1/50 Heller Etendard IV with Automatic Landing Gear and Speed Brakes
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
Very rare large scale kit with fascinating operating features. First issue from the 1960s with no part number and very high gloss box top artwork. The model uses a complex series of 6 cogs and gears with wire springs and twine to make functioning landing gear and speed brakes. When you lower the arresting (tail) hook, the landing gear doors open and the nose and main wheels extend. When you raise the arresting hook, the landing gear retracts and the doors close. Furthermore, when you pull out the parachute release at the tail, the speed brakes lower. When you close it, the speed brakes close. The kit is molded in the correct silver for the airframe, white cogs, gears and pilot, clear two piece opening canopy, real rubber tires and metal springs. There is a large Heller stand as well, which is clear - that is unusual, as it is usually black. Never started. Inside, the kit is like new with all parts still sealed in the factory sealed bag. Decals and instructions are present and are very good. Postal insurance is required for this kit.
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