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Cox Thimble-Drone L-4 Grasshopper Control Line Gas Aircraft, 7200-898

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$219   

Rare in this condition. Never flown, still in the original box. This is a one-owner gas model purchased new by a discriminating collector. The box is complete but has a closed tear and tape on it as shown, only at the lower left. Beyond that it is good and the original clear cello is intact. Inside, it is factory new. The airplane has never been flown or even displayed; it is mint. it is still held in the original factory cardboard retainers which are in very good condition. The control line handle is present, mounted to the side as the factory did. The instructions are present and not even yellowed; but they do have minor bug damage.

Varney US Navy Fleet Submarine - The First Plastic US Ship Model, 1/240

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$795   

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 carrying the kits due to a lack of re-orders. 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 it was released by O-Lin and later Lindberg. This kit is a a very nice, never started and complete example. The box top grades 'good+' and has nice color as shown, general light stains and wear, three solid corners and one closed split corner. Three sides are as nice as the top, with one small piece of clear tape on both long sides. The right short side does have a 3/4" x 1/2" tape tear but is fine beside that . Inside, it is complete. The yellow parts display is intact and in 'good-' condition. The original krinkle small parts bag is present but split open; I have included the bag and all parts are inventoried complete. The original glue is present but the tube shattered; I have put it in a zip lock. The stand was glued to the yellow at the factory; the glue has come off. The factory glass rectangle for the stand arm is still present and in it's holder. The heavy one-piece molded hull is in rare crack-free condition and cradled into the holder. The base is in very good condition also. Very large instruction sheet is 'very good++' 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 'very good' condition on the hull and 'excellent' on the stand base. A rare example of a classic kit. Shipped with insurance only.

AV USK Kawasaki Ki-32 Mary, 1/72, AV1007

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$34   

Limited edition kit. Includes decals and painting guide. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

RCM Alpha Submarine with Screw, 1/72

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Bagged

$119   

SPECIAL ORDER vacuform kit with resin/metal parts set. Not shipped from stock. Kit is molded upon receipt of payment. Time from receipt to shipping your kit is usually 8 to 10 weeks. Contains vacuform basic components, full size plans plus metal or resin screws. Does not include decals. Vacuform kits are only recommended for modelers who are experienced with this type of model. Special skills and scratch building experience are required. If you are curious, I highly recommend that you read the article 'How To Build Vacuform Model Kits' which is located on this website.

CM USS Burlington PF51 (Tacoma class 1944), 1/350

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Bagged

$100   

SPECIAL ORDER limited production kit. Museum quality high definition resin castings. Complete kit with all parts needed for assembly. Some kits include photo-etched details and decals if required -email for details on a certain kit. Kits are molded upon receipt of payment. Normal wait is six to eight weeks.

Airfix DH Comet 4B Dan-Air Skyking Series, 1/144, 03170-7

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$42   

Very nicely detailed and molded kit from the 1970s. Includes colorful Dan-Air London decals. Includes clear windows, full landing gear, display stand and passenger boarding stairs. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. The initial Comet Is were in operation long before the 707, which gave the British an incredible post-war lead in the expanding civil aviation market. Just as the Comet was flying high and orders were pouring in from around the world, Comets began to mysteriously fall out of the sky. Everything from lighting to terrorist bombs were blamed. For months the root cause went undiscovered. Then, in a landmark investigation that is considered the first modern post-crash autopsy, it was discovered that the stresses around a small ADF window on the top of the fuselage were causing metal fatigue failure when the fuselage was pressurized. To confirm this, a Comet I was placed in a water tank and subjected to pressurization stresses. After some time, a dramatic failure occurred. Then parts of a crashed Comet were pulled from underwater proving once and for all that this was the root cause.

ESCI AV-8B Harrier - US Marines VMA-331 / VMA-231 / VMAT-203, 1/72, 9060

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$14   

Still factory sealed. Very nicely molded kit with all fine recessed panel lines, good cockpit and intake detail, optional position speed brake, two piece canopy, AIM-9 Sidewinder, drop tanks or (6) Mk82 Snakeye iron bombs, gun pod and decals for three aircraft.

Toko DH Sea Venom FAW Mk. 21 / FAW Mk. 53 - Royal Navy 809th NAS HMS Albion 1956 / 891 NAS HMS Ark Royal 1955 / 890 NAS Ark Royal '56 / Royal Australian Navy 724 NAS HMAS Melbourne 1962, 1/72, 100

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$20   

From Frog molds. Features fine raised panel lines, recessed control surface lines, optional parts for either version, underwing rocket load and a paint guide with decals for the four aircraft listed. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: two '209' decals are missing from the sheet. All other decals are included.

Monogram 1987 Pontiac Firebird GTA, 1/24, 2743

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$36   

Still factory sealed. 1987 first issue. Features complete engine, removable hood, detailed chassis, full interior and more.

Rio Grande Models FOUR Swayne Log Cars With Metal Trucks HOn3 Narrow Gauge - Craftsman Model, 1/87, 3000 LC

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$40   

SALE!! Includes four highly detailed craftsman kits featuring factory cut hardwood lumber stock, very fine metal castings, metal truck set, a few plastic details and full, illustrated instructions. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals & instructions.

RCM Fleet Submarine US Navy WWII, 1/72

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Bagged

$115   

SPECIAL ORDER vacuform kit with resin/metal parts set. Not shipped from stock. Kit is molded upon receipt of payment. Time from receipt to shipping your kit is usually 8 to 10 weeks. Contains vacuform basic components, full size plans plus metal or resin parts such as guns, anchors, cleats, etc. Does not include decals. Vacuform kits are only recommended for modelers who are experienced with this type of model. Special skills and scratch building experience are required. If you are curious, I highly recommend that you read the article 'How To Build Vacuform Model Kits' which is located on this website.

Revell Yak-25 Flashlight 'S' Issue, 1/54, H296-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$165   

Rare 1958 first hardbox issue. Very close to 1/48 scale. Model has moving flaps, ailerons, elevators and rudder and features a full crew. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Revell Vostok - Russia's First Spacecraft, 1/24, H1844

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$95   

Still factory sealed. 1998 issue of the classic 1969 kit. Very large 1/24 scale. Well detailed kit of Major Yuri Gagarin's spacecraft. Gagarin's flight was the first of 6 successful Vostok launches from the secret space center at Baikonur. Gagarin made one orbit in 108 minutes, which was enough to make him the first man in space. Titov followed in Vostok 2 and made 17 orbits. Other launches featured 4 mile passes in orbit, and Vostok 6 featured the first Woman Astronaut, Valentina Tereshkova. It is interesting that Vostok did not have attitude control for correct placement when re-entering the earth's atmosphere. The sphere was designed with the weight off-center, so it would automatically swing into position during the heat of reentry. Features detachable crew compartment, ejecting seat and Cosmonaut figure. Molded in metallic silver and clear and includes display stand.

Monogram Republic P-47D 'The Turtle' Thunderbolt, 1/48, 6838

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$28   

Very high quality kit that builds to a beautiful model. This is the 1983 issue with the wonderful 'The Turtle' nose art. Features full cockpit with sliding canopy, instrument panel, detailed pilot, seat, stick, gun sight, headrest and wheel wells. Includes two wing mounted 500 lb bombs and drop tank. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

UPC Nakajima Ki-84 Frank - (ex-Fujimi), 1/70, 8028-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$16   

From older quality Fujimi molds and with box art by Scott Eidson. Features very fine raised detail, moving ailerons and full color decals. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

Fuji De Havilland No.1 (DH-1) 1910 / Antoinette 1908 Monoplane / Voisin Farman 1908 Biplane 'The Pioneer on the Air' (sic) (Ex-Taimei), 1/72, 010-400

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$125   

Rare and highly detailed kits from original Taimei molds. These are unique and accurate kits. The original internal frame structure and details of the aircraft is built from injection molded plastic. When complete, it is covered with a very strong fabric which is included. The result is a very realistic aircraft. Never started. Factory sealed bags complete with instructions.

Monogram Ford F-250 Pickup - (F250), 1/24, 2922

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

$55   

Dated 1991. A very nice kit of an unusual subject. Features detailed chassis with separately molded front and rear suspension, exhaust system, drive line, spare tire and holder, detailed engine and compartment with opening hood, full interior, opening tail gate and more. Molded in colored plastic, chrome plate, clear and with rubber tires.

Italeri PAH-2 Tiger / 024 Mil-24 Hind F, 1/72, 196

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$20   

Sale Pending
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SALE!! Both 1/72 scale kits are still factory sealed.

Renwal Major Andrew McKeever's Bristol F2B - (F.2B), 1/72, 268

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$20   

Still factory sealed but the seal has split on one short side. This is the non-Aeroskin issue.

Airfix Westland Whirlwind - Bagged, 1/72, 99

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG+

$24   

Still factory sealed. 1960s bagged kit with header and type three logo. 112 Whirlwinds were built after the prototype flew in October of 1938. Two Squadrons flew the single seat fighter bomber on anti-shipping strikes and long range escort duties.