have had one of those ubiquitous 'farm tables'
since sometime in the late 1980s, back when they were made of wood that is about 50% thicker than today's
variety. Over the decades, it has been used variably as a school desk for our kids, as a sewing table,
as a computer desk, and as a surface for building model airplanes. It has endured no fewer than ten
household moves in that time (don't ask). After all that, it was understandably
due for being repaired and refinished ...
Website visitor Doug H. wrote to ask that I check for information
on a couple people in particular who participated in the Radio Control portion of the 1972 and
1971 AMA Nationals
competitions. Rather than just do that, I went ahead and scanned and posted the entire articles so that
all the available information could be seen. I figured there may well be others who would like to have
that information available. The November issues of American Aircraft Modeler were typically
where NATs coverage ...
The author of this review for the Cameron .09 marine engine heaps
praise upon the creation, extolling it many advanced features. Robust construction and smooth running
evidently are two of its grandest characteristics. A few examples of the
Cameron .09 marine engine appear on eBay, with a montage of photos of a new-in-box
(NIB) example provided here. Weight including the built-in flywheel is 10 ounces - quite beefy compared
to a Cox Medallion .09, which tipped the scales at around 3½ ounces.
has wind tunnel tested the futuristic aircraft dubbed 'the new Concorde.' The revolutionary Quiet Supersonic
Technology (QueSST) project is aiming to create a jet that can break the 767mph sound barrier.
Space boffins from the U.S. space agency have joined forces with Lockheed Martin to work on the ambitious
project. Engineer Charles Bolden hopes the jets will one day ferry passengers across the Atlantic in
half the time of a conventional aircraft. Currently it takes a commercial airliner around
By the end of 1935, according to this full-page advertisement
in Boys' Life magazine, Henry Ford's automobile company had built 23 million cars and trucks.
Ford Motor Company
was founded in 1903 - 32 years earlier- so the average production rate was a little over 4½ million
per year. 2 million of them were powered by the V8 flathead engine, which had just been introduced in
1932. As with radios, flying machines, electric lights, and indoor plumbing, every new innovation was
"Most aircraft that take off do not lift straight into the air
once their wheels come off the ground. Instead, for just a moment, they float just barely above the
ground. The reason being is to make use of ground effect. An aircraft flies by generating lift and directing airflow towards
the ground. In open space (higher in the atmosphere) the high pressure from below the wing dissipates
Last December (2016) we decided
to finally cut in a set of stairs to the
basement so that going through the garage would not be required (that project
will be documented someday). Our Erie house, built in the 1950s, has never had an inside access
to the basement. Going through the garage was not particularly a big inconvenience, but in the middle
of summer and winter the temperatures could be a bit uncomfortable for that long, 15 second trek from
the kitchen door to the basement door ;-) Still, having inside access seemed to be more 'normal.'
We are a mile ...
"Adventures of a Newsreel Cameraman"
was a series of short documentary films produced by 20th Century Fox in the 1930s. They covered topics
including the relatively new technologies of airplanes, rockets, and electronics. The video is posted
on YouTube by The Best Radio Controlled Car Reviews website titles it "History of Radio Controlled Cars
Classic and Vintage RC Cars," which is a misnomer because there is nothing about R/C in the film
(thanks to them, anyway). It does have
"Delivery drones still face an uncertain future, but there's at least one
scenario where they make a lot of sense: Flying robots can be ideal for bringing small, high value,
time-sensitive goods to people in low-infrastructure areas. As specific a situation as that sounds like,
it’s an enormous opportunity, and has the potential to make a huge difference in rural areas and disaster
relief missions with deliveries of food and medical supplies, for example. One challenge with that,
however, is that while drones are cheap to operate, the up-front investment ..."
Website visitor Doug H. wrote to ask that I check for information
on a couple people in particular who participated in the Radio Control portion of the 1971 and
1972 AMA Nationals competitions.
Rather than just do that, I went ahead and scanned and posted the entire articles so that all the available
information could be seen. I figured there may well be others who would like to have that information
available. The November issues of American Aircraft Modeler were typically where NATs coverage
It sure would be nice to have batteries that don't pose a bigger
risk of burning down your house, car, or model than glow fuel. "A team of engineers led by 94-year-old
John Goodenough [what a great name!], professor in the Cockrell School
of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and co-inventor of the
lithium-ion battery, has developed the first all-solid-state battery cells that
could lead to safer, faster-charging, longer-lasting rechargeable batteries for handheld mobile devices,
electric cars and stationary energy storage
If you are a nostalgia buff, go over to the
Archive.org website and enter the URL of a website whose early pages you would like
to see. This one here is a November 1999 version of Tower Hobbies' site. At the time, you needed to
spend at least $199.99 to get $10 off your order; today it only takes $99. There were no electric foamies,
brushless motors, 2.4 GHz radios, or drones! Remember the
America's Hobby Center ads from some of the earliest modeling magazines?
As with most other areas of sports and hobbies, the state of
the art in technology has advanced considerably in the last decade or two. Such is the case with those
Daisy 'Soft Air' (aka
rubber pellet guns we pre-special-snowflakes had as kids. They were simple spring-loaded, single-shot
pistols and rifles with an effective range of 30-40 feet - child's play (literally)
compared to today's just-short-of-deadly hardware. Li-Po-driven spring and compressed gas mechanisms
provide fully automatic operation that is so close to 'the real thing' that military and police forces
train for close-quarters scenarios with them.
Matthews has one of the most extensive websites covering every aspect of
so if you're interested
Trails magazine ran a regular featured titled "Air Progress" that documented the evolution of various
classes of airplanes and helicopters. Occasionally, they would also run "Rocket Progress," "Auto Progress,"
and, less frequently, "Ship Progress."
Here, Mr. Staab presents an array or warships ranging from a primitive log dugout to a modern day (for
the 1950s) battleship. The drawings are usually crisp and clear, but for some reason these are blurry,
"The instrument at Lowell Observatory used by
Clyde Tombaugh to discover Pluto will soon undergo renovation. The year-long project,
set to begin on January 12, will include restoration of both the historic telescope and the wooden dome
that houses it. While the telescope will be removed from the dome during this work, the dome will be
open from time to time for public tours as work allows. The Pluto Telescope and its dome date
Man Jailed for Hitting Woman with Drone
WASP's 100th Birthday to be Celebrated
Flame Retardant in Li-Ion Batteries Could Quench Fires
Japan's Low-Cost Rocket Fails at 1st Launch
Report Outlines Risks for Drones Flying Beyond Line of Sight
21 HS Students Win AOPA Scholarships
RC Planes Take Flight in Dayton
Register for the UAS4STEM Search & Rescue Challenge!
One of the first woodworking projects I remember doing after
Melanie and I were married and in our own house was making a
paper towel holder out of some scrap pieces
of oak flooring. The wood was in the basement of the house, probably from when it was originally installed
sometime in the 1950s. A few pieces were glued together along their tongue and groove edges, and then
scraped and sanded to a smooth, flat surface. The bottom curved relief shape was retained for character.
At some point during our many household moves, the paper towel holder
"Vanilla Aircraft's VA001 combustion-powered UAV has achieved a world record with
a non-stop, unrefuelled 56-hour flight. The flight of the 36' wingspan ultra-long endurance aircraft
was submitted for a world duration record for combustion-powered UAVs in the 50-500 kg subclass. A representative
from the US National Aeronautic Association was present to witness the record. The flight was planned
as a 120-hour mission but ended prematurely due to forecasted severe icing and range restrictions. Despite
this, the Falls Church
"When Chris Ferguson commanded the final space shuttle mission
in July 2011, he and his crew members left behind something on the International Space Station: a small
American flag that had flown on the first shuttle mission three decades earlier. 'It will hopefully
maintain a position of honor until the next vehicle launched from U.S. soil brings U.S. astronauts up
to dock with the space station,' Ferguson explained. As the director for crew and mission operations
at Boeing, Ferguson is one of the leaders
about using electric power systems for model airplanes has never filled sufficiently the 'hole' left
by not hearing an internal combustion engine screaming. I switched over to electric more than a decade
ago when the energy output of brushless motors and Li-Po batteries hit parity with glow engines. I have
to admit that the reliability and ease of use of electric systems has its attractive features, not to
mention no fuel mess to clean off the model. After finally deciding to start using Cox .049 engines
again, I needed to re-acquire the field ...
"Sky-Futures' Basic Drone Certification Course will enable persons
and organizations in the UK to reach the basic standard required to operate drones under a
CAA Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO). For the past two years, Sky-Futures
has trained Emergency Service and Enterprise clients in the safe use of drone technology in the UK.
Sky-Futures holds CAA National Qualified Entity (NQE) status. Under these privileges, Sky-Futures will
provide an all new online ground school
Maxwell's Hobby Shop is owned and run by Joe Maxwell and wife,
Mary. Joe (a very nice guy) has been operating his eponymously named hobby
shop in Erie, Pennsylvania, for many decades. The 600 sq. ft. shop is stuffed to the gills with kits
and equipment for all types of aeromodeling, including free flight, control line, and radio control.
There are many supplies for boats, helicopters, multirotor drones, and cars as well. Joe is an avid
control line flyer and a member of the Bean Hill Flyers control line club, so there is a very nice stock
of control line ...