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Kirt Blattenberger, Webmaster - Airplanes and Rockets

Kirt Blattenberger


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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 ...

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Phantom Motors Christmas Advertisement
November 1946 Air Trails

November 1946 Air Trails

November 1946 Air Trails Cover - Airplanes and Rockets Table 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.

Phantom Motors, out of Los Angeles, California, was one of the early manufacturers of ignition motors for model airplanes, boats, and cars. This full-page advertisement appeared in the November 1946 issue of Air Trails magazine. This particular ad had a Christmas theme, as did many of the other ads in that edition. If you do a search on eBay for vintage Phantom Motors ignition engines, not much shows up, so that probably means there were either not too many of them made, or they were not sturdy enough to survive hard landings and frequent usage so that the engines were trashed. Oh well. The $14.95 price tag in 1946 is the equivalent of $288.31 in 2021 per the BLS inflation calculator.

Phantom Motors Christmas Advertisement

Phantom Motors Christmas Ad, November 1946 Air Trails - Airplanes and RocketsAll Tied Up ....

in Christmas Wishes


Complete with coil, condenser, gas tank, spinner

Mother - Dad ... He has waited a long time for this. He has watched and envied the other fellows who have them. Get Him a Phantom P-30 for Christmas and Do It Now The Phantom P-30 is a sturdy, reliable, easy to operate class "B" engine. Make this Christmas one he will long remember through endless happy hours with his Phantom P-30.

P-30 Specifications

Displacement .29 cu. in

Bore .715 in

Stroke .750 in

Horsepower 1/5

Rate Class "B" Under NAA Rules

Special Gift Coupon

Phantom Motors Distributing Co.

806 East Gage Avenue, Dept. A-11 Los Angeles 1, California

For a real Christmas for my ___________. Send me a new Phantom P-30

Complete with coil, condenser, gas tank and spinner, $14.95

Complete with coil, condenser, gas tank and flywheel, $15.95

Flywheel Only, $1.85 (Note: Postage prepaid on cash orders.)

Money Order Enclosed

Send C. O. D.

Name __________

Address __________________________

City ___________ Zone ______ STATE ____________

Add 3% if in California. Prices slightly higher in Foreign Countries



Posted December 25, 2021

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