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Comet Sento Ik-001 Japanese Navy Fighter Official Identification Kit, 1/72, IA-16

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$68   

A very rare kit from about 1941/42. This model is 'Identical to the one used in the Model Building Program of the US Office of Education sponsored by the US Navy, Bureau of Aeronautics' which was a program launched in 1941. During WWII the higher speed of aircraft made the traditional WW1 'recognition cards' nearly useless and 3D models were needed. The US Armed Forces looked to the general population to produce recognition models. While not fully successful due to irregular quality and supply, it quickly paved the way for superior injection molded recognition models. This kit features wood blocks, sheets and stock, glue, sandpaper, an excellent, very thick paper template, outline & gauge sheet as well as fold-out full size plans with aircraft history and detailed carving and building instructions. Never started and complete. Although misidentified, the "Sento Ki-001" is a single-engine, low wing monoplane (that is not a Zero). The large right end flap on the box has fallen off and is inside the box. The left one, with the name of the kit, is present. The box is only 'good-'.

C&S Graf Zeppelin LZ127 - 15 Inches Long

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair-

$74   

Rare 1930s/40s model of the world's most successful passenger-carrying rigid airship. Features standard stick-and-tissue construction, printed balsa bulkheads, pre-cut keel and stringer stock, thick balsa sheet for the four fins, balsa blocks for the nose, engine, gondola & rear cone, covering tissue, full size plans which include building instructions. Never started. The parts have been inventoried 100% complete. If you wish to build this double sized, use a copier to enlarge the instructions and bulkheads 2X. Then supply your own balsa wood, tissue and balsa blocks. I have seen an add for this model in very old Model Airplane News magazines. C&S made quite a line of ridged airships including the Los Angeles (in two lengths), Graf Zeppelin (in two sizes), Hindenburg, a US Navy Metal Clad Blimp and perhaps others. The C&S boxes were thin cardboard and are almost always beat up and missing sections; this one is no exception.

C&S ZMC-2 Metal Clad Blimp US Navy - 10 Inches Long - (ZMC2), 1/181

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$125   

Rare 1930s model of this early US Navy Blimp. The ZMC-2 (Zeppelin Metal Clad 200,000 cubic foot capacity was the only successfully operated metal-skinned airship ever built. She was built at Naval Air Station Grosse Ile by The Aircraft Development Corporation of Detroit. ZMC-2 was operated from 1929 to 1941 by the U.S. Navy at Lakehurst, New Jersey base. She was scrapped in 1941. During her service ZMC-2 completed 752 flights for 2265 hours of flight time. This model was made by C&S Model Company, Trenton, New Jersey. They had quite a line of airships as I have seen their adds in very old Model Airplane News magazines. This kit has stick and tissue construction and features printwood, stock wood parts, stringers, blocks, covering tissue and full size plans. The model has not been started. All smaller parts are still wrapped in the factory tissue paper. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and paperwork included. The box displays much better than 'fair' but I have listed it as such because the end flaps are all missing one one side and other includes an end flap that is no longer connected. This kit is advertised on the short side panel as being 12 inches long; however, it measures 10 inches long on the plans.

Guillows Curtiss Robin 1930s Sport plane - 24 inch Wingspan RC/CL/Rubber Powered Kit, 305

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$55   

From 1965. Large scale and well designed kit. Can be flown rubber free flight, gas free flight, or converted to electric RC using today's small and light servos and receivers. Features plastic engine cylinder heads and cowl/radiator, quality die-cut balsa parts, strip wood and spars, die-cut plywood firewall, rubber tires mounted on scale plastic rims, fully formed thrust button, formed metal prop/rubber hood and metal stock as required, rubber motor and plastic prop, clear cabin window material, colored tissue and a big sheet of near-mint condition decals. Includes excellent full-size plans with detailed instructions. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and paperwork. 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 Junkers Ju-87 B Stuka Dive Bomber - 34 Inch Wingspan For RC / Control Line / Free Flight, 1002

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$69   

Giant scale kit that is well detailed and includes instructions for all these optional features: flame dampers, sliding canopy, detailed cockpit interior, operating bomb trapeze, movable drive brakes/flaps and movable elevator and rudder. Features all die cut parts, complete set of beautiful decals, scale plastic wheels, light plastic nose cowl, spinner, exhaust stacks, machine gun pods, bomb, wheels pants and machine gun, clear bubble canopy, wire for bomb trapeze, two color cockpit interior layout, large wide blade prop, 6 feet of rubber motor, light silkspan, reinforced wire landing gear, plywood firewall, bellcrank base and control line handle, push rod wire, horns, hinge material nylon flying line and more. Never started. The small parts are still in the factory sealed bag; the parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete including all paperwork.

Comet Taylorcraft Jr Struct-O-Speed Flying Model And D3 Flash-Bilt Spitfire Glider, C2

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$27   

SALE!! Includes both models in the original boxes. From the early 1950s. The Flash-Bilt Spitfire has a 7.75 inch winggspan, all die-cut factory decorated parts, a launcher and building plans/instructions that include a how to fly section. Never started and complete. The Taylorcraft has a 9.5 inch wingspan, all die-cut parts and illustrated full instructions with all patterns required and cut-out insignia. This is not a stick and tissue model but a full 3D model made from all balsa wood. Never started. Inventoried and NOTE: missing 2 square inner fuselage bulkheads (easily made). Otherwise complete with all other parts and paperwork.

Comet Stinson - 6 Inch Wingspan Solid Wood Model Airplane, 1/187, S6

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$24   

Rare 1950 issue features 2D factory cut fuselage & wing, a die-cut sheet of parts, fully finished wheels and excellent plans/instructions. NOTE: the fuselage has been slightly started. There is no other assembly. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts & plans present. In the 1930s and 1940s, most modelers built the flying stick and tissue type models 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 offerings. Many manufacturers, such as Comet issued blocks of wood and a plan - the famous (or infamous) 'Make Wood Look Like Plane' kits.

Comet Flash-Bilt Douglas Skyknight F3D - 11 Inch Wingspan Glider, H5

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$34   

Rare, highly-prefabricated flying model from the early 1950s in very good condition. The Flash-Bilt Skynight features completely printed color designs in red and green on the balsa wood, all die-cut parts, nose weight, hardwood launching dowel, launch stick, rubber band and step-by-step detailed and illustrated assembly instructions and illustrated flying instructions as well. Comet had an incredible line of stick and tissue flying models, solid wood scale model, gliders and display models in the 1950s. The back of this box lists no less than 12 Flash-Bilt Gliders (H1-H12), 25 Cent Flying Scale Models (E1-E26), 25 Cent Struct-O-Speed Flying Models (F1-F14), Solid Scale 25 Cent models (S1-S12), the larger 50 Cent Struct-O-Speed Flying models (K1-K6), larger 50 Cent fliers (L1-L12), even bigger $1 Struct-O-Speed flyers M1-M9) and $1 flying models (P1-P12), Jetex Powered Flying Scale model SP-1, which was a F-94C Starfire at whopping $2.49, Ship Models J1 through J6, the top-of-the-line Gas Models T6 Rookie Trainer ($3.50), T17 Little Schmoe ($1.50), free-flight T4 Pacemaker ($2.50), various Gliders and Auto Racer Z2, the Jetex powered Jet Racer.

Comet Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless - 20 Inch Wingspan Flying Balsa Airplane Model, 3401-150

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$38   

1970s reissue of this very popular comet model, which was originally issued in the 1950s. This kit features traditional wood/tissue construction, quality printwood, factory-cut stripwood and sparts, wire rubber hook/propeller shaft, fully formed and finished wood wheels and thrust button, clear canopy material, rubber, tissue, propeller and detailed full size plans with building instructions. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% 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.

Comet Build-N-Fly Set Four Flying Model Kits and Equipement, 4002

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Good+

$69   

Still factory sealed; seal has a split and also shrunk, drawing some of the box top concave as shown. This unique set ontains everything you need to set-up the hobby of building and flying wooden model aircraft. It contains four aircraft kits and equipment including #4101 Trainer, #4201 Cadet, #4301 Fly Boy, #4401 Cloud Buster, Comet Wood Cement, brush, modeler pins, wax paper overlay, sandpaper and sanding block.

Sterling Real Sporty - 21 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft, Peanut, K-6

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$49   

Still factory sealed. This is a well engineered, highly prefabricated model featuring all die-cut quality balsa parts, a large number of completely formed parts including fuselage sides, top & bottom, wing sheet covers, tail feathers, etc, finished wheels, plastic cowl & propeller, rubber motor, hardware set, vacuformed clear canopy, colored tissue, color decals, full size plan and separate teaching instructions sheet.

Sterling JN-4 Jenny and NYP Spirit of St. Louis- Peanut Scale Flying Model Airplanes, Peanut, P-6

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$39   

this kit contains both aircraft. The parts are printed on high quality balsa wood and it includes strip wood, colored tissue, decals, wheels, propellers, fittings, rubber, lightweight plastic parts, step by step instructions and full size plans. There is no assembly but NOTE: several parts are adult-cut out to 'professional' quality. The small parts are still in the factory sealed bag. The other parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete. Includes decals and instructions.

Top Flite Arrow Jet JIGTIME - 15 Flying Balsa Aircraft Rubber Or Jetex Powered, B4

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$52   

Many companies tried to produce fully prefabricated flying model kits that would really fly. Of all these attempts, only Top Flite succeeded with the late 1950s 'JIGTIME' flying rubber free-flight model series. The Jigtime series were highly prefabricated 3D (not profile), all balsa models with no tissue. The tissue, rib and spar method was eliminated and it is built off of central jigs with all parts factory pre-painted with a colorful design. Includes 3D fuselage with die-cut sides, top & bottom all finished in color with insignia, panel lines and even rivets, completely finished wings with the correct dihedral and camber, finished tail feathers, clear plastic canopy, hardware, fully carved nose (that is also the thrust button), fully formed wire landing gear struts, finished wheels, plastic propeller, rubber motor and full instructions. Can be flown rubber free flight or Jetex free flight. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

Thomas Designs Vagabond - 32 Inch Wingspan Laser Cut Flying Aircraft, PK-103

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$26   

Another well designed and executed model by Greg Thomas. This is 'short kit' that features all of the laser cut wood, plastic wheel pants designed for this model, all cardstock and paper templates and extensive plans and paperwork. That is all that is traditionally included in a 'short kit.' Never started and inventoried complete and includes all paperwork.

Veron Comper Swift - 18 Inch Wingspan Flying Model Airplane, 5

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$44   

Veron models were made by Model Aircraft (Bournemouth) Ltd. In Bournemouth, Great Britain. Three of the product lines were 'Kwik-Fix' gliders, 'Super Truscale' (solid kits) and 'Tru-Flite' (stick and tissue kits). This Tru-Flite kit contains high quality printwood and strip wood, hardware, rubber, beautifully drawn full size plans, detailed instructions and plastic wheels, prop and thrust bearing. The model has not been started. The small parts are still in factory sealed bag; all other parts were never sealed and have been inventoried complete with all paperwork present.

True Build P-39 Airacobra - Wood Model Kit - Joe Ott, 1/48, 603

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

$24   

Dated 1944. The 'True Build' series was Joe Ott's answer to scale solid model construction. This model is 1/48 scale and features bread-and-butter (laminated) construction, four big die-cut hardwood sheets and very large full-size plans that include three views of the model, many detail drawings, templates and very extensive text instructions. Never started. All the parts are still in the original die-cut sheets (unpunched) with all paperwork.

Veron Super Sabre F-100 - Solid Airplane Model, 1/72

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$28   

Veron models were made by Model Aircraft (Bournemouth) Ltd. In Bournemouth, Great Britain. Three of the product lines were 'Kwik-Fix' gliders, 'Super Truscale' (sold kits) and 'Tru-Flite' (stick and tissue kits). This is a solid kit with a high degree of prefabrication featuring 3D carved fuselage, 2D cut wings and tails, clear canopy, colorful decals and plans with templates and full instructions. The model has not been started and is inventoried complete.

Veron Valiant - 12.5 Inch Wingspan Solid Airplane Model, 1/96

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$32   

Rare and from 1952. Veron models were made by Model Aircraft (Bournemouth) Ltd. In Bournemouth, Great Britain. Three of the product lines were 'Kwik-Fix' gliders, 'Super Truscale' (sold kits) and 'Tru-Flite' (stick and tissue kits). This is a solid kit with a high degree of prefabrication featuring 3D carved fuselage, 2D cut wings and tails, a factory-sealed envelope of small parts, metal and wood stock, sandpaper, colorful decals and plans with full-size three view drawings, templates and extensive text instructions. The model has not been started. The small parts are still factory sealed and the parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete.

Guillows P-51D Mustang / Piper Super Cub 95 / Lancer - 16.5 to 24 Inch Wingspan Balsa Flying Model Airplanes, 905

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG to Sealed Exc

$48   

SALE!! Includes all three stick-and-tissue flying model kit in the original boxes. The Lancer is still factory sealed. The P-51 and Super Cub are never started. They have been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals (if furnished) and instructions.

SIG Parasol - 18 Inch Wingspan Beginners Flying Rubber Powered Aircraft, FF-15

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$24   

From 1971 and an ideal first flying model. This kit is a very good performer with simplified construction. Features dhigh quality balsa wood, stripwood and other wood stock as needed, metal stock, rubber motor, plastic propeller, very lightweight plastic wheels, full sized plans which double as the covering tissue and SIGs excellent instructions. Never started and inventoried complete.