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Strombecker Beechcraft Bonanza V35 - Solid Wood Model Aircraft Kit, C-41

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$115   

Rare, classic early 1950s model that is made of solid Western Pine - not balsa. Builds up to an impressive display model. Features factory carved fuselage & wings, cut-to-shape tail features, sandpaper and a small parts bag with propeller, wheels, etc. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Before plastic kits were introduced, Strombecker was famous as the premier hardwood preshaped model manufacturer. In the 1940s and 1950s, Strombecker kits were flawlessly engineered but not inexpensive. All wooden parts are hardwood and are precarved to shape - usually only a quick sanding would finish them.

StromBecker American Airlines Convair Flagship, C-38

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$134   

From the 1950s and with a 10 inch wingspan. This kit and box are in rare, 'excellent++' condition. This highly prefabricated kit made from solid western pine (not balsa wood) and makes a very impressive display model when built. Includes precut and shaped fuselage, wings, elevators, rudder and nacelles, a bag of detail parts including propellers, wheels, etc, wood filler and glue, two grits of sandpaper, detailed instructions and drawings with aircraft history and a large, colorful American Airlines decal sheet. Never started. 100% complete with all parts and plans. Before plastic kits were introduced, Strombecker was famous as the premier hardwood preshaped model manufacturer. In the 1940s and 1950s, Strombecker kits were flawlessly engineered but not inexpensive. All wooden parts are hardwood and are precarved to shape - usually only a quick sanding would finish them.

StromBecker North American FJ-2 Fury, C-46

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair++

$49   

Beautiful kit from the 1950s made of quality Western Pine hardwood - no balsa. The carving is done to the final shape and when completed it makes an impressive model. Features all carved and smooth wood parts, clear plastic canopy, full color decals, glue, sandpaper and a special hardwood 'teardrop' shaped display stand with a preformed 'flight wire' model holder. Never started. Inventoried complete with all parts and plans. Before plastic kits were introduced, Strombecker was famous as the premier hardwood preshaped model manufacturer. In the 1940s and 1950s, Strombecker kits were flawlessly engineered but not inexpensive. All wooden parts are hardwood and are precarved to shape - you only had to glue, sand and paint to finish them.

Ranco Models Lockheed Constellation - 15 Inch Wingspam

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$29   

Rare 1940s solid wood scale model with a 15" wingspan. Features profile (2D) cut fuselage and wings, balsa nacelle blocks, wood stock as required, factory-sealed small parts envelope, a very large double-sided fold out poster with numerous photos of the aircraft, detail shots and history. Includes excellent plans with all fuselage and wing templates, detail views and building tips. Never started and complete. Ranco made quite a line of kits and the address was Ranco Manufacturing, Hutchinson, Kansas. Just a few of those kits include the B-29, Cessna Bobcat, Sikorsky Helicopter and Kellett Auto Giro. There is evidence that they made boat kits also.

Randles Hiller Helicopter XH-44 - The Hiller-Copter, 110E

Vaccuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$78   

Very rare kit from the mid 1940s. This is a large (6.5 inch LOA and a 13 inch rotor span) model of this 1944 craft. Features profile (2D) cut fuselage, hardwood rotor blades, factory cut rotor mount, wood stock as required, an envelope of small parts and a glass bottle of wood cement (dried up). Includes excellent full size plans with templates, detail drawings, construction tips and history. Never started and complete. Randles was another name for Ranco and may have simply been the deluxe version of the Ranco kits as they shared the same address. Just a few of those kits include the B-29, Cessna Bobcat, Sikorsky Helicopter and Kellett Auto Giro. There is evidence that they made boat kits also.

Randles Sikorsky R-4 Helicopter - Float Version US Navy - 13.5 Inch Fuselage, 1/30, 105D

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$58   

Rare. Large 1/30 scale 1940s solid wood scale model. Features large profile (2D) cut fuselage, factory cut rotor base and hardwood rotor hub, hardwood rotor blades, blocks and wood stock as required, an unopened metal tube of wood glue, insignia sheet, cockpit windows and doors and pilot printed on another sheet. Includes excellent, large full-size plans with templates, detail drawings, construction tips. Randles Was another name for Ranco and may have simply been the deluxe version of the Ranco kits as they shared the same address. Just a few of those kits include the B-29, Cessna Bobcat, Sikorsky Helicopter and Kellett Auto Giro. There is evidence that they made boat kits also.

Planet Models Avro Manchester Mk.I, 1/72, 127

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$142   

Rare. Very high quality and detailed resin cast kit with clear canopies & side windows and decals & paint guide for the box art aircraft shown. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Pyro Natchez Mississippi River Packet, 1/160, B238-800

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair++

$159   

Rare hardbox issue from the mid 1960s. Very large and highly detailed model measures over 21 inches long when assembled. The Natchez was the famous rival of the Robert E Lee. The race between the two is considered a classic tale of The River. Although the Lee won, the circumstances were suspect and many people still considered the Natchez the fastest paddle-wheel packet ever. (For example, the Lee carried no payload and the Natchez was carrying passengers and a normal payload.) Molded in high-gloss tan, burgundy, green and gray plastic. All details of the real ship, including the wooden railings and carvings are duplicated. Includes full rigging instructions and thread. Never started. All the parts that were originally factory sealed are still in the factory sealed bags; the few parts that Pyro did not seal (paddles, hull and large deck parts) have been inventoried complete. With instructions, decals and flag sheet. Please note that while the box has heavy moisture/water damage, the decals, flag sheet and instructions (as well as all plastic parts) escaped damage and are 'excellent.'

Hasegawa Northrop F-5E Tiger II - USAF or US Navy, 1/32, 1148

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$74   

An excellent model featuring a highly detailed cockpit, optional position canopy, detailed wheel wells, machine gun bay with optional position hatch, standing pilot figure, boarding ladder, four wing hardpoints with four drop tanks and wingtip AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora HC-1B Chinook - (CH-47), 1/48, 350-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$169   

Still factory sealed and in fantastic, investment-grade 'near mint' condition. The colorful Jo Kotula artwork hardbox is dated 1961. This is a very large 1/48 scale kit with 'good' cockpit and rotor detail, moving rotors, clear side and cockpit windows and full decals.

Adams 105mm Gun Emplacement - Howitzer With 5 Man Crew, 1/40, K152-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$74   

Dated 1958 and a very well detailed mini-diorama kit. Features molded base and sandbags, elevating gun, moving left & right trails, radio, shell casings, full shells, ammo box and crew of 5 in-action G.I.s. Never started and inventoried complete with decals and instructions. Thanks to Paul Houk, we know this is not the same kit as the Revell 105. Although they have similarities, they are from completely different molds.

Lindberg Douglas A4D-1 Skyhawk - (A-4), 1/48, 529-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$54   

Rare early issue of the Prototype Skyhawk from the mid 1950s. This is the smallest box that anyone has dared place a 1/48 scale A-4 in and the classic box art is by Ray Gaedeck Box. For some reason, this issue is rarer than the other Lindberg kits of that time. This model represents the very early Skyhawk, which is no surprise; Lindberg, like Aurora, often tried to be 'first to market' and did not hesitate to use prototypes for kits. Features detailed jet engine, opening inspection panel, pilot and ejection seat, opening canopy, full landing gear, centerline drop tank, wing rockets and display stand. Never started and inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. The box is graded 'good+' because you can just see a very light stain on and below the drop tank.

Lindberg German Stuka Dive Bomber Motorized, 1/48, 306M-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$95   

Still factory sealed. Rare late 1950 motorized hardbox issue with dramatic Ray Gaedke artwork. This model includes an electric motor to drive the propeller. Lindberg is a company with a fascinating history The original 'Lindberg Line' stretches back to the 1930s when Paul Lindberg drew plans for famous modeling magazines and marketed his balsa wood 'stick and tissue' by urging dealers to carry the '...Complete Lindberg Line'. After the war, Lindberg and Olsen had a strong hand in early United States injection molded kit development. Please see the article located on this website about early USA plastic kit manufacturers.

Hobby Fan M911 8x6 25 Ton Heavy Equipment Transporter - Truck Tractor Commercial Heavy Equipment Transporter C-Het 85000 GVWR 8x6 M911, 1/35, HF005

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$149   

Still factory sealed. Very rare and superior in detail to the injection molded version.

Monogram Curtiss P-36A Hawk (Model 75) - White Box Issue, 1/72, 6790-0080

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$22   

1979 issue and a very finely molded and detailed kit in the traditional Monogram style. There is no assembly but NOTE: the interior parts and seat are painted olive drab green. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. NOTE: while all parts numbers are present, the pitot tube, antenna and machine guns are broken off the wings and fuselage half. The antenna and pitot are present but the machine guns are gone. The Hawk P-36A has the dubious distinction of fighting on both sides and for more countries than any other plane in history during the opening years of WWII. This Hawk, one in a long progression of famous fighter aircraft, was the winner of a 1935 competition. The USAA Corps received the first aircraft in April of 1938 and the French ordered 100 aircraft in May of the same year. French Hawks shot down just over 30 German planes during the battle for France. The Germans captured the aircraft and sold them to Finland. Others were captured when the Germans overran Norway. In all over 800 Hawks were produced and served in China, Netherlands East Indies, Portugal, Great Britain, Thailand, Argentina and Peru. Although an excellent fighter in 1935, the Hawk was outclassed by the time the war started but when flown properly still gave a good account of itself.

Monogram F-104G / ACF-104 Starfighter - USAF / Luftwaffe / Canadian RCAF / Netherlands Air Forces, 1/48, 5409

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

$34   

This 1978 issue has a very large and colorful decal sheet for all four air forces listed. Features complete cockpit, optional position canopy, detailed cannon bay and optional position hatch, complete wheel wells, optional position speed brakes, tip tanks and AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Monogram Stuka Ju-87 G-1 Rudel - White Box Issue - (Ju87G1), 1/48, 6840

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$38   

1973 release and an unusual box art issue. This well detailed kit features good cockpit detail, two figures, multi-section, optional position greenhouse canopy, large anti-tank cannons, rotating propeller & wheels and more. Includes decals for Rudel's Aircraft. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. Please note that there is some writing on step 2 of the instructions and the tail wheel is cleanly broken off from the fuselage but is present so you can repair it.

Monogram Focke-Wulf FW-190 - A-8/R-3 - A-7/R2 - A7/R3 - A-5/U8 - A-8/R1 - A-5/U3 Tropical - Four Star Issue, 1/48, PA107-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$34   

Hardbox first issue dated 1965 and molded in the proper green, black and clear plastic. Very nicely designed and can build any of 6 versions listed; includes a paint guide and decals for all variants. Features a good cockpit, pilot figure, optional position canopy and landing gear, a very large variety of underwing stores & gun options and more. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Anigrand Beech XA-38 Grizzly, 1/72, AA2044

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$42   

Very highly detailed and beautifully molded in high definition resin. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Planet Models Messerschmitt Me P.1095 - (P1095), 1/72, 017

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$44   

Limited edition, high definition cast resin kit of excellent quality. Features fine recessed panel lines, 'good' cockpit and a clear vacuform canopy still in 'mint' condition - undamaged and still clear (no yellowing). Never started and all parts are still internally sealed. With instructions and decals.