About Airplanes & Rockets

Kirt Blattenberger, Webmaster - Airplanes and Rockets
Kirt Blattenberger
Carpe Diem!
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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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Revell's Saturn V and Visible V-8 Engine Models
1969 Sears Christmas Wish Book

Sears 1969 Christmas Wish Book CoverI bought a 1969 edition of the Sears, Roebuck & Co.'s Christmas Wish Book on eBay. It was the year I turned 11 years old, and was also the year of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Remembering how I eagerly awaited those pages filled with advertisements for model airplanes, boats, guns, Erector sets, and countless other things, I figured it might be nice to look through one again. Here is the 1969 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalog, too. Enjoy!

Here on page 512 of the Sears 1969 Christmas Wish Book is a model of the Saturn V rocket that had, on July 11 of the same year, safely delivered American astronauts to the surface of the moon and back home again. There is also a Visible V-8 Engine model. Someone gave me one of those for Christmas, probably into the 1969 timeframe, but I did such a lousy job of assembling it that the pistons and valves wouldn't budge by the time I was finished with it. Little did I know at the time that it would be an accurate replica of 350 cu.in. engine that I had in my 1969 (ironically) Camaro about seven years later - yup, it blew a ring and locked up on me :-(

Use the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' inflation calculator to see what items cost in today's dollars. That $9.99 Erector Set would cost $59.53 in 2010 money.

Here is a YouTube video of a Visible V-8 Engine running at over 5,000 rpm!

Saturn V & Visible V-8 Engine in Sears 1969 Christmas Wish Book - Airplanes and Rockets

 

Sears 1969 Christmas Wish Book Pages:

.22 Caliber Rifles & BB Guns
AM-FM Clock Radios
Billy Blastoff
Color Televisions
Cox F4U Corsair
Cox Dune Buggy
Cox Sea Bee Boat
Erector Set
G.I. Joe Astronaut
Major Matt Mason
Minibikes
Peanuts, Astronaut Snoopy Toys
Planetarium
Slot Car Race Track Sets
Telescopes
Televisions
Visible V-8 Engine
Wish Books from Sears, Ward, JCPenny

 

 

Posted November 20, 2010