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

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$42   

Sale Pending
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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.

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

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$34   

SALE!! Still factory sealed and in investment-grade condition. From the 1970s. 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.

Sterling Ford Tri Motor Island Airlines - 34 Inch Wingspan For RC / Control Line / Free Flight / Co2 / Rubber Power / Static Scale Display, E12

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$89   

Very large scale and well detailed. Can be built for static display, rubber powered, gas powered free-flight, CO2 powered, control line or RC/radio controlled. Features quality die-cut balsa sheet parts, stripwood and wing spars, plastic engines and other details, finished rubber wheels, preformed wire parts, hardware pack of control line parts, a big set of color decals for the box photo aircraft shown, covering material, instructions, full size plans and more. Never started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the Sterling bag; the parts that were not have been inventoried complete. With all paperwork.

Sterling Curtiss P-6E Hawk - 16 inch Wingspan Flying Model Aircraft that Drops Bombs in Flight, A10

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$65   

From the early to mid 1960s that is designed for rubber free flight or control line. Includes innovative system for dropping bombs in flight. Stick and tissue model featuring quality die-cut balsa parts, stripwood and spars, other wood stock as required, die-cut clear windshield, vac plastic details including radiator scoop, engine cowling, pilot bust, wheels pants, exhaust ports and more, finished wire landing gear struts, finished main and tail wheels, rubber motor, plastic prop, covering tissue and a big full color decal sheet. Includes excellent full size plans with detailed instructions. Never started. The small parts are still in the factory sealed bag; the parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete. Please note that the box displays better than the 'very good' grade; it is rated as such because there is some bug damage on two side panels. 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's offering to be 'deluxe' compared to other manufacturers.

Comet A-26 Invader - 30 Inch Wingspan Flying Model, 3501-298

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair-

$46   

1970s stick and tissue large-scale flying model. Can be built as static, free flight or converted to electric R/C with modern light-weight components. I fondly remember building this kit in about 1974 and it looked very nice. Features several sheets of printwood, three sizes of strip wood, scale wooden propellers and hubs, plastic flying props, balsa blocks are required, fully carved and finished main & nose wheels and thrust buttons, metal stock as required, dowels as required, clear window material, full size stabilizer and nacelle to fuselage fillet patterns, window cutting patterns, insignia sheet, full size plans, instructions and tissue. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and plans. NOTE: the insignia sheet is a high-quality photocopy.

Megow Vultee Vanguard, S52

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$29   

1930s solid wood display model. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes plans/instructions.

Comet F4U Corsair, B3

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$24   

Rare solid wood model from the 1940s. The scale is not given, but the wingspan is 5.25 inches. Features fuselage block, two sheets of very high quality printwood and full-size plans with templates. Never started and complete. 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.

Peck-Polymers Convertible 1938 Tad Dietrich - 34 Inch Wingspan Scale Flying Model, Peanut, PP032

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$38   

Peck-Polymers is a manufacture of high quality stick and tissue models. This is remake of the classic old time rubber powered free flight model for wheels or floats. Can be converted to R/C if you wish. Kit includes contest quality die-cut printwood, stripwood and spars, a huge balsa prop blank cut to profile, one-piece vacuform clear cabin/cockpit windows, nylon thrust bearing, two colors of covering tissue, fully formed metal hardware, contest rubber motor, full size plans and more. The kit has never been started. The small parts are still sealed in the factory bag. The parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

Campbells Custom Kits Quaker 54 - 54 Inch Wingspan Wooden RC Model Airplane - (ex M&P)

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$129   

The kit is probably from the 1970s and is a reproduction of the famous Quaker series adapted for R/C (Radio Control). Includes die cut ribs and many other factory cut parts, sheet wood and wood stock, spars and stingers, wing trailing edges cut to shape, printwood, hardware, clear celluloid for the windshield, preformed metal landing gear. With detailed text instructions booklet and beautiful full size plans. 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. The hardware and small parts are still in the factory sealed bags. Most other parts are still in the factory rubber bands. The few that were not have been inventoried complete. NOTE: this kit was factory packed in a rugged and sturdy box. The model will be shipped with this box only (no external box) unless you request otherwise. If you wish for it to be repacked, extra postage will apply. Note that this kit was also issued by M&P, which stand for Dick Mathis' Design Group, which was out of Lone Oak Texas. I do not know which one came first, this or the M&P issue.

Comet Curtiss Jenny JN-4D - 34 inch Wingspan Rubber / Gas Control Line / RC Flying Balsa Aircraft, 3646

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$54   

Large 34 inch wingspan flying kit can be powered by rubber, electric and made RC with modern lightweight servos and receivers. This is a deluxe Comet kit from the 1970s and features true scale appearance, rugged Super-X non-warping wing assembly, Tube-O-Matic fuselage construction, many lightweight plastic details - cowling, machine guns, pilot, bombs etc. for flying models or static displays, quality die-cut balsa parts, plywood firewall, factory cut spars and stringers, fully formed gear struts and wheels, windscreen material, covering tissue, hardware, weight for balancing, scale four-blade and flying (2 blade) propellers, rubber motor, huge color decorating sheet, detailed full size plans and building instructions. The kit has never been started. The small parts are still in the factory sealed clear bag, and the parts that were never factory sealed have been inventoried complete with all parts and includes insignia and instructions. 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.

SIG Piper Cub J-3 - 71 Inch Wingspan For R/C, 1/6, RC-3

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$135   

At one time this was the most popular R/C model ever made and won numerous awards at the Nationals. Very large 1/6 scale flying scale model designed for .19 to .35 gas engines and is easily converted to electric power. Features die-cut balsa and plywood, factory carved balsa blocks, plenty of wood stock, full sized detailed plans, die-cut clear windshield, trademark and number decals, built-up balsa construction, removable wing struts, molded control hinges, new one piece wing, stable design, molded engine cowl, formed landing gear, aluminum engine mounts and more. 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 decals and plans. NOTE: this kit will ship in this box (wrapped in heavy brown paper) unless you specify otherwise. If shipped in another box, additional shipping charges will apply.

Cleveland 1938 Turner-Laird Pesco Special Racer - Printwood and Plans ONLY, 1/16, SF-72

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$29   

Sale Pending
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This is a Cleveland 'SF' or 'Scale Flying' model in museum scale of 1/16. Ideal builder includes all printwood sheets in 'excellent' condition and full-size plans (photocopied) in 'very good' condition. Does not included stripwood, wheels, nose block and other stock balsa wood.

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

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$46   

Large-scale and well detailed model from the early 1970s. 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 more. With 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.

Consolidated Model Engineering Jap Zero - 18 Inch Wingspan for 1/2 A Gas Engines

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$79   

Very Rare. From the late 1940s or early 1950s. Please note, these came in generic boxes with the model stamped on the end. All of them have a photo of a Corsair, but the kit inside is a Zero as stamped on the box end. The Consolidated flying solids were excellent kits and highly prefabricated. The were 100% solid (no tissue) U-control models designed for 1/2 A size engines. Features a factory carved fuselage, shaped (profile cut) wings, horizontal and vertical stabilizers, fully formed main and tail wheels, balsa and metal stock, plywood firewall, round metal stock as required, hinge material, celluloid clear canopy with printed frames, color decals and full size plans that include building instructions. NOTE: this kit has 'professional' quality assembly. The fuselage and rudder are assembled and perfectly finished to final shape. The quality of the work is outstanding, straight and true to the plans. There is no other assembly. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Comet Grumman F6F Hellcat - 24 inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft, 3503

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$48   

From the early 1970s Large scale issue for rubber or gas free flight, or easily converted to RC using today's tiny and light servos and receivers. Kit features traditional wood/tissue construction, quality balsa printwood, stripwood and spars, balsa stock as required, fully formed wood main and tail wheels, rubber motor, plastic prop and scale (you-build-it) three-blade wooden prop, wood thrust button, clear canopy material, template/details cardstock sheet, insignia, dark blue covering tissue and detailed full size plans with building instructions. Never started and inventoried 100% complete. 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.

Comet Grumman F6F Hellcat - 24 Inch Wingspan - Coca-Cola Bottle Issue, Y4-129

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$44   

Part of the deluxe, high-cost Comet "Y" kit line from the 1950s. Note the box showing a bottle of Coke next to the young builder's snack tray and a finished aircraft. For rubber flight or easily converted to RC using today's tiny and light servos and receivers. Kit features traditional wood/tissue construction, very high quality printwood, stripwood and spars, other balsa stock as required, scale wood prop, completely preformed wood wheels, additional sheet with cut-out canopy frames, air intake and instrument panel, metal prop shaft, fully formed thrust button, covering tissue and superb full size plans with instructions. The model has not been started. There has been no assembly, but NOTE: about 15 parts were cut out to 'professional' quality. One cut out part, F7, is missing a thin part of balsa (about 3mm wide) from the center but is otherwise complete and easy to reproduce. Inventoried complete with all parts. 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.

Comet Focke-Wulf FW-190 A - Super Stars Series 21 inch Wingspan Flying Model, 1621-250

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$36   

From the early 1970s. Large scale issue for rubber or gas free flight or easily converted to RC using today's tiny and light servos and receivers. Box art is by Locher, who did a great deal of the Monogram box artwork also. Kit features traditional wood/tissue construction with all die cut parts, 'Tube-O-Matic' fuselage construction and 'Rugged Super X Simplified Non-Warping Wing' construction, a very large and colorful insignia sheet, detailed full size plans, building instructions, wheels, hardware, tissue and propeller. The model 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 insignia and plans. 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.

Megow Baby Quaker - 36 Inch Wingspan For R/C or Free Flight, E-28

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$165   

Rare 1947 model of this classic Megow Free-Flight Aircraft. Kit includes detailed instructions book (an actual book), full size detailed plans, select balsa and hardwood parts, printed balsa, battery case, turned wheels, celluloid for windows and hardware. 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. Complete with all parts, plans and decals (if originally included).

Comet SBD Dauntless - 20 Inch Wingspan Flying Balsa Airplane - Coke Bottle Issue, R1-59

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$42   

1950s issue flying model with the box art showing a Coke next to the young builders snack plate and finished product. Kit features traditional wood/tissue construction with high quality printwood, stripwood, wooden stock as required, fully formed wheels, covering tissue, prop and detailed full size plans/building instructions. The model has not been started. Inventoried complete. At the time this kit was made, the entire Comet "R" series consisted of R1 Dauntless, R2 Spitfire, R3 Avenger, R4 Corsair F4U-1, R5 F-86D Sabre, R6 Vengence, R7 Piper Cub, R8 Ercoupe, R9 Sparky, R10 F-100 Super Sabre and R11 Grumman F9F Panther. 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.

Sterling The Polish Fighter P-11 - 36 Inch Wingspan Control Line Aircraft, C-5

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$225   

Very rare and highly pre-fabricated kit, most likely from the very late 1930s or early 1940s. Large 'Control Line' replica of this classic Polish 1930s fighter that saw action during WWII and scored the first air victory against the Luftwaffe. For the time, this was a very deluxe kit. Features custom aluminum spinner, individually carved gull wing leading edges, die cut ribs, bulkheads, tail surfaces and more, carved lower fuselage, celluloid for windscreen, shaped trailing edges, die cut balsa covering, die cut plywood parts, formed wire landing gear, complete hardware kit, silkspan covering material and easy to read step-by-step instructions. Never started. Inventoried and includes all wood, metal & rubber parts and full size plans. NOTE: missing decals.