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Monogram Speedee-Bilt Boeing PT-13 Kaydet Trainer, G5-100

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$145   

Rare kit from 1957. The PT-17 was the first trainer standardized for the Air Force and Navy. This is a highly prefabricated, rubber-powered wooden scale flying model kit. It features beautiful, completely finished Monofoil upper and lower wings, die-cut fuselage sides and formers that are factory painted yellow, precarved wooden parts, fully finished wheels, die-cut clear windscreens, plastic engine, prop and pilot bust, fully formed wire landing gear, rubber motor, sandpaper, tissue, decals and excellent instructions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Please NOTE that a part of the decals is stuck to the Monogram catalog. Before there were plastic models, there were wooden aircraft kits. These usually came in two types - solid and stick and tissue. The solid models were static and usually contained a few blocks of balsa and sometimes a detail part or two. These "Make Wood Look Like Plane" models required a very high level of skill in carving and finishing. The stick and tissue variety were slightly easier to build and provided the ultimate thrill - they could fly when complete with rubber power (and later with free-flight gas and eventually RC). They still required a great deal of skill, so manufactures sought ways to make model building more accessible to everyone. One idea was pre-carving and/or prefabrication. This raised prices, naturally. Many manufactures launched lines of 'easy' to build flying models but only Monogram succeeded in making an entire line at an affordable price that would actual fly. The original "Speedee-Bilt" kits were in one-piece two-color boxes. In the early 1950s, shortly before plastic kits were available, Monogram changed to the 'hardbox' with a lithographic slick glued to the top as this kit. Speedee-Bilt kits contained die cut and pre painted wooden parts, completely formed airfoil wings, carved wheels and numerous plastic details like cowlings, pilot, missiles, prop and more. Assembly was by detailed full size plans.

Lindberg Curtiss Hawk P-6E Giant Flying Model - 20 Inch Wingspan, 904-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$24   

NOTE: parts kit only, please read carefully. Very rare and from the 1950s. The box is intact. One end panel has come off neatly along the seam but is present. Inside, it contains the following parts: internal cardboard protective insert, factory painted top wing with the brace neatly glued on; factory painted lower wing with brace and fuel tank glued on, scale three-blade plastic prop, red plastic flying prop with thrust button and prop shaft, tail wheel assembly, two big interplane "N" struts, two aileron struts and one cabane strut assembly. There are no other parts present. The instructions are on the back of the box for this kit. The condition of all parts is 'excellent' and the assembly is well done and very neat.

Lindberg Japanese Zero Motorized, 1/48, 304M-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$125   

Still factory sealed and in investment-grade condition. First motorized issue from the late 1950s with hardbox artwork by Ray Gaedke. Molded in silver and clear. 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 WWII Navy Asault Airplane F6F Hellcat - Motorized, 1/48, 302M-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$95   

Still factory sealed. 1950s issue has fantastic Ray Gaedke artwork. Includes electric motor for the prop. Batteries are hidden in the base.

Lindberg Air Force Tank Destroyer P-47 Thunderbolt Motorized, 1/48, 303M-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$90   

Still factory sealed but the seal has multiple splits. First Motorized release from the 1950s with hard box and classic Ray Gaedke Art. Molded in green and clear plastic with a large decal sheet that includes the checkerboard nose, rudder stripes and fuselage + wing invasion stripes. 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 Stearman PT-17 Kaydet Motorized, 1/48, 508M-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$65   

Still factory sealed but the seal has split. With motorized prop action. The hardbox is the 1966 issue with Tom Morgan box illustration. The Stearman was the last standard biplane produced for the Army and Naval Air Forces. Production was over 10,000 planes, making if more prolific than any other US Biplane design. Kaydets help to train over 60,000 allied airmen in WWII.

Lindberg Marine Attack Fighter F4U Corsair Motorized, 1/48, 301M-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG++

$89   

Still factory sealed but the seal has splits. 1950s hardbox that is the first motorized issue. Features incredible and colorful box art that Lindberg kits were famous for.

Lindberg Grumman F6F Hellcat British Carrier Fighter, 1/48, 558-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$79   

Still factory sealed and in investment-grade mint condition. Sold new on August 24, 1966 in Federal Department Store, Cleveland Ohio. Features superb Ray Gaedke artwork. Kit includes external bomb load and centerline fuel tank, pilot with seat and display stand. Molded in dark gloss blue and clear and has Fleet Air Arm decals.

Lindberg JN-4D Curtiss Jenny, 1/48, 534-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM+

$38   

In investment-grade 'near mint+' condition. The box has four perfect corners and perfect color and gloss; I removed the seal from it because it was too brittle. From the late 1950s with early classic box art by Ray Gaedke. Nice kit for that time with detailed engine, removable cowling, full cockpit, two pilots, ground crewman and aircraft tail dolly. Molded in a stunning gloss yellow and clear. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Lindberg Messerschmitt Me-410 Hornet, 1/72, 440-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$14   

1966 hardbox issue with Tom Morgan boxart. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. NOTE: the horizontal stabilizer is broke into three parts, and all parts are present. One prop blade is broke and included. 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.

Airfix Junkers JU-88A-4 - Craftmaster Issue, 1/72, 1-109

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$22   

From the mid 1960s and in 'near mint' condition. Action-packed artwork shows the final moments of a Ju-88. British fighters continue to pour lead into the doomed aircraft, which is still in it's dive and just released the lethal load. The gunners fire back and flak burst across the sky. Well molded for that time with cockpit detail, movable rudder, elevators and ailerons, working dive brakes, optional position landing gear, rotating wheels and props and external bomb load. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Airfix SS France (Norway) Ocean Liner - Craftmaster Issue, 1/600, S2-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$195   

Rare mid 1960 sssue of this popular ocean liner that was broken up. Kit measures over 20 inches long when assembled. Nicely detailed for that time. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Airfix Bristol Beaufighter Craftmaster Issue, 1/72, 7-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$28   

Purchased new on September 28, 1965 in Cleveland, Ohio. Very colorful box art of a Beaufigher making a low attack run on shipping. Kit includes torpedo and rocket load-outs. Never started. Inventoried and 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Craftmaster kits were made in the UK by Airfix and marketed by MPC in the USA.

SIG Fairchild 24 Rancher- 36 Inch Wingspan for Freeflight / Control Line / R/C - (Ex-Berkeley)

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$125   

From about 1970. Very nice scale kit that is ex-Berkeley. Can be build for freeflight with .02 to .049 gas engines, controline with .049 to .099 or can be converted to electric power and R/C with today's modern systems. Features high-quality die-cut balsa sheet parts, stripwood and spars, several factory cut balsa blocks, other balsa wood as required, fully formed metal landing gear struts (front and tail wheel), a sealed pack of metal hardware, tail wheel, clear cabin window material, two big decal sheets with registration numbers, covering material, full size plans with detailed text instructions and even the original AMA membership sheet and the SIG ID card to be place on your model in case it flew beyond simple recovery. Never started and complete.

Carl Goldberg Models Gentle Lady - 2-Meter R/C Sailplane, SP-1

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$129   

This 78 and 1/4 inch wingspan glider is legendary for it's performance and still flown today. This model came from the estate of a very active and particular early aircraft kit collector. It is like factory-new inside and has not been started. Complete with all parts, plans and decals (if originally included). NOTE: this kit was factory packed in a rugged and sturdy box. The model will be shipped with this box only (no external box) unless you request otherwise. Carl Goldberg was a gifted designer of model aircraft, and his career spanned the evolution of flying models. His designs and number of titles won in competition at the Nationals is legendary. His first competition was the 1928 Nationals, where he received honorable mention. By 1934 he won the indoor Nats and in 1935 he opened a Hobby Shop, among the first in the nation (the first one was probably opened by Cleveland Models Ed Packard). Awards came quickly. He wrote articles for Model Airplane News, and was Comet's top designer from 1939 till 1945. After Comet, he worked with Mike Schlesinger and Sid Axelrod on what eventually became Top-Flite Models. In 1955 he founded Carl Goldberg Models and released a still-popular line of scale, rubber, gas, glider and RC models. Needless to say, Goldberg's models are of the highest quality.

Carl Goldberg Models Spirit of St. Louis / Ryan NYP - 21 Inch Wingspan Balsa Flying Aircraft, D1-100

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$85   

Purchased new on December 16, 1966 from Barns Hobby in Cleveland, Ohio. Quality scale rubber-powered flying model with stick and tissue construction. Highly prefabricated balsa kit that does not use tissue covering. Features all die-cut wings, fuselage sides, formers, tail surfaces and more, vacuform engine, finished wheels, plastic prop, thrust button and spinner, metal hardware and prop shaft, rubber motor, full decals and superb plans with excellent instructions. Never started and inventoried complete. Carl Goldberg was a gifted designer of model aircraft, and his career spanned the evolution of flying models. His designs and number of titles won in competition at the Nationals is legendary. His first competition was the 1928 Nationals, where he received honorable mention. By 1934 he won the indoor Nats and in 1935 he opened a Hobby Shop, among the first in the nation (the first one was probably opened by Cleveland Models Ed Packard). Awards came quickly. He wrote articles for Model Airplane News, and was Comet's top designer from 1939 till 1945. After Comet, he worked with Mike Schlesinger and Sid Axelrod on what eventually became Top-Flite Models. In 1955 he founded Carl Goldberg Models and released a still-popular line of scale, rubber, gas, glider and RC models. Needless to say, Goldberg's models are of the highest quality.

Carl Goldberg Models Ranger 28 - 28 inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft, D5-129

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$65   

Purchased new on March 3, 1966 at National Hobby Inc at 4526 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, OH. Quality rubber powered flying model with stick and tissue construction. Features die-cut balsa wood sheet parts, stripwood and spars, die-cut clear window material, light plastic nose cowl, plastic prop, rubber motor, fully finished wheels, plastic thrust button, formed wire gear struts, other wood stock as required, decals, tissue, full size plans and superb instructions. Never started and inventoried complete. Carl Goldberg was a gifted designer of model aircraft, and his career spanned the evolution of flying models. His designs and number of titles won in competition at the Nationals is legendary. His first competition was the 1928 Nationals, where he received honorable mention. By 1934 he won the indoor Nats and in 1935 he opened a Hobby Shop, among the first in the nation (the first one was probably opened by Cleveland Models Ed Packard). Awards came quickly. He wrote articles for Model Airplane News, and was Comet's top designer from 1939 till 1945. After Comet, he worked with Mike Schlesinger and Sid Axelrod on what eventually became Top-Flite Models. In 1955 he founded Carl Goldberg Models and released a still-popular line of scale, rubber, gas, glider and RC models. Needless to say, Goldberg's models are of the highest quality.

SIG SIG Cub 24 Inch Wingspan Sport Model, FF-14

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$24   

Purchased new at Rod's Hobby Shop in Cleveland Ohio on February 15, 1969. This kit is a very good performer and capable of long distance/high endurance flights. Features die-cut quality balsa wood, stripwood and other wood stock as needed, metal hardware, rubber motor, plastic prop, colored covering tissue, decals, full sized plans and SIGs excellent 'Programed Instructions' which are perfect for beginners. Never started and inventoried complete.

Midwest Cessna L-19 Bird Dog - 22 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft, 405

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$32   

Still factory sealed and purchased new on February 19, 1974. This is a highly prefabricated flying model. There is no tissue covering - all the surfaces are die-cut balsa wood for quick and easy assembly. This kit makes an excellent, light weight flyer and is capable of long flights. Also includes formed wire landing gear, wheels, prop and decals. Other kits in this series included the Piper J-3 Cub, Citabria and Cessna Cardinal.

Midwest Super Jabberwock - 33 Inch Wingspan Class C Cabin Competition for Free Flight or R/C Conversion, 401

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$65   

Purchased new on April 9, 1966 at Hobby House on 5240 Warrensville, Maple Heights, Cleveland, Ohio. Includes the original receipt! Cabin style 1949 record holding aircraft designed by Wally Simmers. These aircraft were common in the 1930s when the sport of free-flight model airplanes reached it's zenith. It was not uncommon for these models to fly for 45 minutes or more on rubber power alone - many flew out of site, and it became common practice to write your name, address and phone number on the covering tissue. Quality kit includes printwood, strip wood, precarved prop, covering tissue and beautiful full size plans. Never started and inventoried complete.