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Revell F-8E Crusader Jet Commando Issue, 1/67, H255

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$38   

1969 Jet Commando issue. This is a reissue (probably the last) of the original S kit from the 1950s. Makes a perfect 'Classic Build' model. Features optional position landing gear and wing tips, VF-11 markings and four AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Kempro US Army All Star Jeep, 1/13

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$65   

Rare kit dated 1944. Very large scale jeep measures almost 11 inches long when assembled. Features all hardwood parts cut to shape, completely finished hardwood wheels, very heavy and thick die-cut intricate grill, steering wheel and other parts in cardstock, a sealed paper envelope of small parts, Casco glue packet, clear windshield material, sandpaper and a glass vial (possibly paint) that is completely dried up. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes multiple-view plans with 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 good enough for the Army to abandone 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. Precisis kits are so rare and almost never turn up for sale publically (a small handful since 2009) that 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 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.

Comet US Army Observation Y10-43 - (Y10 43) - 22 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$145   

Very, very rare kit from 1934. Stick and tissue kit almost never turn up from this early. The box top is complete with all four sides and top but is tattered on an along the lower long side; there is also general wear and damage as shown. It does display better than the grade, which reflects the worse condition of the box sides. The tray (bottom box) is 'very good-' with some wear to the edges. Inside, the superb plans are 'very good++.' They were never 'pinned down' for assembly, have no writing on them and the folds are solid (not fragile.) Flaws are a 3" closed tear and the normal yellowing. They are very highly detailed with numerous drawings, parts layout and full-size templates, numerous detailing tips and excellent text instructions. They even have an actual photo of the fuselage being built. In addition there is a full size sheet of separate text instructions. The parts feature four sheets of printwood, strip wood in different sizes, original two colors of tissue paper, very large, colorful and comprehensive insignia sheet, fully carved wood prop, fully carved spinner and wheels, two sheets of sandpaper, a paper envelope of metal detail parts, clear canopy material with the window frames printed on, metal stock, quality strip balsa and balsa blocks and rigging cord. NOTE: the following fuselage bulkheads have been cut out and are missing but are full-size on the plans: #1, #2, #3 and #4. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts and plans present. Three other parts are neatly cut out and present. No other parts are cut.

Aurora Boeing B-29 Superfortress, 1/76, 372-259

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$125   

Rare 1957-1962 issue retaining the same artwork as the 1956 issue. This kit has arguably the most dramatic and fanciful B-29 composition from the 'Golden Era' of modeling. Note the square 'Northern Lights' logo has been replaced with the 'Famous Fighters' Aurora sunburst oval logo and there is a '$2.59' price circle at the upper right. I believe the 3rd issue. The box is in 'very good' condition with nice color and gloss. There are no split corner and no repairs. It does have general even wear. Molded in gloss silver and clear, with a big clear 'triangle-based' Aurora stand. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes 'near mint' condition decals and instructions. Responding to market information that boys wanted larger kits, Aurora introduced the B-26 followed by the B-29 and B-25, all of which sold well for many years- almost right up until the end.

Revell SMS Seeadler (Sea Eagle) German WWI Commerce Raider, 1/232, H382-298

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$179   

Rare 1960 hardbox first issue with great John Steel artwork. This is a kit of a fantastic subject -the famous WWI sailing commerce raider of Count Felix Von Luckner. Very well detailed kit for that time. Full hull kit is molded in gray, brown and black and includes rigging thread and full rigging instructions. The kit has never been started. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes flags and instructions. The SMS Seeadler was a unique WWI raider in that it was not designed to elude the British blockade and break out to sea...it was designed to pass right through the blockade within full view of the British before attacking allied shipping around the world. No detail was overlooked in the Seeadler's preparation, right down to a Norwegian-speaking crew. The plan went perfectly - and the Seeadler passed inspection at the British Blockade. Her non-threatening appearance helped her in an active and colorful raiding career that nearly went around the world. I highly recommend reading any of several books that you can find about this ship. Von Luckner himself became quite a celebrity for his exciting exploits.

Revell John F. Kennedy PT-109 (PT Boat), 1/72, 85-0310

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$39   

2004 issue from original 1960s molds. Large 1/72 scale model of Lt.(jg) John F. Kennedy's historical ship. Well detailed for that time and measures just over 13 inches long when assembled. Features 4 torpedo tubes, 2 twin .50 caliber machine guns, 20mm cannon, life raft, 4 crew figures, rudder and prop detail and more. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Hubley Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud, 1/24, 157K-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$129   

Very rare and the only injection molded model of this car in this scale. Kit has full interior, some engine detail, opening hood, opening trunk, removable spare and large plated Rolls-Royce emblem. This is not a high piece count kit. Molded in a beautiful gloss light blue, clear ('near mint' condition), chrome plate )'excellent+' condition) and with rubber whitewall wheels. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

OldModelKits SS Normandie Ocean Liner 1935, 1/350

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$950   

Oldmodelkits.com has received exclusive world-wide license from French Lines/CGT to produce and sell the SS Normandie in 1/350 scale. This nine-year project is a 100% new kit. Seven of those years were spent accurately modeling the ship from scratch in TurboCAD. All this design work was done by a master modeler and engineer who helped pioneer industrial CAD and 3D printing at GM. This limited-run kit represents the Normandie from her 1935 maiden voyage to New York and has over 1,100 individual parts. The hull and larger parts are pressure-cast resin from de-aired molds. There are two large photoetched brass sheets (one for railings, ladders, details, etc. and one for the davits), three sheets of laser-cut, real wood printed decking (from Scale Decks), decals, flag sheet and a DVD with detailed, highly illustrated instructions including painting guide, step-by-step rigging instructions and research material. NOTE: this kit must be shipped insured.

Rapido ATSF Sante Fe Wide Vision Caboose - HO Scale, 1/87, 110072

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$44   

Amazing factory built, painted and lettered model with incredible detail and working marker lights. This one was run once and is still mint other than a slight bit of dust. The only wear is very slight wear to the wheels if you look closely. The upper window did fall out; it is present so it is 100% complete. Includes all paperwork

Hudson Miniatures 1910 Stanley Steamer Old Timers, 1/16

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$89   

Very well detailed large 1/16 kit from 1949. Features plastic wheels, grill, steering wheel, lights and other accessories and wooden main parts. Although all of Hudson's 1/16 kits have excellent detail, this one has even more detail than usual thanks to Hudson's engineers having access to the actual car. This kit has never been started. The small parts are still factory bag sealed and all other parts have been inventoried complete with all parts, plans and instructions. Hudson Miniatures created a very popular line of automobile kits in a constant 1/16 scale shortly after WWII. The kits sold very well...so well that you could argue that Gowland & Gowland borrowed Hudson's subject matter for their ground-breaking 'Highway Pioneers.' The Hudson Miniatures 'Old Timers' even spawned a line of imitators, with Fador's 'Smallster' being one of the better in quality. Sales did drop on the appearance and popularity of the much smaller (and less accurate) Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' in 1951. When the all-injection molded Gowland kits proved not to be a passing fad, Hudson quickly planned and released his own all-plastic, small-scale competition called 'Lil' Old Timers Quickie Kits.' The kits were of excellent quality, but it was too little too late. Additionally, sales of the excellent wooden kits faltered further in the next few years with the introduction of accurate, 1/24 and 1/32 all-plastic cars in the mid 1950s. This forced Hudson to discontinue the wood kits and the plastic line was sold to Revell and subsequently re-released. Today, these excellent, big 1/16 kits are often the only model available of these early automobiles. In the mid 1960s Aurora thought so highly of Hudson Miniatures that they purchased the wood kit assets and released a very small number of these in all-plastic models.

CANAV EC2-S-C1 Liberty Ship US Navy 1941, 1/135

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$495   

Very rare. Builds to a large 39 inch long model when assembled. Ideal for R/C conversion (R/C parts not included). CANAV is an exclusive maker of custom models for ship builders and yacht owners worldwide. They have issued very few models, but the models are of the highest quality. This is a very large 1/135 US Navy Liberty Ship Freighter in the 1941 configuration. Construction is frame with skin sides - you build up the interior frame from die cut plywood, and then skin it with the large pieces of thin hardwood. All plywood frames and completely precut and the other wooden stock is hardwood, probably basswood. Includes dozens of cast metal and brass fixtures which are in factory sealed bags stapled to a very nice display board. Full English building instructions and many sheets of full size plans are included. This kit has not been started. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. Only one fittings bag was opened and it has been inventoried complete. Recommended only for the experienced modeler. Must be shipped insured.

Imai 1906 Mercedes-Benz Motorized - (ex-Bandai / Mercedes Benz), 1/16, 1-3407-998

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$325   

Very, very rare. From ex-Bandai molds. Highly detailed, large-scale model with RE-14 motor drive. Includes a novel, well-engineered and correctly hidden metal drive box with gears and transaxle for drive on both rear wheels. When the in operation, Imai/Bandai arranged to have the drive belts and cogs move just like on the real car. The on/off system has been improved over the original Bandai system; the engine now operates from a hidden switch under the floorboard and the motor is reversed from a switch on the floor of the interior. The headlights also operate. The batteries are cleverly hidden under the front seat. Kit features detailed scale engine, removable hood, full frame and detailed underside, complete suspension, front wheels that can be turned, full interior, opening doors and more. To minimize or eliminate painting, Imai molded this kit in gloss white, red, gray, black, brown, clear, brass plate, nickel plate and with rubber tires, metal parts, flexible drive belts and more. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions. The glue is not present, and was probably never included.

Artesania Latina Bensersiel Krabenkutter (Crabbing Cutter), 1/20, 20202

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$165   

From 1986. Huge, giant-scale plank-on-frame kit with full fittings set. Measures 71 cm (~28 inches) long when built. The kit has never been started. Many of the small parts and even some of the wood is still in the factory sealed bags. The fittings and parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete. Includes a huge set of plans with numerous detail drawings.

Artesania Latina Bluenose II, 1/50, 20500

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$125   

Very highly detailed and intricate plank-on-frame kit measuring 23 inches long and 23 inches high when assembled. Castings are in solid brass or Britannia metal. Includes full size plans and instruction book. The kit has never been started. All parts are still in the factory sealed bags and compartments.

Billing Boats Nordsokutter Mary Ann, 1/33, 472

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$115   

Very well detailed plank-on-frame kit that measures 55 cm (21.6 inches) long when built. 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 instructions. Please NOTE: this model does not include the optional (sold separately) fittings set.

Fador 1909 Hupmobile Roadster, 1/16

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$75   

Dated September of 1949 with drawings by 'JFM.' Very well detailed for that time. Features a large number of die-cut, machined and saw cut wooden parts as well as excellent plastic wheels, grille, steering wheel and lanterns. There are also metal parts, metal stock and die-cut cardstock parts. Includes full-size, superb fold-out instructions with multiple elevation drawings, numerous detail drawings and templates, a photo of the completed model and extensive instructions. The kit has never been started. Inventoried with all parts present. Fador was another maker of big 1/16 classic cars, like Hudson Miniatures. The full name was Fador Mfg. Company and the address was 501E. Clinton St., Elmira, NY. It appears that Hudson beat Fador to the scene by a year; Hudson's spectacular product line growth starting in 1948 may have influenced Fador in the choice of subject and scale. Fador called the line 'Smallersters' and the design of the kits is very similar. Fortunately, Fador chose completely different vehicles. Because of their great decisions, these are often the only model kits ever made of these historical cars. There is no record of Fador making any plastic kits; the introduction and overwhelming popularity of the Highway Pioneers and the other kits that quickly followed may have driven them out of the market as it did many other wood manufacturers. In 1949 the Fador line consisted of a 1909 Hupmobile Roadster, 1904 Cadillac Runabout, 1905 REO 4 Passenger Runabout and one kit that was "3 In 1' - it made one of the following: 1909 EMF Single Rear Seater, 1909 EMF Touring or EMF Roadster. The Baker Electric kit was introduced in 1950 and possibly others as well.

Varney US Navy Fleet Submarine, 1/240

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$1100   

This model is a landmark in the history of Plastic Kits. The Varney Fleet Sub is the primary candidate for the first all-plastic ship kit made in the USA. The famous HO/O train manufacture, Varney, branched out into other scale model kits at the end of WWII. In late 1945, they introduced what are thought to be the first USA produced plastic model kits - the Fleet Sub and the PT-17 Stearman. Both kits were excellent scale models given the state of modeling at that time. However, Varney was 6 years too early. The Fleet Sub and PT-17 met a cool reception when it was introduced to retailers. Hobby Shops were not sure if it would sell, and did not know how to sell it. Consequently, most retailers would not order it and those who did put them where they were not seen by the public. Distributors stopped carry the kits due to a lack of reporders. The result was inevitable - they did not sell, and Varney pulled both kits from production very quickly. Varney was committed to cutting the molds on the LST and it was released in 1946 with the same result. That marked the end of Varney's venture into non-train scale plastic models. Varney dedicated all production to HO trains and in the late 1940s they sold the molds for the Fleet Sub, the LST and the PT-17 to O-Lin. The molds underwent modification (the hull was divided into two parts instead of one) and were released by O-Lin and Lindberg. This kit is a superb, investment-grade "excellent++" example. The box top has like-new color and gloss, four solid corners with no repairs, no tape or price tags, no marks from tape or tags and no tears or other litho damage. Flaws include very light and even edge wear (as shown), very slight 'dishing' inward and very light foxing on two box sides. Inside, the kit is still as it came from the factory. The yellow parts display is 'very good++' and the only flaw is the scuffing as shown. The small parts bag is still factory sealed and factory stapled to the yellow display. The glass display stand arm is tucked into its holder. The heavy one-piece molded hull is beautiful and in rare crack-free condition and cradled into the holder. The base was factory glued to the yellow display but has come loose. It also includes the unused factory tube of Testors cement in its own holder. Very large instruction sheet is near mint and folds out to illustrate construction and offers numerous display ideas for this new medium in hobby kits. Decals were not provided with the kit. This kit was made with gray injection molded details, glass stand arm and black injection molded stand and sub hull. I have seen versions with no paint on the base and hull; however, this one has the base and hull factory painted gray. The paint is in 'near mint' condition on the hull and 'excellent' on the stand base. A rare example of a classic kit. Shipped with insurance only.

Staggerwings Unlimited Beechcraft D17S or G17S Staggerwing - (Ex-ITC YC-43 / UC-43 / GB-1 and Traveller I), 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$145   

Very limited reissue from ex-ITC molds. Large scale model of the one of the most famous light planes of all time. Includes a large decal sheet with the Staggerwing logo and stripes in black, red, blue and white, along with enough "N" number in large and small sizes for almost any aircraft - also in black, red, blue and white. In addition there are US Stars and Bars for the WWII Military version. Molded in yellow and clear. The kit has never been started. NOTE: missing one flat side window and one wing strut. I have included thick clear stock to make a new side window, and the other strut is present. The two struts are identical, so you can cast it or use it as a pattern to make a new one from flat plastic sheet stock. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts, decals and instructions present. Please note that when the molds were modified for this static version, the 'switch hole' in the fuselage was neatly closed up and part #6 (ADF antenna) was eliminated.

Rogers Motor Company LCI Landing Craft Infantry, 1/135, 196

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

$125   

Rare, highly pre-fabricated kit from 1946. Very high quality wood and metal scale LST measuring 14 inches long when assembled; the given 1/135 scale is approximate. Features a completely pre-carved hardwood hull, wooden hardwood superstructure parts that are completely cut and shaped, preformed gun tubs, details such as anchors, guns, vents, lockers, ammo boxes, rudder, propellers, life rafts, bow ramps and much more that are all made from metal, wood, heavy embossed bristol board and other materials as well. Includes full size plans with detailed parts list and instructions. The kit has never been started. The small parts that were factory sealed are still in factory sealed bags. The other parts that were never factory sealed have been inventoried complete with the internal cardboard presentation material and large, detailed instructions with plans. 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 near 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 highly prefabricated, had excellent detail and were fairly complicated. Rogers produced at least four kits - the M4 Sherman Tank, 40MM AA Gun and Carriage (1/16 scale), Army Weasel and LST. 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.