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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.

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.

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.

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.

Aurora DC-9 Medium Distance Commercial Jet TWA, 1/72, 356-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$135   

1965 first issue hardbox with the 1.98 price extension on the part number.. This is still the only 1/72 scale injection molded DC-9 kit. Molded in ivory-light yellow and clear, with the large clear 'triangle globe' stand. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all other parts, decals and instructions. Decals are in 'excellent+' condition.

Revell F-4E Phantom II and Mig-21 - Vietnam Air Battle - Soviet or North Vietnam Mig-21 and 555 TFS 423 TRW Ace Steve Ritchie Phantom, 1/32, 4747

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$119   

Still factory sealed. 1983 issue that contains both large 1/32 scale models. The Mig-21 features Atoll air-to-air missiles, removable detailed RD-11 turbojet engine, optional position landing gear with rotating wheels, hinged clear canopy and detailed cockpit. Decals are for Soviet or North Vietnamese Air Forces. The F-4 Phantom features removable engine, radar and removable radome, moving tailhook, detailed cockpit and opening canopies, optional position landing gear and an extensive loadout with AIM-9 Sidewinder, AIM-7 Sparrow missiles, multiple drop tanks, triple ejector racks and six Mk.82 500 lb bombs. Decals are for Steve Ritchie's aircraft.

MPC 1973 Dodge Pickup Truck Customizing Kit - Stock Adventurer Pick Up / Mint 400 Racer / NASCAR Emergency Truck, 1/25, 1-7309

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$145   

Very rare first and only issue, and even rarer in this condition. Features detailed engine and engine compartment, opening hood, engine performance options, parts for two wheel or four wheel drive versions, detailed underside with separately molded suspension, exhaust and driveline, full interior, optional performance hood, opening tail gate, special parts for the racing version and plenty of special items for the NASCAR variant, along with a floor jack, tool chest and a variety of hand tools. Molded in white, clear, red-tinted clear, chrome plate and with rubber tires. Never started. All the parts that were factory sealed are still sealed; the parts that were not (clear and chrome) have been inventoried complete. With instructions and decals.NOTE: the instructions have light bug damage.

AMT 1968 Buick Riviera - Stock / Custom / Show Car, 1/25, 6558-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$110   

Very rare. Nice kit of the second generation Riviera. Features optional parts for three versions, detailed engine and engine compartment, opening hood, good exhaust and suspension detail, full interior and more. Molded in white clear, red-tinted clear, chrome plate and with narrow whitewall rubber tires. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

AMT 1962 Lincoln Continental - 3 in 1 Kit, 1/25, K422

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$132   

Very rare and even more so in never started, 100% complete condition. Well detailed mode that can be built any one of three ways - stock, custom or competition. 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, metal axles and metal chassis screws. The kit has never been started. Inventoried will all parts including decals and instructions.

Revell USS Buckley DE51 Destroyer Escort - 'S' Issue, 1/249, H355-169

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$155   

Rare first issue hardbox dated 1957 with the 'S' logo on the sides and incredible artwork. Large scale kit featurs a full hull and is very nicely detailed. Never started. All parts, decals and instructions are still sealed in the internal factory bag.

AMT 1963 Chrysler Imperial 2 Door Hardtop 3 in 1 Customizing Kit, 1/25, 6823-149

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$149   

Rare original issue. Very nicely detailed with an impressive host of custom and optional parts. Features full engine and compartment, opening hood, complete interior and detailed underside. The kit has never been started. The stock version has been inventoried complete. On the custom version, NOTE: missing scissors jack and custom steering wheel. Otherwise includes all other parts. With excellent condition decals and instructions. Please note that the box displays better than the 'good' rating; but it is graded as such because there are tape pulls on both short ends and there is some bug damage at two lower corners.

MPC 1969 Pontiac Bonneville Hardtop With Indian Voyager Canoe And Accessoreies - Stock or Custom, 1/25, 969-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$215   

Very rare, and even rarer in investment-grade factory sealed 'excellent++' condition. Features detailed engine and compartment, opening hood, full interior, driveline and suspension, numerous custom parts and even a scale canoe, two roof-mounted canoe carrier brackets, trailer hitch paddles and much more.

Cruver 1949 Oldsmobile 98 Futuramic 4 Door Promo, 1/25

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$175   

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.

Strombecker Cessna T-37A Tweet - USAF Jet Primary Trainer, 1/48, D33-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$125   

From the mid 1950s. Strombecker was very well known for producing the finest pre-carved hardwood aircraft and missile kits, but they had a very short journey into the plastic model field. They made a total of 5 molds for plastic injected aircraft kits, the 1956 Sea Dart being the first. All were discontinued in the mid 1960s. One kit was this T-37A, which after Strombecker's demise, was issued as an Aurora kit. This is a very nice kit for that time with operating landing gear, dive brakes and canopy, as well as 'good' cockpit detail and instruction and student pilot figures. Includes very colorful and extensive decals in 'excellent' condition and full instructions with two photos of the completed model and one photo of the real aircraft, exploded parts diagram and very nicely illustrated building steps. Molded in silver and clear. Never started. Inventoried and NOTE: missing one part, the hinge frame for the canopy. Can be built without this part (Aurora eliminated it in their issues). Otherwise includes all other parts, decals and instructions.

MPC 1972 Pontiac Grand Prix - Stock / Ski Machine / Spoof Version, 1/25, 1-7221-250

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$165   

Very rare original issue from 1972 and even rarer in this condition. Includes a factory-painted body, and the paint is in 'mint' condition. It is still in the factory protective wrapping and I have protected it even better for shipping. Well molded for that time and has parts to build any of the three versions listed- and the ski team vehicle includes accessories. Features detailed complete engine, engine compartment, opening hood, full interior, rotating wheels, exhaust and underside detail. Painted in metallic gloss brown and molded in clear, red tinted clear, and chrome plate. With real rubber tires. Never started. All the parts that were factory sealed are still sealed; the parts that were not (clear and chrome) have been inventoried complete. With instructions and decals.

Jo-Han 1960 Dodge Dart 2 Door Hardtop 3 in 1 - Custom / Stock / Racing, 1/25, 2460-140

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

$185   

Extremely rare kit of a beautiful but seldom seen subject. Features detailed chassis with torsion bars suspension, full interior and a host of optional parts such as fender skirts, tach, floor shift, exhaust dump pipes, fender mirrors, chrome horns, dual aerials, louvers, continental kit and more. Molded in ivory/white, chrome plate, clear and with real rubber wide white-wall tires. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried with all parts and includes instructions. NOTE: missing decals.

Fine Scale Miniatures Rail Car Shed HOn3 Maintenance Facility - HO Scale Craftsman Model, 1/87, 175

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$124   

Very rare and extremely detailed. Includes all hardwood building parts that are cut to length and shaped if needed, as well as a large box with 170 cast metal fittings. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and a factory tape-sealed fittings box. With instructions and plans.

Monogram Pro Modeler A-26B Invader Gun Nose - Also Includes Yellowhammer Decals, 1/48, 5920

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$125   

With Yellowhammer #48-161C "WWII Invaders Part II" decals in mint condition from climate-controlled storage. Has two large sheets and a color paint and markings guide. The actual model is the 1995 first issue. Hard-to-find kit of the solid or 'gun nose' Invader in large 1/48 scale. Features full interior with all stations represented, optional position landing gear and bomb bay doors with detailed bay and weapons and more. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Imai Panzer IV -F2 - Sd.Kfz.161 Panzerkampfwagen IV For Remote Control, 1/15, 519

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$259   

Very rare, early issue with glossy artwork. Giant scale (1/15), fully motorized tank model intended for R/C operation. Features three motors, all in the original Mabuchi boxes- two RE-56 size drivers with independent, all-metal gear boxes (one for each track), one Mabuchi TKK 25 size with an all metal gear box for turret rotation, an amazing hardware kit with metal motor mounts, three all metal gear boxes, brass gear, brass pre-wired and soldered battery contacts, full set of pre-wired switches and prewired 7 pin plug and socket set, all machine screws and nuts, very realistic individual track links, full crew, opening crew and rear engine hatches and more. Never started. All the internal presentation cardboard is present and 'excellent.' Almost all parts are still in the factory sealed bags. The few that were not sealed are inventoried complete. With decals and instructions. Please note, the box displays better than the 'good' grade but is graded as such because there is some masking tape on the sides and on split corners. Although the kit is designed for R/C operation, Imai did not include the R/C equipment. The builder will need to furnish that. NOTE: I have done my best to account for the hardware, but it is all still factory sealed, making an accurate count impossible. In a worst case scenario it may be missing a few common nuts or bolts.

Billing Boats Krabbenkutter Fishing Ship With Optional 161 Piece Fittings Set - 20 Inches Long For R/C or Display, 457

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$145   

Very rare with the optional fitting set. The crabbing boat is an excellent plank-on-frame kit with die-cut plywood bulkheads, mahogany plywood deck and superstructure parts, pre-cut mahogany planking strips, many other factory-cut-to-shape parts, tapered dowels, other hardwood and metal stock, scale net material, instruction book, full size plans, full crab net plans, decals and more. Never started and complete with all the factory sealed parts still in factory sealed bags and all others inventoried complete. The fittings set contains 161 parts made from brass with some others in plastic. It is still factory sealed.