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Life-Like HMS Victory Lord Nelson, 09369

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$29   

From ex-Pyro molds. Utilizes the same great artwork from the first issue. Nicely molded small scale ship model. Measures about 6 inches long when assembled. Full hull kit includes very nicely engraved deck and hull detail, well-molded cannons, billowing sails and display stand.

Cleveland Westland Whirlwind Master Kit - For R/C or Free Flight, 1/16, SF-105

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$185   

'Master' issue in the agreed museum scale of 1/16. 33 3/4 inch wingspan. Idea for conversion to electric power and RC. Very highly detailed and complete kit for it's time. Features high quality printwood, stripwood, center drilled nacelle blocks, all other blocks as required, spars, clear window material, very large and highly detailed full size plans and more. Please note this is the wartime issue and does not have paint bottles. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. The Cleveland Model and Supply Company played a pivotal role in the development of true scale models. In 1909 Bleriot's English Channel flight caused a surge in aviation and model aircraft around the globe. Several companies were ideally positioned to take advantage of the aviation craze. In the USA, Wading River Manufacturing Co. (1909), White Aeroplane (1911), Ideal Model Aeroplane (1911), Broadfield Model Aeroplanes (1919) were among these pioneers, offering everything from plans and parts to complete kits and ARF models. Lindbergh's 1927 crossing of the Atlantic Ocean caused an even bigger world-wide phenomenon called 'The Aviation Craze' that extended up to the start of World War II. Many companies such as Megow, Guillow's and others started right around the time of Lindbergh's flight. Some of these models flew and flew well, but they all had one thing in common - were generally not accurate scale representations. In 1929, a youngster named Ed Packard had a very advanced dream to produce incredibly accurate, true scale models that flew perfectly. This radical idea established the world's longest operating single-owner model airplane supply business, called Cleveland Model and Supply Company. To this day, Cleveland models are treasured as the most accurate flying scale models produced. The fact that Mr. Packard started and successfully grew this business during The Great Depression is a testament to his ideals and business skill. I highly suggest the excellent book called 'Aviations great Recruiter, Cleveland's Ed Packard' by H.L. (Herm) Schreiner. It is an excellent history of the man, his company and the times of the Golden Age of Model Aviation.

Pyro USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier (Essex Class) - Table Top Navy, 1/1200, C384-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$18   

Small scale ship kit from the Table Top Navy series. Very nicely done kits for their time. Can be built full hull or waterline. Features propeller and shaft detail, separately molded island and other deck details and more. NOTE: this kit has the hull halves and island halves glued together. Quality of assemlby is professional. There is no other assembly. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and instructions. Many of the Pyro kits came from Eagle (then Eaglewall) molds in England. Eaglewall went out of business around 1962 and Pyro acquired at least some of the molds. Pyro reissued some of these kits in the mid 1960s with AJ Rudisill artwork. Evidently the line was successful, as Pyro then cut some of their own molds and expanded the series significantly. The earlier issues have the full color artwork and a three digit part number. Later issues have a 'B' or 'C' in front of the three digit kit number; some have simplified box art that is a modification of the original Rudisill paintings by painting out most of the background. Pyro issued these kits into the late 1960 when Life-Like took over the molds. Some were reissued by Life-Like.

Aurora German Sea Raider Atlantis 'The Rattlesnake of the Ocean', 1/456, 710-249

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$765   

First issue. The hardbox is dated 1959 and has 'Famous Fighters' in the oval border of the logo, with 'Aurora' over the 'Northern Lights.' Dramatic Jo Kotula artwork. This is the only model ever made of the famous (or infamous) German WWII converted merchant raider which was the subject of several books and a major movie called 'Under Ten Flags'. The long WWII voyage was legendary, and the ship is well represented in this full hull model. Covers can be removed to reveal hidden guns, torpedo tubes and the Ar-196 float plane. The box has four solid corners, no repairs and 'very good' gloss and color - there is wear as shown, especially at the corners. The model has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Shipping insurance is required. From modeler Stephen Payne: Recommend that the builder or collector of this kit add the following books to their collection-The German Raider Atlantis by Captain Bernhard Rogge & Wolfgang Frank & Sea Raider Atlantis, Story of a German Surface Raider by Ulrich Mohr & A.V. Sellwood. The first book is by the ATLANTIS commander, Kapitan zur See Bernhard Rogge. He oversaw the transformation and outfitting in Bremen and captained the ship during her 602 day operational voyager which sank or captured 22 ships totaling 144,384 t (142,104 long tons). Rogge also was one of the few German officers of flag rank who was not arrested by the Allies after the war due to the way he had exercised his command of Atlantis. Captain J. Armstrong White, captain of the British CITY OF BAGHDAD, which Atlantis sank in July 1941, stated, "His treatment of prisoners left respect, instead of hatred."The second book is by the ATLANTIS First Officer, Ulrich Moher. Both books read much the same as the events related are the same, but it is interesting to see these events from the two perspectives. Captain White (see above) wrote the foreword to Atlantis, the Story of a German Surface Raider, written by U. Mohr & A. V. Sellwood.The German auxiliary cruiser Atlantis (HSK 2), known to the Kriegsmarine as Schiff 16 (SHIP 16) and to the Royal Navy as Raider-C, was a converted merchant vessel to German Hilfskreuzer (auxiliary cruiser) used for commerce raiding. Commerce raiders did not seek to engage warships, but rather attack enemy merchant shipping; the measures of success are tonnage destroyed (or captured) and time spent "at large" holding up enemy resources. Atlantis had the longest raiding career of any German commerce raider in either world war.

Airfix German Armoured Car 234 - Sd.Kfz. 234 - Type Three Bagged, 1/72, A11V

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$22   

Still factory sealed with a 'near mint' header. From the 1960s with the Airfix third type logo. Very nice kit of the large German 8 wheeled reconnaissance vehicle.

Revell Redstone US Army Rocket - 'S' Issue, 1/110, H1803-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$95   

First issue from 1958 with famous 'S' box art. Box has exceptional color and gloss, four solid corners, no litho damage and no tape or tags beyond the original factory sealing tape on the long sides. Kit features portable launch pad, mobile radar van, testing unit and three man crew. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Revell Heinkel He-219 Owl, 1/72, H112-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$28   

First issue hardbox copyright dated 1966 and in exceptional condition. This kit was purchased new on April 18, 1967 at the Atlantic Thrift Center in Cleveland, Ohio and the original receipt is included. Colors and gloss are like new - very light wear is the only flaw. There are the remains of two clear tape marks, but you can only see them when you hold the box just right. Model features detailed engines, hinged engine access panels, two position landing gear, movable wheels and props, crew members and markings of Han-Joachim Jabs, Commander of NJG-1. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora Lightning P-38 - Famous Fighters of All Nations, 1/48, 99-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$125   

Rare. Third issue with rectangular 'Aurora Line' logo and Famous Fighters of All Nations. Molded in correct gloss medium blue plastic and clear with rectangular clear stand. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. NOTE: decal were previously stuck to the instructions in several small areas. The damage is to the backing paper - the actual transfers are 'excellent.'

Heller Dunkerque Battlecruiser, 1/400, L1025

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$350   

Rare. The Dunkerque-class Battlecruisers were the French response to the German Graf Spee-class and the fast and well-armed Italian ships at the time. If the 1900 to 1930 span of French shipbuilding could be defined as lacking a clear vision or plan, the Strasbourg and her sister decisively ended that period. The products of superior design and engineering, the two sisters would re-define fast capital ships as would their near-sisters Battleships Richelieu and Jean Bart after them. But world events would conspire against these beautiful ships and there visibility in naval history. The Dunkerque was laid down on 24 Dec, 1932 at St. Nazire, launched on 2 Oct, 1935 and put into service on 15 Apr, 1937. Displacement was 26,500 ton and top speed was 30 knots. Main armament was (8) 330mm guns and (16) 130 mm dual purpose. The main and secondary guns were mounted in the first quadruple turrets. Both main 330 mm turrets faced forward and had almost unlimited arcs of fire - so that all main guns could fire when the enemy was sighted or in pursuit. Her superior speed would allow her to escape anything that she could not out-gun. Like most advanced ships of the day she featured the 'All-Or-Nothing' armor design or 'armored box'. The compact design and placement of the main and secondary armament allowed unusually high armor protection for a battlecruiser. Serious consideration was also given to underwater protection, and the ships had a unique and effective (as events would prove) anti-mine/torpedo system with a novel water-exclusive material. At Mers-El-Kebir, the Dunkerque was pinned at the pier. The British fired 15 inch shells, which the Dunkerque's deck armor was surprisingly resistant to. In an unlucky set of events, the auxiliary ship Terre Neuve moored next to her was sunk during the battle with a full load of depth-charges. Later, a torpedo set off the huge explosive cargo. The damage to Dunkerque was immense. She was hastily repaired and fled to Toulon, where she was joined by the hastily repaired Strasbourg. The French tried to repair Dunkerque as best they could but the wartime resources and material were very limited. However, when the Germans threatened to seize the ships, the entire fleet including the two sisters was scuttled in the harbor. The Italians raised the Strasbourg and stripped her of her guns; but she was bombed and sunk by Allied aircraft. In 1945 she was raised again, but salvage was beyond hope. In 1959 she was sold for scrap. Kit has never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Pavla Airspeed Oxford Mk.I/Mk.II - RAF / Israeli Air Force / Cranfield Training School With Top Gun Turret / RAAF Australian Air Force / No.3 Training School (Bombing), 1/72, 72041

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$42   

Limited run injection molded kit with fine recessed panel detail, full interior, optional position cabin door, numerous resin parts (including engines), optional parts and decals for all variants. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Revell USS Constitution Old Ironsides, 1/192, H319-300

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc-

$49   

Most likely the 5th issue of this kit. Note the light green background and 300 price extension. Box artwork is still dated 1956 and is from the "S" issue, but the side panels now show the early issues of the Thermopylae, early incorrect SSBN Abraham Lincoln and several Picture Fleet ships, dating it in about 1960 or 1961. Revell's early ship models were remarkably detailed. This kit is no exception and has excellent detail. Kit comes with preformed ratlines and full rigging instructions. Never started and complete. Includes all parts, assembly/rigging instructions, rigging material and flag sheet. Please note that the box displays better than the 'Exc-' rating. It is rated lower because there is a knife cut on the right long side.

Hasegawa Type-94-1 E7K1 Alf, 1/72, JS055-250

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$26   

Still mint in the factory seal. Nicely molded and detailed kit. Features fine raised panel lines and some cockpit detail including seats, side windows and crew of three. Features decals for the aircraft on the box artwork.

Revell F-105B Thunderchief - 'S' Issue, 1/75, H285-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$89   

1958 first issue with dramatic hardbox artwork. The box has excellent color and gloss. Features optional position landing gear, movable wheels, four bombs, pilot figure and hinged cockpit canopy and refueling probe. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Heller Bell P-39 Q/N Airacobra - USAAF 362 FS California 1943 / French Air Force Ecole de Chasse Meknes, 1/72, 80271

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$14   

Heller-Humbrol release. Very nicely molded older kit with parts, decals and painting guide for either version, very good cockpit detail, drop tank, recessed control surfaces and fine raised panel lines. Includes markings to build either version.

StromBecker Chance Vought F7U Cutlass, C49-89

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$119   

Beautiful kit from the 1950s made of quality hardwood - no balsa. The carving is done to the final shape. When complete it makes an impressive model and comes with a unique display stand. Features all carved and smooth wood parts, clear plastic canopy, full color decals, glue, wood filler, sandpaper and special display stand. Never started. Inventoried complete with all parts and plans. 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 - you only had to glue, sand and paint to finish them.

Hasegawa Grumman EA-6B Prowler - USN VAQ-130, 1/72, 1137

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$22   

Very nicely detailed kit. Features detailed cockpit, optional position canopies and crew boarding stair, ECM pods and more. Kit has never been started. Sealed factory bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions.

KP Letov S.231 (S-231) - Spanish Civil War or Czech, 1/72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$12   

Has markings for both aircraft including the unique Spanish Civil War markings. Very good quality molds with nice detail. Features cockpit and engine detail and optional bomb load. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

AMT USS Reliant NCC-1864 Star Trek, 1/650, 8766

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$125   

Hard-to-find. Over 20 inches long when built. Never started. Parts still sealed in factory plastic. Complete with decals and instructions.

Azur BT-9 / NA-57 Trainer - Vichy France - French Navy - Luftwaffe, 1/72, 009

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$32   

High quality limited production kit. Features recessed panel lines, resin details and full decals. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$135   

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. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, 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.