That rings a bell for me, I got started in the late 40's, I think the name of the wooden kits was "Strombecker." I built many, a float plane, a Convair, a bi-plane, etc. Glue came with the kits, some sort of powdery stuff to be mixed with water, and that held them together well. Wish one of them was still here, good memories.
When I first started modeling, it was before plastic kits. Wood was the material you made models from. There were two kinds, flying models of balsa and tissue, sticks formers and ribs, covered with tissue. Then, there were the "solid models," non-flying scale models equivalent to todays plastic models. The kits contained blocks and sheets of either balsa or pine. The fuselage was bandsaw-cut to profile, and in the more expensive kits, to planform (top view). Wings and tail surfaces were cut from sheet wood stock, either by kit mfg or by modeler (pattern provided) in cheaper kits. Then you went to work carving fuselage cross-section and wing airfoil.
I believe those who built those kits are far more ready to do scratch modeling, or major conversions, than those with no wood model experience. Basically, those old kits were boxes of raw material.