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Maircraft Boeing F4B-4 - Solid Wood Model Airplane - (F4B4), 1/48, S16

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$24   

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. This kit features a full size plan with instructions steps, fuselage that is about 80% cut, profile cut parts, printwood and a small bag of details. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Monogram B-24 Liberator Speedee-Bilt - Five Star Super Deluxe Kit, 1/60, H4-495

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$750   

Dated 1954. This is the finest H4 Liberator that I have seen. The box has like-new color and gloss, four solid corners and only light general wear. The inside is like new also. Classic early multi-media kit with a fantastic internal box presentation. Before injection molded plastic kits were common, Monogram issued the famous 'Speedee-Bilt' and 'Super Kits' which featured injection molded details and precarved wooden parts. Of these, the Speede-Bilt B-24 and B-17 were the finest. These kits are rare today due to their relatively high original price of $4.95. This example is inventoried 100% complete with all parts, glue, dope, decals, sand paper, plans and instruction book. The kit has never been started. Still has all internal packing as shown. Amazingly, the celluloid plastic parts range from no warping to very slight warping. This is very rare, as that type of plastic was unstable and warp easily over time. Instructions, decals and plans are 'near mint' also, as are the parts sheets. No wooden parts have been punched out. This kit must be shipped insured.

Continental Model Airplane Co Ryan ST - Balsa Wood Flying Airplane, X21

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$28   

From the mid to late 1930s. New old stock from a closed down hobby shop but has been previously opened. Features 15 inch wingspan, quality balsa printwood and wood stock, fully carved hardwood wheels, partially carved prop blank (needs sanding), balsa blocks as required, color insignia sheet and detailed, full size plans that include instructions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

Continental Model Airplane Co Miles Mohawk - Stick and Tissue Flying Airplane, X17

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$29   

Never opened. Circa 1940s new old stock from a closed down hobby shop. I opened the 'very good' condition one also listed just to see what is inside, and will list that here: the kit features 15 inch wingspan, quality balsa printwood and wood stock, fully carved hardwood wheels, partially carved prop blank (needs sanding), balsa blocks as required, covering paper, color insignia sheet and detailed, full size plans that include instructions.

Cavacraft F-86 Sabre, 1/55, J-1

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$24   

From the very early 1950s, before the advent of wide-spread plastic kits. Rare older solid, completely pre-carved model kit. Features all hardwood parts, clear plastic canopy, pre-formed wire landing gear, finished nose and main gear wheels, sanding stick, Casco glue and large plans with full instructions. Never started. Inventoried with all parts and instructions. NOTE missing decals. This was clearly Cavacraft's attempt to compete with Strombecker. Although the kit rival Strombecker in quality, these never became as popular. Other aircraft in the line included S-1 P-51 Mustang, S-2 British SE-5, S-3 Piper Cub, S-4 Ercoupe, S-5 Taylorcraft, S-6 Navion, S-7 Cessna 140 and S-8 Fokker Triplane.

StromBecker Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket - (D-558 2), C-42

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$55   

StromBecker was famous for this line of precarved hardwood and plastic kits. The carving is done to the final shape. When complete it makes an impressive desk top display. Includes glue, sandpaper, decals, hardwood stand, metal stand arm, plastic canopy and full instructions. Never started. 100% complete with all parts, plans and partial decal sheet. NOTE: two 'Douglas' decals have been cut from the decal sheet and are not present. There is some light bug damage to the instructions.

Easy Built Models Wright Flyer 1 1903 - Museum Model Series Issue, 1/20, D-10

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG+

$28   

Still factory sealed. Very large scale 1/20 wood and tissue model with a 24 inch wingspan.

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.

Comet Phantom Fury - 32 Inch Wingspan Flying Airplane - Plans by Robert Reder co-founder of Monogram, E24

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$32   

Stick-and-tissue kit from the 1930s. When Bob Reder was young, he was hooked on flying models. Upon graduation in 1935, he went to work for Comet. He drew this version of the Phantom Fury plans and put his name at the bottom. This is a very nice kit for that time, featuring a large balsa printwood sheet, a pre-carved prop that only needs finish sanding, nose block, factory cut strip wood in all required sizes, other balsa stock as required for gear struts, etc., fully carved wooden wheels, red and orange covering tissue, clear window material, metal prop shaft and full size plans. The kit has never been started and is 100% complete. NOTE: The box looks great but is graded 'fair' because it is missing all of the end flaps.

Megow Boulton-Paul Defiant - 16 Inch Wingspan Flying Airplane, F44

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$22   

Rare stick-and-tissue flying model from the late 1930s. Features two sheets of balsa printwood (one is for a three blade prop), factory-cut strip wood, other wood as required, the original rubber band (very brittle!), a sealed envelope of hardware, blasa block, neutral and dark blue covering tissue, full color British Insignia sheet just for this kit and full size plans. The kit has never been started and is 100% complete. NOTE: it is in a Baby ROG box. There are no box end flaps, hence the 'fair' grade. There is bug damage to the plans and the edges of the insignia sheet and tissue.

Golden Age Reproductions Megow's Stinson Reliant - 23 inch Wingspan Balsa Flying Airplane

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$36   

Reissue of the 1930s Megow kit. Golden Age is a high quality company committed to reissuing classic stick and tissue kits and plans from the Golden Age of flying models, the 1930s. Kit are of very high quality and include printwood, strip wood, nose blocks, propeller, rubber, wheels, bearing (when required), beautiful copies of the original full size plans, multi-colored covering material and detailed instructions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Flyline Models Fairchild 22 - 47 inch Wingspan for RC/Free Flight or Static Display, 107

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$145   

Very large kit for RC or built for static display. 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, engine cylinder materials, high quality printed balsa sheets, decals, hardware and more. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and plans.

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

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$49   

Large scale well detailed 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.

Scale Flight Comet's De Havilland Puss Moth - 16 inch Wingspan Dime Scale Flying Airplane, Dime

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$18   

Scale Flight Model Company in Bloomington, Indiana, USA was dedicated to releasing authentic reproductions of the finest "Dime Scale" flying model (stick and tissue) kits from the 1930s/40s. Dime Scale models used to sell for a dime in the 1930's, hence the name. They are actually box scale, but as a general guideline, they usually had a wingspan of 16 inches and have simple and light construction. "Dime Scale" models are now a class flown in some competitions. Kit consists of contest grade printwood, contest quality strip wood, machine cut balsa propeller, the best Japanese tissue, wooden wheels, competition bushed nose plug, brass thrust washers, prop shaft, prop freewheeler, FAI rubber strip motor and a copy of a genuine dime scale plan that was used in the 1930s-1940s. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Continental Model Airplane Co Stinson Reliant - Balsa Wood Flying Airplane, X19

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$22   

From the mid to late 1930s. New old stock from a closed down hobby shop but the kit has been opened and the glue has failed along the long box side. There is other general wear but the kit inside is like new. Features 15 inch wingspan, quality balsa printwood and wood stock, fully carved hardwood wheels and thrust button, partially carved prop blank (needs sanding), balsa blocks as required, color insignia sheet, covering tissue and detailed, full size plans that include instructions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. NOTE: Box is only fair. Pre-carved prop has been broke in two places but is complete. Some of the wood strip stock has been broke but is all present.

Continental Model Airplane Co Stinson Reliant - Balsa Wood Flying Airplane, X19

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$24   

From the mid to late 1930s. New old stock from a closed down hobby shop but the kit has been opened and the glue has failed along the long box side. There is other general wear but the kit inside is like new. Features 15 inch wingspan, quality balsa printwood and wood stock, fully carved hardwood wheels and thrust button, partially carved prop blank (needs sanding), balsa blocks as required, color insignia sheet, covering tissue and detailed, full size plans that include instructions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

Continental Model Airplane Co Howard DGA8 Mr. Finnegan - Balsa Wood Flying Airplane, X7

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$28   

From 1937. New old stock from a closed down hobby shop. I was the first one to open them and did so very carefully to avoid damage; however, this kit has a very slightly damaged end panel. Features 15 inch wingspan, quality balsa printwood and wood stock, fully carved hardwood wheels and thrust button, partially carved prop blank (needs sanding), balsa blocks as required, covering tissue and detailed, full size plans that include instructions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

Continental Model Airplane Co Giant ROG (R.O.G.) - Balsa Wood Flying Airplane, X24

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$24   

From the mid to late 1930s. Features 18 inch wingspan, quality pre-cut balsa wood stock, fully carved hardwood wheels, metal stock for tail skid and landing gear, partially carved prop blank (needs sanding), rubber band (very old and no longer usable), color insignia sheet, tissue paper and detailed, full size plans that include instructions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

Continental Model Airplane Co Giant ROG (R.O.G.) - Balsa Wood Flying Airplane, X24

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$26   

From the mid to late 1930s. New old stock from a closed down hobby shop but has been previously opened. Features 18 inch wingspan, quality pre-cut balsa wood stock, fully carved hardwood wheels, metal stock for tail skid and landing gear, partially carved prop blank (needs sanding), rubber band (very old and no longer usable), color insignia sheet, tissue paper and detailed, full size plans that include instructions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

Continental Model Airplane Co Brown Racer - Balsa Wood Flying Airplane, X14

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$29   

From 1937. New old stock from a closed down hobby shop but has been previously opened. Features 14.5 inch wingspan, quality balsa printwood and wood stock, fully carved hardwood wheels and thrust button, partially carved prop blank (needs sanding), balsa blocks as required, covering tissue, color insignia sheet and detailed, full size plans that include instructions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.