VINTAGE KITS ANNEX 5
This Annex 4 page is a continuation of the Vintage Model Airplane Kits offerings which appear on the previous four pages. You can access the beginning page by clicking Here. or use the links in the lefthand column. This link will be repeated at the bottom of this page.
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Here is an air-minded youth of thirteen in 1940. Pictured in Life magazine, this lad builds model planes at his home in Pearl Harbor while his dad, an Annapolis graduate, is at sea as a Scouting Force Aviation Officer. The caption for the photo reads, in part, "Old salts say that the furure of the Navy rests with boys like David. As long as American kids have the creative and mechanical ability to build engines, planes and ships, the Navy will be great." I doubt that there are very many 13-year-olds today with David's devotion to building models. Stick and tissue and Ambroid glue have been replaced with shiny plastic ready to fly right out of the box marked "Made in China." The vintage, wood model kits on these pages are a collecting link to an era where youth met the challenges of craftmanship, stumbling along the way with cut fingers, crashed airplanes and dope stained pants, but nevertheless gained skills which served them well it later life. If you read the biographies of great designers, most exercised intense curiosity for things mechanical in their boyhood and developed the ability to create and fix things with their hands and tools - successes may have been limited, but the knowledge gained was inestimable. Somehow this tradition which carried on for centuries has been largely lost in the last 30 or 40 years as youngsters no longer seem to take pride in hands-on, build-it-yourself accomplishments and have replaced "doing" with play - computer games, ipods, and activities with pre-built things. We who built and fixed things as kids learned quickly that failure was sometimes part of life as we watched countless hours on the workbench do a spiral dive into the dirt, or had the motorcycle engine spit metal - yet, the thrill of an occasional triumph gave satisfaction that can't be equalled by anything else. Failure or success with something that someone else created and manufactured doesn't carry the personal fulfillment that the human spirit needs. Finally, take in the movie The World's Fastest Indian to counter all the negativity surrounding us.
As war clouds enveloped Europe, Russia and China, and before America was attacked at Pearl Harbor in December of 1941, the American aircraft industry was slowly rescuing itself from the doldrums of the 1930s, though not with any great vigor. It is interesting that the model airplane magazine, Model Airplane News, carried the following editorial in the August 1941 issue.
John Stobart is without a doubt, America's most popular contemporary marine painter, with his remarkable use of color and light.
"What," you ask, "does John Stobart's marine art have to do with model airplanes?"
The famous marine artist, John Stobart, was a ten year old lad in England's Midlands, Derby, as World War II began. Rolls-Royce built their engines there - thousands of Merlins were rolling off the assembly lines. The young John Stobart was an admirer of the beautiful lines of the Spitfire, considering it "a work of pure art." John's involvement with model airplanes, and the lessons that it taught, were repeated tens of thousands of time amongst the youth of the 1930s and 40s. The following quote is taken from the wonderful book, American Maritime Paintings of John Stobart, page 9
You can view many of the masterful paintings by John Stobart by clicking here. Use the back arrow to return. My wife and I were privileged to meet with John Stobart in February 2011 at the Ventura County Maritime Museum.
A youthful model builder during World War Two invariably dreamed of the day that he too might pilot one of those powerful fighters that he modeled and take on the despicable enemy. Many of the model manufacturer's ads played on this dream. The Joe Ott ad below was featured in a 1943 Model Airplane News and is typical of the message used by numerous companies.
A Cleveland "Master" Scale Flying Model Kit from the WWII period, the Lockheed P-38 "Lightning" is Kit Number SF-85 with a 1941 copyright.
A "Master" kit of the famous, twin-engine Lockheed P-38 in 3/4" scale with a 38 3/4" wingspan. The model of the month ad shown above is from a May 1942 Model Airplane News Cleveland Model & Supply Co. ad. It would take a lot of effort to build this twin-boom beauty - perhaps that is why some are still available! A wonderfully detailed vintage kit that reflects on that early WWII period, and the kids that put these together.
The kit box is the large lid type, measuring 9" x 18 1/2" x 1 3/4", in red, white and blue; a paper glue-down name and picture in b&w was attached to the top and wrapped around the left hand edge for each model aircraft designation (same picture as shown in ad). This is the most elaborate of the Cleveland box types and the last to contain liquids although most vintage kits available today don't have the original bottles. The usual Cleveland box of this type (not this one!) will show some significant scuffs, rubs, bumping, repairs, fading, tears, stains, even writing - sort of normal for most of these old Cleveland kits that have seen lots of storage and moving abuse. Few buyers at the time expected these kits to be around for another 70 years! However, this kit box is in outstanding condition, as good as any that I've ever had in my possession. It rates about a 8 to 8.5 out of 10 - the upper end of my scale.
The contents of this wartime kit contain some "substitute" materials with a combination of balsa blocks, some large balsa strips and lots of non-balsa stringers, very nicely finished, along with printwood of basswood (or something similar). The prop blanks and wheels are pine. The typical Cleveland cardstock prop blades and pine hubs were the same in all the kits. Glue and dope bottles are included; the main bottles have never been unwrapped from their paper enclosure. The plan is in mint condition. The tissue paper - white and blue - is wrapped around the stick bundle along with the paper insignia sheets; it doesn't appear that this has ever been unrolled completely.
An extra Cleveland item from the WWII period is included in this kit; a two-color, 2-sided leaflet describing the kit line and both SF and IT series models. This beautiful, never "played" with Cleveland Lockheed P-38 "Lightning" Kit SF-85, copyright 1941, in the C-D MFM series, may be purchased for $315.00. A terrific box/kit to add to your vintage kit display and collection.
Have Cleveland P-38 kit in mailer box (dry kit - see below) priced at $195.00.
CLEVELAND P-38 KIT SF-85 IN MAILER BOX
This SF-85 kit is complete and is all-balsa; it is packed in the Cleveland "mailer box" (there were at least four sizes of the cardboard box); these kits were dry. The plan has some yellowing on the folded surface that was adjacent to the cardboard lid. The contents are in as new condition. This outstanding Cleveland kit can be purchased for $195.00
A nice example of the Cleveland "T" kit, an Industrial Training Model, Kit Number T-155. Early in World War II, Cleveland decided to come out with a series of less expensive kits which would be easier to build; these kits, initially appearing in January 1943, all had a 36" wingspan. Still nicely detailed, with excellent full size plans, the models were lighter than the MFM or the 3/4" scale "SF" series and would make better flyers. The first series were called the "T Warplane Series"; this P-61 was one of the last of the warplane T kits, coming out at the end of the war. The box size is quite different from the "SF" boxes and doesn't have the brighter, white paper label for each airplane type, but rather, the entire box lid is printed on the lower grade box card.
This is a complete kit and the box lid rates about a 7.5, but the lid is structurally sound and a good display box. You can see the strong C-D family realtionship in the "T" series; very nice models. Cleveland made many kits for the armed forces during WWII; the War Department ordered as many as 5,000 Industrial Training kits at one time for recreational and rehabilitation purposes. Cleveland, along with other kit manufacturers, was able to get the War Department to release balsa material because, "....quota essential for educational purposes." Photos of the kit contents are shown below. A bottle of Cleveland Wood Cement (dried out) is included.
This Cleveland Kit No. T-155 of the P-61 Black Widow is available for $165.00 .
A number of interesting U-control kits were manufactured in Japan during the "Occupied Japan" period following WWII. Unlike some other Japanese vintage kits offered on this website, this particular kit has an all-aluminum skin structure and is powered by a pulsejet engine such as the Dyna-Jet and others. The Japanese kits were pre-fab with wood parts all pre-cut to shape (as nice as today's laser cut parts) and metal pieces also cut and die-formed where appropriate. This Republic F-84 kit is an amazing collection of a wealth of parts and comes with a West German-built Pulso-Jet PJS-5 engine by Sippel.
I'll warn you now that this F-84 kit section is photo-intensive as I want you to see all the parts that make up this beauty - in fact, there are so many photos that I've placed them on a separate page which you can access further down on this article.
In researching this kit, I've found an interesting synchronicity involving Jim Walker (American Junior), Republic Aviation, and the Japanese F-84 kit. The kit was purchased in Tokyo from The Tokyo Art Works, Ltd. (copy of receipt on photo page) by a 1st. Lt. Lanphear, the kit to be ready for delivery on February 6, 1957. Lanphear's name is also written on the box. Many U.S. servicemen purchased kits and completed solid models while stationed in Japan and some of these items were returned to the U.S.
Also, concurrently, Air Trails magazine carried two photos of the same Japanese F-84 model which was demonstrated at a U-Control contest sponsored by the famous Jim Walker; it is mentioned in the caption that the kit was handled by a Seattle hobby firm.
And, in 1957, Republic Aviation published a promotional plan of the F-84G drawn by the Republic Aviation Model Society which incorporates a Dyna-Jet engine in an all-wood structure; this Republic model is the same size as the Japanese F-84. A PDF file for part of this Republic piece can be viewed by clicking Here. The tail number of the Japanese F-84 kit is shown on the plan as "12570" which doesn't correspond to any F-84 serial number. The "G" model was used extensively worldwide but the "D" version was the first to arrive in Korea and would have also been frequently seen in Japan. Click Here for a printable three-view of the F-84. The Republic F-84 plan was mentioned in a 1958 issue of American Modeler and is shown below.
The F-84 kit comes in a large cardboard box which has seen considerable abuse during its long life and Pacific travels; the label is mostly intact as can be seen below. Note that "Tokyo" is mentioned on the label, but "Japan" or "Occupied Japan" doesn't appear anywhere in the kit.
The kit contents are in excellent condition as evident in the attached photos. The fuselage sections are actually spun aluminum, probably from tubes. Hundred of tiny rivets are included, or as the plan explains, "1 mm ribbit." The canopy plastic is a non-authentic part as the original probably warped over time; the SIG canopy is not exactly a correct shape for the F-84. The finely cut wood parts appear to be "kiri," or kili wood. The plan carries instructions in Japanese and also in fractured English. Numerous photos of kit parts can be accessed by clicking Here. Use the back arrow to return to this page.
A 1970s Sippel pulsejet engine is also included with this kit, as described below and illustrated on the photo page.
The PJS-5 Pulso Jet engine is similar to other pulsejet engines such as the familiar Dyna-Jet. The engine being offered is certainly "used", proving that it does run and fly. Complete and intact, the engine shows signs of having experienced a rough landing or two in that there is a dimple in the nose intake cone and some on the bottom of the combustion chamber. The engine comes with six spare butterfly valves. The engine is compatible with the F-84 model. The engine diameter at the spark plug is 2.53" - the plug is a Bosch U200T1 40.
Detail photos of the engine parts can be viewed along with the F-84 kit parts by clicking Here.
This Japanese kit, with its many parts, along with the West German Sippel Pulso-Jet engine, is priced at $2100.00.
Cleveland became the leader in making kits of the 1930s Thompson Trophy winning racers. The 1931 winner, the Gee-Bee Model Z piloted by Lowell Bayles, was issued as kit No. SF-17 in 1931 and later modified to SF-17B, sold as a C-D Master Flying Model kit. Following WWII, and as the market for the SF style kits dwindled and a new line of cheaper, quick-build kits developed, Cleveland redesigned the "Z" by redrawing the original 2-sided plan (maintaining the basic structure) to a larger single-sided plan and adding postwar innovations such as showing a CO2 engine installation. This new version was designated as Kit M-17 in 1948 - the "SF" designation was dropped in favor of "M" series but the Cleveland kits reverted back to the "SF" designation by the mid-1950s for some reason - note the 1955 Cleveland ad below. By the 1960's, a few Cleveland kits reverted back to the "M" designation.
The postwar Cleveland Master Kits, sometime after 1947 (1947 "SF" designs such as the Republic Sea Bee were packaged in the large "Master" box with liquids), came in at least three different boxes over a period of a few years. Some were delivered in the plain cardboard "mailer box" while a red, white and blue lid box with no label vied with a larger red and blue box with white stars master kit with a background of natural paper, similar to the "T" kits. When Cleveland briefly went back to the "SF" series (dropping the "M" designation) at the end of their kit production days, with a limited number of kits, the white box with no label was used along with the mailer box. Shown below are two examples of a Cleveland M-17 kit box. Note the reversal of the "Z" drawing.
This Cleveland Kit M-17 comes with your choice of box style - either of the above boxes. The picture box rates only about a "5.5" as it is age stained and scuffed. The white box rates about a "7.5". The kit contents are shown below along with a portion of the plan.
Several bonus items are included in the kit. Reprints of the 1930s pylon setup, C-D notching system and instrument panel are provided. Also, a vacuum formed clear canopy is included. The price of this 1948 kit is $SOLD,BUT SEE SF-17 KIT BELOW. The "bones" of a SF-17 kit in-work are shown below - the remarkable Cleveland kits can be built to exacting standards.
And, of local interest to me, this same February 1949 issue of MAN featured a local Santa Barbara resident, Sandy Hill, on the cover, holding her Jasco Special rubber model which was a contest winner. Sandy was the wife of Stan Hill, a long time modeler, now deceased, free flight designer (kitted by Berkeley) and Wakefield contestant; in 1949, they were both members of the Falcon Model Airplane Club as Stan was president. Stan gave me the Berkeley kit of the Super Buccaneer which I currently fly. Stan also constructed 1:1 homebuilts which he flew - all activity at his mountainside "factory" overlooking Santa Barbara. Stan died in 2008.
NEW Have the 1959 redrawn version M-17B kit in red, white and blue box. Kit complete but a few fuselage formers have been carefully cutout. Box rates about a "6" - this 1959 version is rather scarce. Price is $105.00.
This kit SF-17B is the original 2-sided plan. The kit was issued in the Cleveland "mailer box" - it is unknown when this kit was made. However, it is known, by reference to Cleveland-Peerless Antique Model Co. catalog of March, 1960 with additions to 1963 that this SF kit was no longer available and the previous production had been the M-17 shown above with a new plan. Own this original SF-17B "Z" kit for $Sorry Sold. See another SF-17B kit available on the Kit Annex 5 Page.
The photo below shows a 1:1 scale "Z" which was built for the Disney film, Rocketeer. Pictured while at the old Santa Monica Museum of Flying. Reported to be tricky to fly!
The Guillow scale model kits are well known and still in production; the firm started in 1924 and has been a major player in the stick and tissue market ever since.
Here are a few "modern" Guillow scale kits; plans dated in the 1960s and production as late as the 1970s.
The "Giant Scale" kits shown below are currently offered by Guillows and may be viewed on their website by clicking here. Use the back arrow to return to this page. Note that these kits are priced at $119.99 each. You can purchase any of the three kits presented here for only one-half price, or $60.00. Note that the B-24D and B-17G are still in the original cello wrap, having never been opened.
This 3/4" scale kit makes up into a handsome "Dora" with a wingspan of 25 3/4". The plans are dated 1966 and the kit has dated material from 1974. This kit can be made into a pure display model, or a powered free flight; interestingly, this 1966 plan shows an early RC system. Die-cut parts with vacuformed detail parts - a lot of 1966 kit for only $10.00. Compare quality and price to kits made today by other manufacturers. Box in excellent condition with some fading from exposure.
Another excellent 3/4" scale kit with a wingspan of 24 3/8". Plan in this kit was drawn in 1961 and shows multiple power choices. Excellent box with some fading. These make up to great display models or would be a good flyer with todays .049 or electric and lightweight RC. Price Soory Sold.
German Rumpler C5 Kit No. 206
One of the famous Guillow WWI kits with a 24" wingspan, or a scale of 9/16" =1'. This kit has a plan dated 1964. Would make super scale display or flyer with light RC. Price is Sorry SOLD.
Stearman PT-17 Kit No. 803
This kit number is being produced currently, but this particular kit is from 1975 (sales receipt with kit). The PT-17 plan was drawn in 1973. Kit is complete with all the 1975 parts and pieces in "as new" condition and is yours for SORRY SOLD. A 3/4" scale model with a 28" wingspan - build for free flight, RC, U-control or display.
Cleveland's "SF" model C-D scale kits, prior to March 1941, came in a lid box which did not picture the aircraft; the ad below is from the January 1941 issue of Model Airplane News and shows drawings of typical kit boxes being offered for Chistmas 1940.
Just three months later, Cleveland Models introduced "Four Sensational New War Planes" in the March 1941 issue of Model Airplane News; these were the first of Cleveland's scale models of World War 2 military aircraft. Also, these were the first Cleveland kits to come in the newly designed, larger "Master" style box; this box measured 9" x 18 1/2" (twice the width of previous SF kit boxes seen above), had a removable lid and had a space in the center for liquids. The ad copy below is from the March 1941 MAN.
Cleveland used both styles of boxes, however, on the early WW2 series. Pictured below is an example of the Spitfire Kit, SF-73, which is packaged in the earlier box. It is rare to find one of the first four WW2 fighters in this style silver box. Note that there were two depths used in this box style and this box is the deeper.
Cleveland designers were hard at work and introduced two more warplanes by October 1941, the Curtiss P-40 Tomahawk and the Lockheed P-38 (see ad below).
Cleveland's ads for 1942 featured a "Model of the Month" to promote the new warplane kits. The P-40 kit, SF-77, was the featured model in the March 1942 issue of MAN.
At least two versions of the "All-American" box printing were used by Cleveland with only slight variations. The P-40 kit being offered here is a typical wartime version with substitute material, instead of balsa, used for the printwood and most stickwood. Balsa blocks are included as well as some balsa "filler" sheet. This kit is complete with six different bottles of liquids. The kit contents are shown below - the plan is complete and in excellent condition as are all parts of the kit.
Details of some of the contents are shown below. The kit's box lid (shown at top) rates about a "5" to "6" out of "10" with some restoration, fading, discoloring and mild foxing - a decent display box of the usual "average" condition. This Cleveland kit is available for $285.00.
Another SF-77 kit, similar to the one above, is also available at the same price. This kit also has the wartime hardwood printwood but has liquids in their original wrap as shown below.
The kit shown below is the SF-77 kit packaged in the Cleveland "mailer box" - the kit is identical to the SF-77 shown above with the exception that the mailer box kits were "dry" and the kit is all-balsa. The plan shows some yellowing where it was exposed to the wood or cardboard during 50 years of storage - a normal condition for kits of this vintage. This kit is priced at $195.00.
Several of the first Cleveland kit boxes are shown below for interest and reference. The first is Kit SF-15 in a silver box with blue stripes as used in 1933-34; note that there was no picture of the model. The second box, Kit SF-9,was used in 1934 with a picture label on a silver box with black stripes.
Cleveland responded to the World War 2 demand for training aids by designing a series of model kits which were easier to construct than the SF scale kits but which were accurate and less expensive; each of the "Industrial Training" kits had a three-foot wingspan. A new, lid-type carton was designed for the "T" kits. The initial line of six kits expanded to eleven (see P-61 offered on these pages) and was continued well into the late 1940s.
A Cleveland ad in the January 1943 issue of Model Airplane News announced the new line as "New Big 3-foot wingspan war plane series. Just in time for Christmas. All victory models - and extremely authentic for their giant size. Biggest values on market. Kits are all complete."
The wartime kits generally had substitute material for balsa. The kit offered here, the Curtiss P-40 "Warhawk", kit T77, has fiberboard printwood, spruce sticks and some balsa blocks. The title block has a 1942 copyright date. The box lid rates about a "7" and the contents are complete. The price of this wartime Cleveland "T" kit is $160.00.
The Casalaire control line model kit was an immediate post-war product by Tison Bros. of Los Angeles. The kit featured an all-metal fuselage and rudder with a built-up balsawood wing and a solid balsa horizontal tail. Not really an "all-metal" kit, but very good looking with a Luscombe appearance. This model was designed for control line only. It was on the market for about two years or so. The name Casalaire was based on the design origin - Mr. L.N. Casale.
There are two plan sheets. Illustrations from the fuselage and assembly sheet are shown below. The second plan sheet is for the wing and horizontal tail. Each plan sheet is in excellent condition.
This kit is from 1946. The metal fuselage parts were wrapped in newspaper from September 10, 1946. It is interesting to note a Douglas Aircraft advertisement in that newspaper. The Southern California aircraft industry took a huge hit in employment as World War 2 ended and most military aircraft production ceased, yet Douglas was looking for employees to build the new commercial aircraft.
The advertisement below is from the March 1947 issue of "Model Airplane News." The ad suggests that the Viking "65" could be used in the Casalaire.
Photos of all kit parts are displayed on the Supplemental Kit Photos Page which can be accessed by Clicking Here. The kit contents are all original with the exception of the wheels which are a modern equivalent style. The quality of the pre-drilled metal parts is exceptional. A bottle of Testors Clear Dope, still liquid as the day it was sold, is included with the kit. The kit box was in it's death throws, with a rating of about "2," and has been restored to the point that it is intact and looks pretty good from 100 feet! This is really an unusual model kit and one that is hard to find. It screams to be built, but at a price of $SORRY SOLD, it will probably remain a collector kit. Be sure and check out all the intricate parts on the photo page.
A two-page Tison Bros. sales leaflet can be viewed by clicking here. Note that the price was marked down from $18.50 to $14.75. The model is not nearly as simple as the brochure implies. Also, it would be assumed that the fuselage comes apart for access as shown on page 2. Not quite! The top half is riveted to the bottom half. Note that there is no evidence of a control line arrangement shown - no bellcrank, wires etc. - only one mention in the text that the model is a "Control Line." Perhaps something to do with Walker's patent?
The designer, Lou Casale, is famous for his 1930s scale model winners. He obviously kept the metal model design alive (although not commercially kitted)as the following article and photo from 1962 proves. The Casalaire U-control model became an R/C model in a somewhat changed version.
From the Berkeley Curtiss A-12 "Shrike" Controliner plan: "Developed by Curtiss Aircraft in the middle 30's, the "Shrike" was considered to be one of the outstanding aircraft of its day, and greatly influenced all future pursuit aircraft design. Some of its features included four .30 cal machine guns in the gear fairings, one in the aft cockpit, automatic slots, and wing flaps. Powered by a 670 h.p. Wright Cyclone. Top speed was 195 m.p.h. Look no further if you want a fine flying historically famous flying scale design. Its unusually long tail moment arem, with large tail surfaces, rugged shock mounted gear, operating flaps and rugged structures throughout, make this a perfect design for the rigors of everyday sport flying, as well as the scale events where technical accuracy, detail and performance are essential."
This excellent kit is in 3/4" scale giving it a wingspan of 33". A Don McGovern design from 1958 by Berkeley Models of West Hempstead, New York.
This kit has good balsa and an aluminum cowl ring. The box lid rates a nice "8" so would make a handsome display or could build up as a display model or a flyer. Price for this 1958 kit is $225.00.
A Controliner kit, this P-26 in 3/4" scale, dated 1959, has a completely planked fuselage using nifty rounded and concave carved sticks which nest as they are joined. An aluminum cowling and vacuum formed engine assures a high quality scale model. The kit is complete and all parts are shown in the photos below. The plan is somewhat discolored on the exposed portions; the decal sheet is perfect. The balsa "printwood" is die-cut as well as the plywood. The box rates about a "7" and is adequate for display. A favorite airplane of many, the P-26 kit is available for only $195.00.
This 26" wingspan "Controliner" kit features a completely planked model using the rounded strips. Kit number 5-10, it was designed for .09 to .15 engines and is dated 1959, toward the end of Berkeley's production. The kit is complete and in excellent condition; the box rates about a "6" with good construction but some aging and fading and shelf scuffing. Price for this kit is $195.00.
A Berkeley advetisement from November 1959, shown below, has both the P-26 and the Grumman F4F as featured "Scale Fighters."
This is an outstanding scale model kit in 1"=1' scale for a 33 1/2" wingspan. Either for control line or could be a R/C with something like a small Norvell. Designed by the famous Henry Struck, the "Skimmer" is a Berkeley design from 1956 - a fifty year-old kit. The box lid has some damage in the upper rh corner but shows well for a rating of a "7". Price for this kit is $Sorry Sold. For the adventerous builder, this could be flown off water.
This Maircraft, all-balsa, profile cut kit of "The Flying 75," the B-25H with a 75 mm., T-13E1 cannon, is from the WWII period. The first cannon equipped B-25, the G model, came out around 1943; the 75 mm. was adopted for anti-shipping strikes in the South Pacific. The M-4 cannon fired 15-lb. shells and was loaded by the navigator/bombardier and aimed with the help of two 0.50-inch machine guns in the nose. The G carried 15 of the 75 mm. shells. Hand loading was tricky because the cannon had a 21-inch recoil and in a confined space - only about four rounds could be fired during a typical attack run. 405 of the "G" models were built but they did not prove to be very successful and were replaced by the "H" which had a lighter version of the 75 mm. cannon and the addition of four 0.50-inch "blister" guns, located below the cockpit and had four 0.50-inch guns in the nose. The dorsal turret was moved forward to a position just aft of the cockpit; a tail gunner with two 0.50s in a power mounting was added and two 0.50-inch waist guns were added. The "H" became operational by February 1944 - the cannon hampered the flexibility of attack and the "H" was withdrawn by August of 1944. The B-25J became the standard and was the highest produced variant - similar to the "H" but without the cannon and went back to the bomber-style transparent nose.
This Maircraft kit D-1 is in a large 1/4" scale. The skilled Maircraft draftsman, James R. Wyse, drew the detailed plan - he has been noted frequently on this website for the superior quality of the Maircraft drawings. The kit is in excellent condition and the box rates an "8+" - the kit is priced at SORRY SOLD..
Some solid kits of the WWII period featured a carved fuselage and perhaps nacelles on multi-engine aircraft. As the manufacturers entered the competitive post-war era, they struggled for ways to become dominant in a shrinking market - many of the companies dropped out of the business by the 50's and not necessarily for lack of quality. Diversity was attempted with wider product ranges incorporating flying models, U-control, race cars, and improved solid models but the marketplace couldn't absorb the production. The better known model companies spiffed up their solid kits with pre-carved parts and/or added metal or plastic detail fittings - the Monogram Super Kits, the Dyna Models kits, Fernday, StromBecKer and others soldiered on through the 50's with wood or wood and plastic/metal kits that eventually lost the battle with the plastic brigades.
The history of the Brooklyn-based Consolidated-Burkard kits is detailed on the first page of Vintage Kits on this website - they had incorporated carved parts in their "Deluxe" kits early in the 1940s. Some more of their carved kits will be shown here along with a few others that are not so well known.
Enterprise was another of the Brooklyn-based model companies, located at 5107 Ave. D by 1952. The kit being offered here is a F-51 Mustang in 1/4" scale. The pre-carved fuselage is touted as "AUTHENTI-CARVED" to exact 1/4" scale. This kit came out in 1952 amongst a heavily contested market. The kit features all-balsa and has decals. The box rates an "8."
Own this nice example of a pre-carved kit for sorry SOLD.
This is an original Cleveland plan for Kit SF-39 dated 1933. This plan is not a modern copy, but was purchased from Cleveland Model & Supply Co. at 4506-12 Lorain Ave., Cleveland 2, Ohio around 1960. The plan is in nearly new condition and it is for the 1932 Berliner Joyce P-16 kit in 3/4" scale. Portions are shown below - the plan was shipped folded. The plan, including shipping, is priced at $18.00.
Cleveland's Ed Packard had a knack for selecting interesting airplanes for his kit subjects. He particularly liked the Thompson Trophy racers. Although coming to a tragic end, the highly modified Curtiss XF6C-6 "Page" racer was a sleek looking and fast machine. Piloted by U.S. Marine Captain Arthur Page, the U.S. Navy monoplane race version of the Curtiss F6C biplane brought an end to the Navy's involvement in the Thompson Trophy air racing as Captain Page crashed on lap 17 of the 1930 race held at the Curtiss-Reynolds Airport in Chicago. He was leading the race with a speed near 210 mph when he crashed.
The Curtiss-Page XF6C-6 was a one-off airplane, serial number A-7147. The airplane, in the biplane floatplane configuration, had been used in the Marine Trophy Race, and other races, prior to the extensive conversion to the Thompson Trophy Race monoplane version with its parasol wing and wing "skin" radiators. Jimmy Haizlip, pilot of the second place finisher, a new TravelAir Mystery, witnessed Capt. Page's crash. Haizlip saw Page make a wide turn at the home pylon in front of the grandstand and pull up and away leading to a descent and crash. It is suspected that Capt. Page suffered from excessive CO. Speed Holman won the race in his Laird "Solution" with an average speed of 201.91 mph.
This Cleveland kit SF-44 from 1934 was carried in the 1937 catalog under "Sport and Military Types" as pictured below.
The renewed line of SF kits in 1955-56 included the Curtiss-Page racer. The plan for the XF6C-6 can currently be purchased from www.clevelandairline.com.
The 1937 ad shown above lists the kit as "dry" - however, the kit being offered here is in the rare "All American" silver box and contains the red dope tube with silver paint in it and a small container of what appears to be red is wrapped in paper. As mentioned in these pages, the Cleveland kits were sometimes dry and sometimes included dope and cement, depending upon the year and possibly Packard's whim and bank account.
The silver "All American" box for this kit rates about a "7" - structurally sound but has some scuffing and some surface damage to top center of box lid. The kit is complete; the plan has a small tear on one edge. One of the racier looking airplanes with its parasol wing and large wheel pants, this XF6C-6 kit is available for Sorry Sold.
Cleveland model kits were sold under several variations of the Cleveland name over the years since their beginning, particularly following WW2. Some of the postwar company names and addresses are sorted out below along with a short company history; the following short history article was written by E.T. Packard on February 22, 1961 and was printed in the catalog for the Cleveland-Peerless Antique Model Co., Division of Cleveland Model and Supply Co. (address of 4510 Lorain Ave.). The name, Cleveland-Peerless Antique Model Co., was used on their September 1963 catalog as well. Previously, the September 1960 sales sheet listed the company as Cleveland Model Products Co. at 4506 Lorain Ave., but a June 15, 1960 catalog (the first Cleveland-Peerless) listed the company as "The Newly Organized Cleveland Peerless Antique Model Company (Div. of Cleveland Model & Supply Company)" at 4510 Lorain Ave. To further compound the identification maze, the company also had the "Cleveland Historical Model Association" and enthusiasts were invited to visit the "Headquarters and Museum" at 4506 Lorain Ave. and also were informed that "National officers to be elected." Dues for the C.H.M.A. were $5.00. By September 1964, the "Peerless" name was dropped, with the following comment: "You have been asking too, where Peerless figured in the picture to be included within the firm name. It didn't, so in the future the division shall be known as Cleveland Antique Aircraft Classics Division."
By 1965, an information letter accompanying some SE plans, the letterhead was for the Cleveland Model and Supply Company at 4506 Lorain Avenue, but signed under the name of "Cleveland Antique Aircraft Classics Division" which was also the mailing title to 4510 Lorain Ave. The February 1967 plan catalog listed the company as Cleveland Model & Supply Co. at 4506 Lorain Ave., a Division of Cleveland Model Products Co. The 1955-56 catalog carried the same name, Cleveland Model and Supply Co., at 4506-12 Lorain Ave., as did the 1949 catalog; this is the name that the company had used since the 1930s - in many cases, the "Co." was followed by "Inc.", but not always. The 4506-12 indicates the period that the company occupied most of the store fronts in the block; a shipping label from that period is shown below. Note the reference to "Profitkrafts Division", a division name that is rarely mentioned.
The Lorain street facility was occupied in late 1937 which eventually included a separate company store. In 1958, Will Packard, a brother of Ed, started a wholesale business with the name Cleveland Hobby Supply Company, totally separate from the manufacturing company that he had worked at for twenty-five years with his brother, Ed Packard. Ed Packard departed the Lorain Avenue facility in 1968 to relocate to 10307 Detroit Avenue, thus ending the long history on Lorain Avenue. Coincidentally, Packard elected to cease manufacturing any more kits at that time.
The 1961 Cleveland catalog also announced the formation of "Packard Air-Motive Co.", formed to supply the needs of full scale airplane "home builders." The following information appeared in the catalog:
The 3/4" scale model kit of the Lockheed Hudson makes into a handsome display model; the photo below shows the Cleveland Model display at the National Model Aviation Museum. The centerpiece of this display is the Hudson bomber; this model was built by Tom Yanosky. CollectAir photo taken in 2004.
This SF-95 Hudson kit plan is dated 1942 as is the printwood. This was the first twin-engine bomber in the WW2 series as can be seen on the 1943 Cleveland leaflet by clicking here. A 1944 dated plan was also used by Cleveland. The kit is "dry" and is packaged in the "mailer box" which has been discussed earlier on this webpage. The earlier dated plan would perhaps suggest that this kit is a wartime version. The kit is complete and in pristine condition and is all balsa - a marvelous Cleveland kit. Several details from the large, single sheet plan are shown below along with photos of the kit and contents. The price of this twin-engine kit is $400. A special addon to this kit is a set of after-market vacuum-formed glazing for the cockpit, nose and turret, as shown below.
A SF-95 Hudson kit in the wartime Master Kit lid box is shown in Kit Annex 6. This unusual box has full color graphics, making it possibly the only full color lid printed by Cleveland.
Several other Cleveland twin-engine, 3/4" scale SF kits are available, each is packaged in the "mailer box" and is all-balsa and complete. Photos of the kits will be added in the future; Cleveland advertising in "Air Trails" magazine in the 1944-1945 period is presented for each kit.
Also have SF-165 Douglas DC-3 at $600.00 and SF-155 Northrup (sic) P-61 priced at $375.00.
Click on the P-61 silhouette below for a short history of the Northrop night fighter.
The Cleveland catalog from 1955-56, as shown above for the P-61 and DC-3, reveals the apparent source of the "mailer box." By this date, all of the Cleveland kits were "dry" with no cements or dopes, and the revival of the C-D kits probably meant that the former picture boxes were no longer available; these large boxes also had space for dope and cement which were no longer being furnished. The mailer boxes were an economical solution for the limited Cleveland SF kit production of the 1950s. It is unknown whether these same boxes were used prior to the 1950s, such as during WW2. Note that in the description shown above for the P-61 and DC-3, no liquids are mentioned. The following statement appears in the 1955-56 catalog:
Some of the single-engine dry kits were sold in the small plain, white, red and blue box with no picture - but the same models were also sold in the cardboard mailer box. As noted in the Cleveland statement, these mailer boxes were used for "very limited" production so would be considered to be rarer than the picture boxes with dopes. It is amusing today to read the 1955 description of the SF 3/4" scale, "Make-Them-Yourself" kits as being "old timers."
The designations of "SF" and "M" for the 3/4" scale kits can be confusing - around 1948-49, new kits were offered such as the F-80, Bonanza, Navion, Seabee and some reissues of the Gee-Bee Super Sportster and Fokker D-7 were all given "M" designations such as "M-108" for the Bonanza. These were known as the "New Master 'M' Models" in the 1949 catalog. In the same catalog, the older twins such as the B-26, B-25, P-61 and DC-3 all retained the "SF" designation such as SF-165 for the DC-3. By 1955-56, all of the 3/4" scale models that were in "limited production" reverted to the "SF" numbering system.
Yet, by 1959, Cleveland Model Products Co. returned to the "M" kit designation. The "why" is a mystery! The ad below is from November 1959 and note in the detail that the B-17 kit is listed as a "M-100" although the other twins have no kit number designation at all.
As kit manufacturing ceased in 1968, the C-D line inventory was sold off over many years and the era of "SF" plans only began with many newly drawn plans being developed by Cleveland "volunteers."
Information on some of the various boxes used for Cleveland kits was provided by Ed Packard in a 1983 flyer, long after kit production ceased in 1968. By 1983, Packard was selling plans only, primarily the "SF" series in various scales (many still available today). In order to maintain the plan service, he sold off some "antique" kits, some of which were donated. In the 1983 flyer, he described some of the boxes used for the old kits that were being sold. The wide boxes are described as "wide wartime cartons," some with the "irregular starred carton." A number of kits were offered in "current gleaming red, white and blue 18 ½" x 4 ½"x2" cartons" - this is the carton shown at the bottom of the photo stack shown above. Also mentioned by Packard is the "SF Corrugated Box." The picture box shown in Vintage Kit Annex 4 for the M-17 Gee-Bee Super Sportster is described by Packard as the "post-war narrow folding carton, red, white and blue" with "age discoloration," size of 18 ½"x5 ½"x1 ¾". All of these boxes that I've seen have experienced, as he put it, "age discoloration." Note that the box is one-inch wider and has a printed picture of the airplane. This 1983 flyer is instructive and gives a good insight to what Packard was trying to do at that time to keep the company afloat. You can view this document, and print it out if you desire, by clicking here.
Be sure and check out Vintage Kit Annex 5 (link below)page where all of the "SF" model kits from the 1955-56 catalog are offered for sale.
A bargain! Here are some old wood gas model props that are over 50 years old. These props are unfinished so you can varnish them yourself. Four props for only $5.00 for the foursome. The four propellers will vary in size from around 14" to 8" and are all unused.
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