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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$119   

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 for that time with fine raised rivet detail, optional position passenger rear door, rotating propellers and Lufthansa decals. The kit has never been started. The smallest parts are still in the internal factory sealed bag, and the parts that were never sealed have been inventoried and NOTE: missing gear struts and wheels. Otherwise complete with all other parts, including decals and instructions.

Nitto Boeing 727-200 - ANA (All Nippon Airways 727), 1/100, 190-500

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

$125   

Early issue labeled "Nitto Kagaku" with superior mold quality. Large scale model measures 18 inches long when assembled. Excellent detail including rear airstair and very large colorful decal sheets for ANA. Decals are in 'excellent++' condition. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed (the small parts) are still in the sealed bags. The parts that are not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions.

Monogram SM-62 Snark Guided Missile With Tractor and Launching Ramp - US Air Force / SAC, 1/80, PD27-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$145   

First and only issue from 1957. Hard-to-find, very near 1/72 scale kit of the Snark, tow tractor, launcher and crew of four. Launch pad has wheels that rotate and the launcher can be realistically moved from the transport to the launch configuration. Molded in the correct beautiful gloss red and yellow-orange. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Also includes correct small Monogram fold out catalog. The box is intact but has significant wear as shown.

Revell Documented Arizona Factory Display Owned By Esther Ross, Who Christened The USS Arizona

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$3800   

An incredibly rare, documented, one-of-a-kind piece of history in amazing investment-grade collector condition. For the very advanced collector of unique military history and model kits. This Revell Factory Model was originally owned by Mrs. Esther Ross Wassell, who earlier was Miss Esther Ross who christened the USS Arizona in New York on June 19, 1915. She went on to play a very key role in the creation of the USS Arizona Memorial. Thanks to newspaper reports, we know that her father, William Ross, was a prominent pharmacist in Prescott, Arizona. He and his friends convinced Gov. Hunt to choose his daughter from the other 100 applicants anxious to do the honors. It turned out to be a wise choice reasons no one could foresee. Miss Ross took the task of launching the world's most powerful battleship very seriously. She practiced her duties every day after school for months, smashing syrup bottles full of water against a fence behind the house. Miss Ross was popular and well respected in Prescott. Even the Associated Press reported that she "was one of the prettiest girls in the state." A special train took Gov. Hunt, Miss Ross, her family and others to New York for the event. Although the applause for the then unpopular Gov. Hunt, the cheering for Miss Ross was "heard for miles." Page 1 of the Prescott Journal Miner, June 20th, 1915, reported that at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Miss Ross cried "I dub thee Arizona," and "Not a hitch or sign of accident marred the success of the launching." "This is the proudest moment of my life," she stated, "and I am most intensely gratified at the magnificent demonstration that my friends and the city of Prescott has given me." Sometime after the launching ceremony, Miss Ross married Mr. Arthur Wassell and became Mrs. Esther Ross Wassell. She saw the horror of World War II and the disaster of the Arizona touched her deeply. After the war, she joined the drive to create a memorial over the ship to the 1177 sailors entombed in her. She joined the Arizona Memorial Committee which raised all the funds needed to build the Arizona Memorial. She served on the staff and toured the USA giving numerous media interviews and key speeches for the fund raising. Out of gratitude, the USS Arizona Memorial Committee ordered a special Revell Factory Display USS Arizona for her. It came with two specially affixed small Fleet Reserve and Arizona Committee signs (shown in the photos) on the right side; these special markings are only found on the rare "appreciation gift" factory displays from the Arizona Memorial Committee members to important fundraisers. The model was shipped to her in Los Angeles. You can see the original "Arizona Memorial Committee" mailing label that has her full name and address, documenting that it was her model. Esther treasured this gift and kept it in remarkable and very complete condition. Included is the original shipping box in "very good++" condition with all the original shipping tape, all the original internal special cardboard packing material, the model ship in exceptional condition, the cardboard display base(complete but with small tears and very light wear as shown), the colorful backdrop (with wear and slight tears as shown, missing one lower tab), the original display assembly instructions and even an original fund raising card from the Arizona memorial campaign. This display, box and all materials were always in a climate controlled environment. The colors on the cardboard display are in stunning, factory-new condition. The instructions for the display are 'excellent.' The ship is 100% complete and the factory paint is in exceptional condition. Even the factory rigging and all flags are intact. There is very little dust on the ship; it appears to be in 'not displayed' condition; but I know it was displayed for a short time because of the small tears and one tab on the cardboard display backdrop (see photos), which were probably due to putting it up and taking it down. I have only found one repair; the jackstaff broke and was neatly repaired at some point. The factory shipping box still has all the original tape and very little wear for that age. The original Arizona Memorial Committee shipping label is in 'very good' shape. Due to it being on the bottom of the shipping box, it does have some wear, but all the writing can be clearly read with slight magnification. This piece passed to Esther's daughter, who gave it to a friend who then gave it to another friend. The later friend is wife to an OMK customer, who sold me the model. This kit must be shipped insured and I may require it shipped by special courier.

Jim Walker Pursuit Ready-To-Fly Airplane, 89-1

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$145   

Very rare in this condition. Jim Walker produced a line of ready-to-fly balsa aircraft in the 1940s and early 1950s and the Pursuit was one of the flagships. The bigger brother of the Hornet had a bigger wingspan, could hold a great deal more rubber (and with extra), had a better endurance, instructions for using a winder up to 400 turns and had a more ornate factory paint job. This example has always been in collector hands. The box has great colors and both lids and all four flaps are present and complete. I have given it an internal cardboard 'sleeve' for proper support - these boxes were very weak and this is necessary to keep it as nice as it is and protect it in shipping. Inside, it is factory new with all parts in great condition. Even the color printing on the wood is as new. It has never been built and has been inventoried complete. The instructions are on the box side. Very few of these survived; they were inexpensive, disposable items that were great fun to fly.

Aurora Convair B-36 Peacemaker Giant Bomber, 1/333, 492-70

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$139   

Rare kit with fantastic Jo Kotula artwork and dated 1961. Box is in fantastic condition with excellent color and gloss, four solid corners and very light, general wear as the only flaw. Features rotating props, full landing gear, auxiliary jet engines, clear canopy and nose and the Aurora 'Triangle World' clear stand. Molded in gloss silver and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, 1/270, 494-70

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$119   

1961 issue hardbox with the dramatic Jo Kotula artwork that made these kits so famous and collectible. Nicely molded small scale kit with full main landing gear, outrigger gear, clear canopy and auxiliary gas tanks on the outboard wings. Molded in the correct gloss silver and clear with the clear 'Triangle World' stand. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. It is interesting to note that this kit is not a reissue of the Comet molds - this kit is original to Aurora. The Aurora kit is significantly larger that the Comet issue and varies in a great many details.

Renwal M65 280mm Atomic Cannon with M249 and M250 50 Ton Heavy Gun Lifting Truck/Transporters, 1/32, 553

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$275   

Original 1950s/early 1960s issue - not the common Revell reissue. Hard-to-find and very desirable. The box top says 'Fully Operating Model Does Everything But Fire' and it is true. It consists of over 300 parts and has many action features typical of Renwal models. The wheels roll, tractors can be hooked to the cannon which can be stowed in the 'travel' position. The gun can move into the 'fire' position off the tractors and can be trained realistically. Molded in the correct olive drab plastic. The kit has never been started. The parts are as they came from the factory: the majority of them are still in the Renwal staple factory sealed bags. The trees that Renwal never sealed have been inventoried complete. With decals and instructions. The factory blue and pink "A" and "B" signs are present in the sealed bags. Decals are in 'very good+' condition and flat. The instructions are 'excellent' with yellowing and very minor bug damage as the only real flaw. The box displays grades 'Very Good' but displays slightly better. But I graded it as such because there was one closed-split corner and general light wear and slight bug damage on the lower edges and corners. The corner has been fixed correctly with glue only (no tape). The lower box tray is very nice also and has four solid corners but one long closed split on a seam.

Top Flite Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket SUPERFORM - Flying Balsa Aircraft For Jetex or Catapult- (D5582), C2-100

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$125   

Very rare, 1950s model kit that is very highly prefabricated. The SUPERFORM kits were a few steps above the Jigtime models and priced so also. As a result, few sold and Top Flite discontinued the line after only a few years. Features completely formed wood fuselage shells, factory-painted wood parts, fully formed one-piece (each) wings, fully formed tail feathers, numerous detailed plastic parts including exhaust rockets, intakes, nose, pilot and all gear struts, fully formed wheels, hardware, rubber bands, two sheets of colorful decals, excellent illustrated building and flying instructions and more. There are full instructions for Jetex installation or using a rubber band launcher. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The only other advertised SUPERFORM kit listed is the F-86D Sabre Jet with a 13" wingspan.

AMT 1963 Buick Electra Hardtop 3 in 1, 1/25, 6523-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$129   

Very rare, first issue hardbox in ever rarer complete and never started condition, including all the accessories - a tube of AMT body putty, special upholstery material and sandpaper. This is a one-owner kit purchased new in 1963. Legendary AMT 3 in 1 kit can be built stock, custom or competition. George Barris served as the AMT consultant for the customized kits. Model includes numerous optional parts for suspension, motor, exterior and interior as well as custom decals. Molded in white, clear, red tinted clear and chrome with rubber tires. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Monogram 1932 Ford Street Rod Roadster (Big Deuce) - Street Rod or Classic Highboy, 1/8, 2602

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$275   

Rare kit from 1977 and an exceptional model for that time. Measures 20.5 inches long when assembled. Very highly detailed with over 200 parts molded in color and a very large number of those are chrome plated. Includes optional parts so you can make the classic roadster or the highboy. Builds up a realistic rolling chassis just like the real car, with all suspension, driveline and exhaust parts present. Features operating doors and trunk lid, operating windshield with wind wings, super detailed Pontiac engine with six Stromberg carburetors, individual spark plugs and ignition wires, removable hood, detailed rolled and pleated interior and trunk, dash panel with S-W instruments, chrome plated under-carriage and Le Mans wheels, realistic rubber tires, custom chrome firewall with instruments, plated dropped front axle, flexible radiator hoses, optional top with detailed top bow frame and much more. Inside, the kit has never been started. All of the chrome parts were factory sealed and are still in the factory sealed bags in superb factory-new condition. The parts that were never factory sealed have been carefully inventoried and and are 100% complete; many are still wrapped in the factory tissue paper. With instructions and decals. This kit has an interesting history. In the early 1960s Monogram invested in a series of huge 1/8 scale models with extraordinary details. The complete line consisted of the Big 'T' Street/Rod, Big Drag Competition Roadster, Big Rod Show/Go Roadster, Big Tub Custom Phaeton and the Big Deuce '32 Ford Roadster. The Deuce Roadster molds cost over $150,000 to produce - an absolute fortune at the time. The design work alone for the molds was $50,000. The total cost of the project was over $1,000,000 - in 1963 money. The result was a nearly flawless large American Automotive model that has never been equaled to this day. The Big Deuce was one of the series by famous customize Darryl Starbird and the first issues were in red or yellow bodies - this is the later black issue.

AMT 1962 Pontiac Tempest Convertible - 3 in 1 Kit, 1/25, K6012

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$129   

A one-owner kit. Rare and very nicely molded. Can be built any one of three ways - stock, custom or racing. Includes a very large number of optional custom parts so you can make a totally unique automobile. Features detailed complete engine, engine compartment, opening hood, full interior, rotating wheels, exhaust and underside detail. Molded in white, clear, red tinted clear, and chrome. With real rubber tires. The kit has never been started. Inventoried complete with all parts including decals and instructions.

AMT 1965 Buick Wildcat 2 Door HT 3 In 1 - Stock / Custom / Racing, 1/25, 6525-150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$145   

First and only issue and very rare, especially in this condition. Well detailed with full engine and engine compartment, complete interior, opening hood and many optional parts for three versions. Molded in white, chrome, clear, red-tinted clear and with rubber wheels. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

AMT 1964 Buick Rivera 3 In 1 - Stock / Custom / Racing, 1/25, 6554-150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$129   

Very rare original issue - and never reissued. This is one-owner kit purchased new in 1964. Very well detailed model with full engine and engine compartment, complete interior, opening hood and many optional parts. Molded in white, chrome and clear and with rubber wheels, metal axles and metal chassis screws. The kit has not been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts. NOTE: the decals are graded "very good" because there is a small area of damage, measuring 15 x 5 millimeters. There is a price tag tear on one short end of the box.

ITC 1956 1957 Lincoln Continental Mark II - (Ideal Toy Company Continental), 1/25, 3712

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$425   

Very rare, especially in complete, never started condition like this example. The model may be rarer than the actual car; less than 10 kits have traded hands publically (on-line) in a decade. The Continental MkII was a hand-built car of the highest quality. It was the most expensive American car made at that time and was certainly a style leader. About 3,000 of them were produced; Ford said it lost $1000 on each one. But they did prove that a world-class car rivaling Rolls-Royce could be made in America. This model is molded in black (body), red (interior/chassis and other details), chrome plate, clear, metal axles and rubber tires. It has never been assembled and is 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Aurora Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, 1/270, 494-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$125   

Rare first issue with one-year only rectangular logo. Dramatic Jo Kotula box art with 1956 date. This is a very nice kit for that time, featuring raised and recessed panel lines detail, clear canopy, full landing gear and gear doors, outrigger gear and doors, wing tip tanks, decals and the correct clear rectangle-base early Aurora stand, which is also shown on the instructions. Molded in the correct gloss silver and clear. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. It is interesting to note that this kit is not a reissue of the Comet molds - this kit is original to Aurora. The Aurora kit is significantly larger that the Comet issue and varies in a great many details.

Italeri DC-130 with Teledyne Ryan Q2C or 147 NX Firebee Drones - US Navy or USAF, 1/48, 820

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$179   

Big 1/48 scale model with a very large 33 inch wingspan and four drones & all related C-130 Drone Carrier modifications. Features great detail with full cockpit and flight deck, complete cargo hold interior, opening cargo doors, optional position crew door and stairs and much more. Has decals for USN VC-3, North Island, California 1871 and USAF 11th TAC Drone Squadron 355th TFW, Davis Monthan AFB 1971. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Megow Ranger Class B Gas Model - 44 Inch Wingspan Early Free Flight Aircraft, E-22

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$175   

Very, very rare. From the late 1930s or pre-war 40s. Fred Megow once stated that they lost money on the big gas models and sold very few; they were done for status only. This is a one owner kit; the box top and tray are in good condition given the age of the model; that stain on the litho lowers the overall grade to 'good'. The box top and bottom are 100% intact, never repaired and have great corners. Inside, the kit has never been touched. The small parts are still in the sealed paper envelope and it appears that the plans have never been unfolded. Includes quality printwood, stock balsa, factory cut stringers and spars (still held in a bundle together with the factory rubber bands), balsa and hardwood stock cut to general shape, fully formed wooden wheels, fully formed wire landing gear struts, sealed hardware packet and more. It is complete with all parts and plans. I do not see any covering tissue, but some models did not come with it (and it may be in the never opened plans).

Aurora Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, 1/270, 494-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$145   

Very rare and even rarer in this condition. First issue and with the one-year only rectangular logo. Dramatic Jo Kotula box art with 1956 date. The box is the finest I have seen. It has like-new color and gloss, four solid corners, no repairs, no tape or tape marks, no tags or tag marks, no fading, and no tear or missing litho. The only flaws are the light edge and corner wear shown at the bottom right and other (even lighter) shelf wear that probably not even visible in the photo. Molded in correct silver and clear with correct rectangular clear stand. A nice kit for that time, it features full centerline landing gear and outrigger struts and gear doors as well as clear cockpit canopy, outboard slipper fuel tanks, display stand and decals. It has the correct early rectangle-base clear Aurora stand, which is also shown on the instructions. Molded in the correct gloss silver and clear. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Instructions are mint and the decals are 'near mint.' It is interesting to note that this is not a reissue of the Comet molds - the two models are not even close to the same size or scale. This kit is original to Aurora, was made before Aurora acquired the Comet molds and also varies in a great many details. It appears that Aurora never even re-issued the Comet B-52, probably because they had a superior model already in the same low price range.

Frog Bristol 175 Britannia 'The Whispering Giant' - BOAC Air Lines, 1/96, 350P

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$159   

Rare and even more so in this box condition. From the late 1950s. The box is in exceptional 'excellent+' condition with perfect color and gloss, four solid corners, no repairs, no tears, tags, tape or marks from either. Very light general wear is the only flaw. Large 1/96 scale kit is molded in the correct gloss silver and clear. Large model with full landing gear and and two colorful BOAC decal sheets. One includes full size vertical stabilizer markings and the other is a very large and extensive sheet with all striping, logos, side windows, flags, registration for six different aircraft and more. The decals are 'very good' and flat except that one end on the long sheet that is always curled on these kits. The instructions are excellent also. The four props are still on the factory cardboard holder and have no broken blades. Molded in silver, clear. The kit has never been started. The actual airplane is inventoried 100% complete but NOTE: missing the display stand. With decals and instructions.