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J&R Models Playboy Senior (Reproduction) - 36 inch Wingspan Wooden Flying Aircraft - (ex Cal Aero-Model), L-4

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$49   

Smaller scale repro kit of the famous Cleveland Playboy Senior. For .020 power free flight or RC. This model came from the estate of a very active and particular early aircraft kit collector. It is like factory-new inside and has not been started. Complete with all parts and plans. This model was designed to climb very rapidly to altitude then go 'Sniffing For Thermals', the honored pastime of a generation of model enthusiasts. Flying model aircraft predated powered flight; however, balsa wood and printwood were not introduced until the early 1930s and the hobby took off, as well as the hunt for thermals. Gas flight began in the early 1930s, and powered models (most all driven by Brown engines) took home so many awards that they were forever separated in competition from rubber powered models. Design of gas models was tricky since RC (radio control) models could not yet be applied to the mass market; so a gas model had to not only fly and climb under high power and torque, but then glide sufficiently - all in a stable fashion and without any operator inputs once the airplane took off.

Micro Models The 1940 Playboy Sr - 38 inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft (ex-Cleveland) - (later Midway Model Company), 2/5, F112

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$45   

This is an authentic reproduction of this classic design and is just over half the original size. It features full size plans, quality printwood parts, spare and strip stock, plywood motor mount, two colors of covering tissue and excellent full size plans. Never started and complete. A great gas model designed to climb fast and high then 'Sniff for Thermals', the honored pastime of a generation of model enthusiasts. Flying model aircraft predated powered flight; however, balsa wood and printwood were not introduced until the early 1930s and the hobby took off, as well as the hunt for thermals. Gas flight began in the early 1930s, and powered models (most all driven by Brown engines) took home so many awards that they were forever separated in competition from rubber powered models. Design of gas models was tricky since RC (radio control) models could not yet be applied to the mass market; so a gas model had to not only fly and climb under power, but then glide sufficiently - all in a stable fashion and without any operator inputs once the airplane took off. Micro Models originally reissued many of the gas free-flight classics. The line was taken over by Midway Model Company around the early 1980s.

C&S Graf Zeppelin Airship - 29.5 inches Long

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$145   

Rare 1930s model of the famous Graf Zeppelin, made by C&S Model Company, Trenton, New Jersey. I have seen an add for this model in very old Model Airplane News magazines. Features stick and tissue construction with quality printwood, full length stripwood and spars, balsa fin material, blocks for the nose and tail, engine blocks, covering material and excellent full size plans that including building instructions. The model has not been started and has been inventoried complete.

Miniature Aircraft Vought Corsair F2G Thompson Trophy Winner - Gas Model (F4U) - 41 inch Wingspan For Free Flight Or Control Line, 1/12

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$189   

Very rare and from 1949. True 1/12 scale flying or display model. Miniature Aircraft was well known for turning out the finest scale detailed models during this time - as their catalog says, 'The Worlds Finest Model Aircraft.' The kit cost around $5 when it was new- very expensive considering the most popular model aircraft were 10 cents. The limited production and sales have made all Miniature Aircraft kits rare and valuable today. The model has not been started. Includes all printed balsa sheets in 'near mint' condition, a beautiful spun aluminum cowling, clear vacuform canopy (in excellent condition and not yellow), rubber main and tail wheels with metal hubs, all spars, leading/training edges and strip stock, stock sheet wood, die-cut hardwood firewall, hardwood dowels, metal wire, color insignia, black and white instrument panel (on the plans), very large full-size scale plans that included text instructions and a number of detail drawings that leave nothing to chance. The plans are 'very good++' with typical yellowing and a few small edge tears but nothing major. The box top and bottom tray are all original and complete. Amazingly, the box top has four solid non-split corners and light general wear. The lower box (or tray) is also in good condition.

Scientific Miss America Gas 40 Inch Wingspan Free Flight Model

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$39   

From 1938. Very, very rare first issue with the big wingspan. A very deluxe kit with numerous extras- Scientific pulled out all the stops for this rubber powered 'Gas Type' model kit. In the late '30s almost every boy's dream was a gas powered aircraft model; however, the engines were prohibitively expensive and hard to operate; the kits for them were even more costly. This model 'contains everything' and that was no idle boast. Features dummy engine, quality printwood, stripwood and spars, balsa blocks and wood stock as required, metal hardware and stock, fully formed main and nose wheels, big machine carved prop, hardwood thrust button, color red covering tissue, two glass bottles with cork stoppers) bottle of liquids (cement and dope), rubber motor (which is amazingly intact) and full size plans with very detailed instructions. The kit has never been started. NOTE: the original air tires rotted off the hubs; I have replaced them with properly sized wooden wheels. NOTE: inventoried and missing the following: round wooden dowel for the engine cylinder, rubber lubricant, small round aluminum 'noise maker' pieces and small metal washers for the prop shaft. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts and plans included.

Minicraft 1907 Rolls Royce Touring Car, 1/16, 11215

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$75   

Most likely ex-Bandai. Very large scale (1/16) and highly detailed. Features a rolling chassis build just like the full-size vehicle, detailed engine and engine compartment, removable hood, full suspension, driveline and exhaust, complete interior, optional top and many accessories. Molded in multiple colors and with rubber tires. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Herpa Ferrari Testarossa HO Scale Private Collection Issue, 1/87, 25002

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$18   

Beautiful, ready to display HO model. Factory painted and built. In mint condition and never removed from the showcase.

Unknown Big Lot 'O 15 Submarines / All Scales / Civil War to Modern / Resin With Cast Metal and PE Details

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$89   

SALE!! Read Carefully! This lot includes 15 resin submarines and numerous small parts - many more small parts than there are subs. The collector had perhaps the world's most exhaustive submarine model collection and by his letters knew all the resin manufactures very well; they even sent him prototypes. All 11 subs are high definition resin cast. For example, some are 1/72 Lone Star Models of very early subs and others are 1/700 models of modern SSBNs. In between are some 1/350. All are new and never built but NOTE: I do not know if they are all complete. Some are complete, but some may not be. Included are bags and bags of high quality cast metal parts including numerous props, diving and stern planes, rudders and much more. There are a few frets of PE parts as well. Please NOTE these are sold AS IS and I will not do a detailed inventory. If I were to do so, I would sell them individually for a much higher price. They are cheap because it is an "as-is grab bag." There are NO instructions and documentation of any kind other than the owners notes which often includes the manufacture and sometimes the name of the kit. Many cast metal details are labeled as well (like Lone Star) but some are not.

Unknown Jules Verne Nautilus 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea Submarine

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$39   

Cast resin waterline submarine that is 10 inches long. Very nicely detailed with panel lines and raised rivets. This is a one-piece model and I do not know the manufacture.

Unknown 28 Postcards 1904 to 1911 Some With Stamps

Other Materials,   Box Condition: VG++

$19   

Includes all 28 very old, ornate and colorful cards in very good condition. Many are embossed. These postcards came in an early 20th century postcard album, which is why they are well preserved. Dates range from 1904 to 1911. They topics include sites from Michigan, Birthday, Easter, Valentine and much more. All were neatly adult written on and most were mailed. Some still include the stamps.

Unknown 31 Postcards 1907 to 1911 Some With Stamps

Other Materials,   Box Condition: VG++

$25   

Includes all 31 very old, ornate and colorful cards in very good condition. Many are embossed. These postcards came in an early 20th century postcard album which is why they are well preserved. Dates range from 1907 to 1911. They topics include sites from Michigan, Christmas, New Years, Birthday, Halloween, Easter and more. All were neatly adult written on and most were mailed. Some still include the postage stamps.

Two-gether Kits Tilbury Flash 1933 Chicago World Fair Air Race Winner / Matts Helicopter

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$22   

SALE!! Includes both hardwood model kits. Two-gether brand kits are for inexperienced model builders. Each part is precut and predrilled for easy assembly. You can leave them in natural finish or paint them. They make idea toys for youngsters. These would be perfect 'first wood' models for grandchildren, etc. as they are simple, require no sanding or carving and have very few parts. Both are complete with instructions.

Jetex P-13 Delta Wing Fighter For Jetex 50 Jet Engine

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$54   

Rare. From the early 1950s. Highly prefabricated with all parts cut to shape. Includes all wood pieces, full instructions, complete full size plans and Jetex engine bracket (engine sold separately). Complete and never started.

BMJR Models Tim Bucher Design Sky Demon Electro-Sport Micro Electric Free-Flight - 24 Inch Wingspan With Motor / Batteries / Prop

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$38   

And excellent kit featuring stick and tissue construction, laser cut wood parts, full size plans, detailed text instructions, prewired electric motor & battery, on/off switch, plastic prop, covering tissue and hardware. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes all paperwork.

Ideal Aeroplane & Supply Supermarine S6B Racing Float Plane - 18 Inch Wingspan Flying Model

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$89   

Very rare kit from 1932. For the advanced collector. Any model from this era is desirable and this one is complete and never started. At this time balsa was gaining rapidly in popularity over hardwood and bamboo, but this kit was during that transition - it has both balsa and bamboo parts Features excellent full size plans, printwood, excellent factory carved prop, factory carved spinner, strip wood, two paper envelopes with smaller parts (one still stamped 'Supermarine'), balsa block and beautiful blue covering tissue. Complete and never started. The box says "Ideal" as shown but only on the end and says "Ideal Combination." It is the right size and color for Ideal boxes of that era, but it is a puzzle. I have never seen a box exactly like it before.

Megow SE-5 Scout - 22.75 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft, C3

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$85   

For the advanced collector. Very rare and from the early 1930s. Any kit from this era is hard to find, and this one is in exceptional condition. The box is complete with all 6 flaps, no crushing and very little wear. Inside, the model features a still unopened tube of wood glue, high quality printwood and stripwood, balsa stock as required, fully finished wheels, excellent factory-carved wood prop, some bamboo (although most is balsa), a tiny paper sack containing hardware and carved thrust button and excellent full size plans with numerous building notes and tips. Never started and includes all items listed.

Capitol North American P-51B Mustang - 18 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$37   

Rare kit from 1945. Capital made a wide range of flying model of all wingspans; this is the intermediate size. Features great box art, two sheets of quality printwood, stripwood and spars, wood stock, fully formed wheels, balsa blocks as required, tissue covering paper, color insignia and detailed, full size plans. Never started and complete.

Hobby Hideaway P-51 Mustang Bill Odom's 'Beguine' .049 Profile Control Line 21 Inch Wingspan / Polen Special 2 .049 Profile Control Line 19 Inch Wingspan / P-51C Mustang .049 Profile Control Line 22.5 Inch Wingspan

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$69   

SALE!! Includes all three factory-sealed, wooden profile control line models for .049 gas engines.

Lawrence W. Brown Aircraft Co Miss Los Angeles Racing Aircraft - 19.25 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft, 1/12, 1

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$69   

Very, very rare from 1934. There is no public record of this model ever trading hands and no one to date has heard of it. Lawrence Brown founded the Brown Aircraft Factory in California in 1931. In 1934 Brown built his B-2 racer, dubbed Miss Los Angeles. This was a very successful racer. Miss Los Angeles was introduced at the 1934 National Air races. The ship was painted in an attention-grabbing gloss scarlet paint with lettering and accents in gold leaf. Pilot Roy Minor flew her in the first three-race Greve Trophy competition and Miss Los Angeles, won first place in speed with 213.257 mph. She next raced for the Thompson Trophy as the only new competitor that year, winning second place. Mr. Brown was justifiably proud of his creation, so he founded the "Model Plane Division" of Brown Aircraft Company with one kit - you guessed it - Miss Los Angeles. That is this kit. NOTE: the kit is not complete. It does contain many important and unique parts, so please read carefully. What it does include are the following original parts: four pages of detailed, typed instructions, excellent full-size plans which show full size patterns for all fuselage bulkheads, full size patterns for the fuselage keel and sides, full size wheel pants, struts and much more, two sheets of printwood (printed in red) including wheel pants (bread and butter style construction), wing ribs and numerous other parts (one sheet of printwood is missing), stripwood and spars, stock wire and the original factory accessory envelope containing a glass vial with a cork stopper of "Brown Special Rubber Lubricant" (still good!), rigging thread, a type of silver/argent powder for realistic finishing, fully formed wheels, metal hardware and a glass vial of "Brown Special Lacquer Dope." Anything that is not listed here is missing.

Nichimo Nakajima B5N2 Kate Motorized With Profile Publications No. 141 'The Nakajima B5N Kate' - Radar Aircraft 931 Sq / Carrier Zuiho / Commander Fuchida's Aircraft IJN Zuikaku / IJN Shokaku, 1/48, S-4813-450

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$38   

Includes Profile Publication for this aircraft in 'good+' condition. Features many aircraft and markings in full color as well as numerous actual photos and excellent text. The actual kit is very nicely molded model with all very fine recessed panel lines. Features well detailed interior, engine, crew, choice of four load-out options and decals for four aircraft and painting guide. Markings are included for Fuchida's Pearl Harbor aircraft from Zuikaku (bomb load), Shokaku (many smaller bombs), Zuiho (Torpedo load) or a radar equipped aircraft from the 931 Air Squadron. The kit is intended to be motorized with the Mabuchi Baby motor and has full instructions for such, but the motor itself was not furnished by Nichimo. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.