Cox is undoubtedly was the
world's largest manufacturer of ready-to-fly control-line model airplanes. Nearly
all used some form of their equally famous .049 glow fuel engine. A couple used
the .020 engine. Back in the 1960s through probably the 1980s, most kids who learned
to fly control line did so with a Cox model - most notably the
Cox PT-19 Trainer, which is the one with
which I learned to fly. The other contender for control line flyers was
Testors, famous in its
own right for model dope, enamel spray and brush-on paint, and glow fuel, also produced
a few ready-to-fly control line models. Both Cox and Testors used molded plastic
construction. This advertisement from a 1949 issue of Air Trails magazine pitches
a stick and tissue free flight kit for a Piper Cub Super Cruiser model. That 25¢
price in 1949 is the equivalent of
$2.97 in 2022 money (a 12x increase), with is still way less that you would
pay for a kit of that type today.
Testor's Piper Cub Super Cruiser Ad
Here It Is! A Really Terrific Smash-Hit
Kit That's the Biggest Value You Ever Saw
Testors Piper Cub Super Cruiser
It Really Flies!
All Parts Pre-Cut and Ready for Assembling
Never before have you seen such amazing value packed into a kit at 25¢ as
you will find in this newest Testor sensation! It's the biggest headline story in
the entire model industry ... it will set a fast new pace in flight-club circles
for months to come! First-quality die-cut balsa ... quick, easy, fit-into-place
assembly ... sleek, trim lines that give you a real flying beauty. Don't wait. Be
among the first to hit the sky-ways with your Testor's Piper Cub Super Cruiser!
At your dealer's ...
• Rubber Powered • Overall length: 13" • Wing Span: 18" •
Wing width: 3" • All die-cut balsa construction • Kit complete with rubber
band, propeller, formed wire landing gear and prop hook, hardwood wheels and thrust
Testor Chemical company (Woodworking Division) Rockford, Illinois
Posted April 2, 2022