About Airplanes & Rockets

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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

Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) - Airplanes and Rockets
Academy of Model Aeronautics

Tower Hobbies logo - Airplanes and Rockets
Tower Hobbies

Horizon Hobby logo - Airplanes and Rockets
Horizon Hobby

Brodak Manufacturing - Airplanes and Rockets
Brodak Mfg.

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October 1967 American Modeler

October 1967 American Modeler

October 1967 American Modeler magazine cover Table 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.

Here is another of American Modeler's Sketchbook series of helpful hints and tricks for making your model building efforts a bit easier. An example is showing how to attach an X-acto blade to a soldering gun to make a hot knife. It uses a #11 blade, but you could attached any type blade, depending on your need. A hot knife is good for shaping Styrofoam, but I have found one of the best uses for a hot knife is to cut through hardened epoxy. If you need to remove a firewall or landing gear mounting block, this is the way to go. It will slice through that gob of epoxy like... well... a hot knife through butter.

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


By 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.

Fill cavity through hole with glass resin - Airplanes and Rockets
Workman-like repairs to dented foam wings are made using piece of mylar plastic sheet having 3/16 in. dia. hole punched in its center. Fill cavity through hole with glass resin, later remove mylar, smooth area. Idea of Alonzo Richardson, Burlingame, California.

Removable shock-absorbing gear for RC jobs - Airplanes and Rockets
Tucson, Arizona modeler R. Claude builds simple, removable shock-absorbing gear for RC jobs. Wire parts silver soldered together for strength. Location of dowel determines angle of gear to fuselage.
Coffee filter papers, circular silkspan-like tissue - Airplanes and Rockets
Coffee filter papers, circular silkspan-like tissue, are ready-made patches for on-the-field repairs to covering. Apply with clear dope and brush; use series of overlapping pieces if tear is long, says Alfred Quimuyog, Oakley, California. [why wouldn't you just take along round pieces of Silkspan? - Kirt]

"Hot knife" is made from soldering gun - Airplanes and Rockets
"Hot knife" is made from soldering gun to which worn X-acto blade has been bolted. Gun should be 150 W. or heavier for best results in carving foam materials. Submitted by Richard Park, Honolulu, Hawaii.





Posted May 1, 2013