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Sterling British SE-5 Scout - 32 inch Wingspan Flying Model, C6

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$119   

Superb kit from the 1960s and 'the winner of many national and international contests and "One of the few able to execute the stunt pattern." Designed for control line flight with .19 to .35 engines. Features detailed metal radiator, cleanly die-cut balsa and plywood parts that are inter-notched for fast and easy assembly, shaped and notched leading and trailing edges, rock maple hardwood motor mounts, material for machine guns, gas model silkspan, formed wire landing gear, hardware pack, authentic decals, extensive full size plans and more. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and 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 personally considered Sterlings to be 'deluxe' kits.

Lindberg Japanese Zero Motorized, 1/48, 304M-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$125   

Still factory sealed and in investment-grade condition. First motorized issue from the late 1950s with hardbox artwork by Ray Gaedke. Molded in silver and clear. Lindberg is a company with a fascinating history The original 'Lindberg Line' stretches back to the 1930s when Paul Lindberg drew plans for famous modeling magazines and marketed his balsa wood 'stick and tissue' by urging dealers to carry the '...Complete Lindberg Line'. After the war, Lindberg and Olsen had a strong hand in early United States injection molded kit development. Please see the article located on this website about early USA plastic kit manufactures.

Aurora Martin B-26 Marauder, 1/46, 371-259

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$475   

Very rare first issue from the early 1950s. When Aurora moved to the West Hempstead plant, they planned a series of very large scale bombers. All kits released up to this time had been small. Aurora's instincts were correct, and the B-26, B-25 and B-29 were a big sales success. This box art was done by Jim Cox and was only used for about one year, making it very rare. The kit has never been started and is inventoried 100% complete with all parts, large clear stand, instructions and decals.

Cleveland B-17 Flying Fortress - For R/C or Free Flight, SF-100

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$795   

Giant 1/16 scale kit with a 77.25 inch wingspan. Ideal kit for electric power and conversion to RC. This model is in the original plain but sturdy cardboard box with "Cleveland" stamped in ink on it and the name of the kit and kit #. The kit came from a long time collector of 1930s and 1940s models and is in exceptional condition. All Cleveland kits were exceptionally complete and this one is no exception. Features very high quality balsa printwood and strip wood, covering material, highest quality plans, all parts required for assembly and decals (if issued with the kit). 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.

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.

Revell A3J (A-5A) Vigilante Bomber - 'S' Issue, 1/83, H196-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$179   

This was the last "S" kit issued by Revell. Hardbox is dated 1959 and has fantastic gloss and color. All four corners are solid and original. There are no price tags and no tape beyond the short pieces of factory tape on the long sides which attached the box top and bottom together. The box would be mint but it has two creases from the right corners as shown. Kit features opening tandem canopies, moving control surfaces, detailed, removable jet engines and two pilots. As the last "S" kit, this kit also incorporated a critical improvement for the time that would become standard only recently: all recessed detail. The entire kit has recessed panel lines and rivet detail-no raised marks. It has an attention to detail that is lacking in many older Pre-S and S kits. Molded in the correct gloss light gray and clear with the "Globe" clear stand. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Decals and instructions are flat and 'excellent.'

Glencoe SS France (SS Norway) Ocean Liner - (ex-ITC / Ideal), 1/450, 09302

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$115   

This is the only large injection molded kit of this famous ship. Measures over 24 inches long when assembled. Older but very nice kit from ex-ITC molds. Features a one piece hull, detailed deck fittings, booms, cranes and superstructure, life boats, hull rudder, propeller and stabilizer detail, rigging instructions, flags and decals. Could be converted into the Norway if you wish, but you will have to do your own research for the changes and proper paint scheme. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Lindberg French Jet Airliner Caravelle - With Full Interior and Engines and Transparent Fuselage and Cowling - Cellovision Issue, 1/96, 553-149

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG+

$195   

Still factory sealed. From the 1950s. First issue of this rare kit. The cellovision clear panel is mint and attached and the sealed box is in 'very good+' condition, which is rare. Beautiful Ray Gaedke box art of an Air France Caravelle departing over downtown Paris. This kit is loaded with unique features. Model can be built as a large scale non-visible or visible model with full interior. Features one clear fuselage 1/2 and one clear engine cowl, complete passenger compartment and cockpit, mens/womens bathrooms, passengers, pilots and hostess, retracting landing gear, movable wing flaps, moving control surfaces, jet engine, boarding ramp and display stand. Includes Air France decals. The later hardbox issue included United Air Lines, since United once bought the Caravelle for North American routes.

Monogram Air Force Patrol - B-66 Skywarrior (A-3A) / C-47 Skytrain / SA-16B Albatross Gift Set, MGP7-349

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM++

$850   

Very rare. Monogram did not issue many gift sets. To make matters more interesting, the ones they issued were very short lived. Many were simply sets of models in sleeves with no dedicated boxes. By 1960, the Monogram Gift sets were no more. This gift set, the Air Force patrol, is interesting because it's not just a sleeve; it has a dedicated box designed for this gift set. It is the one and only issue, dated 1957. The condition is investment grade; the box has no more wear than when it was removed from the shipping carton. The colors and gloss are as new with minor edge wear as the only flaw. Inside, the three kits are still individually factory sealed, including the tube of Monoglue. Also includes the original "Monogram Model Merry Christmas" box wrapper, also in fantastic condition - these seldom survived the opening of the kit. Overall, a hard-to-find kit in factory new condition.

Revell USS Lexington CVT-16, 1/500, H444

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+++

$165   

Still factory sealed. Nice kit of training carrier CVT-16. Includes one piece hull with full propeller and rudder detail, detailed angled deck, two movable elevators, rotating crane, six aircraft tugs, mobile deck crane and 24 aircraft - TA-4J, Buckeyes, T-28C, Cougars, Trackers, F-4B Phantoms and 2 helicopters.

RCM LCI Landing Craft Infantry, 1/72

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Bagged

$125   

NOTE: photo is for reference only. Almost all LCIs varied from each other in gun mounts, details and more. SPECIAL ORDER vacuform kit. Not shipped from stock. Kit is molded upon receipt of payment. Time from receipt to shipping your kit is usually 8 to 10 weeks. Kit includes many resin and/or metal details. Other parts will need to be scratch built or from your spares box. Vacuform kits are only recommended for modelers who are experienced with this type of model. Special skills and scratch building experience are required. If you are curious, I highly recommend that you read the article 'How To Build Vacuform Model Kits' which is located on this website.

Revell Hawker Tempest Mk.V - Great Britain Issue, 1/72, H620

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$22   

1960s Revell of Great Britain 'Famous Plane Series' issue with RAF 'Strike True' crest on the side panels. This kit contains a more extensive decal sheet and an opening two piece canopy - the US issue does not. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. NOTE: one wing gun has broken off the wing and is missing.

Heller Etendard IV, 1/50, 302-250

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG-

$38   

USA Heller Buzco issue. Large scale, Etendard IV that was nicely molded for that time; probably originally from the very early 1960s. This model probably represents the prototype aircraft. Features very fine raised panel detail and rivets, cockpit, opening canopy, folding wings, moving rudder, working arresting gear, optional position landing gear and speed brakes and real rubber tires. Includes drop tanks and underwing weapons as well. This is the second issue of the very rare 'operating kit' of the Etendard IV. All of these Buzco issues come with the 1st issue instructions showing even more operating features, but those parts and the pilot/helmet were never included. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Fujimi McDonnell F-4J Phantom II - 301 Sqn / 302 Sqn / 304 Sqn / 305 Sqn / 306 Sqn JASDF, 1/72, G-4

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$26   

Very nicely molded kit with all finely recessed panel detail. Features full cockpit, detailed gear wells, optional position canopy, ALQ-119 Pod, 600 and 370 gallon drop tanks, AIM-9B Sidewinders, AIM-7E Sparrows and decals for five aircraft. Never started. Factory sealed bag with decals and instructions.

Hasegawa Nakajima B5N2 Kate, 1/72, 515

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$30   

Still factory sealed. Limited issue with special decals. Very highly detailed kit with all fine recessed panel lines, full interior with crew stations and more.

Aurora Russian Mig-19, 1/48, 66-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$179   

Dated 1958 with fantastic Jo Kotula artwork; but the lack of 'Famous Fighters' in the oval boarder logo means that it is closer to the early 1960s. The box is in amazing 'near mint' investment-grade condition with factory-new color and gloss, four solid corners, no creases, price tags or fading and no tape or even tape marks. Molded in a wonderful gloss dark green and clear. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Instructions and decals are 'excellent' and even the original factory tissue packing paper is present.

Italeri Mig-37B 'Ferret E' - Soviet Stealth Fighter, 1/72, 162

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$14   

Unusual 1/72 scale kit of the concept Soviet 'Stealth' aircraft. Features good cockpit detail with opened or closed canopy, well-detailed gear wells, weapons bay and speed brake wells, optional position speed brakes, weapons bay missile load, optional position bay doors, extensive decals and more. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Hasegawa Heinkel He-51 B-2 Floats - Spanish Civil War or Luftwaffe, 1/72, A12

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$22   

Nicely molded and detailed kit, likely from the mid 1970s. Has markings and paint guide for both aircraft. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Airfix SS France (Norway) Ocean Liner, 1/600, X681-1000

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$189   

Airfix Japan issue. Rare kit of this popular ocean liner that was recently broken up. Kit measures over 20 inches long when assembled and is very nicely detailed. The kit has not been started. All small parts are still in the factory sealed bag. The hull halves are the only parts that were never factory bag sealed and they are complete. With decals and instructions.

William H Low Co La France Aerial Ladder New York Fire Department Truck Circa 1900 - Wilo Line Fire Truck, 1/24, FL10

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$179   

Very, very rare and the flagship kit of the line. 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 over 14 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 La France prototype made for the NYFD around 1900. Please note this is a full operating model and not for the faint of heart! Features plastic injection molded spoke wheels, precut large hardwood parts, fully formed hardwood ladder frames that are drilled for the pre-cut ladder rungs, extinguishers, lanterns and much more, two clear factory-sealed small parts bags including a great many fully cut or carved wood ones, metal parts and even plastic parts. Also includes brass screen material metal stock, complete instructions with detailed plans and full text step-by-step guide, painting notes and even a photo of the actual prototype. The kit has never been started. The small parts are still in the factory sealed bags. The parts that were never factory sealed have been 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.