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Berkeley Buccaneer 'B' Special - For R/C or Free Flight
Berkeley Buccaneer 'B' Special - For R/C or Free Flight
Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++,   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.
Berkeley Mini-Hogan 45 - For R/C or Free Flight
Berkeley Mini-Hogan 45 - For R/C or Free Flight
Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+,   old
$145

Dennie Davis' design with the 'perfect flight record. His Hogan designs won International Class A, C and D, the All-Western Championship and many more. Features precision die-cut parts, complete hardware, silkspan covering, sheet balsa wing covering, preshaped trailing and leading edges and more. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts 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.
Berkeley Junkers Ju-87 Stuka - Drops Bombs-For Free  Flight or RC Conversion
Berkeley Junkers Ju-87 Stuka - Drops Bombs-For Free Flight or RC Conversion
Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++,   old
$165

Very early Berkeley kit. Stuka features 27 inch wingspan and unique 'Automatic Bomb-Release During Flight'. Rubber powered model. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts 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.
Berkeley Steve Whitman's Buster R/C Pylon Racer, 1/4, 3-8
Berkeley Steve Whitman's Buster R/C Pylon Racer, 1/4, 3-8
Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++,   old
$225

Very large quarter scale model for RC Pylon racing. Big 48 inch wingspan. Features stamped metal landing gear, full size plans with RC details, all die cut balsa and plywood, complete color decals 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.
Berkeley Piper Cub J-3 Giant R/C Model, 1/6, 2-2
Berkeley Piper Cub J-3 Giant R/C Model, 1/6, 2-2
Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++,   old
$240

Very large 1/6 scale kit with a 71 inch wingspan. Designed for RC (radio control). Features shock mounted wing panels, optional elevator trim, molded plastic cowl, full size plans with RC details, full decals, hardware, tapered trailing edges, dowels and wire, hardwood, die-cut celluloid, die cut hardwood and balsa 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.
Moebius Dr. Jekyll as Mr. Hyde, 1/8, 460
Moebius Dr. Jekyll as Mr. Hyde, 1/8, 460
Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM++,   old
$32

Modern replica in the spirit of the classic Aurora Monster kits of the 1960s. Very nicely molded. The test tubes, flasks, spider web and other glass container are molded in clear, and the figure, base and table are molded in brown. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.
Monogram B-52 with X-15 - Young Astronauts Issue, 1/72, 5907
Monogram B-52 with X-15 - Young Astronauts Issue, 1/72, 5907
Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc,   old
$225

Still factory sealed. Rare. Large 1/72 scale. Contains both X-15 with external tanks and B-52. The model includes the special fuselage, windows, blisters, pylon and other parts to convert the B-52 to a carrier. The B-52 base kit is the superior Monogram model and the X-15 is from newer shared Monogram/Revell molds.
Revell The Thermopylae - Clipper Ship with Sails - 3 Feet Long, 1/70, 5622
Revell The Thermopylae - Clipper Ship with Sails - 3 Feet Long, 1/70, 5622
Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG++,   old
$225

Still factory sealed but the seal has splits on the sides and the box has been drawn concave by the seal. 1988 issue of the Cutty Sark's famous competitor. Beautiful box artwork by Jim Griffiths. Highly detailed kit in 1/96 scale. Measures 36 inches long when assembled. Has full billowing vacuform sails and complete running and standing rigging instructions; can also be built without sails if you wish. Includes assembly instructions, rat lines, full rigging instructions, billowing sails, decals, flag sheet, rigging lines and metal chain.
Lindberg US Fleet Submarine (ex-Varney), 1/240, 703-98
Lindberg US Fleet Submarine (ex-Varney), 1/240, 703-98
Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM,   old
$185

Rare kit with a fascinating history. These molds may well be the oldest production ship kit in US plastic modeling history. The kit started as the Varney Fleet Sub in the mid 1940s. It is widely believed that it was the very first USA all-plastic construction kit of a military vessel. Varney produced an all plastic aircraft kit at the same time, the PT-17. It is the #1 candidate for the first plastic airplane kit in the USA. Varney was a famous manufacture of model trains, first O then a leader in HO models. The two new additions did not sell very well - remember, the Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' had yet to be issued, so the boom in modeling had not occurred. Varney soon sold the molds for the Fleet Sub and the PT-17 to O-Lin (along with the molds for a fantastic multi-media kit with a wooden hull and plastic fittings, the Varney PT Boat ). O-Lin was a joint venture by Paul Lindberg and Mr. Olsen. O-Lin successfully issued the PT Boat (the PT Boat was given an injection molded hull and deck), PT-17 Stearman and Fleet Sub but modified the molds for the Sub. The original Varney kit had a solid, one-piece black hull and gray fittings. O-Lin engineers created a two-piece hull that provided a hollow hull and made from the same shot of plastic as the fittings. The 'Lin' in O-Lin, Paul Lindberg, was already well known for his publication of articles and plans for flying model aircraft in some of the leading aviation publications in the 1940/50s. Mr. Lindberg soon bought out Mr. Olsen and began marketing the same O-Lin kits under 'The Lindberg Line'. One immediate change was the box art. O-Lin box art was usually two or three color and not very exciting. Near the end of O-Lin, the partners asked Ray Gaedke to provide some box art. The bright colors and vivid action were an immediate hit, and Paul Lindberg took this lesson and Mr. Gaedke's artwork along to the new 'Lindberg Line'. Lindberg continue to issue the old Varney kits with the O-Lin modifications. The kit has been issued by a resurgent Lindberg as late at 2009, likely making it the longest running plastic ship kit in US history. This model is in superb investment condition. The Ray Gaedke box art has perfect color as gloss as new. The box is near mint with only very slight wear as the only flaw. 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.
Revell Republic F-84F Thunderstreak, 1/54, H125
Revell Republic F-84F Thunderstreak, 1/54, H125
Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+,   old
$40

Rare Revell of Germany issue with the box and instructions in English. Unique box art. The kit inside is the original Pre 'S' kit, so it makes an ideal builder. All parts, instructions and decals are still in the factory sealed bag.
O-Lin Republic Seabee Amphibian, 1/48, 503
O-Lin Republic Seabee Amphibian, 1/48, 503
Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG,   old
$135

Very rare kit. The Seabee was produced as a high performance sport amphibian. This is a very hard-to-fine original O-line kit in the small box and advertisement for O-line cement on the top. Produced in 1949 or just before. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. 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-line 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.
Hawk Lockheed Constellation L-749 - One Piece 1948 Box Issue, 1/140, 702
Hawk Lockheed Constellation L-749 - One Piece 1948 Box Issue, 1/140, 702
Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++,   old
$175

Very rare. This kit is from 1949, and even predates the Gowland & Gowland 'Highway Pioneers' that started the plastic model craze in the United States. Hawk was a producer of wooden kits (with with metal details) before and after WWII, and was one of the handful of manufactures to produce such kits (known as 'solids') in a consistent 1/48 scale. Hawk made aircraft, ship and train models in this fashion. The very first injection molded aircraft kits in the United States were made by Varney or Hawk in 1946, but they did not catch on quickly. Hawk was always an innovative and quality-driven company, and they took a gamble on injection molded kit well before they were popular. As early as 1946 they issued the 1/48 Curtiss R3C-1 with wheels. Like Varney's Fleet Sub and PT-17, they were shunned by hobby dealers. Hawk persisted with the 'Evolution of the Jet' gift set in 1948 and issued several kits - the Supermarine S6B, Gee-Bee, Howard Ike, Laird (all in acetate) and the F-84G and this Constellation (both in polystyrene). All were in the two-tone one-piece box. This model is molded in the correct glossy medium gray with a unique early stand. The model was issued with instructions but did not come with decals. The instructions tell you that '...the plane is molded in the proper base color, and if you intend to paint your favorite air-line markings be sure to use good enamel (not lacquer). The kit has never been started. The contents are either in the factory sealed bag or have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.
O-Lin Ryan Navion / North American Aviation NA-143, 1/48, 507
O-Lin Ryan Navion / North American Aviation NA-143, 1/48, 507
Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++,   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.
O-Lin Republic Seabee Amphibian, 1/48, 503
O-Lin Republic Seabee Amphibian, 1/48, 503
Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++++,   old
$145

Very rare kit for the advanced collector. The Seabee was produced as a high performance sport amphibian. This is a very hard-to-fine original O-line kit in the small box and advertisement for O-line cement on the top. Produced 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-line 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 light gray and has the correct decals and instructions. The kit has never been started and is inventoried complete with all parts, instructions and decals.
Hawk 4 Famous Racing Planes - Gee Bee / Ike / R3C-1 (R3C1) / Laird Solution Gift Set, 1/48, 510-129
Hawk 4 Famous Racing Planes - Gee Bee / Ike / R3C-1 (R3C1) / Laird Solution Gift Set, 1/48, 510-129
Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++,   old
$155

Rare. This model is from 1956 and was the last issue from Hawk to features these four aircraft in the originally-molded vivid colors as well as the last issue of the R3C-1 with landing gear (the molds were modified to make it a floatplane, making any reissue impossible). The Gee Bee is molded in bright gloss red, the Laird Solution in a light olive drab gloss, the Ike in bright white and the R3C-1 in brilliant yellow. The box is excellent. Inside, the kits have not been started. All four are still sealed in the original stapled bags. Includes special one-piece instruction sheet for all aircraft and correct one-piece decal sheet.
Comet Grumman S2F Hunter - Large Scale, 1/54, PL801-98
Comet Grumman S2F Hunter - Large Scale, 1/54, PL801-98
Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG,   old
$135

Very near 1/48 scale kit. As with most Comet kits, this one is very nicely molded with all recessed panel detail and no unsightly rivets. Features retractable sonar dome and MAD boom, extensive clear windows, wing search light with clear cover, rocket under-wing load out, rotating props and display stand. The kit has never been started. The contents are either in the factory sealed bag or have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.
Action Wonder Woman - (ex-Aurora), 1/12
Action Wonder Woman - (ex-Aurora), 1/12
Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++,   new
$125

Very nice professionally-made reproduction resin Wonder Woman from an original Aurora kit. Excellent quality and high-definition with very little to no flash. This was made directly from the Aurora kit and includes all parts such as the base, rope, etc. Ideal builder. Never started and complete.
Monogram US Navy LST-608 - Landing Ship-Tank, 1/250, B1
Monogram US Navy LST-608 - Landing Ship-Tank, 1/250, B1
Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Mint,   old
$210

Rare kit in investment-grade condition for the advanced Monogram collector. This was the fledgling Monogram's company's very first ship kit, issued in 1945. Measures 16 inches long when assembled. Inside and out, the kit is as it left the factory. The box is near mint with perfect colors. Inside, the original cardboard divider is present. The wooden hull is pre-carved. The balance of the kit is printwood, metal fittings, wood and metal stock and with other cardstock details. The sand paper, color decals and plans/instructions are present as well. The kit has never been started and is complete.
Revell IL-38 Bison Russian Bomber - 'S' Kit, 1/169, H235-98
Revell IL-38 Bison Russian Bomber - 'S' Kit, 1/169, H235-98
Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc,   old
$165

First issue dated 1956 in the 'S' hardbox. Molded in the correct gloss dark green and clear with clear Globe stand. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.
Aurora Old Timers 1911 Buick Bug, 1/16, 574-198
Aurora Old Timers 1911 Buick Bug, 1/16, 574-198
Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc,   old
$115

1963 first issue of Aurora's 'Super Detailed Museum Model with Plated Parts'. Done in a big 1/16 scale, this kit and the other 'Old Timers' in the series represented a significant leap forward in quality for Aurora. The kit features full engine, transaxle and driveline detail. It builds up a rolling chassis like the real car, and includes full exhaust and a detailed interior. Molded in gloss dark green, gloss ivory and with plated parts and real rubber tires. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. Aurora was renowned for turning a profit and for keeping expenses down. In researching new kit subjects, they came upon a forgotten jewel - the Hudson Miniatures line of 1/16 scale wooden kits. Hudson had discontinued this line due to lack of sales of wooden kits. But the Hudson models were second to none in quality, research and documentation. Aurora was quick to realize this and used the research and layout from these kits to create the subjects for this 'Old Timers' series. It is fortunate for us that they did, because in most cases this is the only injection molded kit of these rare and classic early automobiles.

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