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Aurora SE-5 Scout, 1/48, 103-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$55   

First issue from 1956 with Northern Lights logo. This logo only appeared for one year. In 1957 it was replaced with the famous oval 'Famous Fighters' Sunburst logo. The artwork is by Jim Cox. This kit was one of a very famous line of 1/48 scale WWI aircraft kits introduced by Aurora at this time. Due to the popularity, subjects were still being released into the 1960s. Molded in glossy olive green and black. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Victor Stanzel & Co Lil' Raider Mono-Line 1/2A Stunt and Combat Model

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$75   

From the 1950s. Flying gas model for control line. Completely pre-fabricated kit featuring fully formed balsa and hardwood fuselage, fully formed hardwood engine mount, thick, clear plastic wing tips and canopy, die-cut wing ribs, fully shaped and notched leading and trailing wing edges, die-cut fin and rudder, factory-hinged stabilizer, formed wire landing gear, hardware, detailed instructions and covering tissue. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. Please note that there is very light bug damage on the instructions but heavy bug damage on the white tissue paper.

ESCI Fiat G-91 Gina Pan - Frecce Tricolori, 1/48, SC-4028

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$32   

Larger (1/48) scale Gina that features cockpit detail, optional position speed brakes and canopy, detailed gear wells, smoke tank and blocked gun ports. Includes large and colorful decal sheet for the Italian Air Force Acrobatic Team 313 Gruppo G-91R-1B (modified). The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. In 1961, the US Army evaluated four 'Ginas' for possible use in the close support/forward air control role. Despite much anticipatory rejoicing by Army aviators, this interesting project was abandoned when most fixed wing types were transferred to the USAF.

Aurora Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker, 1/125, 143-130

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$79   

Still mint in the factory seal. Dated 1963 and from the larger (1/125 scale) of the two ex-Comet molds. Kit features cockpit and cabin clear windows and full landing gear and a 'tanker' rear end and flying boom (although the box art does not show it). Molded in gloss gray and clear. This model was given a clear Aurora two piece 'triangle world' stand, unlike many of the other Comet kits which only had a modified version of their original stands included. Of course this is not the production KC-135 but a model of the Boeing prototype.

Scotia Scale Models Westside Lumber 24 Foot Flat Car HOn3 Narrow Gauge, 1/87, 7104

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$27   

ESCI Dassault / Breguet Dornier Alpha Jet A/E - Belgium / Luftwaffe / French Air Force, 1/48, SC-4026

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$34   

Large scale Alpha Jet is nicely molded and has raised panel lines and recessed control surface outlines. Features detailed cockpit and landing gear, drop tanks and bomb load. Includes decals for all air forces listed. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

Hasegawa Hurricane MkIIC Kings Cup Air Race, 1/48, 09967

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$44   

Still factory sealed. Limited edition and a very well detailed.

Mach 2 Leduc 022, 1/72, GP003

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$48   

Nicely molded for Mach 2 and features fine recessed panel lines, little to no flash and clear injection molded canopy. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. Please note that this kit did not come with any decals since the prototype usually had no markings. The final development of Rene Leduc's 1950s experiments with RamJet Power. The first experimental were the un-powered 010; these were the first aircraft to fly on ramjet power alone. Several accidents later, the program still showed promise so larger aircraft were built: the 021 and 022. The 021s completed their tests, and the unique 022 then flew 141 times. It has a centrally mounted turbo jet so it could take off on it's own power; 021 and 010 were carried aloft by a mother ship (Se-161). The turbojet in the 022 would accelerate it to ramjet operation speed. Fuel was stored in the round fuselage, but the ramjet consumed fuel so quickly that you had 10 minutes at the most at full power. The program was canceled in 1958 and Rene Leduc did not build further aircraft.

Sterling Cessna 180 Seeds Clouds In Flight - 17 inch Wingspan Free Flight / Control Line, A11

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$69   

17 inch wingspan kit for rubber free flight or control line. Includes innovative system for 'seeding clouds' in flight. Includes quality die-cut balsa sheet parts, strip wood and spars, light plastic full engine cowl, die-cut clear windscreen, fully formed wire landing gear struts, finished wheels, rubber motor and plastic prop, covering tissue, a big sheet of superb, full color decal and full size plans with excellent instructions. The kit has never been started. The small parts are still in the factory sealed wax paper bag, and the parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete. Sterling was a famous manufacturer dating back to the 1930/40s flying model craze. Although they continued to produce kits for decades after the flying model slump following World War II, they eventually fell victim to the general lack of interest in modeling that occurred in the early 1980s. I always considered Sterling kits to be deluxe kits compared to other manufacturers.

Hudson Miniatures 1913 Mercer Raceabout Lil' Old Timers 'Quickie Kit', 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$42   

Rare. When the Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' burst upon the hobby scene in 1951, they started a hobby revolution. Plastic model kits were not new in 1951, but successful mass marketing of plastic kits was new. The sensation swept the country, and Gowland & Revell could not make the kits fast enough. The fact that the public was buying these models shocked the successful hobby establishment. One such manufacture was Hudson Miniatures. In the 1940s, Hudson had established a name in making 1/16 scale 'Old Timer' models of automobiles. These were excellent kits with wood and metal parts, but a high degree of skill was required to carve and finish the wood parts. In the late 1940s, they added some injection molded plastic parts (usually acetate wheels) to the series but did not consider a completely plastic kit. When Hudson saw what was happening with the Highway Pioneers, he began to design his own 1/32 scale line called 'Lil Old Timers', which hit the stores in 1954. An early paper fold-out catalog shows 18 models including some real gems like the 1910 International Harvester Passenger Car, 1911 Brush Delivery Truck and 1906 Columbia Electric Car just to name a few. The line was bought by Revell a short time after it's release, and Revell did reissue some (but not all) of the kits. As you would expect from Hudson, this is a nice kit with excellent moldings and detail for the time. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including instructions. The Mercer was perhaps the most famous sports car of it's day, and it can be successfully argued that it was America's first sports car. The 30 horsepower 'T' head 4 cylinder engine sped it along at over 80 miles per hour. A 1914 Mercer clocked 112 mph at Daytona Beach - no mean feat for that age.

Cleveland Kling's 1937 Fokerts Racer - Balsa Flying Aircraft, 1/16, SF-71

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$89   

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.

SIG Beechcraft Staggerwing 1/2 A Gas Powered Profile 18 Inch Wingspan Control Line, CL-17

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$38   

The box has wear but the kit inside is in factory-new condition. A nice flying model featuring completely shaped and cut airfoil wings, cleanly die-cut fuselage, horizontal & vertical stabilizers, wing struts and many other parts, light-weight fuel-proof plastic engine cowling, fully formed metal wire torsion bar landing gear struts, rubber wheels, die-cut plywood firewall, other factory-shaped and cut wooden parts, elevator hinge material, full hardware package, a large, beautiful and extensive decal sheet, detailed instructions and more. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions.

Easy Built Models Monocoupe - 12 inch Wingspan Balsa Flying Model

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$16   

High quality modern kit made in the finest tradition of the stick and tissue kits from the 1930s-1950s. Kit contains high quality printed balsa, strip wood, plastic propellers (when required), rubber, full sized plans and other accessories. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Lindberg North American F-100 Super Sabre, 1/48, 528-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$58   

1950s hardbox issue with incredible Ray Gaedke artwork. The box is solid and has very good color and gloss. This large-scale F-100 features movable rudder, elevators and ailerons, detailed ejection seat and pilot, full jet engine detail and opening engine access hatch and a load-out of two drop tanks and 8 missiles. Includes colorful decals for the box art aircraft. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. The actual decal transfers (the designs) have no damage, but please NOTE that the backing paper has a small damaged area where it was once stuck to the instructions. Again, the actual transfers have no damage. There is a corresponding area on the instructions as well.

Emhar F-94C Early Starfire - With True Details Cockpit, 1/72, EM3003

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$32   

Includes True Details #72452 Cockpit Detail Set for the F-94C Starfire. The cockpit is still factory sealed. The model itself is nicely molded with all fine recessed panel lines, cockpit detail, two piece canopy and decals for the 1951 Lockheed Demonstrator Aircraft and one for Air Proving Ground Command 1953. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Westerfield 36' Fowler Boxcar 6' Doors CNR 344700 Series - Canadian National - HO Craftsman Kit, HO, 4357

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$36   

Out of production. Very high quality modern craftsman-style HO kit. The main parts are beautifully cast in high definition resin while the details are injection molded and metal. With transfers. The kit has never been started. The small parts are still in the internal factory sealed bag and the rest have been inventoried complete including transfers and instructions.

Schreiber-Bogen Lockheed 1649A Super Constellation - Lufthansa Cardstock Kit, 1/50, JFS-07989-95

Cardstock Paper Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$79   

Giant 1/50 scale Lockheed Super Connie kit with Lufthansa markings. High quality cardstock kit from the 1950s or early 1960s. Fully decorated with high quality color printing that Schreiber is famous for. The kit has not been started. All the sheets are intact and in "very good++" condition. Includes instructions.

Squadron (2) F6F-3 Hellcat Replacement Canopies - (F6F3), 1/72, 9120

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

$4   

Very well molded, crystal clear two canopy set in 1/72 scale. Never used and still sealed in the original Squadron ziplock bag. These clear and thin canopies are a superior upgrade to the thick canopies supplied with most kits.

Meikraft Models Douglas D-558-1 Skystreak - (D5581), 1/72, 1501

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$39   

Limited edition injection molded kit of only 2000 made. Includes full color decals. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Frog Junkers JU-87G Stuka - Hungarian Air Force or Hans Rudel, 1/72, F181

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++++

$22   

Kit includes Stab/Stukageschwader 2 Hans Rudel and Hungarian 102/1 Dive Bomber Squadron (1943) markings. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions. Frog is considered the father of injection molded model kits. Frog is considered the father of injection molded model kits. The Lines Brothers opened Frog in 1932, capitalizing on the fever caused by Lindberg's solo transatlantic flight. Almost overnight the western populations became 'Air-Minded', and anything aviation was in high demand. Frog created a quality line of stick and tissue rubber powered aircraft and gliders as well as innovative ready-to-fly rubber powered aircraft that required no assembly. The box even contained a built-in rubber motor winder and fuselage holder. Model airplane flight competitions were popular in Great Britain, and one category was 'Rise Off the Ground', or ROG. By changing this to 'Flies Right Off the Ground', the FROG name was born. In 1936 Frog created a line of injection molded plastic models, the first such kit line in the world (Hawk sold a line of injection molded aircraft models in 1934 but they were factory assembled and painted). Named 'Penguin' after the bird that does not fly, the kits were innovative beyond the means of production. At a time when models were simply built by wingspan, the Penguin line was a constant 1/72 scale. Furthermore, a large 1/72 Short S.30 Empire class flying boat contained a full interior and lights! A line of accessories such as AA guns, tractors, hanger, ambulance, sound locator, searchlights and lighting kits were quickly added to the line. WWII caused a pause in production. After the war the box color changed from silver to green, and Penguin kits were also marketed in the USA. Production ended in 1950. Frog quickly expanded and released the Red, Blue, Orange, Black, Green, Gold Token, Spin and Comet series as well as Trail Blazers and several others. It is noteworthy that while most manufacturers in the 1940s/50 were making toy-like models, Frog attempted to make very realistic models. For example, 'detailing' kits with excessively large rivets was once very popular. Frog ignored this trend and continued to mold aircraft with fine panel lines and no rivets. As a result, Frog kits can be built into very realistic replicas. Production ended in the late 1970s, but Frog molds are still in use around the world.