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Cleveland DeHavilland Comet Racer Balsa Flying Model Airplane Kit, 1/24, D-51

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

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This is a Cleveland 'D' or dwarf kit. The term 'Dwarf' is deceptive here. Most Cleveland kits were designated 'SF' or Scale Flying - 1/16 scale. The Dwarf kits were needed to fill a market demand for smaller flying models - especially of the larger aircraft. The 'D' kits, like this Comet, are 1/24. 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. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or 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 – 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.

Matchbox A-34 Mk.1 Comet with Diorama Display Base, 1/76, 40072

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very nicely molded kit from the Matchbox 1/76 scale series. Comes with realistic diorama battle display. Decals from the 2nd Fife and Forfar Yeomanry Rhineland April 1945 or 1st Royal Tank Regiment Berlin, September 1945. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Matchbox Panzer Jaeger IV L/70 with Diorama Display Base, 1/76, 40087

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very nicely molded kit from the Matchbox 1/76 scale series. Comes with realistic diorama battle display. Decals for 116th Panzer Division Army Group H, Ruhr, March 1945 or XX Panzer Division Russia 1944 / Dresden May 1945. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Matchbox Sherman Firefly Tank with Diorama Display Base, 1/76, 40071

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Very nicely molded kit from the Matchbox 1/76 scale series. Comes with realistic diorama battle display. Has decals for 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards Normandy June 1942 and 2nd Fife and Fortar Yeomanry Rhineland 1945. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Fujimi Mitsubishi Type 96 A5M2a Claude Carrier Fighter, 1/72, C-22

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

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Still factory sealed. Very nicely molded with excellent detail.

Icare Tupolev ANT-25RD - Soviet Long Range Record-Breaking Aircraft, 1/72, 25-1

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Poor

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This incredible aircraft was built in 1933. It took part in many memorable record breaking flights such as non-stop from Moscow to Portland, Oregon (USA) in 1937. Includes 62 parts, decals for two variants, rotating wheels and propeller and a wingspan of 18 and 13/16 inches. The kit has never been started. All parts are still in the factory sealed bag. Complete with decals and instructions.

Monogram OS2U-3 Kingfisher US Navy - White Box Issue - (OS2U3), 1/48, 6834

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

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Still factory sealed. White Box issue with rare artwork variant dated 1974. Very nicely molded and detailed kit for the time. Can be built with wheels or floats.

MPC Douglas A-1J Skyraider - USN VA-145, 1/72, 7010-70

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

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Features folding wings, optional position speed/dive brakes and a very large loadout with rockets, drop tanks and bombs. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. This kit is from Airfix molds and is one of the MPC '3 Big Bonus' features series. Dates from the late 1960s/early 1970s. The model features customizing parts (such as chrome plated bombs, missiles, prop, exhaust, air scoops, antenna and guns), stock and customizing decals and the clear modular display stand. Note that this issue still has 'Craft Master' under the MPC logo. Before this, MPC was marketing Airfix kits under the Craftmaster name in the USA. This continued for several issues and was finally discontinued although MPC continued to distribute Airfix and their own models.

Hawk Chrome Plated F-104A Starfighter USAF/Canadian/Luftwaffe, 1/48, 203-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Hardbox issue with John Andrews artwork. Features markings for all three nationalities. Chrome plating in excellent condition with very little light wear, which is very unusual. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

ESCI McDonnell Douglas A-4E / A-4F Skyhawk 'Top Gun' Aggressor - US Marines Aggressor / VF101 NAS Key West / Navy FWS NAS Miramar, 1/72, SC-9003

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Very nicely done kit. Features all fine recessed panel lines, gear well and cockpit detail, optional parts to build E or F variant and decals for three aircraft. 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.

MPC Douglas A-4D-1 Skyhawk with Ground Crew, 1/72, 2-2101

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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This kit is from quality Airfix molds and is from the MPC 'Air Combat Collection', which includes ground crew. Dates from the mid 1970s. Note that this issue does not have 'Craft Master' under the MPC logo. Before this, MPC was marketing Airfix kits under the Craftmaster name in the USA. This continued for several issues and was finally discontinued (possibly with this issue) although MPC continued to distribute Airfix models. This kit has never been started. It is either still in the internally sealed factory bag or has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Pocher Ferrari Testarossa Spyder, 1/8, K61

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++++

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In 1986 Pininfarina created this very special Spider on the basis of the Ferrari Testarossa. By strengthening the chassis, cutting the roof and modifying the trunk the car was given a unique appearance of a very luxury Spider. Very few of this special Testarossa were made. Pocher chose to create this model for it's 25th Anniversary. Although Poacher is no longer in business, they are acknowledged as the finest car model makers ever. This kit features all metal body and body panels that are perfectly factory primed and pre-painted the correct "Silver Special" color. Every detail of the suspension, interior, engine and truck are recreated in this magnificent model. The kit is in 1/8 scale and measures 56 cm (over 22 inches long) when built. The steering works, the doors, hood and trunk open and close, headlights open and retract, and much, much more. The body and all body panels are metal - the balance of the kit is metal and injection molded plastic and a number of other materials such as wires for the ignition, clear parts, real rubber tires, etc. The kit has never been started and is complete. All parts are still in the original factory packaging.

Tamiya Kawanishi N1K2-J Shiden-Kai ' George' Motorized, 1/50, 2

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Very early Tamiya kit with a high-gloss box top and very collectible artwork. Very good quality for it's time. Features all very fine raised panel lines, working flaps, rudder and elevator and retractable landing gear. The kit is engineered to be motorized and includes all hardware to do so, but Tamiya did not include the motor with the model. 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.

Imai Roman Warship 50 BC, B285-1200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very large scale model with excellent detail. Measures about 13 inches long when assembled and features very large plan instructions, numerous drawings, billowing sails, full rigging material, detailed rigging instructions (down to how to make certain knots) and 'lion' support stands. Never started. All parts are still in factory sealed bags. Other big ships in Imai's superb 'Sailing Ship Series' include the Susquehanna, Greek Warship, Catalan Ship, Galeass Ship, Santa Maria and the Chebec.

Heller Spad VII Guynemer, 1/40, L100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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Late 1950s/early 1960s 'L' style issue with a high gloss box top, wrap around artwork and the yellow backed logo. This kit has no part number. Nicely detailed larger scale (1/40) kit with real rubber tires and cockpit combing. The kit is made to be rigged and has all rigging holes in place and includes material and full instructions. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Imai USS Susquehanna - Commodore Perry's Ship, 1/150, B-355

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very large and highly detailed kit. Monogram leased the molds and ran this kit in the USA for a short time. Never started. The parts are still in factory sealed bags with the exception of the hull and instructions which were never sealed.

Tamiya Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa (Oscar) Army Type 1 Fighter for Motorizing, 1/50, 7

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Very early Tamiya kit with a high-gloss box top and very collectible artwork. Very good quality for it's time. Features all very fine raised panel lines, working flaps, rudder, ailerons and elevator, detailed engine, retractable landing gear, retractable landing gear, opening canopy and external drop tanks. The kit is engineered to be motorized and includes all hardware to do so, but Tamiya did not include the motor with the model. 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.

Minicraft Super Etendard with Exocet - Argentina 2a Escuadrilla De Caza Y Ataque Naval- Malvinas (Falklands) Conflict or French Navy Carrier Clemenceau, 1/72, 1602

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Features decal for French or Argentina's Navy. Very nicely molded kit with all fine, recessed panel lines. Features cockpit detail, optional position canopy, detailed gear wells, optional position speed brakes, drop tanks, air-to-air missiles and Exocet missile loadouts. 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.

MPC Super Mystere French Navy with 5 Crewmen (Airfix Molds), 1/72, 20210

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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1970s MPC kit from quality Airfix molds. Includes 5 ground crew figures. This kit has not been started. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

ESCI Dassault-Breguet Mirage V, 1/48, SC4032

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Hard to find kit. Builds nice Argentine Air Force Falkland Island raider but you will have to find aftermarket decals. Never started. NOTE: decals are missing. Factory sealed bag or inventoried complete with all parts and instructions.