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Monogram F-105 Thunderchief Four Star Issue, 1/72, PA33-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$125   

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Rare. First release hardbox kit dated 1958. Features revolving bomb bay that drops a nuclear bomb, trigger action opens the canopy and ejects the pilot, boarding ladder and ground crew member. This is the only release with the ejection feature. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including all parts, metal spring and decals & instructions.

AMT 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Two Door Hardtop 3in 1, 1/25, T157-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG++

$110   

Still factory tape sealed. Very rare in this condition. This is a one owner kit purchased new on 9/6/65 at Mr. Wiggs in Lexington, KY. One piece of factory tape is intact, the other one fell off while going through the kits. As you know, it is impossible to open this box (because of the height and width) without breaking both pieces of tape. Early issue from the late 1950s or early 1960s. Excellent kit with detailed engine and compartment, opening hood, full interior, opening doors, optional supercharged engine version, detailed suspension and a very large number of custom parts.

Aurora Spitfire - Famous Fighters of all Nations First Issue, 1/48, 20-59

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM-

$375   

Rare first issue with minimal surface detail and molded in the non-metallic medium blue and clear plastic, with a clear two-piece display stand with the early rectangle-shaped base. The second and all later issues had greatly increased rivet detail and were molded in a metallic blue plastic. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

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.

Aurora Aero Commander 680, 1/81, 285

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$165   

Aurora of Canada issue dated 1964. Still the only plastic kit of this venerable corporate workhorse. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. The Aero Commander was a state-of-the-art twin engine light transport from the early 1960s. It was built by Aero Design and Engineering Co. of Bethany, Oklahoma. It was the first twin engine aircraft to be used by the President of the United States and served in this capacity in the early 1960s. This high performance 5 to 7 place was popular with business travelers and had a range of 1,050 miles and a ceiling of 22,000 feet. The Aero Commander led to the Jet Commander, which became the IAI 1121 through 1124 Westwind business jets. Aero Commanders can still be seen at some airports in excellent condition, but many are neglected as newer aircraft are in favor.

Monogram 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 - 3'n1 Kit - Stock / Street / Drag Versions, 1/12, 2802

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$139   

Still in the factory seal. Very large 1/12 scale kit. Includes all parts to build it one of three ways - stock, street or drag. Includes two different Chevy engines, dual Holley carbs, Edelbrock manifold with velocity stacks, optional wheels, tires, exhaust pipes, rear suspension, air dam, racing decals, full interior, opening hood, detailed engine compartment and more.

Berkeley Stinson SR-9C Reliant - For R/C or Free Flight, 1/12, 4-19

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$169   

Big scale model originally designed for gas powered free flight (.045 to .099) or control line (.099-.29), or can be converted to electric power and modern R/C (radio control). Features plastic cowl, decals, covering material, detailed, full size plans, formed wire main gear and tail wheel struts, die cut balsa and plywood parts, hardwood main and tail wheels and more. The model has not been started. The parts have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions. Berkeley is a very famous manufacturer of flying model kits from the Golden Age of flying aviation, about 1932-1954. Founded in 1933 by William Effinger, the company was quite progressive in producing quality kits - it was likely the Berkeley 'Buccaneer' was the first gas powered model in kit form. In the later 1930s, Effinger acquired the services of a very talented Henry Struck. Struck went on to design numerous award-winning kits under the Berkeley name. Berkeley weathered the post WWII recession and emerged as a major kit producer in the late 1940 and 1950s. These were great years for Berkeley and they produced some incredible and large kits. The company went bankrupt in about 1960 however. Fox engines (Duke Fox) bought the company and released the kits alongside his own FOX models and engines. This arrangement did not last, and in the early 1960s the Berkeley name disappeared from hobby shop shelves.

AMT 1962 Pontiac Bonneville 2 Door Hardtop 3 in 1, 1/25, S622

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$159   

Rare. Nicely molded and detailed kit that can be built three ways - stock, show or track. Features stock or custom engine, detailed engine bay, opening hood, complete stock or custom interior, extensive custom front and rear end treatments, realistic upholstery material and more. Molded in ivory white, clear, red-tint clear, chrome and black rubber narrow whitewall tires. Chrome and windshield are in 'near mint' condition. The kit has never been started. Inventoried with all plastic parts present, instructions and NOTE, missing AMT body putty tube and it only has a partial decal sheet. The sheet is 80% intact but missing 20% of the decals. The tach and custom gauge faces are missing, along with 3 others, but they are not major ones.

Revell Convair B-58 Hustler 'S' Kit, 1/94, H252-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$175   

Hard-to-find first issue from 1957. Even rarer in investment-grade condition like this example. Box is exceptional and graded 'near mint' with factory-fresh color and gloss, four solid corners, no repairs, no price tags or tag marks, no tape or tape marks (except the factory sealing tape, of course), no fading, creases, rips, tear or missing litho. Very light general wear is the only flaw. Very nicely detailed and features very fine recessed and raised panel lines, full crew, three opening cockpit hatches, rotating wheels, 'The Pod' for weapons and fuel and highly detailed gear struts and braces. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Decals and instructions are both in amazing 'near mint' condition as well.

Italeri DC-130 with Teledyne Ryan Q2C or 147 NX Firebee Drones - US Navy or USAF, 1/48, 820

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$179   

Big 1/48 scale model with a very large 33 inch wingspan and four drones & all related C-130 Drone Carrier modifications. Features great detail with full cockpit and flight deck, complete cargo hold interior, opening cargo doors, optional position crew door and stairs and much more. Has decals for USN VC-3, North Island, California 1871 and USAF 11th TAC Drone Squadron 355th TFW, Davis Monthan AFB 1971. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Revell Australia's Domestic Twins TWO Boeing 727 Ansett and TAA (Trans Australia Airlines) - Bagged, 1/144

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$175   

Incredibly rare bagged kit with heavy, full color header. This special Down Under only release includes two Revell 1/144 727-100 models, one set of Revell instructions and two sets of decals - Ansett and TAA. Both decals are in 'excellent++' condition. Molded in silver plastic. The two kits have never been started. They have been inventoried 100% complete. NOTE: one kit has a white flap hinge. It is from an earlier issue of this same kit.

Revell USS Missouri - Pre 'S' Issue Narrow Box, 1/535, H301-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$145   

First release 1953 hardbox pre 'S' kit. This is the first ship that Revell cut the molds for. Earlier Revell ship releases were Ex-Gowland and Gowland molds for the small scale sailing ship series. The box is graded Excellent and it is one of the better (not the best but close) I have seen, with excellent color. There is some edge wear and clear tape neatly applied to one corner. Inside the kit is 100% correct. The plastic is the high gloss medium gray. The instructions are the correct 'large' release for the first issue. Never started. 100% inventoried complete with all parts, flag sheet and instructions present.

CM USS Nevada BB-36 - December 7 1941 Configuration, 1/350

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$375   

SPECIAL ORDER limited production kit with museum-quality high definition resin castings, photoetched details, decals and instructions. Full-hull kit represents the Nevada on the day of the Pearl Harbor attack. Complete kit with all parts needed for assembly. Kits are molded upon receipt of payment. Normal wait is four to six weeks.

CM LST 1179 USS Newport, 1/350

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$335   

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.

Revell Lockheed P-38J Droop Snoot Bombing Formation Leader, 1/32, H262

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$68   

1975 issue. Large scale kit of the formation leader P-38 for bombing raids. Kit features clear nose with Norden bombsight, opening canopy, full cockpit details, optional position landing gear, bombs, and detailed engines with removable cowling panels. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Monogram M-16 Armored Half-Track - (Multiple Gun Motor Carrier MGMC), 1/35, 6401

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$69   

1982 issue that used the famous 'Four Star' kit molds. High quality kit with excellent detail. Features rolling heavy lug tires, flexible treads, full interior detail, opening doors, swivel turret, driver and four soldiers with arms and equipment. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Airfix HP Halifax B.MK.III - Type 2 Logo Issue, 1/72, 584

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$44   

Very early 1960s issue with the 2nd style Airfix box. Kit features movable control surfaces, elevating guns, rotating turrets, retracting landing gear, rotating props and wheels. Molded in black and clear. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Hudson Miniatures 1911 Brush Model C Delivery Old Timers, 1/16

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$75   

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Dated 1949. Large scale and very well detailed for that time. Features numerous die-cut and machined/cut to shape wooden parts, beautiful plastic wheels, grill, steering wheel, lights and other accessories, metal louvered hood, metal stock and parts and die-cut cardstock. Although all of Hudson's 1/16 kits are excellent, this one has even more detail than usual thanks to Hudson's engineers having access to the actual car owned by Mr. Austin Clark. This kit has never been started. The small parts are still factory bag sealed while the parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete including two sheets of excellent plans/instructions. The Brush Delivery Model C was manufactured by Brush Runabout Company, which was a division of the famous United States Motors. It sold for $650 and was powered by a one cylinder 64 HP engine linked to a gear-set type two speed + reverse multiple disc clutch transmission. Hudson Miniatures created a very popular line of automobile kits in a constant 1/16 scale shortly after WWII. The kits sold very well...so well that you could argue that Gowland & Gowland borrowed Hudson's subject matter for their ground-breaking 'Highway Pioneers.' The Hudson Miniatures 'Old Timers' even spawned a line of imitators, with Fador's 'Smallster' being one of the better in quality. Sales did drop on the appearance and popularity of the much smaller (and less accurate) Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' in 1951. When the all-injection molded Gowland kits proved not to be a passing fad, Hudson quickly planned and released his own all-plastic, small-scale competition called 'Lil' Old Timers Quickie Kits.' The kits were of excellent quality, but it was too little too late. Additionally, sales of the excellent wooden kits faltered further in the next few years with the introduction of accurate, 1/24 and 1/32 all-plastic cars in the mid 1950s. This forced Hudson to discontinue the wood kits and the plastic line was sold to Revell and subsequently re-released. Today, these excellent, big 1/16 kits are often the only model available of these early automobiles. In the mid 1960s Aurora thought so highly of Hudson Miniatures that they purchased the wood kit assets and released a very small number of these in all-plastic models.

Aurora Douglas DC-10 American Airlines, 1/144, 366-250

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$65   

1969 hardbox issue. Molded in gloss silver, clear and with the dark gray/blue 'Tripod' stand and very colorful American Airlines decals. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including instructions and 'excellent' condition decals. They are 100% intact, flat, have some typical yellowing and a tiny bit of bug damage to the backing sheet only.

ESCI Zundapp KS-750 Solo, 1/9, 7006

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$85   

Large, very highly detailed kit. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.