Guillow’s Beaver DHC-2 Laser Cut Model Kit

(13 customer reviews)


Last updated on November 25, 2023 11:49 am Details


  • American Made
  • Easy to assemble
  • small but faithful replica
  • DHC-2 Beaver has a 24″ wingspan
  • Precision laser cut balsa parts, scale WWI plastic wheels, full set of decals, vacuum formed plastic parts and all accessories needed
  • Fly with included rubber power motor or convert to electric or gas engine
  • Complete instructions for building either to fly or for static display
  • Made in the USA

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Additional information



Product Dimensions

17 x 1.88 x 5 inches

Country of Origin



Flat River Group

Is Discontinued By Manufacturer


Item model number

305 LC

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Model Name

Beaver DHC-2 Laser Cut Model Kit

Age Range Description

8 – 11 Years

Number of Pieces


Item Weight

7 ounces

Included Components




Item Dimensions LxWxH

17 x 1.88 x 5 inches





Date First Available

February 14, 2012

13 reviews for Guillow’s Beaver DHC-2 Laser Cut Model Kit

  1. capt kirk

    More challenging and more rewarding than plastic model. Covering took some swearing to get good at.

  2. Lars

    One of the best Guillows kits I have built. I bought the seperate float kit for it which were hard to add to the plane, but definitely worth the trouble.

  3. 4BobPreece

    I have always been a plastic model builder, but a friend said I would never understand how an airplane worked until I got to balsa and paper and actually put one together to fly. This model is fairly simple to build, but it requires attention to detail. The instructions are straight forward and easy to follow. For me, to took more than twice the time a similar plastic plane would take and generated ten times the fun and pride in accomplishment. I would highly recommend this Guillows kit to anyone patient enough and serious enough to work all the way through it.

  4. John Czajkowski

    I enjoy building this style model working with balsa wood is always challenging. Great gift for a experienced model builder.

  5. Skypoet

    A little too expansive. The quality of the wood is good and laser-cutting improves the product a lot over the older kits. Recent (CAD) design => good.

  6. Desertguy

    I’m about a third of the way done building this kit. I built another Guillow kit a few years back and it went mostly okay. I really had trouble getting the back window to fit. So far this DHC-2 Beaver kit has gone very well. All the parts and materials needed are in the kit except glue, an “X-Acto type” knife, a piece of foam core (about 20″x30″), a roll of waxed paper, a roll of masking tape and some common pins, preferably pins with a big head. While the kits are not sold in mega stores they are available on The few supplies needed can be purchased at a big box store. I use Elmer’s Glue-All. It doesn’t dry fast, but patience is what separates building one of these kits from playing video games. You’ll have to cut some of the wood pieces to fit and you have to figure out how the pieces go together before cutting and gluing. This kit isn’t for younger kids. I’d guess to benefit from this project a kid should be 10 to 12 years old and have the help of an adult who knows something about building this kind of kit. Building it alone is probably for adults or someone who is at least 14 with someone older available who can answer questions. Building one of these kits is very satisfying, and if done well can take a week or two.These kits are generally not easy, but with patience and by reading all the instructions thoroughly it can be done with reasonably good results. A great project for a parent and child. Take your time.
    Update: Things were going well until I followed the instructions to apply the tissue to the fuselage in small panels. This is not the way I’ve done it in the past, but I decided to try it. In short, I suggest not doing it that way. You will have puckered seams there ever the tissue is overlapped. This method made mine look terrible. Painting it only made it look worse. I may try sanding these seams, but I anticipate the tissue will become loose in places. There are a few other details that may come as a surprise. For example, when gluing the cowl to the former F0, you will need to check the proper alignment. There is a center line on the cowl which needs to be aligned with the center line at the bottom of the fuselage in order for the location of the air scoop imprinted on the cowl to be in the proper location. I think I’d have to build two or three of these before I’d know what to look for the next time.

  7. john p

    Guillows Beaver is a nice model, fairly simple to build. However, the build experience was marred by poor quality lazer cuts on some of the pieces. This meant resorting to the old method of a sharp blade and a packet of plasters. I dodnt normally mind doing this but in this case the wood had become hardened by the partial lazer cut making it very difficult with some of the finer cuts. Other than that I was quite happy with the model.

  8. Rob

    Beautiful model expecially if you build the floats fr the plans included with the set.

  9. Réjean Richard

    Since childhood and over many years, I had built a number of Guillow airplane kits.
    But, compared to those , the difference Laser Cutting makes is almost unbelievable.
    One has to try it only once to be convinced.

  10. Old Tin Bill

    Guillows have been making balsa kits for decades. I think I made my last one about 35 years ago so decided to try my hand at it again. There are pros and some minor cons. First of all I never intended to cover or fly the plane. Just wanted a skeleton to hang from the ceiling. The laser-cut parts are clean cut and easily removed. The instructions are good but a bit lacking at points. The kit went together well using Elmer’s wood glue. The next one I do will use a faster acting CA type glue because unless you hold or somehow brace the parts in position until the glue dries they may move. The plastic parts cut out easily. It is a good kit and I recommend it highly to someone who has a bit of knowledge about balsa building. I do not see it in the hands of a youngster however.
    The cons – well the balsa is 90% I/16th inch size. Very fragile. If you are holding a part in place and put a bit too much pressure on it, it will snap. I have had to brace many broken parts. The small thickness is a problem but it is the normal size for a plane this small. Just expect it to snap especially the spars. The instructions as mentioned are in places vague but as my plane won’t fly I used a bit of artistic liberty at times.
    Suggest you use a very sharp hobby knife. Put in a new blade. I also used tweezers and a steel ruler to cut the few pieces that needed to be. T-pins are great for hold parts in place on the diagram when assembling but can be too big to secure the 1/16″ balsa.
    I liked the kit and will build another. As mentioned I have built Guillows models from way back and do not know if any other company exists that build balsa kits. Buy it and enjoy it but expect a few snags as you go along.
    I did not rate this 5 stars as I very seldom rate anything that high. It could deserve it however.

  11. Randy W.

    Got it for my 40 year old son in law. He jumped right on it and after 3 months now, said. “That thing is hard to do (I have buillt plenty of wooden plane and boat kits so know) , so many parts and options”.

  12. Brian San Souci

    My grandson and I built this model. Still to challenging for a 10 year old but together we got it done. Old school fun, no computer screen necessary.

  13. L. Siebert

    Easy punch out panels.

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