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KB Kiwi 1/2 A Gas Free Flight By Lou Mahieus - 35 Inch Wingspan

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$45   

Rare early kit from about 1953. This was a fantastic, award-winning design by Lew Mahieu who held 14 AMA World Records at that time. NOTE: perfect builder kit, please read carefully. Model features very high quality balsa parts that are all die-cut, other factory cut parts, plywood firewall with nut plate, formed steel landing gear, rubber tire with metal hub, tapered wing trailing edges, 'Sky Sail' covering material and beautiful full size plans. NOTE: the fuselage has been built to 'professional' quality. There is no other assembly. Inventoried complete with all parts and plans present.

Skywave Equipment for Japan Navy Ship WWII (I), 1/700, E-2

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$14   

The ideal upgrade for your 1/700 ships. These are very fine moldings with greater detail than standard parts and many parts that do not come with the ships. Contains multiples of all the item shown on the box top. This kit did not come with decals. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.

AMT American Lafrance Aero Chief 1000 Fire Truck / Ladder Truck, 1/25, 6634

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$64   

Box has wear but the kit inside is mint. Very highly detailed and has over 410 parts. Features swiveling 90 piece snorkel boom assembly that elevates and extends to over 28 inches long, fully detailed Detroit Diesel 8V-71 engine, full engine compartment, complete interior and rear deck and much more. The kit has never been started. Inside, it is just as it left the factory. The parts that were sealed at the factory are still in the internal factory sealed bags. The few parts that were never factory sealed have been inventoried complete. Includes decals and instructions.

AMT American LaFrance 1000 Series Pumper Fire Truck, 1/25, 6669

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$79   

Large and highly detailed kit with over 300 parts. The kit has never been started. The parts that were sealed at the factory are still in the internal factory sealed bags. The few parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete includes decals and instructions.

Gowland & Gowland Mayflower Shipyard Ships in Miniature, 310-S

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$24   

Rare, early, small scale ship kit from 1952. Very nicely detailed and molded, especially for that era. Includes sails, molded sea display base and clear sheet plastic with the delicately printed ratlines. The scale is not given, but the sea base measures 6.5"x2" and the ship is approximately 5 inches long. Includes beautiful color instructions with the ship history, illustrations of assembly, how to set the sails and photos for rigging. This kit has never been started and is still in the original 'krinkle' bag. The bag has typical splitting, so it has been placed inside a zip-lock bag so that no parts will be lost. Includes instructions. The box sides illustrates and names the 10 kits of this line. All were available in regular (such as this kit) or 'Ship In A Bottle' versions. the 'Bottle' was also available separately. The entire set consists of the Santa Maria 1492, Golden Hind 1588, Mayflower 1620, Bon Homme Richard 1779, SS Savannah 1819, The Flying Cloud 1849, Charles W. Morgan 1850, Gertrude L. Thebaud 1929, Frigate Constitution 1797 and US Revenue cutter 1849. It appears that Gowland & Gowland has not received the credit that it deserves in the plastic kit revolution that took America by storm in the early 1950s. Gowland developed the first all plastic car made in the USA in 1950, the 1911 Maxwell. Even more interesting is that Kevin and Jack Gowland developed the 'Highway Pioneers' in 1951 which heralded the future for the American Hobby Industry. The reason that Gowland's name is not in the fore-front of model history is that Precision Specialties (later Revell) did the distribution for Gowland.

Planet Models U-Boat Type IA, 1/200, NS001

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$26   

Large scale, full hull, highly detailed resin kit with full decals. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Planet Models U-Boat Type IIC, 1/200, NS005

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$22   

Large scale, full hull, highly detailed resin kit with full decals. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Planet Models Heinkel He-162B Volksjager with AS-014 Pulse Jets - Luftwaffe, 1/72, 008

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$42   

Rare. Very highly detailed resin cast kit with clear canopy. Decals and paint guide are included for the aircraft shown. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Planet Models Heinkel He-162B Volksjager with 2 AS-014 Pulse Jets - Luftwaffe, 1/72, 009

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$44   

Rare. Very highly detailed resin cast kit with clear canopy. Decals and paint guide are included for the aircraft shown. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Planet Models Heinkel He-114 V2 12 Cylinder Engine - Civil D-UGAT, 1/72, 036

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$54   

Rare civil version (2nd prototype) with the 640 hp Junkers Jumo 210 12 cylinder engine. Very highly detailed resin cast kit with clear canopy. Decals and paint guide are included for the aircraft shown. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. The He-114 was a two-seat float plane designed in 1935 to replace the He-60 in the role of shipboard reconnaissance. A number of engines were tried in the prototypes and the design frozen by 1938 for production. Although somewhat dated by WWII standards, it did see action for about half the war. Before hostilities began, 12 were sold to Sweden.

Planet Models Heinkel He-114 A-2 - Luftwaffe or Swedish Air Force, 1/72, 035

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$56   

Rare. Very highly detailed resin cast kit with clear canopy. Decals and paint guide are included for both air forces. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. The He-114 was a two-seat float plane designed in 1935 to replace the He-60 in the role of shipboard reconnaissance. A number of engines were tried in the prototypes and the design frozen by 1938 for production. Although somewhat dated by WWII standards, it did see action for about half the war. Before hostilities began, 12 were sold to Sweden.

Planet Models Faun ZRS On Road, 1/72, MV 009

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$29   

Limited edition, highly detailed cast resin kit with photoetched details. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including instructions.

Czech Master DFS Kranich Glider, 1/72, G27

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$38   

Very high quality limited edition resin kit. Features very finely detailed moldings, full cockpit and complete decals. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

Hasegawa Boeing 737-400 JTA - Japan TransOcean Air, 1/200, LL17

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$22   

Still factory sealed. High quality Hasegawa molds from 1996. Features extensive decals, optional position landing gear and display stand.

Hasegawa Mitsubishi Ki-15-I Babs - Reconnaissance Plane, 1/72, B3

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$28   

Nicely detailed kit with all fine recessed panel lines and excellent cockpit and engine detail. Has decals and paint guide for two aircraft - one natural finish and one camo (as on the box artwork). The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Megow The Cadet 51.5 Inch Wingspan Early Gas Free Flight Aircraft, E-17

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$425   

Very, very rare. From the early 1930s. Notice that the motor is referred to simply as 5/8" bored engine. There is no record of a public sale of this kit since the mid 1990s and no public photo of one until now. It is safe to say that only a handful are left. Fred Megow once stated that they lost money on the big gas models (like this Cadet) and sold very few; they were done for status only. The box top and tray are in exceptional condition given the age of the model. The box top and litho are both 100% intact, although the corners are taped due to splits and the litho has stains as shown. The tray is better with no splits. This is an incredible kit for that time with a high degree of prefabrication- "Can Be Built In A Few Evenings!" at the box says and it is true. Features ready-carved, completed hollow wing leading edges from a single block of balsa, conical monocoque fuselage, universally acceptable motor mounting, special wing mounting that protects the model (the wing will fly off loose undamaged in case of a collision), realistic cabin, high aspect ratio, solid, factory cut tail, high quality printwood, spars, stripwood and sheet wood, balsa blocks as required, metal stock, finished rubber tires with wooden hubs, the original paper envelope including all hardware, embossed and outlined aluminum sheet including lower, top and nose cowls, beautiful fuselage-length 'CADET' insignia in black and silver, covering material, huge, detailed plans and even a four page, illustrated brochure by Maxwell B. Bassett (Pioneer Gas Model Builder and Designer) called 'Flying Gasoline Powered Models.' Even the original cardboard dividers and inserts are present. There is no assembly but NOTE: 20 wing ribs are cut out to 'professional' quality. All other parts are uncut. Carefully inventoried and NOTE: missing the prop blank and fluids. The factory rubber bands disintegrated. Otherwise includes all other items, insignia and paperwork.

Berkeley Impulse Pylon Racer - for R/C, 16-5

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$139   

Designed for RC. 45 inch wingspan. Features metal hardware, formed wire landing gear, full size detailed plans, shaped leading and trailing edges and more. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. Berkeley is a very famous manufacturer of flying model kits from the Golden Age of flying aviation, about 1932-1954. Founded in 1933 by William Effinger, the company was quite progressive in producing quality kits - it was likely the Berkeley 'Buccaneer' was the first gas powered model in kit form. In the later 1930s, Effinger acquired the services of a very talented Henry Struck. Struck went on to design numerous award-winning kits under the Berkeley name. Berkeley weathered the post WWII recession and emerged as a major kit producer in the late 1940 and 1950s. These were great years for Berkeley and they produced some incredible and large kits. The company went bankrupt in about 1960 however. Fox engines (Duke Fox) bought the company and released the kits alongside his own FOX models and engines. This arrangement did not last, and in the early 1960s the Berkeley name disappeared from hobby shop shelves.

Cleveland 1930 Howard Pete Racer - Balsa Flying Aircraft, 1/16, SF18

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$125   

Dated 1933 on the plans. This model came from a long-time collector who purchased this model new in October of 1955 from Cleveland direct. It was even factory-packed with pages of the newspaper "Cleveland Plain Dealer" dated June 29, 1955. This is a 'SF' or 'Scale Flying' model in museum scale of 1/16. All Cleveland kits were exceptionally complete and this one is no exception. Features very high quality balsa printwood and strip wood, sheet wood, pre-drilled nose block, fully finished spinner, thrust button & wheels, metal stock, rigging material, completely formed prop blades, covering material, highest quality plans and more. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with everything present. 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.

Pegaso DH Comet IV BOAC - With Cardstock Airport Diorama, 1/180, P412

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$30   

Still factory sealed. From 1985. Very nice small scale model from original Lindberg molds; the box still features the Tom Morgan artwork. Kit includes full landing gear, display stand and complete BOAC decals in full color with fuselage stripe. The very colorful cardstock airport diorama is also included.

Hasegawa Kawasaki T-4 Hamamatsu Training Wing - 31st TSQ 1st SQ JASDF '306' or '6', 1/72, 1007

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$24   

Still factory sealed. Very finely molded with all recessed panel lines, full cockpit, two piece canopy, drop tanks and a painting guide and large, colorful decals sheet for aircraft two aircraft of the JASDF 31st TWQ 1st AW.