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Easy Built Models Fokker D-VII - 17.5 inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft, 1/20, EB13

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$20   

High quality modern kit made in the finest tradition of the stick and tissue kits from the 1930s-1950s. Kit contains high quality printed balsa, several light weight plastic detail parts, wheels, strip wood, plastic propeller and thrust button, rubber motor, metal hardware, full insignia (cut out), three colors of covering tissue, full sized plans and detailed building instructions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete.

Guillows Sopwith Camel - 28 inch Wingspan Flying Model, 801

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$46   

Big-scale kit can be built for static display or flown .049 to .15 U-Control, gas free flight or rubber power. Features quality die-cut balsa parts and stripwood, scale wheels and flexible landing gear, movable ailerons, rudder and elevator, plastic cowl and cockpit deck, scale prop, two machine guns, pilot figure, very large full color decals, covering material and more. Includes full size detailed plans. The model has not been started. The small parts are still in the factory sealed bag; all large parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete. 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.

Midway Model Company 1940 Buzzard Bombshell - 30 Inch Wingspan For Free Flight Or R/C, F111

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$49   

Modern reissue of the classic model. Features die-cut plywood parts, die-cut fuselage sides, quality balsa printwood, precut stringers and spars, clear material for cabin windows, metal and wood stock, yellow and orange covering tissue and full size building plans. Never started and complete.

Micro Models The 1940 Playboy Sr - 38 inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft (ex-Cleveland) - (later Midway Model Company), 2/5, F112

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$45   

This is an authentic reproduction of this classic design and is just over half the original size. It features full size plans, quality printwood parts, spare and strip stock, plywood motor mount, two colors of covering tissue and excellent full size plans. Never started and complete. A great gas model designed to climb fast and high then 'Sniff for Thermals', the honored pastime of a generation of model enthusiasts. Flying model aircraft predated powered flight; however, balsa wood and printwood were not introduced until the early 1930s and the hobby took off, as well as the hunt for thermals. Gas flight began in the early 1930s, and powered models (most all driven by Brown engines) took home so many awards that they were forever separated in competition from rubber powered models. Design of gas models was tricky since RC (radio control) models could not yet be applied to the mass market; so a gas model had to not only fly and climb under power, but then glide sufficiently - all in a stable fashion and without any operator inputs once the airplane took off. Micro Models originally reissued many of the gas free-flight classics. The line was taken over by Midway Model Company around the early 1980s.

H&F Model Airplane Co The Bee - 48 inch Wingspan Free Flight or R/C

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$89   

H&F was out of Brooklyn, NY in the 1930/40s. Rare 1930s free flight model for B Class Competition. Since this model is super-stable, it would make an ideal conversion to RC. 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 - it even includes 1930s style low profile wheels/tires. Complete with all parts, plans and decals (if originally included). Designed for 'Sniffing Thermals', the honored pastime of a generation of model enthusiasts. Flying model aircraft predated powered flight; however, balsa wood and printwood were not introduced until the early 1930s and the hobby took off, as well as the hunt for thermals. Gas flight began in the early 1930s, and early gas powered models, all powered by Brown engines, took home so many awards that they were forever separated in competition from rubber powered models. Design of gas models was tricky since RC (radio control) models could not yet be applied to the mass market; so a gas model had to not only fly and climb under power, but then glide sufficiently - all without any operator inputs once the airplane took off.

Top Flite Navion JIGTIME Flying Balsa Aircraft, B5

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$54   

Rare late 1950s kit in the famous Top Flight "JIGTIME" flying rubber free-flight model series. The Jigtime series were highly prefabricated 3D (not profile), all balsa models with no tissue. The tissue, rib and spar method was eliminated and it is built off of central jigs with all parts factory pre-painted with a colorful design. Includes fuselage sides, top & bottom, completely finished wings with the correct dihedral and camber, finished tail feathers, fully formed wire landing gear struts, finished wheels, plastic prop, thrust button, washers, rubber motor and full instructions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

Jim Walker Pursuit Ready-To-Fly Airplane, 89-1

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$145   

Very rare in this condition. Jim Walker produced a line of ready-to-fly balsa aircraft in the 1940s and early 1950s and the Pursuit was one of the flagships. The bigger brother of the Hornet had a bigger wingspan, could hold a great deal more rubber (and with extra), had a better endurance, instructions for using a winder up to 400 turns and had a more ornate factory paint job. This example has always been in collector hands. The box has great colors and both lids and all four flaps are present and complete. I have given it an internal cardboard 'sleeve' for proper support - these boxes were very weak and this is necessary to keep it as nice as it is and protect it in shipping. Inside, it is factory new with all parts in great condition. Even the color printing on the wood is as new. It has never been built and has been inventoried complete. The instructions are on the box side. Very few of these survived; they were inexpensive, disposable items that were great fun to fly.

Jim Walker A-J Hornet Ready-To-Fly Airplane, 59-1

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$129   

Incredibly rare in this condition. Jim Walker produced a line of ready-to-fly balsa aircraft in the 1940s and early 1950s and the Hornet was one of the most popular. This is fresh hobby stock that has never been sold; I believe I was the first one to open the box. The box is in exceptional 'excellent++' condition with very little wear, great colors and perfect flaps and lids. Inside, it is factory new with all parts in great condition. Even the color printing on the wood is as new. It has never been built and has been inventoried complete. The instructions are on the box side. Very few of these survived; they were inexpensive, disposable items that were great fun to fly.

Jim Walker A-J Interceptor Folding Wing Glider

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$55   

NOTE: this is an incredible reproduction of the original; it is not the original. The original is a very rare early 1950s flying glider model. This reproduction uses an expensive (and very convincing) copy of the original box. Inside is an amazing reproduction right down to the printed colors, design, size and functionality. This is a flying replica recreated down to the smallest detail of the wing fold design and colorful decoration. Like the original, it is ready to fly and includes the rubber band catapult.

Cadet Stratobomber Balsa Glider, G-11

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$45   

Rare kit from the 1940s in fine, never used condition. This is an easy to assemble glider featuring factory painted and decorated parts. The solid fuselage is red and has the profile outline of an advanced pre WWII bomber. The wing is die cut and decorated with four printed engine nacelles and "STRATOBOMBER" across the top. The horizontal and vertical stabs are die cut and even the original nose weight is included. The instructions are on the back of the box. It has never been built and is complete. Cadet Aeronautics was a division of Winner Engineering Corporation, Trenton NJ. This line consisted of a P-40, P-51, Spitfire, Hellcat, P-47, Airacobra, Culver Model V, Aeronca Champion and Stinson Voyager 150 (numbered B-1 through B-9 respectively). Cadet also had a very popular line of ready-to-fly gliders such as the 'Stratobomber' and many others.

Monogram Speedee-Bilt Spad Pursuit - Flying Scale Model Airplane, G8-100

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$129   

Hardbox issue from 1957. For the advanced Monogram collector. Early, completely pre-fabricated multi-media kit featuring pre-colored and die cut balsa wood, precarved balsa, finished Monofoil wing, plastic detail parts (such as cowl and prop) and rubber motor. Designed for rubber free flight or Co2 engine power. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all wood and plastic parts, decals and instructions/plans. 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. In the early 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 and pre painted wooden parts, completely formed airfoil wings, carved wheels and numerous plastic details like cowling, pilot, missiles, prop and whatever was required. Assembly was by detailed full size plans and instructions. Monogram carried the Speedee-Bilt line for several years past it's prime and the advent of plastic kits, a testimony to the quality and popularity.

Monogram Speedee-Bilt Boeing PT-13 Kaydet Trainer, G5-100

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$134   

Rare kit from 1957 in very good overall condition. This is a highly prefabricated, rubber-powered, wooden scale flying model kit. It features beautiful, completely finished Monofoil upper and lower wings, die-cut fuselage sides and formers that are factory painted yellow, precarved wooden parts, fully finished wheels, die-cut clear windscreens, plastic engine, prop and pilot bust, fully formed wire landing gear, rubber motor, sandpaper, tissue, decals and excellent instructions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes 'excellent+' condition decals and instructions. 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. 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 engine cowl, pilot, missiles, prop and more. Assembly was by detailed full size plans.

Monogram Speedee-Bilt Boeing Kaydet PT-17, G5

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$49   

Rare 'Speedee-Bilt' kit from the late 1940s. These were highly prefabricated flying model kits with beautiful, completely finished wings carved from one piece of thick balsa, die-cut, pre-painted balsa parts, colored tissue, plastic details and more. This model features two perfect 'Mono-Foil' factory finished wings, yellow painted die-cut parts, yellow covering tissue, pre-shaped fuselage forward balsa block, strip stock as required, rubber motor, finished and painted wheels, fully formed wire landing gear, plastic engine, sandpaper, excellent decals, early small Monogram catalog, small how-to-fly-your-models brochure and full size plans with step-by-step instructions. This kit has never been started. NOTE: Missing celluloid windows, prop and small balsa parts #1, 3 and 4 - those three are fuselage formers and easily made and not visible when assembled. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts, decals and instructions present.

Monogram Speedee-Bilt Long Midget - (Or Midget Mustang) Flying Scale Model, G6-100

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$144   

Formerly released as the Midget Mustang. Scale flying rubber powered wooden model. 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. 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. Assembly was by detailed full size plans. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Monogram Speedee-Bilt F-86 Sabre Jet Flying Scale Model for Jetex, G13-100

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$129   

Sale Pending
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Scale flying model for use with the JETEX jet-power pack. Excellent pre-fabricated wood and plastic kit featuring beautiful, fully finished Monofoil solid balsa wings, factory painted die-cut balsa parts, plastic intake, exhaust, pilot and missiles, other balsa parts factory cut to shape, fully finished wheels and wire landing gear, a clear vacuform canopy (still mint and not yellowed, template sheet, full color decals and extensive instructions with numerous illustrations and full size plans. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. 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. 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. Assembly was by detailed full size plans.

Monogram B-24 Liberator Speedee-Bilt - Five Star Super Deluxe Kit, 1/60, H4-495

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$695   

Dated 1954. This is the finest H4 Liberator that I have seen. The box has like-new color and gloss, four solid corners and only light general wear. The inside is like new also. Classic early multi-media kit with a fantastic internal box presentation. Before injection molded plastic kits were common, Monogram issued the famous 'Speedee-Bilt' and 'Super Kits' which featured injection molded details and precarved wooden parts. Of these, the Speede-Bilt B-24 and B-17 were the finest. These kits are rare today due to their relatively high original price of $4.95. This example is inventoried 100% complete with all parts, glue, dope, decals, sand paper, plans and instruction book. The kit has never been started. Still has all internal packing as shown. Amazingly, the celluloid plastic parts range from no warping to very slight warping. This is very rare, as that type of plastic was unstable and warp easily over time. Instructions, decals and plans are 'near mint' also, as are the parts sheets. No wooden parts have been punched out. This kit must be shipped insured.

Monogram Speedee-Bilt F-84 F-51 and Superkit F-51 (P-51) F-84 - Little Air Force Assortment Gift Set

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$795   

Very rare 1950s "pre-injection molded" gift set. Long before injection molded kit were made in the USA, Monogram produced perhaps the finest pre-fabricated wooden kits with plastic details. The Speedee-Bilt series were flying models with pre-painted and cut wooden parts with plastic props, cowls, pilots, etc. The Superkits were smaller static models with precarved wooden parts and many plastic details. The kits themselves are rare today, but the gift set is very rare. Monogram issued very few gift sets for injection kits, and even fewer in the early 1950s for the wooden kits. The gift set consists of a special 'Christmas' box with a tray and lift-off top with a cello window. This one contains 2 Superkits (F-84 Thunderjet and F-51 Mustang) and 2 Speedee-Bilts (also the F-84 and F-51). The outer box is intact with the original cello and is in Excellent condition with edge wear as the primary flaw. The four kits are in mint boxes and have never started. Each is 100% inventoried complete with all parts/decals and instructions present.

Monogram Speedee-Bilt Vought F4U-5 Corsair - Flying Scale Model - (F4U5), G14-100

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$145   

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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 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. 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 the cowling, pilot, missiles, prop and more. Assembly was by detailed full size plans. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Sterling Taylorcraft - 21 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft, Peanut, K5

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$58   

Still factory sealed. A well engineered, highly prefabricated model featuring all die-cut quality balsa parts, a large number of completely formed parts including fuselage sides, top and bottom, wing sheet covers, tail feathers, etc, finished wheels, plastic cowl & prop, rubber motor, hardware set, clear window material, colored tissue, color decals, full size plan and separate teaching instructions sheet. The Taylorcraft BF12-65 was first manufactured in Alliance, Ohio in 1941. Many of these sharp looking airplanes have been kept in great condition by faithful owners across the country. The Taylorcraft was an easy aircraft to flyl and was very forgiving. The glide radio was an impressive 22 to 1. With the 65 hp Franklin engine, the aicraft has a cruising speed of 96 mph and a top speed of 112 mph. My father's first aircraft was a used Taylorcraft. He purchased it around 1954 while he was in high school. The airport manager allowed him to make payment, which he did by working as a delivery boy for the local grocery store and by waxing cars at $5 each. The airplane still exists and is flown today from it's base in New York.

Sterling Cessna 170 - 21 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft, Peanut, K4

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$56   

Still factory sealed. A well engineered, highly prefabricated model featuring all die-cut quality balsa parts, a large number of completely formed parts including fuselage sides, top and bottom, wing sheet covers, tail feathers, etc, finished wheels, plastic cowl & prop, rubber motor, hardware set, clear window material, colored tissue, color decals, full size plan and separate teaching instructions sheet.