Paul K. Guillow’s Balsa Airplanes in MAKE Volume 28

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This issue’s theme is Toys and Games, and in it, Andrew Leonard writes about building Paul K. Guillow’s model airplanes, a balsa wood model airplane company that has been around since 1926.

I soon learned that while the golden age of the model airplane hobbyist scene belongs to the distant past, and nearly all the competitors that Guillow’s battled for market share in
the 1930s, 40s, and 50s are as dead as the dinosaurs, Guillow’s is still independently
operated and chugging forward. Remarkably, the firm still operates in the same Wakefield, Mass., warehouse complex that Paul K. Guillow, its eponymous founder and World War I Navy aviator, moved into back in 1933.


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