SIG Manufacturing, forever located in Montezuma,
Iowa, is among the ranks of a dwindling number of America's original model airplane kit
and accessories makers and distributors. Sig's catalog from the early 1970s was the first
hobby catalog I ever owned. You can bet I read it cover-to-cover many times, wishing
to own everything on its pages. In case you don't know, the name SIG is a shortened version
of Sigafoose, which is the last name of the company founders, Glen and
According to a press release,
"In February 2011 SIG Manufacturing Co., Inc. was purchased by Herb Rizzo (President),
David Martin (VP and General Manager), and Ron Petterec (VP). All three gentlemen are
successful businessmen and lifelong modelers providing the ideal base for SIG to continue
offering quality and value to model airplane pilots around the world." I have continued
to order 25% nitro fuel and building supplies from them because their prices are amazingly
good on many things. Check SIG's website;
you might be surprised.
SIG Manufacturing Company Advertisement
SIG First in Balsa and Model Supplies
Grand, Open, Senior and Junior National Champions all used SIG Balsa and new SIG Supercoat
We are proud to report that Grand and Open Champ Bob Sifleet, Senior Champ Larry Miller
and Junior Champ Jim Skarzynski all flew SIG Balsa built models. It's significant that
all three also used SIG Supercoat Dope - as did 16 other Winners at this years Nats.
Supercoat Dope sales are growing so fast (2750 gallons in '62), we've had to build a
big new addition to the SIG factory, to handle the demand.
National AYSC Champ and 3 of the 4 AYSC Winners used SIG Balsa!
From Idaho to Hawaii, most of this years Air Youth State Championship contestants
built their models with SIG Balsa. National AYSC Champ Dave Fox (of Pennsylvania) and
the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place contestants in Beauty, Endurance and Speed events all flew
SIG Balsa built entries. In Stunt, we missed out on the Winner, but the 2nd and 3rd place
models were built with SIG - so we made 12 out of the 13 top places!
82.4% of all the '62 Nationals Winners flew SIG Balsa built models!
With a total of 89 out of 108 Nats Winners flying SIG Balsa built models (or in a
few cases, SIG Birch plywood, Spruce or Bass - when balsa was not used), this works out
at an amazing 82.4%. In no less than 24 of the 36 different Nats events SIG built entries
completely swept the board - taking first places in all age classes. Other SIG Balsa
built models took 65.2% of all 2nd places and 58.7% of all 3rd places. To sum up, the
bulk of the top placing models flown at the Nats were built with SIG Balsa. It's worth
noting, that of the handful of winners who did not use SIG Balsa, seven flew kit models.
A partial listing of the '62 Nats Winners, built with the balsa that bears the familiar
SIG winged insignia, is provided below:
R/C Rudder (Jr-Sr, Op) • R/C Intermediate (Jr-Sr-Op) • R/C Scale (Jr-sr-Op*) R/C Pylon
Racing (Jr-sr-Op) • F/F Scale (Jr-Sr, Op) • C/L Scale (Jr, Sr, Op*) Stunt (Jr, Sr*, Op*)
• AMA Team Race (Jr-Sr-Op*) • FAI Team Race (Jr-Sr-Op) Combat (Jr*, Sr) • Carrier (Sr,
Op) • Proto Speed (Jr, Sr*, Op) • Jet Speed (Jr-Sr) 1/2A Speed (Jr, sr, Op) • A Speed
(Jr, Sr, Op) .B Speed (Sr, Op) • C Speed (Jr, Op) F/F A Gas (Jr*, Sr , Op) • F/F B Gas
(Jr*, Sr , Op*) • F/F C Gas (Jr Sr* Op*) F/F FAI Gas (Jr*, Sr*, Op*) • FF ROW Gas (Jr*,
Sr , Op) • Helicopter (Jr-Sr-Op*) Wakefield (Jr*, Sr*, Op) • Unlimited Rubber (Jr*, Sr*,Op*)
• A-1 Gliderr (Sr , Op*) A-2 Gilder (Jr*, Sr*, ,Op*) • H/L Glider (Jr*, Sr*, Op*) • Rocket
(Jr*, Sr*, Op*) Indoor H/L Gilder (Jr* , Sr*, Op) • Indoor Stick (Jr, Op) • Indoor Paper
*Indicates that SIG Balsa was also used on 2nd and 3rd place models
SIG Manufacturing Company 401 (A) South Front Street Montezuma Iowa
Posted May 26, 2018
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