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Even during the busiest times of my life I have endeavored to maintain some form of model building activity. This site has been created to help me chronicle my journey through a lifelong involvement in model aviation, which all began in Mayo, MD. There is a lot of good information and there are lot of pictures throughout the website that you will probably find useful, and might even bring back some old memories from your own days of yore. The website began life around 1996 as an EarthLink screen name of ModelAirplanes, and quickly grew to where more server space ...

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June 1960 Aero Modeller

June 1960 Aero Modeller

June 1960 Aero Modeller - Airplanes and RocketsTable 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.

I know the "Airplanes and Rockets" website gets a lot of visitors from across the pond, and particularly from the UK, so here's a feature from a 1960 edition of Aero Modeller magazine that will be near and dear to you. A lot of fine model airplanes are displayed here, covering the entire spectrum of control line aerobatics, combat and scale; free flight endurance and scale; and radio control scale. There's even a sailplane. If you happen to see yourself or someone you know in any of these photos, please send me a note and I'll be glad to post something about them on the page alongside the photo.

 

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"Model News", June 1960 Aero Modeller - Airplanes and Rockets

Ooh! How our "Plastikiticisms" feature has raised a Hornet's nest of letters on the editorial desk, and we might add, with many readers leaping to the defence of the plastic kit manufacturers! One good tip that arises from the postbag is that transfers can always be de-glossed easily by rubbing them over with steel wool or flourpaper before water-sliding them. Anyway, one reader who is independent of the quarrels is J. Palmer of Croydon, and to him we award the title of "Model of the Month" for his magnificent Bristol Beaufighter seen above. This is no plastic, but a 1/72nd scale balsa model taken with the camera at low angle, 24 in. from the model, and a realistic wash background 6 in. behind the model. The picture was taken by Thomas Cutts and deserves equal credit for a high standard of work. Hooray for a genuine solid model Mr. Palmer.

Llangwyfan Hospital, Denbigh, N. Wales, patient J. P. Childs Mercury Aeronca - Airplanes and Rockets

Modelling is often used in Physical Therapy, and as a relaxing medium in hospital convalescence; but we bet the staff of Llangwyfan Hospital, Denbigh, N. Wales, were more than surprised when patient J. P. Childs started work on his 65 in. Mercury Aeronca for radio control (see picture 1)! Model was completed, thanks to use of a spare bed, and will soon be flying with an E.D. Racer 2.46 diesel.

John O'Donnell's "Pendleton Fault" Mk. II - Airplanes and Rockets

Rear timer is for dethermalising - Airplanes and Rockets

Another model of contrasting design and considerable test flight experience is John O'Donnell's "Pendleton Fault" Mk. II, using a new fuselage for old wings. This power model has also won Concours d'Elegance awards, and Brian Bowers' group of three photos, 3, show us some of the interesting detail. Note how two Tatone timers are used and are seen in the upper, port side view. The front one apparently operates the fuel shut-off by tripping a wire that connects through the fuselage to the strangler on the other side (see photo of the starboard side). Fuel comes from the rear of the transparent tank to the P.A.W. 2.49. The auto-rudder also comes into action for the glide as the motor cuts. Rear timer is for dethermalising.

S. F. Newman's 76 in. span semi-scale "Weihe" sailplane - Airplanes and Rockets

Our bevy of young ladies in the photographs below offer an interesting contrast in models, beginning with S. F. Newman's 76 in. span semi-scale "Weihe" sailplane, held by his wife in picture 7. This high aspect ratio model from Bexley Heath has shown great promise as a slope soarer, like the full-size.

"Skiffler" Melton Moxbray Gillian - Airplanes and Rockets

Lastly, in 9, what might be thought to be a "Skiffler" is actually D. K. Pearson's A.P.S. Thunderbolt painted in the style of the other model. Power is a Fox 35, and daughter Gillian is a keen photo poser for dad from Melton Mowbray.

Bleriot Monoplane John H. Wilcox of Croydon - Airplanes and Rockets

Picture 2 shows a Bleriot Monoplane made from the A.P.S. plans by John H. Wilcox of Croydon. It gained a Commended Diploma at the National Models Exhibition this year, and now awaits a suitable runway for rise-off-ground test flights.

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The "Falcons" of East Acton contributed to the triple engined control-line wing in 4, held by the new club sec., A. Gorsuch. This 45-ounce, four foot model of 890 sq. ins. area has a pair of E.D. Racers and a P.A.W. 2.49 (central) - it is said to be fast and steady, yet as manoeuvreable as some combat models - should also be fair game for a set of silencers!

Franklin's "Astrofire" - Airplanes and Rockets

In the next photo 5, is G. Franklin's "Astrofire", a camouflaged variant of the popular A.P.S. "Astro-Hog" with Mr. Franklin's attractive Spitfire-like alterations. It has an O.S. Max. 35 Multi-speed and Octone Rx., with Bonner Duramite servos on the elevators and ailerons and a spring centreing stalled Mighty Midget for the rudder. As Mr. Franklin says: "Take offs are a dream - all that is now needed is for me to learn how to fly it".

Michael Creedon's 1/8th scale Tawney Owl - Airplanes and Rockets

Model with quite a story, is Michael Creedon's 1/8th scale Tawney Owl. This 36 in. span control-line model in 6 is built after the same manner as the 24 ft. full-size aircraft which was designed by Michael's father and built at Stapleford Tawney in Essex, hence the name. Unfortunately, although the c/line model flew perfectly with an A.M. 35 driving a 7 1/2 in. pusher prop., the full-size encountered some difficulty on its test flight with a Porsche 75 h.p. flat four, but we hope that the two-seater will soon be airborne again.

A. Witherup of Newton, West Kirby, Avro 504K - Airplanes and Rockets

Next, in 8 is an Avro 504K from the A.P.S. plans and fitted with a D-C Bantam. This calls for 2 1/4 oz. ballast in the nose, making all-up weight 13 ounces, but flights are so good that builder A. Witherup of Newton, West Kirby, would like to congratulate designer Ray Booth.

 

 

Posted March 12, 2016