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A builders plan for this Buzzard Bombshell may be viewed by clicking here. Use the back arrow to return. A Klarich short kit of the Buzzard may be purchased for only $10.00; included are the full-size plan and precut balsa formers and wing ribs.



DREAMING MADE THE BALSA WOOD SIZZLE


Vintage model airplane kits and engines enable collectors to relive, in part, the model aviation era where aeronautical adventures were simpler, pleasures demanded craftsmanship, and dreaming of flight was a large portion of many a youth's life. Imagine a radio program such as The Adventures of Jimmie Allen, with its adventuresome flyers and villains, being a gripping series in today's culture. Imagine buying a model airplane magazine today and looking forward to reading of the latest fictional perils that Bill Barnes and his cohorts have gotten themselves into. Consider that these same readers of Air Trails and listeners to the family Philco were also the buyers and sometimes builders of the millions of wood model airplane kits that were being produced and that each kit represented a potential release of the builder's psyche into the realm of flight. It is estimated that most model kits were never built or were only barely started; dreams fade with the reality that stick and tissue and glue and rubber bands all have to be constructed to achieve that graceful and artful flight regime. Just opening the box, handling the parts, reviewing the plan, looking at the pictures of that amazing model airplane winging it, and fantasizing about how slick your model is going to be was enough for many a youthful dreamer. The drudgery of the newspaper route or mowing grass or running errands for the local corner market was made endurable by the thought of spending that hard-earned dollar, or saved dollars, on a new Atom engine or an exciting new free flight kit.

The premier issue of Model Airplane News, in July 1929, had the following editorial with which it is difficult to disagree:

A Message to the Mothers and Fathers of Young America In presenting MODEL AIRPLANE NEWS to the reading public, it is fitting that we dedicate its pages to Ammerica's greatest investment and finest possession - our boys and girls.

The fact that the building of model airplanes has become Young America's favorite pastime should suffice as the inspiration for any publication for youth, but to you - mother and fathers of America - we present a deeper and more significant message.

Through the medium of pleasure, model building brings to our boys and girls four vital and enduring assets, which, when mastered, will better equip them for manhood and womanhood.

These consist of health, knowledge, manual training and a higher sense of fair play through competition.

Clear weather and open spaces are the main requirements essential for the flying of models and what could be better for the health of our children than fresh air, blue skies and open spaces?

The building and flying of model airplanes reach a keener note than pleasure. It is a primary education in one of the greatest growing industries of the world today. When such men as the Wright Brothers, Curtiss and Dr. Langley point to the model as their start toward building their fortunes and reputations in aviation, one realizes what model building means. Dr. Langley never made a successful flight, but the principles of aeronautics which he gave to the world are followed by our aeronautical engineers of today, and through his knowledge gained only by flying of models, the world pays tribute to the man by naming him the father of aerodynamics.

The power of knowledge through model building and flying of miniature models can thus be understood. This sport, as we note it, teaches valuable lessons in the art of study and concentration and, in the actual construction work accomplished, the fundamentals of manual training play a big part. Possibly the greatest lesson is the invaluable one of fair play and sportsmanship gained through association and competition with other enthusiasts and a confidence in themselves and an understanding of their fellowmen so necessary to our boys and girls in their future business and social life.

So, through these pages we encourage Young America to master these vital lessons in a way and by a means which they themselves have chosen.


"Ground School" in bronze by the late Christopher Bell.

Would you like to take a look at some videos of vintage model airplane contests ? Interesting views of a 1936 contest or scenes from movie news - 1930-60. The famous WW2 British fighter pilot and test pilot, "Cat Eye" Cunningham, is shown at several contests.





MODELER TO ASTRONAUT

Model airplane building was the start of many famous careers in aviation and space. Here is one story.

Frank Borman was born in 1928 and learned to fly at the age of 15. His romance with aviation took him to the U.S. Air Force and NASA, where as an astronaut, he led the first team of American astronauts in Apollo 8 to circle the moon, extending man's horizons into space. He retired in 1970 and was chief executive officer of Eastern Airlines from 1975 to 1986. He is a recipient of the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.

Air Force Col. Frank Borman, astronaut, was interviewed by American Modeler (the follow-on publication to Air Trails) in 1966 following his Gemini 7 flight with Navy Capt. Frank Lovell; when questioned about reports that he was an active model builder, Borman responded, "…yes…I have been in the past a very active and avid model airplane builder and flier." Frank started his model activities, "…in Tucson, Arizona, back in the thirties, when I was starting in sixth and seventh grade."

Borman mentioned that he built, "…and flew all gas (engines) propelled free flight models. I remember the first engine I has was an old 'Hi-Speed' engine . . . 29. I did not have enough money for an Ohlsson .23 - had to settle for a Hi-Speed." When queried about whether he flew for fun or contests, he said, "It was both - my father and I were sort of a team. We entered contests, won in a couple . . . We went to the state contest . . . flew every Sunday morning - it was quite a family activity." When asked about his most memorable model, Borman said, "I think the most memorable model -or perhaps there were two of them - one of them was a Zipper with a Bunch Guinn Aero . . . it caught a thermal and we chased it for three hours in Tucson. It was an unusual model . . . this was during the war and dope was hard to get . . . a couple coats of dope and then it was covered with the regular household enamel. I also had a very impressive Playboy with an Ohlsson .60 in it that was the best flying model I ever had, but unfortunately, on one of the test flights right before a contest, the old rubber we were getting wasn't too good and the wings came off . . . and that was the end of that one. I rebuilt it but I never got the fuselage back again and it never was completely in line."

Modeling was a stimulant for Borman's career in the Air Force. "Even after I got in the Air Force we built - my wife and I - built and flew model airplanes. And while we were at Phoenix I lost a Brooklyn Dodger . . . it got caught in a thermal and I lost it. My boys build models now. And I - down at the Cape preparing for Gemini - bought a rubber model that I am putting together at home now." The influence of modeling: "You gain, of course, patience. I can remember many times sitting out there cranking those old ignition engines, trying to get them to start and run and you know how temperamental they were . . . the coil would be out or the condenser would be shot, or the spark plug gap would be closed . . . all of this sort of thing and then of course you always had the familiar spiral dive and you start over again. I think it is a wonderful thing - I can't think of a better hobby or better interest for a boy. I must confess that I am prejudiced because I think free flight is of far more value than U-control, I think it takes a lot more skill and get a lot more knowledge of aerodynamics than you do from U-control . . . but for a youngster growing up the investment in this radio control is too much. Of course, the thing to do would be to start out in free flight.

"A person who is really an avid modeler spends too much of his time working to get the money to build the models and the rest of the time is spent building the models and I can't think of a more wholesome hobby or sideline for boys." Borman was asked about other astronauts and model building: "I have not discussed it with many of them - I would presume that a great deal of them did because anyone that is interested in aviation usually has had a modeling background. I don't know of any other astronaut other than Neil Armstrong . . . I didn't know he was a former national contest winner ." Regarding his current rubber-powered model project: ". . .the time and pressures with this job just about negate any serious attempts at modeling. This one was started when I came back from the flight and right now it is up in the closet . . .I have got the fuselage partially finished on it and I wonder if I will ever finish on it because we took off on a 26-day tour of Japan and now I am starting to work on the Apollo. I've still got quite a few models . . . my pride and joy was a Dooling 29 that I bought a long time ago . . . I had saved and saved and finally I gave - it was just rusting away on a shelf there and my boys were not using model engines that large - it away . . . when I was in the Philippines in '52 I bought an engine that I have never seen before over here - I gave it away too - but I built a model for it - it was and Enya 53. It was a fantastically powerful engine. I put it in a great big U-control model and it went so fast . . . the hinge forces were so great on the elevator that I couldn't get any control on it . . . and it went around and around and around. That was the end of it. As a matter of fact my wife is an expert U-control flier. I got her interested in it and she is better than I am on it.

"I wish that everybody could have gotten as much out of model aviation and had as much enjoyment from it as I have. Not only do I think that it helped to further my career and stimulate an interest in aviation, but in my case it provided many long hours of very fine companionship with my father . . . he helped me build and we worked together as a team and it was really a fine activity. In fact, I probably got to know my father better building model airplanes than any other thing we did.

"Concerning Wright Field . . . I built a Cleveland Condor. Do you remember that - the 7 foot model? I got one good flight out of it but it never flew again. As a matter of fact, while I was teaching - I taught fluid mechanics and aerodynamics at West Point and we had a visiting lecturer there, Dr. Raspet who was a boundary-layer control man and quite interested in soaring . . . He gave me the profiles for several high performance designs that were developed over in Germany. I still have them at home and if I ever get the time again I am going to build . . . a nice floater."








This vintage kit "hobby shop" webpage is sort of a grandpa's attic where we can jog down memory lane and perhaps pick up an old gem - or look into the past of our forefathers and experience the same delight upon opening the magic box of wood and paper and imagining what a beauty we're going to build - or could build. There should be a thrill and enthusiasm associated with collecting and selling - otherwise it's just commerce. Fortunately you can't browse or buy this wonderful old stuff at WalMart!

This Annex page is part of the Vintage Model Airplane Kits page; click here to return to the kits page when you are ready. This link is repeated at the bottom of this page and in the left margin. Also, check out the Vintage Kit Annex 2 page, link at left and page bottom. A history of the Strombeck-Becker Manufacturing Co. and their line of great pre-carved wood kits can be accessed by clicking the StromBecKer page here.

To start off this Annex page, several rather lengthy examples are shown to demonstrate what $10 would buy in the early post-World War II era; ten bucks was a lot of money in 1946-47. These rare models and kits are now quite expensive.




TOPPING 100's


Topping Models of Akron and Elyria, Ohio is best known for its plastic manufacturer's display models, made for aircraft companies, and others, from the 1940s into the late 1960s; many of those are offered for sale on the Display Models page link. Topping also made gas model airplane items including plastic propellers, an adjustable-pitch prop, and an incredible, pre-formed aluminum control-line model, the Topping "100" which came out in December 1945 and was on the market for a year or so (can't find any 1948 ads). An almost ready to fly Ukie model, the Topping "100" was elegantly constructed of die-formed alclad aluminum, spot welded where necessary, and came in a box, ready to assemble, including a plastic three-blade prop. Assembly, however, necessitated the installation of an engine, which required measuring and drilling holes, making cutouts, aligning the crankshaft with the fuselage centerline and figuring out how to install a modified fuel tank and various ignition system components - not an easy task. A number of engine installations were pictured on the instructions but exact details of dimensioning and cutouts were not provided. A wet cell flight battery was indicated but not provided - there were several companies advertising the wet cells in the 1945-46 era. The model kit sold for $10.00 (without engine and ignition components) as can be seen on the 1945 dealers sales leaflet shown here.


Example of the first Topping 100 kit as advertised.


An example of the earlier Topping "100" model, as shown in the leaflet, and sold previously from this page, is shown below for comparison to the later version currently being offered; this particular "100" was obtained with an Ohlsson 60 Custom (1940 model with 1/4" prop shaft) installed and equipped with an Ohlsson glow plug. There were no signs that the model had ever flown, no indication of an ignition system nor had the engine been run in the model. The model was completely restored and returned to the ignition system as originally sold prior to the glow plug invasion after 1947. Ignition components for the Kettering system are of the 40s vintage with an Austin-Craft pen-cell battery box, a metal Perfect fuel tank, a metal clad condenser, and a Smith Competitor Coil with fuse-type mounting clips. The model was wired properly and has a battery switch on the L.H. side; the engine has a "V" type Champion spark plug. Component installation and control wires and leads are all in accordance with the original "100" instruction sheet; the instructions for this early version gave the option of either rotational direction of flight as wires could extend from either wing tip.


The aluminum fuselage was made from two elegantly formed aluminum shells so that the right hand side could be removed (two screws - three on the Madewell version) for access to the inside without removing the wing or horizontal tail. Jogged tabs aligned the shell halves when closed. The raised Topping logo is formed into the right hand shell.


3-blade version of Topping 100 displayed in the AMA National Model Aviation Museum in Muncie, Indiana. CollectAir photo.

Although preformed, the early Topping "100" was a formidable project which many a modeler must have found out. A look at Topping advertisements for the "100" prove to be somewhat schizophrentic; as an example, the August 1946 ad in Air Trails is for the early version with "photograpghic guide for various engine installations" but the picture of the model shows a two-bladed prop with the new "wobble proof" plastic spinner. At some time later, the the two-bladed prop version became the factory-completed Madewell 49 version. This later model came equipped with a fine Madewell 49 lgnition engine and had cutouts for the timer arm, needle valve and fuel filler. All ignition components came with the model including a dry cell battery box, coil, condenser, switch and high tension lead. Included also was a wood propeller and the Topping "wobble proof" spinner and control wire with a handle - very complete. I can find no advertisements for this version of the Topping "100" in any of the model airplane magazines so I have no idea what the list price was with the engine (engine alone advertised elsewhere for $18.00 in late 1946), however if you add up all parts on the plan's "Parts and Price List", the sum comes to $34.65. One correspondent mentions purchase of the Madewell version at a Skelly gas station!

The instruction sheet for the early version was less specific than the plan which came with the Madewell version. A portion of the Madewell plan is shown below along with part of a November 1946 ad for the engine.


The photos below picture the model being offered with the right hand, removable fuselage shell off. Note the mirror image of the interior on the lower surface of the wing. The stabilizer suffered a minor "crinkle" on the leading edge on both sides.


The plastic wing tip shown below is an original part. The stabilizer tip shown is a plastic reproduction.


The photos below show the model fully assembled and in detail. Note that the wing is absolutely clear of any dents - the bottom is the same; somehow it escaped any abuse.

I hope you enjoy these many scenes of the "100" and this particular model, which is really a fine, polished aluminum sculpture, which is available for sale for SORRY SOLD, absolutely ready for museum-quality display - a selection of 4" x 6" photos showing the internal parts will accompany the model. I don't recommend running the engine in this model but I have run the twin-sister of this engine on a test stand and they are strong runners with lots of "bark." Note that this post-war design, made in Oakland, California, has large porting and a good size exhaust opening. The "49" size engines (McCoy 49 etc.) lost favor because the competition rules favored the larger "60" size. This Madewell 49 is a tight engine with good compression. One interesting note about the Topping engine - either Topping or Madewell modified the drawn tank by forming a flat spot to clear the lower leading edge of the wing with the engine in the inverted position. I suspect that many engine collectors don't know that this flat spot was a factory design. A rare example of the complete kit is offered below.




TOPPING 100 MADEWELL 49 KIT - COMPLETE WITH ENGINE



THERE'S NO THRILL LIKE FLYING!

Anyone who has ever controlled the live power of an airplane and felt it lift free of the earth has experienced a real thrill! Whether it's a "hot" fighter plane splitting the clouds, a huge transport spanning the oceans or a trim graceful model whizzing through the air, an airplane in flight is a thing of beauty and excitement and genuine entertainment. Controlling it is a thrill that grows greater with increasing experience and skill. Years ago when life moved more slowly, the popular pastime of youngsters and oldsters alike was waiting at the depot to watch the train steam through. In those days, an electric train was the dreamed-of treasure of every youth. Today, the airport has taken the place of the railroad station as the romantic magnet of transportation that attracts and fascinates the youth of America. And today, owning a plane that flies under its own power is the ideal of boys of all ages. Topping, the pioneer in practical prefabricated flying model airplanes, is the first to serve American youth with an airplane that brings all the fun of flying with minimum time spent preparing for flight. Printed on the instruction sheet for the Topping 100.


Here is the ultimate in Topping 100's: A complete Topping 100 kit for the rare Madewell 49 version. The model listed above was made from a similar kit which included the special Madewell 49 gas engine. The Madewell kit was never advertised as far as I can determine - in addition, the Topping 100 model pictured on the lid of the box for the Madewell version is not the Madewell version! Note the different timer arm location in the detail lid photo below. The logo above is from the plan - note the "646" on lower right. This is probably the date of printing, June 1946.

The box lid shown below measures a huge 19.5 inches square. These big, flat boxes didn't fare too well and most suffered irreparable injuries during their brief lives. This kit lid is complete with the usual fading, store markings in grease pencil (why did they all do that?) and general aging; the edges and corners had scuffing, breakouts, separation and rubbing but the box has been restored to a reasonable display condition. This is what I consider to be an excellent piece even though it would have to rate a 5 or 6 compared to new unit. The internal parts holding shelf is original and shows the usual use and some discoloration. The small parts box is original also.


The Madewell 49 engine is specially configured for the Topping 100 kit. As mentioned previously, the fuel tank has a flat spot which provides clearance with the wing leading edge. I have not found this particular engine/tank combination shown or mentioned in any antique engine literature or listings. The photos below show this kit's engine with the tank oriented as it would be installed in the model. The kit's cutout for the engine, however, is in the standard orientation with the tank's filler inlet on top. I have run this new engine on the bench to assure that it operates properly - the engine is strong and "barks" very loudly with that big exhaust. the instruction sheet states that, "If you cannot get the engine to start, do not tamper with it, as this will void the guarantee the same as accidents and abuse. Return it parcel post insured to the following address within five days of purchase: Madewell Motor Inc., 3125 East 7th St., Oakland 1, Calif." Doubt if this guarantee is still in effect.


The boxed kit parts are pictured below. The control line wire, handle and plan were located under the shelf (shown separately below). Can you imagine opening this treasure chest at a young age in 1946? What a thrill that would have been. The coil and condenser are not pictured but are provided.


The numerous small parts, contained in the separate box, are shown displayed below.


A superb period kit, representative of that post-war 1940s era when manufacturer's optimism exceeded the average buyer's economic capability. The Topping 100, in all it's forms, lasted only a brief period and went the same way as most all of the other aluminum, pre-formed, kitted models that came on the market in 1945-1947. Like meteorites hitting the atmosphere, they flashed and disappeared. If you missed out on this kit back in the late 40's, then now is the time to reacquaint yourself with this beauty - will cost you $SORRY SOLD. A side-note: A similar model, the "The Terrapin II", made by Miniature Aircraft In Metal, Salt Lake City, was advertised in January 1947 but soon disappeared. It was priced at $18.00.

Note: The buyer of the above kit requested that it be assembled for display alongside the original box; the completed model "sculpture" is far more attractive than the kit parts. The completed Topping 100 "Madewell" is shown below, inside and out - the orignal parts were used and wired per the instructions.


And here's a grouping that you're not likely to see very often, two Topping "100" Madewell 49s sitting together on the ramp.








MAIRCRAFT DC-3 KIT X-2 IN 1:48 SCALE



This is the exact copy from Maircraft's January, 1947 b&w ad in Model Airplane News which is pictured above in the color, sell-sheet form. This description, although it sounds overblown, is on target.


YOU'VE DREAMED OF A SOLID MODEL KIT LIKE THIS - HERE IT IS!

The magic of Aladdin's lamp would not make your model building dreems come true more surely than the MAIRCRAFT quarter scale DC-3 - the greatest solid kit ever developed.

For six months MAIRCRAFTSMEN worked to produce the world's finest model kit. Stacks of blueprints, handbooks, field manuals, and photographs supplied by Douglas engineers, major Airlines, the Army and Navy were used to produce super-detailed plans. A 28" x 42" Engineering Sheet shows all the hair-splitting detailed information you hoped someday to find on a model plan - access doors, skin laps, and many informational views. A special DC-3 instruction book clearly illustrates pretested building steps.

No dream can equal the authentic detail of the miniature main landing gears, swiveling tail gear, ting hinged doors, Pratt and Whitney Twin Wasp engines, Hamilton Standard propellers or the many other accessories - over 30 pieces in all - also authentic UNITED AIR LINES insignia in four colors.

Never before has there been such a model kit - and never such an airplane. The gleaming "work horse" of the airlines and its wartime sisters the C-47, C-53 and R4D, almost 11,000 airplanes in all, have flown more miles, carried more cargo and passengers than any other airplane.

Your model of the famous DC-3, with its 24" wing span, will win prizes and praise from your friends, teachers and parents.

MUCH MORE THAN A MODEL - IT'S A MINIATURE AIRPLANE!


Wow! Can any solid model kit really be that good? Maircraft made a line of solid balsa or pine kits during WW2 and immediately afterwards; the Maircraft kits were the usual outline cut, were moderately priced, relatively simple and represented an average quality product of the era. A Maircraft kit of the "Fw 198" is shown on the Vintage Model Airplane Kits page. Kit guru, Walt Grigg, traces the Maircraft company from the original Aircraft Model Co. starting in the early 1930 with a line of solid kits. Walt says that the company, headed by Gordon Christoph, was bought by a former Comet Model Airplane & Supply Co. salesman, Jack Mair, during WW2, hence the name "Maircraft".

Around 1945, Maircraft came out with a deluxe kit of the Northrop P-61; they must have experienced some success with this kit, fairly high priced at $3.95, and elected to develop a much more detailed kit in 1:48 scale of the Douglas DC-3, a United Air Line "Mainliner 180". This really is a magnificent kit for the wood kit era and arguably meets the "greatest solid kit ever developed" claim in my opinion. The ad copy is not hyperbole - there was nothing like it in 1946-47. The not-so-solid Monogram Speedee Bilt bomber kits of the early 1950s are close equals in concept and quality, but many years later. The DC-3 detail plan title block gives credit to Quinn R. Prichard for Design and Development, E.F. Hendrickson as Project Chief with Assistant J.D. Hendrickson, and Associates Fred M. Hill and James R. Wyse (Wyse drew the plan for the fictitious Fw 198). The large 28" x 42" detail plan could be right off a Douglas drawing board; a small portion shown below. Without a doubt, one of the finest examples of a DC-3 3-view.


I can't locate any further advertising for the kit following the January 1947 ad. Maircraft ran several other one-page ads in Model Airplane News in 1946 for other models in their line; the Buzzard Bombshell, pictured at the top of this page, was rekitted by Maircraft and featured in the December, 1946 issue. Interestingly, the first ad for the DC-3 that I can locate was in the September 1946 issue of The Model Craftsman and was then carried in the November, 1946 MAN, but although the ad is the same as shown above, the price block was marked, "Price to be Announced." Also in November, 1946, a small "teaser" ad for the DC-3 was placed in Air Trails, page 116.

Of particular interest is the fact that no photos are shown of the completed model, either in the ads or on the plan or instruction booklet, but there are terrific engineering diagrams concerning its construction and artistic pen renderings. Solid wood kits started to fall out of favor following WW2 as flying models, rubber and gas engines hit the market again The Maircraft DC-3 kit price of $9.95 was somewhat out of line for a solid display model; the same 1947 issue of Model Airplane News offers many gas-powered flying models, many U-control, in the $2.95 to $12.50 range - Mercury Model Airplane Co. even offers a flying model combo, complete with a Thor motor, for $12.00. The highest price model in the magazine is an $18.00 "Terrapin II" all-metal control line gas model, ready for quick assembly.

It is believed that Maircraft was unable to compete with this delightful kit and folded up soon after; it is not known how many of these kits were manufactured but certainly it was a relatively small number. The kit is quite rare today.

This kit being offered was obtained in a state of disarray. It had been started but fortunately the majority of plastic parts were not removed from their parts storage platform. The kit has been restored to the extent possible; all of the cardstock template pieces are presented and all plastic parts are accounted for with the exception of the forward cargo door - NO! I found this part so the plastic list is complete (the accompanying photo still shows the part missing but be assured that it is there). I do not know if any liquids had been supplied with the kit. The upper L.H. corner of the plan is presented below along with several pages from the instruction booklet.


The large kit box is about a condition "5" but is adequate for display. The plastic part platform is complete as well as a cardstock spacer below it - other box partitions may have existed but I have no way of knowing - I've seen two other kits and they had no additional partitions either. The contents are in excellent condition including a decal sheet which is intact; the plan and booklet display some slight aging in coloration. The plan has experienced a few fold splits and small edge splits which have been repaired with archival document repair tape. Details of the kit are presented below. Note the elegantly carved wing center section.


Without a doubt, if this kit was built it would be a truly superb model. The cabin and cockpit can be detailed with see-through windows and the numerous plastic detail parts are of high quality. This is a rare example of the kit which reached for the heights but fell short in the marketplace. This unusual kit, as pictured and described, is available for $700.00.


The Maircraft crew in 1945-47 featured a very talented pen and ink artist(s) who was responsible for the delightful drawings on the DC-3 plan as shown above. Purely for interest, some more of his outstanding work is presented below from advertising in the 1945 to early 1947 period in Air Trails magazine - incidentally, the '45-'47 Air Trails (large, Life size) have the ultimate in model and ignition engine advertising which was the golden age of modeling in the immediate post-war era before economic realities set in as economic recession struck in the late 1940s. Enjoy these Maircraft scenes which are elegant compared to much of the graphics used by the model kit industry then.





The Model Airplane News cover from August 1949 depicts a model flyer readying his pylon model for free flight as only Jo Kotula could paint it. Members of the Society of Antique Modelers fly these models in the same manner today but utilize R/C to prevent fly-aways. Jo Kotula was one of the founding members of the American Society of Aviation Artists.



CITIZEN-SHIP R/C RECEIVER - 1951

A Citizen's Band radio control receiver (465 mc.) from the early 1950s. This Receiver Model CR is Serial Number 2659 and was manufactured in Indianapolis, Indiana. The CR model has a variable capacitor for field tuning as well as an attached loop antenna - these items were removed for the follow-on AR model. Using a 6AK4 tube, this receiver required four or five A cells along with a B battery pack. Obviously for display purposes only; compare this unit to modern micro receivers! The advertisement shown below is from the October 1951 Air Trails magazine. This receiver, on its original stand, is priced at $Sorry Sold. A second receiver, without the stand, is available for $Sorry Sold.



CLEVELAND BOEING B-17 FLYING FORTRESS (SF-100) - 1944


The "queen" of the Cleveland 3/4" scale kits, the impressive B-17 with a 77 1/4" wing span. This monster kit comes in a lid-type box that measures 24 1/2" x 11 1/4" x 3 3/4" deep that is jam-packed with balsa lumber. Cement and dopes are in huge bottles neatly packaged in the center, boxed area. Note that the DC-3 kit came in the same size box. This kit has no wartime substitutes - it is a complete all-balsa kit complete with "liquids". The liquid bottles now have dried-up contents after all these years. Details of the dope and cement box are shown below.

The kit contents, including two, large plan sheets, paper insignia, canopy glazing, print wood, wheels, cowls, blocks, sticks, dope bottles, box separators and silkspan covering are in excellent condition. The red, white and blue, picture box lid has suffered fading, stains, rubbing, edge wear, corner breaks and nicks for a condition rating of about a "6" - suitable for display.

The plan is separated into a left half and right half of the airplane; the title box area of the two plan sheets is pictured below.

This Cleveland kit, SF-100, came out in 1944 and is one of the most desirable of all the Cleveland 3/4" scale kits. The price of this picture box kit is SORRY, WITHDRAWN FROM SALE - SEE BELOW FOR ANOTHER KIT.



CLEVELAND B-17 KIT SF-100 IN MAILER BOX


Cleveland issued the same SF-100 kit contents, less all liquids, in the plain cardboard "mailer" box. The kit, shown above, also has the same two plan sheets. The box measures 25 7/16" x 7 1/4" x 3 7/8" deep and is a "plain brown box" but in good condition. This kit is offered for $575. See this website book section for the new book on Cleveland model history.

See Kit Annex 4 and 5 for more Cleveland kits including "SF" bombers.




DIME SCALE KIT AND WRECKOLOGY

The so-called "dime scale" kits of the 1930s and into the 1940s introduced flying scale models to countless youths. Usually around 12 to 16 inch wingspans, the dime-scales were cleverly designed to be frugal with material yet follow the general outlines of a particular full-scale airplane. Obviously priced at ten-cents, these models were manufactured in huge quantities and were one of the few hobby items that a financially starved youth could become involved with for a mere dime. A number of kit manufacturers had dime-scales in their product line, including the Philadelphia company headed up by Fred W. Megow.

Philadelphia was a hotbed of model airplane activity following Lindbergh's 1927 flight, the beginning of the "balsa age". The Philadelphia newspaper, The Evening Bulletin, was a partner in the formation of the Philadelphia Model Aeroplane Association in 1929 which spread to 250 chapters throughout Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware. Articles, lessons, plans and model news were printed in the newspaper into the mid-1930s. Bill Brown was a a nineteen-year-old student at Philadelphia's Frankford High School in 1931 and a member of the P.M.A.A. when he designed and built his first model engine which was flown in a ship built by Maxwell Bassett; the first public demonstration of this gas-engine powered model was at the regular P.M.A.A. meet at Model Farms in May of 1931. Bassett and Bill Brown, who entered Pennsylavania State College, became well known following their record flight in June, 1934 in Akron, Ohio. Under Bill Brown's leadership, the Brown Jr. engine became the first practical, small model engine to go into large scale production .

Fred Megow was teaching Shop and Mechanical Drawing at the Thomas Williams Junior High in Philadelphia in 1929. A summer opportunity to teach Model Airplane Construction began his career producing model kits, the first being produced and sold under the name "Model Airplane Shop". The story of Fred Megow is nicely documented by Walt Grigg in issue No. 40 of The KAPA Kollector, December 2002 and issue No. 41. Still teaching, and operating out of his basement, Fred started churning out solid scale and flying model kits with the help of several employees; in late 1933, he moved his operation to a new location and resigned his teaching job to become a full-time kit designer and manufacturer, changing the company name to "Megow's Model Airplane Shop", later to shorten to just "Megow's". By 1935, Megow's facility encompassed 50,000 sq. ft. The 1938 Megow's catalog No. 4 (really 1937)has the first two pages devoted to a description of the Megow organization. Here,in part,is how Megow describes his early days:

Diminuitive Megow promotional pin (3/4" diameter) from the mid-1930s. The reverse side of this tin pin is printed with a logo and company name, "Greenduck Co., Chicago," and a number 1215675.

"Aviation in 1930 was very much in the limelight, and believing the best way to learn about it would be through model airplanes, Fred W. Megow, the instructor, furnished roughed out parts and plans to his classes at cost. The students added the finishing touches and assembled them into model airplanes, and everyone was happy. When school closed for the summer vacation, many young boys finding time heavy on their hands turned to model airplanes for diversion. Megow turned to making up a few model airplane kits for a neighborhood storekeeper. The boys learned of the storekeeper and relieved him of all the model supplies he had. Megow now realized that the younger generation was very "model airplane conscious." The real handicap to them was that the then existing model supply houses were in distant cities and sold their parts through slow mail orders, discouraging most boys. He set about in earnest to build up an organization of neighborhood dealers in his own city to supply the needs of model builders. In the fall it was necessary to go back to teaching. Activities were carried on in the evening in the cellar. Extra help was needed to make the new parts. A salesman was hired to keep contacting the storekeepers. A truck was purchased to enable the salesman to cover more territory. The new business made it necessary to take on additional workmen to turn out more new parts. The business finally outgrew the cellar and expanded into the garage. About this time the city of Philadelphia had become fairly well covered, it was decided to make the dealer's service available to other cities. The new business which they brought in made it necessary to move into a regular manufacturing plant and Megow resigned his teaching postition to give his full time to this business."


The plan for a solid Pitcairn Autogiro from Megow's "Model Airplane Shop" from around 1929/1930 - one of Fred Megow's first model kits. This plan was accompanied on the same sheet by a solid Bellanca Airbus.

Megow's Model Airplane Shop, corner of Howard and Norris Sts., Philadelphia, advertised two ship models in this August 1934 issue of "Universal Model Airplane News", the schooner "Seth Parker" and the battleship, U.S.S. New York, each priced at 50-cents. Megow's ad proclaims, "Authentic Models - a live new hobby."

With the advice of Bill Brown, Megow's also made their own model engine, the Megow 19, in 1940 and 41. As part of their product range, Megow's had a nice selection of dime-scale flying models, the "F" series, sold for ten-cents through 1943 at which time the price was increased to fifteen-cents, the number of kits reduced and the series renamed to "N". The post-war model market declined and Fred closed down in 1949.

Shown below is an example of a "Megow's (Precision Planned) Flying Models" dime-scale kit of the Kinner Sportster, Kit No. F13 from around 1935.


Probably made in the millions, these dime-scale kits, particularly with complete contents and a nice box, are quite scarce today. At ten cents, nobody bothered to keep them! If you're interested in the really nice kit shown above, it is priced at Sorry Sold.

The purpose of this dime-scale lead-in is to get you in the mood for a little wreckology. What do you suppose the odds are for any of the 1930s-built dime-scales to be intact today? I recently purchased a box of model airplane detritus from the Philadelphia area; the miserable looking contents were covered with black dust, probably stored in a basement alongside a coal bin (West Coast folks don't know what a coal bin is). A few broken down Megow boxes, a few plans (including the short-lived Joe Ott designed Gee Bee plan), various kit parts, a nice booklet, How to Build Model Airplanes, from The Evening Bulletin, a brand new Austin Timer and Champion V-2 spark plug, an empty Ohlsson 23 box, and similar junk, some good, some tossable, were piled along with some very broken but completed models. I cleaned off the model with the most identifiable pieces using a soft watercolor brush and assembled the airplane "crash" as you see below.


Although the NTSB has not released the accident report, I can say that the origin of this remnant of a fine looking model is a dime-scale Megow's kit F38, the "Gulfhawk". It has a 12-inch wingspan and matches the factory drawing shown below (note that this plan is the 1943 version marked as "N38").

The photos below show the original 1930s plan and printwood for Megow's kit no. F38.

Megow's also had a larger Gulfhawk model with a 17-inch wingspan, priced at 50-cents, which slightly pre-dated the 10-cent version. This was widely advertised in magazines and in their catalogs. This Al Williams' Grumman Gulfhawk was called a "Special Kit" and was catalog No. C-19 (Catalog #4)which was changed to L-1 in 1938. The box and ad are shown below. The kit is quite nice. The fellow pictured at left is P. Karnow of Megow's "Research Department" - This Gulfhawk plan was drawn by him as his initials, "P.K.," are on the lower corner of the well done plan.


Megow's Catalog #4, page 28.

It appears that the photo used for the dime-scale plan is probably the L-1, 17-inch model as they appear identical. Nevertheless, I think you would have to agree that the "wreck" was once a very handsome model when considering that it was in all respects straight from a ten-cent kit. The doped tissue is in great condition and the model doesn't show deterioration - only the results of a terrible crash. Additionally, included with this "wreck" was a "Rules - Megow Model Building Contest" leaflet which has had the application form cut off - it's my guess that the Gulfhawk was built for this contest. The models were brought into dealers for display and judging.


These old kits are similar to the Peanut-scale kits on the market today which have a 13-inch wingspan and must be built light. Join the Flying Aces Club for a look at vintage flying scale models, well worth the $20 to FAC-GHQ, Blake Mayo, 3447 Adelaide Drive, Erie, PA 16510. For an exercise in dexterity and patience, try putting one of these dime-scales together - no one can call themselves a "modeler" unless they've built a dime-scale at sometime in their life. Comet had a line of 5-cent flying scale model kits with 10-inch wingspans.

The 1941 Megow Catalog carried the photo shown below along with the text relating to "Television!" Note that Megow designer Walter Eggert Jr. is reported by correspondent Tom Sanders to still be involved in model building as of 2008, living near Philadelphia.

Model airplanes made history recently! A regular feature television program lasting for one full hour was broadcast April 26th by station W3XE. Philco Corp., Philadelphia, Penn.

The program consisted of an exhibition and discussion of all the latest type Megow airplane, boat, and railroad models. A "hit" on the program was the actual running of a powerful miniature gasoline motor with full sound effects, which you can well imagine! A model airplane also completed a sensationally successful flight in full view of the television screen. Approximately 500 persons in and around Philadelphia tuned in on this unusual program, which was sponsored in conjunction with one of the Quaker City Gas Model Association's regular monthly meetings. Two television receivers were placed at the meeting hall for this occasion.



Correspondent Tom Sanders updated information on Megow's Walter Eggert (pictured above)in 2014. Tom wrote:

Here is a sidebar for you about Walt Eggert. I personally knew Walt as he was a long-time member and president of our Free-Flight Club, Scale Old-Timers Society (SOTS) our FAC club in Philadelphia.

Walt grew up in Philly and his dad greatly influenced Walt's life as he allowed Walt to follow his aviation passion. Walt became a strong competitor early on in the great model flying competitions sponsored by the Evening Bulletin (one of two newspapers in Philadelphia). He went on to become quite an engineer. He started designing models in his Youth for Megow's with one of his first being a rubber-powered a payload design for the "Air Youth of America" movement in the 1930's. He had other designs as well as some manufacturing/processing improvements for Fred Megow's manufacturing. BTW, that Megow's Pitcairn Autogyro was a tricky design but was popular in the Philly area as it was home to Harold Pitcairn's Company. The last location for the Pitcairn Company eventually became Willow Grove Naval Air Station and was once the eastern location for the AMA Nats. I have digressed…;

So, in 1942, Walt got drafted into the Army and goes into the Air Corp winding up in the South Pacific wrenching on P-39s (P-400s) and P-38 fighters. By far the P-38 was his favorite with the P-47N a close second. Walt saw lots of action as the Allies Island hopped to Japan. He eventually wound up back in Philly being hired by the Budd Corporation and directly involved with the RB-1Conestoga transport. He then worked his way up as a chief engineer influencing virtually every railroad design ever to come from the Budd production lines after 1946. Throughout his life he continued to excel in all things model aviation and winning rooms full of awards and trophies.

I met Walt after he had retired from Budd but was still freelancing in railroad design work. Ironically he redesigned those double decker passenger cars still used there in California today. When that project finished he had just turned 80 years young!

By far Walt was the best scale model designer and builder I ever knew. Very influential, a wonderful mentor and frankly an aeronautical magician who carefully explained how all his magic was just classic Newtonian Physics. Very much a type A personality, Walt was very competitive but always willing to explain the secrets to even duffers like me.

We at SOTS created an Indoor Airshow that we held for many years for both the Philadelphia Parks Dept. and also for the annual Willow Grove Airshows. All the club members made beautiful indoor scale and endurance models that we flew according to a script. It was always very popular. But, I have to say, whenever Walt would launch one of his models, he would simply steal the show! He once created a peanut scale, rubber powered P-38 in full scale markings of the one he serviced in WW2. Not only was it gorgeous, it featured contra-rotating, 3 -bladed props and the airplane could fly 4 minutes-easy! No other peanut has done that before or since. His added bit of showmanship was his same scale Zero that this P-38 would easily lap while "in the pattern" and eventually "shoot down".

He also created a huge profile rubber-powered Ryan Spirit of St Louis that we used to start our shows. Another club member, Joe Krush (the famous artist) created large painted profiles of the special landmarks of the Lindbergh flight that we placed on the floor at opposite ends of the gym. Walt would launch the model from "Roosevelt Field in New York" and it would slowly cross the "Atlantic" (a full-scale B-ball Court) and perfectly alight into "Le Bourget Field" then bump into the "Eiffel Tower". No matter how many times Walt made this special demo, the flight was always on cue and perfectly executed, a bona fide crowd pleaser!

BTW, this added bit will also give you some perspective on Walt as a Type A athlete. Walt played and excelled in all sports and I mean all. By far his favorite though was competitive figure skating which he finally gave up when he was 83! Walt passed away about 15 years ago but he is still influencing model competition design! Needless to say, Walt proved many times that he was a gifted genius in design, construction and application in any project that challenged him.

Additional information on Megow's and many kit photos appear on the Kit Annex 2 page (see link at end of this page or in the left hand column).



MEGOW MODELS AMERICAN WORLD WAR II FIGHTING PLANES

Six solid model fighting planes in one box! These diminutive models are only in a scale of 1/16"=1'. Building one of these tiny models would have been rather taxing for youthful modelers. This kit is in a pristine box with a single issue of a torn flap; a superb display item ready for your display case. Copy the parts and build one of these minute gems. The price of this kit is $28.00.



COMET SPEED-O-MATIC KIT P4 - 1943


A nice Comet Speed-O-Matic Kit P4 of the "Grumman 'Hellcat' F6F-3" with a 24 inch wingspan. This original Speed-O-Matic kit of the 24 inch Hellcat, Kit No. P4, came out in 1943 and is in a flap box (seen in the catalog illustration above) and was priced at $1.00 in 1943.

This particular kit from 1943 shows signs of the wartime restrictions on balsa as the sticks are nicely cut basswood. A Comet Model Airplane & Supply Co. catalog of the wartime period states, "In accordance with O.P.M. Order L-81, effective June 30, 1942, manufacturers will use substitutes to replace "critical materials" in Kit contents. Also from time to time certain contents will be omitted from kits entirely because of government regulations. PLEASE DO NOT blame dealers for such omissions."

This kit has a flap-type box typical of Comet kits from the WWII period and rates a condion of a "5 " showing shelf wear, side crushing and flap damage. The contents are in excellent condition. Glue is included and the tube is thoroughly dried up. A good example of one of Comet's 24" scale model kits using the Speed-O-Matic construction which made its debut with much fanfare during WWII. Balsa printwood is included along with the signature die-cut cardstock former sheet which the Speed-O-Matic kits used very successfully.

Note that this kit no. P4 is the forerunner of the 1945 Comet SP4 "Super Kit". Kit SP4 is detailed on the previous page and note that the basic kit is the same. The die-cut cardstock formers sheet with an instrument panel is intact with no punch-outs


A complete Comet Kit P4 of the Hellcat F6F-3 in good condition considering that it is over the 60 year mark; priced at Sorry Sold. This kit would make an interesting companion to the SP4 kit of the same airplane.



MODEL AIRPLANE CONTEST MEDAL - 1939


A 1939 model airplane contest medal. The front is marked, "NATIONAL MODEL AIRPLANE CHAMPIONSHIPS", and the back is engraved, "MET. EXCHANGE CLUBS DETROIT 1939". The medal measures 1 5/32" across and is in great condition with no corrosion. You can be a champion from 1939 for only $25.00.



CLEVELAND GREAT LAKES TRAINER - M-1


A Cleveland Master Kit, M-1, of the Great Lakes Trainer, is the subject of this offering. Some of the old Cleveland "SF" C-D kits had been renamed "Master Flying Model" and coded with an "M" instead of "SF" sometime around 1949 (see further info below concerning this transition). Some of the plans were reprinted with a new title block and a 1949 date although the original copyright date appears in the title block also. This particular model represents the genesis of the Cleveland 3/4" scale kits so is of historical interest to Cleveland collectors. Something like twenty plus years separates the 1929 origin from this kit, yet very little changed over those years of Cleveland models. Some of the early history of this kit is presented below as background material.

The Cleveland line of 3/4" scale models was started by Edward T. Paschasa (later changed name to Edward Packard) in 1929 with the 3/4" scale kit of the Great Lakes Sport Trainer which was flown by the famous Tex Rankin and in which he performed 34 consecutive outside loops. This was kit number SF-1E ( the airplane was listed by Cleveland as a 2T-1) and was quite expensive for the time; $6.25 with an introductory price in 1930 of $4.95. Most of the early Cleveland models came in what they called "Hobby-Tubes"; red tubes with an opening in the middle which was sealed by a wrap-around label. Any tubed kit which has been opened will have a split label. The Great Lakes kit, however, first came in a simple box prior to the less expensive tube.

The original Cleveland catalog had 8 1/2" x 11", one-sided product sheets which were three-hole punched for insertion in a Cleveland Notebook Catalog. The first two catalog sheets for kit No. SF-1E are shown below; the earliest tells the story of the origin of this first 3/4" kit as follows: "This remarkable model is the result of many months of intensive research work on the part of the engineering staff of the Cleveland Model & Supply Company. After originating and standardizing the use of the 3/4" scale for scale flying model airplanes with its many features, the Trainer was chosen as the first airplane to be built to this size. It now stands in the foreground of its field as a real-worth while accomplishment. The news (and sales) of this new all-balsa model is spreading over the country like wildfire. Its scale speed is well over 100 miles per hour." The SF-1E kit was replaced with a similar SF-1F kit.


This product sheet from April 15, 1930 is available for $10.00.

These 1929-1932 kits are rare and expensive as one would imagine. An interesting feature of the early tubed Cleveland kits is that they had no printwood. The kits came with sheet balsa and instructions to transfer the formers and ribs (detailed on the plans) to the balsa with carbon paper! By 1933, Cleveland realized that the early Trainer kit was somewhat more complex to construct and that printwood would enhance salability. As a result, the Trainer was redesigned for the 1934 catalog; a portion of the February 1934 Model Airplane News Cleveland ad is reproduced below in which the "redesigned 1933 Great Lakes Sport Trainer" kit is announced. In part, this ad reads, "The redesigned model is far easier to build than our older No. SF-1E and SE-1F since it has no carved out nose and now contains all wood parts printed out, all necessary cements and enamel dope and all materials necessary, entirely complete...."


The success of the detailed 3/4" kits waned following WW2 and the "SF" kits were largely replaced in the Cleveland line. The announcement of the "M" series of 3/4" kits was made in the Cleveland Models for '49 catalog. The elaborate picture-box "SF" kits with their dope and cement were changed to the plain cardboard mailer box "SF" kits of wartime vintage at various times during WW2 and later. The "SF" kits apparently were dropped soon after WW2 in favor of lower priced, easier-to-build flying models although one "SF" kit was prominently advertised in the 1949 catalog, the huge Douglas DC-3 kit, SF-165, "The Scale Model Supreme!" along with several higher-priced, large "GP" gas-powered kits. Six newly designated 3/4" "M" kits are shown: the Gee Bee Super Sportster, Beechcraft Bonanza, Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star, Fokker D-7 Fighter, Ryan Navion Executive Plane and the Republic Seabee. The following copy appeared on the "M" pages under "Introducing our new Master 'M' Series": "These fine models are direct decendents of our world-famous CLEVELAND-DESIGNED 'SF' line of 3/4" scale models, which older modelers can attest were always 'the world's finest models.' We felt there was a definite demand for super-detailed models at a lower price, so here they are! These kits contain high quality select material. They contain the same super-detailed, fully instructional, clear, precise and automatically accurate plans for which the 'SF's' became world-famous. These models are flight-engineered for the utmost in flight performance. Our type construction, which has always set a standard of excellence in modeling is carried into this new line. Even for the most complicated designs, it is simple and rugged, not involving any super-complicated methods. Consequently, our style of construction is well liked by beginning modelers for its simplicity and experts like it for its exactness. The curved wood parts are clearly printed on the correct texture of balsa sheet. Rubber motive power and bottles of dopes and cements are not supplied as they cannot be stopped from deteriorating while in the kit. This has enabled us to lower our price and still give you a 3/4" scale kit that is identical in quality with our previous 'SF' numbers." (Bold type is mine for emphasis.)

The "new" Trainer kit was numbered SF-1G and this plan was continued in use to this day and is the plan that comes with kit No. M-1. In 1936, at the height of the depression, Cleveland came out with a revised kit of the 2T1-F Great Lakes which was called a "REP" kit ("REP" stood for "representative" indicating a semi-scale moel), still in 3/4" scale, but cost only 50-cents, dry. Oddly numbered as R-X5003.


The printwood for Kit M-1 is the original SF-1G printing plate from 1933, as shown below.


The lid-type kit box, in red, white and blue, is the standard box used by Cleveland from 1949 and into the 50s. I'm not sure when sales of this box-type ceased; I do know, however, that in August 1955, Cleveland announced that they were "reviving" the 3/4" scale kits in "small quantities." The 26 kits were labelled as "SF" again and they didn't include the SF-1G. The box is clean and rates about a "7.5" or so. The plan for this kit, portion shown below, is a modern, 3-sheet plan purchased from the current Cleveland Model & Supply owner in Indianapolis; the plan is printed as the original plus an additional pattern supplement as used on the original 2T-1A airplane kit and altered by E.T. Packard in 1972. Plans for many Cleveland designs may be purchased from www.clevelandairline.com. The kit contents, plan and box end are shown below. Original orange and black tissue is included.


This Cleveland kit M-1 from the early 1950s, complete with a modern reproduced plan, of the historic Great Lakes Trainer is available for $115.00 SORRY SOLD. Will also provide color copies of the two early catalog sheets.

The fantastic new book, Aviation's Great Recruiter - Cleveland's Ed Packard, by Herm Schreiner is now available at CollectAir for $39.95 (see on books page). The story of Packard's first kit is far more involved than the short description above - learn how the Glenn L. Martin Company in Cleveland, a NC-4 pilot, Tony Fokker, and the Great Lakes Aircraft Company figured into the development of the great C-D line of kits and the Kit SF-1.



SUPREME STEVE PATTI P-59 AIRACOMET P-59 KIT 308

A simple balsa solid model representative of the inexpensive kits of the 1940s; made by Supreme of Milwaukee. The model of America's first jet has a wingspan of 7 inches which I believe was a common wingspan for all of the models in this solid kit line which included the B-29 shown on the Vintage Kit page and many others such as the Taylorcraft, Boeing B-17E, P-39, Corsair, Cessna Bobcat, P-61, B-24, Lockheed C-65, B-26 and the P-38.

A nice box and excellent kit contents are yours for $27.50.




Dyna-Model Products Company Fw-190

The Dyna-Models Products Company was started in 1946 by engineers from the Grumman Aircraft Company in Bethpage, Long Island, N.Y. ; the original product line was 1:48 scale, all-balsa, solid scale models of aircraft. The F8F Bearcat was the first produced. Two of the founding engineers, Percy Kemp and Steve Wheelock, worked on the actual F8F at Grumman so the drawings and kit execution were excellent. The DMP kits, after the first two, had machine carved fuselages along with the signature detail contents of the kits - the metal castings of fittings which included prop, engine (where appropriate), cockpit details, wheels and landing gear struts, armament, and other complicated parts. A cardstock template and construction alignment jig is included in each kit. Doug Emmons, of Doxaerie.com, wrote an informative history of the DMP models in the June 2007 Issue # 58 of The KAPA Kollector newsletter of the Kits and Plans Antiquitous organization. Doug also has a beautifully constructed DMP F8F Bearcat featured on his website. The DMP Fw-190 plan is dated 1947. Doug points out in his article that plans for some of the WW2 fighters in the DMP line suffer from lack of accuracy and appear to be based on some poor references; the Fw-190 plan is no exception. You can view Doug's article on DMP by clicking here.

An advertisement for the DMP line of solid airplane kits, featuring the Fw-190 kit, is shown below as it appeared in the February 1950 issue of Air Trails magazine. Overall, the DMP ¼" scale kits were some of the best on the market, but not superior. The Maircraft 1:48 scale P-61 and DC-3 kits on this website, for example, also have detailed fittings, metal or plastic, but outshine the DMP in quality and accuracy of the drawings by far.

Dyna-Model Products came out with shaped wood kits for "Duckoys" in 1954. Outboard speed boats were also added to the line to take advantage of the new 1/2A outboard engines. The advertisement for these new products, as well as the aircraft line, from the June 1954 issue of Air Trails Hobbies for Young Men can be viewed by clicking here.

This Fw-190 kit has all contents in excellent condition with a clean plan. The box has a slight crush on the left hand area of the lid top and rates about "7.5" for condition - a nice display box. The kit contents are pictured below. You can own this excellent example of a DMP kit for $95.00.




Dyna-Model Products Company MiG-15 Jet

This DMP MiG-15 kit is complete. The plan has a tape repair on a fold split (shown). The 1/4" scale kit is available for $95.00.





Dyna-Model Products Company P-38 Lightning

A Dyna-Models 1/4" scale solid model dated 1947. This exceptional kit has pre-carved basswood twin booms and fuselage and profile cut blasa wings and tail surfaces. Two boxes hold a large selection of metal fittings. The box rates a 7.5; the plan is clean and bright. The kit is complete and is available for SORRY SOLD.




COMET SOLID MODEL P-61 - KIT M5 3/16" SCALE

An all-balsa, profile-cut kit in 3/16" = 1' scale (12 3/8" wingspan)of the Northrop P-61 "Black Widow." A very nice 1945 kit in a lid box which rates about an "8" making a handsome display piece for a collection. A well drawn plan with detailed construction notes. This Comet kit is available for $55.00.







1914 Ideal advertisement in "Aerial Age."





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