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Lindberg North American F-86 Sabre Jet, 1/48, 505-98
Lindberg North American F-86 Sabre Jet, 1/48, 505-98
Good++   Injection Molded   old
$64

From the 1950s. Early issue with the circular 'script' logo on 2 sides and the yellow rectangular 'Lindberg Line' logo on top. Early dramatic Ray Gaedke box artwork. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Lindberg is a company with a fascinating history The original 'Lindberg Line' stretches back to the 1930s when Paul Lindberg drew plans for famous modeling magazines and marketed his balsa wood 'stick and tissue' by urging dealers to carry the '...Complete Lindberg Line'. After the war, Lindberg and Olsen had a strong hand in early United States injection molded kit development. Please see the article located on this website about early USA plastic kit manufactures.
O-Lin Ryan Navion / North American Aviation NA-143, 1/48, 507
O-Lin Ryan Navion / North American Aviation NA-143, 1/48, 507
VG+++   Injection Molded   old
$165

Very rare kit for the advanced collector. This is a very hard to fine original O-lin kit in the small box and advertisement for O-line cement on the top. Production first began in 1949 or just before. O-Lin (Olin) was founded by Paul Lindberg and a Mr. Olsen - hence the company name. Although a producer of flying models in the 1930s, O-lin produced some of the earliest American injection molded kits in the late 1940s. In 1950 the partnership may have ended, because all branding was changed to Lindberg and Paul Lindberg. Inside, the kit is as new. It is molded in high gloss ivory. I have seen many cases where Paul Lindberg used up the old O-Lin stock, combining different sets of instructions and decals resulting in odd combinations. While I admire his efficiency, it makes does make collecting these unique. This model has the O-Lin box, O-Lin instructions, O-Lin parts and the earliest 'Lindberg Products' decals dated 11/1952 on the back. The kit has never been started and is inventoried complete with all parts, instructions and decals. The Navion was originally produced by North American Aviation as a high performance sport plane, but they sold them to the US Air Force as well. North American sold the rights to Ryan, who continued to successfully produce the aircraft.
Frog Fairey Gannet Mk.1 or Mk.4 - 3-Seat Prop-Jet ASW Aircraft - Luftwaffe or  Royal Navy Red Series, 1/72, F228
Frog Fairey Gannet Mk.1 or Mk.4 - 3-Seat Prop-Jet ASW Aircraft - Luftwaffe or Royal Navy Red Series, 1/72, F228
Good-   Injection Molded   old
$26

1960s 'Red Series' issue with decals for the West German Navy or the Royal Navy. Molded in medium gray and clear. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.
Con-Cor Models 1920s 40 Ton 42 Foot Wood Sheathed USRA Box Car - Rock Island - HO Craftsman Kit, 1/87, 155240
Con-Cor Models 1920s 40 Ton 42 Foot Wood Sheathed USRA Box Car - Rock Island - HO Craftsman Kit, 1/87, 155240
VG+   Wood_Metal   old
$38

Very high quality wood and metal kit from the Golden Age of HO Craftsman kit. Builds a very accurate and highly detailed prototype of this 42' Box Car. Kit features pre-cut and pre-scribed hardwood sides that are factory painted and colored for Rock Island. Also includes pre-cut and milled floor and roof, other cut wood and stock as needed, metal doors, car ends, brake parts, ladders, other metal details and more. The model has never been started. The parts are still sealed in factory bags. Includes full size plans/instructions. Con-Cor was out of Chicago, IL and this kit is from the 1950s. If you have an interest in these kits and the revolution they created in modeling, please read the article about their history located on this website. Please cut and paste this link in your browser to see it - http://www.oldmodelkits.com/blog/plastic-model-kit-history/the-ho-scale-model-railroading-revolution-of-the-1940s/
Pyro Design-A-Plane  - Makes 4104 Different Jets, 360-398
Pyro Design-A-Plane - Makes 4104 Different Jets, 360-398
Good++   Injection Molded   old
$120

Classic late 1950/early 1960 kit by Pyro Plastics of Union, NJ. The kit consists of a 'Design-A-Matic' Slide Computer ('Validated by Remington Rand Univac Division'), a series of aircraft nose sections, tail cone sections, fuselage halves, fuselage plug, canopies, different styles of wings, rudders and elevators (all very roughly 1/48 scale), two stands and landing gear as well as reusable insignia stickers and full instructions. With the instructions and computer you can build one of over 4000 variations of jet fighter designs. The parts are snap together so they can be used again and again. The kit has not been started. All factory internal cardboard is present and in excellent condition. Some parts are still in the factory sealed bags - the bags that are open were inventoried and are complete. Includes computer, instructions and sticker sheet. A few of the stickers look to be have been taken off and neatly put back on the sheet - none are missing. The Design-A-Plane kit was one of a series of design kits, including the Design-A-Car, Design-A-House and the Design-A-House Master Set.
Hasegawa OV-10A Bronco - Marines 6th Obs Sq / 267th Light Helicopter Sq., 1/72, JS022-300
Hasegawa OV-10A Bronco - Marines 6th Obs Sq / 267th Light Helicopter Sq., 1/72, JS022-300
Exc   Injection Molded   old
$22

Includes markings for two aircraft. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.
Aurora Jap Zero Brooklyn - Famous Fighters of All Nations, 1/48, 88-59
Aurora Jap Zero Brooklyn - Famous Fighters of All Nations, 1/48, 88-59
Exc   Injection Molded   old
$1000

Rare very first issue from Aurora's first factory in Brooklyn. This early kit, as with the other Brooklyn's, was issued without landing gear, bombs and has very little rivet detail. All parts correct for this kit molded in high-gloss yellow and clear including Brooklyn Base, Brooklyn Instructions and correct early Tatem Decals - even the original tissue packing paper is present. The box is solid and displays nicely. Gloss and colors are like new. On the top, there is light surface wear at the lower left. On the sides there is a 1" thin tape tear on one long side and a 1/2" thin tape tear on the other long side from the original tape seal. There is no other tape, price stickers or other defects. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.
Berkeley Buccaneer 'B' Special - For R/C or Free Flight
Berkeley Buccaneer 'B' Special - For R/C or Free Flight
Exc++   Wood   old
$190

Early free flight gas model design. Wingspan measures 56 inches. Early gas flight was a true art form - the demands on the aircraft design were unique. First, the aircraft had to take off under power, climb rapidly and stay in the contest area. Secondly, when the motor shut down, the model had to glide like a glider and hopefully still stay in the contest area. These contradictions in aircraft performance lead to some amazing designs. One persistent issue was spins - this Buccaneer 'B' Special features slotted leading edges to prevent 'whip stalls', which was a very common problem at the time. It also has a tail design that "...arrests spins". Model features ready made landing gear, complete full size plans, plywood firewall, semi-finished wood blocks, rubber wheels, plastic windshield, silkspan covering and printed wooden parts. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. Makes and idea conversion to electric and RC - these are light aircraft, so you simply climb to altitude, shut down the motor and glide. 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.
Unknown Stinson SR-7C Pure Oil - Solid Wood Model Kit - Bagged, 1/54
Unknown Stinson SR-7C Pure Oil - Solid Wood Model Kit - Bagged, 1/54
No Box   Wood   old
$22

Solid scale model from an unknown manufacture in the 1930s. May be Comet but I cannot be sure. This kit has been inventoried complete with all parts and cardstock crew, engine, prop and tail wheel (not shown) but has been started. The fuselage has been carved and sanded. Quality is excellent and all work has been done correctly and matches the plans. It is ready to complete with the uncut printwood parts.
Monogram Speedee-Bilt F-84 F-51 and Superkit F-51 (P-51) F-84 - Little Air Force Assortment Gift Set
Monogram Speedee-Bilt F-84 F-51 and Superkit F-51 (P-51) F-84 - Little Air Force Assortment Gift Set
Exc   Wood   old
$1100

Very rare 1950s "pre-injection molded" gift set. Long before injection molded kit were made in the USA, Monogram produced perhaps the finest pre-fabricated wooden kits with plastic details. The Speedee-Bilt series were flying models with pre-painted and cut wooden parts with plastic props, cowls, pilots, etc. The Superkits were smaller static models with precarved wooden parts and many plastic details. The kits themselves are rare today, but the gift set is very rare. Monogram issued very few gift sets for injection kits, and even fewer in the early 1950s for the wooden kits. The gift set consists of a special 'Christmas' box with a tray and lift-off top with a cello window. This one contains 2 Superkits (F-84 Thunderjet and F-51 Mustang) and 2 Speedee-Bilts (also the F-84 and F-51). The outer box is intact with the original cello and is in Excellent condition with edge wear as the primary flaw. The four kits are in mint boxes and have never started. Each is 100% inventoried complete with all parts/decals and instructions present.
Hasegawa North American F-86D Sabre Dog - US Air Force - 4th FIS Japan - 324th FIS 327 FG USAF, 1/72, BP5
Hasegawa North American F-86D Sabre Dog - US Air Force - 4th FIS Japan - 324th FIS 327 FG USAF, 1/72, BP5
VG   Injection Molded   old
$29

From 1996. Highly detailed kit. Perhaps the finest 1/72 F-86D kit available. Features all fine recessed panel lines, excellent cockpit and intake/exhaust detail, detailed gear and gear wells, optional position canopy, drop tanks and 2.75 inch FFAR tray that can be displayed retracted or extended. Includes excellent decals for both aircraft listed. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.
Sonic Parts TA-7C & A-7K Two Seat Conversion, 1/72
Sonic Parts TA-7C & A-7K Two Seat Conversion, 1/72
VG   Resin   old
$34

Resin cast conversion kit for any 1/72 A-7 Corsair II. Makes either the TA-7C or A-7K two seat trainer. Includes resin fuselage, control panels, canopy and ejection seats. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.
Cleveland Turner's 1934 Wedell-Williams Racer - Balsa Flying Model Airplane Kit, 1/16, SF-48
Cleveland Turner's 1934 Wedell-Williams Racer - Balsa Flying Model Airplane Kit, 1/16, SF-48
Exc   Wood   old
$175

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. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or 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 running single-owner (77 years) model airplane supply business – 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 ‘Aviation’s 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.
Airfix Mig-21 (Early) Fishbed-C - Finnish / Czech / USSR Air Forces, 1/72, 254
Airfix Mig-21 (Early) Fishbed-C - Finnish / Czech / USSR Air Forces, 1/72, 254
Good++   Injection Molded   old
$28

Type Three logo kit. Includes markings for all three versions. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.
Pyro Corythosaurus - Prehistoric Monsters (Dinosaur) Issue, D280-100
Pyro Corythosaurus - Prehistoric Monsters (Dinosaur) Issue, D280-100
Sealed VG   Injection Molded   old
$65

Still factory sealed but the seal has splits. From about 1968. One of the 8 popular Pyro Dinosaur kits.
Tamiya Mokei Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa  (Oscar) - For Motorizing, 1/50, 7
Tamiya Mokei Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa (Oscar) - For Motorizing, 1/50, 7
VG+   Injection Molded   old
$36

Very early Tamiya kit with a high-gloss box top and very collectible artwork. Very good quality for it's time. Features all very fine raised panel lines, working flaps, rudder, ailerons and elevator, detailed engine, retractable landing gear, retractable landing gear, opening canopy and external drop tanks. The kit is engineered to be motorized and includes all hardware to do so, but Tamiya did not include the motor with the model. The model as never been started. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.
Frog Douglas DC-7C BOAC, 1/96, 351P
Frog Douglas DC-7C BOAC, 1/96, 351P
NM-   Injection Molded   old
$850

Very rare. 1950s two piece hardbox issue. Very close to 1/100 scale and still the largest injection molded DC-7 kit. Nicely molded with very fine raised panel line detail and recessed control surfaces and doors. The box has great color, four solid corners, no rips or tears and very minor wear only - it is the best that I have seen. Inside, the special cardboard side housing is still held in place with the original staples and contains an unopened green capsule of cement and a glass vial of white paint with the factory cork. The paint is still a liquid - it has not turned solid. The very long decal sheet is intact and near mint. The decals have not rolled and are in excellent condition - they have very, very little of the typical yellowing. The instructions are excellent with light yellowing and have no tears or writing. The kit is molded in the correct gloss silver and clear plastic with a large dark blue stand. The kit has never been started and has been inventoried complete with all parts, decals, instructions, glue and paint. The propellers are on the original cardboard holder and the blades are not broken. Shipping insurance is required on this model.
Delta 2 Macchi Castoldi MC-72 (MC72) Racing Float Plane, 1/72
Delta 2 Macchi Castoldi MC-72 (MC72) Racing Float Plane, 1/72
VG   Injection Molded   old
$42

Nicely molded kit of this beautiful classic aircraft. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. This racer was built for the 1933 Schneider cup. Only one was produced. This plane was piloted by Francesco Agello and won the world speed record for Italy on October 23, 1934 with a speed of 440.67 mph. The floatplane had a unique engine arrangement with two independent motors mounted front to back driving counter-rotating props. Drag was minimized by close cowling to the blocks and the least possible braces for the floats.
Hasegawa Cessna A-37A  - USAF, 1/72, 036
Hasegawa Cessna A-37A - USAF, 1/72, 036
Sealed NM   Injection Molded   old
$22

Still factory sealed. Very well molded kit with 52 parts. Features very fine raised panel lines, Cockpit and gear well detail, two pilots and 100 Gallon drop tanks and Aero-6A and LAU-3A loadouts. Includes decals for two USAF aircraft.
Monogram Speedee-Bilt Spad Pursuit  - Flying Scale Model Airplane, G8
Monogram Speedee-Bilt Spad Pursuit - Flying Scale Model Airplane, G8
Exc   Wood   old
$145

First issue from the late 1940s or early 50s. For the advanced Monogram collector. Early completely pre-fabricated multi-media kit featuring pre-colored and die cut balsa wood, precarved balsa, finished Monofoil wing, plastic detail parts (such as cowl and prop) and rubber motor. Designed for rubber free flight or Co2 engine power. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all wood and plastic parts, decals and instructions/plans. Before there were plastic models, there were wooden aircraft kits. These usually came in two types - solid and stick and tissue. The solid models were static and usually contained a few blocks of balsa and sometimes a detail part or two. These "Make Wood Look Like Plane" models required a very high level of skill in carving and finishing. The stick and tissue variety were slightly easier to build and provided the ultimate thrill - they could fly when complete with rubber power (and later with free-flight gas and eventually RC). They still required a great deal of skill, so manufactures sought ways to make model building more accessible to everyone. One idea was pre-carving and/or prefabrication. This raised prices, naturally. Many manufactures launched lines of 'easy' to build flying models but only Monogram succeeded in making an entire line at an affordable price that would actual fly. The original "Speedee-Bilt" kits were in one-piece two-color boxes. In the early 1950s, shortly before plastic kits were available, Monogram changed to the 'hardbox' with a lithographic slick glued to the top. Speedee-Bilt kits contained die cut and pre painted wooden parts, completely formed airfoil wings, carved wheels and numerous plastic details like cowling, pilot, missiles, prop and whatever was required. Assembly was by detailed full size plans and instructions. Monogram carried the Speedee-Bilt line for several years past it's prime and the advent of plastic kits, a testimony to the quality and popularity.

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