Notes from the Workbench
February 1942 Flying Aces

February 1942 Flying Aces

Flying Aces February 1942 - Airplanes and Rockets Table 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.

Notes From the Workbench, February 1942 Flying Aces - Airplanes and Rockets - Airplanes and RocketsContest-minded aeromodelers, or for that matter competitive types of all disciplines, are most often the people who advance the state of the art in any field. Never content with good enough, they continually strive to come up with new and better ways of doing things. That's not to say everyday sportsmen don't innovate; they just don't usually do it with the vim and vigor of competitors. Although I cannot know for sure, I suspect that the tip offered here for a suggested way to carve rubber power free flight propellers to maximize thrust under a continually changing amount of torque from the twisted motor is the result of such competitive experimentation and analytical thought.


Notes from the Workbench

By Ray Weeks

Header, Notes from the Workbench, February 1942 Flying Aces - Airplanes and Rockets

Assembly Board

Model airplanes assembly & alignment board - Airplanes and Rockets

A small board painted white and rules off with horizontal and vertical lines is a great aid in assembling models. The component parts of the model are readily lined up in this manner. Draw lines 1/4" apart with inch marks slightly heavier. Bristol Board may be substituted and tacked on workbench when needed.

Wheels and Pants

Wheel pants made from peanut shell - Airplanes and Rockets

For small scale models are made thusly.

Razor Blades

Modify straight-edge razor blade for corners - Airplanes and Rockets

Break razor blades as shown for sharper and more efficient cutting edges.

Head Rest

Pilot head rest from upholstery pin - Airplanes and Rockets

Upholstery tack


Hand drill used as lathe - Airplanes and Rockets

A small hand drill can be used to advantage in the final sanding of small parts.


Rubber power thrust bearing - Airplanes and Rockets

Common pin thrust bearing

Note: Adjust model for glide - alter line of thrust for power flight

Prop Hubs

Make prop hubs - Airplanes and Rockets

Hubs cut down in rear - at start of flight blades tend to flatten horizontally, resulting in loss of pitch and waste of power.

Hubs cut down in front - blades tend to increase their angle and results in greater pitch making use of first surge of power.



Posted September 9, 2017