Monogram Speedee-Bilt P-47 Thunderbolt, G17-100

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Monogram Speedee-Bilt P-47 Thunderbolt, G17-100 plastic model kit

G17-100 Monogram Speedee-Bilt P-47 Thunderbolt

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

Rare kit dated 1957. The box top and tray are in excellent condition. Features beautiful Monofoil fully-shaped wing, other fully shaped balsa parts, finished wheels, factory-painted die-cut parts (still unpunched), a large number of plastic details, clear vacuform canopy, sandpaper, rubber motor, covering tissue (factory folded into the plans), detailed instructions and like-new decals. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Scale flying wooden rubber powered model from the early 1950s. 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, maybe a detail part or two and simple plans. 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. In the early 1950s, shortly before plastic kits were available, Monogram changed to the 'hardbox' with a lithographic slick glued to the top as this kit. Speedee-Bilt kits contained die cut and pre painted wooden parts, completely formed airfoil wings, carved wheels and numerous plastic details like cowlings, pilot, missiles, prop and more (depending on the actual kit). Assembly was by detailed full size plans.

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