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Flyline Models The General Airplanes Corp. Aristocrat - 36 inch Wingspan for RC/Free Flight or Static Display, 1/12

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$79   

Museum quality scale model of this 1930s aircraft. Flyline Models was a manufacturer out of Fairfax, Virginia USA. The models are known for their high quality. Features full-size, detailed plans, instructions, high quality printed balsa sheets, decals, hardware and more. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

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

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

$38   

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.

Guillows Cessna L-19 Bird Dog - 18 inch Wingspan Flying Model, 50-3

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$28   

The plans are dated 1954. Nice smaller kit features Includes die cut balsa parts, vacuform nose, plastic wheels & propeller, hardware (prop shaft, bearing), vacuform clear canopy and windows, insignia (on the plans) and full size plans with building instructions. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts 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.

Guillows Grumman F6F Hellcat - 16 inch Wingspan Rubber Powered Balsa Wood Kit, 1/32, 503

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$29   

Still factory sealed but the seal has a short split on the box bottom. From the 1960s. One of a very popular 16.5 inch wingspan series of World War 2 stick and tissue flying kits. Includes die cut balsa parts, vacuform nose, wheels, plastic propeller, hardware, vacuform canopy, colored tissue, insignia and full size plans with detailed building 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.

Golden Age Reproductions Comet Seversky P-35 Pursuit - 22 inch Wingspan Balsa Flying Airplane

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$36   

Reissue of the 1930s Comet Model Airplane Company Kit. Golden Age is a company committed to reissuing high-quality, classic stick and tissue kits and plans from the Golden Age of flying models, the 1930s. Feartures quality balsa printwood, strip and stock wood, vacuform plastic parts and scale wheels, full color decals, metal stock, hardware, clear acetate, beautiful copies of the original full size plans and very highly detailed instructions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Guillows Fokker DR-1 Triplane - 20 inch Wingspan for Free Flight or R/C Conversion, 204

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$65   

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.

Flyline Models Bellanca Skyrocket - 34.5 inch Wingspan for RC/Free Flight or Static Display

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$79   

Very large kit for RC or built for static display. Flyline Models was a manufacturer out of Fairfax, Virginia USA. They are known for their high quality and feature full size detailed plans, instructions, engine cylinder materials, high quality printed balsa sheets, decals, hardware and more. The kit has never been started. Some parts are still in the factory sealed bags. The parts that are not internally sealed have been inventoried complete, including decals and instructions.

Guillows Curtiss P-40 Warhawk - 16 inch Wingspan Rubber Powered Balsa Wood Kit, 501

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$26   

From the 1970s. One of a very popular 16.5 inch wingspan series of World War 2 stick and tissue flying kits. Includes die cut balsa parts, vacuform nose, wheels, plastic propeller, hardware, vacuform canopy, colored tissue, insignia and full size plans with detailed building instructions. 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. 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: VG

$64   

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. 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.

Guillows Piper Cherokee 140 - 20 Inch Wingspan Flying Model, 1/12, 307

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG+

$22   

Still factory sealed. High quality stick-and-tissue flying model that can be flown rubber power, .020 gas power or electric power. Features light plastic nose cowl, acetate for windows, plastic prop, 'razor sharp' die cut balsa parts, rubber motor, firewall for gas engine, covering tissue, wheels, plastic wheel pants and pilot figure, landing gear wire, decal sheet and step by step instructions/plans.

Monogram Speedee-Bilt Boeing Kaydet PT-17, G5

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$58   

Rare 'Speedee-Bilt' kit from the late 1940s. These were highly prefabricated flying model kits with beautiful, completely finished wings carved from one piece of thick balsa, die-cut, pre-painted balsa parts, colored tissue, plastic details and more. This model features two perfect 'Mono-Foil' factory finished wings, yellow painted die-cut parts, yellow covering tissue, pre-shaped fuselage forward balsa block, strip stock as required, rubber motor, finished and painted wheels, fully formed wire landing gear, plastic engine, sandpaper, excellent decals, early small Monogram catalog, small how-to-fly-your-models brochure and full size plans with step-by-step instructions. This kit has never been started. NOTE: Missing celluloid windows, prop and small balsa parts #1, 3 and 4 - those three are fuselage formers and easily made and not visible when assembled. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts, decals and instructions present.

Comet P-51D Mustang Struct-O-Speed Flying Model, F11

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$28   

From the early 1950s. Comet advertises that the Struct-O-Speed series 'Puts Itself Together...That Quick!' on the box top. These kits were very highly prefabricated for their time, and in comparison to the regular stick and tissue models, the claim is not unfounded. Features three sheets of die-cut balsa wood main parts, 13 inch wingspan, finished wooden wheels, rubber motor, plastic prop and bushing (although the instructions show a balsa prop),paper insignia and full plans/instructions. Never started. Inventoried complete with all parts and excellent plans. Die-cut wooden parts have not been punched out and are intact in the sheets.

Micro-Dyne Super-C - Ultralight Indoor Flying Model Airplane - 1959 Nationals Winner

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$44   

This design won it's class at the 1959 nationals with over 20 minutes of indoor flight. Rare late 1950s early 1960s balsa micro-film indoor endurance model kit. Contains Tungsten wire, drilled thrust bearing, wire parts, balsa prop, lubricant, microfilm solution, glue, Micro-2 rubber, emory paper, full size templates, washers and enough wood to build two models. The factory container (which is folded cardboard) is still factory staple sealed.

Victor Stanzel & Co ABC Trainer Mono-Line For Class A / B / C Engines - 36 Inch Wingspan

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$95   

Very high quality Stanzel kit from the 1950s. So completely pre-fabricated that it needs no tissue or even sheeting. Features completely shaped solid balsa wing, finished balsa fuselage (aft of the wing), finished hardwood fuselage (forward of the wing), finished hardwood engine mount, die-cut tail surfaces, factory-hinged elevator, formed music wire landing gear and detailed instructions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

Victor Stanzel & Co Lil' Raider Mono-Line 1/2A Stunt and Combat Model

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$75   

From the 1950s. Flying gas model for control line. Completely pre-fabricated kit featuring fully formed balsa and hardwood fuselage, fully formed hardwood engine mount, thick, clear plastic wing tips and canopy, die-cut wing ribs, fully shaped and notched leading and trailing wing edges, die-cut fin and rudder, factory-hinged stabilizer, formed wire landing gear, hardware, detailed instructions and covering tissue. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. Please note that there is very light bug damage on the instructions but heavy bug damage on the white tissue paper.

Cleveland Boeing B-47 Stratojet - 22.5 Inch Wingspan Flying Airplane, SM-185

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$69   

Part of the excellent 'Simplex' series. This model features all die-cut parts, shaped and notched trailing edges, perfectly curved and notched leading edges, die cut cardstock engine nacelles, etc, vacuform bomber nose and canopy (still clear and in mint condition, factory finished jet engine inlets requiring no further sanding or shaping, completely finished wheels, all other strip wood as required, mint condition decals and full size plans with instructions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Comet North American P-51B Mustang Speed Glider - 18 inch Wingspan Flying Model, G2

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$29   

From 1944. The 'Speed Glider' here was designed by the great Carl Goldberg. This type of model was tied to a string, which was in turn connected to a wooden stick 2 or 3 feet long. An accomplished pilot could whip the aircraft around, performing an excellent variety of stunts. As you can imagine, the kit has very sturdy construction to take these high speed maneuvers. It features two sheets of die cut, thin hardwood parts, hardwood and balsa stock, two sheets of full color covering material with complete aircraft color, windows and insignia (which completely eliminates painting) and detailed plans with balance and flight information. The fuselage is profile, while the wings and tail surfaces are built up the traditional stick and tissue way. Although in the end, there is no tissue but the superb full color decorated paper wraps that cover all the surfaces of the model. This kit has never been started. NOTE: missing one small section of one wood sheet; the three small parts on it are on the other sheet, they are very simple to duplicate. Inventoried with all other parts, covering papers and plans. The box appears much better than 'Good-' but I have graded it such because one large end flap and the four small flaps have fallen off. They are present and included however, and you could easily repair the box to make it 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.

Guillows Catalina PBY-5A / PBY-5, 1/28, 2004

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

$70   

Still factory sealed. Large 1/28 scale stick and tissue model. Can be built static as designed, or, if you are experienced, converted to RC. Instructions are not included for RC conversion. Features the choice of three building options - PBY-5A with floats and gear extended, same with floats and gear retracted or as PBY-5 float plane only. Features die cut high-grade balsa parts, numerous vacuform plastic parts such as engine nacelles, gun listers, canopy, nose cowl, nose turret and more, covering tissue, WWII period decals, step by step instructions and detailed plans.

TMY WACO Biplane 29.5 Inch Gas Model Airplane

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$275   

Very rare. This is an early Japanese export kit from TMY in Tokyo, probably dating right around 1960. It was clearly intended for control line operation. The kit has a very high degree of prefabrication for that time, featuring fully cut and ready to assemble plywood fuselage bulkheads, fully cut balsa wing rigs, cut out (but final sanding required) wheels pants, tail planes and all other wood parts, strip wood, formed wire main gear strut, balloon-type main wheels and solid tail wheel, an extensive (still sealed) hardware packet, wood for sheeting, silk covering material (still sealed) and full size plans. The kit has never been started. The internal condition is exceptional; many parts are still attached to the orange factory display board with string; even more are still wrapped with the factory green tape. The kit has been inventoried complete with all parts and plans. It must be shipped insured.

Cleveland Boeing F4B-3 - Flying or Scale, 1/16, SF-29

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$75   

This is a legendary Cleveland 'SF' or 'Scale Flying' model in museum scale of 1/16. All Cleveland kits were exceptionally complete for the time, and this is no exception. Features very high quality balsa printwood, strip wood, fully formed wood main and tail wheels, carved thrust bearing, prop blades, blocks, wires and other wood as required, covering material, highest quality plans and three color sheets of insignia. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. NOTE: the plans are complete & usable but are heavily taped along the fold lines. The plans are interesting in that they also have details for another aircraft and even a few ships! The Cleveland Model and Supply Company played a pivotal role in the development of true scale models. In 1909 Bleriot's English Channel flight caused a surge in aviation and model aircraft around the globe. Several companies were ideally positioned to take advantage of the aviation craze. In the USA, Wading River Manufacturing Co. (1909), White Aeroplane (1911), Ideal Model Aeroplane (1911), Broadfield Model Aeroplanes (1919) were among these pioneers, offering everything from plans and parts to complete kits and ARF models. Lindbergh's 1927 crossing of the Atlantic Ocean caused an even bigger world-wide phenomenon called 'The Aviation Craze' that extended up to the start of World War II. Many companies such as Megow, Guillow's and others started right around the time of Lindbergh's flight. Some of these models flew and flew well, but they all had one thing in common - were generally not accurate scale representations. In 1929, a youngster named Ed Packard had a very advanced dream to produce incredibly accurate, true scale models that flew perfectly. This radical idea established the world's longest operating single-owner model airplane supply business, called Cleveland Model and Supply Company. To this day, Cleveland models are treasured as the most accurate flying scale models produced. The fact that Mr. Packard started and successfully grew this business during The Great Depression is a testament to his ideals and business skill. I highly suggest the excellent book called 'Aviations great Recruiter, Cleveland's Ed Packard' by H.L. (Herm) Schreiner. It is an excellent history of the man, his company and the times of the Golden Age of Model Aviation.