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Lindberg Nautilus Atomic Submarine by Paul Lindberg, 704

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$95   

Rare first issue hardbox with script Lindberg logo. In the 1930s, Paul Lindberg was designing, building and flying stick and tissue aircraft like so many other men and boys of the time. His plans appear in Popular Aviation magazine and he made a good name for himself. When injection molding showed the way to increased kits sales in the late 1940s/early 1950s, he quickly teamed up with Mr. Olsen to create 'O-lin' models. Ray Gaedke was one the early artists for O-lin. In the early 1950s Paul Lindberg had control and had his name as the logo. The first logo is the one on this kit - 'Lindberg' in script with 'Products' arched across the top and 'Incorporated' arched across the bottom to create a broken circle around the script. Ray Gaedke continued his bold and colorful artwork for Lindberg, such as the box painting for the Nautilus here. The Nautilus appears to be the first sea vessel that Lindberg cut it's own molds for - the Chris Craft Express Cruiser, PT Boat, LST and Fleet Submarine (Ex-Varney) were done by O-lin. The model is an interesting work of fact and fiction - it includes a deck gun and what looks like a Regulus II missile for the deck! The scale is not known but it measures about 12 inches long when assembled. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Lindberg US Fleet Submarine (ex-Varney), 1/240, 703-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$59   

NOTE: builder kit only, has been neatly started! Please read carefully to the end for details. Rare kit with a fascinating history. These molds are believed to be the oldest production plastic ship model in US modeling history. The kit started as the Varney Fleet Sub in the mid 1940s. It is widely regarded as the very first USA all-plastic construction kit of a military vessel. Varney produced an all plastic aircraft kit at the same time, the PT-17. It is the #1 candidate for the first plastic airplane kit in the USA. Varney was a famous manufacture of model trains, first O then a leader in HO models. The two new additions did not sell very well - remember, the Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' had yet to be issued, so the boom in modeling had not occurred. Varney soon sold the molds for the Fleet Sub and the PT-17 to O-Lin (along with the molds for a fantastic multi-media kit with a wooden hull and plastic fittings, the Varney PT Boat ). O-Lin was a joint venture by Paul Lindberg and Mr. Olsen. O-Lin successfully issued the PT Boat (the PT Boat was given an injection molded hull and deck), PT-17 Stearman and Fleet Sub but modified the molds for the Sub. The original Varney kit had a solid, one-piece black hull and gray fittings. O-Lin engineers created a two-piece hull that provided a hollow hull and made from the same shot of plastic as the fittings. The 'Lin' in O-Lin, Paul Lindberg, was already well known for his publication of articles and plans for flying model aircraft in some of the leading aviation publications in the 1940/50s. Mr. Lindberg soon bought out Mr. Olsen and began marketing the same O-Lin kits under 'The Lindberg Line.' One immediate change was the box art. O-Lin box art was usually two or three color and not very exciting. Near the end of O-Lin, the partners asked Ray Gaedke to provide some box art. The bright colors and vivid action were an immediate hit, and Paul Lindberg took this lesson and Mr. Gaedke's artwork along to the new 'Lindberg Line.' Lindberg continue to issue the old Varney kits with the O-Lin modifications. The kit has been issued by a resurgent Lindberg as late at 2009, likely making it the longest running plastic ship kit in US history. This model is in superb investment-grade condition. The Ray Gaedke box art has perfect color and gloss, four solid corners, no fading, tears or price tags or tag marks or rips. The box grades 'excellent+++' and has only a few light scuffs, edge and corner marks and two short pieces of clear tape on the two long sides. The model has not been started. NOTE: this kit has neat assembly. The stand supports, hull halves, deck and several small fittings have been assembled to 'professional' quality. There is no other assembly and zero painting. The kit has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, 'excellent' decals and 'excellent' instructions.

AGA HMS Undine or Ursula (U-Class) Submarine, 1/400, 1404

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

$16   

Still factory sealed but the seal has drawn the box top concave. Very nicely molded and detailed but certainly not a 'state of the art' Tamiya style kit. Features full hull with propellers and rudder, display stand, color paint guide on the back of the box with rigging diagram and full decals for either sub with flags.

AGA Sokol Polish Navy (U-Class) Submarine, 1/400, 1403

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$15   

Solol and her sister Dzik were the first submarines delivered to the Polish Navy once WWII began. By Feburary of 1941 Sokol was patrolling the Bay of Biscay. The Dzik was delivered on October 11, 1942 and entered service very quickly. Both of these ships achieved significant success in the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas, where they destroyed several enemy ships. Both subs outlasted the war and were returned to England. The Sokol was broken up in 1949 and the Dzik was lent to the Danish Navy in 1946. Her active service ended in 1957 and she was broken up in 1958. Very nicely molded and detailed but certainly not a 'state of the art' Tamiya style kit. Features full hull with propellers and rudder, display stand, color paint guide for two different paint schemes on the back of the box with rigging diagram and full decals for either scheme with flags. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

AGA HMS Undine or Ursula (U-Class) Submarine, 1/400, 1404

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$15   

Very nicely molded and detailed but certainly not a 'state of the art' Tamiya style kit. Features full hull with propellers and rudder, display stand, color paint guide on the back of the box with rigging diagram and full decals for either sub with flags. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Mach HMS Undine or Ursula (U-Class) Submarine, 1/400, 01

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$14   

Very nicely molded and detailed but certainly not a 'state of the art' Tamiya style kit. Features full hull with propellers and rudder, display stand, color paint guide on the back of the box with rigging diagram and full decals for either sub with flags. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Mach Dzik P52 Polish Navy (U-Class) Submarine, 1/400, 02

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$14   

Dzik and here sister Solol and her sister were the first submarines delivered to the Polish Navy once WWII began. By February of 1941 Sokol was patrolling the Bay of Biscay and Dzik followed shortly after delivery on October 11, 1942. Both of these ships achieved significant success in the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas, where they destroyed several enemy ships. Both subs outlasted the war and were returned to England. Dzik was then lent to the Danish Navy in 1946. Her active service ended in 1957 and she was broken up in 1958. Very nicely molded and detailed but certainly not a 'state of the art' Tamiya style kit. Features full hull with propellers and rudder, display stand, color paint guide on the back of the box with rigging diagram and full decals with flags. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Mach Dzik P52 Polish Navy (U-Class) Submarine, 1/400, 02

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

$15   

Still factory sealed but the seal has drawn the box top concave. Dzik and here sister Solol and her sister were the first submarines delivered to the Polish Navy once WWII began. By February of 1941 Sokol was patrolling the Bay of Biscay and Dzik followed shortly after delivery on October 11, 1942. Both of these ships achieved significant success in the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas, where they destroyed several enemy ships. Both subs outlasted the war and were returned to England. Dzik was then lent to the Danish Navy in 1946. Her active service ended in 1957 and she was broken up in 1958. Very nicely molded and detailed but certainly not a 'state of the art' Tamiya style kit. Features full hull with propellers and rudder, display stand, color paint guide on the back of the box with rigging diagram and full decals with flags.

Hasegawa Submarine I-370 and I-68 IJN With Kaiten, 1/700, WLS073

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$18   

Very highly detailed waterline small scale (1/700) model. Contains both submarines and separately molded Kaitens. 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.

Tamiya (2) Gato Class Submarines / (2) Japanese Sub Chasers / (2) B-24 Bombers - (ex-Skywave_, 1/700, 31903-600

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$20   

Hard-to-find. Excellent molds with all recessed panel lines. Includes two full-hull or waterline Gato subs, two Japanese Sub Chasers (waterline), two B-24 Liberator Bombers and an extensive decal sheet for all listed. Never started. The parts are still in the factory sealed bag with decals and instructions.

Fujimi IJN Submarines I-15 and I-46, 1/700, WLS074

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$14   

Very highly detailed and well molded waterline models. Kit contains both submarines and seaplane for I-15. The kit has never been started. NOTE: missing one AA gu (part #31). Otherwise inventoried with all other parts and instructions present.

Huan Chiu IJN I-16 and I-58 Submarines With Minisub - (Ex-Tamiya), 1/700

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$15   

Huan Chiu is from Taiwan. 1/700 scale, highly detailed waterline kit. Includes both submarines, seaplane and 2-man minisub. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

Testors USS Benjamin Franklin SSBN640 vs Soviet Sierra with TU-26M Backfire and 2 Ka-27 Helix A Helicopters - Bagged, 1/700, 904

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$20   

Still factory sealed. Excellent kit contains both subs that can be built waterline or full hull, display stands, and two each of the helicopters and one Backfire Naval Bomber. From high quality DML molds.

Heller Le Redoubtable SSBN Submarine, 1/400, 81075

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$14   

Full hull kit featuring very fine raised and recessed hull detail, movable elevator, rudder and diving planes, counter-rotating props, decals and display stand. The kit has never been started. NOTE: Missing one small parts, #24. This part is a simple cylinder, so it is very easily replaced. inventoried with all other parts, decals and instructions present.

Heller Le Redoubtable SSBN Submarine, 1/400, 1075

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$15   

1970/80s 'Black Box' style issue. Full hull kit featuring very fine raised and recessed hull detail, movable elevator, rudder and diving planes, counter-rotating props, decals and display stand. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Heller Le Redoubtable SSBN Submarine, 1/400, 1075

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$18   

Still factory sealed but the seal has drawn the box top concave. 1970/80s 'Black Box' style issue. Full hull kit featuring very fine raised and recessed hull detail, movable elevator, rudder and diving planes, counter-rotating props, decals and display stand.

Heller Le Redoubtable SSBN Submarine, 1/400, L701

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$17   

1960s 'Yellow' style issue. Full hull kit featuring very fine raised and recessed hull detail, movable elevator, rudder and diving planes, counter-rotating props, decals and display stand. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. The box displays better than the 'good-' grade but it is rated as such because there are two closed tears on the long sides, and one extends up on the box top. There is also plenty of other general wear.

Heller Le Redoubtable SSBN Submarine, 1/400, 301

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$26   

First issue with no 'L' on the part number and 'Yellow' style box. Full hull kit featuring very fine raised and recessed hull detail, movable elevator, rudder and diving planes, counter-rotating props, decals and display stand. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. Even includes the original glue capsule.

Heller Submarine Daphne / Diane / Doris / Flore / Galantee / Junon / Psyche / Venus / Sirene, 1/400, 1073

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$20   

Still factory sealed; the seal has drawn the box top slightly concave. Unusual and very nicely molded kit of this French Diesel-Electric submarine that was built between 1958 and 1970. Full hull kit contains decals for all the submarines listed.

Heller German U-Boat Type VII U-576 or U-995, 1/400, 195

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$14   

1960s 'Yellow' style box issue. Older but finely molded full hull kit with 34 parts that contains optional pieces to build either U-Boat listed and has a display stand and decals. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. Even includes the Heller glue capsule.