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Pyro Monitor and Merrimac Civil War Ironclads, B257-150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$110   

1950s issue with great hardbox artwork by AJ Rudisill. Nice models of the two American Civil War ships that spelled the end of the wooden ship age. In March of 1862, the Merrimac put to sea to raise the Union Blockade off the St. James. There she sank the Cumberland and Congress. The Monitor, the Union's only ironclad and the first turret ship, was rushed to the scene. The epic battle between the two iron-clad ships ended in a draw, with the Merrimac suffering a little more damage than the Monitor. The Merrimac was blown up to avoid capture; the Monitor sank later in a gale in 1862. The Monitor is 10 inches long and the Merrimac is 11 inches long when built. Both are full hull models and include display stands. Never started. Both the Monitor and Merrimac have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. Although dated, these kits are generally considered superior to the Lindberg issues of the same ships.

Aurora Forged Foil Buffalo, 1/16, 445-350

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$129   

Rare 1969 hardbox issue. Features very nicely detailed Buffalo, terrain base with ground hogs, trophy stand, gold and silver (reversible) foil, original paint brush and original Aleene's black paint for antiquing. There is no glue. Inventoried with all parts present and instructions. Molded in black and brown.

Monogram Rockwell B-1B Bomber, 1/72, 5605

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$129   

Very first release with SAC Badge. Has operating swing wings and stabilator, detailed undercarriage, wheel wells and full cockpit. Includes 17 cruise missiles and a crew of 4. Very high mold quality, as typical with the first run. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. Please note this is the same molds as later camo issues of the B-1B - it just has earlier decals.

Airfix Lockheed C-130K Hercules with Bloodhound Missile and Transporter/Trailer, 1/72, 09001-0

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair++

$89   

Includes a 1/72 C-130 with RAF decals and has a matching scale Bristol Bloodhound Missile, launcher, transport truck and crew (and dog) included. C-130K kit is well detailed with movable control surfaces, opening cargo bay, full interior bay and cockpit detail, external fuel tanks and rotating props. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. Please that the kit is still factory sealed but NOTE that the box is intact but has various tears, clear tape, split corners and significant wear as shown.

Hasegawa USS Missouri BB63 Battleship Motorized, 1/450, A-9

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$58   

From the 1970s/early 80s. Measures 23.75 inches long and part of the older Hasegawa 1/450 scale series that was designed for operation in water. Includes all hardware and even includes the electric motor. Can be easily converted to remote control. Features one piece hull, movable gun turrets, full secondary and AA armament, floatplane and more. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Rogers Motor Company Studebaker M-29 C Weasel - Army Personnel and Cargo Carrier, 1/12, 29C

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$125   

Rare, large 1/12 scale highly pre-fabricated kit from 1945. Very high quality wood and metal scale Weasel measuring 10.5 inches long when assembled. Features pre-cut and precarved hardwood parts for the main body and deck fittings, completely formed bogie wheels, die-cut fibre bogie chassis, numerous other very thick fibre parts, metal screen and metal stock as needed, complete interior, numerous other die cut parts, completely formed tread links, clear windshield, full decals and much more. Rogers spent a significant amount of time on the 'Photo-Plan' instructions, providing photos for each step and detailed text, full size plans and parts list. The kit has never been started. The small parts are still in the factory sealed paper bags. The other parts have been inventoried as good as possible and appears complete with all parts, decals and full instructions with plans. There are no part numbers and assembly is by the plans; so inventory is very difficult at best. Rogers was an early producer of miniature gas engines for free-flight and early radio control model kits and often had large adds for these engines in hobby magazines. The full company name on the box is listed as 'Rogers Motor Company Detroit Michigan' and the 'Scale Model Division' is listed as Tawas City, Michigan. Right at the end of WWII, Rogers made a very short journey into kit manufacturing. As you would expect from an engine manufacture, the kits were all true scale, highly prefabricated, had excellent detail and were fairly complicated. Rogers produced at least four kits - the 40MM AA Gun and Carriage (1/16 scale), Army Weasel, LST and an amazing, huge scale Sherman M4 tank with over 780 parts. These kits were likely produced in that order, with the LST being released around late 1945/early 1946. I have seen several of these kits built and they make excellent displays. And thanks to kit builder and collector Fran Fierko for some new and important kit history! Fran was able to track down the son of the designer of the five Rogers kits. Mr. John Hoenle Jr. was a master model builder who received a deferment from the draft in WWI to build recognition models for the military- some of which may still be on display at Wright-patterson AFB in Ohio. Mr. Hoenle is believed to have designed one other early kit, a civilian Chris Craft cabin cruiser. It is unknown if this kit was issued or not. Mr. Hoenle left Rogers to design promo models for Jo-Han, which is famous for their 1950s line of car kits.

Revell Wasp Radial Visible Aircraft Engine - History Makers Issue (Ex-Renwal), 1/4, 8614

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

$675   

Still factory sealed but the seal has multiple large splits. From ex-Renwal molds. From 1982 and the only reissue of the famous Renwal Visible Aircraft Engine. Very large 1/4 scale highly detailed kit from the original molds. Transparent housings permits viewing the correctly working pistons, valves, rocker arms, connecting rods, cam and gears. Propeller also changes pitch.

Dynaflite Piper PA-18 Super Cub - 104 Inch Wingspan RC Aircraft, DYFA3025

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$279   

Excellent, very large scale kit. Fuselage is 67.25 inches long when built. Only "average sport-scale building skills are all you need to create this giant-scale favorite." The kit is conventional wood construction and features die cut parts pre-cut wood stock as required, plastic cowl, clear windows, metal parts as needed, opening right window for fuel tank access, plug in wing panels detach quickly for easy transportation, optional flaps and more. Can be run with a wide variety of motors and with a 4 to 6 channel radio with 5 to 8 servos (5 hi-torque). The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including plans and very detailed and illustrated instructions. NOTE: this kit will be shipped in this sturdy box (with no outside box) unless you specify otherwise. There will be additional shipping cost if you wish to have it in sent in another box.

Glenn Torrance Models Fokker D-VI 1/4 Scale 75 Inch Wingspan Flying R/C Model, 1/4

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$1395   

Very rare and giant scale super-detailed radio controlled kit. I obtained it from the original owner. It is still in the original shipping box that Glenn Torrance sent to the customer; a personally written letter by Glenn to the original owner is included. This is an incredibly nice kit featuring laser cut wood and plywood, completely painted lozenge covering fabric (real fabric), metal cowl and plastic machine gun kits and bullets. There are sealed cockpit super detail sets - several of them. Each is a complete model by itself. Included is a large model for the general cockpit as a whole, then separate kits of the compass, pilot seat and harness, throttle quadrant, control grip, ammo box, cockpit leather items and even the magneto. Even wheels and tires are included. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in factory sealed bags. The parts that were never factory sealed have been inventoried complete. Comes with many sets of highly detailed instructions that are heavily illustrated, many sheets of excellent, full size plans and Winsock Datafile #84 on the Fokker D.VI.

Revell The Golden Hind - Flagship of Sir Francis Drake, 1/96, H324-300

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$85   

Dated 1965. This is a hardbox kit with the '300' price extension. As with most all early Revell sailing ship models, this one is highly detailed and finely molded. Features full hull, complete deck fittings, vacuform sails, figures of Drake and his crew, preformed rat lines, very detailed painting instructions, rigging instructions, decals and flag sheet. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Revell USS Buckley DE51 Destroyer Escort - Sea Power Issue, 1/249, H423-169

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$129   

1961 'Sea Power' issue that is seldom seen. This was issued after the "S" and right before the 'Commander Series' issue Large scale kit is full hull and is very nicely detailed for that time. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Does NOT include mini-catalog and trading cards/stamp.

Heller Boeing 707 Air France Chaleau de Chambord, 1/125, L700

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$125   

Very rare, from the late 1950s. Early Heller issue with fantastic artwork. Some early Heller kits had some wonderful engineering (such as in the Etendard IV) and this model is no exception. You can built this model and will look like the airplane on the cover with no painting at all. The kit is molded in white, gray/silver, clear and includes black rubber tires. The fuselage lower section is molded in gray/silver along with the wings and engines, and the upper fuselage is in white. There are two sheets of colorful Air France decals including complete side pinstripes and tail 'feathers' all in 'excellent+' condition. The landing gear and gear doors can be positioned up or down. This kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internally sealed factory bags. Includes decals, instructions and the correct large black display stand.

KVZ Tupolev Tu-144 Supersonic Transport, 1/100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$125   

Still factory sealed. Classic Cold War Airliner kit and the world's first supersonic transport. Very large 1/100 scale kit molded in ivory, clear, black and silver and with colorful Aeroflot decals. Although the USSR manufacture Yunyj Tyechinik issued their own 1/100 Tu-144, it appears that completely new molds were created by KVZ for their own kit.

Heller Boeing 707-300B Intercontinental - (707) TWA / BOAC / Air France, 1/72, 80305

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$165   

Still factory sealed. Large and well detailed model with decals for all three airlines.

Revell Boeing 747 Aerolineas Argentias Jumbo Jet - Lodela, 1/144, RH4513

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG+

$125   

Still factory sealed and the seal has drawn the box top concave. Very rare Lodela issue. Please note the 30th anniversary of Lodela logo at the top right. The kit appears to be from the mid to late 1980s as the side panel mentions that in 1987 Aerolineas Argentinas celebrates 20 years of service between Argentina and Mexico.

Rogers Motor Company Studebaker M-29 C Weasel - Army Personnel and Cargo Carrier, 1/12, 29C

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$115   

Rare, large 1/12 scale highly pre-fabricated kit from 1945. Very high quality wood and metal scale Weasel measuring 10.5 inches long when assembled. Features pre-cut and precarved hardwood parts for the main body and deck fittings, completely formed bogie wheels, die-cut fibre bogie chassis, numerous other very thick fibre parts, metal screen and metal stock as needed, complete interior, numerous other die cut parts, completely formed tread links, clear windshield, full decals and much more. Rogers spent a significant amount of time on the 'Photo-Plan' instructions, providing photos for each step and detailed text, full size plans and parts list. The kit has never been started. Inventoried as good as possible and appears complete with all parts, decals and full instructions with plans. There are no part numbers and assembly is by the plans; so inventory is very difficult at best. Rogers was an early producer of miniature gas engines for free-flight and early radio control model kits and often had large adds for these engines in hobby magazines. The full company name on the box is listed as 'Rogers Motor Company Detroit Michigan' and the 'Scale Model Division' is listed as Tawas City, Michigan. Right at the end of WWII, Rogers made a very short journey into kit manufacturing. As you would expect from an engine manufacture, the kits were all true scale, highly prefabricated, had excellent detail and were fairly complicated. Rogers produced at least four kits - the 40MM AA Gun and Carriage (1/16 scale), Army Weasel, LST and an amazing, huge scale Sherman M4 tank with over 780 parts. These kits were likely produced in that order, with the LST being released around late 1945/early 1946. I have seen several of these kits built and they make excellent displays. And thanks to kit builder and collector Fran Fierko for some new and important kit history! Fran was able to track down the son of the designer of the five Rogers kits. Mr. John Hoenle Jr. was a master model builder who received a deferment from the draft in WWI to build recognition models for the military- some of which may still be on display at Wright-patterson AFB in Ohio. Mr. Hoenle is believed to have designed one other early kit, a civilian Chris Craft cabin cruiser. It is unknown if this kit was issued or not. Mr. Hoenle left Rogers to design promo models for Jo-Han, which is famous for their 1950s line of car kits.

Marlin Chemical and Ladder American Firefighters, 1/48, 101 FC

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$125   

Very rare. In 1952 Marlin Toy Company of New York City, New York entered the plastic model business. The Revell 'Highway Pioneers' were making a huge impact on the hobby industry and the timing seemed perfect. Marlin first cut the molds in 1952 and issued the six original American Firefighters -Chemical and Ladder, Steamer, Hook and Ladder, Water Tower, Aerial Ladder and Hose Reel. The boxes were identical as a cost saving measure - similar to the Revell Highway Pioneers. Revell signed a marketing agreement with Marlin in 1953. Five of the kit were released with the Revell name and marketing name 'Collectors Kits, Closter N.J.' Revell added the horse parts as they were not originally part of the Marlin issues. The kits made excellent display pieces, but they never caught the imagination of young men like jet aircraft did. The five molds were shipped to Brazil. After a run for Kikoler (Revell Brazil's Distributor), they were shipped back to the USA but the molds were lost at sea. This is an original Marlin kit and contains the Chemical and Ladder. Molded in dark red and yellow. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

StromBecker Chance Vought F7U Cutlass, C49-89

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$129   

Beautiful kit from the 1950s made of quality hardwood - no balsa. The carving is done to the final shape. When complete it makes an impressive model and comes with a unique display stand. Features all carved and smooth wood parts, clear plastic canopy, full color decals, glue, wood filler, sandpaper and special display stand. Never started. Inventoried complete with all parts and plans. Before plastic kits were introduced, Strombecker was famous as the premier hardwood preshaped model manufacturer. In the 1940s and 1950s, Strombecker kits were flawlessly engineered but not inexpensive. All wooden parts are hardwood and are precarved to shape - you only had to glue, sand and paint to finish them.

Tamiya T34/76 1943 Production Model, 1/35, 35059

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$28   

Very highly detailed and beautifully molded armor kit. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Precisia 1769 Le Fardier and Cugnot Automobile, 1/43

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$245   

Very Rare. From the late 1950s. It is very finely molded for that time and is approximately 6 inches long when assembled. Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot was a French inventor who built the world's first automobile that could carry passengers. He first built a model in 1769, then the full sized version in 1770. He was a military engineer and the French Army showed great interest as this would an ideal way to move field artillery. The model and vehicle was know as fardier a vapeur (steam dray) and it did work, although not well enough for the Army to abandon horses. In 2010 a perfect copy was built at Arts et Metiers ParisTech and it performed perfectly. This is the only assembly kit known of this remarkable and historical vehicle. It is molded in red plastic and has 63 parts. The kit has never been started. All the parts but the frame are still in the factory sealed bag. The frame is intact and complete but never sealed. The instructions are present and in 'very good++' condition. They are in French but there is an old hand-written translation (from the early 1960s) of every word included. Precisia kits are so rare and almost never turn up for sale in public- only a small handful since 2009. Little is known about them beyond the fact that they are of high quality and cover unusual subjects. For years advanced collectors knew of Precisia and assumed them to be metal models...an easy mistake to make since no kits had ever been seen. We have only learned in the past 18 or so years that they were plastic. Precisia also made a 1900 Tonneau Renault 4 CV, Bugatti 1927, 1899 Grobron-Brillie and 1898 Coupe Peugeot model kits. Arnold Madderom reports that the 1898 Coupe Peugeot is molded in 3 colors- blue, black and clear plastic in 1/32 scale 1-32. The Gobron-Brillie is in 1-24. As far as the 1900 Tonneau Renault 4CV and Bugatti 1927, he has never seen them and has never heard of anyone seeing them; they were announced but probably never released.