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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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Sketchbook - Hints & Kinks
October 1962 American Modeler

October 1962 American Modeler

October 1962 American Modeler - Airplanes and Rockets Table of Contents
Aeromodeling has seen significant changes over the decades both in technology and preferences. Magazines like American Aircraft Modeler, American Modeler, and Air Trails were the best venues for capturing snapshots of the status quo of the day. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.

This Sketchbook was scanned from the October 1962 American Modeler, page 42. 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. 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-built airplane, whether from a kit or from plans.

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

 

Sketchbook


Safety-minded James Happ, North Brook, IIIinois, uses glo-plug to ignite model rocket - Airplanes and Rockets
Safety-minded James Happ, North Brook, IIIinois, uses glo-plug to ignite model rocket. Lengthy wires make circuit with battery. Fuse ignited when switch closes circuit. Hazards lessened.




Homemade booster battery clip is from Mitsuo Katayama, San Pedro, California - Airplanes and Rockets
Homemade booster battery clip is from Mitsuo Katayama, San Pedro, California. Turned back ends of wire fittings makes contact easy. Plywood block keeps battery leads apart.




Clif Norman, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, offers answer to problem of quick-filling pressure tank - Airplanes and Rockets
Clif Norman, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, offers answer to problem of quick-filling pressure tank. Removable stopper allows fast fueling, quick resealing.




William Kakoni, New York City, anchors thin wire to fuselage with nylon ·patch - Airplanes and Rockets
Practical solution to burned or broken stabilizer pop-up retainer threads is steel wire member. William Kakoni, New York City, anchors thin wire to fuselage with nylon ·patch.
Sketchbook from October 1962 American Modeler Magazine - Airplanes and Rockets
                               See original page.



Neat scale-like wheels for World War I models are produced by Alfred Epstein, Montreal, Canada - Airplanes and Rockets
Neat scale-like wheels for World War I models are produced by Alfred Epstein, Montreal, Canada, using "O-ring" oil seals for tires and turned aluminum discs, grooved, for wheels.




English modeler Alan Thomas submits neat axle for heavy-duty dural landing gears - Airplanes and Rockets
English modeler Alan Thomas submits neat axle for heavy-duty dural landing gears. Turned-down bolt body fits wheel precisely; threads left for bolting to leg endl




Use of pressure-sensitive "Mylar" chrome materials is suggested by J. W. Scherer, Wyckoff, New Jersey - Airplanes and Rockets
Use of pressure-sensitive "Mylar" chrome materials is suggested by J. W. Scherer, Wyckoff, New Jersey. Smooth chrome quickly cut and positioned for windows; fancy textures for landing gear.

 

 

 

 

Posted July 6, 2013