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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R/C Model Videos Flight Over New York City
If you saw the "shocker" headline this week (December 4, 2010) about the R/ C airplane that recorded a video while flying over the New York Harbor, you might think that this is a first. It is not. The August 1957 edition of American Modeler had a story on page 8 about a QL-17 drone, operated by the Army's Signal Corps Engineering Labs at Fort Monmouth, being remotely piloted while filming an area of New York City.
Steve Chesnek's Halberstadt D-II
Website visitor Steve Chesnek wrote back around February of 2010 asking for the highest resolution version I had available of the plans for the Halberstadt D-II biplane. After receiving the digital scan that I made from the January 1968 edition of American Aircraft Modeler, Steve set about constructing is unbelievably fine example of the airplane. I always ask people to send me photos of their completed models after sending plans files, but rarely do any arrive. This is an example of why I don't mind providing the free service; occasionally, the rewards are huge.
Walt Mooney on FF - January 1974 AAM
Since there is a lot of wisdom conferred each month upon the model aircraft magazine reading public, I though it would be of service to scan, OCR (so you can search the text), and post some of the articles from vintage American Aircraft Modeler magazines. This first is the "Walt Mooney on FF," from the January 1974 edition. There will be more to come.
Thor's New Hammer - January 1974 AAM
This article on the Saab 37 Viggen was scanned and OCRed from my purchased copy of the January American Aircraft Modeler. Patricia Groves wrote the article and Björn Karlström added his trademark perfection to a set of 4-view drawings. You can make a set of plans from the 4-view since fuselage and airfoil cross-sections are shown.
Searchable Table of Contents
In a continuing effort to make the valuable content of vintage editions of American Modeler and American Aircraft Modeler available to everyone, I am going to be OCRing the table of contents so that it will be searchable from the Internet (once the search engines index the page). That way, if you see an article you need, you can send me an e-mail and I'll try to scan it for you. The first available TOC is for the January 1974 edition of American Aircraft Modeler.
From the 1969 Sear Christmas Wish Book...
I bought a 1969 edition of the Sears, Roebuck & Co.'s Christmas Wish Book off of eBay. It was the year I turned 11 years old, and was also the year of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Remembering how I eagerly awaited those pages filled with advertisements for model airplanes, boats, guns, Erector sets, and countless other things, I figured it might be nice to look through one again. Here are a few of the pages the I scanned. Enjoy!
Using a Heading Hold Gyro to Improve Takeoffs
An excellent article appeared in the December 2010 edition of Model Aviation that addresses the problem associated with trying to keep your tail dragger tracking in a straight line during takeoff. The author, Ben Lanterman, an aeronautical engineer, describes the physics of what causes the sometimes disastrous weaving and bobbing down the runway during takeoff, and then describes his solution to the problem.
Spezio Sport Tuholer Article & Plans
The September 1973 edition of American Aircraft Modeler featured a combination C/L and R/C, 1/6-scale model of the Spezio Sport DAL-1 Tuholer homebuilt airplane. A 3-line systems is used for C/L so that throttle can be controlled. Both versions call for hinged, movable ailerons and rudder, with those surface being staked to a fixed position for C/L flying.
Airacobra Article & 4-View
Shortly after WWII, the government sold the Airacobras it didn't need. The ad read: "$100-complete ready to fly." (Read it and weep!). I still clearly recall reading that line back in the original publication of the September 1973 edition of AAM, and thinking how nice it would have been to be able to buy one. Not many people must done so, though, because restored P-39s are almost never seen at airshows or in flying magazines. The complete article and 4-view illustration by Bjorn Karlstrom has been scanned and posted here.
Curlew Article & Plans
Here is a nice free flight rubber model for builders of average skill. A most handsome and stylish rubber model adaptable to Coupe but really intended for sport flying. Duration - about two minutes in dead air. The Curfew appeared in the September 1973 edition of AAM. In order to help make this and other difficult to find material available to everyone, I have scanned the original article from my purchased copy.
Loughead S-1 Sport Biplane Article & Plans
A little sport biplane was Loughead's first aircraft. Only one was made, yet it directly influenced Lockheed designs for the next twenty years. Yep, Allen Loughead is the founder of Lockheed (a slight change in spelling). The October 1972 AAM had both a .40-size R/C model construction article and plans by Monty Groves, as well as a historical article written by the Mrs. Groves. Plans and lots of nice pics.
Boomer McBragg Comic
Boomer McBragg, drawn by Bob Godden, was a comic strip that made appearances in the early 1970s editions of American Aircraft Modeler. The last time comics were included in AMA's magazine was sometime in the late 1990s, when Edward L. Henry's "Microhenries" was a monthly feature.
Charybdis Single-Bladed Helicopter-ish Thing
In Greek mythology, Charybdis was an extremely powerful whirlpool off the Sicilian coast. This helicopter is not particularly powerful, but like its namesake, everything revolves at a rather high rate of speed, and to that degree at least the name was appropriately chosen by the inventor, Charles W. McCutchen of Princeton, NJ.
Pfalz D.III Biplane
Another Airplanes and Rockets visitor, Peter C., of the UK, contacted me about scanning information from a vintage copy of American Aircraft Modeler. Peter requested the 3-view drawing of the Pfalz D.III biplane that appeared in the July 1973 edition. I did him one better by also scanning and OCRing the text of the accompanying article. Enjoy.
Lorraine Grandmother Clock Project
I am in the process of building a Lorraine grandmother clock from plans and mechanics purchased from Klockit. For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to build a floor model clock, and this one will fit well in our rather small (940 sq.ft.) house. The wood chosen is hickory both because it has beautiful grain and color variation, and because then I can say that I have built a "Hickory Dickory Clock!"
AAR-X1 Electric C/L Stunt Plane
I have designed, built, and have begun test flying an electric-powered control line stunt model that I dubbed the "AAR-X1," which stands for Airplanes and Rockets Experimental #1. It uses an E-flite 380 brushless motor with a 3-cell, 1,300 mAh LiPo battery. The wingspan is 32". It is covered in MonoKote. Weight is 14.7 oz.
Covering Compound Curves w/ MonoKote - Video
I took the occasion of having to cover the wingtips of my AAR-X1 electric control line model to make a short video of how I cover a compound surface (one that curves in two or three dimensions) with MonoKote. The only "trick" involved is being daring enough to apply the amount of heat needed to exploit MonoKote's extreme ability to shrink, while pulling on it to stretch it. By daring I mean that it can take quite a bit of heat, even to the point of being dangerously close to the melting point.
Searchable Table of Contents
In a continuing effort to make the valuable content of vintage editions of American Modeler and American Aircraft Modeler available to everyone, I am going to be OCRing the table of contents so that it will be searchable from the Internet (once the search engines index the page). That way, if you see an article you need, you can send me an e-mail and I'll try to scan it for you. The first available TOC is for the September 1970 edition of American Aircraft Modeler.
Thimble-Drome Piper Super Cub 105
October 1957 American Modeler
How long does it take you to turn out a new model? Days? Weeks? You might be surprised to learn that 18 months are required to develop a new ready-to-fly plane like the Thimble-Drome Piper Super Cub 105. Here, Roy Cox (far left) confers with his engineer and draftsman on new .02 cubic inch Pee Wee power plant. Roy usually test hops all new models. Every 30 seconds, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week a molding machine forms a set of elevators, rudder, struts and bellcrank for the "105".
Bonner Escapement Mechanism Video
A while back, I bought a Bonner Specialties self-neutralizing 4-arm escapement off of eBay for a couple bucks. Having entered into the R/C world at the end of the escapement era and beginning of the digital proportional era, I never actually used such a device. I built a mock-up of an escapement installation for controlling the rudder in a single-channel radio controlled airplane, and then made a video to show how it works.
Sterling F4U-1 Corsair C/L Kit Build
A 1960s vintage F4U-1 Corsair control line kit from Sterling showed up on eBay, so I bid on it and got it for just $35 - quite a buy! The box was faded, but the parts were all there. Die cutting quality was what could be expected from the era, although having bought a lot of similar kits back in the day, I can say from experience that the die cutting was pretty good. Even the plywood parts came out of the sheets fairly easily. The photo below shows all the parts removed from their die-cut sheets, along with all the other parts, laid on top of the plans.
Great Lakes Trainer
In the September 1970 edition of American Aircraft Modeler, Don Berliner presented an article of "the most popular and aerobatic aircraft in history, "the photogenic Great Lakes Trainer biplane. 3-view drawings were crafted by the venerable Mr. Björn Karlström.
Antoinette - Article & Plans
It is rather rare to find flying models of the very early days of aviation. The few that are available these days seem to be mostly ARFs, with a rather cheesy appearance and distorted proportions in order to help assure success at flying, even for beginners. In the spirit of the open framework models like the Proctor Antic kits of the 1970s and 80s, here is a construction article and plans for the Antoinette, powered by a .36 engine and four channels. It appeared in the September 1970 edition of American Aircraft Modeler, with article and plans by Vernon Zundel and Al Signorino.
Hawker Typhoon Article & Plans
Control line flying seems to be making somewhat of a comeback lately - some ARF C/L models are appearing in the magazines. It is still not as popular, but gaining ground. A fly-in here in Erie, PA, recently included a local C/L club that I did not even know existed - the Bean Hill Flyers. Unfortunately, the ranks of today's top fliers are not populated like with the R/C world. The rapid reflexes and incredible hand-eye coordination of the teenagers who dominate extreme R/C flying would clean up in the control line realm. I'm guessing a cloverleaf would be a piece of cake to a 16-year-old who could invent maneuvers that would make Bob Hunt's or Windy Urtnowski 's hair stand on end. This Hawker Typhoon was a winner in its day. It appeared in the September 1970 American Aircraft Modeler.
More Vintage Model Aviation Advertisements
As time permits, I have been scanning advertisements from 1950s era American Modeler magazines. It is amazing to see the equipment our forebears used... without giving up in frustration :-) These two are for a lesser known pulse jet engine called the Tiger Jet, and for early Citizen Ship Radio Corp. equipment.