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Comet Curtiss Jenny JN-4D - 24 inch Wingspan Flying Balsa Model Airplane, 3304-200

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$42   

Large wingspan flying model can be powered by rubber, electric or made R/C with the modern tiny and lightweight servos and receivers. Features traditional wood/tissue construction, detailed full size plans and building instructions, quality die-cut printwood, spars, stripwood, fully formed and finished wheels, wire stock, thrust button, metal prop shaft, plastic prop, tissue, rubber motor and color insignia. The model has not been started and has been inventoried 100% complete. 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 Curtiss Jenny JN-4D - 24 Inch Wingspan Flying Balsa Model Airplane, 3304

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$44   

Large wingspan flying model can be powered by rubber, electric or made R/C with the modern tiny and lightweight servos and receivers. Features traditional wood/tissue construction, detailed full size plans and building instructions, quality die-cut printwood sheets, spars, stripwood, fully formed and finished wheels, wire stock, plastic propeller, tissue and color insignia. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete. 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 Cruiser USS Indianapolis, K7

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$38   

Dated 1945. Almost everyone has heard of the Comet flying aircraft kits that boys and men built from stick and tissue, but few know that Comet had a line of scale ships also. Very nicely done wooden kit that measures 12 inches long when assembled. The hull had been very neatly factory machine cut to the beam and height dimensions. Also includes three sheets of printwood, mast and gun barrel material and full size plans. The plans are superior to most ship plans of the day with 5 hull sections, full size top and side drawings, illustrated instructions and a very large number of detail drawings. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. The Comet 'Fleet' shown on the box side included K11 Aircraft Carrier, K7 Cruiser, K10 Battleship, K9 Destroyer and K12 Submarine. From the gaps in the part numbers there may have been other kits as well.

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

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, 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.

Comet Taylor Cub - 18 Inch Wingspan Flying Balsa Aircraft, 3211

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$28   

1970s issue of the old 1940-50s kit. Kit features traditional wood/tissue construction, detailed full size plans, building instructions, hardware, wheels, 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.

Comet Piper Cub J3 - 25 Inch Wingspan Balsa Flying Airplane, 3206

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$32   

1970s issue of the old 1940-50s kit. Kit features traditional wood/tissue construction, quality printwood sheets, factory-cut stringers and spars, fully formed and finished wheels, clear window material, tissue, plastic propeller and detailed full size plans with building instructions/notes. 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.

Comet Vought F4U-1 Corsair - 20 Inch Wingspan Flying Balsa Model Airplane - (F4U1), 3404

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$34   

1970s reissue of the original 1950s kit features traditional wood/tissue construction, printwood sheets, factory cut spars and stringers, fully formed and finished wheels, wood stock as required, clear canopy material, propeller, full size plans, building instructions and covering tissue. The kit has never been started. Inventoried complete including plans/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 Sparky - 32 Inch Wingspan Wakefield-Style Balsa Flying Model Airplane, 3408

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$59   

Rare large flying model and the 1970s reissue of the popular 1930s kit. Kit features traditional wood/tissue construction, quality printwood sheets, factory-cut stringers and spars, hardwood stock, metal stock, fulling formed and finished wheels, fully formed metal propeller shaft/rubber hook, canopy material, covering tissue and detailed full size plans with building instructions/notes. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. 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. 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 Cessna C-37 Airmaster - 20 Inch Wingspan Balsawood Flying Model Airplane, 3302

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

$42   

Still factory sealed and from the 1970s. This kit features traditional wood/tissue construction with quality, die-cut balsa sheet parts, stripwood, fully formed wheels, spars and wood stock as required, plastic prop, covering tissue and detailed, full-size plans and building instructions. (Please note, the kit is factory sealed so the exact contents are not know for sure; Comet was renown for slightly varying the content of stick-and-tissue kits across the years.) 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 Lockheed P-38 Lightning - 34 Inch Wingspan Flying Model, 3504

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$52   

1970s stick and tissue flying model with a big 34 inch wingspan. This is a reissue of the famous 1950s kit and is easily adapted to RC electric power with todays light weight receivers and servos. Features high quality printwood sheets, pre-cut strip wood and spars, nose and spinner blocks, hardwood dowels, completely formed and painted wooden main and nose wheels, balsa propellers, other wooden stock as needed, two template and insignia sheets and detailed full-size plans with building instructions/notes. Never started and complete with all parts and plans.

Comet Aeronca Chief - 54 Inch Wingspan for R/C / Free Flight, P9

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$89   

Very rare 1950s issue of this large-scale model with a 54 inch wingspan. For rubber or gas free flight or R/C (radio control). Features traditional balsa wood and tissue construction, high quality printwood sheets, factory-cut spars and stringers, balsa nose block, fully formed wheels and thrust button, covering tissue, factory-carved balsa propeller (80% finished) and detailed full size plans with building instructions/notes. The model has not been started. Inventoried complete with all parts above and plans present. 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.

Carl Goldberg Models Hi Thrust Viking - 48 Inch Wingspan .049-.051 Gas Free Flight Airplane, G10-550

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$110   

Large parasol design for sport or competition free flight. Features all die-cut balsa sheet wood and die-cut plywood parts, fully formed training edges, hardware, hinge material, covering tissue, decals and full plans/instructions. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and plans present. Carl Goldberg was a gifted designer of model aircraft, and his career spanned the evolution of flying models. His designs and number of titles won in competition at the Nationals is legendary. His first competition was the 1928 Nationals, where he received honorable mention. By 1934 he won the indoor Nats and in 1935 he opened a Hobby Shop, among the first in the nation (the first one was probably opened by Cleveland Models Ed Packard). Awards came quickly. He wrote articles for Model Airplane News, and was Comet's top designer from 1939 till 1945. After Comet, he worked with Mike Schlesinger and Sid Axelrod on what eventually became Top-Flite Models. In 1955 he founded Carl Goldberg Models and released a still-popular line of scale, rubber, gas, glider and RC models. Needless to say, Goldberg's models are of the highest quality.

Carl Goldberg Models Sophisticated Lady ARF - 78 Inch R/C Sailplane - By Great Planes, GPMA1959

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$164   

This large, Almost-Ready-To-Fly 78 inch wingspan glider is legendary for it's performance and still popular today. It is like factory-new inside and has not been started. Complete with all parts still in the factory sealed bags, decals and instructions. Carl Goldberg was a higly gifted designer of model aircraft, and his career spanned the evolution of flying models. His designs and number of titles won in competition at the Nationals is legendary. His first competition was the 1928 Nationals, where he received honorable mention. By 1934 he won the indoor Nats and in 1935 he opened a Hobby Shop, among the first in the nation (the first one was probably opened by Cleveland Models Ed Packard). Awards came quickly. He wrote articles for Model Airplane News, and was Comet's top designer from 1939 till 1945. After Comet, he worked with Mike Schlesinger and Sid Axelrod on what eventually became Top-Flite Models. In 1955 he founded Carl Goldberg Models and released a still-popular line of scale, rubber, gas, glider and RC models. Needless to say, Goldberg's models are of the highest quality.

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.

Campbells Custom Kits Wally Simmers Dyna-Moe - 34 Inch Wingspan Flying Cabin Class C for Free Flight or R/C Conversion - (Dynamoe By Midwest), 402

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$64   

From the mid 1960s and another successful Wally Simmers design for Class C Cabin National Competition. This large and graceful climbs at 1000 feet per minute and glides at 10 to 1. Features high quality die-cut parts, stripwood & spars, finished trailing edges, finished wheel, big factory-cut prop blades, covering tissue in white and bright red and beautiful full-size plans. Never started. Most parts are still factory sealed; the ones that were never sealed have been inventoried complete.

Campbells Custom Kits Busy Bee - 31 Inch Wingspan Introductory Gas Free Flight Aircraft

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$59   

Most likely from the 1970s and an ideal first gas-powered free-flight model. Features numerous die-cut parts, fully formed wheels, factory cut strip wood and spars, excellent full size plans, assembly photos and very detailed instructions on flight trimming and flying. Never started and complete.

Campbells Custom Kits Earl Stahls Gypsy - 44 Inch Wingspan Wakefield Duration Flying Aircraft

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$74   

An excellent flying model featuring numerous pre-cut parts such as ribs, propeller and much more, fully finished wheels, balsa blocks as required, factory-cut trailing edges, strip stock, brass and metal hardware and more. Never started. All the small parts are still in the factory sealed bags. Includes plans and detailed text instructions for the unique propeller.

Bell Model Aircraft North American P-51 -A1 Mustang - 23 5/8 Inch Wingspan Flying Scale Model, BMAK-02

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$32   

Rare kit of high quality that features balsa printwood sheets, stripwood and spars, balsa blocks as required, several sizes of metal stock, plastic propeller and nylon nose button, metal hardware, clear vacuform canopy and more. Includes color decals and excellent full size plans. The kit has never been started. The small parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including all paperwork.

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