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Our vintage tool expert, Lee Richmond, is also an avid RC modeler, and has been for many years. Lee has been flying model planes ever since he can remember, and has been collecting RC kits ever since he could afford them. Now there is no room left and it is time to start selling some of that collection. What better place to list these RC kits and motors than right here on The Best Things website. A model plane kit is more than just a box of wood, it is box full of hope and dreams. Sweet Dreams!

A note from Lee: In the time that I have been involved with RC, there have been some huge changes. Some of them for the better, others, I am not so sure. There are two technological advances that I embrace wholeheartedly, the use of spread spectrum modulation technology, and the use of brushless electric motors with Lipo batteries. In this same time, I have seen a move away from craftsmanship and building, to buying ready made kits. Along with this, there has been a shift in the production of RC products from the US and Europe to low production cost Asian countries. Both of these changes break my heart. I thought that the RC hobby was about more than just flying, it was a whole package deal, that involved creating an airplane that you were proud of, and then flying it. Of course many of us still do that, but many others have missed out on this experience. On the bright side, laser technology and CAD software has opened the door for small companies, often a single person, to bring model airplane kits to market. In the old days, when kits were usually die cut, the tooling costs were typically prohibitive for small companies, and even for large companies, production runs had to be large to make the investment worthwhile. If you want spend quality time with a child, and at the same time teach them some skills that will help to prepare them for the high tech work world that awaits them, I can't think of a better thing to do than to build and fly a model plane with them.



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American Model Airplane Kits
Listed in alphabetical order by manufacturer.



Andrews/Great Planes Big H-Ray Andrews/Great Planes Big H-Ray Andrews/Great Planes Big H-Ray

WP210963 Andrews/Great Planes Big H-Ray This is a clean and complete kit that was built after Great Planes bought Andrews. There is a 1986 copy of the Great Planes catalog in the box. I bought this kit around 1990 from the original owner. I must confess that I removed the parts from the die cut sheets and organized them into groups. At the time I was preparing to build it and then I got distracted by another project. I can vouch for it being complete. The quality of the die cutting was superb. The H-Ray and big H-Ray must be the all time best trainers. The fly great and they are the most durable planes that I have ever encountered. I learned on one and crashed it so many times that any other plane would have been history. In the end I lost it, after hundreds of flights. It had served its purpose at that point. Fine- $245


Andrews Models:  Trixter Andrews Models:  Trixter

WP180425 Andrews Models: Trixter I am guessing that this kit is 1940s or early 50s. The picture on the box shows an ignition motor. The box is also marked with an ink stamp, "Class-A, Baby, Class-B, Junior, Price: $3.75." The box has normal browning from age and the lid has a few creases, but really it is quite OK. The contents look complete, but not perfect. I see a chip out of one side piece and one sheet of die cut ribs is broken in half. No parts are broken on the sheet, it broke along a cut line. In short, this is not a pristine example but it is a nice example of a very hard to find kit. G++ $99


Balsa USA Kit 425 - 1/6 Scale Nieuport 28c-1 Balsa USA Kit 425 - 1/6 Scale Nieuport 28c-1 Balsa USA Kit 425 - 1/6 Scale Nieuport 28c-1

WP21045 Balsa USA Kit 425 - 1/6 Scale Nieuport 28c-1 I bought this kit new from the local hobby shop, with every intention that I would build it. My interests have shifted a bit and this is one of the kits that I pulled out in my mose recent cull of the heard. I can guarantee that this one is undisturbed in the box. I took at the instruction booklet and read it. I didn't touch any of the kit. I priced it below the new cost to make it worthwhile to buy mine. My loss being your gain. Mint $229


Berkeley Super Pioneer 15 Short Kit by Laser Technologies Berkeley Super Pioneer 15 Short Kit by Laser Technologies

WP210962 Berkeley Super Pioneer 15 Short Kit by Laser Technologies This is a new in the box short kit that I ordered from Laser Technologies in 2013. It is of the classic Berkeley Super Pioneer amphibious flying boat. The kit has a 60" wingspan. This is one of those kits where the design philosophy was, "Why use one piece of wood if you can do the same thing with ten." In short, there are a lot of small pieces and having them all laser cut is a godsend. There is not a ton of wood in this short kit, but there are a whole lot of laser cut parts. You are certainly getting your money's worth. It also comes with plans. This is another one of those kits that I won't get to, so I hope that somebody else will build it. New $79


Berkley:  Astrohog Berkley:  Astrohog Berkley:  Astrohog

WP201112 Berkley: Astrohog The Astrohog was the first famous competitive pattern plane and is of great historical significance in the world of RC. This is an original Berkeley kit of approximatley 1960 vintage. SIG later kitted the Astrohog but they made significant modifications, including changing the ailerons to a simplified strip design that really changes the entire character of the model. It has a 72" wingspan and calls for .35 motors. In other words, by today's standards, this was not a hot performer. This kit looks intact and complete, although I do not claim to have inventoried it. There is some surface rust on the landing gear. There can't be too many of these kits left out there. The box is relatively clean and in good shape. I have to say for its age, since one must consider that cardboard does age somewhat however it is stored. I consider this to be an imporant kit. G++ $345


Bridi Warlord 25 Bridi Warlord 25

WP191043 Bridi Warlord 25 An original Bridi kit, not one of the later ones. The plans are a bit yellowed but the wood looks great and it should build well. I would call it undisturbed but the plans have been unfolded and rolled up instead. Fine $95




Carl Goldberg Eaglet 50 Carl Goldberg Eaglet 50 Carl Goldberg Eaglet 50

WP210777 Carl Goldberg Eaglet 50 An apparently undisturbed kit. The Eaglet 50 is a 50" wingspan trainer that is intended for an .09 to .25 motor and 3 or 4 channel. One corner of the lid is torn and the box has some minor storage wear. Fine- $150




deBolt Model Engineering: Live Wire R/C Trainer deBolt Model Engineering: Live Wire R/C Trainer deBolt Model Engineering: Live Wire R/C Trainer

WP210953 deBolt Model Engineering: Live Wire R/C Trainer This is one of the first RC trainers to hit the market. It is single channel plane that calls for a .09 motor and has a 48" wingspan. The Box is full, but the contents have clearly been out and repacked. I didn't inventory it, but at a glance it appears to be complete. The box has some light staining but is really quite good for its age and the label is nice. It even has an original brochure for Citizenship escapement equipment. All of the addresses shown in this kit are pre-zip code. A nice example of a very scarce early RC kit. I bought a collection of these, but this is the very last one. G++ $115


deBolt Model Eng. Co. DMECO All American Senior deBolt Model Eng. Co. DMECO All American Senior deBolt Model Eng. Co. DMECO All American Senior

WP180751 deBolt Model Eng. Co. DMECO All American Senior A 51 inch wingspan control line model designed for .29 - .49 motors. This was of course a famous plane of the 1950s. The contents look intact and are in nice condition.. There is one simple die cut piece that is missing from its sheet. The box has torn corners and staining on the top. The cardboard isn't in bad condition and the box could be conserved for a collector or you could just build it. G+ $99


Direct Connection Tsunami Direct Connection Tsunami Direct Connection Tsunami

WP191029 Direct Connection Tsunami A 58 1/2" wingspan RC model intended for .40 - .46 2 strokes, although clearly a good choice for electric. The contents are clean and undisturbed. The box shows light wear, but this is one to build not collect so who cares about the box anyway. Fine- $175




Flight Line Products:  Super Joy Stick Flight Line Products:  Super Joy Stick Flight Line Products:  Super Joy Stick

WP190149 Flight Line Products: Super Joy Stick A less common 61" wingspan sport/pattern plane in the style of kits from the 1970s, although a bit of newspaper that was used at the factory to stuff the box is dated 1984.. Undisturbed condition. Intended to be easy to build with a constant chord wing. Intended for .45 - .60 2 cycles or .60 - .90 4 strokes. The box shows minor shelf wear and a few bits of tape, one of which is on the label. Fine- $145




Gee Bee Products:  Tiger Moth Gee Bee Products:  Tiger Moth Gee Bee Products:  Tiger Moth

WP200230 Gee Bee Products: Tiger Moth A 45" wingspan kit that calls for a 25 - 35 motor. As scale models go, this is not a highly detailed kit, making it relatively light for its wing area, and a perfect choice for electricification. This one is in a clean box with clean contents. Fine $129




Great Planes Super Sportster 40 Mk II Great Planes Super Sportster 40 Mk II Great Planes Super Sportster 40 Mk II

WP210779 Great Planes Super Sportster 40 Mk II - Partial Kit This kit came from an estate and it appears that the fuselage parts, including the tail, have been removed. I didn't do a thorough inventory, but it looks like the wing parts are there (except the spars as noted below), as well as the hardware and things like the landing gear and wheel pants. The wing leading edge and trailing edge are there, but I don't see the spars. There is no square or rectangular stock on the box so I assume that it was pulled out in a bundle. If you need a wing, or just want to build one and can fabricate the fuselage parts, this should be a bargain. It has a 55" wingspan and was intended for a .40 to 46 2 cycle or a .40 - .70 4 cycle. Fine $45




Guillows Kit 2001  P-38L Guillows Kit 2001  P-38L

WP210778 Guillows Kit 2001 P-38L A 40" wingspan kit that can be built for RC or rubber power. The box is clean, although one corner is torn out and there is one minor crease. This is about as ambitous a Guillows kit as you can get. Fine $59




Guillows Kit 406 Focke-Wulf Fw-190

WP210780 Guillows Kit 406 Focke-Wulf Fw-190 A pristine kit that is still sealed in the original cellophane. Builds a 25 3/4" wingspan model. Mint $48






Midwest Flea Fli +10 Midwest Flea Fli +10 Midwest Flea Fli +10

WP180214 Midwest Flea Fli +10 This plane was designed by Phil Kraft as a scaled down version of his legendary Kwik Fli 3. The original Flea Fli was half size, so the +10 refers to this one being 10% larger than the half size model. It has a 42" wingspan, making it an ideal small field pattern ship for vintage pattern flying or fun. I find it to be one of the most attractive models ever. This kit is undisturbed inside. The box is browning with age and has a band of tape residue through the label. There is also some paint spattering on the box. The canopy is yellowed. Every one of them that I have seen has been yellowed. Also, Midwest shipped them with a canopy that was being used on another model and doesn't really match the photo. All of them are this way. This one is good enough to collect but the box is not so pristine that you wouldn't want to build it. G++ $129


Top Flite Kit RC-7-29.95 Top Flite Kit RC-7-29.95 Top Flite Kit RC-7-29.95

WP210956 Top Flite Kit RC-7-29.95 Taurus An apparently undisturbed early Taurus kit. There are two things that make me call this an early kit. The end label still has the $29.95 price as part of the kit number and the little pocket catalog in the box has the Orion but not the Taurus. The box has browned a bit and there is one tear on each side of the lid, but overall it is a pretty crisp box and the contents are superb. I gave it the minus because of the browning of the cardboard, but that is probably unavoidable with the cardboard that they used. I am a bit obsessed with the Taurus and I have had this kit for a long time, but I will never build it and I want somebody else to enjoy owning it. For the connoisseur. Fine- $445


Top Flite Kit RC-7 Taurus Top Flite Kit RC-7 Taurus Top Flite Kit RC-7 Taurus

WP210961 Top Flite Kit RC-7 Taurus An apparently undisturbed Taurus kit, however, there was a mistake made in packing this kit at the factory. It was packed with two sets of fuselage plans and none for the wing. I have an original set of wing plans from a kit that my father built in 1966. I am including these plans with this kit, and removing the extra plans. They are usable plans, but they are built on plans and not collector's grade. There is a price tag of $46 on the box. It has the monokote brochure and that is copywrite 1969. The box is remarkably white and has not browned. I don't know if it was stored differently of if better paper and cardboard were used on later kits. I don't see the decal sheet in the box, but I did not dig out the neatly packed wood to find it. The decals for this were a small sheet that is easily buried in the box. Somebody has put tape on the box, and pencil drawn an airplane. So, with one set of plans being used, and the box not being perfect, this is a great kit to build. The contents rate fine other than the issue noted with the plans. G++ $349


Top Flite Kit RC-7 Taurus Top Flite Kit RC-7 Taurus Top Flite Kit RC-7 Taurus Top Flite Kit RC-7 Taurus

WP210958 Top Flite Kit RC-7 Taurus An apparently undisturbed Taurus kit. The end label had the price of $34.50 as part of the kit number and it was blacked out. There is also a price tag of $46 on the box. It has the monokote brochure and that is copywrite 1969. The box is remarkably white and has not browned. Same for the plans. I don't know if it was stored differently of if better paper and cardboard were used on later kits. I don't see the decal sheet in the box, but I did not dig out the neatly packed wood to find it. The decals for this were a small sheet that is easily buried in the box. For the connoisseur. Fine $445


Top Flite Kit RC-7 Taurus Top Flite Kit RC-7 Taurus Top Flite Kit RC-7 Taurus Top Flite Kit RC-7 Taurus

WP210960 Top Flite Kit RC-7 Taurus An apparently undisturbed Taurus kit. There is a price tag of $44.95 on the box. It has the monokote brochure and that is copywrite 1969. The box is remarkably white and has not browned. Same for the plans. I don't know if it was stored differently of if better paper and cardboard were used on later kits. I don't see the decal sheet in the box, but I did not dig out the neatly packed wood to find it. The decals for this were a small sheet that is easily buried in the box. For the connoisseur. Fine $445


Top Flite Kit RC-14 RC Nobler Top Flite Kit RC-14 RC Nobler Top Flite Kit RC-14 RC Nobler

WP210951 Top Flite Kit RC-14 RC Nobler An apparently undisturbed kit in the original box. The box has discolored a bit with age and has some tape on it, but the label is still quite good. There is a second label that says "Free in the Kit" and this has been blacked out with the same grease pen that wrote the store price on it of $39.95. The wingspan is 51" and it was intended for .29 - .40 2 cycle motors. It says in the manual that it should cruise at 70 - 80 MPH. It is designed to couple the flaps to the elevator. Looking at the contents of the kit, it is full of well shaped and good quality balsa that reminds one why Top Flite had such a good reputation for high quality kits. G++ $245


Top Flite Kit RC-7W Taurus Wing Kit Top Flite Kit RC-7W Taurus Wing Kit

WP210952 Top Flite Kit RC-7W Taurus Wing Kit An apparently undisturbed kit of the wing for the legendary Top Flite Taurus. If you want to build a Taurus without spending what full kit costs, this is a great way to get into a Taurus reasonably. The fuselage and epenage would be easy build from scratch vs. the wing. The wing has pre-formed sheet leading edges that would be difficult to duplicate, as well as all of the ribs for a tapering 70" wing. The box has darkened a bit with age and has some added tape. The brown paper tap is original. The contents are fine but I downgraded it for the box. G++ $149


Top Flite Kit RC-1-2750 Orion Top Flite Kit RC-1-2750 Orion Top Flite Kit RC-1-2750 Orion Top Flite Kit RC-1-2750 Orion

WP21043 Top Flite Kit RC-1-2750 Orion This was Ed Kazmirski's design with which he won the 1960 World Championship. It is the predecesscor of the much more common Top Flite Taurus. They planes are quite similar. I have flying examples of both of them. The most obvious differences are that the Orion is a tail dragger and the ailerons are much more complicated to build than the simple strip-ailerons of the Taurus. Both planes fly great and suit my preference for planes that are not super fast. I also fly a BMJR half-sized Orion. I like it a lot, but it is really fast and not as relaxing to fly. I bought this kit from the original owner's widow and it is complete and essentially untouched. I say essentially, because I looked at some of the parts when I built my own Orion from a short kit. The short kit deviated a lot from the plans and was a real pain to build because of that. The wheels in this kit are badly deteriorated, but everthing else, even the canopy, still look great. This is a rare find. The box shows its age, but it has been well stored and is good enough for a collector. I rated it down because of the box and the wheels, but I don't think that you will find a better example. G++ $445


Top Flite Kit: RC 12 - Kwik Fli III Top Flite Kit: RC 12 - Kwik Fli III Top Flite Kit: RC 12 - Kwik Fli III

WP21044 Top Flite Kit: RC 12 - Kwik Fli III This was Phil Kraft's design with which he won the 1967 World Championship. To my eye it is one of the most attractive designs of all time. Much more attractive than today's pattern planes. I bought this kit from the original owner's widow and it is complete and essentially untouched. I say essentially, because I looked at some of the parts when I built my own Kwik-Fli from the Hobby and Hobby Solutions kit. I must saw that the Home and Hobby Solutions kit was fantastic and while he did deviate a bit from the original construction, his plans matched his parts example and it was a joy to build. This kit was originally sold without complete plans because it was intended to be jig build, but that did not sit well with customers. If you requested plans from Top Flite, they would send them. That was done with this kit, and it has the plans, still with the envelope from Top Flite. I used an Axi 2826/12 motor in mine, mounted to the nose rather than using a firewall mount. That worked out great because the design does not lend itself to a firewall mount. There is some writing on the top of the box that was put on by a mover. The contents are nice and this is a great example of a hard to find kit. Fine- $449





Tower Hobbies Extra Special .40 Tower Hobbies Extra Special .40 Tower Hobbies Extra Special .40

WP210755 Tower Hobbies Extra Special .40 This is a fast building 3D plane with a 44" wingspan. If you want to fly 3D, but can't bear the embarassment of flying an ARF, this is one of the few 3D balsa kits that i am aware of. The contents look undirsturbed. The box has a few stains but is still crisp. Itt was designed for a 2 cycle .40 but I would build it as an electric. Fine $99



Veco - Henry Engineering Company:  The Comanche Veco - Henry Engineering Company:  The Comanche

WP180748 Veco - Henry Engineering Company: The Comanche A 36" free flight kit from the 1950s and designed for .035 to .074 motors. Some of the ribs are removed from one of the sheets, but it looks to be an intact kit. The box is browned from age and has scattered stains on the lid. This isn't a common kit so I cut it some slack. G+ $59






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British, European, and Japanese Model Airplane Kits
Listed in alphabetical order by manufacturer.



Aristo Craft (Pilot):  Robin Aristo Craft (Pilot):  Robin Aristo Craft (Pilot):  Robin

WP200232 Aristo Craft (Pilot): Robin This is a Pilot kit from the 1960s, or early 1970s, that was imported by Aristo Craft. The plane was designed by Y. Murata. The plans are marked Pilot, and the parts bundles are all labeled Pilot. Aristo Craft was the original importer for Pilot before they began to import directly. The plane is a 57 1/2" wingspan model that calls for a .50 - .60 and looks reminiscent of an Astro Hog. The quality of this kit is superb, as you would expect with any Pilot kit. I have never seen a high-end Japanese kit that wasn't great, and this one is no exception. The contents look undisturbed, including some very high quality hardware. A real gem for the collector. Fine $279


C.A.P. Kit 4 Republic P-47 Thunderbolt C.A.P. Kit 4 Republic P-47 Thunderbolt

WP180195 C.A.P. Kit 4 Republic P-47 Thunderbolt A 61" wingspan model originally intended for .61 - 80 2 cycle motors. C.A.P., or Complete A Pack, was a Scottish kit maker that began in the 1960s, with a rather novel concept of selling planes and wood packs to complete the kit. I don't think that this concept lasted long and they went to selling cut kits rather than just packs of wood. This is a nicely cut kit with a well made fiberglass cowl. It was my intention when I bought this kit to build it but it seems so rare that I hesitate to do so. It looks like it will make a marvelous model. Also in the box is a piece of cut aluminum from Top Flite for trimming the canopy. It certainly looks complete with two big plan sheets. This is an old school kit with lots of parts and shaping of balsa. I love it! G++ $179


Gippiesse Miniaviazione Piper Super Cub Gippiesse Miniaviazione Piper Super Cub Gippiesse Miniaviazione Piper Super Cub

WP210955 Gippiesse Miniaviazione Piper Super Cub This is a rare Italian RC kit from the 1980s. It was actually made on the island of Sardinia. It builds a large cub with a 250cm winsspan (98 1/2"). It calls for a 10CC motor. I have had this kit for a long time, but I never had the heart to build such a rare kit. I hope that somebody else will enjoy it. The box shows some shelf wear and some light stains, which is why I gave it a negative. The quality of this kit is very high. It even includes parts to build the sprung landing gear. It was designed by Giovanni Sotgiu. I found a post of his online (in Italian) where he tells the story of his life in modeling and mentions that this is one of three kits that he designed. This one is a real gem. Fine- $385


Graupner Kit Nr. 4217:  HS 91 Clou Graupner Kit Nr. 4217:  HS 91 Clou Graupner Kit Nr. 4217:  HS 91 Clou

WP200231 Graupner Kit Nr. 4217: HS 91 Clou This is a less common Graupner sailplane kit from the late 1960s and early 1970s. It has a most interesting feature, that it comes with two sets of wings. The long set, for thermalling, is 2450mm (96.5"), and the short set for acrobatics is 1890mm (74.5"). The wings plug in with hollow tubes in the wings. I would modifiy these to use carbon fiber in place of steel rods and copper tubing. The box shows its age but the contents look good. Some of the hardware pack may be missing, as there was loose hardware in the box when I got it, and put what I could find in a bag. I would buy it with the understanding that some hardware is missing, which for a collector might be an issue, but as a builder I am assuming that you would want to use new hardware anyway. The kit is adaptable for a motor up front. A glow motor is shown but with the removable canopy, it would be trivial to make this one electric with a folding prop. Somebody has written the wingspans on the side of the box with a marker, and he got the conversion wrong for the longer wing. G++ $399


Graupner Meister Control Line handle

WP200488 Graupner Meister Control Line handle A 1950s CL handle that is as found and has clearly been used but cared for. It includes a roll of wire and the original instruction sheet. G+ $29





Graupner:  Cirrus Graupner:  Cirrus Graupner:  Cirrus

WP181266 Graupner: Cirrus This is one of the most famous sailplane kits of the 1970s, and the plane that I learned to fly on. My father built one in 1971 and taught me to fly standing in front of him and sharing the transmitter. This kit looks to be undisturbed in the box. This plane has a 3 meter wingspan! It can thermal when other planes are grounded. The ABS fuselage still has most of the original tissue paper around it. Some of the hardware is loose in the box and I suspect that a hardware bag has ruptured. The bags are more like cellophane and they do crack. It is missing the assembly manuals, however, I photographed all of the photos from the assembly manual of the other Cirrus kit that I had before I shipped it, and I will include a CD with those photos. Everything else seems to be there including the instrument panel, and the decals. The catalog, which Graupner always included, is dated 1970/71. The box is quite clean, with no tape marks and only light shelf wear. The canopy is a bit distorted but the way that it is glued to a framework it should be fine, especially if you warm it up a bit with a hair dryer. I also have the optional motor pylon kit. I will sell this to the person who buys this kit for an additional $100. I do not wish to sell it separately as long as I still have this kit. Fine- $695


Graupner Nr. 107            Pylon Engine Mount for the Amigo Graupner Nr. 107            Pylon Engine Mount for the Amigo

WP180759 Graupner Nr. 107 Pylon Engine Mount for the Amigo This is a power pod for the original Graupner Amigo. Inside there is a Graupner catalog that is for 1962. The catalog is in beautiful condition. The box is relatively cleaned but it was crushed and some of the corners are blown out. There isn't much to the kit, but I think that one piece is missing, the firewall. According to the instructions, the firewall was made from beech wood. It isn't in the box and must have fallen out. It looks like the rest of it is there. G+ $49


Hinode Denko Co. Ltd Kit:  SS-09M - Baron Hinode Denko Co. Ltd Kit:  SS-09M - Baron Hinode Denko Co. Ltd Kit:  SS-09M - Baron Hinode Denko Co. Ltd Kit:  SS-09M - Baron Hinode Denko Co. Ltd Kit:  SS-09M - Baron

WP21041 Hinode Denko Co. Ltd Kit: SS-09M - Baron This rare Japanese kit, called the Baron, appears to be a reduced size Astro Hog, with an approximately 40" wingspan. It has strip ailerons like the SIG Astro Hog, but unlike the original. It is a 4 channel plane and I am guessing that it must be from the late 1960s. It was designed by S. Tangiku and Y. Mazda. Mr. Tangiku went on to found his own company that build fantastic kits until just a few years ago. I bought one in Tokyo and built it. Sadly, I don't think that they were ever marketed in the US. Most Japanese kits that I have handled have been of super quality, and this kit is no exception. It is so rare that it really belongs in a museum. The instructions are all written on the plans in Japanese. Somebody has hand written English translations on the plans. When I built my Tangiku kit, I found that I could build it from plans without understanding the written instructions. Also included is a warning page, showing Asian cartoon characters warning about all of the things that you should not do with an RC plane. It is great. The box is showing its age a bit, and the plans look their age, but the kit itself has no issues. I gave it a minus for the aging of the box and paperwork. I have had this kit for years and I really love it. I just don't have the heart to build it so I thought that I would offer it so that a collector might buy it, or somebody who will reproduce it. Fine- $259


Hinode Denko Co. Ltd .30 - .45 Size Float Kit Hinode Denko Co. Ltd .30 - .45 Size Float Kit

WP21042 Hinode Denko Co. Ltd .30 - .45 Size Float Kit A rare kit that builds a set of floats for a .30 - 45 size RC plane. The floats are 740mm long. This kit was designed by S. Tangiku and Y. Mazda. The box is showing its age and the bottom of the box has a split in the sides ar the middle. The kit itself is very clean. The plans are showing some age and somebody has hand written English translations to the Japanese instructions onto the plans. A rare find that belongs in a collection. Fine- $99


OK Model Co. Pilot Kit No. 304 Crown 300 OK Model Co. Pilot Kit No. 304 Crown 300 OK Model Co. Pilot Kit No. 304 Crown 300

WP191044 OK Model Co. Pilot Kit No. 304 Crown 300 This is an early Pilot kit of a plane that was imported by Nelson Model Products but the intruction booklet is still in Japanese. It is very similar to a scaled down Taurus, except for the top of the fuselage. It could easily be build to look just like a Taurus. The wingspan is 1420mm (57 inches). The kit is very clean with a crisp box and with all of the parts still bundled in the way that the Japanese do their kits. This kit is of superb quality, at least as good as a Top Flite kit of the period. This is the only example of this rare kit that I have seen. Fine $295


Performance Kits Sun Bird Performance Kits Sun Bird Performance Kits Sun Bird

WP130668 Performance Kits Sun Bird I have never seen another example of this kit. My father received it as a gift in 1979 when he was in the hospital. I don't think that it was new then. It builds a 51" stunt biplane. The kit is a classic old school British kit in the tradition of Veron. The labels are some kind of plastic material that has wrinkled. The box has one tear in the side that runs half way up the side. The contents are wonderful and include more accessories than most kits, including a fuel tank, fabric covering, and big rubber wheels that are still like new. The plans have been opened and put back, but the kit has never been removed from the box. I think that this is a real gem. G+ $395


Premier Tiger Moth DH82A De Luxe Kit Premier Tiger Moth DH82A De Luxe Kit Premier Tiger Moth DH82A De Luxe Kit Premier Tiger Moth DH82A De Luxe Kit

WP210954 Premier Tiger Moth DH82A De Luxe Kit This kit builds a 66" wingspan de Haviland Tiger Moth. This is a high-end British kit. I am not sure but I think that it dates from the 80s or 90s. This is the de Luxe version that came with a second box with plastic parts for adding more detail. The kit looks undisturbed on the original box. The box is clean, but the smaller auxillary box has paint splatter all over it. This is a serious kit for the advanced builder. It calls for a .40 to a .91. I don't think that I have ever seen a box show such a wide range for suggested power plants. Of course I would use a slow turinign Axi motor with a big prop for a great scale look. Fine $395


Royal Products

WP200243 Royal Products A new in the unopened package Royal cockpit interior for the Junior size Zero. Fine $39






Veron:  TIger Moth Veron:  TIger Moth Veron:  TIger Moth

WP181079 Veron: Tiger Moth A very clean and undisturbed kit of the Veron Tiger Moth. This is a later kit when Solarbo owned Veron. I am not sure when that transition took place. The plane has a 50" wingspan and is designed for .20 - .40 motors, although I would build it with a modest electric motor to maintain a classic scale feel. A .40 power motor would be ridiculous in this plane. The box has minor tape stains on each side, and an auction lot was written on one side. Fine $189


Veron Concord Veron Concord Veron Concord

WP210959 Veron Concord The Concord is a Phil Smith design from the early 1960s. It has a 66" wingspan and was designed for four channel operation. It reminds me of a cross-between a Taurus and a Tauri. It is one of my personal favorites. The box on this one is a little bit beat up and has foxing on the lid. The contents look more or less undisturbed. I bought this one with the idea of building it, but I have too many kits like that, so I am giving you the chance. G+ $395


Veron Concord Veron Concord Veron Concord

WP130666 Veron Concord This was one of the great designs of its time, and was demonstrated around the world in a world tour. It is of the period of the great Taurus, and has some resemblance to that great plane. My father bought this kit new in London in the early 1960s, and it still has the Pan Am luggage tag on the box from his bringing it back. As a child I love to look at it and dream of one day building it. Later, when I was old enough to build it, I couldn't bear the thought of doing so, its having remained untouched for so long. I still enjoy just gazing at the box. I know that I priced this one a bit high, but it has become a very scarce kit, and it is an imporant kit for a number reaons. And finally, I will hate to see it go! The plans are yellowed with age. The kit has never been removed from the box, and is complete down to the spinner, and original wheels, which suprisingly are still supple. I have over the years unfolded the plans and dreamed over them, but that is it. This is a magnificent old school kit, with lots of thick pieces of milled balsa, including the top of the fuselage and the wing leading edges. The box has some tape on it where it was taped to carry it back from London. One end of the box now has torn corners. The label is wonderful, priceless really. I hope that somebody who will love this kit as much as I have buys it. G++ $595


WIK Nr. 1183  BS-1 Bjorn Sailplane Kit WIK Nr. 1183  BS-1 Bjorn Sailplane Kit WIK Nr. 1183  BS-1 Bjorn Sailplane Kit

WP210957 WIK Nr. 1183 BS-1 Bjorn Sailplane Kit A very scarce German sailplane kit from the 1970s. Builds an 87" wingspan T-tail glider. This model was designed by Wilfried klinger and is described as semi-scale. The box has some tape glued residue in one band down the middle, but it is not torn and shows only normal shelf wear. The contents are clean and look undisturbed. I have had this kit a long time and I want somebody else to enjoy owning it now. G++ $399



Yushu Model Airplane Silk

WP131269 Yushu Model Airplane Silk This is 6 sealed packages of silk. 4 are red and one is dark blue. They are all marked "Yushu Brand, Model Airplane Silk, an International Product, Made in Japan" The packages are sealed and I don' t know how much silk each contains. I think that these are from the early 1960s. New $100






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Model Airplane Motors
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Graupner Speed 600 Gear 2.8:1

ME211157 Graupner Speed 600 Gear 2.8:1 An elderly flying friend of mine gave me this motor. He told me that he bought it new and never used it. I looks like it was never used. There is no evidence on the contacts that they were used. Fine+ $16





K&B Allyn Sea Fury .15 Inboard Twin K&B Allyn Sea Fury .15 Inboard Twin K&B Allyn Sea Fury .15 Inboard Twin

ME200477 K&B Allyn Sea Fury .15 Inboard Twin A nice as found example that I bought from the original owner's estate. It is complete with the fuel tank and the original instruction sheet. It should clean up to better than G++ $349





McCoy .098

ME200478 McCoy .098 A nice as found example. It needs cleaning and doesn't turn over, as to be expected. It hasn't been touched since at least 1966. The flexible extension of the needle valve is gone. Free to the first person who orders it and spends at least $200 on this page. It should clean up well and except for the needle valve will rate better than G+ $0



O&R O&R

WP210738 O&R A new-old-stock Olson & Rice 10/4 wooden propellor. In my experience, this is a very scarce survivor. I don't recall ever having another one and I have seen hundreds of old Top Flite wooden propellors. Fine+ $25




Rise RXD250 Brushless Motors

ME2004130 Rise RXD250 Brushless Motors Two new in the package brushless outrunners. The package tells us that they are for Racing Drones, but I don't know the specs. They have never been removed from this package. New $19





Super Tiger - .51 RC Super Tiger - .51 RC

ME130670 Super Tiger - .51 RC This is an early production Super Tigre .51 that was purchased in the early 1960s, and never used. I bought it along with an unbuilt Top-Flite Orion. It has the original price of 24.98 written on the box. It has "chromed" stamped on the box, and stamped into the side of the right motor mount. It has two rings on the piston and a most unusual carburetor arrangement, whereby the RC linkage moves the exhaust port, which is linked to the throttle. The paperwork in the box indicates that this is one of the earliest of this type of motor. It included a letter from the importer, "World Engines", with a pre-zip code address, and two sets of instructions, one English, and one Italian. A close examination of this motor shows me that it has never been mounted. Also in the box is a prop wrench that I assume came with it and a small slip of paper talking about installing the carburetor. Fine $129

Torpedo Special  (probably a 30) Torpedo Special  (probably a 30)

ME130675 Torpedo Special (probably a 30) A beautifully cleaned motor that I acquired from the estate of the original owner, an avid kit & motor collector who started collecting in the 1930s. The piece that rotates to set the timing is clearly a purpose made replacement, but is only a place holder; it is not functional. The displacement is not marked on the motor but it looks to be a 30 size to me. I would rate it fine but for because fo the replaced piece I rated it G++ $125


Veco 29 Veco 29 Veco 29

ME180764 Veco 29 One of the all time classics, a Veco 29 stunt motor. This motor is as found and untouched since the 1960s. It is a bit dirty and gummed up, but should clean up nicely. The only problem that I see is that the flexible end of the needle valve is broken off and the end has been slotted to use a screwdriver. The serial number is B5376. If anyone knows the date that corresponds to, please let me know. This motor also has the original instruction sheet with it. Should clean to G++ $25


Webra 2.5 Diesel Motor Webra 2.5 Diesel Motor Webra 2.5 Diesel Motor Webra 2.5 Diesel Motor

ME200925 Webra 2.5 Diesel Motor I am not an expert on early Webra motors, but my understanding is that this motor is from the early 1950s and was only made for a short time with this mounting configuration. The serial number is 20448. It came from an estate of a hobbyist who died around 1970. It has been in his son's attic ever since. The T handle for adjusting the compression has been crudely soldered. This could easily be removed. The motor is absoutely untouched but should clean up beautifully. G++ $125



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