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Lindberg Motorized German Battleship Bismarck, 1/350, 762

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$125   

Hard-to-find motorized issue with John Steel artwork. Easily converted to R/C operation. Large 25.5 inch long classic kit with motorized propeller drive, automatically rotating main turrets with elevating main guns and she can be programmed for straight, figure eight or circle sailing patterns. One of the nice things about this model is that it all works well! I had endless fun with mine in a lake. Never started. The small parts are still in factory sealed bags. The parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete and includes decals, flag sheet and instructions.

Faller Spirit of St. Louis Ryan NYP Motorized - Lindberg Atlantic Flight, 1/100, Lb 27

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$55   

Rare model kit from the early 1960s and nicely molded for that time. It is designed to be motorized with the Faller No. 1001 Miniature Electric Motor (not included, Faller sold it separately.) Molded in silver, black, red and with clear windows & display stand. The kit has never been started. The small parts (with motorizing-specific parts) are still in the factory sealed bag. The parts that were never factory sealed have been inventoried complete, including decals and instructions. Even the Faller packing quality inspection slip is still present.

Faller Fokker DR-1 Triplane Richthofen, 1/100, 1917

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$45   

Rare model kit from the early 1960s and nicely molded for that time in a beautiful red, black and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Even includes the original Faller packing inspection quality control sheet.

Pegasus Ansaldo SVA-5 - Bagged (SVA5), 1/72, 1004

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$28   

Limited production injection molded kit with metal details and decals. Never started. Either inventoried 100% complete with all parts or in a factory sealed bag with decals and instructions.

Sterling Monocoupe and Citabria Peanut Scale, Peanut, P-2

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$44   

Still factory sealed. Kit contains both aircraft. Parts are printed on high quality balsa wood. Includes strip wood, colored tissue, decals, wheels, propellers, fittings, rubber, lightweight plastic parts, step by step instructions and full size plans.

Pyro Mississippi River Boat Packet Natchez, 1/160, B238-800

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$169   

Beautiful hardbox issue from the mid 1960s. Very large and highly detailed model measures over 21 inches long when assembled. The Natchez was the famous rival of the Robert E Lee. The race between the two is considered a classic tale of The River. Although the Lee won, the circumstances were suspect and many people still considered the Natchez the fastest paddle-wheel packet ever. (For example, the Lee carried no payload and the Natchez was carrying passengers and a normal payload.) Molded in high-gloss tan, burgundy, green and gray plastic. All details of the real ship, including the wooden railings and carvings are duplicated. Includes full rigging instructions and thread. Never started. All the parts that were originally factory sealed are still in the factory sealed bags; the few parts that Pyro did not seal have been inventoried complete. With instructions, decals and flag sheet.

Airmodel Hughes OH-6 Cayuse and UH-2A Seasprite - Bagged, 1/72, 216

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$16   

Includes fuselage halves molded in clear for both helicopters. Basic kit only with fuselage. A certain degree of modeling skill is required to build vacuform kits. They are not recommended for beginners.

Orange Crush-Revell 1903 Ford Model A, 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$79   

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.

Aurora Boeing Bomarc IM-99 (CIM-10B), 1/48, 131-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$285   

1958 'Famous Fighters' first and only release. Nicely done large-scale Bomarc with clear triangle-base display stand. Molded in white and clear and includes original factory packing tissue. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. NOTE: This kit must be shipped insured.

Megow Piper Cub Class B 52.75 Inch Wingspan Gas Flying Aircraft, E15

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$189   

Rare kit from the late 1930s. This is the finest example I have ever seen with a 'very good++' condition box and the contents just as it left the factory - never started and complete. One of the few Megow 'Deluxe Big Wingspan' scale kits that were the flagships of the line. They were expensive and few of them sold, hence the rarity today. The Piper Cub has many great features including two sheets with several large die-cut aluminum parts, hollow & completely formed and finished wing leading edges with a perfect airfoil (carved from a single balsa block), many sheets of high quality printwood, printed plywood sheet, precut stripwood and spars, fully formed wheels, balsa blocks as required, clear windshield material factory sealed paper envelope hardware packet, covering tissue and excellent, full-size plans with extensive construction notes. Never started and complete.

The Structure Company DSP&P Mt. Princeton Station - HO Scale Craftsman Kit, 1/87, 1003

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$18   

Excellent craftsman kit featuring quality hardwood parts, metal and plastic details, roofing material and more. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Masterkit Boeing 737-300 United Airlines, 1/144, 98-012

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$22   

Still factory sealed. Includes complete United decals and a full color painting guide on the back of the box.

Cleveland Bayles' 1931 Gee Bee Racer - Balsa Flying Model Airplane Kit, 1/16, SF-17

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$129   

This is a Cleveland 'SF' or 'Scale Flying' model in museum scale of 1/16. The kit came from a long time collector of 1930s and 1940s models and is in exceptional condition. All Cleveland kits were exceptionally complete and this one is no exception. Features very high quality balsa printwood and strip wood, covering material, highest quality plans, all parts required for assembly and decals (if issued with the kit). The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. The Cleveland Model and Supply Company played a pivotal role in the development of true scale models. In 1909 Bleriot's English Channel flight caused a surge in aviation and model aircraft around the globe. Several companies were ideally positioned to take advantage of the aviation craze. In the USA, Wading River Manufacturing Co. (1909), White Aeroplane (1911), Ideal Model Aeroplane (1911), Broadfield Model Aeroplanes (1919) were among these pioneers, offering everything from plans and parts to complete kits and ARF models. Lindbergh's 1927 crossing of the Atlantic Ocean caused an even bigger world-wide phenomenon called 'The Aviation Craze' that extended up to the start of World War II. Many companies such as Megow, Guillow's and others started right around the time of Lindbergh's flight. Some of these models flew and flew well, but they all had one thing in common - were generally not accurate scale representations. In 1929, a youngster named Ed Packard had a very advanced dream to produce incredibly accurate, true scale models that flew perfectly. This radical idea established the world's longest operating single-owner model airplane supply business, called Cleveland Model and Supply Company. To this day, Cleveland models are treasured as the most accurate flying scale models produced. The fact that Mr. Packard started and successfully grew this business during The Great Depression is a testament to his ideals and business skill. I highly suggest the excellent book called 'Aviations great Recruiter, Cleveland's Ed Packard' by H.L. (Herm) Schreiner. It is an excellent history of the man, his company and the times of the Golden Age of Model Aviation.

Revell Lockheed Super G Constellation Eastern Golden Falcon, 1/128, H245-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$165   

1956 'S' issue with the fantastic box art that these kits were famous for. The box is in exceptional 'excellent ++' condition. Color and gloss are like new. All for corners are solid. Very, very light edge wear, a slight crease and the remains of factory tape are the only flaws. Instructions are near mint; decals are beautiful with only the slightest tint of yellow. The model has not been started. Inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Revell Heinkel He-219 'Uhu' (Owl), 1/72, 4127

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

$22   

Still factory sealed and dated 1983. Famous German high-performance night fighter of WWII. features detailed engines, hinged engine access panels, two position landing gear, movable wheels and props, crew members and markings of Han-Joachim Jabs, Commander of NJG-1.

Sanwa Grumman TBF-1 Avenger, 1/130, 1117

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$42   

Dates from the early 1960s and very hard to find. The kit is dated by the 'Tokyo Plamo' logo, which was used between 1960 and 1964. Inside, the model is factory new - all the parts and decals are still in the factory sealed clear bag. With instructions in 'excellent' condition. Sanwa was one of Japan's earliest post-WWII kit producers, making model kits in the 1950s; some sources say 1955. Kits were marketed under Sanwa and Tokyo Plamo, with the general consensus being the the later logo came out around 1960 or later. Production ended in 1964, making all Sanwa kits rare and collectible. The entire line was extensive. It included very small scale tanks (some that were motorized), battleships in three scales with the larger ones motorized with dual prop drive, slot cars, civil sport boats and an electric outboard, a full line of hand gun models that actually shot plastic bullets, two fighter groups and bomber groups (probably Monogram), several different lines of scale aircraft, missile kits, scale (static) car models of early Japanese automobiles, at least 7 flying model aircraft that had electric and rubber motors, a 'Super Control Stand' P-51 that move with a joystick and had an electric propeller and sound unit, two different lighthouses and a windmill, an air cushion boat, motor cycles, a diving submarine (electric) and a working (rubber band) George Washington Class SSBN and even a garden tractor with an electric motor. Just before going out of business, Sanwa issued some kits in conjunction with the 1964 Tokyo Olympic games - these kits even included a copy of an Olympic medal.

Revell 1934 Rolls Royce Phantom II Continental Museum Classic Issue - with Brass Stanchions / Real Cloth Top / Real Wooden Trim, 1/16, H1288

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$185   

Still factory sealed. The ultimate issue of the fabulous Revell 1/16 Rolls-Royce is this 'Museum Classic' issue from 1979. Special items in this release include real brass stanchions, gold braided rope, real cloth material for the convertible top, real walnut dash and door trim as well as a walnut display easel. The kit itself is highly detailed and features real rubber tires, spoked wheels, steerable wheels, two position doors and trunk with drop-down tool tray, fully detailed chassis and suspension, two position hood, detailed engine with wiring and more.

Revell CSS Alabama Civil War Raider With Scaledecks Wooden Deck and Cottege Industry Models Naval Artillery Set, 1/96, H392

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$395   

Build the Ultimate CSS Alabama! Includes factory sealed Scaledecks Wooden Deck for this model; also includes a fret of deck-related PE parts. Also includes a factory sealed Cottage Industry Models LTD #AS-002 Naval Artillery Set designed for this model. It upgrades the guns and carriage. The actual kit is rare and dated 1974 issue with John Steel framable artwork. Large and highly detailed, she measures 33 inches long when built. Features pre-formed billowing sails, preformed ratlines, chain and cord for running and standing rigging, 20 crew members, detailed armament, operating propeller hoist and detailed deck fittings. Also includes complete step by step assembly instructions and full rigging instructions/diagrams. This kit has never been started. The small parts that were factory sealed are still in the factory sealed bag. The big parts (hull halves) that were never sealed are present, along with ratlines, sails, rigging diagrams, rigging material and instructions.

Tasman CAC CA-12 Boomerang - RAAF Early WWII LB E, 1/48, TN1003

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$28   

Limited edition kit. Injection molded main airframe parts, numerous cast metal details, two Falcon 'Clear-Vax' canopies, a large fold-out with numerous photos and text details and full decals. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Minicraft Highway Pioneers (Ex-Gowland/Revell) 1911 Rolls Royce / 1915 Ford T / 1914 Stutz / 1913 Mercdes, 1/32, 1504

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$38   

One of at least five such Highway Pioneer reissues by Minicraft that make ideal builders. The original molds were used for these issues as evidenced by the engraved 'Gowland' on several kit parts. Includes all four cars listed. The kits have never been started. All four cars are still in the internal factory sealed bags. NOTE: missing all four instruction sheets!