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Aircraft Toys Of Yesteryear

Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:40 am

As an Army kid in Germany in the late 1960 or early 70's Cox use to make a gas powered airplane or at least the engine and the pint cans of fuel which had to be squirted in to engine to start it. I do not recall if Cox manufactured the entire aircraft I want to say they did. The engine was started using a finger to turn the prop. If you weren't careful the prop would do a number on your finger.

The model plane was operated by its handler some 25' away with three strings which came together on a end cap. If memory serves me one string operated the rudder and the other two the wing flaps.

As a 10 -12 year old, it was best three minutes I've ever got dizzy turning in circles. I remember flying a P-38 model. Does any know if these are still available or have they been replaced by RC aircraft. I believe Cox got into the RC business in later years.
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RE: Aircraft Toys Of Yesteryear

Tue Nov 10, 2009 8:02 pm

Quoting GentFromAlaska (Thread starter):
Does any know if these are still available or have they been replaced by RC aircraft. I believe Cox got into the RC business in later years.

They are called control line models. I had one of those about 15 years ago, but they were incredibly unreliable and a pain in the rear to get the run. They were already practically extinct by then. I spent months trying to start one and never flew it. My dad was really into control line models when he was younger. Cox stopped producing them a long time ago. Google will bring up lots of info on these.

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RE: Aircraft Toys Of Yesteryear

Wed Nov 11, 2009 12:57 am

Sometime back in the early 60's  old  I got a beautiful chrome molded plastic Wen Mac (later Cox)
P-63 Kingcobra as a Christmas gift from my Godmother in the States. It came with two props, -the 2-blade was best for flying but the 4-blade looked best for display. The few times it started (winter in Norway) it got instantly coated with greasy layer of oil. I don't think it survived very long...

Another fun toy I had was a helicopter I could fly by turning a crank that was attached to the rotor with a (speedo-like) cable. -Probably had 2 or 3 of those before my father got tired buying them...

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