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Vintage Eldon Simpsons-Sears Chicane-Eight Slot Car Set

Vintage Eldon Simpsons-Sears Chicane-Eight Slot Car Set - Airplanes and RocketsWhen I was a wee lad back in the 1960s, my parents gave me a small electric slot car race track set for Christmas. I remember that it had Sears' name on it, but couldn't recall the exact set. When this Simpsons-Sears Chicane-Eight 1/32 Scale Road Race Set (manufactured by Eldon) appeared on eBay, I figured it might be the one, so I bought it. As it turns out, this set was sold by the Canadian branch of Sears Roebuck that partnered with Simpsons department stores. Since I lived in Maryland, this could not have been the slot car set I owned. This has got to be one of the best-preserved Eldon Simpsons-Sears Chicane-Eight 1/32 Scale Road Race Sets in existence today. It works perfectly, as the video below shows ...

Commemorative Coin Throws a Curve at Apollo

Commemorative Coin Throws a Curve at Apollo - Airplanes and RocketsThe U.S. Mint marks the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Four different versions of the Apollo coins are offered; sales will raise money for the National Air and Space Museum's "Destination Moon" exhibit and for the Astronauts Memorial Foundation and the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. "Buzz Aldrin should have been holding the camera. He and Neil Armstrong had been outside the spacecraft for almost an hour and a half, working through their checklists, and one of Aldrin's chores was to photograph the area where Armstrong had just finished scooping up soil and rocks to bring home. But perhaps because Armstrong was the one who had gathered the samples ..."

Steven's Newest Ace R/C Whizard Uses a TD .049

Steven Swimaner's Newest Ace Whizard Uses a TD .049 - Airplanes and RocketsWhilst waiting for the Canadian snow to subside, Steven built a second Ace Whizard, this time with a cox TeeDee .049 engine and a separate 2 0z. fuel tank. That should extend the flight time from 2-3 minutes with the Black Widow .049 to 8-10 minutes. The TeeDee should provide a little more power as well. The Whizard began appear in Ace R/C advertisements around 1974. See Steven's building article that has lots of good photos ...

Alain's Duck" Turbine Powered R/C Canard

Turbine R/C Canard Model Airplane by Alain Pons (Alain's Duck") - Airplanes and RocketsNot being content to have built a giant size version of his "Alain's Duck," he just sent me these photos of the turbine jet-powered version of a variant of the original canard. What's next - a full-size homebuilt airplane with Alain at the controls? Alain promises a video of the first flight soon. Warm weather's on the way, so hopefully we won't have to wait very long ...

View-Master: Snoopy and the Red Baron 3-Reel Set

View-Master: Snoopy and the Red Baron 3-Reel Set B544 - Airplanes and RocketsIn my continuing effort to help make certain that the history of Charles Schulz's Peanuts comic series is preserved, this set of View-Master slides has been scanned and/or photographed as required. If you want to own this "Snoopy and the Red Baron" set, there are probably copies available on eBay, which is where I bought this set. It is in like-new condition. Charles Schulz drew all of the daily comic strips himself, but he did license other artists to draw his characters for some commercial products, and these appear to be so. In fact, of all the Peanuts comics I have seen - and I have probably seen most of them - this accompanying booklet contains the only non-Peanuts type character I can remember seeing. Picture 19 on the last page shows a nonschultzian [sic] French woman bidding farewell to Snoopy the World War II Flying Ace ...

How Spread Spectrum Radio Control Systems Came to Be

How Digital Spread Spectrum Radio Control Systems Came to Be - Airplanes and RocketsThe March 2019 issue of the Academy of Model Aeronautics' Model Aviation magazine contains a letter from Dave Jones, of the AUAV website. Mr. Jones informs us that, contrary to popular belief, he was the designer, builder, and tester of the first frequency hopping spread spectrum (FHSS) radio control system (R/C) operating in the 2.4 GHz ISM band. He developed his system for the DoD back in the 1990s, many years before Spektrum R/C marketed its first commercial spread spectrum system in the early 2000s (see my Spektrum DX6 teardown). Prior to 2.4 GHz systems (now a combo of FHSS and DSSS), FM and to a lesser extent AM digital proportional R/C systems were primarily on the 72 (air, 50 channels) / 75 (surface, 30 channels) MHz band (a few on 50/53 MHz for licensed Hams). RF interference and unintentional "stepping on" frequencies in use often resulted in costly aircraft crashes. The 72 Hz systems were vulnerable to metal-to-metal noise (a problem in helicopters) whereas the 2.4 GHz systems are immune. Dave Jones made a Monkee of that issue and sent it to the bottom of the sea, figuratively speaking. And now you know... the rest of the story.

Israel's Beresheet Lunar Lander Blasts Off for the Moon

Israel's Beresheet Lunar Lander Blasts Off for the Moon - Airplanes and Rockets"On Thursday evening, SpaceX launched its first rocket of the year from Cape Canaveral, and tucked inside was the first lunar lander built with mostly private money. The robotic lander, dubbed Beresheet (which means “Genesis” or 'in the beginning' in Hebrew) lifted off at 8:45 pm EST on top of a Falcon 9 rocket. If all goes according to plan, Beresheet will gently touch down on the lunar surface on April 11, becoming the first private spacecraft to reach the surface of another planetary body. To date, only three nations have landed on the moon: the United States, Russia and China. If this mission succeeds, Israel will become the fourth - and by far the smallest - country to reach the lunar surface ..."

Drone Delivery Canada Unveils Its Largest And Longest-Range Cargo Delivery Drone

Drone Delivery Canada Unveils Its Largest And Longest-Range Cargo Delivery Drone - Airplanes and Rockets"The Condor has been in development for the past year and is the next generation in DDC's drone delivery cargo aircraft. With a payload capacity of 400 pounds, and a potential travel distance of up to 108 nautical miles, the Condor pushes the limits in both cargo capacity and distances. The Condor is powered by a next generation gas propulsion engine. The Condor measures 22 feet long, 5.1 feet wide and seven feet tall. It has a wing span of approximately 20 feet and is capable of vertical take off and landing. It is equipped with DDC's proprietary FLYTE management system which is the same platform used in all of DDC's cargo delivery drones ..."

View-Master: America's Man in Space 3-Reel Set

View-Master: America's Man in Space 3-Reel Set - Airplanes and Rockets

New: All 21 pictures now posted. As a kid in the 1960's, following America's progress in the Space Race was a big part of my life. I built and launched as many Estes rockets as my meager newspaper route-funded budget allowed. When John Glenn made his historic Earth-orbiting flight in the Mercury Freedom 7 space capsule on February 20, 1962, I was a mere 3 years old, but my parent say I was an ardent aerospace fan beginning at a very young age. Most American households probably had at least one View-Master stereo slide viewer, and ours was amongst them. I loved the 3D Peanuts slide sets, and especially any with an airplane or space exploration theme. My originals are long gone, but fortunately I was able to buy this near-perfect set titled, "America's Man in Space," on eBay ...

International Model Aircraft FROG / Talisman Advertisement

International Model Aircraft FROG / Talisman Advertisement, June 1960 Aero Modeller - Airplanes and RocketsThis International Model Aircraft Company advertisement appeared in the June 1960 issue of England's Aero Modeller magazine. The company, which went by the moniker FROG ("Flies Right Off the Ground"), had been in business producing flying models since the early 1930s. Price formats such as 17/6 for the Talisman control line model is interpreted as 17 shillings and 6 pence, seventeen and six, or seventeen and sixpence. According to the UK National Archives website currency conversion calculator, 17/6 in 1960 is the equivalent to £18.34 (pound sterling) in 2017, which is the equivalent of $24.23 U.S. That somehow seems way too low for a 1960 to 2017 price conversion ...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AK-47 Assault Rifles and Now Kalashnikov Drones

AK-47 Assault Rifles and Now Kalashnikov Drones - Airplanes and Rockets"The Russian company that gave the world the iconic AK-47 assault rifle has unveiled a suicide drone that may similarly revolutionize war by making sophisticated drone warfare technology widely and cheaply available. The Kalashnikov Group put a model of its miniature exploding drone on display this week at a major defense exhibition in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, where the world's arms companies gather every two years to show off and market their latest wares. The tiny item was dwarfed by the tanks, armored vehicles and fighter jets that were also on display. But it has as much potential to change the face of war as its older cousin, the AK-47, widely referred to simply as the Kalashnikov ..."

SoftBank's Hawk 30 Solar Internet Drone

SoftBank Solar Internet Drone - Airplanes and Rockets"A stratospheric Hawk 30 prototype will begin its maiden flight at a NASA base within days. A secretive joint venture between SoftBank and U.S. aerospace company AeroVironment is poised to launch an experimental solar-powered drone to deliver connectivity for 5G and the Internet of Things. The Hawk 30 will have a curved 'flying wing' design similar to a series of high-altitude solar drones that AeroVironment made for NASA twenty years ago. Filings with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Securities and Exchange Commission suggest the new Hawk will have 10 electric engines and an operational altitude of over 20 kilometers. According to a Space Act Agreement signed with NASA in November, the prototype drone ..."

JATO-Powered Ercoupe

JATO-Powered Ercoupe - Airplanes and Rockets"Frederick A. Johnsen's recent Of Wings & Things - JATO pushed performance - looked back at jet-assisted takeoff (JATO) power. While interest in the column was high, several commenters referred to an Ercoupe as early JATO test bed. In response, Fred reached out to his connections and was able to gain access to a few documents, including a photo and a page from the JATO-powered Ercoupe's test report. 'This report deals with the flight tests of the Ercoupe airplane with and without auxiliary jet propulsion carried out at March Field, California. Capt. H. A. Boushey, Jr., liaison officer for the project, was assigned as pilot by the Air Corps Materiel Division, and personnel for assisting the flight tests were made available ..."

Foldable Drone Flies through Narrow Holes

Foldable Drone Flies through Narrow Holes - Airplanes and Rockets"Inspired by birds that fold their wings in the air when space is limited, researchers from the University of Zurich and EPFL have developed a new foldable drone. The researchers designed the quadrocopter with four independently rotating propellers. The propellers are mounted on mobile arms that can be pivoted around the main frame with the help of servomotors. The control system regulates, in real time, each new position of the arms and adjusts the propeller speed depending on the center of gravity. The drone's default configuration is X-shaped, but it can adapt into H, O, and T shapes ..."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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