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Guillows Lockheed P-38L Lightning - 40 Inch Wingspan Flying Model, 1/13, 2001

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$49   

Very large flying model for free flight, .049 U-Control, static display or rubber power. Although it is not in the instructions, many people have converted this model to R/C with electric power. Features stick and tissue construction, a large number of plastic vac parts, clear vac canopy (in excellent condition and not yellowed), detailed cardstock parts, full decals and much more. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals, plans and instructions.

Jasco Thermic 72 - 72 Inch Wingspan Glider

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$115   

Very large flying glider for free flight or R/C Conversion. Most likely from the 1940s but I am not certain. High performance contest model features die-cut ribs with a 6409 airfoil, solid balsa pod and hard boom, shaped leading and trailing edges, easy pop up dethermalizer, precut spars and strip wood, covering tissue and more. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes plans/instructions.

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

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$32   

SALE!! 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 Lockheed P-38L Lightning - 40 Inch Wingspan Flying Model, 1/13, 2001

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

$59   

Still factory sealed. Very large flying model for free flight, .049 U-Control, static display or rubber power. Although it is not in the instructions, many people have converted this model to R/C with electric power. Includes stick and tissue construction, a large number of plastic vac parts, clear vac canopy, detailed cardstock parts, full decals and much more.

Sterling Fairchild 24K with 'Auto-Magic' Pilot - 22 inch Wingspan Control Line or Free Flight, M-3

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$36   

Sale Pending
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Mid 1960s stick-and-tissue flying model with special 'Auto Magic Pilot' feature and 22 inch wingspan. Can be built for scale static display, rubber free-flight or gas powered control line or Auto Magic Pilot, where the aircraft flies by itself on a tether and maintains level flight. Features full size plans, many sheets of die-cut balsa wood parts, main spars, stringers, tissue, completely formed and painted wooden wheels, die-cut plywood parts, clear material for windows, vacuformed cowl and other parts, steel pre-shaped landing gear strut and full decals. Full size plans are included with highly detailed text instructions also. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts including decals and instructions. Sterling was a famous manufacturer dating back to the 1930/40s flying model craze. Although they continued to produce kits for decades after the flying model slump following World War II, they eventually fell victim to the general lack of interest in modeling that occurred in the early 1980s. I always considered Sterling kits to be deluxe kits as they had the action features and were much nicer than most other kits of this type.

Guillows Fokker DR-I Triplane - 20 inch Wingspan for Free Flight or R/C Conversion - (DR1), 204

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$47   

Large-scale and well detailed. Can be flown rubber free flight, gas free flight or converted to electric R/C with modern servos and receivers. Features scale plastic wheels, plastic propeller, plastic nose cowl, plastic radial engine, full decals, colored tissue, die cut balsa parts, rubber motor, plywood firewall and excellent full size plans. 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.

SIG Pigeon and FF-14 Flip Gliders, FF-13

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$30   

SALE!! Includes both quick-build gliders that are factory sealed. Features pre-shaped airfoil wing and one-evening building time.

RN Models Consolidated PT-1 - 36 Inch Wingspan Scale Flyer, GF109

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$44   

Sale Pending
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Excellent kit of this free-flight rubber or gas design and has provision for R/C conversion. Features high quality balsa printwood, stripwood and spars, many other wood parts cut to shape, balsa stock, metal stock and hardware, instructions and full size plans. 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 plans/instructions.

Schlueter Free Flight Models Barney Snyders 1937 Black Bullet - 30 Inch Wingspan Free Flight (ex-Modelcraft), BB-30

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$49   

Sale Pending
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From 1982. Modern issue of the classic design. Features quality printwood, strip and block balsa, wire, wheels, plastic prop, Japanese tissue, nylon thrust bearing, ball bearing washer, aluminum motor peg, plywood parts as required and full size plans. Never started and complete.

Airlane Luscombe Sedan - 14 Inch Wingspan Pre-Fabricated Flying Aircraft, Q7

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM++

$32   

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Rare and in investment-grade "Near Mint++" condition. From the early 1950s. This kit is fresh from old store stock that was carefully stored; as a result, it is in exceptional, almost never touched condition. The boxes are as they left the factory with new colors and no damage - even the tabs and box ends are intact and perfect. Inside, this is a 14" wingspan flying wooden model aircraft that is prefabricated along the lines of the Comet Struct-O-Speed. Features all die-cut parts, one-piece balsa wings & tail feathers, fuselage bulkheads & sides, top and bottom in balsa, other balsa parts, completely finished hardwood wheels and thrust button, fully formed wire landing gear struts and prop shaft/rubber retainer, a beautiful bright red plastic 4" prop, cut-out red decorations for dual fuselage and horizontal stabilizer stripes, red cowling, cabin windows and windshield and full instructions. Since this model is all balsa, there is no tissue. Never started. The inside is exactly as it left the factory, including a white letter paper protector for the parts. It is 100% complete. Little is known about Airlane Model Company, but they attracted some of the top model aircraft talent in the country. They were located at 318 W. 29th Street, Chicago, IL. These plans were drawn by Bill Gough, who is a well known Model Aviation Hall of Fame Inductee. He was involved almost from the start with model airplane design and development from 1925 onward. He designed kits for Comet from 1935 to 1938, and after the war developed plastic kits for Monogram and Lindberg. He wrote early articles on model aviation for Sunday newspapers; at one point, he was in 17 national papers. His designs often appeared numerous magazines, especially in "Model Aviation" where he was known for brilliant, innovative and beautiful models that flew well. Bill was a competitive flier for more than 50 years. Starting in 1932 as a Junior Birdman, he competed for years in Chicago area contests. Later, he took parts in the AMA Nats and continued right up until 1984. His list of competition wins is too long to list here. As for Airlane, they had a series of wooden boat kits, a series of wagon (old west style) models, sold glue with their name on it (in 5 and 10 cent sizes) as well as two lines- "R" (larger wingspan, 50 cents) and "Q" (smaller, 25 cents) flying kits which included R1 through R9 Taylorcraft, Betty Skelton Little Stinker, Luscombe Sedan, Ercoupe, Spitfire, Curtiss Helldiver, A2D Skyshark, F-86 Sabre, Mig-15 and Q1-Q12 Cessna 170, Stinson Voyager, Taylorcraft, Piper Cub, Beech Bonanza, Aeronca, Luscombe Sedan, Bellanca Cruisemaster, Ercoupe, Tempest, XP81 and the F8F Bearcat.

Sterling Piper Super Cub Crop Duster / Dusts Crops In Flight - 18 inch Wingspan, A7-98

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$42   

Great action kit actually crop dusts in flight. Stick and tissue construction with vac cowl, plastic prop/wheels and full color decals. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts present and includes decals and instructions.

Seaglen Megow's Monocoupe -30 inch Wingspan Balsa Flying Airplane

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$48   

Reissue of the 1930s Megow large-scale kit. Easily converted to electric RC, or free flight with rubber, gas or electric power. High quality model featuring printwood, strip wood, nose block, plastic propeller, nylong thrust button, thrust washers, fully formed metal prop shaft for rubber motor power, quality rubber motor, vacuform wheels, red covering tissue and beautiful full size plans. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

SIG Customaire Cabin Biplane - 20 inch Wingspan Balsa Flying Model, FF-26

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$20   

Still factory sealed. Typical high quality SIG stick and tissue kit with complete building and flying instructions, full size, detailed plans, plastic propeller, wheels, contest rubber, die cut parts, covering material and full decals.

Comet Curtiss Robin - 22 inch Wingspan Balsa Flying Model Airplane, 3303

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Good+

$34   

Still factory sealed but the seal has drawn the box top concave. There are two versions of the Robin from Comet from this time period (1960s/70s) - this is the one with the larger 22 inch wingspan. Kit features traditional wood/tissue construction, detailed full size plans, building instructions, hardware, wheels and canopy material (if required), tissue, rubber and propeller. 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 T-Bird (Tbird) - 39 inch Wingspan Aircraft for Sport or Competition Free Flight, FG-7

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$79   

Built for 'Sniffing Thermals', the honored pastime of a generation of flying 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) model 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. Getting the wing up out of the propeller airflow was a huge improvement, and this type of design proliferated. This is one example of a parasol style 1940s free-flight competition aircraft designed by Russ Hansen. Quality kit includes printwood, strip wood, wheels, 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.

American Junior Heritage Models Jim Walker's Whip Power P-39 U-Control Trainer - 19 Inch Wingspan Whip Fly

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$28   

A superb reproduction of the Jimmy Walker's trainer for U-Control. Features 19" wing span, all die-cut balsa and plywood parts, color insignia like the box top, complete hardware, control line and handle, complete instructions and a copy of the A.J. Flight Course. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts.

Jetco Tornado .049 Powered - 49 inch Wingspan Free-Flight Competition Airplane, FF-1

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$69   

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. Reid Simpson's design using the very popular and successful parasol wing. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Burkard Brewster Bermuda / SB2A Buccaneer - Giant Solid Wood Aircraft, 1/32

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair++

$109   

Very Rare. From about 1943/44. Burkard kits almost never show up on the open market. They were exceptional solid wood display models for their time - highly prefabricated and very large scale. This one features a 17.25 inch wingspan (comes out very, very close to 1/32 scale), completely precarved fuselage (only needs final sanding), precut wings with airfoil, pre-cut stabilizers, fully formed main and tail wheels, other wood parts as required, metal stock as required, canopy material, blue and white US insignia sheet and full size plans with building instructions. Never started and inventoried complete with all parts.

Burkard Curtiss P-40 Warhawk - Giant Solid Wood Aircraft

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$95   

Very Rare. From about 1943/44. Burkard kits almost never show up on the open market. They were exceptional solid wood display models for their time - highly prefabricated and very large scale. This one features a 15.5 inch wingspan, completely precarved fuselage (only needs final sanding), precut wings with airfoil, pre-cut stabilizers, fully formed main and tail wheels, other wood parts as required, metal stock as required, canopy material with the frames printed on, blue and white US insignia sheet and full size plans with building instructions. Never started and inventoried complete with all parts.

Guillows Aeronca Champion 85 - 24 inch Wingspan for Free Flight or R/C Conversion, 301

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$48   

From 1961. Large scale well detailed kit. Can be flown rubber free flight, gas free flight, or converted to electric RC using modern small and light servos and receivers. Features quality die-cut balsa parts, stripwood and spars, excellent vacuform full engine cowl, scale wheels, thrust button, clear window material, rubber motor, plastic prop, metal stock and prop shaft, diecut plywood firewall for gas engine option, big decal sheet and two sheets of superb full size plans and detailed instructions. Never started and complete. 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.