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"Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible." Lord Kelvin, 1895

In order to provide for a reasonable homepage loading time, it is impractical to just keep adding items to the top of the stack and keep all the old stuff there too. Therefore, I have created these Airplanes and Rockets Homepage Archives to maintain a historical snapshot of everything once on the homepage. Unfortunately, I did not think to keep a record until around Fall of 2009; I had just been deleting items from the bottom of the stack. No more, though. Hence forth, if you recall seeing something on the homepage but it is no longer there, please check out these archive pages. I also keep an archive of all the modeling news additions:

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Ace Radio Control Advertisement
May 1957 AM & Jan 1970 AAM

Ace Radio Control advertisement from May 1957 American ModelerAce Radio Control has been around since at least the 1950s, as evidenced by this advertisement in the May 1957 American Modeler magazine. I owned an Ace Pulse Commander single-channel unit for a while, and documented the electronics prior to selling it. Ace R/C manufactured radio control systems and a few airplane models up through about the 1990s, when it was bought by Thunder Tiger, of Taiwan.

Texas BoWeevil HLG
October 1972 American Aircraft Modeler

Texas BoWeevil, by Don ChanceyHere are plans for the Texas BoWeevil that I electronically scanned from page 23 of my purchased copy of the October 1972 AAM. Plans for this fine model were drawn by Mr. Don Chancey. The BoWeevil is a hand-launched glider that won 1st place in the Open and 2nd place in the Senior categories of the 1970 AMA Nationals in Chicago, followed by other wins as well.

Scale Calculator for Model Airplane Plans

Scale Calculator for Model Airplane PlansSure, you could grab your calculator and figure out the copier setting for scaling your plans up or down, but why bother when I have created this JavaScript calculator that provides you with the copier magnification setting and the scale value (e.g., 600 % = 6:1).

1914 Mercury Chic T-2 Plans (3-view)
July 1969 American Aircraft Modeler

1914 Mercury Chic T-2 3-View (pic from the Airlines.net website)Here is the 3-view drawing for the 1914 Mercury Chic T-2 that I electronically scanned from my purchased copy of the July 1969 American Aircraft Modeler magazine. It was drawn by Mr. Björn Karlström. Note that the vertical fin is actually an inverted "V" that supports the top pivot point of a full flying rudder. The bottom pivot point is on the fuselage. The Chic T-2 also has a full-flying horizontal stabilizer (stabilator).

Eclipse - October 1974 American Aircraft Modeler

October 1974 American Aircraft Modeler magazine coverHere are plans for the Eclipse that I electronically scanned from page 24 of my purchased copy of the October 1974 American Aircraft Modeler magazine. You might be able to scale up the image below if you cannot find a source for ordering plans. Plans for this fine model were drawn by Mr. Hal Cover. The Eclipse is an all-balsa radio-controlled sailplane model with a 16-foot wingspan, geodesic ribs construction, and "V" tail configuration. I remember first seeing the model on the cover back in 1974 and really wanting to have one. Unfortunately, I was only 16 years old at the time and was barely able to afford control line models, let alone a huge RC sailplane!

Corrigan - November 1968 American Aircraft Modeler

Corrigan plans form the November 1968 American Aircraft ModelerHere are plans for the Corrigan that I electronically scanned from page 31 of my purchased copy of the November 1968 American Aircraft Modeler magazine. You might be able to scale up this image below if you cannot find a source for ordering plans. Plans for this fine model were drawn by Mr. Bill Blanchard. All copyrights (if any) are hereby acknowledged. Corrigan is a surname of Irish descent that means "Spear."  The Corrigan is an all-balsa stunt type control-line model with a pusher propeller configuration. Note that the bellcrank and lead lines are in the right wing, setting it up for clockwise flight (as viewed from overhead).

"Powerless Pointers," "Engine Info," "Gadgetry"

1961 Annual Edition of American ModelerClick to view the Engine Info, Powerless Pointers, and Gadgetry pageAmerican Modeler magazine - the predecessor to the AMA's American Aircraft Modeler, featured a monthly spot called "Sketchbook." In the 1961 Annual Edition, they introduced three new formats: "Powerless Pointers," "Engine Info," "Gadgetry." All three are reproduced here.

Fixit Wright - comic from the May 1958 Edition
of Flying Models

 - Airplanes and RocketsMr. Bob Buragas and Mr. Gil Evans drew this comic strip titled "Fixit Wright" for the May 1958 edition of Flying Models magazine. I don't know whether this Fixit Wright comic is the first and only of its kind, but the couple Flying Models of this vintage I own do not have other episodes. The theme of the radio running out of range is a familiar one to old timers. I'm not sure how often that happens with modern radio. My first radio system was a 3-channel OS Digital job that was lucky to reach 1,000 feet. It was highly affected by model orientation and altitude. Back in the early 1970s, my Andrews S-Ray was flying...

DeBolt Model Engineering Advertisement
June 1957 American Modeler

deBolt Advertisement, June 1957 American ModelerThis particular page is from page 47 of the June 1957 issue of American Modeler magazine. de Bolt Model Engineering no longer exists. 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, infamous deBolt Champion that cost $11.95 in 1957 would cost $92.17 in 2010 money...

Loughead Sport Biplane Model S-1
October 1972 American Aircraft Modeler

October 1972 American Aircraft Modeler magazine coverHere are plans for the Loughead [later renamed Lockheed] Sport Biplane Model S-1 Plans, that I scanned from page 42 of my purchased copy of the October 1972 AAM (drawn by Mr. M. B. Groves. "In 1919, Loughead Aircraft entered the small aircraft market with the revolutionary single-seat S-1 Sport Biplane. Intended to be "the poor man's airplane", it featured an innovative molded plywood monocoque fuselage. Its foldable wings allowed the plane to be stored in a garage, and the lower wings could be rotated to act as ailerons and airbrakes... <more>

Down Draft Dodger
March 1969 American Aircraft Modeler

Down Draf DodgerHere are plans for the Down Draft Dodger that I electronically scanned from my purchased copy of the March 1969 American Aircraft Modeler magazine. It was a prize-winning hand-launched glider design. If you need the construction article, I can scan it for you.

U.S. Armed Forces Recruitment
Advertisements - c. 1957

U.S. Armed Forces Recruitment AdvertisementsModel aviators and the U.S. Armed Forces have had a long-standing relationship. Up until the early 1970s, the U.S. Navy sponsored and promoted the Academy of Model Aeronautics' (AMA) Nationals competition right on actual Navy bases. Their motivation was to become a familiar entity to young modelers who would, hopefully, eventually enlist or receive a commission when they come of age. It was working well until the average age of national competitors began creeping upward to where only a very small percentage of all competitors were within recruiting age. At that point, the Navy issued an ultimatum to the AMA: bring more youngsters into the competitions or loose the sponsorship...

"Sketchbook" - Timeless Building Tips

"Sketchbook" columns from vintage American Modeler magazinesMost building tips are timeless. Even in this era of ready-to-fly (RTF), almost-ready-to-fly (ARF), bind-and-fly (BAF), etc., there are still many modelers who build their own aircraft. Nearly all top tier competition fliers build their own models, as do aficionados of vintage (aka old-timer) models. Some guys just would rather build than buy a pre-build airplane, whether from a kit or from plans. Back when these Sketchbook columns were run, there were...

Little Traveler II - St. Jude Children's
Hospital Event for 2010

Little Traveler II flight pathAirplanes and Rockets- Little Traveler II framed up
Coming in April 2010 - Little Traveler II flight for St. Jude!

In October of 2009, the first-ever flight of the Little Traveler occurred on a mission to raise funds for the St Jude Children's Hospital. Famous airplane builder and fearless pilot Kim Stricker launched a project to fly a radio controlled model airplane non-stop for a mind-boggling distance of 2,026 scale miles*. An incredible $1639.53 was raised thanks to generous Americans like you.

Uncle Sam's Plastic Air Force
September 1973 American Aircraft Modeler

Uncle Sam's Plastic Air ForceAn Airplanes and Rockets visitor asked me to make good on my offer to scan articles of interest to visitors - in this case one from the 1973 edition of American Aircraft Modeler. Titled , "Uncle Sam's Plastic Air Force," it details the ambitious project the military undertook to provide visual aids to servicemen to help them identify enemy aircraft and, equally as important, to identify friendly aircraft.

The Approxi-Meter... for when close is good enough

Approxi-MeterHere is an example of just how far we have come in the realm of electronics. In a world where you can go to Harbor Freight and buy a digital multimeter with an accuracy of 1% or better for a mere $3, this article from the July 1958 edition of Flying Models illustrates the dedication that was necessary in order to outfit yourself with even the most fundamental tools for flying radio control airplanes. It was part of era where building your own electronic device...

Model Aviation Comics of Yore

Model Aviation Comics of YoreHere are a few comics from late 1950s and early 1960s vintage model aviation magazines. The two identifiable artists, Mr. McGrew and Mr. Hutchinson, provided some pretty good work. To my knowledge, there are no contemporary model aviation comic artists who publish on a regular basis.

Curtis Automotive Devices
Maker of the Dyna-Jet Engine

Back in the 1950s, a company named Curtis Automotive Devices manufactured the now-coveted Dyna-Jet engine (they typically sell for >$400 on e-Bay - if you can find one). Are they still around today? Yep, only the company name is now Curtis Dyna-Fog, and they make pulse jet-based foggers for commercial applications. One of the first pulse-jet products aerospace engineer Russell Curtis produced was the Dyna-Jet "Red Head" miniature engine for use in model rocketry (per their website).

Enterprise Model Aircraft Advertisement
July 1957 American Modeler

Enterprise Model Aircraft advertisement in September 1957 American Modeler magazineHere is another in the series of vintage model advertisements from magazines like American Modeler, Model Aircraft News, American Aircraft Modeler, etc. This particular page is from page 45 of the July 1957 issue of AM magazine. Enterprise Model Aircraft is no longer in operation. There is an inflation calculator link on the page to compare what things would cost in today's dollars.

You Can STUNT Your Rudder Plane
July 1957 American Modeler

You Can STUNT Your Rudder PlaneFor perhaps most people engaged in model airplane flying today, it is hard to imagine a time when having even a single channel of remote control was considered a giant leap in capability. Commercially available rudder-only (RO) systems came on the scene back in 1950s or so, and were common up through around the 1970s. The earliest systems used tube amplifiers and lead acid batteries, but by the time they disappeared from the pages of modeling magazines transistors and nickel cadmium (NiCad)...

Bonner Digimite Radio Control System Advertisement

Bonner Digimite Advertisement from the February 1967 Model Airplane NewsThis particular page is from page 1 of the February 1967 issue of Model Airplane News magazine. Notice the Western Union telegram notifying Bonner of the type certification. This is the era when 72 MHz frequencies had not long before been assigned for model use. $455 for a 4-channel radio system is a lot in today's dollar, but it was a huge amount of money back in 1967 (=$2,951 in 2010 according to the USBLS's inflation calculator).

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