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Berkeley Super-Brigadier - 58 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft For R/C - (Super Brigadier)

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$159   

Very early radio control aircraft with a giant wingspan. In the free-flight roll, it meets the old Pan-American Airways Pay-Load Contest requirements for class A and B. Note the similarity in design to the early free-flight models - most early RC models had this appearance because of the stability required due to the difficult and unpredictable nature of early R/C control. Model features shaped and notched wing edges, die-cut plywood firewall, complete metal hardware, cut out windshield, superb full size plans with building instructions, rubber wheels, covering material and much more. Never started and complete. 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.

Testors H-43B Huskie, 1/32, 7206

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$55   

Testors reissue of the Hawk 1967 issue. Very nicely detailed large scale (1/32) kit. Features full interior, working rear clamshell doors and side entry doors, rotating-phased-intermeshing rotor blades and more. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Revell Lockheed Electra American Airlines 'S' Kit, 1/115, H255-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$245   

1957 'S' issue with very famous box art. In the 1960s these molds were modified to make the P-3C Orion, making a reissue of this kit impossible. Please see the article about the mold conversion on this on this website. Features optional position cabin doors, rotating props, optional position landing gear, large colorful decal sheet and famous Revell 'Globe' clear swivel-base stand. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. This kit must be shipped insured.

O-Lin Republic Seabee Amphibian - (Lindberg), 1/48, 503

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$119   

Very rare kit. The Seabee was produced as a high performance sport amphibian. This is a very hard-to-fine original O-line kit in the small box and advertisement for O-line cement on the top. Produced in 1949 or just before. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. O-Lin (Olin) was founded by Paul Lindberg and a Mr. Olsen - hence the company name. Although a producer of flying models in the 1930s, O-line produced some of the earliest American injection molded kits in the late 1940s. In 1950 the partnership may have ended, because all branding was changed to Lindberg and Paul Lindberg.

Hawk Lockheed Constellation L-749 - One Piece 1948 Box Issue, 1/140, 702

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$175   

Very rare. This kit is from 1949, and even predates the Gowland & Gowland 'Highway Pioneers' that started the plastic model craze in the United States. Hawk was a producer of wooden kits (with with metal details) before and after WWII, and was one of the handful of manufacturers to produce such kits (known as 'solids') in a consistent 1/48 scale. Hawk made aircraft, ship and train models in this fashion. The very first injection molded aircraft kits in the United States were made by Varney or Hawk in 1946, but they did not catch on quickly. Hawk was always an innovative and quality-driven company, and they took a gamble on injection molded kit well before they were popular. As early as 1946 they issued the 1/48 Curtiss R3C-1 with wheels. Like Varney's Fleet Sub and PT-17, they were shunned by hobby dealers. Hawk persisted with the 'Evolution of the Jet' gift set in 1948 and issued several kits - the Supermarine S6B, Gee-Bee, Howard Ike, Laird (all in acetate) and the F-84G and this Constellation (both in polystyrene). All were in the two-tone one-piece box. This model is molded in the correct glossy medium gray with a unique early stand. The model was issued with instructions but did not come with decals. The instructions tell you that '...the plane is molded in the proper base color, and if you intend to paint your favorite air-line markings be sure to use good enamel (not lacquer). The kit has never been started. The contents are either in the factory sealed bag or have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

O-Lin Ryan Navion / North American Aviation NA-143 - (Lindberg), 1/48, 507

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$125   

Very rare kit for the advanced collector. This is a very hard to find original O-lin kit in the small box and advertisement for O-line cement on the top. Production first began in 1949 or just before. O-Lin (Olin) was founded by Paul Lindberg and a Mr. Olsen - hence the company name. Although a producer of flying models in the 1930s, O-lin produced some of the earliest American injection molded kits in the late 1940s. In 1950 the partnership may have ended, because all branding was changed to Lindberg and Paul Lindberg. Inside, the kit is as new. It is molded in high gloss ivory. I have seen many cases where Paul Lindberg used up the old O-Lin stock, combining different sets of instructions and decals resulting in odd combinations. While I admire his efficiency, it makes does make collecting these unique. This model has the O-Lin box, O-Lin instructions, O-Lin parts and the earliest 'Lindberg Products' decals dated 11/1952 on the back. The kit has never been started and is inventoried complete with all parts, instructions and decals. The Navion was originally produced by North American Aviation as a high performance sport plane, but they sold them to the US Air Force as well. North American sold the rights to Ryan, who continued to successfully produce the aircraft.

O-Lin Republic Seabee Amphibian, 1/48, 503

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++++

$145   

Very rare kit for the advanced collector. The Seabee was produced as a high performance sport amphibian. This is a very hard-to-fine original O-line kit in the small box and advertisement for O-line cement on the top. Produced in 1949 or just before. O-Lin (Olin) was founded by Paul Lindberg and a Mr. Olsen - hence the company name. Although a producer of flying models in the 1930s, O-line produced some of the earliest American injection molded kits in the late 1940s. In 1950 the partnership may have ended, because all branding was changed to Lindberg and Paul Lindberg. Inside, the kit is as new. It is molded in high gloss light gray and has the correct decals and instructions. The kit has never been started and is inventoried complete with all parts, instructions and decals.

Monogram US Navy Destroyer DD-610 USS Hobby, B2

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM++

$205   

Very rare early Monogram kit from 1945. Investment grade condition inside and out. This is Monogram's second military ship kit in a series of five - a battleship, carrier, cruiser and landing craft. The kit features a carved balsa hull, color decals, printwood in two sizes, metal life rafts, cardstock and full size plans with complete instructions. I have seen this model built and it is a beautiful large-scale representation of the ship. Measures 16 inches long when built. The kit has never been started. The inside is like new and even includes the cardboard display space and original sandpaper. Complete with all parts, decals and instructions/plans.

Monogram USS Chicago CA-136 - US Navy Heavy Cruiser, 1/504, B3

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$195   

Rare investment-grade condition for the advanced Monogram collector. This was the fledgling Monogram's company's third ship kit, issued in 1945. The box is in exceptional 'Near Mint' condition with tape, tags, no tape or tag marks, no writing, fading, creasing and with four solid original corners. Very, very light general wear is the only flaw. Measures 16 inches long when assembled. Inside and out, the kit is as it left the factory. The box is near mint with perfect colors. Inside, it even has the original hull-protecting cardboard sleeve. The hull is pre-carved. The rest of the kit is wood, printed wood, cardstock and wire. Decals, instructions and all parts are near mint. The kit has never been started and is complete.

Megow Baby Quaker - For R/C or Free Flight, E-28

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$165   

Rare 1947 model of this classic Megow Free-Flight Aircraft. Kit includes detailed instructions book (an actual book), full size detailed plans, select balsa and hardwood parts, printed balsa, battery case, turned wheels, celluloid for windows and hardware. 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).

Megow WOG Class B Gas Model - For R/C or Free Flight, E27

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$155   

Rare 1930s competition gas free flight model that was engineered by William Winter, editor of the then-famous air magazine 'Air Trails'. The WOG was an outstanding performer and an excellent seller until Megow closed it's doors in the late 1940s. 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).

Missouri Model Aircraft Co The K.C. Terror - 62 inch Wingspan Class B Gas Free Flight or R/C Conversion - (KC Terror)

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$125   

From 1946. Please read the article on this website about the designer of this kit, T.L. Wardlow. Contest is advertised on the box - includes the contest form inside. Features printed balsa wood, balsa stock, balsa blocks as needed, rubber tires with wooden hubs, metal engine mounts, full size plans and hardware as needed. 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).

Coast Model Aircraft The Cloud Chaser 54 - 54 in Wingspan Class A/ B/ C Gas Free Flight or R/C Conversion

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$135   

Large and complete kit. Includes full size plans, quality balsa stock and printwood, steel wire landing gear, turned balsa wheels, silkspan covering, celluloid windows, tube of glue, bottled dope (still good), plywood firewall and hardwood motor mounts. Likely from the 1940s. 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).

Scale Line 1933 Great Lakes Sport Trainer 2T-1A - 57 inch Wingspan R/C Airplane, SA10

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$195   

Very large 1/6 scale model of one of the most attractive biplanes of all time. True scale model down to the rib spacing with the exception of the stabilizer, which is 30% bigger in area than the actual aircraft. For .35 to .45 size engines, or could easily be converted to electric power since the finished weight is 7 lbs with radio and servos. Very deluxe and high quality kit. This kit has not been started. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals (if originally issued) and instructions.

Revell Boeing 747 Cut Away Jumbo Jet - SAS or British Airways, 1/144, H177

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$145   

Still factory sealed. '50 Years of Revell' reissue of this classic cut-away Jumbo Jet kit. Highly detailed with full interior, spiral staircase, upper lounge, five stewardesses and pilot, copilot and flight engineer. Includes decals for British Airways or SAS aircraft.

Hasegawa M4A1 Half Track, 1/72, 707-130

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

$16   

Still factory sealed. Highly detailed 1/72 armor kit that is ideal for dioramas.

Monogram Boeing 737 United Airlines (T-43A) - (Ex-Aurora) (Modified Molds), 1/72, 5415

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$145   

Factory sealed. Still the only 1/72 injection molded 737 and a vast improvement from the Aurora kit. 1978 issue after Monogram bought Aurora's molds. Monogram only reissued the best and most commercially viable models. The 737 fell into that category but only after Monogram carefully modified the molds for accuracy. The result is an excellent early 737-100. First, Monogram filled in the side windows. Then they added very fine and accurate full panel lines to the entire model even down to the nacelles. and Much-needed flap hinge covers (fairings) were added to the lower wings. Contains greatly improved, full, excellent United Airlines markings and window decals. Could be converted to Military Transport T-43A, but you must furnish your own decals.

Revell Douglas DC-7 Pan Am Airport Scene - 'S' Kit with Boarding Ramp / Stanchions / Gasoline Truck & Trailer / Tractor with 3 Baggage Carts / Aircraft Tractor and 7 Figures, 1/122, H257

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$2200   

Very, very rare, complete and 100% correct. The Pan Am Airport Scene was commissioned by Pan Am in the late 1950s and only sold through the airline, not through Revell distributors. This has made it one of the rarest Revell kits in existence. It is widely considered an 'S' kit since it was made at that time and features that style of artwork, but the box never had the yellow 'S' anywhere on it. It contains all the parts and markings listed in the title and makes an incredible airport diorama. The box has excellent color and gloss with no tears or stains. Three corners are solid - the other has been repaired very neatly with clear tape. There is general wear as shown but no other damage. Inside, the parts are as new. All pieces are in the correct gloss silver plastic with the clear Revell 'Swivel Base Display Stand.' The airport accessories are still sealed in the original factory bag, including the metal axles. The unique decal sheet for this special issue is intact, never cut and in 'good' condition. It contains Pan Am DC-7 decals and markings for the ground equipment. The decals are flat but have some yellowing and two creases. On the back they have the correct Revell markings and part number to be original for this model. The instructions are 100% correct and original for this model. They are in 'very good+' condition with the usual yellowing, two very small thin spots and one very light stain. In all, an excellent investment piece that has never been started with the airport parts bag sealed and otherwise inventoried complete with the correct decals and instructions. Please note that Revell did NOT issue this kit with paper 'carpet' like the United Airlines Flight 707 Airport Scene. The 'carpet' has been intentionally de-listed from the area of the box that describes the contents and has been removed from the instructions as well. Although this kit does not have an 'S' on it, I have included it as an 'S' kit since it is from that time frame and shares the common box art theme.

Aurora Superboy Comic Scenes, 1/8, 186

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$125   

This is the 1974 issue which includes the comic book with the backdrop mural to create a 3-D Action Display. 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.

Hawk Curtiss Racer R3C-1 - One Piece Box Issue 1946 - (R3C1), 1/48, 600

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$175   

For the advanced model collector. This is a model kit with a fascinating history as it may be among the very first injection molded kits produced in the United States (please see the article about early USA kit production on this website). The Hawk model company was the most innovative in America and had been making constant 1/48 scale models in wood and metal since the late 1920s. During the re-run of the World's Fair in 1933, Hawk may have made the world's first injection molded airplanes models - but they were not kits. The models were completely finished and were on display for the princely sum of $25 each. The Mates brothers, who founded and ran Hawk, were quick to incorporate this new technology by adding injection molded details to the wooden kits in the late 1930s. During the war, Hawk put it's injection molding knowledge to work making ID models for the US Armed Forces. Originally there was a nation-wide program to have children and adults make these from wood, but consistency was an issue - injection molded solved this problem. Immediately after WWII in 1946, Hawk made the Curtiss Racer model injection molded in black tenite. The box was a simple one-color affair. This kit, like Varney's PT-17, met a very cool reception at hobby shops. Hawk quickly changed the box to two colors, added box artwork and molding the kit in bright yellow acetate plastic. That makes it the second issue, still from 1946, and that is this kit for sale here. The box is in very good condition with great colors. There is tape on both end flaps. The box has not been crushed or flattened, which is unusual. These came in one-piece boxes and they are not very strong. Inside, the kit has minor assembly. The fuselage 1/2s have been glued. The quality of assembly is excellent - there are no gaps and no glue showing. There is no other assembly. The kit is 100% complete with all parts. The small parts are still sealed in the 'crinkle' bag. The instructions are in as new condition. Please note that Hawk did not issue decals with this issue of this kit.