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

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$55   

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 Fairchild 24 - 25 inch Wingspan for Free Flight or R/C Conversion, 701

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$29   

From 1967. Large and well detailed stick and tissue 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, colored tissue, die cut balsa parts, rubber motor, plywood firewall and excellent full size plans. 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.

SIG SIG Tiger - 21 inch Wingspan Balsa Flying Model, FF-22

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$19   

Typical high quality SIG kit with complete building and flying instructions, full size, detailed plans, plastic propeller, wheels, contest rubber, die cut parts, covering material and full decals. Stick and tissue construction with big 21.5 inch wingspan. 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.

Yeoman-A A Hales Ltd Yeoman Clipper - 22 inch Wingspan Glider

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$69   

This model can be hand, catapult or towline launched. Yeoman kits were produced by A.A. Hales, Ltd of Potters Bar, Middlesex, Great Britain. Yeoman made prefabricated flying aircraft and stick and tissue gliders or rubber powered aircraft; there are other products that I am likely not aware of. This kit comes with all quality balsa die cut parts, shaped wing panels, shaped and slotted leading and trailing edge wing spars, plywood parts, finished tailplane and fin, full size plan, and detailed step by step instructions. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Comet Ryan SC - 15 inch Wingspan Powered Flying Model, 3103-69

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$24   

1970s issue. Kit features traditional stick and tissue construction, quality printwood, detailed full size plans/building instructions, hardware, wheels, tissue, rubber and propeller. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts 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.

Comet Cloud Buster - 21 inch Wingspan Flying Balsa Airplane Model, 4401-98

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$29   

This is a 1970s kit. I can remember that when properly assembled, it flew very well - flights of a minute or more were common, and if you caught a thermal, you never saw your Cloud Buster again! Kit features traditional wood & tissue construction, detailed full size plans, building instructions, hardware, wheels and canopy material (if required), tissue, rubber and propeller. The model has not been started. Inventoried complete with all parts 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 its 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.

Flyline Models Stinson Voyager - 30.5 inch Wingspan for RC/Free Flight or Static Display, 111

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$59   

Made for rubber free flight, but easily converted to electric RC with today's light and tiny servos and receivers. Flyline Models was a manufacturer out of Fairfax, Virginia USA. The models are known for their high quality. The kit contains full size detailed plans, instructions, high quality printed balsa sheets, pre-cut spars and stringers, decals, plastic prop, clear window material, covering tissue, hardware and more. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Hasegawa G4M2E Betty 24 Tei and MXY7 Ohka Model 11, 1/72, QP15

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$52   

Older but high-quality, limited edition issue. Includes MXY7 Ohka manned missile and the Betty has all the proper modifications for Ohka 'Cherry Blossom' delivery. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag including decals and instructions.

MPC Plymouth Duster - Street Machine, 1/25, 1-0769

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$49   

Still factory sealed. 1984 issue. Molded in red, clear, chrome and rubber with many optional parts. Features opening hood, detailed hemi engine, complete interior, rear spoiler, hood scoop, custom graphics by Harry Bradley and more.

Aviation USK T-6 Netherlands (Dutch) - Conversion Kit, 1/72

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$8   

Conversion kit makes a T-6 into a Dutch T-6. Includes two vac canopies and two blister windows and one resin exhaust pipe. Base kit is required. Complete and never started.

Airfix Albatross DV (D-V) Scout - Craftmaster Issue, 1/72, 3-29

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$24   

Excellent and colorful Craftmaster artwork box art. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Hawk Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat Chrome - Thai Air Force, 1/48, 215-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$39   

1968 issue with Royal Thai Air Force markings. This is the plated version and the chrome is in exceptional 'near mint' condition which is very rare. It has been properly protected for shipment. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

LS Mitsubishi C5M1 Ki-15 II Babs Army Type 97II - Reconnaissance Airplane, 1/72, 5

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$18   

Very high quality kit. Excellent mold quality with all fine recessed panel lines. Features correct clear side windows and canopy, highly detailed cockpit, crew and rotating wheels and propeller. The model as never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. LS was one of the earliest Japanese manufacturers to produce very high quality kits. Some of these molds are still in use by Hasegawa as testiment to the LS detail and accuracy.

Matchbox Heinkel He-70 F-2 / He-70 G-1 / He-170A - Hungarian Air Force / Spanish Civil War Nationalist / Lufthansa, 1/72, PK-132

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$22   

Has markings for Lufthansa Civil aircraft D-UMIM, Spanish Civil War Nationalist Air Force Grupo 7-G-14 and Royal Hungarian Air Force 1st Independent Long-Range Reconnaissance Group, 2nd Sq. Very nicely molded kit with very fine raised panel lines. Features full cockpit and cabin (with appropriate options), gun or non-gun deck, separately molded rudder, optional position landing gear and more. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Revell Sears Buggy Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H45-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$42   

1953 early issue molded in green plastic. This is from the issues produced by Gowland & Gowland as it carrier their 'balloon' logo on the side. This kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. Before the 1950s 'model building' never made the top 10 list of boy's activities. Hobbies were nothing new to America in the 1930s/40s, but they were not mainstream. Shortly after the turn of the century, many dedicated modelers built flying or static airplanes, ship, train, automotive or other subjects. Basic kits existed, but the majority of these models were built from scratch, which demanded a high talent level developed from years of experience. That changed in the early 1950s. The phenomenon of the Revell/Gowland & Gowland 'Highway Pioneers' car kits was a significant force in proving that model building as a hobby could have mass appeal, provided that the kits were easy enough to build and finish. These 1/32 scale vehicles could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real car. The Highway Pioneers series lead to the production of other subjects in plastic and the effect was revolutionary. By the early 1960s, model building was the #1 past time of American boys.

Cleveland Mile Fliers Flemish Defiance - Stick Type Balsa Flying Model Airplane Kit, C-2

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$45   

Early World War II kit. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. 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.

Ace Whitman De Havilland Venom Fighter - Balsa Model Airplane Kit, 1/64, 2284

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$32   

The 'Ace Whitman' name was used by Joe Ott for some of his marketed kits. This model is a solid display model from 1952 and features an 80% precarved fuselage, die cut parts, full size plans and a stapled bag of detail parts (probably wheels). The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

DML Messerschmitt Me-262A-1a/Jabo - Master Series Issue (Me262A1a), 1/48, 5507

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$24   

Very highly detailed kit with two frets of photoetched parts and real rubber tires. 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.

Hasegawa Bell UH-1D Huey Helicopter - US Army Japan Transport / US Army Rescue / Japan Ground Self Defense Forces, 1/72, 052

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$18   

Still factory sealed. Well detailed kit features complete interior, opening doors, crew of two, rocket pods and miniguns and rotating main and rear rotors. Includes decals for the three helicopters listed, including the unusual US Army Japan executive transport.

Peerless-Max White M3A1 Scout Car - US Army / British Army / Canadian Army / New Zealand Army / Soviet Army, 1/35, 3507

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$56   

Very finely molded model. Highly detailed with full chassis, suspension, drive line and exhaust, crew of three, complete interior, machines guns, accessories, optional top and more. Includes decals for all nations listed and painting guide. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.