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January 1961 American Modeler

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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.

Leroy (Roy) M. Cox built his glow fuel powered model empire by being not only an innovator and skilled craftsman, but also by possessing marketing savvy. The models originally went by the trade name Thimble Drome. This advertisement from a 1961 issue of American Modeler magazine is a prime example. Here, Cox encourages modelers to spend the money they might have received for Christmas from friends and relatives to buy some the many alluring models the company has to offer. I know that as a kid, I drooled over every Cox airplane, helicopter, boat, and car seen in magazines or in a store. A lot of the more models like the Prop Rod air-powered car, the Super Sabre F-100 jet, the Water Wizard air-powered hydroplane, and the original Super Cub 105 sell for high prices on eBay, especially if they are in new or excellent condition and come with the original boxes and accessories. These predated my flying days by about six or seven years. It would be nice to have a couple of them for display, but the budget won't justify it.

Cox Thimble-Drome Ad

Cox Thimble-Drome Ad, January 1961 American Modeler Magazine - Airplanes and RocketsYour Christmas cash buys the most when it buys


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