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Berkeley Colonial Skimmer Flying Boat Flying Model Airplane Kit, 1/12

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Big 1/12 scale model with a 33.5 inch wingspan. Originally designed by Henry Struck 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 covering material, clear windows, full size plans, formed wire parts, full size plans, 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 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.

Airfix FW-190A Priller Special Edition, 1/72, 02085

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

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Factory sealed.

Volks Heinkel He-219 Owl Night Fighter, 1/72, 2

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Very high quality Volks kit, as is their standard. Parts are cast in high-definition resin with fine recessed panel lines. Includes all parts for a complete model. Never started. Factory sealed bag or 100% inventoried with all parts/decals and instructions present.

Aurora North American F-107 - Fighter Bomber, 1/117, 295-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc-

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The Jo Kotula artwork on this hardbox issue is dated 1958, but the kit is later - note the oval Aurora logo with no sunburst and the 50 cent price extension. It is likely that this issue is early/mid 1960s and was the last US issue of this model. This kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Revell Boeing B-52 Giant Stratofortress Pre 'S' Kit, 1/175, H207-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

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2nd release of this classic Pre 'S' kit from 1954. Features the higher profile box (1.5" high) with incredible color, gloss and artwork. Inside the kit has the four piece stand and the revised instructions show the change from the short-lived three piece stand. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Small parts are still sealed in the factory bag.

Frog B-45 Tornado Four Jet Bomber, 1/159, 388P

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Rare early box issue with great artwork. Small scale kit - measures about 5.5 inches long when assembled. Never started. NOTE: missing tail gunners clear canopy. Otherwise complete with all other parts, decals and instructions.

Cleveland DeHavilland Comet Racer Balsa Flying Model Airplane Kit, 1/24, D-51

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

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This is a Cleveland 'D' or dwarf kit. The term 'Dwarf' is deceptive here. Most Cleveland kits were designated 'SF' or Scale Flying - 1/16 scale. The Dwarf kits were needed to fill a market demand for smaller flying models - especially of the larger aircraft. The 'D' kits, like this Comet, are 1/24. 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 Bleriots 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. Lindberghs 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 Lindberghs 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 worlds longest operating single-owner 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 Aviations great Recruiter Clevelands 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.

Matchbox A-34 Mk.1 Comet with Diorama Display Base, 1/76, 40072

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very nicely molded kit from the Matchbox 1/76 scale series. Comes with realistic diorama battle display. Decals from the 2nd Fife and Forfar Yeomanry Rhineland April 1945 or 1st Royal Tank Regiment Berlin, September 1945. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Matchbox Panzer Jaeger IV L/70 with Diorama Display Base, 1/76, 40087

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very nicely molded kit from the Matchbox 1/76 scale series. Comes with realistic diorama battle display. Decals for 116th Panzer Division Army Group H, Ruhr, March 1945 or XX Panzer Division Russia 1944 / Dresden May 1945. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Matchbox Sherman Firefly Tank with Diorama Display Base, 1/76, 40071

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Very nicely molded kit from the Matchbox 1/76 scale series. Comes with realistic diorama battle display. Has decals for 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards Normandy June 1942 and 2nd Fife and Fortar Yeomanry Rhineland 1945. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Fujimi Mitsubishi Type 96 A5M2a Claude Carrier Fighter, 1/72, C-22

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

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Still factory sealed. Very nicely molded with excellent detail.

Icare Tupolev ANT-25RD - Soviet Long Range Record-Breaking Aircraft, 1/72, 25-1

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Poor

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This incredible aircraft was built in 1933. It took part in many memorable record breaking flights such as non-stop from Moscow to Portland, Oregon (USA) in 1937. Includes 62 parts, decals for two variants, rotating wheels and propeller and a wingspan of 18 and 13/16 inches. The kit has never been started. All parts are still in the factory sealed bag. Complete with decals and instructions.

Monogram OS2U-3 Kingfisher US Navy - White Box Issue - (OS2U3), 1/48, 6834

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

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Still factory sealed. White Box issue with rare artwork variant dated 1974. Very nicely molded and detailed kit for the time. Can be built with wheels or floats.

MPC Douglas A-1J Skyraider - USN VA-145, 1/72, 7010-70

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

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Features folding wings, optional position speed/dive brakes and a very large loadout with rockets, drop tanks and bombs. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. This kit is from Airfix molds and is one of the MPC '3 Big Bonus' features series. Dates from the late 1960s/early 1970s. The model features customizing parts (such as chrome plated bombs, missiles, prop, exhaust, air scoops, antenna and guns), stock and customizing decals and the clear modular display stand. Note that this issue still has 'Craft Master' under the MPC logo. Before this, MPC was marketing Airfix kits under the Craftmaster name in the USA. This continued for several issues and was finally discontinued although MPC continued to distribute Airfix and their own models.

Hawk Chrome Plated F-104A Starfighter USAF/Canadian/Luftwaffe, 1/48, 203-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Hardbox issue with John Andrews artwork. Features markings for all three nationalities. Chrome plating in excellent condition with very little light wear, which is very unusual. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

ESCI McDonnell Douglas A-4E / A-4F Skyhawk 'Top Gun' Aggressor - US Marines Aggressor / VF101 NAS Key West / Navy FWS NAS Miramar, 1/72, SC-9003

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Very nicely done kit. Features all fine recessed panel lines, gear well and cockpit detail, optional parts to build E or F variant and decals for three aircraft. The model as never been started. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

MPC Douglas A-4D-1 Skyhawk with Ground Crew, 1/72, 2-2101

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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This kit is from quality Airfix molds and is from the MPC 'Air Combat Collection', which includes ground crew. Dates from the mid 1970s. Note that this issue does not have 'Craft Master' under the MPC logo. Before this, MPC was marketing Airfix kits under the Craftmaster name in the USA. This continued for several issues and was finally discontinued (possibly with this issue) although MPC continued to distribute Airfix models. This kit has never been started. It is either still in the internally sealed factory bag or has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Pocher Ferrari Testarossa Spyder, 1/8, K61

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++++

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In 1986 Pininfarina created this very special Spider on the basis of the Ferrari Testarossa. By strengthening the chassis, cutting the roof and modifying the trunk the car was given a unique appearance of a very luxury Spider. Very few of this special Testarossa were made. Pocher chose to create this model for it's 25th Anniversary. Although Poacher is no longer in business, they are acknowledged as the finest car model makers ever. This kit features all metal body and body panels that are perfectly factory primed and pre-painted the correct "Silver Special" color. Every detail of the suspension, interior, engine and truck are recreated in this magnificent model. The kit is in 1/8 scale and measures 56 cm (over 22 inches long) when built. The steering works, the doors, hood and trunk open and close, headlights open and retract, and much, much more. The body and all body panels are metal - the balance of the kit is metal and injection molded plastic and a number of other materials such as wires for the ignition, clear parts, real rubber tires, etc. The kit has never been started and is complete. All parts are still in the original factory packaging.

Tamiya Kawanishi N1K2-J Shiden-Kai ' George' Motorized, 1/50, 2

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Very early Tamiya kit with a high-gloss box top and very collectible artwork. Very good quality for it's time. Features all very fine raised panel lines, working flaps, rudder and elevator and retractable landing gear. The kit is engineered to be motorized and includes all hardware to do so, but Tamiya did not include the motor with the model. The model as never been started. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Imai Roman Warship 50 BC, B285-1200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very large scale model with excellent detail. Measures about 13 inches long when assembled and features very large plan instructions, numerous drawings, billowing sails, full rigging material, detailed rigging instructions (down to how to make certain knots) and 'lion' support stands. Never started. All parts are still in factory sealed bags. Other big ships in Imai's superb 'Sailing Ship Series' include the Susquehanna, Greek Warship, Catalan Ship, Galeass Ship, Santa Maria and the Chebec.