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 disappeared - we probably donated it as with ...
"With photographers poised to capture the moment
and spectators watching in person and from all over the world online, the C–47 "That's
All, Brother" took off from Wittman Regional Airport on a clear, blustery afternoon,
circling the airport and concluding the brief flight with an overhead pass, accompanied
by a Beechcraft Bonanza chase plane. The flight crew included pilot-in-command Doug Rozendaal,
second-in-command Tom Travis, and engineer Ray Claussen. According to the Commemorative
Air Force, which acquired and restored the airplane. The Oshkosh flight, the first ..."
After just 33 years, this crewel picture that Melanie
stitched is complete and has a custom frame.
If memory serves correctly, we bought the crewel kit at a Ben Franklin store in Severna
Park, Maryland, in 1985 while living in Arnold, Maryland. She started it shortly after
getting it, and then it was put away until last year, 2017, when she decided to complete
the project. Most, if not all, of the needlework pictures Melanie has done over the years
have been placed in custom frames made by me. I've used pine, oak, teak, hickory, mahogany,
and now maple for this frame. The maple wood ...
"NASA has successfully used a heat-activated shape
memory alloy to morph an aircraft's wings in flight tests, an advance with potential
benefits for subsonic and future supersonic aircraft. The flights which took place at
NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in California, was part of the SAW (Spanwise
Adaptive Wing) project that aims to validate the use of a lightweight material to fold
the outer portions of aircraft wings and their control surfaces to optimal angles in
flight. SAW ..."
Our one-car garage does not have a lot of extra
space in it, especially considering it also holds a riding lawn mower, a snow blower,
a backup power generator, and various and sundry yard and car tools. That doesn't leave
much room for the assortment of shoes and boots needed by Melanie and me. We had been
using a stack of cinder blocks to stuff shoes in, but they looked rather crude and the
holes were not really big enough to allow the shoes to be fully enclosed. After completing
building a set of stairs into the basement, there were end pieces of the stair treads
left over that were just the right width to fit into the space where the cinder blocks
used to be stacked. 2x3 framing lumber ...
While perusing the local Goodwill store, Melanie
and I happened upon this old gooseneck lamp. Unlike most of the newer models found in places like
Walmart, this one is made of heavy stamped steel, and the gooseneck part is very sturdy
with no plastic. When you bend this lamp into position, it stays exactly where you put
it without reflexing back a little. It was just what Melanie needed for use on her sewing
table, so we bought it as a fixer-upper. As can be seen in the photos, the original condition
was useable, but not ...
Ronald Valentine engines is one of the very few
manufacturers remaining of miniature model aircraft engines - both glow fuel and diesel,
single- and multi-cylinder. Prices are amazingly reasonable, too. "We are the manufacturers
of the world's smallest model engines. We have been manufacturing miniature model engines
for over 30 years. We specialized in 2-stroke diesel engines for model airplanes, boat and
cars. Next to this we manufacture multi-cylinder engines 2-stroke and 4-stroke as
glow or diesel engines. Our challenge is to develop and present the world's
Like many little girls who were born in the 1960s,
Melanie had a small collection of
toy appliances. Old photographs from birthdays and Christmases past document the times
they were received. Melanie had the Suzy Homemaker Oven / Stove and the Suzy Homemaker
Clothes Iron. Since hers was long gone my the time we got married in 1983, we decided
to look for them on eBay. As with just about everything ever made, we easily found them
in nice condition. Neither the oven nor the iron came with their original boxes because
those are very expensive. This page of Suzy ...
advertisement is from page 53 of the March 1970 issue of American Aircraft Modeler
magazine. Hobby People was probably the first company that I ever did mail order from
to get airplane supplies. Hobby People is no longer in operation. All copyrights (if
any) are hereby acknowledged. Use the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' inflation calculator
to see what items cost in today's dollars. For instance, that $3.99 "Cox .049 Babe Bee"
engine would be $26.16 in 2018 money. The "regular" price of $6.00 would be $39.34 in
2018. Cox International ...
"RocketLab has successfully launched their Electron
Rocket. It took three small satellites into orbit. The company is preparing for a possible
Moon mission later this year. U.S.-based spaceflight startup company, Rocket Lab completed
their second successful test flight this weekend reaching orbit for the first time. The
company's Electron rocket launched from New Zealand at 2:43 PM local time on Sunday,
and successfully deployed three commercial satellites about eight and a half minutes
later. This was Electron's first full ..."
Prior to the widespread use of mufflers on radio
controlled model aircraft engines,
were installed that worked in unison with the throttle. They were oblong or butterfly-shaped
flat pieces of metal that pivoted in the center and were connected via a short pushrod
to the carburetor's throttle arm. At full throttle, the damper was straight up and down
to block the exhaust port as little as possible. At idle, the damper usually totally
blocked off the exhaust port; of course some exhaust was still able to exit or the engine
would choke out and stop running. The first R/C engines I used in the 1970's came with
exhaust dampers ...
important discovery by an amateur scientist has occurred. Mr. Víctor Buso was testing
a new CCD camera on a 16" personal telescope from his home in
when he noticed a star suddenly appeared in an exposure. It then grew in brightness over
successive exposures. He had captured the very first sighting of a supernova in its initial
stage of exploding. Realizing the gravity of his discovery, he alerted the astronomy
community. Astronomical research institutions worldwide immediately trained their telescopes
on the event to make detailed scientific measurements. Interestingly, this all occurred
in September of 2016, but is just now making headlines everywhere ...
A couple years ago I posted an article about the
Victor Stanzel ElectroMic "Copter" Tethered Helicopter that I had bought on eBay. It
was just like the one I had as a pre-teen in the 1960's. If memory serves me correctly,
I also had one of the ElectroMic Flash Tethered Airplanes as well. Someday I'll probably
buy one of those on eBay. The webpage hyperlinked above has a video embedded that tells
the story of the
Stanzel Brothers' Model Airplane Museum. You will be amazed at all the types of models
they produced - powered airplanes, gliders, helicopters, flying saucers. They were a
couple of the earliest pioneers in manufacturing ready ...
"For years, Lockheed Martin Corp. has been developing
a successor to one of the fastest aircraft the world has seen, the SR-71 Blackbird, the
Cold War reconnaissance craft that the U.S. Air Force retired almost three decades ago.
Lockheed officials have said the hypersonic SR-72 - dubbed the 'Son of Blackbird' by
one trade journal - could fly by 2030. But a rather curious talk last week at an aerospace
conference by a Lockheed Skunk Works executive implied that the SR-72 might already exist ..."
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Aircraft historians might find the information
from this 1942 edition of Flying Aces magazine useful. As has long been the
case on many Russian airplanes and helicopters, the basic outlines - and often even the
details - are recognizable from the original versions designed by the United States,
England, and Germany. The Russkies have been short on design and test capabilities and
long on materials, manpower, and espionage agents. It wouldn't be so bad if the copying
was not so obvious. Even their attempt at a space shuttle was a carbon copy of ours.
If not for their leaders' commitment to Communism and Socialism, Russia could be ...
"Cornell University engineers have been experimenting
with a new type of programming that mimics the mind of an insect. The developed sensors
and algorithms may soon support autonomous, small-scale robots like Harvard University's
RoboBee, an 80-milligram flier that could perform a variety of roles
in agriculture and disaster relief. Even the most lifelike bug-bot could be thrown off
by a gust of wind or a mid-air obstacle. Cornell's sensing system aims to steer a RoboBee
around trouble, adjusting its flight to avoid ..."
James Webb Space Telescope has completed critical end-to-end testing
in a giant vacuum chamber at the Johnson Space Center, proving the telescope will work
properly in the deep cold of space, bring starlight to a sharp focus and precisely track
its astronomical targets when launched in 2019, engineers said Wednesday. 'The successful
completion of this test represents a very significant milestone for JWST,' said Bill
Ochs, the telescope's project manager at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt,
Md. 'It verified the alignment of the telescope ..."
I am in the process of building a control line
C-47 Skytrain model using plans drawn by Walter Musciano. I knew making the
scale landing gear was
going to be a challenge because it requires bending two pieces of 1/8" music wire with
six 90° bends apiece. It seems easy enough in theory, but in practice getting the opposing
axel end to line up in opposition is not trivial. Making the first one took two tries,
as did the second one. the problem was that the two did not match each other very well.
I tried fudging it by bending some weird angles to get the spacing right, but the lengths
of the legs were different enough ...
December 1967 was the last edition of the Academy
of Model Aeronautics' American Modeler magazine, and this January 1968 edition
American Aircraft Modeler was the first with the new name. Interestingly, editor
Bill Winter does not mention the name change in his monthly "Straight and Level" column.
For that matter, I checked up through the May issue and still no mention. Printing and
distribution lagged publication for many months back in the day, but usually comments
of previous editions began appearing within three or four months. Nothing. Anyway, here
are some ...
William Shatner (aka "Captain Kirk" of the original
"Star Trek" television series) hosted this 1977 video produced by Estes Industries. Titled,
Model Rocketry - "The Last Frontier", it shows not only snapshots
of various Estes model rockets, but also video of actual launches from cameras mounted
on the rockets and cameras mounted at the base of the launch pad - pretty cool for the