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

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc


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. 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 running single-owner (77 years) model airplane supply business - 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 'Aviation's 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.

Bergs Bergs Humming Bird Helicopter - Flyes / Glides / Circles

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-


Rare flying toy, most likely from the late 1940s or the the early 1950s. The original price was $3.00, which made it very expensive for that time. Berg's Humming Bird was made in "Allied Western Germany" and distributed by Josef Seidel of 878 Broadway, NY 3, NY. This is a flying helicopter that is completely prefabricated and consists of a very lightweight metle body with rubber wheels, a large completely-assembled rotor assembly with metal rotor head and frames with the blades covered in silver doped tissue, a heavy launching rod with a metal threaded rod and coupler and wooden handle painted red. The Instructions are present and it is a simple matter of placing the rotor assembly into the body, then putting the launching device underneath where it engages the rotor head. Then a quick pull on the upper handle sets the rotors spinning and up she goes! The model is 100% complete with all parts and illustrated instructions. Judging from the condition, it has never been flown.

Irwin Sikorsky Helicopter With Gyro Friction Motor, 692

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good


From 1953. The Irwin Company ("One Of The World's Largest Toy Manufacturers") decided to sell one of their toys as an unassembled kit in 1953. They may have been prompted by the success of the Gowland & Gowland Highway Pioneers, or perhaps they were simply had forward-looking leadership. This large scale model is made from color and factory painted plastic and can be assembled with regular wheels for a more 'scale' appearance or with the factory-built 'gyro friction motor' which turns the main rotor while taxing the helicopter along the ground. Features large fuselage that is 15" and molded in dark navy blue with factory painted silver sections, painted pilot figure, clear nose bubble, 17" rotor blade, (1) yello stretcher, 'scale' rubber wheels with metal axle, gyro-friction motor unit with all linkage and rubber wheels, yellow boarding ladder, the small plastic and metal hardware parts in the original box and decals. The text and illustrated instructions are present. Never started. Inventoried and NOTE: missing (1) of (2) stretchers and the tail rotor. Otherwise includes all other parts and paperwork.

Revell The Great Waldo Pepper Sopwith Camel, 1/28, H910

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG


Still factory sealed; the seal has shrunk and drawn the box top concave as shown. Hard-to-find 1975 issue that was tied into Universal Pictures movie 'The Great Waldo Pepper' staring Robert Redford. The box top has a unique perforated 'signed' picture of Redford that can be 'detached and framed'. Inside, the kit is the large 1/28 'S' issue with detailed rotary engine the moves with the prop, authentic fine fabric texture finish over ribs, complete cockpit with movable control stick and rudder bar, removable cowling, pilot and crew figures, rigging instructions, correct Waldo Pepper decals (with USA 'N' registration numbers) and instructions.

Revell Santa Maria Columbus Ship - With Sails, 1/89, H336-300

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-


Second issue from 1960 which retained the magnificent 'S' boxart. Large scale model with excellent detail typical of all older Revell sailing ship kits. Comes with 7 figures, full hull with display stand, rigging thread, rigging diagrams, and colorful markings. The kit has never been started. Inventoried with all parts, decals, colorful flag sheet, sails and instructions present. NOTE: the instructions have minor bug damage. The sails are only 'fair' with cracks and some damage. The box top displays nicely but the lower box (the 'tray') is poor and taped up significantly.

Pyro American Cup Racer - With Sails, 1/96, 328-298

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+


Rare early issue from Pyro, likely from the late 1950s or very early 1960s. Wonderful kit of the famous schooner that would race between New York and Bermuda. Very nicely detailed and includes billowing sails, standing and running rigging material and full rigging instructions. Measures about 19 inches long when built. NOTE: this kit has very minor and neat assembly: 3 eyelets are glued to the hull. There is no other assembly. NOTE: the hull below the waterline only is painted green. There is one coat and the quality is only 'good.' there is no other painting. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, thread and instructions present.

Pyro The Revenge Sir Francis Drakes Flagship, B263-125

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-


Larger scale Pyro kit. Full hull model measures about 7 inches long when assembled. Nicely molded in wood brown and white with billowing sails and a display stand. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. This is one of the 'intermediate' line of Pyro ship kits, which were first called '$1.00 Models' and in 1967 were renamed '$1.25 Models.' All were roughly the same size and were a significant increase in detail from the Pyro '50 Cent Models' line (later called 74 cent models). Kits in the $1.00/$1.25 line (by 1967) included the Skipjack, Cutty Sark, Charles W. Morgan, HMS Bounty, HMS Ark Royal, USS Constellation, British Bomb Ketch, Chinese War Junk, Elsie - Gloucester Fisherman, Henri Grace A'Dieu, Dutch Staten Jacht, Gotta Le Jon and others. 50 Cent/75 Cent kits in 1967 included the Mayflower, Barbary Pirate, USS Constitution, Santa Maria, Golden Hind, Half Moon, Bon Homme Richard, Brig of War, HMS Victory, Flying Cloud, Nina, Pinta, Santa Maria, La Reale French Galley, Venetian Carrack, Roman Merchant, Spanish Galleon and others.

MPC Sikorsky Sea King SH-3D - Number 66 Apollo Mission HS-4 USS Hornet or USS Essex HS-9 Anti-Submarine Patrol, 1/72, 1-4202

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM


Still factory sealed. 1982 issue includes decals for both helicopters including the most famous Sea King ever, Number 66 from the Apollo Recovery Missions. Nicely detailed model features working main and tail rotors, cockpit and interior detail including cargo deck, opening side doors, side hoist, ASW torpedoes and more.

Ideal Aeroplane & Supply Sloop-Of-War Ferret 1812 - With Prefabricated Rat Lines, 2502-89

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++


Very rare. This early plastic model kit is dated 1955. It also may be the first all-plastic ship kit ever issued by Ideal Aeroplane & Supply Company, which was simply known as 'Ideal' at this time. Under both names Ideal was famous for their extensive line of military and civil ships made with wood and metal. Although the exact story of how this kit came to will probably never be known, we can take an accurate guess. Since ideal was a manufacturer of model kits, they certainly noticed the Gowland & Gowland Highway Pioneers and how they had launched a new sector of the Hobby Industry. After seeing Varney, early Revel or Gowland & Gowland's small ship models (likely the latter), Ideal decided to make plastic kit of their own. A subject was chosen - most likely based on their successful wood and metal kit of the Sloop-of-War Ferret, which was a 23.5 inch long model. Scaling this down, Ideal designed and had molds cut to what was a high standard for that time. The model measures 8.5" long when assembled. Credit also goes to Ideal's market research who realized this model had a different audience than all their other kits; instead of the boring two or one color boxes, this one features full color illustration and even the instructions are a work of sketch art with pirates assembling the ship and much more. This is far superior to the Pyro kits of this size which were produced in the later 1950s. The Ideal Ferret features over 40 pieces (many of them quite small), a realistically mold and scale one-piece full hull, almost all deck fittings separately molded, a display stand, completely factory made fabric rat lines (a real plus and nicely done) as well as vividly illustrated instructions and an excellent painting guide. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions in 'excellent' condition.

Otaki Long Beach - 58 Foot Ocean Yacht, 1/36, OT1-80-3800

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good


Rare. Very large (1/36 scale) ocean-going sailing yacht features complete and well detailed deck fittings, clear windows, working rudder, working mast booms, blocks, choice of vacuform billowing sails or real cloth sails, full rigging instructions and display stand. Never started. Almost all small parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags. Two trees of larger parts are not sealed and have been inventoried complete. Includes decals and instructions. NOTE: there is a 1"x1" section of missing plastic on one vacuform sail; however, the sail cloth is in perfect condition.

Revell Bell Huey Cobra Helicopter - AH-1, 1/32, H287

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good


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1969 dated soft box. Large 1/32 scale kit is well detailed for that time with 18 inch rotor span, full Lycoming T53 engine and removable cowl, full dual cockpits, two pilot figures, moving gun turret, elevating gun, underwing stores and more. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete including all parts, decals and instructions.

AMT A-10 Thunderbolt II - With Display Base and Cardstock Tarmac, 1/48, 8587

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc


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Hard to find limited edition that includes a 1/48 scale Warthog with full underwing armament and an excellent display base with tarmac. This kit has not been started. The A-10 parts are still in the factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: Missing all of the ground equipment and ground crew.

Hasegawa US Aircraft Weapon Loading Set - Ford Tractor / Drop Tank Dolly / Hydraulic LIft Trailer / GP Dolly / MHU-12M Ammo Trailer / Lift Truck, 1/72, X72-5

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+


Very highly detailed accessory set includes all items listed. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Revell F-94C Starfire, 1/56, 4353

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+


This is a 1987 reissue of the old Pre-S kit from the original molds, so it makes an ideal 'Classic Builder.' Please see the article on this website about this style of building. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

AMT-Frog Northrop P-61B Black Widow - (ex Frog), 1/72, A644-130

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-


From quality Frog molds. Includes crew and decals for multiple aircraft. This was part of a short-lived AMT marketing idea to market Frog kits in the USA. Molded in black and clear and includes a full color painting guide on the back of the box. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Lindberg Lockheed Vega Winnie Mae - Post's Round the World Record Setting Aircraft, 1/48, 533-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++


Original 1950s issue with fantastic Ray Gaedke box art. In 1931, Post and Gatty flew the Vega 'Winnie Mae' around the world in 8 days, 15 hours and 8 minutes for a new world record. In 1933 Post tested a gyroscope automatic pilot and radio direction finder in another record flight lasting 7 days, 18 hours and 45 minutes. This aircraft is now in the Smithsonian Museum. Kit features moving control surfaces, cockpit, rotating prop and wheels and clear display stand. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Revell Aerobee Hi Missile - 'S' Issue, 1/40, H1814-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+


First issue hardbox kit dated 1958 with great box art. Not the common reissue. An excellent kit for that time, featuring removable missile, firing arm with working piston and cylinder, movable wheels, tow bar and detailed crew figures. Molded in the correct gloss gray and white. Never started. Inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Strombecker Convair Manned Observational Satellite Vehicle, 1/200, D39-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair-


Very are kit from the late 1950s. The artwork is by Cal Smith and entitled 'Tender Flight Arriving.' The model is based on Krafft Ehricke design of Convair's Astronautics Division as a 200 foot long, 600 mile-high orbiting laboratory for 4 men. The model is molded in very light blue plastic is 24 inches long when assembled. Includes a black display stand and large stand decal. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. The decals are flat and in 'very good' condition as are the instructions.

Strombecker Convair Manned Lunar Reconnaissance Vehicle - by Krafft Ehricke, 1/91, D37-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+


Very rare 1950s kit. Strombecker issued a series of exotic space craft from Convair designer Krafft Ehricke and the Disney 'Man in Space' series between 1954 and 1956. This is the one that has not been reissued, making it hard to find. Large and interesting model makes an idea display alone or with the other spacecraft in this series. The spaceship has never been started but NOTE: the two stand arm halves are assembled. There is no other assembly. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Decals are in 'very good' condition and the instructions are in amazing 'near mint' condition. Please note that the box displays much better than the 'very good+' grade but is rated as such because there is clear tape on the four sides where someone 'resealed' it in the past. This kit must be shipped insured.

Revell Fairchild F-27 Bonanza Airlines - Lodela Issue, 1/94, H298

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc


Still factory sealed but the seal has split. Rare Revell Lodela issue from original "S" kit molds with colorful Bonanza markings. Well detailed kit includes moving rudder, flaps and elevators, rotating wheels and props and loading ramp.