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Sketchbook - Construction, Adjustment, Workshop Ideas
November/December 1963 American Modeler

Nov/Dec 1963 American Modeler
November/December 1963 American Modeler Cover - Airplanes and RocketsTable of Contents

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 hereby acknowledged.

One of the best ideas in this installment of Sketchbook, IMHO, is a method to quickly select balsa sheets of approximate equal density. It involves a flashlight and a light intensity meters (a phone app for the meter can be downloaded for that these days). Another neat suggestion is a way to make simulated rivets in thin aluminum foil. There is a list at the bottom of every Sketchbook page that has hyperlinks to all other Sketchbook editions published thus far.

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

Sketchbook - Construction, Adjustment, Workshop Ideas

Sketchbook - Construction, Adjustment, Workshop Ideas, November/December 1963 American Modeler - Airplanes and RocketsBy H. A. Thomas

 

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

 

 

Control line model adjustable wing guide - Airplanes and Rockets

Beginner's control line model can be fitted with adjustable wing guide to increase or decrease "pull." Kenneth Ries, Baltimore, Maryland, screws metal guide into hardwood inserts.

 

 

Quick supply of balsa dowels - Airplanes and Rockets

Quick supply of balsa dowels can be made from square section balsa strips tapped through nut held in vise. Light sanding finishes dowel says H. Muller, Danboro, Pennsylvania.

 

 

Simulating rivets in aluminum foil covering - Airplanes and Rockets

Utmost realism in simulating rivets in aluminum foil covering is knack of Michael J. Kiley, San Diego, California. Rivet bulges are flattened with eraser tip for authentic appearance.

 

 

Quick booster starts - Airplanes and Rockets

Quick booster starts can be made by rigging contacts in finger and thumb of glove. Grasp glow plug and engine during cranking for contact. Idea from William Franco, Waynoka, Oklahoma.

Uniformly sand thin sheet balsa parts - Airplanes and Rockets

To uniformly sand thin sheet balsa parts, Jerry Wagner, Tallahassee, Florida., uses two blocks, one with fine sandpaper, one with medium grade. Latter holds part in position.

 

 

Handy buffing wheel for polishing model parts - Airplanes and Rockets

Handy buffing wheel for polishing model parts is made of felt discs cut from old hat. Arrange on bolt, use in hand drill says H. Josephs, Gardenville, Pennsylvania.

 

 

Selecting balsa sheets of equal lightness - Airplanes and Rockets

Dependable, easy method of selecting balsa sheets of equal lightness is suggestion of Mike Dudeck, Harvey, Illinois. Meter readings indicate weight; uniform readings mean uniform weight.

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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  October 14, 2014

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