Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: Good++
This is a Cleveland 'Scale Flying' model in museum scale of 1/16. It was issued in 1932. 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, completely precarved nose cowl and wheels, covering material, metal stock, highest quality plans, all parts required for assembly and correct insignia. 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.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG++
From 2002. The Hasegawa line is widely considered the finest 1/48 Phantom kits available. Very highly detailed with 136 parts and all fine recessed panel lines. Includes decal sheet for both aircraft. 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++++
First issue hardbox. 1954 Pre 'S' classic box art by Richard Kishady. Molded in correct high-gloss white plastic and clear plastic. Kit features optional position landing gear and cockpit hatch, boarding ladder and pilot in the boxart pose. Includes clear "Revelving' swivel globe base. Never started. 100% inventoried complete with all parts/decals and instructions present.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc+++
Original 1966 issue in wonderful condition. The hardbox has four tight corner and has never been repaired. The color and gloss are like new. The box sides are as good as the top - the colors are bright and there is no tape or tape marks. Inside, the kit has never been started. It is molded in the correct black and clear and includes the ocean base. Most parts are still on the trees. The kit has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts and excellent instructions. Please note that Aurora did not issue this kit with decals.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: NM+++
Second Issue in a 1955 dated hardbox. First issues has same art but kit #P9 instead of PA9. The box is in fantastic 'NM' condition with as new color and gloss, four solid corners and no fading or stains. Kit features optional position cabin door, rotating propellers and wheels, pilot, copilot, hostess and passenger figures and colorful TWA decals. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: NM+++
Rare Factory/Desk Promotional model produced by Topping for Grumman. Measures 14 inches long with a wingspan of almost 11 inches. Original stand has Grumman Logo and says 'Grumman Cougar F9F'. Airplane is in 'very good++' overall condition. No repairs and no touch-ups. No cracks. Decals 'excellent' with some wear. Paint 'excellent' with some wear in orange. Please note that shipping insurance is required.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG++
Third issue of this classic kit. The box is dated 1956 but you can see the new oval logo moved to the lower right with 'Famous Fighters' in the border which would date this kit to 1958-59. Earlier in the 1950s a company called 'Helicopters for Industry' created a line of large early kits. In 1956 Aurora bought the molds and quickly reissued these models with new box artwork. Large kit features cockpit, spinning rotors, rotating wheels and opening doors. Molded in the correct gloss silver and clear plastic. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Exc+
Still factory sealed. Perhaps the finest Cadillac model ever made. Very large-scale kit of the classic V-16. Only three were ever built in this body style; Joan Crawford was one of the owners. Very highly detailed and well molded. The model builds as the real car with a full rolling chassis. Features opening doors, hood and trunk. The engine is a kit to itself, with some of the finest detail for cars in this scale. Includes rubber radiator hoses, metal hinges, dual exhaust, optional solid or wire wheels, steerable front wheels, fold down back seat arm rest, super detailed interior, rubber tires and parts molded in black, gray, white, clear, bright chrome and satin chrome.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
Rare very first issue from Aurora's first factory in Brooklyn. This early kit, as with the other Brooklyn's, was issued without landing gear, bombs and has very little rivet detail. All parts correct for this kit molded in high-gloss yellow and clear including Brooklyn Base, Brooklyn Instructions and correct early Tatem Decals - even the original tissue packing paper is present. The box is solid and displays nicely. Gloss and colors are like new. On the top, there is light surface wear at the lower left. On the sides there is a 1" thin tape tear on one long side and a 1/2" thin tape tear on the other long side from the original tape seal. There is no other tape, price stickers or other defects. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Mint
Still factory sealed. The Christie was the backbone of the American fire-fighting force prior to World War 1 - she was in service in just about every major city. Walter Christie, the designer, was a noted race car driver and the father of front wheel drive technology. This fire engine is actually a development of his turn of the century horse drawn steam pumpers. This model was developed from a fully restored Christie redone by Community Fire company No.1 of Wayne, NJ. This is a highly detailed model which is 1/12 scale and is over 19 inches long when assembled. Features display stand, moldings in red, black, grey and clear, brass and nickel plated parts, decals for all stripes and letting, over 330 parts, decals and full instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Fair++
From the late 1950s. Very rare early original Pyro issue with large colorful box and internal blue packing inserts. Very nicely detailed kit measures 13.5 inches long when assembled. Includes crew members and rigging material. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions. Please note, this very early issue was not made with decals. The box is intact but has wear and the hole at left as shown. espatch No.9 was built by the Tampa Marine Corporation in Florida in 1945 for the fleet of tugs operated by Standard Oil of California in Sacramento Bay and the San Joaquin River.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc+
1966 hardbox issue. Full-hull kit is 15 inches long when built. Includes moving cranes, movable gun turrets, lifeboats, detailed deck, hanger bay and detailed Martin PBM-5 Mariner Seaplane. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals, flag sheet and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
Classic boxart with the famous 'Bucking Airborne Horse'. The artwork is dated 1956, but this kit is likely about 1959 - note the 'Famous Fighters' in the border of the sunburst Aurora logo. The artwork is the original issue P-51 with a slight downward angle and the horse added. Has many working features: detailed engine with removable cowling, full cockpit and retractable landing gear. Molded in gloss olive drab and clear. This kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Exc
Still factory sealed. Dated 1986. Widely considered as the definitive Space Shuttle and Launcher kit. Highly detailed. Features detailed tower structure, fixed service structure with 12 work levels, lightning mast, movable access arms for the support systems, movable access arm with the 'White Room' for the crew, rotating hammerhead crane, retractable rotating service structure, payload changeout room, space shuttle, main center fuel tank, two solid rocket boosters, authentic decals and more. NOTE: Revell made the kit box much larger than necessary. If your country has smaller postal size restrictions (or just want to save money on shipping), I can put this model in a much smaller box and save significantly on shipping. When checking out, just write 'Remove From Box' in the comments and I will send you a new estimate.
Vacuform Model Kit, Box Condition: Bagged
SPECIAL ORDER vacuform kit with resin/metal parts set. Not shipped from stock. Kit is molded upon receipt of payment. Time from receipt to shipping your kit is usually 8 to 10 weeks. Contains vacuform basic components, full size plans plus metal or resin parts such as guns, anchors, cleats, etc. Does not include decals. 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.
Resin Model Kit, Box Condition: Bagged
Kit built by Fred Bustard from CM model. SPECIAL ORDER limited production kit. Museum quality high definition resin castings. Complete kit with all parts needed for assembly. Some kits include photo-etched details and decals if required -email for details on a certain kit. Kits are molded upon receipt of payment. Normal wait is six to eight weeks.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: NM
Very rare hardbox issue from the late 1950s. Classic kit with Ray Gaedke artwork. This is the Lindberg Q Ship, which has an unknown prototype but is suppose to be a WWI style Q-Ship submarine trap. The ship appears to be a WWI British Q Ship by the title, yet looks a little modern and has US numbers of 171, which apparently mean nothing. The Lindberg model actually has the layout of the AK-101 USS ATIK, which was formerly the SS-CAROLYN, built in 1912. The CAROLYN was recommissioned as the USS ATIK and at the start of WWI which was a real US Q-ship. The box is in fantastic 'near mint' condition with like-new color and gloss, four solid corners and very little wear. This kit has never been started. It has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.
Vacuform Model Kit, Box Condition: Bagged
Very large (1/72) partial) kit of this historic destroyer. Includes information so you can build it as she was in World War I or World War II. This is a really basic kit consisting of a 2 piece hull, some small vac pieces and a lot of resin small items such as the screws, bitts, cleats, guns, etc. It includes full size plans and 15 pages of detailed instructions that include photographs. The instructions list the fittings required (Bluejacket and Model Shipways). SPECIAL ORDER only; not shipped from stock. Kit is molded upon receipt of payment. Time from receipt to shipping your kit is usually 8 to 10 weeks. This model is not recommended for builders lacking experience with vacuform kits. Scratch building skills will be essential. The USS Ward is said to have fired the first shots of World War II. Before the main strike on Pearl Harbor, the Ward was on patrol. She located and sank one of five Japanese Midget Submarines.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG+++
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 the original tissue paper, all parts, large clear stand, instructions and decals.
Multimedia Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
17.25 inches long and 14 inches high when assembled. Constructo kits are the finest of all the older prefabricated wooden ship kits. Features a completely shaped and sanded hull with predrilled mast, bowsprit and anchor chain holes, finished wood display stand, turned and painted stand pedestals and nails, a large sheet of heavy cardboard with dozens of completely cut and finished and numbered hardwood parts held on with string, a factory sealed bag of fully finished smaller wooden parts, a box of injection molded fittings including carriages, cannon, ships wheel, deadeyes, ladders, hull window panels, capstan, anchors and stocks, lifeboat and more, a small container of metal parts such as eyebolts, tiny nails, etc, a box with four colors of paint, black and white rigging thread, 8 completely sewn and finished sails, two small sheets of cardstock hull decorations, pirate flag and gun ports, instructions in English and a full size plan sheet with many views, complete part identifications by number and excellent rigging diagrams. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes full size plans and instructions. Constructo kits were made in Spain and early issues in the USA were marketed by Constructo Nautical Miniatures, Inc, New York 1. There were many series of kits issues by size; some smaller and some larger than this kit.