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Guillows Grumman F6F Hellcat - 16 inch Wingspan Rubber Powered Balsa Wood Kit, 1/32, 503

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$25   

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. 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 SE-5 Scout - 18 inch Wingspan Rubber Powered Balsa Wood Kit, WW-5

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$42   

Still factory sealed. From 1965. One of a very popular line of World War 1 flying aircraft stick and tissue kits with 18 inch wingspan. Kit features scale plastic wheels, plastic propeller, light vacuform nose cowl, die cut balsa parts, colored tissue, rubber motor and full decals. Includes full size detailed plans. 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 Ercoupe - 24 Inch Wingspan Flying Balsa Airplane - Coke Bottle Issue, R8-59

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$46   

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.

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

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$145   

Rare kit from 1957. The PT-17 was the first trainer standardized for the Air Force and Navy. 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 decals and instructions. Please NOTE that a part of the decals is stuck to the Monogram catalog. 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 manufactures sought ways to make model building more accessible to everyone. One idea was pre-carving and/or prefabrication. This raised prices, naturally. Many manufactures 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.

SIG Fairchild 24 Rancher- 36 Inch Wingspan for Freeflight / Control Line / R/C - (Ex-Berkeley)

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$125   

From about 1970. Very nice scale kit that is ex-Berkeley. Can be build for freeflight with .02 to .049 gas engines, controline with .049 to .099 or can be converted to electric power and R/C with today's modern systems. Features high-quality die-cut balsa sheet parts, stripwood and spars, several factory cut balsa blocks, other balsa wood as required, fully formed metal landing gear struts (front and tail wheel), a sealed pack of metal hardware, tail wheel, clear cabin window material, two big decal sheets with registration numbers, covering material, full size plans with detailed text instructions and even the original AMA membership sheet and the SIG ID card to be place on your model in case it flew beyond simple recovery. Never started and complete.

Carl Goldberg Models Gentle Lady - 2-Meter R/C Sailplane, SP-1

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$129   

This 78 and 1/4 inch wingspan glider is legendary for it's performance and still flown today. 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). NOTE: this kit was factory packed in a rugged and sturdy box. The model will be shipped with this box only (no external box) unless you request otherwise. Carl Goldberg was a gifted designer of model aircraft, and his career spanned the evolution of flying models. His designs and number of titles won in competition at the Nationals is legendary. His first competition was the 1928 Nationals, where he received honorable mention. By 1934 he won the indoor Nats and in 1935 he opened a Hobby Shop, among the first in the nation (the first one was probably opened by Cleveland Models Ed Packard). Awards came quickly. He wrote articles for Model Airplane News, and was Comet's top designer from 1939 till 1945. After Comet, he worked with Mike Schlesinger and Sid Axelrod on what eventually became Top-Flite Models. In 1955 he founded Carl Goldberg Models and released a still-popular line of scale, rubber, gas, glider and RC models. Needless to say, Goldberg's models are of the highest quality.

Carl Goldberg Models Spirit of St. Louis / Ryan NYP - 21 Inch Wingspan Balsa Flying Aircraft, D1-100

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$85   

Purchased new on December 16, 1966 from Barns Hobby in Cleveland, Ohio. Quality scale rubber-powered flying model with stick and tissue construction. Highly prefabricated balsa kit that does not use tissue covering. Features all die-cut wings, fuselage sides, formers, tail surfaces and more, vacuform engine, finished wheels, plastic prop, thrust button and spinner, metal hardware and prop shaft, rubber motor, full decals and superb plans with excellent instructions. Never started and inventoried complete. Carl Goldberg was a gifted designer of model aircraft, and his career spanned the evolution of flying models. His designs and number of titles won in competition at the Nationals is legendary. His first competition was the 1928 Nationals, where he received honorable mention. By 1934 he won the indoor Nats and in 1935 he opened a Hobby Shop, among the first in the nation (the first one was probably opened by Cleveland Models Ed Packard). Awards came quickly. He wrote articles for Model Airplane News, and was Comet's top designer from 1939 till 1945. After Comet, he worked with Mike Schlesinger and Sid Axelrod on what eventually became Top-Flite Models. In 1955 he founded Carl Goldberg Models and released a still-popular line of scale, rubber, gas, glider and RC models. Needless to say, Goldberg's models are of the highest quality.

Carl Goldberg Models Ranger 28 - 28 inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft, D5-129

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$65   

Purchased new on March 3, 1966 at National Hobby Inc at 4526 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, OH. Quality rubber powered flying model with stick and tissue construction. Features die-cut balsa wood sheet parts, stripwood and spars, die-cut clear window material, light plastic nose cowl, plastic prop, rubber motor, fully finished wheels, plastic thrust button, formed wire gear struts, other wood stock as required, decals, tissue, full size plans and superb instructions. Never started and inventoried complete. Carl Goldberg was a gifted designer of model aircraft, and his career spanned the evolution of flying models. His designs and number of titles won in competition at the Nationals is legendary. His first competition was the 1928 Nationals, where he received honorable mention. By 1934 he won the indoor Nats and in 1935 he opened a Hobby Shop, among the first in the nation (the first one was probably opened by Cleveland Models Ed Packard). Awards came quickly. He wrote articles for Model Airplane News, and was Comet's top designer from 1939 till 1945. After Comet, he worked with Mike Schlesinger and Sid Axelrod on what eventually became Top-Flite Models. In 1955 he founded Carl Goldberg Models and released a still-popular line of scale, rubber, gas, glider and RC models. Needless to say, Goldberg's models are of the highest quality.

SIG SIG Cub 24 Inch Wingspan Sport Model, FF-14

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$24   

Purchased new at Rod's Hobby Shop in Cleveland Ohio on February 15, 1969. This kit is a very good performer and capable of long distance/high endurance flights. Features die-cut quality balsa wood, stripwood and other wood stock as needed, metal hardware, rubber motor, plastic prop, colored covering tissue, decals, full sized plans and SIGs excellent 'Programed Instructions' which are perfect for beginners. Never started and inventoried complete.

Midwest Cessna L-19 Bird Dog - 22 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft, 405

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$32   

Still factory sealed and purchased new on February 19, 1974. This is a highly prefabricated flying model. There is no tissue covering - all the surfaces are die-cut balsa wood for quick and easy assembly. This kit makes an excellent, light weight flyer and is capable of long flights. Also includes formed wire landing gear, wheels, prop and decals. Other kits in this series included the Piper J-3 Cub, Citabria and Cessna Cardinal.

Midwest Super Jabberwock - 33 Inch Wingspan Class C Cabin Competition for Free Flight or R/C Conversion, 401

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$65   

Purchased new on April 9, 1966 at Hobby House on 5240 Warrensville, Maple Heights, Cleveland, Ohio. Includes the original receipt! Cabin style 1949 record holding aircraft designed by Wally Simmers. 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. Quality kit includes printwood, strip wood, precarved prop, covering tissue and beautiful full size plans. Never started and inventoried complete.

Midwest Wally Simmers' Dyna-Moe - 34 inch Wingspan Flying Cabin Class C for Free Flight or R/C Conversion, 402

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$65   

Purchased new on March 25, 1966 at Rod's Model Shop on St. Clarie Street in Cleveland Ohio. 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 covering tissue, quality strip and printwood, carved prop, hardwood and beautiful full size plans. Never started and inventoried complete.

Midwest Wally Simmers' Gollywock - 32 inch Wingspan Class C Aircraft, 403

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$65   

Purchased brand new on November 21, 1966 at National Hobby, Inc on Lorain Ave in Cleveland, Ohio. Includes the original receipt. Another successful design for Class C Stick National Competition by Wally Simmers. Climbs at 1200 feet/min on rubber power with a glide angle of 10 to 1. Large and graceful. Features covering tissue, high quality print and stripwood, carved prop, hardwood and beautiful full size plans. Never started and inventoried complete.

Jetco ROG Superflite 15 Inch Wingspan Freeflight Aircraft - (R.O.G), R-1

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$18   

Purchased new at Frank's Model Shop in Northern OH on May 1, 1969. Jetco was a producer of high quality gliders (the famous Thermic series), rubber and gas free flight and radio controlled aircraft. Jetco kits used the best materials and are very well engineered and complete. Ideal flying model for beginners. Includes quality balsa stock, plastic prop, light weight wooden wheels, fully formed wire parts, covering tissue and excellent full plans. Never started and inventoried complete. IN 1969 the entire Jetco 'Superflite' series consisted of the following: hand launched gliders SG-4 Thermic B, SG-1 Thermic 20, SG-1 Thermic Dart, SG-5 Thermic Trio, SG-2 Thermic 18. Towline gliders G-1 Thermic C, G-5 Trooper. Rubber models R-2 Hawk, R-1 ROG, R-3 Lark. Jet models J-3 Jet 50, J-1 Cougar F9F and J-2 Cutlass F7U.

Jetco The Lark 27 Inch Wingspan Freeflight Aircraft, R-3

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$34   

From the late 1960s/early 1970s. Jetco was a producer of high quality gliders (the famous Thermic series), rubber and gas free flight and radio controlled aircraft. Jetco kits used the best materials and are very well engineered and complete. Kit is of balsa design and includes die-cut balsa fuselage sides, formers, ribs and other parts, other wood stock as required, fully formed wing trailing edges, stripwood, very lightweight, finished plastic wheels and prop, finished thrust button, copper prop bearings, metal prop shaft/rubber hook, strong light ply front former to take the stress of the wound motor, colored tissue and excellent full plans. Never started and inventoried complete.

Scientific Miss America II - 20 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft, 137-198

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$36   

Still factory sealed. Purchased new on September 18, 1967 at Hobbyville in Cleveland, Ohio. Rare, high performance flying stick-and-tissue model from about 1966. Features detachable wing, precision die-cut balsa parts, stripwood and spars, 6" diameter plastic propeller, T-56 contest rubber, formed wire parts, finished wheels, die-cut clear material and more. With excellent full size plans and detailed instructions.

Scientific Piper Cub - 20 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft, 138-169

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$42   

Still factory sealed. Rare, high performance flying stick-and-tissue model from about 1966. Features detachable wing, precision die-cut balsa parts, stripwood and spars, 6" diameter plastic propeller, T-56 contest rubber, formed wire parts, finished wheels, die-cut clear material and more. With excellent full size plans and detailed instructions.

Scientific Cessna 180 - 20 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft, 139-169

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$39   

Rare, high performance flying stick-and-tissue model from about 1966. Features detachable wing, precision die-cut balsa parts, stripwood and spars, 6" diameter plastic propeller, T-56 contest rubber, formed wire parts, finished wheels, die-cut and printed window clear material and more. With excellent full size plans and detailed instructions. Never started. Inventoried complete.

Scientific F-51D Mustang with Small-Scale P-51D Mustang Profile Glider - 18 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft, 156-100

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$36   

Still factory sealed. Purchased new in 1966 in Cleveland, Ohio. Very nice stick-and-tissue kit featuring excellent quality balsa printwood, generous stripwood, spars, completely formed wheels, formed wire landing gear struts, rubber motor, plastic prop, formed thrust button, vacuformed canopy in superb condition (and no yellowing), covering tissue, excellent full size plans with detailed instructions and a bonus P-51 balsa glider with a 8.5 inch wingspan. In 1966 the Super Flyer line consisted of a P-40 that dropped bombs in flight, a Stuka and dropped bombs in flight, a Taylor Cub that dropped a parachute in flight, this Cessna 185 with parachute and a F-51 Mustang & Messerschmitt Me-109.

Scientific F-51D Mustang with Small-Scale P-51D Mustang Profile Glider - 18 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft, 156-100

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$34   

Purchased new on November 10, 1966 at Cleveland Hobby, in Cleveland, Ohio. Very nice stick-and-tissue kit featuring excellent quality balsa printwood, generous stripwood, spars, completely formed wheels, formed wire landing gear struts, rubber motor, plastic prop, formed thrust button, vacuformed canopy in superb condition (and no yellowing), covering tissue, excellent full size plans with detailed instructions and a bonus P-51 balsa glider with a 8.5 inch wingspan. Inventoried complete with all parts and never started. In 1966 the Super Flyer line consisted of a P-40 that dropped bombs in flight, a Stuka and dropped bombs in flight, a Taylor Cub that dropped a parachute in flight, this Cessna 185 with parachute and a F-51 Mustang & Messerschmitt Me-109.