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October 1961 American Modeler

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October 1961 American Modeler magazine cover - 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.

The "Sketchbook" feature in American Modeler magazine presented "hints and kinks" furnished by readers came up with good ideas to help make building and operating model airplanes (primarily), car, and boats a little easier. Some of them are pretty good, and I have applied the principles in my own efforts over the years. October 1961, the date of this set of ideas, was a couple years before my time of building models. Being born in 1958, it would probably have been around 1966 or 1967 before I was building and flying Estes rockets and rubber powered airplanes. By 1969 I was flying Cox control line models, and it was maybe 1971 or 1972 before building my first control line model. When reading over these vintage Sketchbook ideas, I always pay attention to the names of the submitters to see whether any are recognizable as someone who would later become renowned in the modeling world. There is a good chance that the "E. R. Violett, Jr." with the control line fabric hinge technique is none other than Bob Violett (the "R." could be "Robert"), of R/C pylon racing fame in the 1970s and 1980s, and later of Bob Violett Jets (BVJ). He hailed from the Hyattsville, Maryland area, and was a member of the Prince Georges Radio Control club when I flew there in the mid-1970s. I remember during one meeting he gave a demonstration of the new rage in model building called "super glue."

Sketchbook-  Hints and Kinks by the Readers

Sketchbook, October 1961 American Modeler - Airplanes and RocketsNuisance of oily engine compartment solved with drain rigged by Edmund C. Hanley, Muskegon, Mich. Venturi principle creates suction in throat, drains oil and fuel from cowl.

Desirable rolling motion from "V"-tail control surface movements of R/C model is pointed out by Scott McKee, Lubbock, Texas. Skidding, rather than diving turn is result; makes safer steering.

Inexpensive rubber stamps of AMA numerals and address information can be reproduced on Jap tissue, doped onto model parts. Saves time, says Warren Bishop, Yonkers, N. Y.

Cranky midget engine is started by use of small power drill fitted with clipped-off screw driver blade. Dwight Medina, Ben Lomond, Calif., discovered rig would start up-to-.19 jobs.

Engineer E. R. Violett, Jr., W. Hyattsville, Md., prefabricates U-control surface hinge for scale UC jobs. Units serve as structural members; flexible hinges entirely concealed.

Sergeant James Duckworth, March AFB, Calif., submits neat push-rod keeper and locking device for R/C control linkage. Length of surgical tubing positions push-rod and control horn.

Famous Austrian modeler, Franz Czerny, cites method of accurately mating and cementing sheet edges for balsa wing construction. System assures flush lower surface, strong seam.

Got a new idea for construction, adjustment or operation of model planes, boats or R/C? "AM" pays $10 for each "hint & kink" used. Send rough sketch and description to Sketchbook, c/o American Modeler, 575 Madison Ave.. New York 22. N. Y. Please note that because of the very large number of submissions, none can be returned to the sender.

 

 

Posted December 23, 2023

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