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Kirt Blattenberger, Webmaster - Airplanes and Rockets
Kirt Blattenberger
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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. There is a lot of good information and there are lot of pictures throughout the website that you will probably find useful, and might even bring back some old memories from your own days of yore. The website began life around 1996 as an EarthLink screen name of ModelAirplanes, and quickly grew to where more server space ...

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Thimble Drome TD-1 Control Line Airplane

Box Top, Thimble Drome TD-1 C/L RTF Model - Airplanes and RocketsThimble Drome TD-1 Box Top


Thimble Drome TD-1 C/L RTF Model - Airplanes and Rockets
Thimble Drome TD-1


Box Edge, Thimble Drome TD-1 C/L RTF Model - Airplanes and Rockets
Thimble Drome TD-1 Box Edge


Cockpit, Thimble Drome TD-1 C/L RTF Model - Airplanes and Rockets
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)

    Thimble Drome TD-1 Auction on eBay - Airplanes and Rockets

 

Thimble Drome TD-1 User's Manual 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!)




     Accessories, Thimble Drome TD-1 C/L RTF Model - Airplanes and Rockets
                 Thimble Drome TD-1 Accessories


     Fin & Rudder, Thimble Drome TD-1 C/L RTF Model - Airplanes and Rockets
                Thimble Drome TD-1 Fin & Rudder


     Box End, Thimble Drome TD-1 C/L RTF Model - Airplanes and Rockets
                    Thimble Drome TD-1 Box End

 

 

 

 

Posted July 2, 2011