Guillows Spitfire - 16 Inch Wingspan Flying Balsa Wood Aircraft, 504

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Guillows Spitfire - 16 Inch Wingspan Flying Balsa Wood Aircraft, 504 plastic model kit

504 Guillows Spitfire - 16 Inch Wingspan Flying Balsa Wood Aircraft

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

From the early 1960s and one of a very popular 16.5 inch wingspan series of World War 2 stick and tissue flying kits from this famous manufacturer. Features die-cut quality balsa parts, vacuform engine cowl, exhausts, spinner, oil cooler and more, plastic propeller, fully formed wooden wheels and thrust button, vacuform canopy (still clear and in mint condition), colored tissue, full color decals and full size plans with detailed building instructions. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes 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.

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