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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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1933 Boeing P-26A Peashooter 3-View

1933 Boeing P-26A Peashooter 3-View (June 1968 American Aircraft Modeler)This 3-view for the 1933 Boeing P-26A Peashooter were scanned from my purchased copy of the June 1968 American Aircraft Modeler magazine. 3-view for this fine model was drawn by Mr. Björn Karlström.

Beechcraft D-17S Staggerwing 3-View

1937 Beechcraft D-17S Staggerwing 3-View (August 1968 American Aircraft Modeler)This 3-view for the 1937 Beechcraft D-17S Staggerwing were scanned from my purchased copy of the August 1968 American Aircraft Modeler magazine. 3-view for this fine model was drawn by Mr. Björn Karlström.

Lockheed Sirius History & R/C Model

Lockheed Sirius R/C Model and History, April 1974 AAMWebsite visitor John M., requested that I scan these two articles about the Lockheed Sirius from the April 1974 edition of American Aircraft Modeler. One article covered the history of the airplane, and the other is a construction article with plans for a scale R/C model version.

Flexi-Flier R/C Rogallo Wing

Flexi-Flier Rogallo wing for R/CAt the request of website visitor Guillermo A., here is the article for Dick Eipper's Flexi-Flier Rogallo wing for R/C. I electronically scanned the article, including images, from my purchased copy of the April 1974 American Aircraft Modeler magazine, beginning on page 21. It is a 1/6-scale version of the original that uses a GI Joe as the functional pilot.

Extensive Article on the Wright Brothers

Douglas Ingells' recounting of his time with the Wright Brothers - the 1903 Wright FlyerLong-time friend of Wilbur and Orville Wright, Douglas J. Ingells, wrote an extensive, two-part article in the April and May 1968 editions of the American Aircraft Modeler magazine. Orville was still alive at the time; Wilbur had died of typhoid fever in 1912. "Four Keys to the Sky," and "The First Practical Flying Machine," includes first-hand experiences with the brothers and their experiments, and some great photos.

Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6
Silkspan & Dope Covering Tutorial Video

Silkspan and Dope Covering Demonstration - introduction    Part 6 added 8/5/2010
This video series is a demonstration showing a Sopwith Camel biplane being covered using silkspan and Silkspan and Dope Covering Demonstration - preparing the framedope. These 10-minute videos introduce some basic concepts, materials, and methods of successfully applying a silkspan and Silkspan and Dope Covering Demonstration - covering techniquesdope finish to an open-frame model airplane. Tools of the trade are introduced, followed by a discussion of dope and covering types, methods for determining Silkspan and Dope Covering Demonstration - covering applicationsilkspan grain and cutting out panels, then preparing the wood surfaces and actually attaching the silkspan are reviewed. Wetting and application of the Silkspan and Dope Covering Demonstration - ready for color dopesilkspan is shown, as is trimming and joint overlapping. Finally full coats of clear nitrate dope (thinned 50%) are brushed over the entire open bay and solid wood Silkspan and Dope Covering Demonstration - maskingsurfaces in preparation for the base color coat and final trim colors done in butyrate dope. This is the method I have used with success for a few decades. It has never won me any outstanding finish awards, but the results are good enough for discriminating modelers. Presented by Kirt Blattenberger.

1917 Sopwith Triplane Plans / 3-View

1917 Sopwith Triplane Plans, August 1968 American Aircraft ModelerThese plans / 3-view for the 1917 Sopwith Triplane were scanned from my purchased copy of the August 1968 American Aircraft Modeler magazine. There was no construction article, just the very detailed plans. Plans for this fine model were drawn by Mr. Björn Karlström.

Senior Aero Sport R/C Biplane

Senior Aero Sport biplan from the March 1975 American Aircraft ModelerHere is the article and plans for the Senior Aero Sport that I electronically scanned from my purchased copy of the March 1975 American Aircraft Modeler magazine. You might be able to scale up the image below if you cannot find suitable plans for sale. Plans for this fine model were drawn by Mr. Mark Frankel.

Ryan M-1 Mailplane Article & Plans

Ryan M-1 MailplaneYet another request arrived for a scanned copy of an article from the November 1969 edition of American Aircraft Modeler. This time it was for the Ryan M-1 Mailplane. The article and plans for this rubber-powered model were created by Vic Harden.

Simple Reed Servo Driver

Simple Reed Servo Driver, by Bobby HillAt the request of a website visitor Bobby Hill, I hunted down and scanned this Simple Reed Servo Drive circuit of his that was published on page 31 of the July 1968 American Aircraft Modeler magazine. It was part of a monthly column by Howard Mc Entee called Radio Control World.

200 MPH Volkswagen - Witt's V

"Witt's V" Formula Racer, Article from February 1974 American Aircraft ModelerA website visitor took me up on my offer to scan articles from vintage copies of American Aircraft Modeler. Here is the article titled, "200 MPH Volkswagen," which documents Steve Wittman's Formula Vee racer, aka Witt's V. 3-view included.

R/C Servo Timing Waveform Video

Video demonstration of what an R/C servo pulse waveform looks likeFinding a good video that demonstrates the timing waveform for an R/C servo proved futile, so I recorded this one using a Futaba radio and an oscilloscope. It shows how the pulse that control servo position varies in width between 1.0 and 2.0 milliseconds (ms) over the full travel range of the servo. That 1.0 millisecond width include the full range of the transmitter stick and the trim tab.

Min-X Radio Advertisement

Min-X magazine advertisementUp through sometime in the 1970s, there were many manufacturers of radio control systems, but as with most products, the fittest survived and the lesser ones died out or were bough by one of the survivors. Such is the case with Min-X radio control system.

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