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Revell 1953 MG TD Highway Pioneers - Series 4, 1/32, H50-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$49   

1954 original issue of the famous Highway Pioneers. This kit is in very rare investment-grade 'near mint' condition. It is from original hobby shop stock that has never been for retail sale until now. Inside, the kit is nice as it is outside. It is never started, and all the parts are still sealed in the factory 'krinkle' bag. With instructions. Before the 1950s 'model building' never made the top 10 list of boy's activities. Hobbies were nothing new to America in the 1930s/40s, but they were not mainstream. Shortly after the turn of the century, many dedicated modelers built flying or static airplanes, ship, train, automotive or other subjects. Basic kits existed, but the majority of these models were built from scratch, which demanded a high talent level developed from years of experience. That changed in the early 1950s. The phenomenon of the Revell/Gowland & Gowland 'Highway Pioneers' car kits was a significant force in proving that model building as a hobby could have mass appeal, provided that the kits were easy enough to build and finish. These 1/32 scale vehicles could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real car. The Highway Pioneers series lead to the production of other subjects in plastic and the effect was revolutionary. By the early 1960s, model building was the #1 past time of American boys.

Revell 1929 Duesenberg Model J Highway Pioneers - US Antique Series, 1/32, H72-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$56   

Original issue dated 1954 in rare investment-grade 'near mint' condition inside and out. The US Antique series was the first one to have real box art for the exact kit inside. This kit is from old hobby shop stock and has never been sold retail until now. Inside the box, it has not been started. All the parts are still factory sealed in the original 'krinkle' bag. Includes instructions. This is from the issues produced with Gowland & Gowland as it carries their 'balloon' logo on the box top a the lower right. Not long after this, the Gowland logo would disappear completely, leaving only the Revell logo. It is also worth noting that this is one of the first non-generic Highway Pioneers boxes. Earlier boxes were all the same, with the kit number and car stamped on the side, usually with a red or black rubber stamp. This box is completely dedicated to the Duesenberg kit, and even has advertisements for very early Pre-S issue Revell 1954 ship and aircraft kits on the long sides. Before the 1950s 'model building' never made the top 10 list of boy's activities. Hobbies were nothing new to America in the 1930s/40s, but they were not mainstream. Shortly after the turn of the century, many dedicated modelers built flying or static airplanes, ship, train, automotive or other subjects. Basic kits existed, but the majority of these models were built from scratch, which demanded a high talent level developed from years of experience. That changed in the early 1950s. The phenomenon of the Revell/Gowland & Gowland 'Highway Pioneers' car kits was a significant force in proving that model building as a hobby could have mass appeal, provided that the kits were easy enough to build and finish. These 1/32 scale vehicles could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real car. The Highway Pioneers series lead to the production of other subjects in plastic and the effect was revolutionary. By the early 1960s, model building was the #1 past time of American boys.

Pyro Auburn 1935 Supercharged 851 Boattail Speedster, 1/25, 228

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$54   

Rare true first issue with the 'black' box style and beautiful art. The '35 Auburn weighed 4200 lbs. and was one of the few cars of that time to have hydraulic brakes. Power came from a 150hp (@4000) supercharged engine with three inch exhaust pipes that easily sped the car to over 100 mph. Ab Jenkins set a record with a stock issue 851 at Bonneville Salt Flats in July of 1935, and became the first one to pilot a stock car for over 12 hours at an average of over 100 mph. Molded in gloss deep red plastic. Features detailed engine, hinging/opening hood and good interior detail. Never started. The parts are all still factory sealed in the original 'krinkle' bag. With instructions. This was one of Pyro's first car kits. On the side, there are color illustrations of the Lincoln Continental, Duesenburg Roadster J, Cord Convertible and Pierce Silver Arrow. Interestingly, the Duesenburg and Pierce Arrow in 1/24 scale were projected; for one reason or another Pyro never cut the molds so they were never issued.

Pyro 1937 Cord Convertible, 1/25, 229

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$38   

Rare true first issue with the 'black' box style and beautiful art. Molded in yellow plastic. Features detailed engine, opening hood and good interior detail. NOTE: this kit has neat minor subassembly. The following are built (but not attached to anything else): 1. Engine, fan, radiator and axle (built to 'professional' quality), 2. Wheels halves ('professional' quality), 3. Front fender halves ('near mint+' quality). There is no other assembly and zero painting. Inventoried and the actual car is complete but NOTE: missing the figure. With instructions. This was one of Pyro's first car kits. On the side, there are color illustrations of the Lincoln Continental, Duesenburg Roadster J, Cord Convertible and Pierce Silver Arrow. Interestingly, the Duesenburg and Pierce Arrow in 1/24 scale were projected; for one reason or another Pyro never cut the molds so they were never issued.

Hudson Miniatures 1913 Mercer Raceabout 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 bright yellow plastic. Never started and inventoried 100% complete with all parts and 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.

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).

Monogram 1932 Ford Street Rod Roadster (Big Deuce) - Street Rod or Classic Highboy, 1/8, 2602

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$225   

Rare kit from 1977 and an exceptional model for that time. Measures 20.5 inches long when assembled. Very highly detailed with over 200 parts molded in color and a very large number of those are chrome plated. Includes optional parts so you can make the classic roadster or the highboy. Builds up a realistic rolling chassis just like the real car, with all suspension, driveline and exhaust parts present. Features operating doors and trunk lid, operating windshield with wind wings, super detailed Pontiac engine with six Stromberg carburetors, individual spark plugs and ignition wires, removable hood, detailed rolled and pleated interior and trunk, dash panel with S-W instruments, chrome plated under-carriage and Le Mans wheels, realistic rubber tires, custom chrome firewall with instruments, plated dropped front axle, flexible radiator hoses, optional top with detailed top bow frame and much more. Inside, the kit has never been started. All of the chrome parts were factory sealed and are still in the factory sealed bags and in superb condition. The parts that were never factory sealed are inventoried and NOTE: missing two tiny spark plugs (easily made) and #78 main steering gear (not easily made, but does not show. Is required for working steering). Otherwise includes all other parts which are still wrapped in the factory tissue paper. With instructions and decals. NOTE: decals have bug damage but are completely usable. This kit has an interesting history. In the early 1960s Monogram invested in a series of huge 1/8 scale models with extraordinary details. The complete line consisted of the Big 'T' Street/Rod, Big Drag Competition Roadster, Big Rod Show/Go Roadster, Big Tub Custom Phaeton and the Big Deuce '32 Ford Roadster. The Deuce Roadster molds cost over $150,000 to produce - an absolute fortune at the time. The design work alone for the molds was $50,000. The total cost of the project was over $1,000,000 - in 1963 money. The result was a nearly flawless large American Automotive model that has never been equaled to this day. The Big Deuce was one of the series by famous customize Darryl Starbird and the first issues were in red or yellow bodies - this is the later black issue.

Fujimi Focke-Wulf FW-190 Motorized A-6 ~ A-9 / A-7/R3 - 190 A-7/R1 - 190 A-8/R1 - 190 A-8/R3 - 190 A-8/Trop - 190 A-6/Trop - 190 A-6/R1 - 190 A-6/R3 (also A-9/R1 A-9/R3), 1/48, 0767-300

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$29   

Very nicely molded and detailed kit with included Mabuchi Baby motor but NOTE: the motor and holder has age corrosion (and is only in 'fair' condition). Features all fine recessed panel lines, detailed cockpit and gear wells, two piece optional position canopy and a wide variety of war loads. Has parts and decals for all versions listed. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

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.

Monogram SBD Dive Bomber - White Box Issue, 1/48, 6830

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$26   

From 1973. Model features operating dive brakes, trigger released center bomb, retracting/extending landing gear, rear machine gun elevates and rotates. Also includes 4 bombs. Molded in blue, black and clear. Never started. NOTE: inventoried and the actual aircraft is complete but missing the figures, LSO windscreen & base and the bomb cart. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts, decals and instructions present.

Airlane Ercoupe - 17.5 Inch Wingspan Pre-Fabricated Flying Model, R4

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$38   

Rare and in amazing "Excellent++" condition. From the early 1950s. This kit is fresh from old store stock that was carefully stored; as a result, it is in exceptional, almost never touched condition. The boxes are as they left the factory with new colors and no damage - even the tabs and box ends are intact and perfect. Inside, this is ~ 17.5" wingspan flying wooden model aircraft that is prefabricated along the lines of the Comet Struct-O-Speed. Features all die-cut parts, one-piece balsa wings & tail feathers, fuselage bulkheads & sides, top and bottom in balsa, other balsa parts, completely finished hardwood wheels and thrust button, fully formed wire prop shaft/rubber retainer, a beautiful bright red plastic 4" prop, clear windshield material, cut-out red and black decorations for the anti-glare cowl, N registration, fuselage and red cowling stripes, cabin windows and windshield and full instructions. Since this model is all balsa, there is no tissue. Never started. The inside is exactly as it left the factory. It is 100% complete. Little is known about Airlane Model Company, but they attracted some of the top model aircraft talent in the country. They were located at 318 W. 29th Street, Chicago, IL. These plans were drawn by Gene Solt. But some Airlanes models were drawn by Bill Gough, who is a well known Model Aviation Hall of Fame Inductee. He was involved almost from the start with model airplane design and development from 1925 onward. He designed kits for Comet from 1935 to 1938, and after the war developed plastic kits for Monogram and Lindberg. He wrote early articles on model aviation for Sunday newspapers; at one point, he was in 17 national papers. His designs often appeared numerous magazines, especially in "Model Aviation" where he was known for brilliant, innovative and beautiful models that flew well. Bill was a competitive flier for more than 50 years. Starting in 1932 as a Junior Birdman, he competed for years in Chicago area contests. Later, he took parts in the AMA Nats and continued right up until 1984. His list of competition wins is too long to list here. As for Airlane, they had a series of wooden boat kits, a series of wagon (old west style) models, sold glue with their name on it (in 5 and 10 cent sizes) as well as two lines- "R" (smaller wingspan) and "Q" (larger ws) flying kits which included R1 through R9 Taylorcraft, Betty Skelton Little Stinker, Luscombe Sedan, Ercoupe, Spitfire, Curtiss Helldiver, A2D Skyshark, F-86 Sabre, Mig-15 and Q1-Q12 Cessna 170, Stinson Voyager, Taylorcraft, Piper Cub, Beech Bonanza, Aeronca, Luscombe Sedan, Bellanca Cruisemaster, Ercoupe, Tempest, XP81 and the F8F Bearcat.

Revell FOUR Boeing 727 -100 Bagged Kits - (727-100), 1/144

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$60   

SALE!! Includes four factory-sealed bagged kits from the original late 1960s molds. This is the short fuselage -100 version of the once-numerous trijet. A very nice kit for that time that features landing gear can be built up or down and rear passenger loading ramp can be placed up or down. One set of photocopied instructions is included with these four sealed kits. There are no decals.

Aurora Nieuport 28, 1/48, 108

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM+

$69   

In amazing 'near mint+' investment-grade condition. Dated 1957, but Aurora marked out the '79' price extension at the factory - which makes this kit from about 1961/62. Molded in the correct gloss gray and black plastic. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Decals and instructions are both also in 'near mint' condition.

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.

Heller Vautour IIB Twin Jet Bomber, 1/50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$95   

Very early one-piece box issue with dramatic, high gloss artwork. Large 1/50 kit from the very early 1960s. Features two pilots and optional position landing gear. This kit has never been started. The aircraft has been inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions as well as the very large Heller CLEAR display stand. This is rare because the stand is usually black. Even includes a Heller inspection slip that is filled out by hand in pen.

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.