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Cleveland Ryan FR-1 Fireball - Balsa Flying Model Airplane Kit, 1/16, SF-92

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$145   

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.

Berkeley Impulse Pylon Racer - for R/C, 16-5

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$155   

Designed for RC. 45 inch wingspan. Features metal hardware, formed wire landing gear, full size detailed plans, shaped leading and trailing edges and more. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. Berkeley is a very famous manufacture 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.

MPC Boeing 737 United Airlines - Airfix molds, 1/144, 1-4701

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$32   

Very nicely molded short haul jet with United markings. Features optional position passenger boarding doors and luggage hold doors. Decal sheet appears to be in mint condition, but please see the articles on this website about saving old decals for use. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

Revell Boeing B-52 Giant Stratofortress - Pre 'S' Kit 'Short' Box 1st Issue, 1/175, H207-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$189   

First release dated 1954 in the low profile box (1" high vs. 1.5" high for later issues). Includes correct first issue globe stand with three parts instead of four. The instructions also show the three piece stand. The box has excellent color and gloss, four solid corners and no tape, tape marks, price tags or tag marks. Never started. All small parts are still factory bag sealed, and the kit is complete with all parts, decals and instructions. This is such an early issue that it has the earliest decal sheet which has an error. There is suppose to be a triangle on each side of the fuselage near the cockpit. The original sheet has just one of these - Revell had to issue a second decal sheet with the kit with another triangle on it. That extra decal sheet is present in this kit.

Hobby Heaven Ohio George Montgomery's Multi Maverick Funny Car, 1/25, 21749P

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$38   

Still factory sealed. From 2006. Very well done kit. Features Chapman Chassis, heavy racing suspension, tubular frame constructions, racing wheels and slicks, complete interior with roll cage and custom racing seats, competition steering wheel, instrument panel and shift lever, detailed 429 Semi-Hemi racing engine with GMC blower and very colorful full decals for the famous Multi-Maverick.

Airmodel Northrop F-89 Scorpion - Bagged, 1/72, 184

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$8   

Basic vac kit with main airframe parts and clear canopy. Complete with instructions and never started. A certain degree of modeling skill is required to build vacuform kits. They are not recommended for beginners.

Heller Dewoitine 500 or 501 (D-500 D-501), 1/72, 156

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$24   

1960s 'L' style kit issue with full box art and yellow logo panels. Very nicely molded with recessed control surfaces and fine raised panel lines. Includes parts for either aircraft and markings for two French Air Force aircraft. This kit has not been started. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Monogram SA-16B Albatross - Air Rescue Amphibian, 1/72, P20-149

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$70   

Rare first issue hardbox dated 1957. The first issue is P20 and the second is PA20; the "P" designation lasted less than a year. Features retracting landing gear, rotating wheels/props, three man crew, optional position door and two survivors in life rafts. Molded in correct high gloss silver and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The Albatross was the primary sea rescue aircraft of the Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service, a branch of MAC - Military Airlift Command. Operational service began in 1947 and Hu-16s saw wartime action in Vietnam.

Revell H-16 Piasecki Transporter - 'S' Issue, 1/96, H223-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$115   

First issue 1955 'S' issue. It is easy to see how this era of Revell box artwork is considered the peak of box art. The kit features working rotors, detailed rotor heads, detailed cockpit and pilot figure, opening rear drive-on cargo door, and the famous clear Revell 'Globe' stand. Box has exceptional color and gloss and four solid corners. Never started. 100% inventoried complete with all parts/decals and instructions present.

ESCI F-4C/J Phantom II - US Marines VMFA-232 / ALA 12 Spanish Air Force, 1/72, 9031

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

$26   

Still factory sealed. Very nicely molded kit with all fine recessed panel lines, good cockpit and gear well detail, optional position canopy, optional parts for both versions and a load out of four Sidewinders, four Sparrows and two drop tanks.

Hawk Identification Miniatures XF-92 Dart F-84E Thunderstreak F-84 Thunderjet F7U-3 Cutlass F9F Cougar - (F7U3) - Bagged, 1/210, 100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Bag

$165   

Still factory sealed. For the advanced Hawk collector. Rare 1954 set consisting of 5 Korean War era jets in a 'krinkle' style bag. The bag is not torn or split, which is rare. The jets are in mint condition and not broken.

Toms Modelworks Sopwith 1-1/2 Strutter - Bagged, 1/48, 109

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Bag

$24   

Unusual large 1/48 scale. High quality vac main parts, extruded airfoil material and metal landing gear struts, engine, wheels, cowling, guns and much more. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Cleveland Douglas O-38 - Balsa Flying Model Airplane Kit, 1/16, SF-43

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$129   

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.

UPC Four Masted Bark Kaiwo Maru / Nippon Maru 1930s - General Mills Cereal Premium -Japanese Navy Sailing Training Ship, 1/400, 5019

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$26   

From the 1960s and still in the original General Mills labeled shipping box. Inside is a nice small scale four masted sailing ship molded in red, white, yellow and black plastic to minimize painting. Features full hull or waterline option, good deck fitting detail, separately molded yards and masts, premolded rat lines, billowing vac sails, display stand, sail diagram and detailed rigging diagram. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. The two sister ships were built in Kobe and launched in 1930. They were both steel four-masted barques carrying royals over double top and topgallant sails. They served as school ships for the Japanese merchant marine. After WWII, they carried demobilized soldiers home, and up to 1951 made dozens of trips to Asia and the Pacific. In 1952, they worked to collect the remains of Japanese war dead from the South Pacific. The ships were replaced in 1989.

RCM Ta-154 Moskito, 1/32

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Bagged

$98   

SPECIAL ORDER vacuform kit. Not shipped from stock. Kit is molded upon receipt of payment. Time from receipt to shipping your kit is usually 8 to 10 weeks. Kit includes resin and/or metal details -clear canopy and full size plans/instructions. Details included will vary from kit to kit but may contain landing struts - wheels - props - engines (not jets) - some cockpit parts - seats - etc. Other parts will need to be scratch built or from your spares box. Decals not furnished. Vacuform kits are only recommended for modelers who are experienced with this type of model. Special skills and scratch building experience are required. If you are curious, I highly recommend that you read the article 'How To Build Vacuform Model Kits' which is located on this website.

Pyro Blunderbus Pistol Pirate's Favorite Weapon, 1/1, G228-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$69   

First issue hardbox with great artwork and from the early 1960s. This is a full-size 15 inch long copy. Molded in bronze/antique gold and a beautiful very dark swirl wood brown. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. In addition to cars, ships, planes and figures, Pyro added an excellent line of well-known and not-so-well-known life-sized (1/1) scale pistol and rifle models to their line. In each case Pyro gained access to the actual weapon during the kit design, insuring a very accurate model.

Mod-Ac US Army Searchlight - 800,000,000 Candle Power For Anti-Aircraft Defense, 1/24, 1044

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$36   

From the 1940s. Very nice scale kit and an ideal accessory for the various other vehicles and guns available in this scale. Features all hardwood parts (unless mentioned), hollow light enclosure (heavy cardboard), completely finished convex rear housing, clear plastic front lens, working support arms, detailed trailer with four completely finished wheels, junction box and resistor box, sandpaper and more. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes multi-view drawings, exploded assembly instructions and text instructions.

Artesania Latina Bluenose II, 1/50, 20500

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$125   

Very highly detailed and intricate plank-on-frame kit measuring 23 inches long and 23 inches high when assembled. Castings are in solid brass or Britannia metal. Includes full size plans and instruction book. The kit has never been started. All parts are still in the factory sealed bags and compartments.

Flagship Models USS Monitor Ironclad 1861-1962 - Civil War, 1/192

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$95   

Rare. Widely considered the best Monitor in this scale. Features a beautiful, high-definition resin-cast full hull, resin cast larger parts, cast metal smaller parts and extensive PE parts. This version has the smaller field cannon on the aft deck. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes detailed, illustrated instructions.

Monogram Speedee-Bilt Long Midget - (Or Midget Mustang) Flying Scale Model, G6-100

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$155   

Formerly released as the Midget Mustang. Scale flying rubber powered wooden model. Before there were plastic models, there were wooden aircraft kits. These usually came in two types - solid and stick and tissue. The solid models were static and usually contained a few blocks of balsa and sometimes a detail part or two. These "Make Wood Look Like Plane" models required a very high level of skill in carving and finishing. The stick and tissue variety were slightly easier to build and provided the ultimate thrill - they could fly when complete with rubber power (and later with free-flight gas and eventually RC). They still required a great deal of skill, so manufacturers sought ways to make model building more accessible to everyone. One idea was pre-carving and/or prefabrication. This raised prices, naturally. Many manufacturers launched lines of 'easy' to build flying models but only Monogram succeeded in making an entire line at an affordable price that would actual fly. The original "Speedee-Bilt" kits were in one-piece two-color boxes. In the early 1950s, shortly before plastic kits were available, Monogram changed to the 'hardbox' with a lithographic slick glued to the top as this kit. Speedee-Bilt kits contained die cut and pre painted wooden parts, completely formed airfoil wings, carved wheels and numerous plastic details like cowlings, pilot, missiles, prop and more. Assembly was by detailed full size plans. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.