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Burkard Grumman F4F Wildcat - Giant Solid Wood Aircraft

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$95   

Very Rare. From about 1943/44. Burkard kits almost never show up on the open market. They were exceptional solid wood display models for their time - highly prefabricated and very large scale. This one features a 15 inch wingspan, completely precarved fuselage (only needs final sanding), precut wings with airfoil, pre-cut stabilizers, fully formed wheels, other wood parts as required, canopy material with the frames printed on, two color insignia sheets, a corked glass bottle of glue and 'near mint' condition full size plans with building instructions. Never started and inventoried complete with all parts.

Burkard Grumman TBF Avenger - Giant Solid Wood Aircraft

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$119   

Very Rare. From about 1943/44. Burkard kits almost never show up on the open market. They were exceptional solid wood display models for their time - highly prefabricated and very large scale. This one features a 19 inch wingspan, completely precarved fuselage (only needs final sanding), precut wings with airfoil, pre-cut stabilizers, fully formed wheels, other wood parts as required, canopy material with the frames printed on in silver, two big full color insignia sheets, a corked glass bottle of glue and 'near mint' condition full size plans with building instructions. Never started and inventoried complete with all parts.

Maircraft DeHavilland Mosquito, 1/48, D-2

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Poor

$24   

Rare, large-scale solid wood display model from about 1943/44. NOTE: box is heavily damaged but the kit parts are as new. Builder kit only, not collectible. 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 paper envelope of small detail parts, full color decals and excellent plans with templates and instructions. Never started and complete . NOTE: the decal sheet is present but the decals are 99% but eaten. The plans have bug damage to one panel but are still perfectly useful for assembly.

Comet US Army Observation Y10-43 - (Y10 43) - 22 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$145   

Very, very rare kit from 1934. Stick and tissue kit almost never turn up from this early. The box top is complete with all four sides and top but is tattered on an along the lower long side; there is also general wear and damage as shown. It does display better than the grade, which reflects the worse condition of the box sides. The tray (bottom box) is 'very good-' with some wear to the edges. Inside, the superb plans are 'very good++.' They were never 'pinned down' for assembly, have no writing on them and the folds are solid (not fragile.) Flaws are a 3" closed tear and the normal yellowing. They are very highly detailed with numerous drawings, parts layout and full-size templates, numerous detailing tips and excellent text instructions. They even have an actual photo of the fuselage being built. In addition there is a full size sheet of separate text instructions. The parts feature four sheets of printwood, strip wood in different sizes, original two colors of tissue paper, very large, colorful and comprehensive insignia sheet, fully carved wood prop, fully carved spinner and wheels, two sheets of sandpaper, a paper envelope of metal detail parts, clear canopy material with the window frames printed on, metal stock, quality strip balsa and balsa blocks and rigging cord. NOTE: the following fuselage bulkheads have been cut out and are missing but are full-size on the plans: #1, #2, #3 and #4. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts and plans present. Three other parts are neatly cut out and present. No other parts are cut.

Empire Model Airplane Co Consolidated Vultee L-5 Flying Jeep (Stinson Sentinel), 1/38

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$34   

Very nice solid wood display model from about 1945/46. Big-scale kit has a 10.75 inch wingspan and features accurate, factory profile cut wood fuselage, factory cut wings, a high quality printwood sheet with 21 other parts, fully formed tread wheels, sandpaper, color insignia sheet (US Army) and excellent instructions including full construction details, numerous templates for the fuselage, excellent full-size drawings with additional detail sketches and history on the aircraft. Never started and complete.

Royal Junkers Ju-87D-5 Stuka - Radio Control (R/C) Flying Scale Airplane Model - 73 inch Wingspan, 1/7.5

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$395   

Royal was well-known for making some of the finest very large scale RC kits and this Stuka is no exception. Designed for 4 to 6 channels. Huge 73 and 7/8 inch wingspan and 54 3/4 inch length. The model is as new inside with the factory sealed bags, rubber bands, etc. The kit has never been started and is complete with all parts and two very large full size sheets of plans and instructions.

StromBecker Swift 125 Sea Plane, C-40

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$129   

StromBecker was famous for this line of precarved hardwood and plastic kits. Most included plastic detail parts (colored and clear) - decals - glue - wood filler - sandpaper and a stand (if applicable). The carving is done to the final shape. When complete it makes an impressive desk top display. Never started. The original fittings packet is still factory sealed and the parts that were never factory sealed have been inventoried complete with excellent decals and plans.

Strombecker Beechcraft Bonanza V35 - Solid Wood Model Aircraft Kit, C-41

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG-

$125   

Rare. Classic early 1950s kit. Made of solid Western Pine - not balsa. Builds up to an impressive display model. Kit includes fuselage, wings, elevators, rudder all cut to shape, sandpaper and a small parts bag with propeller, wheels, etc. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. Decals and instructions are excellent. 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.

Sterling British SE-5 Scout - 40 inch Wingspan Scale RC Airplane, FS22

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$159   

Very large full-scale kit. Even the rib spacing in the wings and tail is correct, as is the stringer spacing of the fuselage. The only exception to scale is the modern airfoil cross section. Designed for R/C or control line with a .19 to .29 gas engine and measures 30.5 inches long with a 40 3/8 inch wingspan. Highly detailed. Features all die-cut sheet wood parts of very high quality balsa, numerous plastic details and metal radiator parts, wood and metal stock as needed, dowels, blocks and cut to shape wood, a great deal of hardware, three huge full color decal sheets and superb full size plans with instructions on them. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Sterling was a famous manufacturer dating back to the 1930/40s flying model craze. Although they continued to produce kits for decades after the flying model slump following World War II, they eventually fell victim to the general lack of interest in modeling that occurred in the early 1980s. I personally considered Sterlings to be 'deluxe' kits.

SIG Supermarine Spitfire - 27.25 Inch Wingspan Controliner Flying Airplane (ex-Berkeley)

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$95   

Dated 1966. Perfect builder if you are looking for a Berkeley Spitfire. Designed for control line and .09 to .15 gas engines. Features all die-cut balsa sheet parts, pre-cut balsa blocks, wood and metal stock, formed wire landing gear, very nice vacuformed canopy, big hardware pack, full size plans with construction notes and a huge full color decal sheet. 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.

RN Models Simplex 1/2 Scale Old Timer RC or Free Flight - 37 Inch Wingspan, GF111

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$39   

Excellent kit of this free-flight or R/C design for .049 or .1 gas engines. This aircraft originated in Air Trails magazine in January 1941 and the original designer was Paul Plecan. Kit features factory die-cut ribs, many parts cut to shape, balsa stock, metal stock and hardware, sheet balsa and full size plans. 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 plans/instructions.

RN Models Caudron Pioneer French Aircraft - 30 Inch Wingspan Flying Airplane, GF107

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$55   

This is a scale kit and a reproduction of the 1938 Nationals Winner by the famous Henry Struck. Can be powered by a .020 gas engine or rubber. Features quality printwood, wood and metal stock as required, formed wheels, plastic prop, covering tissue and full size plans. 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 plans/instructions.

Dynaflite Piper PA-18 Super Cub - 104 Inch Wingspan RC Aircraft, DYFA3025

Wood and Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$319   

Excellent, very large scale kit. Fuselage is 67.25 inches long when built. Only "average sport-scale building skills are all you need to create this giant-scale favorite." The kit is conventional wood construction and features die cut parts pre-cut wood stock as required, plastic cowl, clear windows, metal parts as needed, opening right window for fuel tank access, plug in wing panels detach quickly for easy transportation, optional flaps and more. Can be run with a wide variety of motors and with a 4 to 6 channel radio with 5 to 8 servos (5 hi-torque). 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 plans and very detailed and illustrated instructions. NOTE: this kit will be shipped in this sturdy box (with no outside box) unless you specify otherwise. There will be additional shipping cost if you wish to have it in sent in another box.

Royal Cessna 500 Citation 1 - 67 Inch Wingspan RC Aircraft

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$89   

NOTE: parts or builder kit only, please read carefully. Very large scale kit designed for ducted fan RC operation. The kit has not been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still factory sealed. The parts that were never factory sealed are present but have some serious damage. NOTE: Damage is restricted to die-cut balsa sheets, decals and plans. NOTE: Damage to the die cut balsa sheets is sever. Up to 70% of the sheets have some damage. Damage ranges from 5% eaten up to 70% eaten. The blocks, wing edges, plywood and other larger parts are 'good' to 'mint'. NOTE: decals and the plans have bug damage. Bug damage to the plans is minimal; damage to the decals is significant (they are 15% eaten).

Sterling L-19 Bird Dog - 17 inch Wingspan CL/Rubber Powered Kit that Drops Leaflets in Flight, A12

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$55   

From the mid 1960s. 17 inch wingspan kit for rubber free flight or control line. Features an innovative system for dropping leaflets in flight. Includes quality die-cut balsa sheet parts, strip wood and spars, light plastic full engine cowl and other parts, die-cut clear windscreen, fully formed wire landing gear struts, finished main and tail wheels, rubber motor and plastic prop, covering tissue, a big sheet of full color decal and full size plans with excellent instructions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete. Sterling was a famous manufacturer dating back to the 1930/40s flying model craze. Although they continued to produce kits for decades after the flying model slump following World War II, they eventually fell victim to the general lack of interest in modeling that occurred in the early 1980s. I always considered Sterling kits to be deluxe kits compared to other manufacturers.

Cleveland SE-5 British Pursuit - 22 Inch Wingspan Flying Model, EZ-9

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$38   

From 1949. An excellent model designed to fly with rubber power. Features die-cut balsa parts, fully formed wheels, factory cut stringers and spars, balsa nose block, metal stock, covering material and excellent full size Cleveland plans with instructions. The kit has not been started. NOTE: missing four wing ribs and 4 rib fronts. Easily made since you can trace the pattern from the die-cut sheet. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts present. Includes plans. One short end of the box is missing two inner tabs and the closing flap. The closing flap is present on the other side but the two smaller tabs are gone.

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

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

$59   

Still factory sealed but the seal has drawn the box top concave as shown. 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.

Coast Model Aircraft The Cloud Chaser 54 - 54 in Wingspan Class A/ B/ C Gas Free Flight or R/C Conversion

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$135   

Large and complete kit. Includes full size plans, quality balsa stock and printwood, steel wire landing gear, turned balsa wheels, silkspan covering, celluloid windows, tube of glue, bottled dope (still good), plywood firewall and hardwood motor mounts. Likely from the 1940s. This model came from the estate of a very active and particular early aircraft kit collector. It is like factory-new inside and has not been started. Complete with all parts, plans and decals (if originally included).

Cleveland Nieuport 17 Scout Plane - Balsa Flying Model Airplane Kit, 1/16, M-12

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$115   

Dated 1949. This is a Cleveland Master kit Scale Flying model in 1/16 museum scale. The box has wear as shown but the insides are in excellent condition. All Cleveland kits were exceptionally complete and this one is no exception. Features very high quality balsa printwood and strip wood, wood stock as required, completely machine carved cowl/engine, fully formed and painted scale wooden wheels, fully formed thrust bearing and rubber motor retainer, metal stock, clear windshield celluloid, 5 sheets of color insignia including an instrument panel, rigging thread, two colors of covering material, highest quality plans and more. The model has not been started. The parts have been inventoried 100% complete with all paperwork included. Plans are in 'excellent+' condition. 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) and 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 this time. Some of these models flew and flew well, but they all had one thing in common - they 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- 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 'Aviation's 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.

Falcon Model Airplane Co P-51D Mustang - Solid Wood Model - Bagged, 1/48, A-4

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$18   

Bagged kit. Features full-size, three-view plans with wing and fuselage templates, factory-cut wooden fuselage, wings, horizontal and vertical stabilizers, pre-formed main gear wheels, plastic prop and printwood with gear struts, doors, etc. The kit has never been started and is 100% complete with all parts and plans. Planes have some tape on the back holding the overhead fuselage view in; it is done so well you can't tell unless you turn the plans over. Bill Wonacott drew the excellent plans. Little is known about Falcon Model Airplane Company. But thanks to Dusty Rhodes, we know that they were around as early as 1932 and actively advertising in Popular Aviation with a good sized add. Headquartered at 9610 Division Street, Portland, Oregon, they had a line of flying model kits and eventually solids. The bigger ships in the flying line appear to be quite deluxe, featuring dummy engines, aluminum spun cowlings and for power "The Prime Mover," a new gearless rubber power system that claims to double the flight endurance. Models in 1932 included the Monocoupe 10, Lockheed Orion (both $2.25) and a smaller line of 9" wingspan kits at 50 cents each, featuring the P-6E Hawk, Akron Fighter (Sparrowhawk), A-8 Attack, Gee Bee Racer, Lockheed Vega, Spad, SE-5, Hawker Fury, Curtiss Helldiver, Boeing P-12C, Ben Howard Racer, Lockheed Sirius, Fokker D-VII and Albatross D-III. Falcon eventually moved to Long Beach, CA.