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

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$799   

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. The company originally produced solid scale models, but plastics were just coming into play and plastic was not considered a 'strategic war material.' Maircraft decided to produce their first deluxe kit with many injection molded details, and the excellent P-61 Black Widow model was introduced in 1945 at a very high price for that 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 as . 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 has general age and shelf wear as shown and is slightly crunched as it appears that someone place a heavier box on it at one point. The kit has never been started and is inventoried 100% complete. 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 factory-cut and about 70% to shape. Many other factory-carved and stock wooden 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, including the parts order sheet, sheet, 'Note from the Engineering Staff' and the '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 and colorful decal sheet is 'excellent' and flat and has only light yellowing and age wear. 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. For the protection of the buyer this model will only be shipped via Express Mail Insured. 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.

Guillows Jetfire Glider - Bagged

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$36   

Still factory sealed. 15 Cent issue from the late 1960s or early 1970s. The famous and popular Jetfire features a real plastic canopy with pilot outline, completely diecut parts with colorful red printing, assembled in less than a minute and was ready to fly! 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 2014.

Flyline Models Kinner Sportster - 39 inch Wingspan for R/C Or Free Flight Or Static Display, 1/12, 106

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$75   

Museum quality scale model in large 1/12 scale. 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, printed balsa nose blocks, stringer and spar stock, clear material for the windshield, 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 Rearwin Speedster - 28 inch Wingspan for Freeflight or R/C Conversion or Static Display, 108

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$38   

Made for rubber free flight, but easily converted to electric R/C 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, fully finished wheels and thrust button, washers, clear window material, harware, covering tissue and excellent plans The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Dumas Curtiss P-6E Hawk - 17.5 inch Wingspan For Rubber Power or Electric And R/C Conversion, 219

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$28   

Still factory sealed. Excellent wooden kit designed for rubber power but can also be converted to electric and R/C with modern small components. Features hand-selected laser cut balsa, contest rubber and plastic prop, vacuformed details, color decals, full size plan, hardware, lightweight colored tissue and full step by step instructions.

StromBecker Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket - Bagged - (D5582), G42

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$36   

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. This one includes beautiful hardwood parts, a clear plastic canopy, full decals in 'excellent' condition as shown, sandpaper, sanding stick and photocopied instructions. The kit has never been started. It is either still in the factory sealed bag or inventoried complete with all parts with decals and instructions.

Dumas P-26 Peashooter - 17.5 inch Wingspan For Rubber Power or Electric And R/C Conversion, 223

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$26   

Excellent wooden kit designed for rubber power but can also be converted to electric and R/C with todays small components. Features hand-selected laser cut balsa, contest rubber and plastic prop, vacuformed details, color decals, full size plan, hardware, lightweight colored tissue and full step by step instructions. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions.

SIG Mr. Mulligan Racer - 20 inch Wingspan Balsa Flying Airplane, FF-23

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$26   

Still factory sealed. Tom Stark design and a proven stick and tissue flier that won the 1972 and '73 Nationals Free Flight Flying Scale-Rubber category. 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.

SIG Beechcraft Staggerwing 1/2 A Gas Powered Profile 18 Inch Wingspan Control Line, CL-17

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$38   

The box has wear but the kit inside is in factory-new condition. A nice flying model featuring completely shaped and cut airfoil wings, cleanly die-cut fuselage, horizontal & vertical stabilizers, wing struts and many other parts, light-weight fuel-proof plastic engine cowling, fully formed metal wire torsion bar landing gear struts, rubber wheels, die-cut plywood firewall, other factory-shaped and cut wooden parts, elevator hinge material, full hardware package, a large, beautiful and extensive decal sheet, detailed instructions and more. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions.

Golden Age Reproductions Comet's Douglas Y10-43 - 24 inch Wingspan Balsa Flying Airplane (Y-10 43)

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$36   

Reissue of the 1930s Comet kit. Golden Age is a high-quality company committed to reissuing classic stick and tissue kits and plans from the 1930s Golden Age of flying models. Includes printwood, full color decals, vac canopy, strip wood, nose blocks/propeller/rubber/wheels/bearing (when required), beautiful copies of the original full size plans, covering material and excellent instructions. The model has not been started. The small parts are still in factory sealed bags and the parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete with all parts and instructions.

Easy Built Models Fairchild PT-19 Trainer - 35 inch Wingspan for Free Flight or R/C Conversion, FF-6

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$44   

Large-scale big wingspan issue. High quality modern kit made in the finest tradition of the stick and tissue flyers. Features high quality printed balsa, strip wood, plastic propeller, rubber motor, clear windshield material, full sized plans, instructions, covering tissue and other accessories. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. Easy Built was a Canadian manufacturer who made original designed and excellent reproductions of classic flying designs from the 1930 and 1940s.

Easy Built Models Bolton Paul Defiant - 30 inch Wingspan for Free Flight or R/C Conversion, FF-74

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$37   

Quality modern kit made in the finest tradition of the stick and tissue kits from the 1930s-1950s. Kit contains high quality printed balsa, strip wood, plastic propeller, rubber, full sized plans and other accessories. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

Easy Built Models Wright Flyer 1 1903 Museum Model Series, 1/20, D-10

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$26   

Very large scale 1/20 wood and tissue model with a 24 inch wingspan. Features two sheets of balsa printwood, factory-cut balsa stringers and spars (strip wood), other balsa stock as required, metal hardware, rigging thread, props, covering tissue and two sheets of plans. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including instructions.

AeroGraphics JN-4D Jenny - 26 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft With Rubber / CO2 / Electric Power

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$38   

Superb flying model that can be powered three ways. Features high quality printwood sheets, factory cut stripwood and spars, all required metal hardware, plastic prop and thrust button, clear vacuform wheels, covering tissue, a large sheet of authentic decals, rigging material, full size plans with detailed building and flying information and more. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions.

Cadet Stratobomber Balsa Glider, G-11

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$45   

Rare kit from the 1940s in fine, never used condition. This is an easy to assemble glider featuring factory painted and decorated parts. The solid fuselage is red and has the profile outline of an advanced pre WWII bomber. The wing is die cut and decorated with four printed engine nacelles and "STRATOBOMBER" across the top. The horizontal and vertical stabs are die cut and even the original nose weight is included. The instructions are on the back of the box. It has never been built and is complete. Cadet Aeronautics was a division of Winner Engineering Corporation, Trenton NJ. This line consisted of a P-40, P-51, Spitfire, Hellcat, P-47, Airacobra, Culver Model V, Aeronca Champion and Stinson Voyager 150 (numbered B-1 through B-9 respectively). Cadet also had a very popular line of ready-to-fly gliders such as the 'Stratobomber' and many others.

Monogram Speedee-Bilt F-84 F-51 and Superkit F-51 (P-51) F-84 - Little Air Force Assortment Gift Set

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$795   

Very rare 1950s gift set. Long before injection molded kit were mass produced in the USA, Monogram created what are widely considered the finest pre-fabricated wooden kits with plastic details. The Speedee-Bilt series were flying models with pre-painted and cut wooden parts with plastic props, cowls, pilots, etc. The Superkits were smaller static models with precarved wooden parts and many plastic details. The kits themselves are rare today, but the gift set is very rare. Monogram issued very few gift sets for injection kits, and even fewer in the early 1950s for the wooden kits. The gift set consists of a special 'Christmas' box with a tray and lift-off top with a cello window. This one contains 2 Superkits (F-84 Thunderjet and F-51 Mustang) and 2 Speedee-Bilts (also the F-84 and F-51). The outer box is intact with the original cello and is in 'very good' displayable condition but is not perfect. It has edge wear, general wear, light staining (visible at the upper left) and two closed split corners. The four kits inside are in mint boxes and have never started. Each is 100% inventoried complete with all parts,decals and instructions present.

Top Flite Stinson Sentinel L-5 Flying Jeep JIGTIME Flying Balsa Aircraft, TF3

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$32   

Rare late 1950s/early 60s kit in the famous Top Flight "JIGTIME" flying model series. For rubber powered free flight. The Jigtime series were wooden flying models but the tissue, rib and spar method was eliminated. It is a 3D cabin model (not profile) that is built off of central jigs with all parts factory pre-painted with a colorful design. It has not been started. Inventoried and NOTE: missing the very short plastic nose. Easily replaced with a sanded balsa block about 1" x 1" x 1/2". Otherwise includes all other parts and instructions.

KeilKraft Bf-109 EeZeBilit Flying Aircraft - (Me-109), KK0026

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$34   

Still factory sealed. Highly prefabricated and pre-decorated flying model with a 16.5 inch wingspan. Features all balsa construction (no tissue needed), quality die-cut balsa parts that are completely factory painted, plastic wheels and flying prop and thrust button, fully formed wire landing gear struts, full color insignia and very nicely illustrated building and flying instructions. KeilKraft was produced by the E. Keil & Company, Limited of Wickford, Essex Great Britain. Keil specialized in stick and tissue scale flying models and gliders. They made a few plastic kits as well.

Victor Stanzel & Co Lil' Raider Mono-Line 1/2A Stunt and Combat Model

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$75   

From the 1950s. Flying gas model for control line. Completely pre-fabricated kit featuring fully formed balsa and hardwood fuselage, fully formed hardwood engine mount, thick, clear plastic wing tips and canopy, die-cut wing ribs, fully shaped and notched leading and trailing wing edges, die-cut fin and rudder, factory-hinged stabilizer, formed wire landing gear, hardware, detailed instructions and covering tissue. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. Please note that there is very light bug damage on the instructions but heavy bug damage on the white tissue paper.

Victor Stanzel & Co Interceptor 50 Inch Wingspan Free Flight Airplane

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair++

$79   

Very rare from around 1941. The Interceptor is a gas free-flight design for the Ohlsson 19 or 23 motor. The box is complete but worn as shown. It is the original box. although the paper label is gone (you can see where it was originally) Includes full size plans, materials list, printwood, balsa wood strips, spars and blocks, plywood, carved-to-shape wheels, metal rod, screws and covering material. The kit has never been started. It is inventoried 100% complete using the materials sheet. Plans and materials sheet have some bug damage (as shown in the photo) but are fully usable.