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Berkeley Stinson SR-9C Reliant - For R/C or Free Flight, 1/12, 4-19

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$169   

Big scale model originally designed for gas powered free flight (.045 to .099) or control line (.099-.29), or can be converted to electric power and modern R/C (radio control). Features plastic cowl, decals, covering material, detailed, full size plans, formed wire main gear and tail wheel struts, die cut balsa and plywood parts, hardwood main and tail wheels and more. The model has not been started. The parts have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions. Berkeley is a very famous manufacturer of flying model kits from the Golden Age of flying aviation, about 1932-1954. Founded in 1933 by William Effinger, the company was quite progressive in producing quality kits - it was likely the Berkeley 'Buccaneer' was the first gas powered model in kit form. In the later 1930s, Effinger acquired the services of a very talented Henry Struck. Struck went on to design numerous award-winning kits under the Berkeley name. Berkeley weathered the post WWII recession and emerged as a major kit producer in the late 1940 and 1950s. These were great years for Berkeley and they produced some incredible and large kits. The company went bankrupt in about 1960 however. Fox engines (Duke Fox) bought the company and released the kits alongside his own FOX models and engines. This arrangement did not last, and in the early 1960s the Berkeley name disappeared from hobby shop shelves.

Revell Douglas DC-7C Swissair, 1/122, H267

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$36   

Not the original 'S' issue but the 1997 reissue. Ideal builder with very colorful Swissair decals and the original 'Revelving' Globe stand from the 1950s. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Matchbox Handley Page Halifax GRII Series IA / B.MkI/II - 58 Sq Coastal command Wales 1943 / 76 Sq RAF Yorks (P/O Christoper Cheshire's Aircraft) / 10th Sq RAF Yorks 1942, 1/72, PK-604

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$24   

Dated 1983. Very nicely molded for that time with very fine raised panel lines and many recessed lines as well. Features detailed cockpit, crew, rotating turrets, wheels and propellers, parts for all three versions, optional position bomb bay doors and a painting guide and decals for the three aircraft listed. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

UPC Lola Ford - HO Scale, 1/87, 3051-39

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$22   

Small scale Lola racer molded in blue, white, chrome plate 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. The true mold origins of this kit are unknown. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

Merlin Models Albatros W.4 (W-4) Floatplane, 1/72, 4

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$18   

Limited production kit with injection molded parts and decals. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Hasegawa Douglas A-4E/F Skyhawk VA55 - USS Hancock - (A-4E / A-4F), 1/48, 09824

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$52   

Still factory sealed. Hard-to-find limited issue correct from 2008. Very highly detailed with 156 pieces. Includes extensive decals.

Frog Blackburn Skua Dive Bomber Red Series, 1/72, F162

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$26   

Very colorful artwork 'Gold Token' issue. Finely molded in medium gray and clear. Features separately molded ailerons, elevators and rudder. This kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, 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, Blue, 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.

Dumas Running Hardware Kit for #1226 Donai Z-65 Tournament Fisherman, 2353

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$75   

Rare and still factory sealed. Includes (2) 16" S/S shafts, (2) stuffing boxes with Oilite Bearings, (2) rudders and shafts, (2) rudder arms, (2) set collars, (2) drive dogs, (2) brass stop nuts, (2) nylon washers, (2) bronze struts with bearings and misc screws and fasteners.

Bronco Piper Cub L-4H Rosie The Rocketeer, 1/35, CB-35018

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$48   

Large 1/35 scale kit that includes photoetch parts. Very well molded and features highly detailed interior, separately molded ailerons, full engine and more. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bags including decals and instructions.

Italeri DC-130 with Teledyne Ryan Q2C or 147 NX Firebee Drones - US Navy or USAF, 1/48, 820

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$179   

Big 1/48 scale model with a very large 33 inch wingspan and four drones & all related C-130 Drone Carrier modifications. Features great detail with full cockpit and flight deck, complete cargo hold interior, opening cargo doors, optional position crew door and stairs and much more. Has decals for USN VC-3, North Island, California 1871 and USAF 11th TAC Drone Squadron 355th TFW, Davis Monthan AFB 1971. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Revell 1903 Cadillac Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H35

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Mint

$50   

In rare, investment-grade condition. This is old hobby shop stock that has never been offered for retail sale until now. 1952 first year issue with the box is in amazing 'mint' condition and inside, the kit has never been started. 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.

Revell Australia's Domestic Twins TWO Boeing 727 Ansett and TAA (Trans Australia Airlines) - Bagged, 1/144

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Mint

$175   

Incredibly rare bagged kit with heavy, full color header. This special Down Under only release includes two Revell 1/144 727-100 models, one set of Revell instructions and two sets of decals - Ansett and TAA. Both decals are in 'excellent++' condition. Molded in silver plastic. The two kits have never been started. They have been inventoried 100% complete. NOTE: one kit has a white flap hinge. It is from an earlier issue of this same kit.

Revell USS Missouri - Pre 'S' Issue Narrow Box, 1/535, H301-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$145   

First release 1953 hardbox pre 'S' kit. This is the first ship that Revell cut the molds for. Earlier Revell ship releases were Ex-Gowland and Gowland molds for the small scale sailing ship series. The box is graded Excellent and it is one of the better (not the best but close) I have seen, with excellent color. There is some edge wear and clear tape neatly applied to one corner. Inside the kit is 100% correct. The plastic is the high gloss medium gray. The instructions are the correct 'large' release for the first issue. Never started. 100% inventoried complete with all parts, flag sheet and instructions present.

CM USS Nevada BB-36 - December 7 1941 Configuration, 1/350

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$375   

SPECIAL ORDER limited production kit with museum-quality high definition resin castings, photoetched details, decals and instructions. Full-hull kit represents the Nevada on the day of the Pearl Harbor attack. Complete kit with all parts needed for assembly. Kits are molded upon receipt of payment. Normal wait is four to six weeks.

CM LST 1179 USS Newport, 1/350

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$335   

SPECIAL ORDER limited production kit. Museum quality high definition resin castings. Complete kit with all parts needed for assembly. Some kits include photo-etched details and decals if required -email for details on a certain kit. Kits are molded upon receipt of payment. Normal wait is six to eight weeks.

Revell Focke Wulf FW-200 C-4 Condor, 1/72, 04312

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$38   

Modern reissue of the 1960s kit. Has 120 parts and many operating features: movable control surfaces, rotating props, wheels and gun turrets and full crew. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Hudson Miniatures 1911 Brush Model C Delivery Old Timers, 1/16

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$75   

Dated 1949. Large scale and very well detailed for that time. Features numerous die-cut and machined/cut to shape wooden parts, beautiful plastic wheels, grill, steering wheel, lights and other accessories, metal louvered hood, metal stock and parts and die-cut cardstock. Although all of Hudson's 1/16 kits are excellent, this one has even more detail than usual thanks to Hudson's engineers having access to the actual car owned by Mr. Austin Clark. This kit has never been started. The small parts are still factory bag sealed while the parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete including two sheets of excellent plans/instructions. The Brush Delivery Model C was manufactured by Brush Runabout Company, which was a division of the famous United States Motors. It sold for $650 and was powered by a one cylinder 64 HP engine linked to a gear-set type two speed + reverse multiple disc clutch transmission. Hudson Miniatures created a very popular line of automobile kits in a constant 1/16 scale shortly after WWII. The kits sold very well...so well that you could argue that Gowland & Gowland borrowed Hudson's subject matter for their ground-breaking 'Highway Pioneers.' The Hudson Miniatures 'Old Timers' even spawned a line of imitators, with Fador's 'Smallster' being one of the better in quality. Sales did drop on the appearance and popularity of the much smaller (and less accurate) Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' in 1951. When the all-injection molded Gowland kits proved not to be a passing fad, Hudson quickly planned and released his own all-plastic, small-scale competition called 'Lil' Old Timers Quickie Kits.' The kits were of excellent quality, but it was too little too late. Additionally, sales of the excellent wooden kits faltered further in the next few years with the introduction of accurate, 1/24 and 1/32 all-plastic cars in the mid 1950s. This forced Hudson to discontinue the wood kits and the plastic line was sold to Revell and subsequently re-released. Today, these excellent, big 1/16 kits are often the only model available of these early automobiles. In the mid 1960s Aurora thought so highly of Hudson Miniatures that they purchased the wood kit assets and released a very small number of these in all-plastic models.

Aurora Douglas DC-10 American Airlines, 1/144, 366-250

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$65   

1969 hardbox issue. Molded in gloss silver, clear and with the dark gray/blue 'Tripod' stand and very colorful American Airlines decals. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including instructions and 'excellent' condition decals. They are 100% intact, flat, have some typical yellowing and a tiny bit of bug damage to the backing sheet only.

Bandai German Soldiers Sapper No 1, 1/48, 8244-125

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$20   

Very highly detailed 1/48 positionable soldiers with numerous accessories and a short bridge. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions.

Aurora DC-8 Jet Mainliner United Air Lines, 1/103, 387-249

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$155   

First issue dated 1959 and with 'Hobby Kits' in the oval logo border. Still a favorite among builders because it is the only early DC-8 in 1/100 scale and fairly accurate. Features full landing gear, early style turbo-jet engines, clear cockpit windows and can be easily built 'gear up' if you wish. With the large, clear, triangle-based Aurora 'World' stand. Molded in white and clear. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.