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February 1949 Air Trails Hobbies for Young Men

February 1949 Air Trails
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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.

When this American Hobby Specialties ad appeared in a 1949 issue of Air Trails magazine, Carl Goldberg was already a well-known and respected model airplane designer and flier. He worked for Comet and Top Flite before founding Carl Goldberg Models in 1955. I have a particular appreciation for Carl Goldberg's accomplishments because his 1/2A Skylane model was my very first R/C airplane kit, bought sometime around 1970. I also built a few other of his designs, the most recent of which was a Jr. Falcon, from plans. A 1/2A Skylane was used as the basis for a tethered R/C model. In the past half century, I have built probably five versions of the 1/2A Skylane. One finished like the original kit, including escapement R/C equipment and an Golden Bee .049 engine hangs on the wall as a memento to days of yore. One of my favorite parts of perusing through my hundreds of vintage magazines (model types and ones like Popular Science) is looking at the advertisements that were so familiar back then.

American Hobby Specialties Advertisement

American Hobby Specialties, February 1949 Air Trails - Airplanes and RocketsNo Soldering ...

No Special Tools ...

Build it Tonight ... Fly it Tomorrow!

Carl Goldberg

Talk about precision, this kit was assembled without pins or glue, each part so precise, it fits together perfectly. That's what we mean by "precision prefinished."

The Glo•Bug actually does everything in the official A.M.A. Precision Stunt Rule Book! It does consecutive inside loops " ... consecutive outside loops ... inverted flight ... horizontal eights ... vertical eights ... overhead eights ... square loops and whatever else you can devise!

It's the first full stunt solid balsa model. but weighs only 13 ounces including engine! The Glo•Bug is so rugged, it'll fly hours longer without a touch of glue for repairs! Every part is "precision prefinished." It's the easiest, fastest building kit on the market ... bar none! And that's no idle boast! Because ...

It's the first gas job in model aviation history requiring no soldering, no special tools. no paper covering, no carving and no printed sheets ... And with "plans that really explain," that's why it assembles in a jiffy.

Licensed to use the famous patented Jim Walker U-Control!

And Everyone of These Popular Kits is Made to Our Rigid "Precision Prefinished" Standards.


Wingspan 27 1/2" Length 21 3/4"

Designed for .19 to .36 Engines

"Precision Prefinished" No-Carving Kit

A realty hot stunt ship and the simplest to put together. Build it tonight ... fly it tomorrow! The most fun you ever had building and the most fun you ever had flying!

Kit G-4 ................. $2.95

New Nifty!

Makes Nifty Loops!

Wingspan 23 1/2", Length 20"

Designed for .19 to .49 Engines

"Precision Prefinished" No-Carving Kit

What a kit! Assembles in a jiffy because everything in it is "precision finished." A Winner for contests and a honey for sport flying.

Kit G-3 .............................................................. $4.95


Wingspan 30", Length 26"

Designed for .23 to .49 Engines

"Precision Prefinished" No-Carving Kit

Smartest looking profile job out today! Actually flies itself with elevator control disconnected! Practically leaps together!

No carving at all!

Great for beginners. 

Kit G-2 ....................................... $3.95



Wingspan 23 1/2", Length 22"

Designed for .19 to .49 Engines

"Precision Prefinished" No-Carving Kit

A real speed job for contest and sport flying and a real speed job for building ... a cinch to build and a circus to fly!

Kit G-1 ........................................ $495

See Them at Your Dealer Today!

American Hobby Specialties, Inc.

2635ยท45 So. Wabash Ave., Chicago 16, Ill.




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