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Guillows Mitsubishi Zero - 27 inch Wingspan for Free Flight or R/C Conversion, 1/16, 404

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$34   

From the late 1960s or early 1970s. Large scale and can be flown rubber free flight, gas free flight, or converted to electric RC using modern small and light servos and receivers. Well detailed with scale plastic wheels, plastic propeller, vacuform nose/cowl and engine, plastic pilot, U-Control parts and handle, full color decals, covering tissue, die cut balsa parts, rubber motor, plywood firewall and excellent full size plans. The model has not been started. 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 Curtiss SO3C-1 Seamew - 23 inch Wingspan for RC / Free Flight or Static Display, 117

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$38   

Still factory sealed but the seal has split from age. 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 and vacuform spinner, clear window material, covering tissue, 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.

StromBecker American Airlines Convair Flagship, C-38

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$134   

From the 1950s and with a 10 inch wingspan. This kit and box are in rare, 'excellent++' condition. This highly prefabricated kit made from solid western pine (not balsa wood) and makes a very impressive display model when built. Includes precut and shaped fuselage, wings, elevators, rudder and nacelles, a bag of detail parts including propellers, wheels, etc, wood filler and glue, two grits of sandpaper, detailed instructions and drawings with aircraft history and a large, colorful American Airlines decal sheet. Never started. 100% 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.

StromBecker North American FJ-2 Fury, C-46

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair++

$49   

Beautiful kit from the 1950s made of quality Western Pine hardwood - no balsa. The carving is done to the final shape and when completed it makes an impressive model. Features all carved and smooth wood parts, clear plastic canopy, full color decals, glue, sandpaper and a special hardwood 'teardrop' shaped display stand with a preformed 'flight wire' model holder. 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.

Ranco Models Lockheed Constellation - 15 Inch Wingspam

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$29   

Rare 1940s solid wood scale model with a 15" wingspan. Features profile (2D) cut fuselage and wings, balsa nacelle blocks, wood stock as required, factory-sealed small parts envelope, a very large double-sided fold out poster with numerous photos of the aircraft, detail shots and history. Includes excellent plans with all fuselage and wing templates, detail views and building tips. Never started and complete. Ranco made quite a line of kits and the address was Ranco Manufacturing, Hutchinson, Kansas. Just a few of those kits include the B-29, Cessna Bobcat, Sikorsky Helicopter and Kellett Auto Giro. There is evidence that they made boat kits also.

Strombecker Pan American China Clipper - Martin M-130, 1/130, C51-100

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

$169   

Very rare 1955 issue of this superb and highly prefabricated model. From the 1930s to the 1950s Strombecker was the undisputed leader in high quality hardwood models and they pulled out all of the stops for this China Clipper. Features factory carved and finished hardwood fuselage (accurate to the correct 'corrugated' surfaces), factory carved one piece wing with airfoil, dihedral and cutout for the engine nacelles, four perfectly finished engine nacelles, finished sponsons with correct airfoil, factory cut horizontal and vertical stabilizers, finished propellers (ready to install), propeller hubs, strut stock and more. Also includes a hardwood sanding stick, sandpaper, original small parts envelope, original envelope of powdered Casein Glue, a very large and colorful decal sheet in amazing 'near mint' condition and excellent instructions. These are large-format and double-side with detailed text and illustrated construction steps, parts diagram, photos of the actual aircraft, three view full-size drawings, exploded assembly view, aircraft history and more. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Strombecker even went all out on the box artwork, which was most unusual if not unheard of for solid wooden kits.

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.

Classic Aviation Models PT-17 Speedee-Bilt Flying Aircraft - (ex Monogram), G5

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$69   

This is one of R.W Anderson's superb modern reproductions of the original Monogram Speedee-Bilt kit. Have you ever wished you could build a Speedee-Bilt but you were afraid to because it would destroy the value of the kit? No worries, this is a perfect builder to enjoy. Features high quality laser cut balsa wood parts, MonoFoil wings exactly like the original, other factory pre-shaped wooden parts, plastic parts as the original kit (example: cowl, propeller, etc.), cardstock sheets as required, covering tissue (rolled up in the plans), CAD drawn plans & patterns and full decals. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the factory sealed bags; the parts that were not sealed have been inventoried complete. With all paperwork. Ron Anderson also issued some of his original designs as Speedee-Bilt style kits.

Coast Model Aircraft The Cloud Chaser 54 - 54 in Wingspan Class A/ B/ C Gas Free Flight or R/C Conversion

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$135   

Large and complete kit. Includes full size plans, quality balsa stock and printwood, steel wire landing gear, turned balsa wheels, silkspan covering, celluloid windows, tube of glue, bottled dope (still good), plywood firewall and hardwood motor mounts. Likely from the 1940s. This model came from the estate of a very active and particular early aircraft kit collector. It is like factory-new inside and has not been started. Complete with all parts, plans and decals (if originally included).

StromBecker North American FJ-2 Fury, C-46

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$74   

Beautiful kit from the 1950s made of quality Western Pine hardwood - no balsa. The carving is done to the final shape and when completed it makes an impressive model. Features all carved and smooth wood parts, clear plastic canopy, full color decals, glue, sandpaper and a special hardwood 'teardrop' shaped display stand with a preformed 'flight wire' model holder. 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.

Continental Model Airplane Co Messerschmitt Bf-109 (Me-109) - 'Super Flyer' 21 Inch Wingspan Balsa Wood Flying Model

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Poor

$24   

1940s flying model kit from the Golden Age of model aviation. Kit consists of stick and tissue construction and is intended to be rubber powered. Includes printwood sheets, strip wood in two sizes, completely carved main gear wheels, rough-cut balsa prop, balsa blocks, tissue, clear canopy material and metal stock for the landing gear and hardware. NOTE: one rib has been cut from the printwood sheet. No other parts have been cut out. Quality of the cut is excellent. There is no assembly. Inventoried complete with all parts and plans. NOTE: box is missing one set of end panels (inner and out flaps). The rest is there, but it suffers from age damaged, hence the 'poor' grade. The plans/instructions also suffer from age and have numerous cracks and splits. They are 95% complete, but many small chips are missing. They are certainly complete enough to build the kit.

Airway Model Plane Co Curtiss Seagull / Laird LC-R300 / Bellanca Senior Skyrocket / Martin 156 China Clipper - Small Scale Solid Wood Aircraft Kits, 12

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: No Box

$10   

No Box. Dated 1939 from the Airway Model Plane Company of Brooklyn New York. Solid scale kits with a wingspan of 2.5 to 3 inches. Each kit features a printwood sheet, fuselage block and instructions. Not started and complete. Instructions are heavily worn as shown.

Airway Model Plane Co Brown B-3 / Northrop Gamma / Beechcraft T-17R / US Navy Curtiss F8C-4 / O2C Helldiver - Small Scale Solid Wood Aircraft Kits, 3

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: No Box

$10   

No Box. Dated 1937 from the Airway Model Plane Company of Brooklyn New York. Solid scale kits with a wingspan of 2.5 to 3 inches. Each kit features a printwood sheet, fuselage block and instructions. Not started and complete. Instructions are heavily worn as shown.

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.

Monogram Speedee-Bilt Grumman F9F Panther Jet - Flying Scale Model For Jetex Engine, G-16

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$159   

Rare model from the early 1950s. Not only is this a first issue but it is in a most unusual two piece box; the outer box is a heavy cardboard sleeve which is decorated on all four sides; the inner 'tray' has advertising on both short ends and also on the small upper end flaps where it says "Now...Enjoy Many Pleasant Moments While You Assemble This MONOGRAM MODEL". This is a scale flying wooden rubber powered model for gliding or JETEX power. Before there were plastic models, there were wooden aircraft kits. These usually came in two types - solid and stick and tissue. The solid models were static and usually contained a few blocks of balsa and sometimes a detail part or two. These "Make Wood Look Like Plane" models required a very high level of skill in carving and finishing. The stick and tissue variety were slightly easier to build and provided the ultimate thrill - they could fly when complete with rubber power (and later with free-flight gas and eventually RC). They still required a great deal of skill, so manufacturers sought ways to make model building more accessible to everyone. One idea was pre-carving and/or prefabrication. This raised prices, naturally. Many manufacturers launched lines of 'easy' to build flying models but only Monogram succeeded in making an entire line at an affordable price that would actual fly. The original "Speedee-Bilt" kits were in one-piece two-color boxes or the two piece 'sleeve' box like this kit. (In the mid 1950s, shortly before plastic kits were available, Monogram changed to the 'hardbox' with a lithographic slick glued to the top). Speedee-Bilt kits contained die cut, factory painted wooden parts, completely formed airfoil wings (the famous and beautiful 'Monofoil'), carved wheels and numerous plastic details like the cowling, pilot, missiles, prop and more, depending on the kit. Assembly was by detailed, illustrated plans. The Panther Jet features die-cut dark Navy Blue painted balsa parts, a perfect Monofoil wing, completely carved fuselage blocks, stringers, completely finished wheels, numerous plastic detail parts such as nose, intakes, gear struts, exhaust section, pilot bust and wing-mounted rockets, clear vacuform canopy (still in mint condition, clear and not yellowed), sandpaper, full color decals, Navy Blue covering material and full instructions. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and paperwork present. The decals and instructions are both in 'excellent+' condition. My father has a fine memory and story regarding this model. During the Michigan winter months, he would naturally build models. However, they could not be flown outside so he would fly them in the basement on a tether line hooked to a full gallon paint can. This was even done with gas powered control line aircraft, using a hair pin to keep the elevator fixed in the right position! After finishing the very beautiful Speedee-Bilt F9F, he decided to install the recommended Jetex motor and do some tether flying. The Jetex started flawlessly and propelled the very light weight model to very high speeds. However, the heat of the motor casing soon caught the back on fire. It was a fascinating spectacle to watch the Panther jet circling wildly while trailing a foot or more of flame from the aft section. Finally the flames reached something important, and the craft split in two which quickly ended one of the most memorable and entertaining of all basement winter flights.

Monogram Speedee-Bilt Long Midget - ex Midget Mustang - Flying Scale Model, G6-100

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$125   

Rare from 1957 and part of the incredibly famous Speedee-Bilt line of prefabricated scale flying models. Formerly released as the Midget Mustang. Before there were plastic models, there were wooden aircraft kits. These usually came in two types - solid and stick and tissue. The solid models were static and usually contained a few blocks of balsa and sometimes a detail part or two. These "Make Wood Look Like Plane" models required a very high level of skill in carving and finishing. The stick and tissue variety were slightly easier to build and provided the ultimate thrill - they could fly when complete with rubber power (and later with free-flight gas and eventually R/C). They still required a great deal of skill, so manufacturers sought ways to make model building more accessible to everyone. One idea was pre-carving and/or prefabrication. This naturally raised prices. Many manufacturers launched lines of 'easy' to build flying models but only Monogram succeeded in making an entire line at an affordable price that would actual fly. The original "Speedee-Bilt" kits were in one-piece two-color boxes. In the early 1950s, shortly before plastic kits were available, Monogram changed to the 'hardbox' with a colorful lithograph slick glued to the top as this kit. Speedee-Bilt kits contained die cut and pre painted wooden parts, completely formed 'Monofoil' airfoil wings, carved wheels and numerous plastic details like cowling, pilot, missiles, propeller and more. Assembly was by detailed full size plans. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present. NOTE: the very left side of the decal sheet was once stuck to the tissue paper. The decals are not torn, but there is residue of the tissue still stuck to the left side of the decals (on the 'N' of the wing registration).

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.

Sterling Hal Krier's Great Lakes Special - 24 Inch Wingspan, A24

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$79   

Impressive scale kit for RC, free flight or control line. Features large, full color decal sheet, high-grade die cut balsa, die cut plywood, vacuform plastic cowl with engine detail plus wheel pants and pilot, clear canopy material, carved and painted wood main and tail wheels, finished wire landing gear, rubber motor and plastic propeller, carved wooden thrust button, firewall, elevator horn platform, metal hardware and pushrod wire, full size plans with instruction details and full instructions for conversion to RC or control line. The model has not been started. The small parts are still factory sealed; the parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete and includes plans and decals. Sterling was a famous manufacturer dating back to the 1930/40s flying model craze. Although they continued to produce kits for decades after the flying model slump following World War II, they eventually fell victim to the general lack of interest in modeling that occurred in the early 1980s. I personally considered Sterlings to be 'deluxe' kits.