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Cleveland Mitsubishi A6M-2 Zero (Zeke) - Balsa Flying Aircraft - (A6M2), 1/16, SF-86

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$125   

This is a Cleveland 'SF' or 'Scale Flying' model in museum scale of 1/16. The kit came from a long time collector of 1930s and 1940s models and is in exceptional condition. All Cleveland kits were exceptionally complete and this one is no exception. Features very high quality balsa printwood and strip wood, covering material, highest quality plans, all parts required for assembly and decals (if issued with the 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.

Monogram SM-62 Snark Guided Missile With Tractor and Launch Ramp - US Air Force / SAC, 1/80, PD27-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$285   

First and only issue from 1957. Difficult to find in this condition. The hardbox grades 'Excellent++' with wonderful color and gloss, absolutely no tape or price tags or residue and four solid corners. Hard to find scale kit of the Snark, tow tractor, launcher and crew of four. Launch pad has wheels that rotate and the launcher can be realistically moved from the transport to the launch configuration. Molded in the correct beautiful gloss red and yellow-orange. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Hasegawa Kawasaki Ki-61-I Hien Tony - 244th Sentai Major Kobayashi Chofu 1945 / 17th Sentai Leyte 1944 - (Ki-61), 1/72, 503

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$20   

Beautifully molded and detailed with all fine recessed panel lines, good cockpit and gear well detail, standing and sitting pilot figures and decals for two colorful aircraft. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried complete with all parts. Includes decals and instructions.

Lindberg T-55 or Ti-67 Israeli - Soviet / DDR / Israel, 1/35, 6001

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG+

$27   

Still factory sealed. Nicely detailed kit from 1989. With optional parts for the Ti-67, flexible treads and decals for three different tanks.

Ambroid Great Northern GN Airslide Hopper - HO Craftsman Kit, 1/87, H-11

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$26   

High quality Ambroid kit from the 'Golden Age' of HO models. The limited-issue Ambroid kits are widely considered to be among the finest Craftsman kits issued. They can be built to a museum-quality display or used on your layout. The kit is made from quality Northeastern Scale Lumber and features all pre-scribed and milled hardwood parts, milled detail parts as needed, wood and metal stock, an envelope of detail parts, extensive decals and full instructions and plans. The kit has never been started. Either inventoried 100% complete including transfers and instructions or the envelope is still factory sealed and all other parts are inventoried present. If you have an interest in these highly accurate HO kits and the revolution they created in modeling, please read the article about their history located on this website.

Comet US Army Observation Y10-43 - 22 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft - (Y10 43)

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$85   

Very, very rare kit from 1934. Stick and tissue kit almost never turn up from this early. The box top is complete with all four sides and top but is tattered on and along the lower long side; there is also general wear and damage as shown. It does display better than the grade, which reflects the worse condition of the box sides. The tray (bottom box) is 'very good-' with some wear to the edges. Inside, the superb plans are 'very good++.' They were never 'pinned down' for assembly, have no writing on them and the folds are solid (not fragile.) Flaws are a 3" closed tear and the normal yellowing. They are very highly detailed with numerous drawings, parts layout and full-size templates, numerous detailing tips and excellent text instructions. They even have an actual photo of the fuselage being built. In addition there is a full size sheet of separate text instructions. The parts feature four sheets of printwood, strip wood in different sizes, original two colors of tissue paper, very large, colorful and comprehensive insignia sheet, fully carved wood prop, fully carved spinner and wheels, two sheets of sandpaper, a paper envelope of metal detail parts, clear canopy material with the window frames printed on, metal stock, quality strip balsa and balsa blocks and rigging cord. NOTE: the following fuselage bulkheads have been cut out and are missing but are full-size on the plans: #1, #2, #3 and #4. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts and plans present. Three other parts are neatly cut out and present. No other parts are cut.

Aurora Boeing B-29 Superfortress, 1/76, 372-259

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$125   

Sale Pending
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Rare 1957-1962 issue retaining the same artwork as the 1956 issue. This kit has arguably the most dramatic and fanciful B-29 composition from the 'Golden Era' of modeling. Note the square 'Northern Lights' logo has been replaced with the 'Famous Fighters' Aurora sunburst oval logo and there is a '$2.59' price circle at the upper right. I believe the 3rd issue. The box is in 'very good' condition with nice color and gloss. There are no split corner and no repairs. It does have general even wear. Molded in gloss silver and clear, with a big clear 'triangle-based' Aurora stand. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes 'near mint' condition decals and instructions. Responding to market information that boys wanted larger kits, Aurora introduced the B-26 followed by the B-29 and B-25, all of which sold well for many years- almost right up until the end.

Italeri Mercedes-Benz 2448 Super Truck, 1/24, 793

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

$60   

Still factory sealed. Very highly detailed kit.

Hasegawa F-15A Eagle with ASAT Missile Collectors Hi-Grade Series, 1/48, CH11

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$74   

Still factory sealed. Hard-to-find model of the Anti-Satellite Missile Carrying F-15A. Very highly detailed and features cast metal main and nose struts, braces and wheels, and a large sheet of photoetched details.

Meng British Heavy Tank Mk.V Male - With Full Interior, 1/35, TS-020

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$62   

2015 issue from completely new and well detailed molds. With full interior included. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Hasegawa AH-64A Apache, 1/72, DT8X

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$12   

Very well detailed model with detailed cockpit and weapons load. Never started. Sealed factory bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions.

Monogram Mustang P-51B - Blue Box Issue, 1/48, 6806

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$32   

Still factory sealed and in investment-grade 'Near Mint' condition. Mattel Logo and SkyStick issue dated 1968. Well molded and detailed model for that time featuring detailed cockpit and gear wells and choice of two canopies. The decals are for Col. Howard, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. He was an AVG pilot and became the first US pilot to become an ace in both the Pacific and European theaters. His aircraft 'Ding Hao' means 'OK!' in Chinese.

Guillows Aeronca Champion 85 - 24 inch Wingspan for Free Flight or R/C Conversion, 301

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$42   

From 1961. Large scale well detailed kit. Can be flown rubber free flight, gas free flight, or converted to electric RC using modern small and light servos and receivers. Features quality die-cut balsa parts, stripwood and spars, excellent vacuform full engine cowl, scale wheels, thrust button, clear window material, rubber motor, plastic prop, metal stock and prop shaft, diecut plywood firewall for gas engine option, big decal sheet and two sheets of superb full size plans and detailed instructions. Never started and complete. 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 RAF Mustang III (P-51) - With Malcom Hood, 1/32, H152

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$54   

1971 release. Features fully detailed cockpit, landing gear, pilot figure and removable cowling to show Rolls Royce Merlin engine. Never started. Inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Airfix H.S. Trident 1C British Airways, 1/144, 03174-9

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$37   

Still factory sealed and in investment-grade condition. Dated 1976 and nicely molded featuring clear windows, optional position cabin and baggage doors, optional position landing gear and mobile boarding stairs. The decals include markings for four different British Airways aircraft G-ARPC / G-ARPD / G-ARPN and G-ARPR.

Arc En Ciel Gee Bee Racer And Laird Solution Racer, 1/48, AA-004

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$38   

Still factory sealed. Rare. Includes both kits.

Monogram OS2U Kingfisher High Tech - With PE Details, 1/48, 5488

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$44   

Sale Pending
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Still factory sealed. High Tech edition from 1993 includes dozens of photoetched details which add significantly to an already nice model. Can be built with wheels or floats and includes decals for US Navy or RAF versions.

Battle Axe Republic F-84G Thunderjet, 1/48, 48BA01

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$20   

Well detailed model with plastic main parts and high definition cast resin and metal details. Never started. Factory sealed box/bag or 100% inventoried with all parts decals and instructions present.

Airmodel XF5U-1 Flying Pancake/Flapjack - Bagged - (XF5U1), 1/72, 138

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$20   

Very nicely molded with all fine recessed panel lines. Basic vac kit with main airframe parts. Never started. NOTE: missing clear canopy. includes all other parts and instructions/plans. A certain degree of modeling skill is required to build vacuform kits. They are not recommended for beginners.

Hasegawa Panavia Tornado IDS Tiger Meet 2001, 1/72, 00299

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$39   

Still factory sealed. From 2002. Very highly detailed kit from newer tooling with 97 parts. Widely considered the finest 1/72 scale Tornado kit produced. Features all very fine recessed panel lines, very good cockpit detail, wings that swing, detailed gear wells and two piece canopy.