Up until now, we have featured primarily wood ship model kits. However, the kits listed here are without a doubt the finest most detailed wooden aircraft kits manufactured anywhere. Model Airways is a division of Model Shipways, and they have done a fine job in creating these museum quality models. We hope you find them to your liking, as we feel they deserve to be presented here. We are also including an excellent new kit by Amati, MONOPLANE BLERIOT XI – 1909.
The Red Baron's Forgotten Fighter
There’s never been an airplane model as highly detailed or as true to the original as the Albatross D.Va by Model Airways. They've captured virtually every detail in laser cut basswood and birch plywood, accurate Britannia metal castings, brass, copper, aluminum, steel and rubber. The most interesting feature of their model is its open airframe. Normally hidden under layers of cloth or canvas, they leave the laser-cut wooden frames uncovered to show the intricacies of construction. You’ll find birch fuselage bulkheads, wing ribs and pilot’s seat, basswood fuselage stringers and wing rib caps. Cockpit is reproduced in authentic detail, complete with tachometer, pressure gauge and compass. An authentic 180 HP Mercedes-Benz engine, comprised of over 100 highly detailed Britannia metal parts, is a marvel of miniature design with carburetor, oil pump, spark plugs and valve springs. TheAlbatrosss D.Va from Model Airways is sure to impress any modeler looking for superior detail, unsurpassed authenticity and uncompromising quality of materials. Four sheets of blueprint quality plans and a 48 page illustrated instruction manual help pave the way to a museum quality masterpiece. Order theAlbatrosss D.Va now for the modeling adventure of a lifetime!
Wingspan 22-1/2” | Fuselage 18-1/4” | Scale 1:16 | Weight 1 lb. 14 oz.
America’s Most Famous Biplane
1:16 SCALE STRUCTURAL STATIC MODEL WITH LASER CUT WOODEN PARTS
The Curtiss Jenny combined the best features of the Curtiss J and N models. The JN-3 of 1915 was modified and re-designated as the JN-4 in 1916. With America’s entry into WWI, the Signal Corps ordered large quantities of JN-4s. By the time production stopped after the Armistice, more than 6,000 had been delivered, the majority of them JN-4D.
Model Airways’ Most Authentically Detailed Kit
After many years of research, Model Airways is proud to introduce their 1:16 scale model, which reproduces virtually every detail of the real aircraft.
Wingspan 32-1/2" / Fuselage Length 20-1/2" / Scale 1:16 (3/4" = 1' 0")
Eddie Rickenbacker's Favorite Fighter
Model Airways has gone to great lengths to recreate this legendary World War I fighter. They have designed their Nieuport 28 from original plans, photographs and restored aircraft on display in several museums. The historically accurate model reproduces virtually every detail of the real airplane. The open framework allows for authentic detailing and shows the intricacies of construction.
Intermediate Level ...#MA1002
Wingspan 20”/Fuselage 15-3/4”/Scale 1:16 Scale 1:16 (3/4” = 1 ft.)
WWI British Fighter - 1917
As a successor to the Pup, the Sopwith Camel entered Royal Navy squadron service in July of 1917. It was designed to help the British gain control of the skies over the trenches of WWI. The Sopwith Camel accounted for 1,294 victories, more than any other Allied aircraft type.
The Sopwith Camel was the first British fighter to mount twin synchronized .303” Vickers machine guns in front of the cockpit. A fairing surrounding the gun installation created a hump, giving the Camel its name.
The Sopwith Camel F.1 had a wingspan of 28 ft. and was 18 ft. 9 in. and was powered by a 130hp Clerget 9-cylinder rotary engine, producing of maximum speed of 101-113 mph. Fluid capacity of 26 gallons allowed 2.5 hours of flying time. Fiery and temperamental, the Camel had a wicked torque and was difficult to fly. In fact, more men lost their lives learning to fly it than using it in combat. But in the hands of an experienced pilot, the Camel was a deadly opponent in a dog-fight. Its greatest glory came on April 21, 1918 when it shot down Germany’s famous Red Baron.
Model Airways Kit Features
Intermediate Level • Model Airways Kit No. MA1030
America's First Airplane
Orville Wright made the first powered, manned flight at Kitty Hawk, NC on December 17, 1903 in a biplane that became known as the Wright Flyer. Ther plane traveled 120 feet in 12 seconds. Later that day, Wilbur flew 852 feet in 59 seconds. During the celebration that followed, a gust of wind turned the plane over. It never flew again.
These first flights were the result of four years of study, experimentation and development. The Wright brothers discovered how wings produce lift, designed the first practical propeller and learned how to control an airplane. Most importantly, they built an engine powerful enough to lift an airplane off the ground, yet light enough to keep it airborne.
The Flyer was equipped with a 16 hp engine, that generated 12 watts of power, It was 20' 1" long with a 40' 4" wingspan. the pilot controlled the elevator with his left hand, the fuel flow to the engine with his right, and executed turns by moving his hips left and right.
The Wright Flyer is on permanent display in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
This kit is the most detailed and accurate Wright Flyer kit ever made! This true-to-life static model reproduces virtually every detail of the real aircraft! Model Airways designed their model without the customary fabric covering to show its fascinating structural components.