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Comet Sparky - 32 Inch Wingspan Wakefield-Style Balsa Flying Model Airplane, 3408

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG


Rare large flying model and the 1970s reissue of the popular 1930s kit. Kit features traditional wood/tissue construction, quality printwood sheets, factory-cut stringers and spars, hardwood stock, metal stock, fulling formed and finished wheels, fully formed metal propeller shaft/rubber hook, canopy material, covering tissue and detailed full size plans with building instructions/notes. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. These aircraft were common in the 1930s when the sport of free-flight model airplanes reached it's zenith. It was not uncommon for these models to fly for 45 minutes or more on rubber power alone - many flew out of sight, and it became common practice to write your name, address and phone number on the covering tissue. Comet was a famous manufacturer 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.

True Build P-39 Airacobra - Wood Model Kit - Joe Ott, 1/48, 603

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+


Dated 1944. The 'True Build' series was Joe Ott's answer to scale solid model construction. This model is 1/48 scale and features bread-and-butter (laminated) construction, four big die-cut hardwood sheets and very large full-size plans that include three views of the model, many detail drawings, templates and very extensive text instructions. Never started. All the parts are still in the original die-cut sheets (unpunched) with all paperwork.

Tamiya Tiger I - Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger I Sd.Kfz. 181 Ausfuhrung E Fruhe Production, 1/35, 35216

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM


Still factory sealed. Very well molded and detailed.

Strombecker Bell X-1B Supersonic Rocket, 1/48, D30

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+


Strombecker was very well known for producing the finest pre-carved hardwood aircraft and missile kits, but they had a very short journey into the plastic model field. They made a total of 5 molds for plastic injected aircraft kits, the 1956 Sea Dart being the first. All were discontinued in the mid 1960s. One kit is this excellent X-1B. It is the rarer of the two releases as it contains the pilots bust molded into the fuselage (the other one does not). Includes full instructions with three photos of the real aircraft, full color decals, Strombecker kit catalog and an application for the Strombecker Model-Makers Club. Kit features full landing gear, clear canopy and display stand. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Hobby Craft Convair B-36D Peacemaker - USAF #44-92095 1953 or #44-92033 1955, 1/144, HC1272

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG


Very nicely molded kit that is still quite large in 1/144 scale. Features all recessed panel lines, some cockpit detail, full landing gear, separately molded rudder, rotating props and more. There are decals and paint guide for the two aircraft listed. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Lees Hobbies Tuppence Pennyplane - 18 Inch Wingspan Flying Model Airplane, K221

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+


High quality kit with an 18 inch wingspan. All components needed are included down to the pre-built-propeller assembly and 1/4 mil mylar covering material. The model has not been started. The small parts are still in the factory sealed bag and the larger parts have been inventoried complete. Includes plans with instructions.

Airframe Westland- Hill Pterodactyl MK 1 - Bagged, 1/72

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+


Basic but very well molded vac kit of this unique aircraft. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. Vacuform models are not recommended for builders who are inexperienced with this type of kit.

Testors AC-130A Hercules Gunship, 1/48, 596

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair-


Very large kit that is highly detailed featuring full cockpit and cargo bay interior, guns, optional position crew and cargo bay doors and much more. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. Please NOTE: this is a large kit, but Testors used an even bigger oversize box than was needed. If you don't care about the external box, I can ship this kit for slightly less without the box.

Testors Lockheed U-2C Spyplane - With Ground Handling Equipment - NASA / Black USAF-CIA / Camo USAF, 1/48, 516

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good


Large scale kit includes ground trolley or the model can rest on the undercarriage and outriggers. The U-2C was the variant the Francis Gary Powers was flying on the mission over Russia. Includes aircraft handling cart and markings for all aircraft listed above; the NASA decals and paint are quite colorful and represent 'Earth Survey Aircraft No. 4.' Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: decals have some damage, they were stuck to the plastic parts bag.

Ace Model Shop 1946 Ford Club Coupe, 1/24, 49R

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+


From 1949/1950. Although Ford is not mentioned, there is no mistaking that this is the 1949 Ford Club Coupe, from the all-new line of cars that saved the Ford Motor Company. This well designed prefabricated model is primarily wood with plastic wheels and tires and with some metal details and other metal parts. Features main wood parts that are all cut to profile (cut in two dimensions) or die cut and with other wood stock such as dowels. There are four excellent one-piece plastic wheels/tires with tread, a number of metal parts (like a steering wheel, hubcaps etc.), metal stock and even decals. There are excellent instructions with detailed building text, full size three view drawings, photos of the assembly process and a very nice photo of the built model. This kit is designed to be motorized; however, Ace did not include the motorizing parts with the car and they had to be purchased separately. Never started. Inventoried complete and includes decals and instructions. The famous modeler Gordon A. Babb founded Ace in 1942. Mr. Babb was born in 1897 and became a well-known builder and competitor in the model field with aircraft and cars. National 'how to' hobby magazines often carried details articles about how to build his designs. In his first year in business, he sold 1,800 jeep kits. By 1952 the line had greatly expanded the line to hot rods, T-rods, midgets, roadsters and much more and he was expecting to sell 600,000 model kits. Mr. Babs was famous for inventing the first gas-powered midget racer model which sparked a nation-wide building spree and speed competition. His 'Ace Model Shop' was in Pasadena, California and the mailing address was 60 N. San Gabriel Blvd. Later the address was simply Ace Products, Pasadena 8, California. Most solid 'display' kit producers in the 1940s simply provided plans and blocks of wood, maybe with a few accessories. Ace went well beyond that with all cut-out parts, fully formed wheels and even some metal parts, occasionally small plastic details and sometimes even decals. The plans went well beyond the average also, featuring numerous views (not just three), detail views for sub-assemblies and even text instructions. There were at least 15 car kits in the line and also many military vehicles which were popular kits in World War 2. We don't know what happened to Ace 'Models Of Merit' but the introduction of plastic kits (started by the Highway Pioneers) put an end to most wood kit production.

Airfix DH Comet 4B - Dan-Air Skyking Series, 1/144, 03170-7

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Good-


Still factory sealed but the seal has split and shrunk with age and drawn the box top convex on the top side, left side and bottom. Very nicely detailed and molded kit from 1980 features clear windows, full landing gear and passenger boarding stairs. Includes colorful Dan-Air London decals. The initial Comet Is were 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.

Pantera TWO Su-22 M3 Fitter H, 1/72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG


SUKHOI SALE!! Includes two aircraft in the one box shown. They have never been started. Each is inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions present. Features very fine recessed panel lines, 'good' cockpit, wings that swing, external stores and more.

Aurora Martin B-26 Marauder - Famous Fighters Of All Nations, 1/46, 371-259

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc


Very rare first issue from the early 1950s. When Aurora moved to the West Hempstead plant, they planned a series of very large scale bombers. All kits released up to this time had been small. Aurora's instincts were correct, and the B-26, B-25 and B-29 were a big sales success. This box art was done by Jim Cox and was only used for about one year, making it very rare. The kit has never been started and is inventoried 100% complete with all parts, large clear stand, instructions and decals. The box has great color, four solid corners with no repairs, no creasing, no stains, fading or writing, no cardboard tears or rips, no price tags and no tape beyond the factory sealing tape. There is light general wear and please note that the box displays slightly better than the 'Excellent' grade but it is rated as such because there is light general wear not visible in the photo and a 1.5" x 3/8" factory tape tear on the top long side.

Topping Martin GAM-83A (AGM-12B) Bullpup Air-to-Ground Missile

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc


Rare Factory/Desk Promotional model produced by Topping for Martin. Missile measures 8 inches long. Condition is exceptional. Missile is 'mint' and base is 'near mint ++.' Correct stand says 'Martin GAM-83.' There are no repairs, no touch-ups and no cracks. Shipping insurance is required.

Aurora General Dynamics TFX F-111A - USAF, 1/48, 368-250

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+


1969 issue hardbox issue of this classic kit. Aurora put forth an excellent effort for that time on this big F-111. It features good detail and swing wings, correctly retracting landing gear, pilot and radar navigator and Air Force markings. The kit has never been started. The small parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The bigger parts that were never factory sealed have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions.

Tamiya Dornier Do-335 B-2 Pfeil Arrow Heavily Armed Version - (Do335B2), 1/48, 61088

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM


Still factory sealed. Rare, limited issue with special wing-mounted cannon dated 2003.

Revell S-100 & Flak 38 German Fast Attack Craft - (S100 Class), 1/72, 05002

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc


Still factory 'round tape' sealed. From 2006. Very highly detailed, 244 piece, large 1/72 scale Schnellboot model from new molds.

Dragon Flakpanzer IV Kugelblitz - With Crew - CyberHobby Issue, 1/35, 9109

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM


Still factory sealed. Well detailed with 490 pieces. Includes the special "Achtung - Jabo!" four-man Panzer Crew from France 1944.

Entex Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II - 1959 To 1962 - (ex Hubley), 1/24, 9111

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc


Still factory sealed and from the original Hubley molds. Very rare and the only injection molded model of this car in this scale. The model features full interior, some engine detail, opening hood, opening trunk, removable spare and more. This is not a high piece count kit. It is normally molded in colored plastic, clear, chrome plate and with rubber whitewall wheels.

Tamiya M1A1 Abrams 120mm Gun Tank, 1/35, 35156

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc


Features movable turret, elevating gun, optional position hatches, clear plastic for periscopes, commander figure and accurate machine guns. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.