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StromBecker North American F-86 Sabre Jet - Flip Top Box Issue, C44-69

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$79   

1950s one-piece 'flip top' box issue. Before plastic kits were introduced, Strombecker was famous as the premier hardwood, preshaped model manufacturer. In the 1940s and 1950s, Strombecker kits were flawlessly engineered but not inexpensive. All wooden parts are quality hardwood (not balsa) and are smooth precarved to final shape - usually only a quick sanding would finish them. When complete it makes an impressive desk top display. Features original glue and sandpaper, clear plastic canopy, special Strombecker 'teardrop' display stand and extensive full color decals. Never started. 100% complete with all parts, decals and detailed plans, instructions. Please NOTE that the box displays better than the 'good-' grade; it is graded as such due to closed corner tears and a 1.5 x 1 missing litho section on the box back.

Comet Fokker D-VII - 16 inch Wingspan - Coke Bottle Issue, N16-29

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$42   

1950s/early 1960s stick-and-tissue flying model. Features quality balsa printwood, strip stock, formed wheels, covering material and full plans. The kit has never been started and is complete. The entire Comet 1950s "N" line included the following (gaps mean there is no kit, at least at that time): N1 Tiger Shark P-40, N2 F-86D Sabre Jet, N4 Globe Swift, N6 Taylorcraft, N8 F-51 Mustang, N9 Helicopter, N11 Ryan Navion, N12 Firefly, N15 Piper Cub, N16 Fokker DVII, N17 Spad, N24 Phantom Fury, N25 Aeronca K (floats) and N26 Stinson SR-7. Comet was a famous manufacturer of stick and tissue flying and static models. In the 1930s Great Depression, they lead the low-priced kit revolution with the "Dime Scale" kits and famous advertisements in Model Airplane News magazine and others. Comet reached it's peak in the 1930s when they acquired the services of Carl Goldberg. Goldberg was a highly accomplished modeler with articles in Model Airplane News and famous designs that won him several National level competitions in the 1930s and beyond. (Carl Goldberg went on to found his own company and produced well designed and popular free-flight and RC aircraft). Comet survived the post World War economic slump and continued kit production until they were bought out by long-time competitor Guillow's in 1998.

Revell Sopwith Camel 'S' Issue - With Clear Windscreen, 1/28, H197-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$89   

1957 first release with classic art. This is the rare edition with a clear windscreen and wheel chocks. I have seen very few of these; Revell discontinued the windscreen part soon after release. The box is in great condition as shown and graded 'excellent.' The only flaws are light wear and a tiny tape pull on one long side (3mm x 2mm). Large-scale kit is nicely molded and detailed for that time. Features detailed rotary engine the moves with the prop, authentic fine fabric texture finish over ribs, complete cockpit with movable control stick and rudder bar, removable cowling, pilot and crew figures, realistic rigging material, complete rigging instructions and more. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

UPC Nakajima Ki-44 Tojo - (ex-Fujimi), 1/70, 8013-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$16   

From older but quality Fujimi molds. The model as never been started. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, 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.

Aurora Convair F-102 Delta Dart (YF-102), 1/121, 290-29

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$59   

1957 hardbox issue with the Parents' Magazine seal. Please note that this is an earlier issue with 'Famous Fighters' in the oval border of the Aurora logo and is has the '.29' cent price extension. Small scale kit with dramatic Jo Kotula box artwork. Nicely molded kit with clear canopy, full landing gear and display stand. This is a model of the very early YF-102 prototype with the straight (non-area rule) fuselage. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. Around this time, Aurora issued a series of inexpensive (usually 29 cent) small scale kits that were designed to sell at almost any type of retail location. The line was successful and further expanded - when Aurora purchased the Comet molds, they fit in nicely with this established line.

MPC Special Edition 1984 Chevrolet Corvette - Sparkling Gold Issue, 1/25, 1-3724

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$54   

Still factory sealed. Limited edition molded in sparkling metallic gold finish. Features many custom parts such as air dam, spoilers and wheels. Has fully detailed engine, compartment and interior. Hood opens. Molded in color, chrome, clear and with rubber tires.

Blue Water Navy Akula Class Submarine, 1/350, 35026

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$29   

Rare. Very high quality resin full hull model kit with PE details. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.

Hasegawa Grumman F-14A Tomcat Atlantic Fleet Squadrons - VF-84 Jolly Rogers / CAG Aircraft VF-84 / VF-31 Tomcatters / VF-74 Be-Devilers, 1/48, P19

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$52   

Factory sealed. Widely considered the finest 1/48 scale Tomcat. This issue includes metal wheel hubs, photoetched details and rubber tires. Features all very fine recessed panel lines, detailed cockpit and much more.

Pegasus Pfalz DIIIa D-IIIa - Hptm R. Berthod, 1/72, 1022

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$19   

Limited run of only 2000 kits. Includes many metal parts and decals. 100% complete and unstarted.

Monogram B-25 Mitchell Big Cannon Plane - Four Star Issue, 1/70, PA7-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$89   

Still factory sealed but the seal has split, typical of the old, brittle cello. Dated 1955. 2nd issue with "PA" price prefix instead of "P." Kit features rotating wheels and propellers, side gun packs and cannon/machine gun nose, crew members, underwing rockets and boarding ladder.

Revell Douglas DC-9 AeroMexico - Lodela Issue, 1/120, H246

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$42   

Rare factory sealed issue. Revell Lodela issue with colorful AeroMexico decals.

Airfix DH Comet 4B BEA, 1/144, SK500

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$72   

Still factory sealed. 1960s 'Third Logo' issue in excellent condition. Nice 1/144 scale kit of the world's first jet airliner. Includes clear windows, full landing gear, display stand, passenger boarding stairs and BEA decals. 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.

Branchline Trains Blueprint Series HO Heavyweight Passenger Coach 80 Foot Single Window Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Car #761 1940s/1950s, 1/87, 5105-761

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$32   

Superb and highly detailed model kit that is factory painted and lettered in the C&O 'Green Scheme' with Roman lettering. Features separate grab irons, extensive and complete underbody details, steam, air & signal lines, working diaphragms, full interior, metal wheels, magnetic knuckle couplers and much more. The kit has never been started. The parts have never been removed from the box and are still wrapped in the factory protective tissue paper. Includes excellent, illustrated instructions.

Airfix Fieseler Storch Fi-156 North African or Russian Campaigns - Bagged, 1/72, 127

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG++

$22   

Still factory sealed and with the type three logo header. 1960s kit that is very nicely molded and detailed. Contains decals for two aircraft - 'Max' in North African service and 6M+YN from the early Russian campaign.

Fujimi Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero-Sen Type 21, 1/70, 0701-70

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$18   

Still factory sealed. Late 1960s or 1970s issue with excellent box artwork.

Revell McDonalds Olds Funny Car Larry Minor Racing - 1992 NHRA Funny Car Champion, 1/25, 7353

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$34   

Dated 1993. Very nice kit featuring detailed racing chassis and engine, lift-up body, full racing cockpit, very colorful decals and more. Molded in white plastic, clear, chrome plate and with rubber tires. Never started. All the parts that were factory sealed are still sealed; the parts that were not (clear and chrome) have been inventoried complete. With instructions and decals.

Revell Hawaiian Funny Car 1972 Roland Leong Limited Edition Metal Box 1 of 4000, 1/25, 85-4121

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$32   

Still factory sealed. Dated 1997. Very nice kit featuring detailed racing chassis and engine, lift-up body, full racing cockpit, very colorful decals and more.

Ye Olde Huff-N-Puff 40 Foot Wood Box Car PRR Empire Line - S Scale Craftsman Kit, S, 526

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$34   

Excellent, highly detailed craftsman kit in unusual 'S' scale. Features cut and prescribed hardwood car sides that are factory painted and lettered, fully milled hardwood roof and floor, pre-cut and scribed car ends and doors, wood stock as required, cast metal bolsters, lower car ends and brake cylinder, metal brake wheel, platform, grabirons, chain, car door slides and more. 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 detailed, illustrated instructions.

Monogram Talon Fighter Flying Vehicle Masters of the Universe, 6015

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG+

$29   

Still in the factory seal. Dated 1983. Released in promotion with the popular cartoon 'He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.' Molded in red and yellow and has a wingspan of 12 and 7/8 inches when built. Action figure (not included) can be put in the cockpit.

Williams Brothers Le Rhone Rotary Aircraft Engine, 1/8, 301-995

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$79   

Still factory sealed. Very nicely detailed large 1/8 scale model. Features nine cylinders, crankcase, carburetor with sliding valve, accessory drive gears, oil pump, magneto, full wiring and more. The 80 hp Le Rhone was developed before WWI and was used in many early aircraft. It did see service early in the Great War and it's follow on, the 110 hp Le Rhone was used in larger aircraft. The crankshaft of the Le Rhone mounted directly to the firewall and was part of the air and fuel intake system. The crankcase, propeller shaft and cylinders all revolved at about 1200 rpm. These three assemblies were carefully balanced to reduce vibration.