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Guillows Piper Super Cub 95 - 24 inch Wingspan for Free Flight or R/C Conversion, 303

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$22   

Dated 1961, but likely mid 1960s due to the zip code on the box. Large-scale, well detailed kit that can be flown rubber free flight, gas free flight, or converted to electric RC using modern servos and receivers. Features quality balsa die-cut parts and strip wood, die-cut plywood firewall, scale plastic wheels, plastic propeller, vacuform cowl, excellent full color decals, colored tissue and excellent full size plans. The model has not been started. 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 Piper Cherokee 140 - 20 inch Wingspan Balsawood Flying Model Airplane, 1/19, 307

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$24   

High quality stick-and-tissue flying model kit from about 1970s. Can be built for display, rubber free flight or powered by a 1/2A gas engine. Includes instructions for all options and flying tips. Measures to about 1/16 scale and has a 24 inch wingspan. Features very large and colorful decal sheet with all stripes as shown on the box art, quality die-cut balsa wood, stripwood, vac full engine cowling and details, plastic prop, wood wheels, clear window material, tissue and more. The full size plans are excellent and contain a significant amount of building instruction and guidance as well. This kit has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Guillows Piper Cherokee 140 - 20 inch Wingspan Balsawood Flying Model Airplane, 1/19, 307

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$25   

Very high quality stick-and-tissue flying model kit from the late 1950s/early 1960s. This is a high quality kit in 1/16 scale and a 24 inch wingspan. Kit includes a very large and colorful decal sheet with all stripes as shown on the box art, die-cut balsa wood, plastic prop, wood wheels, clear canopy and vac details as required. The full size plans are excellent and contain a significant amount of building instruction and guidance as well. 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.

Guillows Cessna 150 - 24 inch Wingspan Balsawood Flying Model Airplane, 1/16, 309

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$24   

High quality stick-and-tissue flying model kit from the very late 1960s/early 70s. Can be built for display, free-flight rubber or gas engine free-flight and has instructions for all options. Features color decals, quality die-cut balsa wood, strip wood, excellent vacuformed full cowl, vacuformed wheel pants, pilot and spinner, finished wooden wheels and thrust button, die-cut plywood firewall for 1/2A gas engine, clear cockpit glass material, plastic prop, rubber motor and more. The full size plans are excellent and contain a significant amount of building instruction and guidance as well. This kit has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Guillows Hawker Hurricane - 16 inch Wingspan Rubber Powered Balsa Wood Kit, 506

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$25   

Mid 1960s scale stick-and-tissue rubber powered flying model. One of a very popular 16.5 inch wingspan series of World War 2 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. 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.

Easy Built Models Grumman F6F Hellcat - 28 inch Wingspan for Free Flight or R/C Conversion, FF-73

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$22   

Originally manufactured by Model Craft back in the 1940s. Reissued in 1986 by Easy Built using copies of the original plans. High quality modern kit made in the finest tradition of the stick and tissue kits from the 1930s-1950s. Kit contains high quality printed balsa, strip wood, plastic propellers (when required), rubber, full sized plans and other accessories. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

Easy Built Models Bell P-39 Airacobra - 24 inch Wingspan Balsa Flying Model, FF-27

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$20   

High quality modern kit made in the finest tradition of the stick and tissue kits from the 1930s-1950s. Kit contains high quality printed balsa, strip wood, plastic propellers (when required), rubber, full sized plans and other accessories. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

Easy Built Models Monocoupe - 12 inch Wingspan Balsa Flying Model

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$16   

High quality modern kit made in the finest tradition of the stick and tissue kits from the 1930s-1950s. Kit contains high quality printed balsa, strip wood, plastic propellers (when required), rubber, full sized plans and other accessories. 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 Piper Cub Struct-O-Speed - Coke Bottle Issue, K2-50

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$28   

Dated 1951. This is a semi-scale, highly prefabricated rubber powered free-flight balsa kit with a wingspan of 13.25 inches. This is a 3D kit (not a profile model) of all die-cut balsa and a beautiful fully finished one-piece wood wing with airfoil. Includes clear and template for windshield, a factory sealed envelope of small parts and illustrated and text instructions, flying tips and more. Complete and never started. 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.

Consolidated Model Engineering Burkard OS2U-2 Kingfisher - With Redi-Carved Fuselage and Float / Paint and Glue, 1/48

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$38   

Very rare, deluxe kit from the late 1940s. This is a solid wood scale model with a wingspan of 8.5 inches. Features completely carved fuselage with cockpit and navigator cutouts that needs only final sanding, completely carved main float, excellent profile-cut wings, horizontal & vertical stabilizers, wood stock as required, a corked glass bottle of factory glue, a corked glass bottle of factory blue dope, a blue insignia sheet with stars and bars & aircraft numbers, another color insignia sheet with a very large variety of kill markings (flags and kill profiles), canopy celluloid with perfectly printed frames and excellent full size plans with building instructions, aircraft tips and cross sections for making templates. Complete and never started. Please note that I did not see a prop. Burkard Giant Solid Models were made by Consolidated Model Engineering Co., Bronx, New York.

Eagle Model Aircraft Co P-61 Black Widow

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$24   

Rare kit from the 1940s. Solid wood display model has a 10 inch wingspan when built. Features profile cut fuselage, booms & wings, printwood props and other parts, fully formed wheels, sandpaper, CASCO glue envelope and very nicely done plans with template, rigging and even color notes. Never started and complete with all parts.

Aircraft Douglas SBD Dauntless, 1/48, H-8

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$29   

Solid wooden model from the 1930s. Features hardwood 3D machine carved fuselage, profile cut wings, horizontal and vertical stabilizers, excellent turned hardwood cowl, printwood prop, a sealed envelope of small parts and excellent plans that include 3 elevation drawings and many cross sections for templates. Never started and complete, even include factory packing tissue paper. This model is rare in that it is from Gordon Christoph's Aircraft Model Company. This company was founded in the early 1930s. Jack Mair, a former Comet Model Airplane & Supply Co. salesman bought the company in the early 1940s and renamed it Maircraft. Mair continued with the same logo and 1/48 scale and went on to make one of the rarest and valuable 1/48 scale wooden kits ever - the Maircraft DC-3. The company went out of business just as production began on the DC-3, which was in 1947.

Comet Bell Pursuit XP-39 Airacobra, 1/72

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Poor

$37   

Very rare and early kit, most likely from 1938. This appears to be the prototype XP-39 with the side radiator scoops. Kit features fuselage block, printwood wings, horizontal and vertical stabilizer, side radiators, nose wheel, and nose strut, while the factory small paper bag contains 2 fully finished main gear wheels, fully formed metal main gear struts, balsa stock and a propeller. The plans features three view drawings, detail and assembly drawings, fuselage and wing templates, paint guide ("Entire Model Is Silver") and cut out insignia for the tail flash, national markings and US ARMY. The plans are complete but have some short to medium edge and fold tears in three places. The box is the one-piece type and is missing the small and main flap on one end. They are present on the opposite end. There is tearing on the sides and bottom. I have graded it 'poor' but it actually displays better.

Comet North American P-51D Mustang - 24 inch Wingspan - Coca-Cola Bottle Issue, Y1-129

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$44   

Rare 1950s issue showing a bottle of Coke next to the young builder's snack tray and a finished aircraft. Large scale issue with the 'Coke Bottle' box design. 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, clear window material, balsa block and other stock as required, completely preformed wheels, cardstock prop pitch former, hardwood nose button and tissue (still wrapped inside the plans as it came from the factory), a very large sheet of USAF insignia and markings especially for this kit and superb full size plans with extensive instructions and detail drawings. The model has not been started. The parts have been inventoried complete with all parts, plans and insignia sheet. 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 Piper Cub 26 19/32 Inch Wingspan Flying Balsa Airplane - Coke Bottle Issue, R7-59

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$65   

1950s issue flying model with the box art showing a Coke next to the young builders snack plate and finished product. Kit features traditional wood/tissue construction with high quality printwood, stripwood, wooden stock as required, fully formed wheels, covering tissue, prop and detailed full size plans/building instructions. The model has not been started. Inventoried 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.

Comet Sparky 32 inch Wingspan Wakefield-Style Balsa Flying Model Airplane - Coke Bottle Issue, R9-59

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$56   

From the 1950s. Rare, large flying model with a Coke bottle next to the young model builders snake plate and finished product. Kit features traditional wood/tissue construction with high quality printwood, stripwood, wooden stock as required, fully formed wheels, covering tissue, prop and detailed full size plans/building instructions. The model has not been started. Inventoried complete. These aircraft were common in the 1930s when the sport of free-flight model airplanes reached it's zenith. It was not uncommon for these models to fly for 45 minutes or more on rubber power alone - many flew out of site, and it became common practice to write your name, address and phone number on the covering tissue. 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 II - 19.5 inch Wingspan Gas or Rubber Powered Wooden Aircraft Kit, 1620-250

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$42   

Purchased new on April 22, 1972 at a Kmart in Cleveland, OH. 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, detailed full size plans, building instructions, wheels, hardware, tissue 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 Focke-Wulf FW-190 A - 'Super Stars' Series 21 inch Wingspan Flying Model, 1621-250

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$42   

Purchased new on April 22, 1972 at a local Kmart in Cleveland, OH. 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, a very large and colorful insignia sheet, detailed full size plans, building instructions, wheels, hardware, tissue and propeller. Never started and inventoried 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.

Comet North American P-51D Mustang with Vacuform Canopy and Spinner and Glue - 24 Inch Wingspan, 3901-298

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$44   

Purchased new on May 13, 1966 from Topps in Cleveland. Even includes an never-opened tube of Comet model cement as well as the receipt for the kit. Large scale issue for rubber or gas free flight, or easily converted to RC using modern tiny and light servos and receivers. Kit features traditional wood/tissue construction with completely formed and finished leading and trailing wing edges, high-quality, die-cut balsa printwood, balsa stripwood and spars, clear (and in perfect condition) vacuform canopy and spinner, fully formed wooden main and tail wheel, rubbber motor, plastic prop, decals, two colors of covering tissue and excellent, large full size plans/instructions. Never started and 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.

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.