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Kirt Blattenberger
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Even during the busiest times of my life I have endeavored to maintain some form of model building activity. This site has been created to help me chronicle my journey through a lifelong involvement in model aviation, which all began in Mayo, MD. There is a lot of good information and there are lot of pictures throughout the website that you will probably find useful, and might even bring back some old memories from your own days of yore. The website began life around 1996 as an EarthLink screen name of ModelAirplanes, and quickly grew to where more server space ...

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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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Drone Swarms Make Deliveries Then Vanish

Swarms of Disposable Drones Will Make Critical Deliveries and Then Vanish - Airplanes and Rockets"Delivery drones still face an uncertain future, but there's at least one scenario where they make a lot of sense: Flying robots can be ideal for bringing small, high value, time-sensitive goods to people in low-infrastructure areas. As specific a situation as that sounds like, it’s an enormous opportunity, and has the potential to make a huge difference in rural areas and disaster relief missions with deliveries of food and medical supplies, for example. One challenge with that, however, is that while drones are cheap to operate, the up-front investment ..."

Farm Table Redesign & Renovation

Farm Table Redesign & Renovation - Airplanes and RocketsWe have had one of those ubiquitous 'farm tables' since sometime in the late 1980s, back when they were made of wood that is about 50% thicker than today's variety. Over the decades, it has been used variably as a school desk for our kids, as a sewing table, as a computer desk, and as a surface for building model airplanes. It has endured no fewer than ten household moves in that time (don't ask). After all that, it was understandably due for being repaired and refinished ...

72 RC National Championships, November 1972 AAM

'72 RC National Championships, November 1972 American Aircraft Modeler - Airplanes and RocketsWebsite visitor Doug H. wrote to ask that I check for information on a couple people in particular who participated in the Radio Control portion of the 1971 and 1972 AMA Nationals competitions. Rather than just do that, I went ahead and scanned and posted the entire articles so that all the available information could be seen. I figured there may well be others who would like to have that information available. The November issues of American Aircraft Modeler were typically where NATs coverage ...

The Big Cool Nats, November 1971 AAM

The Big Cool Nats, November 1971 American Aircraft Modeler - Airplanes and RocketsWebsite visitor Doug H. wrote to ask that I check for information on a couple people in particular who participated in the Radio Control portion of the 1972 and 1971 AMA Nationals competitions. Rather than just do that, I went ahead and scanned and posted the entire articles so that all the available information could be seen. I figured there may well be others who would like to have that information available. The November issues of American Aircraft Modeler were typically where NATs coverage ...

Lithium-Ion Battery Inventor Intros Fast-Charging, Noncombustible Batteries

Lithium-Ion Battery Inventor Intros Technology for Fast-Charging, Noncombustible Batteries - Airplanes and RocketsIt sure would be nice to have batteries that don't pose a bigger risk of burning down your house, car, or model than glow fuel. "A team of engineers led by 94-year-old John Goodenough [what a great name!], professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery, has developed the first all-solid-state battery cells that could lead to safer, faster-charging, longer-lasting rechargeable batteries for handheld mobile devices, electric cars and stationary energy storage ..."

Cameron .09 Marine Engine

Cameron .09 Marine Engine, July 1954 Air Trails - Airplanes and RocketsThe author of this review for the Cameron .09 marine engine heaps praise upon the creation, extolling it many advanced features. Robust construction and smooth running evidently are two of its grandest characteristics. A few examples of the Cameron .09 marine engine appear on eBay, with a montage of photos of a new-in-box (NIB) example provided here. Weight including the built-in flywheel is 10 ounces - quite beefy compared to a Cox Medallion .09, which tipped the scales at around 3½ ounces ...

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Hard-to-Destroy Drone Goes from Rigid to Flexible in Crash

Hard-to-Destroy Drone Goes from Rigid to Flexible in Crash - Airplanes and Rockets"Anyone who's ever flown a drone of any sort will tell you that sooner or later, you're going to crash it. The question is how exactly you will go about doing this, and how much of the drone will be functional after it's happened. Most flying animals somewhat frustratingly don't have this problem: Birds and insects run into things occasionally, and just shrug it off and keep on going, thanks to their biological design, which includes both stiffness ..."

Aurora and Stratasys Develop World's 1st 3D-Printed Jet Aircraft

Aurora and Stratasys Develop World's 1st 3D Printed Jet Aircraft - Airplanes and Rockets"This week's video comes from the U.S. where Aurora Flight Sciences and Stratasys have teamed up to build the world's first jet-powered, 3D printed aircraft. Using 80% 3D printed parts, the UAV is composed of Stratasys' ULTEM 9085 lightweight material to help achieve flight speeds of over 150mph. The high-speed system boasts an impressive 9 ft wingspan and weighs in at only 33 lbs. In the following video, Dan Campbell, aerospace research engineer at Aurora Flight Sciences, explains how the UAV project met a number of goals using Stratasys ..."

Craftsman Vintage 28" Construction Level Restoration

Craftsman Vintage 28" Construction Level Retoration - Airplanes and RocketsMy 28" Craftsman construction level (p/n 3311990) was bought sometime back in the early to mid 1980s, not long after Melanie and I were married in May of 1983, at the Sears store in Annapolis, Maryland. After living in while restoring four or five houses in the span of twenty years, it was really showing signs of use and abuse, especially the plastic windows protecting the fluid vials. There wasn't much protection going on with half of them either cracked or missing. A replacement 24" Johnson level was bought, but I kept ...

B-29 'Doc' Cleared to Tour

B-29 'Doc' Cleared to Tour - Airplanes and Rockets"The FAA has approved a new airworthiness certificate for the Boeing B-29 Superfortress Doc that will allow the historic warbird to tour the airshow circuit. The restoration effort undertaken by Doc's Friends Inc. reached an important milestone in March, the organization announced, with successful completion of 'phase one' flight tests. Restoration Program Manager Jim Murphy said officials from the FAA office in Wichita, Kansas, and agency officials ..."

A Flying Bandanna, May 1968 American Aircraft Modeler

A Flying Bandanna, May 1968 American Aircraft Modeler - Airplanes and RocketsIf you have a vintage Cox .010 Pee Wee engine sitting on the display shelf and you've been itching to get it in the air again, Ken Willard's Flying Bandanna could be just the thing to get you there. Ken claims it only takes about 10 minutes to assemble, and as he says of the bandanna 'parachute,' it is "...a built-in wiping rag for your hands after each flight!" I remember as a kid when my .049-powered plastic Cox control line models had finally be demolished beyond repair (no glue at the time would hold the styrene plastic together for long) ...

Supersonic Without the Boom

Supersonic Without the Boom - Airplanes and Rockets"Supersonic planes without the Earth-shaking sonic boom could arrive by 2023. When the Concorde first hit the skies in the 1970s, it could fly from London to New York in just under three hours. But despite being able to travel at twice the speed of sound, the futuristic supersonic jet failed to attract passengers and was sent into decommission in 2003. Now researchers claim that Concorde-style jets could be making a comeback, and are working ..."