1/12 4-1 Berkeley Cessna L-19 Bird Dog - Flying Model Airplane Kit
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: Good+
Big 1/12 scale model with a 36 inch wingspan. Originally designed as a gas powered model for free flight or control line, or can be converted to electric power and modern RC (radio control) gear. Features diecut celluloid windshields, all necessary hardware (factory sealed 'Perfect' 1/2A Bellcrank set, Mounting Bolt Set, Cloth Hinges and a all metal 'Perfect' gas tank), rubber wheels, shaped and notched trailing edges, two big sheets of full color fuel proof decals, diecut balsa and plywood parts, balsa blocks cut to rough shape, formed wire main and tail landing gear, metal stock and a giant plan sheet with instructions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The giant plan sheet has a few closed tears that have been neatly taped from the back. 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.