Vintage Wooden Aircraft - Page 3


Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress – Vintage WW2 1:72 scale wooden model. Possibly ex- Recognition model

The accuracy of the outline, method of construction, etched flying control surfaces and materiel used suggest to me that this was originally an ex-RAF Aircraft Recognition model.

Although it has obviously been repaired over its long life, it appears to be complete !

In generally good condition for it's 75 year age, it does however requires tidying up.

At the standard 1:72 scale, the wingspan measures around 17 inches (44cms)

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Martin B-26 Marauder - Vintage wooden model with metal parts -1/72 scale (CMA?)

A wartime original wooden/metal model of the Martin B-26 Marauder.

Constructed from a 1940's Solid Scale wooden kit, and built to a high standard. The airframe is solid wood, with clear perspex transparencies and metal parts. The undercarriage doors for example are cut from tin, the legs metal, and the nose weighted with solder. Displays beautifully. I think it is likely to be one of the higher quality wooden scale models that were produce by companies like C.M.A........at 1:72 scale, it has a wingspan of just over 12 inches (31 cms) and is in generally complete & good condition.

The Martin B-26 Marauder is an American twin-engined medium bomber built by the Glenn L. Martin Company in Middle River, Maryland from 1941 to 1945. First used in the Pacific Theatre of World War II in early 1942, it was also used in the Mediterranean Theatre and in Western Europe.

It was built in parallel with the B-25 Mitchell, however while the B-25 was a docile handling aircraft, the B-26 was nothing of the kind. It was built for speed and was a highly strung, unforgiving airplane, that needed to be tamed by the most experienced pilots.

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Short S.25 Sunderland – Vintage WW2 wooden model. 1:96 scale – dated 1941 / 42

The Sunderland’s design was so good that it remained in front line service for over twenty years. It was also the last flying-boat operated by the Royal Air Force. The Sunderland was produced as a military development of the ‘C’-Class Empire flying-boat operated by Imperial Airways. It entered service in June 1938 and was the first British flying boat to have power-operated gun turrets as part of its defensive armament. This strong protective armament resulted in the Germans giving it the nickname ‘Flying Porcupine’.

Quite nicely constructed to a good “Amateur” standard, this elderly model is undamaged and displays well. The base is marked / labelled (see photo) and dated 1941/42


In generally good condition for it's 75 year age, it does however requires tidying up.


At 1:96 scale, the wingspan measures around 14 inches (35.5cms)


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DOUGLAS DC3 / C47 – WW2 Vintage Wooden Model – 1:72 scale, possibly ex- RAF Recognition model

The accuracy of the outline, method of construction, etched flying control surfaces and materiel used suggest to me that this was originally an ex-RAF Aircraft Recognition model.

Clear perspex prop discs have been added, and, although it has obviously been repaired over its long life, it appears to be complete !

The only damage is the missing wooden splinter beneath the port outer wing section, which could very easily be repaired with wood filler if required

In generally good condition for it's 75 year age, it does however requires tidying up.

At the standard 1:72 scale, the wingspan measures around 14 inches (35.5cms)

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Armstrong Whitworth A.W.38 Whitley – Rare Vintage WW2 1:72 scale wooden model. Possibly ex- Recognition model

The accuracy of the outline, method of construction, etched flying control surfaces and materiel used suggest to me that this was possibly an ex-RAF Aircraft Recognition model OR a high quality wartime wooden kit produced by someone like CMA

Metal props, undercarriage and transparencies have all been added, and, although it has obviously been repaired over its long life, it appears to be complete !

In generally good condition for it's 75 year age, it does however requires tidying up.

At the standard 1:72 scale, the wingspan measures around 14 inches (35.5cms)

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Bristol Beaufighter - Vintage wooden model with metal parts -1/72 scale 

A wartime original wooden/metal model of the Bristol Beaufighter.

The airframe is solid wooden, with clear perspex canopy, metal undercarriage, props etc. in the usual Skybirds fashion. I think it is likely to be one of the higher quality wooden scale models that were produce by companies like C.M.A........it has a wingspan of just over 9.5 inches (24 cms) and ,is in generally complete & good condition, although a little stained, with the patina of it's age obvious !.

Developed during the Second World War by the Bristol Aeroplane Company in the UK, the impressively powerful and heavily-armed Beaufighter was one of Bristol’s most important aircraft contributions to the Second World War. It was originally conceived as a heavy fighter variant of the Bristol Beaufort torpedo bomber and was based upon re-use of the wings and tail surfaces of the Type 152 Beaufort so that both aircraft could be produced on the same jigs so manufacturing could be switched between aircraft types at very short notice.

Including aircraft produced by the Department of Aircraft Production in Australia, the grand total built was 5,928 aircraft.

It was a TT Mk.10 that flew the final Beaufighter sortie for the RAF on 12th May 1960.

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Dornier Do-18 Flying Boat – Vintage Wooden Model

A vintage wooden model of the Dornier Do-18 Flying boat. The Dornier Do-18 was a development of the Do 16 flying boat. It was developed for the Luftwaffe, but Lufthansa received five aircraft and used these for tests between the Azores and the North American continent in 1936 and on their mail route over the South Atlantic from 1937 to 1939.

By the time WW2 broke out, it was already considered obsolete, but being pretty much the only military Flying Boat in service, was used extensively on North Atlantic reconnaissance. The aircraft also had the distinction of being the first German aircraft to be shot down by British Aircraft.....being caught by 9 Blackburn Skuas from H.M.S. Ark Royal.

Like the other 3 Flying boats currently listed, it is finished in the typical style of a recognition model, it is made from a solid hardwood. The origins of this model (and several other old Flying Boats I have at the moment) are not known. But they appear to be generally very good in outline. The wood is hard and heavy (not like a Balsa or similar model making wood) and they are all to a scale of 1:100.

This model displays well, and has a wingspan of around 9 inches (23cms)

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