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Monogram Ferrari F40 40th Anniversary Special, 1/12, 2804

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG+

$46   

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Still factory sealed. Very large scale kit that features a well detailed engine, drive line & suspension, opening rear deck, full chassis and interior detail and more. Molded in red, black, silver and clear with satin chrome parts. With rubber tires.

AAC Supply Company Curtiss Robin American Air Cadets Official Construction Kit - 30 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$69   

Very, very rare and from around 1930/32. American Air Cadets was one of the early national flying model clubs, and the magazine "Popular Aviation" was their official publication. Kit features bamboo and balsa construction and includes all required strip wood, bamboo, spars, balsa blocks (including ones for wheels), covering tissue, construction plans ("Reduced From Factory Drawing"), a large sheet of color insignia (with bug damage) and even a mail-in form appealing to "All American Air Cadets Should subscribe for and read their official publication Popular Aviation." Never started and includes all items described, which I believe makes it complete (early kits were notorious for making you scratch build things from your own materials). These kits seldom show up but there is some debate about the age; some have quoted 'late 1930s.' By the late 30s, bamboo had been replace completely by balsa. Furthermore, full-size plans were in vogue. The composite construction, complete lack of printwood and the tiny plans for such a large model (requiring the builder to personally scale them up from dimensions only) is directly in line with the late 1920s and early 1930s. The age of this kit is verified by urging that "From your fertile minds will come secrets at last of SAFE and sustained flight that will make man free as the birds and of course more mighty." The cost of one year was $1.75. POPULAR AVIATION was started in August 1927 by airplane fan William B. Ziff (of Ziff-Davis Magazines). Under Editor Harley W. Mitchell it became the largest aviation magazine with a circulation of 100,000 in 1929. The magazine's title became AERONAUTICS in June 1929, but was changed back to POPULAR AVIATION in July 1930. The magazine became FLYING in 1942, and is still published today by Hachette Filipacchi Media. [Source: Michael Holley in Wikipedia]

AAC Supply Company Eaglerock Bullet American Air Cadets Official Construction Kit - 33 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$79   

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Very, very rare and from around 1930/32. American Air Cadets was one of the early national flying model clubs, and the magazine "Popular Aviation" was their official publication. Kit features bamboo and balsa construction and includes all required strip wood, bamboo, spars, balsa blocks, covering tissue, construction plans (which lists the model as 1/4 the size of the actual aircraft), a large sheet of color insignia, a beautiful machine-carved prop, fully formed wooden wheels, clear window material and even a mail-in form appealing to "All American Air Cadets Should subscribe for and read their official publication Popular Aviation." Never started and includes all items described, which I believe makes it complete (early kits were notorious for making you scratch build things from your own materials -this one is unusually complete). These kits seldom show up but there is some debate about the age; some have quoted 'late 1930s.' By the late 30s, bamboo had been replace completely by balsa. Furthermore, full-size plans were in vogue. The composite construction, complete lack of printwood and the tiny plans for such a large model (requiring the builder to personally scale them up from dimensions only) is directly in line with the late 1920s and early 1930s. The age of this kit is verified by urging that "From your fertile minds will come secrets at last of SAFE and sustained flight that will make man free as the birds and of course more mighty." The cost of one year was $1.75. POPULAR AVIATION was started in August 1927 by airplane fan William B. Ziff (of Ziff-Davis Magazines). Under Editor Harley W. Mitchell it became the largest aviation magazine with a circulation of 100,000 in 1929. The magazine's title became AERONAUTICS in June 1929, but was changed back to POPULAR AVIATION in July 1930. The magazine became FLYING in 1942, and is still published today by Hachette Filipacchi Media. [Source: Michael Holley in Wikipedia]

Eureka Hobby Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat (F8F) - 36 Inch Wingspan Class B Flying Aircraft

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$325   

Extremely rare, highly prefabricated kit from post-war Japan. Most likely from the early 1960s. These kits were produced to complete in the saturated American market, and they distinguished themselves by the quality and amount of work already done. This large-scale model can be operated with B or C class engines and features a beautiful aluminum full cowl, pre-assembled landing gear struts with rubber tires & metal hubs and sheet metal gear doors soldered in place, rubber tail wheel with metal hub, completed soldered gas tank, clear vacuform canopy (still excellent and not yellowed), diecut hardwood fuselage bulkheads, die-cut fuselage keels, metal hardware, finished wood prop, die-cut ribs and a very large number of other factory cut parts (both large and small), sheeting wood, full size plans, color insignia and more. Never started and complete. Eureka Hobby made a large line of giant scale gas powered models; they were not inexpensive, which is what makes them very rare today. This Bearcat was $8 in the early 1960s. Other aircraft produced, along with the wingspans and price are as follows: F4U Corsair (31" $10), Me-109E (36" $8), FW-190 (36" $8 and 26" $5.95, AD-4 Skyraider (36" $8), AD-2 Skyraider (24.5" $4.95), L-17 Navion (33" $8), F-94C Starfire with an all metal body and wings for Tiger-Jet engine (31" and $19.95, DC-6B (73", 59" long, four tanks, aluminum cowls, shock absorbing gear, four props for $47.50 - I had one of these, it was an amazing kit), Super DC-3 (61" $29.95, Fairchild Packet Transport (56" $29.50), C-45 Twin Beech (45" $28), Military DC-3 or C-47 (48" $24.50), SA-16 Albatross (54" $25.95), P-2V4 Neptune (51" $21.50), Commando (62" $28), Mig-15 (all metal body and wing, designed for Tiger Jet engine, 36" $22.50), F-84E Thunderjet (37.5" for Dyna-Jet fully enclosed engine and has rear aluminum fuselage $22.50) and finally a B-29 - the line flagship. This model had a 7 foot wingspan, was 59" long, was entirely wood planked and had numerous special features - all for only $39.50. San Diego Model Shop was at least one of the US distributors for these models.

Hasegawa Lockheed F-104 G/S Starfighter With Eduard Color PE / Aires Exhaust - Taiwan / Spain / Italy - (F104GS), 1/32, ST11

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$69   

Includes Eduard #49222 color PE Set F-104C/J (two frets and film instruments) still factory sealed, Aires #4100 F-104 Starfighter Exhaust with resin and photoetched parts, also still factory sealed. The actual kit is large and highly detailed kit with limited edition resin parts and colorful decals for all three air forces. Features excellent cockpit, detailed gear wells, full engine detail and removable tail section, detailed cannon bay with optional position access door, optional position speed brakes, removable radome with detailed radar, pilot figure, three section canopy that can be displayed open or closed, drop tanks and AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

MPC A-26B/C Invader Profile Series - USAF Korean War / 452 BG WWII / 'Monie' USAF Korean War, 1/72, 2-2003-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$27   

In the 1970s, MPC released the very popular Profile Series. Inside each box was a quality Airfix kit but with MPC decals to build any of the three aircraft shown on the box top. W ell detailed featuring cockpit, rotating turrets w/elevating guns, movable control surfaces, drop tanks, external bomb load or underwing gun packs, bomber nose or solid nose and dual position bomb bay with internal load. Never started. Factory sealed parts bag with decals and instructions. The decals are in 'mint' condition which is very rare for MPC kits from the 1970s.