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Kirt Blattenberger, Webmaster - Airplanes and Rockets

Kirt Blattenberger


My Engineering Web: RF Cafe

Carpe Diem! (Seize the Day!)

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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My Main Modeling Websites

Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) - Airplanes and RocketsAcademy of Model Aeronautics

Tower Hobbies logo - Airplanes and Rockets

Tower Hobbies

Horizon Hobby logo - Airplanes and Rockets

Horizon Hobby

Sig Manufacturing - Airplanes and Rockets

Sig Mfg

Brodak Manufacturing - Airplanes and Rockets

Brodak Mfg

Hobby Lobby Advertisement
August 1971 American Aircraft Modeler

August 1971 American Aircraft Modeler

August 1971 American Aircraft Modeler magazine cover Table 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.

Our grandparents used to tell us how one of the most disappointing aspects of growing older was having the lifelong familiar family, friends, and places disappear. Now that I'm in my sixties, hard as that is to believe, the scenario is unfolding before my eyes. Department stores like Montgomery Ward, Woolworth's, Britt's, and Sears & Roebuck are in the dustbin of history, as the saying goes. I really miss the garden and tool departments of Sears. Nearer and dearer to my heart are the missing hobby products and distributors. In the late 1960s when I first really was aware of radio control, a Kraft two-channel receiver/servo "brick" system was my objet de d├ęsir for a simple sailplane. I had to settle for a used three-channel OS Digital R/C system, and installed it in a Mark's Model Windward glider. Tower Hobbies, Hobby Lobby, Hobby Shack, Hobby People, and the like ran multi-page advertisements in every issue of Flying Models, R/C Modeler, American Aircraft Modeler, and others. They're all gone now, too - well, except Tower Hobbies is hanging on by a figurative thread while Horizon Hobbies, the present owner, allows it. It all reminds me of the Joni Mitchell song "Big Yellow Taxi," to wit, "Don't it always seem to go That you don't know what you've got 'Till it's gone..." Ms. Mitchell, born in 1943 is not gone, though.

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Hobby Lobby Ad, August 1971 American Aircraft Modeler - Airplanes and Rockets


Posted February 8, 2020

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