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

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$16   

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..

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

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$24   

From the 1940s. Excellent wooden kit 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.

Mod-Ac Trac-Tractor Model 14 (Bulldozer/ Tracked Tractor) - Wood Assembly Kit, 1/24, 146-I

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair-

$22   

1940s kit from hardwood, plywood, metal stock and with plastic treads. Features full size plans and instructions, track inner and outer frames, tread/track links, driver wheels, bogie wheels, spring and engine housings, smoke stack, seat and much more. The kit has not been started. Inventoried with all parts and plans with detailed text instructions.

Mod-Ac Trac-Tractor Model 14 (Bulldozer/ Tracked Tractor) - Wood Assembly Kit, 1/24, 146-I

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

$12   

NOTE: Builder kit only. This model is missing parts. Multi-media kit from hardwood, plastic and metal stock. The kit includes full size plans and instructions, track frame inner frames and outer frames, tread/track links (plastic), large driver wheels, 13 of 14 bogie wheels, spring housing, drawbar bracket, frame bracket, metal stock for levers/controls, smoke stack (plastic), seat and numerous other wooden parts. It is missing the hood sides, radiator, floor, dash and rectangular frame (all wood) and track spacing template (paper). The kit has not been started and includes sandpaper, original plans and some nails as needed.

Ace Model Shop 105mm Howitzer Field Gun, 1/24, 645

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$46   

From the early to mid 1940s. An excellent model for that time featuring die-cut hardwood parts, machined, precut and drilled hardwood parts, fully formed and finished wheels with tread, a factory sealed wax paper bag with small parts and superb instructions with numerous assembly illustrations. Never started and complete.

Craft Master Red Rover Fire Engine Wagon with Paint - Golden Memories of the 1800s, 112-600

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$79   

Still factory sealed. Rare; this one probably the most expensive wagon that Craft Master made and it was double the price of the the others. Authentic, large, true-scale model from high quality, die-cut Ponderosa Pine and other materials as required. Measures 9 inches long and 7.5 inches high when assembled. From the box side - "This famous old goose-neck engine saw service in New York City in the early 1800's. She bears the proud name of Harry Howard, who became the Chief Engineer, New York Fire Department. Furnished with brilliant colored paints for hand painting. Completely illustrated instructions." This series contained several other kits, all done to the same (unlisted) scale - Covered Wagon, Log Wagon, Jerky Wagon, Mule Team, Horse Team, Ox Team, Conestoga Wagon, Mile Wagon, Chuck Wagon, Delivery wagon, Dray Wagon, Stage Coach and Water Wagon. There was also a Fire Engine Wagon and even an Ox Team done to the same scale.

Merco General Patton Battle Tank, 1/27

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$55   

Early 1950s wood and metal static model. Well detailed for that time and just over 14 inches long when assembled. Features precut and die-cut wooden parts, completely formed wheels, metal engine screen material, metal tracks and a bag of many other metal parts, full decals and more. Has very large, excellent plans that are highly illustrated and have detailed text instructions also. Never started and complete. Merco was Mercury Model Airplane Company out of Brooklyn New York. The armor line included the Patton, T41 bulldog, M4 Sherman, German Tiger, Russian Stalin and the shorter Patton 48.

Mod-Ac US Army Searchlight - 800,000,000 Candle Power For Anti-Aircraft Defense, 1/24, 1044

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$12   

From the 1940s. NOTE: builder only, missing two parts. Very nice scale kit and an ideal accessory for the various other vehicles and guns available in this scale. Features all hardwood parts (unless mentioned), hollow light enclosure (heavy cardboard), completely finished convex rear housing, clear plastic front lens, working support arms, detailed trailer with finished wheels, resistor box, sandpaper and more. The kit has never been started. NOTE: missing one wheel and junction box. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts and includes multi-view drawings, exploded assembly instructions and text instructions.

Mod-Ac Trac-Tractor Model 14 (Bulldozer/ Tracked Tractor) - Wood Assembly Kit, 1/24, 146-I

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$18   

1940s kit from hardwood, plywood, metal stock and with cardstock treads. Features full size plans and instructions, track frame inner frames and outer frames, tread/track links, driver wheels, bogie wheels, spring and engine housings, smoke stack, seat and much more. The kit has not been started. NOTE: missing one part, radiator block. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts and plan/instructions.

Kempro US Army All Star Jeep, 1/13

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$65   

Rare kit dated 1944. Very large scale jeep measures almost 11 inches long when assembled. Features all hardwood parts cut to shape, completely finished hardwood wheels, very heavy and thick die-cut intricate grill, steering wheel and other parts in cardstock, a sealed paper envelope of small parts, Casco glue packet, clear windshield material, sandpaper and a glass vial (possibly paint) that is completely dried up. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes multiple-view plans with instructions.

Merco T41 Walker Bulldog, 1/27

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$49   

Early 1950s wood and metal static model. Well detailed for that time and 12 inches long when assembled. Features precut and die-cut wooden parts, completely formed wheels, many metal parts, full decals and more. Has very large, excellent plans that are highly illustrated and have detailed text instructions also. Never started and complete with all parts and plans/instructions. Merco was Mercury Model Airplane Company out of Brooklyn New York. The armor line included the Patton, T41 bulldog, M4 Sherman, German Tiger, Russian Stalin and the shorter Patton 48.

Merco General Patton Battle Tank, 1/27

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$59   

Early 1950s wood and metal static model. Well detailed for that time and just over 14 inches long when assembled. Features precut and die-cut wooden parts, completely formed wheels, metal engine screen material, metal tracks and a bag of many other metal parts, full decals and more. Has very large, excellent plans that are highly illustrated and have detailed text instructions also. Never started and complete, with the small parts still in the factory sealed bag. Merco was Mercury Model Airplane Company out of Brooklyn New York. The armor line included the Patton, T41 bulldog, M4 Sherman, German Tiger, Russian Stalin and the shorter Patton 48.

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

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$22   

From the 1940s. Excellent wooden kit 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 includes 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.

Austin-Craft US Army Trailer For Jeep or Truck, 1/24

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$16   

From the 1940s. Made as an accessory for the extensive line of Austin-Craft (and other manufacturers as well) World War 2 jeeps, 1.5 and 2.5 ton trucks, scout cars, etc. Excellent wood kit featuring all pre-cut parts, formed wire roof supports, army green fabric for optional top, detailed, fully molded black wheels, small forward balance wheel (below hitch) and full size, multi-view plan sheet. The kit has never been started. NOTE: missing one part - spare tire. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts and includes plans.

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.

Hudson Miniatures 1910 International Harvester Passenger Car, 1/16

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$85   

Very well detailed large 1/16 kit from 1949. Features plastic wheels, grill, headlamps, spotlight, running lights and other accessories and wooden 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. James Melton. 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 detailed plans/instructions. As a note, few people even knew that International Harvester even made a passenger car. Not many were produced and very, very few are in existence. Jim Melton's car, the car examined by Hudson engineers, was likely given to him as a promotion as he was a popular opera singer and the star of International Harvester's radio show 'Harvest of the Stars'. The car was very solidly built to last and reportedly gave excellent service. Why IH did not pursue production is not known. 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 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.

Rogers Motor Company Bofors 40mm AA Gun and Carriage, 1/16, 40

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$89   

Rare, large 1/16 scale highly pre-fabricated kit from 1945. Very high quality wood scale kit measuring 14 inches long when assembled. Features pre-cut and precarved hardwood parts, completely formed wheels, die-cut fibre detail parts, numerous other pre-shaped and factory cut parts and much more. Rogers spent a significant amount of time on the instructions, providing detailed assembly steps, a photo of the completed model, full size plans and a very large number of assembly detail drawings. The kit has never been started. The small parts are either still in factory sealed paper bags or inventoried complete. The parts that were never factory sealed have been inventoried complete with full instructions with plans. Rogers was an early producer of miniature gas engines for free-flight and early radio control model kits and often had large adds for these engines in hobby magazines. The full company name on the box is listed as 'Rogers Motor Company Detroit Michigan' and the 'Scale Model Division' is listed as Tawas City, Michigan. Right at the end of WWII, Rogers made a very short journey into kit manufacturing. As you would expect from an engine manufacture, the kits were all true scale, highly prefabricated, had excellent detail and were fairly complicated. Rogers produced at least four kits - the 40MM AA Gun and Carriage (1/16 scale), Army Weasel, LST and an amazing huge scale M4 Sherman tank with over 780 parts. These kits were likely produced in that order, with the LST being released around late 1945/early 1946. I have seen several of these kits built and they make excellent displays. And thanks to kit builder and collector Fran Fierko for some new and important kit history! Fran was able to track down the son of the designer of the five Rogers kits. Mr. John Hoenle Jr. was a master model builder who received a deferment from the draft in WWII to build recognition models for the military- some of which may still be on display at Wright-patterson AFB in Ohio. Mr. Hoenle is believed to have designed one other early kit, a civilian Chris Craft cabin cruiser. It is unknown if this kit was issued or not. Mr. Hoenle left Rogers to design promo models for Jo-Han, which is famous for their 1950s line of car kits.

E Z Kraft US Army Jeep, 1/15, J112

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$62   

From the 1940s. Rare, very large scale jeep kit measuring 8.5 inches long when assembled. Features factory-cut hardwood parts, wood stock, very heavy (as thick as wood) die-cut cardboard parts, engine, removable hood, folding windshield, cut-out dashboard and excellent plans with multiple views of the assembled model and very detailed and illustrated text instructions. E.Z. Craft was a product of the 'Miniature Boat Shop' in Evanston, Illinois.

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 manufacturers. 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.