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Berkeley Buccaneer 'B' Special - For R/C or Free Flight

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$190   

Early free flight gas model design. Wingspan measures 56 inches. Early gas flight was a true art form - the demands on the aircraft design were unique. First, the aircraft had to take off under power, climb rapidly and stay in the contest area. Secondly, when the motor shut down, the model had to glide like a glider and hopefully still stay in the contest area. These contradictions in aircraft performance lead to some amazing designs. One persistent issue was spins - this Buccaneer 'B' Special features slotted leading edges to prevent 'whip stalls', which was a very common problem at the time. It also has a tail design that "...arrests spins". Model features ready made landing gear, complete full size plans, plywood firewall, semi-finished wood blocks, rubber wheels, plastic windshield, silkspan covering and printed wooden parts. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. Makes and idea conversion to electric and RC - these are light aircraft, so you simply climb to altitude, shut down the motor and glide. Berkeley is a very famous manufacture of flying model kits from the Golden Age of flying aviation, about 1932-1954. Founded in 1933 by William Effinger, the company was quite progressive in producing quality kits - it was likely the Berkeley 'Buccaneer' was the first gas powered model in kit form. In the later 1930s, Effinger acquired the services of a very talented Henry Struck. Struck went on to design numerous award-winning kits under the Berkeley name. Berkeley weathered the post WWII recession and emerged as a major kit producer in the late 1940 and 1950s. These were great years for Berkeley and they produced some incredible and large kits. The company went bankrupt in about 1960 however. Fox engines (Duke Fox) bought the company and released the kits alongside his own FOX models and engines. This arrangement did not last, and in the early 1960s the Berkeley name disappeared from hobby shop shelves.

Lindberg Benny Howard's 'Pete' - 1930s Thompson Trophy Racer - One Piece Box Issue, 1/48, 25-301

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$145   

Very rare kit for the advanced collector. First Lindberg issue in a one piece box. Dates from the early 1950s. Molded in unique gloss light green and includes the early unique 'Circle' two piece stand.. The box is in excellent condition and carries the circular Lindberg first logo. The instructions are on the back and Lindberg did not issue the kit with decals. The kit has never been started and is complete.

Hasegawa USS Alabama BB60 Battleship, 1/700, WLB121

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$22   

Very highly detailed 1/700 waterline kit. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Nichimo Sd. Kpfw. VI Tiger II with Henschel Turret, 1/35, DT3503

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$29   

Nicely detailed kit featuring working drive wheels, flexible tracks, optional position hatches, standing crew member and decals for four different tanks. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

SK Model Westland Whirlwind - 263 RAF 1940 / 137 RAF 1941, 1/72, TB1001

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$24   

Nice kit with very fine raised panel lines and recessed control surface outlines. Features 'good' cockpit detail, pilot figure, detailed landing gear, rotating wheels and props and decals and paint guide for the two aircraft listed. Molded in light gray and clear. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Saito FA-56 Hemi Head Four Stroke - Gas Engine for RC Flying Model Aircraft

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$175   

Very high quality gas four cycle engine. Never run - absolutely brand new on the box. Engine turns smoothly by hand with high compression as you would expect. The muffler, decals and instructions are still sealed in the factory bags.

Revell Sikorsky HO4S-1 Famous Aircraft Series - (HO4S1), 1/48, H172-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$89   

Hardbox is dated 1960 and is in 'excellent' condition with like new color and gloss. This is the first HO4S issue, although the kit is based on the S-55 model. Well detailed model for that time with full cockpit, crew, detailed engine, optional position engine clam-shell doors and rotating wheels and rotors. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Frog Gloster Whittle E28 / 39 Pioneer - Bagged, 1/72, F174F

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

$28   

Bagged kit with header. Still factory sealed. Very nicely molded, like most Frog kits. Very fine panel line detail and separately molded control surfaces.

Tamiya T34/76 1942 Production Model Motorized Tank, 1/35, MM144

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$69   

Very highly detailed and beautifully molded armor kit. This kit includes a RE-26 electric motor, metal gear box and axles, nylon gears and all required motorizing parts. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. The box has a tear as shown on the top but the kit inside is like new.

O-Lin Republic Seabee Amphibian, 1/48, 503

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++++

$145   

Very rare kit for the advanced collector. The Seabee was produced as a high performance sport amphibian. This is a very hard-to-fine original O-line kit in the small box and advertisement for O-line cement on the top. Produced in 1949 or just before. O-Lin (Olin) was founded by Paul Lindberg and a Mr. Olsen - hence the company name. Although a producer of flying models in the 1930s, O-line produced some of the earliest American injection molded kits in the late 1940s. In 1950 the partnership may have ended, because all branding was changed to Lindberg and Paul Lindberg. Inside, the kit is as new. It is molded in high gloss light gray and has the correct decals and instructions. The kit has never been started and is inventoried complete with all parts, instructions and decals.

Revell Convair F-102A Delta Dagger - 'S' Issue, 1/78, H233-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM-

$165   

Original issue from 1956. Hardbox artwork has as new colors and gloss, four solid corners and minimal wear. Molded in the correctly gloss silver and clear and with the famous Revell clear 'Globe' base. Never started. All small parts are still in the factory sealed bag, while the parts that were never sealed have been inventoried 100% complete with decals and instructions in near mint condition as well.

Revell F-102A Delta Dagger - Large Scale with Working Features - 'S' Issue, 1/48, H281-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$175   

Sensational 'S' action model dated 1958. This is the first issue with the -198 price extension and 'S' Cement logos on the long box sides. The 1960 issue, H281-200, is much more common and lacks the 'S' logos. Unique large scale kit includes many operational features. Landing gear and flaps retract and extend when canopy is opened and closed. Removable detailed engine and movable control surfaces. Weapons bay opens to show AIM-4 Falcon missiles. Long after this kit stopped being a big seller in the USA, it found favor in Japan, where at least two issues were made in the 1960s and early 1970s. Molded in silver and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Decals and instructions are 'excellent' with typical yellowing as the only flaw.

Aurora Republic F-105 Thunderchief, 1/78, 123-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Good

$59   

Still factory sealed, but please note that that box has a split on the upper left under the seal. Dated 1958 with classic Jo Kotula box art; this issue is probably from the mid 1960s however from the logo variation. This is a rare kit of the prototype Thunderchief, with the long nose probe and early configuration nuclear weapons pod.

Heller MD 450 Ouragan (MD-450) - Israeli 1956 or French Air Force EC 1/12 Cambraisis 1954, 1/72, 201

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

$32   

Still factory sealed but the seal has drawn the box top very concave. 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.

Tasman DH-89 Dragon Rapide Upgrade - With Vac Canopy / white metal / rigging wire / 5 decals - Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm / Israeli Air Force / Royal Australian Air Force RAAF / Royal New Zealand Air Force RNZAF / Kenyan Aux. Air Force, 1/72, UG2003

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$54   

Interesting 'Upgrade' kit. Includes the base Heller kit molded in white with a clear Falcon vac windshield (and the injection molded ones), decals for the five aircraft listed, excellent metal instrument panel, rigging wire, a very large double-sided fold out with numerous detail pictures of the real aircraft, full instructions including paint guide for all aircraft, rigging, important notes about each of the 5 airplanes that decals are supplied for, and detailing notes to improve the base Heller kit further. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Joystick Rumpler C.I - (C-1), 1/72, Joy 6

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$28   

Very high quality vac kit. Features highly detailed parts, full interior, extruded strut material and metal prop, seat, machine guns and wheels. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

Italeri Messerschmitt Bf-109 F2/4, 1/72, 053

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$16   

Still factory sealed. Includes decals for 10/JG2 France 1942.

RCM F-4 Phantom II - Early B through S Variants with GE and Spey Exhausts, 1/24

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Bagged

$110   

Very large scale (1/24) SPECIAL ORDER vacuform kit with resin/metal details. Includes the critical parts for early B through S variants as well as USA and UK exhaust. Scratch building is required for smaller details between variants. 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 airframe components, full size plans plus metal or resin parts such as wheels, struts, basic cockpit parts, etc. Does not include decals. Vacuform kits are only recommended for experienced builders who have experience with these kits and with scratch building.

AMT 1960 Pontiac Convertible 3 in 1 Kit, 1/25, 66660-139

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$179   

Very rare and never reissued. Nicely molded and detailed kit that can be built three ways - stock, show or track. Molded in ivory white, clear, red-tint clear, chrome and black rubber whitewall tires. Chrome and windshield are excellent for this model. The kit has never been started. The stock version is missing one red taillight lens. Otherwise it is complete.. The following show/track parts are missing: 1 (of 2) antennas, custom taillights, one wheel spinner. All other parts are present. Includes decals and instructions.

Aurora British Spitfire, 1/43, 20A-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG-

$165   

Early issue from about 1954/55 with the rectangular 'Aurora Line' logo and 'Famous Fighters of All Nations.' Retains the Jim Cox box art from original issue. Molded in correct medium gloss blue and clear with clear rectangular stand. This is the issue (likely the first) with landing gear and bombs. The kit has never been started. All parts are still internally sealed in the very rare (for this date) Aurora 'krinkle' plastic bag. Includes decals and instructions.