Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc++
First and only issue from 1957. Difficult to find in this condition. The hardbox grades 'Excellent++' with wonderful color and gloss, absolutely no tape or price tags or residue and four solid corners. Hard to find scale kit of the Snark, tow tractor, launcher and crew of four. Launch pad has wheels that rotate and the launcher can be realistically moved from the transport to the launch configuration. Molded in the correct beautiful gloss red and yellow-orange. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.
Wood and Metal Model Kit, Box Condition: VG+
From 1980. Huge, giant-scale plank-on-frame kit with full fittings set. Measures 84 cm (33+ inches) long when built. The kit has never been started. All small parts and even most of the wood is still in the factory sealed bags. The few parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete. Includes a huge set of plans with numerous detail drawings.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc+
1960s issue. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
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.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: NM+
Very rare early injection molded kit. This kit is from 1952, so it was made at the same time that the Gowland & Gowland 'Highway Pioneers' were released. Hawk was a producer of wooden kits ( with metal or plastic details) before and after WWII, and was one of the handful of manufacturers to produce such kits (known as 'solids') in a consistent 1/48 scale. Hawk made aircraft, ship and train models in this fashion. The very first injection molded aircraft kits in the United States may have been made by Varney in 1946, but Hawk was always an innovative and quality-driven company, and they took a gamble on injection molded kit well before they were popular. As early as 1946 they may have issued the 1/48 Curtiss R3C-1 with wheels and in 1948 the 'Evolution of the Jet' gift set. In 1949, they issued several kits - the Supermarine S6B, Gee-Bee, Howard Ike, F-84G and the Constellation. In 1952, the Mig-15 was released in 1/48. As with the previous kits, this is in the Hawk two-tone one-piece flip box. This model is molded in the correct glossy silver with a unique early stand. Molded in gloss silver and green-tinted clear. The box is in exceptional condition. The kit has never been started. The contents have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.
Metal Model Kit, Box Condition: Good
Four stroke (four cycle) gas engine that has been used but very well cared for. Always stored inside. From the excellent condition, it appears to have been run very little. The engine turns smoothly by hand and has very high compression. When removed, the original Enya glow plug looks almost like new. There is no muffler. The engine is otherwise complete with all paperwork, never used wiring harnesses, needle in mint condition, tools and valve clearance gauge that was used once. This engine is from a collector who made a practice of testing his engines and adjusting them correctly.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG++
1958 'Famous Fighters' first and only release. Nicely done large-scale Bomarc with clear triangle-base display stand. Molded in white and clear and includes original factory packing tissue. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. NOTE: This kit must be shipped insured.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good
Rare kit from 1961 from Scale Model Products, later purchased by AMT. Nicely detailed and molded kit. Features Chevrolet 283 with factory fuel injection, detailed engine bay, opening hood, full interior, opening trunk, optional hubcaps, numerous competition and custom parts and much more. Even includes the famous SMP scale billboard with a Corvette insert. There has been no assembly but NOTE: the body, hood, trunk, optional top and bumper filler have been spray painted red. You can remove this with DOT3 brake fluid, spray oven cleaner or any safe, tested plastic stripper. Inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Scale Model Products (SMP) was a major competitor to AMT during the late 1950s. SMP started the 'Annual' craze in 1958. However, AMT bought SMP around 1960/1961. AMT liked the SMP logo more than their own, and substituted their letters into it. It is not known exactly who invented the '3 In 1' kit, but many credit it to SMP.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG++
Rare. Great hardbox kit from 1958 with interior and Bill Campbell artwork. The fuselage has a long flip-up panel to show full interior with all seats, bulkheads and even passengers. Also includes detailed landing gear, scale fuel truck, air conditioner truck and airport transport bus as well as full color BOAC decals and Mobilgas decals for the truck. This kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
1958 first and only release. Large 1/48 scale missile includes an elevating launcher, many moving parts and a crew of four. Molded in the correct white and olive drab. The kit has never been started. The missile parts ares still in the factory sealed bag. All other parts have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
From 1956. Very rare first issue with 'Famous Fighters' square 'Northern Lights' logo. Classic Jo Kotula artwork. This issue only lasted one year, as in 1957 the new oval logo box was used. The box is in excellent condition with all solid corners, no fading or stains, no price tags or marks . Somehow, this box escaped the factory thin tape, as there are not even any marks for that. Inside, the model is as new down to the original packing tissue. The parts are high gloss silver. The instructions are dated 1956 and correctly show the old style logo and square clear stand. The decals and stand are correct for this issue also. Never started and inventoried complete with all parts, decals, instructions and correct square clear 2-piece stand.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc+++
Dated 1963 with John Steel artwork. This is likely the 4th issue of this kit. The box has exceptional color and gloss, and four solid corners. This is the second artwork Aurora issued for the kit, and likely the 4th box/part number variant overall. Large 1/48 scale model. Features cockpit, spinning rotors, rotating wheels and opening doors. Molded in the correct gloss silver and clear plastic. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good
Very Rare. From the late 1950s. It is very finely molded for that time and is approximately 6 inches long when assembled. Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot was a French inventor who built the world's first automobile that could carry passengers. He first built a model in 1769, then the full sized version in 1770. He was a military engineer and the French Army showed great interest as this would an ideal way to move field artillery. The model and vehicle was know as fardier a vapeur (steam dray) and it did work, although not good enough for the Army to abandone horses. In 2010 a perfect copy was built at Arts et Metiers ParisTech and it performed perfectly. This is the only assembly kit known of this remarkable and historical vehicle. It is molded in red plastic and has 63 parts. The kit has never been started. All the parts but the frame are still in the factory sealed bag. The frame is intact and complete but never sealed. The instructions are present and in 'very good++' condition. They are in French but there is an old hand-written translation (from the early 1960s) of every word included. Precisis kits are so rare and almost never turn up for sale publically (a small handful since 2009) that little is known about them beyond the fact that they are of high quality and cover unusual subjects. For years advanced collectors knew of Precisia and assumed them to be metal models...an easy mistake to make since no kits had ever seen. We have only learned in the past 18 or so years that they were plastic. Precisia also made a 1900 Tonneau Renault 4 CV, Bugatti 1927, 1899 Grobron-Brillie and 1898 Coupe Peugeot model kits.
Vacuform Model Kit, Box Condition: Bagged
SPECIAL ORDER vacuform kit. Not shipped from stock. Kit is molded upon receipt of payment. Time from receipt to shipping your kit is usually 8 to 10 weeks. Kit includes resin and/or metal details -clear canopy and full size plans/instructions. Details included will vary from kit to kit but may contain landing struts - wheels - props - engines (not jets) - some cockpit parts - seats - etc. Other parts will need to be scratch built or from your spares box. Decals not furnished. Vacuform kits are only recommended for modelers who are experienced with this type of model. Special skills and scratch building experience are required. If you are curious, I highly recommend that you read the article 'How To Build Vacuform Model Kits' which is located on this website.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc++
Very large quarter scale model for RC Pylon racing. Big 48 inch wingspan. Features stamped metal landing gear, full size plans with RC details, all die cut balsa and plywood, complete color decals 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.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: No Box
For the advanced collector and investor. Very rare and in exceptional, all original condition. This is a Adams-factory built display built for hobby shop promotional use. The intention was simple- if hobby shops would purchase and display these dioramas, potential buyers would see the model build and immediately purchase the kit. This probably worked well; but the hitch was that these displays were expensive, so few hobby shops could afford them back in the 1950s. And of the ones made, there was heavy attrition. Parts broke, and when the new kits came out next year, they were thrown away to make room for more. Which makes the 'excellent+' condition of this one even more exceptional. The actual model is very neatly built and painted, is missing no parts and has had no repairs. The paint and decals are in fantastic condition as well. The 3-D cardboard display has like-new color and gloss. There are no rips, tears or missing material. The only damage is that the 'firing missiles' in the middle have been folded over and are creased. I put masking tape on the back to temporarily hold them up for the photo. It will ship folded down as I found it. A superb 'no apologies' piece. NOTE: this kit must be shipped insured. NOTE: It will be packed as well as possible in a double box, but be aware that some small parts or men may come loose during shipping and may have to repaired on your end.
Resin Model Kit, Box Condition: No Box
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.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Exc+
Still factory sealed but the seal has split on the left long side and right as shown. Rare. 1960 Hardbox with Bill Campbell artwork. Very nice kit molded in white and featuring detailed jet engine with noise suppressors, detailed main and nose landing gear and full color Delta decals.
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: Good+
Very rare. From 1943. This was the expensive, deluxe West-Craft jeep in giant 1/12 scale. Very highly detailed for the time. Features rolling frame construction just like the real jeep (minus motor), complete interior, fold down windshield, beautiful completed black wheels with tread, a big bottle of West-Craft Olive Drab Dope (still good), numerous hardwood parts cut to shape, very and heavy and thick (as thick as good wood) die-cut cardstock parts, a sealed wax paper bag with metal hardware, full decals and mint, large, superb plans including dozens of drawings and diagrams and very complete step-by step text instructions that matches the drawings. This was a special display box, intended to be displayed open if the shop owner so desired.
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG+
Dated 1965. Issued with the popular TV program '12 O'Clock High.' Very rare 3 plane kit with special ground base showing airfields, railroad yards and factories, special 'bombs away' stand, one special 'battle damage' decal sheet for the B-17s, another unique decal sheet for the three B-17s 'Aces High,' 'Fancy Diver' and 'King Pin' and the 'bomb' stands and a full color poster of the box art by Mort Kunstler. The three B-17s are molded in the correct dark green and clear, while the 'bomb' stand arms are clear and the base is black. The kit has never been started. Two of the B-17s are still in the factory sealed bags; the third one has been inventoried with all parts present Complete with poster, special stand, stand arms, two unique decal sheets and instructions. Must be shipped insured.