June 1957 American ModelerTable of Contents
Some things never grow old. These pages from vintage modeling magazines like American Aircraft Modeler, American Modeler, Air Trails, Flying Aces, Flying Models, Model Airplane News, & Young Men captured the era. I will be glad to scan articles for you. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.
Walter M. Jefferies, Jr. inked another masterpiece for the June 1957 issue of American Modeler - the Spirit of St. Louis. This 5-view drawing reveals many details of airframe components, fittings, and rigging. Much more detailed plans are available from sources like the AMA Plans Service if you are thinking about building a version of "Lucky Lindy's" famous aeroplane.
Interestingly, the August 2016 issue of the Smithsonian's Air & Space magazine reported on a pair of pliers discovered under the floorboard of the cabin. Mr. John Norman, owner of JNE Aircraft, made the discovery while at the museum making measurements. He was using a video boroscope, donated by RF System Lab, in search of Lindbergh's missing log book when he found them lying out of visual sight.
"Spirit of Saint Louis" Ryan N-Y-P 5-View
Scale Presentation by Walter M. Jefferies, Jr.
"The book 'Spirit of St. Louis' by Charles A. Lindbergh (C. Scribner's Sons) served as final authority for all measurements shown on the illustration. Our sincere thanks go to Mr. Paul Garber, Curator, National Air Museum, for technical assistance and advice." - W. M. J., Jr.
Other materials available on Ryan N-Y-P: "Air Progress" (1956/57 edition) with color photo of James Stewart (as Lindbergh) and replica "Spirit" - plus plane search story; Hobby Helpers' wall chart cutaway and plans of scale control line or free flight model.
The AMA Plans Service offers a full-size version of many of the plans show here at a very reasonable cost. They will scale the plans any size for you. It is always best to buy printed plans because my scanner versions often have distortions that can cause parts to fit poorly. Purchasing plans also help to support the operation of the Academy of Model Aeronautics - the #1 advocate for model aviation throughout the world. If the AMA no longer has this plan on file, I will be glad to send you my higher resolution version.
Posted November 12, 2016