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Topping Martin GAM-83A (AGM-12B) Bullpup Air-to-Ground Missile

Plastic Model Kit

$365   

Rare Factory/Desk Promotional model produced by Topping for Martin. Missile measures 8 inches long. Condition is exceptional. Missile is 'mint' and base is 'near mint ++.' Correct stand says 'Martin GAM-83.' There are no repairs, no touch-ups and no cracks. Shipping insurance is required.

Hawk Nieuport 17 - Flip-Top Box Issue, 1/48, 706

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

$48   

First issue from the 1950s in the one-piece box. The box is in excellent condition. Inside, the kit parts are still sealed in the original factory crinkle bag. Molded in high gloss yellow and black. In the 1920s/30/s/40s Hawk made constant scale 1/48 aircraft kits from wood. In 1946 they added plastic injection molded kits to the line and were possibly the first injection molded kit manufacturer in the USA. When Hawk made an early jump to all-plastic kits they kept the 1/48 scale and created these new one-piece boxes with two color artwork. The model has not been started. Complete with instructions and all parts. This is from the early part of the first issue, and Hawk did not issue decals until later.

Lindberg Benny Howard's 'Pete' - 1930s Thompson Trophy Racer - One Piece Box Issue, 1/48, 25-301

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$145   

Very rare kit for the advanced collector. First Lindberg issue in a one piece box. Dates from the early 1950s. Molded in unique gloss light green and includes the early unique 'Circle' two piece stand.. The box is in excellent condition and carries the circular Lindberg first logo. The instructions are on the back and Lindberg did not issue the kit with decals. The kit has never been started and is complete.

Squadron (2) F6F-3 Hellcat Replacement Canopies - (F6F3), 1/72, 9120

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

$4   

Very well molded, crystal clear two canopy set in 1/72 scale. Never used and still sealed in the original Squadron ziplock bag. These clear and thin canopies are a superior upgrade to the thick canopies supplied with most kits.

Eduard Nieuport Ni-17 Vieux Charles, 1/48, 8023

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$22   

High quality kit with excellent moldings and fine detail. Includes decals for two aircraft. This kit has never been started. All parts are still in the factory sealed bags. Complete with decals and instructions.

Airfix Montys Humber Staff Car, 1/32, 05360

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Good+

$25   

Still factory sealed but the seal has shrunk with age and drawn the box top concave. Nicely done kit of the second of Monty's two Humbers. Features very good underside detail with suspension, exhaust, gas tank and more. Full interior is well done and the kit includes two figures.

Megow The Cadet 51.5 Inch Wingspan Early Gas Free Flight Aircraft, E-17

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$425   

Very, very rare. From the early 1930s. Notice that the motor is referred to simply as 5/8" bored engine. There is no record of a public sale of this kit since the mid 1990s and no public photo of one until now. It is safe to say that only a handful are left. Fred Megow once stated that they lost money on the big gas models (like this Cadet) and sold very few; they were done for status only. The box top and tray are in exceptional condition given the age of the model. The box top and litho are both 100% intact, although the corners are taped due to splits and the litho has stains as shown. The tray is better with no splits. This is an incredible kit for that time with a high degree of prefabrication- "Can Be Built In A Few Evenings!" at the box says and it is true. Features ready-carved, completed hollow wing leading edges from a single block of balsa, conical monocoque fuselage, universally acceptable motor mounting, special wing mounting that protects the model (the wing will fly off loose undamaged in case of a collision), realistic cabin, high aspect ratio, solid, factory cut tail, high quality printwood, spars, stripwood and sheet wood, balsa blocks as required, metal stock, finished rubber tires with wooden hubs, the original paper envelope including all hardware, embossed and outlined aluminum sheet including lower, top and nose cowls, beautiful fuselage-length 'CADET' insignia in black and silver, covering material, huge, detailed plans and even a four page, illustrated brochure by Maxwell B. Bassett (Pioneer Gas Model Builder and Designer) called 'Flying Gasoline Powered Models.' Even the original cardboard dividers and inserts are present. There is no assembly but NOTE: 20 wing ribs are cut out to 'professional' quality. All other parts are uncut. Carefully inventoried and NOTE: missing the prop blank and fluids. The factory rubber bands disintegrated. Otherwise includes all other items, insignia and paperwork.

Lindberg Republic P-47N Thunderbolt, 1/48, 511-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$95   

Very early issue from the 1950s with colorful Ray Gaedke hardbox artwork. The box is in investment grade 'near mint' condition with like-new color and gloss, four solid corners, no tape or stickers and no tape or stickers marks. Light general wear is the only flaw. This is the second issue of this kit for the USA, with added fine rivet detail and molded in silver and clear. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions. This kit started as a basic 1/48 scale model with full landing gear, rockets and bombs. Surface detail was minimal Lindberg modified it in the mid 1950s with extensive rivet detail. in the late 1950s, they modified it again to a motorized version with the batteries in the stand and a kit electric motor in the nose. 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.

Revell T2-SE (T-2) Tanker Mission Capistrano - Also with Decals for Buenaventura / San Fernando / Santa Clara, 1/400, H342

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$125   

Still factory sealed. This is the 1997 reissue using the original 1964 molds. Very nicely detailed military tanker full hull kit for that time. Includes decals for four different tankers of the class.

Revell Guided Missile Fleet Set ABC 'Navy Log' Gift Set USS Norton Sound / USS Nautilus Submarine / USS Boston - 'S' Issue, G333-495

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$750   

Rare 1955 release. This is a very complete kit and it includes all three ship models with the small parts packets still factory sealed, instructions and decals, the three correct small bottles of paint (which still look good), brush and Revell 'S' Cement (opened). The box has wear as shown. The inner packing display cardboard insert is complete and in excellent condition. This gift set contains the USS Norton Sound, USS Nautilus and USS Boston. All kits have not been started. These are all original 1955 kits - the plastic color is the correct high gloss light gray and the decals and flags are correct as well. An unusually complete example of a rare kit.

Revell Lockheed Electra Varig - Brazil Issue, 1/115, H255

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$495   

Very rare Kikoler Revell Brazil issue. The hardbox has very good color as the photo shows. The kit is the original Revell 'S' kit and is molded in silver plastic with the famous clear 'Globe' swivel stand. The correct instructions and Varig decals are unique to this issue and they are in excellent condition. The decals are flat and have very minimal yellowing and no stains. This kit has never been started. It has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Please note, the box has had some internal repairs done to a crease and split corners. They are very nicely done and impossible to see from the outside.

Novo Techna Soviet Type S 9-BIS Series Submarine, 1/400, K4002

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$14   

Ex-Soviet Union kit that is very well molded for that time with very fine detail and hull drain holes. Full hull model measures 7.5 inches long when assembled and includes display stand and decals. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags, which is attached to cardstock that is folded in two. At times the factory workers had to get pretty creative because of a shortage of staples. Beyond staples, I have seen the bag of parts attached with a clothing snap, a rivet or even sewn on with thread!

Esoteric Hawker Nimrod I or II, 1/72

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

$24   

Esoteric was known for making perhaps the finest vacuform kits. Very well molded and highly detailed with metal parts - shaped struts and full instructions. Molds are equal to or of higher quality than most injection molded kits. The kit is still factory sealed.

Aurora Martin B-26 Marauder, 1/46, 371-259

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$395   

Very rare first issue from the early 1950s. When Aurora moved to the West Hempstead plant, they planned a series of very large scale bombers. All kits released up to this time had been small. Aurora's instincts were correct, and the B-26, B-25 and B-29 were a big sales success. This box art was done by Jim Cox and was only used for about one year, making it very rare. The kit has never been started and is inventoried 100% complete with the original tissue paper, all parts, large clear stand, instructions and decals.

Monogram Viet Nam Command Junk, 1/48, PB181-300

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$79   

Dated 1967. Large and well detailed 1/48 scale kit. Can be built with full sails, without sails or with masts stowed. This model depicts a junk built by USA and South Viet Nam naval officers. These junks were used for Coastal Surveillance and patrol. Heavily armed, there were ideal for inspection and interdiction duty. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Testors Lockheed C-5A Galaxy - (ex-Otaki), 1/144, 598

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$165   

From high quality Otaki molds. This is still the largest injection molded C-5A available. Features 84 parts will all recessed engraved lines, optional position landing gear, display stand and more. The Testors decals and paint guide cover two aircraft. The kit has never been started. That parts are either still in the internal factory sealed bags or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, including decals and instructions.

Guillows Mitsubishi Zero - 27 inch Wingspan for Free Flight or R/C Conversion, 1/16, 404

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$34   

From the late 1960s or early 1970s. Large scale and can be flown rubber free flight, gas free flight, or converted to electric RC using modern small and light servos and receivers. Well detailed with scale plastic wheels, plastic propeller, vacuform nose/cowl and engine, plastic pilot, U-Control parts and handle, full color decals, covering tissue, die cut balsa parts, rubber motor, plywood firewall and excellent full size plans. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Guillow's founder, Paul K. Guillow, was a WWI naval aviator. In 1926 he began producing wooden model airplane kits. His 'Shelf Models' were some of the earlier non-flying models in production. Guillow's grew during the model boom of the 1930s, and when the Depression hit the hardest, Guillow's responded with lower prices and became one of the low price leaders, frequently advertising in Model Airplane News and other leading publications. During the war, like most manufacturers, Guillow's was forced to alternative materials such as cardboard and pine. Guillow's survived the post WWII slump by creating many inexpensive profile flying rubber powered aircraft and gliders in the 1950s (along with North Pacific) which became famous - some are still available today. The stick and tissue lines have been updated with laser cut parts and are still in production as of 2009.

Airfix Blackburn NA-39 Buccaneer - Type Two Issue, 1/72, 384

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

$27   

Late 1950s Type 2 box issue. Kit features opening unique rotating bomb bay, folding wings and working arresting hook. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. The Buccaneer was the world's first purpose designed low level 'below the radar' bomber. Low level strike aircraft have a shorter airframe life limit due to the stresses of low level flying, so the Buccaneer was designed to be very strong and even had many sub-assemblies milled from solid metal.

Berkeley Piper Super Cruiser - 35.5 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft For Rubber / CO2 / Gas Freelight or Control Line, 1/12

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$145   

Big 1/12 scale model with a 36 inch wingspan. Originally designed as a gas powered model for free flight or control line, or can be converted to electric power and modern RC (radio control) gear. Features die cut balsa and plywood parts, wood parts cut to shape, rubber wheels, fully formed wire landing gear struts, covering material, clear windows, highly detailed full size plans with instructions and more. The model has not been started. Inventoried complete with all parts, 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.

Topping Martin Bullpup-B ASM-N-7b (AGM-12C) Air-to-Ground Missile

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$475   

Rare Factory/Desk Promotional model produced by Topping for Martin. Larger version with 10 inch missile. Condition is exceptional. Missile is 'mint' and base is easily 'near mint ++.' The correct, original stand says 'Martin Bullpup B.' There are no repairs, no touch-ups and no cracks. Please note that shipping insurance is required.