Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Exc++
Still factory sealed. From Airfix molds and with very colorful United markings. Features optional position passenger boarding doors, luggage hold doors and landing gear.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
From the 1930s. This is a Cleveland 'SF' or 'Scale Flying' model in museum scale of 1/16. This the early cardboard box issue with silver printing that always fades. The kit is in the older cardboard box with 'Cleveland World Famous Models' in silver print. The P-6E was considered a 'flagship' among the single engine 1/16 scale models and this is a fantastic kit. 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 markings/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 running single-owner (77 years) model airplane business- 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 'Aviation's 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.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc++
In the mid 1950s, Crown Plastics advertised the release of a series of Knight models - some of the very first figure kits. However, before Crown entered production, Aurora marketed the line for Crown in 1956. The box side rectangular 'Northern Lights' Aurora logo has the 'Crown' logo incorporated into it, as does the logo on the instructions. The 'Crowns' were the first Aurora Knights ever issued, Aurora's very first figures kits, and Aurora gave them the kit numbers K1-98, K2-98 and K3-98. The knights sold well, and Aurora bought the three 'Knight' molds from Crown Plastics within the year. The kit is 100% correct down to the red and white plums. Inside, the plastic parts are mint. The kit has never been started. The gloss black plastic parts are still sealed in the factory bag. The instructions are correct with the Crown logo in the Aurora logo. The two plumes are in very good condition, which is rare.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Fair++
Very rare kit with a fascinating history. Around 1958/59, Orange Crush of Mexico offered a promotion. They offered free, colorful, plastic model cars if you collected correctly-marked Orange Crush bottle caps. The models are 1/32 scale Revell Highway Pioneer series - although there is no mention of Revell or Lodela anywhere on the box. Orange Crush had the boxes and even the instructions specially made for them with no mention of a manufacture. They were never given numbers. The boxes were very thin and fragile cardboard. This has contributed to wear and you must be very cautious with them. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bag and the instructions are sealed in the bag as well. You could redeem your caps two ways - at the Orange Crush truck and at a Modelandia Hobby House. The box sides show the 18 cars in the series. Orange Crush also released two full-color booklets and a complete paint set for the cars. A colorful cardboard box held 7 colors of paint in glass bottles, complete with 'Orange Crush' screw-on caps! The entire promotion was done in coordination with Modelandia Hobby House which had up to 19 stores. Modelandia's name appears on each of the boxes and the paint as well. Robina S.A. was the bottler or distributor of Orange Crush in Mexico at that time. The box side lists the other 18 kits with small color pictures of each and shows three sizes of OC - Family Size (Familiar), Grand (Grande) and Normal. You could also obtain models with Titan bottle caps. Titan was also bottled by Robina and came in large (Titan) and smaller (Titancito) sizes and apparently more than one flavor. We do not know how Orange Crush had access to the plastic kits or who sealed the internal bags with the Crush instructions inside them. We can assume that it may have been Lodela, since they would have had access to the Revell molds. It is not know for how long the promotion lasted, but Orange Crush was one of the most dominant soft drinks in Mexico at that time. Here is one clue: some boxes claim that Modelandia had 13 locations; other boxes, which obviously came later on, claim 19 locations. This may indicate that this promotion went on for a significant amount of time.
Multimedia Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
Very rare and giant scale super-detailed radio controlled kit. I obtained it from the original owner. It is still in the original shipping box that Glenn Torrance sent to the customer; a personally written letter by Glenn to the original owner is included. This is an incredibly nice kit featuring laser cut wood and plywood, completely painted lozenge covering fabric (real fabric), metal cowl and plastic machine gun kits and bullets. There are sealed cockpit super detail sets - several of them. Each is a complete model by itself. Included is a large model for the general cockpit as a whole, then separate kits of the compass, pilot seat and harness, throttle quadrant, control grip, ammo box, cockpit leather items and even the magneto. Even wheels and tires are included. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in factory sealed bags. The parts that were never factory sealed have been inventoried complete. Comes with many sets of highly detailed instructions that are heavily illustrated, many sheets of excellent, full size plans and Winsock Datafile #84 on the Fokker D.VI.
Multimedia Model Kit, Box Condition: Fair+
SALE!! Very rare. Likely from the 1940s. William H Low Co., of Braintree Mass., issued the 'Wilo Line' which included a superb series of antique commercial firefighting equipment. The scale is given as 1/2" and the finished wagon is approximately 7.5 inches long (and over 14 inches long with the front hitch bar). The kits were very advanced for the time and shared many of the pre-fabrication methods of Hudson Miniatures. Wilo Line kits features "all parts in this kit cut to size and shape." Includes beautiful plastic injection molded spoke wheels, precut and machined large and small wooden parts, finished tanks, hose material, metal stock, a sealed bag of smaller parts including a great many more fully carved wood parts, brass chain, metal parts and full size plans with numerous drawings and detailed text instructions. There is even a painting guide. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed small-parts bags with the non-sealed parts inventoried complete including instructions/plans. The kits in this line include Amoskeag Steamer, Hose Reel, Hose Wagon, Chemical Engine and others. In most cases they are the only kit in existence of these historic vehicles.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Exc+
Still factory sealed but the seal has splits. Older but very well detailed. Builds glider or twin engine transport. Features full interior detail and opening rear cargo hatches.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good+
SALE!! Includes both accessories listed in 'new' and complete condition. The decals are from J1 and include Luftwaffe and Spanish Civil War. The MT Super Set is very impressive. The actual model is part of the extensive line of '109s from Hobby Craft. Nice kit which includes all recessed panel lines, 'good' cockpit and a decal sheet for all aircraft listed. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good+
Inventoried complete with all parts. Includes decals and instructions in excellent condition.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed NM
Still factory sealed. From former ITC molds. Excellent builder kit.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Mint
Rare short-lived AMT marketing promo to sell quality Frog kits in the USA. Very high quality moldings. Features parts and decals for Me-410A-1 and A-1/U4. Includes color painting guide for both planes. Still factory sealed.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good++
Very high quality kit with legendary LS attention to detail. The kit is engineered for two electric motors - all hardware is included but LS did not issue the kit with the motors. The batteries are held in a very clever 1/72 scale fuel truck. Features all fine recessed panel lines, excellent cockpit and crew station detail with crew, rotating turret with elevating gun, working bomb bay doors, full bomb load, ground bomb cart, working crew entry door, moving wing flaps and ailerons, rotating wheels and propellers, ground crew, wheel chocks and more. Includes beautiful full color painting and marking guide for 8 aircraft, color cut away for more interior detail and decals for many aircraft. The model as never been started. The parts are still in the factory sealed bags with decals and instructions. Some of the LS molds are still in use by Hasegawa as testament to the their detail and accuracy.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
Dated 1963 with box art by John Steel. Fantastic condition box with nearly perfect color and gloss. A very nice kit in its day with good detail and flexible treads. Molded in green with flexible black tracks. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
From the 1970s and can be built stock, custom or drag. Nicely detailed kit with many optional parts, full engine and compartment, opening hood, detailed underside, full interior and more. The kit has never been started. The white parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The clear and chrome parts were never factory sealed have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: VG++
High quality stick-and-tissue flying model kit from the very late 1960s/early 70s. Can be built for display, free-flight rubber or gas engine free-flight and has instructions for all options. Features color decals, quality die-cut balsa wood, strip wood, excellent vacuformed full cowl, vacuformed wheel pants, pilot and spinner, finished wooden wheels and thrust button, die-cut plywood firewall for 1/2A gas engine, clear cockpit glass material, plastic prop, rubber motor and more. The full size plans are excellent and contain a significant amount of building instruction and guidance as well. This kit has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Mint
Still factory sealed and in fantastic investment-grade condition. Hard-to-find 1/48 scale armor kit has John Steel art and the hardbox is dated 1964.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: NM
First issue dated 1956 in the 'S' hardbox. Fantastic box has factory new gloss and color, four solid corners, no price tags or marks from them, no tape (other than the original factory sealing tape), no fading, no missing or torn litho and no stains. General, very light wear is the only flaw. Molded in the correct gloss dark green and clear with clear Revelving Globe stand. The kit has never been started. Inside, all the small parts are still in the factory sealed bag. The larger parts that were never factory sealed have been inventoried complete. The decals and instructions are 'excellent+.' present.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc+++
Second issue of the Orange Sabre, and the first issue from the West Hempstead factory. Correct with landing gear and the other post-Brooklyn additions. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG++
First issue from 1956 with Northern Lights logo. This logo was only used for this one year - in 1957 it was replaced by the 'Famous Fighters' oval 'Sunburst'. The box artist on this issue is Jim Cox, one of the first if not the first box artist for Aurora. This kit is part of a very successful WWI aircraft line in 1/48 scale that Aurora introduced this year. The line sold so well that kits were added to it into the 1960s. Molded in the glossy olive drab green and black. This kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.
Vacuform Model Kit, Box Condition: Bagged
Very large scale (1/32) 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 airframe components, full size plans plus metal or resin parts such as wheels, prop, struts, 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.