This Air-O Mighty Midget engine holds some
fond memories for the author. It displays a Gits
cap tank closure, as described in the text.
Power Point propellers, became the
most readily available and most-used
propellers for a number of years.
Top Flite Power Point propellers are
still available. These wooden propellers
are excellent choices for OT models and
are much safer than modern plastic or
fiberglass propellers, which are heavier
In the early days of Control Line
(CL) flying, most of us used Top Flite
propellers because they were more
scalelike than the Power Point series. But
Top Flite propellers were thicker and
more “clubby” looking than Power Point
propellers and others—I’m not sure we
had proper respect for them.
When I test and compare Top Flite
propellers to others that are on OT
aircraft today, they do a good job
of pulling an airplane to altitude—
especially if you refinish them to
produce a surface comparable to plastic
and don’t overload the engine with too
much propeller. (Incidentally, I suspect
you may be familiar with another Top
Flite product: MonoKote.)
Carl Goldberg Models started small in
1955, and grew into a highly successful
manufacturer and distributor of kits and
supplies. As he did with the Top Flite
and Comet companies, Carl continued
to actively compete and design kits for
the business as it grew.
He didn’t limit himself to FF, but
progressed within the hobby by
designing CL and RC aircraft as well.
As ARFs became popular, many of his
designs were reworked. Even the classic
George Aldrich-designed Nobler CL kit
was presented as an ARF—much to the
consternation of purists.
When the AMA Model Aviation Hall
of Fame was created in 1969, Carl was
among the first inductees. He is also a
member of several other model aircraft
hobby halls of fame. Carl moved to
Northridge, California, in 1976, but
remained active with the company
in semiretirement for a number of
years. Carl Goldberg Models was later
absorbed into Great Planes Model
Manufacturing and Distributors.
For biographical sketches, one good
reference is always AMA’s History
Project biographies. The information
there is especially useful in establishing
dates. You can find eight pages of
biographical information about Carl.
(See the “Sources” for the link.)
The Air-O Mighty Midget engine was
one of the high-performance, premium-priced engines of its day. At roughly
twice the displacement and more than
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