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Model Craft Hobby Products US Army 37mm Anti-Tank Field Gun, 1/24

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$19   

From the 1940s. Nice wooden kit with all parts cut to shape and also includes die-stamped wheels and wood parts, dowels, wire, nails, sandpaper and detailed plans with a photo of the actual gun. The kit has never been started. The parts and plans/instructions are still in the internal factory sealed wax paper bag..

Fador 1908 Baker Electric, 1/16

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$69   

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 either still in the internal factory sealed bag or inventoried complete 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.

Fador 1909 EMF Single Seater / EMF Touring / EMF Roadster - 3 in 1 - Builds Your Choice Of Three, 1/16

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$79   

Rare kit from about 1949. Very unique in that it may well be the first use of the term '3 in 1' when referred to a model kit. Big scale model is highly detailed for that time and measures 8.75 inches long when assembled. Includes parts and instructions for building one of the three versions listed. Features a large number of die-cut, machined and saw-cut wooden parts and excellent plastic wheels, grill/radiator, steering wheel, headlights, lanterns and horn. Also includes metal parts, metal stock and die-cut cardstock. Includes superb, large full-size plans with four elevation drawings, a great many detail drawings, templates and even the correct tufting pattern for the seats! Extensive text instructions are furnished also and there is even a detachable tonneau and detailed painting instructions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts. The EMF 30 was produced by the EMF company which stood for Everett, Metzger and Flanders - the three owners. But in the early days it was jokingly referred to as 'The Every Morning Fix It" and "Every Mechanical Failure." Each car came complete with a catalog numbering every single part, which made replacements easily obtainable. The engine was four cylinders and turned out a very respectable 30 horsepower. It had a 106 inch wheelbase and held 15 gallons. All cars were painted EMF Red and were a sight to behold. The EMF 30 price with standard equipment was $1250 and included acetylene headlights, generator, side oil lamps, tail lamps, lamp brackets, tube horn, tire repair kit and magneto. 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. In 1949 the Fador line consisted of a 1909 Hupmobile Roadster, 1904 Cadillac Runabout, 1905 REO 4 Passenger Runabout and one kit that was "3 In 1' - it made one of the following: 1909 EMF Single Rear Seater, 1909 EMF Touring or EMF Roadster. The Baker Electric kit was introduced in 1950 and possibly others as well.

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.

Civil Vehicle EMF 30 Racer, 1/16

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$85   

Rare kit from April of 1950. Big, large scale kit measuring 8.5 inches long when assembled. Well detailed for that time. Features a large number of die-cut, machined and saw-cut wooden parts and excellent plastic wheels, grill/radiator and steering wheel. Also includes metal parts, metal stock and die-cut cardstock. Includes superb, large full-size plans with many elevation drawings, numerous detail drawings and templates, extensive and detailed text instructions, painting guide and even ideas for how to upholster your car using the correct tufting pattern! The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. The EMF 30 was produced by the EMF company which stood for Everett, Metzger and Flanders - the three owners. But in the early days it was jokingly referred to as 'The Every Morning Fix It" and "Every Mechanical Failure." Each car came complete with a catalog numbering every single part, which made replacements easily obtainable. The racer engine was four cylinders cast in pairs and turned out a very respectable 30 horsepower. It had a 106 inch wheelbase and held 15 gallons. All cars were painted EMF Red and were a sight to behold. The racer had a three speed transmission on rear axle, geared to 3.25 to 1 inch high, magneto ignition, 32 x 3.5 inch tires, thermo syphon cooling (no pump) and weighed in at 1800 pounds. At Walla Walla Washington Country Fair in 1911 the EMF racer beat a Wright Biplane in two of three races. It made a five lap circuit in 5 minutes 26.5 seconds. It was the fastest time of any car or aircraft at the competition. Streamlining is not new - in those days Grandpa's hot rod was a regular stock car stripped of anything that would give wind resistance- fenders, horn, windshield, etc. 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. In 1949 the Fador line consisted of a 1909 Hupmobile Roadster, 1904 Cadillac Runabout, 1905 REO 4 Passenger Runabout and one kit that was "3 In 1' - it made one of the following: 1909 EMF Single Rear Seater, 1909 EMF Touring or EMF Roadster. The Baker Electric kit was introduced in 1950 and possibly others as well.

Civil Vehicle 1909 EMF Single Seater / EMF Touring / EMF Roadster - 3 in 1 - Builds Your Choice Of Three, 1/16

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$59   

Rare kit from about 1949. Very unique in that it may well be the first use of the term '3 in 1' when referred to a model kit. Big scale model is highly detailed for that time and measures 8.75 inches long when assembled. Includes parts and instructions for building one of the three versions listed. Features a large number of die-cut, machined and saw-cut wooden parts and excellent plastic wheels, grill/radiator, steering wheel, headlights, lanterns and horn. Also includes metal parts, metal stock and die-cut cardstock. Includes plans with four elevation drawings, a great many detail drawings, templates and even the correct tufting pattern for the seats! Extensive text instructions are furnished also and there is even a detachable tonneau and detailed painting instructions. The kit has never been started. NOTE: Missing (1) very fine paper strip (easily made). Not missing another parts. The rear differential has been painted. There is no other painting or assembly. NOTE: plans and instructions are a 78% size photocopy of the original on many 8.5"x11" sheets of paper. The EMF 30 was produced by the EMF company which stood for Everett, Metzger and Flanders - the three owners. But in the early days it was jokingly referred to as 'The Every Morning Fix It" and "Every Mechanical Failure." Each car came complete with a catalog numbering every single part, which made replacements easily obtainable. The engine was four cylinders and turned out a very respectable 30 horsepower. It had a 106 inch wheelbase and held 15 gallons. All cars were painted EMF Red and were a sight to behold. The EMF 30 price with standard equipment was $1250 and included acetylene headlights, generator, side oil lamps, tail lamps, lamp brackets, tube horn, tire repair kit and magneto. 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. In 1949 the Fador line consisted of a 1909 Hupmobile Roadster, 1904 Cadillac Runabout, 1905 REO 4 Passenger Runabout and one kit that was "3 In 1' - it made one of the following: 1909 EMF Single Rear Seater, 1909 EMF Touring or EMF Roadster. The Baker Electric kit was introduced in 1950 and possibly others as well.

West-Craft Super Scout Car US Army, 1/24, S-3

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$89   

From the mid 1940s. Very rare with fantastic box art by Bill Neebe. West-Craft box art was amazing at a time when most box art was minimal and/or uninspiring. It was well ahead of its time and certainly predated all plastic kit box art in the USA. This was an excellent and highly detailed model for that time and measures 11 inches long when assembled. Features numerous factory cut hardwood parts, numerous die-cut hardwood parts, die-cut heavy cardstock parts, completely formed and finished wheels with center lugs and tread, full decals, a glass bottle of paint (intact but dried), decals and some of the best early wood kit instructions I have seen. They include 38 detailed text steps, parts identification drawings and four superb elevation drawings. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The box mentions cement, but I do not see any.

Strombecker USAF Martin Matador Guided Missile, M2-29

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$24   

NOTE: missing nose cone and stand wire. Otherwise includes factory sealed small parts, all other parts and instructions.

Megow US Army Jeep, M-10

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$46   

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.

Frontier 20 Mule Team Water Tank, 1/24

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$38   

Very rare. Big scale kit measures 6.75 inches tall without tongue; over 8 inches long with tongue. Well detailed with full frame, swivel plate, forward and rear bolsters, brake shoes, water tank cover and even a spigot shut-off. Features completely machined hardwood water tank, pre-cut and die-cut hardwood frame parts, four beautiful injection molded spoke wheels, full size plans with parts identifier drawings, history of the prototype and detailed instructions with painting guide. Little is known of the Frontier Manufacturing Company other than the address of Hollywood, California and their line of high quality, early multi-media kits. Kits from this range include the Ox Cart, Buck Board, Covered Wagon, Stage Coach, Ranch Wagon, Chuck Wagon, Surrey With The Fringe On Top, Ore Wagon, Beer Wagon and Top Buggy. There were obviously more as this 20 Mule Team kit proves.

Gordon British Mark IV Male Tank, 1/32

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$55   

Very rare and highly detailed kit. Owen Gordon, of Fair Lawn NJ made a series of pre-fabricated wood and metal tank kits in 1985. This predated the great Bluejacket kits - they may have gotten the idea from Mr. Gordon. Kit features completely cut, formed and drilled hardwood main hull parts, smaller precut wooden parts, a vast number of cast metal parts, illustrated instructions and superbly detailed, full-size plans. The kit has never been started. Half of the metal fittings and small wood parts are all still in the factory sealed bags. One bag of metal fittings was open, and it was inventoried complete and the parts put in a zip lock. The bigger wood parts were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including instructions and plans.

Gordon German A7V Sturmpanzerwagen 'Elfriede' or 'Hagen' Tank, 1/32

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$55   

Very rare and highly detailed kit. Owen Gordon, of Fair Lawn NJ made a series of pre-fabricated wood and metal tank kits in 1985. This predated the great Bluejacket kits - they may have gotten the idea from Mr. Gordon. Kit features completely cut, formed and drilled hardwood main hull parts, smaller precut wooden parts, a vast number of cast metal parts and two pages of superbly detailed, full-size plans - one for each of the named tanks. The kit has never been started. The metal fittings and small wood parts are all still in the factory sealed bags. The bigger wood parts were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including plans. Please make sure you can build from plans as instructions were not furnished.

Bluejacket British Mark I, 1/32, 1200

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$65   

Rare, excellent and detailed kit. In 1991 Bluejacket launched the 'Evolution of the Tank' series of hardwood and pewter 1/32 scale model kits of historically prominent tanks. The wood parts are completely pre-fabricated - no woodworking experience is necessary. Features completely pre-cut, shaped and drilled basswood parts, a very large number of Britannia Pewter and brass fittings and excellent step-by-step instructions. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed (the numerous fittings) are still in the sealed bags except one: the tread bag came opened. I inventoried them complete and placed them in a zip-lock. The parts that were not factory sealed (wood) have been inventoried complete including instructions.

Bluejacket British Mark IV, 1/32, 1201

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$65   

Rare, excellent and detailed kit. In 1991 Bluejacket launched the 'Evolution of the Tank' series of hardwood and pewter 1/32 scale model kits of historically prominent tanks. The wood parts are completely pre-fabricated - no woodworking experience is necessary. Features completely pre-cut, shaped and drilled basswood parts, a very large number of Britannia Pewter and brass fittings and excellent step-by-step instructions. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed (the numerous fittings) are still in the sealed bags except one: the tread bag came opened. I inventoried them complete and placed them in a zip-lock. The parts that were not factory sealed (wood) have been inventoried complete including instructions.

Bluejacket German A7V Tank, 1/32, 1202

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$65   

Rare, excellent and detailed kit. In 1991 Bluejacket launched the 'Evolution of the Tank' series of hardwood and pewter 1/32 scale model kits of historically prominent tanks. The wood parts are completely pre-fabricated - no woodworking experience is necessary. Features completely pre-cut, shaped and drilled basswood parts, a very large number of Britannia Pewter and brass fittings and excellent step-by-step instructions. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed (the numerous fittings) are still in the sealed bags. The parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including instructions.

Bluejacket British Whippet Tank, 1/32, 1203

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$65   

Rare, excellent and detailed kit. In 1991 Bluejacket launched the 'Evolution of the Tank' series of hardwood and pewter 1/32 scale model kits of historically prominent tanks. The wood parts are completely pre-fabricated - no woodworking experience is necessary. Features completely pre-cut, shaped and drilled basswood parts, a very large number of Britannia Pewter and brass fittings and excellent step-by-step instructions. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed (the numerous fittings) are still in the sealed bags. The parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including instructions.

Bluejacket 1931 Christie T-3 Tank, 1/32, 1204

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$65   

Rare, excellent and detailed kit. In 1991 Bluejacket launched the 'Evolution of the Tank' series of hardwood and pewter 1/32 scale model kits of historically prominent tanks. The wood parts are completely pre-fabricated - no woodworking experience is necessary. Features completely pre-cut, shaped and drilled basswood parts, a very large number of Britannia Pewter and brass fittings and excellent step-by-step instructions. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed (the numerous fittings) are still in the sealed bags. The parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including instructions.

RedYCut Motorcycle, 327

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$18   

From the late 1940s or early 1950s. The scale is unknown and the built model is 5.5 inches long. Features all parts cut to shape, fully formed wheels, sandpaper and more. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes multi-view plans and exploded assembly diagram.

Mars Model Industries US Army Jeep, 1/24

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$36   

Excellent hardwood kit from about 1944. It is well above average for that time and certainly from World War II as evidenced by the 'BUY BONDS' note on the instructions. The photo on the box top is of the actual model. Big-scale and measures 5 inches long when assembled. Features factory cut out and shaped hardwood parts, realistic treaded black wheels, folding front windshield, rolling wheels and spare tire, full interior, plastic pick, axe and shove set, gas can, reflectors, grab irons, double railing for passenger compartment, molded steering wheel, gear shift levers, brake and clutch pedals, front and rear bumpers and fantastic instructions with assembly drawings for each step, detailed side and top full size drawings and a photo of the completed model. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed paper envelope. The parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including instructions. Box is only 'fair' but the kit inside is like new.

Fador 1909 Hupmobile Roadster, 1/16

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$75   

Dated September of 1949 with drawings by 'JFM.' Very well detailed for that time. Features a large number of die-cut, machined and saw cut wooden parts as well as excellent plastic wheels, grille, steering wheel and lanterns. There are also metal parts, metal stock and die-cut cardstock parts. Includes full-size, superb fold-out instructions with multiple elevation drawings, numerous detail drawings and templates, a photo of the completed model and extensive instructions. The kit has never been started. Inventoried with all parts present. 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. In 1949 the Fador line consisted of a 1909 Hupmobile Roadster, 1904 Cadillac Runabout, 1905 REO 4 Passenger Runabout and one kit that was "3 In 1' - it made one of the following: 1909 EMF Single Rear Seater, 1909 EMF Touring or EMF Roadster. The Baker Electric kit was introduced in 1950 and possibly others as well.