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Fador 1905 White Steamer, 1/16

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$68   

Dated November of 1949. Very well detailed for that time. Features a large number of die-cut, machined and saw cut wooden parts as well as excellent plastic wheels, headlights, steering wheel, horn and lanterns. There are also metal parts, metal stock and die-cut cardstock parts. Includes full-size, superb fold-out instructions with multiple elevation drawings, numerous detail drawings and templates, two photos of the completed model and extensive instructions. The kit has never been started. NOTE: missing one die-cut cardstock parts. Very easily made as the perfect pattern (the cardstock sheet) is present. Inventoried with all other parts present. Fador was another maker of big 1/16 classic cars, like Hudson Miniatures. The full name was Fador Mfg. Company and the address was 501E. Clinton St., Elmira, NY. It appears that Hudson beat Fador to the scene by a year; Hudson's spectacular product line growth starting in 1948 may have influenced Fador in the choice of subject and scale. Fador called the line 'Smallersters' and the design of the kits is very similar. Fortunately, Fador chose completely different vehicles. Because of their great decisions, these are often the only model kits ever made of these historical cars. There is no record of Fador making any plastic kits; the introduction and overwhelming popularity of the Highway Pioneers and the other kits that quickly followed may have driven them out of the market as it did many other wood manufactures. In 1949 the Fador line consisted of a 1909 Hupmobile Roadster, 1904 Cadillac Runabout, 1905 REO 4 Passenger Runabout and one kit that was "3 In 1' - it made one of the following: 1909 EMF Single Rear Seater, 1909 EMF Touring or EMF Roadster. The Baker Electric kit was introduced in 1950 and possibly others as well.

Fador 1904 Cadillac Runabout, 1/16

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$69   

Dated November of 1949 with drawings by 'JFM.' Very well detailed for that time. Features a large number of die-cut, machined and saw cut wooden parts as well as excellent plastic wheels, steering wheel, horn and lanterns. There are also metal parts, a realistic (and novel) material for making the visible radiator, metal stock and die-cut cardstock parts. Includes full-size, superb fold-out instructions with multiple elevation drawings, numerous detail drawings and templates, a photo of the completed model and extensive instructions. The kit has never been started. Inventoried with all parts present. The 1904 Cadillac was a sturdy, powerful and easy to operate car selling for only $750 - very low for that time. The Cadillac slogan was 'There is no prohibitive grade for the Cadillac.' It features a four cycle single cylinder water-cooled engine that developed 6.5 horsepower. It has two forward speed and one reverse and could travel at up to 30 mph in high gear. It had a throttle lever located on the steering post in easy reach of the fingers of the steering hand. Fador was another maker of big 1/16 classic cars, like Hudson Miniatures. The full name was Fador Mfg. Company and the address was 501E. Clinton St., Elmira, NY. It appears that Hudson beat Fador to the scene by a year; Hudson's spectacular product line growth starting in 1948 may have influenced Fador in the choice of subject and scale. Fador called the line 'Smallersters' and the design of the kits is very similar. Fortunately, Fador chose completely different vehicles. Because of their great decisions, these are often the only model kits ever made of these historical cars. There is no record of Fador making any plastic kits; the introduction and overwhelming popularity of the Highway Pioneers and the other kits that quickly followed may have driven them out of the market as it did many other wood manufactures. In 1949 the Fador line consisted of a 1909 Hupmobile Roadster, 1904 Cadillac Runabout, 1905 REO 4 Passenger Runabout and one kit that was "3 In 1' - it made one of the following: 1909 EMF Single Rear Seater, 1909 EMF Touring or EMF Roadster. The Baker Electric kit was introduced in 1950 and possibly others as well.

Fador 1909 Hupmobile Roadster, 1/16

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$75   

Dated September of 1949 with drawings by 'JFM.' Very well detailed for that time. Features a large number of die-cut, machined and saw cut wooden parts as well as excellent plastic wheels, grille, steering wheel and lanterns. There are also metal parts, metal stock and die-cut cardstock parts. Includes full-size, superb fold-out instructions with multiple elevation drawings, numerous detail drawings and templates, a photo of the completed model and extensive instructions. The kit has never been started. Inventoried with all parts present. Fador was another maker of big 1/16 classic cars, like Hudson Miniatures. The full name was Fador Mfg. Company and the address was 501E. Clinton St., Elmira, NY. It appears that Hudson beat Fador to the scene by a year; Hudson's spectacular product line growth starting in 1948 may have influenced Fador in the choice of subject and scale. Fador called the line 'Smallersters' and the design of the kits is very similar. Fortunately, Fador chose completely different vehicles. Because of their great decisions, these are often the only model kits ever made of these historical cars. There is no record of Fador making any plastic kits; the introduction and overwhelming popularity of the Highway Pioneers and the other kits that quickly followed may have driven them out of the market as it did many other wood manufactures. In 1949 the Fador line consisted of a 1909 Hupmobile Roadster, 1904 Cadillac Runabout, 1905 REO 4 Passenger Runabout and one kit that was "3 In 1' - it made one of the following: 1909 EMF Single Rear Seater, 1909 EMF Touring or EMF Roadster. The Baker Electric kit was introduced in 1950 and possibly others as well.

Varney US Navy Fleet Submarine, 1/240

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$1100   

This model is a landmark in the history of Plastic Kits. The Varney Fleet Sub is the primary candidate for the first all-plastic ship kit made in the USA. The famous HO/O train manufacture, Varney, branched out into other scale model kits at the end of WWII. In late 1945, they introduced what are thought to be the first USA produced plastic model kits - the Fleet Sub and the PT-17 Stearman. Both kits were excellent scale models given the state of modeling at that time. However, Varney was 6 years too early. The Fleet Sub and PT-17 met a cool reception when it was introduced to retailers. Hobby Shops were not sure if it would sell, and did not know how to sell it. Consequently, most retailers would not order it and those who did put them where they were not seen by the public. Distributors stopped carry the kits due to a lack of reporders. The result was inevitable - they did not sell, and Varney pulled both kits from production very quickly. Varney was committed to cutting the molds on the LST and it was released in 1946 with the same result. That marked the end of Varney's venture into non-train scale plastic models. Varney dedicated all production to HO trains and in the late 1940s they sold the molds for the Fleet Sub, the LST and the PT-17 to O-Lin. The molds underwent modification (the hull was divided into two parts instead of one) and were released by O-Lin and Lindberg. This kit is a superb, investment-grade "excellent++" example. The box top has like-new color and gloss, four solid corners with no repairs, no tape or price tags, no marks from tape or tags and no tears or other litho damage. Flaws include very light and even edge wear (as shown), very slight 'dishing' inward and very light foxing on two box sides. Inside, the kit is still as it came from the factory. The yellow parts display is 'very good++' and the only flaw is the scuffing as shown. The small parts bag is still factory sealed and factory stapled to the yellow display. The glass display stand arm is tucked into its holder. The heavy one-piece molded hull is beautiful and in rare crack-free condition and cradled into the holder. The base was factory glued to the yellow display but has come loose. It also includes the unused factory tube of Testors cement in its own holder. Very large instruction sheet is near mint and folds out to illustrate construction and offers numerous display ideas for this new medium in hobby kits. Decals were not provided with the kit. This kit was made with gray injection molded details, glass stand arm and black injection molded stand and sub hull. I have seen versions with no paint on the base and hull; however, this one has the base and hull factory painted gray. The paint is in 'near mint' condition on the hull and 'excellent' on the stand base. A rare example of a classic kit. Shipped with insurance only.

Mamoli Black Prince Privateer Schooner 1775, 1/57, MV46

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$110   

Large scale plank-on-frame kit that measures 52cm (20.5 inches) when assembled. Very highly detailed. Features perfectly factory-cut hardwood keel, deck and bulkheads, quality stripwood and complete fittings made from wood or metal. Includes all rigging materials, full size plans and instructions. The kit has never been started. Almost all parts are still in the sealed bags. The very few parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including all paperwork.

Constructo Halifax 1786 British Warship / Schooner, 1/35, 80804

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$125   

Still factory sealed but the seal has splits. Highly detailed plank-on-frame kit that measures 65 cm (25 inches) long when assembled.

Pocher Itala 35/45 CV. 1907 Peking to Paris Race Winner, 1/8

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$1400   

Very, Very Rare. One of 350 made. Very highly detailed, large scale kit with about 600 parts. Features full engine, rolling chassis, cockpit and much more. The kit has never been started. Inside, the kit has never been touched and is as it left the factory. All the parts that were factory sealed (which is almost all of them) are still factory sealed. The few that were not sealed have been inventoried complete. Please note that the original paint condition ranges from 'excellent' to 'poor.' One plastic piece has two clean breaks but is complete and a straight-forward repair. This kit is fragile and sold as a collectible only. Thanks to Giovanni Ingrao and Scalemotorcars for the following information: This kit is the forerunner of all large-scale Pocher car kits. From 1972 to 1979, Ar-Po (Arnaldo Pocher) produced quality train accessories. But in May of 1981 Arnaldo, with help from his son-in-law Adelmo Canali (a famous Italian model maker), set out to create the their first car kit: The Peking-Paris race winner, Itala 35/45 CV. from 1907. They started production in 1983 and sold it under the name brand "Metrop - Produced by AR-Po." Production was limited to 350 kits. It is a very highly detailed kit with parts in plastic, wood (where the real car had wood), pewter, brass, copper, aluminum, steel, leather and more. It is very highly detailed, like the future Pocher kits. Arnaldo Pocher died in a tragic accident in 1989.

Staggerwings Unlimited Beechcraft D17S or G17S Staggerwing - (Ex-ITC YC-43 / UC-43 / GB-1 and Traveller I), 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$145   

Very limited reissue from ex-ITC molds. Large scale model of the one of the most famous light planes of all time. Includes a large decal sheet with the Staggerwing logo and stripes in black, red, blue and white, along with enough "N" number in large and small sizes for almost any aircraft - also in black, red, blue and white. In addition there are US Stars and Bars for the WWII Military version. Molded in yellow and clear. The kit has never been started. NOTE: missing one flat side window and one wing strut. I have included thick clear stock to make a new side window, and the other strut is present. The two struts are identical, so you can cast it or use it as a pattern to make a new one from flat plastic sheet stock. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts, decals and instructions present. Please note that when the molds were modified for this static version, the 'switch hole' in the fuselage was neatly closed up and part #6 (ADF antenna) was eliminated.

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.

Ideal Aeroplane & Supply USS O'Bannon DD450 - 18 Inch Long Fletcher Class Destroyer - 12 inch Long Wooden Model Kit, 1506

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$115   

Rare ship model dated 1946. Contains the Ideal 'Premolded Hull' which is a completely formed and finished hollow hull made from a wood composite. It is 'paint or primer ready.' The hull is 18 inches long in like-new condition with no warping and no cracks. Also includes a small wax bag of fittings, three sheets of quality printwood, wood stock and dowels as required, metal stock and full size plans/instructions. The plans are excellent and very detailed. They even include full text step-by-step building instructions. The kit has never been started. Inventoried complete with all parts and plans.

Ideal Aeroplane & Supply DD327 USS Preston Destroyer - (Mahan Class) - 24 Inches Long, 1/170

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$225   

Large 1936 kit from the famous Ideal Aeroplane & Supply Company which was founded in 1911. Big-scale, nicely done kit of the legendary 'Four Piper' features a very nice, fully precarved solid wood hull, two large sheets of nicely done printwood, numerous wood stock and metal stock as needed, numerous precarved wood fittings, pre-formed smoke stacks, many metal fittings, rigging material, sandpaper, Casco glue and very well drawn full size plans that include numerous detail and section views, rigging details and even full text instructions. The kit has not been started. One fittings wax paper bag is still factory sealed; the larger paper bag for more fitting is still sealed, but it split open so I inventoried the parts and they are complete. The parts that were never sealed have also been inventoried complete. Even the factory packing paper is still present.

Ideal Aeroplane & Supply Destroyer Escort (1945) - 18 Inches Long, 1505

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$125   

Rare and dated 1945. A very nicely detailed kit that builds an excellent model. Features a hollow 18" preformed hull of wood composite. It is ready for primer and paint. The hull is in factory-new condition with no cracks and no warps. Includes a sealed wax-paper bag of fittings, three sheets of quality printwood, wood stock and dowels as required and plans. The plans are excellent and have all required elevation drawings, numerous detail and assembly drawings, full text instructions and even a painting guide. Never started and complete. Even includes the original factory packing paper.

William H Low Co 1800s Amoskeag Steamer (Steam Pumper) - Wilo Line Fire Truck, 1/24, FP7

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$115   

Very rare. Very highly prefabricated and detailed. Likely from the 1940s. William H Low Co., of Braintree Mass., issued the 'Wilo Line' which included a superb series of antique commercial firefighting equipment. The scale is given as 1/2" and the finished steamer is 8 inches long. The kits were very advanced for the time and shared many of the pre-fabrication methods of Hudson Miniatures. Features plastic injection molded spoke wheels, completely precarved boiler, a vast number of other completely carved and cut large and small wooden parts, numerous completely carved smaller wooden parts, numerous cast metal fittings, working metal bell, hoses, metal stock as needed, sandpaper, complete instructions, a parts layout, photos of the actual steamer and the model under assembly and complete, full size plans. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including instructions/plans. The kits in this line include Amoskeag Steamer, Hose Reel, Hose Wagon, Chemical Engine and many others. In most cases they are the only kits in existence of these historic vehicles. Bill Low did design at least one 'non-fire truck' kit in his Will-O-Line - a Conestoga Wagon, advertised as being 1/24 scale, kit #B14 for $2.85 list as "This is another Museum Piece by Bill Low." After seeing these fire truck kits, I do not doubt that.

William H Low Co Holloway Hook And Ladder Truck 1880 - Wilo Line Fire Truck, 1/24, CL120

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$169   

Very, very rare. Mr. Low himself proclaimed this to be "...the handsomest in the Willoline." Likely from the 1940s. William H Low Co., of Braintree Mass., issued the 'Wilo Line' which included a superb series of antique commercial firefighting equipment. The scale is given as 1/2" and the finished wagon is well over 12 inches long with the ladders, and even bigger with the 6" front carriage bar. The kits were very advanced for the time and shared many of the pre-fabrication methods of Hudson Miniatures. This kit is based on the 1880 Holloway Manufacturing Company prototype. Features plastic injection molded spoke wheels, precut large hardwood parts such as completed tanks, fully formed ladder frames, pre-cut ladder rungs, extinguishers and more, a sealed bag of smaller parts including a great many fully carved wood with more of metal and plastic, brass screen, a variety of metal stock as needed, sandpaper, complete instructions with detailed plans and full text step-by-step guide and even a big photo of the actual prototype. The kit has never been started. The small parts are either internal factory bag sealed or inventoried complete; the parts that were never sealed are inventoried complete including instructions/plans. The kits in this line include CH110 Combination Hose Wagon, FC15 Chemical and Reel Carts, F16 Horses in the same scale, CL120 Hook And Ladder, CL120 (again) City Service Ladder (a completely different kit from the previous one), FC180 Combination Chemical Wagon, FH130 Hose Wagon, FP7 Amoskeag Steamer, CR110 Service Hose Reel, FL10 Aerial Ladder, F18 Chemical Engine and more. In most cases they are the only kits in existence of these historic vehicles. Bill Low did design at least one 'non-fire truck' kit in his Will-O-Line - a Conestoga Wagon, advertised as being 1/24 scale, kit #B14 for $2.85 list as "This is another Museum Piece by Bill Low." After seeing these fire truck kits, I do not doubt that.

Frontline Miniatures Truck Utility 1/4 Ton 4x4 Jeep, 1/15, 001

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$179   

Very, very rare. From 1993. Frontline Miniatures in the UK produced a line of very large scale military vehicles - they are seldom seen or traded since they are the only kits available in 1/15 scale. Features a large number of beautiful parts cast in high-definition resin and many cast metal detail. There are full step-by step instructions. Model has complete interior, full and separate frame build with all suspension parts, accessories, .50 caliber machine gun (which is a kit to itself), door straps and more. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Jaguar Sd.Kfz 222 Leichter Panzerspahwagen, 1/16, 61601

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$455   

Very rare. From 1995. This is the largest scale Panzerspahwagen kit ever made and also the most detailed. The kit has never been started. All parts are still in three factory sealed bags. Includes two pages of illustrated instructions.

Entex 1937 Packard V-12 Roadster Coupe - (Ex-Bandai), 1/16, 8499

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$179   

Rare. Large 1/16 scale model designed with assistance by Packard International. Very highly detailed. Kit builds a rolling chassis just like the real automobile. Features fully detailed V-12 engine and engine compartment, complete suspension, steerable front wheels, full interior, opening doors and rumble seat, opening and closing rumble seat steps, optional position windows, opening hood, folding luggage rack, optional luggage trunk and choice of convertible boot or top up. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

SIG Fairchild 24 Rancher- 36 Inch Wingspan for Freeflight / Control Line / R/C - (Ex-Berkeley)

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$125   

From about 1970. Very nice scale kit that is ex-Berkeley. Can be build for freeflight with .02 to .049 gas engines, controline with .049 to .099 or can be converted to electric power and R/C with today's modern systems. Features high-quality die-cut balsa sheet parts, stripwood and spars, several factory cut balsa blocks, other balsa wood as required, fully formed metal landing gear struts (front and tail wheel), a sealed pack of metal hardware, tail wheel, clear cabin window material, two big decal sheets with registration numbers, covering material, full size plans with detailed text instructions and even the original AMA membership sheet and the SIG ID card to be place on your model in case it flew beyond simple recovery. Never started and complete.

Comet Douglas Skystreak D558-1 For JETEX - 23.7 Inches Long - Coca-Cola Bottle Issue (D-558), Y11-129

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$125   

Designed to be flown with JETEX jet power pack. Part of the deluxe high-cost Comet "Y" kit line from the 1950s/early 1960s. This kit was purchased new on April 6, 1963, which was the final year for this box design Note the box showing a bottle of Coke next to the young builder's snack tray and a finished aircraft. Large scale issue with the 'Coke Bottle' box design. Measures 23 13/16 inches long with a 17 inch wingspan when assembled. Kit features traditional wood/tissue construction, very high quality printwood, stripwood and spars, other balsa stock as required, completely preformed wood wheels, covering tissue (still folded in the instructions from the factory) and superb full size plans with instructions. The model has not been started. It has been inventoried complete. At the time of this kit, the entire Comet "Y" line consisted of Y1 F-51 Mustang, Y2 A-26 Invader, Y3 P-47, Y4 Hellcat F6f, Y5 P-38 Lightning, Y6 F-84F Thunderflash, Y7 Cougar F9F, Y8 Taylorcraft, Y9 Douglas Skyray F4D, Y10 Piper Cub Super Cruiser, Y11 Douglas Skystreak D558-1, Y12 F-86 Sabre, Y13 Gull and Y14 Aeronca Chief. Comet was a famous manufacturer of stick and tissue flying and static models. In the 1930s Great Depression, they lead the low-priced kit revolution with the "Dime Scale" kits and famous advertisements in Model Airplane News magazine and others. Comet reached it's peak in the 1930s when they acquired the services of Carl Goldberg. Goldberg was a highly accomplished modeler with articles in Model Airplane News and famous designs that won him several National level competitions in the 1930s and beyond. (Carl Goldberg went on to found his own company and produced well designed and popular free-flight and RC aircraft). Comet survived the post World War economic slump and continued kit production until they were bought out by long-time competitor Guillow's in 1998.

Mantua HMS Victory Launch - 24.4 Inches Long, 1/16, 751

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$125   

Amazingly detailed, very large large-scale plank-on-frame kit. Features an enormous amount of quality hardwood - stripwood, dowels, many sheets of factory cut parts, printwood and more. Includes fittings from finely machined hardwood, brass and cast metal, sail cloth, three types of rigging material, highly detailed plans and step-by-step instructions. Never started. The fittings are all still in factory sealed bags. The other parts have been inventoried complete with plans and instructions.