December 1962 American ModelerTable 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.
This Sketchbook was scanned from the December 1962 American Modeler. Most building tips are timeless. Even in this era of ready-to-fly (RTF), almost-ready-to-fly (ARF), bind-and-fly (BAF), etc., there are still many modelers who build their own aircraft. One hint is to use milk rather than water for spraying onto tissue paper. Thomas Hill claims dope will not penetrate the milk solids after it dries, which keeps weight down since the dope cannot saturate the tissue paper. Nearly all top tier competition fliers build their own models, as do aficionados of vintage (aka old-timer) models. Some guys just would rather build than buy a pre-build airplane, whether from a kit or from plans.
This page has links to every edition of Sketchbook that I have so far.
Got a new idea for construction, adjustment, or operation of model planes, boats or R/C? "AM" pays $10 for each "hint & kink" used. Send rough sketch and description to Sketchbook, c/o American Modeler, The Conde Nast Publications Inc., 420 Lexington Ave., New York 17, N. Y.
Thomas Hill, Phoenix, Arizona, makes revolutionary
Convenience of perfect "pin board" for easier model building was found by Ward Randall, Orlando, Florida. Plywood, corrugated cardboard, newspapers, glued up with wax paper cover proved ideal.
Time-saving template for rib cutting assures uniformity. Guide can be made of balsa, plywood, even cardboard,
Unique R/C "Shear Gear" is suggestion of
Variation on "adjustable duration" tank by
Thisis the original Sketchbook page
Posted August 10, 2013