1929
Victor Stanzel begins building solid model airplanes and selling them to cadets and aviators across the United States. He expands the business, converting a spare bedroom of his family’s Schulenburg farmhouse into a manufacturing center.

1930-32
Victor Stanzel enrolls in a correspondence course to learn drafting.

1930-36
Victor Stanzel & Company produces a line of solid model kits in three sizes, a total of 11 airplanes from nine kits.

1932
Victor Stanzel constructs, and advertises in Aero Digest, a new finished model line, the Gee-Bee Sportster, which sells, with a baseboard, for $18.00 The July issues of Popular Aviation and Aero Digest contain ads for the solid model kits produced by Victor Stanzel & Company, as does August and November issues of Model Airplane News. The first to be advertised are the constructed, finished solid models of a Curtiss Hawk P-6-E and a Curtiss Falcon AC-3, both with a 20-inch wing span.

1933
Smaller versions (with 12-inch wing spans) of the Curtiss Hawk P-6-E and the Gee-Bee Super-Sportster are advertised, along with kits of each priced from $1.70 to $1.80, in Model Airplane News. The magazine will continue to run ads for Stanzel solid models on a periodic basis until 1938.

Early-to-mid 1930s
Victor Stanzel attends Aircraft Welding School in Kansas City, Ks.

1933-35
Victor’s electric motor-propelled airplane on a supporting beam structure, the “Fly A Plane,” is built and carries up to four passengers at a time in Schulenburg.

1935-36
The rocket-like ship on a beam structure, the “20th Century Strato-Ship,” carries up to six passengers per ride in Schulenburg before becoming a major attraction at the 1936 State Fair at the fairgrounds in Dallas.

1936-40
Victor builds a pinball-like amusement game while working on concepts for, and creating, the world’s first single control-line model plane and kit.

1939
The Stanzel company presents the control line, or “G” line, models beginning with the Tiger Shark, the first control-line kit in the world. The first ad for the Tiger Shark control-line kit appears in the December issue of Model Airplane News, announcing “G-Line Flying Gas-Powered Airplane Flown Under Full Control—Not radio controlled.”

1940
The free-flight Texas Ranger model kit goes on the market in March. This plane can also be flown on the new G-Line control system. The Baby Shark kit is introduced in November. Victor and Joe begin four years of advertising, starting with an ad for the Tiger Shark, in Flying Aces magazine.

1941
Five more engine-powered plane kits are released. In March, the Stanzel Company introduces more G-Line models: the rubber-powered Shark P-60, the Shark P-60 for Class A & B engines, and the Class C Shark P-60.

Another free-flight plane, the Interceptor, is released in July. It has a 52-inch wing span and features the wing mounted on a pylon.

In December, the Stanzels’ first two-line control system called “Super G-Line” makes it’s debut with the Super G Shark kit for a Class C engine. It also introduces the 30-inch Directional Control Stick for controlling the elevators during flight.

1942
Joseph Stanzel accepts wartime employment at the Personnel Training Department, Duncan Field, San Antonio, Texas. Victor applies for a welder’s job at Kelly Army Air Force Base, but is quickly assigned to the drafting department after the interviewer finds out Victor was the person who made the drawings for the “True Scale” solid model planes.

1943
Victor and Joe also design and build a large version of the Tiger Shark that has a five-foot wing span. It is powered with a Herkimmer twin engine and flown on a 75-foot line. Full elevator control is achieved in flight with an electrical system that is operated from outside the circle. The plane is flown from a pylon mounted on top of a 1942 Chevrolet Fleetline Aero sedan. It is made with the intention of being submitted to the military as a potential training aid for Army Air Force aerial gunners.

The Super V Shark is introduced with a new, two-line control system called “Roller Control.” A 15-inch long “Directional Control Stick” is used by the flyer to control the elevators in flight.

1945
The Baby “V” Shark kit is introduced in January. Like its predecessor, the Super V Shark, it is also flown with the “Roller Control” two-line system. With wing spans of 20 and 24 inches, the “V” Sharks are capable of speeds up to 100 miles per hour.

1947
Produced during the year are the two models in the third phase of the control line kits, the Shark G-5 and the Sharkadet of the “Thum-It” control handle device and “Control-It” system.

1948
The Stanzel company introduces the “Bee Line” series of model jet airplanes which are flown along a 100- to 400-foot long steel wire and propelled by CO2 gas cartridges.

1950
At the Chicago Model Trade Show, Victor and Joe Stanzel introduce their new system for elevator control, the Mono-Line, featuring a handle that twists and a spiral cam rotated by a single line and attached to a sliding mechanism by a push-rod. A worm cam replaced the bulky spiral in smaller, high-speed models. The Mono-Line creates excitement among control-line enthusiasts because of its ability to fly even with a single, slack line controlled by simply moving the handle backwards or forwards, and its ability to fly faster—up to speeds of 150 miles per hour—because of decreased wind resistance. With the model kit Tuffy, the company begins the manufacture of the Mono-Line control system.

1954
Dale Kirn sets two speed records during a two-day contest in Dallas using Stanzel Mono-Line speed control units. Three models in the fourth phase of Mono-Line (control line) plane kits are produced in August: the ABC Trainer; the 1/2A Trainer; and the Lil Raider.

1955
The last of the “G”-Line models, the Lil rocket, and the last in the fourth phase of control line kits, the Sky Raider, go on sale. Victor buys a new station wagon, fills it with flying Mono-Line planes, and hires Dale Kirn, a member of the United States Air Force Control Line Team and expert in speed model airplanes, to go on a three-year, 80,000-mile tour of the United States to demonstrate the Mono-Line at model plane contests and other flier gatherings.

1958
The Victor Stanzel Company brings out its first battery-operated toy, the Electromic Flash.

1959
The Stanzel Company begins mass production of several battery-operated plastic models, marking the company’s direction toward toy production.

1986
Victor and Joe Stanzel are inducted into the Academy of Model Aeronautic’s Hall of Fame.

1989
Victor and Joe Stanzel establish the Stanzel Family Foundation to award renewable scholarships to deserving students.

1999
The Stanzel Museum in Schulenburg, founded by the Stanzel Family Foundation and dedicated to the past, present, and future of the model and toy aircraft world, opens its doors to the public.
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