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Aurora Messerschmitt Me-109 (Bf-109) - Blue Short Box Ends- Famous Fighters of All Nations, 1/48, 55A-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM-

$325   

I believe this is the 4th edition of this kit, and the first issue with this Jim Cox boxart. Dates from mid 1955 with small 'Aurora Line' rectangular logo and 'Famous Fighters of All Nations'. It is interesting that this issue did not carry the standard Aurora 'Northern Lights' logo for 1956 - perhaps it was designed at the end of 1955 and simply left that way. Correctly molded in metallic burgundy and clear with the correct rectangular clear stand. For this issue the factory changed the swastikas on the tail to iron crosses and decals as well. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora Lightning P-38 - Famous Fighters of All Nations, 1/48, 99-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$125   

Rare. Third issue with rectangular 'Aurora Line' logo and Famous Fighters of All Nations. Molded in correct gloss medium blue plastic and clear with rectangular clear stand. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. NOTE: decal were previously stuck to the instructions in several small areas. The damage is to the backing paper - the actual transfers are 'excellent.'

Aurora Boeing B-29 Superfortress, 1/76, 372-259

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$225   

Rare 1956 issue with the square 'Northern Lights' logo and arguably the most dramatic and fanciful B-29 artwork from the "Golden Era" of modeling. This is the second issue of this kit. The box is in exceptional condition with brilliant colors and gloss. There are no split corner and no repairs. Light edge wear as the only flaw. Responding to market sources that boys wanted larger kits, Aurora introduced the B-26 followed by the B-29 and B-25, all of which sold well for many years. Never started and inventoried 100% complete with very high gloss silver parts, correct large 'Globe' two piece clear stand and correct decal sheet, mint condition instructions and even the original packing tissue paper.

Heller La Reale De France - 17th Century Warship, 1/75, 6541

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$124   

Originally constructed to protect the southern coast of France, this galley-type warship is one of the most colorful ever built. The Reale de France was the flagship of the 17th Century French Navy and carried the commander's flag and the flag of King Louis XIV. Large and very highly detailed. Contains banners and flags as shown on the cover. Never started. All parts that came in factory sealed bags are still sealed - those parts that were never factory sealed have been inventoried complete. With flags, rigging material and instructions.

Heller Soleil Royal 1692 Three Gun-Deck Warship, 1/100, 6550

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$190   

Museum quality reproduction of the flagship of the French Navy under the Count of Tourville in 1692. The kit has over 2300 parts and amazing detail. Features full hull, complete deck fittings and guns, full rigging instructions, rigging material and billowing sails. Never started. All but the hull and sails are still in factory sealed bags. The hull and sails were never factory sealed. With detailed instructions. This is the Aurora-Heller issue from original Heller molds.

Revell BB-38 USS Pennsylvania, 1/426, H422-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$155   

1961 Sea Power hardbox release. Rare kit of the Arizona's sister ship. The Pennsylvania was in dry-dock during the December 7th Pearl Harbor attack and survived with minimal damage. She was rebuilt and saw significant action in the Pacific in WWII, steaming over 150,000 miles from 1941 to 1945. It is thought that she may have fired more ammunition than any ship in history. She never once reported 'Not Ready' for any operation or need. After being used as a nuclear test ship at Bikini, she was towed to Kwajalein and sunk. Never started. Inventoried complete with all parts, decals, flag sheet and instructions.

Monogram Air Force Patrol - B-66 Skywarrior (A-3A) / C-47 Skytrain / SA-16B Albatross Gift Set, MGP7-349

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM++

$850   

Very rare. Monogram did not issue many gift sets. To make matters more interesting, the ones they issued were very short lived. Many were simply sets of models in sleeves with no dedicated boxes. By 1960, the Monogram Gift sets were no more. This gift set, the Air Force patrol, is interesting because it's not just a sleeve; it has a dedicated box designed for this gift set. It is the one and only issue, dated 1957. The condition is investment grade; the box has no more wear than when it was removed from the shipping carton. The colors and gloss are as new with minor edge wear as the only flaw. Inside, the three kits are still individually factory sealed, including the tube of Monoglue. Also includes the original "Monogram Model Merry Christmas" box wrapper, also in fantastic condition - these seldom survived the opening of the kit. Overall, a hard-to-find kit in factory new condition.

Lindberg Vega Winnie Mae / Ju-87 Stuka / F6F Hellcat Gift Set, 1/48, 100-298

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

$345   

Very rare factory gift set consists of a sleeve and three kits. The sleeve and kits are still factory tape sealed; the kits have never been removed from the sleeve or opened. The kits have general wear, with the F6F having the most wear in the lower left corner.

Aurora Hiller Hornet Ram-Jet Helicopter, 1/48, 501-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$650   

Very rare. Although dated 1956, this is the artwork copyright date only. This issue sports the oval logo with the sunburst but no "Famous Fighters" so this hardbox probably dates roughly 1960 and the last issue for this model. This is from the old Helicopters for Industry molds that Aurora acquired in the mid 1950s. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Hawk Laird Solution 1930s Racer - One-Piece Box, 1/48, 603

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

$145   

Very rare. For the advanced model collector. This is a model kit with a fascinating history for it is among the early injection molded kits produced in the United States (please see the article about early USA kit production on this website). The Hawk model company was the most innovative in America and had been making constant 1/48 scale models in wood with metal accessories since the late 1920s. During the re-run of the World's Fair in 1933, Hawk may have made the world's first injection molded airplanes models - but they were not kits. The models were completely finished and were on display for the then-large sum of $25 each. The Mates brothers, who founded and ran Hawk, were quick to incorporate this new technology by replacing the metal detail parts with injection molded details to the wooden kits in the late 1930s. During the war, Hawk put it's injection molding knowledge to work making ID models for the US Armed Forces. Originally there was a nation-wide program to have children and adults make these from wood, but consistency was an issue - injection molded solved this problem. Immediately after WWII in 1946, Hawk made the Curtiss Racer model injection molded in black tenite. The box was a simple one-color affair. This may have been the first injection molded airplane kit produced in the USA; another contender is the Varney's PT-17. Both met a very cool reception at hobby shops. Hawk quickly changed the Curtiss box to two colors and added box artwork while molding the kit is bright yellow acetate. In 1947, Hawk approached toy stores since hobby shops were giving the kit poor promotion. The toy stores did much better. Spurred on by toy store sales in 1947, Hawk added four classic racers in 1948, all molded in acetate - the Gee Bee, Howard Ike, Laird Solution and the Supermarine S6B. This kit is the one in bright yellow acetate and is from 1948. (Hawk went to polystyrene in 1949). The box is in excellent condition with great colors. The box has not been crushed, bent or flattened, which is unusual since this type of box is not very strong. Inside, the kit has never been started. The model is 100% complete with all parts. The instructions are in excellent condition. Please note that Hawk did not issue decals with this issue of this kit.

Aurora F-86D Sabre Jet Brooklyn - Famous Fighters of All Nations, 1/48, 77-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

$290   

First issue early 1950s U-Ma-Kit from Brooklyn factory. Kit is completely correct for the first issue. Molded in high-gloss gray, no rivet detail, no landing gear/missiles (the rivets and gear/missiles did not come till later issues) and correct instructions/decals. Also includes correct Brooklyn stand and original packing tissue paper. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions.

Aurora P-38 Lightning Brooklyn - Famous Fighters of All Nations, 1/48, 99-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$425   

First issue early 1950s from the Aurora Brooklyn factory. Molded with correct light gloss blue and clear plastic with correct Brooklyn stand, decals and instructions. Even has original packing tissue paper. Decals are in beautiful condition and are still flat. Box is excellent with light scuffing as the only flaws. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. The Aurora issues of the 1/48 scale P-38 are interesting to say the least. The first issue is the Brooklyn kit with the P-38/B-24 box artwork. Inside, the plastic is light blue with minimal surface detail and a clear canopy and rectangular stand that says 'Aurora Plastic Corp. Brooklyn, 4, N.Y.'. There are no landing gear, gear doors or mass balances. The second issue has identical box art, plastic color, decals and rectangular stand, but the box and instructions says 'West Hempstead' instead of Brooklyn. The clear stand mold has had 'Brooklyn' milled out, and there is no location on the stand. The third issue has the same artwork, but the full color 'Aurora Line' logo is used - but the big changes were on the inside. Aurora modified the molds, adding a pitot tube, elevator mass balances and landing gear struts, wheels and doors. The decals and stand remain the same, but the new instructions reflect the changes to the molds. This time the kit is molded in an attractive metallic blue. The fourth issue dropped the Jim Cox artwork in favor of a new P-38 flying from right to left across a threatening sky. The plastic still metallic light blue and the decals and stand remain unchanged. The new details were retained. The fifth issue was 1959. The oval 'Famous Fighters' logo was used with Jo Kotula artwork of two P-38s. The detail level of the kit remained the same, but it was molded in olive drab and clear. The newer 'Triangle' base was added at this time. Further issues kept this box artwork, but the oval logo changed as well as the price extensions.

Revell Teddy the Koala Bear, 1/1, H1901-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM-

$190   

Rare. First and only issue dated 1958. Life-sized plastic kit with eucalyptus tree stand, injection molded parts, Revell Cement, brush, and three colors of realistic 'fur' to apply after assembly. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals, glue, brush and instructions.

Hawk F-84F and Swift K-4 2 Freedom Fighters, 1/72, 522-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$52   

Unique gift set with traditional Hawk high quality fit and finish. Second issue with one dollar price extension on the part number. F-84 features all recessed panel lines, and the Swift is recessed and raised. Both aircraft have full landing gear, color decals, underwing weapons options and a display stand. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Testors 1933 Cadillac Fleetwood V-16 All-Weather Phaeton, 1/24, 836

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$64   

Still factory sealed. Hard-to-find. Very well detailed model with 167 parts. This model is fashioned after the late Al Jolson's exact Cadillac V-16 All-Weather Phaeton. Features built up rolling chassis just like the real car, fully detailed engine with removable hood, complete interior, removable convertible top, rear luggage rack and dual side-mount tires. Molded in white, clear, black and silver.

Aurora Me-109 (Bf-109) Brooklyn - Famous Fighters of All Nations, 1/48, 55-59

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$695   

Very rare first issue. Of the Brooklyn series, this is usually considered the hardest kit to find. Inside, the kit is 100% correct with no rivet detail, no bombs and no landing gear. The color is the unique first run non-metallic medium red with clear canopy and stand. The stand is the correct square one marked 'Brooklyn.' The instructions are correct Brooklyn also, and the decals are the proper early 'Tatem Company' issue with the swastika. The box grades 'excellent' overall. The colors are bright and beautiful. The flaws are edge wear at the top left, a 3/4" by 1/4" tape tear on one long side, and a 1" x 1/2" tear on one short side and other light wear. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, 'excellent' instructions and 'very good++' decals. This kit must be shipped insured.

AMT-Frog Blackburn Shark Torpedo Bomber - RAN / Canadian / Portugal, 1/72, A605-80

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$28   

Still factory sealed. Rare short-lived AMT marketing promo to sell Frog kits in the USA. Older kit with very high quality moldings and fine detail. The very sturdy Shark was the final biplane torpedo bomber for the FAA, with 238 delivered after production began in May of 1935. Features decals for three aircraft- British Fleet Air Arm, Portuguese Navy (6 were delivered) and one of the 20 Shark license built by Boeing for Canada. Kit features movable control surfaces, prop, wheels, optional floats or wheeled version and torpedo and bomb loads. With color painting guide on the back of the box.

MPC English Electric (BAC) Lightning F.1A Interceptor, 1/72, 1-4109

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$18   

From Airfix molds. Nicely molded. Includes Firestreak missiles and large, colorful decal sheet with red and white checkerboards. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Airfix Westland Whirlwind - Bagged, 1/72, 99

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG+

$24   

Still factory sealed. 1960s bagged kit with header and type three logo. 112 Whirlwinds were built after the prototype flew in October of 1938. Two Squadrons flew the single seat fighter bomber on anti-shipping strikes and long range escort duties.

Aurora Sopwith Camel, 1/48, 102-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$49   

Still factory sealed. This is the 4th known issue of this classic kit, and the second one to share the 102-100 kit number. The blue oval logo dates from the early 1960s. This is only the second box artwork used for this kit, and John Steel replaced Cox for the 'new look' from Aurora. This is part of the famous Aurora WWI series of 1/48 scale aircraft. The series began in 1956 and Aurora added new kits into the early 1960s. The line proved incredibly popular, so these kits were included in the 'mold upgrade' in the 1970s before Aurora went out of business.