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Lindberg Curtiss Hawk P-6E Giant Flying Model - 20 Inch Wingspan, 904-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$24   

NOTE: parts kit only, please read carefully. Very rare and from the 1950s. The box is intact. One end panel has come off neatly along the seam but is present. Inside, it contains the following parts: internal cardboard protective insert, factory painted top wing with the brace neatly glued on; factory painted lower wing with brace and fuel tank glued on, scale three-blade plastic prop, red plastic flying prop with thrust button and prop shaft, tail wheel assembly, two big interplane "N" struts, two aileron struts and one cabane strut assembly. There are no other parts present. The instructions are on the back of the box for this kit. The condition of all parts is 'excellent' and the assembly is well done and very neat.

Monogram Speedee-Bilt Boeing PT-13 Kaydet Trainer, G5-100

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$145   

Rare kit from 1957. The PT-17 was the first trainer standardized for the Air Force and Navy. This is a highly prefabricated, rubber-powered wooden scale flying model kit. It features beautiful, completely finished Monofoil upper and lower wings, die-cut fuselage sides and formers that are factory painted yellow, precarved wooden parts, fully finished wheels, die-cut clear windscreens, plastic engine, prop and pilot bust, fully formed wire landing gear, rubber motor, sandpaper, tissue, decals and excellent instructions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Please NOTE that a part of the decals is stuck to the Monogram catalog. 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 as this kit. Speedee-Bilt kits contained die cut and pre painted wooden parts, completely formed airfoil wings, carved wheels and numerous plastic details like cowlings, pilot, missiles, prop and more. Assembly was by detailed full size plans.

Monogram T-28D Trojan Fighter Bomber Four Star Issue - USAF or South Vietnamese Air Force 516th Fighter Squadron, 1/48, PA121-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$55   

Still factory sealed but the seal has split on the right side. Original hardbox issue dated 1965. Has many operating features. Canopy slides open, gear retracts, prop spins, and has instructor, student pilot and mechanic figures. Includes bombs, napalm tanks, machine gun pod and decals for the two aircraft listed.

Monogram Me-109 Messerschmitt (Bf-109), 1/48, PA74-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$85   

Still factory sealed. First issue hardbox dated 1962. This kit is part of an incredibly popular Monogram 1/48 scale World War II line that was issued through the 1960s. Has retractable landing gear, rotating prop and wheels.

Monogram Supermarine Mk IX Spitfire - Four Star Issue, 1/48, PA79-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$45   

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First issue hardbox is dated 1962. This kit is part of a very famous World War II action kit line that Monogram issued in 1/48 scale. Very nicely molded with excellent fit. Features retractable landing gear, pilot, four blade prop, 20mm cannon and belly tank. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Monogram Grumman F4F Wildcat Action Model - Four Star Issue, 1/48, PA66-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$69   

Still factory sealed with brilliant colors but the seal has split. First issue 'Four Star' kit dated 1961. Features folding wings, rotating prop and wheels, drop tanks, optional position landing gear and pilot and ground crew figures.

Monogram Mitsubishi Zero (Zeke) A6M5, 1/48, PA73-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$79   

First issue dated 1962. The box has like-new color and gloss, four solid corners and no tape or price tags or tag marks. The only flaws are is very light general wear as shown, small sections of clear sealing tape on the long sides and a ink '2' on one short side. This model is part of a very popular and successful line of 1/48 World War II kits that Monogram issued through the 1960s. Kit features retracting landing gear, rotating wheels and prop, pilot and cockpit and optional drop tank. Never started. Inventoried with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Monogram Curtiss P-40B Tiger Shark (Warhawk) - USAAF / RAF / Chinese AVG Flying Tigers - Four Star Issue, 1/48, PA96-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$65   

Still factory sealed but the seal has split on the left. The actual box is in investment-grade 'mint' condition. First issue hardbox dated 1964. This model is part of a very popular and successful line of 1/48 World War II aircraft that Monogram released through the 1960s. Very nicely molded and detailed model in the best Monogram tradition with very fine raised panel detail, full cockpit, optional position landing gear, optional full or open canopy, pilot, belly tank and working landing flaps. Contains decals for USAF, RAF and AVG Flying Tigers (Chinese).

Monogram PBY-5A Catalina, 1/104, PA8-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$115   

Still factory sealed and in rare, investment-grade condition. Dated 1955. Second issue dated 1955. The second issue has the 'PA' part number prefix instead of just 'P.'

Monogram TWA Douglas DC-3, 1/90, PA9-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$145   

Still factory sealed but the seal has drawn the box top slightly concave. Second issue dated 1955; the first issue has same art but kit #P9-98. The box has as-new color and gloss. Kit features optional position cabin door, rotating propellers and wheels, pilot, copilot, hostess and passenger figures and colorful TWA decals.

Monogram Lockheed P-38L / P-38M / P-38J / F-5 Lightning - Four Star Issue, 1/48, PA97-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$74   

Very rare. This kit is still factory sealed on the inside as a special display for experiment. On bigger kits (B-52, Phantom Huey and Mustang, etc), Monogram would seal the parts in clear with the lower box, then leave the box top unsealed so that potential buyers could see the kit 'insides' before purchasing. I did not know they did it with smaller kits and this is the first one I have seen. It is not a reseal as the cello is of the old heavy type and brittle. Please note the Uncle Bill's Hobby Shop (Cleveland, Ohio) price tag on the box top and the purchase date of 9-6-1966. First issue hardbox copyright dated 1964. Very highly detailed and well molded kit. Builds any of four versions including 2-Seat Night Fighter, day fighter, 'Droop Snoot' with bomber nose and F5 photo recon version.

Revell PB4Y-1 US Navy Patrol Bomber - (B-24), 1/72, H205-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc-

$52   

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Original hardbox issue with a copyright date of 1965. This kit was purchased new on October 28, 1965 at a drug store in Cleveland, Ohio and the original receipt is included. Nice model of the Navy B-24. Has many action features: landing gear retracts and extends, control surfaces move, guns elevate and turrets rotate, wheels and props spin, flaps extend/retract, 4 crew and has optional position side gunner's position (open or closed). The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Revell Lockheed ASW P-3A Orion, 1/115, H163-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$44   

Hardbox issue is copyright dated 1965. Purchased new on May 12, 1966 at S.S. Kresge Department Store in Cleveland, Ohio. The flaws in the Lockheed Electra airliner ensured that it had a short service life in commercial service. But the sound design was modified into one of the most successful and long-serving of all ASW aircraft - the Orion. Revell seized upon this opportunity to recoup some of the money sunk into the Electra molds. The molds were modified to make this kit, the 'A' version of the venerable patrol aircraft. Features optional position landing gear and loading door and movable wheels and props. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Revell B-24J Liberator Pacific Raider Issue, 1/92, H237-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$65   

1965 copyright date hardbox issue of the famous 1954 "S" Buffalo Bill kit in Pacific colors and markings. This model was purchased new on May 3, 1966 in Cleveland, Ohio. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Revell Martin PBM-5 Mariner Famous Aircraft Series, 1/118, H175-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$42   

Hardbox issue copyright dated 1960. Purchased new on July 27, 1966 at S.S. Kresge in Cleveland, Ohio. Dramatic and colorful artwork has made the 'Famous Aircraft Series' a favorite among collectors. Dramatic signed artwork is also a '...Picture Box Top For You To Frame!' Molded in dark blue and clear. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Revell Convair R3Y-2 Tradewind - Famous Aircraft Series Issue - (R3Y2), 1/168, H178-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$44   

Hardbox issue copyright dated 1960 issue with '...Picture Box Top For You To Frame!' Purchased new on January 12, 1968 at Rod's Hobby Shop in Cleavland, Ohio. The box art painting is "Invasion Landing" done for Revell by Ken Smith. Molded in a beautiful dark gloss blue from the same molds at the "S" issue. Inside, the kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Revell USS Boston CAG-1 Guided Missile Cruiser, 1/480, H461-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$179   

Still factory sealed. Dated 1968. The USS Boston, originally CA-69 (Baltimore Class Heavy Cruiser) was converted to the world's first Guided Missile Cruiser in 1952. Full hull kit that is 17 inches long when assembled. Features movable guns and turrets, detailed Terrier missiles and launchers, radar and missile tracking antennas, display stand and more.

Guillows Nieuport 11 - 24 inch Wingspan for Free Flight or R/C Conversion, 203

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$32   

Purchased new on May 2, 1966 at Uncle Bob's Hobby Shop in Cleveland, Ohio. Large scale, well detailed kit. Can be flown rubber free flight, gas free flight, or converted to electric RC using modern small, light servos and receivers. Features quality die-cut balsa sheet parts, stripwood and sparts, die-cut plywood firewall for gas operation, light plastic cowl, pilot bust, machine guns, engine and more, scale plastic wheels, rubber motor, thrust button, plastic propeller, big sheet of full color decals, covering tissue and excellent full size plans with instructions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete. Guillow's founder, Paul K. Guillow, was a WWI naval aviator. In 1926 he began producing wooden model airplane kits. His 'Shelf Models' were some of the earlier non-flying models in production. Guillow's grew during the model boom of the 1930s, and when the Depression hit the hardest, Guillow's responded with lower prices and became one of the low price leaders, frequently advertising in Model Airplane News and other leading publications. During the war, like most manufacturers, Guillow's was forced to alternative materials such as cardboard and pine. Guillow's survived the post WWII slump by creating many inexpensive profile flying rubber powered aircraft and gliders in the 1950s (along with North Pacific) which became famous - some are still available today. The stick and tissue lines have been updated with laser cut parts and are still in production as of 2009.

Sterling L-19 Bird Dog - 17 inch Wingspan CL/Rubber Powered Kit that Drops Leaflets in Flight, A12-98

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$45   

Purchased new on November 26, 1965 at Bill's Model Shop in Cleveland, Ohio. 17 inch wingspan kit for rubber free flight or control line. Features an innovative system for dropping leaflets in flight. Includes quality die-cut balsa sheet parts, strip wood and spars, light plastic full engine cowl and other parts, die-cut clear windscreen, fully formed wire landing gear struts, finished main and tail wheels, rubber motor and plastic prop, covering tissue, a big sheet of full color decal and full size plans with excellent instructions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete. Sterling was a famous manufacturer dating back to the 1930/40s flying model craze. Although they continued to produce kits for decades after the flying model slump following World War II, they eventually fell victim to the general lack of interest in modeling that occurred in the early 1980s. I always considered Sterling kits to be deluxe kits compared to other manufacturers.

Sterling Fairchild PT-19 with 'Auto-Magic' Pilot - 21 inch Wingspan Balsa Flying Model Airplane, M-9

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$39   

1950s stick and tissue flying model with special 'Auto Magic Pilot' feature and 21 inch wingspan. Can be built for scale static display, rubber free-flight or gas powered control line or Auto Magic Pilot, where the aircraft flies by itself on a tether and maintains level flight. Features quality die-cut balsa sheet parts, strip wood and spars, die-cut plywood, fully formed wire landing gear struts, finished wheels, plastic cowl, color decals, covering tissue and full size plans extensive text instructions. Never started and inventoried complete. Sterling was a famous manufacturer dating back to the 1930/40s flying model craze. Although they continued to produce kits for decades after the flying model slump following World War II, they eventually fell victim to the general lack of interest in modeling that occurred in the early 1980s. I always considered Sterling kits to be 'deluxe' as they had the action features and were much nicer than most other kits of this type.