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Sketchbook
April 1968 American Aircraft Modeler

April 1968 American Aircraft Modeler

April 1968 American Aircraft Modeler Table of Contents

Some things never grow old. These pages from vintage modeling magazines like American Aircraft Modeler, American Modeler, Air Trails, Flying Aces, Flying Models, Model Airplane News, & Young Men captured the era. I will be glad to scan articles for you. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.

Here is another round of helpful building suggestions by fellow modelers. Not many people are still soldering their own fuel tanks for control line models anymore, but the tip for making a soldering mask to control the flow of solder is applicable for just about any soldering job. There is also a really clever method for holding tail surfaces securely in place on fiberglass or carbon fiber arrow shaft fuselages like what are used for free flight and hand launched gliders.

This page has links to every edition of Sketchbook that I have so far.

Sketchbook

H. A. Thomas

Have a new idea for construction, adjustment or operation of model aircraft or RC? AM pays $10 for each 'hint & kink' used. Send rough sketch and description to Sketchbook, c/o American Aircraft Modeler, Potomac Aviation Publications, Inc., 1012 14th St., NW, Washington, D. C. 20005.

Masking material for soldering is a paste - Airplanes and Rockets

Masking material for soldering is a paste made by dissolving stick of chalk in water. Apply with brush around area to be soldered. After solder cools, wipe off chalk. Suggested by Eliseo Calvo, Mandaluyong, Rizal, Philippines.

 

 

Fiberglass arrow shaft for A-2 towline glider - Airplanes and Rockets

D. A. George, Park Forest, Illinois, uses fiberglass arrow shaft for A-2 towline glider. To install fin accurately, spring-type clothespins are clamped onto shaft. Balsa strips wedged between ends of clothespins hold fin firmly to shaft.

Geodetic wing, stabilizer frames - Airplanes and Rockets

Improved structure and easier assembly are advantages of geodetic wing, stabilizer frames designed by John E. Pfeifer, East Lansing, Michigan. Elongated ribs are moistened, scored and bent to fit in position for final cementing.

 

 

Workmanlike hub assembly for rat-racer gear - Airplanes and Rockets

Trim, workmanlike hub assembly for rat-racer gear uses Allen head cap screw and blind mounting nuts. Special recesses are cut in aluminum hub. Submitted by John Schwartz, West Palm Beach, Florida.

Sketchbook from APril 1968 American Aircraft Modeler - Airplanes and Rockets

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Back when the Sketchbook, Gadgetry, Powerless Pointers, and Engine Info columns were run, there were very few pre-built models, and there simply was not as much available in the way of hardware and specialized modeling tools. We were still a nation of designers and builders. The workforce was full of people who worked on production lines, built houses and buildings with hand tools, and did not have distractions like Nintendos and X-Boxes. Remember that plastics were not common material until the early 50s and the transistor wasn't invented until late 47. Enjoy the tips. Some of you will no doubt wax nostalgic over the methods, since you can remember the days when you did the exact same thing!

 

 

Posted June 13, 2014

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