Vintage Wooden Aircraft


VERY Rare SKYBIRDS Tinplate RAF “HESTON” Hanger c.1935 -Vintage pre-war model 

This rare model is an early 1930's pre-war SKYBIRDS RAF Hanger, in original and unrestored condition, which for it's 80 odd years age is good !


The Air League of the British Empire (started in 1909) began a campaign to develop “air-mindedness” with its Empire Air Day program following the success of Sir Alan Cobham's 1932 National Aviation Day Campaign. A Junior Air League section was formed by A.J. Holladay, called the "Skybird League" in 1933, and the decision was made to market commercial solid-scale model kits of current model aircraft in 1:72 scale. These models consisted of solid wooden airframes, with beautifully cast metal engines, undercarriages, guns etc

Very soon after the initial range of 8 no.1/72 scale models were introduced in 1933, A.J.Holladay added a small range of accessories, including aircrew figures and airfield diorama pieces. This RAF Hanger was a slightly later version of the 1933 Aero Club Hanger and is much rarer.

The metal / tinplate hanger measures around 12 inches (32 cms) wide x 6 inches (16 cms) deep. The wooden base is a little larger. The Hanger doors open, and the paintwork is all original....Also complete with all the roof glazing and straps.

If you are a Skybirds Collector, or generally into 1930's pre war Aviation, you may never see one of these for sale again ! The even rarer RAF Hanger will also listed in the next few months, together with some re-storable rare Skybird aircraft models.

See also the Blackburn Shark, Hawker Hart, carded Aircrew figures and the impossibly rare Skybirds League” badge are also listed at present.

Please note, this sale is the Hanger only, and not the aircraft shown.



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LVG C.V – Very rare c.1934 SKYBIRDS pre-war model – wooden with metal parts -1/72 scale

A pre-war (c.1934) original wooden/metal Skybirds model of the LVG C.V of WW1.

At 1/72 scale, airframe is solid wooden, with metal undercarriage etc. in the usual Skybirds fashion.....this LVG has a wingspan of around 7 inches (17.5 cms) and is in complete condition, not bad for an 80 years old model.

The LVG C.V was a reconnaissance aircraft produced in large numbers in Germany during World War I.

The C.V was a general purpose 2 seat reconnaissance aircraft built by Luft Verkehrs Gesellschaft (LVG) It entered service in 1917, ultimately being produced and fielded in large numbers across the Western Front, Although classified as a reconnaissance Aircraft, the C.V combination of 2 crew, offensive/defensive armament and excellent performance allowed it to evolve into quite a lethal fighter platform.

Following the war, some C.Vs were used as civil transports, while some 150 machines captured by Polish forces were put to use by the Polish army.

Other post-war users included Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia; together operating about 30 aircraft.

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VERY Rare SKYBIRDS Tinplate “HESTON” Control Tower c.1934. Vintage pre-war model 



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This rare model is an early 1930's pre-war SKYBIRDS “Heston” Control Tower.....modelled on the original tower that stood at Heston Airport c.1934....... in original and unrestored condition, which for it's 80 plus years age is good !


Skybirds models date from 1933, and a Junior Air League was formed by A.J. Holladay the same year. The decision was made to market commercial solid-scale model kits of current model aircraft in 1:72 scale. These models consisted of solid wooden airframes, with beautifully cast metal engines, undercarriages, guns etc.

Very soon after the initial range of 8 no.1/72 scale models were introduced in 1933, A.J.Holladay added a small range of accessories, including aircrew figures and airfield diorama pieces. This Control Tower, modelled on the original at Heston, was one of the buildings to accompany the “Heston Hanger”

 The Tower measures 9 inches (22 cms) tall and wide 4 x 6 inches (10 cms x 15 cms) base.

The doors open, and the paintwork is all original...

If you are a Skybirds Collector, or generally into 1930's pre war Aviation, you may never see one of these for sale again ! The rare RAF Hanger is also listed at the moment, together with some rare Skybird aircraft models.

Please note, this sale is the Tower only, and not the aircraft shown.

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Hawker Tempest – Rare WW2 SKYBIRDS model – wooden with metal parts -1/72 scale

A WW2 original wooden/metal Skybirds model of the Hawker Tempest.

At 1/72 scale, airframe is solid wooden, with metal undercarriage etc. in the usual Skybirds fashion.....the Tempest has a wingspan of around 7 inches (18cms) and is in complete condition.


The Tempest (originally known as the Typhoon II ) was an improved derivative of the Hawker Typhoon, intended to address the Typhoon's unexpected fall-off of performance at high altitude by replacing its wing with a thinner laminar flow design. Having diverged considerably from the Typhoon, it was chosen to rename the aircraft “Tempest”

The Tempest emerged as one of the most powerful fighters of World War II and was the fastest single-engine propeller-driven aircraft of the war at low altitude.


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Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2c – Rare c.1934 SKYBIRDS pre-war model – wooden with metal parts -1/72 scale


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A pre-war (c.1934) original wooden/metal Skybirds model of the B.E.2c.

At 1/72 scale, airframe is solid wooden, with metal undercarriage etc. in the usual Skybirds fashion.....this B.E.2 has a wingspan of around 6 inches (15.5 cms) and is in complete condition.

Not bad for an 80 years old model !

The Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2 was a British single-engine tractor two-seat biplane designed and developed at the Royal Aircraft Factory. Most production aircraft were constructed under contract by various private companies, both established aircraft manufacturers and firms that had not previously built aircraft.

While the majority of operational B.E.2s served on the Western Front, the type also saw limited use in other overseas theatres. At least one pair of B.E.2s were among the aircraft dispatched with No.3 Squadron for use in the Gallipoli Campaign.

As early as 1914, some B.E.2as went to Australia, where they served as trainer aircraft for the nascent Australian Flying Corps at Point Cook, Victoria. In a similar fashion, the type also was adopted at the Indian Flying School at Sitapur.

A B.E.2e was used to conduct the first flight across Australia, flying from Melbourne to Port Darwin. It was piloted by Captain H.N.Wrigley, accompanied by Sergeant A.W.Murphy. The 2,500 mi (4,000 km) journey, made between 16 November and 12 December 1919, involved a combined 46 hours of flying time.

Another B.E.2e was one of the first two aircraft (the other was an Avro 504K) owned by the new Australian airline Qantas when it was founded in Queensland in 1920–1921.

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Sopwith Camel – Rare c.1934 SKYBIRDS pre-war model – wooden with metal parts -1/72 scale

A pre-war (c.1935) original wooden / metal Skybirds model of the Sopwith Camel.

The airframe is solid wooden, with metal undercarriage etc. in the usual Skybirds fashion.....and at 1:72 scale, this Camel has a wingspan of around 4.5 inches (12cms) and is in complete condition, not bad for an 80 + years old model !


The Sopwith Camel was a British First World War single-seat biplane fighter aircraft introduced on the Western Front in 1917. It was developed by the Sopwith Aviation Company as a successor to the earlier Sopwith Pup and became one of the best known fighter aircraft of the war.

Though proving difficult to handle, it provided for a high level of manoeuvrability to an experienced pilot, an attribute which was highly valued in the type's principal use as a fighter aircraft. In total, Camel pilots have been credited with the shooting down of 1,294 enemy aircraft, more than any other Allied fighter of the conflict. Towards the end of the First World War, the type had also seen use as a ground-attack aircraft, partially due to it having become increasingly outclassed as the capabilities of fighter aircraft on both sides were rapidly advancing at that time.

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Avro Type 621 Tutor – Rare c.1934 SKYBIRDS pre-war model – wooden with metal parts -1/72 scale

A pre-war (c.1934) original wooden/metal Skybirds model of the Avro Tutor.

At 1/72 scale, airframe is solid wooden, with metal undercarriage etc. in the usual Skybirds fashion.....the Tutor has a wingspan of around 5.5 inches (14cms) and is in complete condition, not bad for an 80 years old model !

A.V. Roe's Type 621 Tutor was a two-seat British radial-engined biplane from the interwar period. It was a simple but rugged initial trainer that was used by the Royal Air Force as well as many other air arms worldwide.

The Tutor was designed by non other than Roy Chadwick (of Lancaster & Vulcan fame) as a replacement for the equally successful Avro 504.

The Tutor Model 621 achieved substantial foreign sales. A.V. Roe and Co exported 29 for the Greek Air Force, six for the Royal Canadian Air Force, five for the Kwangsi AF, three for the Irish AF (where it was known as the Triton) and two for each of the South African and Polish AFs. In addition 57 were licence-built in South Africa, and three licence-built by the Danish Naval Shipyard.

A total of 30 Tutors were exported to the Greek Air Force and at least 61 were licence-built in Greece. A number of Greek Tutors was incorporated in combat squadrons after Greece's entrance in WWII, used as army cooperation aircraft.

Known for its good handling, the type was often featured at air shows. Over 200 Avro Tutors and five Sea Tutors remained in RAF service at the beginning of the Second World War.

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Fiat G.80/82 – Period wooden/metal contractor model 1:50 scale – with original multi pose aluminium stand c.1952 very rare

A rare model of an equally rare aircraft !

The Fiat G.80/82 was a military jet trainer developed in Italy in the 1950s, and was that country's first true jet-powered aircraft. It was a conventional low-wing monoplane with a retractable tricycle undercarriage and engine air intakes on the fuselage sides. The pilot and instructor sat in tandem under a long bubble canopy. 

The G.82 was a refined version of the original G.80 developed for entry in a NATO competition to select a standard jet trainer, and had a Rolls Royce Nene engine replacing the previous Goblin. Only 5 aircraft were completed and the programme was terminated. The G.82's that had been built were used by the Aeronautica Militare for a few years before being handed over to the Reparto Sperimentale Volo (Dept.of Experimental Flight) in 1957.


This vintage “Cold War” contractor model is constructed mainly from wood, but the fuselage spine running from the rear of the glazed cockpit to the tail is metal. Underneath is fitted a brass universal joint ball, so that when the aircraft is located onto the aluminium stand, it can be posed at any angle.

The wingspan is around 9 inches (23 cms) which makes it around 1:50 scale.


The airframe is good, straight and undamaged, the original canopy is clear and undamaged.......and with only 5 of the real aircraft completed, this is a very rare model indeed....


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Vickers Valiant – Scratch built wooden model & stand - 19 inch span

A well made and finished solid wooden model of the Classic Vickers Valiant...

The Vickers Valiant was a four jet high altitude strategic bomber and was the first, and most conservative in design, of the V-Bombers (the others being the Victor and the Vulcan). It served in pure bomber, photo-reconnaissance and tanker roles and was withdrawn from service in January 1965.

Age unknown, paintwork has a few scratches and abrasions, but it displays well. From the estate of a collector / model maker in Worcestershire, this model is quite nicely finished. The airframe is solid wood, the stand is wood and perspex.

The wingspan is around 19 inches (49cms) which I think makes it 1:72 scale.

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SKYBIRDS

The Air League of the British Empire (started in 1909) began a campaign to develop “air-mindedness” with its Empire Air Day program following the success of Sir Alan Cobham's 1932 National Aviation Day Campaign. A Junior Air League section was formed by A.J. Holladay, called the "Skybird League" in 1933, and the decision was made to market commercial solid-scale model kits of current model aircraft in 1:72 scale. These models consisted of solid wooden airframes, with beautifully cast metal engines, undercarriages, guns etc.

This was a purely commercial enterprise, but was the foundation of the later official War Department's Recognition Model program for the British.