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Diels Engineering Grumman F7F-4 Tigercat - 25.7 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft, 1/24, 23

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$39   

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Craftsman style true-scale static or rubber/electric powered flying kit. David Diels kits are upper end stick and tissue models that feature the highest quality materials. Kit includes a beautiful set of full-size plans, assembly instructions, metal hardware, quality balsa strip wood & printwood, plastic props, plastic vacuform canopy, rubber motors, covering tissue, full-color decals and more. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete.

Flyline Models Curtiss SO3C-1 Seamew - 23 inch Wingspan for RC / Free Flight or Static Display, 117

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$49   

Still factory sealed. Made for rubber free flight, but easily converted to electric RC with today's light and tiny servos and receivers. Flyline Models was a manufacturer out of Fairfax, Virginia USA. The models are known for their high quality. The kit contains full size detailed plans, instructions, high quality printed balsa sheets, pre-cut spars and stringers, decals, plastic prop and vacuform spinner, clear window material, covering tissue, hardware and more.

Easy Built Models Bell P-39 Airacobra - 35 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft, 1/12, FF03

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$30   

Still factory sealed. Large scale, big-wingspan, high quality modern kit made in the finest tradition of the stick and tissue kits from the 1930s-1950s. Kit contains high quality printed balsa, strip wood, plastic propeller, rubber motor, clear canopy material, wire, covering tissue and full sized plans.

Guillows Vought F4U-4 Corsair - 30 inch Wingspan Flying Model - (F4U4), 1/16, 1004

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$65   

Still factory sealed. Very large 30.75 inch wingspan (78 cm) flying or static model. Can be flown rubber powered, free flight, U-Control or R/C. Features stick and tissue constructions, quality die-cut balsa and stripwood, plywood firewall, extensive vacuform details such as engine, cowling, landing gear, intakes, dropping bomb and much more.

Sterling 2-32 Schweizer Sailplane - 42.75 Inch Wingspan For Tow Line or R/C, A27

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$75   

Still factory sealed. From the late 1960s/early 1970s. Very nicely produced stick-and-tissue glider than is designed for tow line or radio control. Features quality die-cut balsa parts, stripwood and spars, a perfect-condition clear vac canopy, factory-finished hard-wood nose cone, finished wheel, a large, full color decal sheet that includes full side strips as shown, coving tissue and excellent full size plans with detailed instructions. 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' as they had the action features and were much nicer than most other kits of this type.

Sterling SE-5 Scout with 'Auto-Magic' Pilot - 20 inch Wingspan For Control Line or Free Flight, M-5

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$36   

Mid 1960s stick-and-tissue flying model with special 'Auto Magic Pilot' feature and 20 inch wingspan. Can be built for scale static display, rubber free-flight or gas powered control line or Auto Magic Pilot, where the aircraft flies by itself on a tether and maintains level flight. Features full size plans, many die-cut balsa wood parts, main spars, stringers, plastic nose radiator and exhaust manifolds, covering tissue, completely formed and painted wooden wheels, die-cut plywood parts, clear material for windscreen and steel pre-shaped landing gear struts. Full size plans are included that also include highly detailed text instructions. The kit has never been started. NOTE: missing decals and two sheets of parts have been very neatly adult punched out. Inventoried with all wood, metal and plastic parts present including plans/instructions. 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 were much nicer than most other kits of this type.

California Model Co Featherette Microfilm Indoor Airplane - 18 inch Wingspan Airplane for Class B Competition

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$39   

Probably from the 1940s. Stick and tissue indoor endurance flying model kit made by California Model Company out of Long Beach, CA USA. Features required wooden parts, rubber motor, hardware (a small metal strip), a glass bottle of dope (or glue) that is still good, covering tissue, instructions and full size plans. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. If you have more information on this manufacture, please email me.

Enterprise Razzle-Dazzle - 16 Inch Wingspan Control Line Gas Aircraft, 956-195

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$69   

Very highly prefabricated flying model from the 1950s. The prefabrication is no idle boast - you can literally build this aircraft in a few hours. Intended for .039, .049 or .074 gas power. Features a completely factory carved fuselage that is ready to assemble, fully finished wing with airfoil, die-cut tail surfaces, metal cowl, plastic spinner and pilot, fully finished wheels and metal gear struts, die-cut plywood firewall, clear windshield, hardware, color decals and detailed, step-by-step illustrated instructions. Never started. The small parts are still factory sealed in a clear bag. All other parts have been inventoried complete with decals and instructions.

Enterprise Ben Howards Ike Racer - 17.5 Inch Wingspan Control Line Sport Or Stunt

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$89   

Very nicely flying scale model from the early 1950s. Highly prefabricated and requires no tissue covering. Features a beautiful solid balsa, factory cut wing, factory-painted die-cut balsa parts, die-cut plywood parts, pre-carved nose block, gloss red plastic spinner, cowl & pilot, fully finished wheels and wire landing gear struts, hardware, color decals, comprehensive and heavily illustrated building instructions and more. The model has not been started. The small parts are still in the factory sealed bag while all other parts have been inventoried complete with decals and instructions.

Monogram Speedee-Bilt F-86 Sabre Jet Flying Scale Model for Jetex, G13-100

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$145   

Scale flying model for use with the JETEX jet-power pack. Excellent pre-fabricated wood and plastic kit featuring beautiful, fully finished Monofoil solid balsa wings, factory painted die-cut balsa parts, plastic intake, exhaust, pilot and missiles, other balsa parts factory cut to shape, fully finished wheels and wire landing gear, a clear vacuform canopy (still mint and not yellowed, template sheet, full color decals and extensive instructions with numerous illustrations and full size plans. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. 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.

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

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$145   

Rare kit from 1957 in very good 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, 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 'excellent+' condition decals and instructions. 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.

Comet North American F-100 Super Sabre - 12.7 Inch Wingspan Flying Balsa Airplane - Coke Bottle Issue, R10-59

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$52   

Rare. 1950s issue flying model with the box art showing a Coke next to the young builders snack plate and finished product. Kit features traditional wood/tissue construction with high quality printwood, stripwood, wooden stock as required, clear vacuform canopy, fully formed wheels, covering tissue and detailed full size plans/building instructions with notes on how to fly the model. The model has not been started. Inventoried complete. Comet was a famous manufacturer of stick and tissue flying and static models. In the 1930s Great Depression, they lead the low-priced kit revolution with the "Dime Scale" kits and famous advertisements in Model Airplane News magazine and others. Comet reached it's peak in the 1930s when they acquired the services of Carl Goldberg. Goldberg was a highly accomplished modeler with articles in Model Airplane News and famous designs that won him several National level competitions in the 1930s and beyond. (Carl Goldberg went on to found his own company and produced well designed and popular free-flight and RC aircraft). Comet survived the post World War economic slump and continued kit production until they were bought out by long-time competitor Guillow's in 1998.

Berkeley Sweitzer 1-30 - For R/C or Free Flight, 1/12, 4-18 295

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$79   

Big 1/12 scale model with a 40 inch wingspan. Originally designed as a gas powered model for free flight or control line, or can be converted to electric power and modern RC (radio control) gear. Features die cut balsa and plywood parts, shaped trailing edges, plenty of stock for spars, etc., fully finished main and tail wheels, clear vacuform canopy (that is still perfectly clear, not yellow), fully formed wire landing gear struts, covering material, color decals and full size plans. This is a sheeted design with the exception of the wings behind the sheeted leading edge. The model has not been started. 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.

Top Flite Piper Cub JigTime Free Flight Or Control Line Aircraft - 26.5 Inch Wingspan And For 1/2A (.049) Engines, G-8

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$39   

Rugged all-balsa (no tissue) model that can be flown one of two ways or made R/C with modern light weight equipment. Features all quality die-cut and factory painted parts including two-piece wings, balsa sheeted fuselage with cockpit detail, light plastic engine cowl, die-cut clear windshield, fully finished wheels and metal gear struts, all hardware, color decals and very detailed, fully illustrated step-by-step building instructions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: the parts have been perfectly punched out by an adult.

Consolidated Model Engineering Hell Razor Class D Speed Control Line Aircraft - World Record Holder 1949 159.23 MPH

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$125   

Rare. Large Senior "D" class very high speed, gas powered aircraft. Very highly prefabricated. The wingspan is 15 inches and the fuselage (with engine and spinner) is about 16.5 inches long when assembled. Features completely finished metal cast lower fuselage, factory pre-carved upper fuselage, profile cut top pylon, excellent factory cut wing with finished airfoil, die-cut plywood horizontal stabilizer and elevator, other die-cut and fully formed parts, hardware, hinge material and detailed instructions with full size drawing. The kit has not been started. NOTE: missing tin for making your own gas tank. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts and paperwork present.

Consolidated Model Engineering Hell Razor 1/2 A Speed Control Line Aircraft

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$65   

Rare. Highly prefabricated flying model designed for very high speed operation. Has a 9.25 inch wingspan and is about 10 inches long when completed. Features fully factory carved upper fuselage and pylon, fully carved hardwood lower fuselage, solid, factory cut one-piece wing and horizontal stabilizer, factory cut elevator, other wood and hardware and text instructions with full size plans. The kit has never been started. The small parts are still in a factory sealed bag and all others have been inventoried complete with instructions.

Master Modelcraft Supply Co British SE-5 Scout Prefabricated Control Line Aircraft - 17 Inch Wingspan And For .035 to .099 Gas Engines

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$38   

From the early 1950s. The prefabrication is no idle boast with this kit as it can literally be built in hours. Features completely factory carved fuselage, fully carved upper and lower wings with perfect airfoil, many die-cut plywood parts, fully finished wheels and metal gear struts, metal hardware for control line flight, large, full color decal sheet and detailed, illustrated instructions. Never started. NOTE: missing die-cut horizontal and vertical stabilizer. Easily made since they are both from sheet balsa. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts present and with decals and instructions. This box is labeled "Master Modelcraft" and has an address of New York 55, NY. This is the same company as "Master Modelcraft Supply Co." located at New York 66. This is like a later issue.

Scientific Cessna L-19A Bird Dog U-Control Flying Scale Aircraft - 18 Inch Wingspan And For Gas Engines .035 to .074, S6-169

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$44   

Highly prefabricated kit from the late 1950s or very early 60s. Features fully carved fuselage, excellent factory-cut solid wing, die-cut, solid horizontal and vertical stabilizers, diecut plywood firewall, metal cowl, fully finished wheels and metal gear struts, hardware, two sheets of decals and detailed, illustrated instructions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Berkeley Payee Free Flight PAA Load - 50 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft for Pan Am Load Competition

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$149   

Rare. Dated 1955. Very large 'America' class design specifically created for the Pan Am Load competition and the 1954 High-Point Winner in this event. Features all die-cut balsa and hardwood parts, extensive rib and spar material, many other wood parts, pre-cut nose halves cored for the gas engine, fully formed wire landing gear, finished centerline tire, clear windshield material, extensive, large color Pan Am decal sheet and full size plans with instructions. There has been no assembly but all parts are adult punched out - neatly and perfectly. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Guillows B-25 Mitchell U-Control or Static Balsa Model, 1/32, 805

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$44   

Large 1/32 scale stick and tissue model. Can be built static or twin .012 to .049 engine U-Control. Features decals, numerous plastic parts such as cockpit surround, engine nacelles and more, movable control surfaces, detailed landing gear, hinged landing gear doors and more. The kit has never been started. Some parts are still in the factory sealed bags. The parts that are not internally sealed have been inventoried complete, including decals and instructions.