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Maircraft Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless, 1/48, H-8

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$28   

From the 1940s. Features 3D cut fuselage, nicely 2D cut wings, stock wood, printwood prop and hub, a sealed bag of details, full color decals and excellent full-sized plans. Never started and complete. Maircraft was originally founded in the early or mid 1930s by Gordon Christoph and went by the name Aircraft Model Company. The company produced a typical line of solid 'profile cut' kits that required the usual high talent levels for carving and finishing. A former Comet Model Airplane & Supply Co. salesman, Jack Mair, bought the company in the early 1940s and renamed it Maircraft. This company was one of the handful of solid kit producers who issued models in a consistent 1/48 scale during the 1930s and 1940s (others included Hawk and Dyna-Model). This lead to one of the most desirable and rare model kits ever produced in the USA - the wood/plastic 1/48 United DC-3 model issued immediately after World War 2. Other than the P-61 and a few other Maircraft offerings, most were simple kits that sold for the low price of about 35 cents and gave the owners many hours of pleasurable work.

Maircraft Curtiss SBC-3 Helldiver, 1/48, H-5

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$28   

From the 1940s. Features 3D cut fuselage, nicely 2D cut wings, stock wood, a sealed bag of details, full color decals and excellent full-sized plans. Never started and complete. Maircraft was originally founded in the early or mid 1930s by Gordon Christoph and went by the name Aircraft Model Company. The company produced a typical line of solid 'profile cut' kits that required the usual high talent levels for carving and finishing. A former Comet Model Airplane & Supply Co. salesman, Jack Mair, bought the company in the early 1940s and renamed it Maircraft. This company was one of the handful of solid kit producers who issued models in a consistent 1/48 scale during the 1930s and 1940s (others included Hawk and Dyna-Model). This lead to one of the most desirable and rare model kits ever produced in the USA - the wood/plastic 1/48 United DC-3 model issued immediately after World War 2. Other than the P-61 and a few other Maircraft offerings, most were simple kits that sold for the low price of about 35 cents and gave the owners many hours of pleasurable work.

Maircraft V-1 Robot Bomb, 1/48

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$19   

From about 1944/45. Solid wood kit featuring a 3D cut fuselage, 2D cut wings, engine block, other wood as required and superb plans with step-by-step building instructions. Even includes a cut-away of the actual V-1. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. Maircraft was originally founded in the early or mid 1930s by Gordon Christoph and went by the name Aircraft Model Company. The company produced a typical line of solid 'profile cut' kits that required the usual high talent levels for carving and finishing. A former Comet Model Airplane & Supply Co. salesman, Jack Mair, bought the company in the early 1940s and renamed it Maircraft. This company was one of the handful of solid kit producers who issued models in a consistent 1/48 scale during the 1930s and 1940s (others included Hawk and Dyna-Model). This lead to one of the most desirable and rare model kits ever produced in the USA - the wood/plastic 1/48 United DC-3 model issued immediately after World War 2. Other than the P-61 and a few other Maircraft offerings, most were simple kits that sold for the low price of about 35 cents and gave the owners many hours of pleasurable work.

Hawk Grumman F7F -2N Tigercat, 1/48, 101

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$49   

From 1945. Rare kit for the advanced collector. This issue is in a very 'fancy' box for solid model kits from this time. It is a hardbox with a litho 'slick' showing a nice illustration of the aircraft. The model contains a 3D carved and tapered wooden main fuselage, two fully finished hardwood engine nacelles, two 3D carved and tapered rear nacelles/wheel housings, nicely 2D cut wings, rudder and elevator, two metal seats for the interior, wood stock, clear vacuform canopy in excellent condition, two plastic propellers, pre-carved wheels, color decals, large and complete cardboard template set and full-size, well-detailed plans with full instructions. Even includes sandpaper and a special metal display stand. The model has not been started and is 100% complete. Hawk was one of the few manufacturers making wooden kits to a constant scale of 1/48 in the 1930s. Hawk kits were very complete and included metal details and superb quality drawings for the true scale enthusiast.

Hawk F8F Bearcat, 1/48, 87

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$39   

For the advanced Hawk collector. Solid wood, wartime scale kit from 1946. Features 3D cut and tapered fuselage, completely finished engine nacelle, very nicely 2D cut wings, horizontal & vertical stabilizers, fully finished wheels, metal seat, clear vacuform canopy, plastic prop, wood stock as necessary, color decal sheet, and excellent Hawk full size plans. Never started and inventoried 100% complete. Hawk was one of the few manufacturers making wooden kits to a constant scale of 1/48 in the 1930s. Hawk kits were very complete and included plastic or metal details and superb quality drawings for the true scale enthusiast.

Hawk SE-5 Scout, 1/48, 59

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$39   

For the advanced Hawk collector. Solid wood, wartime scale kit from 1947. Features 3D cut fuselage, very nicely 2D cut wings, horizontal & vertical stabilizers, fully finished wheels, metal seats, cast metal machine guns (2), plastic prop, wood stock as necessary, excellent color decal sheet, and excellent Hawk full size plans. Never started and inventoried 100% complete. Hawk was one of the few manufacturers making wooden kits to a constant scale of 1/48 in the 1930s. Hawk kits were very complete and included plastic or metal details and superb quality drawings for the true scale enthusiast.

Hawk Douglas SBD Dauntless, 1/48

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$39   

For the advanced Hawk collector. Solid wood, wartime scale kit from the early 1940s. Features 3D cut fuselage, fully finished engine nacelle, 2D cut wings, horizontal and vertical stabilizers, fully finished wheels, a very early injection molded propeller, wood stock as necessary, color insignia sheet, sandpaper and excellent Hawk full size plans. Even includes the factory tissue paper. Never started and inventoried 100% complete. Hawk was one of the few manufacturers making wooden kits to a constant scale of 1/48 in the 1930s. Hawk kits were very complete and included plastic or metal details and superb quality drawings for the true scale enthusiast.

Hawk F4U Corsair - (F4FU1), 1/48, 9

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$42   

For the advanced Hawk collector. Solid wood, wartime scale kit dated 1943. Features 3D cut fuselage, 2D cut wings, horizontal and vertical stabilizers, fully finished wheels, a very early injection molded propeller, wood stock as necessary, full color decal sheet, sandpaper, a special die-cut template sheet just for this kit, a special display stand and excellent Hawk full size plans that are done in color (!). Even includes the factory tissue paper. Never started and inventoried 100% complete. Hawk was one of the few manufacturers making wooden kits to a constant scale of 1/48 in the 1930s. Hawk kits were very complete and included plastic or metal details and superb quality drawings for the true scale enthusiast.

Ship Shape Models Robot Bomb German V-1, 1/48, S352

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$22   

From the mid 1940s. Nice solid scale kit featuring 3D cut fuselage, 2D cut wings, engine block, display stand and excellent full size plans. Never started and 100% complete. Miniature Ship Models Inc. was based in Perkasie, PA and founded in 1927. They had an extensive line of ship and boat models in wood with metal fittings.

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

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$29   

Still factory sealed; 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 2016.

Easy Built Models Miles Mohawk - 20 inch Wingspan for Free Flight or R/C Conversion, FF-17

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$24   

Originally manufactured by 'Easybuilt Micro Since 1932.' Reissued in 1987 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 plans.

Guillows Vought F4U-4 Corsair - 30 inch Wingspan Flying Model - (F4U4), 1/16, 1004

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

$52   

Still factory sealed but the seal has drawn the box top concave as shown. Very large 30.75 inch wingspan (78 cm) flying or static model. Can be flown rubber powered, free flight, U-Control or R/C. Features stick and tissue constructions, quality die-cut balsa and stripwood, plywood firewall, extensive vacuform details such as engine, cowling, landing gear, intakes, dropping bomb and much more.

Maircraft DeHavilland Mosquito, 1/48, D-2

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$32   

Rare, large-scale solid wood display model from about 1943/44. Has a 13.5 inch wingspan when built. Features factory 3-D cut fuselage (not just profile cut), profile-cut nacelles, inboard and outboard wings and stabilizers, quality print wood, a factory sealed paper envelope of small detail parts, full color decals and excellent plans with templates and instructions. Never started and complete - the small parts are still factory sealed.

Cavacraft F-86 Sabre - Solid Wood Aircraft Model, 1/55, J-1

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$34   

Rare. From 1951 or '52. This kit is among Cavacraft's excellent final efforts to compete in the solid model hobby, and it is as good or better than Strombecker. The fuselage and wing are completely machine cut to shape with only final sanding needed. The quality is excellent - as good as some Strombecker kits. The rudder and elevator are still in the die-cut hardwood sheet. Also includes pre-shaped wooden wheels, metal gear struts, vacuform canopy, sanding stick, sand paper, decals, full size plans and full instructions. The kit has never been started. The small parts are still in the factory sealed envelope. All other parts have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions. Other kits in this series include the British SE-5, Mig-16, Mustang P-51D and Cessna

Midwest Wally Simmers' Dyna-Moe - 34 inch Wingspan Flying Cabin Class C for Free Flight or R/C Conversion, C-2

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$89   

Another successful design for Class C Cabin National Competition by Wally Simmers. Large and graceful. Climbs at 1000 feet per minute and glides at 10 to 1. Features colored tissues, printwood, carved prop, hardwood and beautiful 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 and instructions.

Guillows Nieuport 11 - 24 inch Wingspan for Free Flight or R/C Conversion, 203

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$36   

Large scale well detailed kit. Can be flown rubber free flight, gas free flight, or converted to electric RC using modern small, 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 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.

Guillows Lockheed P-38L Lightning - 40 Inch Wingspan Flying Model, 1/13, 2001

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

$75   

Still factory sealed. 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.

StromBecker American Airlines Convair Flagship - 10 Inch Wingspan Solid Wood Kit, C-38

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$125   

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Superb kit from the 1950s. Highly prefabricated kit made from Solid Western Pine - not balsa wood. Makes a very impressive display model when built. Includes precut and shaped fuselage, wings, elevators, rudder and nacelles, a bag of detail parts including propellers, wheels, etc, wood filler and glue, sandpaper, detailed instructions and drawings with aircraft history and a large, colorful American Airlines decal sheet. Never started. 100% complete with all parts and plans. Before plastic kits were introduced, Strombecker was famous as the premier hardwood preshaped model manufacture. In the 1940s and 1950s, Strombecker kits were flawlessly engineered but not inexpensive. All wooden parts are hardwood and are precarved to shape - usually only a quick sanding would finish them.

StromBecker Swift 125 Land Plane, C-39

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$115   

Wonderful kit from the 1950s. The carving is done to the final shape. When complete it makes an impressive desk top display. Features all high-quality hardwood main parts, full color decals, glue, wood filler and sandpaper. Never started. The small parts are still factory sealed. All other parts have been inventoried complete with all parts and plans. Before plastic kits were introduced, Strombecker was famous as the premier hardwood preshaped model manufacture. In the 1940s and 1950s, Strombecker kits were flawlessly engineered but not inexpensive. All wooden parts are hardwood and are precarved to shape - you only had to glue, sand and paint to finish them.

StromBecker North American F-86 Sabre Jet - Flip Top Box Issue, C44-69

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$79   

1950s one-piece 'flip top' box issue. Before plastic kits were introduced, Strombecker was famous as the premier hardwood, preshaped model manufacture. In the 1940s and 1950s, Strombecker kits were flawlessly engineered but not inexpensive. All wooden parts are quality hardwood (not balsa) and are smooth precarved to final shape - usually only a quick sanding would finish them. When complete it makes an impressive desk top display. Features original glue and sandpaper, clear plastic canopy, special Strombecker 'teardrop' display stand and extensive full color decals. Never started. 100% complete with all parts, decals and detailed plans, instructions. Please NOTE that the box displays better than the 'good-' grade; it is graded as such due to closed corner tears and a 1.5 x 1 missing litho section on the box back.