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Note, for example, that there is no "glass" in the cockpit windows. The scale is An historic kit because of it's "first" status, the original Sea Dart kit brings a fairly high price - the die for the Sea Dart was secured by Rare-Plane Detective in the s and a limited number were reissued in a plain box. Dealer's sell sheet for the Sea Dart.

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Note New York advertising address. Sea Dart restored by Joe Rosenthal. A late s catalog, The Hobby Guide , carried the phrase, "A happy family is a hobby family," on the front cover. A variety of hobby toys, kits, games etc.

Note that the picture of the Sea Dart shows cockpit "glass" whereas the kit does not include cockpit glazing. The early all-plastic kits 4 listed with the wood kits. It was at this time that StromBecKer continued to attempt marketing the wood kits probably from inventory by adding new packaging by placing the kit contents in plastic bags which could be easily displayed on hanging boards. A F, Kit No. WB44, is pictured below with the later logo which dates the kit as being or so; the price remained at the original cents.

These bagged kits are seldom seen.

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You can view this page by clicking here. This page of models would give you a complete collection for the production year. The plastic kits became more sophisticated as demonstrated by this kit of the Temco TT-1, kit D36, in the "Pin-Up Box Cover" - the graphic of the airplane on the lid could be easily removed and a clear plastic shield underneath retained the kit parts.

A quality kit in scale that later was made by Aurora from leased molds in The dealer sell sheet for the Temco TT-1, "Newest in a great bull's-eye line," can be viewed, and printed out, by clicking here. The plastic D31 kit is shown below.

Click on this ad for a view of the entire "All-plastic assembly kits" offered by StromBecKer around Click on the above ad for a view of the plastic line of kits. StromBecKer introduced a line of scale, rubber-powered plastic flying models made from vac-u-formed thin styrene in an appropriate color for the airplane. About sixteen kits were in this flying series, some rubber, some gliders jets.

Spirit of St. Louis, Kit FM-2 in scale.

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The first of the polystyrene flying models was the Piper Pacer, kit FM-1, dated Counter displays were offered by SromBecKer for many of the flying models. The display consisted of a built-up model from the kit along with advertising banners. A boxed counter display for the Piper Pacer Kit FM-1 is shown below; note the the printed information on the box mislabels the kit as "MF The box art for this kit was painted by the well known illustrator, author and model airplane designer, Cal Smith.

The Strombecker trademark, Doll house furniture continued to play a part in StromBecKer's toy production, well into the final years of their wood toy and kit line.

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The photo below shows the catalog for their doll house furniture line; the logo is that which was used after , thereby dating this publication. Correspondent Barry A. Smith has a terrific collection of furniture from this catalog - you can view photos of his outstanding display by clicking on the photo. Use the back arrow to return to this page. The photos below show a boxed set of the furniture. The Disney kits were very successful products for StromBecKer. Designed by Wernher von Braun, the fourth stage is in a delta wing configuration.

There is an excellent full page color photo of Heinz Haber with the Disney XR-1 studio model this kit is based upon on page of the August issue of National Geographic. Von Braun's ship is a true classic of '50s spacecraft engineering. The first issue of StromBecKer's kit was in bright yellow styrene plastic. The second issue, DA was gray-green styrene plastic. Issued in the UK as "Spaceship," Selcol kit What great publicity for the XR-1!

The large XR-1 studio model is located behind him. Fourth Stage Cabin "RX-1" with a wingspan of 7. First issue of Man In Space built around years ago - complete, but the decals are a little aged. The D26 kit has a full color box as seen above. This passenger carrying rocket is marginal in terms of being a true aerospace design.

The first issue of this kit is in a purple and yellow "monochrome" box. British Selcol kits; each of these boxes is imprinted with "Made in England under license by Selcol. Does anyone know how much of this kit was made in England? Designed by Wernher von Braun. This doughnut-shaped station utilizes nuclear energy for on-board power. The kit cleverly duplicates the supporting guy wires by including a small spool of thread to string between the hub and the outer ring.

This was planned as an orbital recycling job, built around the fourth stage of the "Man-In-Space Ship. Included with the kit is a detachable "bottle" spacesuit with a figure. RM-1 built from Glencoe reissue of kit D Some toys were made for Walt Disney Entertainment and plastic kits of space ships were introduced which were based on the Disney movie "Man in Space. Kit number D came out in This ship was intended as an alternate use of the "Man In Space Ship" launch vehicle, designed for lofting satellites and putting cargo into orbit. What's unusual about this kit is that it is done in clear acrylic plastic, and has paper cut-out inserts to represent the arrangement of internal fuel tanks.

It includes a small Sputnik-like satellite and a removable nose cone. A D35A kit version was issued in Three gift sets using StromBecKer space kits were issued. These are cellophane wrapped with a printed banner. Each includes three kits. All are extremely rare. All of these space kits are valuable collector items today and demand prices in the hundreds when complete.

Glencoe now owns the StromBecKer molds for the space line and began reissuing them as part of Glencoe's "Blueprint for the Future" series. Cover page of a ten-page, fold-out catalog from around Each page featuring a genre of kits, both wood and plastic. Bell X-1B Kit D Also in , the "Modelbuilders' Hobbycraft Cyclopedia," an accumulation of product lines from just about every hobby manufacturer, has a page devoted to Strombecker wood kits with the title, "Solid Wood Kits Develop Skill and Craftmanship.

You can view this catalog page by clicking here. Additionally, in the same catalog, there is a listing of Strombecker rail kits as shown below. Catalog pages are also devoted to Strombecker plastic kits and plastic flying models. The T-2 kit, shown below, is undated but probably from around in the same time frame as the race car kits. The motorized version was also recommended to be used on a tether with slip ring which allowed the car to rotate around a pylon containing larger "D" cells Pylon Kit No.

D48 which powered the car in lieu of the onboard batteries. Note, below, that some of the cars were based on the model year. With extensive molds and tooling dies, the car kits must have taken many months to develop.

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All of these kits were also issued without the motor and gears; the Racer Motor and Gear Set, D49, could be purchased separately to convert the no-motor kits. The motor was made by the Japanese firm of Mabuchi Motors and was reported to be of higher power than the competitor's Scalextric. Kit No.

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D-Jaguar Kit Number D, the racing car without motor which had to be purchased separately. From the box, "This is an authentic scale model of England's Championship Racer. The June issue of American Modeler carried an article on the annual hobby-models industry trade show held in Chicago and had this to say about StromBecKer's exhibit: "Strombecker almost stole the show with their beautifully detailed, electric powered race cars.

The first two released will be the Mercedes-Benz and Maserati. These kits will come with electric drive unit and without electric drive unit and are set up to run on a tether in a circle. The following short history of Scalextric appeared in the Union Jack , "America's only national British newspaper. Scalextric came from the Scalex brand on Minimodels Ltd. Their inventor, B.