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Hudson Miniatures 1904 Oldsmobile Lil Old Timers - Quickie Kit, 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$46   

Rare and in investment-grade 'near mint' condition inside and out. This is old hobby shop stock that has not been sold retail until now. Molded in a brilliant deep red plastic. Never started and the small parts are still factory bag sealed. With instructions. These kits have a very interesting history. When the Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' burst upon the hobby scene in 1951, they started a hobby revolution. Plastic model kits were not new in 1951, but successful mass marketing of plastic kits was new. The sensation swept the country, and Gowland & Revell could not make the kits fast enough. The fact that the public was buying these models shocked the successful hobby establishment. One such manufacture was Hudson Miniatures. In the 1940s, Hudson had established a name in making 1/16 scale 'Old Timer' models of automobiles. These were excellent kits with wood and metal parts, but a high degree of skill was required to carve and finish the wood parts. In the late 1940s, they added some injection molded plastic parts (usually acetate wheels) to the series but did not consider a completely plastic kit. When Hudson saw what was happening with the Highway Pioneers, he began to design his own 1/32 scale line called 'Lil Old Timers', which hit the stores in 1954. An early paper fold-out catalog shows 18 models including some real gems like the 1910 International Harvester Passenger Car, 1911 Brush Delivery Truck and 1906 Columbia Electric Car just to name a few. The line was bought by Revell a short time after it's release, and Revell did reissue some (but not all) of the kits. As you would expect from Hudson, this is a nice kit with excellent moldings and detail for the time. The Mercer was perhaps the most famous sports car of it's day, and it can be successfully argued that it was America's first sports car. The 30 horsepower 'T' head 4 cylinder engine sped it along at over 80 miles per hour. A 1914 Mercer clocked 112 mph at Daytona Beach - no mean feat for that age.

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).

Williams Brothers Curtiss C-46 Commando - Flying Tigers or USAAF, 1/72, 72-346

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$54   

Older but nicely detailed model that features a choice of 3 blade Hamilton or 4 blade Curtiss Props, hard or rubber wheels and dual position landing gear. Includes several decals choices including US Military and Flying Tiger(Civilian Cargo)Lines. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: there are 6 decals that are peeling.

HI-Tech AMD Mystere IVA, 1/48, HT005

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$68   

High quality, well molded multimedia kit featuring injection molded main parts with fine recessed panel detail, numerous cast resin parts including a very nice cockpit, detailed gear wells and speed brake wells, many cast metal parts including landing gear and numerous photoetched details. Never started. All the small parts are still in factory sealed bags. The large injection molded parts were not sealed and have been inventoried complete. With decals and instructions.

Doyusha Boeing 707 / VC-137 Air Force 1 Presidential Aircraft - With Clear Fuselage Section And Engine Nacelles, 1/100, 100-AF-4000

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$69   

Big scale model with excellent detail for that time. Features recessed panel lines, very good cockpit and inner engine details, optional clear engine nacelles as well as an optional clear cockpit section to show the detailed flight deck. Includes a very large and colorful Air Force One decal sheet. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

ESCI Douglas DC-3 - TWA NC49551 or Sabena, 1/72, 8246

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$38   

Nicely molded kit with very good detail. Features all fine recessed panel lines, complete cockpit and full passenger interior, optional position fuselage doors, detailed engines and landing gear, optional position wing flaps, parts for A or B variants and decals for both aircraft including extensive TWA striping. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora B-47 Stratojet, 1/180, 493-70

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$95   

Dated 1961 but the price extension and logo tell us that this kit is likely from 1964 to 65. Features classic Jo Kotula box art. Molded in gloss silver and clear featuring full landing gear and the clear 'triangle globe' stand and arm. Never started and inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions.

Aurora Boeing KC-135 Jet Stratotanker, 1/125, 143-175

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$69   

1974 Aurora of Canada issue from ex-Comet molds. This is the largest of the two Comet molds and has clear cockpit and cabin windows, full landing gear and a 'tanker' rear end and refueling boom (although the box art does not show it). Molded in gloss silver and clear. This model was given a clear Aurora two piece 'triangle world' stand, unlike many of the other Comet kits which only had a modified version of their original stands included. Of course this is not the production KC-135 but a model of the Boeing prototype. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Airfix BAC-111 (One-Eleven) Braniff Airlines - Craftmaster Issue, 1/144, 2-88

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$54   

Hard to find Craftmaster issue. Features optional position landing gear and working airstair rear door. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. Braniff decals look 'excellent' but please always take precautions before using any older kit decals. There is an article (on this website) on how to save old decals.

Airfix Fokker F-27 Friendship Aer Lingus, 1/72, 583

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$79   

From the late 1950s. Type two logo kit with full Aer Lingus markings on two decal sheets. Features full cockpit, moving rudder, elevator and ailerons, retracting landing gear, optional position cabin doors and rotating propellers & wheels. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Hasegawa Falcon 10 French Navy, 1/48, VT105

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$54   

Still factory sealed. Very limited 1995 Marine Francaise issue. Large scale (1/48) and originally from the early 1980s. Features complete cockpit and interior and optional position passenger doors.

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.

Revell F-105B Thunderchief - 'S' Issue, 1/75, H285-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$79   

1958 first issue with dramatic hardbox artwork. The box has excellent color and gloss. Features optional position landing gear, movable wheels, four bombs, pilot figure and hinged cockpit canopy and refueling probe. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Revell North American P-51B Mustang Shangri-La, 1/32, H295

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$46   

1969 large scale issue that is nicely detailed for that time. Features detailed Rolls Royce Merlin engine, removable cowl, full cockpit detail, pilot figure and rotating wheels and prop. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Boeing 707 Jetliner TWA, 1/104, 382-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$75   

Dated 1959 with the 'Famous Fighters' style 'Hobby Kits' logo. First issue for the TWA 707. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. Please note, the actual decal transfers are 100% complete, but there is bug damage to some of the backing paper only.

Bandai Interceptor George Shiden 21 N1K2-J, 1/24, 0538522

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG+

$189   

Still factory sealed but the seal has split as shown. Very highly detailed, large scale model that features full engine including ignition wiring, detailed cockpit, opening canopy, full gun bays cannon, ammunition and removable access covers, rotating prop & wheels and much more. Includes a large decal sheet for at least 5 aircraft and usually includes a color painting guide. (I cannot confirm because the kit is factory sealed).

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.

Monogram Focke-Wulf FW-190 A-8/R-3 / A-7/R2 / A7/R3 / A-5/U8 / A-8/R1 / A-5/U3 Tropical - Blue Box Issue, 1/48, PA107-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$30   

1968 issue and one of two known Blue Box variations. Very well molded and can make any of 6 versions listed. Also includes decals for all variants. Features good cockpit detail, pilot figure, optional position canopy and landing gear with a very large variety of underwing stores and gun options. Paint guide for all variants is included. Never started. Complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Boeing B-29 Superfortress, 1/76, 372-250

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$88   

1972 Big A issue of the venerable 1950s kit. Makes an ideal builder. Molded in silver, clear and includes the large black tripod based stand. The kit has never been started. Inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Aurora Boeing 747 Pan Am Jumbo Jet, 1/156, 361-250

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$85   

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1971 hardbox issue with the AURORA block letters logo. The box is in exceptional condition, which is rare for these kits. It has like-new color and gloss, four solid corners, no tape or tags, no marks from tape or tags, no fading and no torn or missing litho. The only flaws are very light shelf wear. Features big 15 inch wingspan, clear cockpit windshield, detailed 18 wheel landing gear, the legendary large clear Aurora display stand and full Pan Am decals. The decals are in amazing 'mint' condition. Molded in white and clear. The actual decal transfers are 'very good' but the backing paper has the typical age foxing.