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AMT 1956 Buick Century Convertible Promo Friction Drive Motorized, 1/25

Plastic Model Kit

$54   

Original dealer promotional model. And AMT went to a good deal of effort on this model! It features a all-metal chassis, friction motor (which works), metal axles and gear, metal rear bumper, front bumper and grille, metal portholes and two tone interior. Clean windshield is excellent. The body has good color and gloss. This is a celluloid plastic body, so there is some warping, but less than what 90% of the survivors have. It is still very displayable. The boot and steering wheel rim have been very neatly painted by the previous owner. If any of the other silver trim is not factory painted, it sure is neat enough to pass for it!

Tamiya Focke-Wulf FW-190 D-9 - 4/JG301 Straubing Bavaria 1945 / Stab/JG4 Rheim-Main Spring 1945 / Lt. Teo Nibel 10/JG54 Belgium January 1 1945 - (FW190D9), 1/48, 61041-1800

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$25   

Dated 1995. Very highly detailed kit with all recessed panel lines, excellent cockpit and gear wells, pilot figure, optional position canopy, choice of standard or Galland-Haube Blown Canopy, drop tank, decals and paint guide for all the aircraft listed and more. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Revell 1910 Cadillac Limousine Highway Pioneers - Series Two, 1/32, H39

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM+

$44   

In rare, investment grade condition. This is old hobby shop stock that has never been offered for retail sale until now. 1953 first year issue with the box is in amazing 'near mint+' condition and inside, the kit has never been started. They are still factory sealed in the 'krinkle' bag. Complete 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.

Hasegawa Mig-23S Flogger B - USSR or Libyan, 1/72, 136

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$16   

Nicely molded older kit from the 1980s featuring cockpit detail, wings that swing, detailed landing gear and gear wells, optional position landing gear and bottom fin and 'Apex' and 'Aphid' air-to-air missiles. Has decals for both aircraft listed. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: box looks better than the 'good' grade but is graded as such because there are short pieces of masking tape on the other side and a tape tear on one short side.

Tern Aero Porterfield Collegiate - Rubber Powered Flying Airplane Model, 107-200

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$18   

Very high quality rubber powered free-flight model with simplified stick and tissue assembly and a wingspan of about 15 to 17 inches. Kits contain colored tissue, plastic propeller and wheels (if required), printwood, strip wood, rubber and well made full size plans. 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 instructions.

Aurora Bell AH-1G Huey Cobra - Assault Helicopter, 1/48, 501

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$69   

Still factory sealed. Big 'A' logo issue dated 1972. Likely the third issue of this kit. In the late 1960s Aurora realized that the older molds were out of date and modelers were demanding more realism. They made a new set of molds for ships, airplanes and helicopters. These were significant improvements as the new molds were on par with current offerings. This Cobra kit is one of the improved new mold kits. Features full cockpit, pilot and copilot figures, rotating main and rear rotors and optional weapons load - miniguns or rocket pods.

Lindberg North American F-86 Sabre Jet, 1/48, R505-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Good-

$28   

Still factory sealed. 'Boy Craft' Cellovision issue from the late 1950s. Box has the yellow oval 'Lindberg' logo on top hanging tab. Dramatic Ray Gaedke box artwork. 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.

Testors 1933 Cadillac Fleetwood V-16 All-Weather Phaeton, 1/24, 836

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

Sold   

Hard-to-find and dated 1985. Very well detailed model with 167 parts. This model is fashioned after the late Al Jolson's exact Cadillac V-16 All-Weather Phaeton. Features built up rolling chassis just like the real car, fully detailed engine with removable hood, complete interior, removable convertible top, rear luggage rack and dual side-mount tires. Molded in white, clear, black and silver. 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 (chrome only) have been inventoried complete including instructions.

Lindberg North American F-86 Sabre Jet, 1/48, 505-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$52   

Early issue with the circular (first) logo on 2 sides and the yellow rectangular 'Lindberg Line' logo on top. Features dramatic Ray Gaedke box art, pilot and ejction seat, two piece canopy, full landing gear, two wing drop tanks, 8 wing-mounted rockets, display stand and decals for the very colorful box art aircraft (including all stripes). Molded in silver and clear. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. 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.

ICM Dornier Do-215B-5 - WWII German Night Fighter - (Do215B5), 1/72, 72302

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$29   

Very nicely detailed kit. Well molded with all fine recessed panel lines. Features highly detailed cockpit and more. With decals for three different aircraft. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bags including decals and instructions.

Bandai Panzerkampfwagen Panzer IV Ausf.H Sd.Kfz.161/2, 1/48, 8270

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$38   

Rare 1/48 scale kit. Part of the classic and highly detailed Bandai Pin Point 1/48 armor series. These kits are beautifully molded and feature full interior detail as well as flexible treads, many operating features and very detailed crew members that can be posed in almost any position. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Airfix Avro Vulcan B Mk2 - 44 Sq XM607 / 9 Sq XH562 / 617 Sq XL321, 1/72, 909002

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$62   

Large 1/72 scale kit. 1980s issue of the most famous element of 'V Force', the British strategic retaliation group consisting of Vulcan, Victor and Valiant bombers. Nicely detailed model includes optional parts for one of three different aircraft, detailed landing gear, optional Blue Steel missile, optional position boarding hatch and stairs and a decal and marking guide for the three aircraft listed. The kit has never been started. The parts are either inventoried complete or they are still in the internal factory sealed bags. Includes decals and instructions.

Airmodel McDonnell F2H-2/2P Banshee - Bagged - (F2H2), 1/72, 198

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$12   

This kit is often used just for the conversion parts to transform the Airfix / MPC Banshee to the recon-nose variant. Builds either version of the Banshee. Basic vac kit that is nicely molded with recessed panel lines. Never started and complete. A certain degree of modeling skill is required to build vacuform kits. They are not recommended for beginners or builder without scratch building experience.

StromBecker American Airlines Convair Flagship, C-38

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Near Mint

$149   

From the 1950s and with a 10 inch wingspan. This kit and box are in rare, investment-grade 'near mint' condition. Highly prefabricated kit made from solid western pine - not balsa wood. Makes a very impressive display model when built. Includes precut and shaped fuselage, wings, elevators, rudder and nacelles, a bag of detail parts including propellers, wheels, etc, wood filler and glue, sandpaper, detailed instructions and drawings with aircraft history and a large, colorful American Airlines decal sheet. Never started. 100% complete with all parts and plans. Before plastic kits were introduced, Strombecker was famous as the premier hardwood preshaped model manufacture. In the 1940s and 1950s, Strombecker kits were flawlessly engineered but not inexpensive. All wooden parts are hardwood and are precarved to shape - usually only a quick sanding would finish them.

Revell Douglas D-558-2 (D5582) Skyrocket - Pre 'S' Issue, 1/54, H213-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++++

$135   

First issue hardbox. 1954 Pre 'S' classic box art by Richard Kishady. Molded in correct high-gloss white plastic and clear plastic. Kit features optional position landing gear and cockpit hatch, boarding ladder and pilot in the boxart pose. Includes clear "Revelving' swivel globe base. Never started. 100% inventoried complete with all parts/decals and instructions present.

MPC 1967 1/2 Pontiac Firebird 400 / Firebird HO / Firebird 326 / Firebird Sprint - 5 Stock or Custom Versions, 1/25, 1567-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$229   

Very rare first issue. You have choice of 5 stock Firebirds - the standard one and the four listed in the title, as well as custom versions. Features detailed V8 and overhead cam 6 engines, detailed engine compartment, opening hood, optional clear hood, very good underside chassis, exhaust and suspension detail, complete interior, decals for the racer 'The Mystery Firebird' and more. Molded in white, clear, red-tinted clear, chrome plate and with real rubber redline tires and metal chassis screws. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Cleveland Beechcraft Bonanza - Balsa Flying Aircraft, 1/16, SF-108

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$145   

Rare. This is a Cleveland 'SF' or 'Scale Flying' model in museum scale of 1/16. The kit came from a long time collector of 1930s and 1940s models and is in exceptional condition. All Cleveland kits were exceptionally complete and this one is no exception. Features very high quality balsa printwood and strip wood, covering material, highest quality plans, all parts required for assembly and decals (if issued with the kit). The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. 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.

Frog SE 210 Caravelle Air France, 1/96, F357

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$159   

Rare, big scale kit from the 1950s. The box is nice with four solid corners but has creasing and wear as shown. Inside, the kit is molded in the correct clear and silver with the correct big Frog base that was unique to these larger kits. Even the original glue capsule is included. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. As often happened, the decals were folded at the factory; that and age have caused some minor lifting on the decals.

Constructo Clipper Great Republic - Highly Prefabricated 20 Inch Long Wooden Ship, 1/265, U601

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$129   

20 inches long and 11.5 inches high when assembled. Constructo kits are the finest of all the older prefabricated wooden ship kits. Features a completely shaped and sanded hardwood hull with predrilled mast, bowsprit, anchor chain and pedestal mounting holes, finished wood display stand, finished and painted stand pedestals and mounting nails, a large sheet of heavy cardboard with dozens of completely cut and finished and numbered hardwood parts held on with string, a factory sealed bag of fully finished fittings of metal, wood and plastic, numerous other hardwood parts completely cut to shape and numbered, deadeyes and blocks, paint and glue, wood stock as required and a complete set of sewn, ready-to-install cloth sails, black and white standing and running rigging thread, instructions in English and a full size plan sheet with many views, complete part identifications by number and excellent rigging diagrams. The kit has never been started. All the small parts are still in the factory sealed bags or factory-tied to the display piece. Only the hull was not factory sealed. With full size plans and instructions. Constructo kits were made in Spain and early issues in the USA were marketed by Constructo Nautical Miniatures, Inc, New York 1. There were many series of kits issues by size; some smaller and some larger than this kit.

Revell DC-7 Flagship American Airlines One-Piece Stand Arm Pre -S Issue, 1/122, H219-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$210   

Rare 1954/55 Pre-S true issue with the fantastic artwork of a DC-7 at the moment just before touchdown. Please note, this is the correct first release with the one-piece plastic stand arm and instructions that illustrate this. Also, the main gear axles are separate parts on this issue. On the second issues the gear struts were modified and the axles were moved to the wheels, and the stand arm was changed to two plastic parts because the one-piece stand arm was fragile and in use it broke easily. Very few were made as Revell quickly corrected this weakness. Correctly molded in gloss silver and clear and a large, colorful decal sheet. Inside, the kit has never been started. I has been inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Instructions are 'near mint' with the detailed American Airlines route map on the back. Decals are 'excellent' and flat with no curl and light yellowing.