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Berkeley Army Liaison YL-24 Helioplane Flying Model Airplane Kit, 1/12

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

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Big 1/12 scale model with a 38.75 inch wingspan. Originally designed by Henry Struck as a gas powered model for free flight or control line, or can be converted to electric power and modern RC (radio control) gear. This kit has a variable camber wing for true two-speed flying, just as the prototype. Features fuel proof decals, shaped and notched trailing and leading edges, rubber wheels, die cut window celluloid, covering material, full size plans, formed wire parts, die cut balsa and plywood parts and more. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% 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.

Hasegawa Fokker DR.1 (DR-1) Triplane - 1/8 Scale Museum Model - With FH Aircraft Wheels with Stainless Steel Spokes, 1/8, CP-03 32000

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc-

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This kit includes a bonus scale set of FH Wheels 3.5" by 10mm stainless steel spoke wheels and rubber tires. Minutely detailed and perfect for this kit. They have never been used and are as new. The kit is the very rare and large 1/8 scale museum quality kit. The four aircraft in this series (DR-1, Wright Flyer, Sopwith Camel and SE-5 Scout) are widely considered to be the finest model aircraft ever produced. This kit duplicates the classic DR-1 using many of the original material in a near perfect representation of the inner structure of the aircraft. There are 857 parts made from die-cut plywood, Japanese cypress, cast soft metal, brass, aluminum, rubber, injection molded plastic and many other materials. The wingspan is 838mm (33 inches) when assembled. The engineering of the kit is world-class right down to the assembly plans. This kit has never been started. All parts are still sealed in the factory bags. This kit was packed very carefully from the factory and all special internal boxes and inserts are included and in mint condition. Complete with all paperwork - color painting guide, mini catalog, illustrated parts list, instructions and roll-out plans. Please note, this item must be shipped fully insured.

Revell Douglas A-1H / AD-6 Skyraider - USAF or US Navy VA-115 - History Makers Issue, 1/40, 8615

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

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Still factory sealed. 1982 issue of the famous 'S' Action Kit from the late 1950s. Full of action features; Wings fold, dive brakes operate, canopy slides to show full cockpit, landing gear retracts and cowling comes off to show fully detailed engine.

Lindberg USS Olympia, 1/240, 716

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG-

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Larger scale full-hull kit from ex-Pyro molds. Never started. Inventoried complete with all parts and instructions.

Frog Canadair Sabre Mk6 or Mk 32 (F-86) - Luftwaffe or Royal Australian Air Force - Bagged, 1/72, F267

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: No Box

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Bagged kit. Molded in silver and clear, and contains decals for both air forces. This kit has never been started. It is still in the internally sealed factory bag and includes decals and instructions. Frog is considered the father of injection molded model kits. The Lines Brothers opened Frog in 1932, capitalizing on the fever caused by Lindberg's solo transatlantic flight. Almost overnight the western populations became 'Air-Minded', and anything aviation was in high demand. Frog created a quality line of stick and tissue rubber powered aircraft and gliders as well as innovative ready-to-fly rubber powered aircraft that required no assembly. The box even contained a built-in rubber motor winder and fuselage holder. Model airplane flight competitions were popular in Great Britain, and one category was 'Rise Off the Ground', or ROG. By changing this to 'Flies Right Off the Ground', the FROG name was born. In 1936 Frog created a line of injection molded plastic models, the first such kit line in the world (Hawk sold a line of injection molded aircraft models in 1934 but they were factory assembled and painted). Named 'Penguin' after the bird that does not fly, the kits were innovative beyond the means of production. At a time when models were simply built by wingspan, the Penguin line was a constant 1/72 scale. Furthermore, a large 1/72 Short S.30 Empire class flying boat contained a full interior and lights! A line of accessories such as AA guns, tractors, hanger, ambulance, sound locator, searchlights and lighting kits were quickly added to the line. WWII caused a pause in production. After the war the box color changed from silver to green, and Penguin kits were also marketed in the USA. Production ended in 1950. Frog quickly expanded and released the Red, Orange, Black, Green, Gold Token, Spin and Comet series as well as Trail Blazers and several others. It is noteworthy that while most manufacturers in the 1940s/50 were making toy-like models, Frog attempted to make very realistic models. For example, 'detailing' kits with excessively large rivets was once very popular. Frog ignored this trend and continued to mold aircraft with fine panel lines and no rivets. As a result, Frog kits can be built into very realistic replicas. Production ended in the late 1970s, but Frog molds are still in use around the world.

Wagon Masters Chuck Wagon - 'Wagons of the Old West' - With Wagon Masters Ox Team Kit, 106

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

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Also includes Wagon Masters #952:298 Ox Team, which includes two hardwood oxen fully carved to the scale of the wagon. Never started and complete with all parts, yoke and instructions. Box is 'Exc+'. The wagon kit is very nicely done and from the late 1950s or early 1960s. The Chuck Wagon is a large and fairly elaborate kit with very good scale details for it's time. Measures 8 inches long when assembled (wagon only) or 16.5 inches long (wagon with rear table down and tongue). Kit consists of California redwood and sugar pine wooden parts all completely cut to shape, pre-assembled hardwood front and rear wagon wheels with spokes, canvas wagon cover, rope, scale hand tools and metal and brass stock as needed. Features metal sprung seat, full underside detail with axles, brake beam and shoes, reach, hound, cross bed tie, double tree and single trees, hand brake, water barrel, hinged rear board (table), tool box, interior shelves, wire frame, canvas cover and tongue with neck yolk. The kit has never been started. The metal fittings bag is still factory sealed. The parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete with instructions. Wagon Masters was out of 12551 Telegraph Rd, Sante Fe Springs, California. No zip code was listed, so the kits are definitely pre 1964. Wagon Masters had a ambitious line of wagons done in hardwood and metal; some had plastic details. Kit in the series included kit #100 Covered Wagon, #101 Conestoga Wagon, #103 Stage Coach, #102 Buckboard, #104 Ore Wagon (with genuine copper ore), #105 Ranch Wagon, #1-6 Chuck Wagon, Yellowstone Wagon, Jerkey Wagon, Sheepherder's Wagon, Drummers' Wagon, #950 Horse Team, #951 Mule Team and #952 Ox Team. All kits were done in the same scale, but the scale was not listed. Other kits may have been issued. In the mid 1960s it appears that the entire line was sold to CraftMaster. CraftMaster put their stickers on some of the later model Wagon Master boxes before converting over to all CraftMaster artwork.

Revell US Army M-4 Sherman Tank 'Black Magic', 1/40, H554

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

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Still factory sealed. Softbox issue dated 1971. Reissue of the famous 'S' Black Magic kit from the late 1950s. Features working suspension wheels and track, movable turret, elevating gun, 3 working hatches and tank commander with two soldiers.

Premier F-86E Sabrejet, 1/49, 301-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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Rare. Premier issued it's kit line in the mid 1950s at the start of the plastic kit craze. Production was discontinued shortly afterwards. Molded in a high gloss silver (some were molded in dark salmon pink) and clear. Includes display stand. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions in excellent condition. NOTE: the tip of the left rudder has broken off. The part is included and would be an easy repair.

Testors M24 Chaffee Light Tank - US Army / France / Italy / Japan / Great Britain, 1/35, 810

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Very finely molded and detailed kit. Features 210 parts, rotating turret, elevating gun, elevating and rotating .50 caliber machine gun, flexible tracks, detailed suspension, shovels, axes, crowbars, fuel cans, grab handles, radio antennas, tow hooks, tarp roll and decals for the five countries listed. NOTE: one bogie wheel has been assembled. Quality of the work is excellent. There is no other assembly and no painting. Inventoried with all parts including decals and instructions.

Monogram Dornier Arrow Do-335 A-0 Day Fighter or Do-335 V-10 Night Fighter - Bagged, 1/48, 6048

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: No Box

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Bagged kit - no box. The box is shown for reference only. Well engineered kit with very good detail. Builds one or two seater version - day or night fighter with radar. Has removable panels to show twin DB-603 engine detail. Features full cockpits, detailed gear wells, optional position canopies and two position undercarriage and rotating wheels and propellers. Very finely molded and detailed kit with traditional high Monogram quality. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. Please note that this kit is the Do-335 from the two kit package the originally came with a P-47 - but there is obviously no P-47. The Do-335 was a very high performance German WWII aircraft that was too late to see active service. In addition to it's 480+ mph speed, the 335 was equipped with ejection seats and a linked jettisonable upper vertical tail surface.

Aoshima CV Illustrious, 1/700, WLA112-800

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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1/700 scale water line ship. Very finely molded and highly detailed. Includes air wing. This kit has never been started. It is either still in the internally sealed factory bag or has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Kitbits APS 20 Radome - Bagged, 1/72, KBR9

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

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Nicely cast resin radome. Still factory sealed.

Aurora Halberstadt CLII (CL-II / CL.II), 1/48, 1136-260

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Dated 1972. This is the issue with the improved molds, battle terrain display base and rigging instructions. Molded in a dark red and black Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

ESCI Skoshi Tiger Northrop F-5C / RF-5 / CF-5 - US Air Force / Royal Canadian Air Force / Spain, 1/72, 9038

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. Kit contains parts and decals for all three variants.

ESCI German WESPE 105mm Self-Propelled Howitzer, 1/35, K556

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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From 1974. Very nicely molded and detailed 1/72 scale armor kit. ESCI labeled box also has AHM logo. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions. Note that the box says 1/40 scale, but the kit is clearly 1/72.

ESCI German 150mm 'Hummel' Self Propelled Howitzer, 1/35, K559

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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From 1974. Very nicely molded and detailed 1/72 scale armor kit. ESCI labeled box also has AHM logo. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions. Note that the box says 1/40 scale, but the kit is clearly 1/72.

ESCI Marder III German Tank Destroyer, 1/35, 8010

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Very nicely molded and detailed 1/72 scale armor kit. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

ESCI M1-A1 Abrams Battle Tank, 1/35, 8072

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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Very nicely molded and detailed 1/72 scale armor kit. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

ESCI British Churchill Mk IV AMRCR, 1/35, 8049

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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Very nicely molded and detailed 1/72 scale armor kit. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

ESCI OTO Leopard 1A2 Battle Tank, 1/35, 8069

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very nicely molded and detailed 1/72 scale armor kit. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.