Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG+++
For the advanced model collector. This is a model kit with a fascinating history as it may be among the very first injection molded kits produced in the United States (please see the article about early USA kit production on this website). The Hawk model company was the most innovative in America and had been making constant 1/48 scale models in wood and metal since the late 1920s. During the re-run of the World's Fair in 1933, Hawk may have made the world's first injection molded airplanes models - but they were not kits. The models were completely finished and were on display for the princely sum of $25 each. The Mates brothers, who founded and ran Hawk, were quick to incorporate this new technology by adding injection molded details to the wooden kits in the late 1930s. During the war, Hawk put it's injection molding knowledge to work making ID models for the US Armed Forces. Originally there was a nation-wide program to have children and adults make these from wood, but consistency was an issue - injection molded solved this problem. Immediately after WWII in 1946, Hawk made the Curtiss Racer model injection molded in black tenite. The box was a simple one-color affair. This kit, like Varney's PT-17, met a very cool reception at hobby shops. Hawk quickly changed the box to two colors and added box artwork while molding the kit is bright yellow acetate. That makes it the second issue, still from 1946, and that is this kit for sale here. The box is in very good condition with great colors. There is tape on both end flaps. The box has not been crushed or flattened, which is unusual. These came in one-piece boxes and they are not very strong. Inside, the kit has minor assembly. The fuselage 1/2s have been glued. The quality of assembly is excellent - there are no gaps and no glue showing. There is no other assembly. The kit is 100% complete with all parts. The small parts are still sealed in the 'crinkle' bag. The instructions are in as new condition. Please note that Hawk did not issue decals with this issue of this kit.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Exc+
Factory sealed but the seal has split on the right side panel. From original high quality Fujimi molds.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG+
Revell of Germany issue. Older but nicely detailed with rotating wheels and propeller, detailed engine with removable access panel, underwing cannon, pilot and seat, optional position landing gear and decals for both air forces listed. Never started. Inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: NM
Can be built three ways - for water operation, full hull display model or waterline display mode. Older but nicely detailed kit is molded in dark red and dark gray and includes battery box with metal contacts, on/off switch, metal drive shaft, flexible coupler, stuffing box, easily removable superstructure for battery access and more. Please note that Nichimo did not include the motor (FA130 type) or batteries with this kit. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc++
First issue early 1950s U-Ma-Kit from Brooklyn factory. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG+
1963 issue with John Steel artwork. This is the second artwork Aurora issued for the kit, and likely the 4th box variant overall. Large 1/48 scale model. Large kit features cockpit, spinning rotors, rotating wheels and opening doors. Molded in the correct gloss silver and clear plastic. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.
Vacuform Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed
Kit is still factory sealed. Bag has a tear at right, but all small metal parts are in an internally sealed bag and all other parts are present. Very high quality vac kit. Features excellent moldings, full decals for both airplanes and many metal details. Kit is of Type 529 VX136 or VX133. Initially designed as an undercarriage-less aircraft for use from the 'flexible deck' aircraft carrier being though of at the time. Interest was quickly lost in the flexible deck and the Admiralty ask for real landing gear. This was easily incorporated into the design, and the 508 was born. The aircraft has folding wings, an offset nosewheel, two very early 'Avon' engines and a unique variable incidence tail. Performance was good, and the 3rd prototype was given swept wings...which gave birth to the Scimitar fighter.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good+
From high quality molds with over 130 parts. Very nicely detailed with very fine recessed and raised panel lines. Features detailed cockpit and gear wells, optional position canopy, wings that swing, optional loadouts of (6) AIM-54 Phoenix, (4) AIM-9 Sidewinder, (4) AIM-7 Sparrow, drop tanks and more. Has decals for all four aircraft listed. 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: Good
The 'Tall' box issue dated 1973 that includes the Mattel logos on the two long sides. An excellent kit for that time, it builds any of four versions including 2-Seat Night Fighter, day fighter, 'Droop Snoot' with bomber nose and F5 photo recon version. Molded in silver, black and clear. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Good+
1990s issue from the original 1973 molds. Builds either aircraft. Features removable cowling with detailed Wright R-2600 engines, optional position landing gear and movable wheels and props. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG+
Includes all four kits. All boxes are in 'very good+' condition. No kits have been started. They are either still in the factory internal bags or have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.
Resin Model Kit, Box Condition: VG+
SPECIAL ORDER limited production kit including all parts needed for assembly. Features high quality resin castings and photoetched details. Kits are molded upon receipt of payment. Normal wait is six to eight weeks.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
1970s issue of the popular 'Profile Series.' Very cleanly molded kit with decals for all three aircraft listed. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions. The decals are 'excellent' which is rare. Airfix molded these kits in England, sealed them in bags and shipped them to MPC. MPC added the decals, instructions and box and marketed them through numerous outlets in the USA including hobby shops, grocery stores, dime stores and department stores. This arrangement with Airfix was older than the Profile Series, dating back to when the very colorful Airfix 'Craftmaster' kits were marketed in the USA.
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: VG-
Rare. Classic early 1950s kit. Made of solid Western Pine - not balsa. Builds up to an impressive display model. Kit includes fuselage, wings, elevators, rudder all cut to shape, sandpaper and a small parts bag with propeller, wheels, etc. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. Decals and instructions are excellent. Before plastic kits were introduced, Strombecker was famous as the premier hardwood preshaped model manufacture. In the 1940s and 1950s, Strombecker kits were flawlessly engineered but not inexpensive. All wooden parts are hardwood and are precarved to shape - usually only a quick sanding would finish them.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good-
From 1996. Large scale Catalina kit (1/48) and highly detailed. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: the box has hundreds of small black dots on it. The decals have bug damage to one small transfer '2360.' All other decals are are fine.
Multimedia Model Kit, Box Condition: Good-
Very nice conversion with injection molded fuselage with fine recessed panel lines, injection molded props, spinner and several other parts, cast metal exhaust and one other metal part and instructions. Includes marking information on the two squadrons that flew the MkXII. Complete with all parts and never started. Required base kit is the Hasegawa 1/48 Spitfire Mk.9C model.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Fair
1970s Heller issue with 'Black Box' design that has black background on the box top and all 4 sides. Very nicely molded with recessed control surfaces and fine raised panel lines. Includes markings for the two aircraft listed. This kit has not been started. The parts are still in the factory sealed bag with decals and instructions. NOTE: lower half of box is water damaged, hence the low box grade. Everything inside is sealed - the parts and instructions are perfect, but the decals are moisture damaged.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
Rare Kikoler (Brazil) issue. This is the early version 707 with the short vertical stabilizer and turbojet engines. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and excellent decals and instructions.
Vacuform Model Kit, Box Condition: Bagged
SPECIAL ORDER vacuform kit. Not shipped from stock. Kit is molded upon receipt of payment. Time from receipt to shipping your kit is usually 8 to 10 weeks. Kit includes many resin and/or metal details. Other parts will need to be scratch built or from your spares box. Vacuform kits are only recommended for modelers who are experienced with this type of model. Special skills and scratch building experience are required. If you are curious, I highly recommend that you read the article 'How To Build Vacuform Model Kits' which is located on this website.