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Guillows Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress - 45 Inch Wingspan, 1/28, 2002

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

$69   

Perhaps the largest scale (1/28) B-17 kit available. Well detailed. Can be built as a scale static display model, with gas engines for U/Control and has been modified to fly on todays small electric motors and remote control. Features all moving control surfaces, plastic cowlings and fairing, plastic regular tail gun or Cheyenne tail gun, optional position main gear, retracting tail wheel, removable wings, plastic turrets and many other clear or colored plastic panels and parts. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: the balsa parts are adult punched out. Nothing is broke and the work was done perfectly. I have inventoried them complete (which took 2 hours). They are in zip lock bags by their letter code ("A", "B", etc). The longer parts are put in a thick clear flat bag to keep them safe in shipping.

Guillows Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless - 31 inch Wingspan RC Flying Model Airplane, 1003

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$52   

Excellent, large scale stick and tissue flying or static model with a 31 1/4 inch wingspan. Easily converted to control line or RC. Features operating bomb trapeze, retractable landing gear, movable dive breaks, detailed cockpit and sliding canopy, movable tail surfaces, pilot and gunner figures, quality die-cut balsa printwood and strip wood, die-cut plywood, numerous lightweight plastic parts, clear canopy, wide-blade prop and 6 feet of rubber, light silkspan, full size plans with detailed building instructions, full color decals and more. Never started. The inside of the kit is exactly as it left the factory with the small parts still in the factory sealed bag and all other parts inventoried complete. With decals and plans/instructions.

Eureka Hobby Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat (F8F) - 36 Inch Wingspan Class B Flying Aircraft

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

$325   

Extremely rare, highly prefabricated kit from post-war Japan. Most likely from the early 1960s. These kits were produced to complete in the saturated American market, and they distinguished themselves by the quality and amount of work already done. This large-scale model can be operated with B or C class engines and features a beautiful aluminum full cowl, pre-assembled landing gear struts with rubber tires & metal hubs and sheet metal gear doors soldered in place, rubber tail wheel with metal hub, completed soldered gas tank, clear vacuform canopy (still excellent and not yellowed), diecut hardwood fuselage bulkheads, die-cut fuselage keels, metal hardware, finished wood prop, die-cut ribs and a very large number of other factory cut parts (both large and small), sheeting wood, full size plans, color insignia and more. Never started and complete. Eureka Hobby made a large line of giant scale gas powered models; they were not inexpensive, which is what makes them very rare today. This Bearcat was $8 in the early 1960s. Other aircraft produced, along with the wingspans and price are as follows: F4U Corsair (31" $10), Me-109E (36" $8), FW-190 (36" $8 and 26" $5.95, AD-4 Skyraider (36" $8), AD-2 Skyraider (24.5" $4.95), L-17 Navion (33" $8), F-94C Starfire with an all metal body and wings for Tiger-Jet engine (31" and $19.95, DC-6B (73", 59" long, four tanks, aluminum cowls, shock absorbing gear, four props for $47.50 - I had one of these, it was an amazing kit), Super DC-3 (61" $29.95, Fairchild Packet Transport (56" $29.50), C-45 Twin Beech (45" $28), Military DC-3 or C-47 (48" $24.50), SA-16 Albatross (54" $25.95), P-2V4 Neptune (51" $21.50), Commando (62" $28), Mig-15 (all metal body and wing, designed for Tiger Jet engine, 36" $22.50), F-84E Thunderjet (37.5" for Dyna-Jet fully enclosed engine and has rear aluminum fuselage $22.50) and finally a B-29 - the line flagship. This model had a 7 foot wingspan, was 59" long, was entirely wood planked and had numerous special features - all for only $39.50. San Diego Model Shop was at least one of the US distributors for these models.

Scientific Miss America Gas 40 Inch Wingspan Free Flight Model

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$39   

From 1938. Very, very rare first issue with the big wingspan. A very deluxe kit with numerous extras- Scientific pulled out all the stops for this rubber powered 'Gas Type' model kit. In the late '30s almost every boy's dream was a gas powered aircraft model; however, the engines were prohibitively expensive and hard to operate; the kits for them were even more costly. This model 'contains everything' and that was no idle boast. Features dummy engine, quality printwood, stripwood and spars, balsa blocks and wood stock as required, metal hardware and stock, fully formed main and nose wheels, big machine carved prop, hardwood thrust button, color red covering tissue, two glass bottles with cork stoppers) bottle of liquids (cement and dope), rubber motor (which is amazingly intact) and full size plans with very detailed instructions. The kit has never been started. NOTE: the original air tires rotted off the hubs; I have replaced them with properly sized wooden wheels. NOTE: inventoried and missing the following: round wooden dowel for the engine cylinder, rubber lubricant, small round aluminum 'noise maker' pieces and small metal washers for the prop shaft. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts and plans included.

Miniature Aircraft Vought Corsair F2G Thompson Trophy Winner - Gas Model (F4U) - 41 inch Wingspan For Free Flight Or Control Line, 1/12

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$189   

Very rare and from 1949. True 1/12 scale flying or display model. Miniature Aircraft was well known for turning out the finest scale detailed models during this time - as their catalog says, 'The Worlds Finest Model Aircraft.' The kit cost around $5 when it was new- very expensive considering the most popular model aircraft were 10 cents. The limited production and sales have made all Miniature Aircraft kits rare and valuable today. The model has not been started. Includes all printed balsa sheets in 'near mint' condition, a beautiful spun aluminum cowling, clear vacuform canopy (in excellent condition and not yellow), rubber main and tail wheels with metal hubs, all spars, leading/training edges and strip stock, stock sheet wood, die-cut hardwood firewall, hardwood dowels, metal wire, color insignia, black and white instrument panel (on the plans), very large full-size scale plans that included text instructions and a number of detail drawings that leave nothing to chance. The plans are 'very good++' with typical yellowing and a few small edge tears but nothing major. The box top and bottom tray are all original and complete. Amazingly, the box top has four solid non-split corners and light general wear. The lower box (or tray) is also in good condition.

AAC Supply Company Eaglerock Bullet American Air Cadets Official Construction Kit - 33 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$79   

Sale Pending
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Very, very rare and from around 1930/32. American Air Cadets was one of the early national flying model clubs, and the magazine "Popular Aviation" was their official publication. Kit features bamboo and balsa construction and includes all required strip wood, bamboo, spars, balsa blocks, covering tissue, construction plans (which lists the model as 1/4 the size of the actual aircraft), a large sheet of color insignia, a beautiful machine-carved prop, fully formed wooden wheels, clear window material and even a mail-in form appealing to "All American Air Cadets Should subscribe for and read their official publication Popular Aviation." Never started and includes all items described, which I believe makes it complete (early kits were notorious for making you scratch build things from your own materials -this one is unusually complete). These kits seldom show up but there is some debate about the age; some have quoted 'late 1930s.' By the late 30s, bamboo had been replace completely by balsa. Furthermore, full-size plans were in vogue. The composite construction, complete lack of printwood and the tiny plans for such a large model (requiring the builder to personally scale them up from dimensions only) is directly in line with the late 1920s and early 1930s. The age of this kit is verified by urging that "From your fertile minds will come secrets at last of SAFE and sustained flight that will make man free as the birds and of course more mighty." The cost of one year was $1.75. POPULAR AVIATION was started in August 1927 by airplane fan William B. Ziff (of Ziff-Davis Magazines). Under Editor Harley W. Mitchell it became the largest aviation magazine with a circulation of 100,000 in 1929. The magazine's title became AERONAUTICS in June 1929, but was changed back to POPULAR AVIATION in July 1930. The magazine became FLYING in 1942, and is still published today by Hachette Filipacchi Media. [Source: Michael Holley in Wikipedia]

AAC Supply Company Curtiss Robin American Air Cadets Official Construction Kit - 30 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$69   

Very, very rare and from around 1930/32. American Air Cadets was one of the early national flying model clubs, and the magazine "Popular Aviation" was their official publication. Kit features bamboo and balsa construction and includes all required strip wood, bamboo, spars, balsa blocks (including ones for wheels), covering tissue, construction plans ("Reduced From Factory Drawing"), a large sheet of color insignia (with bug damage) and even a mail-in form appealing to "All American Air Cadets Should subscribe for and read their official publication Popular Aviation." Never started and includes all items described, which I believe makes it complete (early kits were notorious for making you scratch build things from your own materials). These kits seldom show up but there is some debate about the age; some have quoted 'late 1930s.' By the late 30s, bamboo had been replace completely by balsa. Furthermore, full-size plans were in vogue. The composite construction, complete lack of printwood and the tiny plans for such a large model (requiring the builder to personally scale them up from dimensions only) is directly in line with the late 1920s and early 1930s. The age of this kit is verified by urging that "From your fertile minds will come secrets at last of SAFE and sustained flight that will make man free as the birds and of course more mighty." The cost of one year was $1.75. POPULAR AVIATION was started in August 1927 by airplane fan William B. Ziff (of Ziff-Davis Magazines). Under Editor Harley W. Mitchell it became the largest aviation magazine with a circulation of 100,000 in 1929. The magazine's title became AERONAUTICS in June 1929, but was changed back to POPULAR AVIATION in July 1930. The magazine became FLYING in 1942, and is still published today by Hachette Filipacchi Media. [Source: Michael Holley in Wikipedia]

H&F Model Airplane Co Ryan ST Trainer - 50 Inch Wingspan Flying Scale Aircraft

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$89   

Rare kit from the late 1940s. Very large wingspan, true scale model was designed for free-flight rubber power but is perfectly suited for conversion to R/C and electric power. Features quality printwood, stripwood and spars, prefabricated wheel pants, finished hardwood wheels and thrust button, profile cut and partially shaped wooden nose, other factory cut wooden parts, metal stock, tissue paper and very nice full size plans. Never started and inventoried complete.

C&S Graf Zeppelin Airship - 29.5 inches Long

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$145   

Rare 1930s model of the famous Graf Zeppelin, made by C&S Model Company, Trenton, New Jersey. I have seen an add for this model in very old Model Airplane News magazines. Features stick and tissue construction with quality printwood, full length stripwood and spars, balsa fin material, blocks for the nose and tail, engine blocks, covering material and excellent full size plans that including building instructions. The model has not been started and has been inventoried complete.

Jetco Superflite Thermic Dart 12 inch Wingspan Glider, SG-1

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$34   

Jetco was a producer of high quality gliders (the famous Thermic series), rubber and gas free flight and radio controlled aircraft. Jetco kits used the best materials and are very well engineered and complete. Kit is of balsa design and the parts are pre-decorated. The model has not been started. Inventoried complete and includes full plans and instructions.

Guillows Focke-Wulf Fw-190 - 25 inch Wingspan RC / Control Line / Free Flight Flying Model, 1/16, 406

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$36   

SALE!! Still factory sealed and in 'excellent++' condition. From about 1967/68. One of a very popular 1/16 scale stick-and-tissue series with a 25 3/4 inch wingspan. Can be flows on gas power, U-Control, radio control (R/C) or rubber power. Features high quality balsa die cut balsa parts and stripwood, die-cut plywood parts, vacuform nose / spinner / pilot and more, wheels, plastic propeller, hardware, clear vacuform canopy, covering tissue, big decal sheet and full size plans with detailed building 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.

Guillows B-25 Mitchell U-Control or Static Balsa Model, 1/32, 805

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$44   

Large 1/32 scale stick and tissue model. Can be built static or twin .012 to .049 engine U-Control. Features decals, numerous plastic parts such as cockpit surround, engine nacelles and more, movable control surfaces, detailed landing gear, hinged landing gear doors and more. The kit has never been started. Some parts are still in the factory sealed bags. The parts that are not internally sealed have been inventoried complete, including decals and instructions.

Guillows Vought F4U-4 Corsair - 30 inch Wingspan Flying Model - (F4U4), 1/16, 1004

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$65   

Sale Pending
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Still factory sealed. Very large 30.75 inch wingspan (78 cm) flying or static model. Can be flown rubber powered, free flight, U-Control or R/C. Features stick and tissue constructions, quality die-cut balsa and stripwood, plywood firewall, extensive vacuform details such as engine, cowling, landing gear, intakes, dropping bomb and much more.

Guillows Messerschmitt Messerschmitt Bf-109 - 24 inch Wingspan for Free Flight or R/C, 1/16, 401

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$36   

Still factory sealed. From the 1960s. Large scale, well detailed model that can be flown rubber free flight, gas free flight or converted to electric RC using modern small and light equipment. Well detailed with scale plastic wheels, plastic propeller, vacuform engine cowl and spinner, full color decals, colored tissue, die cut balsa parts, rubber motor, plywood firewall and excellent full size plans. 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.

Guillows Catalina PBY-5A / PBY-5, 1/28, 2004

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$70   

Still factory sealed. Large 1/28 scale stick and tissue model. Can be built static as designed, or, if you are experienced, converted to RC. Instructions are not included for RC conversion. Features the choice of three building options - PBY-5A with floats and gear extended, same with floats and gear retracted or as PBY-5 float plane only. Features die cut high-grade balsa parts, numerous vacuform plastic parts such as engine nacelles, gun listers, canopy, nose cowl, nose turret and more, covering tissue, WWII period decals, step by step instructions and detailed plans.

Guillows Curtiss P-40 Warhawk - 16 inch Wingspan Rubber Powered Balsa Wood Kit, 501

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$22   

From the 1960s. One of a very popular 16.5 inch wingspan series of World War 2 stick and tissue flying kits. Includes die cut balsa parts, vacuform nose, wheels, plastic propeller, hardware, vacuform canopy, colored tissue, insignia and full size plans with detailed building instructions. The kit has never been 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.

Guillows Grumman F6F Hellcat - 16 inch Wingspan Rubber Powered Balsa Wood Kit, 1/32, 503

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$29   

Still factory sealed but the seal has a short split on the box bottom. From the 1960s. One of a very popular 16.5 inch wingspan series of World War 2 stick and tissue flying kits. Includes die cut balsa parts, vacuform nose, wheels, plastic propeller, hardware, vacuform canopy, colored tissue, insignia and full size plans with detailed building 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.

Guillows Curtiss P-40 Warhawk - 16 inch Wingspan Rubber Powered Balsa Wood Kit, 501

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$26   

From the 1970s. One of a very popular 16.5 inch wingspan series of World War 2 stick and tissue flying kits. Includes die cut balsa parts, vacuform nose, wheels, plastic propeller, hardware, vacuform canopy, colored tissue, insignia and full size plans with detailed building instructions. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or 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.

Guillows Focke-Wulf FW-190 -16 inch Wingspan, 1/32, 502

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$24   

From the 1960s. One of a very popular 16.5 inch wingspan series of World War 2 stick and tissue flying kits. Includes die cut balsa parts, vacuform nose, wheels, plastic propeller, hardware, vacuform canopy, colored tissue, insignia and full size plans with detailed building instructions. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or 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.

Guillows Hawker Typhoon Mk 1B - 18 inch Wingspan Balsa Flying Model Airplane, 906

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$18   

1976 Stick and tissue flying model. 18 inch wingspan. Never started. 100% inventoried complete with all parts/decals and instructions present.