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Aurora North American P-51D Mustang - With Aurora Glue, 1/48, 118-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$145   

Contains still sealed Aurora glue with the early 'Aurora Line' logo. The kit is the first issue from about 1956 with the Northern Lights logo. Has many working features: detailed engine with removable cowlings, full cockpit and retractable landing gear. Molded in gloss olive green and clear. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Heller Caudron C635 Simoun - Advanced French Light Aircraft from the 1930s, 1/72, 165

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$10   

This highly advanced aircraft first appeared at the XIV Paris Airshow in 1934 . It was used successfully for many record attempts, and was pressed into service for WWII also. Has markings for two aircraft. 1960s 'L' style kit issue with full box art and yellow logo panels. Very nicely molded with recessed control surfaces and fine raised panel lines. Never started. NOTE: missing one side and one front windshield. Inventoried with all other parts, decals and instructions.

Entex Lockheed L 500 / USAF C-5A Galaxy Worlds Largest Airliner, 1/144, 8213

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$175   

Rare and unusual kit can be built two ways: the Lockheed 500 Airliner or a US Air Force C-5A Galaxy. Contains decals for Pan Am version or the MAC C-5A. Large and well detailed kit. Molded by Otaki for Entex. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The kit inside is excellent as are the decals and instructions, but NOTE that the box is worn, has closed tears and clear tape and one split side.

Italeri Republic P-47 Thunderbolt Bubble Top or Razorback, 1/48, 805

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$20   

Still factory sealed.

Hasegawa F-4EJ Phantom II Dragon Squadron - 303 Sq 6 AW / 305 Sq 7 AW (Two Different Aircraft), 1/48, P2x

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$56   

Rare limited issue. One in a series of remarkably detailed Phantom II kits from Hasegawa. Features extensive and colorful decals for the box aircraft, a full color painting and marking guide, all fine recessed panel lines, excellent cockpit detail, optional position canopies, boarding ladder, crew of two, detailed gear wells, optional position speed brakes and more. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Hawk Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat Chrome - Thai Air Force, 1/48, 215-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$38   

1968 issue with Royal Thai Air Force markings. This is the plated version and the chrome is in exceptional 'near mint++' condition which is very rare. It has been properly protected for shipment. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Airfix Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger Mk.1 - North Africa 1943, 1/76, 961308

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

$14   

Part of the excellent 1/76 Airfix armor range of kits. Features flexible tracks, full bogie detail and rotating turret. Markings for the North Africa campaign. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Berkeley Sweitzer 1-30 - For R/C or Free Flight, 1/12, 4-18 295

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$129   

Big 1/12 scale model with a 40 inch wingspan. Originally designed as a gas powered model for free flight or control line, or can be converted to electric power and modern RC (radio control) gear. Features hardware, decals, full size plans, formed wire parts, die cut balsa and plywood parts and more. 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. 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.

Hasegawa Lockheed F-104G / F-104J Starfighter With KMC Resin Cockpit - Luftwaffe Marine / Japanese Self-Defense Force, 1/32, 124

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc-

$69   

Includes KMC #32-5004 F-104G/J Update Set with a complete resin cockpit. Never started and complete with all parts and instructions. Large and highly detailed kit with colorful decals for West Germany or Japan. The kit has never been started. NOTE: missing seat back, but you don't need it since the included KMC cockpit has a beautiful resin seat. It has been inventoried with all other parts present and includes decals and instructions.

Airfix German Assault Gun Craftmaster Issue, 1/76, M1-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$22   

Still factory sealed. 1960s issue with colorful and dramatic artwork.

Aurora Regulus II Guided Missile with Launcher, 1/48, 378-249

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$525   

1958 release of this kit featuring classic Jo Kotula boxart. The large 1/48 scale missile comes with a fully operational scale launcher. The hardbox is 'very good++' with great color and gloss, four solid corners, no price tag or tape tears, no torn or missing litho and no creases. Flaws include edge and corner wear as shown and light general wear. The kit has never been started and is factory new inside right down to the original tissue packing paper. Aurora factory sealed the silver parts and the red missile parts; these are both still sealed. The deep blue parts were not sealed but have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts. Includes decals and instructions in 'excellent' condition. This kit must be shipped insured.

Lindberg Caravelle French Jet Airliner - With Full Interior and Engines and Transparent Fuselage and Cowling - Cellovision Issue, 1/96, 553-149

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Poor

$169   

From the 1950s. First issue of this rare kit with beautiful Ray Gaedke box art of an Air France Caravelle departing over downtown Paris. The model is loaded with unique features. It can be built as a large scale non-visible or visible model with full interior. Features one clear fuselage 1/2 and one clear engine cowl, complete passenger compartment and cockpit, mens/womens bathrooms, passengers, pilots and hostess, retracting landing gear, movable wing flaps, moving control surfaces, jet engine, boarding ramp and display stand. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Includes Air France decals. Please NOTE: the box looks much better than the grade, but is graded as 'poor' because it has been cut on the back along one long and one short side, as well as having other general wear and shorter closed tears. The later hardbox issue included United Air Lines, since United once bought the Caravelle for North American routes.

Academy Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress Memphis Belle, 1/72, 21488

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$36   

Beautiful and highly detailed model of the Fortress 'F' variant. 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.

MPM Curtiss Hawk III Model 68 - Chinese or Thai Air Forces, 1/72, 72043

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$28   

Has decals for both versions. Nicely detailed moldings and photoetched details. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Execuform McDonnell F2H-3/4 Banshee - Bagged - (F2H3 F2H4), 1/72

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

$12   

Still factory staple sealed. Basic vacuform kit. Never started. Complete with vacuform main parts, detailed plans, clear parts and instructions. A certain degree of modeling skill is required to build vacuform kits. They are not recommended for beginners.

Cleveland Kling's 1937 Fokerts Racer - Balsa Flying Aircraft, 1/16, SF-71

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$89   

This is a Cleveland 'SF' or 'Scale Flying' model in museum scale of 1/16. 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. 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, called 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 'Aviations 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.

ESCI NATO F-16 Fighting Falcon - with Ground Support Group, 1/48, 4078

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$58   

Still factory sealed. Kit includes tarmac display base, 1/48 scale F-16 kit, a standing pilot and three ground crew, tool cards, signs, dollies, boarding ladder, carts, pylons, chocks, tow tractor, weapons loader and more.

Monogram SA-16B Albatross - Air Rescue Amphibian, 1/72, PA20-149

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG-

$55   

Second issue hardbox dated 1957. An excellent kit with finely molded detail and excellent fit. Features retracting landing gear, rotating wheels and props, three man crew, optional position door and two survivors in life rafts. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The Albatross was the primary sea rescue aircraft of the Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service, a branch of MAC - Military Airlift Command. Operational service began in 1947 and Hu-16s saw wartime action in Vietnam. The first issue is P20 and the second is PA20; the 'P' designation lasted less than a year.

Revell F-100 Super Sabre - 'S' Issue, 1/70, H236-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$79   

1956 'S' kit with incredible box art composition. Kit features pilot and cockpit, drop tanks, bombs and Revell 'Globe' swivel base display stand. The kit has never been started. Inside, the kit is like new. The small parts are still in the internal factory sealed bag and the parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions. Decals and instructions are in 'excellent+' condition.

Hudson Miniatures 1911 Maxwell Lil' Old Timers 'Quickie Kit', 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$46   

Rare. When the Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' burst upon the hobby scene in 1951, they started a hobby revolution. Plastic model kits were not new in 1951, but successful mass marketing of plastic kits was new. The sensation swept the country, and Gowland & Revell could not make the kits fast enough. The fact that the public was buying these models shocked the successful hobby establishment. One such manufacture was Hudson Miniatures. In the 1940s, Hudson had established a name in making 1/16 scale 'Old Timer' models of automobiles. These were excellent kits with wood and metal parts, but a high degree of skill was required to carve and finish the wood parts. In the late 1940s, they added some injection molded plastic parts (usually acetate wheels) to the series but did not consider a completely plastic kit. When Hudson saw what was happening with the Highway Pioneers, he began to design his own 1/32 scale line called 'Lil Old Timers', which hit the stores in 1954. An early paper fold-out catalog shows 18 models including some real gems like the 1910 International Harvester Passenger Car, 1911 Brush Delivery Truck and 1906 Columbia Electric Car just to name a few. The line was bought by Revell a short time after it's release, and Revell did reissue some (but not all) of the kits. As you would expect from Hudson, this is a nice kit with excellent moldings and detail for the time. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.