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Aurora P-51 Mustang with 'Horse' Artwork, 1/48, 118-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$110   

Classic boxart with the famous 'Bucking Airborne Horse'. The artwork is dated 1956, but this kit is likely about 1959 - note the 'Famous Fighters' in the border of the sunburst Aurora logo. The artwork is the original issue P-51 with a slight downward angle and the horse added. Has many working features: detailed engine with removable cowling, full cockpit and retractable landing gear. Molded in gloss olive drab and clear. This kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora German Sea Raider Atlantis 'The Rattlesnake of the Ocean', 1/456, 710-249

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$765   

First issue. The hardbox is dated 1959 and has 'Famous Fighters' in the oval border of the logo, with 'Aurora' over the 'Northern Lights.' Dramatic Jo Kotula artwork. This is the only model ever made of the famous (or infamous) German WWII converted merchant raider which was the subject of several books and a major movie called 'Under Ten Flags'. The long WWII voyage was legendary, and the ship is well represented in this full hull model. Covers can be removed to reveal hidden guns, torpedo tubes and the Ar-196 float plane. The box has four solid corners, no repairs and 'very good' gloss and color - there is wear as shown, especially at the corners. The model has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Shipping insurance is required. From modeler Stephen Payne: Recommend that the builder or collector of this kit add the following books to their collection-The German Raider Atlantis by Captain Bernhard Rogge & Wolfgang Frank & Sea Raider Atlantis, Story of a German Surface Raider by Ulrich Mohr & A.V. Sellwood. The first book is by the ATLANTIS commander, Kapitan zur See Bernhard Rogge. He oversaw the transformation and outfitting in Bremen and captained the ship during her 602 day operational voyager which sank or captured 22 ships totaling 144,384 t (142,104 long tons). Rogge also was one of the few German officers of flag rank who was not arrested by the Allies after the war due to the way he had exercised his command of Atlantis. Captain J. Armstrong White, captain of the British CITY OF BAGHDAD, which Atlantis sank in July 1941, stated, "His treatment of prisoners left respect, instead of hatred."The second book is by the ATLANTIS First Officer, Ulrich Moher. Both books read much the same as the events related are the same, but it is interesting to see these events from the two perspectives. Captain White (see above) wrote the foreword to Atlantis, the Story of a German Surface Raider, written by U. Mohr & A. V. Sellwood.The German auxiliary cruiser Atlantis (HSK 2), known to the Kriegsmarine as Schiff 16 (SHIP 16) and to the Royal Navy as Raider-C, was a converted merchant vessel to German Hilfskreuzer (auxiliary cruiser) used for commerce raiding. Commerce raiders did not seek to engage warships, but rather attack enemy merchant shipping; the measures of success are tonnage destroyed (or captured) and time spent "at large" holding up enemy resources. Atlantis had the longest raiding career of any German commerce raider in either world war.

Nichimo IJN Kirishima Battleship Motorized, 1/742, 21

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$32   

Very nicely detailed smaller scale kit for either static display or operation in water. Includes electric motor, all required hardware and adjustable rudder. Features one piece lower hull (molded in red), one piece upper hull (molded in gray) that fits the lower hull flawlessly, detailed deck and superstructure, rotating main turrets and separately molded secondary battery and AA guns. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes motor and instructions.

Tamiya USS Yorktown CV5, 1/700, 31712-2400

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$32   

1/700 scale waterline kit. Very highly detailed and finely molded. The model as never been started. The parts are still in the factory sealed bag with decals and instructions.

Revell Lockheed F-94 Starfire 1st Issue - Pre 'S' One Piece Box, 1/56, H201-59

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$145   

One of the first three Revell aircraft molds issued in 1953. This kit is correct with no rivets and no landing gear. Instructions are printed on the back of the box. Molded in the correct high gloss silver and clear. The kit has never been started. NOTE: missing stand arm. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts and decals. The box has wear and creasing as shown. It is missing three of the four small inside flaps. Both large and visible end flaps are complete. Please note that this kit is different from the 'Pre-S' issue in the following ways: no rivet detail, almost no panel lines, different part numbers, pilots are a part of the fuselage (busts only), one piece wings and absence of the pods at the half-wingspan line, no landing gear and no holes for such, very early 'Colortone' logo decals and a silver, two piece plastic stand of a unique design that was not used again.

Trumpeter CV-9 USS Essex with 3 White Ensign PE Sets Ship / Airwing / Catwalk - (World War II Configuration), 1/350, 05602

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$155   

Includes White Ensign PE3536 1/350 USS Essex The Ship (factory sealed envelope), PE3554 Essex Perforated Catwalks (sealed inside) and PE3553 Essex The Airwing (sealed inside). All are in factory new condition and never used. The actual Essex kit is still factory sealed. Very highly detailed full hull kit with 610 parts. Can be built full hull or waterline. Includes hanger deck, three types of aircraft with folding wings, decals for the Marcus Islands raid on August 31, 1943 and much more.

Revell Douglas DC-7 United Airlines Mainliner, 1/122, H168

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$30   

1974 issue of the ultimate piston-driven airliner. Kit features boarding ramps, optional position passenger door and rotating wheels and props. Includes a large colorful decal sheet in 'excellent' condition. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Tamiya HMS King George V Battleship, 1/700, WLB 125

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$20   

1/700 scale waterline kit. Very highly detailed and finely molded. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.

Tamiya British Army Saladin MkII Armoured Car - Motorized, 1/35, MT108

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$59   

Very well detailed and molded kit. Features FA-130 motor (included) and metal gear box and axles with nylon gears. Drive is on the rear wheels and the batteries are in the center. The front wheels can be steered. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including instructions. NOTE: missing decals

Monogram Navy Grumman F3F-3 - White Box Issue (F3F3), 1/32, 6851

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$65   

1973 issue of the classic "Four Star" model. The kit has several action features: When you pull the prop outward and rotate it CCW, the landing gear retracts. Pull it outward and rotate it CW, and the gear extends. Push the prop in, and it freewheels as normal. Kit features a movable control surfaces, highly detailed cockpit, full decals, sliding canopy, bracing material and instructions for rigging. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: decals have age cracks. Please see the article (on this website) that explains how to save or recreate old decals.

HMV SMS Baden 1916 with Two PE Detail Sets - German WWI Battleship, 1/25

Cardstock Paper Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$85   

Includes HMV #4277 Baden photoetch detail set with two large frets. It is still factory sealed. Includes about 200 parts with cranes, funnel tops, reel ends, capstan tops, railings, stairs with rails and much, much more. The actual kit is a large scale, very highly detailed cardstock model with 2761 parts and 24 sheets. Beautifully color printed on quality cardstock. No painting required - just build! Features 7 sheets of richly illustrated building instructions. Never started; nothing has been cut out and all the sheets are in excellent condition. 100% complete. From Wikipedia: SMS Baden was a Bayern-class dreadnought battleship of the German Imperial Navy built during World War I. Launched in October 1915 and completed in March 1917, she was the last battleship completed for use in the war; two of her sistersSachsen and Wrttembergwere incomplete when the war ended. The ship mounted eight 38-centimeter (15 in) guns in four twin turrets, displaced 32,200 metric tons (31,700 long tons; 35,500 short tons) at full combat load, and had a top speed of 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph). Along with her sister Bayern, Baden was the largest and most powerfully armed battleship built by the Imperial Navy. She was scuttled a Scapa Flow. However, she was the last ship to begin scuttling, and the British were alerted. As a result, she was the only capital ship not successfully sunk in the scuttling. The ship was refloated in July,[4] after which she was towed to the British naval base at Invergordon. The British, painfully aware of the shortcoming of some of their designs, examined Baden patiently and completely. In the end, naval historian Arthur Marder wrote in 1969 that it was his "considered opinionwhich I know coincided with that of others engaged on the same jobthat, considered as a fighting machine, anyhow on balance the Baden was markedly in advance of any comparable ship of the Royal Navy". The ship was expended in weapons tests, where it proved to be as tough at the other legendary German WWI designs.

Modelik Lockheed L-14H Super Electra - LOT Airlines, 1/33, 2-99

Cardstock Paper Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$18   

Large scale, highly detailed cardstock model. Beautifully color printed on quality cardstock. The exterior parts of the aircraft are printed in a stunning metallic silver. No painting required - just build! Has very good cockpit detail. Features general English instructions and two pages of detailed assembly drawings.. You should be experienced with card models before building this model. Never started; nothing has been cut out and all the sheets are in excellent condition. 100% complete.

Aurora Avro CF-100 Canuck - All-Weather Fighter, 1/67, 137-150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$100   

Fantastic factory sealed investment-condition box. 1964 issue with 'Famous Fighters' in the border of the oval sunburst. The 'Woodwards' department store price tag is still on the kit. This issues has a small sticker on both short ends with '150' typed on it. These small stickers cover up the '175' price extension and were often done by manufacturers to just change prices (in place of ordering new boxes).

Airfix Hercules C-130 with Bloodhound Missile and Tractor, 1/72, 881

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$165   

Rare Type 3 logo kit in excellent condition. Interesting kit contains RAF decals and has a matching scale Bristol Bloodhound Missile, launcher, transport truck and crew (with dog) included. C-130K kit is well detailed with movable control surfaces, opening cargo bay, full interior bay and cockpit detail, external fuel tanks, large display stand and rotating props. All parts are internally sealed. Complete with decals and instructions.

Revell Gorch Fock Training Sailing Ship, 1/253, 05412

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$44   

Dated 1986. This famous ship of the German Federal Navy celebrated 25 years of service back in 1983, and at that time had sailed 350,000 sea miles. Older but very nicely detailed full-hull kit. Includes rigging instructions and sails. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

Hobby-Time Bell XV-3 US Army Convertiplane, 1/43, 901-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$95   

Rare. Original issue from the 1950s and nicely detailed for that time. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The box has a closed tear on the left short side.

Hawk Supermarine S.6B (S-6B S6B) Acetate 1948 One Piece Box Issue, 1/48, 700

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$175   

For the advanced model collector. This is the first issue in acetate from 1948. It has a fascinating history for it is among the early 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 with metal accessories 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 then-large sum of $25 each. The Mates brothers, who founded and ran Hawk, were quick to incorporate this new technology by replacing the metal detail parts with 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 may have been the first injection molded airplane kit produced in the USA; another contender is the Varney's PT-17. Both met a very cool reception at hobby shops. Hawk quickly added two-color art work to the Curtiss box and molded the kit in bright yellow acetate. In 1947, Hawk approached toy stores since hobby shops were giving the kit poor promotion. The toy stores did much better. Spurred on by toy store sales in 1947, Hawk added four classic racers in 1948, all molded in acetate - the Gee Bee, Howard Ike, Laird Solution and the Supermarine S6B. This kit is the one of the early acetate examples from 1948. (Hawk made the switch to polystyrene in 1949.) The acetate is a high-gloss medium gray and has very little warping. With a little pressure, all parts fit together perfectly. This is very unusual as acetate usually warps badly. The kit has never been started. The small parts are still factory sealed in the clear 'krinkle' bag and the big parts that were never factory sealed have been inventoried complete. The instructions are in 'near mint' condition and are the rare, original first issue with text only and no illustrations. One side of the box is 'excellent' (as shown) and the other side is only 'good.' - hence the overall 'good++' grade. All end flaps are present and attached. There is tape on both end flaps and a tape tear on one. The box has not been crushed, bent or flattened, which is unusual, as the one-piece boxes were not very strong. Please note that Hawk did not issue decals or a clear windscreen with the first issue of this kit.

Brifaut Antoinette 1908, 1/72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG-

$275   

Very rare kit of French manufacture. Like many of the other Brifaut kits, this one features injection molded internal aircraft parts that duplicate the actual aircraft structure, and a fine cloth covering material that looks like silk. The kit has never been started. Inside, it is in factory-new condition. All parts are still internally sealed. The original 'La Racine Touchtout' rigging line is present, along with the cloth covering and all the paper work: 3 pages of aircraft history, pattern guide for the cloth, beautiful illustrated instructions and written instructions as well. It is very unusual to find this kit so complete. Other kits in the line are on the side of the box and include the Eole (Clement Ader), Antoinette, Voisin, Nieuport XVII, 'Vieux Charles' and Arc En Ciel. This kit must be shipped insured.

Entex De Havilland No.1 DH-1 1910 / Antoinette 1908 Monoplane / Voisin Farman 1908 Biplane 'Early Birds' - (Ex-Taimei and Fuji), 1/72, 8448

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$69   

Rare and highly detailed kits from original Taimei molds. These are unique and accurate kits. The original internal frame structure and details of the aircraft is built from injection molded plastic. When complete, it is covered with a very strong fabric which is included. The result is a very realistic aircraft. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags with instructions and covering material included.

Fujimi SU-85 Tank Destroyer, 1/76, 15

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$14   

High quality armor kit as you would expect from Fujimi. Molded with very fine detail. Includes flexible treads, full decals and painting guide. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.