Sketchbook - Model Building Tips
December 1954 American
More than half a century ago modelers relied on their own ingenuity - and sometimes that of others - to make parts
for their airplanes and/or make tools with which to build those airplanes. Ready-made everything, available at your
doorstep within two days, was just not an option. Even well-designed kits that included most hardware accessories
required the builder to tap into his personal bag of tricks to get the job done. The "Sketchbook" feature that presents
reader-submitted tips and tricks began in Air Trails and continued through the follow-on American Modeler magazines.
Many have been posted here on Airplanes and Rockets website.
This page has links to every edition of Sketchbook that I have so far.
|Coat hanger wire is bent to shape for use as reel to hold nylon A/2 control lines...
By Alan Lease, Rome, Georgia. (below)
Have you developed something new in construction, control, or flying? Send a rough sketch - we'll redraw it
and pay you $5 for each accepted. Ideas should be original; sorry, no correspondence on submissions.
Solderless fuel tank by Sfc. Norman Anderson, Monterey, California, may be disassembled for cleaning... can
be any shape. (above)
Adjustable dural line guide for speed model allows variation in yaw or "pull" of model to suit wind conditions
- By Eric Knox, San Francisco, California. (above)
"Slip-on" rudders of stiff 2-ply paper are used to learn by actual tests precise area & configuration.
Duplicate area and shape in sheet balsa after testing suggests Pvt. Norm Ingersoll, San Antonio, Texas.
Shock-absorbing feature added to dural landing gear on team racers & sport models is development of John
Schroeter, Sacramento, California. (above)
Brass rings held against flush contact plates make quick glo-plug connection by "mechanic" as he holds model
for cranking. Used more than a year by William Hollenbach, Jr., San Antonio, Texas. (above)
(Kirt's note: This is a bad idea because those two brass rings can easily come into
contact with each other when not pressed against the model, thereby being a real fire hazard.
Posted February 17, 2013
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through a lifelong involvement in model aviation, which
all began in Mayo, MD. There
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