Vintage Wooden Aircraft - Page 3


Comper C.L.A. 7 Swift – 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 Comper C.L.A.7 Swift.

The airframe is solid wooden, with metal undercarriage etc. in the usual Skybirds fashion.....and at 1:72 scale, this Swift has a wingspan of around 4 inches (10cms) and is in complete condition, not bad for an 80 + years old model !

The Comper C.L.A.7 Swift is a British 1930s single-seat sporting aircraft produced by Comper Aircraft Company Ltd of Hooton Park, Cheshire.

In March 1929 Flight Lieutenant Nicholas Comper left the RAF and formed the Comper Aircraft Company to build an aircraft he had designed, the Comper Swift. He had previously designed and flown three aircraft for the Cranwell Light Aeroplane Club....the C.L.A .2, C.L.A.3 and C.L.A.4.

The prototype Swift (registered G-AARX) first flew at Hooton Park in January 1930.The aircraft was a small single-seat, braced high-wing monoplane constructed of fabric-covered spruce wood frames.The first Swift was powered by a 40 hp Scorpian piston engine. After successful tests, seven more aircraft were built in 1930, powered by a 50 hp Salmson A.D.9 radial engine. Trials with the Pobjoy radial engine for use in air racing resulted in all the subsequent aircraft being powered by the Pobjoy R. The last three factory-built aircraft (sometimes called the Gipsy Swift) were fitted with de Havilland Gipsy engines – two with 120 hp Gipsy Major III, and one with a 130 hp Gipsy Major. One of the Gipsy Swifts, owned by the then Prince of Wales and future King Edward VII I, won second place in the 1932 Kings Cup Air Race. Postwar, surviving Swifts continued to compete successfully in UK air races as late as the mid-1950s.

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Grumman F4F Wildcat - Vintage 1940's  wooden model with metal parts -1/72 scale (CMA/Skybirds?)

A wartime original wooden/metal model of the Grumman Wildcat.

Although this is constructed in the typical Skybirds fashion......I am pretty sure that it isn't! I am not aware that the Wildcat was produced by the company. The airframe is solid wooden, with clear perspex canopy, metal undercarriage 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 6.5 inches (17 cms) and is in generally complete & good condition.

The Grumman F4F Wildcat is an American carrier-based fighter aircraft that began service in 1940 with both the United States Navy, and the British Royal Navy where it was initially known as the Martlet. By January 1944, the Martlet name was dropped and the type was identified as the Wildcat.

Eric M.”Winkle” Brown said....... “I would still assess the Wildcat as the outstanding naval fighter of the early years of World War II ... I can vouch as a matter of personal experience, this Grumman fighter was one of the finest shipboard aeroplanes ever created”

The last air-raid of the war in Europe was carried out by Fleet Air Arm aircraft in Operation Judgement Kilbotnon May 5, 1945. Twenty eight Wildcat VI aircraft from Naval Air Squadrons 846, 853 and 882, flying from escort carriers, took part in an attack on a U-boat depot near Harstad Norway. Two ships and a U-boat were sunk with the loss of one Wildcat and one Avenger torpedo-bomber.

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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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North American Harvard (T6 Texan) – WW2 period Vintage Solid Wooden model 1:72

A well built and genuine period Harvard Trainer in WW2 RAF Colours.

It is constructed from wood....and the absence of a clear canopy leads me to believe this is either made from plans, or that it's one of the wartime kits that didn't always include transparencies, like some of the Skyrova models.

The North American Aviation T-6 Texan is an American single-engined advanced trainer aircraft used to train pilots of the United States Army Air Forces, United States Navy, Royal Air Force, and other air forces of the British Commonwealth during World War II and into the 1970s.....in fact several were in the air at Flying Legends at Duxford just 10 days ago !

Displays well, and at a scale of 1:72, has a wingspan of 7 inches (18cms)

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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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Short Stirling C.Mk.V – Rare WW2 period Vintage Solid Wooden model 1:72


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A well built and genuine period Short Stirling C.Mk.V in the colours of RAF Transport Command.

Stirling Bomber models of the period are fairly uncommon, but I have never seen a wooden Transport version before. It is constructed from wood....and I'm fairly sure it has been adapted from one of the wartime wooden kits (from such companies as CMA, Airyda etc.) the presence of pre-formed clear transparencies leads me to believe this is either made from plans, or that it's modified from one of the wartime solid kits.

The Stirling attained operational status in January 1941. On the night of 10/11 February 1941, the first operational combat mission was performed, flown by the first three Stirlings, against fuel storage tanks at Vlaardingen near Rotterdam. By the end of 1941, more than 150 Stirlings had been completed and a total of three RAF squadrons had been equipped with the type. At this point, the Stirling was being deployed on both daytime and night time bombing operations.

As the RAF started using the 4,000-pound (1,800 kg) “Cookies” and even larger "specials", the Stirling became less useful. The Handley-Page Halifax and especially the Avro Lancaster offered better performance,so when these aircraft became available in greater numbers from 1943, the Stirlings were relegated to secondary tasks, such as minelaying operations in the vicinity of German ports, electronic counter measures, SOE operations and Glider tugs.

From late 1944, 160 of the special transport variant Stirling Mk V were built, which had the tail turret removed and a new nose opening added; most of these being completed after the war. By 1946, the Stirlings of Transport Command were being phased out and replaced by the Avro York.

While many aircraft were scrapped, 12 Stirlings were modified to conform with S.37 standards and sold to the Belgian Charter Operator Trans-Air in May 1947

Airframe is solid wood, with clear transparencies and some metal detail, this rare model displays quite well, although one metal prop hub is missing (easily replaced if required) At a scale of 1:72, has a wingspan of 17 inches (43 cms) and is 15 inches (39 cms) long

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Avro 685 York C.Mk.I – WW2 period Vintage Solid Wooden model in 1:72 scale - 17 inch Wingspan

A well built solid wooden model of the Avro York. I'm sure it would clean a little, but the patina built up over the years is a large part of the charm of this model.

The Avro York was a British transport aircraft developed by Avro during the Second World War. The design was derived from the famed Avro Lancaster heavy bomber, several sections of the York and Lancaster being identical.

First flown as early as 5 th July 1942, due to the importance of Lancaster production, York output proceeded at a slow pace until 1944, after which a higher priority was placed upon transport aircraft.

The York saw service in military and civilian roles with various operators between 1943 and 1964. In civilian service, British South Arican Airways and BOAC were the largest users of the type. Although as the years progressed, many were in service with the smaller airlines such as Dan Air. In military service, large numbers of Yorks were used for air-supply missions during the Berlin Air Lift 1948–49.….....and notably, a number of the type were used as personal Transports for many Heads of State around the world.


Displays well as a centrepiece, and I'm pretty sure its from the wartime CMA model, which I have had some years ago. Quite large with a wingspan of 17 inches (44cms)


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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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