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Continental Model Airplane Co Ryan ST - Balsa Wood Flying Airplane, X21

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$28   

From the mid to late 1930s. New old stock from a closed down hobby shop but has been previously opened. Features 15 inch wingspan, quality balsa printwood and wood stock, fully carved hardwood wheels, partially carved prop blank (needs sanding), balsa blocks as required, color insignia sheet and detailed, full size plans that include instructions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

Cleveland Boeing P-26A Peashooter Flying Model, 1/16, SF-60

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$75   

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, highest quality plans, all parts required for assembly and 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.

Joe Ott P-38 Lightning Battle Plane Kit - 32 inch Wingspan Wood Flying Model

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair-

$59   

Rare kit from the late 1930s. This model is one of Joe Ott's mid-range line in size and price. Large model features printwood, stripwood, cut and shaped props (require final finishing), clear material for the windshield, required wood stock, blocks, two colors of tissue, wire, required hardware, completely pre-carved thrust button, nose and main gear wheels and excellent full size plans. The kit has never been started. Inventoried complete with all parts and plans. NOTE: the box is missing the end flaps and has wear and damage as shown. The box and instructions do not mention any color insignia sheet and there is not one present.

Continental Model Airplane Co Miles Mohawk - Stick and Tissue Flying Airplane, X17

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$29   

Never opened. Circa 1940s new old stock from a closed down hobby shop. I opened the 'very good' condition one also listed just to see what is inside, and will list that here: the kit features 15 inch wingspan, quality balsa printwood and wood stock, fully carved hardwood wheels, partially carved prop blank (needs sanding), balsa blocks as required, covering paper, color insignia sheet and detailed, full size plans that include instructions.

Cavacraft F-86 Sabre, 1/55, J-1

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$24   

From the very early 1950s, before the advent of wide-spread plastic kits. Rare older solid, completely pre-carved model kit. Features all hardwood parts, clear plastic canopy, pre-formed wire landing gear, finished nose and main gear wheels, sanding stick, Casco glue and large plans with full instructions. Never started. Inventoried with all parts and instructions. NOTE missing decals. This was clearly Cavacraft's attempt to compete with Strombecker. Although the kit rival Strombecker in quality, these never became as popular. Other aircraft in the line included S-1 P-51 Mustang, S-2 British SE-5, S-3 Piper Cub, S-4 Ercoupe, S-5 Taylorcraft, S-6 Navion, S-7 Cessna 140 and S-8 Fokker Triplane.

Monogram Thunderjet F-84 Superkit, T3

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$79   

Very rare multi-media 'plastic and pre-carved wood' kit. Before there were injection molded plastic kits, model builders worked in wood or metal. Advanced companies, like Monogram, saw the advantage of plastic and began marketing kits with plastic details and fully-carved fuselage, wings, etc. This beautiful kit is one the highest quality composite static kits from the early to mid 1950s. Includes finished wings with airfoil, completely carved fuselage, clear plastic canopy, colored die-cut wooden parts, plastic parts including pilot, wheels, bombs, gear struts and doors, inlet and exhaust, nose strut and wheel and more. The model has not been started, and inside is as it left the factory. The wood has not been punched from the sheet balsa. The parts that were factory bagged sealed are still sealed. All other parts have been inventoried complete including sand paper, decals and instructions. The large decal sheet is in 'excellent' condition.

StromBecker Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star - (F-80), C-32

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$85   

Earlier issue labeled 'P-80' instead of the 'F-80' on later issues. StromBecker was famous for this line of precarved hardwood and plastic kits. The carving is done to the final shape. When complete it makes an impressive desk top display. Includes all hardwood carved parts, clear plastic canopy, hardwood stand with metal stand arm, full decals, sandpaper, wood filler and wood glue and complete instructions. Never started. 100% complete with all parts and plans.

StromBecker Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket - (D-558 2), C-42

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$85   

StromBecker was famous for this line of precarved hardwood and plastic kits. The carving is done to the final shape. When complete it makes an impressive desk top display. includes glue, sandpaper, decals, hardwood stand, metal stand arm, plastic canopy and full instructions. Never started. 100% complete with all parts and plans. NOTE: there is some light bug damage to the instructions.

Monogram Corsair F4U-5 Superkit, T2

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$85   

Very rare multi-media 'plastic and pre-carved wood' kit. Before there were injection molded plastic kits, model builders worked in wood or metal. Advanced companies, like Monogram, saw the advantage of plastic and began marketing kits with plastic details and fully-carved fuselage, wings, etc. This beautiful kit is one the highest quality composite static kits from the early to mid 1950s. Includes finished wings with airfoil, completely carved fuselage, colored die-cut wooden parts, plastic canopy, pilot, tail wheel, prop, cowling, pitot tube, gear struts, wheels and more. The model has not been started, and inside is as it left the factory. The wood has not been punched from the sheet balsa. The parts that were factory bagged sealed are still sealed. All other parts have been inventoried complete including sand paper, decals and instructions.

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

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG+

$28   

Still factory sealed. Very large scale 1/20 wood and tissue model with a 24 inch wingspan.

Diels Engineering Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat - Static or Powered Scale Model- (F4F3), 1/24, 11

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$34   

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, strip wood, printwood, plastic prop, plastic canopy, full-color decals, aircraft history, color/markings notes. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

Merlin Models Breguet 14-B2 (Br-14), 1/72, 6

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$24   

Limited issue injection molded kit. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Monogram Superkit Russian Mig-15 Jet Fighter, 1/60, T4

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$95   

Very rare plastic and precarved wood kit. Before there were injection molded plastic kits, model builders worked in wood or metal. Advanced companies, like Monogram, saw the advantage of plastic and began marketing kits with plastic details and fully-carved fuselage, wings, etc. This beautiful kit is one the highest quality composite static kits from the early to mid 1950s. Never started. Inside, the kit is as it left the factory with the small plastic parts still in the factory sealed 'crinkle' bag, unpunched factory painted balsa parts, finished balsa fuselage and wings, white acetate stand, clear windshield, sandpaper, instructions and decals. 100% complete.

Comet Aeronca Chief - 54 inch Wingspan for R/C for Free Flight, 3506

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$89   

1970s very large scale kit with 54 inch wingspan. For rubber or gas free flight or RC (radio control). Kit features traditional wood/tissue construction, 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 manufacture 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 Aeronca Champion 85 - 24 inch Wingspan for Free Flight or R/C Conversion, 301

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$55   

Large scale well detailed kit. Can be flown rubber free flight, gas free flight, or converted to electric RC using today's small and light servos and receivers. Well detailed with scale plastic wheels, plastic propeller, vacuform nose/cowl and engine, full color decals, colored tissue, die cut balsa parts, rubber motor, plywood firewall and excellent full size plans. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or 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 manufactures, 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 Supermarine Spitfire IX - 20 inch Wingspan Flying Balsa Airplane Model, 3402

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$32   

1970s reissue of the older kit. Kit features traditional wood/tissue construction, detailed full size plans, building instructions, hardware (if required), tissue and propeller. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. Comet was a famous manufacture 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.

Cavacraft F-86 Sabre - Solid Wood Aircraft Model, 1/55, J-1

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$39   

Rare. From 1951 or '52. This kit is among Cavacraft's excellent final efforts to compete in the solid model hobby. The fuselage and wing are completely machine cut to shape with only final sanding needed. The quality is excellent - as good as some Strombecker kits. The rudder and elevator are still in the die-cut hardwood sheet. Also includes pre-shaped wooden wheels, metal gear struts, vacuform canopy, sanding stick, sand paper, decals, full size plans and full instructions. The kit has never been started. The small parts are still in the factory sealed envelope. All other parts have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions. Other kits in this series include the British SE-5, Mig-16, Mustang P-51D and Cessna

Comet Douglas A-26 Invader - 30 Inch Wingspan Flying Model, 3501

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$48   

1970s stick and tissue large-scale flying model. Can be built as static, free flight or converted to electric R/C with modern light-weight components. I fondly remember building this kit in about 1974 and it looked very nice. Features several sheets of printwood, three sizes of strip wood, scale wooden props and hubs, plastic flying props, balsa blocks are required, fully carved and finished main and nose wheels and thrust buttons, dowels as required, clear window material, full size control surfaces and nacelle to fuselage fillet patterns, window cutting patterns, insignia sheet, full size plans, instructions and tissue. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes insignia and instructions.

Comet Phantom Fury - 32 Inch Wingspan Flying Airplane - Plans by Robert Reder co-founder of Monogram, E24

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$32   

Stick-and-tissue kit from the 1930s. When Bob Reder was young, he was hooked on flying models. Upon graduation in 1935, he went to work for Comet. He drew this version of the Phantom Fury plans and put his name at the bottom. This is a very nice kit for that time, featuring a large balsa printwood sheet, a pre-carved prop that only needs finish sanding, nose block, factory cut strip wood in all required sizes, other balsa stock as required for gear struts, etc., fully carved wooden wheels, red and orange covering tissue, clear window material, metal prop shaft and full size plans. The kit has never been started and is 100% complete. NOTE: The box looks great but is graded 'fair' because it is missing all of the end flaps.

Megow Boulton-Paul Defiant - 16 Inch Wingspan Flying Airplane, F44

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$22   

Rare stick-and-tissue flying model from the late 1930s. Features two sheets of balsa printwood (one is for a three blade prop), factory-cut strip wood, other wood as required, the original rubber band (very brittle!), a sealed envelope of hardware, blasa block, neutral and dark blue covering tissue, full color British Insignia sheet just for this kit and full size plans. The kit has never been started and is 100% complete. NOTE: it is in a Baby ROG box. There are no box end flaps, hence the 'fair' grade. There is bug damage to the plans and the edges of the insignia sheet and tissue.