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Renwal M65 280mm Atomic Cannon with M249 and M250 50 Ton Heavy Gun Lifting Truck/Transporters, 1/32, 553-498

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$245   

Hard-to-find Renwal first issue of this very desirable kit- not the common Revell reissue. The box top says 'Fully Operating Model Does Everything But Fire' and it is true. The model consists of over 300 parts and has many action features typical of Renwal models. The wheels roll, tractors can be hooked to the cannon which can be stowed in the 'travel' position. The gun can move into the 'fire' position off the tractors and can be trained realistically. It is molded in olive drab plastic and the inner factory cardboard divider is present. The kit has never been started. All bags but one are still factory sealed. The "A" transport generic parts bag was split, so I opened it and did an inventory - it is complete. The few big parts that were never factory sealed have been inventoried complete. All inspection slips are present also as well as a smaller-format Renwal kit catalog. Decals are in remarkable 'excellent' condition with the typical yellowing and some light creases as the only flaws. The instructions are also 'excellent' with one closed fold split as the only real flaw. This early issue has the main gun barrel factory built and painted; the paint is in 'excellent' condition with only a few scuffs. The box displays much better than the 'good-' grade. But I graded it as such because there are three closed-split corners (two with clear tape on them), other smaller closed splits at two corners, edge wear and general light wear. The lower box tray has a long closed split along one edge.

RCM Short Sunderland, 1/48

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 resin and/or metal details -clear canopy and full size plans/instructions. Details included will vary from kit to kit but may contain landing struts - wheels - props - engines (not jets) - some cockpit parts - seats - etc. Other parts will need to be scratch built or from your spares box. Decals not furnished. 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.

Hudson Miniatures 1914 Stutz Bearcat Old Timers, 1/16

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$85   

Very well detailed large 1/16 kit from 1949. Features plastic wheels, grill, steering wheel, lights and other accessories and wooden and metal main parts. Although all of Hudson's 1/16 kits have excellent detail, this one has even more detail than usual thanks to Hudson's engineers having access to the actual car. The instructions even warn that this kit will take more time than usual due to the 'tedious detail. ' This kit has never been started. The small parts are still factory bag sealed and all other parts have been inventoried complete with all parts, plans and instructions. 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.

MPC Messerschmitt Me-262A - with Ground Crew, 1/72, 2-2104

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$14   

This kit is from quality Airfix molds and is from the MPC 'Air Combat Collection', which includes ground crew. Dates from the mid 1970s. Note that this issue does not have 'Craft Master' under the MPC logo. Before this, MPC was marketing Airfix kits under the Craftmaster name in the USA. This continued for several issues and was finally discontinued (possibly with this issue) although MPC continued to distribute Airfix models. This kit has never been started. It is either still in the internally sealed factory bag or has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

AMT EC-135C Looking Glass Airborne Command Post, 1/72, 8955

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$95   

Very large and hard-to-find kit. Well molded and detailed. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. Please NOTE that the decals are intact, but the backing paper has some light stains. It is from light moisture damage.

Aurora Spad XIII With Aurora Glue, 1/48, 107-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$85   

First issue with dramatic Jo Kotula artwork. Includes a small tube of unopened Aurora glue. Hardbox is dated 1957 and has the oval 'Famous Fighters' logo with the sunburst. Molded in correct high-gloss olive drab and black plastic. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

KP Letov S.16 (S-16) - Czech Air Force, 1/72, KP020

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$12   

Still factory sealed. Cleanly molded kit with very fine raised panel lines and good detail overall.

Monogram Ford Trimotor - TWA or Admiral Byrds Antarctic Expedition - Heritage Edition, 1/77, 6056

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG+

$28   

Still factory sealed. 1983 reissue of the original 'Four Star' kit but with Byrd and TWA markings. Very nicely molded.

ESCI Henschel HS-129 B-1 / B2 / B3, 1/48, 4002

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$24   

Older but nicely molded kit. Well detailed with very fine raised panel lines and features detailed cockpit, engines and external weapons. Includes parts to build any one of the many aircraft listed. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Jo-Han 1969 Cadillac Eldorado Coupe - Stock / Custom /Sportswagon, 1/25, C-1269-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$129   

Very rare. Can be built one of three ways listed: showroom-new, custom or as a ski team vehicle. Features numerous optional parts, detailed engine, opening hood, full interior and more. Molded in white, clear, red-tint clear, chrome and with rubber tires. The kit has never been started. NOTE: missing custom hood scoop. Otherwise inventoried with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Rogers Motor Company LCI Landing Craft Infantry, 1/135, 196

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

$125   

Rare, highly pre-fabricated kit from 1946. Very high quality wood and metal scale LST measuring 14 inches long when assembled; the given 1/135 scale is approximate. Features a completely pre-carved hardwood hull, wooden hardwood superstructure parts that are completely cut and shaped, preformed gun tubs, details such as anchors, guns, vents, lockers, ammo boxes, rudder, propellers, life rafts, bow ramps and much more that are all made from metal, wood, heavy embossed bristol board and other materials as well. Includes full size plans with detailed parts list and instructions. The kit has never been started. The small parts that were factory sealed are still in factory sealed bags. The other parts that were never factory sealed have been inventoried complete with the internal cardboard presentation material and large, detailed instructions with plans. Rogers was an early producer of miniature gas engines for free-flight and early radio control model kits and often had large adds for these engines in hobby magazines. The full company name on the box is listed as 'Rogers Motor Company Detroit Michigan' and the 'Scale Model Division' is listed as Tawas City, Michigan. Right near the end of WWII, Rogers made a very short journey into kit manufacturing. As you would expect from an engine manufacture, the kits were all highly prefabricated, had excellent detail and were fairly complicated. Rogers produced at least four kits - the M4 Sherman Tank, 40MM AA Gun and Carriage (1/16 scale), Army Weasel and LST. These kits were likely produced in that order, with the LST being released around late 1945/early 1946. I have seen several of these kits built and they make excellent displays.

RCM Heinkel He-177 Greif, 1/48

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Bagged

$115   

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 resin and/or metal details -clear canopy and full size plans/instructions. Details included will vary from kit to kit but may contain landing struts - wheels - props - engines (not jets) - some cockpit parts - seats - etc. Other parts will need to be scratch built or from your spares box. Decals not furnished. 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.

Micro West Ford SIAM (Self Initiated Anti-Aircraft Missile) or SUBADS (Submarine Air-Defense System) Factory Model, 1/10

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Bagged

$475   

Very rare factory display model of the 1970s DARPA SIAM project, which was short for Self-Initiated Anti-Aircraft Missile. The idea was to develop a completely autonomous air-defense missile. One of the most obvious purposes was for use onboard submarines. The submarine can hear the aircraft or helicopter as it approached since the sound propagates through the water. The submarine could then launch a SIAM buoy to the surface, where the missile would automatically detect and attack any incoming aircraft. It was also theorized that SIAM could be launched vertically from the submarine itself. SIAM was tested in the early 1980s and was generally successful. DARPA handed SIAM over to the Navy, where it was deactivated due to funding. This factory model is complete with the original stand. The wooden base has a metal disk showing a submarine launching a SIAM, which is shown executing the 'dual homing' functions. The missile is just over 7 inches long. The base and metal badge are 'near mint' condition. The missile is excellent, with all original paint and decals. There is some minor wear on some of the port-side gold decals.

Monogram Douglas DC-3 Eastern Airlines, 1/48, 5610

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$79   

Still factory sealed but the seal has split. From 1992. Civil version of one of the world's greatest early airliners with large, colorful Eastern Airlines 'The Great Silver Fleet' decals. Features full cockpit and cabin interior, detailed wheel wells and optional position cabin door and boarding stairs.

Life-Like Mercedes Benz SSK Sportswagen - (ex-Pyro), 1/32, 09348

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$29   

Still factory sealed. 1970s Life-Like issue using the original 1966 Pyro molds. At this point, Life-Like was no longer putting 'Licensed by Pyro Plastics' on the box sides. Features detailed chassis, complete motor and interior and a removable hood. In the early to mid 1960s the Pyro company chose many of it's kit subjects based more on historical significance than popularity. Luckily for us, Pyro not only made these kits but did an excellent job for the time. The Pyro car models are based on the actual cars that Pyro engineers and designers had access to.

O-Lin Republic Seabee Amphibian, 1/48, 503

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$125   

Very rare kit. The Seabee was produced as a high performance sport amphibian. This is a very hard-to-fine original O-line kit in the small box and advertisement for O-line cement on the top. Produced in 1949 or just before. Molded in high-gloss light gray with a beautiful swirl stand and stand arm. The model has not been started. Inside, it is as new. The small parts are still sealed in the factory 'krinkle' bag. The parts that were never sealed have been inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. O-Lin (Olin) was founded by Paul Lindberg and a Mr. Olsen - hence the company name. Although a producer of flying models in the 1930s, O-line produced some of the earliest American injection molded kits in the late 1940s. In 1950 the partnership may have ended, because all branding was changed to Lindberg and Paul Lindberg.

White Eagle Vultee BT-13A Vibrator - Bagged, 1/48, 112

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Bagged

$28   

Basic vacuform kits with main airframe parts, seats and canopy only. Canopy is in 'as new' condition. It has not yellowed and is still attached to a protective form that it was originally shipped with. Comes with excellent full size plans and a list of reference material. NOTE: parts have been professionally cut out and are ready for final sanding and fitting. Inventoried with all parts and plans. Vacuform kits are only recommended for people experienced with this type of kit. Previous experience and scratch building skills are required.

Revell Republic F-105B Thunderchief - 'Air Commando' Issue, 1/75, H231-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$38   

1966 Hardbox 'Air Commando' issue. Ideal builder from slightly modified 'S' kit molds. Features optional position landing gear, movable wheels, four bombs, pilot figure and hinged cockpit canopy and refueling probe. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora Boeing F4B-4 - (F4B4), 1/48, 122-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$45   

1958 first issue with fantastic Jo Kotula boxart. This is the Parents' Magazine issue with the seal located in the lower right. In the day this was considered a fine kit and rated highly in reviews. Classic 1930s Navy Biplane Fighter that is still famous for their colorful paint jobs at that that time. Cowl, tail and trim color would vary with the group's Aircraft Carrier (Ranger, Lexington or Saratoga and the aircraft's position in the flight formation. NOTE: has minor assembly. The seat and floor have been neatly glued to the cockpit. Quality of assembly is professional. There is no other assembly and zero painting. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Simpson Products D&RGW Jack's Cabin Water Tank - HO Craftsman Kit, 1/87, MKT-002

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$22   

Superb kit of a trackside water tower. Features numerous parts in wood, plastic, metal, etc. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.