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C&S MC2 Metal Clad Blimp US Navy ZMC-2 - 9.87 Inches Long, 1/181

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$125   

Rare 1930s model of this early US Navy Blimp. The ZMC-2 (Zeppelin Metal Clad 200,000 cubic foot capacity was the only successfully operated metal-skinned airship ever built. She was built at Naval Air Station Grosse Ile by The Aircraft Development Corporation of Detroit. ZMC-2 was operated from 1929 to 1941 by the U.S. Navy at Lakehurst, New Jersey base. She was scrapped in 1941. During her service ZMC-2 completed 752 flights for 2265 hours of flight time. This model was made by C&S Model Company, Trenton, New Jersey. They had quite a line of airships as I have seen their adds in very old Model Airplane News magazines. This kit has stick and tissue construction and features printwood, stock wood parts, stringers, blocks, covering tissue and full size plans. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and paperwork included. Please note that the plans have bug damage but they are certainly good enough to use if you wish to build the model.

Maircraft Curtiss P-40 - Solid Wood Model Airplane, 1/48, S13

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$26   

Maircraft was originally founded in the early or mid 1930s by Gordon Christoph and went by the name Aircraft Model Company. The company produced a typical line of solid 'profile cut' kits that required the usual high talent levels for carving and finishing. A former Comet Model Airplane & Supply Co. salesman, Jack Mair, bought the company in the early 1940s and renamed it Maircraft. This company was one of the handful of solid kit producers who issued models in a consistent 1/48 scale during the 1930s and 1940s (others included Hawk and Dyna-Model). This lead to one of the most desirable and rare model kits ever produced in the USA - the wood/plastic 1/48 United DC-3 model issued immediately after World War 2. Other than the P-61 and a few other Maircraft offerings, most were simple kits that sold for the low price of about 35 cents and gave the owners many hours of pleasurable work. This kit features a full size plan with instructions steps, fuselage that is about 80% cut in the x,y and z axis, profile cut parts, printwood and a small bag of details. The model has not been started. The small parts are still in the factory sealed bag and the larger parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete with all paperwork. Please note, the insignia for this kit is Chinese markings only.

StromBecker Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket - (D-558 2), C-42

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$74   

StromBecker was famous for this line of precarved hardwood and plastic kits. The carving is done to the final shape. When complete it makes an impressive desk top display. Includes glue, sandpaper, decals, hardwood stand, metal stand arm, plastic canopy and full instructions. Never started. 100% complete with all parts, plans and partial decal sheet.

Minicrafters Republic Seabee - Solid Wood Model, 1/48, M-4

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$34   

Very good quality, large-scale kit from the 1945. Features a very nice x, y and z axis profile-cut fuselage, factory-cut wings with airfoil, precut horizontal and vertical stabilizers, completely finished wheels, balsa stock, sandpaper, printed cardstock template sheet (with 11 templates), sealed metal tube of glue and excellent plans that include three view drawings, exploded view, another drawing that is a painting guide with color notes, detailed step-by-step text instructions and a very nice history of the aircraft. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes all paperwork. Little is know about "Minicrafters Of Baltimore." Beyond the home town, one could judge that they had quite the line of 1/48 scale models since this one was likely #4 from the part number 'M-4.'

Cavacraft British SE-5 Scout / Spad / Fokker D-VII - Bagged, 1/48, S-2

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$45   

SALE!! Includes all three bagged, highly prefabricated wooden kits. The kits have never been started and are inventoried with all parts and plans/instructions present. NOTE: all are missing the decals. These are rare kits from the early 1950s. This series was Cavacraft's competition for Strombecker, and they are as good and often better than Strombecker's. The wingspans are all very close to 6.5 inches. All parts are completely carved and shaped from quality western pine. Features fully finished fuselage, finished wings complete with perfect airfoil, die-cut horizontal and vertical stabilizers, pre-finished wheels, and small parts cut to shape or made fraom cast metal.

Cavacraft Piper Cub J-3 - Solid Wood Aircraft Model, 1/48, S-3

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$56   

Rare, highly prefabricated model with an 8.75 inch wingspan. This excellent kit is among Cavacraft's final efforts to compete in the solid model hobby. The fuselage and wing are hardwood and completely carved to shape. The quality is excellent - as good or better than Strombecker. All other airframe parts are hardwood as well and die-cut. There is a sealed was paper bag that includes fully formed and finished wheels and th other small parts. The decals include side windows, front windshield, skylight (top of the wing), fuselage 'lightning' stripes, tail registration numbers and large above and below wing registration numbers. The kit has never been started. All of the small parts and CASCO cement are still in the factory sealed wax-paper bag. The larger wooden parts were never factory sealed and have been inventoried complete. With 'excellent' condition large (and extensive) decal sheet and plans.

Cavacraft P-51D Mustang - Solid Wood Aircraft Model - Factory Overstamped Navion Box, S-1

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$38   

Rare. When the Cavacraft factory ran out of Mustang boxes, they grabbed some Navion boxes and overstamped the box top and ends with "S-1 MUSTANG." This excellent kit is among Cavacraft's final efforts to compete in the solid model hobby. The fuselage and wing are completely carved to shape. The quality is excellent - as good or better than Strombecker. Also includes clear canopy, die cut smaller wooden parts, a sealed small detail parts bag, full color decals and excellent plans/instructions. The kit has never been started. The small parts are still in the sealed factory bag; the parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete including all paperwork.

Cavacraft F-86 Sabre - Solid Wood Aircraft Model, 1/55, J-1

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$36   

Rare. From 1951 or '52. This kit is among Cavacraft's excellent final efforts to compete in the solid model hobby, and it is as good or better than Strombecker. The fuselage and wing are completely machine cut to shape with only final sanding needed. The quality is excellent - as good as some Strombecker kits. The rudder and elevator are still in the die-cut hardwood sheet. Also includes pre-shaped wooden wheels, metal gear struts, vacuform canopy, sanding stick, sand paper, decals, full size plans and full instructions. The kit has never been started. The small parts are still in the factory sealed envelope. All other parts have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions. Other kits in this series include the British SE-5, Mig-15, Mustang P-51D and Cessna

Cavacraft Mig-15 - Solid Wood Aircraft Model, 1/52, J-2

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$39   

Rare. This kit is among Cavacraft's excellent final efforts to compete in the solid model hobby. The fuselage and wing are completely machine cut to shape with only final sanding needed. The quality is excellent - as good as some Strombecker kits. The rudder and elevator are still in the die-cut hardwood sheet. Also includes pre-shaped wooden wheels, metal gear struts, vacuform canopy, sanding stick, sand paper, decals, full size plans and full instructions. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Guillows Avenger TBF Torpedo Bomber 16.5 Inch Wingspan / 507 Nakajima A6M2-N Rufe 16 inch WS / 906 Hawker Hurrican 16.5 Inch Winspan - Flying Balsa Wood Aircraft, 509

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$42   

SALE! Includes all three kits. They have never been started and are inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions present. Kits date from the early to mid 1970s. All are stick-and-tissue style rubber-powered flying models.

Guillows B-25 Mitchell - 26.5 Inch Wingspan Gas Model For U-Control or Static Display, 1/32, 805

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$79   

Still factory sealed. Large 1/32 scale stick and tissue model that can be built static or twin .-12 to .049 engine U-Control. Features extensive color decals, numerous plastic parts such as cockpit surround, engine nacelles and more, movable control surfaces, detailed landing gear, hinged landing gear doors and more.

Golden Age Reproductions Peerless Models Fleet Trainer - 22 inch Wingspan for Free Flight or R/C Conversion

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$34   

Reissue of the 1936 Peerless Model Airplane Company Kit. Peerless was not around for long until they were bought out by Cleveland. As a result, Peerless kits are considered rare, so this is an ideal way to obtain a 'builder' model. Golden Age is a high quality company committed to reissuing classic stick and tissue kits and plans from the Golden Age of flying models, the 1930s. Kit are of very high quality and include printwood, strip wood, nose block, plastic propeller, rubber motor, vac wheels, prop shaft, thrust button and bearings, beautiful copies of the original full size plans and covering material. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including instructions.

Micro-Dyne Super-C - Ultralight Indoor Flying Model Airplane - 1959 Nationals Winner

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$28   

This design won it's class at the 1959 nationals with over 20 minutes of indoor flight. Rare late 1950s early 1960s balsa micro-film indoor endurance model kit. Includes drilled thrust bearing, wire parts, balsa prop, lubricant, microfilm solution, glue, Micro-2 rubber, emory paper, full size templates, washers and enough wood to build two models. The factory container (which is folded cardboard) is still factory staple sealed. NOTE: missing container of "micro-wire" as shown.

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

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$59   

Large 1/32 scale stick-and-tissue model can be built as a detailed static display or flown with twin .012 to .049 engine U-Control. R/C fliers have converted this kit to electric power and radio control. Features complete color 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. The small parts are still in the factory sealed bags. The parts that were never internally sealed have been inventoried complete, including decals 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 Mint

$38   

Still factory sealed and in investment-grade condition. Purchased new on May 23, 1967 in Northern Ohio. One of a very popular 1/16 scale stick-and-tissue series with a 25 3/4 inch wingspan. Can be flown 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.

Engel Senior Telemaster - 94.5 Inch Wingspan R/C Aircraft, 1/99, 1391B

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$150   

Rare. NOTE: builder kit only. Contains wooden parts and metal gear struts only; missing all paperwork, small hardware packet and covering material. Very large flying aircraft designed for R/C operation. Never started. NOTE: the kit looks as if all the wooden parts are present, but I did not inventory it. Many are still bound by the red factory rubber bands. This kit is sold-as.

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

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$129   

Rare kit from 1957 in exceptional 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, prop and pilot bust, fully formed wire landing gear, rubber motor, sandpaper, tissue, decals and excellent instructions. The kit has never been started. 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.

Comet Firefly - 24 Inch Wingspan - Coke Bottle Issue, N12-29

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$48   

1950s lightweight long distance/high endurance design with a big wingspan. Traditional stick-and-tissue flying model. Features quality balsa printwood, strip stock, fully formed wheels and thrust button, balsa prop, covering material and full plans. The kit has never been started and is complete. The entire Comet 1950s "N" line included the following (gaps mean there is no kit, at least at that time): N1 Tiger Shark P-40, N2 F-86D Sabre Jet, N4 Globe Swift, N6 Taylorcraft, N8 F-51 Mustang, N9 Helicopter, N11 Ryan Navion, N12 Firefly, N15 Piper Cub, N16 Fokker DVII, N17 Spad, N24 Phantom Fury, N25 Aeronca K (floats) and N26 Stinson SR-7. Comet was a famous manufacturer of stick and tissue flying and static models. In the 1930s Great Depression, they lead the low-priced kit revolution with the "Dime Scale" kits and famous advertisements in Model Airplane News magazine and others. Comet reached it's peak in the 1930s when they acquired the services of Carl Goldberg. Goldberg was a highly accomplished modeler with articles in Model Airplane News and famous designs that won him several National level competitions in the 1930s and beyond. (Carl Goldberg went on to found his own company and produced well designed and popular free-flight and RC aircraft). Comet survived the post World War economic slump and continued kit production until they were bought out by long-time competitor Guillow's in 1998.

Midwest Super Jabberwock - 33 Inch Wingspan Class C Cabin Competition for Free Flight or R/C Conversion, C-1

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$135   

Cabin style 1949 record holding aircraft designed by Wally Simmers. These aircraft were common in the 1930s when the sport of free-flight model airplanes reached it's zenith. It was not uncommon for these models to fly for 45 minutes or more on rubber power alone - many flew out of sight. It soon became common practice to write your name, address and phone number on the covering tissue if you wanted to get it back! Quality kit includes printwood, strip wood, precarved prop, two colors of tissue and beautiful full size plans. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Flyline Models Curtiss SO3C-1 Seamew - 23 inch Wingspan for RC / Free Flight or Static Display, 117

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$34   

Made for rubber free flight, but easily converted to electric RC with today's light and tiny servos and receivers. Flyline Models was a manufacturer out of Fairfax, Virginia USA. The models are known for their high quality. The kit contains full size detailed plans, instructions, high quality printed balsa sheets, pre-cut spars and stringers, decals, plastic prop and vacuform spinner, clear window material, covering tissue, hardware and more. The kit has never been started. The small parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions.