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Cleveland Playboy Senior Class C Gas Balsa Flying Model Airplane Kit, GP-5017

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$225   

70 inch wingspan class 'C' gas free-flight model airplane. Cleveland entered the 1930s gas model market with the famous Playboy series. The design is so solid and popular that it is still a favorite at meets today (Like SAM - Society of Antique Modelers) where free-flight competitions are still held. Cleveland was late to introduce these kits (1939), but they wanted to ensure that the quality and performance was there. It appears that there were three aircraft in the Playboy line - the Baby, Junior and Senior. The model has not been started and is in exceptional condition. Whoever buys it will be the second owner; the first lives in town with me. The parts are inventoried 100% complete and includes covering tissue and 'excellent' never-used plans. Please NOTE: that there is some bug damage to the issue paper and very tiny bit to the edge of the plans. 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.

Revell KC-135 Stratotanker - 'S' Issue, 1/139, H287-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$79   

1957 original 'S' issue with the fantastic box art that has made these kits so famous and collectible. Nicely molded kit features optional position cargo door, refueling boom, optional position landing gear and a moving rudder. Includes the clear Revell 'Globe' Swivel Display Stand. Never started. Inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Nitto Tupolev Tu-144 Supersonic Transport, 1/132, 173-500

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$98   

Rare early issue of the very near 1/144 airliner. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. The Tu-144 was the worlds first supersonic transport, beating the Concord into the air. A series of accidents, however, robbed the aircraft of the fame it might have had. She cruised at mach 2.35 and carrier 120 passengers.

AMT 1995 Dodge Viper RT/10, 1/25, 6550

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$22   

Still factory sealed. 1994 issue. Very nicely molded and detailed. Features detailed engine and engine compartment, removable hood, full interior, detailed exhaust and chassis underside and more.

Monogram P-40N Curtiss Warhawk - Blue Box Issue, 1/64, PA165-70

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$24   

Blue box issue from 1967. Very finely molded with excellent detail and traditional Monogram quality. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

MPC He-177 A-5 Grief with HS-293 Guided Missiles - (ex-Airfix), 1/72, 1200-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$32   

From 1960s Airfix molds. Well detailed for that time and features opened or closed bomb bay doors with full bomb load, moving gun turrets, working rudder, elevator and ailerons, retracting landing gear, simulated spinning props (clear disks), five crew members, standard and custom decals, rotating wheels and four-bladed props and three optional Hs-293 Guided Missiles. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions. NOTE: decals are present, but they are from the Airfix issue of this same kit. The original MPC ones were peeling badly, which is typical of this kit.

Hasegawa North American RA-5C Vigilante With Microscale Decals - RVAH-12 USS America, 1/72, 1027

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$32   

Includes Microscale 72-94 'Navy RA-5C Vigilanties #2' in never used, mint condition with the original paperwork. The actual kit is older but nicely molded with cockpit and gear well detail, four drop tanks and clear camera windows. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Revell A3J (A-5A) Vigilante Nuclear Bomber, 1/83, H196-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc-

$145   

Widely believed to be the last 'S' kit issued. Hardbox is dated 1959 and has excellent gloss and color. Kit features opening tandem canopies, moving control surfaces, detailed, removable jet engines and two pilots. As the last "S" kit, this kit also incorporated a critical improvement for the time that would become standard only fairly recently: all recessed detail. The entire kit has recessed panel lines and rivet detail-no raised marks. It has an attention to detail that is lacking in many older Pre-S and S kits. Molded in the correct gloss light gray and clear with the "Globe" clear stand. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$38   

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.

Revell RMS Titanic Ocean Liner, 1/570, H445

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$22   

Still factory sealed but the seal has aged and has a large number of splits. 1976 issue with fantastic box art. Measures 18.5 inches when built. Features detailed full hull with props and rudder, all deck fittings, fixtures and planking, deckhouses, skylights, steam pipes, vents, ratlines and much more.

Hasegawa QF-86F Sabre Full Sized Drone, 1/48, 09306

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$42   

Rare limited edition of the F-86 drone with Naval Weapons Center markings for two different aircraft. Never started. NOTE: missing drop tanks. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts present. Includes decals and instructions.

OEZ Mig-21 MF / bis / SMT - Czech / Finnish / USSR, 1/48, 1

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG-

$24   

Very well detailed and large (1/48) kit. Cleanly molded with all recessed panel lines and details. Features detailed cockpit and gear wells, optional position air brakes and two piece canopy, numerous optional parts for the different variants and a very impressive set of external stores many types of drop tanks, missiles, rockets and pylons. Includes a large and detailed decal sheet for several USSR, CSSR and Finnish aircraft. There is a color painting guide on the back of the box. Never started. Factory sealed bags with decals and instructions present.

LS Lockheed CP-140 Aurora CAF 407th Squadron, 1/144, E4

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$38   

Very well molded like most LS kits. Never started. NOTE: missing CP wing tips. Includes regular P-3 wingtips only. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts, decals and instructions present.

Revell Honest John Missile with Mobile Carrier Truck 'S' Kit, 1/48, H1821-169

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$145   

Rare 1958 original hardbox 'S' issue- not the more common reproduction. Has many operating features. The missile can be disassembled and put into individual crates on the trailer. The trailer unhitches from cab and all 18 wheels rotate. Detailed truck has opening hood with full engine and cab interior. Includes a crew of 2 and is molded in gloss green and white plastic. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Frog Harrier Mk.1 Ground Attack, 1/72, F273

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$14   

Final logo Frog kit. Nicely molded kit with fine raised panel line detail. Features nicely done intake and exhaust, optional position speed brake and landing gear (including outriggers) and a load-out including drop tanks and rocket pods. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions.

Frog Jaguar A.2 or T.2 - Single Or Dual Seat - CEAM France 1973 / RAF XX136 First Production Trainer 1973, 1/72, F402

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$16   

Includes parts to build either version and includes four air to surface missiles for strike role. Can be built with gear down or retracted and includes color painting guide and decals for both aircraft listed. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. In this box art, a coastal freighter or tanker burns after a (Martel missile?) strike by one of the Centre d'expertise aerienne militaire's test A.12's.France's frequent deployment of Jaguars to expand her sphere of influence was referred to by some news outlets as "Jaguar diplomacy."

Revell Bell X-5 Research Aircraft, 1/40, H187-129

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+++

$36   

First issue from 1960. The X-5 was the first aircraft to change the angle of wing sweepback in flight and paved the way for the legendary F-111 and F-14. Model features variable sweep wings, retracting landing gear, detailed jet engine and movable control surfaces. Never started. The aircraft is complete but NOTE: missing the display stand. Otherwise inventoried with all other arts, decals and instructions present.

MPC Avro Lancaster Profile Series - DG595-2nd Prototype / B.1 No. 463 RAAF 1945 / B.1 No 214 Federated Maylay States 1950 (Airfix molds), 1/72, 2-2503

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$36   

Dates from the 1970s and is from detailed Airfix molds. Contains decals for all three aircraft. Features movable control surfaces, rotating gun turrets, props and wheels and optional position undercarriage. Never started. The parts are still in the factory sealed bag. Includes decals and instructions. The decals have but cut but are complete.

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.

Hawk Supermarine Swift K-4 - One Piece Box Issue, 1/72, 607

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$59   

Rare one-piece 'flip top' box issue from the late 1940s/early 1950s. Very cleanly molded kit that builds very nicely. Molded in the correct gloss silver with green-tinted clear canopy. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. The Swift was a very early jet fighter to replace the Supermarine Attacker. A very capable aircraft, the Swift suffered numerous accidents early on. As a result, less than 200 were ever built and it did not see combat. It did hold a world speed record for a short time, only to have a Douglas Skyray take the record a few hours later. The problems were ironed out, but by then the Hawker Hunter was proving very capable and there was no need for the Swift and it's RAF service life was short. The most successful version was the PR variant.