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May 1956 Young Men • Hobbies • Aviation • Careers

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• Hobbies • Aviation • Careers

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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.

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Have you developed something new in construction, control, operation or finishing of model craft? Send a rough sketch - we redraw it and pay $10 if accepted. Submit original ideas; no entries can be returned.

"Crash Insurance" is purpose of idea by Maurice Taylor, Ohio city, Ohio, of reinforcing battery boxes, radio receiver containers. Thread binding and cement coating prevents box shattering in crash and allowing contents to further damage model interior -

Mike Ludek, Lockport, Ill., uses physics equation, wooden stick, object of known weight (W2) and chair back as fulcrum to learn weight of model. Arrange as sketched, shift fulcrum to balance, then measure d1 and d2. Apply to equation W1d1 = W2d2 to learn model's weight -

For heavy-duty installation in large radio-controlled boat, Jim Kelly, Baden, Pa., recommends set screw adjustments in controlling torque, etc. Shaft is hinged on transom, upper bracket joined with 4-40 Allen head screws, Set screw also 4-40 Allen h'd.

True knockdown design is particularly suited to gliders with long wings and long tail booms. Wing tongue locks boom into fuselage pod, also holds wing panels by friction-tight fit. Submitted by Dave Jones, Friday Harbor, Wash.

For close quarter work, George Habel, Jr., Lynchburg, Va., made extension to soldering iron of piece of copper wire, found it ideal for radio control modeling.

In decorating plastic or other smoothly finished models, outlines of painted areas (numerals, etc.) can be scored lightly with razor blade. Paint flows up to scored edges, stops cleanly for neat outlining report Robert Valker, Castle A.F.B., Calif.

Noble Carlson, Wickliffe, Ohio, built handy soldering jig, used heavy copper wire and alligator clips mounted to wood base. Wires are bent to hold parts in exact alignment for soldering -

To prevent first coat of dope on silk or nylon from dripping through wing or tail and making irregularities on opposite surfaces, Mike Obermeyer, Grand Junction, Colo., suggests applying first coat from beneath.

 

 

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