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Cleveland Beechcraft Bonanza - Balsa Flying Aircraft, 1/16, SF-108

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$145   

Rare. 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. The 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 operating single-owner model airplane supply business, called 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 'Aviations 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.

Fujimi Tachikawa Ki-44 Shoki, 1/70, 7A5-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$26   

1960s or 1970s issue. Features rotating prop and wheels, retractable undercarriage, working ailerons and dual drop tanks. The model as never been started. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Monogram TWA Super G Constellation L-1049, 1/131, 6058

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG++

$39   

Still factory sealed. 1983 Heritage Edition Issue from the original Four Star molds. Very nice near - 1/144 scale kit includes boarding ramps, battery truck and two stewardesses.

Model Technologies WWI Wire Wheel Inserts and Spandau Jackets Detail Set, 1/72, MT 0060

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

$5   

Still factory sealed. Very highly detailed photoetched parts. Includes two sets of spoke wheels and two jackets. With full instructions.

Frog SE 210 Caravelle Air France, 1/96, F357

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$159   

Rare, big scale kit from the 1950s. The box is nice with four solid corners but has creasing and wear as shown. Inside, the kit is molded in the correct clear and silver with the correct big Frog base that was unique to these larger kits. Even the original glue capsule is included. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. As often happened, the decals were folded at the factory; that and age have caused some minor lifting on the decals.

Monogram F-1117A Stealth Fighter, 1/72, 1148

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$18   

Still factory sealed. 1995 Snap-Tite release. Nicely molded and detailed for a snap model and includes a nice display stand.

ESCI Panavia Tornado 200 MRCA Desert Storm With PP Aeroparts Crew Access Ladder and CBLS 200 Units - RAF / Italian / Saudi Arabian Air Forces, 1/48, 4093

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$39   

Includes PP Aeroparts #AC403 CBLS 200 Unites (2) 1/48 RAF/RN Practice Bomb Carriers (factory sealed) and #AL403 Crew Access Ladder 1/48 Tornado GR1/F3 (sealed). The actual kit contains markings for all three air forces for Desert Storm Aircraft. Features full cockpit, wings that change angle, optional position air brakes, separately molded control surfaces and external weapons load. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed (the small ones) are still in the sealed bags. The parts that are not factory sealed (the large ones) have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions.

SMP 1959 Imperial Convertible Friction Drive Promo, 1/25

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$35   

Original dealer promotional model that is 100% complete. This is a one-owner model that has always been adult owned. The tires are factory new - it has never been played with and never exposed to smoke. It has the metal chassis factory-painted black and stamped "S.M.P. Mt Clemons Mich"; the friction motor still works. The body is good but has some warping as shown. Body color is glossy and pretty with some foxing. The front and rear bumpers are stamped metal. Some of the fine trim (door handles etc) has been painted to 'professional' quality; it is good enough to pass for factory paint.

ESCI McDonnell Douglas A-4E Skyhawk Blue Angels, 1/72, 9010

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$19   

Still factory sealed. Very nicely done kit. Features all fine recessed panel lines, gear well and cockpit detail, decals and paint guide and more.

Constructo Clipper Great Republic - Highly Prefabricated 20 Inch Long Wooden Ship, 1/265, U601

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$129   

20 inches long and 11.5 inches high when assembled. Constructo kits are the finest of all the older prefabricated wooden ship kits. Features a completely shaped and sanded hardwood hull with predrilled mast, bowsprit, anchor chain and pedestal mounting holes, finished wood display stand, finished and painted stand pedestals and mounting nails, a large sheet of heavy cardboard with dozens of completely cut and finished and numbered hardwood parts held on with string, a factory sealed bag of fully finished fittings of metal, wood and plastic, numerous other hardwood parts completely cut to shape and numbered, deadeyes and blocks, paint and glue, wood stock as required and a complete set of sewn, ready-to-install cloth sails, black and white standing and running rigging thread, instructions in English and a full size plan sheet with many views, complete part identifications by number and excellent rigging diagrams. The kit has never been started. All the small parts are still in the factory sealed bags or factory-tied to the display piece. Only the hull was not factory sealed. With full size plans and instructions. Constructo kits were made in Spain and early issues in the USA were marketed by Constructo Nautical Miniatures, Inc, New York 1. There were many series of kits issues by size; some smaller and some larger than this kit.

Hawk F-84F Thunderstreak - One-Piece Box Issue, 1/72, 606

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$46   

Rare early issue Hawk kit in the flip-top box. Hawk was a manufacturer of 1/48 constant scale solid wooden models well before plastic, but they jumped on the plastic band wagon very early. Most of the first issue 'flip box' plastic kits were 1/48 - this kit, however, is one of the earlier 1/72 scale kits from Hawk. The kit is molded in the correct silver with the early style stand and correct instructions and decals. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Thanks to Jean-Claude who told me that the boxart shows a standard F-84F but in reality the model inside is of prototype YF-96A, (aka YF-84F), s/n 49-2430. this aircraft was later modified to become the YRF-84F parasite fighter in combination with GRB-36F.It is on display at the USAF Museum, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio.

Maircraft Heinkel He-51 - Solid Wood Model Airplane, 1/48, S9

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$34   

Maircraft was originally founded in the early or mid 1930s by Gordon Christoph and went by the name Aircraft Model Company. The company produced a typical line of solid 'profile cut' kits that required the usual high talent levels for carving and finishing. A former Comet Model Airplane & Supply Co. salesman, Jack Mair, bought the company in the early 1940s and renamed it Maircraft. This company was one of the handful of solid kit producers who issued models in a consistent 1/48 scale during the 1930s and 1940s (others included Hawk and Dyna-Model). This lead to one of the most desirable and rare model kits ever produced in the USA - the wood/plastic 1/48 United DC-3 model issued immediately after World War 2. Other than the P-61 and a few other Maircraft offerings, most were simple kits that sold for the low price of about 35 cents and gave the owners many hours of pleasurable work. This kit features a full size plan with instructions steps, fuselage that is about 80% cut, profile cut parts, printwood and a small bag of details. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Airfix Angel Interceptor Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, 1/100, 256

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG-

$45   

Type four logo issue of one spaceship from the famous TV series. Nicely detailed model. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

AMT Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker, 1/72, 8848

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$69   

Still factory sealed. First issue with the best mold quality. Large scale USAF refueler. Includes full cockpit and interior detail, optional position crew and cargo doors, four PW J57 engines, complete boom station and optional position boom.

Grandt Line Pair Of HOn# D&RGW Passenger Car Trucks #5182 / R Robb Ltd Pair of #T-106 D&RGW Passenger Car Trucks / The Back Shop HOn3 Passenger Trucks (only 1) / Rio Grande Models HOn3 Disconnect / Kadee #701 Coupler Assembly Fixture - HO Accessories, 1/87

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

$24   

SALE! Includes all 5 items. Four are factory sealed but the "Back Shop Hon3 Trucks" have been opened. It has never been started, but there is only one complete truck including + some misc parts.

Revell 1953 MG TD Highway Pioneers - Series 4, 1/32, H50-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$49   

1954 original issue of the famous Highway Pioneers. This kit is in very rare investment-grade 'near mint' condition. It is from original hobby shop stock that has never been for retail sale until now. Inside, the kit is nice as it is outside. It is never started, and all the parts are still sealed in the factory 'krinkle' bag. With instructions. Before the 1950s 'model building' never made the top 10 list of boy's activities. Hobbies were nothing new to America in the 1930s/40s, but they were not mainstream. Shortly after the turn of the century, many dedicated modelers built flying or static airplanes, ship, train, automotive or other subjects. Basic kits existed, but the majority of these models were built from scratch, which demanded a high talent level developed from years of experience. That changed in the early 1950s. The phenomenon of the Revell/Gowland & Gowland 'Highway Pioneers' car kits was a significant force in proving that model building as a hobby could have mass appeal, provided that the kits were easy enough to build and finish. These 1/32 scale vehicles could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real car. The Highway Pioneers series lead to the production of other subjects in plastic and the effect was revolutionary. By the early 1960s, model building was the #1 past time of American boys.

Testors Chevrolet Gun Tractor CMP FAT-4, 1/35, 778

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG+

$29   

Still factory sealed. Well molded and detailed with over 200 parts. Features excellent chassis detail, full interior and much more.

ESCI Mig-27 Flogger D, 1/48, SC-4020

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$28   

Large scale (1/48) Flogger. Features optional position canopy, variable position wings and full underwing stores. Never started. All parts are still in factory sealed bags including decals and instructions.

Revell Douglas X-3 Stiletto - Strategic Air Power Series, 1/65, H135-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$48   

Factory sealed 1969 'Strategic Air Power Series' issue. This kit is from the original molds of the classic "S" issue from the 1950s.

Swallow Model Kawanishi N1K2-J Shinden-Kai 'George' - Kawanishi Flight Test Aircraft 1945 / 407th Fighter Squadron 303 Air Corps / Yokosuka Air Corps Fighter Squadron, 1/32, 3202

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$32   

Nicely detailed older George. Most likely ex-Tomy. Molded with all fine recessed panel lines and rivets. Features detailed cockpit and wheel wells, three piece canopy and decals for three different aircraft. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.