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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 ...

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Allbon Diesel Engines
November 1954 Air Trails Hobbies for Young Men

November 1954 Air Trails
November 1954 Air Trails Cover - Airplanes and RocketsTable 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.

If the distributor name, American Telasco, seems familiar, it is because they were the importers of the very popular line of Jetex engines. Allbon engines were the product of Mr. Alan L. Allbon, of Sunbury-on-Thames, England. As with in automobiles, Diesel engines were quite popular in Europe, and most of the Diesels available in the United States were imported from overseas. A few of the Allbon engines were a huge success - notably the 0.5 cc Dart and the 1.49 cc Javelin Mk I - and challenged production capacity to a point that jeopardized the company's market position as competitors moved in to fill the void. Allbon operated independently from 1948 through 1952, after which it partnered with Davies-Charlton. That means this 1954 advertisement in Air Trails magazine appeared in the partnership era. For a deep dive into the history of Allbon, check out The Early Years at Allbon, by Adrian Duncan, on the Model Engine News website.

Allbon Diesel Engines Ad

Allbon Diesel Engines, November 1954 Air Trails - Airplanes and RocketsNow available for the first time in this country

Allbon Diesel Engines

Unquestionably the world's finest...

The "Dart" $12.95

.5 c.c.

.03 cu. in.

1 1/2 oz. wt.

Class 1/2A

The  "Spitfire" $12.95

1.0 c.c.

.06 cu. in.

2 3/4 oz. wt.

Class A

The "Javelin" $12.95

1.5 c.c.

.09 cu. in.

3.0 oz. wt.

Class A

The "Bambi" $24.95

Actual size

Now Available for the First Time in Any Country

The World's Smallest Piston Engine

A Distinguished Addition to the Allbon Family

Here is a masterpiece of "engine-makers" art ... the world's smallest piston engine. Completely reliable, efficient and durable, the Bambi offers performance comparable to larger engines, yet provides amazingly small size and light weight. An entirely new field of model aircraft design is opened with this extraordinary Allbon achievement. Specifications . 15 c.c. .009 cu. in. 7/10 oz. wt. Class 1/2A

Engineered to Last a Modelling Lifetime

Sole Distributors: American Telasco, Ltd., Huntington, N. Y.

 

 

Posted January 30, 2021

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