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Guillows Fairchild 24 - 25 inch Wingspan - R/C Control Line or Rubber Powered Kit, 701-250

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$24   

Purchase new on October 17, 1967 in Northern Ohio. Large and well detailed stick and tissue kit. Can be flown rubber free flight, gas free flight, or converted to electric RC using modern small and light servos and receivers. Features quality die-cut balsa parts, stripwood and spars, plastic nose and cheek cowls, balanced prop and power combination for long flights, decals, covering tissue, scale wheels, full size plans, detailed instructions and more. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, 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.

Guillows Republic P-47D Thunderbolt - 30+ Inch Wingspan for Free Flight or R/C Conversion, 1001

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$42   

Very large stick and tissue kit that can be built to fly rubber, gas free flight or U-Control, RC or for scale display. Features retractable landing gear (main and tail wheel), cockpit interior, opening canopy, movable flaps, ailerons, rudder and elevator, complete bomb, drop tank and rocket load and more. Has high quality die-cut balsa, balsa stock as needed, die-cut plywood, completely finished wooden prop, hardware, a very large number of vacuformed plastic parts including a pilot, clear vac canopy, cardstock interior details, other wood and metal stock as needed, full instructions, full size plans and more. The kit has never been started. Inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Sterling Piper Super Cub Crop Duster / Dusts Crops In Flight - 18 inch Wingspan, A7-98

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$42   

Still factory sealed. Rare in this condition. Great action kit actually crop dusts in flight. Stick and tissue construction with vac cowl, plastic prop/wheels and full color decals.

Sterling P-47 Thunderbolt With Operating Landing Gear In Flight - 20 Inch Wingspan For R/C / Control Line / Free Flight, A4-198

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$89   

Purchased new on March 31, 1966 at Hobbyville in Cleveland, OH. Very nicely produced stick-and-tissue model that lowers the landing gear before the model lands. Can be flown with rubber, electric or gas control line or converted to RC with modern lightweight systems. Features high quality die-cut balsa sheet parts, stripwood and spars, fully formed wire landing gear struts, finished wheels, other wood and metal stock as required, light plastic full engine cowl, pilot bust and other details, beautiful clear vacuformed one-piece canopy (still mint not yellowed), rubber motor, plastic prop, a big set of full color decals, coving tissue and excellent full size plans with detailed instructions. Never started and complete. Sterling was a famous manufacturer dating back to the 1930/40s flying model craze. Although they continued to produce kits for decades after the flying model slump following World War II, they eventually fell victim to the general lack of interest in modeling that occurred in the early 1980s. I always considered Sterling kits to be deluxe kits as they had the action features and included everything needed to complete the model.

Jetco ROG Superflite 15 Inch Wingspan Freeflight Aircraft - (R.O.G), R-1

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$18   

Purchased new at Frank's Model Shop in Northern OH on May 1, 1969. Jetco was a producer of high quality gliders (the famous Thermic series), rubber and gas free flight and radio controlled aircraft. Jetco kits used the best materials and are very well engineered and complete. Ideal flying model for beginners. Includes quality balsa stock, plastic prop, light weight wooden wheels, fully formed wire parts, covering tissue and excellent full plans. Never started and inventoried complete. IN 1969 the entire Jetco 'Superflite' series consisted of the following: hand launched gliders SG-4 Thermic B, SG-1 Thermic 20, SG-1 Thermic Dart, SG-5 Thermic Trio, SG-2 Thermic 18. Towline gliders G-1 Thermic C, G-5 Trooper. Rubber models R-2 Hawk, R-1 ROG, R-3 Lark. Jet models J-3 Jet 50, J-1 Cougar F9F and J-2 Cutlass F7U.

Midwest Wally Simmers' Dyna-Moe - 34 inch Wingspan Flying Cabin Class C for Free Flight or R/C Conversion, 402

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$65   

Purchased new on March 25, 1966 at Rod's Model Shop on St. Clarie Street in Cleveland Ohio. Another successful design for Class C Cabin National Competition by Wally Simmers. Large and graceful. Climbs at 1000 feet per minute and glides at 10 to 1. Features covering tissue, quality strip and printwood, carved prop, hardwood and beautiful full size plans. Never started and inventoried complete.

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.

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.

AMT 1996 Ford Explorer Limited, 1/125, 8717

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$18   

Still factory sealed. No painting required; features simplified assembly and 35 parts.

IMC A-1H Skyraider with Extra Battle Damaged Parts, 1/72, 484-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$32   

Purchased new on December 27, 1968 at Uncle Bill's Hobby Shop in Cleveland, Ohio. Neat kit features stock parts and additional 'Extra Battle Damaged Parts" with realistically damaged fuselage and horizontal stabilizer. Has decals for camo version or natural metal finish. Includes stand and clear prop disk for in-flight display. Never started. Complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Curtiss SBC-3 Helldiver, 1/48, 117-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$55   

SALE! Still factory sealed. this issue is from 1963 forward; it has the non-'Famous Fighter' logo on the front but the two side panel logos have the 'Famous Fighters' in the border. Features movable control surfaces, full cockpit, pilot and navigator and very good detail for that time. Includes rectangular clear stand.

Aurora Curtiss Hawk P-6E, 1/43, 116-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$49   

SALE!! Still factory sealed. The kit is dated 1958, but this is obviously a later issue from about 1963 as the Aurora logo does not say 'Famous Fighters' in the border and has no sunburst. The two side logos, however, do say 'Famous Fighters' on the logo. Kit features movable rudder, elevators and wing ailerons, cockpit with pilot, seat, instrument panel, gun sight and feet stirrups, auxiliary gas tank and rotating prop and wheels. Molded in gloss dark green and clear.

Hawk Douglas A-24 - (Army SBD Dauntless), 1/72, 612-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$19   

SALE!! Still factory sealed but the seal has drawn the box concave. Hardbox issue from 1965. Has Tom Morgan artwork. Features great fit, all-recessed panel lines, good detail for the time, full landing gear and decals.

Hawk SNJ Navy Trainer (T-6), 1/72, 609-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$26   

Still factory sealed but the seal has split on the lower side panel. Hardbox issue dated 1964 with box artwork by Tom Morgan. Great small scale kit with excellent fit and all recessed panel lines.

Hawk Continental Air Lines Jet Prop Viscount, 1/96, 506-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$39   

Dated 1956. The model is an excellent representation of the first commercial 'Jet Prop.' Includes full landing gear, rotating props, clear cockpit and cabin windows, scale passengers, full color decals and even a boarding ramp. The kit has never been started. NOTE: missing some clear, flat windows; two cabin and two cockpit. Easily replaced with clear stock. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts, decals and instructions present.

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.

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 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 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.

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

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+++

$69   

Rare kit from 1957 in exceptional overall condition. 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, prop and pilot bust, fully formed wire landing gear, rubber motor, sandpaper, tissue, decals and excellent instructions. The kit has never been started. NOTE: missing plastic engine. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts present and with decals and instructions. NOTE: the decals are intact and not damaged but have some paper stuck to them from the small 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 engine cowl, pilot, missiles, prop and more. Assembly was by detailed full size plans.