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Comet Zipper A Class A Gas Free Flight Aircraft With 32 Inch Wingspan, T12

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$189   

Very rare, especially never started and complete. This is the smaller version of the famous Comet Zipper, the "A" variant made to run in the smaller Class "A" Category. Kit features traditional balsa wood and tissue construction, detailed full size plans, high quality printwood, die-cut plywood motor mounts, stripwood, metal motor mounts, a large wax bag of still factory-sealed hardware, full-size plans in very good condition and covering issue. The kit has not been started and the parts that were never factory sealed have been inventoried complete. 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.

Comet Curtiss Robin With Comet Glue and Banana Liquid - 48 Inch Wingspan Balsa Flying Aircraft, P-4

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$210   

Dated 1935. Very rare. This kit is almost never found and even less in this condition. includes the never-seen sealed tube of very colorful Comet Cement and a glass jar of Comet brand Banana Liquid. Comet made a total of three different Robin kits and this 'Giant Wingspan' version is by far the largest. Kit features traditional wood/tissue construction with quality balsa printwood sheet parts, stripwood and spars, fully formed wheels, spars and wood stock, wood blocks and dowels, beautiful machine cut 9" prop, a factory-sealed envelope of hardware, decals, two colors of tissue, an insignia sheet and detailed, full-size plans with building instructions. Never started and complete. 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.

Revell Convair B-36 Giant Bomber - (small box) Pre 'S' True Second Issue, 1/184, H205-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM-

$379   

Very rare, second issue from 1956 that is correct in every way. Unusual narrow height Pre 'S' box has the full artwork and the rare one-piece stand arm. The box is in investment-grade 'near mint-' condition. Color and gloss is like new, all four corners are perfect, no price tags or marks from tags, there is no tape - not even marks from the original factory sealing tape. There are no tears, tape or otherwise, creases, fading, stains or dents. The only flaws are slight edge wear and a 'light' spot just behind the foreground engine that you can see in the photo if you look hard. Has early 2nd issue stand with the two-piece stand arm. Revell very quickly replaced the faulty one-piece with this design. The correct instructions showing this early stand and the decal sheet includes the stand decal. Never started. Inventoried complete with all parts, 'excellent' condition decals and instructions. The factory clear small-part 'krinkle' bag is present but is split open, hence the 100% inventory. The first issue of this kit looks exactly like this on the outside, but inside it has the three-prong one piece stand and instructions that reflect that and an updated parts list. The third issue of this kit shared the same part number but is in a taller box, has greatly simplified artwork, the two-piece stand arm and instructions that reflect that change. For a long time it was thought that all 'full' box art versions had the one-piece stand arm; that is not true. Revell changed the design so quickly that some were issued with the change.

Berkeley Piper Super Cruiser - 35.5 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft For Rubber / CO2 / Gas Freelight or Control Line, 1/12

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$145   

Big 1/12 scale model with a 36 inch wingspan. Originally designed 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 die cut balsa and plywood parts, wood parts cut to shape, rubber wheels, fully formed wire landing gear struts, covering material, clear windows, highly detailed full size plans with instructions and more. The model has not been started. Inventoried complete with all parts, decals 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.

Franklin Mint Armour Collection Mig-15 North Korean Air Force, 1/48, B11E072

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$115   

Brand new, never removed from the box and complete. High quality die-cast model that is completely factory built and painted. When I saw this kit had never been removed from the packaging, I did not open it. If any of the paperwork is important to you, let me know before you purchase and I will check for you. This is what Franklin Mint says about each of these models: "Each of our die-cast models are hand-assembled and hand painted to ensure quality and authentic detail. To create each exciting precision replica, our designers and engineers make exhaustive examinations of their subject from every conceivable angle; photographing, sketching and in many cases studying the actual plans. Months are spent sculpting a scale prototype that captures even the most intricate details. The result: A precision-engineered model of unsurpassed quality that you will be proud to own and display. Each is a masterpiece of the model maker's art, reflecting our passion for perfection, our total commitment to superb craftsmanship, and our abiding respect for quality and authenticity."

Franklin Mint Armour Collection F-4D Phantom II Richard 'Steve' Ritchie, 1/48, B11E387

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$129   

Brand new, never removed from the box and complete. High quality die-cast model that is completely factory built and painted. When I saw this kit had never been removed from the packaging, I did not open it. If any of the paperwork is important to you, let me know before you purchase and I will check for you. This is what Franklin Mint says about each of these models: "Each of our die-cast models are hand-assembled and hand painted to ensure quality and authentic detail. To create each exciting precision replica, our designers and engineers make exhaustive examinations of their subject from every conceivable angle; photographing, sketching and in many cases studying the actual plans. Months are spent sculpting a scale prototype that captures even the most intricate details. The result: A precision-engineered model of unsurpassed quality that you will be proud to own and display. Each is a masterpiece of the model maker's art, reflecting our passion for perfection, our total commitment to superb craftsmanship, and our abiding respect for quality and authenticity."

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.

Megow The Cadet 51.5 Inch Wingspan Early Gas Free Flight Aircraft, E-17

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$425   

Very, very rare. From the early 1930s. Notice that the motor is referred to simply as 5/8" bored engine. There is no record of a public sale of this kit since the mid 1990s and no public photo of one until now. It is safe to say that only a handful are left. Fred Megow once stated that they lost money on the big gas models (like this Cadet) and sold very few; they were done for status only. The box top and tray are in exceptional condition given the age of the model. The box top and litho are both 100% intact, although the corners are taped due to splits and the litho has stains as shown. The tray is better with no splits. This is an incredible kit for that time with a high degree of prefabrication- "Can Be Built In A Few Evenings!" at the box says and it is true. Features ready-carved, completed hollow wing leading edges from a single block of balsa, conical monocoque fuselage, universally acceptable motor mounting, special wing mounting that protects the model (the wing will fly off loose undamaged in case of a collision), realistic cabin, high aspect ratio, solid, factory cut tail, high quality printwood, spars, stripwood and sheet wood, balsa blocks as required, metal stock, finished rubber tires with wooden hubs, the original paper envelope including all hardware, embossed and outlined aluminum sheet including lower, top and nose cowls, beautiful fuselage-length 'CADET' insignia in black and silver, covering material, huge, detailed plans and even a four page, illustrated brochure by Maxwell B. Bassett (Pioneer Gas Model Builder and Designer) called 'Flying Gasoline Powered Models.' Even the original cardboard dividers and inserts are present. There is no assembly but NOTE: 20 wing ribs are cut out to 'professional' quality. All other parts are uncut. Carefully inventoried and NOTE: missing the prop blank and fluids. The factory rubber bands disintegrated. Otherwise includes all other items, insignia and paperwork.

Pocher Fiat 130 HP Grand Prix de France 1907, 1/8, K70

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$565   

Pocher made the finest automobile models ever created. The detail and working parts on these long out-of-production, big 1/8 scale kits is amazing. Recommended for experienced models only. This kit is a prefect reproduction of the original car that won 1st place at the 1907 Grand Prix de France with an average of 113.612 KPH with Felice Nazzaro as the pilot. The prototype of this car was used with the original drawings to create this model. It has 823 parts of plastic, brass, steel, leather, iron, rubber, copper, aluminum and other materials. Features include super detailed engine, opening hood, complete interior, all pilot controls, operating steering, working suspension, operating steel drive chains and more. The kit has never been started. Almost all the parts are still in the factory sealed bags; but several bags had torn open due to age. So I inventoried those bags and they are complete. I taped them shut for safe transport or put the parts in a new ziplock. Includes complete instructions and decals. Shipping insurance (and Express Mail for international customers) is required.

Model Aeronautics Stearman Trainer B Scale Controliner - 32 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$165   

Very rare kit from 1946. It appears that only one of these has traded hands in any public transaction since the late 1990s and the lack of photos is noteworthy. This was a very deluxe, expensive model for that time, retailing for an astounding $7.95. It is a very sturdy model with fully planked fuselage, sheeted wing, solid horizontal and vertical stabs, rudder and elevators, solid wing tips and more. Features a very large number of precut parts (some fully finished, others requiring additional trimming or sanding, rubber scale wheels with finished wood hubs, many plywood parts at key locations, quality planking and sheeting wood, clear windshield material, extensive hardware still in the wax paper bag, various sizes of wire stock, separate text building instructions and superb full size plans. Never started and complete. Please note there is no tissue because this model does not use tissue. There is also no printwood since the parts are factory cut out.

Jo-Han AMC Trans-Am Javelin Geo Follmer, 1/25, C-2700

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$145   

Still factory sealed and in investment grade condition. A rare kit and every more so in this condition. Nicely detailed featuring complete engine and compartment, opening hood, detailed chassis/underside, full interior and more. Usually molded in white, chrome plate, clear, red-tinted clear (although I cannot confirm it because it is factory sealed) and with rubber tires.

Revell Documented Arizona Factory Display Owned By Esther Ross, Who Christened The USS Arizona

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$3800   

An incredibly rare, documented, one-of-a-kind piece of history in amazing investment-grade collector condition. For the very advanced collector of unique military history and model kits. This Revell Factory Model was originally owned by Mrs. Esther Ross Wassell, who earlier was Miss Esther Ross who christened the USS Arizona in New York on June 19, 1915. She went on to play a very key role in the creation of the USS Arizona Memorial. Thanks to newspaper reports, we know that her father, William Ross, was a prominent pharmacist in Prescott, Arizona. He and his friends convinced Gov. Hunt to choose his daughter from the other 100 applicants anxious to do the honors. It turned out to be a wise choice reasons no one could foresee. Miss Ross took the task of launching the world's most powerful battleship very seriously. She practiced her duties every day after school for months, smashing syrup bottles full of water against a fence behind the house. Miss Ross was popular and well respected in Prescott. Even the Associated Press reported that she "was one of the prettiest girls in the state." A special train took Gov. Hunt, Miss Ross, her family and others to New York for the event. Although the applause for the then unpopular Gov. Hunt, the cheering for Miss Ross was "heard for miles." Page 1 of the Prescott Journal Miner, June 20th, 1915, reported that at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Miss Ross cried "I dub thee Arizona," and "Not a hitch or sign of accident marred the success of the launching." "This is the proudest moment of my life," she stated, "and I am most intensely gratified at the magnificent demonstration that my friends and the city of Prescott has given me." Sometime after the launching ceremony, Miss Ross married Mr. Arthur Wassell and became Mrs. Esther Ross Wassell. She saw the horror of World War II and the disaster of the Arizona touched her deeply. After the war, she joined the drive to create a memorial over the ship to the 1177 sailors entombed in her. She joined the Arizona Memorial Committee which raised all the funds needed to build the Arizona Memorial. She served on the staff and toured the USA giving numerous media interviews and key speeches for the fund raising. Out of gratitude, the USS Arizona Memorial Committee ordered a special Revell Factory Display USS Arizona for her. It came with two specially affixed small Fleet Reserve and Arizona Committee signs (shown in the photos) on the right side; these special markings are only found on the rare "appreciation gift" factory displays from the Arizona Memorial Committee members to important fundraisers. The model was shipped to her in Los Angeles. You can see the original "Arizona Memorial Committee" mailing label that has her full name and address, documenting that it was her model. Esther treasured this gift and kept it in remarkable and very complete condition. Included is the original shipping box in "very good++" condition with all the original shipping tape, all the original internal special cardboard packing material, the model ship in exceptional condition, the cardboard display base(complete but with small tears and very light wear as shown), the colorful backdrop (with wear and slight tears as shown, missing one lower tab), the original display assembly instructions and even an original fund raising card from the Arizona memorial campaign. This display, box and all materials were always in a climate controlled environment. The colors on the cardboard display are in stunning, factory-new condition. The instructions for the display are 'excellent.' The ship is 100% complete and the factory paint is in exceptional condition. Even the factory rigging and all flags are intact. There is very little dust on the ship; it appears to be in 'not displayed' condition; but I know it was displayed for a short time because of the small tears and one tab on the cardboard display backdrop (see photos), which were probably due to putting it up and taking it down. I have only found one repair; the jackstaff broke and was neatly repaired at some point. The factory shipping box still has all the original tape and very little wear for that age. The original Arizona Memorial Committee shipping label is in 'very good' shape. Due to it being on the bottom of the shipping box, it does have some wear, but all the writing can be clearly read with slight magnification. This piece passed to Esther's daughter, who gave it to a friend who then gave it to another friend. The later friend is wife to an OMK customer, who sold me the model. This kit must be shipped insured and I may require it shipped by special courier.

Aurora Convair B-36 Peacemaker Giant Bomber, 1/333, 492-70

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$139   

Rare kit with fantastic Jo Kotula artwork and dated 1961. Box is in fantastic condition with excellent color and gloss, four solid corners and very light, general wear as the only flaw. Features rotating props, full landing gear, auxiliary jet engines, clear canopy and nose and the Aurora 'Triangle World' clear stand. Molded in gloss silver and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

AMT 1962 Pontiac Tempest Convertible - 3 in 1 Kit, 1/25, K6012

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$129   

A one-owner kit. Rare and very nicely molded. Can be built any one of three ways - stock, custom or racing. Includes a very large number of optional custom parts so you can make a totally unique automobile. Features detailed complete engine, engine compartment, opening hood, full interior, rotating wheels, exhaust and underside detail. Molded in white, clear, red tinted clear, and chrome. With real rubber tires. The kit has never been started. Inventoried complete with all parts including decals and instructions.

Aurora Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, 1/270, 494-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$145   

Very rare and even rarer in this condition. First issue and with the one-year only rectangular logo. Dramatic Jo Kotula box art with 1956 date. The box is the finest I have seen. It has like-new color and gloss, four solid corners, no repairs, no tape or tape marks, no tags or tag marks, no fading, and no tear or missing litho. The only flaws are the light edge and corner wear shown at the bottom right and other (even lighter) shelf wear that probably not even visible in the photo. Molded in correct silver and clear with correct rectangular clear stand. A nice kit for that time, it features full centerline landing gear and outrigger struts and gear doors as well as clear cockpit canopy, outboard slipper fuel tanks, display stand and decals. It has the correct early rectangle-base clear Aurora stand, which is also shown on the instructions. Molded in the correct gloss silver and clear. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Instructions are mint and the decals are 'near mint.' It is interesting to note that this is not a reissue of the Comet molds - the two models are not even close to the same size or scale. This kit is original to Aurora, was made before Aurora acquired the Comet molds and also varies in a great many details. It appears that Aurora never even re-issued the Comet B-52, probably because they had a superior model already in the same low price range.

Aurora DC-9 Medium Distance Commercial Jet TWA, 1/72, 356-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$135   

1965 first issue hardbox with the 1.98 price extension on the part number.. This is still the only 1/72 scale injection molded DC-9 kit. Molded in ivory-light yellow and clear, with the large clear 'triangle globe' stand. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all other parts, decals and instructions. Decals are in 'excellent+' condition.

AMT 1962 Lincoln Continental - 3 in 1 Kit, 1/25, K422

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$132   

Very rare and even more so in never started, 100% complete condition. Well detailed mode that can be built any one of three ways - stock, custom or competition. Includes a very large number of optional custom parts so you can make a totally unique automobile. Features detailed complete engine, engine compartment, opening hood, full interior, rotating wheels, exhaust and underside detail. Molded in white, clear, red tinted clear, and chrome. With real rubber tires, metal axles and metal chassis screws. The kit has never been started. Inventoried will all parts including decals and instructions.

Fine Scale Miniatures Rail Car Shed HOn3 Maintenance Facility - HO Scale Craftsman Model, 1/87, 175

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$124   

Very rare and extremely detailed. Includes all hardwood building parts that are cut to length and shaped if needed, as well as a large box with 170 cast metal fittings. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and a factory tape-sealed fittings box. With instructions and plans.

Monogram Pro Modeler A-26B Invader Gun Nose - Also Includes Yellowhammer Decals, 1/48, 5920

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$125   

With Yellowhammer #48-161C "WWII Invaders Part II" decals in mint condition from climate-controlled storage. Has two large sheets and a color paint and markings guide. The actual model is the 1995 first issue. Hard-to-find kit of the solid or 'gun nose' Invader in large 1/48 scale. Features full interior with all stations represented, optional position landing gear and bomb bay doors with detailed bay and weapons and more. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Billing Boats Krabbenkutter Fishing Ship With Optional 161 Piece Fittings Set - 20 Inches Long For R/C or Display, 457

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$145   

Very rare with the optional fitting set. The crabbing boat is an excellent plank-on-frame kit with die-cut plywood bulkheads, mahogany plywood deck and superstructure parts, pre-cut mahogany planking strips, many other factory-cut-to-shape parts, tapered dowels, other hardwood and metal stock, scale net material, instruction book, full size plans, full crab net plans, decals and more. Never started and complete with all the factory sealed parts still in factory sealed bags and all others inventoried complete. The fittings set contains 161 parts made from brass with some others in plastic. It is still factory sealed.