Most building tips are timeless. Even in this era of ready-to-fly (RTF), almost-ready-to-fly (ARF), bind-and-fly (BAF), etc., there are still many modelers who build their own aircraft. Nearly all top tier competition fliers build their own models, as do aficionados of vintage (aka old-timer) models. Some guys just would rather build than buy a pre-build airplane, whether from a kit or from plans.
Aircraft modeling has undergone significant changes over the decades - both in technology and preferences. Magazines
like American Aircraft Modeler, and American Modeler before that, were the best venues for capturing
snapshots of the status quo of the day.
I have been scanning and posting excerpts from my collection of
AAM and AM, concentrating on model building articles and old advertisements. Whether you are here to wax
nostalgic, or are just interested in learning history, hopefully you will find what you are seeking. As time permits,
I will be glad to scan articles for you. All copyrights (if any) are hereby acknowledged.
Back when these Sketchbook, Gadgetry, Powerless Pointers, and Engine Info columns were run, there were very few pre-built models, and there simply was not as much available in the way of hardware and specialized modeling tools. We were still a nation of designers and builders. The workforce was full of people who worked on production lines, built houses and buildings with hand tools, and did not have distractions like Nintendos and X-Boxes. Remember that plastics were not common material until the early 1950s and the transistor wasn't invented until late 1947.
Enjoy the tips. Some of you will no doubt wax nostalgic over the methods, since you can remember the days when you did the exact same thing! Update: 5 new editions added April 3, 2010
Engine Info (pp 91) Gadgetry (pp 85) Powerless Pointers (pp 89)
1961 Annual American Modeler