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Aurora P-51 Mustang Screwdriver Issue, 1/27, 377-350

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM++

$245   

Original issue dated 1969 and in remarkable, investment-grade 'Near Mint++' condition. The box has only a tiny bit more wear than when it came off the assembly line. This kit was originally designed as a gas powered flying model. However, Aurora discontinued the gas powered line very shortly after introduction due to returns and liability issues. Since the mold investment was already made, Aurora marketed these kits as large scale static models and they became know as "Screwdriver Kits" to collectors. For example, the 1/32 scale B-25 was issued in Gas U-Control and then static - but the P-51 may have only been issued in static. Molded in dark blue, light blue and clear & with many metal parts. Never started. The metal parts are still factory sealed in the original 'krinkle' bag. All other parts have been inventoried 100% complete. Includes decals in amazing, perfect 'Mint' condition and instructions in 'excellent' condition with yellowing as the only significant flaw. Even includes the original factory screwdriver with the clear yellow handle.

Monogram Boeing F4B-4 - CV-2 USS Lexington - White Box Issue, 1/72, 6795

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$25   

1979 issue. Finely molded and detailed classic 1930s biplane with markings for Squadron 2 from CV-2 USS Lexington. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Decals and instructions are in 'near mint' condition.

Lindberg Stearman PT-17 Kaydet Motorized, 1/48, 508M-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM-

$59   

With motorized prop action. 1966 hardbox issue with Tom Morgan box illustration. The box is in exceptional 'Near Mint-' condition with perfect color and gloss four solid corners, no tears, stained, fading or missing litho. The only flaws are very light wear. The Stearman was the last standard biplane produced for the Army and Naval Air Forces. Production was over 10,000 planes, making if more prolific than any other US Biplane design. Kaydets helped to train over 60,000 allied airmen in WWII. Never started. Factory sealed motor. All other parts have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, motor, decals and instructions.

Aurora F-86D Sabre Jet Brooklyn - Famous Fighters of All Nations, 1/48, 77-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

$249   

First issue early 1950s U-Ma-Kit from Brooklyn factory. Kit is completely correct for the first issue. Molded in high-gloss gray, no rivet detail, no landing gear/missiles (the rivets and gear/missiles did not come till later issues) and correct instructions/decals. Also includes correct Brooklyn stand and original packing tissue paper. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc-

$134   

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.

Hasegawa Beechcraft T-34A Mentor with Tractor - US Navy, 1/72, 1088

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$36   

Still factory sealed. Well detailed with 71 parts, 'good' cockpit with two pilots, optional position landing gear, Toyota ground tractor/tug and colorful USN paint scheme.

ESCI Dassault / Breguet Dornier Alpha Jet A/E - Belgium / Luftwaffe / French Air Force, 1/48, SC-4026

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$39   

Large scale Alpha Jet is nicely molded and has raised panel lines and recessed control surface outlines. Features detailed cockpit and landing gear, drop tanks and bomb load. Includes decals for all air forces listed. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

Revell Hungarian Ju-87B Stuka Dive Bomber, 1/32, H153

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$59   

Unusual limited 1971 issue with Hungarian Air Force markings. Nicely detailed with full cockpit, sliding canopy, complete Jumo engine with removable cowl, bomb load and two figures. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Hasegawa Hurricane MkIIC Kings Cup Air Race, 1/48, 09967

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$44   

Still factory sealed. Limited edition and a very well detailed.

Mach 2 Leduc 022, 1/72, GP003

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$48   

Nicely molded for Mach 2 and features fine recessed panel lines, little to no flash and clear injection molded canopy. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. Please note that this kit did not come with any decals since the prototype usually had no markings. The final development of Rene Leduc's 1950s experiments with RamJet Power. The first experimental were the un-powered 010; these were the first aircraft to fly on ramjet power alone. Several accidents later, the program still showed promise so larger aircraft were built: the 021 and 022. The 021s completed their tests, and the unique 022 then flew 141 times. It has a centrally mounted turbo jet so it could take off on it's own power; 021 and 010 were carried aloft by a mother ship (Se-161). The turbojet in the 022 would accelerate it to ramjet operation speed. Fuel was stored in the round fuselage, but the ramjet consumed fuel so quickly that you had 10 minutes at the most at full power. The program was canceled in 1958 and Rene Leduc did not build further aircraft.

Topping Douglas F5D Skylancer - Factory Desktop Model In The Original Topping Box

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$365   

Incredibly rare, 1950s NOS Topping F5D Skylancer model untouched in the original factory box. The buyer will be the first one to ever remove it from the box. Inside, all of the factory cardboard and tissue are still intact. The stand and aircraft were never displayed or used - I believe they were never even removed from the box. While never used, please note that these models never left the factory in 'flawless' condition. There were always minor paint flaws and minor molding flaws as they were mass-produced. Furthermore, the canopy, white plastic and decals inevitably have some yellowing, although this example is minimal. If there is any yellowing or age marks (usually brown mildew on the plastic), you can very easily remove this with Novus #2 Fine Scratch Remover. I have found it perfect for both cleaing and bringing back Topping plastic and decals back to super condition. Because the original Topping box adds significantly to the value, it will be carefully packed into another box for shipping. Shipping insurance is required.

Testors Douglas DC-3 - Eastern - Western - Pan Am Airlines, 1/72, 879

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$55   

Features optional parts and a very large and colorful decal sheet for either Eastern Airlines, Western or Pan Am. Very well detailed kit featuring all recessed panel lines, full cockpit, pilots, internal bulkheads, cabin floor, detailed engines and more. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions. The DC-3 is directly responsible for bringing the US airlines into the modern transportation age. She pioneered regular cross-country travel and flew over 90% of the passenger miles in 1939, virtually taking over the airline business. The speed, comfort and economy of the DC-3 was responsible for doubling air traffic only two years after it went into service.

Sterling Cessna 180 Seeds Clouds In Flight - 17 inch Wingspan Free Flight / Control Line, A11

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$69   

17 inch wingspan kit for rubber free flight or control line. Includes innovative system for 'seeding clouds' in flight. Includes quality die-cut balsa sheet parts, strip wood and spars, light plastic full engine cowl, die-cut clear windscreen, fully formed wire landing gear struts, finished wheels, rubber motor and plastic prop, covering tissue, a big sheet of superb, full color decal and full size plans with excellent instructions. The kit has never been started. The small parts are still in the factory sealed wax paper bag, and the parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete. Sterling was a famous manufacturer dating back to the 1930/40s flying model craze. Although they continued to produce kits for decades after the flying model slump following World War II, they eventually fell victim to the general lack of interest in modeling that occurred in the early 1980s. I always considered Sterling kits to be deluxe kits compared to other manufacturers.

Airfix BAC Lightning F.3 - RAF 5th Sq Binbrook 1983 / RAF 11 Sq Binbrook 1984, 1/72, 02080

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$24   

Type four logo issue. This issue includes a large and very extensive decal sheet for the two versions listed. Kit features optional position landing gear and speed brakes and two air-to-air missiles. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Hudson Miniatures 1913 Mercer Raceabout Lil' Old Timers 'Quickie Kit', 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$42   

Rare. When the Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' burst upon the hobby scene in 1951, they started a hobby revolution. Plastic model kits were not new in 1951, but successful mass marketing of plastic kits was new. The sensation swept the country, and Gowland & Revell could not make the kits fast enough. The fact that the public was buying these models shocked the successful hobby establishment. One such manufacture was Hudson Miniatures. In the 1940s, Hudson had established a name in making 1/16 scale 'Old Timer' models of automobiles. These were excellent kits with wood and metal parts, but a high degree of skill was required to carve and finish the wood parts. In the late 1940s, they added some injection molded plastic parts (usually acetate wheels) to the series but did not consider a completely plastic kit. When Hudson saw what was happening with the Highway Pioneers, he began to design his own 1/32 scale line called 'Lil Old Timers', which hit the stores in 1954. An early paper fold-out catalog shows 18 models including some real gems like the 1910 International Harvester Passenger Car, 1911 Brush Delivery Truck and 1906 Columbia Electric Car just to name a few. The line was bought by Revell a short time after it's release, and Revell did reissue some (but not all) of the kits. As you would expect from Hudson, this is a nice kit with excellent moldings and detail for the time. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including instructions. The Mercer was perhaps the most famous sports car of it's day, and it can be successfully argued that it was America's first sports car. The 30 horsepower 'T' head 4 cylinder engine sped it along at over 80 miles per hour. A 1914 Mercer clocked 112 mph at Daytona Beach - no mean feat for that age.

AV USK Polikarpov I-152 - Bagged, 1/72, AV1002

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$18   

Still factory sealed. Limited edition injection molded model.

Aurora Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina, 1/74, 374-249

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$175   

Still in the factory seal and the seal is 100% intact. Investment-grade model is dated 1962.

Revell Lockheed C-130 Hercules Brazilian Air Force (FAB), 1/140, H200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$64   

Kikoler Brazil issue with Forca Aerea Brasileira (FAB) markings. From the same molds as the famous 'S' kit from the late 1950s. Features opening/closing loading ramps in back, rotating propellers and wheels, clear cockpit windows, optional position boarding hatch with stairs and more. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Cleveland Kling's 1937 Fokerts Racer - Balsa Flying Aircraft, 1/16, SF-71

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$89   

This is a Cleveland 'SF' or 'Scale Flying' model in museum scale of 1/16. 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.

SIG Beechcraft Staggerwing 1/2 A Gas Powered Profile 18 Inch Wingspan Control Line, CL-17

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$38   

The box has wear but the kit inside is in factory-new condition. A nice flying model featuring completely shaped and cut airfoil wings, cleanly die-cut fuselage, horizontal & vertical stabilizers, wing struts and many other parts, light-weight fuel-proof plastic engine cowling, fully formed metal wire torsion bar landing gear struts, rubber wheels, die-cut plywood firewall, other factory-shaped and cut wooden parts, elevator hinge material, full hardware package, a large, beautiful and extensive decal sheet, detailed instructions and more. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions.