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Cleveland Douglas O-38 - Balsa Flying Model Airplane Kit, 1/16, SF-43

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$155   

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.

Hawk Lockheed Constellation L-749 - One Piece 1948 Box Issue, 1/140, 702

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$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 manufacturers 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.

Lindberg Blitz - 18 inch Wingspan Rubber Powered Plastic Flying Airplane Model, 926-100

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$125   

Still factory sealed. Very rare. Fantastic artwork by Ray Gaedke. The box is in exceptional near mint condition. In the late 1950s/early 1960s, Lindberg came out with a complete line of vacuformed rubber powered flying models. The kits were all prepainted, had large wingspans and were quite attractive for flying models. They also included the rubber band, spring wire landing gear and injection molded wheels, propeller and bushing. The instructions are on the back along with a detailed trim/adjustment guide for flying.

Revell Bendix Talos SAM-N-6 RIM-8 - US Navy Missile 'S' Issue, 1/40, H1808-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$250   

First and only issue of this rare kit. 1957 hardbox with fantastic artwork and the 'S' logo on the sides. Large scale kit that is well detailed. Forward fins move and launcher works. Includes three man crew. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present. NOTE: Box displays better than the 'VG++' grade, but was graded as such due to a very light 'Highland Hobby Shop' stamp on the box top.

Revell Pedro Nunes 19th Century Portuguese Naval Ship, 1/96, H399

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$289   

Very Rare. Dated 1967 and includes factory-painted copper hull in excellent condition. Very highly detailed kit with lifeboats and davits, removable cargo hatches and detailed holds, preformed ratlines and deadeyes, all rigging material and standing/running rigging instructions, crew of 20 action figures, movable rudder, blocks, metal chains and a highly detailed deck with bilge pump, hand winches, anchors, fire buckets, pumps, life preservers and more. The kit has never been started. The white parts are still in the internal factory sealed bag. The black and brown parts have been carefully inventoried 100% complete. Includes rigging materials (still sealed) 'near mint' condition decals, flags and instructions. Unusual Portuguese Navy training vessel from the late 1890s. When the age of steam made sailing ships less desirable, the famous Thermopylae (known for her races with the Cutty Sark) was sold to the Portuguese Navy and modified to became the Pedro Nunes.

Lindberg He-111 with Tractor German Blitz Bomber - Ground Artwork Cellovision Issue, 1/63, 565-149

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$125   

Very rare version with Cellovision box and Ray Gaedke artwork showing the aircraft on the ground. This issue also includes a detailed 1/48 scale tractor with driver. Kit has movable control surfaces, working landing gear and scale engines with removable panels. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions. Please note that the end flap is missing. 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.

Aurora 1914 Stutz Bearcat Old Timers, 1/16, 571-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$119   

1961 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. It builds up a rolling chassis with transaxle, suspension, exhaust and driveline detail and includes a detailed interior with separately molded instruments. Molded in gloss yellow, dark wood tan and with plated parts and real rubber tires. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including 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.

Sterling Chris Craft 21' Cobra Boat - Motorized, 1/16, B16-298

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG-

$225   

Large (almost 16' LOA) kit for static, motorized or radio control. Well detailed. Molded in beautiful brown swirled, yellow, white and clear plastic. Small parts are still factory bag sealed. Complete with full instructions and decals. Sterling did furnish a motor with this kit - it was available separately.

Renwal Antoinette 1908 Monoplane and Voisin Farman 1908 Biplane, 1/72, 212-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$100   

Hard to find. Early hardbox issue from the late 1950s/early 1960s. Kit includes both models. The Antoinette was the first plane in the world to attain an altitude of 500 feet, and the Voisin made the first city-to-city powered flight. These are unique and accurate kits. The original internal frame structure and details of the aircraft is built from injection molded plastic. When complete, it is covered with a very strong fabric which is included. The result is a very realistic aircraft. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Revell P&O SS Oriana Ocean Liner - Motorized Master Modelers Kit, 1/493, H401-398

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair++

$135   

Very rare motorized kit from 1961. Box is solid and complete but has wear on the top as shown. First and only issue. The hardbox includes the Master Modelers logo. The kit is very nicely detailed and 20 inches long when assembled. It includes the electric motor and all hardware, brass contacts and gears required for motorization. Inside, the kit has not been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts, motorizing kit (still factory sealed), large decal and flag sheets and instructions as well as the SS Oriana Master Modeler Collectors Stamp. This kit was one in an entire series of motorized kits that Revell issued in 1960, 61 and 62. Mold modification were made to these kits for the series- USS Arizona, USS Coral Sea, Scissors Bridge, Sherman Tank, Sport Fisherman, PT-212, Austin Healey, Corvette, Long Beach Tugboat, Robert E Lee, Allison Turbo-Prop Engine and Ford Ranchero. This is not a complete list. The reason for the discontinuation of the kits is not known. Contributing factors may have included the high selling price or returns issues.

Revell Kawanishi N1K1-Ja Shiden George - Takara Issue (N1K1Ja), 1/32, H170-1800

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$175   

Very rare Revell Japan Takara large 1/32 scale 'George'. It is rumored that these molds were lost when the freighter carrying them sank in the Sea of Japan. Other molds lost on that ship were the 1/32 Oscar, Tony and Raiden (Jack). The parts are molded in the correct medium gray and clear for this issue. The kit features very fine panel lines, highly detailed cockpit and engine, removable cowling and optional position canopy, working flaps and drop tank/bomb load. There are decals for three Japanese aircraft and one for a captured USAAF evaluation aircraft. There is also the Revell Japan full color large print of two of the aircraft that can be built. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The parts that were not factory sealed (wings and cowl only) have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions. This box has clear tape along all bottom sides.

Matchbox Boeing P-12E - US Army 95th Attack Sq or 27th Pursuit Sq 1st Pursuit Group, 1/72, PK-3

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$22   

Still factory sealed. 1983 issue. Nicely molded kit includes markings for two colorful aircraft, 95th Attack Squadron and 27th Pursuit Squadron, 1st Group.

Hasegawa Heinkel He-51B-2 Floats - Spanish Civil War or Luftwaffe (He51B2), 1/72, B16

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

$29   

Hard-to-find float version. Has markings for both aircraft. Very finely molded and nicely detailed kit. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Guillows Douglas A-1H Skyraider - 16 inch Wingspan Rubber Powered Flying Model, 904-130

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$18   

Roughly 1980s scale stick and tissue rubber powered flying model. Includes die cut balsa parts, vacuform nose/spinner, wheels, metal landing gear, plastic propeller, hardware, vacuform canopy, colored tissue, insignia and full size plans with detailed building instructions. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. 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 2014.

Revell HMS Bounty - 'S' Issue with Glue, 1/110, H327-298

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$125   

The 1st issue of this kit. 'S' Box artwork is dated 1956. Revell's early ship models were remarkably detailed. This kit is no exception and has excellent detail. Kit comes with preformed ratlines and full rigging instructions. Kit even has the original sealed tube of Revell 'S' Cement. Never started and complete. Includes all parts, assembly/rigging instructions, rigging material and flag sheet.

Eduard Sopwith Baby Floatplane - No.445 Flight No.229 Sq RNAS 1918 / Royal Norwegian Navy early -1920s / Palestina (damaged near El Arish Sept 9 1917) / Ansaldo Baby Italian Navy 1918, 1/48, 8006

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$42   

Highly detailed kit with injection molded parts, cast metal engine, a large set of brass photoetched parts and a large, colorful decal sheet for four different aircraft. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Revell Douglas DC-7 Compania Mexicana De Aviacion, 1/122, H222

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$110   

Still factory sealed. Hard-to-find Lodela issue with CMA markings. The kit is Revell's famous 'Pre-S' kit from 1954/55.

Easy Built Models Grumman F6F Hellcat - 28 inch Wingspan for Free Flight or R/C Conversion, FF-73

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$22   

Originally manufactured by Model Craft back in the 1940s. Reissued in 1986 by Easy Built using copies of the original plans. High quality modern kit made in the finest tradition of the stick and tissue kits from the 1930s-1950s. Kit contains high quality printed balsa, strip wood, plastic propellers (when required), rubber, full sized plans and other accessories. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

MPC New Plymouth Volare 2 Door - Stock / Street Machine / Custom, 1/25

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$65   

Hard-to-find kit in excellent condition. First issue dated 1976, and I believe this is a 1977 Volare (but check yourself; I am not positive). Has parts to build the versions shown. Features detailed engine and compartment, opening hood, full interior detailed underside and more. Molded in white, clear, red-tinted clear, chrome plate and with rubber tires. The kit has never been started. All the parts that were factory sealed (the vast majority) are still in factory sealed bags. The chrome, clear and tires are the only parts that were never factory sealed. They have been inventoried complete. Includes instructions and decals in 'excellent' condition.

William H Low Co Holloway Hook And Ladder Truck 1880 - Wilo Line Fire Truck, 1/24, CL120

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$169   

Very, very rare. Mr. Low himself proclaimed this to be "...the handsomest in the Willoline." Likely from the 1940s. William H Low Co., of Braintree Mass., issued the 'Wilo Line' which included a superb series of antique commercial firefighting equipment. The scale is given as 1/2" and the finished wagon is well over 12 inches long with the ladders, and even bigger with the 6" front carriage bar. The kits were very advanced for the time and shared many of the pre-fabrication methods of Hudson Miniatures. This kit is based on the 1880 Holloway Manufacturing Company prototype. Features plastic injection molded spoke wheels, precut large hardwood parts such as completed tanks, fully formed ladder frames, pre-cut ladder rungs, extinguishers and more, a sealed bag of smaller parts including a great many fully carved wood with more of metal and plastic, brass screen, a variety of metal stock as needed, sandpaper, complete instructions with detailed plans and full text step-by-step guide and even a big photo of the actual prototype. The kit has never been started. The small parts are either internal factory bag sealed or inventoried complete; the parts that were never sealed are inventoried complete including instructions/plans. The kits in this line include CH110 Combination Hose Wagon, FC15 Chemical and Reel Carts, F16 Horses in the same scale, CL120 Hook And Ladder, CL120 (again) City Service Ladder (a completely different kit from the previous one), FC180 Combination Chemical Wagon, FH130 Hose Wagon, FP7 Amoskeag Steamer, CR110 Service Hose Reel, FL10 Aerial Ladder, F18 Chemical Engine and more. In most cases they are the only kits in existence of these historic vehicles. Bill Low did design at least one 'non-fire truck' kit in his Will-O-Line - a Conestoga Wagon, advertised as being 1/24 scale, kit #B14 for $2.85 list as "This is another Museum Piece by Bill Low." After seeing these fire truck kits, I do not doubt that.