Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed VG+++
Still factory sealed but the seal has splits. Revell-Lodela issue of the stretch DC-8 Freight Hauler with colorful Flying Tiger Line decals.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good
Includes parts and decals to make either aircraft. Excellent full color painting guide is located on the bottom of the box. Typical high quality Frog kit with fine panel lines and no rivet detail so it builds up to a realistic model. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. NOTE: decals have moisture damaged and cannot be used. Hornets took part in a major incident in US/UK/PRC relations on July 23, 1954, when PLAAF La-7s (or -11s) shot down Cathay Pacific DC-4 VR-HEU near Hong Kong. Hornets from 80 Squadron Kai Tak (not depicted in the Frog kit decals) are scrambled and the first to locate the survivors. Two days later, 7th Fleet AD-1s splash two Lavochkins in the same area.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Exc++
Still factory sealed. This issue was made from about 1963 into the early 1970s. Kit features traditional wood/tissue construction, quality print and stripwood, formed wheels, rubber motor, prop and thrust button, hardware and clear canopy material if required, tissue covering and detailed full size plans/building instructions. 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.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc-
First issue. Nicely detailed kit with a large decal sheet for Marines VMF (AW) 115 USS Independence or VF-213 US Navy. Features fine panel detail, full cockpit, detailed optional-position landing gear and several underwing stores options with drop tanks, rocket pods, Nav Radio Pod and Sidewinder AIM-9 missiles. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: NM
Second issue of this kit in investment-grade 'near mint' condition. It retains the original 1956 box art, but the square Aurora 'Northern Lights' logo is gone, replace by the to-be classic sunburst 'Famous Fighters' oval. Please note the Parents' Magazine Seal but lack of the price circle at the right center. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
1960s issue. Features full cockpit, working rudder, elevator and ailerons, retracting landing gear, optional position doors and moving props/wheels. With colorful decals for Braathens SAFE Airtransport A/S. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed NM
Still factory sealed.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Exc++
Still factory sealed. Contains pre-colored Aeroskin fabric created to resemble fabric covered aircraft. No painting needed since all designs are printed on the fabric. You build the inner structure of the aircraft then cover it, similar to the construction of the actual aircraft.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Mint
Still factory sealed. Very well molded and nicely detailed kits from new molds.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
From 1937. New old stock from a closed down hobby shop but has been previously opened. Features 14.5 inch wingspan, quality balsa printwood and wood stock, fully carved hardwood wheels and thrust button, partially carved prop blank (needs sanding), balsa blocks as required, covering tissue, color insignia sheet and detailed, full size plans that include instructions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: Good
This is a Cleveland 'SF' or 'Scale Flying' model in museum scale of 1/16. This is the earlier simple cardboard box with the silver printing. 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 running single-owner (77 years) model airplane business- 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 'Aviation's 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.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG++
Very nicely molded kit featuring all fine recessed details, very good cockpit, gear well and engine detail, pilot, drop tank, decals for three colorful aircraft and a beautiful, large full color painting guide. NOTE: this kit has minor and 'professional' quality subassembly as follows: drop tank and wing halves assembled; cockpit tub assembled. There is no other assembly. The cockpit tub has some very neat painting; there is no other painting. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Mint
Still factory sealed. I cannot verify it since the kit is sealed, but I feel these molds are from LS or Mania.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
Limited edition kit that is well detailed and features injection molded parts with all fine recessed panel lines, injection molded canopy and resin and PE details, film instruments, full cockpit, optional drop tanks and a paint guide and markings for three different aircraft. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good+
Rare original issue; not a reissue. Super detailed model with hundreds of parts featuring full rolling chassis build up like the real truck, detailed Cummins NTD-35 6 Cylinder Turbocharged Diesel Engine, Spicer 16 speed transmission, Holland sliding fifth wheel, Mercury sleeper, Hendrickson tandem rear suspension, full interior, optional Frigiking Air conditioner, tilting hood and much, much more. Never started. All the parts that were factory sealed are still sealed; the parts that were not (clear and chrome) have been inventoried complete. With instructions and decals.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
Hard-to-find 'G' variant. From well-detailed Italeri molds. Includes full cockpit, underwing stores, tip tanks, full bomb bay load, optional position landing gear and speed brakes and decals for two aircraft. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.
Wood and Metal Model Kit, Box Condition: VG+
Rare kit from 1965. Features all metal one-piece body and roof that is factory painted and lettered and all windows perfectly pierced. The factory paint has no damage and is mint. The floor is routed wood and factory painted. Includes factory painted car ends, working rubber bellows, clear windows, underside details, roof details, grab irons and full instructions/plans. 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 instructions. Smooth Sides models was located in Brooklyn, New York and produced and excellent line of passenger equipment similar to Blue Streak and American Beauty.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Exc
Still factory sealed. Original issue dated 1980. Measures 8 inches long when assembled. Features detailed cockpit, opening canopy, crew figures, working air brakes and display stand.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good
Well detailed with more than 185 parts. Features many working features and decals for the three countries listed. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Fair+
Very rare kit with a fascinating history. Around 1958/59, Orange Crush of Mexico offered a promotion. They offered free, colorful, plastic model cars if you collected correctly-marked Orange Crush bottle caps. The models are 1/32 scale Revell Highway Pioneer series - although there is no mention of Revell or Lodela anywhere on the box. Orange Crush had the boxes and even the instructions specially made for them with no mention of a manufacturer. They were never given numbers. The boxes were very thin and fragile cardboard. This has contributed to wear and you must be very cautious with them. The kit has never been started. The parts have been inventoried complete and includes the instructions. NOTE: this kit has the front springs broke off one side of the body half. You will need to repair it if you wish to build it. You could redeem your caps two ways - at the Orange Crush truck and at a Modelandia Hobby House. The box sides show the 18 cars in the series. Orange Crush also released two full-color booklets and a complete paint set for the cars. A colorful cardboard box held 7 colors of paint in glass bottles, complete with 'Orange Crush' screw-on caps! The entire promotion was done in coordination with Modelandia Hobby House which had up to 19 stores. Modelandia's name appears on each of the boxes and the paint as well. Robina S.A. was the bottler or distributor of Orange Crush in Mexico at that time. The box side lists the other 18 kits with small color pictures of each and shows three sizes of OC - Family Size (Familiar), Grand (Grande) and Normal. You could also obtain models with Titan bottle caps. Titan was also bottled by Robina and came in large (Titan) and smaller (Titancito) sizes and apparently more than one flavor. We do not know how Orange Crush had access to the plastic kits or who sealed the internal bags with the Crush instructions inside them. We can assume that it may have been Lodela, since they would have had access to the Revell molds. It is not know for how long the promotion lasted, but Orange Crush was one of the most dominant soft drinks in Mexico at that time. Here is one clue: some boxes claim that Modelandia had 13 locations; other boxes, which obviously came later on, claim 19 locations. This may indicate that this promotion went on for a significant amount of time.