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Cavacraft Taylorcraft - Solid Wood Aircraft Model, S-5

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$82   

Rare early 1950s model with a 9" wingspan. This excellent kit is among Cavacraft's finest efforts to compete in the high-end, prefabricated solid model hobby. The fuselage and wing are completely carved to shape. The quality is excellent and as good or better than Strombecker. Never started and inventoried complete with all parts present. With large color decal sheet and plans with full instructions.

Clemcraft Jim Clems Country Boy - 47 Inch Wingspan 1/2A Free Flight Aircraft

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$52   

Rare. Large-wingspan gas powered flying model features die-cut balsa wood parts, printwood balsa parts, factory-cut trailing edges, factory cut spars and other wood stock, hardwood stock, plywood and more. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes detailed text instructions and excellent full-size plans.

Cleveland P-61 Black Widow - 49 1/2 Inch Wingspan For R/C Or Free Flight Or Giant Scale Display, 1/16, SF155

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$269   

Very Rare, giant 1/16 scale kit. Ideal kit for electric power and conversion to RC. This model is in the original plain but sturdy cardboard box with 'Cleveland' stamped in ink on it and the name of the kit and kit number on the left short side. 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, factory cut spars & strip wood, covering material, two huge sheets of very high quality plans in never-used condition, all required wood blocks, completely finished nacelles, finished main and nose wheels, propeller blades, all required metal stock, clear material for canopy and windshield, two sheets of color insignia and more. 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.

American Balsa Corporation Mini Pearl - Bill Chenaults 36 Inch Wingspan Gas Competition & Sport Free Flight Aircraft

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$48   

Rare. Large-wingspan gas powered flying model features die-cut balsa wing ribs and other parts, factory-cut trailing edges, spars and other wood stock and full size plans. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and and paperwork present

Flyline Models Bellanca Skyrocket - 34.5 Inch Wingspan for RC/Free Flight or Static Display

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

$74   

Still factory sealed but the seal has shrunk and drawn the box bottom concave and the top slightly convex as shown.Very large kit for RC or built for static display. 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, engine cylinder materials, high quality printed balsa sheets, decals, hardware and more.

StromBecker Chance Vought F7U Cutlass, C49-89

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$68   

Beautiful kit from the 1950s made of quality hardwood - no balsa. The carving is done to the final shape. When complete it makes an impressive model and comes with a unique display stand. Features all carved and smooth wood parts, clear plastic canopy, full color decals, glue, wood filler, sandpaper and special display stand. Never started. Inventoried complete with all parts and plans. Before plastic kits were introduced, Strombecker was famous as the premier hardwood preshaped model manufacturer. In the 1940s and 1950s, Strombecker kits were flawlessly engineered but not inexpensive. All wooden parts are hardwood and are precarved to shape - you only had to glue, sand and paint to finish them.

Flight Designs Ryan ST-A - 23 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft (Ryan STA), 302

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$32   

An excellent kit featuring several sheets of high quality printwood, factory cut stripwood and spars, lightweight metal hardware packet, fully carved thrust button, plastic prop, cardstock template sheet, an extensive booklet with facts and history about the aircraft, flying instructions, catalog, beautiful full size plans, insignia sheet, covering tissue and more. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

StromBecker American Airlines Convair Flagship - 10 Inch Wingspan Solid Wood Kit, C-38

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$115   

Superb kit from the 1950s and makes a very impressive display when built. This highly prefabricated model is made from solid Western Pine (not balsa wood) and features completely precarved fuselage, wings, engine nacelles & tail feathers, ready to install propellers, full landing gear and even wood filler, glue, and sandpaper. With detailed instructions and drawings with aircraft history and a large, colorful American Airlines decal sheet. Never started. The small parts envelope is still factory sealed. All other parts were never internally sealed and have been inventoried complete. Before plastic kits were introduced, Strombecker was famous as the premier hardwood preshaped model manufacturer. In the 1940s and 1950s, Strombecker kits were flawlessly engineered but not inexpensive. All wooden parts are hardwood and are precarved to shape - usually only a quick sanding would finish them.

Woodcrafter Kits Air Fleet Biplane - Bagged, 401

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

$12   

Still factory sealed. Dated 1983. Highly prefabricated all hardwood model. The fuselage is cut and sanded in all three dimensions while all other parts are cut to profile (2D). Scale is unknown, but the wingspan is exactly 6 inches (15.24cm). With full instructions.

Strombecker Piper Cub Super Sea Scout - Float Plane - Solid Wood Aircraft Model, C-37

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$145   

Rare version of the Super Sea Scout floatplane. In the 1950s StromBecker was famous for this line of precarved hardwood kits. The wood is quality western pine hardwood - not balsa. The carving is all done to the final shape and when completed it makes an impressive desk top display. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Maircraft Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless, 1/48, H-8

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$24   

From the 1940s. Features 3D cut fuselage, nicely 2D cut wings and tail feathers, stock wood, printwood, fully formed turned wheels and engine nacelle, full color decals (which are water stained) and excellent full-sized plans. Never started and complete. Maircraft was originally founded in the early or mid 1930s by Gordon Christoph and went by the name Aircraft Model Company. The company produced a typical line of solid 'profile cut' kits that required the usual high talent levels for carving and finishing. A former Comet Model Airplane & Supply Co. salesman, Jack Mair, bought the company in the early 1940s and renamed it Maircraft. This company was one of the handful of solid kit producers who issued models in a consistent 1/48 scale during the 1930s and 1940s (others included Hawk and Dyna-Model). This lead to one of the most desirable and rare model kits ever produced in the USA - the wood/plastic 1/48 United DC-3 model issued immediately after World War 2. Other than the P-61 and a few other Maircraft offerings, most were simple kits that sold for the low price of about 35 cents and gave the owners many hours of pleasurable work.

StromBecker American Airlines Convair Flagship - 10 Inch Wingspan Solid Wood Kit, C-38

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$129   

Superb kit from the 1950s and makes a very impressive display when built. This highly prefabricated model made from solid Western Pine - not balsa wood. Features completely precarved fuselage, wings, engine nacelles & tail feathers, ready to install propellers, full landing gear and even wood filler, glue, and sandpaper. With detailed instructions and drawings with aircraft history and a large, colorful American Airlines decal sheet in amazing "Near Mint" condition. Never started and complete with all parts and plans. Before plastic kits were introduced, Strombecker was famous as the premier hardwood preshaped model manufacturer. In the 1940s and 1950s, Strombecker kits were flawlessly engineered but not inexpensive. All wooden parts are hardwood and are precarved to shape - usually only a quick sanding would finish them.

Guillows Piper Super Cub 95 - 20 inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft, 602

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$18   

Newer issue (probably late 1970s or 80s) of this popular flyer. Features quality, die cut balsa wood, covering tissue, prop, bushing, wheels and hardware, rubber motor, color decals and full instructions. There is no assembly but NOTE: five pieces have been punched out; there are glue on the end of them either to reinforce them or to repair the tips of these parts. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Universal Thunderbolt P-47, 1/43, A3

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

$29   

Very rare model from about about 1942/3. It is a completely pre-fabricated multi-media kit; No painting is required and all parts are formed to final shape. It features fully carved and painted hardwood fuselage, carved and painted main gear wheels and struts, heavy, die-cut red and black cardstock wings, tail feathers, gear doors and other details, and cylindrical hardwood dowels for machine guns and gear door actuators. The cardstock wings have top and bottom halves and when placed over the main spar they are 3D with an airfoil. Never started. The kit has been inventoried and NOTE: missing one piece of die-cut cardstock, the main wing spare. Easily made since there is a perfect pattern: the sheet is present where it was neatly die-cut from. Otherwise includes all other parts and instructions. NOTE: the instructions have bug damage, but not enough to interfere with assembly. Also note: while a historical bit of modeling, this is not a scale model. It is in the middle-ground between being a toy and a model. Universal Toy and Novelty Company was located at 1225 South Wabash Avenue in Chicago Illinois. Although they were around for decades and had extensive production, little is known about the company. When model kits became popular in the 1920s during the early aviation craze, they were quick to jump on the bandwagon. In the 1920s they are also know for a fine series of baseball cards. Other model kits were of ships, tanks, etc. and some had incredibly colorful box designs like the Cruiser Chicago and some landing craft.

Guillows Nakajima A6M2-N Rufe - 16 Inch Wingspan Flying Balsa Wood Aircraft, 507

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Good+

$22   

Still factory sealed. This stick-and-tissue flying model is dated 1976 and features die-cut quality balsa wood parts, spar and strip stock, light vacuform plastic parts such as nose cowl, clear bubble canopy and other details, rubber band motor, plastic thrust bearing, plastic propeller, wire propeller shaft, covering tissue, accurate scale plans, illustrated step-by-step model building booklet and color decals.

Marvel Ryan STM-2 - Combat Planes Of America Series - Solid Wood Aircraft, 1/32

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$38   

Rare, large 1/32 scale solid model from 1942. At that time, their were 'fliers' and 'solids.' 'Fliers' were notoriously off-scale and lacked detail so they would fly well. 'Solids' were true scale models that were solid wood and designed only to be scale miniatures (they did not fly). This kit has a worn and clear taped box but inside everything is factory mint because all parts and the plans are still wrapped in the factory tissue. They have never been unwrapped, so you will be the first to open them up. Features a 12 inch wingspan and from what I know about these kits it has balsa blocks and wood stock, printwood and quality plans with construction notes, cross section templates as well as a painting guide. Marvel Mfg. Company was located in Seaford, Long Island, New York and had an extensive line of solid aircraft, wooden ships, army tanks and more. Just as a small example, the following are advertised on the back of this larger-scale solid kit: Grumman JRF-2, Mariner PBM-1, Bell YFM-1, P-38, P-40, Baltimore, Ryan STM-2, Curtiss AT-9, Douglas A-20A, Republic Guardsman, Grumman Skyrocket and Douglas 8A-5.

Dyna-Model Lockheed P-38 Lightning - Wood and Metal Model Aircraft, 1/48

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$115   

In the 'Golden Age of Aviation Modeling' (1930s and '40s), most modelers built the flying 'stick and tissue' type kits with rubber, CO2 or gas power. But there were a small but measurable percent that built solid aircraft display models of great detail. This required great skill worthy of the shipbuilders of old, especially considering the limited technology. Many manufacturer's kits consisted of blocks of wood and a plan - the famous (or infamous) 'Make Wood Look Like Plane' kits. A few, like Dyna-Model Products Company, attempted to provide true-scale static models with a high level of detail. Today Dyna-Models are legendary and sought after collectibles. When you first open the kit, you see a black and white cardstock display with all the needed jigs and templates for assembly. Underneath, the fuselage and twin booms are rough carved to ~95% of final shape (not just profile cut) and all other parts are either profile (2D) or die cut. Includes color decals, full size high-quality plans and the crowning jewel, two boxes of finished metal castings (48 fittings in all) for super detailing your aircraft. Never started and complete.

Hawk RE-8 - Solid Wood Aircraft Model, 1/48, 56

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$42   

Rare model from 1946 for the advanced Hawk collector. Hawk was one of the few manufacturers making wooden kits to a constant scale of 1/48. However, the company was innovative as it quickly included injection molded accessories. This model features profile (2D) cut wooden fuselage, wings and tail feathers, injection molded wheels, propeller and 2 machine guns, wooden stock as needed, metal seat, full color decals and high quality, full-size plans. Never started and complete. The decals are intact but have typical age micro-cracking.

Maircraft Heinkel He-51 - Solid Wood Model Airplane, 1/48, S-9

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$25   

Maircraft was originally founded in the early or mid 1930s by Gordon Christoph and went by the name Aircraft Model Company. The company produced a typical line of solid 'profile cut' kits that required the usual high talent levels for carving and finishing. A former Comet Model Airplane & Supply Co. salesman, Jack Mair, bought the company in the early 1940s and renamed it Maircraft. This company was one of the handful of solid kit producers who issued models in a consistent 1/48 scale during the 1930s and 1940s (others included Hawk and Dyna-Model). This lead to one of the most desirable and rare model kits ever produced in the USA - the wood/plastic 1/48 United DC-3 model issued immediately after World War 2. Other than the P-61 and a few other Maircraft offerings, most were simple kits that sold for the low price of about 35 cents and gave the owners many hours of pleasurable work. This kit features a full size plan with instructions steps, fuselage, wings and tail that are 2D profile cut, clear material for the windshield, fully formed wheels and insignia on the plans. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

Hawk Skycycle Piper PA-8 - Solid Wood Aircraft Model, 1/48, 26

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$58   

A rare kit for the advanced collector or builder. Hawk was one of the few manufacturers making wooden kits to a constant scale of 1/48 in the 1930s. Hawk kits were considered high quality and very complete for the time. This model dates from 1946 but still has the green style wartime box. It features a profile (2D) carved wooden fuselage, wings, rudder and elevator, clear vacuform canopy (in 'near mint' condition), wooden stock as required, fully formed wheels, other cut-to-shape wooden parts, threaded screws to very cleverly duplicate scale engine cylinders, sandpaper, a sheet with wing registration numbers and quality, full-size plans with wing and fuselage templates. The model has not been started and is complete.