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Kirt Blattenberger, Webmaster - Airplanes and Rockets

Kirt Blattenberger

BSEE - KB3UON

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 ...

Airplanes And Rockets Copyright 1996 - 2026

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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

Sterling Models
April 1960 American Modeler

April 1960 American Modeler

April 1960 American Modeler Cover - Airplanes and Rockets 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.

As is the case with so much as you get older - and especially when you've gotten a LOT older - it is rather sad to be reminded of all the things that played a large role in your lifetime that are no longer around (both people and things). Back in the day, I never considered that some time in the distant future so many of the things I took for granted would not exist any more. Montgomery Ward, Sears & Roebuck, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Hechinger Lumber, Woolworth, Toys R Us, Howard Johnson, Circuit City, Eastern Airlines, Western Auto, Dart Drug, Radio Shack, Allied Radio, Heathkit, RCA, A&P Grocery, Pantry Pride, KB Toys, and many more that do not immediately come to mind were the brick and mortar places we of my generation (born in 1958) knew so well. In the model building world, a similar list of long gone and not so long gone companies could be made as well. Sterling Models, of course, is amongst them, along with Aamco, America's Hobby Center, Marks Models, Airtronics, Berkeley Models, Kraft Radio, Hobby People, Jetco, Cox, Scientific Models, Tatone, and many more. For nostalgia's sake, here is an advertisement from a 1960 issue of American Modeler magazine, which itself is no longer in existence.

Sterling Models Ad

Sterling Models, April 1960 American Modeler - Airplanes and RocketsAll the Wild Thunder and Fire of World War II!

3 World War II Fighters!

Sister Ships of the Baby Ringmaster!

Now ... Thrill to Real 1/2A Combat Flying!

Spitfire

$8.95

Kit S-19 Wing Span 52 1/2" - Area 530 Sq. In.

For .29 and .35 engines

Out of the pages of history comes the famous fighter that almost single-handedly won the Battle of Britain ... the fighter whose speed, rate of climb, and superior maneuverability are almost legendary! Duplicated here with almost unbelievable stunt performance. This full contest-type stunt model is beautifully designed with classic construction simplicity. Kit features large clear bubble canopy, fully-shaped full-length fuselage top, cleanly die-cut, accurate balsa and plywood parts, authentic decal insignia, formed landing gear, step-by-step plans.

The F47 Thunderbolt, renowned as one of the largest and fastest single-engine fighters in World War II ... and the F4F Wildcat, best Aircraft-Carrier-based fighter of the Pearl Harbor period ... are destined to usher in a new era in 1/2A stunt and combat flying! Engineered with extreme simplicity of assembly, both have tremendous stunt performance. Kits contain one-piece shaped and rounded profile fuselage, beautifully die-cut balsa and plywood parts (including bell crank and control horn, etc.), formed landing gear and wheels. Authentic multi-color insignia decals feature individual squadron markings.

F4F Wildcat $1.50

Kit S-21 Wing Span 21" For .049 to .09 engines

F47 Thunderbolt $1.50

Kit S-20

Wing Span 22" For .049 to .09 engines

Sterling Models  

Belfield Ave. & Wister St.

Phila. 44, Pa.

Please send me catalog showing 10 Control Line Scale Model Kits, 7 Radio Plane Kits, 18 Stunt Control Line Models, 9 Auto-Magic Pilot & Free Flight Kits, 18 Boat Kits, Electric Motors, and a Host of Accessories

Enclosed is 10¢ to cover handling and mailing.

Sterling Models, Dept. AM4,

Belfield Ave. & Wister St. Philadelphia 44 Pa.

Name _______________________________________

Address ____________________________________________

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Posted May 28, 2022

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