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Megow Rearwin Speedster - 30 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft, 1/13, J9

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$46   

Rare wartime issue from about 1943 and an ideal builder. Large scale (1/12.8) flying model has stick and tissue construction. Features quality balsa printwood, spars and stringers, fully formed wheels, metal stock as required, pre-carved prop, rubber motor, sealed envelope of small parts, two colors of tissue and very nice full size plans. I have done an inventory and I would say the kit is complete with all parts. The plans show the motor hum device, but that did not come with wartimes issues because was made from strategic materials (metal).

Megow Ranger Class B Gas Model - 44 Inch Wingspan Early Free Flight Aircraft, E-22

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$175   

Very, very rare. From the late 1930s or pre-war 40s. Fred Megow once stated that they lost money on the big gas models and sold very few; they were done for status only. This is a one owner kit; the box top and tray are in good condition given the age of the model; that stain on the litho lowers the overall grade to 'good'. The box top and bottom are 100% intact, never repaired and have great corners. Inside, the kit has never been touched. The small parts are still in the sealed paper envelope and it appears that the plans have never been unfolded. Includes quality printwood, stock balsa, factory cut stringers and spars (still held in a bundle together with the factory rubber bands), balsa and hardwood stock cut to general shape, fully formed wooden wheels, fully formed wire landing gear struts, sealed hardware packet and more. It is complete with all parts and plans. I do not see any covering tissue, but some models did not come with it (and it may be in the never opened plans).

Megow Seabird 19th Century Merchant Brig - 17.75 inch long Wooden Ship Model, G-16

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$125   

From 1938. Megow was famous for their line of ship kits. This is one of the more expensive kits as it contains a hardwood (not balsa) precarved hull, several metal fittings and metal launch, three printed balsa sheets, rigging material, blocks and two very rare jars of Megow Paint. Includes full size plans, with sectional outlines and assembly instructions, rigging diagrams, complete color scheme, colorful flag sheet and two photos of the completed model. Several parts were rough cut from two printed sheets, but there is no assembly on the model and it is complete with all parts, metal fittings, rigging material, two jars of Megow paint (it may have came with three originally), flag sheet and plans. The 'Seabird' was a typical merchant brig out of Philadelphia used in the Pacific Trade, dating back to the middle of the 19th century.

Megow Piper Cub Class B 52.75 Inch Wingspan Gas Flying Aircraft, E15

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

$189   

Rare kit from the late 1930s. This is the finest example I have ever seen with a 'very good++' condition box and the contents just as it left the factory - never started and complete. One of the few Megow 'Deluxe Big Wingspan' scale kits that were the flagships of the line. They were expensive and few of them sold, hence the rarity today. The Piper Cub has many great features including two sheets with several large die-cut aluminum parts, hollow & completely formed and finished wing leading edges with a perfect airfoil (carved from a single balsa block), many sheets of high quality printwood, printed plywood sheet, precut stripwood and spars, fully formed wheels, balsa blocks as required, clear windshield material factory sealed paper envelope hardware packet, covering tissue and excellent, full-size plans with extensive construction notes. Never started and complete.

Megow Taylor Cub 50 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft, D3

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$185   

Rare kit From the late 1930s. This is the finest example I have ever seen with an 'excellent' condition box and the contents just as it left the factory - never started and complete. One of the few Megow 'Big Wingspan' scale kits that were the flagships of the line. They were expensive and few of them sold, hence the rarity today. The Taylor Cub J2 features many sheets of high quality printwood, precut stripwood and spars, fully formed wheels, balsa blocks as required, covering tissue and excellent, full-size plans with extensive construction notes. Never started and complete.

Megow The Cadet 51.5 Inch Wingspan Early Gas Free Flight Aircraft, E-17

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

$425   

Very, very rare. From the early 1930s. Notice that the motor is referred to simply as 5/8" bored engine. There is no record of a public sale of this kit since the mid 1990s and no public photo of one until now. It is safe to say that only a handful are left. Fred Megow once stated that they lost money on the big gas models (like this Cadet) and sold very few; they were done for status only. The box top and tray are in exceptional condition given the age of the model. The box top and litho are both 100% intact, although the corners are taped due to splits and the litho has stains as shown. The tray is better with no splits. This is an incredible kit for that time with a high degree of prefabrication- "Can Be Built In A Few Evenings!" at the box says and it is true. Features ready-carved, completed hollow wing leading edges from a single block of balsa, conical monocoque fuselage, universally acceptable motor mounting, special wing mounting that protects the model (the wing will fly off loose undamaged in case of a collision), realistic cabin, high aspect ratio, solid, factory cut tail, high quality printwood, spars, stripwood and sheet wood, balsa blocks as required, metal stock, finished rubber tires with wooden hubs, the original paper envelope including all hardware, embossed and outlined aluminum sheet including lower, top and nose cowls, beautiful fuselage-length 'CADET' insignia in black and silver, covering material, huge, detailed plans and even a four page, illustrated brochure by Maxwell B. Bassett (Pioneer Gas Model Builder and Designer) called 'Flying Gasoline Powered Models.' Even the original cardboard dividers and inserts are present. There is no assembly but NOTE: 20 wing ribs are cut out to 'professional' quality. All other parts are uncut. Carefully inventoried and NOTE: missing the prop blank and fluids. The factory rubber bands disintegrated. Otherwise includes all other items, insignia and paperwork.

Megow US Army Jeep, M-10

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$46   

Rare. Dated 1943 and measures about 8 inches long when built. This is an excellent scale kit with novel construction that results in an almost completely finished model with very little painting. The frame and floor are both wood with die-cut heavy cardstock suspension springs. The seats are pre-carved wood. The body, hood, fenders, windshield, radiator, instrument panel and interior are from very heavy cardstock that is completely factory colored, lettered and it is also die-cut. The wheels are completely finished hardwood. Includes an unopened envelope of CASCO glue and full plans with instructions on them. Assembly is nicely illustrated by several diagrams. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and plans. NOTE: one wheel, the spare, has a slightly different hub shape. It is the correct diameter and thickness.

Megow WOG Class B Gas Model - For R/C or Free Flight, E27

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$155   

Rare 1930s competition gas free flight model that was engineered by William Winter, editor of the then-famous air magazine 'Air Trails'. The WOG was an outstanding performer and an excellent seller until Megow closed it's doors in the late 1940s. 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).

Megow Macchi-Castoldi MC-72 - Solid Wood Model Kit - Bagged, 1/65, S17

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: No Box

$10   

Solid scale kit from the famous Megow line. There is no box. The kit is complete and includes all wood blocks needed for float and fuselage, printwood, wood stock and two metal propellers. NOTE: this kit has assembly. The wings, rudder, elevator and lower horizontal fin have all be cut from the printwood sheet. Quality of the work is excellent with all parts sanded to the correct airfoil shape.

Megow Contest Commercial - 36 inch Wingspan Cabin Style N.A.A. Class 'C' Flying Model Airplane, J-16

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$75   

From 1940. Part of the AYA 'Air Youth of America' series of aircraft. Kit features 36 inch wingspan and 25 inch long fuselage, full size plans, print and strip balsa wood, nose block, covering material and a very nice pre-carved propeller blank (final finishing required). The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete. Fred Megow was a famous pioneer in the model aircraft field from the late 1920s till 1949. His product lines of semi-prefabricated, solid and stick and tissue kits won him national and extensive world wide distribution - possibly the first modern model manufacture to achieve this. His fascinating story involves trying novel and untested marketing ideas in the Great Depression, followed my explosive world-wide growth. Mr. Megow was a true pioneer in the early days of modeling and a leader in the low price field so that every boy could afford a kit during those difficult times. Megow also produced scale operating train and trackside kits, ship models (large and small) and automotive subjects. Megow's catalogs claim that they were pioneers in HO scale, and there is documentation to support this fact. Megow's early HO train kits served not only to promote this now-popular scale nationally, but were among the very first train kits. Model train kits were responsible for the explosion in model railroad popularity in the late 1930s - please see the article in this website about these kits.

Megow Wood Refrigerator (Reefer) Car - American Refrigerator Transit Co. with Trucks, HO, Q1

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc-

$44   

Rare Megow kit from the 1930s. Kit features high quality embossed thick cardstock sides with crisp printing, wood and metal stock as needed, embossed material for car ends and detail parts, a paper envelope with truck kits and many metal details, full instructions/plans, factory tube of glue (unopened) and paint cardboard tube including the original paint vials. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including instructions. Fred Megow was a famous pioneer in the model aircraft field from the late 1920s and a very early manufacture for HO scale trains in the 1930s. His product lines of semi-prefabricated, solid and stick and tissue kits won him national and extensive world wide distribution - possibly the first modern model manufacture to achieve this. His fascinating story involves trying novel and untested marketing ideas in the Great Depression, followed my explosive world-wide growth. Mr. Megow was a true pioneer in the early days of modeling and a leader in the low price field so that every boy could afford a kit during those difficult times. Megow also produced scale operating train and trackside kits, ship models (large and small) and automotive subjects. Megow's catalogs claim that they were pioneers in HO scale, and there is documentation to support this fact. Megow's early HO train kits served not only to promote this now-popular scale nationally, but were among the very first train kits. Model train kits were responsible for the explosion in model railroad popularity in the late 1930s - please see the article in this website about these kits.

Megow Wood Refrigerator (Reefer) Car - Hunter Packing Co. with Trucks, HO, Q4

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$44   

Rare Megow kit from the 1930s. This one kit, the Hunter Packing car, had a unique paint job from the other reefers that Megow issued. The roof and sides should all be painted aluminum. Kit features high quality embossed thick cardstock sides with crisp printing, wood and metal stock as needed, embossed material for car ends and detail parts, a paper envelope with truck kits and many metal details, full instructions/plans, factory tube of glue (unopened) and paint cardboard tube but no paint. The kit has never been started. Inventoried with all parts and instructions. Fred Megow was a famous pioneer in the model aircraft field from the late 1920s and a very early manufacture for HO scale trains in the 1930s. His product lines of semi-prefabricated, solid and stick and tissue kits won him national and extensive world wide distribution - possibly the first modern model manufacture to achieve this. His fascinating story involves trying novel and untested marketing ideas in the Great Depression, followed my explosive world-wide growth. Mr. Megow was a true pioneer in the early days of modeling and a leader in the low price field so that every boy could afford a kit during those difficult times. Megow also produced scale operating train and trackside kits, ship models (large and small) and automotive subjects. Megow's catalogs claim that they were pioneers in HO scale, and there is documentation to support this fact. Megow's early HO train kits served not only to promote this now-popular scale nationally, but were among the very first train kits. Model train kits were responsible for the explosion in model railroad popularity in the late 1930s - please see the article in this website about these kits.

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

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$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).

Megow Vultee Vanguard, S52

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$38   

1930s solid wood display model. Unstarted and 100% complete with all parts and plans.