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Megow Wood Refrigerator (Reefer) Car - Hunter Packing Co. with Trucks, HO, Q4

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$44   

Rare Megow kit from the 1930s. This one kit, the Hunter Packing car, had a unique paint job from the other reefers that Megow issued. The roof and sides should all be painted aluminum. Kit features high quality embossed thick cardstock sides with crisp printing, wood and metal stock as needed, embossed material for car ends and detail parts, a paper envelope with truck kits and many metal details, full instructions/plans, factory tube of glue (unopened) and paint cardboard tube but no paint. The kit has never been started. Inventoried with all parts and instructions. Fred Megow was a famous pioneer in the model aircraft field from the late 1920s and a very early manufacture for HO scale trains in the 1930s. His product lines of semi-prefabricated, solid and stick and tissue kits won him national and extensive world wide distribution - possibly the first modern model manufacture to achieve this. His fascinating story involves trying novel and untested marketing ideas in the Great Depression, followed my explosive world-wide growth. Mr. Megow was a true pioneer in the early days of modeling and a leader in the low price field so that every boy could afford a kit during those difficult times. Megow also produced scale operating train and trackside kits, ship models (large and small) and automotive subjects. Megow's catalogs claim that they were pioneers in HO scale, and there is documentation to support this fact. Megow's early HO train kits served not only to promote this now-popular scale nationally, but were among the very first train kits. Model train kits were responsible for the explosion in model railroad popularity in the late 1930s - please see the article in this website about these kits.

Aurora Beechcraft Super 18 - with Aeroclub Metal Props, 1/88, 284-29

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$95   

Kit includes two Aeroclub #AP027 Hamilton Standard two-bladed props that were used on a period PT-17/PT-13. The kit itself is the 1963 issue. Ex-Comet molds smaller scale (1/88) issue. Features rotating prop, full side and cockpit glass, and blue and red pinstripe decals with N numbers and rudder fin flash markings. The kit has never been started. NOTE: missing one propeller. Otherwise inventoried complete with all other parts including decals and instructions. If you trim the length of the Aeroclub props they make excellent replacements for the Aurora props.

Bandai HMS Hood Battlecruiser, 1/2000, 23

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$14   

Very finely molded and well detailed small (1/2000) scale ship model. Ideal for war gaming. Can be built full hull or waterline and features separately molded turrets, detailed deck fittings with many separately molded parts and a display stand. Molded in dark gray and red. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including instructions, which are on the bottom of the box top.

Academy Space Shuttle with Boosters and External Fuel Tank, 1/288, 1639

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$10   

Still factory sealed. Dated 1990. Nicely molded small-scale shuttle. Includes display stand.

Airframe Hansa-Brandenburg W-20, 1/72

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$6   

Still factory sealed. Basic vac kit with limited but nice molded in detail. Certain modeling skills are required to build vacuform kits. Scratch building is required. Not recommended for beginners.

Scale Flight Comet's Heath LNS-4 Parasol - 16 inch Wingspan Dime Scale Flying Airplane, Dime

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$18   

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.

Revell Submarine Wilhelm Bauer/ U-2540 Type XXI U-Boat, 1/144, 05072

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$24   

Dated 1995. Large scale kit that is very highly detailed and well molded. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. The Wilhelm Bauer was originally commissioned as the U2540, a Type XXI submarine in WWII. She was sunk at the end of the war, and raised in 1957. She was rebuilt and recommissioned.

Guillows Sopwith Camel - 28 inch Wingspan Flying Model, 801

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$40   

Big-scale kit can be built for static display or flown .049 to .15 U-Control, gas free flight or rubber power. Features quality die-cut balsa parts and stripwood, scale wheels and flexible landing gear, movable ailerons, rudder and elevator, plastic cowl and cockpit deck, scale prop, two machine guns, pilot figure, very large full color decals, covering material and more. Includes full size detailed plans. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Guillow's founder, Paul K. Guillow, was a WWI naval aviator. In 1926 he began producing wooden model airplane kits. His 'Shelf Models' were some of the earlier non-flying models in production. Guillow's grew during the model boom of the 1930s, and when the Depression hit the hardest, Guillow's responded with lower prices and became one of the low price leaders, frequently advertising in Model Airplane News and other leading publications. During the war, like most manufacturers, Guillow's was forced to alternative materials such as cardboard and pine. Guillow's survived the post WWII slump by creating many inexpensive profile flying rubber powered aircraft and gliders in the 1950s (along with North Pacific) which became famous - some are still available today. The stick and tissue lines have been updated with laser cut parts and are still in production as of 2009.

Comet Sparky - 32 Inch Wingspan Wakefield-Style Flying Aircraft, 3408-149

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG++

$62   

Still factory sealed, seal has split as shown. From the 1960s/early 1970s. Rare large flying model. It is a reissue of the 1950s release. Features high quality print and strip balsa wood, a beautiful, large carved balsa prop that needs final sanding to shape, fully formed wheels, thrust button, metal and wood stock as required, tissue, and excellent full size plans with instructions. These aircraft were common in the 1930s when the sport of free-flight model airplanes reached it's zenith. It was not uncommon for these models to fly for 45 minutes or more on rubber power alone - many flew out of site, and it became common practice to write your name, address and phone number on the covering tissue. 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.

Airmodel Curtiss XP-55, 1/72, 189

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG++

$9   

Basic vac kit that is nicely molded with recessed panel lines. In white and clear plastic. Never started. Complete with all parts and instructions. Vacuform models are not recommended for beginners; experience is required as well as scratch building skills for many details.

Tamiya USS Indianapolis CA35 Heavy Cruiser, 1/700, 31804-2200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$22   

Intricately detailed 1/700 scale waterline kit. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Combat Set of 12 Combat/Roberts Model Details and Accessories, 1/72

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$10   

Includes all 12 factory sealed parts sets, all in 1/72 scale. Features a very large variety of resin drop tanks, some injection molded cockpit detail, ADF antenna, tail wheels, Benz and Merlin exhaust and cast metal control columns.

Nichimo Kawasaki KI-61-2 Hien 'Tony' - (Ki-61) Army Type 3-2 Fighter, 1/70

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$29   

Late 1950/early 1960s Japanese kit with very collectible box art and high gloss box top. Nicely molded and detailed for that time. Features moving control surfaces, retracting landing gear and rotating prop and wheels and a stylish black display stand. The model as never been started. NOTE: missing metal stand arm ring. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts present, including decals and instructions.

Revell Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina - Pre War High-Visibility Markings, 1/72, 4522

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$18   

From 1982. Features beaching gear for land operations, retractable wingtip floats and detailed engines with movable propellers. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Hudson Miniatures 1910 Ford Model T Torpedo Convertible, 1/16

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$69   

Dated 1949 and highly detailed for that time. Large-scale model measures 8 inches long when built. Early multi-media kit consist of numerous die-cut, saw cut and machined wood parts, beautiful plastic wheels, headlights, steering wheel, horn, lanterns and grill, metal parts and stock, die-cut card stock and large, excellent plans/instructions. This kit has never been started. The small parts are still factory bag sealed, and all other have been inventoried 100% complete with full-size plans and instructions. Hudson Miniatures created a very popular line of automobile kits in a constant 1/16 scale shortly after WWII. The kits sold very well...so well that you could argue that Gowland & Gowland borrowed Hudson's subject matter for their ground-breaking 'Highway Pioneers.' The Hudson Miniatures 'Old Timers' even spawned a line of imitators, with Fador's 'Smallster' being one of the better in quality. Sales did drop on the appearance and popularity of the much smaller (and less accurate) Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' in 1951. When the all-injection molded Gowland kits proved not to be a passing fad, Hudson quickly planned and released his own all-plastic, small-scale competition called 'Lil' Old Timers Quickie Kits.' The kits were of excellent quality, but it was too little too late. Additionally, sales of the excellent wooden kits faltered further in the next few years with the introduction of accurate, 1/24 and 1/32 all-plastic cars in the mid 1950s. This forced Hudson to discontinue the wood kits and the plastic line was sold to Revell and subsequently re-released. Today, these excellent, big 1/16 kits are often the only model available of these early automobiles. In the mid 1960s Aurora thought so highly of Hudson Miniatures that they purchased the wood kit assets and released a very small number of these in all-plastic models.

Combat Chance-Vought F7U-3 Cutlass - Bagged, 1/32

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$59   

Very large scale kit. Features metal detail parts, white main vac parts, clear parts in 'excellent' (not yellowed) condition , and full size plans. Still sealed in the factory bag - never opened. Special skills and scratch building experience are required because they do not include all the parts needed to complete the model like injection molded kits do. If you are curious, I highly recommend that you read the article 'How To Build Vacuform Model Kits' which is located on this website.

RCM Chance Vought XF5U Flapjack - (XF5U1), 1/48

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Bagged

$75   

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 resin and/or metal details -clear canopy and full size plans/instructions. Details included will vary from kit to kit but may contain landing struts - wheels - props - engines (not jets) - some cockpit parts - seats - etc. Other parts will need to be scratch built or from your spares box. Decals not furnished. 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.

Airfix Hawker Siddeley HS-1182 Hawk - Ground Attack or Trainer Version, 1/72, 03026-1

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$14   

Builds either variant. Includes extensive underwing stores. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

MPC Grumman F6F Hellcat - USN or 'City of Atlanta' Racer, 1/72, 7007-70

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$20   

This kit is from Airfix molds and is one of the MPC '3 Big Bonus' features series. Dates from the late 1960s/early 1970s. The model features customizing parts (such as chrome plated bombs, missiles, prop, exhaust, air scoops, antenna and guns), stock and customizing decals for the racer 'City of Atlanta' and the clear modular display stand. Note that this issue still has 'Craft Master' under the MPC logo. Before this, MPC was marketing Airfix kits under the Craftmaster name in the USA. This continued for several issues and was finally discontinued although MPC continued to distribute Airfix and their own models. 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.

MPC Dornier Do-17E - (ex-Airfix) with 6 Crewmen, 1/72, 2-0251

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$26   

From Airfix molds. Builds in-line liquid-cooled engine version and includes ground crew. Very nicely detailed kit. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.