Cleveland Midget Mustang E-Z - 16 Inch Wingspan Balsa Flying Aircraft, E-Z118

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Cleveland Midget Mustang E-Z - 16 Inch Wingspan Balsa Flying Aircraft, E-Z118 plastic model kit

E-Z118 Cleveland Midget Mustang E-Z - 16 Inch Wingspan Balsa Flying Aircraft

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

Post WWII E-Z series assembly kit of this famous racer. Features stick and tissue construction, die-cut parts, factory-cut spars and stringers, clear material for the canopy, fully finished wheels, a beautiful rough machine-cut balsa prop, balsa stock and blocks as required, metal stock, covering tissue and full size plans. The model has not been started. Inventoried and NOTE: missing two 'stub' front ribs. Easily made because they are perfect copies of parts that are present. Otherwise includes all other parts and plans. The Cleveland Model and Supply Company played a pivotal role in the development of true scale models. In 1909 Bleriot's English Channel flight caused a surge in aviation and model aircraft around the globe. Several companies were ideally positioned to take advantage of the aviation craze. In the USA, Wading River Manufacturing Co. (1909), White Aeroplane (1911), Ideal Model Aeroplane (1911), Broadfield Model Aeroplanes (1919) were among these pioneers, offering everything from plans and parts to complete kits and ARF models. Lindbergh's 1927 crossing of the Atlantic Ocean caused an even bigger world-wide phenomenon called 'The Aviation Craze' that extended up to the start of World War II. Many companies such as Megow, Guillow's and others started right around the time of Lindbergh's flight. Some of these models flew and flew well, but they all had one thing in common - were generally not accurate scale representations. In 1929, a youngster named Ed Packard had a very advanced dream to produce incredibly accurate, true scale models that flew perfectly. This radical idea established the world's longest operating single-owner model airplane supply business, called Cleveland Model and Supply Company. To this day, Cleveland models are treasured as the most accurate flying scale models produced. The fact that Mr. Packard started and successfully grew this business during The Great Depression is a testament to his ideals and business skill. I highly suggest the excellent book called 'Aviations great Recruiter, Cleveland's Ed Packard' by H.L. (Herm) Schreiner. It is an excellent history of the man, his company and the times of the Golden Age of Model Aviation.

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