STICKANDTISSUE.COM is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and celebration of the stick and tissue
method of model airplane construction. We are committed to creating an educational organization where a
variety of persons and perspectives are welcome. We are committed to providing an environment where model
airplane builders from all experience levels may succeed and enjoy our hobby. We welcome all enthusiasts
spanning the disciplines of rubber, gas, and electric free flight, as well as u-control and remote control
stick and tissue construction.
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Mr. Guillow was a naval aviator during World War I, and later went on to graduate from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1920.
Soon after Charles Lindbergh's famous solo transatlantic flight in 1927, a craze for all things aeronautical swept over America. Guillow capitalized on that fad by introducing a line of balsa wood model kits. The first line of Guillow balsa shelf model kits offered consisted of twelve different World War I biplane fighters with 6 inch wing spans that retailed for 10¢ each. Each kit contained a 3-view plan, balsa wood cement, 2 bottles of colored dope, a strip of bamboo for wing and landing gear struts - this was considered relatively good value for such toys at that time. In 1933, demand for the kits were high enough as to enable Guillow to move out of the family barn that it started from and into its present day location in Wakefield. The company also supplemented the production of model airplanes with the publication of several books on flying model planes in the 1940s. Constructing a Balsa "stick & tissue" model airplane, the mainstay product of Paul K. Guillow, Inc.
During World War II, the supply of balsa wood was diverted to the war effort for the manufacture of rafts and life jackets. Guillows was forced to use alternative materials like cardboard or pine to manufacture the model kits. In the meantime the company also diversified into building target drone aircraft as training aids for gunners. After the war, to meet changing customer tastes, it shifted its emphasis from "stick & tissue" kits to concentrate on the mass production of inexpensive hand-launched and rubber band–powered toy planes that were sold a variety of retail outlets.
In early 1998, Guillow purchased long time competitor Comet Industries/North Pacific of Chicago. This purchase transformed Paul K. Guillow, Inc. into one of the world's largest toy airplane manufacturers.