Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Fair++
Very nicely molded with detailed bogies, flexible treads, rotating turret and elevating gun. Includes decals for three different tanks. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Includes color painting guide on the back of the box.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good+
First issue 'Four Star' kit dated 1965. Contains parts to build any one of four versions: NF II Night Fighter, Mk IB Bomber, Mk VI Fighter Bomber and MkII Night Intruder. Very finely molded and detailed kit for it's day with traditional high Monogram quality. There is no assembly of the parts, but someone has neatly glued scratch-built bulkheads into the gear wells. Inventoried with all plastic parts including instructions. NOTE: missing decals and instructions are from the late 1960s.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc++
1953 issue, the first year for the 'Series Three' Highway Pioneers. The box is excellent, and the inside has never been started. It is still factory sealed in the 'krinkle' bag. Complete with instructions. Molded in deep burgundy plastic. 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.
Metal Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
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 roof, three piece roof walk, car ends, floor and undercarriage, factory painted and lettered sides for Union Pacific (yellow and red), three piece brake set, couplers, pocket doors, bushings, screws as needed, grab irons, full instructions with drawings and more. The prepainted sides are as new and were only removed to take this photograph. The roof, car ends, sides, floor and doors are flat and 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.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good-
Very rare kit with a fascinating history. Around 1958/59, Orange Crush of Mexico offered a promotion. They offered free, colorful, plastic model cars if you collected correctly-marked Orange Crush bottle caps. The models are 1/32 scale Revell Highway Pioneer series - although there is no mention of Revell or Lodela anywhere on the box. Orange Crush had the boxes and even the instructions specially made for them with no mention of a manufacture. They were never given numbers. The boxes were very thin and fragile cardboard. This has contributed to wear and you must be very cautious with them. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bag and the instructions are sealed in the bag as well. You could redeem your caps two ways - at the Orange Crush truck and at a Modelandia Hobby House. The box sides show the 18 cars in the series. Orange Crush also released two full-color booklets and a complete paint set for the cars. A colorful cardboard box held 7 colors of paint in glass bottles, complete with 'Orange Crush' screw-on caps! The entire promotion was done in coordination with Modelandia Hobby House which had up to 19 stores. Modelandia's name appears on each of the boxes and the paint as well. Robina S.A. was the bottler or distributor of Orange Crush in Mexico at that time. The box side lists the other 18 kits with small color pictures of each and shows three sizes of OC - Family Size (Familiar), Grand (Grande) and Normal. You could also obtain models with Titan bottle caps. Titan was also bottled by Robina and came in large (Titan) and smaller (Titancito) sizes and apparently more than one flavor. We do not know how Orange Crush had access to the plastic kits or who sealed the internal bags with the Crush instructions inside them. We can assume that it may have been Lodela, since they would have had access to the Revell molds. It is not know for how long the promotion lasted, but Orange Crush was one of the most dominant soft drinks in Mexico at that time. Here is one clue: some boxes claim that Modelandia had 13 locations; other boxes, which obviously came later on, claim 19 locations. This may indicate that this promotion went on for a significant amount of time.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Exc
Still factory sealed. The seal is 85% intact and has two splits and some cellophane missing on the bottom and side. Aurora Canada issue dated 1968. Includes full color decals.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed VG+
Still factory sealed. Well molded and dated 1980. Features complete cockpit, detailed main and tail wheel wells, optional position canopy and large weapons/drop tank loadout.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
Features swing wings, full external stores and optional position landing gear. Never started. Factory sealed bag with decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed NM
Still factory sealed. One-piece Lodela issue, likely from the 1960s. This kit is from the 'S' molds but the molds were modified to add the AIM-7 Sparrow missiles and pylons.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG+
1972 issue with revised molds. Much better kit that previous releases. Never started. NOTE: missing one small part: flat upper windshield (easily made, I have included plenty of clear plastic). Otherwise inventoried with all other parts, decals and instructions present.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG+
Nicely molded kit with the parts molded in the colors shown on the box photograph so no painting is needed. Features clear windows, printed curtains, blinds and window treatments, separate doors, window frames/mullions, downspouts and base/foundation. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including instructions.
Multimedia Model Kit, Box Condition: Fair-
1940s kit from hardwood, plywood, metal stock and with plastic treads. Features full size plans and instructions, track inner and outer frames, tread/track links, driver wheels, bogie wheels, spring and engine housings, smoke stack, seat and much more. The kit has not been started. Inventoried with all parts and plans with detailed text instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
Dated 1962 with fantastic Jo Kotula box artwork. However, the lack of the 'Famous Fighters' in the border of the logo tells us that this issue is from around 1963-'65. Excellent condition box. Kit includes pilot, cockpit and instrument panel and three drop tanks and early AIM-9 Sidewinder Air-to-Air Missiles. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions. Please NOTE that the decals are 100% intact but have some very fine visible age cracking. This kit is a very good representation of the rare 'Freedom Fighter' prototype N-156. It developed into the F-5, which was widely exported and saw service in over 30 countries. Only three of the N-156 prototypes were built. The design centered around two GE J85 turbojets which originally powered the ADM-20 Quail decoy carried by the B-52 fleet. Initially there seemed to be little demand until President Kennedy's Military Assistance Program required a low-cost fighter that could be provided to US Allies. The N-156 was easily the top choice. It was renamed the F-5 and the rest is history - it became one of the most widely used fighter/bombers in post-WWII history and is still in service in some air forces.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: NM
Scale Flight Model Company in Bloomington, Indiana, USA was dedicated to releasing authentic reproductions of the finest "Dime Scale" flying model (stick and tissue) kits from the 1930s/40s. Dime Scale models used to sell for a dime in the 1930's, hence the name. They are actually box scale, but as a general guideline, they usually had a wingspan of 16 inches and have simple and light construction. "Dime Scale" models are now a class flown in some competitions. Kit consists of contest grade printwood, contest quality strip wood, machine cut balsa propeller, the best Japanese tissue, wooden wheels, competition bushed nose plug, brass thrust washers, prop shaft, prop freewheeler, FAI rubber strip motor and a copy of a genuine dime scale plan that was used in the 1930s-1940s. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.
Metal Model Kit, Box Condition: Bagged
Very highly detailed all-metal casting makes an excellent upgrade to your model. Superior in detail to plastic injection molded engines. Never used and complete.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Exc+
Still factory sealed but the seal has split on the right box side. Dated 1989. First Soviet carrier aircraft with VTOL performance. Very nicely detailed and molded. Features all very fine recessed panel lines, cockpit and gear well detail, engine detail, two piece canopy, optional position turbine cover and full load of weapons including drop tanks, rocket pods, AS-7 Missiles and iron bombs.
Vacuform Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
Contains both aircraft models. Older, very basic vacuform kit. Has white plastic main parts and includes cast resin engines, wheels and other parts. Never started. Complete with all parts and plans. Please note that all Cramer models are very basic kits. I do not recommend them unless you are highly experienced with older vacuform kits, have an extensive spares box and are an experienced scratch builder.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
Rare. Dated 1943 and measures about 8 inches long when built. This is an excellent scale kit with novel construction that results in an almost completely finished model with very little painting. The frame and floor are both wood with die-cut heavy cardstock suspension springs. The seats are pre-carved wood. The body, hood, fenders, windshield, radiator, instrument panel and interior are from very heavy cardstock that is completely factory colored, lettered and it is also die-cut. The wheels are completely finished hardwood. Includes an unopened envelope of CASCO glue and full plans with instructions on them. Assembly is nicely illustrated by several diagrams. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and plans. NOTE: one wheel, the spare, has a slightly different hub shape. It is the correct diameter and thickness.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
Dated 2001. Finely molded with 119 parts and widely considered the finest 1/32 '109 kit made. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
Very nicely molded kit. Features all fine recessed panel detail, cockpit detail, full landing gear, bombs and drop tank. Decals are for the Flying Tigers AVG as pictured on the box top. The model as never been started. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. KZS stood for Kovozavody Semily and they were located in Czechoslovakia.