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Master Modelcraft Supply Co Vultee P-48A Vanguard / V-48 / P-66, 1/48

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+++

$36   

From the late 1930s or very early 1940s. Nicely done solid style multi-composition kit featuring balsa wood wings and fuselage that are accurately profile cut in height and length, die cut very thick solid cardboard rudder and horizontal stabilizers, completely shaped wheels made of a plastic material, metal three blade prop with spinner, clear canopy with the frames very nicely printed on in silver, wire stock for landing gear and paper insignia. The full size, three-view plans are nicely drawn and include fuselage and wing cross sections, wheel cover patterns, tips and written instructions. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including insignia and instructions. Please note, the insignia sheet is brittle and has tears.

Joe Ott North American Mustang P-51B - Ott-O-Former - 40 Inch Wingspan, 4001

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$225   

From the mid-1940s and very rare, especially in this condition.. The Joe Ott designed 'Ott-O-Former' series was the height of the classic stick and tissue flying model kits not just in box art but in contents. The large wingpspan kits were the top of the Joe Ott line and had a price tag to match, which makes them harder to find today, since fewer were produced. In a time when most kits came only with white tissue, printed wood and plans, the Bilt-A-Set line box came chock full of parts and features like beautifully printed Ott-O-Formers to speed up fuselage construction, Ott-O-Fromer assembly jigs and other parts as well, high-quality full length spars and strip wood, light-weight hardwood wing ribs, plywood propeller, fully carved and finished main and tail wheels, metal propeller/rubber shaft, propeller bearings, clear windscreen material, two colors of covering tissue, color printed national markings, pilot bust and squadron insignia, fully illustrated instructions and more. There is even a tube of very colorful Jo Ott Model Airplane Cement included (never opened, but dried up). This kit has never been started and is like it left the factory. The spars and stringers are still held together with the factory adhesive paper. All small parts are still in the factory small paper bag. The parts are still all in the sheets; none have been punched out. 100% complete with all parts and the plans in 'very good++' condition. The box top had several split corners and short tears and I have repaired them all correctly from the inside with cardstock and book binding glue.

Monogram Howard DGA-6 Mr Mulligan Bild'n Fly - 17.5 inch Wingspan Flying Model, 1/21, F1-149

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$95   

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Rare. 1960 issue from the large 'Bild'n Fly' series. This series was Monogram's most elaborate, colorful and realistic flying models. It was short-lived however, as by 1960 non-flying plastic kits had become the #1 hobby of boys in the USA. The Bild'n Fly series included simplified assembly - no ribs or stringers. All balsa parts are color laminated and die cut - no tissue covering and all decoration is built in full color. There are 14 highly detailed plastic parts such as cowl, wheels, prop, etc. The windows are clear and are of die-cut acetate. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including and instructions.

Jetco Thermic Trooper Towline Glider - 30 Inch Wingspan - Superflite Series, G-5

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$44   

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. Kit is of balsa design and includes die-cut balsa parts, completely shaped wing trailing edges, strip stock, nose block, yellow covering tissue and full size plans/instructions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. the kits in the popular Superflite series included Thermic B, Thermic 20, Thermic Dart, thermic Trio, Thermic 18, thermic C, Trooper, Thermic 36, Lark, Hawk, Jet 50, Cougar and Cutlass.

Guillows Fokker D-VII - 18 Inch Wingspan Rubber Powered Balsa Wood Kit, WW-4

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$39   

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From the mid 1960s and one of a very popular line of World War 1 flying aircraft stick-and-tissue kits with 18 inch wingspans. Kit features scale plastic wheels, propeller & nose cowl, fully finished thrust button die cut balsa parts, covering tissue, rubber motor and a large, color decal sheet. Includes excellent, full size, detailed 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.

Comet Aeronca K - 25 Inch Wingspan - Coke Bottle Issue, N25-29

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$42   

1950s/early 1960s stick-and-tissue flying model. Features quality balsa printwood, strip stock, formed wheels, 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.

Strombecker Consolidated B-24 J Liberator, 1/72, C-76

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

$149   

Rare. From the 1950s. Strombecker was famous for this line of completely precarved kits and this one one of the flagship models. Features quality hardwood parts that needed only sanding to finish, smaller detail parts, original wood filler and CASCO glue envelopes, metal nose weight, huge plans with detailed instructions, very large, colorful and comprehensive decal sheet and a great B-24 booklet. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions/plan. NOTE: instructions/plans are a full-size photocopy of the large original. Professionally printed on large format paper, one side to one piece of paper each. Please note that the box is only fair due to the tape damage shown on the left side.

StromBecker Piper Cub Super Cruiser, C-34

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$125   

From the 1950s. StromBecker was famous for this line of precarved hardwood kits. All quality hardwood - no balsa. Builds to an impressive display. Never started and inventoried complete with all parts, 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 - you only had to glue, sand and paint to finish them.

Megow Monocoupe- 18 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft, C8

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$48   

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Rare 1930s stick and tissue model that features printwood, stripwood, fully finished wooden wheels, factory-carved propeller (requires final sanding only), finished thrust button, nose block, covering tissue and excellent full size plans. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts paperwork present.

Megow Nieuport XVII C1- 18 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft, C4

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$42   

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Rare 1930s stick and tissue model. Features printwood, stripwood, fully finished wooden wheels, factory-carved propeller (requires final sanding only), finished thrust button, nose block, covering tissue and excellent full size plans. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts paperwork present. Please NOTE that the the right-hand box flap is missing.

AAMCO Aeromaster Biplane - 48 inch Wingspan R/C .45-.61 Engine Airplane

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$175   

Beautiful biplane with a large 48 inch wingspan kit. AAMCO was Andrews Aircraft Modeling Company and they produced quality, early radio controlled models. The Aeromaster features up to 6 channel control. This kit has not been started. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. NOTE: this kit is factory packed in a very durable and strong box. It will be shipped without an external box unless you request otherwise (additional shipping will apply).

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

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$48   

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 propeller/rubber shafts, 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 original paper sheet with the canopy frames, etc. is a high-quality copy. The original paper was missing.

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 Supermarine Spitfire IX - 20 inch Wingspan Flying Balsa Airplane Model, 3402

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$34   

1970s reissue of the older and still very popular kit. Features traditional wood/tissue construction, quality printwood, stripwood, wire prop shaft, fully formed and finished wood wheels and thrust button, clear canopy material, rubber, tissue, propeller and detailed full size plans with building instructions. The model has not been started. 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.

Western Aircraft Mfg Co Dragon-Fly Miniature Airplane - 14 Inch Wingspan Prefabricated Flying Model

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$249   

Very rare. 1932 early RTF stick-and-tissue model from Western Aircraft Manufacturing Company, Los Angeles California. The box and kit are both in investment-grade 'near mint' condition. I had seen these in 1930s magazines but did not know if any were left. All of the pieces of this aircraft have been factory assembled and simply need to be put together with the supplied rubber bands. The fuselage/rubber stick is cut, finished & painted and has both metal rubber motor clips installed. The wing, vertical and horizontal stabilizers are fully assembled of light-weight wood with the tissue applied. The horizontal stabilizer and wing have the correct airfoil camber built in, and the wing has the USA national insignia applied. There is a perfectly carved wooden propeller, metal rubber hook/propeller shaft, two fully finished wheels, other wood parts cut to size and ready to install. Even the original rubber bands used for installing sub-assembles together are present and still intact on the motor stick. The rubber band motor is present but very brittle and broken into many sections. There is an excellent set of front and back illustrated instructions that cover assembly, how to fly and adjust the aircraft and how to maintain it. Please note, this model must be shipped insured.

Comet Piper Cub J-3 - 25.5 inch Wingspan Gas or Rubber Powered Wooden Aircraft (J3), 1623-250

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$32   

From the early to mid 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, colorful insignia sheet for civil or US Army versions, detailed full size plans with building instructions, die-cut printwood, factory-cut stripwood with leading and trailing wing edges, fully formed and finished wooden main and tail wheels & thrust button, hardware, tissue and plastic propeller. Never started and inventoried complete, but NOTE: all die-cut parts have been very neatly (adult) removed from the sheetwood. 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 Skylark Glider - 30 Inch Wingspan Flying Model, G5

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$44   

Very rare model from 1945. The box is complete and in 'very good+' condition as shown. Inside, the kit has never been started. It is in factory-new condition - 100% complete and with all paperwork present. 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.

Cleveland Grumman Gulfhawk F3F - 20 Inch Wingspan Flying Model, 1/16, R-70

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$56   

Excellent model from the legendary Cleveland Model & Supply Company in Ohio. This is a traditional stick-and-tissue flying model in the Cleveland 'Rep' line; the "R" series part numbers are essentially scaled down SF kits. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes plans. Please note that this series of "R" kits shared a common box; the only way you could tell what was inside was to read the stamped part number and name on the end flap.

Cleveland Hawker Lightweight Fighter - 20 Inch Wingspan Flying Model, 1/16, R-59

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$56   

Excellent model from the legendary Cleveland Model & Supply Company in Ohio. This is a traditional stick-and-tissue flying model in the Cleveland 'Rep' line; the "R" series part numbers are essentially scaled down SF kits. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes plans. Please note that this series of "R" kits shared a common box; the only way you could tell what was inside was to read the stamped part number and name on the end flap.

Sterling Hal Krier's Great Lakes Special - 24 Inch Wingspan, A24

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

$69   

Scale kit for RC, free flight or control line. Features large, full color decal sheet, high-grade die cut balsa, die cut plywood, vacuform plastic cowl with engine detail, wheel pants and pilot, clear canopy material, carved and painted wood main and tail wheels, finished wire landing gear, rubber motor and plastic prop, carved wooden thrust button, control line handle, firewall, elevator horn platform, metal hardware and pushrod wire, full size plans with instruction details and full instructions for conversion to RC or control line. The model has not been started. The small parts are still factory sealed; the parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete and includes plans and decals. There is no assembly but NOTE: two sheets of parts are punched out to 'near mint' quality. The box is only grade 'fair+' because there is a closed tear at the center of the top wing. 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 personally considered Sterlings to be 'deluxe' kits.