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Johnson was a well-known designer and manufacturer of model airplane engines in the middle
of the last century. His series of throttled engines was widely used in the early years
of radio control. A lot of research went into producing the enges to produce long lifetime,
easy starting, and consistency of operation. The
Johnson 35 R/C,
which is the subject of this article, was one of the first to used dual ball bearings on
the crankshaft, contributing mightly to the accomplishment of the aforementioned goals.
The state of the art for all types of model flying had advanced to where pilots could expect
seafarers' superstitions wore on long past the days when sailors believed their ship might
run over the edge of the Earth. They carried over into maritime services well into the 20th
century, and probably to some extent into the 21st century. It was common to blame a long
string of bad luck on one poor sap whose appearance on the scene just happened to coincide
with the supposed curse. He was called a "Jonah," after the Biblical character whose presence
on a fishing boat caused a constant run of bad weather until the crew finally tossed him
overboard where the leviathan of the deep swallowed him. In this story from a 1938 edition
of Boys' Life, a particular seaplane suffered problem after problem, like water in the gas
tank causing dead stick landings on rough seas, so the pilots and mechanics referred to
it as "Jonah's plane."
As with many stories of the era, this one centers around airplanes and ships.
three decades after Wilbur and Orville Wright made the first flight where their eponymous
Flyer took off and landed under its own power, aeroplanes were still a mystery to most of
the public. Some probably still thought it was witchcraft or some other evil influence holding
man and craft aloft. Movies of the era were filled with airplanes and the daring young men
who piloted them for war, for recreation, and for profit. This report from a 1938 edition
of Boys' Life
is evidence of just how ubiquitous flying machines were in films. Big-name actors like Lionel
Barrymore, Basil Rathbone, Fred Astaire, and Ginger Rogers added to the excitement...
you appreciate airplane related humor, then you will want to check out this collection that
appeared in the April 1957 edition of American Modeler. In the not too distant future, I
predict that similar scenarios will actually occur as hapless operators of
drones fly into restricted airspace that military and law enforcement agencies are responsible
for monitoring and defending.
States Rubber Company was one of the original 12 companies used to calculate the Dow
Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) for the stock market on Wall
Street. In addition to manufacturing automobile and airplane tires, it also supplied the
free flight model world with T-56 rubber for powering. T-56, along with tan rubber from
Pirelli, Dunlop, was considered the cream of the crop back in the middle and late 20th century.
Many old timers still lament of its eventual disappearance from the market and treasure
their hordes of the stuff from days of yore.
indoor models is one (of many) aspects of model airplane
building and flying that I've always wanted to try, but never found the opportunity. You
might be tempted to think this is the exclusive realm of white-haired old men, and admittedly
it nearly is, but when you look at contest coverage in the modeling magazines, it is heartening
to see a good showing of youngsters. For that matter, the same holds true for just about
all forms of model aircraft these days except for radio controlled airplanes and helicopters.
As recently as a couple decades ago, radio equipment was too expensive for many younger
modelers to buy, so those who aspired to hobbies involving airborne craft had...
some point you have probably read about an old model aircraft contest event called 'PAA-Load.'
As its name implies, the challenge involved hauling specific weights of 'payload' aloft
and vying for the longest flight. What you might find surprising is that the 'PAA' part
of the event title comes from Pan American Airlines (PAA, aka PanAm),
who created and sponsored the activity as an educational effort to encourage youngsters
to consider the necessary accommodations to efficiently and profitably transport people
and cargo from point A to point B. Careful attention to airframe configuration and weight,
powerplant size, propeller, wheel size and weight, covering material and finish, etc., was
images were scanned from my 1976 yearbook for
Southern Senior High School in Harwood, Maryland. It was my senior year, my year of
liberation. Only the photos of seniors from when they little kiddos were scanned. The picture
were submitted by their parents, in some cases without the knowledge of
(and probably much to the dismay of) the subjects. I did a
fairly extensive Internet search looking for where someone else had already done it, but
to no avail, so, here they are. If you recognize yourself or someone else and send me an
e-mail, I will be glad to add the info with the page scan. No, I'm not included anywhere;
I don't think my parents even owned a camera...
daughter, Sally, was named after the Peanuts character that was Charlie Brown's baby sister.
I have been wanting to get the
Sally doll of her, but the price was always higher than I wanted to pay. Finally, this
Sally was available on eBay for well under $100, so I bought it - marks and all. It doesn't
really mater to me if it is not is like-new condition as long as it is in good shape and
December 16, 1965, NASA astronauts Walter M. "Wally" Schirra Jr. and Thomas P. Stafford
conducted the first live musical performance from space. Using a smuggled mini harmonica
#39 Little Lady) and some reindeer bells, Schirra and Stafford, respectively,
radioed a 'UFO' report saying "Gemini VII, this is Gemini VI. We have an object, looks like
a satellite going from north to south, up in a polar orbit. He's in a very low trajectory
traveling from north to south and has a very high climbing ratio. It looks like it might
even be a ... Very low. Looks like he might be going to reenter soon. Stand by one ... You
might just let me try to pick up that thing." Just before reentry into the Earth's atmosphere
for a splashdown, the two pranksters then broke out in a round of "Jingle
World War II, a lot of leisure activities were sacrificed due to unavailability of
raw materials for manufacturing products needed to pursue them. We have all see photos of
kids collecting scraps of metal, rubber, and other materials for recycling as components
of airplanes, guns, canteens, ships, etc. Aircraft modeling took a hit along with most other
hobbies since metal for engines and wood for airplane kits (balsa
was popular for shipping contain packing) were scarce. It wasn't until the late 1940s
that Leroy Cox was
able to begin mass producing his famous line of miniature engines, most notably the .049
family. Other manufacturers - like Allyn - were following suit...
visitor Pat M. wrote to ask that I scan and post this article for the
Yako free flight rubber
model. The unique feature of the Yako is that it is a canard - wing in the back and horizontal
stabilizer up front. It appeared in the December 1971 edition of American Aircraft Modeler
magazine. "For the Tenderfoot" catered to beginner model builders - mostly kids. They were
typically small free flight or control line jobs that could easily be built without help
from an experienced modeler, although of course seeking assistance was encouraged. I have
been surprised at the number of requests I have received for models from the "For the Tenderfoot"
series that ran for many years. Could it indicate...
advertisement for the
Rubber Company's T-56 rubber appeared in the Annual Edition of Air Trails.
T-56 was a very popular choice for free flight modelers back in the day. I posted another
ad for them from an April 1957 American Modeler. United States Rubber Company was
one of the original 12 companies used to calculate the Dow Jones Industrial Average
(DJIA) for the stock market on Wall Street. In addition to
manufacturing automobile and airplane tires, it also supplied the free flight model world
with T-56 rubber for powering.
I bought this 1976 vintage Snoopy telephone
on eBay, the seller didn't disclose that the volume level in the earpiece was very low,
including the ringtone. Technically it worked so I couldn't claim fraud, but it worked poorly.
So, I began doing a bit of research on the Internet and found that a lot of people were
having similar problems with the Snoopy phone and a couple other novelty models
(Mickey Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, M&Ms dude, et al) that
were based off the same Western Electric design. I planned to clean up the phone and put
it into service, but wanted to make sure it was functioning properly before going to the
trouble. The first thing I did was some standard continuity tests to make sure signals could
flow from point to point. I discovered...
only experience with Jetex engines with a No. 50B, and that was back in the early 1970s.
It was attached to a dime store type Guillows glider - the king where the wing, stab, and
fin slid into slits in the fuselage. Once the engine finally ignited, the glider took off
with a cool hissing sound and headed skyward. The glider had been trimmed to fly smoothly
with power off. I can remember having a heck of a time getting the crappy little piece of
chemical-coated wire wick to stay lit as it passed through the Jetex's nozzle. Looking back
from this perspective, I do believe I was fairly inept at a lot of things at the time, so
maybe that was the entire problem. Maybe someday I'll pull my
Jetex No. 50 from...
very far-sighted, having a modern alarm clock next to the bed with large LED numbers is
a great convenience for seeing the time at night. However, I have always hated the electronic
alarm sound and neither do I want music since it tends to put me back to sleep. The old
fashioned wind-up mechanical alarm clocks did the job quite handily, and I missed having
such a clock after many decades of doing without. So, I decided to look for a Peanuts-themed
clock from the 1960s or 70s. This Snoop
alarm clock came up for bid on eBay, and I picked it up for under $10, probably because
the seller said it did not work. He was correct that it didn't work in its selling condition.
However, I disassembled the entire clock and soaked it...
rocket boost glider builder David Wagner sent me this note and photos of his excellent
Estes Falcon and his
Cheechako rocket boost gliders. David
established a unique "signature" finishing scheme on his models that consists of a solid
red and/or sometimes white base with aluminum foil in a decorative pater in the rocket motor
was six years prior to this
field strength meter
construction article being published that Mssrs. Brattain, Shockley, and Bardeen invented
the transistor using the element germanium and a point contact "cat's whisker." In 1954,
the date of this article, Texas Instruments introduced the first commercially available
silicon device - the TI 900 silicon transistor. However, operational frequencies of semiconductors
were only in the hundreds of kilohertz, so vacuum tubes were still necessary in higher frequency
radio circuits like the field strength meter, which operates in the 30 MHz band...
you believe that servos with
gears signify the latest and greatest in reliable, robust, modern radio control actuation,
you are probably right... unless of course those actuators happen to be these metal-geared
servos from the 1950s. In that case, you might look at them and wonder how anyone ever managed
to get model airplanes into the air and back safely on the ground when using them. Guys
spent a lot of time and money building large, heavy airframes and used low power-to-weight
ratio engines for lofting vacuum tube receivers, bulky actuators, and wet-cell batteries
into the air. Rubber-band-driven escapement mechanisms were probably more advanced in design
and implementation than...
might not need to wire up a battery and light bulb to do a range check on your radio system
anymore, but there are a few other good ideas in the 1955 installment of "Hints
'n' Kinks" that you might find useful in your model endeavors. The relative few who
still build, fly, and repair model airplanes will appreciate the resourcefulness of such
through this article reminded me of how dedicated some modelers are today and have been
in the past in their efforts to advance the state of the art. The ingenuity of people often
makes me feel like a real dope by comparison. Mechanical and electronic devices conceived
of, built, tested, improved, and perfected by our aircraft flying brethren are truly astounding.
invented by Gerald Ritz is a simple tool to "make it easy to lay out a propeller of any
blade shape, area, or pitch, with absolute accuracy and without computations or the use
of formulae." I wonder how long it will be before we witness the first 3-D printed propeller
for free flight?
the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. That being the case, here are
8,000 of some of the most amazing words that I've ever seen regarding
Cox control line airplanes.
These photos were sent to me by Airplanes and Rockets website visitor Charlie H.
According to his e-mail, there are around 300 models in all, many of which are still in
their original boxes. I see some pretty unique examples in the photos. If my understanding
is correct, he is interested in selling his collection. It must be worth a small fortune.
I will let you know how to contact him if he does want to sell part or all of the models.
Many of these models sell for hundreds of dollars each on eBay.
first-ever appearance of animated Peanuts characters came in the form of
television commercials for the 1960 Ford
Falcon. I learned about them in a book titled Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz.
To me, Peanuts represents a more innocent time in America, where neighborhood kids played
together, were moral in their actions, and even "crabby" kids like Lucy were not evil. Cops
and robbers, cowboys and Indians, pirates and naval mariners did battle with makeshift weapons
and only one ball team at a time won a trophy. My sisters and I rode in basic cars like
the Ford Falcon, without the benefit of seat belts, crawling up onto the package shelf in
the back to watch the world pass by, standing on our heads in the back seat, and thinking
it a privilege to get to ride up front on the rare...
is a nice, lightweight WWI
British SE-5 biplane for radio control. The original was rudder-only
(RO) with a .15 size diesel engine for power. Designed
by well-known (at the time) scale modeler Chet Lanzo, this
model features break-away top and bottom wings and oversize air-filled wheels to help make
hard than normal landings more survivable. A modern 3-channel setup with an electric motor
should serve the SE-5 well, and would most likely yield an even lighter ready to fly weight
than the original configuration.