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Strombecker Temco TT-1 Navy Primary Trainer, 1/48, D36-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$79   

Rare kit in good condition. The notoriously thin Strombecker box was preserved with very good color and four solid corners. This model was unique in that a customer could lift the hinged, full-color 'Pin-Up' artwork to view the kit inside. The kit was (originally) sealed with a clear cellophane panel glued to the inside of the box lid. The inner cellophane is intact. Nicely molded kit with recessed panel lines and very complete decals. Features crew, ejection seats, instrument side and main panel detail, opening canopy and optional position landing gear. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Strombecker was most famous for making the finest in wooden kits. During the short time that they made wooden kits, they released many interesting subjects that are desirable today.

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.

Cleveland Playboy Senior Class C Gas Balsa Flying Model Airplane Kit, GP-5017

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$225   

70 inch wingspan class 'C' gas free-flight model airplane. Cleveland entered the 1930s gas model market with the famous Playboy series. The design is so solid and popular that it is still a favorite at meets today (Like SAM - Society of Antique Modelers) where free-flight competitions are still held. Cleveland was late to introduce these kits (1939), but they wanted to ensure that the quality and performance was there. It appears that there were three aircraft in the Playboy line - the Baby, Junior and Senior. The model has not been started and is in exceptional condition. Whoever buys it will be the second owner; the first lives in town with me. The parts are inventoried 100% complete and includes covering tissue and 'excellent' never-used plans. Please NOTE: that there is some bug damage to the issue paper and very tiny bit to the edge of the plans. The Cleveland Model and Supply Company played a pivotal role in the development of true scale models. In 1909 Bleriot's English Channel flight caused a surge in aviation and model aircraft around the globe. Several companies were ideally positioned to take advantage of the aviation craze. In the USA, Wading River Manufacturing Co. (1909), White Aeroplane (1911), Ideal Model Aeroplane (1911), Broadfield Model Aeroplanes (1919) were among these pioneers, offering everything from plans and parts to complete kits and ARF models. Lindbergh's 1927 crossing of the Atlantic Ocean caused an even bigger world-wide phenomenon called 'The Aviation Craze' that extended up to the start of World War II. Many companies such as Megow, Guillow's and others started right around the time of Lindbergh's flight. Some of these models flew and flew well, but they all had one thing in common - were generally not accurate scale representations. In 1929, a youngster named Ed Packard had a very advanced dream to produce incredibly accurate, true scale models that flew perfectly. This radical idea established the world's longest operating single-owner model airplane supply business, called Cleveland Model and Supply Company. To this day, Cleveland models are treasured as the most accurate flying scale models produced. The fact that Mr. Packard started and successfully grew this business during The Great Depression is a testament to his ideals and business skill. I highly suggest the excellent book called 'Aviations great Recruiter, Cleveland's Ed Packard' by H.L. (Herm) Schreiner. It is an excellent history of the man, his company and the times of the Golden Age of Model Aviation.

Monogram Chevrolet 1958 Corvette Pro Modeler Stock or Custom, 1/25, 85-5938

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$38   

Still factory sealed and the only '58 Corvette kit ever made. Very finely molded and detailed with 145 parts. Features full chassis, complete engine and engine compartment, opening hood, factory fuel injection or optional carburetor variant, full interior and more.

Rareplane Lockheed PV-1 Ventura or British Ventura Bomber, 1/72

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$8   

Contains extra transparent parts for British Bomber version. Very high quality vacuform kit with moldings equal to or better than many injection molded models. Features very fine detail, complete cockpit and interior, clear canopies and instructions/plans as well as paint and marking guide. Never started. Factory bag is still sealed. Significant modeling skill is required to build vacuform kit. Not recommended for beginners.

Revell Lockheed Electra American Airlines 'S' Kit, 1/115, H255-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$245   

1957 'S' issue with very famous box art. In the 1960s these molds were modified to make the P-3C Orion, making a reissue of this kit impossible. Please see the article about the mold conversion on this on this website. Features optional position cabin doors, rotating props, optional position landing gear, large colorful decal sheet and famous Revell 'Globe' clear swivel-base stand. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. This kit must be shipped insured.

Artesania Latina Baltimore Clipper Harvey 1847 (With Cannon), 1/50, 20502

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$145   

From 1984. Very highly detailed and intricate plank-on-frame ship kit. Measures 39 inches long and 26 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. Inside, it is just as it left the factory. All inner parts are still factory sealed. With instruction/plans.

Airfix HMS Belfast (Town Class) Heavy Cruiser, 1/600, 04212

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$22   

Still sealed. Older yet incredibly well detailed and finely molded full-hull kit with 250 parts.

Viking Models Skipjack SSN585 At Dock, 1/350, VKB1014

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$32   

Rare but missing parts, please read carefully. This is a diorama of the Skipjack at dock. The water, submarine hull and dock are cast as one piece in high-definition resin. Includes some of the accessories shown. The kit has never been started. NOTE: missing guard shack, porta-potty and two periscopes. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts and instructions.

Branchline Trains Blueprint Series HO 8-1-2 Pullman Sleeper Baltimore & Ohio 'Centabella' Heavyweight Passenger Car, 1/87, 5038

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$45   

Superb and highly detailed model kit that is factory painted and lettered in the B&O 'Blue Scheme' with delux lettering. Features separate grab irons, extensive and complete underbody details, steam, air & signal lines, working diaphragms, full interior, metal wheels, magnetic knuckle couplers and much more. The kit has never been started. The parts have never been removed from the box and are still wrapped in the factory protective tissue paper. Includes excellent, illustrated instructions.

Entex Grumman F-14A Tomcat, 1/100, 8521T

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$15   

From the 1970s and probably from Tamiya molds. Very nicely molded with all recessed panel line detail, working swing wings, optional position landing gear, four AIM-7 Sparrow missiles, a display stand and decals for VF-124 and what appears to be prototype #5 (but I am not sure). The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: decals were partially stuck to the instructions. Not because of water damage, just age. They may still be good because the instructions came off on the decals, not the other way around.

Airfix Mayflower With Sails Bagged - Type One Logo

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$95   

Still factory staple sealed. Very early and rare first issue kit from the 1950s before Airfix assigned any kit numbers. Small scale, full-hull model that includes sails, clear printed ratlines and a display stand. Measures just over 4 inches in length when built.

Lindberg He-111 with Tractor German Blitz Bomber - Ground Artwork Cellovision Issue, 1/63, 565-149

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$125   

Very rare version with Cellovision box and Ray Gaedke artwork showing the aircraft on the ground. This issue also includes a detailed 1/48 scale tractor with driver. Kit has movable control surfaces, working landing gear and scale engines with removable panels. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions. Please note that the end flap is missing. Lindberg is a company with a fascinating history The original 'Lindberg Line' stretches back to the 1930s when Paul Lindberg drew plans for famous modeling magazines and marketed his balsa wood 'stick and tissue' by urging dealers to carry the '...Complete Lindberg Line'. After the war, Lindberg and Olsen had a strong hand in early United States injection molded kit development. Please see the article located on this website about early USA plastic kit manufacturers.

Meikraft Models Douglas D-558-1 Skystreak - (D5581), 1/72, 1501

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$39   

Limited edition injection molded kit of only 2000 made. Includes full color decals. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aeroclub 7 Cylinder A.S. Genet Major Engine and Prop, 1/72, AEP004

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$7   

Precision metal castings. Contains engine, ring and prop. Much greater detail than injection molding. Never used and complete.

Academy Republic P-47N Thunderbolt, 1/48, 2155

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$24   

Very well molded and features all fine recessed panel lines, detailed cockpit, gear wells, engine and gun bay, optional position canopy, extensive under-wing stores and colorful decals with paint guide. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora Boeing 707 Pan Am Clipper, 1/104, 381-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$129   

Dated 1958, but likely from the very early 1960s judging from the oval logo with no 'Famous Fighters' in the boarder. Wonderful box artwork by Jo Kotula. One of Aurora's first airliner kits. Molded in white and clear with the large clear 'Triangle' Globe base. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Zvezda Galeon San Martin Flagship of the Invincible Spanish Armada - (Galleon), 1/350, 6502

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$32   

Nicely molded full hull or waterline model with 53 parts. Features detailed decks and deck fittings, finely premolded rat lines, white billowing sails, a display stand and colorful flags and sail/stern decals. Molded in wood tan, black and white. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The San Martin has a displacement of around 1,000 tons and carried 52 cannon. She was the flagship of Duke Alonso Perez de Guzman of Median Sedonia, commander-in-chief of the Spanish Armada. This if one of the ships that did return safely.

Airfix HMS Shannon With Sails Bagged - Type One Logo

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$119   

Still factory staple sealed. Very early and rare first issue kit from the 1950s before Airfix assigned any kit numbers. Small scale, waterline model that includes sails, clear printed ratlines and a water display stand. Measures just over 5 inches in length when built.

Hogan US Airways Airbus A320 -200 - (A320200), 1/200, 3343G

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$22   

Beautiful, high-quality factory painted and decaled model with realistic engine fans that spin, full landing gear, snap fit constructions and a display stand. In mint condition and never built. All parts are still sealed in the original box.