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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
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Sketchbook - Hints & Kinks
September 1962 American Modeler

September 1962 American Modeler

September 1962 American Modeler 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.

This Sketchbook was scanned from the September 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 from September 1962 American Modeler Magazine - 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.




Doublesure dethermalizer comes from Japanese modeler Kouci Tsuda - Airplanes and Rockets

Doublesure dethermalizer comes from Japanese modeler Kouci Tsuda, Fukuoka, Japan. Doubling fuse and lighting at bend gives added reliability; both fuses virtually same duration



Ball check valve - Airplanes and Rockets

Ball check valve, rigged into line between bladder tank and needle valve makes filling possible without dismantling model or removing cowl. Works consistently, claims R. E. White, East St. Louis, Illinois.



Soft balsa planking - Airplanes and Rockets

Soft balsa planking, after sanding, may sag between ribs or formers after finishing. Steve Hills, Lubbock, Texas, prevents this by adding Styrofoam filler blocks. Little weight, no sagging.



Light weight radial engine cowling - Airplanes and Rockets

Light weight radial engine cowling is easily adapted from new Kraft cheese spread container, reports Vernon Van Diver, Jr., Woolford, Maryland. Fancy fluting simulates rocker box fairings.

W. H. Kay, Jr., Oceana, Virginia - Airplanes and Rockets

W. H. Kay, Jr., Oceana, Virginia, combines removable escapement rubber plug with R/C model tailskid. Loop in end of skid provides eye for rubber winder. Rubber tension holds device in position.



Clever shock-absorber landing gear - Airplanes and Rockets

Clever shock-absorber landing gear is adaptable to many ordinary dural gear arrangements. Rubber bands cushion action of specially shaped axle wire. From James B. Faconer, Hutchinson, Kansas.



David DeSimone, La Puente, California, makes simple exhaust baffle - Airplanes and Rockets

David DeSimone, La Puente, California, makes simple exhaust baffle, extends it directly to escapement throw by wire shaft for engine speed control of radio model.



Spray fuselage with clear lacquer - Airplanes and Rockets

When rubber-powered model frame is complete, spray fuselage with clear lacquer or plastic with pressure can. Frame strengthened, withstands rubber lube says Dan Garfinkle, Litchfield Park, Arizona.





Posted  July 19, 2014