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Hudson Miniatures 1911 Mercer Raceabout Old Timers, 1/16

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$79   

Very well detailed large 1/16 kit from 1949. Features plastic wheels, grill, steering wheel, lights and other accessories and wooden and metal main parts. Although all of Hudson's 1/16 kits have excellent detail, this one has even more detail than usual thanks to Hudson's engineers having access to the actual car owned by Mr. J. Fetterolf of Buckingham, PA. This kit has never been started. Some small parts are still in the internally sealed factory bag and the other parts have been been inventoried complete with all parts, 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. The 1911 Mercer Raceabout is one of the rarest American cars. The Mercer was built in Trenton, NJ and powered by a 30 hp T head 4 cylinder engine. Displacement was 300.7 cubic inches and the car had a wet clutch four speed transmission. The car weighed 2,500 lbs and cost $2600 and could do 112 mph. The Mercer was perhaps the most famous sports car of the time. It was rugged, handled very well and had excellent performance.

Hudson Miniatures 1913 Mercer Raceabout Lil' Old Timers 'Quickie Kit', 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$44   

Rare. When the Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' burst upon the hobby scene in 1951, they started a hobby revolution. Plastic model kits were not new in 1951, but successful mass marketing of plastic kits was new. The sensation swept the country, and Gowland & Revell could not make the kits fast enough. The fact that the public was buying these models shocked the successful hobby establishment. One such manufacture was Hudson Miniatures. In the 1940s, Hudson had established a name in making 1/16 scale 'Old Timer' models of automobiles. These were excellent kits with wood and metal parts, but a high degree of skill was required to carve and finish the wood parts. In the late 1940s, they added some injection molded plastic parts (usually acetate wheels) to the series but did not consider a completely plastic kit. When Hudson saw what was happening with the Highway Pioneers, he began to design his own 1/32 scale line called 'Lil Old Timers', which hit the stores in 1954. An early paper fold-out catalog shows 18 models including some real gems like the 1910 International Harvester Passenger Car, 1911 Brush Delivery Truck and 1906 Columbia Electric Car just to name a few. The line was bought by Revell a short time after it's release, and Revell did reissue some (but not all) of the kits. As you would expect from Hudson, this is a nice kit with excellent moldings and detail for the time. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including instructions. The Mercer was perhaps the most famous sports car of it's day, and it can be successfully argued that it was America's first sports car. The 30 horsepower 'T' head 4 cylinder engine sped it along at over 80 miles per hour. A 1914 Mercer clocked 112 mph at Daytona Beach - no mean feat for that age.

Minicraft 1829 Stephenson Rocket - The First Practical Locomotive, 1/26, 11101

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$48   

Still factory sealed. Large scale kit is 10.25 inches long when built and is very nicely detailed with 110 parts with a display track. Features locomotive, tender, boiler, all valves and linkage and track display stand. Molded in yellow, steel gray and light blue. The world's first locomotive was the 1804 Trevithick, but it took another 25 years to make a locomotive suitable for carrying passengers or freight. The Rocket was the winner of an English competition sponsored by the Liverpool and Manchester Railroad. She pulled 3 timer her weight at 12.5 mph then hauled a passenger coach at 24 mph. The Rocket stimulated other locomotive growth and the railway network throughout Great Britain.

Revell 1904 Nash Rambler - Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H47-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$48   

1953 issue, the first year for the 'Series Three' Highway Pioneers. The box is good as shown in the photo, and inside has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes the instructions in excellent condition. Molded in bright yellow acetate 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.

Revell 1910 Pierce Arrow Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H48-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$48   

1953 issue, the first year for the 'Series Three' Highway Pioneers. The box is excellent and the kit is molded in bright red, glossy acetate plastic. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. 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.

Airfix 1914 Dennis Fire Engine, 1/32, 06442-8

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$49   

Very well detailed kit. Features a full rolling chassis just like the actual truck, detailed engine, exhaust, suspension and pump, detachable ladder cart and rigged, operating ladder, highly detailed truck body with accessories, four figures and more. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

Airfix 1910 B Type 'Old Bill' City Bus, 1/32, 06443-1

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$48   

Still factory sealed. 1990 issue. Large and well detailed kit with 150 parts. Includes billboard signs as shown on box art, complete interior and dashboard, suspension, exhaust and drive line detail, 5 figures and more.

Verneuil Panhard Coupe de Ville1895 'Europe Model Kits', 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$30   

Nicely detailed and molded with 50 parts in black and clear plastic. Includes large fold-out, highly illustrated instructions with painting guide and automobile history in French. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.

Verneuil 1905 Panhard Tonneau 'Roi Des Belges' - 'Europe Model Kits', 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$34   

Well detailed and nicely molded. Includes 86 parts in black and clear plastic, large fold-out, heavily illustrated instructions with painting guide, history and text assembly instructions in both French and English. Never started. All parts in are still in the factory sealed bags.

Life-Like 1912 Hispano-Suiza - (ex-Pyro), 1/32, 09465

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$34   

From original Pyro molds. Nicely detailed kit with full engine, removable hood, complete interior, very good suspension, exhaust and driveline detail and full interior. Molded in yellow, brass plated plastic, clear and with real rubber tires. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. Although the molds were made by Pyro, this kit was never released under the Pyro name due to the timing of Pyro selling off their plastic kit business to Life-Like. Other Pyro molds that were introduced under the Life-Like name included the Stanley Steamer, 1910 Buick and 1908 Lanchester.

CM USS Maine (1898), 1/350

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$175   

Built up model by Denny Pierson. This is an assembly kit, not a built and finished model. SPECIAL ORDER limited production kit. Excellent quality high definition resin castings. Complete kit with all parts needed for assembly. Include photo-etched details and decals if required Kits are molded upon receipt of payment. Normal wait is six to eight weeks.

Life-Like 1936 Duesenberg SSJ LaGrande-Bodied Roadster - (ex-Pyro), 1/32, 09450

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$22   

Still factory sealed. 1970s Life-Like issue from the original 1966 Pyro molds. Features detailed chassis, complete motor, removable hood, full interior and more. Molded in colored plastic (usually cream colored), chrome plate, clear and with rubber tires. In the early to mid 1960s the Pyro company chose many of their kit subjects based more on historical significance than popularity. Luckily for us, Pyro not only made these kits but did an excellent job for the time. The Pyro car models are based on the actual cars that Pyro engineers and designers had access to, in this case Gary Cooper and Clark Gable's automobiles. This was the Duesenberg Company's last great automobile before going out of business in 1937. The Model J was a superb automobile and the fastest and finest car of it's day. Never to be outdone, the two brothers made two supercharged 'Super-Duesenbergs' were constructed from J models and are referred to as SSJs. The out put was a whopping 400 bhp. (The term SSJ was never used by the factory.)

Monogram Focke-Wulf FW-190 D-11 - Pro Modeler Issue - Platzschutzstaffel JV44 Munchen-Riem 1945 or Bad Worishofen 1945, 1/48, 85-5969

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$27   

From 2001. Very finely molded will all recessed panel detail. Features highly detailed cockpit, optional position canopy, pilot figure with positionable arms/hands, detailed gear wells, optional pitch prop blades, drop tank or bomb load, excellent Pro Modeler instructions and decals for two aircraft. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Life-Like Rolls-Royce Towne Car - (ex-Pyro), 1/32, 09349

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$32   

Still factory sealed. From Ex-Pyro molds. In the early to mid 1960s the Pyro company chose many of their kit subjects based more on historical significance than popularity. Luckily for us, Pyro not only made these kits but did an excellent job for the time. The Pyro car models are based on the actual cars that Pyro engineers and designers had access to. In some cases, the specific car and owner is on the box. Features detailed chassis, full interior and engine, removable hood and more. Molded in colored plastic, clear, chrome plate and with rubber tires.

Dumas Rusty Coastal Shrimp Boat - For R/C or Static Display, 1/24, 1271

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$150   

Still factory sealed. Very large, scale kit is 36 inches long when assembled. It features laser cut frames, plank-on-frame hull constructions, plastic cabin and pilot house sides, all wood scaffolding, full fittings, rigging and netting, color decals and step by step instructions. R/C equipment and running hardware is not included.

Accura Sep Polish Navy Submarine, 1/200, 202

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$32   

Big 1/200 scale full-hull kit. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

Revell Boeing B-47 Air Power Series, 1/112, H140-130

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$59   

1961 hardbox Air Power issue, from the same molds as the famous Pre 'S' kit. Makes an ideal builder. Molded in silver and clear plastic. Never started. All of the parts and paperwork are still in the factory sealed internal clear bag.

Testors HMS Trafalgar vs Soviet Oscar Class SSGN and Nimrod MR2 and (2) Westland Seaking HAS5, 1/700, 903

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$22   

Very nicely molded and detailed with all recessed lines. Includes both subs, one aircraft, two helicopters and an excellent decal sheet. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Airfix Panavia Tornado F3 - RAF 299 OCU/65th Sq Conningsby or 29th Sqn Conningsby 1987, 1/48, 09175

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$28   

Large scale kit that is very nicely molded and detailed with markings for two aircraft. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Revell Northrop F-89D / F-89J Scorpion, 1/48, 4548

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$55   

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From 1990. Hard-to-find, large well detailed kit that includes optional parts to correctly build the "D" or "J" variants. Features detailed cockpit, optional position canopy, good intake and exhaust detail, detailed gear wells, drop tanks, wing tip rocket pods, underwing mounted Falcon guided air-to-air missiles, Genie unguided nuclear rocket, decals for both variants and more. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes 'excellent' decals and instructions.