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Victor Stanzel ElectroMic "Copter" Tethered Helicopter

Stanzel Electromic helicopter and airplane model advertisement in Montgomery Ward Christmas catalog (I never had the flying saucer) - Airplanes and Rockets

Advertisement in the 1969 edition of Montgomery Ward's Christmas catalog. It has not just the helicopter, but also the airplane and Lunar Bug versions.

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Stanzel ElectroMic "Copter" Plastic Astronauts are missing from my model (photo from an eBay listing) 

Stanzel ElectroMic "Copter" Box (top) - Airplanes and RocketsFor most people my age (born in 1958), the first experience with a "real" flying model helicopter was this ElectroMic "Copter" by Stanzel. I finally acquired one via eBay for a fair price. The "Copter" uses two D-cell batteries in the plastic handle to power a motor, also in the handle, which in turn drives the center wire of a coaxial cable that connects to the helicopter rotor. Flying the Copter is a matter of pressing the power button and then manipulating the handle to direct the model in flight. With fully charged batteries, the helicopter generates a lot of lift and requires angling the control cable downward to prevent the thing from performing the equivalent of a wingover. Forward and reverse flight involve angling the controller left and right. After a few moments of practice, precise control is fairly easy.

Stanzel ElectroMic "Copter" - Airplanes and Rockets 

Stanzel ElectroMic "Copter" 


Stanzel brothers  early in their modeling careers.

Stanzel ElectroMic "Copter" Box (side) - Airplanes and Rockets 

Stanzel ElectroMic "Copter" Box (side) 

Stanzel ElectroMic "Copter" Box (rear) - Airplanes and Rockets 

Stanzel ElectroMic "Copter" Box (rear) 

Victor Stanzel ElectroMic 'Copter' in Flight

A video tour of the Stanzel Model Aircraft Museum in Schulenburg, Texas



Posted May 17, 2024
(updated from original post on 12/28/2015)

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