produced in the United States (please see the article about early USA kit production on this website). The Hawk model company was the most innovative in America and had been making constant 1/48 scale models in wood and metal since the late 1920s. During the re-run of the World's Fair in 1933, Hawk may have made the world's first injection molded airplanes models - but they were not kits. The models were completely finished and were on display for the princely sum of $25 each. The Mates brothers, who founded and ran Hawk, were quick to incorporate this new technology by adding injection molded details to the wooden kits in the late 1930s. During the war, Hawk put it's injection molding knowledge to work making ID models for the US Armed Forces. Originally there was a nation-wide program to have children and adults make these from wood, but consistency was an issue - injection molded solved this problem. Immediately after WWII in 1946, Hawk made the Curtiss Racer model injection molded in black tenite. The box was a simple one-color affair. This kit, like Varney's PT-17, met a very cool reception at hobby shops. Hawk quickly changed the box to two colors and added box artwork while molding the kit is bright yellow acetate. That makes it the second issue, still from 1946, and that is this kit for sale here. The box is in very good condition with great colors. There is tape on both end flaps. The box has not been crushed or flattened, which is unusual. These came in one-piece boxes and they are not very strong. Inside, the kit has minor assembly. The fuselage 1/2s have been glued. The quality of assembly is excellent - there are no gaps and no glue showing. There is no other assembly. The kit is 100% complete with all parts. The small parts are still sealed in the 'crinkle' bag. The instructions are in as new condition. Please note that Hawk did not issue decals with this issue of this kit.

Balboa-Katsumi Brass Southern Pacific Golden State - Streamliner Train Cars - Baggage Mail / Pullman Sleeper / Dining / Vista Dome / Observation, 1/87, 865

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$510   

Brass hand crafted and painted Japanese HO train from Balboa Katsumi Scale Models. The original Katsumi blue hardbox has some wear but is solid. Inside, this set is in investment grade condition. The Golden State is the rarest of the Balboa streamlined kits. It is rare to fine this complete set available and in factory-new condition. The set consists of a Baggage Mail Car, Pullman Sleeping Car, Dining Car, Vista Dome Coach and an Observation Car. All cars are internally lit. The original foam rubber and factory sealed coupler pockets are included, as well as coach seating kits sealed in the original bags. The paint is all factory and each car is as new. All cars are still protected in the original clear plastic sleeves. It would be difficult to find a better set. Postal insurance will be required.

Aurora Convair B-58 Hustler, 1/76, 375-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$185   

Rare hardbox issue dated 1958 with fantastic Jo Kotula art. Box has excellent color and gloss. This issue does not have the 'Parents Magazine' seal. Molded in gloss gray and clear. This kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

LS Mitsubishi Ki-15-I Babs Army Type 97 I - Commandant Reconnaissance Airplane (Ki15I), 1/72, 4

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$16   

Excellent kit with high mold quality, all fine recessed panel lines, correct clear side windows and canopy, highly detailed cockpit, crew and rotating wheels and propeller.Very finely molded with excellent detail. Features full interior, detailed motor and crew of two and very colorful civil decals. NOTE: this model has very minor "professional" quality assembly. Inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions present. LS was one of the earliest Japanese manufacturers to produce very high quality kits. Some of these molds are still in use by Hasegawa as testament to the LS detail and accuracy.

Pyro Duesenberg Murphy SJ Towne Car, 1/32, C414-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$44   

1966 Pyro issue from original molds. In the early to mid 1960s, the Pyro company chose many 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. The model includes real rubber tires, chrome plated parts, gloss black injection molded and clear parts. Features detailed chassis and suspension, complete motor and interior, spoked wheels and a removable hood. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Revell Guided Missile Fleet Set ABC 'Navy Log' Gift Set USS Norton Sound / USS Nautilus Submarine / USS Boston - 'S' Issue, G333-495

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$750   

Rare 1955 release. This is a very complete kit and it includes all three ship models with the small parts packets still factory sealed, instructions and decals, the three correct small bottles of paint (which still look good), brush and Revell 'S' Cement (opened). The box has wear as shown. The inner packing display cardboard insert is complete and in excellent condition. This gift set contains the USS Norton Sound, USS Nautilus and USS Boston. All kits have not been started. These are all original 1955 kits - the plastic color is the correct high gloss light gray and the decals and flags are correct as well. An unusually complete example of a rare kit.

Revell Israeli Mirage 5J or French Mirage 5F, 1/32, H155

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$185   

Very rare 1975 release. Builds either version, 'F' or the 'J.' Well detailed for that time with mixed fine recessed and raised panel lines, removable jet engine, full cockpit, opening canopy, missile/bomb/rocket pod load-out and optional position landing gear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and decals and instructions, both in 'excellent+' condition. Please read the two articles on this website about saving old decals before using any older kit decals.

Aurora Avro CF-100 Canuck - All-Weather Fighter, 1/67, 137-175

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$115   

Fantastic factory sealed investment-condition box. 1964 issue with 'Famous Fighters' in the border of the oval sunburst.

Aurora Martin B-26 Marauder, 1/46, 371-259

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$225   

Very rare first issue from the early 1950s. When Aurora moved to the West Hempstead plant, they planned a series of very large scale bombers. All kits released up to this time had been small. Aurora's instincts were correct, and the B-26, B-25 and B-29 were a big sales success. This box art was done by Jim Cox and was only used for about one year, making it very rare. The kit has never been started and is inventoried 100% complete with the original tissue paper, all parts, large clear stand, instructions and decals.

Lindberg Knight Twister - One Piece Box Issue, 1/48, 25-304

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

$145   

Very rare kit for the advanced collector. First Lindberg issue in a one piece box. Dates from the early 1950s. Molded in unique gloss light green and includes the early unique 'Circle' two piece stand.. The box is in excellent condition and carries the circular Lindberg first logo. The instructions are on the back and Lindberg did not issue the kit with decals. The kit has never been started and is complete.

Lindberg Benny Howard's 'Pete' - 1930s Thompson Trophy Racer - One Piece Box Issue, 1/48, 25-301

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$145   

Very rare kit for the advanced collector. First Lindberg issue in a one piece box. Dates from the early 1950s. Molded in unique gloss light green and includes the early unique 'Circle' two piece stand.. The box is in excellent condition and carries the circular Lindberg first logo. The instructions are on the back and Lindberg did not issue the kit with decals. The kit has never been started and is complete.

Faller Convair 440 Convairliner Metropolitan - Lufthansa, 1/98, 1440

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$189   

Very rare kit from the 1960s. Large scale (near 1/100) model of the famous Convair airliner, transport and executive taxi. While many 440s were prop-jets, this model depicts the version with two Pratt & Whitney Double Wasp R-2800-CB17 engines. Nicely molded an early kit with fine raised rivet detail, optional position passenger rear door, rotating propellers and Lufthansa decals. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora Curtiss Hawk P-6E, 1/43, 116-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$110   

Still factory sealed. The kit is dated 1958, but this is obviously a later issue as the Aurora logo does not say 'Famous Fighters' in the border and has no sunburst. Due to the 100 price extension, it is most likely from 1960 or '61.

Novo Supermarine Attacker Naval Fighter - (ex-Frog), 1/72, F330

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$16   

From ex-Frog molds. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Hawk De Havilland Comet IV BOAC with Interior - and Ground Support, 1/153, 507-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$129   

Rare. Great hardbox kit from 1958 with interior and Bill Campbell artwork. The fuselage has a long flip-up panel to show full interior with all seats, bulkheads and even passengers. Also includes detailed landing gear, scale fuel truck, air conditioner truck and airport transport bus as well as full color BOAC decals and Mobilgas decals for the truck. This kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Wen-Mac Northrop X-4 USAF, 1/50, 5501-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$165   

Very rare. Wen-Mac was a famous manufacture of gas powered U-Control model aircraft. In 1955, they produced their one and only injection molded model kit, this Northrop X-4. The kit is a 'whip fly' model where the pilot controls the elevator (and thus the pitch of the aircraft) with the Jimmy Walker patented U-Control. The instructions are on the back, and the small crinkle bag is still present. Please note that Wen-Mac did not issue this kit with decals. Molded in the correct red plastic with additional metal parts. The kit has never been started. NOTE: missing small metal nut, easy purchased at any hardware store. Otherwise inventoried complete with all other parts.

Aurora Convair 880 Jetliner Delta, 1/103, 383-249

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+++

$189   

Still in the factory seal - the seal has a 2 inch split on one long side and a 6 inch splir on one short end. Rare 1960 Delta Airlines issue. The Convair 880 and it's near sister 990 were very high performance airliners. Unfortunately they did not find favor with commercial operators. Only 65 880s were produced from 1959 to 1962. The aircraft was designed to be smaller and faster than the DC-8 and 707 - this market did not develop, however, and if it did it could have been served with less expensive designs.