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Kirt Blattenberger

Carpe Diem!

(Seize the Day!)

Even during the busiest times of my life I have endeavored to maintain some form of model building activity. This site has been created to help me chronicle my journey through a lifelong involvement in model aviation, which all began in Mayo, MD ...

Copyright

1996 - 2026

Webmaster:

Kirt Blattenberger

BSEE - KB3UON

Family Websites:

RF Cafe | Equine Kingdom

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Guillow's Advertisement
March 1955 Air Trails

March 1955 Air Trails

March 1955 Air Trails Cover - Airplanes and RocketsTable of Contents

These pages from vintage modeling magazines like Flying Aces, Air Trails, American Modeler, American Aircraft Modeler, Young Men, Flying Models, Model Airplane News, R/C Modeler, captured the era. All copyrights acknowledged.

This particular advertisement by Guillow's is from page 7 of the March 1955 issue of Air Trails magazine. What caught my attention about the ad was the image of the Barnstormer control line model because it shows the lines exiting the right wing, meaning that it flies in a clockwise direction rather than the now-standard counterclockwise direction. Guillow's is still in operation today.

Major Lester D. Gardner, founder of the Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences (now the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics - AIAA), is honored in the ad. Major Gardner was a friend and confidant of the Wright Brothers and was responsible for the original Wright Flyer being preserved and displayed in the Smithsonian Institute's National Air and Space Museum.

Use the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' inflation calculator to see what items cost in today's dollars. For instance, that $5.95 "Barnstormer" would be $51.92 in 2013 money. That's the low end of the price range for similarly sized models today; e.g., the Brodak Buster kit for a .19 to .40 engine costs $75.

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Guillow's advertisement from the the March 1955 edition of Air Trails - Airplanes and Rockets

Guillow's Advertisement

 

Google search American Modeler Air Trails American Aircraft Modeler Young Men Hobbies Aviation Flying Aces Saturday Evening Post Boys' Life Hobby Distributors Amateur Astronomy Engines & Motors Balsa Densities Silkspan Covering Comics Electronics My Models Model Aircraft Articles Plans Model Boat Articles Plans Model Car Articles Plans Model Train Articles Plans 1941 Crosley 03CB Radio Model helicopter articles & plans Crosswords Model Rocket Articles Plans Restoration Projects Photos Peanuts Collection Model Aircraft Articles Plans Sitemap Hints Amateur Radio Airplanes and Rockets Hero Graphic

Rocket Kits + Accessories - Airplanes and Rockets

About

Airplanes & Rockets

Kirt Blattenberger, Webmaster - Airplanes and Rockets

Kirt Blattenberger

Carpe Diem!

(Seize the Day!)

Even during the busiest times of my life I have endeavored to maintain some form of model building activity. This site has been created to help me chronicle my journey through a lifelong involvement in model aviation, which all began in Mayo, MD ...

Copyright

1996 - 2026

Webmaster:

Kirt Blattenberger

BSEE - KB3UON

Family Websites:

RF Cafe | Equine Kingdom

All trademarks, copyrights, patents, and other rights of ownership to images and text used on the Airplanes and Rockets website are hereby acknowledged.

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