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Roundhouse-Model Die Casting 40' Stock Car Denver & Rio Grande (D&RG) - Metal HO Craftsman Kit with Sprung Metal Trucks, 1/87, S103

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$39   

Includes working sprung metal trucks. Roundhouse (by Model Die Casting) was a famous manufacture of HO Craftsman kits in the 1940s/1950s. This is one of their all- metal car kits. Very well detailed and crisply cast with little or no flash. Molded in details are superb. Features all metal one piece roof, three piece roof walk, car ends, floor and undercarriage, factory painted and lettered sides for Denver & Rio Grande, three piece brake set, couplers, pocket doors, bushings, screws as needed, grab irons, full instructions with drawings and more. The prepainted sides are as new and were only removed to take this photograph. The roof, car ends, sides, floor and doors are flat and straight for easy assembly. They are not warped, as is common with some all metal kits. The kit has never been started. Many parts are still factory sealed - those that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including instructions.

Roundhouse-Model Die Casting 37' Sand and Gravel Hopper Car Canadian Pacific - Metal HO Craftsman Kit with Sprung Metal Trucks, 1/87, H302

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$32   

Includes working sprung metal trucks. Roundhouse (by Model Die Casting) was a famous manufacture of HO Craftsman kits in the 1940s/1950s. This is one of their all- metal car kits. Very well detailed and crisply cast with little or no flash. Molded in details are superb. Features all metal one piece floor, one piece hopper, factory painted and lettered sides for CP, three piece brake set, couplers, pocket doors, bushings, screws as needed, full instructions with drawings and more. The prepainted sides are as new and were only removed to take this photograph. The car ends, hopper and floor are very straight for easy assembly. They are not warped, as is common with some all metal kits. The kit has never been started. Many parts are still factory sealed - those that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including instructions.

Roundhouse-Model Die Casting 21' Hopper Mine Ore Car Great Northern - Metal HO Craftsman Kit with Sprung Metal Trucks, 1/87, H100

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$32   

Includes working sprung metal trucks. Roundhouse (by Model Die Casting) was a famous manufacture of HO Craftsman kits in the 1940s/1950s. This is one of their all- metal car kits. Very well detailed and crisply cast with little or no flash. Molded in details are superb. Features all metal one piece floor, car ends, one piece hopper, factory painted and lettered sides for GN, brake set, couplers, pocket doors, bushings, screws as needed, full instructions with drawings and more. The prepainted sides are as new and were only removed to take this photograph. The car ends, hopper and floor are very straight for easy assembly. They are not warped, as is common with some all metal kits. The kit has never been started. Many parts are still factory sealed - those that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including instructions.

Nitto Boeing 727-200 - JAL, 1/100, 150-1800

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$125   

Early issue with superior mold quality. Large scale model measures 18 inches long when assembled. Excellent detail including rear airstair and very large colorful decal sheets for JAL. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bags including decals and instructions.

Revell 1953 Jaguar XK-120 Highway Pioneers - Series 4, 1/32, H56-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$39   

1953 early issue molded in very light green plastic. The kit has not been started. It is still internally sealed in the factory 'krinkle' bag with the instructions. Before the 1950s 'model building' never made the top 10 list of boy's activities. Hobbies were nothing new to America in the 1930s/40s, but they were not mainstream. Shortly after the turn of the century, many dedicated modelers built flying or static airplanes, ship, train, automotive or other subjects. Basic kits existed, but the majority of these models were built from scratch, which demanded a high talent level developed from years of experience. That changed in the early 1950s. The phenomenon of the Revell/Gowland & Gowland 'Highway Pioneers' car kits was a significant force in proving that model building as a hobby could have mass appeal, provided that the kits were easy enough to build and finish. These 1/32 scale vehicles could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real car. The Highway Pioneers series lead to the production of other subjects in plastic and the effect was revolutionary. By the early 1960s, model building was the #1 past time of American boys.

La Belle Early 1900 62' Railway Post Office and Express Car - (Chicago Milwaukee and St. Paul) Wood Coach - HO Scale Wood Craftsman Kit, HO, HO-7

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$54   

During the golden era of realistic train models, La Belle Woodworking Company created perhaps the very finest scale kits of early American passenger equipment. The kit features die cut hardwood parts (no balsa) such as pre-cut and scribed sides with all windows and doors factory cut, car ends done in the same fashion, carved clerestory roof, tinted clear clerestory window material, full underside details, metal details, building instructions and full size plans. I have seen these models built and they look identical to the real prototypes. The kit has not been started and is complete with all parts, sealed smaller details and plans. Please read the article on this website about older HO train kits and the modeling revolution they caused in the late 1930s/1940s.

Monogram USS Shangri-La Essex Class Aircraft Carrier, B5

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$195   

Rare kit for the advanced collector. this is Monogram's fifth ship kit, issued in 1946. Measures 14 inches long when assembled. Inside, the kit is as it left the factory and even has the original cardboard divider. The hull and lower deck are pre-carved wood. The rest of the kit is printwood, wood and metal stock and cardstock. The airwing includes F6F Hellcats and TBF Avengers. Decals, instructions and all parts are excellent. The kit has never been started and is complete.

Ideal Aeroplane & Supply CV-7 USS Wasp Aircraft Carrier - 18.5 Inch Long Wooden Ship Kit

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$155   

Very rare kit from 1941. Measured 18.5 inches long when assembled. Nicely designed kit that includes a very unusual detailed hanger deck assembly. Issued shortly before the war, the model was not reissued after the war since the Wasp was lost off Guadalcanal by what is likely the most damaging submarine torpedo salvo in history. Includes completely pre-molded and shaped wood-material hull in excellent, solid condition, 5 sheets of cleanly done printwood, wood stock in many shapes and sizes, a sealed fittings packet (I can tell that it contains at least the oval funnel) and two packs of Casco Glue. Features excellent full size plans and instructions. The plans show numerous detail view of the ships substructure and a detailed view of the hanger deck, flight deck with pre-war markings and island. Never started. Factory sealed fittings bag with the other parts inventoried complete with instructions.

Ideal Aeroplane & Supply Great Republic - 12 inch Long Wooden Model Kit, 1101

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$85   

Rare ship model dated 1938, but I believe it is from the 1940s due to the box design. Contains the Ideal 'Premolded Hull' which is a completely formed, hollow hull made from a wood composite. The hull is in excellent condition. Also includes full size plans/instructions with rigging diagram and paint color information, wood masts as required and two sheets of printwood. The kit has never been started. Inventoried complete with all parts and plans.

Ideal Aeroplane & Supply RMS Queen Mary Ocean Liner - 12 inch Long Wooden Model Kit, 1113

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$59   

Rare ship model from 1940. Contains the Ideal 'Premolded Hull' which is a completely formed, hollow hull made from a wood composite. The hull is in excellent condition. Also includes full size plans/instructions, wood masts and stock as required and three sheets of printwood. The kit has never been started. Inventoried complete with all parts and plans.

Ideal Aeroplane & Supply Schooner Bluenose - 21.75 Inch Long Wooden Ship Kit, 304

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

$125   

From 1938. Measures almost 22 inches LOA (length overall) when assembled. Very nicely done early kit featuring a pre-carved wood hull (only final sanding is needed), two large sheets of printwood, metal fittings including lifeboats, windlass, cask, anchors, ships wheel, chain, blocks and more, rigging material, pre-cut wood, wood and metal stock as needed, metal stock, full color flag sheet and very detailed plans with instructions and rigging diagrams. The kit has never been started. Inventoried complete including flags and plans/instructions.

Ideal Aeroplane & Supply BB-55 USS North Carolina 1941 - 18 Inch Long Wooden Ship Model

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG-

$155   

Very rare kit from 1941. Measures 18 inches long when assembled. Issued in 1941, it depicts the ship basically as she was launched. Includes completely pre-molded and shaped wood-material hull in excellent, solid condition, 5 sheets of cleanly done printwood, wood stock in many shapes and sizes, a sealed fittings packet (I can tell that it contains at least the props and anchors) and two packs of Casco Glue. Features excellent full size plans and instructions. The plans show numerous detail view of the ships details and superstructure. Never started. Factory sealed fittings bag with the other parts inventoried complete with instructions.

Ideal Aeroplane & Supply The Golden Hind - Flagship of Sir Francis Drake - 18 Inch Long Wooden Ship Mode

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

$125   

Rare kit from 1950. Measures 18 inches LOA when assembled. Includes solid precarved balsa hull, seven sheets of cleanly done printwood, other precarved and shaped wooden parts, dozens of cast metal fittings, wood stock and masts/yards in many sizes, running and standing rigging material, sail material, full color insignia and more. Features excellent full size plans and instructions. The plans show numerous sectional and detail view of the ship and a painting guide. There is a separate instruction sheet, which was unusual for Ideal. NOTE: the main deck has been neatly cut from it's printwood sheet. Quality of the cut is excellent. There are no other removed parts and no gluing. One side elevation has been adult colored to illustrate the correct color scheme. Quality of the coloring is excellent. Inventoried complete with all parts, plans and instructions. One short end panel is missing on the box.

Ideal Aeroplane & Supply SS United States Ocean Liner - 22 Inch Long Wooden Ship Kit, 324

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

$245   

Rare. 1953 issue from the famous Ideal Aeroplane & Supply Company which was founded in 1911. Features pre-carved wooden hull, three sealed bag of metal fittings including lifeboats, davits and dozens of other parts, six sheets of nicely done printwood, two large clear cellophane sheets completely pre-decorated with the intricate window, porthole and door and railing patterns from the SS United States, full color flag sheet, numerous stock wood parts as needed, sandpaper, highly detailed full size plans and a separate illustrated instruction sheet. The kit has not been started and is complete. Inside it is just as it left the factory down to the packing paper.

Sterling L-19 Bird Dog - 17 inch Wingspan CL/Rubber Powered Kit that Drops Leaflets in Flight, A12-98

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$65   

Still factory sealed. From the mid 1960s. 17 inch wingspan kit for rubber free flight or control line. Features an innovative system for dropping leaflets in flight. Includes quality die-cut balsa sheet parts, strip wood and spars, light plastic full engine cowl and other parts, die-cut clear windscreen, fully formed wire landing gear struts, finished main and tail wheels, rubber motor and plastic prop, covering tissue, a big sheet of full color decal and full size plans with excellent instructions. Sterling was a famous manufacturer dating back to the 1930/40s flying model craze. Although they continued to produce kits for decades after the flying model slump following World War II, they eventually fell victim to the general lack of interest in modeling that occurred in the early 1980s. I always considered Sterling kits to be deluxe kits compared to other manufacturers.

Revell Cobra II P-39 - Thompson Trophy Racing Aircraft, 1/45, H144-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$59   

First issue dated in 1962 with a hardbox and molded in yellow and clear plastic. Rare model of the 4 bladed prop 1946 Thompson Trophy Winner with a 'souped up' P-63 King Cobra Allison engine. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

MPM Hawker SeaHawk FGA/RR / Mk.101 (Sea Hawk) Mk 100 - MFG2 (RB242) German Federal Navy / MFG2 (RB248) German Federal Navy / 300 Sq Indian Navy 'White Tigers' INS Vikrant Late 1960, 1/72, 72509

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$39   

Very nicely molded with all recessed panel lines. Features very good cockpit detail and decals for the three aircraft listed. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

Cleveland 1933 Great Lakes Sport Trainer - Plans and Printwood for a Flying Wooden Model Airplane, 1/24, D-16

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: No Box

$34   

Plans are dated 1934 and are good. There is edge wear and a closed tear but they are completely usable. A complete set of Cleveland printwood is included and the wood is also in excellent condition and neatly printed. Never started - no parts have been removed.

Cleveland 1936 Ryan ST 'Rep' - Plans and Printwood for a Flying Wooden Model Airplane, 1/16, R-58

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: No Box

$42   

Plans are dated 1936 and are very good. There are two closed tears, each about 3 inches long. The plans are still completely usable. A complete set of Cleveland printwood is included and the wood is also in excellent condition and neatly printed. Never started - no parts have been removed.

Airfix Vickers Vanguard Jet-Prop - Trans-Canada Airlines, 1/144, 4-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$85   

The British were very quick to design and build successful turbo (jet) prop airliners after the war. The turboprops had superior speed, range and fuel economy. The Vanguard was one of several excellent designs. She cruised at 425 MPH with a full passenger load and 7 to 8 tons of cargo below the cabin. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. NOTE: one propeller is missing one blade.