Berliner wrote a historical article about the
Bellanca 28-70 Irish Swoop
the August 1972 edition of American Aircraft Modeler. Bjorn Karlstrom provided one of his masterpiece 4-view illustrations.
I scanned, OCRed, and posted the contents for your convenience. The Academy of Model Aeronautics still provides full-size
drawings and plans for most of the airplanes featured over the years.
father's side of the family hearkened from the Buffalo, New York area (Lackawanna and West Seneca, to be more specific),
but we lived in Mayo, Maryland, where my mother's family resided. Most summers my father's sister, Bonnie (my aunt)
and her husband, Brian (my uncle) would load my grandparents and another uncle or two into their big cruiser and drive
down for a week. It was always a great time. Every five years <more>
was quite an undertaking by authors Ed Sweeney and Fred M. Marks. They reported on practically every radio control
system that came new onto the market in 1969 and printed the findings in the 1969 Annual edition of American Aircraft
Modeler. That was still the era of galloping ghost systems with reeds, rubber band-powered escapements, and some of
those newfangled things called transistors. By 1969, some of the transistors had graduated from germanium to silicon.
The authors actually get into a little detail on the dual conversion receivers with their IF frequencies and selectivity
- music to the ears of a radio guy.
have always thought it would be cool to build a model of an airport, similar to the way train aficionados build model
train layouts. How to make the airplanes take off and land realistically would be the biggest problem. Now it has
been done. After six years of building, the fictitious Knuffingen Airport, based on Hamburg’s airport, has is on public
display at Miniatur Wunderland, in Hamburg, Germany.
The layout features 40 aircraft that take off and land and 90 vehicles that roam around the runways automatically.
Detail is incredible. Fortunately, there is a video that showcases the operations. Enjoy.
500,000 miniature planes required immediately for the training of Army, Navy, and civilian personnel, and the likelihood
that still more will be required, every patriotic builder of models is likely to ask, 'What's needed and how can I
do the best job?'" That was the opening sentence in an article in the May 1942 edition of Popular Science (pp
174). Schools were provided with plans for 50 different aircraft at a scale of 1:72, so that at 35' away they
will look like the silhouette of the full-size plane at 1/2 mile. Read the article by clicking on thumbnail.
date is April 15, 2011. Assuming the responsibilities of the AMA president, per the bylaws, is Executive Vice President
Mark Smith. Smith will undertake these additional duties until a special election for AMA president is conducted this
September concurrent with the regular annual AMA officer elections. The Interim Executive Director, Joyce Hager, will
resume her duties as staff director and assistant executive director. "Dave has been an exemplary leader for the AMA,"
Ed, "I was browsing your excellent website and while looking at the Bob and Bill Hunter Satellite plans, noticed that
I am in the Cover Photo of the May 1972 American Aircraft Modeler magazine. I was taking a photo of Bill Hunter
at exactly the same moment as the photographer who shot the Cover Photo. I'm wearing the funky hat standing
on the other side as Bill launched his airplane. I had no idea I was in the Cover Photo! The photo I
shot at the exact same moment is attached. How strange that these two photos came together so many years later."
visitor David M. wrote to request this article Sparrow RPV, from the September 1973 edition of AAM. The Sparrow was
the forerunner to virtually of the world's modern marvels of technology in the RPV - now called Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
(UAV) - world. Why "unmanned" rather than "remotely piloted"? Simple, it is because many of the aircraft now fly autonomously
for at least a segment of their missions; therefore, it is its own pilot. Author Dave Scully could not have known
at the time he was describing the future of everything from mass produced large, prefabricated aircraft, high displacement
engines, 14"-plus propellers, and the installation of wireless sensors <more>
is a look at how models were used in the aerospace industry in the 1960s. How many of us would have worked for mere
peanuts in the modeling jobs some of these guys had? It was not all fun and games, however. Lives, fortunes, and the
fate of nations often depended on the skill of the designers and builders. This article from the 1969 Annual Edition
of American Aircraft Modeler takes an extensive look at the role of Models in Industry. There are lots of photos that
have probably never been seen anywhere else.
doing some research on the old reed type radio control systems, I ran across this superb video that has the producer
interviewing Mr. John Donovan, AMA #8557. John has been flying R/C since the 1950s, worked for Phil Kraft at one time,
and now owns Donovan's Hobby & Scuba Center, in Sioux Falls, SD. OK, I get the hobby part, but scuba gear? Anyway,
he give a great tutorial on how a lot of the old system components worked. As with most things in life, it was the
pioneers like John <more>
Wisniewski was a world-class competitor in the control line realm back in the 1950s and 1960s. His "Pink Lady" series
of models were particularly successful. Website visitor Barrie H. requested that I post an article from the June 1957
American Modeler on how Bill reworks his engines for maximum performance. "The engine as you receive it is a powerplant
worthy of your best efforts. However, it is built as good as machinery can make it and requires a personal touch to
get the most out of it."
visitor Scott wrote to request that I post the article for the
Slingsby Type 49 Capstan Glider
that was published in the August 1972 edition of American Aircraft Modeler. This version is a rudder-only, all-balsa
sheet model with about a 70" wingspan. I say "about" because there is no size scale on the plans and the wingspan
is not mentioned in the article. An optional .020 power pod is provided.
a few months ago when I posted this scan of the "Designs
of Tomorrow" contest that was featured in the June 1957 edition of American Modeler? I wondered what ever happened
to design winner Bill Martin. Well, he saw the page and wrote to answer the question!
visitor Merle S. wrote to ask for a scan of Owen Kampen's .02 "Rivets.". It appeared in the July 1969 American Aircraft
Modeler on page 19. In 1969, a 26" wingspan, .02-powered model with rudder-only R/C was doing well to weigh only 10
oz. With today's micro systems, a "full house" system could be installed with the same weight.
Owen Kampen designed many models,
and had a few of his designs kitted by Ace R/C.
Institute of Technology (MIT) has long been regarded at one of the nation's top engineering colleges. Their 2010 Unified
Flight Competition, where the objective was to design, build, and fly two circuits around the Johnson track an R/C
aircraft while maximizing the difference between the payload weight and the empty weight, was held on May 12 with
13 teams successfully completing flights. The winning aircraft had a payload weight of 758 grams and an empty weight
of 300 grams. Our future lies in their hands.
plans for the Patty Jo hand-launch glider were
scanned from my purchased copy of the March 1969 American aircraft Modeler magazine. The 4-view for this fine model
was drawn by Mr. John Thornhill. No article accompanied the plans, but the plans are heavily annotated with instructions,
so anyone with a little bit of experience should have no problem building it.
is part four of a series of technical articles on the aerodynamics of control-line flying. It appeared in the December
1967 edition of American modeler. Figures, equations, and graphs do not begin at #1 because this is a continuation
of the series. I do not yet have the edition for part 2. By Bill Netzeband.
- AMA and FAA Discuss Regulatory Process
On November 29, 2010, AMA President Dave Mathewson and AMA Government and Regulatory Affairs Representative Rich
Hanson met with FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety Peggy Gilligan. Following are excerpts from the discussion
with Ms. Gilligan regarding the proposed regulation for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) and its potential impact
on model aviation. Gilligan seems very shifty and full of bureaucratese. This is why the AMA plays such an essential
role in maintain our rights to use airspace for model aviation. Soviet-style control is on the way if we aren't vigilant!
Read the transcript.
and Rockets visitor Robert F. wrote to ask for a scan of the article for the
Martin Baker M.B.5 that appeared in the May
1971 edition of American Aircraft Modeler. The M.B.5 came online at the beginning of the jet era, and never had a
chance to prove its worthiness. With a P-51 sleekness and contra-rotating props, it would have been a frightful opponent
for the Luftwaffe. It included a brief historical perspective by Don Berliner, and the typical über high quality 4-view
drawing by Björn Karlström.
visitor Steve S. asked for a scan of Phil Kraft's
Dragon-Fli pattern plane. It appeared in the January 1971 American Aircraft Modeler on page 19. Precision / advanced
aerobatics airplanes have undergone a significant transmorgrification from somewhat boxy outlines with only slightly
larger than normal control surfaces and retractable, tricycle gear, to curvaceous tail draggers with fixed gear. Programmable
radio with multiple throw rates and control mixing have permitted a lot of freedom in the configuration of the entire
visitor Mark Radcliff (yes, THE Mark Radcliff, of 75-77-79-81 USA F3a RC Aerobatic Team fame)
wrote to request that I scan the article for Steve Wooley's control line Argus, which, appeared in the August 1961
American Modeler. The Argus was the star of the 1960 world championships in Hungary. Note the unique wing construction
where rather than using full ribs, upper and lower outlines are used that sit over and under the beefy solid wing
spar. The entire article is very short.
visitor Marlene B. wrote to ask for me to scan the articles for the Pogo Formula I race and the Hot Canary Formula
II racer, both having appeared in the August 1971 American Aircraft Modeler. They were presented as a matched pair
even though each was created by a separate designer, Bob Morse for the Pogo, and Bob Seiglekoff for the Hot Canary.
Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) is granted tax-exempt status because part of its charter is for activity as an
educational organization. I think as time goes on, it gets harder for the AMA for fulfill that part of its mission
because presenting anything even vaguely resembling mathematics or science to kids (or to most adults for that matter),
is the kiss of death for gaining or retaining interest. This article, "Control-Line Aerodynamics Made Painless," was
printed in the July/August 1966edition of American Modeler, when graphs, charts, and equations were not eschewed by
modelers. It is awesome.
scanning an article in the July / August 1966 edition of American Modeler, I ran across this page titled, "A Statement
of Policy." It talks about this issue being the first published by the magazine's new owner, Potomac Aviation Publications,
and how beginning in January 1967, the magazine will be published monthly rather than in a bi-monthly manner.
I just added 6 more editions of American Modeler -
Jul/Aug 1966, and
Dec 1967. The Table of Contents (TOC) for all have
been scanned and OCRed so you can do a text search for something that you might be looking for. Also, the vintage
magazine page has been broken into two separate pages - one for
American Aircraft Modelers and
one for American Modeler.
As always you are welcome to request that a particular article be scanned
(send me an e-mail).