1/130 C51-100 Strombecker Pan American China Clipper - Martin M-130
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: Fair+
Very rare 1955 issue of this superb and highly prefabricated model. From the 1930s to the 1950s Strombecker was the undisputed leader in high quality hardwood models and they pulled out all of the stops for this China Clipper. Features factory carved and finished hardwood fuselage (accurate to the correct 'corrugated' surfaces), factory carved one piece wing with airfoil, dihedral and cutout for the engine nacelles, four perfectly finished engine nacelles, finished sponsons with correct airfoil, factory cut horizontal and vertical stabilizers, finished propellers (ready to install), propeller hubs, strut stock and more. Also includes a hardwood sanding stick, sandpaper, original small parts envelope, original envelope of powdered Casein Glue, a very large and colorful decal sheet in amazing 'near mint' condition and excellent instructions. These are large-format and double-side with detailed text and illustrated construction steps, parts diagram, photos of the actual aircraft, three view full-size drawings, exploded assembly view, aircraft history and more. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Strombecker even went all out on the box artwork, which was most unusual if not unheard of for solid wooden kits.