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Airmodel XF5U-1 Flying Pancake/Flapjack - Bagged - (XF5U1), 1/72, 138

Vacuform Model Kit

$20   

Very nicely molded with all fine recessed panel lines. Basic vac kit with main airframe parts. Never started. NOTE: missing clear canopy. includes all other parts and instructions/plans. A certain degree of modeling skill is required to build vacuform kits. They are not recommended for beginners.

Revell Sikorsky H-19 - 'S' Issue, 1/48, H227-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$135   

First issue of this kit dated 1955 with 'S' boxart by Richard Kishady. Kit features detailed cockpit and two pilots, rotating main and tail rotors, detailed engine and optional position clam-shell nose doors, winch and 'downed' pilot and clear Revell "Globe" stand. Never started. Inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions present. NOTE: instructions are complete but have general wear and closed tears.

Heller Kurun 'Round the World' Norwegian Cutter, 1/60, 80614

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$36   

Very nicely detailed large-scale full-hull kit with billowing sails. Features detailed deck with full fittings, rigging instructions and display stand. All parts are still factory sealed. With instructions, vac sails and decals. The Kurun was the result of the dream of a lover of the sea, Jacques-Yves le Tourmelin. As a young child, he had sworn to go around the world solo under sail. Jacques began construction of the Kurun immediately after World War II. In spite of the scarcity of raw materials, the ship was floated and ready for it's first trials on February 26, 1948. He set the sails for his epic journey on September 19, 1948 at 4 pm. On July 7, 1952, after 45 months sailing, the battle-scared Kurun arrived at the harbor of Le Croisic after circumnavigating the globe.

RCM Monitor Ironclad 1862, 1/72

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Bagged

$105   

SPECIAL ORDER vacuform kit. Not shipped from stock. Kit is molded upon receipt of payment. Time from receipt to shipping your kit is usually 8 to 10 weeks. Kit includes many resin and/or metal details. Other parts will need to be scratch built or from your spares box. 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.

Airfix Gloster Meteor III, 1/72, 02038-1

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$18   

Fourth logo type from 1978. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

ITC Mercer Raceabout Motorized Cam-a-Matic with Working Lights, 1/8, 36376-895

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$325   

The largest injection molded kit ever made of this famous car. From the very early 1960s; features good detail for that time and operates realistically with Cam-a-Matic action. Car moves forward with real motor sound, then begins one of several pre-set steering patterns via one of four cams, stops at selected intervals, then flashes the headlights on then reverses at selected intervals! Measures about 17 inches long when built. Molded in red, black, clear and with plated plastic. Inside the kit is near mint. All internal packing material is present and 'excellent.' All the parts that were factory sealed are still in factory sealed bags. That includes the motor and all metal parts, plated parts, wheels/tires and two bags of red/black parts. The few very large parts and three metal rods what were never factory sealed have been inventoried complete, with an 'excellent' pin-stripe and instrument sticker sheet and 'excellent' instructions. The box displays better than the 'very good' grade but is graded as such due to a closed split on one box bottom corner and one box top corner (right upper side).

Aurora Curtiss Hawk P-6E Sealed, 1/43, 116-130

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$110   

Still factory sealed. The kit is dated 1958, but this is obviously a later issue as the Aurora logo does not say 'Famous Fighters' in the border and has no sunburst - due to the 130 price extension, it is most likely from 1961 or '62.

California Model Co Featherette Microfilm Indoor Airplane - 18 inch Wingspan Airplane for Class B Competition

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

$65   

Probably from the 1940s. Stick and tissue flying model kit to a constant 1/16 scale with very nice quality. Made by California Model Company out of Long Beach, CA USA. If you have more information on this manufacture, please email me. Kit uses rubber for power. Features required wooden parts, instructions and full size plans. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Balboa-Katsumi Brass Southern Pacific Golden State - Streamliner Train Cars - Baggage Mail / Pullman Sleeper / Dining / Vista Dome / Observation, 1/87, 865

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$510   

Brass hand crafted and painted Japanese HO train from Balboa Katsumi Scale Models. The original Katsumi blue hardbox has some wear but is solid. Inside, this set is in investment grade condition. The Golden State is the rarest of the Balboa streamlined kits. It is rare to fine this complete set available and in factory-new condition. The set consists of a Baggage Mail Car, Pullman Sleeping Car, Dining Car, Vista Dome Coach and an Observation Car. All cars are internally lit. The original foam rubber and factory sealed coupler pockets are included, as well as coach seating kits sealed in the original bags. The paint is all factory and each car is as new. All cars are still protected in the original clear plastic sleeves. It would be difficult to find a better set. Postal insurance will be required.

Merlin Models Hawker Hind Frog Penguin Replica, 1/72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$34   

Very limited edition replica of the Frog Penguin kit. Includes photocopied original instructions. The kit has never been started. The factory parts bag is still sealed and also contains all paperwork and decals. In the late 1930s, before WWII, Frog created the world's first line of injection molded plastic model kits. Since Frog stood for 'Flies Right Off the Ground' and Frog had a famous line of flying models, the world's first all injection molded kits were called Frog Penguin for the bird that does not fly. The Penguin Osprey was among the early pre-war releases by Frog. The kit is reproduced from actual Frog Penguin kits belonging to the extensive collection of the owner of Merlin Models.

Kibri Half-Timbered Brick House 'Niederelbe' - HO, 1/87, 8244

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$29   

Very nicely molded and detailed HO structure. Includes factory painted timber overlays, base, clear windows and a wide variety of printed in-scale curtains and window treatments. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including printed designs and instructions.

Monogram Artorama The Zebras African Animal Group, CR101

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$100   

This kit was found in the stock room of a long-closed hobby shop and is in factory-new condition. From the original Monogram "Four Star" line. Hardbox is dated 1961. Very large and rare injection molded craft kit. Contains 9.75 inch by 7.75 inch frame - colorful pre-painted 3D Display - frame trim - injection molded Zebras and foliage - paint, two paint brushes and instructions with a small Artorama catalog. Scale unknown. The complete series consisted of three kits - the Lions, Giraffes and the Zebras. The kits are superbly done, but it is likely that the high cost ($2.98 in 1961) kept them from achieving high sales. Never started. 100% inventoried complete with all parts, paint, brushes and instructions present.

AMT 1996 Ford Explorer 4x4, 1/125, 8968

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$18   

Still factory sealed.

Siedlce Mucha Standard Glider, 1/72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$19   

Siedlce often printed PZW on their boxes. These kits and PZWPT and are all from this Polish manufacturer. They are no longer in operation. Cleanly molded and nicely detail kit with cockpit detail, clear canopy, display stand and decals. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

R&L The Mayflower - Pilgrims Ship from 1620 - Bagged, 1/720

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: No Box

$10   

Still factory sealed. Very well detailed and molded. Full hull kit includes sails and is approximately 2.75 inches long when built. Small scale model from R&L in Australia. R&L marketed these kits independently but some were also sold by Minicraft/Hasegawa, Academy, as the Aurora 'Snaparoos' and in Kellogg's Cereal as premiums.

Aurora Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina, 1/74, 374-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$135   

Rare, first issue artwork from about 1956-57. This was a fine effort by Aurora for that time and an impressive model when assembled. Features retracting pontoons and rotating props. Includes correct early logo instructions which show the clear 'Triangle World' stand. That stand is correctly included. This must be one of the first instances of the 'Triangle' stand being used as it is normally associated with oval 'Famous Fighter' logo kits. Molded in gloss silver/gray and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: the back half of the pitot tube is broken off and is missing. Only the front part is present. It is interesting to note that the early Aurora PBY issue has at least three small variations to the box top. The very first issue says '1/4 SCALE MODEL' at the top right. Clearly, this kit is not 1/48 scale and someone at Aurora corrected it. Following that, there are two known corrections: early and late. On the early version, the '1/4' was blotted out with a dark blue oval or circle and '5/32' was added after the word 'SCALE.' It was now correct, but the appearance was not completely professional. This box is the later version - on the next box order, they kept the '1/4' blotted out but added a proper looking '5/32' in front of the blot.

Monogram Flying Sub from Seaview Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, 1/60, 6011

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$85   

1995 reissue from ex-Aurora molds. Very nice, larger scale kit molded in yellow, gray and clear plastic. Features detailed interior, operating pick up hood and a crew of two. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.

O-Lin Fleet Submarine (Gato Class, Ex-Varney)

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$289   

Very, very rare investment piece for the advanced collector. From the late 1940s. This is the first one I have had in 20 years of dealing with kits and among the finest condition I have seen. Molded in the correct, gloss olive-drab plastic with a two piece hull, fore and aft decks, sail and detail parts and full instructions and the correct stand marked 'FLEET SUBMARINE.' The kit has never been started and is inventoried 100% complete with all parts and 'Very Good++' condition instructions. The box is graded 'excellent' (not perfect!) and has very nice color and gloss, four solid, original corners, no price tags or tag tears, no tape except for the remains of clear tape on the two long sides where the box was factory sealed, no tape tears and no box tears, fades or missing litho. Wear includes general light shelf wear as shown and some corner and edge wear. NOTE: must be shipped insured. This kit has a fascinating history. These molds may well be the oldest production ship kit in US plastic modeling history. The kit started as the Varney Fleet Sub in the mid 1940s. It is widely believed that it was the very first USA all-plastic construction kit of a military vessel. Varney produced an all plastic aircraft kit at the same time, the PT-17. It is the #1 candidate for the first plastic airplane kit in the USA. Varney was a famous manufacture of model trains, first O then a leader in HO models. The two new additions did not sell very well - remember, the Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' had yet to be issued, so the boom in modeling had not occurred. Varney soon sold the molds for the Fleet Sub and the PT-17 to O-Lin (along with the molds for a fantastic multi-media kit with a wooden hull and plastic fittings, the Varney PT Boat ). O-Lin was a joint venture by Paul Lindberg and Mr. Olsen. O-Lin successfully issued the PT Boat (the PT Boat was given an injection molded hull and deck), PT-17 Stearman and Fleet Sub but modified the molds for the Sub. The original Varney kit had a solid, one-piece black hull and gray fittings. O-Lin engineers created a two-piece hull that provided a hollow hull and made from the same shot of plastic as the fittings. The 'Lin' in O-Lin, Paul Lindberg, was already well known for his publication of articles and plans for flying model aircraft in some of the leading aviation publications in the 1940/50s.

Aurora Convair 880 Jetliner Delta, 1/103, 383-249

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+++

$189   

Still in the factory seal - the seal has a 2 inch split on one long side. Rare 1960 Delta Airlines issue. The Convair 880 and it's near sister 990 were very high performance airliners. Unfortunately they did not find favor with commercial operators. Only 65 880s were produced from 1959 to 1962. The aircraft was designed to be smaller and faster than the DC-8 and 707 - this market did not develop, however, and if it did it could have been served with less expensive designs.

Strombecker Beechcraft Bonanza V35 - Solid Wood Model Aircraft Kit, C-41

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG-

$125   

Rare. Classic early 1950s kit. Made of solid Western Pine - not balsa. Builds up to an impressive display model. Kit includes fuselage, wings, elevators, rudder all cut to shape, sandpaper and a small parts bag with propeller, wheels, etc. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. Decals and instructions are excellent. Before plastic kits were introduced, Strombecker was famous as the premier hardwood preshaped model manufacture. In the 1940s and 1950s, Strombecker kits were flawlessly engineered but not inexpensive. All wooden parts are hardwood and are precarved to shape - usually only a quick sanding would finish them.