About Airplanes & Rockets

Kirt Blattenberger, Webmaster - Airplanes and Rockets
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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Modeling Resources

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Sketchbook - Model Building Tips
December 1962 American Modeler

December 1962 American Modeler

December 1962 American Modeler Cover - Airplanes and RocketsTable 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 - Airplanes and Rocket

Thomas Hill, Phoenix, Arizona, makes revolutionary
discovery in use of milk instead of usual water
spray for tissue covering. Dope does not
penetrate milk, claims Thomas; neater
covering results.



Building board Ward Randall, Orlando, Florida - Airplanes and Rocket

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.



Rib template Ron Wittman, San Angelo, Texas - Airplanes and Rocket

Time-saving template for rib cutting assures uniformity. Guide can be made of balsa, plywood, even cardboard,
reports Ron Wittman, San Angelo, Texas. Use for
indoor or outdoor construction.

R. W. Kingman, Manhattan, Kansas - Airplanes and Rocket

Unique R/C "Shear Gear" is suggestion of
R. W. Kingman, Manhattan, Kansas.
Fuselage bottom heavily planked.
Tri­cycle gear held securely with rubber
strands which release in rough landing.



Adjustable duration tank by  - Airplanes and Rocket

Variation on "adjustable duration" tank by
Marvin Lew, Seattle, Washington, employs visible
fuselage and marker on fuel tube to accurately
pre-set gadget to desired engine run.



Sketchbook from December 1962 American Modeler Magazine - Airplanes and Rockets - Airplanes and Rockets

Thisis the original Sketchbook page





Posted August 10, 2013