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Comet Ryan SC - 15 inch Wingspan Powered Flying Model, 3103-69

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$26   

1970s issue. Kit features traditional stick and 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. 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 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.

Comet Ryan SC - 15 inch Wingspan Powered Flying Model, 3103

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$24   

1970s issue. Kit features traditional stick and 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. 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 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.

Comet Porterfield 65 - 15 inch Wingspan, 3101

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$29   

Still factory sealed. 1970s stick and tissue flying model with 15 1/4 inch wingspan.

Guillows Piper Super Cub 95 - 24 inch Wingspan for Free Flight or R/C Conversion, 303

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$34   

Large scale well detailed kit. Can be flown rubber free flight, gas free flight, or converted to electric RC using today's small and light servos and receivers. Well detailed with scale plastic wheels, plastic propeller, vacuform cowl, full color decals, colored tissue, die cut balsa parts, rubber motor, plywood firewall and excellent full size plans. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Guillow's founder, Paul K. Guillow, was a WWI naval aviator. In 1926 he began producing wooden model airplane kits. His 'Shelf Models' were some of the earlier non-flying models in production. Guillow's grew during the model boom of the 1930s, and when the Depression hit the hardest, Guillow's responded with lower prices and became one of the low price leaders, frequently advertising in Model Airplane News and other leading publications. During the war, like most manufacturers, Guillow's was forced to alternative materials such as cardboard and pine. Guillow's survived the post WWII slump by creating many inexpensive profile flying rubber powered aircraft and gliders in the 1950s (along with North Pacific) which became famous - some are still available today. The stick and tissue lines have been updated with laser cut parts and are still in production as of 2009.

Revell Junkers F-13 Lufthansa, 1/72, 4215

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$29   

From 1992. Very nicely molded with engine, cockpit and full interior detail. Never started. Factory sealed bag with decals and instructions. The F-13 was the first all metal civil transport aircraft in the world and a major milestone in aviation. Excellent box art depicts the F-13 in the same pre-war sky as the Graf Zeppelin.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$79   

Hard to fine 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. The Bleriot is complete; the Kitty Hawk is missing the pilot but is otherwise complete. Includes covering tissue, instructions and Testors's covering glue which is still good!

Renwal 2 for 1 Aeroskin Fabulous Flying Machines Antoinette 1908 Monoplane and Voisin Farman 1908 Biplane, 1/72, 212-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$59   

Kit includes both models. Very nicely detailed. The Antoinette was the first plane in the world to attain an altitude of 500 feet, and the Voisin made the first city-to-city powered flight. 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 kits have never been started. The Antoinette has been inventoried 100% complete and the Farman is missing #13 (lower pilot's tub) and is otherwise complete. Includes covering material, Testors covering glue (which is evaporated) and instructions.

Matchbox DH-6C Twin Otter Floats or Gear - RCAF or Aurigny Air Service Ltd, 1/72, PK127

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$56   

Still factory sealed. Dated 1983. Nicely detailed kit with cockpit, optional baggage and non-baggage noses, regular landing gear, skis or floats. Kit includes Matchbox decals for Aurigny Air Service (Channel Islands) and RCAF rescue.

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.