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AMT Parts Decor Airplane With Frame, 2806

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$22   

Still factory sealed. Dated 1973. These kits were marketed under 'General Crafts' which was part of AMT. If you look closely, you can see AMT car parts making up much of the aircraft! The wings are car grilles and there are shock absorbers, semi side view mirrors, mag wheels, oil pan and more. Although not a scale model kit, I can remember this being a very popular craft at the time. Includes a 8.75" x 6.76" frame with metallic trim, black background with part identification printed directly on it, plated plastic injection molded parts, glue and instructions. There were at least 6 craft sets total; 2805 Early Roadster, 2806 Airplane and 2807 Viking Ship were all this size; the three others, 2905 Antique Auto, 2906 Iron Horse and 2907 Antique Planes were in 14.75" x 10.75 frames.

Williams Brothers 1935 Corben Super-Ace Sportsplane, 1/48, 48-3191

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$18   

The Super-Ace was a popular 1930s single seat sport aircraft powered by a modified Ford Model A engine. The model is nicely molded in 1/48 and detailed with a good cockpit, full size plans and detailed instructions with a painting guide and decals. The model as never been started. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Revell Junkers G-38 Lufthansa, 1/144, 04203

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$49   

Dated 1996. Finely molded and detailed including complete interior. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. Hugo Junkers giant G-38 was the wonder of Europe for airliner service in 1930. The airplane was the largest in the world at the time. First class was seated in the enormous wing leading edge. The G38 was the subject of some art-deco Lufthansa posters showing no aircraft but a huge shadow of a G38 looming over Europe. These posters bring $5000+ today.

Revell Douglas DC-7C Swissair, 1/122, H267

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$42   

Still factory sealed. 1997 reissue using the original 1950s molds. Ideal builder. Even has the original Globe Swivel Base like the 1950s issue. Very colorful Swissair decals.

Revell Boeing 707 Varig - Kikoler Issue, 1/144, H246

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$115   

Rare Kikoler (Brazil) issue. This is the early version 707 with the short vertical stabilizer and turbojet engines. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and excellent decals and instructions.

Strombecker Beechcraft Bonanza V35 - Solid Wood Model Aircraft Kit, C-41

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG-

$155   

Rare. Classic early 1950s kit. Made of solid Western Pine - not balsa. Builds up to an impressive display model. Kit includes fuselage, wings, elevators, rudder all cut to shape, sandpaper and a small parts bag with propeller, wheels, etc. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. Decals and instructions are excellent. Before plastic kits were introduced, Strombecker was famous as the premier hardwood preshaped model manufacture. In the 1940s and 1950s, Strombecker kits were flawlessly engineered but not inexpensive. All wooden parts are hardwood and are precarved to shape - usually only a quick sanding would finish them.

Airfix DH Comet 4B Dan-Air - Classic Airliners Special Edition, 1/144, 04176

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$39   

Still factory sealed. From 1994. Nice 1/144 scale kit of the world's first jet airliner. The initial Comet I was in operation long before the 707, which gave the British an incredible post-war lead in the expanding civil aviation market. Just as the Comet was flying high and orders were pouring in from around the world, Comets began to mysteriously fall out of the sky. Everything from lighting to terrorist bombs were blamed. For months the root cause went undiscovered. Then, in a landmark investigation that is considered the first modern post-crash autopsy, it was discovered that the stresses around a small ADF window on the top of the fuselage were causing metal fatigue failure when the fuselage was pressurized. To confirm this, a Comet I was placed in a water tank and subjected to pressurization stresses. After some time, a dramatic failure occurred. Then parts of a crashed Comet were pulled from underwater proving once and for all that this was the root cause.

Comet Boeing 707 Stratotanker (367-80 - Dash 80), 1/125, PL800-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$110   

Comet originally began model production in 1929 with a line of balsa flying models. In the mid-1950s Comet made a beautiful line of small and medium scale aircraft and missile models with colorful boxes. The early issues were in one-piece 'flip-top' boxes, and the later issues and releases were in standard two-piece 'hardboxes' with a lithograph slick glued to the top box. In 1963 Comet sold the plastic kit molds to Aurora, who reissued some but not all of the kits. There were two Boeing 707 models made. This is the two-piece box larger scale (1/125) 'Stratotanker' - not really a tanker model at all, but a nice kit of the famous Dash-80 Prototype Tanker/707, which lead to the world's first commercially-successful airliner. Well molded with fine recessed panel lines, landing gear and prototype decals. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions in 'as new' condition.

Hawk Gee Bee Racer - 1932 Thompson Trophy Winner, 1/48, 627-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$32   

1960 hardbox issue with artwork by Bill Campbell. The Gee Bee was designed and built by Granville Brothers Aircraft Inc. of Springfield, Massachusetts. The radical design has a wingspan of only 25 feet and a length of 19 feet and 9 inches. The power plant was a supercharged Pratt & Whitney Wasp with an output of 800 hp through a Smith controllable-pitch propeller. Designed specifically to win air races and set speed records, the Gee Bee was a very fast but aerodynamically unstable aircraft. It's most famous pilot, Jimmy Doolittle, flew the ship to victory then walked away, saying that he would never fly it again. Many lost their lives in this legendary but unforgiving aircraft. Never started. 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions.

Life-Like Gee Bee Sportster - 1930s Racer, 1/32, 09620

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$26   

Ex-Pyro molds. Full cockpit and movable control surfaces. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. NOTE: decals are intact but starting to flake. They may not be usable.

Lindberg Caravelle French Jetliner Air France, 1/180, 411-60

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$34   

Nicely molded small scale kit from the early 1960s. Box art by Tom Morgan shows a nice night scene with a Caravelle speeding away from Paris. Includes full landing gear detail, stand and large, extensive and colorful decal sheet for Air France. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Airfix DH Comet 4B Dan-Air - Classic Airliners Special Edition, 1/144, 04176

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

$32   

From 1994. Nice 1/144 scale kit of the world's first jet airliner. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. The initial Comet I was in operation long before the 707, which gave the British an incredible post-war lead in the expanding civil aviation market. Just as the Comet was flying high and orders were pouring in from around the world, Comets began to mysteriously fall out of the sky. Everything from lighting to terrorist bombs were blamed. For months the root cause went undiscovered. Then, in a landmark investigation that is considered the first modern post-crash autopsy, it was discovered that the stresses around a small ADF window on the top of the fuselage were causing metal fatigue failure when the fuselage was pressurized. To confirm this, a Comet I was placed in a water tank and subjected to pressurization stresses. After some time, a dramatic failure occurred. Then parts of a crashed Comet were pulled from underwater proving once and for all that this was the root cause.

Doyusha Lockheed L-1011 Tristar - ANA, 1/100, 100-TR-4000

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$179   

The largest injection molded kit ever made of the L-1011. This is the same molds as the Nitto and Entex models. Over 24 inches long when assembled. Well-detailed kit. Very large ANA decal sheet. The kit has never been started. Inside it is factory new with all parts still in the factory sealed bags with decals and instructions.

Hawk Laird Solution Racer - with Racing Pylon Stand, 1/48, 628-60

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$26   

Softbox issue dated 1962 with great Bill Campbell box artwork. Very nicely molded kit for that time with excellent fit, fine recessed panel lines and raised rib lines. Includes Pylon Racing Stand that is ideal for a 1930 racing diorama. Never started. Inventoried with all parts, decals and instructions present. The Laird Solution won the first official Thompson Trophy Race in 1930 at the Curtiss-Wright Reynolds Airport in Chicago. The Laird was the only Biplane to win the Thompson and it beat all the military aircraft. Charles 'Speed' Holman was the pilot and was the first civilian to attain a speed over 200 mph in a closed course event nationally. E. M. Laird Airplane Company built the aircraft for BF Goodrich. Construction began only 3 weeks before the race. There was only one 10 minute trial flight before the aircraft won the race.

Comet Cloud Buster - 21 inch Wingspan Flying Balsa Airplane Model, 4401-98

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$42   

This is a 1970s kit. I can remember that when properly assembled, this kit flew very well - flights of several minutes were not uncommon, and if you caught a thermal, you never saw your Cloud Buster again! Kit features traditional wood & tissue construction, detailed full size plans, building instructions, hardware, wheels and canopy material (if required), tissue, rubber and propeller. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. Comet was a famous manufacture 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 its 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.

Heller Douglas DC-6B - SAS or UTA Markings, 1/72, 80315

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$55   

Nicely molded kit with 103 parts. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Airfix D.H. Heron II - RAF or Shell Oil, 1/72, 381

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$36   

Includes colorful decals for Shell Oil Corporate Aircraft or RAF version. Very nicely detailed and molded kit. Features optional position cabin door, interior cockpit, pilots and rear bulkhead, separately molded rudder, elevators and ailerons, retractable landing gear, rotating propellers, boarding stairs and four nicely molded passengers. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Please NOTE that the box has moisture damage. The decals look 'ok' but be prepared to furnish your own if you plan on building the kit. The Heron was the result of a larger and redesigned Dove and first flew in 1950. It's ability to operate from rough fields and ease of maintenance quickly make it a favorite for feeder and independent airlines in the UK and overseas. Heron IIs were also selected by the RAF for the Queens Flight, which is a statement to it's reliability and safety.

Airfix De Havilland 121 Trident IC BEA, 1/144, SK504

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$45   

Type three logo issue. Comes with extensive BEA decals for four different aircraft. Features optional position passenger and baggage doors, optional position landing gear and airstairs. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Airfix Boeing 314 Pan Am Clipper - 'Dixie' or BOAC 'Berwick', 1/144, 04172-6

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$34   

Type four logo box, likely from the 1980s. An excellent kit for that time. Has decals for both aircraft. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: one prop blade is cleanly broken at the hub; the blade is present. In the 1930s Pan Am was a household word in the USA for their romantic foreign routes and the glamorous 'China Clippers' that crossed the Pacific Ocean, stopping at such ports as Wake Island. Pan Am's attention soon turned to the Atlantic. Since non-stop service would be needed, a new aircraft was designed. The Boeing 314 was chosen. This huge flying boat started flying the Atlantic mail in 1939 with a trip over 26 hours long. Before the war, the 314 fleet flew the Pacific, Atlantic and other routes. The airliner was a palace compared to the cramped jets and limited service of today. The flight deck compared to the bridge of a ship and housed 6 crew. It was connected to the passenger cabin by a spiral staircase. The luxurious cabins were divided into 5 standard compartments, each seating 10 passengers, a dining salon for 14, a special compartment for four and a deluxe bridal suite. 74 could be carried on day trips and 40 when sleeping quarters for all passengers was required. Chefs prepared gourmet meals while passengers lounged in deeply cushioned wicker chairs and enjoyed a grand view of the scenery from about 5,000 feet. The age of the Clippers ended shortly after WWII when land planes could operate at much higher speeds than the flying boats.

Monogram Wright Brothers Flyer I (Kitty Hawk) - Heritage Edition Issue, 1/40, 6057

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Good+

$24   

Still factory sealed. Dated 1983 and from the same excellent 1960s 'Four Star' kit molds. Possibly the best kit ever injection molded of the first aircraft to sustain powered, controlled flight. Includes rigging instructions. Kit also features figures of Orville and Wilbur Wright, monorail launching track and carrier dolly and historical accessories-"C" clamp, bench, can, spade and starting battery that were all present at the first flight.