Sketchbook - Model Building Tips
March 1955 Air Trails Hobbies for Young Men
is the mother of invention, as the old saying goes. Back in the 1950s, invention
was the necessity of modelers who were either on a tight budget, did not
have access to the plethora of gadgets and devices available these days,
or both. I really enjoy reading about some of the ideas devised by modelers
for use on their airplanes. While doing something like splitting balsa sticks
lengthwise to facilitate bending around tight curves - similar to laminating
individual pieces, but on a local level - might seems obvious to a seasoned
builder, there are always new people entering the realm or even old hands
exploring a new area of aeromodeling who need to learn new methods. I actually
had an idea printed once in Model Aviation where I suggested saving the
small hypodermic dispensers (the ones with the skinny nozzles) from tooth
whitening applicators for use in injecting epoxy into hinge slots.
Toy "wind-up" auto gear box furnishes 8:1 escapement rubber winder
reports Richard Stephens, Bronx, N.Y.C.
Have you developed something new in construction, control, or flying?
Send a rough sketch - we'll redraw it and pay $10 for each accepted.
Ideas should be original; sorry, no correspondence on submissions.
Longerons, leading edges, etc., may be curved easily if split,
cemented in position says Ed Hecker, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Beam-mounted engine is easily adapted for radial mounting suggests
Carl Dodge, East Cleveland, Ohio
Realistic "flaps down" position at rest, on take-off and at landing
for control model or freeflight scale is feature of gadget built
by David Froba, Lousiville, Ky.
R/C model tab adjustment, designed by Eugene Englehardt, Cranston,
R.I., permits quick increase or reduction of fin tab movement.
Rex DeSilets, Drexel Hill, Penna., devised unique system of making
realistic dashboard for scale models.
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Posted October 5, 2013