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Monogram Howard DGA-6 Mr Mulligan Bild'n Fly - 17.5 inch Wingspan Flying Model, 1/21, F1-149

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$85   

Rare. 1960 issue from the large 'Bild'n Fly' series. This series was Monogram's most elaborate, colorful and realistic flying models. It was short-lived however, as by 1960 non-flying plastic kits had become the #1 hobby of boys in the USA. The Bild'n Fly series included simplified assembly - no ribs or stringers. All balsa parts are color laminated and die cut - no tissue covering and all decoration is built in full color. There are 14 highly detailed plastic parts such as cowl, wheels, prop, etc. The windows are clear and are of die-cut acetate. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including and instructions.

Guillows Catalina PBY-5A / PBY-5, 1/28, 2004

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$48   

Large 1/28 scale stick and tissue model. Can be built static as designed, or, if you are experienced, converted to RC. Instructions are not included for RC conversion. Features the choice of three building options - PBY-5A with floats and gear extended, same with floats and gear retracted or as PBY-5 float plane only. Features die cut high-grade balsa parts, numerous vacuform plastic parts such as engine nacelles, gun listers, canopy, nose cowl, nose turret and more, covering tissue, WWII period decals, step by step instructions and detailed plans. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions.

Easy Built Models Wright Flyer 1 1903 - Museum Model Series Issue, 1/20, D-10

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$24   

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Very large scale 1/20 wood and tissue model with a 24 inch wingspan. Features two sheets of balsa printwood, factory-cut balsa stringers and spars (strip wood), other balsa stock as required, metal hardware, rigging thread, props, covering tissue and two sheets of plans. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including instructions.

Eagle Model Aircraft Co. Culver Cadet Light Aircraft, 1/48

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$26   

Rare kit from the early 1950s. NOTE: builder kit only, please read carefully. Solid wood, scale display model has about a 7 inch wingspan when built. Features profile cut fuselage and wings, wood dowel for main gear struts, printwood horizontal and vertical stabilizers, tail wheel and main gear wheels. The kit has not been started. Includes all parts required for assembly - but NOTE, there are no plans. This kit originally came with three view plans. Other kits in this light plane 1/48 line included the Ercoupe, Taylorcraft 15, Aeronca Champion, Piper Cub Coupe and Stinson 150. Eagle Model Aircraft Company was located in Brooklyn, NY.

Easy Built Models PBY Catalina - 54 Inch Wingspan, D-5

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$48   

Very large scale stick-and-tissue display model. Features printwood, wood stock and strip stock, full size plans and covering material. Never started and complete.

Cavacraft P-51D Mustang - Solid Wood Aircraft Model, S-1

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$45   

Rare. From the late 1940s/early 1950s. This is the first issue, which has the three color printed box. This excellent kit is among Cavacraft's final efforts to compete in the solid model hobby. The fuselage and wing are completely carved to shape. The quality is excellent - as good or better than Strombecker. Also features clear canopy, die cut smaller wooden parts, a sealed small detail parts bag, full color decals, CASCO glue and excellent plans/instructions. The kit has never been started and is complete. Please note, the box is missing two of the small inner flaps and one flap is taped on (from the inside).

StromBecker Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star, C-32

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$55   

StromBecker was famous for this line of hardwood and plastic kits. All carving is done to the final shape. When complete it makes an impressive desk top display. Features completed hardwood fuselage, wings, tail feathers and optional tip tanks, clear injection molded canopy, hardwood stand with wire support, sanding block, sandpaper in two grades, two sealed envelopes - one of Casein Glue and another of Wood Filler, complete and detailed instructions and excellent decals. Never started and inventoried complete. Box has significant wear; it is present, but not really in collectible condition.

Wright-Dayton Co. Grumman F4F -3 Wildcat Plywright Solid, 1/48, PW-1

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$75   

Very rare. From the very early 1940s. Wright-Dayton was located at Front & Second Strs, Dayton Ohio. The instructions state that this flying glider was 'designed by the chief engineer of the Wright-Dayton Company, who helped built and fly the original Wright Airplane." No small claim and not an idle one! Upon further investigation, the un-named chief engineer is James M.H. Jacobs. He filed the patent for this glider in 1937; he is also named in patents with Wilber Wright. Sure enough, he was an engineer who certainly worked closely with the Wright Brothers. This is a very nice, true-scale, deluxe (for the time) solid wood model of bread-and butter construction. Features 9 excellent, factory cut hardwood profiles for the bread-and-butter fuselage with dowel pin alignment, templates (on the instructions) for final sanding, very nice profile cut hardwood wings, horizontal and vertical stabilizers, die cut hardwood display stand, a factory sealed envelope of small parts, an excellent color insignia sheets with starts, wing walks, retracted wheels and gear doors, oil coolers, canopy with frames, tail wheel, side windows and stand name plate and excellent full size instructions with detail assembly drawings and excellent step-by-step instructions. Never started and complete with all parts and paperwork.

Wright-Dayton Co. Wright Aerial Torpedo Flying Balsawood Glider

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$42   

Rare. Exact date is unknown, but is from the late 1930s or early 1940s. Wright-Dayton was located at Front & Second Strs, Dayton Ohio. The instructions state that this flying glider was 'designed by the chief engineer of the Wright-Dayton Company, who helped built and fly the original Wright Airplane." No small claim and not an idle one! Upon further investigation, the un-named chief engineer is James M.H. Jacobs. He filed the patent for this glider in 1937; he is also named in patents with Wilber Wright. Sure enough, he was an engineer who certainly worked closely with the Wright Brothers. This is a rubber-band launched folding wing type model - when it slowed down near peak altitude, the wings would deploy and results in a long glide. It comes with a balsa body, factory attached red, white and blue tail feathers, metal nose weight (preinstalled) that has a launch hook, two balsa wings with excellent red printed design that says 'Wright Aerial Torpedo', factory applied tin folding tabs on the inboard wings, a rubber band/launch hardwood stick, full instructions and even the rubber bad (no good, but present, stuck to instructions). Complete and never used.

Hawk Ju-87 Stuka Bomber, 1/48, 80

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$48   

Very rare kit for the advanced collector. From the early 1940s. Features all pre-cut wooden main parts (fuselage, wings, wheels and vertical & horizontal stabilizers), wood stock as required, insignia sheet and full-size plans that include cross sections for templates. Never started and complete. Hawk was one of the few manufacturers making wooden kits to a constant scale of 1/48 (and sometimes smaller) in the 1930s. Hawk kits were very complete and included metal details and superb quality drawings for the true scale enthusiast. Before the plastic age there was a product line of railroad, airplane and ship models which are advertised on the side of this box.

Monogram Speedee-Bilt P-47 Thunderbolt, G17-100

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$145   

Rare kit dated 1957. The box top and tray are in excellent condition. Features beautiful Monofoil fully-shaped wing, other fully shaped balsa parts, finished wheels, factory-painted die-cut parts (still unpunched), a large number of plastic details, clear vacuform canopy, sandpaper, rubber motor, covering tissue (factory folded into the plans), detailed instructions and like-new decals. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Scale flying wooden rubber powered model from the early 1950s. 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, maybe a detail part or two and simple plans. 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 (depending on the actual kit). Assembly was by detailed full size plans.

Maircraft Douglas A-20 Havoc, 1/48, D-4

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$32   

Rare, large-scale solid wood display model from about 1943/44. Has a 15+ inch wingspan when built. Features factory 3-D cut fuselage (not just profile cut), profile-cut nacelles, inboard and outboard wings and stabilizers, quality print wood, a factory sealed paper envelope of small detail parts, full color decals and excellent plans with templates and instructions. Never started and complete - the small parts are still factory sealed.

Megow F7F Tigercat Redi-Carved, 1/43, SE-1

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$95   

Very rare and dated 1946. At the very end, Megow pulled out all the stops and competed in the 'highly prefabricated' and expensive segment of the model airplane segment. The result was fantastic. This is a large-scale solid wood kit with a 14.5 inch wingspan. It features completely carved balsa fuselage that even has the cockpit cut out, completely machine-finished hardwood engine nacelles/gear housings (full length nacelle behind the engine), excellent profile cut wings, horizontal and vertical stabilizers, fully formed nose and main wheels, vacuform canopy (still like new), two injection-molded plastic three-blade propellers, wood and metal stock as required, color decals, two glass bottles, one of Megow Glue and one of Megow Dope (both still good!), a paint brush, step-by-step, heavily illustrated building instructions, very large full size three view plans including numerous templates and airfoil views and even a 'Plastic Wood' color advertising brochure. Even the internal factory presentation cardboard is present. The kit has never been started. The small parts are still in the factory sealed bag. The other have been inventoried complete including plans/instructions and decals. Please NOTE that two prop blades are cleanly broken off at the hub but are present.

Burkard Martin B-26 Marauder, 1/54

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$55   

Very rare, high quality kit from about 1942/43 that represents the early B-26. Of the early solid aircraft kits, Burkard holds the distinction of being the largest, best made and most complete kits. However, the high price restricted sales, making them very desirable today. Big scale model features a fully carved-to-shape balsa fuselage that even has the turret hole predrilled, excellent profile-cut hardwood wings, engine nacelles, horizontal and vertical stabilizers, fully formed main and nose wheels, other wood stock as required, metal foil for details, two sheets of color insignia-one with USAF markings and the other with kill markings/silhouettes, a tube of glue (solid and stuck to one stabilizer) and very large and complete plans that include aircraft history and specifications, three views, numerous cross sections for templates and airfoils, antenna details and even text instructions. Never started and complete. Consolidated Model Engineering Co, of 3079 Third Avenue, NY, NY, manufactured the famous Burkard Giant Solids, Bay Ridge Super Gas Jobs and Jackson's Strato Spear. They also distributed Bantam engine factory replacement parts.

Master Modelcraft Supply Co Douglas A-20A Boston / Havoc, 1/48

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$34   

From about 1943 - certainly a wartime issue from the 'We are in a fight to WIN!' drawing on the instructions and an urging to buy war bonds. This is a deluxe solid wood model in big quarter scale. Features beautiful completely finished hardwood fuselage, two cut-to-shape balsa wings with rough airfoils already formed, profile cut balsa nacelles and tail feathers, two cast metal three-blade propellers, fully formed wheels, wood stock as necessary, tinted celluloid for canopies (not printed), sand paper, full color insignia, factory glass bottles of glue and dope and very large full-size plans that include stabilizer and wing dihedral gauges, cross sections, aircraft description and spec and even text instructions. Never started and complete. Box top is complete but has closed edge splits. Master Modelcraft Supply Company made wooden model aircraft and ships and listed their address as N.Y. 66, New York during the early 1950s.

Master Modelcraft Supply Co Spad XIII World War I Fighter, 1/40, 13 MM

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$22   

Likely from the 1940s. This is a solid wood model with an 8 inch wingspan. Features 2D cut fuselage block, quality printwood wings, die-cut horizontal and vertical stabilizer, die-cut propeller, fully formed wheels, wood stock, color insignia sheet and very nice full size plans with templates, text instructions and even the color scheme. Complete and never started.

Ray Grumman F6F Hellcat With Testors Glue, 1/43

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$22   

Rare kit, probably from the late 1940s but the actual date is not known. Large scale model that is solid wood. Features 'Ray-Ring' fuselage, a novel and useful feature to make fuselage finishing easier. Instead of using template to shape the fuselage, the templates have already been used and at those locations the fuselage is already carved to final shape! You simply carve in between the pre-carved section until they match - a very nice idea. Also includes 2D cut wings, fully finished wheels, clear vacuform canopy in excellent condition (known as the 'Ray-Closure'), very high quality printwood, full color decals, very nice full size plans including building instructions and even a never-used (but dry) tube of very early Testor's wood glue. The kit has never been started and is complete. Ray Aircraft Products Co. was located in West Chester Pennsylvania. They mention this is the '2nd of the RAY SOLID MODELS' so clearly there is at least one more. Little else is known.

Consolidated Burkard F6F Hellcat - With Redi-Carved Fuselage and Paint

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$38   

Very rare deluxe kit from the late 1940s. This is a solid wood scale model with a wingspan of 9.75 inches. Features completely carved fuselage with cockpit cutout that needs only final sanding, excellent profile-cut wings, horizontal & vertical stabilizers, finished wheels, wood stock as required, beautiful cast metal three-blade propeller, a corked glass bottle of factory glue, a corked glass bottle of factory blue dope, a blue insignia sheet with stars and bars, aircraft numbers and 'Felix the Cat' with bomb nose art, another color insignia sheet with a very large variety of kill markings (flags and kill profiles), canopy celluloid and excellent full size plans with building instructions, aircraft tips and cross sections for making templates. Complete and never started. Please NOTE that while the canopy material is present, there are no printed frames on it. Often these kits have printed frames on the clear material. Burkard Giant Solid Models were made by Consolidated Model Engineering Co., Bronx, New York.

Marvel Douglas A-20 A Combat Planes of America, 1/64

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$24   

Rare kit from 1942. This is a scale, solid wood kit. It features balsa wood, very thick and heavy printed cardstock parts, cardboard template, heavy cardstock props, full size plans with more templates and construction notes. A very simple kit that requires serious carving and shaping skills, but typical of the time! Complete and never started. The paint scheme shown on the aircraft is the pre-war variety. Marvel was a popular manufacture with a large line of army vehicles, tanks of all nations, aircraft and more.

Falcon Model Airplane Co. De Havilland Mosquito, 1/43, B37

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$24   

From the mid to late 1940s. Large scale, solid wood kit featuring profile cut fuselage, wings, tail surfaces, printwood, wood stock as required, finished wheels and full size plans. Complete and never started.