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Airfix Conslidated B-24J Liberator Craftmaster Issue, 1/72, 4-129

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$49   

Still factory sealed. Action-packed Craftmaster artwork shows part of a box of B-24s at the moment of 'Bombs Away!' Guns blaze at attacking fighters while flak burst close in. One B-24 is going down with the starboard wing in flames. Well detailed kit with numerous action features - gun elevate and turrets rotate, control surfaces move, landing gear retracts, props and wheels rotate and there is an optional position crew entry door and ladder.

Airfix Fokker F-27 Friendship Aer Lingus - With original Irish International Airlines Brochure, 1/72, 583

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$115   

From the late 1950s. Type two logo kit with full Aer Lingus markings on two decal sheets. Also includes the rare, original, illustrated advertising brochure put out by this airline. Kit features full cockpit, moving rudder, elevator and ailerons, retracting landing gear, optional position doors and moving props/wheels. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Airfix Churchill Mk. VII Tank - Craftmaster Issue, 1/76, M5-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$22   

Great Craftmaster artwork. Kit features very good detail, flexible treads, detailed bogies and rotating turret. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Airfix Opel Blitz 3 Ton Truck + Pak 40 Gun, 1/76, 02315

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$15   

Still factory sealed. Part of the excellent 1/76 Airfix armor range of kits. Includes both kits and decals for the 3rd Panzer Division Russian Front and 21st Panzer Division North Africa.

Airfix M4 Sherman MkI Tank, 1/76, 01303

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$14   

Part of the excellent 1/76 Airfix armor range of kits. Kit features very good detail, flexible treads, detailed bogies and rotating turret. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Airfix Panzerkampfwagen Panzer IV F1/F2 - North African Korps, 1/76, 02308

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$14   

Part of the excellent 1/76 Airfix armor range of kits. Includes optional parts to make F1 or F2 (short or long barrel gun) variants. Kit features very good detail, flexible treads, detailed bogies and rotating turret. Includes two sets of North African decals. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Life-Like Gloster Gladiator, 1/48, 09607

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$26   

From Ex-Pyro molds. Nicely molded. Includes cockpit, positionable pilot figure and molded in realistic fabric surfaces. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Aurora British Churchill Tank, 1/48, 327-150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$100   

1969 Big A hardbox issue. Features elevating gun, rotating turret, figures, operating treads and bogies and battlefield display stand. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

LS Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero, 1/75, 6

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$30   

Rare old LS kit from the late 1950s, the golden age of Japanese box art. Classic imagery of Zeros in a pitched air battle with F4Fs. Kit features working tail hook, operating rudder, ailerons and wing flaps, retracting landing gear, opening canopy and optional bomb or drop tank load. Never started. Contents are still factory sealed, but the stand shown on the instructions is not present. I have never seen the stand in this issue, so it may be a mistake on the instructions.

Hawk F-84F Thunderstreak - One-Piece Box Issue, 1/72, 606

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$46   

Rare early issue Hawk kit in the flip-top box. Hawk was a manufacturer of 1/48 constant scale solid wooden models well before plastic, but they jumped on the plastic band wagon very early. Most of the first issue 'flip box' plastic kits were 1/48 - this kit, however, is one of the earlier 1/72 scale kits from Hawk. The kit is molded in the correct silver with the early style stand and correct instructions and decals. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Thanks to Jean-Claude who told me that the boxart shows a standard F-84F but in reality the model inside is of prototype YF-96A, (aka YF-84F), s/n 49-2430. this aircraft was later modified to become the YRF-84F parasite fighter in combination with GRB-36F.It is on display at the USAF Museum, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio.

Revell A3J (A-5A) Vigilante Nuclear Bomber, 1/83, H196-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc-

$145   

Widely believed to be the last 'S' kit issued. Hardbox is dated 1959 and has excellent gloss and color. Kit features opening tandem canopies, moving control surfaces, detailed, removable jet engines and two pilots. As the last "S" kit, this kit also incorporated a critical improvement for the time that would become standard only fairly recently: all recessed detail. The entire kit has recessed panel lines and rivet detail-no raised marks. It has an attention to detail that is lacking in many older Pre-S and S kits. Molded in the correct gloss light gray and clear with the "Globe" clear stand. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Scale Flight Comet's Vought V-141 Pursuit - 16 inch Wingspan Dime Scale Flying Airplane, Dime

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$14   

Scale Flight Model Company in Bloomington, Indiana, USA was dedicated to releasing authentic reproductions of the finest "Dime Scale" flying model (stick and tissue) kits from the 1930s/40s. Dime Scale models used to sell for a dime in the 1930's, hence the name. They are actually box scale, but as a general guideline, they usually had a wingspan of 16 inches and have simple and light construction. "Dime Scale" models are now a class flown in some competitions. Kit consists of contest grade printwood, contest quality strip wood, machine cut balsa propeller, the best Japanese tissue, wooden wheels, competition bushed nose plug, brass thrust washers, prop shaft, prop freewheeler, FAI rubber strip motor and a copy of a genuine dime scale plan that was used in the 1930s-1940s. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Scale Flight Comet's Farman Stratoplane - 16 inch Wingspan Dime Scale Flying Airplane, Dime

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$14   

Scale Flight Model Company in Bloomington, Indiana, USA was dedicated to releasing authentic reproductions of the finest "Dime Scale" flying model (stick and tissue) kits from the 1930s/40s. Dime Scale models used to sell for a dime in the 1930's, hence the name. They are actually box scale, but as a general guideline, they usually had a wingspan of 16 inches and have simple and light construction. "Dime Scale" models are now a class flown in some competitions. Kit consists of contest grade printwood, contest quality strip wood, machine cut balsa propeller, the best Japanese tissue, wooden wheels, competition bushed nose plug, brass thrust washers, prop shaft, prop freewheeler, FAI rubber strip motor and a copy of a genuine dime scale plan that was used in the 1930s-1940s. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Easy Built Models Jimmie Allen B-A Parasol - 28 inch Wingspan for Free Flight or R/C Conversion

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

$28   

Originally manufactured by Ontario Model Aircraft Company. Parasol-wing endurance rubber-powered aircraft. This was an official Jimmie Allen contest plane designed by "Speed" Robertson for the 'Jimmie Allen Flying Cadets'. High quality modern kit made in the finest tradition of the stick and tissue kits from the 1930s-1950s. Kit contains high quality printed balsa, strip wood, plastic propellers (when required), rubber, full sized plans and other accessories. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Maircraft Boeing F4B-4 - Solid Wood Model Airplane - (F4B4), 1/48, S16

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$24   

Maircraft was originally founded in the early or mid 1930s by Gordon Christoph and went by the name Aircraft Model Company. The company produced a typical line of solid 'profile cut' kits that required the usual high talent levels for carving and finishing. A former Comet Model Airplane & Supply Co. salesman, Jack Mair, bought the company in the early 1940s and renamed it Maircraft. This company was one of the handful of solid kit producers who issued models in a consistent 1/48 scale during the 1930s and 1940s (others included Hawk and Dyna-Model). This lead to one of the most desirable and rare model kits ever produced in the USA - the wood/plastic 1/48 United DC-3 model issued immediately after World War 2. Other than the P-61 and a few other Maircraft offerings, most were simple kits that sold for the low price of about 35 cents and gave the owners many hours of pleasurable work. This kit features a full size plan with instructions steps, fuselage that is about 80% cut, profile cut parts, printwood and a small bag of details. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Maircraft Heinkel He-51 - Solid Wood Model Airplane, 1/48, S9

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$34   

Maircraft was originally founded in the early or mid 1930s by Gordon Christoph and went by the name Aircraft Model Company. The company produced a typical line of solid 'profile cut' kits that required the usual high talent levels for carving and finishing. A former Comet Model Airplane & Supply Co. salesman, Jack Mair, bought the company in the early 1940s and renamed it Maircraft. This company was one of the handful of solid kit producers who issued models in a consistent 1/48 scale during the 1930s and 1940s (others included Hawk and Dyna-Model). This lead to one of the most desirable and rare model kits ever produced in the USA - the wood/plastic 1/48 United DC-3 model issued immediately after World War 2. Other than the P-61 and a few other Maircraft offerings, most were simple kits that sold for the low price of about 35 cents and gave the owners many hours of pleasurable work. This kit features a full size plan with instructions steps, fuselage that is about 80% cut, profile cut parts, printwood and a small bag of details. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Guillows Mitsubishi Zero - 27 inch Wingspan for Free Flight or R/C Conversion, 1/16, 404

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$48   

From 1967. Large scale well detailed kit. Can be flown rubber free flight, gas free flight, or converted to electric RC using modern small and light servos and receivers. Well detailed with scale plastic wheels, plastic propeller, vacuform nose/cowl and engine, full color decals, colored tissue, die cut balsa parts, rubber motor, plywood firewall and excellent full size plans. 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. Guillow's founder, Paul K. Guillow, was a WWI naval aviator. In 1926 he began producing wooden model airplane kits. His 'Shelf Models' were some of the earlier non-flying models in production. Guillow's grew during the model boom of the 1930s, and when the Depression hit the hardest, Guillow's responded with lower prices and became one of the low price leaders, frequently advertising in Model Airplane News and other leading publications. During the war, like most manufacturers, Guillow's was forced to alternative materials such as cardboard and pine. Guillow's survived the post WWII slump by creating many inexpensive profile flying rubber powered aircraft and gliders in the 1950s (along with North Pacific) which became famous - some are still available today. The stick and tissue lines have been updated with laser cut parts and are still in production as of 2009.

Guillows Aeronca Champion 85 - 24 inch Wingspan for Free Flight or R/C Conversion, 301

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$55   

From 1961. Large scale well detailed kit. Can be flown rubber free flight, gas free flight, or converted to electric RC using modern small and light servos and receivers. Features quality die-cut balsa parts, stripwood and spars, excellent vacuform full engine cowl, scale wheels, thrust button, clear window material, rubber motor, plastic prop, metal stock and prop shaft, diecut plywood firewall for gas engine option, big decal sheet and two sheets of superb full size plans and detailed instructions. Never started and complete. Guillow's founder, Paul K. Guillow, was a WWI naval aviator. In 1926 he began producing wooden model airplane kits. His 'Shelf Models' were some of the earlier non-flying models in production. Guillow's grew during the model boom of the 1930s, and when the Depression hit the hardest, Guillow's responded with lower prices and became one of the low price leaders, frequently advertising in Model Airplane News and other leading publications. During the war, like most manufacturers, Guillow's was forced to alternative materials such as cardboard and pine. Guillow's survived the post WWII slump by creating many inexpensive profile flying rubber powered aircraft and gliders in the 1950s (along with North Pacific) which became famous - some are still available today. The stick and tissue lines have been updated with laser cut parts and are still in production as of 2009.

Guillows Fairchild 24 - 25 inch Wingspan for Free Flight or R/C Conversion, 701

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$29   

From 1967. Large and well detailed stick and tissue kit. Can be flown rubber free flight, gas free flight, or converted to electric RC using today's small and light servos and receivers. Well detailed with scale plastic wheels, plastic propeller, vacuform nose/cowl and engine, full color decals, colored tissue, die cut balsa parts, rubber motor, plywood firewall and excellent full size plans. 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. Guillow's founder, Paul K. Guillow, was a WWI naval aviator. In 1926 he began producing wooden model airplane kits. His 'Shelf Models' were some of the earlier non-flying models in production. Guillow's grew during the model boom of the 1930s, and when the Depression hit the hardest, Guillow's responded with lower prices and became one of the low price leaders, frequently advertising in Model Airplane News and other leading publications. During the war, like most manufacturers, Guillow's was forced to alternative materials such as cardboard and pine. Guillow's survived the post WWII slump by creating many inexpensive profile flying rubber powered aircraft and gliders in the 1950s (along with North Pacific) which became famous - some are still available today. The stick and tissue lines have been updated with laser cut parts and are still in production as of 2009.

Comet Ryan SC - 15 inch Wingspan Powered Flying Model, 3103-69

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$24   

1970s issue. Kit features traditional stick and tissue construction, quality printwood, detailed full size plans/building instructions, hardware, wheels, tissue, rubber and propeller. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. Comet was a famous manufacturer of stick and tissue flying and static models. In the 1930s Great Depression, they lead the low-priced kit revolution with the "Dime Scale" kits and famous advertisements in Model Airplane News magazine and others. Comet reached it's peak in the 1930s when they acquired the services of Carl Goldberg. Goldberg was a highly accomplished modeler with articles in Model Airplane News and famous designs that won him several National level competitions in the 1930s and beyond. (Carl Goldberg went on to found his own company and produced well designed and popular free-flight and RC aircraft). Comet survived the post World War economic slump and continued kit production until they were bought out by long-time competitor Guillow's in 1998.