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Unusual Model Collection on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Models

I just ran across this.  Only 5 hours left.

“You are bidding on … A lot of (11) Unbuilt Military Model Kits from the 1940’s!! … There is a U.S. Army Half-Track of balsa which has the assembly blueprint + die-cut pressed paper accessories by MOD-AC of Los Angeles … There are (3) West-Craft U.S. Army Jeeps dated 1942 on the blueprints with balsa + die-cut pressed paper pieces as well as outstanding box-art … A Megow Model U.S. Army Jeep dated 1943 on the assembly blueprint … (2) ACE Products Jeepsters dated 1948 from Pasadena, CA. … An ACE Civilian Jeep dated 1946 of balsa with sealed accessory bags … An Austin-Craft U.S. Army Jeep with no instruction sheet but from a similar year of manufacture … another Austin-Craft U.S. Army Jeep with the instruction sheet + a stainless or aluminum hood … U.S. Army Jeep by H.F. Auler Company of Milwaukee, Wis that is dated 1943 on the blueprint …. These kits appear to be complete BUT I am NOT guaranteeing this: They were bought by my uncle approximately 56 years ago for my brother and cousin but no one had the energy or interest to assemble any of them … The box art + graphics will be of interest for the collector of vintage military models …. they are some of the earliest model kits available, no splits or major damage to the boxes …. I will try to answer questions if they are not sent in the last 15 minutes of the listing!! … Thank you for looking …”

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Soap Box Derby Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

Walter spotted this nice looking soap box derby jeep on ebay in Germany

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Model MB from Autoart $247

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Rich spotted this model.  It’s a bit pricey.

http://www.autoartmodels.com/web/product/en/1918?antiCache=1354552214495045831FDBD0672609B15F351E1A1BAED

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Mod AC Amphibian Jeep Instruction Kit **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

These are a set of instructions and the schematics to build a SEEP (GPA).

“Vintage 1940s era 1/2 inch scale model of the U.S. Army Amphibian Jeep or Quack, produced by MOD-AC Manufacturing Company of Los Angeles. Included in the auction are two remaining pieces of the Jeep’s original die cut cards – nothing else remains from the set. Found in an old box of model pieces, the schematics / assembly instructions for this stood out as frameable art, especially for the lover of short-run Jeeps. The assembly instructions are printed only on one side – what you see is what you get. The cards measure about 8-1/2″ long, the instructions, about 15-1/2″ wide and 10-1/2″ tall. The instructions have been folded for almost 70 years, and have no stains or major rips, but there are some pin-size holes and a little damage in one area to the paper, probably from handling or from insects.”

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Wooden Model Flattie by Military Mohagany on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, Models

Here’s a wooden jeep from Military Mohagany.

” This handcrafted mahogany wood model is an extremely beautiful replica of a World War II Willys jeep with machine gun. Weapon is optional and can be easily removed if desired, it also rotates 360 degrees. Model has an extremely detailed interior with gauges, foot and brake pedal and steering wheel that rotates.

This is not some cheap wood toy, each model takes an average of 18 hrs to complete and is coated with 3 coats of polyurethane for a super high gloss finish. You will not find a better more detailed model than this.

Don’t see what your looking for, feel free to email as I have over 150 different models in stock and please be sure to take a look at the other mahogany models I have listed. All my models are new in box opened only to inspect for any possible damage before shipping.

10″ Length
5″ Width
5.5″ Height”

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2 Flattie Smoking Pipes and a Lighter on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models • TAGS: .

Here are two examples of jeep pipes.

Of the two, this is the nicer one

Of course, you’ll need a lighter . . . This isn’t in idea condition.

 
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Bronco Models Releases a couple Models

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Roberto forwarded this link.  Bronco Models has released two new models. I have no experience with them.

http://www.perthmilitarymodelling.com/newkitnews/bronco.html

 
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WEST-CRAFT Model Kit on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

The sellers claims this is from 1942, which would make it a pretty early model. The shovel on the passenger side is interesting.

“You are looking at what could possibly be THE FIRST MODEL KIT EVER PRODUCED (1942), as this one was the precursor to plastic kits…it is the “WEST-CRAFT- U.S. ARMY JEEP”, made by WEST-CRAFT MFG. CO. CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, kit # A-1 IN 1/2″ SCALE. Please look carefully at the pics to see the excellent condition it is in…the only issue is a small tear on the end flap of the box, so, IF YOU ARE A ViNtAgE MODEL KIT COLLECTOR/BUILDER then BE SURE NOT TO PASS UP THE OPPORTUNITY TO OWN THIS COOL PIECE @ THIS AUCTION’S END!!!”

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Balsa Wood Jeepster on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models, toys

I like the box too.

“willys jeepster balsa wood model 1948-1949 it appears that all parts are there.very rare item”

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WEST-CRAFT Super Jeep Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Models

I found this ad for a WEST-CRAFT Super jeep on eBay.  After some searching, I also found a model kit for sale on ioffer.com.

Here is the AD: View all the information on eBay

This is the model kit I found on ioffer.com.  I’ve never used the site: http://www.ioffer.com/i/west-craft-super-jeep-kit-3842404

 
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Wood Model of Jack Daniels 1957 Willys Truck on eBay

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This is located in Israel.  It’s just kind of unusual, so I thought I’d highlight it.

“WILLYS OVERLAND PICKUP TRUCK 1957 JACK DANIEL DELIVERY WOOD MODEL WILLIS CAR 34.5L x 15W x 14H (cm)”

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Flatfender Model on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

Here’s a nice little flatfender model.

“Vintage 1/25 MPC. Not complete. Very nice scratch-built roll cage. Roll cage not glued to body. Great Box. What you see is what you get. Will be packed very carefully. Any ??? please ask. From my personal collection. Combine to save $$$. Please see pics for condition.”

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Wes’ FC-170 Authenticast

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Wes forwarded some pictures of his all original rare FC-170 model that includes a snow plow. He has owned it 15 years.

Wes writes, “This was made between 1957 & 1963 by Authenticast,(Comet). It is Pot Metal like many early promotional models. Of the 3 FC 170’s they did, this is the rarest. The scale is 1/20th which is larger than most promos. It is as close to new as an older model can get condition wise. I will send you another photo for size comparison.”

 
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Paper Models at Papercruisers.com

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Patrick forwarded this website.  According to the website, Jesse Smith is a big Landcruiser fan.  He is such a big fan, that he builds Landcruisers (and over vehicles) out of paper.  Below are two non-Landcruiser models he makes that you all ought to recognize.  He sells the models for $7.00.

http://papercruiser.com

 
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Dale Model Company WWII Recognition Model **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models, Unusual

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

This looks interesting. I have no idea what the value is.

“This is an absolute amazing find! Pot-metal coaster made by Dale Model Company; 1:25 scale. Rear spare tire has “Dale Model Co Chicago” cast into sidewall. Underneath rear has “JEEP” cast. Star on hood. Paint has chips (see pictures), but appears to be original. Wheels roll; and steering wheel turns. Measures roughly 5.25″ x2.5 and heavy – weighing roughly 14oz.

During WWII, similar models were used for training spotters. At the end of WWII, Dale purchased the molds, and converted to the toy (recognition models). These models are difficult to find, especially in this condition.”

 
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Steve’s Ceramic Wagon Model

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Yesterday Steve shared a photo of this ceramic wagon model of his ’57 Sedan Delivery Wagon that he created when he was 18.  It is 12″ in length.

He wrote, “I made the wagon the first year at Jr. College.   There was a ’57 Chevy I though was pretty cool made in a previous class.  So, I did a “self portrait”, sort of…..    My Willys Wagon was my “wheels” until I got a real job, as opposed to summer jobs.   The engine when bad, so I parked it and bought my first FC-170 in ’82.  I drove that through my University days.  Everyone called it the “garbage truck”.   I was in the sailing club and very few had a vehicle that could tow the boats on weekend saildays.  So, the garbage truck was one of the tow vehicles on the weekends, and on the two campouts each year.  I’m sure everyone has fond memories of that ugly thing.

Now the ’57 wagon has it’s first paint job, and waiting to be assembled.  The body is on the frame, but it not bolted down yet.  The engine and transmission will be next….some day.  I have too many projects in line at the moment.”

 
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Grrrumbler: Custom Flatfender Model

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models, stainless/jewels • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Was on eBay. **SOLD**. It is similar to the Trailblazer

Where was this when I was building models?  This has desert dog-like tires, a stainless look, and some turbine rims!

“GRRRUMBLER 4×4 Jeep Off Road Custom MPC 1:25 OPENED Vtg Model Kit 70’s”

 
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Rotabuggy Flying Jeep Paper Model Directions

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Jim forwarded this website.  It includes plans for a paper model Rotabuggy Flying Jeep.  You can learn more about the plans at this website: http://www.fiddlersgreen.net/models/aircraft/Flying-Jeep.html

 
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Model Kit in Box by E.Z.KRAFT on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

This is neat.

“From 1950’s ??? ….. Excellent Condition (see picture) …… U.S. Army JEEP …. Wood Model Kit by E.Z. KRAFT ……….. See MY STORE for other Model Kits > War Tank, Army Tank, and another Jeep with AntiAircraft Gun …. ALL VINTAGE > UNUSED and in the ORIGINAL BOX !!!!!!”

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Brass Model Jeep on Flickr

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David spotted this model on Flickr.  I don’t much other than it is being well built by someone named Alex.

You can see all the pics here

 
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A Model WW2 Jeep Built From Scratch in Macedonia

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

This well done jeep model was built by a Macedonian who wants to own a real jeep some day.  I believe he has the skills to take care of one!

He writes on youtube, “Model Jeep I spent 3 months on. I know it’s not perfect, but it’s better than nothing. Real WWII Jeeps in Macedonia are extremely rare, if not impossible to find. Also I thought it would be far more fun to built rather than buy a model Jeep. Work was done during the summer of 2009, 2-3 hours a day, often late into the night.”

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDNl__vdaIQ&feature=relmfu

Here’s a pic of the finished product:

 
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Custom RC Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models, toys

Jerry spotted this at the scale4x4rc.org forums.

http://www.scale4x4rc.org/forums/showthread.php?t=64939

 
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Balsawood Jeep Kit from MODEL CRAFT

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models, toys

This is a picture of a boxed balsawood jeep kit held by the Australian War Memorial.  The information below comes from the website.

Description: Boxed balsawood kit of a Jeep. Box obverse is illustrated in two colours with a PT boat and a jeep with the legend ‘MODEL CRAFT’. The sides are illustrated with patrol craft and trucks, accompanied by the legend ‘Manufactured by Model Aircrafts 1 Bond St Sydney’. Reverse is printed in red and blue with a listing of the other model kits available. Contents consist of a thin printed balsa sheet and smaller plain sheet and six long stringers, all wrapped in the plans for the kit. The instructions are damaged.

Summary: Little is known of Model Aircrafts Ltd. A Sydney-based company established in 1928 and operating from premises at 1 Bond St, Sydney, they manufactured a series of boxed balsawood aircraft, truck and ship kits. The evidence of their production is based on their wartime output, which is imaginative and extensive – and includes contemporary subjects such as the Mitsubishi Zero and the Hawker Hurricane – but extremely basic and evidently restricted by Australia’s wartime austerity drive and materials rationing. Thus, wartime contents for aircraft frequently provide merely a simple block of balsa and a 2.5 cm square of sandpaper with instructions to ‘shape fuselage according to the illustration’. Wartime plans are often signed ‘J Mercer’.

 
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Beer Can Flattie (and others)

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UPDATE:  Lylito pointed out that more information about these models and their New Zealand designer, Sandy Sanderson, can be read here.  Plans are available, too.  Jalopnik has also did a story about Sandy that includes details of the original drawings.

Randy forwarded me these amazing models.  I’ve got more pics of the others and will forward them as an email.

Here are some other models (again, I have more pics of these if you are interested.

Keywords: Aluminum Cans; Beer Cans;

 

 
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Wooden Jeep Sonora, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models, Unusual, Wood bodies

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $600.

It runs and drives.

“This is a custom built 1/4 scale Willys Jeep with a wood and metal body using an electric motor from a walk along golf cart. It has a single disk brake and chain drive. The wheels are from a wheelbarrow. A real craftsman made this and he had lots of time on his hands!”

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