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Vintage RC Planes at The Best Things


RC Model Plane Kits & Motors

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 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.



Berkeley Brigadier RC-38

WP151025 Berkeley Brigadier RC-38 This 1950s box shows light shelf wear. One corner is torn out. There is some yellowing clear tape sides and ends, that was taping the box shut way back when. The plans look like they were never even unfolced and the box contents look undisturbed except for one piece of thin plywood for the firewall. The firewall has became detached and is now loose in the box, separate from the piece it was cut from. The box lists complete hardware, wheels, and covering material, but if it ever had these things, they are gone now. A scarce kit from the beginnings of RC. G++ $189


Great Planes:  Electrify  RV-4 Great Planes:  Electrify  RV-4

WP151137 Great Planes: Electrify RV-4 This kit is as new in the box, with a very clean and as new box. The parts are laser cut. LIke all Great Planes kits, this is a high quality kit that is quite complete, even including the nice quality lightweight wheels. It has a 42" wingspan and is inteneded to weight 18.5 - 22 oz ready to fly. I ssupect that you could get it slightly lighter with today's batteries. The airframe wieght is 11.5oz. Fine+ $99


Sig Manufacturing - Piper Cub J-3 Sig Manufacturing - Piper Cub J-3 Sig Manufacturing - Piper Cub J-3

WP130663 Sig Manufacturing - Piper Cub J-3 This is Sig's classic kit RC-3, of which they sold a ton. It was a very popular kit for many years. Builds a 71" wingspan Piper Cub. The original price on the box of $28.95 makes me think that this kit was bought in the 60s or early 70s. A pristine kit that I acquired from the estate of the original owner, an avid kit collector who started collecting in the 1930s. Fine $125



Sterling Models:  Cosmic Wind  FS11-695 Sterling Models:  Cosmic Wind  FS11-695

WP151029 Sterling Models: Cosmic Wind FS11-695 This is a complete kit from the early 1960s. 34" wingspan. The paperwork is all pre-zip code. It also has a little Sterling leaflet catalog and an AMA application. The decal sheet is in nice conditon and the plans crisp and not yellowed. The top sheet of die cut balsa has had a few parts fall out of it, but they are still in the box. The die cutting is very good, making me think that this was one of the first kits made, before the dies got dull. The negative thing that I can say about the contents is that the white plastic sheet of parts, has been pressed down and the two cylinder covers, one on each side of the plane, are compressed and damaged. Otherwise the contents rate fine. The box however has all for corners torn out on the lid, who corners torn out on the bottom, and one side separating on the bottom. The box is easily restorable but now I rate it G+ $149


Technical Model Products Co Wildfire Technical Model Products Co Wildfire Technical Model Products Co Wildfire

WP160338 Technical Model Products Co Wildfire This one of the earliest RC kits that I have had. It is from 1960 and builds a 36" span biplane. "For Intermediate or Rudder only - R/C operation" For .09 to .15 motors, the .15 motor promising to give "Razzle-Dazzle" performance. The box is in decent condtion, about G+, with one spot where a deteriorated rubber band has soiled the box. The plans are surprisingly clean and not yellowed from acid coming from the box. The box does not seem to have been made from acidic cardboard, as it is still quite stiff and not brittle the way acidic cardboard gets. Some of the parts have been removed from their sheets and I can't guarantee that everything is there, although my guess is that it will be. This kit is so rare that I wouldn't let that deter me. It is a rare find. G+ $99


Top Flite Cessna 172 Top Flite Cessna 172

WP150889 Top Flite Cessna 172 The box has slight wear on all of the edges, but the surfaces look clean apart from some minor pencil scribbles on the top near the C in Cessna. There are pieces of clear tape at the middle of the box that was once holding it closed. This could probably be removed with no damage with a hair dryer. It is across the bottom and comes up the sides at the middle. it is not on the top. The kit is complete and looks undisturbed, including a "How-to-fly R/C Operation & Flight Manual" and the decal sheet. I bought this plane from the original owner, who is in his 80s now. Single channel with a wingspan of 30" and for engines .020 to .024. G++ $199



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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British & European Model Airplane Kits
Listed in alphabetical order by manufacturer.



D.B. Sport & Scale - D.H. Tiger Moth D.B. Sport & Scale - D.H. Tiger Moth D.B. Sport & Scale - D.H. Tiger Moth

WP130665 D.B. Sport & Scale - D.H. Tiger Moth Wales based D.B. Sport & Scale is one of the wonderful small kit builders that has grown up in the cottage industry spurred by the widespread availability of laser cutting tables. My daughter learned both how to build, and how to fly, with one of their kits, The Rookie. That plane has been flown hundreds of times now, but never crashed and is still gowing strong. I bought this kit new about 3 years ago. Their ktis are not sold in the US, but I imported this myself in one of our container shipments from Britain. It builds a 58" wingspan DeHavilland Tiger Moth. It was originally designed for glow but would be an easy plane to build as electric, and has been many times. It calls for a .30 - .40 2 stroke, so it doesn't need a huge electric motor. This plane can be bought new for 140 pounds (approx. $230), which with shipping will get you over $300. This kit is as new. Mint Sold


Graupner - Nr. 4511 - Silentius - FM 254

WP150888 Graupner - Nr. 4511 - Silentius - FM 254 Note- this is an incomplete kit, but it is such a rare kit, and very important in the evolution of electric flight, that I felt that it was worth offering as is. The box is lovely, with bright colorful graphics. Two corners of the box are torn out and there is a tear in the upper edge, as well as a tear in one side. All of this is restorable. The plans are missing from the kit. It does have the decals and 5 sheets of printed parts as well as some stick wood. This was a printed kit, not die cut. I believe that it dates from 1960. I am not sure how many parts are missing. A good placeholder for a collector wanting to own an example of this rare pioneering electric kit. G+ $49


JR 11X DSMX Transmitter JR 11X DSMX Transmitter JR 11X DSMX Transmitter JR 11X DSMX Transmitter

WP16053 JR 11X DSMX Transmitter I bought this transmitter new when JR was switching away from the DSM system in favor of their own system. I had always wanted to try a JR and I thought that this was my chance. In September of 2014 I paid $490 for it on a closeout deal. It was regularly much more. The inovice is included with the unit. I used it for about a month in the summer of 2015, around 10 - 20 flights max. The menus are very different from the Spektrum menus and I found it annoying, switching back and forth between the two. Since I own a few Spektrum transmitters, I decided to keep those and sell this one. It looks new and still has the original plastic protective film over the LCD. There is a free upgrade available for the firmware on this radio to the XG menus. It will still be DSMX after the upgrade, but the menus will change. I have not implemented this upgrade, however if you buy this radio, and want the upgrade, but are afraid of doing it youself, I will upgrade it for you before shipping the radio. It comes just as I got it, with all of the original packaging and paperwork. It is still under warranty. Mint

$329

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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+ $695


Veron Fokker DVIII Veron Fokker DVIII

WP151027 Veron Fokker DVIII This is a clean and undisturbed example. The top of the lid has no issues, with a lovely graphic that is much more exciting than typical Veron boxes. There is a bit of old clear tape staining on the sides, but the tape has fallen off and the stains are not too bad. There is one patch on the side where the surface of the cardboard tore off when a price sticker was removed. The box has no torn corners and only light shelf wear. It would be hard to find one any better. Fine- $99


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++ $795


Veron Deltaceptor Veron Deltaceptor

WP150660 Veron Deltaceptor This must be one of the first ducted fan kits. It is a free flight delta wing ducted fan design. I can't imagine a less practical concept. Starting the motor must have required superpowers. I am tempted to copy this kit and build it as an electric RC plane. I think that it would be great for that. The contents of the kit are very clean, including the plans and an instructions sheet. It also has a Veron type B impellor in the box that may have been an optional accessory, I don' t know. The impellor includes an instruction sheet, in German. The decals are old and yellowed. The outside of the box shows normal wear, but then an idiot put tape accross the middle and then another idiot put tape over the damae. The clear tape should be easy to remove with a hair dryer but the damage below it will still be there. I don't see a date anwyere, but I am thinking late 1950s. I am sure that an expert out there can educate me. Fine $199


Veron - Tiger Moth Veron - Tiger Moth Veron - Tiger Moth

WP130667 Veron - Tiger Moth A pristine kit of a 1/7 scale, 50" wing span D.H. 82a Tiger Moth. Like all Veron kits, this is super quality kit that was quite expensive when new. I am not sure of the exact age, as I bought it from an auction. I would guess that it is 1970s. The auction house wrote the lot number on the side of the box with a marker. Other than that, it is really great. Inside the box the contents look like new. A superb example that I have cherished. Fine+ $279




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Model Airplane Motors
Listed in alphabetical order by manufacturer.



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++ $179


Spitfire .049 Spitfire .049

ME130676 Spitfire .049 A pristine motor that I acquired from the estate of the original owner, an avid kit & motor collector who started collecting in the 1930s. Looking at it I would not be suprised if it had never been run. It is immaculate. It is gummed up and won't turn over by hand. I have not tried to force it. I have dealt with this many times with more modern motors that I let sit a bit too long. Fine $45



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 carbuerator arrangement, whereby the RC linkage moves the exhaust port, which is linked to the throttle. The paperwork in the box indicats tthat 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 moutned. Also in the box is a prop wrench that I assume came with it and a small slp talking about installing the carbuerator. Fine $249

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++ $195



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