Drome TD-1 Box Top
Thimble Drome TD-1
Thimble Drome TD-1 Box Edge
Thimble Drome TD-1 Cockpit
Thimble Drone - later to become Cox - sold its first ready-to-fly control line model beginning around 1959. Reports
have it that the original selling price was $9.99, which according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics'
inflation calculator, is about $78 in year 2011 dollars.
The wings were of built-up construction with ribs and thin, molded sheets of aluminum skins. A modified Space Bug .049
engine was used for power. There was no spring starter on the early .049 engines, but a rubber finger guard was provided
to help spare the modeler's finger.
As I write this, there is a TD-1 being auctioned off on eBay. With 8 hours left, the price is at $870 !!! I wouldn't
be surprised if it topped $1,000 before it's over.
I was close - it sold for $998!!! (see below)
Here is the manual for the TD-1.
Here is a great website that documents many of the early Thimble Drome / Cox
model airplanes, boats, cars, and helicopters:
The Cox Model Database models (they
must be worth a small fortune!)
Thimble Drome TD-1 Accessories
Thimble Drome TD-1 Fin & Rudder
Thimble Drome TD-1 Box End
Posted July 2, 2011