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Comet Aeronca K Floatplane - 25 Inch Wingspan Flying Balsa Airplane Model, 3208

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$40   

Early to mid 1970s reissue of the original 1945 kit. Features traditional wood/tissue construction, quality printwood sheets, pre-cut balsa stringers and spars, plastic propeller, wooden propeller, rubber motor, fully formed wooden thrust button, formed metal rubber/prop shaft, clear window material, covering tissue and detailed full size plans with building notes. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes 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.

Sterling Waco SRE and Interstate Cadet - Peanut Scale Flying Model Airplanes, Peanut, P-3

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$42   

Kit contains both aircraft. The model features parts printed on high quality balsa wood, strip wood, colored tissue, decals, wheels, propellers, fittings, rubber, lightweight plastic parts, step by step instructions and full size plans. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Guillows SE-5A Scout - 24 inch Wingspan for Free Flight or R/C Conversion, 202

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$42   

Large scale well detailed kit. Can be flown rubber free flight, gas free flight, or converted to electric RC using today's small and light servos and receivers. Well detailed with scale plastic wheels, plastic propeller, vacuform nose/cowl and engine, full color decals, tissue, die cut balsa parts, rubber motor, plywood firewall and excellent full size plans. The model has not been started. 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.

Maircraft Monocoupe - Solid Wood Model Airplane, 1/48, S111-350

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$25   

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 plans, profile cut fuselage, wings and tail feathers, wood stock, fully formed wheels and propeller. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes plans.

Sterling Boeing P-26A Peashooter - 28 inch Wingspan for RC, E10

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$89   

Excellent large-scale model for RC, CO2, free flight, control line or detailed scale display. This model features beautifully die-cut parts on high quality balsa sheet wood, fully formed wire landing gear, a very large sheet of excellent vacuformed details includind a full engine, wheels pants, cowling and more, fully finished main and tail whees, all required metal hardware, finished hardwood thrust button, control line hardware, plastic propeller (for rubber power), control surface hinge material, rubber motor, covering tissue, an very large and colorful decal sheet (in amazing 'near mint' condition) and of course Sterling's legendary quality plans with full instructions. 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 instructions. Sterling was a famous manufacturer who got started during the 1930/40s flying model craze. They continued to produce very popular kits for decades, but eventually they fell victim to the general lack of interest in modeling that occurred in the early 1980s.

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

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$57   

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.

Cavacraft Taylorcraft - Solid Wood Aircraft Model, S-5

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$89   

Rare early 1950s model with a 9" wingspan. This excellent kit is among Cavacraft's finest efforts to compete in the high-end, prefabricated solid model hobby. The fuselage and wing are completely carved to shape. The quality is excellent and as good or better than Strombecker. Never started and inventoried complete with all parts present. With large color decal sheet and plans with full instructions.

StromBecker American Airlines Convair Flagship - 10 Inch Wingspan Solid Wood Kit, C-38

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$95   

Highly prefabricated kit made from Solid Western Pine - not balsa wood. Makes a very impressive display model when built. Includes precut and shaped fuselage, wings, elevators, rudder and nacelles, a bag of sealed detail parts including propellers, wheels, etc, envelopes of wood filler and glue, sandpaper, detailed instructions and drawings with aircraft history and a large, colorful American Airlines decal sheet. Never started. 100% complete with all parts and plans. NOTE: the box is only fair. The ends are heavily taped and the tape extends onto the box top and bottom. It is graded 'fair', not collectible but an ideal builder as the parts and paperwork are all in very good condition. Before plastic kits were introduced, Strombecker was famous as the premier hardwood preshaped model manufacturer. In the 1940s and 1950s, Strombecker kits were flawlessly engineered but not inexpensive. All wooden parts are hardwood and are precarved to shape - usually only a quick sanding would finish them.

Strombecker Beechcraft Bonanza V35, C-41

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$95   

Rare. Classic early 1950s kit. Made of solid Western Pine - not balsa. Builds up to an impressive display model. Kit includes fuselage, wings, elevators, rudder all cut to shape, sandpaper and a small parts bag with propeller, wheels, etc. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. Decals and instructions are excellent. Before plastic kits were introduced, Strombecker was famous as the premier hardwood preshaped model manufacturer. In the 1940s and 1950s, Strombecker kits were flawlessly engineered but not inexpensive. All wooden parts are hardwood and are precarved to shape - usually only a quick sanding would finish them.

Sterling Boeing P-26A Peashooter - 28 inch Wingspan for RC, E10

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$125   

28 inch wingspan kit for RC, CO2, free flight, control line or non-flying detailed scale kit. 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 featured color decals, high-grade die cut balsa, vacuform plastic detail parts, plastic wheels (if required), finished wire landing gear, rubber motor and plastic prop, full size plans with instruction details and full instructions for conversion to RC or control line. 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.

Strombecker Beechcraft Bonanza V35 - Solid Wood Model Aircraft Kit, C-41

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$125   

Rare, classic early 1950s model that is made of solid Western Pine - not balsa. Builds up to an impressive display model. Features factory carved fuselage & wings, cut-to-shape tail features, sandpaper and a small parts bag with propeller, wheels, etc. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Before plastic kits were introduced, Strombecker was famous as the premier hardwood preshaped model manufacturer. In the 1940s and 1950s, Strombecker kits were flawlessly engineered but not inexpensive. All wooden parts are hardwood and are precarved to shape - usually only a quick sanding would finish them.

StromBecker Swift 125 Sea Plane, C-40

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$129   

StromBecker was famous for this line of precarved hardwood and plastic kits. The carving is done to the final shape and when completed it makes an impressive desk top display. Features fully carved fuselage, wings with airfoil, floats, die-cut tail feathers, small detail parts in the original envelope, sealed envelopes of Casein Glue and Wood Filler, sandpaper, detailed instructions and amazing 'near mint' condition full color decals. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

StromBecker American Airlines Convair Flagship, C-38

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$149   

From the 1950s and with a 10 inch wingspan. This kit and box are in rare, 'excellent++' condition. This highly prefabricated kit made from solid western pine (not balsa wood) and makes a very impressive display model when built. Includes precut and shaped fuselage, wings, elevators, rudder and nacelles, a bag of detail parts including propellers, wheels, etc, wood filler and glue, two grits of sandpaper, detailed instructions and drawings with aircraft history and a large, colorful American Airlines decal sheet. Never started. 100% complete with all parts and plans. Before plastic kits were introduced, Strombecker was famous as the premier hardwood preshaped model manufacturer. In the 1940s and 1950s, Strombecker kits were flawlessly engineered but not inexpensive. All wooden parts are hardwood and are precarved to shape - usually only a quick sanding would finish them.

Hawk Ryan FR-1 Fireball - Solid Wood Airplane Model, 1/48, 76

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$44   

For the advanced collector and from 1945. Hawk was one of the few manufacturers making wooden kits to a constant scale of 1/48 in the 1930s. Hawk kits were considered high quality and very complete for that time and often included metal or plastic details. very complete and included metal details and superb quality drawings for the true scale enthusiast. The side of this box shows photos of 6 other built-up Hawk aircraft kits and gives a rare look at the product line. The model features a 3D (three axis) cut fuselage, 2-D cut wings and tails, turned and completely finished hardwood cowling, plastic 3 blade propeller, carved and finished wooden wheels, wooden stock as needed, color decal sheet, a special heavy cardstock template sheet, sandpaper, special metal display stand and excellent, well-detailed plans. The model has not been started and is complete.

StromBecker American Airlines Convair Flagship - 10 Inch Wingspan Solid Wood Kit, C-38

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$129   

Superb kit from the 1950s and makes a very impressive display when built. This highly prefabricated model made from solid Western Pine - not balsa wood. Features completely precarved fuselage, wings, engine nacelles & tail feathers, ready to install propellers, full landing gear and even wood filler, glue, and sandpaper. With detailed instructions and drawings with aircraft history and a large, colorful American Airlines decal sheet in amazing "Near Mint" condition. Never started and complete with all parts and plans. Before plastic kits were introduced, Strombecker was famous as the premier hardwood preshaped model manufacturer. In the 1940s and 1950s, Strombecker kits were flawlessly engineered but not inexpensive. All wooden parts are hardwood and are precarved to shape - usually only a quick sanding would finish them.

Guillows Piper Super Cub 95 - 20 inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft, 602

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$18   

Newer issue (probably late 1970s or 80s) of this popular flyer. Features quality, die cut balsa wood, covering tissue, prop, bushing, wheels and hardware, rubber motor, color decals and full instructions. There is no assembly but NOTE: five pieces have been punched out; there are glue on the end of them either to reinforce them or to repair the tips of these parts. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

AMCO Baku Geki Ki-99 - Japanese Navy Dive Bomber - Official Identification Model Kit Build For Victory - Solid Wood Model From WWII - Comet - (Type 99 Val), 1/72, IA-17

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$48   

1940s WWII wooden kit from AMCO, which was a division of Comet. Features all hardwood parts including blocks & wood stock, sandpaper, CASCO glue, a full size cardstock template and patter sheet and highly illustrated double-sided assembly instructions. Never started and inventoried complete with all parts and paperwork present. This is an official identification model. The US Armed Forces found themselves in a World War with almost no ID models. Someone decided that it would be perfect to let the air-minded modeling youth build them for the military, and thus the "Identification Model" was born. However, the idea did not last as the quality ranged from excellent to horrible, with the majority on the later side. A much better substitute was found by casting one-piece models out of a hard rubber plastic. Little did anyone know that this was a foretaste of the doom of the solid wood scale model, which was replaced by plastic in the early 1950s.

Creature Enterprises Inc 1927 Travel Air Model 4000 - From Richard Bachs Book Nothing By Chance, 1/48, 101

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$34   

From 1974. Although fairly 'recent' this model is an intentional throw back to 1930s kit building. It is a solid balsa wood model with required blocks and wood stock, die-cast metal 9 cylinder radial engine and scale propeller, fully formed hardwood wheels, excellent three view plans sheet with templates and full building instructions as well as painting tips. There are even detailing notes. Carving and sanding are certainly required with this kit. Never started and complete.

Eagle Model Aircraft Co Culver Cadet - Light Aircraft, 1/48

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$44   

Rare 1/48 scale kit from the early 1950s. Solid wood, scale display model has about a 7 inch wingspan when built. Features profile cut fuselage and wings, round metal stock for main gear struts, printwood horizontal and vertical stabilizers, tail wheel and main gear wheels and metal propeller. It includes a fantastic set of full-size three view plans with step-by-step, beautifully illustrated instructions with fuselage and wing templates. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. Other kits in this light plane 1/48 line included the Ercoupe, Taylorcraft 15, Aeronca Champion, Piper Cub Coupe and Stinson 150. Eagle Model Aircraft Company was located in Brooklyn, NY.

Universal Thunderbolt P-47, 1/43, A3

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

$29   

Very rare model from about about 1942/3. It is a completely pre-fabricated multi-media kit; No painting is required and all parts are formed to final shape. It features fully carved and painted hardwood fuselage, carved and painted main gear wheels and struts, heavy, die-cut red and black cardstock wings, tail feathers, gear doors and other details, and cylindrical hardwood dowels for machine guns and gear door actuators. The cardstock wings have top and bottom halves and when placed over the main spar they are 3D with an airfoil. Never started. The kit has been inventoried and NOTE: missing one piece of die-cut cardstock, the main wing spare. Easily made since there is a perfect pattern: the sheet is present where it was neatly die-cut from. Otherwise includes all other parts and instructions. NOTE: the instructions have bug damage, but not enough to interfere with assembly. Also note: while a historical bit of modeling, this is not a scale model. It is in the middle-ground between being a toy and a model. Universal Toy and Novelty Company was located at 1225 South Wabash Avenue in Chicago Illinois. Although they were around for decades and had extensive production, little is known about the company. When model kits became popular in the 1920s during the early aviation craze, they were quick to jump on the bandwagon. In the 1920s they are also know for a fine series of baseball cards. Other model kits were of ships, tanks, etc. and some had incredibly colorful box designs like the Cruiser Chicago and some landing craft.