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

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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From 1993 and a reissue of the famous 1960s flier. Large and well engineered stick and tissue model can be flown rubber free flight, gas free flight, or converted to electric RC using modern small and light servos and receivers. Nicely 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 still in the factory sealed bag or inventoried 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.

Airfix Aichi D3AI Val - Craftmaster Issue, 1/72, 1227-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

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Still in the factory seal. From the early 1960s. Most Craftmaster kits have great box art and this is no exception. This is the black side panel issue and shares the same part number, box size and top art with the black-side panel issue. Inside is the older, quality Airfix kit. 'Craftmaster' was a marketing arrangement where MPC/Craftmaster marketed Airfix kits from England.

Aurora AT-6 Texan, 1/48, 70-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Dated 1960 but actually from about 1963 because there is no 'Famous Fighters' in the border of the oval logo. This was a good kit for the time, featuring 'good' cockpit detail, pilot and student figures, rotating prop and USAF decals. Molded in silver and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: one small part (a gear door) is yellow and not silver. It is from another issue of this same kit.

Aurora AT-6 Texan Trainer, 1/48, 70-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

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Factory sealed. Dated 1960 but is actually later than that because there is no 'Famous Fighters' in the border of the oval logo.

Lindberg Grumman F11F-1 Tiger - (F11F1), 1/48, 531-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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Original issue hardbox first issue from the late 1950s. It has classic Ray Gaedke artwork and is still the only short-nose Tiger in 1/48 scale. Features movable ailerons, rudder and elevators, detailed jet engine with opening inspection panel and more. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Model Tech ARF Lucky Stik - 47 Inch Wingspan Prefabricated R/C Trainer (Lucky Stick), MT3150

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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Superb, high quality prefabricated model from the Model Tech "Ready Built Series." Large stable trainer is designed for 4 Chanell Radio Control for ailerons, elevator, rudder (& nose wheel steering) and throttle. The fuselage, wings and all major parts are factory built and completely sheeted. Includes all hardware, aluminum main landing gear, engine mount with steerable sprung metal nose gear strut and much more. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes detailed instructions.

Blue Bird Prince 25S ARF - 50.4 Inch Wingspan Almost Ready To Fly R/C

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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High-quality early ARF that assembles in about 2 hours. The fuselage, wings, elevator and rudder are completely built and covered, all to a high standard. Features balsa and ply bulkhead fuselage that is fully wood sheeted then professionally covered with very colorful monokote style plastic as per the cover photo; solid wood vertical stab and rudder covered the same way; stick horizontal stab with thick leading and trailing edges and solid elevator, all covered the same way and a rib and stick wood wing with some wood sheetings, solid wood full length ailerons (all covered like the box top shows) and durable & flexible plastic wing ends. Includes all pushrods and tubes, extensive hardware, completely formed wire spring landing gear, hollow plastic tires and wheels, other wood parts cut to shape, plastic prop, spinner, fuel line and 220 cc plastic fuel tank. There is a very nice instruction book in English with full text and heavily illustrated for all steps. Length is 1030 mm, wingspan 1280 mm, design is for four channels (elevator, rudder, aileron and throttle) and the built built is 1500 to 1600 grams.

Hasegawa Focke-Wulf FW-190 A-8 with Two Eduard PE Sets / Quickboost Exhaust and Gun Barrels Sets / Eduard Mask / True Details Wheels / Kagero Decals / Eagle Spinner and Blades / Eagle A-8 Cockpit Set - (FW190A8), 1/32, ST21

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Build the ultimate 1/32 '109 A-8! Includes the following extras: Quickboost QB32020 Exahust, QB 32-15 Gun Barrels, Eduard 32-146 PE Set, 32-535 PE Set (both F8 but applicable), Eduard TX010 Mask Set, True Details 32006 Early Wheelset, Kagero FW190 1/32, 1/48 and 1/72 Decals #4, Eagle Parts 46-32 Spinner and Blades and Eagle Parts 51-32 A-8 Resin and PE Cockpit with decals. All those items are complete and never used. There is also 90% of a Lion Roar PE Set. The actual aircraft kit is superbly molded and detailed. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Monogram OS2U Kingfisher - RAF / US Navy WWII / Pre-War Yellow Wing Markings - Land Or Seaplane Versions, 1/48, 5304

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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White Box issue from 1977 and an excellent kit for that time. Includes paint guide and markings for the box photo and the silver/yellow wings/blue tail colorful pre-war 'High Visibility' paint. Can be built with wheels or floats. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

ESCI Volvo F12.20 Tractor Plus Container/Trailer - Twin-Axle Flatbed Trailer With 20 Foot Container, 1/32, 303NL

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

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Still factory sealed. Rare.

Dragon MD-83 Reno Air - Die Cast, 1/400, 55488

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Beautiful, factory built, painted and decaled die-cast model with display stand. Never been displayed or used- still sealed in the original box.

Airfix Douglas A-1J Skyraider - Type Three Logo Issue, 1/72, 260

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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1960s kit with very good detail. Features folding wings, optional position speed/dive brakes and a very large loadout with rockets, drop tanks and bombs. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Academy Fieseler Fi-156 Storch / MS-500/502 Criquet, 1/72, 1661

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. Features recessed panel lines, full interior and engine compartment and optional parts and markings for either version.

Comet Curtiss P-40E Tiger Shark Super Stars Series - 31 inch Wingspan R/C Flying Aircraft, 1/17, 3649

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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Rare. From the early to mid 1970s. Big scale model is designed for R/C operation, gas .020 or .049 control line/free flight, rubber powered or even as a detailed static display model. Box art is by Locher, who did a great deal of the Monogram box artwork also. This is a very nice and well detailed model for that time featuring 'Tube-O-Matic' fuselage construction, 'Rugged Super X Simplified Non-Warping Wing' light-weight plastic spinner, lower fuselage, upper fuselage cowl, exhaust manifolds, wheels, main gear struts, radiator machine gun leading edges and mcuh more, beautiful clear vacuformed canopy (in great condition, not yellowed), completely formed metal gear struts, nose button, hardware, rubber motor, all die-cut balsa wood, factory-cut stripwood and leading & trailing wing edges, covering tissue, big 9" plastic flying prop, very colorful and comprehensive insignia sheet, detailed full size plans with building instructions and more. The model has not been started. The small parts are still in the factory sealed bag and the parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete with all parts. 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.

ESCI Mig-27 Flogger D, 1/48, SC-4020

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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NOTE: great builder kit; not collectible because it has been neatly started. Large scale (1/48) Flogger. Features optional position canopy, variable position wings and full underwing stores. NOTE: this kit has minor and neat assembly as follows: floor, seat and instrument panel (with decal) are assembled and painted to 'excellent' quality. This is glued into the front fuselage halves which are also assembled to 'excellent' quality. Wing halves are built to 'professional' quality and the nose wheels are painted to 'very good' quality. There is no other assembly or painting. Inventoried complete including decals and instructions.

Airfix HS Buccaneer S2B - RAF Lossiemouth Gulf Detachment-Desert Storm Bahrain 1991 / No 12 Sq Lossiemouth 1998 / No 208 Sq, 1/48, 08100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. Very highly detailed and finely molded with all recessed panel lines. Feature decals for 3 aircraft, detailed ejection seats and cockpit, detailed air inlets/compressor fans, optional position air brake, two piece canopy, folded or unfolded wings, detailed gear wells, optional slipper tanks, Sea Eagle Missiles, AN/ALQ 101, AN/ALQ 23E, AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles and more.

Sterling P-47 Thunderbolt With Operating Landing Gear In Flight - 20 Inch Wingspan For R/C / Control Line / Free Flight, A4

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Very nicely produced stick-and-tissue model that lowers the landing gear before the model lands. Can be flown with rubber, electric or gas control line or converted to RC with modern lightweight systems. Features high quality die-cut balsa sheet parts, stripwood and spars, fully formed wire landing gear struts, finished wheels, other wood and metal stock as required, light plastic full engine cowl, pilot bust and other details, beautiful clear vacuformed one-piece canopy (still mint not yellowed), rubber motor, plastic prop, a big set of full color decals, coving tissue and excellent full size plans with detailed instructions. Never started and complete with the small parts still sealed in the "Sterling" clear bag and all other parts inventoried present. 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 as they had the action features and included everything needed to complete the model.

Sterling Real Sporty - 21 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft, Peanut, K-6

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Mint

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A well engineered, highly prefabricated model featuring all die-cut quality balsa parts, a large number of completely formed parts including fuselage sides, top and bottom, wing sheet covers, tail feathers, etc, finished wheels, plastic cowl & prop, rubber motor, hardware set, vacuformed clear canopy, colored tissue, color decals, full size plan and separate teaching instructions sheet. 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.

Aurora Tiger Moth DH-82, 1/48, 110-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Mint

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1958 issue in rare, investment-grade 'Mint' condition. The original owner neatly cut the original seal along the bottom and kept it on the box top, thus preserving the factory fresh appearance. A nice kit for that time featuring cockpit with floors, seats, control sticks & instrument panels, clear windshields, rotating prop, pilot figure, clear triangle base display stand and RAF decals. Inside, the kit is like new. It has not been started and even has the original factory tissue paper. With 'excellent' condition decals and instructions.

Balboa Rio Grande Southern (RGS) Galloping Goose Three Truck Freight Brass Locomotive HOn3 Narrow Gauge, 1/87

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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Beautiful, like-new condition brass narrow gauge locomotive, hand-built in Japan by the renown Balboa Scale models. It is still wrapped in the original plastic and all three pieces of the factory foam are intact and in 'excellent+' condition. This model has always been carefully stored in the original box. There is the slightest bit of wheel wear at 14x magnification, so it appears it was test run at one point - probably at Balboa. I see no broken parts and no modifications; it looks factory-new. Also includes the correct fold-out blue Balboa instruction sheet and factory sealed Balboa/Champ decals for the RGS Galloping Goose. The box top and tray are complete but both have wear and stains, so they grade low. I have no narrow gauge track, so I am unable to test the locomotive, so it is sold "As Is."