1/16 7-4 595 Berkeley Curtiss A-12 Shrike - 33 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: Good+
Large, high quality kit in the agreed museum scale of 1/16. Rugged design is almost completely wood covered - there is little to no tissue used. Originally designed as a .09 to .19 gas powered model for control line, or can be converted to electric power. Features full metal cowl, plastic dummy engine, shock mounted landing gear, full size plans, die cut balsa and plywood parts, shaped leading and trailing edges, metal hardware, formed wire landing gear, wheels and much more. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present. Berkeley is a very famous manufacturer of flying model kits from the Golden Age of flying aviation, about 1932-1954. Most all Berkeley kits contain a high degree of prefabrication to speed up assembly. 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.