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Cleveland Ryan Navion Balsa Flying Model Airplane Kit, 1/16, SF-107

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$125   

Sale Pending
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This is a Cleveland 'SF' or 'Scale Flying' model in museum scale of 1/16. The kit came from a long time collector of 1930s and 1940s models and is in exceptional condition. All Cleveland kits were exceptionally complete and this one is no exception. Features very high quality balsa printwood and strip wood, covering material, highest quality plans, all parts required for assembly and insignia (if issued with the kit). The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. The Cleveland Model and Supply Company played a pivotal role in the development of true scale models. In 1909 Bleriot's English Channel flight caused a surge in aviation and model aircraft around the globe. Several companies were ideally positioned to take advantage of the aviation craze. In the USA, Wading River Manufacturing Co. (1909), White Aeroplane (1911), Ideal Model Aeroplane (1911) and Broadfield Model Aeroplanes (1919) were among these pioneers, offering everything from plans and parts to complete kits and ARF models. Lindbergh's 1927 crossing of the Atlantic Ocean caused an even bigger world-wide phenomenon called "The Aviation Craze" that extended up to the start of World War II. Many companies such as Megow, Guillow's and others started right around this time. Some of these models flew and flew well, but they all had one thing in common - they were generally not accurate scale representations. In 1929, a youngster named Ed Packard had a very advanced dream-to produce incredibly accurate, true scale models that flew perfectly. This radical idea established the world's longest operating single-owner model airplane supply business-Cleveland Model and Supply Company. To this day, Cleveland models are treasured as the most accurate flying scale models produced. The fact that Mr. Packard started and successfully grew this business during The Great Depression is a testament to his ideals and business skill. I highly suggest the excellent book called 'Aviation's Great Recruiter - Cleveland's Ed Packard' by H.L. (Herm) Schreiner. It is an excellent history of the man, his company and the times of the Golden Age of Model Aviation.

Pica Focke-Wulf FW-190 D-9 Dora - 65 inch Wingspan Stand-Off Scale R/C Airplane - (FW190D9)

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$375   

Rare and large kit. Includes many plastic and prefabricated wooden parts to speed assembly. For .6 engines, electric conversion and 4-6 channels RC. This kit has not been started. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Royal Curtiss P-6E Hawk Radio Control (RC) Flying Scale Airplane Model - 63 inch Wingspan

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$389   

Royal was well-known for making some of the finest very large scale RC kits and this Hawk is no exception. Designed for 4 to 6 channels. Huge 63 inch wingspan and 43.5 inch length. The model is as new inside with the factory sealed bags, rubber bands, etc. The kit has never been started and is complete with all parts, instructions, plans and decals. NOTE: this kit is factory packed in a very durable and strong box. It will be shipped without an external box unless you request otherwise.

Testors F-86 Sabre Jet - 18 Inch Wingspan Wooden Model, 1/24

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$79   

Very rare and large 1/24 scale display model. Dates from the late 1940s and is highly prefabricated. The two fuselage halves are completely cut out and formed into the fuselage shape; you simply glue them to a center former. The wings already have an airfoil, and you glue the two halves to center ribs. The tails are precut and there is also an excellent vacuform clear canopy and a large sheet of decals that still looks factory-new. The instructions are detailed and also have full size plans. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Guillows Waco Custom Biplane - 24 Inch Wingspan Flying Airplane, 50DC

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$59   

Sale Pending
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Rare, dated 1948. Very early Guillow's kit with the old logo. Features 5 sheets of die-cut balsa parts, factory-cut stringers and spars, shaped nose block, plastic prop, tissue paper, fully formed wooden wheels and thrust bearing, hardware (prop / rubber shaft) and full size plans with instructions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

Cleveland SE-5 British Pursuit - 22 Inch Wingspan Flying Model, EZ-9

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$38   

From 1949. An excellent model designed to fly with rubber power. Features die-cut balsa parts, fully formed wheels, factory cut stringers and spars, balsa nose block, metal stock, covering material and excellent full size Cleveland plans with instructions. The kit has not been started. NOTE: missing four wing ribs and 4 rib fronts. Easily made since you can trace the pattern from the die-cut sheet. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts present. Includes plans. One short end of the box is missing two inner tabs and the closing flap. The closing flap is present on the other side but the two smaller tabs are gone.

Cleveland Spad XIII C.1 Balsa Flying Model Airplane Kit, 1/16, SF-13

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$99   

This is a Cleveland 'SF' or 'Scale Flying' model in museum scale of 1/16. All Cleveland kits were exceptionally complete and this one is no exception. Features very high quality balsa printwood and strip wood, covering material, fully formed wooden wheels, fully formed balsa nose and thrust bearing, wood blocks as required, clear material for the windshield, highest quality plans and 5 sheets of color insignia. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. The Cleveland Model and Supply Company played a pivotal role in the development of true scale models. In 1909 Bleriot's English Channel flight caused a surge in aviation and model aircraft around the globe. Several companies were ideally positioned to take advantage of the aviation craze. In the USA, Wading River Manufacturing Co. (1909), White Aeroplane (1911), Ideal Model Aeroplane (1911), Broadfield Model Aeroplanes (1919) were among these pioneers, offering everything from plans and parts to complete kits and ARF models. Lindbergh's 1927 crossing of the Atlantic Ocean caused an even bigger world-wide phenomenon called 'The Aviation Craze' that extended up to the start of World War II. Many companies such as Megow, Guillow's and others started right around the time of Lindbergh's flight. Some of these models flew and flew well, but they all had one thing in common - were generally not accurate scale representations. In 1929, a youngster named Ed Packard had a very advanced dream to produce incredibly accurate, true scale models that flew perfectly. This radical idea established the world's longest operating single-owner model airplane supply business, called Cleveland Model and Supply Company. To this day, Cleveland models are treasured as the most accurate flying scale models produced. The fact that Mr. Packard started and successfully grew this business during The Great Depression is a testament to his ideals and business skill. I highly suggest the excellent book called 'Aviations great Recruiter, Cleveland's Ed Packard' by H.L. (Herm) Schreiner. It is an excellent history of the man, his company and the times of the Golden Age of Model Aviation.

Comet Aeronca K Floatplane - 25 inch Wingspan Flying Balsa Airplane Model, 3208-100

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$38   

1970s reissue of the 1950s kit. Features traditional wood/tissue construction, quality printwood sheets, pre-cut balsa stringers and spars, detailed full size plans, building instructions, hardware, clear material for windows, tissue and propeller. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. 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.

Guillows B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay - 53 Inch Wingspan, 1/32, 2005

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$265   

Sale Pending
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Still factory sealed. Rare, giant 1/32 scale Superfortress. Features die-cut stick and tissue construction with a large number of plastic parts such as nose, gear and bomb bay doors, nacelles, wheels and much more.

Guillows Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress - 45 Inch Winspan, 1/28, 2002

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

$65   

Still factory sealed but the seal has drawn the box top concave as shown. Perhaps the largest scale (1/28) B-17 kit available. Kit can be built as a scale static display model, with gas engines for U/Control or could be modified to fly on todays small electric motors and remote control. Features all moving control surfaces, plastic cowlings and fairing, plastic regular tail gun or Cheyenne tail gun, optional position main gear, retracting tail wheel, removable wings, plastic turrets and many other clear or colored plastic panels and parts.

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

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

$52   

Still factory sealed but the seal has drawn the box top concave as shown. 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.

Guillows Lockheed P-38L Lightning - 40 Inch Wingspan Flying Model, 1/13, 2001

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

$48   

SALE!! Still factory sealed but the seal has splits and has drawn the box top concave as shown. Very large flying model for free flight, .049 U-Control, static display or rubber power. Although it is not in the instructions, many people have converted this model to R/C with electric power. Includes stick and tissue construction, a large number of plastic vac parts, clear vac canopy, detailed cardstock parts, full decals and much more.

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

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

$59   

Still factory sealed but the seal has drawn the box top concave as shown. 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.

Sterling Fokker E-III Eindecker - 25 inch Wingspan for R/C / Free Flight / Control Line, A23

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$59   

Sale Pending
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Big kit for RC, free flight or control line. This model includes a very large decal sheets, die cut balsa sheets, pre-cut strip wood, vacuform cowl, engine, machine gun, pilot and other parts, rubber tires with completely precarved wooden wheel hubs, preformed landing gear strut wires, hardware, tissue, rubber motor and prop. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and 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 featured color decals, high-grade die cut balsa, vacuform plastic detail parts, plastic wheels (if required), finished wire landing gear, rubber motor and plastic prop, full size plans with instruction details and full instructions for conversion to RC or control line.

Guillows SE-5A Scout - 24 inch Wingspan for Free Flight or R/C Conversion, 202

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$38   

Large scale, well detailed kit. Can be flown rubber free flight, gas free flight, or converted to electric RC using modern small, light servos and receivers. Well detailed with scale plastic wheels, plastic propeller, vacuform nose/cowl and engine, full color decals, tissue, die cut balsa parts, rubber motor, plywood firewall, illustrated, detailed instructions and excellent full size plans. 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.

Comet Grumman F6F Hellcat - 24 inch Wingspan Flying Model Airplane, 3503-298

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+++

$52   

1970s large scale issue for rubber or gas free flight, or easily converted to RC using today's tiny and light servos and receivers. Kit features traditional wood/tissue construction, insignia, detailed full size plans, building instructions, wheels, hardware, tissue and propeller. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. 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.

Guillows Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress - 45 Inch Winspan, 1/28, 2002

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

$75   

Perhaps the largest scale (1/28) B-17 kit available. Kit is still factory sealed but the seal has tears. Kit can be built as a scale static display model, with gas engines for U/Control or could be modified to fly on todays small electric motors and remote control. Features all moving control surfaces, plastic cowlings and fairing, plastic regular tail gun or Cheyenne tail gun, optional position main gear, retracting tail wheel, removable wings, plastic turrets and many other clear or colored plastic panels and parts.

Coast Model Aircraft The Cloud Chaser 54 - 54 in Wingspan Class A/ B/ C Gas Free Flight or R/C Conversion

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$135   

Large and complete kit. Includes full size plans, quality balsa stock and printwood, steel wire landing gear, turned balsa wheels, silkspan covering, celluloid windows, tube of glue, bottled dope (still good), plywood firewall and hardwood motor mounts. Likely from the 1940s. 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).

Carl Goldberg Models The Tiger 2 - 61 inch Wingspan R/C Aircraft

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair++

$85   

From roughly the 1970s. Large 61 inch wingspan sport or low wing trainer. Power is recommended as .35 to .45 2-cycle or .40-.5 4-cycle gas engines (not included). The design is for RC throttle, ailerons, elevator and rudder. Simple and strong, interlocking balsa and plywood construction that Goldberg was famous for. This kit has not been started. The parts have not been punched out and the smaller parts are still in the factory sealed bags. Includes full size plans and 'General' instructions. NOTE: this kit came with 'specific' and general' instruction books. The specific one is missing, but the full size plans will do fine if you are an experienced builder.

Comet Messerschmitt Bf-109E - 18 inch Wingspan Flying Model, 3306-200

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$24   

1970s reissue of the older kit. Kit features traditional stick and tissue construction, color insignia, fully finished wood wheels, rubber motor, hardware, tissue, plastic propeller and detailed full size plans/instructions. The model has not been started. Inventoried complete with all parts and instructions. 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.