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Comet Aeronca Chief - 54 inch Wingspan for R/C for Free Flight, 3506

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$78   

1970s very large scale kit with 54 inch wingspan. For rubber or gas free flight or RC (radio control). Kit features traditional wood/tissue construction, detailed full size plans, building instructions, wheels, hardware, tissue and propeller. The model has not been started. NOTE: missing rubber band. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts and instructions present. NOTE: the instrument panel was once neatly cut from the instructions; it has been correctly taped back into place on the plans. 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.

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

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

$70   

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Still factory sealed. 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.

Guillows Hawker Mk1 Hurricane - 16 inch Wingspan Balsa Flying Model, 506

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$14   

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1976 stick and tissue flying model. One of a very popular 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 kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes insignia 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 2016.

Model Aeronautics Stearman Trainer B Scale Controliner - 32 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$165   

Very rare kit from 1946. It appears that only one of these has traded hands in any public transaction since the late 1990s and the lack of photos is noteworthy. This was a very deluxe, expensive model for that time, retailing for an astounding $7.95. It is a very sturdy model with fully planked fuselage, sheeted wing, solid horizontal and vertical stabs, rudder and elevators, solid wing tips and more. Features a very large number of precut parts (some fully finished, others requiring additional trimming or sanding, rubber scale wheels with finished wood hubs, many plywood parts at key locations, quality planking and sheeting wood, clear windshield material, extensive hardware still in the wax paper bag, various sizes of wire stock, separate text building instructions and superb full size plans. Never started and complete. Please note there is no tissue because this model does not use tissue. There is also no printwood since the parts are factory cut out.

Cleveland Boeing P-26A Prefabricated Gas Scale Control Line - 28 Inch Wingspan for A / B / C Engines, 1/12, SGP-60

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$165   

Very, very rare deluxe model from 1951. Cleveland made some of the finest kits, and they pulled out the stops on this one. Features finished cowls, main and tail wheels, completely shaped wire spring landing gear, 70% finished wheel pants, all die-cut balsa parts, die-cut plywood firewall, many other factory cut and routed parts, fully formed and notched wing leading and trailing edges, balsa blocks and other stock (including metal) as required, factory-sealed paper hardware envelope, clear windshield, three big sheets of full color decals including all fuselage trim and rudder stripes and superb, full size plans that Cleveland was famous for. Plans include detailed building instructions and a large number of additional building illustrations. This kit came from a very active and particular collector. Inside, the model is exactly as it was shipped from the factory and never touched until I did an inventory. The small parts and cowls are still in the internal 'Cleveland' box and even the wax paper covering the clear windshield material is present. Never stared and complete.

KB Kiwi 1/2 A Gas Free Flight By Lou Mahieus - 35 Inch Wingspan

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$45   

Rare early kit from about 1953. This was a fantastic, award-winning design by Lew Mahieu who held 14 AMA World Records at that time. NOTE: perfect builder kit, please read carefully. Model features very high quality balsa parts that are all die-cut, other factory cut parts, plywood firewall with nut plate, formed steel landing gear, rubber tire with metal hub, tapered wing trailing edges, 'Sky Sail' covering material and beautiful full size plans. NOTE: the fuselage has been built to 'professional' quality. There is no other assembly. Inventoried complete with all parts and plans present.

Premium Manufacturing Co Zeek 1/2 A Gas Free Flight Model 33 Inch Wingspan

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$58   

Rare kit from the late 1950s or very early 1960s. Features precision die-cut, high quality balsa parts, plywood firewall, finished wheel, factory-sealed hardware envelope, some fully cut factory wood parts, extensive text instruction sheet and detailed flying instructions and excellent full-sized plans. Never started and complete.

Schlueter Free Flight Models Barney Snyders 1937 Black Bullet - 30 Inch Wingspan Free Flight (ex-Modelcraft), BB-30

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$49   

From 1982. Modern issue of the classic design. Features quality printwood, strip and block balsa, wire, wheels, plastic prop, Japanese tissue, nylon thrust bearing, ball bearing washer, aluminum motor peg, plywood parts as required and full size plans. Never started and complete.

Micro Models The 1940 Playboy Sr - 38 inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft (ex-Cleveland) - (later Midway Model Company), 2/5, F112

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$45   

This is an authentic reproduction of this classic design and is just over half the original size. It features full size plans, quality printwood parts, spare and strip stock, plywood motor mount, two colors of covering tissue and excellent full size plans. Never started and complete. A great gas model designed to climb fast and high then 'Sniff for Thermals', the honored pastime of a generation of model enthusiasts. Flying model aircraft predated powered flight; however, balsa wood and printwood were not introduced until the early 1930s and the hobby took off, as well as the hunt for thermals. Gas flight began in the early 1930s, and powered models (most all driven by Brown engines) took home so many awards that they were forever separated in competition from rubber powered models. Design of gas models was tricky since RC (radio control) models could not yet be applied to the mass market; so a gas model had to not only fly and climb under power, but then glide sufficiently - all in a stable fashion and without any operator inputs once the airplane took off. Micro Models originally reissued many of the gas free-flight classics. The line was taken over by Midway Model Company around the early 1980s.

J&R Models Playboy Senior (Reproduction) - 36 inch Wingspan Wooden Flying Aircraft - (ex Cal Aero-Model), L-4

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$49   

Smaller scale repro kit of the famous Cleveland Playboy Senior. For .020 power free flight or RC. 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 and plans. This model was designed to climb very rapidly to altitude then go 'Sniffing For Thermals', the honored pastime of a generation of model enthusiasts. Flying model aircraft predated powered flight; however, balsa wood and printwood were not introduced until the early 1930s and the hobby took off, as well as the hunt for thermals. Gas flight began in the early 1930s, and powered models (most all driven by Brown engines) took home so many awards that they were forever separated in competition from rubber powered models. Design of gas models was tricky since RC (radio control) models could not yet be applied to the mass market; so a gas model had to not only fly and climb under high power and torque, but then glide sufficiently - all in a stable fashion and without any operator inputs once the airplane took off.

RN Models Fleet Tainer 16B - 28 Inch Wingspan For R/C Or Free Flight, UA411

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$45   

Very nice scale flying model that be powered by a .020 gas engine or rubber and flow R/C. Features quality printwood, strip wood, spars and metal stock as required, formed plastic wheels and engine cylinders, plastic prop, covering tissue, full text instructions 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 all paperwork.

Classic Models Heath Baby Bullet Stand-Off or AMA Scale 1929 Sportplane and Racer - 27 Inch Wingpan For R/C

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$55   

Rare large scale issue from 1976. Designed for 4 channel R/C electric or gas and free flight with rubber power as well. A Deluxe model featuring high quality printwood, numerous well-molded lightweight plastic parts such as the cowl, cockpit fairing and much more, hardware pack, stripwood and spars, plastic prop, decals, superb full size plans, full text instructions and a great small book of historical documentation on this beautiful aircraft. Never started. The small parts are still in the factory sealed bags. The parts that were never sealed are complete.

Classic Models Heath Super Parasol Stand-Off or AMA Scale 1929 Sportplane and Racer - 37.5 Inch Wingpan For R/C

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$65   

Rare large scale issue from 1976. Classic Models made this large stand-off scale version and also made a peanut scale issue. Designed for R/C electric or gas and free flight with rubber power as well. A Deluxe model featuring high quality printwood, very well detailed lightweight plastic engine, cowling, pilot, wheels and much more, a very extensive hardware pack, stripwood and spars, plastic prop, superb full size plans, full text instructions and a great small book of historical documentation on this beautiful aircraft. Never started. The small parts are still in the factory sealed bags. The parts that were never sealed are complete.

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

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$55   

From the mid 1960s and another successful Wally Simmers design for Class C Cabin National Competition. Large and graceful. Climbs at 1000 feet per minute and glides at 10 to 1. Features high quality printwood and strip wood, spars, finished wheel, big factory-carved prop, covering tissue and beautiful full-size plans. Never started and inventoried complete.

Enterprise Shadow Gas Powered Free Flight Aircraft For .045 to .099 Gas Engines - 32 Inch Wingspan

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$29   

NOTE: builder only, please read carefully - missing parts. From 1949 and rare. 'Shadow' is a beautiful, stable gas powered free-flight design featuring die-cut balsa parts, fully formed landing gear, finished wheels, hardware, 'Sky-Sail' red colored covering tissue, die-cut plywood firewall, clear window material, decals and superb full size plans that also include text building and flying instructions. NOTE: missing some balsa parts - namely the fuselage parts. The fuselage bulkheads are shown full size on the plans so you can make them from these patterns. Includes the items listed above and the following parts: 96% of the wing parts, 80% of the stab, 100% of the rudder, stringers and blocks.

Cleveland Waco C-6 Cabin Flying Wood Aircraft, 1/24, D-62

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$65   

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This is a Cleveland 'D' or dwarf kit from the 1940s/50s. The term 'Dwarf' is deceptive, as it is 1/24 scale. Most Cleveland kits were designated 'SF' or Scale Flying - 1/16 scale. The Dwarf kits were needed to fill a market demand for smaller flying models - especially of the larger aircraft. The 'D' kits, like this Waco, are 1/24. The kit came from a long time collector of 1930s and 1940s models and is in exceptional condition. All Cleveland kits were exceptionally complete and this one is no exception. Features very high quality balsa printwood and strip wood, fully formed wheels, covering material, highest quality plans and more. The model has not been started. Inventoried complete. 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), 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 the time of Lindbergh's flight. Some of these models flew and flew well, but they all had one thing in common - 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 running single-owner (77 years) 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.

Cleveland Curtiss F11C-2 Goshawk - Balsa Flying Aircraft - (F11C2), 1/16, SF-49

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$49   

Rare 1934 issue in the Deluxe Silver Box. NOTE: ideal builder kit, please read carefully. This is a 'SF' or 'Scale Flying' model in museum scale of 1/16. The kit came from a long time collector of 1930s and 1940s models. All Cleveland kits were exceptionally and this one is no exception. Features very high quality balsa printwood and strip wood, other wood stock, pre-drilled wheel pants blocks, metal cowl material, fully formed wheels, brass hardware (small sheet and washers), a variety of metal stock, sheets of full color insignia (stuck together) and a great instrument panel, rigging material, covering material and highest quality plans. There is no assembly but NOTE: many parts are neatly cut out. Quality is 'professional' which is great if you plan on building it. I have inventoried the kit and it is missing fuselage bulkheads #10 and #11. Otherwise includes all other parts and plans. NOTE: the plans have a clear dope stain on them but are perfectly usable. 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), 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 the time of Lindbergh's flight. Some of these models flew and flew well, but they all had one thing in common - 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 running single-owner (77 years) 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.

Cleveland Kling's Folkerts Speed King Racer 'Jupiter Pride Of Lemont' - Wooden Flying Aircraft, 1/16, SF-71

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$89   

Dated 1937. Early issue in the cardboard box with 'Cleveland World Famous Models' printed in silver, which is in unusually good condition. This kit came from a discriminating collector who purchased this model new directly from Cleveland in September of 1955 and was received in October. The kit is still factory-packed with pages from the "Cleveland Plain Dealer" newspaper dated June 29, 1955. This is a "SF" (Scale, Flying) model in museum scale of 1/16. All Cleveland kits were exceptionally complete and this one is no exception. This kit is specifically designed as a scale model with retractable landing gear. However, if you do wish to fly it, additional instructions are provided on the necessary modifications. Features very high quality balsa printwood and strip wood, pre-drilled nose block, fully formed wheels, thrust button & spinner, completed prop blades, various sizes of metal stock, covering material and highest quality plans. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. 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), 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 the time of Lindbergh's flight. Some of these models flew and flew well, but they all had one thing in common - 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 running single-owner (77 years) model airplane 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.

Cleveland Curtiss P-40 Warhawk - 30 Inch Winspan Rubber-Powered Flying Aircraft, IT-77

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$54   

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Rare kit from 1946. Could be made electric powered and R/C with todays lightweight components. Big scale model features high-quality, full size plans with instructions, several sheets of excellent printwood, stripwood and spars, balsa stock and block as required, metal stock, pre-drilled nose block, fully formed wood main & tail wheels & thrust button, plastic prop, color insignia, clear canopy material and covering material. There is no assembly but NOTE: about 14 parts are neatly cut out. The quality is 'professional.' There is no other work done. I inventoried the model and NOTE: missing three 1/2 bulkheads that are easily made using the other 1/2 as patterns. Otherwise complete with all other parts and paperwork. 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), 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 the time of Lindbergh's flight. Some of these models flew and flew well, but they all had one thing in common - 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 running single-owner (77 years) 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.

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

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$75   

Dated 1949. This is a Cleveland Master Scale Flying model in 1/16 museum scale. The box has foxing 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, several 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.