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Cleveland A-20 Boston or P-70 Havoc - Master Kit For R/C or Free Flight, 1/16, SF-115

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$425   

49 inch wingspan - builds either the Douglas A-20 Boston Medium Bomber or the P-70 Havoc Night Fighter. Idea for conversion to electric power and RC. This is the deluxe version including dope and paint in glass bottles. Very highly detailed and complete 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.

Airfix LCM III & M4 Sherman Tank - Type Three Issue, 1/76, A301V

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$32   

From the 1960s. Unusual issue contains both kits - a very nicely detailed LCM and M4. Part of the excellent 1/76 Airfix armor range of kits. Sherman features flexible treads, detailed bogies and rotating turret. LCM includes full interior, pilot house and figure, opening front gate, prop and rudder detail and two additional crewmen. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Pegaso Howard Pete with Air Race Diorama - (ex-Lindberg), 1/48, P2020

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$45   

Necomisa/Pegaso reissue of the 1950s Lindberg kit from original molds. Includes card stock Air Race Diorama.

Vac Wings Heinkel He-51 A1/B1, 1/48, VW485

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$12   

Still factory sealed. High quality vac kit with fine recessed detail.

Sierra Curtiss O-1 Navy or OC Marine Falcon - (P-6 Hawk) - Bagged, 1/72, 72001

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

$36   

Still factory sealed. Rare kit of the Naval version of the P-6 Hawk. High quality moldings with many cast metal details and instructions + plans with markings guide.

Revell Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker - 'Fun To Whip-Fly' Issue, 1/139, H287-129

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

$75   

Rare hardbox issue from 1961. This kit has the 'Fun to Whip-Fly!' logo in the upper left of the box top and there is an advertisement for 6 of the Whip-Fly series on one long side. However, there never was a Whip-Fly KC-135 - just a box promoting Whip-Fly with a regular KC-135 kit in the box. Inside, the kit has never been started. All parts, decals and instructions are still in the factory sealed bag. This kit also has the old style Revell clear 'Globe' base, which is unusual at this late of a date.

Ideal Aeroplane & Supply The Golden Hind - Flagship of Sir Francis Drake - 18 Inch Long Wooden Ship Mode

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

$125   

Rare kit from 1950. Measures 18 inches LOA when assembled. Includes solid precarved balsa hull, seven sheets of cleanly done printwood, other precarved and shaped wooden parts, dozens of cast metal fittings, wood stock and masts/yards in many sizes, running and standing rigging material, sail material, full color insignia and more. Features excellent full size plans and instructions. The plans show numerous sectional and detail view of the ship and a painting guide. There is a separate instruction sheet, which was unusual for Ideal. NOTE: the main deck has been neatly cut from it's printwood sheet. Quality of the cut is excellent. There are no other removed parts and no gluing. One side elevation has been adult colored to illustrate the correct color scheme. Quality of the coloring is excellent. Inventoried complete with all parts, plans and instructions. One short end panel is missing on the box.

Airfix RMS Queen Elizabeth Ocean Liner, 1/600, 06201-9

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$135   

Nicely molded full-hull model with good details. Never started and inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. The famous Queen Elizabeth was the largest liner in the world when launched in 1938. She saw extensive service during WWII as a troop transport. After the war, she and the original Queen Mary formed the backbone of Cunard Atlantic Service in unparalleled luxury. Some customers favored the Queen Elizabeth for her modern lines and more modern interior fittings. She was supposed to be on display in the USA on the opposite shore of the Queen Mary, but buyers never materialized. While serving as a 'College Ship' she burned in Hong Kong Harbor where she was scrapped, but only after appearing in a James Bomb Film as a MI-6 hide-out.

Life-Like HMS Revenge (ex-Pyro), 1/110, B236-150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Poor

$24   

From the mid 1970s and original Pyro molds. This kit is from the excellent intermediate size sailing ship series. Overall length is about 8 inches when assembled. An excellent kit for its day (1967), it features full hull, intricate wood planking and texture, detailed decorative higher sold moldings, separately molded deck cannon/carriages, anchors, wall and more. Includes separate masts, ratlines and full billowing sails. Molded in wood brown and ivory. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. The Revenge was an Elizabethan Galleon launched in 1577. Revenge had 46 guns and was 92 feet long. She was part of Sir Francis Drake's fleet of 80 ships that defeated the Armada. In 1661 the Revenge was attacked by a fleet of 16 Spanish Galleons. She sank two and disabled two of her enemy before being forced to surrender. Three days later she was sunk in a storm while returning to Spain as a war prize.

Hawk Curtiss Racer R3C-1 - One Piece Box Issue 1949 - (R3C1), 1/48, 600

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$75   

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 was the second issue, still from 1946. By 1948/49 Hawk was using injection molded styrene plastic and still molding it in high-gloss yellow - that is this kit, the third issue. Other than the material, there are subtle changes to the box. It is still one piece but much larger, has much simpler (and larger) text on the end flaps and the box top says "All Plastic Airplane Assembly Kit" (instead of "...Construction Kit"). The box is in excellent condition with great colors. The box has not been crushed or flattened, which is unusual as the box was not very strong. Inside, the kit has never been started and has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. The instructions are in excellent condition. Please note that Hawk did not issue decals with this issue of this kit.

AMT Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero - Markings for Three IJN Aircraft, 1/48, 8872

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$18   

Nicely molded kit. Features very fine recessed panel lines, full cockpit, detailed gear wells, centerline drop tank and decals for three aircraft. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

RCM U-Boat Type IX D/D2 Submarine, 1/72

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Bagged

$119   

SPECIAL ORDER vacuform kit with resin/metal parts set. Not shipped from stock. Kit is molded upon receipt of payment. Time from receipt to shipping your kit is usually 8 to 10 weeks. Contains vacuform basic components, full size plans plus metal or resin parts such as guns, anchors, cleats, etc. Does not include decals. 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.

Carl Goldberg Models Gentle Lady - 2-Meter R/C Sailplane, SP-1

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$145   

This 78 and 1/4 inch wingspan glider is legendary for it's performance and still flown today. This model came from the estate of a very active and particular early aircraft kit collector. It is like factory-new inside and has not been started. Complete with all parts, plans and decals (if originally included). NOTE: this kit was factory packed in a rugged and sturdy box. The model will be shipped with this box only (no external box) unless you request otherwise. 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.

Tamiya IJN Kiso Light Cruiser With Wood Display Base, 1/700, 77104

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$18   

Very highly detailed waterline kit. All parts are still internally sealed. Complete with decals and instructions. Includes beautiful, fully finished display base.

ESCI North American F-100D Super Sabre - Escadre de Chasse 1/11 France / 1st Air Force Turkey, 1/72, 9042

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$24   

One of the finest 1/72 Hun models ever produced. Well molded and detailed. Features all fine recessed panel lines, good cockpit and gear well detail, optional position speed brake, two drop tanks and paint guide and decals to build one of the two aircraft listed. The model as never been started. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Pegasus Blohm & Voss Bv-155 B-1 (V1), 1/72, 5002

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$29   

The B-155 was the peak of Luftwaffe high-altitude fighter design but did not see combat. First flown on February 8th, 1945, the aircraft had been developed from the Messerschmidt Bf-109ST and Me-155. Three prototypes were constructed, and one remains in storage with the NASM. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Eduard Pfalz D-IIIa Two Kits Duel Combo, 1/48, 8047

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$44   

Includes two complete models. Both are highly detailed kits with main injection molded parts, many photoetched details, mask set, film instruments and painting guide and decals for multiple aircraft. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

RCM Westland Whirlwind, 1/32

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Bagged

$100   

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 resin and/or metal details -clear canopy and full size plans/instructions. Details included will vary from kit to kit but may contain landing struts - wheels - props - engines (not jets) - some cockpit parts - seats - etc. Other parts will need to be scratch built or from your spares box. Decals not furnished. 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.

Aurora Martin B-26D Marauder, 1/46, 371-259

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$155   

1961 issue of the popular kit. When Aurora moved to the West Hempstead plant, they planned a series of very large bombers. All kits released up to this time had been fairly small. Aurora's instincts were correct, and the B-26, B-25 and B-29 were a big sales success. The first issue box art was done by Jim Cox and was only used for about one year. This is the second issue box art and the more famous of the two. Note the 'Famous Fighters' in the oval Sunburst logo. Correctly molded in silver and clear and with the large, clear triangle base stand. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Aurora Curtiss Warhawk P-40 Flying Tiger 'Train' Artwork, 1/48, 44-59

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$150   

Very rare. Jim Cox did a few different box art versions of the P-40 for Aurora, and this one is by far the rarest. The box is 100% complete but has serious damage to the top in the form of litho and cardboard tears; for this reason I have grade the box 'fair.' The box topsides and bottom tray are 'very good' to 'excellent.' Inside, the kit is 100% correct. The model has the early one-piece wings, landing gear and bombs for this issue. The clear stand has the rectangle base, and the decals are by Tatem and have no stand decal (that would come later with the new Triangle stand). The instructions have the early WH logo. Decals and instructions are excellent. Molded in gloss olive drab and clear. Never started and complete with all parts, decals and instructions.