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Fador 1908 Baker Electric, 1/16

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$62   

Rare kit dated August of 1950. Very well detailed for that time. Features mainly die-cut, machined and saw-cut wooden parts and excellent plastic wheels and lanterns. Also includes metal parts, metal stock and die-cut cardstock. Has excellent, large full-size fold-out plans with numerous elevations, a great many detail drawings and extensive instructions. The kit has never been started. The small parts are still in the internal factory sealed bag and the parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete. We think of electric cars of new; nothing could be further from the truth. From 1900 to 1915 at least 25 well-known electric car manufactures advertised vehicles which '...were clean, quite, stylish and easy to operate - the only car for a lady.' And how true this was! Early automobiles were notoriously noisy with dirty exhaust and the constant requirement to handle smelly gasoline by hand. The Baker Electric was one of the longer ranged models - when all six batteries were fully charge it could travel about 75 miles - acceptable even today for a commute. The wheelbase was 80 inches and it had a convertible top that could be lowered or raised. Fador was another maker of big 1/16 classic cars, like Hudson Miniatures. The full name was Fador Mfg. Company and the address was 501E. Clinton St., Elmira, NY. It appears that Hudson beat Fador to the scene by a year; Hudson's spectacular product line growth starting in 1948 may have influenced Fador in the choice of subject and scale. Fador called the line 'Smallersters' and the design of the kits is very similar. Fortunately, Fador chose completely different vehicles. Because of their great decisions, these are often the only model kits ever made of these historical cars. There is no record of Fador making any plastic kits; the introduction and overwhelming popularity of the Highway Pioneers and the other kits that quickly followed may have driven them out of the market as it did many other wood manufactures.

Revell USS Arizona Pearl Harbor Battleship, 1/426, 85-0302

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$22   

Dated 2009. This kit is from the original 'S' kits molds and is a tribute to the research and skill of the mold maker. Beautiful full-hull model features 133 parts, finely engraved planking and plate detail, rotating main turrets and elevating guns, full secondary armament of 5", 1.1" and ten 5" casemate guns, complete deck fittings with searchlights, motor launches and whaleboats, range finders, ladders, cranes, masts and observations nests, two catapults with Vought O2U Biplanes, display stand and flags and decals for the ship and float planes. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals, flags and instructions.

AMT Kyle Petty Pontiac Grand Prix Stock Car, 1/25, 8047

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$18   

Older issue. Features full interior and roll cage, driver figure and excellent 7-11 decals with all stripes. Molded in white and clear with rubber tires. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The parts that were not factory sealed (clear and tires) have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions. Decals are in 'near mint' condition.

Monogram Republic F-105G Wild Weasel Thunderchief, 1/48, 5806

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$44   

From 1982 and a highly detailed kit for that time. Two-seat Thud features detailed cockpits, optional position canopies, two Shrike Missiles, one ARM Anti-Radiation Missile and external tanks. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Revell Boeing B-29 Superfortress Bomber, 1/315, 4301

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$58   

Dated 1979. Possibly the last issue for the original 1950s 'S' molds. The kit inside has the same parts as the original issue but with a different box, stand and decals as per the boxart. This is the most colorful of all the decals Revell issued with this kit, as it includes the yellow/black nacelle bands and the yellow fuselage band as well as nose art and all other markings shown. The kit has never been assembled but NOTE: the cockpit floor is very neatly painted. There is no other painting. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Makes an excellent builder.

Life-Like Proto 2000 CB&Q Burlington U28B Locomotive With DDC Plug - HO Scale, 1/87, 31075

Metal and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$45   

In 'near mint' condition. DCC-ready locomotive was run perhaps twice then returned to the original styrofoam and box. The small parts were never even installed; they are present and still in the factory sealed clear bag. Includes all paperwork. The model is not even dusty. The only flaw I can find is a small area of black on the fuel tank - it appears to either be a factory flaw or from sitting against the packing material for too long.

Midwest Wally Simmers' Dyna-Moe - 34 inch Wingspan Flying Cabin Class C for Free Flight or R/C Conversion, C-2

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$89   

Another successful design for Class C Cabin National Competition by Wally Simmers. Large and graceful. Climbs at 1000 feet per minute and glides at 10 to 1. Features colored tissues, printwood, carved prop, hardwood and beautiful full size plans. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Academy USS Oliver Hazard Perry FFG7 With White Engisn PE and Warship No.04 Frigate USS Clark, 1/350, 14102

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$75   

Includes factory sealed White Ensign #PE35118 Perry Class photoetched brass super detail set with instructions and the superb Warships No.04 Frigate USS Clark, which is perfect as a detail guide for this kit. The actual model is full hull and very highly detailed. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Austin-Craft US Army 1/4 Ton Jeep, 1/24

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$22   

From the 1940s. The photo on the box top is an actual picture of the built model. Features all pre-cut wood parts, molded plastic wheels, metal hood and dashboard, plastic details, clear windshield, sandpaper and detailed multi-view plans with instructions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes plans/instructions.

Austin-Craft US Army 2 1/2 Ton Truck - Large Wartime Box Issue, 1/24

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$32   

From around 1943. This is the larger box wartime issue that contains only wood parts (with clear w/s & fabric for the top). Featuring all parts cut to shape, completely finished wheels, clear windshield, genuine Army Khaki roof covering, sandpaper and much more. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and 5 view plan with instructions. This kit is an part of an extensive line of Austin-Craft kits produced during and immediately after World War 2.

Fador 1905 REO Runabout, 1/16

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$62   

Rare kit dated 1949. Very well detailed for that time. Big-scale model features numerous die-cut, machined and saw-cut wooden parts, excellent plastic wheels, grill, steering wheel, lanterns and horn, other metal parts and metal stock and die-cut cardstock parts. Come with superb, large fold out plans that show four elevations drawings, many various detail drawings, a photo of the finished model and extensive text instructions. The kit has never been started and has been inventoried complete. Fador was another maker of big 1/16 classic cars, like Hudson Miniatures. The full name was Fador Mfg. Company and the address was 501E. Clinton St., Elmira, NY. It appears that Hudson beat Fador to the scene by a year; Hudson's spectacular product line growth starting in 1948 may have influenced Fador in the choice of subject and scale. Fador called the line 'Smallersters' and the design of the kits is very similar. Fortunately, Fador chose completely different vehicles. Because of their great decisions, these are often the only model kits ever made of these historical cars. There is no record of Fador making any plastic kits; the introduction and overwhelming popularity of the Highway Pioneers and the other kits that quickly followed may have driven them out of the market as it did many other wood manufactures.

AMT 1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1, 1/25, PK4167

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG++

$34   

Still factory sealed but the seal has drawn the box slightly concave as shown. Features detailed engine and engine compartment, opening hood, detailed underside, full interior and more.

ESCI Dakota C-47 Monte - Field Marshal Montgomery's Personal Aircraft / 44th Sq South Africa / 86th Sq USAF Berlin Airlift 'Camel Caravan to Berlin' / ESK 721 Royal Dutch Air Force Skrydstrup 1972, 1/72, 9023

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$24   

NOTE: builder only, please read carefully. Very nicely molded and detailed kit. Features optional parts for Dakota IV or C-47s, full cockpit, optional position flaps and full passenger interior. Includes decals for Field Marshall Montgomery's Personal Aircraft, USAF 86th Squadron Berlin Air Lift, South African 44th Sq Zwartkp Air Base, and Danske Flyvevabnet-esk 721 (1972). NOTE: this kit has very neatly built sub-assembles. Wheel and engine halves, wing and stabilizer halves and two bulkheads (to the floor) have been assembled with 'excellent++' to 'professional' quality. There is no other assembly and zero painting. Inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Hudson Miniatures 1900 Packard Roadster Old Timers, 1/16

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$85   

Dated 1949 and highly detailed for that time. Large-scale model measures 6.5 inches long when built. Early multi-media kit consist of numerous die-cut, saw cut and machined wood parts, beautiful plastic wheels, steering wheel, lanterns, metal parts and stock, die-cut card stock and large, excellent plans/instructions. Includes full size plans and instructions. This kit has never been started. The small parts are still factory bag sealed, and all others 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.

Hudson Miniatures 1902 Franklin Old Timers, 1/16

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$85   

Dated 1949 and highly detailed for that time. Early multi-media kit consist of numerous die-cut, saw cut and machined wood parts, beautiful plastic wheels, steering wheel, lanterns, metal parts and stock, die-cut card stock and large, excellent plans/instructions. Includes full size plans and instructions. This kit has never been started. The small parts are still factory bag sealed, and all others 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.

Revell 1957 Ford Custom - Stock or Racer, 1/25, 85-4283

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$19   

From completely new tooling and with numerous optional parts. Features 129 parts, detailed chassis and engine, opening hood, full interior and more. Molded in colored plastic, clear, chrome plate and with rubber tires. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Monogram Cale Yarborough Hardees Oldsmobile Stock Car, 1/24, 2754

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$18   

Dated 1987 and very well detailed for that time. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions.

StromBecker North American FJ-2 Fury, C-46

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$89   

Beautiful kit from the 1950s made of quality hardwood - no balsa. The carving is done to the final shape. When complete it makes an impressive model and comes with a unique display stand. Features all carved and smooth wood parts, clear plastic canopy, full color decals, glue, wood filler, sandpaper and special display stand. Never started. Inventoried complete with all parts and plans. Before plastic kits were introduced, Strombecker was famous as the premier hardwood preshaped model manufacture. In the 1940s and 1950s, Strombecker kits were flawlessly engineered but not inexpensive. All wooden parts are hardwood and are precarved to shape - you only had to glue, sand and paint to finish them.

Microscale Convair 880 Delta - With TWA or CAT (Taiwan) Decals, 1/144, MS4-5

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$79   

Ex-Topping molds. Resin kit with large colorful decals (TWA, Delta and CAT)and stand. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Italeri Junkers Lufthansa Ju-52 - 'Manfred von Richtohofen', 1/72, 150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$26   

Very nicely detailed kit with complete interior and cockpit. Has markings for the 'von Richtohofen' Lufthansa, SAS or Swiss Air. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.