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Guillows Fairchild 24 - 25 inch Wingspan for Free Flight or R/C Conversion, 701

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$29   

From 1967. Large and well detailed stick and tissue 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 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.

Guillows Cessna 180 - 20 inch Wingspan Balsa Flying Model, 601

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$24   

Sale Pending
Email for availability.

One of the Junior Contest Flying Model Airplane series. Stick and tissue light weight flying kit. Includes all materials needed to build and fly the aircraft. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts 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.

SIG SIG Tiger - 21 inch Wingspan Balsa Flying Model, FF-22

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$19   

Typical high quality SIG kit with complete building and flying instructions, full size, detailed plans, plastic propeller, wheels, contest rubber, die cut parts, covering material and full decals. Stick and tissue construction with big 21.5 inch wingspan. 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.

SIG Cabinaire - 22 inch Wingspan Balsa Flying Model, FF-20

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$19   

Typical high quality SIG kit with complete building and flying instructions, full size, detailed plans, plastic propeller, wheels, contest rubber, die cut parts, covering material and full decals. Stick and tissue construction with big 22 inch wingspan. 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.

Yeoman-A A Hales Ltd Yeoman Clipper - 22 inch Wingspan Glider

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$69   

This model can be hand, catapult or towline launched. Yeoman kits were produced by A.A. Hales, Ltd of Potters Bar, Middlesex, Great Britain. Yeoman made prefabricated flying aircraft and stick and tissue gliders or rubber powered aircraft; there are other products that I am likely not aware of. This kit comes with all quality balsa die cut parts, shaped wing panels, shaped and slotted leading and trailing edge wing spars, plywood parts, finished tailplane and fin, full size plan, and detailed step by step instructions. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Comet Ryan SC - 15 inch Wingspan Powered Flying Model, 3103-69

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$24   

1970s issue. Kit features traditional stick and tissue construction, quality printwood, detailed full size plans/building instructions, hardware, wheels, tissue, rubber 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.

Comet Cloud Buster - 21 inch Wingspan Flying Balsa Airplane Model, 4401-98

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$29   

This is a 1970s kit. I can remember that when properly assembled, it flew very well - flights of a minute or more were common, and if you caught a thermal, you never saw your Cloud Buster again! Kit features traditional wood & tissue construction, detailed full size plans, building instructions, hardware, wheels and canopy material (if required), tissue, rubber and propeller. 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 its 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.

Comet Fly Boy - 18 Inch Wingspan Flying Balsa Aircraft, 4301

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$18   

1970s issue of the Comet Build-N-Fly series created to introduce a new generation to the time-honored hobby of wooden aircraft assembly and flight. Designed to be very easy to construct and fly. Features tissue-covered high-lift wing and tail surfaces, stick fuselage, fully formed wheels, prop, rubber motor and detailed plans. Never started and 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.

Guillows Fairchild 24 - 25 inch Wingspan - R/C Control Line or Rubber Powered Kit, 701

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$26   

Sale Pending
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From 1967. Large and well detailed stick and tissue 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 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.

Flyline Models Inland Sport - 37.5 inch Wingspan for RC/Free Flight or Static Display, 113

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$79   

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, high quality printed balsa sheets, decals, hardware and more. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Flyline Models Fairchild 22 - 47 inch Wingspan for RC/Free Flight or Static Display, 107

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$145   

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. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and plans.

Flyline Models Stinson Voyager - 30.5 inch Wingspan for RC/Free Flight or Static Display, 111

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$59   

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, clear window material, covering tissue, hardware and more. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Midwest Super Jabberwock - 33 Inch Wingspan Class C Cabin Competition for Free Flight or R/C Conversion, C-1

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$155   

Cabin style 1949 record holding aircraft designed by Wally Simmers. These aircraft were common in the 1930s when the sport of free-flight model airplanes reached it's zenith. It was not uncommon for these models to fly for 45 minutes or more on rubber power alone - many flew out of site, and it became common practice to write your name, address and phone number on the covering tissue. Quality kit includes printwood, strip wood, precarved prop, two colors of tissue and beautiful 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 and instructions.

Midwest T-Bird (Tbird) - 39 inch Wingspan Aircraft for Sport or Competition Free Flight, FG-7

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$135   

Built for 'Sniffing Thermals', the honored pastime of a generation of model enthusiasts. Flying model aircraft predated powered flight; however, balsa wood and printwood were not introduced until the early 1930s and the hobby took off, as well as the hunt for thermals. Gas flight began in the early 1930s, and early gas powered models, all powered by Brown engines, took home so many awards that they were forever separated in competition from rubber powered models. Design of gas models was tricky since RC (radio control) model scould not yet be applied to the mass market; so a gas model had to not only fly and climb under power, but then glide sufficiently - all without any operator inputs once the airplane took off. Getting the wing up out of the propeller airflow was a huge improvement, and this type of design proliferated. This is one example of a parasol style 1940s free-flight competition aircraft designed by Russ Hansen. Quality kit includes printwood, strip wood, wheels, tissue and beautiful 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 and instructions.

Maircraft Douglas DC-3 United Airlines' Mainliner 180 - Scale Solid Model Kit, 1/48, X-2

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$3500   

One of the rarest and most valuable aircraft models in US history, and certainly the finest solid model ever produced. The add from Model Airplane News in 1947 states 'MUCH MORE THAN A MODEL - IT'S A MINIATURE AIRPLANE!' - and it's true. 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. The company continued to produce the usual solid models, but plastics were coming into play and plastic was not considered a 'strategic war material'. Maircraft decided to produce a deluxe kit with more injection molded details and soon the excellent P-61 Black Widow kit was born. The kit came out in 1945 and was priced very high for the time. The P-61 must have sold, as the next project was determined to be the DC-3. Development of this great kit must have taken 1/2 a year or more although the exact time frame is unknown. Maircraft started to run adds in late 1946 modeling magazines with a 'price to be announced' statement; the January Model Airplane News add showed the whopping price of $9.95 - almost unheard of during that time. Maircraft's timing for such a wonderful model was unfortunate - almost all model manufacturers predicted a huge boom in sales once the war ended and the opposite occurred, causing poor sales and high inventory levels. Maircraft went out of business shortly after introduction of the DC-3. I purchased this model from the original owner who purchased it new in 1947. This kit has never been started and is complete. The box is complete, has great colors, no tears, solid original corners and some litho bubbling. There is no fading, stains, writing or tears in the cardboard or the litho. The box is slightly crunched as it appears that someone place a heavier box on it at one point, but it's not serious. The kit is 100% complete and has never been touched. All internal display packing cardboard is intact. All injection molded details are still factory-affixed to the red display - landing gear and braces, two exhaust stacks, main wheels, rear baggage door and door frame, two air scoops, two cowls, two props, two P&W engines, forward cargo door and door frame, tail wheel, VHF Range and Glide Path antenna, loop antenna, two clear landing lights, main entrance door and door frame, tail wheel well and strut, two oil coolers and two clear landing lights. For the wooden parts, high quality balsa is used. Wings and stabilizers are cut to profile, except the center wing section was finished to an airfoil by the factory. Engine nacelles and fuselage sections are pre-cut and about 70% to shape. Many other stock wooden parts are factory pre-carved parts are present as well. The elaborate 'Douglas DC-3 Complete Template Sheet' is intact. Clear window material for cabin windows is included and the bag of hardware is still factory sealed. Paperwork is complete and excellent as well - the 'missing parts' sheet, 'Note from the Engineering Staff' brochure and 'Douglas DC-3 Illustrated Instruction Brochure' book are all in excellent condition with light foxing as the only flaw. The plans - the crowning glory of the model - are perhaps the most accurate ever produced outside of Douglas Aircraft Company. They are in excellent condition and have probably been opened two or three times judging from the lack of wear. The large decal sheet is near mint and even lacks the traditional yellowing or curling. Please note that the fuselage is hollow when built and full details are provided for cockpit and cabin detail and notes on lighting the model. A true investment-quality piece of modeling history for the advanced collector or museum. For the protection of the buyer this model will only be shipped via Express Mail Insured.

MPM Messerschmitt Me-262 V9/12, 1/72, 72114

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$32   

Highly detailed kit with injection molded main parts, recessed panel lines and two frets of photoetched parts. The V9 was the 9th prototype of the famous Me-262 and was initially used for radio tests. After 176 flights, it was converted to a Hochgeschwindigkeit - High Speed Prototype V12. In this configuration it eventually reached 578 mph. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Hasegawa G4M2E Betty 24 Tei and MXY7 Ohka Model 11, 1/72, QP15

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$59   

Very high quality limited edition kit. The Betty has all modifications for Ohka 'Cherry Blossom' delivery. Includes MXY7 Ohka manned missile. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

MPC Plymouth Duster - Street Machine, 1/25, 1-0769

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$49   

Still factory sealed. 1984 issue. Molded in red, clear, chrome and rubber with many optional parts. Features opening hood, detailed hemi engine, complete interior, rear spoiler, hood scoop, custom graphics by Harry Bradley and more.

MPC 1982 Dodge D-50 Ram Evil Spirit, 1/25, 1-0858

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$55   

Still factory sealed. Dated 1981. Can be built stock or custom with many optional parts such as roll bar, custom body panels, sun roof, rear bucket seats, custom wheels, etc. Includes opening hood, detailed engine with optional turbocharger, highly detailed suspension and chassis and more. Molded in color, clear, chrome and rubber.

Trumpeter US Coast Guard HH-65A Dolphin, 1/48, 02801

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$26   

Very nicely molded. Features recessed panel lines and full interior details. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.