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StromBecker Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket - (D-558 2), C-42

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$54   

StromBecker was famous for this line of precarved hardwood and plastic kits. The carving is done to the final shape. When complete it makes an impressive desk top display. Includes glue, sandpaper, decals, hardwood stand, metal stand arm, plastic canopy and full instructions. Never started. 100% complete with all parts, plans and partial decal sheet.

StromBecker USS Buckley DE Destroyer Escort, C19

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$98   

Excellent kit from the 1950s. 10 inches long when assembled. StromBecker was famous for this line of pre-carved wood kits. Made of solid Western Pine hardwood - not balsa. The carving is done to the final shape. When complete it makes an impressive desk top display. Never started. The small parts envelope is still factory sealed. The other parts were never sealed and have been inventoried complete. Includes instructions/plans.

StromBecker Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket - Bagged - (D5582), G42

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$30   

Perfect 'Classic Builder' kit! StromBecker was famous for this line of precarved hardwood and plastic kits. The carving is done to the final shape. When complete it makes an impressive desk top display. This one includes beautiful hardwood parts, a clear plastic canopy, full decals in 'excellent' condition as shown, sandpaper, sanding stick and photocopied instructions. The kit has never been started. It is either still in the factory sealed bag or inventoried complete with all parts with decals and instructions.

StromBecker Swift 125 Sea Plane, C-40

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$115   

StromBecker was famous for this line of precarved hardwood and plastic kits. The carving is done to the final shape and when completed it makes an impressive desk top display. Features fully carved fuselage, wings with airfoil, floats, die-cut tail feathers, small detail parts in the original envelope, sealed envelopes of Casein Glue and Wood Filler, sandpaper, detailed instructions and amazing 'near mint' condition full color decals. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Strombecker Beechcraft Bonanza V35 - Solid Wood Model Aircraft Kit, C-41

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$110   

Rare, classic early 1950s model that is made of solid Western Pine - not balsa. Builds up to an impressive display model. Features factory carved fuselage & wings, cut-to-shape tail features, sandpaper and a small parts bag with propeller, wheels, etc. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Before plastic kits were introduced, Strombecker was famous as the premier hardwood preshaped model manufacturer. In the 1940s and 1950s, Strombecker kits were flawlessly engineered but not inexpensive. All wooden parts are hardwood and are precarved to shape - usually only a quick sanding would finish them.

StromBecker American Airlines Convair Flagship - 10 Inch Wingspan Solid Wood Kit, C-38

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$74   

Highly prefabricated kit made from Solid Western Pine - not balsa wood. Makes a very impressive display model when built. Includes precut and shaped fuselage, wings, elevators, rudder and nacelles, a bag of sealed detail parts including propellers, wheels, etc, envelopes of wood filler and glue, sandpaper, detailed instructions and drawings with aircraft history and a large, colorful American Airlines decal sheet. Never started. The small parts are still in the factory sealed envelope; the parts that were never sealed are inventoried complete an it includes all paperwork. NOTE: the box is only fair. The ends are heavily taped and the tape extends onto the box top and bottom. It is graded 'fair', not collectible but an ideal builder as the parts and paperwork are all in very good condition. Before plastic kits were introduced, Strombecker was famous as the premier hardwood preshaped model manufacturer. In the 1940s and 1950s, Strombecker kits were flawlessly engineered but not inexpensive. All wooden parts are hardwood and are precarved to shape - usually only a quick sanding would finish them.

Falcon Model Airplane Co De Havilland Mosquito, 1/43, B37

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$26   

From the mid to late 1940s. Large scale, solid wood kit featuring profile cut fuselage, wings & tail surfaces, printwood, wood stock as required, finished wheels, full color decals and full size plans. Complete and never started.

Marvel Douglas 8A-5 / A-33 Attack Bomber - Battle Planes Of America Series - Solid Wood Aircraft, 1/48

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair-

$34   

Rare solid model from 1942. At that time, their were 'fliers' and 'solids.' 'Fliers' were notoriously off-scale so they would fly well and also lacked detail. 'Solids' were true scale models that were solid wood and designed only to be scale miniatures (they did not fly). This kit has a worn box missing the end flaps, but inside it is complete with all parts and full-size plans with instructions and a description of this rare aircraft. There are three sheets of printwood and a block for the fuselage. The model has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and plans present. Please note, this is war time model so compressed fibre-board has been substituted for balsa wood. Marvel Mfg. Company was located in Seaford, Long Island, New York and had an extensive line of solid aircraft, wooden ships, army tanks and more. Just as a small example, the following are advertised on the back of this larger-scale solid kit: Grumman JRF-2, Mariner PBM-1, Bell YFM-1, P-38, P-40, Baltimore, Ryan STM-2, Curtiss AT-9, Douglas A-20A, Republic Guardsman, Grumman Skyrocket and Douglas 8A-5.

Marvel Ryan STM-2 - Combat Planes Of America Series - Solid Wood Aircraft, 1/32

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Poor

$29   

Rare, large 1/32 scale solid model from 1942. At that time, their were 'fliers' and 'solids.' 'Fliers' were notoriously off-scale and lacked detail so they would fly well. 'Solids' were true scale models that were solid wood and designed only to be scale miniatures (they did not fly). This kit has a very worn box but inside everything is in very good condition. Features a 12 inch wingspan, balsa blocks and wood stock, printwood, color insignia sheet and quality plans with construction notes, cross section templates as well as a painting guide. Never started and complete. Marvel Mfg. Company was located in Seaford, Long Island, New York and had an extensive line of solid aircraft, wooden ships, army tanks and more. Just as a small example, the following are advertised on the back of this larger-scale solid kit: Grumman JRF-2, Mariner PBM-1, Bell YFM-1, P-38, P-40, Baltimore, Ryan STM-2, Curtiss AT-9, Douglas A-20A, Republic Guardsman, Grumman Skyrocket and Douglas 8A-5.

Marvel Douglas A-20 A Combat Planes of America, 1/64

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$22   

Rare kit from 1942. This is a scale, solid wood kit. It features balsa wood, very thick and heavy printed cardstock parts, cardboard template, heavy cardstock props, full size plans with more templates and construction notes. A very simple kit that requires serious carving and shaping skills, but typical of the time! Complete and never started. The paint scheme shown on the aircraft is the pre-war variety. Marvel was a popular manufacture with a large line of army vehicles, tanks of all nations, aircraft and more.

Randles Hiller Helicopter XH-44 - The Hiller-Copter, 110E

Vaccuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$64   

Very rare kit from the mid 1940s. This is a large (6.5 inch LOA and a 13 inch rotor span) model of this 1944 craft. Features profile (2D) cut fuselage, hardwood rotor blades, factory cut rotor mount, wood stock as required, an envelope of small parts and a glass bottle of wood cement (dried up). Includes excellent full size plans with templates, detail drawings, construction tips and history. Never started and complete. Randles was another name for Ranco and may have simply been the deluxe version of the Ranco kits as they shared the same address. Just a few of those kits include the B-29, Cessna Bobcat, Sikorsky Helicopter and Kellett Auto Giro. There is evidence that they made boat kits also.

Randles Kellett Autogyro YG-1B - XR-2, 1/42, 103D

Vaccuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$62   

Very rare kit from the 1940s. This is a large (17 inch LOA) model of this 1930s craft. This unique ship had no ailerons, rudder or elevator. Directional control was through a pivoting rotor head. Rotor blades folded for storage. The KD-1 made the worlds first autogyro roof-top landing in May of 1935 at the US Post Office in Philadelphia. The plans say this is the XR-2 and YG-1B. The plans certainly look like the YG-1B Army Craft; the YG-1B was modified with a constant speed rotor and became the YG-1C; it was then redesignated XR-2. This craft is also known as a KD-1; the model will built any of the three. Features 2D (profile) carved fuselage, hardwood rotor blades, other precut parts and a sealed envelope of small parts. Includes excellent full size plans with many detail drawings, templates and construction notes. Never started. Complete with all parts, plans and unused glass bottle of glue (some of which is still a liquid). Randles was another name for Ranco and may have simply been the deluxe version of the Ranco kits as they shared the same address. Just a few of those kits include the B-29, Cessna Bobcat, Sikorsky Helicopter and Kellett Auto Giro. There is evidence that they made boat kits also.

Randles Sikorsky R-4 Helicopter - Float Version US Navy - 13.5 Inch Fuselage, 1/30, 105D

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$54   

Rare. Large 1/30 scale 1940s solid wood scale model. Features large profile (2D) cut fuselage, factory cut rotor base and hardwood rotor hub, hardwood rotor blades, blocks and wood stock as required, an unopened metal tube of wood glue, insignia sheet, cockpit windows and doors and pilot printed on another sheet. Includes excellent, large full-size plans with templates, detail drawings, construction tips. Randles Was another name for Ranco and may have simply been the deluxe version of the Ranco kits as they shared the same address. Just a few of those kits include the B-29, Cessna Bobcat, Sikorsky Helicopter and Kellett Auto Giro. There is evidence that they made boat kits also.

UPC Armored Car - M-20 Armored Combat Car - (ex Revell), 1/40, 5146-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$129   

Very rare kit that is from the original Revell "S" 1950s molds. This issue even shares the same box art as the Revell release, which is unusual. Like all early Revell armor, this is a very nicely detailed and molded kit that features detailed suspension, optional position front hatches, rolling wheels, swiveling and elevating machine gun, two drivers, machine gunner, commander, mine detector, rifleman and three extra rifles. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Tamiya Horch 4x4 Type 1A - S.GL. Einheits Personen Kraft Wagen, 1/35, MM152

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$22   

Well detailed inside and out with optional top. Includes driver figure. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Tamiya Hanomag Sd.Kfz. 251/I Half Track, 1/35, MM120

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$29   

Well detailed kit with a combat crew of 5. Never started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

Easy Built Models Scatterbrain - 30 inch Wingspan for Free Flight - (Blue Box Issue), FF-13

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$32   

Still factory sealed. Easy Built was a Canadian manufacturer who made excellent reproductions of classic flying designs from the 1930 and 1940s. Original plans were used. High quality modern kit made in the finest tradition of the stick and tissue flyers. Features high quality printed balsa, strip wood, propeller, rubber, full sized plans and other accessories.

Crielmodel 150mm FH 13/1 Ausf Geschutzwagen Lorraine-s (f) Ausfuhrung Africa-Europa - German Self-Propelled Howitzer, 1/35, RO62

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$69   

This is the only known kit of this subject and an excellent high-definition resin model manufactured in Italy by Massimo Bartoli, otherwise known as Crielmodel. Well detailed model cast in high-definition resin. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes paint guide and instructions. From tanks-encyclopedia.com: There were two main types of self-propelled guns in the German Army during WW2. One was fitted with an anti-tank gun and the other with an artillery howitzer, like the 15cm sFH 13/1 (Sf) auf Geschützwagen Lorraine Schlepper(f) Sd.Kfz.135/1. The vehicle fitted with the artillery howitzer was called a ‘Geschützwagen’, which is literally translated as a ‘gun vehicle’. The letters ‘SF’ stand for ‘Selbstfahrlafette’ – self-propelled carriage. The letter (f) indicates that the chassis was of French origin. Improvised self-propelled artillery guns were developed to enable fast moving attacks to have artillery support that could keep up with the speed of advancing Panzer Divisions. They could use direct fire mode at targets they could see or, more commonly, use indirect fire at targets plotted on a map.They were not designed to be in the front line or engage in combat with tanks. They were motorized artillery guns that could fire high explosive HE shells over the heads of friendly troops. Most targets would have been given to the crew as map grid references by forward observation officers or infantry units under attack.Quite often, the gun crews could not see where their shells landed, as the target was so far away. They would have to rely on the forward observer to tell them if adjustments had to be made.The open-topped back design of these self-propelled guns had a number of advantages. The elevated commander’s position when standing in the crew compartment, behind the protective armored shield, meant that he had a good view on all sides. If there was the threat of enemy small arms fire, then the crew could use a twin lens range finder telescope that could peak over the top of the armored casement.There was enough room for the crew to be transported towards the battlefield whilst protected from small arms fire and shell shrapnel. The vehicle had good mobility and could follow the infantry almost anywhere. The gun was quicker to get ready for action and fire on targets than towed artillery guns.They were cheaper and faster to build than a new vehicle. They used the chassis of an obsolete captured French tank and an existing artillery howitzer.Putting the 15 cm sFH 13/1 howitzer on top of captured French Army Lorraine 37L tracked armored transporter chassis was a more efficient use of manpower than the traditional form of German artillery battery transportation. Even in WW2, horse power was still widely used, although tracked vehicles were also used when available.Each field gun would require a six-horse team to pull the gun and limber. The ammunition, supplies and kit would be kept in the limber, which was a very large box on a pair of wheels with seats on the top. Three men would ride on the left hand horse of each pair to control them. The remaining six men of the gun crew would ride on top of the limber. Only a relative few were towed by the 3 ton halftracks.

Monogram Mustang P-51B Ding Hao - White Box Issue, 1/48, 6806

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$30   

1973 issue still factory sealed and in investment-grade 'Near Mint' condition. Very finely molded and detailed 1/48 scale model featuring detailed cockpit and gear wells, choice of two canopy styles and more. The decals are for Col. Howard, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. He was an AVG pilot and became the first US pilot to become an ace in both the Pacific and European theaters.

Continental Model Airplane Co Junior Endurance - Balsa Wood Flying Airplane, X23

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$26   

From the mid to late 1930s. New old stock from a closed down hobby shop. Because they are in 'new' condition, the end flaps and tabs are in great condition with no tears or rips. I was the first one to open them and did so very carefully to avoid all damage. Features 18 inch wingspan, quality balsa printwood and wood stock, fully carved hardwood wheels, partially carved prop blank (needs sanding), balsa blocks as required, covering tissue 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.