Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
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). 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.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc+
Big 1/12 scale model with a 29 inch wingspan. Originally designed as a gas powered model for free flight or control line, or can be converted to electric power and modern RC (radio control) gear. Features covering material, full size plans, formed wire parts, full color fuel proof decals, die cut balsa and plywood parts and more. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Berkeley is a very famous manufacture of flying model kits from the Golden Age of flying aviation, about 1932-1954. Founded in 1933 by William Effinger, the company was quite progressive in producing quality kits - it was likely the Berkeley 'Buccaneer' was the first gas powered model in kit form. In the later 1930s, Effinger acquired the services of a very talented Henry Struck. Struck went on to design numerous award-winning kits under the Berkeley name. Berkeley weathered the post WWII recession and emerged as a major kit producer in the late 1940 and 1950s. These were great years for Berkeley and they produced some incredible and large kits. The company went bankrupt in about 1960 however. Fox engines (Duke Fox) bought the company and released the kits alongside his own FOX models and engines. This arrangement did not last, and in the early 1960s the Berkeley name disappeared from hobby shop shelves.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: NM++
Very rare early Monogram kit from 1945. Investment grade condition inside and out. This is Monogram's second military ship kit in a series of five - a battleship, carrier, cruiser and landing craft. The kit features a carved balsa hull, color decals, printwood in two sizes, metal life rafts, cardstock and full size plans with complete instructions. I have seen this model built and it is a beautiful large-scale representation of the ship. Measures 16 inches long when built. The kit has never been started. The inside is like new and even includes the cardboard display space and original sandpaper. Complete with all parts, decals and instructions/plans.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
Very well detailed large 1/16 kit from 1949. Features two large plan and instructions sheets, a large number of detailed drawings of sub-assemblies,numerous actual photos of the built model, stamped metal hood, plastic wheels, grill, headlamps, spotlight, running lights and other accessories and die-cut wooden main parts. Builds up a rolling chassis just like the actual car. Although all of Hudson's 1/16 kits have excellent detail, this is 'super' detailed thanks to Hudson's engineers having access to the actual car during and after restoration. It was restored at the Hudson Miniatures factory and was on display there at the time! This kit has never been started. The small parts are still in the internally sealed factory bag and all other parts have been inventoried 100% complete with two large sheets of full size plans and instructions. 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, grills and lamps) to the series but did not consider a completely plastic kit. When Hudson saw what was happening with the Gowland/Revell 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 plastic line was bought by Revell a short time after it's release, and Revell did reissue some (but not all) of the kits. The wooden 1/16 scale car line was discontinued in the early 1950s. To this day, these fine kits are often the only large scale models of these historic vehicles. The 1914 Regal Coupe is perhaps the rarest of all cars ever built in America. It was underslung, which was rare for the time, and the body was all wood and similar to old horse-drawn carriages of colonial times. The design was sometimes called a Colonial Coupe. The large car seated only two people and could hit 40 mph with it's 25 hp engine.
Vaccuformed Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed
Very well molded, crystal clear two canopy set in 1/72 scale. Never used and still sealed in the original Squadron ziplock bag. These clear and thin canopies are a superior upgrade to the thick canopies supplied with most kits.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good
Finely molded and highly detailed kit. Features full underside detail, complete suspension, detailed interior, opening hood and complete engine and compartment. Molded in clear, chrome, gray, red-tinted clear and with rubber tires. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: No Box
Includes AeroMaster #48-716 P-51D decal sheet for 'Southern European Mustangs Part III.' Decals are furnished for four aircraft: Capt. Clyde East's 'Lil Margaret' with 13 kills, Capt Barry Lawler's 'Cahty II' with 11 victories, Lt Ralph Watson's 'Spare Parts' with 5 victories and Major Robert Curtiss' 'Julie' with 14 victories. Decals and paint guide as in new condition. The kit itself is bagged kit with no box. The box is shown for decal reference only. Perfect builder. This collector stored this and all of his kits in bags because of limited storage space. He was very precise; the canopy is bagged separate to prevent scratching, the small parts are in a zip lock for protection and then put into a larger sealed bag with the bigger parts and instructions. Very nicely detailed kit of typical high Monogram quality. Features complete and well detailed cockpit, opening canopy, pilot figure, removable wing panels showing machine guns and ammo belts, detailed gear wells, optional lower cowl and lower engine detail, choice of 2 types of exhaust, two drop tanks and rotating wheels and prop. Never started. NOTE: missing pitot tube and Monogram decals. Inventoried with all other parts, AeroMaster decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG+
1960s Revell of Great Britain issue. This kit has never been started. NOTE: missing prop retainer and the stand and stand arm. Otherwise inventoried complete with all other parts, decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG++++
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 "Very Good++++". It has four solid corners, no repair, no tears or tape (other than the factory sealing tape). There is general light shelf wear. 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.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Exc+++
Still in the factory seal. Very nicely molded kit with decals for both aircraft. Like most Frog kits, this models has very fine panel line detail and no rivets - so it builds into a very realistic model. Includes decals and color paint guide for both aircraft.
Wood and Metal Model Kit, Box Condition: VG++
Rare ship model dated 1946. Contains the 18 inch long Ideal 'Premolded Hull' which is a completely formed, hollow hull made from a wood composite. The hull is in excellent condition. Also includes full size plans/instructions with perspective and numerous detail sectional views, metal fittings (propeller and anchors), other preformed parts (such as stacks) wood stock and dowels, metal stock as required and four sheets of printwood. The kit has never been started. Inventoried complete with all parts and plans.
Wood and Metal Model Kit, Box Condition: VG++
High quality Ambroid kit from the 'Golden Age' of HO 'Craftsman' kits. Ambroid kits were limited release models that are widely considered to be the standard of quality for fine HO Craftsman style kits. They can be built to a museum-quality display. Features all Northeastern Scale Lumber. Includes all pre-scribed and milled hardwood parts, milled detail parts as needed, wood and metal stock, a sealed bag of detail parts, complete decals and full instructions and plans. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed small parts bag and the other parts have been inventoried 100% complete including transfers and instructions. If you have an interest in these highly accurate HO kits and the revolution they created in modeling, please read the article about their history located on this website.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG+++
Very rare and never reissued. Nicely molded and detailed kit that can be built three ways - stock, show or track. Molded in ivory white, clear, red-tint clear, chrome and black rubber whitewall tires. Chrome and windshield are excellent for this model. The kit has never been started. The stock version is missing one red taillight lens. Otherwise it is complete.. The following show/track parts are missing: 1 (of 2) antennas, custom taillights, one wheel spinner. All other parts are present. Includes decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed VG-
Still factory sealed but the seal has split and the box has wear. From the mid 1970s and original Pyro molds. This kit is from the excellent intermediate size sailing ship series. Overall length is about 8 inches when assembled. An excellent kit for its day (the 1960s), it features full hull, intricate wood planking and texture, detailed decorative higher sold moldings, separately molded deck cannon/carriages, anchors, wall and more. Includes separate masts, ratlines and full billowing sails. Molded in wood brown and ivory. The Revenge was an Elizabethan Galleon launched in 1577. Revenge had 46 guns and was 92 feet long. She was part of Sir Francis Drake's fleet of 80 ships that defeated the Armada. In 1661 the Revenge was attacked by a fleet of 16 Spanish Galleons. She sank two and disabled two of her enemy before being forced to surrender. Three days later she was sunk in a storm while returning to Spain as a war prize. Still factory sealed. Hull is about 7 inches long.
Factory Desk Top Models, Box Condition: Sealed VG-
Very nice and highly detailed all metal model of one of the two famous 'Speed Twins' of the North Atlantic between the wars. This model measures 9 inches long and is of the type that would be purchased during the voyage as a keepsake. No touch ups or missing parts. Original paint is very good. Decals are excellent. The metal masts have minor bending.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Mint
Investment-grade kit in mint condition. Box has perfect color and no wear. Dated 1957. First issue 'Four Star' hardbox kit with many operating features. Canopy slides open to show detailed cockpit, gear retracts, prop spins, wheels rotate and has instructor, student pilot and mechanic figures. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
Another successful design for Class C Cabin National Competition by Wally Simmers. Large and graceful. Climbs at 1000 feet per minute and glides at 10 to 1. Features colored tissues, printwood, carved prop, hardwood and beautiful full size plans. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc++
Dated 1958 and still carries the 29 cent price extension, but the lack of 'Famous Fighters' in the sunburst oval logo would likely date this one around 1959 or 1960. Excellent condition hardbox with fantastic Jo Kotula artwork. Nice smaller scale kit molded in gloss silver and clear. Includes landing gear and triangle 'world' base. Never started. Inventoried with all parts, decals and instructions present.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
Very finely molded kit with all finely recessed panel detail. Features full cockpit, detailed gear wells, optional position canopy, 370 gallon drop tanks, AIM-9B Sidewinders and decals for three aircraft. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bags including decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG-
Well detailed kit from 1978. Features detailed cockpit, optional position canopy and landing gear, parts to make either fighter or bomber versions, detailed gun bay with removable panel, detailed jet engine with removable cowl and a detailed paint guide and decals for 8 different aircraft. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.