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Comet Gull by Carl Goldberg - 30 Inch Wingspan Wakefield-Style Flying Aircraft, 3903-298

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$52   

1960s or early 1970s issue of this superb flyer. This is one of the famous Carl Goldberg designs of a cabin-class competition endurance model. Kit features traditional wood/tissue construction, detailed full size plans, building instructions, hardware, pre-formed gear struts, clear window material, color insignia sheet, tissue, wheels, rubber and propeller. The kit has never been started and is complete. These aircraft were common in the 1930s when the sport of free-flight model airplanes reached it's zenith. It was not uncommon for these models to fly for 45 minutes or more on rubber power alone - many flew out of site, and it became common practice to write your name, address and phone number on the covering tissue. Comet was a famous manufacturer of stick and tissue flying and static models. In the 1930s Great Depression, they lead the low-priced kit revolution with the "Dime Scale" kits and famous advertisements in Model Airplane News magazine and others. Comet reached it's peak in the 1930s when they acquired the services of Carl Goldberg. Goldberg was a highly accomplished modeler with articles in Model Airplane News and famous designs that won him several National level competitions in the 1930s and beyond. (Carl Goldberg went on to found his own company and produced well designed and popular free-flight and RC aircraft). Comet survived the post World War economic slump and continued kit production until they were bought out by long-time competitor Guillow's in 1998.

Hasegawa Focke-Wulf FW-190 A-3 Priller With Figure, 1/48, SP255

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$42   

Still factory sealed. Special limited edition dated 2007 that includes a scale figure of Oberst Josef Priller (4 pieces). This is a highly detailed aircraft model that is superbly molded with all very fine recessed panel lines. Features very highly detailed cockpit and landing gear wells, multiple piece canopy, an excellent decal sheet and more.

SIG Customaire Cabin Biplane - 20 inch Wingspan Balsa Flying Model, FF-26

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$20   

Still factory sealed. Typical high quality SIG stick and tissue kit with complete building and flying instructions, full size, detailed plans, plastic propeller, wheels, contest rubber, die cut parts, covering material and full decals.

Frog Swordfish Mk.1, 1/72, F258

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$18   

Final issue with the late 1970s Frog logo. Includes decals for both historic aircraft (810(TSR) Sq HMS Ark Royal 1041 or No. 701 Catapult Flight HMS Hood 1938) and a color painting guide as well. This kit has not been started. Inventoried with all aircraft parts complete but NOTE: missing stand. With 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.

Comet SBD Dauntless - 20 Inch Wingspan Flying Balsa Airplane - Coke Bottle Issue, R1-59

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$46   

1950s issue flying model with the box art showing a Coke next to the young builders snack plate and finished product. Kit features traditional wood/tissue construction with high quality printwood, stripwood, wooden stock as required, fully formed wheels, covering tissue, prop and detailed full size plans/building instructions. The model has not been started. Inventoried complete. At the time this kit was made, the entire Comet "R" series consisted of R1 Dauntless, R2 Spitfire, R3 Avenger, R4 Corsair F4U-1, R5 F-86D Sabre, R6 Vengence, R7 Piper Cub, R8 Ercoupe, R9 Sparky, R10 F-100 Super Sabre and R11 Grumman F9F Panther. Comet was a famous manufacturer of stick and tissue flying and static models. In the 1930s Great Depression, they lead the low-priced kit revolution with the "Dime Scale" kits and famous advertisements in Model Airplane News magazine and others. Comet reached it's peak in the 1930s when they acquired the services of Carl Goldberg. Goldberg was a highly accomplished modeler with articles in Model Airplane News and famous designs that won him several National level competitions in the 1930s and beyond. (Carl Goldberg went on to found his own company and produced well designed and popular free-flight and RC aircraft). Comet survived the post World War economic slump and continued kit production until they were bought out by long-time competitor Guillow's in 1998.

Nichimo Grumman TBF-1 Avenger Motorized, 1/48, S-4809-900

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$42   

1970s/early 80s issue with great box art. This model is an almost exact copy of the Monogram 1/48 Avenger. Includes rotating and elevating turret/gun, folding wings, working arresting gear, retracting tail wheel and main gear, opening bomb bay doors and dropping torpedo. Includes English instructions with motorizing details (Nichimo did not furnish the motor; it had to be purchased separately). Never started. Almost all parts are still in factory sealed bags with Nichimo headers and even a decorated cardboard backer. The large parts (fuselage tree) is not sealed and is complete. Includes decals and instructions.

Entex De Havilland No.1 DH-1 1910 / Antoinette 1908 Monoplane / Voisin Farman 1908 Biplane 'Early Birds' - (Ex-Taimei and Fuji), 1/72, 8448

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$55   

Rare and highly detailed kits from original Taimei molds. These are unique and accurate kits. The original internal frame structure and details of the aircraft is built from injection molded plastic. When complete, it is covered with a very strong fabric which is included. The result is a very realistic aircraft. Never started. All three kits are still sealed in the factory bags. With covering material and instructions.

Hasegawa Lockheed F-104G or J-104J Starfighter - German Navy or JASDF, 1/32, S1

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$55   

Still factory sealed but the seal has splits. Builds either version. Contains markings for JASDF or German Navy Marineflieger. Well detailed featuring very good cockpit, optional position canopy, detailed gear wells, excellent removable jet engine, removable tail section, metal reinforced main landing gear strut, optional position speed brakes with detailed wells, detailed cannon bay with opened or closed hatch, complete radar assembly band removable nose, pilot figure, optional wingtip or centerline AIM-9 Sidewinders or optional wing tip tanks and more.

Hasegawa Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR1 - No. 20 Sq or No. 3 Sq RAF / US Marines VMA-513 'Flying Nightmares', 1/72, 028

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$18   

Well detailed model from the 1970s with fine raised panel detail. Includes decals for the three aircraft listed, positionable exhaust ports and iron bomb/Aden Gun Pod/rocket launcher and drop tank underwing stores. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

Revell Boeing Fortress IIA RAF (B-17) - Great Britain Issue, 1/72, H213

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$80   

Hard-to-find Revell British issue with RAF markings. Has many operating features including movable gun turrets, movable control surfaces, opening bomb bay, rotating props and wheels and retracting landing gear. Molded in the correct white and clear. Never started. The light gray parts and all paperwork are still in the factory sealed bag. The clear was never sealed and has been inventoried complete. And thanks to Dusty Rhodes for the following information about the exact aircraft on the box art (and decals)- '...At 2015hrs [14 June 1943], in square BF72, U-600 and U-615 came under attack from a B17 Flying Fortress, FK212/V, RAF 220 Squadron. The boats defended themselves with flak and the aircraft was destroyed. There were no survivors...' A heroic a/c and crew, deservedly memorialized by Revell.

Renwal Spad XIII Aeroskin - 1st Lt. David E Putnam's Aircraft, 1/72, 263-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$36   

Contains pre-colored Aeroskin fabric created to resemble fabric covered aircraft. No painting needed since all designs are printed on the fabric. You build the inner structure of the aircraft then cover it, similar to the construction of the actual aircraft. The kit has never been started. Inventoried and NOTE: missing display stand an pilot. Otherwise includes all other parts, Aeroskin fabric and instructions.

Academy Boeing B-17E RAF Coastal Command Flying Fortress, 1/72, 2141

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$36   

Beautiful and highly detailed model of the early Fortress. Molded with all fine recessed panel lines. Features excellent cockpit detail, rotating props and wheels, bomb bay detail and full bomb load and optional position doors. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora Sopwith Camel, 1/48, 102-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$49   

Still factory sealed. This is the 4th known issue of this classic kit, and the second one to share the 102-100 kit number. The blue oval logo dates from the early 1960s. This is only the second box artwork used for this kit, and John Steel replaced Cox for the 'new look' from Aurora. This is part of the famous Aurora WWI series of 1/48 scale aircraft. The series began in 1956 and Aurora added new kits into the early 1960s. The line proved incredibly popular, so these kits were included in the 'mold upgrade' in the 1970s before Aurora went out of business.

Lindberg Nantucket Lightship - (Ex-Pyro), 1/95, 717

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$95   

Large scale full hull kit measures 17 inches long when assembled. Nicely detailed model of the most famous US Lightship. From quality ex-Pyro molds. Includes rigging material and full rigging instructions. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including instructions. Please note that this kit was not issued with decals.

Kinetic F-16I Sufa Israel, 1/48, K48006

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$59   

Still factory sealed. Very highly detailed kit from recent molds and includes over 450 parts. Features all fine recessed panel lines, detailed cockpit, extensive weapons set and much more.

Skywave Equipment for Japan Navy Ship WWII (I), 1/700, E-2

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$14   

The ideal upgrade for your 1/700 ships. These are very fine moldings with greater detail than standard parts and many parts that do not come with the ships. Contains multiples of all the item shown on the box top. This kit did not come with decals. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.

Rio Grande Models Westside Lumber Co. 12 Foot Flat Car With Trucks HOn3 Narrow Gauge - HO Craftsman Model, 1/87, 3062-TF

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$16   

Highly detailed craftsman kit featuring factory-cut hardwood parts, very fine metal castings, truck set and full, illustrated instructions. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.

Aurora-KB Fokker EV (E-V) - Polish Air Force, 1/48, 1135-170

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG+

$65   

Still factory sealed. 1972 issue with revised molds. Much better kit than the earlier releases.

Airfix Dassault Mirage F.1C (F1C/F-1C) - South African or French, 1/72, 04022-2

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$26   

First issue. Kit features very fine surface detail and decals for either air force. Includes cockpit, optional position canopy, optional position speed brakes and landing gear and choice of underwing stores configuration with bombs, missiles and fuel tanks. Never started. Inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

La Belle DSP & PRR Tiffany Reefer Refrigerator Car - HOn3 Craftsman Kit, 1/87, HOn3-36

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$38   

From 1977 and a top quality craftsman kit. Features full decal markings, completely shaped wood stock, small fittings and detailed instructions/plans. The kit has never been started. The small parts are all still in the factory sealed envelopes; the parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete. With all paperwork.