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Comet Sparky 32 inch Wingspan Wakefield-Style Balsa Flying Model Airplane - Coke Bottle Issue, R9-59

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$56   

From the 1950s. Rare, large flying model with a Coke bottle next to the young model builders snake plate and finished product. Kit features traditional wood/tissue construction with high quality printwood, stripwood, wooden stock as required, fully formed wheels, covering tissue, prop and detailed full size plans/building instructions. The model has not been started. Inventoried complete. These aircraft were common in the 1930s when the sport of free-flight model airplanes reached it's zenith. It was not uncommon for these models to fly for 45 minutes or more on rubber power alone - many flew out of site, and it became common practice to write your name, address and phone number on the covering tissue. Comet was a famous manufacturer of stick and tissue flying and static models. In the 1930s Great Depression, they lead the low-priced kit revolution with the "Dime Scale" kits and famous advertisements in Model Airplane News magazine and others. Comet reached it's peak in the 1930s when they acquired the services of Carl Goldberg. Goldberg was a highly accomplished modeler with articles in Model Airplane News and famous designs that won him several National level competitions in the 1930s and beyond. (Carl Goldberg went on to found his own company and produced well designed and popular free-flight and RC aircraft). Comet survived the post World War economic slump and continued kit production until they were bought out by long-time competitor Guillow's in 1998.

Revell Cobra II P-39 Racer - (Yellow Plastic), 1/45, H144-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$42   

Rare 1962 hardbox model of the 4 bladed prop Thompson Trophy Winner. Molded in bright yellow and clear plastic. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Heller Nieuport Delage NiD 622 - 4 Esc.32 R.A.O. 1931-32 or 6 Esc.34 R.A.O. 1931-32 (NiD-622), 1/72, 224

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$14   

Older but nicely molded with recessed control surfaces and fine raised panel lines. 1970s Heller issue with 'Black Box' design that has black background on the box top and all 4 sides. Includes markings for the two aircraft listed. This kit has not been started. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Frog JU-87G Stuka Red Series, 1/72, F195

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$20   

Very nicely molded kit with very fine raised panel detail. Kit includes cockpit and crew of two, two underwing anti-tank cannon and decals for either Hungarian Air Force 102/1 Dive Bomber Sq or Stab/Stukageschwader 2 Hans Rudel with 1000 Tanks Destroyed. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions. Frog is considered the father of injection molded model kits. The Lines Brothers opened Frog in 1932, capitalizing on the fever caused by Lindberg's solo transatlantic flight. Almost overnight the western populations became 'Air-Minded', and anything aviation was in high demand. Frog created a quality line of stick and tissue rubber powered aircraft and gliders as well as innovative ready-to-fly rubber powered aircraft that required no assembly. The box even contained a built-in rubber motor winder and fuselage holder. Model airplane flight competitions were popular in Great Britain, and one category was 'Rise Off the Ground', or ROG. By changing this to 'Flies Right Off the Ground', the FROG name was born. In 1936 Frog created a line of injection molded plastic models, the first such kit line in the world (Hawk sold a line of injection molded aircraft models in 1934 but they were factory assembled and painted). Named 'Penguin' after the bird that does not fly, the kits were innovative beyond the means of production. At a time when models were simply built by wingspan, the Penguin line was a constant 1/72 scale. Furthermore, a large 1/72 Short S.30 Empire class flying boat contained a full interior and lights! A line of accessories such as AA guns, tractors, hanger, ambulance, sound locator, searchlights and lighting kits were quickly added to the line. WWII caused a pause in production. After the war the box color changed from silver to green, and Penguin kits were also marketed in the USA. Production ended in 1950. Frog quickly expanded and released the Red, Orange, Black, Green, Gold Token, Spin and Comet series as well as Trail Blazers and several others. It is noteworthy that while most manufactures in the 1940s/50 were making toy-like models, Frog attempted to make very realistic models. For example, 'detailing' kits with excessively large rivets was once very popular. Frog ignored this trend and continued to mold aircraft with fine panel lines and no rivets. As a result, Frog kits can be built into very realistic replicas. Production ended in the late 1970s, but Frog molds are still in use around the world.

Microscale Convair 990 - Alaska / Swissair / Northeast Decals, 1/144, MS4-6

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG-

$85   

From ex-Topping molds. Accurate injection molded kit with full color decals for all airlines listed and a display stand. This kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Decals are 'excellent+.' Please see the two articles on this website about decal restoration and using older decals.

Frog Martin 167 Maryland - Reconnaissance Bomber 'Nantes' GBII/20 Free French North Africa 1941/42 or South African 24th Sqn No.3 Wing Desert Air Force 1941/42- Green Series, 1/72, F241

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$32   

Has decals for both versions and color painting guide. Kit is very finely molded and contains no rivets - just fine panel lines. Features rotating turret, crew of three and some interior detail and optional position landing gear. Includes decals for Free French 'Nantes' GB II/20 North Africa and South African 24 Sq No 3 Wing North Africa. This kit has never been started. It is either still in the internally sealed factory bag or has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Frog is considered the father of injection molded model kits. The Lines Brothers opened Frog in 1932, capitalizing on the fever caused by Lindberg's solo transatlantic flight. Almost overnight the western populations became 'Air-Minded', and anything aviation was in high demand. Frog created a quality line of stick and tissue rubber powered aircraft and gliders as well as innovative ready-to-fly rubber powered aircraft that required no assembly. The box even contained a built-in rubber motor winder and fuselage holder. Model airplane flight competitions were popular in Great Britain, and one category was 'Rise Off the Ground', or ROG. By changing this to 'Flies Right Off the Ground', the FROG name was born. In 1936 Frog created a line of injection molded plastic models, the first such kit line in the world (Hawk sold a line of injection molded aircraft models in 1934 but they were factory assembled and painted). Named 'Penguin' after the bird that does not fly, the kits were innovative beyond the means of production. At a time when models were simply built by wingspan, the Penguin line was a constant 1/72 scale. Furthermore, a large 1/72 Short S.30 Empire class flying boat contained a full interior and lights! A line of accessories such as AA guns, tractors, hanger, ambulance, sound locator, searchlights and lighting kits were quickly added to the line. WWII caused a pause in production. After the war the box color changed from silver to green, and Penguin kits were also marketed in the USA. Production ended in 1950. Frog quickly expanded and released the Red, Orange, Black, Green, Gold Token, Spin and Comet series as well as Trail Blazers and several others. It is noteworthy that while most manufactures in the 1940s/50 were making toy-like models, Frog attempted to make very realistic models. For example, 'detailing' kits with excessively large rivets was once very popular. Frog ignored this trend and continued to mold aircraft with fine panel lines and no rivets. As a result, Frog kits can be built into very realistic replicas. Production ended in the late 1970s, but Frog molds are still in use around the world.

Airfix North American B-25J / B-25H / B-25J Gun Nose Mitchell - Craftmaster Issue, 1/72, 2-109

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$32   

Mid-1960s release. This issue has the black short box ends. Includes parts and decals for three versions - B-25J "Lady Luck", B-25J Modified Gun Nose and B-25H "Norma Sue." Has many working features and details- gun elevate and turrets turn, full crew and interior, opening bomb bay doors, opening fore and aft boarding doors with optional ladders, rotating wheels and props and moving control surfaces. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Craftmaster kits were Airfix models made in the UK and marketed by MPC in the USA.

Hawk Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat - Thai AF Chrome Plated, 1/48, 215-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$22   

1968 Chrome plated version. Chrome is in 'very good to excellent' condition with typical wear except NOTE: the right lower wing has some significant chrome damage at two spots. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Monogram Infantry Soldiers (The Fabulous G.I.s) - 18 US Army Military Figures, 1/35, 6304

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$75   

Still factory sealed. 1982 issue from the original 1958 molds. Contains 18 Figures with marching soldier, bazooka team, prone rifleman, tommy gunner, standing rifleman, mortar team, walkie talkie soldier, machine gun team, mine detector, sitting soldier, officer, grenade thrower, messenger, rifleman with bayonet and flame thrower.

Revell Supermarine Spitfire Mk.II RAF, 1/48, H32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

$22   

1978 issue. Well molded with fine raised panel lines and recessed control surface lines. This kit has not been started. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

MPM Ryan FR-1 Fireball, 1/72, 72040

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$32   

Well detailed limited-issue kit. Contains numerous photoetched details. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Otaki Japanese Navy Type 93 Advanced Trainer K5Y1 'Willow' - Markings for Two Orange and One Silver Aircraft, 1/48, OT2-8-250

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$29   

Very nicely molded kit featuring very good cockpit and engine detail, pilots, decals for three colorful aircraft and rigging wires and rigging information. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Carl Goldberg Models Spirit of St. Louis / Ryan NYP - 21 Inch Wingspan Balsa Flying Aircraft, D1-100

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$85   

Purchased new on December 16, 1966 from Barns Hobby in Cleveland, Ohio. Quality scale rubber-powered flying model with stick and tissue construction. Highly prefabricated balsa kit that does not use tissue covering. Features all die-cut wings, fuselage sides, formers, tail surfaces and more, vacuform engine, finished wheels, plastic prop, thrust button and spinner, metal hardware and prop shaft, rubber motor, full decals and superb plans with excellent instructions. Never started and inventoried complete. Carl Goldberg was a gifted designer of model aircraft, and his career spanned the evolution of flying models. His designs and number of titles won in competition at the Nationals is legendary. His first competition was the 1928 Nationals, where he received honorable mention. By 1934 he won the indoor Nats and in 1935 he opened a Hobby Shop, among the first in the nation (the first one was probably opened by Cleveland Models Ed Packard). Awards came quickly. He wrote articles for Model Airplane News, and was Comet's top designer from 1939 till 1945. After Comet, he worked with Mike Schlesinger and Sid Axelrod on what eventually became Top-Flite Models. In 1955 he founded Carl Goldberg Models and released a still-popular line of scale, rubber, gas, glider and RC models. Needless to say, Goldberg's models are of the highest quality.

Heller Stampe SV4-C (SV-4), 1/50, 157

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

$36   

Rare kit in 1/50 scale of this unusual French civil sport aircraft. Molded in dark red and clear with 58 parts. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

UPC Republic P-47D Thunderbolt - (ex-Lindberg), 1/48, 5056-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$22   

Still factory sealed. Purchased new on May 19, 1967 at Woolworths in Cleveland, Ohio. From ex-Lindberg molds. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufactures and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

Bandai Schutzenpanzerwagen Sd.Kfz. 251/1, 1/48, 8222-250

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$35   

Rare early issue with swastika on the box top and short sides. Rare early version with swastika on the box top and short sides. Excellent kit that is part of the classic and highly detailed 1/48 Bandai Pin Point armor series. These kits are beautifully molded and feature full interior detail as well as flexible treads, many operating features and very detailed crew members that can be posed in almost any position. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Hasegawa McDonnell Douglas British Phantom II FG.1 (F-4 25th Anniversary), 1/48, CH8

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$110   

Limited issue High Grade kit with cast metal landing gear, wheels + much more, very large decal sheet, real rubber tires and photoetched fret. The kit has never been started. Some parts are still in the factory sealed bags. The parts that are not internally sealed have been inventoried complete, including decals and instructions.

ESCI Dakota C-47 - Lufthansa / Danish Air Force / Swedish Air Force, 1/72, 9096

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$34   

Still sealed but the seal has split at the top. Very nicely molded kit. Features detailed cockpit and interior, optional position flaps and door and more. Decals for a very colorful civil Lufthansa aircraft, Danske Flyvevabnet-esk 721 (1972) and Swedish Air Force.

Hawk Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Razorback or Bubble Top Versions USAAF or RAF, 1/48, 500-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$32   

Great older kit with nice detail. Hardbox is dated 1965 and shows a action diorama with both Jugs warming the engines up. Can make Razorback or Bubble Top versions. Has markings for ace Robert S. Johnson with the 56th FG and 28 confirmed kills. The other markings are for an RAF aircraft seen at Newark, NJ on Feb. 16, 1945. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Renwal Bleriot 1909 Monoplane and Kitty Hawk 1903 Biplane, 1/72, 234-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$89   

Hard to fine late 1950s/early 1960s hardbox issue. Kit includes both models. The Wright Brothers Kitty Hawk was the first aircraft to make powered and controlled flight, and the Bleriot Monoplane was the first aircraft to fly over the English Channel. 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. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.