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Aurora HMS King George V British Battleship, 1/600, 712-149

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$55   

Second box art issue of this Aurora kit which dates from 1962. Full hull model that was quite nice for that time. Features props and rudder detail, very nice superstructure, separately molded main, secondary and 20mm AA guns, raised 'wood' decking and separate details as small as searchlights, display stands and nameplate. NOTE: this kit has neat assembly to two parts: The hull halves have been very nicely glued together by an adult. Quality of assembly is 'excellent++.' There is no other assembly and zero painting. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

Hasegawa Kawanishi Type 94-1 Alf with Catapult, 1/72, C8

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$27   

Still factory sealed. Features detailed catapult and aircraft.

Frontier 20 Mule Team Water Tank, 1/24

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$38   

Very rare. Big scale kit measures 6.75 inches tall without tongue; over 8 inches long with tongue. Well detailed with full frame, swivel plate, forward and rear bolsters, brake shoes, water tank cover and even a spigot shut-off. Features completely machined hardwood water tank, pre-cut and die-cut hardwood frame parts, four beautiful injection molded spoke wheels, full size plans with parts identifier drawings, history of the prototype and detailed instructions with painting guide. Little is known of the Frontier Manufacturing Company other than the address of Hollywood, California and their line of high quality, early multi-media kits. Kits from this range include the Ox Cart, Buck Board, Covered Wagon, Stage Coach, Ranch Wagon, Chuck Wagon, Surrey With The Fringe On Top, Ore Wagon, Beer Wagon and Top Buggy. There were obviously more as this 20 Mule Team kit proves.

Comet F4U Corsair, B3

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$24   

Rare solid wood model from the 1940s. The scale is not given, but the wingspan is 5.25 inches. Features fuselage block, two sheets of very high quality printwood and full-size plans with templates. Never started and complete. Comet was a famous manufacturer of stick and tissue flying and static models. In the 1930s Great Depression, they lead the low-priced kit revolution with the "Dime Scale" kits and famous advertisements in Model Airplane News magazine and others. Comet reached it's peak in the 1930s when they acquired the services of Carl Goldberg. Goldberg was a highly accomplished modeler with articles in Model Airplane News and famous designs that won him several National level competitions in the 1930s and beyond. (Carl Goldberg went on to found his own company and produced well designed and popular free-flight and RC aircraft). Comet survived the post World War economic slump and continued kit production until they were bought out by long-time competitor Guillow's in 1998.

AMT 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, 1/25, T412

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$42   

From the original molds of the early 'Trophy Series' issue from the 1960s. Excellent kit for that time featuring over 100 parts with detailed engine/engine compartment, opening hood, complete interior with opening doors, opening trunk with full trunk accessories and more. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The parts that were never factory sealed (clear and chrome) have been inventoried complete including instructions.

5 Paper Models / All Metal Products 521 Army Attack Squad Set / Built Right Toys Army Raiders Victory Unit / Samuel Lowe 1267 Model Tanks / Ace Whitman US Army Tank / EZ Craft Amphibian Jeep

Cardstock Paper Model Kit,   Box Condition: Poor to VG

$28   

Rare, from the 1940s. Includes all five kits with very colorful box art but NOTE: for display or parts only, please read carefully. The Army Attack Squad is missing one artillery wheel, and only the 75mm field gun and many soldiers are present. The Army Raiders kit contains parts for more than one set, but is missing the jeep, tank and troop carrier. The Model Tanks has all the tanks but is missing the jeep. The Ace Whitman tank is an actual scale model and is made from printed cardstock and wood; it has not been started and is complete but the outer box is poor. The Amphibian Jeep is about 85% present and has been started (wheels and a few other parts) and is missing several parts but nothing you cannot make if you are ambitious.

Comet Gull by Carl Goldberg - 30 Inch Wingspan Wakefield-Style Flying Aircraft, 3903-298

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$52   

1960s or early 1970s issue of this superb flyer. This is one of the famous Carl Goldberg designs of a cabin-class competition endurance model. Kit features traditional wood/tissue construction, detailed full size plans, building instructions, hardware, pre-formed gear struts, clear window material, color insignia sheet, tissue, wheels, rubber and propeller. The kit has never been started and is complete. These aircraft were common in the 1930s when the sport of free-flight model airplanes reached it's zenith. It was not uncommon for these models to fly for 45 minutes or more on rubber power alone - many flew out of site, and it became common practice to write your name, address and phone number on the covering tissue. Comet was a famous manufacturer of stick and tissue flying and static models. In the 1930s Great Depression, they lead the low-priced kit revolution with the "Dime Scale" kits and famous advertisements in Model Airplane News magazine and others. Comet reached it's peak in the 1930s when they acquired the services of Carl Goldberg. Goldberg was a highly accomplished modeler with articles in Model Airplane News and famous designs that won him several National level competitions in the 1930s and beyond. (Carl Goldberg went on to found his own company and produced well designed and popular free-flight and RC aircraft). Comet survived the post World War economic slump and continued kit production until they were bought out by long-time competitor Guillow's in 1998.

Comet SBD Dauntless - 20 Inch Wingspan Flying Balsa Airplane - Coke Bottle Issue, R1-59

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$46   

1950s issue flying model with the box art showing a Coke next to the young builders snack plate and finished product. Kit features traditional wood/tissue construction with high quality printwood, stripwood, wooden stock as required, fully formed wheels, covering tissue, prop and detailed full size plans/building instructions. The model has not been started. Inventoried complete. At the time this kit was made, the entire Comet "R" series consisted of R1 Dauntless, R2 Spitfire, R3 Avenger, R4 Corsair F4U-1, R5 F-86D Sabre, R6 Vengence, R7 Piper Cub, R8 Ercoupe, R9 Sparky, R10 F-100 Super Sabre and R11 Grumman F9F Panther. Comet was a famous manufacturer of stick and tissue flying and static models. In the 1930s Great Depression, they lead the low-priced kit revolution with the "Dime Scale" kits and famous advertisements in Model Airplane News magazine and others. Comet reached it's peak in the 1930s when they acquired the services of Carl Goldberg. Goldberg was a highly accomplished modeler with articles in Model Airplane News and famous designs that won him several National level competitions in the 1930s and beyond. (Carl Goldberg went on to found his own company and produced well designed and popular free-flight and RC aircraft). Comet survived the post World War economic slump and continued kit production until they were bought out by long-time competitor Guillow's in 1998.

Easy Built Models Vought F4U Corsair - 28 inch Wingspan for Free Flight, FF-70

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$25   

Still factory sealed. Easy Built was a Canadian manufacturer who made excellent reproductions of classic flying designs from the 1930 and 1940s. Original plans were used. High quality modern kit made in the finest tradition of the stick and tissue flyers. Features high quality printed balsa, strip wood, propeller, rubber, full sized plans and other accessories.

Guillows Curtiss P-40 Warhawk - 16 inch Wingspan Rubber Powered Balsa Wood Kit, 501

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$22   

From the 1960s. One of a very popular 16.5 inch wingspan series of World War 2 stick and tissue flying kits. Includes die cut balsa parts, vacuform nose, wheels, plastic propeller, hardware, vacuform canopy, colored tissue, insignia and full size plans with detailed building instructions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Guillow's founder, Paul K. Guillow, was a WWI naval aviator. In 1926 he began producing wooden model airplane kits. His 'Shelf Models' were some of the earlier non-flying models in production. Guillow's grew during the model boom of the 1930s, and when the Depression hit the hardest, Guillow's responded with lower prices and became one of the low price leaders, frequently advertising in Model Airplane News and other leading publications. During the war, like most manufacturers, Guillow's was forced to alternative materials such as cardboard and pine. Guillow's survived the post WWII slump by creating many inexpensive profile flying rubber powered aircraft and gliders in the 1950s (along with North Pacific) which became famous - some are still available today. The stick and tissue lines have been updated with laser cut parts and are still in production as of 2009.

Airfix Bristol Beaufighter Craftmaster Issue, 1/72, 7-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$28   

Purchased new on September 28, 1965 in Cleveland, Ohio. Very colorful box art of a Beaufigher making a low attack run on shipping. Kit includes torpedo and rocket load-outs. Never started. Inventoried and 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Please NOTE the box looks better than the grade, but is graded 'very good' because there is a closed tear on one side. Craftmaster kits were made in the UK by Airfix and marketed by MPC in the USA.

Airfix Junkers JU-88A-4 - Craftmaster Issue, 1/72, 1-109

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$22   

From the mid 1960s and in 'near mint' condition. Action-packed artwork shows the final moments of a Ju-88. British fighters continue to pour lead into the doomed aircraft, which is still in it's dive and just released the lethal load. The gunners fire back and flak burst across the sky. Well molded for that time with cockpit detail, movable rudder, elevators and ailerons, working dive brakes, optional position landing gear, rotating wheels and props and external bomb load. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Revell Lockheed ASW P-3A Orion, 1/115, H163-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$44   

Hardbox issue is copyright dated 1965. Purchased new on May 12, 1966 at S.S. Kresge Department Store in Cleveland, Ohio. The flaws in the Lockheed Electra airliner ensured that it had a short service life in commercial service. But the sound design was modified into one of the most successful and long-serving of all ASW aircraft - the Orion. Revell seized upon this opportunity to recoup some of the money sunk into the Electra molds. The molds were modified to make this kit, the 'A' version of the venerable patrol aircraft. Features optional position landing gear and loading door and movable wheels and props. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

William H Low Co Rumsey Service Hose Reel 1850 - Wilo Line Fire Trucks, 1/24, CR110

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Poor

$49   

Very rare. Has a box art variation from the other issue of CR110. Likely from the 1940s. William H Low Co., of Braintree Mass., issued the 'Wilo Line' which featured a superb series of antique commercial firefighting equipment, all in 1/48 scale. Bill Low was the designer of all kits and he was a superb model maker. The scale is given as 1/2" and the finished model wagon is approximately 7 inches long without the horse hitch and ~ 12 inches long with it. The kits were very advanced for the time and shared many of the pre-fabrication methods of Hudson Miniatures. Wilo Line kits features "all parts in this kit cut to size and shape." Includes plastic injection molded spoke wheels, precut and machined large and small wooden parts, beautiful, metal stock, a sealed bag of smaller parts including a great many more fully carved wood parts, metal parts and full size plans with numerous drawings and detailed text instructions. There is even a big photo of the actual prototype. The kit has never been started. It is missing 3 or 4 small wooden parts that can be made; otherwise complete with all other parts, plans and instructions. The kits in this line include Amoskeag Steamer, Hose Reel, Hose Wagon, Chemical Engine and many others. In most cases they are the only kits in existence of these historic vehicles. Bill Low did design at least one 'non-fire truck' kit in his Will-O-Line - a Conestoga Wagon, advertised as being 1/24 scale, kit #B14 for $2.85 listed as "This is another Museum Piece by Bill Low." After seeing these fire truck kits, I do not doubt that.

Tamiya Messerschmitt Me-262 A-2a With Kettenkraftrad, 1/48, 61082

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$38   

Very highly detailed and well molded. Includes tractor as shown on box art. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Scientific F-51D Mustang with Small-Scale P-51D Mustang Profile Glider - 18 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft, 156-100

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$34   

Purchased new on November 10, 1966 at Cleveland Hobby, in Cleveland, Ohio. Very nice stick-and-tissue kit featuring excellent quality balsa printwood, generous stripwood, spars, completely formed wheels, formed wire landing gear struts, rubber motor, plastic prop, formed thrust button, vacuformed canopy in superb condition (and no yellowing), covering tissue, excellent full size plans with detailed instructions and a bonus P-51 balsa glider with a 8.5 inch wingspan. Inventoried complete with all parts and never started. In 1966 the Super Flyer line consisted of a P-40 that dropped bombs in flight, a Stuka and dropped bombs in flight, a Taylor Cub that dropped a parachute in flight, this Cessna 185 with parachute and a F-51 Mustang & Messerschmitt Me-109.

Air Lines Bristol 138/A, 1/72, 9802

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$36   

Very nicely done kit in the Frog tradition. On the 28th of September, 1936, the Bristol 138/A climbed to an altitude of 49,967 feet to establish a new world altitude record. In 1937 it climbed to 53,967 feet where the windscreen cracked. The pilot was saved by the pressure suit he was wearing. The kit has no assembly but NOTE that the fuselage has been very very lightly airbrushed. There is no other painting. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. Box art is by the famous Jo Kotula who did 1930s covers for the magazine 'Model Airplane News' and later the Aurora box art of the late 1950s. Air Lines kits are all Frog molds that the Lines Brothers imported to the USA between 1964-1966. The kits, decals and instructions were made in England, then imported to the USA where Testors created the boxes with the colorful trading cards on the back. There are one or two trading cards on each box which show the boxart but not the advertising/logo. Some kits contain a Testors color painting guide also, but it is not specific to any model.

Alliance Curtiss XP-37 / H751, 1/72, 72018

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$46   

Rare. Beautifully cast in high-definition resin with all fine recessed panel lines, cockpit, optional position landing gear and full decal. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. The XP-37 few in 1937. This aircraft was an adaptation of the P-36 fighter with the liquid-cooled Allison V-1710-C7 12 cylinder engine installed. A turbo-supercharger was installed, and this aircraft achieved an impressive 340 mph at 20,000 feet in 1937. However, it suffered from frequent turbo-supercharger failures. An order for 13 service aircraft followed on December 11, 1937. The first service models delivered between April 29 1939 and December 5, 1939 were designated YP-37. All aircraft suffered from mechanical problems, and the US Army Air Force discontinued all further development.

Aeroclub Bristol Scout D, 1/72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$30   

Still factory sealed. Very nice injection molded main parts with cast metal details, shaped struts and decals.

Blue Rider WW1 Austro-Hungarian Flik Insignia Markings for 23 Aircraft in 1/48 - Bagged (KUK Luftfahrtruppe Flik Insignias), 1/72, BR502

Other Materials,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$18   

Fantastic and large decal sheet with personal and Flik insignias for 23 fighter aircraft of the Luftfahrtruppe. Kits covered include the 1/48 Aviatik Berg D.1, Oeffag-Albatros D-III, Hansa Bradenberg D.1, Phonix D.1 and D.II. Never used or cut and complete in the original zip lock bag with full painting and markings guide.