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Roundhouse-Model Die Casting 40' AAR Metal Sheathed Box Car MKT - The Katy Line - Metal HO Craftsman Kit with Sprung Metal Trucks, 1/87, B107

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$39   

Includes real 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 The Katy Line (yellow and black), three piece brake set, couplers, pocket doors, bushings, screws as needed, grab irons, full instructions with drawings and more. The prepainted sides are excellent. One of the four sides has a bubble in the paint that can be easily glued down. (See Photo, left) The roof, floor, ends, doors and car sides are very flat and straight for easy assembly. The kit has never been started. Most small parts are still sealed in the factory envelopes. The parts 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.

Roundhouse-Model Die Casting 40' Plywood Panel Side Box Car Great Northern - Metal HO Craftsman Kit with Sprung Metal Trucks, 1/87, B602

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$39   

Includes real 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 Great Northern (yellow overal with colorful GN Logo), three piece brake set, couplers, pocket doors, bushings, screws as needed, grab irons, full instructions with drawings and more. The prepainted sides are excellent. The roof, floor, ends, doors and car sides are very flat and straight for easy assembly. The kit has never been started. Most small parts are still sealed in the factory envelopes. The parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including instructions.

Aurora US Army Special Forces Green Beret, 1/8, 413-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$225   

Hard to find kit from 1966 in excellent condition. The box has like-new color and gloss, four solid corners, no price tags and no tape or tape/tag marks. There is light general wear as shown. The kit is very nicely molded in dark green and includes the Green Beret with his knapsack, canteen, first aid kit, machete, hand grenade and rifle as well as a display base with rocks, a fence, tree stumps, palms, various plants and name plate. Inside, the kit has not been started. It has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Encore Revolutionary War Cannon - (ex-Palmer / Life-Like), 1/24, EC9691

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$24   

Reissue from original Palmer (then Life-Like) molds. Encore did a superb job of cleaning up the molds, as this looks better than the original issue and reissues ever did. Kit features moving barrel, tool chest and moving wheels. Molded in gray. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including instructions.

Czech Master DFS Kranich Glider, 1/72, G27

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$42   

Very high quality limited edition resin kit. Features very finely detailed moldings, full cockpit and complete decals. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and 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 1907 Renault Limousine Highway Pioneers - Series Four, 1/32, H53-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+++

$42   

1953 early issue molded in gloss dark brown plastic. This is from the issues produced with Gowland & Gowland as it carrier their 'balloon' logo on the side. The model has not been started. The parts are still sealed in the original 'krinkle' bag and the kit is complete with 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.

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.

Model Shipways Phantom New York Pilot Boat - 11.25 Inch Long Wood and Metal Ship Kit

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

$79   

Very nice kit of a beautiful ship. Features a very nice precarved hardwood hull that needs final sanding only, a large number of metal and finished wooden fittings, full standing and running rigging material, wood stock as required and three pages of plans including full rigging diagrams, full size plans and hull profiles, detail drawings and more. The kit has never been started. Small parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and the other parts have been inventoried complete including 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 DD-350 USS Hull - Farragut Class Destroyer - 12 inch Long Wooden Model Kit

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Poor

$79   

Rare ship model dated 1938. 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 stock and dowels as required and two sheets of printwood. The kit has never been started. Inventoried complete with all parts and plans. Plans have tape along the boarder but there is no tape inside that.

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.

Revell Boeing X-32 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), 1/72, 04624

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$42   

Hard-to-find kit of the Boeing entry in the CALF - Common Affordable Lightweight Fighter. Although a capable aircraft and well designed, it lost the competition to the superior Lockheed X-35. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

Emhar F3H-2 (F-3B) Demon - VF-31 USS Saratoga and VF-64 - (F3H2), 1/72, EM3001

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$28   

The Demon was an early carrier based missile armed interceptor. The F3H-2 carried two early Sparrow and 2 Sidewinder missiles. The Demon was replaced in 1964 by the well known F-4H Phantom II. Kit is cleanly molded with recessed detail and features decals for VF-31 USS Saratoga (1960) and VF-64 (1958). The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Airfix Supermarine S6B (S-6B S.6B) Racer - Bagged with Header, 1/72, 1391

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$48   

Still factory staple sealed. From the 1950s. Early issue bagged kit with header and second style Airfix logo. The header is excellent with light wear as shown. Very nicely molded and detailed earlier kit.

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.