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Berkeley Sweitzer 1-30 - For R/C or Free Flight, 1/12, 4-18 295

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$129   

Big 1/12 scale model with a 40 inch wingspan. Originally designed as a gas powered model for free flight or control line, or can be converted to electric power and modern RC (radio control) gear. Features hardware, decals, full size plans, formed wire parts, die cut balsa and plywood parts and more. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals 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.

Bandai Infantry Tank MkIII Valentine, 1/48, 8364

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$52   

Rare kit that is part of the classic and highly detailed 1/48 Bandai Pin Point armor series. These kits are beautifully molded and feature full interior detail as well as flexible treads, many operating features and very detailed crew members that can be posed in almost any position. 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 (figures) have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions.

Pyro 1909 Lozier Briarcliff - Vintage Brass Car Series, 1/32, C455-125

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$42   

1967 Pyro issue from original molds. In the early to mid 1960s the Pyro company chose many of the 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 Lozier was a large four cylinder T-Head rated at 45 horsepower. The wheelbase was 124 inches and she road on huge 36 x 4.5 tires. This Pyro car model is based on a car that was owned by Thomas J Lester of Chargin Falls, Ohio that Pyro engineers and designers had access to. 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. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including instructions.

Glencoe World War I Subchaser - (Sub Chaser ex-ITC), 1/74, 07301

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$129   

Ex-ITC Ideal Molds from the late 1950s or very early 1960s. Full hull kit with complete deck fittings and display stand. Large and detailed kit for that time. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. Striking Leynnwood box art showing SCs attacking in defense of a convoy, under a threatening sky. SC96 served in the Med during WW I. USsubchasers were considered an important deterrent to Central Powers submarine activity in the theater.

Revell Sears Buggy Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H45-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$42   

1953 early issue molded in green plastic. This is from the issues produced by Gowland & Gowland as it carrier their 'balloon' logo on the side. This kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. Before the 1950s 'model building' never made the top 10 list of boy's activities. Hobbies were nothing new to America in the 1930s/40s, but they were not mainstream. Shortly after the turn of the century, many dedicated modelers built flying or static airplanes, ship, train, automotive or other subjects. Basic kits existed, but the majority of these models were built from scratch, which demanded a high talent level developed from years of experience. That changed in the early 1950s. The phenomenon of the Revell/Gowland & Gowland 'Highway Pioneers' car kits was a significant force in proving that model building as a hobby could have mass appeal, provided that the kits were easy enough to build and finish. These 1/32 scale vehicles could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real car. The Highway Pioneers series lead to the production of other subjects in plastic and the effect was revolutionary. By the early 1960s, model building was the #1 past time of American boys.

Aurora Douglas M-2 Mailplane, 1/48, 111-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$85   

First issue dated 1957 with timeless Jo Kotula artwork. Molded in deep burgundy and black. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions. Please NOTE, the box displays better than the 'excellent' grade but is ranked as such because there is a .75" x .5" tape tear on one long side.

Hawk Republic F-84G Thunderjet, 1/48, 505-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$42   

Late 1950s hardbox issue with great Bill Campbell artwork. Includes drop tanks and very colorful decals for the plane shown on the box. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Pyro 1930 Bentley Le Mans Blower, 1/32, C304-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$36   

1960s Pyro issue from original molds. The model includes beautiful green injection molded parts including wire wheels (not solid wheels), clear parts, detailed chassis and complete interior. Molded in dark green and clear. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. In the early to mid 1960s the Pyro company chose many of it's 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.

Revell American Airlines Boeing 727-100 Astrojet - (727), 1/144, H245-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$70   

Softbox issue dated 1964. Nicely molded issue of the original production 'short' -100 trijet. Landing gear can be built up or down as can the rear passenger loading ramp (Airstair Door). The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

MRP Electric Outboard Motor 3 Time APBA National Champion Powerplant - Mercury / Evinrude / Johnson, 10-3521

Metal and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$149   

Very rare and powerful engine that won three national championships. This is the second version. MRP stood for Model Racing Products and they were well known for performance and engineering. This is a complete outboard with all parts - nothing left to buy. Features a large 05 class MRP Wizzard 12V MS-3 pre-wired motor with suppression capacitor installed, high speed prop factory assembled to the drive shaft system, motor mounting plate, all drive and misc. hardware, very tough plastic lower housing, vacuform upper housing, decals for three different major outboard manufacturers and more. The small parts are still factory sealed. The few parts that were not sealed have been inventoried complete with instructions. This is a very simple build and an excellent outboard. Measures about 8" overall height, 4" long (top cover) and about 2" wide (top cover).

Imai Viking Ship 9th Century, 1/90, 8081

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$26   

Imai/ERTL issue. Very nicely molded smaller scale kit that measures 6.5 inches long (~16 cm) long when assembled. Full-hull model features a display stand, billowing sail, individual oars and a full rigging diagram. Molded in wood tan, black and white. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.

Model Aeronautics Stearman Trainer B Scale Controliner - 32 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$165   

Very rare kit from 1946. It appears that only one of these has traded hands in any public transaction since the late 1990s and the lack of photos is noteworthy. This was a very deluxe, expensive model for that time, retailing for an astounding $7.95. It is a very sturdy model with fully planked fuselage, sheeted wing, solid horizontal and vertical stabs, rudder and elevators, solid wing tips and more. Features a very large number of precut parts (some fully finished, others requiring additional trimming or sanding, rubber scale wheels with finished wood hubs, many plywood parts at key locations, quality planking and sheeting wood, clear windshield material, extensive hardware still in the wax paper bag, various sizes of wire stock, separate text building instructions and superb full size plans. Never started and complete. Please note there is no tissue because this model does not use tissue. There is also no printwood since the parts are factory cut out.

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.

Premium Manufacturing Co Zeek 1/2 A Gas Free Flight Model 33 Inch Wingspan

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$58   

Rare kit from the late 1950s or very early 1960s. Features precision die-cut, high quality balsa parts, plywood firewall, finished wheel, factory-sealed hardware envelope, some fully cut factory wood parts, extensive text instruction sheet and detailed flying instructions and excellent full-sized plans. Never started and complete.

Schlueter Free Flight Models Barney Snyders 1937 Black Bullet - 30 Inch Wingspan Free Flight (ex-Modelcraft), BB-30

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$49   

From 1982. Modern issue of the classic design. Features quality printwood, strip and block balsa, wire, wheels, plastic prop, Japanese tissue, nylon thrust bearing, ball bearing washer, aluminum motor peg, plywood parts as required and full size plans. Never started and complete.

Midwest Wally Simmers' Dyna-Moe - 34 inch Wingspan Flying Cabin Class C for Free Flight or R/C Conversion - (Dynamoe), 402

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$55   

From the mid 1960s and another successful Wally Simmers design for Class C Cabin National Competition. Large and graceful. Climbs at 1000 feet per minute and glides at 10 to 1. Features high quality printwood and strip wood, spars, finished wheel, big factory-carved prop, covering tissue and beautiful full-size plans. Never started and inventoried complete.

Cleveland Ryan FR-1 Fireball With Liquids 30.75 Inch Wingspan Balsa Flying Aircraft, 1/16, SF-92

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$169   

Very rare, especially in untouched condition and with the fluids. This is the 1946 Deluxe 'large box' issue of this incredibly well detailed flying model and it even comes with the five glass bottles of Cleveland-labeled liquids - cement and colored dope behind the blue cut out display included by Cleveland just to 'show them off.' The four larger bottles are still factory sealed in the brown paper and tape! The one smaller bottle was never sealed. Cleveland 'SF' or 'Scale Flying' models in museum scale of 1/16 were very complete and this one is no exception. The kit came from a long time collector of 1930s and 1940s models. Features very high quality balsa printwood and strip wood, fully formed thrust button, prop blades, main and nose wheels, balsa blocks and sheet wood, other wood stock, covering material, clear canopy material, highest quality plans and more. Never started and inside it is as it left the factory. No parts are cut out. I have inventoried the kit and it is complete with 'excellent' plans. 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.

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.