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Monogram Rockwell B-1B Strategic Bomber - Operation 'Enduring Freedom' - 'Stars and Stripes' 28th BW 37th BS Ellsworth AFB / 'Sweet Sixteen' 7th Wing 28th BS Dyess AFB / 'Star of Abilene' Delivery Scheme, 1/72, 85-5606

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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From 2002. Nicely molded and detailed with 102 parts. Features very fine raised and recessed panel lines, swing wings, full four-place cockpit, detailed landing gear wells, detailed turbine assembly and afterburner exhaust cones, optional position bomb bay doors with bomb bay detail and ACMs mounted on the rotary launcher, numerous externally mounted ACMs (Air Launched Cruise Missiles), optional position crew boarding door and ladder and markings for the three aircraft listed. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: decals are intact but have moisture damage.

Italeri Grumman A-6E Intruder, 1/72, 041

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

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Still factory sealed.

Revell SS United States Ocean Liner, 1/602, 0312

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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1996 reissue using the original molds and box artwork of the classic 1950s kit. Nicely molded full hull model with display stand and decals. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. The box is graded 'good' because clear tape all along the right short side and light 'crush' damage on the left short side.

Accurate Miniatures Grumman F3F-1 - (F3F1) US Navy, 1/48, 3413

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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Very highly detailed kit with over 75 parts. Well molded parts with recessed panel lines, weighted or normal tires, photoetched rigging, detailed cockpit and engine and more. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bags including decals and instructions.

Ideal Aeroplane & Supply Ideal US Navy Submarine - 24 inch Wooden Model

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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Large model of a 1938 US Navy Fleet submarine. This was originally a solid pre-carved hull kit. However, the war effort resulted in this being a plank-on-frame hollow kit. Includes printed wood frames, strip wood, bow and stern blocks, deck details (but no metal due to the war), full size plans, two envelopes of Casco Powdered Casein glue, sandpaper and two large sheets- one is the full size plans in amazing 'near mint' condition and the other is a large sheet illustrating and explaining the wartime hull construction. The instructions have plans and text with detail drawings down the rigging details. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

Renwal See-Thru SSBN 618 Thomas Jefferson Polaris Nuclear Submarine, 1/200, 653

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Classic 1950s boxart at it's finest and the rarest of all the Renwal SSBNs. Large 24 inch long kit with clear right half that is hinged to open. The Jefferson is the only Renwal sub that has the clear hull half - all others have a gray hinged half. The clear hull half model has never been reissued. The clear half is in excellent condition and still wrapped in the protective factory paper. Heavily detailed interior and actual 'launching' Polaris missile from a spring loaded missile launch tube. This kit has never been started. All parts have been inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Renwal SSB(N)-608 Ethan Allen Polaris Launching Nuclear Submarine, 1/200, 652

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Fantastic Cold-War artwork on this early issue. From the early 1960s judging from the newer Renwal logo at the upper left. The Ethan Allen was the lead submarine of her class. These replacements for the George Washington class had 16 tubes as before, but could carry the Polaris A-1, A-2 and A-3. Classic large (24" long) SSBN kit actual fires a spring-loaded Polaris Missiles from the hull launch tube. Highly detailed and well molded for that time. Starboard hull halve hinges down to reveal full interior detail for each compartment. There is no assembly but NOTE: one bulkhead and the bunk sheets on one part have minor painting. There is no other painting. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Please NOTE that the box displays better in the photo than the 'Good+' grade; I have graded it such because there are fine scratches in the box top litho on and ahead of the sail.

Renwal SSB(N)-608 Ethan Allen Polaris Launching Nuclear Submarine, 1/200, 652

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Fantastic Cold-War artwork on this early issue. From the late 1950s. The Ethan Allen was the lead submarine of her class. These replacements for the George Washington class had 16 tubes as before, but could carry the Polaris A-1, A-2 and A-3. Classic large (24" long) SSBN kit actual fires a spring-loaded Polaris Missiles from the hull launch tube. Highly detailed and well molded for that time. Starboard hull halve hinges down to reveal full interior detail for each compartment. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Renwal SSBN Andrew Jackson Polaris Ballistic Missile Submarine with Full Interior, 1/200, 654-349

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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From the late 1950s or early 1960s. Classic large (24" long) Cold War SSBN kit that actual fires Polaris Missiles from a spring-loaded hull launch tube. Highly detailed and well molded including crew members. Starboard hull halve hinges down to reveal full interior detail for each compartment. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Lindberg US Fleet Submarine (ex-Varney), 1/240, 703-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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NOTE: builder kit only, has been neatly started! Please read carefully to the end for details. Rare kit with a fascinating history. These molds are believed to be the oldest production plastic ship model in US modeling history. The kit started as the Varney Fleet Sub in the mid 1940s. It is widely regarded as the very first USA all-plastic construction kit of a military vessel. Varney produced an all plastic aircraft kit at the same time, the PT-17. It is the #1 candidate for the first plastic airplane kit in the USA. Varney was a famous manufacture of model trains, first O then a leader in HO models. The two new additions did not sell very well - remember, the Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' had yet to be issued, so the boom in modeling had not occurred. Varney soon sold the molds for the Fleet Sub and the PT-17 to O-Lin (along with the molds for a fantastic multi-media kit with a wooden hull and plastic fittings, the Varney PT Boat ). O-Lin was a joint venture by Paul Lindberg and Mr. Olsen. O-Lin successfully issued the PT Boat (the PT Boat was given an injection molded hull and deck), PT-17 Stearman and Fleet Sub but modified the molds for the Sub. The original Varney kit had a solid, one-piece black hull and gray fittings. O-Lin engineers created a two-piece hull that provided a hollow hull and made from the same shot of plastic as the fittings. The 'Lin' in O-Lin, Paul Lindberg, was already well known for his publication of articles and plans for flying model aircraft in some of the leading aviation publications in the 1940/50s. Mr. Lindberg soon bought out Mr. Olsen and began marketing the same O-Lin kits under 'The Lindberg Line.' One immediate change was the box art. O-Lin box art was usually two or three color and not very exciting. Near the end of O-Lin, the partners asked Ray Gaedke to provide some box art. The bright colors and vivid action were an immediate hit, and Paul Lindberg took this lesson and Mr. Gaedke's artwork along to the new 'Lindberg Line.' Lindberg continue to issue the old Varney kits with the O-Lin modifications. The kit has been issued by a resurgent Lindberg as late at 2009, likely making it the longest running plastic ship kit in US history. This model is in superb investment-grade condition. The Ray Gaedke box art has perfect color and gloss, four solid corners, no fading, tears or price tags or tag marks or rips. The box grades 'excellent+++' and has only a few light scuffs, edge and corner marks and two short pieces of clear tape on the two long sides. The model has not been started. NOTE: this kit has neat assembly. The stand supports, hull halves, deck and several small fittings have been assembled to 'professional' quality. There is no other assembly and zero painting. The kit has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, 'excellent' decals and 'excellent' instructions.

Lindberg US Fleet Submarine (ex-Varney), 1/240, 703-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

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Rare kit with a fascinating history. These molds are believed to be the oldest production plastic ship model in US modeling history. The kit started as the Varney Fleet Sub in the mid 1940s. It is widely regarded as the very first USA all-plastic construction kit of a military vessel. Varney produced an all plastic aircraft kit at the same time, the PT-17. It is the #1 candidate for the first plastic airplane kit in the USA. Varney was a famous manufacture of model trains, first O then a leader in HO models. The two new additions did not sell very well - remember, the Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' had yet to be issued, so the boom in modeling had not occurred. Varney soon sold the molds for the Fleet Sub and the PT-17 to O-Lin (along with the molds for a fantastic multi-media kit with a wooden hull and plastic fittings, the Varney PT Boat ). O-Lin was a joint venture by Paul Lindberg and Mr. Olsen. O-Lin successfully issued the PT Boat (the PT Boat was given an injection molded hull and deck), PT-17 Stearman and Fleet Sub but modified the molds for the Sub. The original Varney kit had a solid, one-piece black hull and gray fittings. O-Lin engineers created a two-piece hull that provided a hollow hull and made from the same shot of plastic as the fittings. The 'Lin' in O-Lin, Paul Lindberg, was already well known for his publication of articles and plans for flying model aircraft in some of the leading aviation publications in the 1940/50s. Mr. Lindberg soon bought out Mr. Olsen and began marketing the same O-Lin kits under 'The Lindberg Line.' One immediate change was the box art. O-Lin box art was usually two or three color and not very exciting. Near the end of O-Lin, the partners asked Ray Gaedke to provide some box art. The bright colors and vivid action were an immediate hit, and Paul Lindberg took this lesson and Mr. Gaedke's artwork along to the new 'Lindberg Line.' Lindberg continue to issue the old Varney kits with the O-Lin modifications. The kit has been issued by a resurgent Lindberg as late at 2009, likely making it the longest running plastic ship kit in US history. This model is in superb investment-grade condition. The Ray Gaedke box art has perfect color and gloss, four solid corners, no fading, tears or price tags or tag marks or rips. The box grades 'excellent+++' and has only a few light scuffs, edge and corner marks and two short pieces of clear tape on the two long sides. The model has not been started. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes 'excellent+' condition decals and 'near mint' condition instructions.

Lindberg Nautilus Atomic Submarine by Paul Lindberg, 704

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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Rare first issue hardbox with script Lindberg logo. In the 1930s, Paul Lindberg was designing, building and flying stick and tissue aircraft like so many other men and boys of the time. His plans appear in Popular Aviation magazine and he made a good name for himself. When injection molding showed the way to increased kits sales in the late 1940s/early 1950s, he quickly teamed up with Mr. Olsen to create 'O-lin' models. Ray Gaedke was one the early artists for O-lin. In the early 1950s Paul Lindberg had control and had his name as the logo. The first logo is the one on this kit - 'Lindberg' in script with 'Products' arched across the top and 'Incorporated' arched across the bottom to create a broken circle around the script. Ray Gaedke continued his bold and colorful artwork for Lindberg, such as the box painting for the Nautilus here. The Nautilus appears to be the first sea vessel that Lindberg cut it's own molds for - the Chris Craft Express Cruiser, PT Boat, LST and Fleet Submarine (Ex-Varney) were done by O-lin. The model is an interesting work of fact and fiction - it includes a deck gun and what looks like a Regulus II missile for the deck! The scale is not known but it measures about 12 inches long when assembled. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Lindberg Nautilus Atomic Submarine by Paul Lindberg, 704

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Rare first issue hardbox with script Lindberg logo. In the 1930s, Paul Lindberg was designing, building and flying stick and tissue aircraft like so many other men and boys of the time. His plans appear in Popular Aviation magazine and he made a good name for himself. When injection molding showed the way to increased kits sales in the late 1940s/early 1950s, he quickly teamed up with Mr. Olsen to create 'O-lin' models. Ray Gaedke was one the early artists for O-lin. In the early 1950s Paul Lindberg had control and had his name as the logo. The first logo is the one on this kit - 'Lindberg' in script with 'Products' arched across the top and 'Incorporated' arched across the bottom to create a broken circle around the script. Ray Gaedke continued his bold and colorful artwork for Lindberg, such as the box painting for the Nautilus here. The Nautilus appears to be the first sea vessel that Lindberg cut it's own molds for - the Chris Craft Express Cruiser, PT Boat, LST and Fleet Submarine (Ex-Varney) were done by O-lin. The model is an interesting work of fact and fiction - it includes a deck gun and what looks like a Regulus II missile for the deck! The scale is not known but it measures about 12 inches long when assembled. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Doyusha U581 U-Boat Type VII-C Submarine - Motorized Diving and Surfacing Operating Model, 1/150, UB-2000

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Very nice scale model that is designed for water operation. Automatically dives and surfaces while underway. Includes all required metal hardware for motorization. Doyusha did not include the RE-280 motor. Features detailed superstructure, AA guns and deck guns, Seiran aircraft with crane, ballast weights for neutral buoyancy, periscope switch, watertight compartments and more. Includes rigging diagram, decals and instructions. The kit is molded in dark red (below the waterline parts) and silver gray (above waterline parts). The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Doyusha Sen-Toku Type I-401 (I400 class) Submarine - Motorized Diving and Surfacing Operating Model, 1/300, EG-1500

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG++

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Still factory sealed. Very nice scale model that is designed for water operation. Automatically dives and surfaces while underway. Includes RE-280 Mabuchi motor and all metal hardware required. Features detailed superstructure, AA guns and deck gun and Seiran aircraft with crane. Includes rigging diagram, decals and instructions. The kit is usually molded in dark red (below the waterline parts), dark gray (above waterline parts) and wood tan (decking), but I cannot confirm because it is factory sealed.

Academy U-581 Type IX-B U-Boat Submarine - Static or Motorized with Diving Action, 1/150, 1410

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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Large kit that can be built static or '...as a motorized, diving submarine.' Contains Re-280 motor, waterproof compartments, ballast and a 'diving key' that makes the sub automatically dive and rise to the surface while under power. Could possibly be made R/C with todays tiny systems and 2.4 Ghz technology. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Doyusha USS Nautilus SSN571 With Regulus II Missile - Motorized, 1/380, MI-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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Older kit that is designed to operate in water. Includes missile shelter, launcher and scale Regulus II guided missile - although I do not believe the Nautilus test launched the Regulus II. Submarine measures 10 inches long when assembled. Features a metal weight to achieve neutral buoyancy, movable diving planes and a rubber band motor with winding handle. The kit is molded in dark blue above the waterline and dark red below the waterline. Includes a static display stand also. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

Doyusha RO-55 Japanese Submarine - Motorized, 1/270, RO-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Older kit that is designed to operate in water. Measures 10 inches long when assembled. Features a metal weight to achieve neutral buoyancy, movable diving planes and a rubber band motor with winding handle. The kit is molded in dark brown/gray (above the waterline) and dark red (below the waterline). Includes a static display stand also. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions. Ro-55 was a K6 Kaichu Type medium submarine. She was launched on April 23, 1944 and commanded by LtCdr Suwa. On January 27, 1945 Ro-55 departed Kure on her first war patrol west of Mindoro. On February 2, Suwa reports being attacked by aircraft. That was the last communication received. On February 7, RO-55 attempted to attack a convoy os hips headed for Leyte Gulf where she was probably sunk by USS THOMASON (DE 203). in a hedge-hog attack just before midnight.

Doyusha RO-55 Japanese Submarine - Motorized, 1/270, RO-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Older kit that is designed to operate in water. Measures 10 inches long when assembled. Features a metal weight to achieve neutral buoyancy, movable diving planes and a rubber band motor with winding handle. The kit is molded in dark brown/gray (above the waterline) and dark red (below the waterline). Includes a static display stand also. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions. Ro-55 was a K6 Kaichu Type medium submarine. She was launched on April 23, 1944 and commanded by LtCdr Suwa. On January 27, 1945 Ro-55 departed Kure on her first war patrol west of Mindoro. On February 2, Suwa reports being attacked by aircraft. That was the last communication received. On February 7, RO-55 attempted to attack a convoy os hips headed for Leyte Gulf where she was probably sunk by USS THOMASON (DE 203). in a hedge-hog attack just before midnight.

Doyusha I-171 Japanese Submarine - Motorized, 1/400, 1-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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Older kit that is designed to operate in water. Measures 10 inches long when assembled. Features a metal weight to achieve neutral buoyancy, movable diving planes and a rubber band motor with winding handle. The kit is molded in dark brown/gray (above the waterline) and dark red (below the waterline). Includes a static display stand also. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. No decals are shown on the instructions, so I believe that Doyusha did not issue this kit with decals. I-171 lead a very active career from Pearl Harbor, Midway and beyond. She was diverted to supply duty and was depth charged and sunk on one such mission by DD-472 USS Guest and DD-475 USS Hudson, 1 February 1944, off Buka Island.