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North Pacific North Pacific Sport'r 24 inch Wingspan Balsa Long Range Rubber Powered Airplane Model, D-129-1

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Rare; part of the scarce 'Deluxe Flying Model' series from North Pacific. North Pacific was famous for making the rubber powered Sleek Streak and Star Flyer which not only flew circles around the rubber/stick competition, but could be modified to achieve near competition performance. The glider line included the fantastic Stunt Flier, which for an 'out of the envelope' design, flew very, very well. North Pacific went all out with this new 'guaranteed to fly' cabin design - a big departure from the profile sticks. The kit features sheet balsa covering, reinforced with hi-impact plastic inside. Can be flown with a .010 motor also. The model has not been started. The parts and paperworkd are still sealed in the factory clear bag. The entire series consisted of the Bipe, Sport'r, Dust'r and Race'r. The Sport'r, Race'r and Dust'r were quoted as flying 1/8 of a mile and Bipe 1/10 of a mile. Detailed instructions are included for gas engine installation. The high price and very short issue has made all of these kits very rare.

North Pacific Bipe 21 inch Wingspan Rubber Powered Biplane Model, D-129-3

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Rare; part of the scarce 'Deluxe Flying Model' series from North Pacific. North Pacific was famous for making the rubber powered Sleek Streak and Star Flyer which not only flew circles around the rubber/stick competition, but could be modified to achieve near-competition performance. The glider line included the fantastic Stunt Flier, which for an 'out of the envelope' design, flew very, very well. But North Pacific went all out with this new 'guaranteed to fly' cabin design - a big departure from the profile sticks. The kit features sheet balsa covering, reinforced with hi-impact plastic inside. Can be flown with a .010 gas motor also. Includes very detailed, illustrated instructions and also comprehensive 'how to fly' instructions. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. The entire series consisted of the Bipe, Sport'r, Dust'r and Race'r. The Sport'r, Race'r and Dust'r were quoted as flying 1/8 of a mile and Bipe 1/10 of a mile. Detailed instructions are included for gas engine installation. The high price and very short issue has made all of these kits very rare.

Renwal Bleriot 1909 Monoplane and Kitty Hawk 1903 Biplane, 1/72, 234-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

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Hard to fine early 1960s hardbox issue. Kit includes both models. The Wright Brothers Kitty Hawk was the first aircraft to make powered and controlled flight, and the Bleriot Monoplane was the first aircraft to fly over the English Channel. These are unique and accurate kits. The original internal frame structure and details of the aircraft is built from injection molded plastic. When complete, it is covered with a very strong fabric which is included. The result is a very realistic aircraft. The Kitty Hawk has never been started and is still sealed in the original factory bag. The Bleriot has very minor assembly; the two fuselage halves are neatly built to 'professional' quality. There is no other assembly and the kit is complete. Includes covering tissue, instructions and Testors's covering glue glass bottle.

Guillows Sopwith Snipe 7F1 - 18 inch Wingspan Rubber Powered Balsa Wood Kit, WW-10

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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One of a very popular line of World War 1 flying aircraft stick and tissue kits with 18 inch wingspan. Features scale plastic wheels, plastic propeller, light vacuform nose cowl, die cut balsa parts, tissue, rubber motor and full decals. Includes full size detailed plans. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Guillow's founder, Paul K. Guillow, was a WWI naval aviator. In 1926 he began producing wooden model airplane kits. His 'Shelf Models' were some of the earlier non-flying models in production. Guillow's grew during the model boom of the 1930s, and when the Depression hit the hardest, Guillow's responded with lower prices and became one of the low price leaders, frequently advertising in Model Airplane News and other leading publications. During the war, like most manufacturers, Guillow's was forced to alternative materials such as cardboard and pine. Guillow's survived the post WWII slump by creating many inexpensive profile flying rubber powered aircraft and gliders in the 1950s (along with North Pacific) which became famous - some are still available today. The stick and tissue lines have been updated with laser cut parts and are still in production as of 2009.

Lindberg Junkers JU-88, 1/64, 545-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

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1950s hardbox issue with Gaedke artwork in amazing condition. Box has factory-new color and gloss, four solid corners, no fading, no tape, no tags and no marks from either. Very light wear is the only flaw. The model has many operating features including detailed engines with removable cowls, retracting landing gear, movable control surfaces and full crew. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Lindberg is a company with a fascinating history The original 'Lindberg Line' stretches back to the 1930s when Paul Lindberg drew plans for famous modeling magazines and marketed his balsa wood 'stick and tissue' by urging dealers to carry the '...Complete Lindberg Line'. After the war, Lindberg and Olsen had a strong hand in early United States injection molded kit development. Please see the article located on this website about early USA plastic kit manufactures.

Lindberg Lockheed Vega - Post's 'Winnie Mae' Round the World Record Settting Aircraft, 1/48, 533-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed but the seal has splits as shown. Original 1950s issue with fantastic Ray Gaedke box art. Features moving control surfaces, cockpit, rotating prop and wheels and clear display stand. In 1931, Post and Gatty flew the Vega 'Winnie Mae' around the world in 8 days, 15 hours and 8 minutes for a new world record. In 1933 Post tested a gyroscope automatic pilot and radio direction finder in another record flight lasting 7 days, 18 hours and 45 minutes. This aircraft is now in the Smithsonian Museum.

Frog Hawker Typhoon Gold Token Issue, 1/72, F389

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Most likely from the late 1960s. Nice kit with all recessed panel lines, full landing gear, wing mounted rockets and clear two-piece display stand. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Frog Fairey Barracuda Torpedo Bomber - Red Series, 1/72, F161

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Nicely molded with fine panel line detail and no rivets. Features separately molded ailerons, elevators, rudder, crew of two and torpedo loadout. This kit has never been started. NOTE: missing two simple cylinders #27 braces. Easily made from pulled sprue or stock plastic. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts, decals and instructions present.

Hawk Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat Marines, 1/48, 562-130

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

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Dated 1967 but most likely from the late 1960s because this is a softbox issue with the 130 price extension and John Andrews boxart. Kit features over 40 parts with pilot, 4 HVAR rockets, (2) 1000 lb bombs, detailed landing gear and engine, drop tanks and US Marine decals. Never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Please NOTE that one gear strut is blue plastic; it is from an earlier issue of this kit. The other parts in this kit are gray and clear plastic.

Hawk Chrome Plated P-51D Mustang Fighter - USAF ' Canadian RCAF / Philippine Air Force, 1/48, 208-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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1967 release with John Andrews artwork. This kit is completely metal plated and includes realistic matte and gloss panel variations; the plating is in very rare 'excellent++' condition with only slight wear. Well detailed kit for that time with drop tanks, rocket launchers and optional position canopy. Includes decals for all three versions. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. The decals have some light age stains on the backing paper only; the actual transfers are clear. The chrome parts have been properly protected for shipping.

Monogram Grumman Hu-16B Albatross (SA-16B) - Blue Box Issue, 1/72, PA160-150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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The 3rd issue from the original 'Four Star' molds. Features retracting landing gear, rotating wheels and props, three man crew, optional position door and survivor in a life raft. The kit has never been started. The aircraft itself is complete but NOTE: missing one of the two life raft survivors. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts present and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: the decals are intact but have light stains on the backing paper only. The actual transfers are clear of stains. 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.

Monogram AC-47 'Puff the Magic Dragon' Gunship - Blue Box Issue, 1/90, PA147-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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1966 issue, which I believe is the first issue of the Gunship version of this kit. Molded in green and clear plastic. Box displays Tom Morgan box artwork in 'good+' condition with vivid colors. It has never been started and is inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Monogram TWA Ford Tri-Motor Four Star Issue, 1/77, PA122-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Hardbox issue dated 1965 and contains decals for TWA 25th Anniversary C.A.A. flight. Earlier Four Star issues only had Byrd Antarctic markings. Never started. 100% inventoried complete with all parts/decals and instructions present.

Monogram B-25 Mitchell Big Cannon Plane - Four Star Issue, 1/70, PA7-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Dated 1955. 2nd issue with "PA" price prefix instead of "P." The only difference between the 1st and 2nd issue is the part number. Kit features rotating wheels and propellers, side gun packs and cannon/machine gun nose, crew members, underwing rockets and boarding ladder. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Please note that one prop blade is neatly broke off at the hub but is included.

Pyro Chesapeake Bay Skipjack Oyster Boat 'Carrie Price', 1/60, 269-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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From the very early 1960s and an excellent kit for that time. Features full hull, optional position keel, optional position cabin and deck hatch if you wish to super-detail the insides, full deck fittings, two detailed small boats, railings and life rings, furled sails (as shown on box art) and an excellent un-retouched photograph of the finished model that serves as a rigging diagram. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. The skipjack 'Carrie Price' is an exact replica of a typical small sailing vessel used along the Chesapeake Bay area to dredge for oysters. The center keel stabilizer could be pulled up for working in very shallow water. Until 1942 sail was the only power permitted for oyster dredging; after 1942 the state passed a law allowing power boats to be used. This lead to almost all the skipjacks being converted to power and having the main mast cut down. Although it's days are past, many yachtsmen restore and sail this beautiful small craft today. Pyro is long out of the plastic model business but is famous today for the esoteric collection of kits they produced. The seemed to care little about popularity but designed kits based on historical significance or local interest. The quality of the kits is generally high. Please the read the articles about Pyro Kit History and Pyro's founder, who was a pioneer in modern injection molding. Both are located on this website.

Hasegawa F9F-2 Panther - VF-123 Navy / VMF-115 Marines / Blue Angels - (F9F2), 1/72, 1138

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

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Still factory sealed. Very nicely molded with fine recessed panel lines and features detailed cockpit and ejection seat, opened or closed canopy, optional position landing gear and dive breaks, pilot figure and more. With decals for all aircraft listed.

MPC He-177 A-5 Grief with HS-293 Guided Missiles - (ex-Airfix), 1/72, 1200-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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From 1960s Airfix molds. Well detailed for that time and features opened or closed bomb bay doors with full bomb load, moving gun turrets, working rudder, elevator and ailerons, retracting landing gear, simulated spinning props (clear disks), five crew members, standard and custom decals, rotating wheels and four-bladed props and three optional Hs-293 Guided Missiles. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions. NOTE: decals are present, but they are from the Airfix issue of this same kit. The original MPC ones were peeling badly, which is typical of this kit.

Airfix Boeing 314 Pan Am Clipper - 'Dixie' or BOAC 'Berwick', 1/144, 1415-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Craftmaster issue. Very well molded and detailed older kit. Has decals for both aircraft. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. In the 1930s Pan Am was a household word in the USA for their romantic foreign routes and the glamorous 'China Clippers' that crossed the Pacific Ocean, stopping at such ports as Wake Island. Pan Am's attention soon turned to the Atlantic. Since non-stop service would be needed, a new aircraft was designed. The Boeing 314 was chosen. This huge flying boat started flying the Atlantic mail in 1939 with a trip over 26 hours long. Before the war, the 314 fleet flew the Pacific, Atlantic and other routes. The airliner was a palace compared to the cramped jets and limited service of today. The flight deck compared to the bridge of a ship and housed 6 crew. It was connected to the passenger cabin by a spiral staircase. The luxurious cabins were divided into 5 standard compartments, each seating 10 passengers, a dining salon for 14, a special compartment for four and a deluxe bridal suite. 74 could be carried on day trips and 40 when sleeping quarters for all passengers was required. Chefs prepared gourmet meals while passengers lounged in deeply cushioned wicker chairs and enjoyed a grand view of the scenery from about 5,000 feet. The age of the Clippers ended shortly after WWII when land planes could operate at much higher speeds than the flying boats.

Airfix Curtiss P-40E / Kittyhawk-1A Type Three Logo Bag, 1/72, 118

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

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Still factory sealed with the header in superb condition. 1960s bagged issue with T3 logo header. Very nicely detailed for that time.

Hasegawa North American RA-5C Vigilante With Microscale Decals - RVAH-12 USS America, 1/72, 1027

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Includes Microscale 72-94 'Navy RA-5C Vigilanties #2' in never used, mint condition with the original paperwork. The actual kit is older but nicely molded with cockpit and gear well detail, four drop tanks and clear camera windows. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.