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Balsa Products Taylor Cub E-2 For 1/2A Texaco Competition - 49 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$115   

Excellent, very high quality large-scale kit for R/C or free flight. Features a great deal of prefabrication including machine cut parts, contest balsa, machine cut wing ribs, wire landing gear and full size plans. Never started. All the many parts that were originally packed in factory sealed bags are still factory sealed. The few parts that were never factory sealed have been inventoried complete.

La Belle D&RG Double Deck Stock Car HOn3 Narrow Gauge - Craftsman Model, 1/87, HOn3-35

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$34   

Please read the article on this website about older HO train kits and the modeling revolution they caused in the late 1930s/1940s. During the golden era of realistic train models, La Belle Woodworking Company created perhaps the very finest scale kits of early American equipment. The kit features die cut hardwood parts (no balsa) such as pre-cut and scribed sides all cut to the correct size, car ends done in the same fashion, excellent underside and cast metal details, building instructions and plans and decals/transfers. I have seen these models built and they look identical to the real prototypes. The kit has not been started and is complete with two packets of small parts still factory sealed, and all other parts inventoried complete with transfers and instructions.

Top Flite Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket SUPERFORM - Flying Balsa Aircraft For Jetex or Catapult- (D5582), C2-100

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$125   

Very rare, 1950s model kit that is very highly prefabricated. The SUPERFORM kits were a few steps above the Jigtime models and priced so also. As a result, few sold and Top Flite discontinued the line after only a few years. Features completely formed wood fuselage shells, factory-painted wood parts, fully formed one-piece (each) wings, fully formed tail feathers, numerous detailed plastic parts including exhaust rockets, intakes, nose, pilot and all gear struts, fully formed wheels, hardware, rubber bands, two sheets of colorful decals, excellent illustrated building and flying instructions and more. There are full instructions for Jetex installation or using a rubber band launcher. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The only other advertised SUPERFORM kit listed is the F-86D Sabre Jet with a 13" wingspan.

Life-Like 1934 Ford Three Window Coupe - (ex-Pyro), 1/32, C308-70

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$26   

1970s early Life-Like issue from 1960s Pyro molds - note it still has the Pyro kit number. Features well detailed underside chassis with separately molded front axle and suspension, full interior, wire wheels and more. Molded in deep blue and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. In the early to mid 1960s the Pyro company chose many 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. Pyro advertised these as ideal for slot car conversion.

CM AFS-1 USS Mars, 1/350

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$355   

SPECIAL ORDER limited production kit. Museum quality high definition resin castings. Complete kit. Includes resin cast hull, superstructure and other larger details, a great many photo-etched details and decals. Email for more details on a certain kit. Kits are molded upon receipt of payment. Normal wait is six to eight weeks.

Airfix Arado Ar-196 Craftmaster, 1/72, 1209-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$22   

Kit features moving elevators and ailerons, interior detail and optional position canopy. Includes bomb load and crew members. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Consolidated Model Engineering Javelin - 48 inch Winspan Class A or B Gas Powered For R/C Conversion or Free Flight

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$155   

Rare late 1930s/40s free flight design. This model came from the estate of a very active and particular early aircraft kit collector. It is like factory-new inside and has not been started. Complete with all parts, plans and decals (if originally included).

Blue Water Navy Russian Kilo Class Attack Submarine, 1/350, BN35047

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$32   

Rare. Very high quality resin full hull model kit with cast metal parts and PE details. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.

Gemini Jets GJPEX424 Boeing 7337-200 PeoplExpress / GJPEX794 Boeing 727-200 PeoplExpress / Dragon 55135 B747-243 PeoplExpress, 1/400

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG to VG++

$34   

Includes all three high-quality, die-cast factory painted and completely finished aircraft models. All have never been displayed or used and are still in the original boxes and packing materials.

Consolidated Model Engineering Bay Ridge Pacer by Sal Tabi With Liquids - 53 Inch Wingspan

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$165   

Rare 1941 model and even rarer in unbuilt, complete condition. The Pacer was a Sal Tabi gas free flight design but can be easily converted to R/C and electric power. This model came from the estate of a very active & particular early aircraft kit collector. It is factory-new inside features quality balsa printwood, factory-cut-to-shape balsa blocks, stringers and spars, plywood firewall, hardwood parts (some factory cut and routed), silkspan covering material, a set of Trexler Balloon Wheels (still in the original box), two pages of detailed instructions and superb full-size plans. It even includes the liquids advertised on the box top - two sealed tins of dope and color. Never started and complete. The Pacer, like many other early gas aircraft, was designed to climb rapidly to maximum altitude then enter a very stable glide and 'Sniff For Thermals'- the honored pastime of a generation of model enthusiasts. Flying model aircraft predated powered flight; however, balsa wood and printwood were not introduced until the early 1930s and the hobby took off, as well as the hunt for thermals. Gas flight began in the early 1930s, and early gas powered models, all powered by Brown engines, took home so many awards that they were forever separated in competition from rubber powered models. Design of gas models was tricky since RC (radio control) models could not yet be applied to the mass market; so a gas model had to not only fly and climb under power, but then glide sufficiently - all without any operator inputs once the airplane took off. Getting the wing up out of the propeller airflow was a huge improvement, and this type of design proliferated. This is one example of a parasol (with a clever cabin) style 1940s free-flight competition aircraft.

Delta 2 Macchi Castoldi MC-72 Racing Float Plane - (MC72), 1/72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$29   

Still the only model in this scale of this beautiful, classic aircraft. Never started. Inventoried and NOTE: missing one part, the forward propeller. Otherwise includes all other parts, decals and instructions. This racer was built for the 1933 Schneider cup. Only one was produced. This plane was piloted by Francesco Agello and won the world speed record for Italy on October 23, 1934 with a speed of 440.67 mph. The floatplane had a unique engine arrangement with two independent motors mounted front to back driving counter-rotating props. Drag was minimized by close cowling to the blocks and the least possible braces for the floats.

Hasegawa Kugisho P1Y1-S Ginga Frances Type11 Night Fighter 302nd Group, 1/72, CP101

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$32   

Still factory sealed. From 1996. Very nicely detailed and molded kit with 77 pieces.

Airfix Dornier Do-217 E.2 Craftmaster Issue, 1/72, 2-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$24   

From the 1960s. Action-packed artwork shows a British fighter in a hot gun battle with the main Do-217, which is receiving major damage. Another Do-217 released it's bomb load, while the starboard wing on another snaps away in flames as the crew hits the silk. Kit features crew stations and a crew of four, elevating gun and rotating turret, separately molded ailerons, elevators and rudders, optional position landing gear (or even retractable undercarriage but not doors), choice of aft fuselage 'long' tail cone containing the early dive brake or 'short' tail cone after the dive brake was discontinued. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Revell Douglas DC-7 United Airlines - Lodela Issue, 1/122, H220

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$125   

Rare Lodela issue, likely from the early 1960s. The kit is from the same molds and uses the same box art as the famous Pre 'S' Airport issue, but this kit was issued by Lodela with the airplane only - there are no ground accessories. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

Revell North Cormorant Off-Shore Oil Rig, 1/200, 08803

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$189   

Very rare. From 2004. Very large and detailed with 615 parts. Features waterline main structure with well detailed substructures, container units with internal fittings, detailed derrick, loading crane with movable boom, detailed structural walls, flare masts, lifeboats, helicopter landing platform, 40 drill strings, railings, detailed catwalks with steps and full decals. Molded in multiple colors to match the boxtop artwork. The kit has never beens started. All parts but the railings are still in factory sealed bags. The railings are not sealed (one tree only) and have been inventoried with all parts present along with decals and instructions. Box has significant wear as shown.

AMT White Freightliner SD Semi Truck, 1/25, T530

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$85   

Rare early issue; not the common reissue. One of two known box variations; one has this blue tractor and another is green. Highly detailed model with 230 parts. Never started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in factory sealed bags. The parts that were never factory sealed (chrome and clear) have been inventoried complete. With instructions and decals.

Revell USS Buchanan DD131 Four Stack Destroyer - With Master Modeler Stamp, 1/240, H375-149

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$65   

1960 Picture fleet hardbox issue with John Steel boxart. Even includes the Master Modeler Trading Stamp for this kit (in excellent+ condition). The actual model is large scale, full hull and very well detailed for that time. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals, flag sheet and instructions present.

Revell Woodstock 1930 Ford Woody Station Wagon, 1/25, H1324

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$48   

Dated 1974. In the 1960/70s Revell issued some amazingly well detailed 1/25 scale automotive models that were exhaustively researched from the actual vehicles. The '30 Woody is one of those classic kits. It is molded in light wood tan and chrome with rubber tires and clear window material. The model builds up a rolling chassis just like the actual automobile. Features stock Model A engine, optional modified engine with custom speed equipment (chromed dual carbs, intake manifold, side valve cover, valve cover and headers), detailed suspension, spoke wheels, full engine compartment, hood that opens like the real car, complete interior and opening doors and tailgate. The kit has never been started. Inventoried complete with all parts and instructions present.

Pegasus Phonix D-1 Scout, 1/72, 1026

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$26   

Limited release; 2000 kits made. Very high quality injection moldings and many metal details. Complete with instructions and full decals. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Cleveland Curtiss P-6E Hawk Balsa Flying Model Airplane Kit, 1/16, SF-21

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$129   

From the 1930s. This is a Cleveland 'SF' or 'Scale Flying' model in museum scale of 1/16. This the early cardboard box issue with silver printing that always fades. The kit is in the older cardboard box with 'Cleveland World Famous Models' in silver print. The P-6E was considered a 'flagship' among the single engine 1/16 scale models and this is a fantastic kit. 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 markings/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 running single-owner (77 years) model airplane 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.