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Fred Pastorius Three Lockheed 1049 Super G Constellation Promotional Air Line Model - One TWA and two Pan Am Clipper 'Los Angeles' - Bagged, 1/490

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: No Box

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From the 1950s. Back when air travel was still an event, gift shops would sell small airplane models and major and minor airlines would give out small models to customers as promotional items. These three Super G Constellations are very finely molded with all recessed details. They are each 2.75 inches long. Two were originally Pan Am and have the clipper name 'Los Angeles' on the left wing. Both of the Pan Am models are excellent - they have never been broken, repaired or painted. The other is TWA and it has been broken and repaired on the elevator and twice on the wing. All parts are present, however. I used to think these were made by Hawk, but Dan Dill reports that they were made during the 50s and maybe the early 60s by TWA Captain Fred Pastorius in Oceanside, CA. Fred was an artist and produced several different models in this scale, mostly for TWA but a few other airlines and models also. Dan writes- 'Fred made these in his garage and they were sold at airport gift shops. There was no packaging as I recall; they were just sold loose in a small cardboard box of maybe twenty or so at a time. My father was a friend of Fred's and would fly with him once in awhile and always bring a few of them home for my brothers and me. I still have about twenty of them. Fred made model 749, 1049 and 1649 constellations and Martin 404s. He also made a TWA Boeing 707-131 with a plastic stand. It came wrapped in cellophane. His models were mostly TWA but I have learned he did make some others special order with other airline names etched on the wing. Fred also made gold plated models inside clear plastic bubbles with names etched on the clear plastic for gifts. My father had one made for my grandfather, which I still have.' Thank you Dan!!

KeilKraft Sopwith Camel, 1/72, F2

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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KeilKraft was produced by the E. Keil & Company, Limited of Wickford, Essex Great Britain. Keil specialized in stick and tissue scale flying models and gliders. However, they moved into injection molded kits after WWII. Four kits were planned but only two were released. This Hurricane was the first one, followed by F2, a Sopwith Camel. The Stuka and Chipmunk were never issued. This kit has not been started. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Vac Wings Tachkiawa Ki-36 / Ki-55 Ida, 1/72, VW7221

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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High quality vacuform kit with recessed panel lines, full plans/instructions and clear parts as needed. Still factory sealed. Certain modeling skills are required to build vacuform kits. Not recommended for beginners.

Airmodel Focke-Wulf Fw-58 'Weihe' (Kite) Bagged, 1/72, 137

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Designed in 1935 to meet Luftwaffe requirements for a light twin trainer that could perform advanced flight, instrument flight, bombing, gunnery, radio and navigational training. The Fw-58 beat out the Ar-77 during the competition and went on to be a very successful trainer in the Luftwaffe as well as being built under license in several other countries. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Airmodel Bucker Bu 131 Jungmann (Bestman), 1/72, 278

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Has some injection molded details. Complete and unstarted with all parts and instructions. Never started. Complete with all parts and instructions.

Cleveland Boeing P-26A Peashooter Balsa Flying Model Airplane Kit, 1/16, SF-60

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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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. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or 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 supply 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.

Aurora Eastern Boeing 727 Whisperjet - Photo Boxart Issue, 1/96, 351-250

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Rare 1968 hardbox issue with a beautiful box photo of a Eastern 727 at night on the ramp, ready for boarding forward and aft with airstair door extended. Inside, the kit is molded in the correct white with the clear Aurora 'Globe' stand base and arm. The decals are excellent with no yellowing and they are flat. The instructions are excellent and correct for this issue as well. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Renwal The Visible V8 (V-8) Transparent Motorized Operating Auto Engine, 1/4, 802

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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The original issue from the 1950s. Classic motorized kit with over 100 moving parts. All internal cardboard and cello display packing is present. Includes the Renwal parts order sheet, packing inspection ticket, instructions and original V-8 booklet. When built, all major internal parts move via electric motor and spark plugs (red lights) flash in time. This kit has never been started. It has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts. The glue is not present.

Hasegawa Grumman A-6A Intruder - VA-35 USS Enterprise or VA-196, 1/72, JS-023

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

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Still factory sealed. Very nicely detailed kit with decals for both very colorful aircraft. Kit features fine raised and recessed panel lines, cockpit and gear well details and a variety of drop tank and iron bomb load-outs.

Hasegawa Lockheed F-104G Starfighter - West German Luftwaffe or Canadian Royal Air Force, 1/72, 1013

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

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Still factory sealed. Includes decals for either version, wing tip tanks, drop tanks and AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles.

Monogram North American F-86 Sabre - Bagged, 1/48, 5402

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: No Box

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Bagged kit, no box included. The box is shown for reference only. 1976 issue. Famous Korean war jet fighter. Includes full cockpit and landing gear detail, wheel well and speed brake opening detail, optional open machine gun bay and hinged flaps. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. NOTE: instructions are photocopies from a later Monogram F-86 issue.

Hasegawa Grumman A-6A Intruder - VMA 332 'Moonlighters', 1/72, 1023

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. Includes decals for the aircraft on the box. Very cleanly molded and finely detailed kit.

Guillows Fieseler Fi-156 Storch - 24 inch Wingspan RC/CL/Rubber Powered Kit, 304

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+++

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Still factory sealed. Large scale well detailed kit. Can be flown rubber free flight, gas free flight, or converted to electric RC using today's small and light servos and receivers. Well detailed with scale plastic wheels, plastic propeller, vacuform nose/cowl and engine, full color decals, colored tissue, die cut balsa parts, rubber motor, plywood firewall and excellent full size plans. 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.

Aurora SE-5 British Scout Screwdriver Kit, 1/19, 399-350

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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Rare. 1967 issue hardbox with colorful John Steel artwork. Very large 1/19 scale kit. Aurora originally designed these molds for gas-powered U-Control aircraft. Market experience, however, showed Aurora that liability was higher with gas powered aircraft and customer returns were common. Aurora quickly came up with an idea to recoup the tooling costs - sell the kits as giant scale screw-together static model aircraft. Luckily the kits sold very well for Aurora, and modelers ended with some of the largest scale injection molded kits ever produced. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Fokker D-7 (D-VII DVII) Giant Screwdriver Kit, 1/19, 398-400

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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1973 'Block Letters' logo issue. The D-VII and several other aircraft were originally designed for a gas motor U-Control, but Aurora decided to discontinue gas powered models after a short release time. The reason for this is unknown, but it may have been related to liability or return volume. In order to further utilize the expensive molds, Aurora released the entire line as static 'Giant Size Models' with screwdriver assembly - known today as 'Aurora Screwdriver Kits'. This is the static version. Very large kit molded in bright gloss red, black and with many metal parts. The kit has never been started. The small parts are still sealed in the factory bag and all other parts have been inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions in excellent condition.

Airfix 1910 B Type 'Old Bill' City Bus, 1/32, 06443-1

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Large and well detailed kit. Includes billboard signs as shown on box art, complete interior and dashboard, suspension, exhaust and drive line detail, 5 figures and more. Never started. Factory sealed bag with decals and instructions.

Airfix 1926 Morris Cowley, 1/32, 02450-7

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

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Still factory sealed. From the very late 1970s/early 1980s. Nicely done and detailed kit for that time.

Pyro 1914 Mercer Raceabout, 1/32, C452-125

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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1967 Pyro issue from original molds. In the early to mid 1960s the Pyro company chose many of their kit subjects based more on historical significance than popularity. Luckily for us, Pyro not only made these kits but did an excellent job for the time. The Pyro car models are based on the actual cars that Pyro engineers and designers had access to. In some cases, the specific car and owner is on the box. This car is an exact reproduction of the car owned by Ralph T. Buckley, owner of the Antique Auto Shop of New Jersey. This shop specialized in rebuilding Mercer automobiles to factory new condition. The car was part of the Gene Zimmerman display of over 150 such cars in Holiday West PA. The model includes rubber tires, brass plated parts, colored injection molded parts and clear parts. Features detailed chassis, complete motor and interior and a removable hood or 'bonnet.' Molded in deep red, brass plating, clear and with rubber tires. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Aurora Douglas DC-10 American Airlines, 1/144, 366-250

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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1969 issue hardbox with the AURORA block logo. Molded in gloss silver with the dark gray/blue 'Tripod' stand and very colorful American Airlines decals. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Aurora National DC-10 Barbara, 1/144, 390

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. 1972 'Big A' logo issue.