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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 ...

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U-Control Corner
Annual 1960 Air Trails Hobbies for Young Men

Annual Edition 1960 Air Trails
Annual Edition 1960 Air Trails Cover - Airplanes and RocketsTable of Contents

These pages from vintage modeling magazines like Flying Aces, Air Trails, American Modeler, American Aircraft Modeler, Young Men, Flying Models, Model Airplane News, R/C Modeler, captured the era. All copyrights acknowledged.

U-Control, aka U/C, aka Control Line, aka C/L, is still very popular today even with radio control available. It is a great model of modeling for those of us with bad eyesight who have trouble with tracking airplanes at a distance. With control line your model is never more than about 70 feet from you and there is never a problem with knowing which direction the model is headed and whether it is right-side-up or upside-down. In 1960 when this Annual issue of Air Trails magazine was published, R/C was mostly a rich man's sport, or at least an electronics man's sport. Free flight and control line dominate aeromodeling. Monthly features like "U-Control Corner" ran in model aviation magazines of the era, and offered many great tips. I particularly like the one here showing how to modify a mono-line control system into one that uses a standard two-line type control handle. That gives you the benefit of a low-drag mono-line with the more natural feel of a conventional two-line system. 

U-Control Corner

Durable control model handle - Airplanes and RocketsScrap of aluminum, tin shears and twenty minutes time is all that's required to make durable control model handle says James Clark, San Antonio, Texas.

Mono-Line control confused his reflexes - Airplanes and RocketsMalayan modeler Boey Teck Choy felt regular Mono-Line control "confused" his reflexes. Clever arrangement of handle and tubes permits familiar handle movements to actuate system.

Push rod is concealed in fuselage - Airplanes and RocketsWhen control line model's push rod is concealed in fuselage, David Young, Saginaw, Mich., provides adjustable elevator trim with special horn and set screw.

.020 engine-powered speed model - Airplanes and RocketsFor extreme compactness in .020 engine-powered speed model, David Hendrex, Los Angeles, Calif., fashioned fuel tank from Shaffer's pen cartridge. Fuel line, filler, vent of aluminum tubing.

Instability in some combat "wing" models - Airplanes and RocketsCharacteristic of instability in some combat "wing" models is overcome by small elevated stabilizer on fin. Slight positive setting makes model handle more easily in "down" maneuvers. Used and recommended by John Beck-man, Cocoa, Fla.

Coil spring U-Control elevator hinge - Airplanes and RocketsJoe Modenbach, Garfield Heights, Ohio, claims two advantages for his coil spring U-Control elevator hinge idea: 1) Elevators tend to remain in neutral position, and 2) Hinges are good for life of model without replacement.

 

 

Posted November 27, 2021

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