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Hudson Miniatures 1911 Maxwell Lil' Old Timers 'Quickie Kit', 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$46   

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. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Monogram US Lee Tank M3 with Diorama Instructions - USA / Soviet / British Versions, 1/32, 7536

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$52   

1973 issue. Rare large 1/32 scale armor kit. Very well detailed. Includes desirable Shep Paine diorama instructions in full color. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. The decals are intact but please NOTE that the backing paper has bug damage.

RCM HUP-24 / H-21 Workhorse, 1/48

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Bagged

$79   

SPECIAL ORDER vacuform kit. Not shipped from stock. Kit is molded upon receipt of payment. Time from receipt to shipping your kit is usually 8 to 10 weeks. Kit includes resin and/or metal details -clear canopy and full size plans/instructions. Details included will vary from kit to kit but may contain landing struts - wheels - props - engines (not jets) - some cockpit parts - seats - etc. Other parts will need to be scratch built or from your spares box. Decals not furnished. Vacuform kits are only recommended for modelers who are experienced with this type of model. Special skills and scratch building experience are required. If you are curious, I highly recommend that you read the article 'How To Build Vacuform Model Kits' which is located on this website.

Airmodel HC-130H (Satellite Film Capture) / F-80C / F-106B Conversion Kit - Bagged, 1/72, 102

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Bagged

$45   

Rare conversion makes HC-130 - the version that picks up spy satellite film, two-seater F-106 and F-80C Shooting Star. Never started. Complete with all parts and instructions. Requires base kits for conversion. Airmodel did not supply decals with this kit. Vacuform conversions are not recommended for modelers who are not experienced with this type of plastic.

Amodel Yak-210 - USSR Training Aircraft, 1/72, 72171

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$19   

Still factory sealed. 1950s Soviet twin engine trainer, mainly used for navigational flights. The Soviet Air Force preferred the Il-28U, so this Yak did not enter mass production.

Comet Vultee Vengence - 20 Inch Wingspan Flying Balsa Airplane - Coke Bottle Issue, R6-59

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$44   

1950s issue flying model with the box art showing a Coke next to the young builders snack plate and finished product. Kit features traditional wood/tissue construction with high quality printwood, stripwood, wooden stock as required, fully formed wheels, covering tissue, prop and detailed full size plans/building instructions. The model has not been started. Inventoried complete. Comet was a famous manufacturer of stick and tissue flying and static models. In the 1930s Great Depression, they lead the low-priced kit revolution with the "Dime Scale" kits and famous advertisements in Model Airplane News magazine and others. Comet reached it's peak in the 1930s when they acquired the services of Carl Goldberg. Goldberg was a highly accomplished modeler with articles in Model Airplane News and famous designs that won him several National level competitions in the 1930s and beyond. (Carl Goldberg went on to found his own company and produced well designed and popular free-flight and RC aircraft). Comet survived the post World War economic slump and continued kit production until they were bought out by long-time competitor Guillow's in 1998.

Heller Le Redoubtable SSBN Submarine, 1/400, 301

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$26   

First issue with no 'L' on the part number and 'Yellow' style box. Full hull kit featuring very fine raised and recessed hull detail, movable elevator, rudder and diving planes, counter-rotating props, decals and display stand. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. Even includes the original glue capsule.

SMER Fokker S11 Instructor (S-11), 1/50, 117

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$26   

Rare kit of the Dutch Trainer in a large near 1/48 scale. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Cleveland Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIc - Balsa Flying Aircraft, SF-78

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$75   

This is a Cleveland 'SF' or 'Scale Flying' model in museum scale of 1/16. The kit came from a long time collector of 1930s and 1940s models and is in exceptional condition. All Cleveland kits were exceptionally complete and this one is no exception. Features very high quality balsa printwood and strip wood, covering material, highest quality plans, all parts required for assembly and decals (if issued with the kit). NOTE: two wing ribs have been cut from a sheet. There is no other cutting and no assembly. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. The Cleveland Model and Supply Company played a pivotal role in the development of true scale models. In 1909 Bleriot's English Channel flight caused a surge in aviation and model aircraft around the globe. Several companies were ideally positioned to take advantage of the aviation craze. In the USA, Wading River Manufacturing Co. (1909), White Aeroplane (1911), Ideal Model Aeroplane (1911), Broadfield Model Aeroplanes (1919) were among these pioneers, offering everything from plans and parts to complete kits and ARF models. Lindbergh's 1927 crossing of the Atlantic Ocean caused an even bigger world-wide phenomenon called 'The Aviation Craze' that extended up to the start of World War II. Many companies such as Megow, Guillow's and others started right around the time of Lindbergh's flight. Some of these models flew and flew well, but they all had one thing in common - were generally not accurate scale representations. In 1929, a youngster named Ed Packard had a very advanced dream to produce incredibly accurate, true scale models that flew perfectly. This radical idea established the world's longest operating single-owner model airplane supply business, called Cleveland Model and Supply Company. To this day, Cleveland models are treasured as the most accurate flying scale models produced. The fact that Mr. Packard started and successfully grew this business during The Great Depression is a testament to his ideals and business skill. I highly suggest the excellent book called 'Aviations great Recruiter, Cleveland's Ed Packard' by H.L. (Herm) Schreiner. It is an excellent history of the man, his company and the times of the Golden Age of Model Aviation.

MPC General Dynamics F-16A or F-16B Falcon - 388th Tactical Fighter Wing USAF, 1/72, 1-4306

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$26   

Very cleanly and finely molded kit with all recessed panel line detail. Features decals for the 388th and all parts to build one seat or two seater versions. Includes detailed cockpit(s), gear wells, laser guided bombs, long range drop tanks, AIM-54 Phoenix missiles and AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles. This kit has never been started. It is either still in the internally sealed factory bag or has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Hasegawa IJN Submarines I-361 and I-171 With Kaiten, 1/700, WLD095

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$18   

Very highly detailed waterline small scale (1/700) model. Contains both submarines and several separately molded Kaiten. The kit has never been started. It is either still in the factory sealed bags or has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. I-361 has a very active career as a supply sub making runs to Wake Island. In May of 1945 she is outfitted with five kaiten and sent to attack Okinawa where the US invasion fleet was. After evading American forces for several days, she was sunk on May 31, 1945 by an Avenger using sonobouys and a Mark 24 "Fido" acoustic tracking torpedo. 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.

AMT 1950 Ford Convertible Coupe - Cruisin USA George Barris Issue, 1/25, 2256

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$27   

1980 issue. Wild custom Barris design with 'Prismatic' lower body decals. Features detailed Flathead V-8 and engine compartment, opening hood, detailed suspension and underside, full interior and a large number of custom parts. Molded in dark blue, clear, chrome plate, red-tinted clear and with rubber tires. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes flame and Prismatic decals and instructions.

Skywave (2) Ro-35 and (4) Koryu Target A Type D Submarines, 1/700, W45

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$20   

Hard-to-find. Excellent molds with all recessed panel lines. Includes all submarines listed. The RO-35 can be built waterline or full hull and the midget subs are full hull. Includes an extensive decal sheet. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Aeroclub Gloster Gamecock I, 1/48

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$56   

Still the only Gamecock in 1/48 scale. Rare, limited issue. The kit consists of vacuformed main components, cast metal engine, intake manifold, landing gear struts, prop, machine gun and more, two sizes of airfoil cross section stock, other strip and round stock as needed, colorful decals and instructions. The vacuform parts of a very high quality - higher quality than many injection molded kits. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Aurora Boeing 747 - Air Canada, 1/156, 391-350

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$55   

Late 1960s or early 1970s Aurora of Canada kit. This is Aurora's near 1/144 scale kit that features full landing gear, large display stand and an extensive Air Canada decal sheet with full red rudders with Maple Leaf logo, fuselage script and logos, glare shield and full side stripes. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: the decals have micro-cracked. Please read the article on this website about saving old decals before using these or any older kit decals.

Aurora De Haviland DH-10 Bomber, 1/48, 125-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$79   

1957 issue. First release of this large scale (1/48) kit. This is part of the famous Aurora WWI aircraft series that first came out in 1956. The line proved incredibly popular and these kits were included in the 'mold upgrade' in the 1970s before Aurora went out of business. Includes three crew, ground base and two ground crew. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions.

Branchline Trains Blueprint Series HO Heavyweight Passenger Coach 80 Foot Single Window Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Car #767 1940s/1950s, 1/87, 5105-767

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$32   

Superb and highly detailed model kit that is factory painted and lettered in the C&O 'Green Scheme' with Roman lettering. Features separate grab irons, extensive and complete underbody details, steam, air & signal lines, working diaphragms, full interior, metal wheels, magnetic knuckle couplers and much more. The kit has never been started. The parts have never been removed from the box and are still wrapped in the factory protective tissue paper. Includes excellent, illustrated instructions.

Monogram Hot Shot Jet Racer - CO2 Powered Racer, 1/30, R1

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$79   

Rare kit for the advanced collector. This is Monogram's first car kit, number R1 and made in 1946. The box has wear as shown, but the kit inside is 'excellent.' The Hot Shot Jet racer kit consists of a pre-carved balsa wood body with the grill design completely pre-cut, a sheet of printed wood parts, four rubber tires, a vacuform clear canopy (that has not turned yellow), axles, color decals and full size plans/instructions including details on how to power the car with a CO2 jet engine. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

AMT Big Foot (Bigfoot) Figure Kit, 1/7, 7701

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$79   

Rare. The first and only release of AMT's 'Bigfoot' did not show the creature in a very friendly light, which may have lead to it's early demise. The kit builds to a large, impressive figure standing over a pool of water among broken trees. Bigfoot has just finished a meal consisting of Homo Sapiens, as evidenced the femur, skull and rib cage. Bigfoot is molded in brown, while the pond and human parts are molded in glowing plastic. This kit has never been started. It is either still in the internally sealed factory bag or has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Life-Like USS Olympia - Admiral Dewey's Flagship - (ex-Pyro), 1/240, B240-250

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$29   

Life-Like issue with original Pyro part number and A.J. Rudisill artwork. This is a full hull, large scale model of Admiral Dewey's famous flagship. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts including instructions. NOTE: The stern of the hull as a repair. The repair is neatly done, very strong and the hull halves still fit as they should. A 1.5 inch section broke off due to the brittle plastic.