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Enterprise Ben Howards Ike Racer - 17.5 Inch Wingspan Control Line Sport Or Stunt

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$89   

Very nicely flying scale model from the early 1950s. Highly prefabricated and requires no tissue covering. Features a beautiful solid balsa, factory cut wing, factory-painted die-cut balsa parts, die-cut plywood parts, pre-carved nose block, gloss red plastic spinner, cowl & pilot, fully finished wheels and wire landing gear struts, hardware, color decals, comprehensive and heavily illustrated building instructions and more. The model has not been started. The small parts are still in the factory sealed bag while all other parts have been inventoried complete with decals and instructions.

Monogram Speedee-Bilt F-86 Sabre Jet Flying Scale Model for Jetex, G13-100

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$145   

Scale flying model for use with the JETEX jet-power pack. Excellent pre-fabricated wood and plastic kit featuring beautiful, fully finished Monofoil solid balsa wings, factory painted die-cut balsa parts, plastic intake, exhaust, pilot and missiles, other balsa parts factory cut to shape, fully finished wheels and wire landing gear, a clear vacuform canopy (still mint and not yellowed, template sheet, full color decals and extensive instructions with numerous illustrations and full size plans. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Before there were plastic models, there were wooden aircraft kits. These usually came in two types - solid and stick and tissue. The solid models were static and usually contained a few blocks of balsa and sometimes a detail part or two. These "Make Wood Look Like Plane" models required a very high level of skill in carving and finishing. The stick and tissue variety were slightly easier to build and provided the ultimate thrill - they could fly when complete with rubber power (and later with free-flight gas and eventually RC). They still required a great deal of skill, so manufacturers sought ways to make model building more accessible to everyone. One idea was pre-carving and/or prefabrication. This raised prices, naturally. Many manufacturers launched lines of 'easy' to build flying models but only Monogram succeeded in making an entire line at an affordable price that would actual fly. The original "Speedee-Bilt" kits were in one-piece two-color boxes. In the early 1950s, shortly before plastic kits were available, Monogram changed to the 'hardbox' with a lithographic slick glued to the top as this kit. Speedee-Bilt kits contained die cut and pre painted wooden parts, completely formed airfoil wings, carved wheels and numerous plastic details like cowlings, pilot, missiles, prop and more. Assembly was by detailed full size plans.

Monogram Speedee-Bilt Boeing PT-13 Kaydet Trainer, G5-100

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$145   

Rare kit from 1957 in very good overall condition. This is a highly prefabricated, rubber-powered, wooden scale flying model kit. It features beautiful, completely finished Monofoil upper and lower wings, die-cut fuselage sides and formers that are factory painted yellow, precarved wooden parts, fully finished wheels, die-cut clear windscreens, plastic engine, prop and pilot bust, fully formed wire landing gear, rubber motor, sandpaper, tissue, decals and excellent instructions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes 'excellent+' condition decals and instructions. Before there were plastic models, there were wooden aircraft kits. These usually came in two types - solid and stick and tissue. The solid models were static and usually contained a few blocks of balsa and sometimes a detail part or two. These "Make Wood Look Like Plane" models required a very high level of skill in carving and finishing. The stick and tissue variety were slightly easier to build and provided the ultimate thrill - they could fly when complete with rubber power (and later with free-flight gas and eventually RC). They still required a great deal of skill, so manufacturers sought ways to make model building more accessible to everyone. One idea was pre-carving and/or prefabrication. This raised prices, naturally. Many manufacturers launched lines of 'easy' to build flying models but only Monogram succeeded in making an entire line at an affordable price that would actual fly. The original "Speedee-Bilt" kits were in one-piece two-color boxes. In the early 1950s, shortly before plastic kits were available, Monogram changed to the 'hardbox' with a lithographic slick glued to the top as this kit. Speedee-Bilt kits contained die cut and pre painted wooden parts, completely formed airfoil wings, carved wheels and numerous plastic details like engine cowl, pilot, missiles, prop and more. Assembly was by detailed full size plans.

Berkeley Sweitzer 1-30 - For R/C or Free Flight, 1/12, 4-18 295

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$79   

Big 1/12 scale model with a 40 inch wingspan. Originally designed as a gas powered model for free flight or control line, or can be converted to electric power and modern RC (radio control) gear. Features die cut balsa and plywood parts, shaped trailing edges, plenty of stock for spars, etc., fully finished main and tail wheels, clear vacuform canopy (that is still perfectly clear, not yellow), fully formed wire landing gear struts, covering material, color decals and full size plans. This is a sheeted design with the exception of the wings behind the sheeted leading edge. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Berkeley is a very famous manufacturer of flying model kits from the Golden Age of flying aviation, about 1932-1954. Founded in 1933 by William Effinger, the company was quite progressive in producing quality kits - it was likely the Berkeley 'Buccaneer' was the first gas powered model in kit form. In the later 1930s, Effinger acquired the services of a very talented Henry Struck. Struck went on to design numerous award-winning kits under the Berkeley name. Berkeley weathered the post WWII recession and emerged as a major kit producer in the late 1940 and 1950s. These were great years for Berkeley and they produced some incredible and large kits. The company went bankrupt in about 1960 however. Fox engines (Duke Fox) bought the company and released the kits alongside his own FOX models and engines. This arrangement did not last, and in the early 1960s the Berkeley name disappeared from hobby shop shelves.

Top Flite Piper Cub JigTime Free Flight Or Control Line Aircraft - 26.5 Inch Wingspan And For 1/2A (.049) Engines, G-8

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$39   

Rugged all-balsa (no tissue) model that can be flown one of two ways or made R/C with modern light weight equipment. Features all quality die-cut and factory painted parts including two-piece wings, balsa sheeted fuselage with cockpit detail, light plastic engine cowl, die-cut clear windshield, fully finished wheels and metal gear struts, all hardware, color decals and very detailed, fully illustrated step-by-step building instructions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: the parts have been perfectly punched out by an adult.

Consolidated Model Engineering Hell Razor Class D Speed Control Line Aircraft - World Record Holder 1949 159.23 MPH

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$125   

Rare. Large Senior "D" class very high speed, gas powered aircraft. Very highly prefabricated. The wingspan is 15 inches and the fuselage (with engine and spinner) is about 16.5 inches long when assembled. Features completely finished metal cast lower fuselage, factory pre-carved upper fuselage, profile cut top pylon, excellent factory cut wing with finished airfoil, die-cut plywood horizontal stabilizer and elevator, other die-cut and fully formed parts, hardware, hinge material and detailed instructions with full size drawing. The kit has not been started. NOTE: missing tin for making your own gas tank. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts and paperwork present.

Consolidated Model Engineering Hell Razor 1/2 A Speed Control Line Aircraft

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$65   

Rare. Highly prefabricated flying model designed for very high speed operation. Has a 9.25 inch wingspan and is about 10 inches long when completed. Features fully factory carved upper fuselage and pylon, fully carved hardwood lower fuselage, solid, factory cut one-piece wing and horizontal stabilizer, factory cut elevator, other wood and hardware and text instructions with full size plans. The kit has never been started. The small parts are still in a factory sealed bag and all others have been inventoried complete with instructions.

Master Modelcraft Supply Co British SE-5 Scout Prefabricated Control Line Aircraft - 17 Inch Wingspan And For .035 to .099 Gas Engines

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$38   

From the early 1950s. The prefabrication is no idle boast with this kit as it can literally be built in hours. Features completely factory carved fuselage, fully carved upper and lower wings with perfect airfoil, many die-cut plywood parts, fully finished wheels and metal gear struts, metal hardware for control line flight, large, full color decal sheet and detailed, illustrated instructions. Never started. NOTE: missing die-cut horizontal and vertical stabilizer. Easily made since they are both from sheet balsa. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts present and with decals and instructions. This box is labeled "Master Modelcraft" and has an address of New York 55, NY. This is the same company as "Master Modelcraft Supply Co." located at New York 66. This is like a later issue.

Scientific Cessna L-19A Bird Dog U-Control Flying Scale Aircraft - 18 Inch Wingspan And For Gas Engines .035 to .074, S6-169

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$44   

Highly prefabricated kit from the late 1950s or very early 60s. Features fully carved fuselage, excellent factory-cut solid wing, die-cut, solid horizontal and vertical stabilizers, diecut plywood firewall, metal cowl, fully finished wheels and metal gear struts, hardware, two sheets of decals and detailed, illustrated instructions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Berkeley Payee Free Flight PAA Load - 50 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft for Pan Am Load Competition

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$149   

Rare. Dated 1955. Very large 'America' class design specifically created for the Pan Am Load competition and the 1954 High-Point Winner in this event. Features all die-cut balsa and hardwood parts, extensive rib and spar material, many other wood parts, pre-cut nose halves cored for the gas engine, fully formed wire landing gear, finished centerline tire, clear windshield material, extensive, large color Pan Am decal sheet and full size plans with instructions. There has been no assembly but all parts are adult punched out - neatly and perfectly. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

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

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$44   

Large 1/32 scale stick and tissue model. Can be built static or twin .012 to .049 engine U-Control. Features 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. Some parts are still in the factory sealed bags. The parts that are not internally sealed have been inventoried complete, including decals and instructions.

Cleveland Kling's Folkerts Speed King Racer - Balsa Model Airplane Kit, 1/16, 71

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$129   

Older issue in the cardboard box with 'Cleveland World Famous Models' printed in silver. From around 1937-1942. This is a Cleveland model in museum scale of 1/16. The kit came from a long time collector of 1930s and 1940s models and is in exceptional condition. All Cleveland kits were exceptionally complete and this one is no exception. This kit is specifically designed as a scale model with retractable landing gear. However, if you do wish to fly it, additional instructions are provided on the necessary modifications. Features very high quality balsa printwood and strip wood, covering material, highest quality plans, all parts required for assembly and decals (if issued with the 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.

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

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$39   

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, coveringtissue, die cut balsa parts, rubber motor, plywood firewall and excellent full size plans. The kit has no assembly but NOTE: the plastic wheel halves are painted. There is no other painting. The model 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.

Guillows De Havilland DHC-1 Chipmunk -17 inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft, 50-2

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$32   

Rare early issue dated 1954. Please note the old 'Guillow's' logo. Rubber-powered flying model that features die cut balsa parts, bright red vacuform nose, fully finished wood wheels, bright yellow plastic propeller, wire prop shaft, vacuform canopy (that is still perfectly clear and not yellowed), covering tissue (badly wrinkled up), insignia and full size plans with very detailed 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.

Comet F4U Corsair, B3

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$16   

Rare solid wood model from the 1940s. The scale is not given, but the wingspan is 5.25 inches. Features fuselage block, two sheets of high quality printwood and full-size plans with templates. Never started and complete. Please NOTE: there are paint stains on the box and also on the plans. 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.

Master Modelcraft Supply Co Douglas A-20A Boston / Havoc, 1/48

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair++

$28   

From about 1943 - certainly a wartime issue from the 'We are in a fight to WIN!' drawing on the instructions and an urging to buy war bonds. This is a deluxe solid wood model in big quarter scale. Features 2-D cut fuselage, nacelles, tail surfaces and two balsa wings, two cast metal three-blade propellers, fully formed wheels, wood stock as necessary, celluloid for canopies with factory printed window frames, full color RAF insignia and very large full-size plans that include stabilizer and wing dihedral gauges, cross sections, aircraft description and spec and even text instructions. Never started and complete. Please NOTE that this kit may have come with glue and dope but they are not present. Master Modelcraft Supply Company made wooden model aircraft and ships and listed their address as N.Y. 66, New York during the early 1950s.

Cleveland Playboy Senior Class C Gas Balsa Flying Model Airplane Kit, GP-5017

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$225   

70 inch wingspan class 'C' gas free-flight model airplane. Cleveland entered the 1930s gas model market with the famous Playboy series. The design is so solid and popular that it is still a favorite at meets today (Like SAM - Society of Antique Modelers) where free-flight competitions are still held. Cleveland was late to introduce these kits (1939), but they wanted to ensure that the quality and performance was there. It appears that there were three aircraft in the Playboy line - the Baby, Junior and Senior. The model has not been started and is in exceptional condition. Whoever buys it will be the second owner; the first lives in town with me. The parts are inventoried 100% complete and includes covering tissue and 'excellent' never-used plans. Please NOTE: that there is some bug damage to the issue paper and very tiny bit to the edge of the plans. 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.

Scientific Piper Cub - 20 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft, 138-198

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$20   

NOTE: ideal builder kit, please read carefully. Rare, high performance flying stick-and-tissue model from the early 1970s. This is a reissue of the 1966 kit. Features detachable wing, precision die-cut balsa parts, stripwood and spars, 6" diameter plastic propeller, rubber, formed wire parts (landing gear and prop/motor shaft), finished wheels, die-cut clear windshield material with printed window frames and more. With excellent full size plans, detailed instructions, yellow tissue paper and color decals. The kit has never been assembled but NOTE: several parts are very neatly cut out. Missing (1) wing rib, #15 fin and one #15 brace. All three parts are very easily made since there are either duplicate parts to trace or they are represented full size on the plans. Inventoried with all other parts present and with decals and plans.

dmeco All American Combateer - 36 Inch Wingspan Control Line Combat Flying Aircraft

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$95   

Rare. From 1959. This is a famous H. deBolt design that weighs 18 oz, has a wing area of 324 sq inches and is powered by a .19 to .35 gas engine. Features 'Asymmetrical Stability' which does away with wing weight, 'Full Floating' counterbalanced elevator for maximum maneuverability with grooved stability, special high lift NACA airfoil for high speed and maneuverability and more. The kit was very prefabricated for the time and completely ready to assemble in about 4 hours. Features factory cut-out and die-cut parts, notched and finished leading and trailing edges, hardware, decals, full size plans and step-by-step building instructions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

North Pacific North Pacific Sport'r 24 inch Wingspan Balsa Long Range Rubber Powered Airplane Model, D-129-1

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$75   

Rare; part of the scarce 'Deluxe Flying Model' series from North Pacific. North Pacific was famous for making the rubber powered Sleek Streak and Star Flyer which not only flew circles around the rubber/stick competition, but could be modified to achieve near competition performance. The glider line included the fantastic Stunt Flier, which for an 'out of the envelope' design, flew very, very well. North Pacific went all out with this new 'guaranteed to fly' cabin design - a big departure from the profile sticks. The kit features sheet balsa covering, reinforced with hi-impact plastic inside. Can be flown with a .010 motor also. The model has not been started. The parts and paperworkd are still sealed in the factory clear bag. The entire series consisted of the Bipe, Sport'r, Dust'r and Race'r. The Sport'r, Race'r and Dust'r were quoted as flying 1/8 of a mile and Bipe 1/10 of a mile. Detailed instructions are included for gas engine installation. The high price and very short issue has made all of these kits very rare.