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Cleveland B-17 Flying Fortress - For R/C or Free Flight, SF-100

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$795   

Giant 1/16 scale kit with a 77.25 inch wingspan. Ideal kit for electric power and conversion to RC. This model is in the original plain but sturdy cardboard box with "Cleveland" stamped in ink on it and the name of the kit and kit #. 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. 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 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.

Cleveland P-61 Black Widow - For R/C or Free Flight, SF-155

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$375   

Giant 1/16 scale kit. Ideal kit for electric power and conversion to RC. This model is in the original plain but sturdy cardboard box with 'Cleveland' stamped in ink on it and the name of the kit and kit #. 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 insignia (if issued with the kit). The model has not been started. 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 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.

Ace Whitman De Havilland Venom Fighter - Balsa Model Airplane Kit, 1/64, 2284

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$32   

The 'Ace Whitman' name was used by Joe Ott for some of his marketed kits. This model is a solid display model from 1952 and features an 80% precarved fuselage, die cut parts, full size plans and a stapled bag of detail parts (probably wheels). 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 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.

Berkeley The Buccaneer 48 - For R/C or Free Flight

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$225   

Older Berkeley kit of one of the classics in early gas free-flight. The box claims this is 'America's First Gasoline Model Airplane Construction Kit'. It certainly was not the first gasoline powered model to fly, but it very may well have been the first marketed kit. The large Buccaneer was designed for class A and B gas engines. Kit features printed wooden parts, semi-finished wooden blocks, formed landing gear, silkspan covering, full size detailed plans and streamline wheels. 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.

MPC Battle of Britain Diorama - Spitfire/Bedford QL/AEC Tanker and Crew, 1/72, 21206-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc-

$54   

1970s kit is a complete diorama of a Battle of Britain scene. Features airfield display base, Spitfire model, AEC Tanker and Bedford QL kits and 11 crew. 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.

Testors Lamborghini Countach LP500, 1/16, 377

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

$79   

Still factory sealed but the seal has some splits. Very large and detailed 1/16 scale model with over 300 parts. Features highly detailed V-12 engine and engine compartment, opening hood and luggage compartment panels, detailed luggage compartment with spare tire, battery, brake master cylinder and horns, optional position head lights, opening doors, positionable front wheels, rubber tires and detailed interior.

DML Messerschmitt Me-262A-1a/Jabo - Master Series Issue (Me262A1a), 1/48, 5507

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$24   

Very highly detailed kit with two frets of photoetched parts and real rubber tires. 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.

Revell USS Burton Island Icebreaker - Picture Fleet Issue, 1/292, H379-169

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$85   

1960 Picture Fleet issue with framable John Steel artwork. Very well detailed large scale kit. Features detailed helicopter, life boats, Captain's launch, moveable gun turret, swiveling cranes, antennas and masts, full decals and color flag sheet. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Hasegawa Bell UH-1D Huey Helicopter - US Army Japan Transport / US Army Rescue / Japan Ground Self Defense Forces, 1/72, 052

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$18   

Still factory sealed. Well detailed kit features complete interior, opening doors, crew of two, rocket pods and miniguns and rotating main and rear rotors. Includes decals for the three helicopters listed, including the unusual US Army Japan executive transport.

Peerless-Max White M3A1 Scout Car - US Army / British Army / Canadian Army / New Zealand Army / Soviet Army, 1/35, 3507

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$56   

Very finely molded model. Highly detailed with full chassis, suspension, drive line and exhaust, crew of three, complete interior, machines guns, accessories, optional top and more. Includes decals for all nations listed and painting guide. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Nemecek Messerschmitt Bf-109-T2 / T1 / T0 - (Bf109T2), 1/72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$38   

This kit was produced by Miroslav Nemecek in the Czech Republic. Very cleanly molded. Nicely detailed with all recessed panel lines. Can be built as one of three versions and has optional spinners, canopy or folded wings. Cowl can be removed to show detailed engine. Includes cockpit. Includes decals for aircraft stationed in Norway and for carrier trials for the aircraft carrier Graf Zeppelin. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Aeroclub Mig-17A Conversion Kit, 1/72

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$16   

Conversion kit. Makes the Hasegawa Mig-17 into the early 'A' variant. Kit includes high quality vacuform fuselage and metal intake. Never started and complete.

Airfix Shorts Tucano T Mk.1 - Central Flying School RAF Scampton 1989, 1/72, 03059

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$19   

Well molded and detailed kit includes full dual cockpits, recessed panel detail, optional position undercarriage and air brake and decals for the aircraft from RAF Scampton, 1989. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

ESCI Saab-Scania AJ-37 Viggen (Jaktviggen), 1/48, 4089

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$48   

Rare kit. Large scale Swedish multi-role fighter. Features detailed cockpit, optional position canopy and airbrakes, two Sidewinder and two SkyFlash missiles and 30 mm gun. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Ideal Aeroplane & Supply Boeing Fighter (F4B-4) - Midget Craft 6 inch wingspan Solid Balsa Airplane Model - (F4B4)

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$38   

Very old 1932 issue from Ideal Aeroplane & Supply Company. Ideal was one of the first US model airplane producers, starting their business in 1911. During the early years of the Great Depression, Ideal switched to balsa wood and soon released a line of 'Six Inch Wingspread' solid scale models in a line called 'Ideal Midget-Craft'. Adds for this line can be seen in Model Airplane News and other major popular aircraft publications of the 1930s. The models included plans and the required wood and usually retailed for about 10 cents. This aircraft has been started, which in this case is good news. The fuselage from Ideal was simply wooden stock. The original builder has carved the fuselage very accurately and correctly to about 90% finished. No other work has been done and no other parts have been cut out of the printwood. The model is complete and would be easy to finish.

UPC Mitsubishi Ki-46 IIIA Dinah - Ex-Marusan, 1/50, 5054-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$29   

Large scale (1/50) Dinah from Marusan molds. Box artwork is by Scott Eidson, who did much of the famous Revell artwork. Kit features cockpit details, crew, drop tank, retractable landing gear and optional position tail wheel, working rudder, aileron, elevator and flaps. Has decals for three aircraft. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

Revell Republic F-84F Thunderstreak, 1/54, H125

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$40   

Rare Revell of Germany issue with the box and instructions in English. Unique box art. The kit inside is the original Pre 'S' kit, so it makes an ideal builder. All parts, instructions and decals are still in the factory sealed bag.

Revell Pontiac Club de Mer Show Car - From 1956 GM Motorama, 1/25, 1223

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$42   

Still factory sealed. 1995 reissue of the famous 'S' kit. Ideal builder.

Construct-A-Plane Aeronca C-2 Monoplane - Balsa Aircraft Model, 1/37

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$44   

Rare kit from the very early 1930s. The Aeronca C-2 was the first light aircraft in the United States. It was the first such aircraft to be certified by the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Aeronautics. The aircraft created an audience of pilots that did not previously exist - private individuals. For the first time, they had an affordable, easy to fly and safe aircraft. They were produced from 1929 through 1932 and sold for just under $1300. Kit is near 1/32 scale. Contains excellent full-size plans, balsa wood for fuselage and wings, printed balsa for all other parts, original yellow and red glass paint vials with cork seals, turned wheels, cast metal prop, insignia, sandpaper and celluloid. The wings have been very neatly started. No other assembly. Complete with all parts except the original glue.