the 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!