About Airplanes & Rockets

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Kirt Blattenberger
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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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Modeling Resources

Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) - Airplanes and Rockets
Academy of Model Aeronautics

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Tower Hobbies

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Horizon Hobby

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Sketchbook - Model Building Tips
June 1962 American Modeler

June 1962 American Modeler
June 1962 American ModelerTable 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.

This Sketchbook was scanned from the June 1962 American Modeler magazine, page 44. Most building tips are timeless. Even in this era of ready-to-fly (RTF), almost-ready-to-fly (ARF), bind-n-fly (BNF), 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.

This page has links to every edition of Sketchbook that I have so far.



Sturdy hinge construction tip - Airplanes and Rockets

Sturdy hinge construction tip sent by Al Oman, Randall, Minnesota, is adaptable to wing flaps or elevators. Cloth hinge material is firmly held and virtually concealed.

Finishing suggestion to use when brushing enamel - Airplanes and Rockets

A finishing suggestion to use when brushing enamel, from E. Mayover, Bradenton, Florida, is to place opened can of enamel in pan of water, warm slightly. Heated enamel dries brighter, smoother.

Tank mounts for profile control line models - Airplanes and Rockets

Ready-made "Jiffy Wall Hooks" are ideal tank mounts for profile control line models, reports Leo Cowger, Jr., Ft. Pierce, Florida Cement them in place, then secure tank with rubber bands.

Sign painters' "pounce wheel" - Airplanes and Rockets

Sign painters' "pounce wheel," available at art supply stores, permits quick transfer of plans to balsa sheet with­out destroying plans. Used by Alfred Walsky, Parsippany, New Jersey.

Simple gadget is handy for winding or unwinding escapement rubber motors - Airplanes and Rockets

Simple gadget is handy for winding or unwinding escapement rubber motors, claims J. D. Gerrard-Gough, Orangevale, California.

Lowering fuel level breaks circuit, shuts off light - Airplanes and Rockets

To prevent long range R/C model boat from running out of fuel when offshore, Dan Ocken, Minneapolis, Minnesota, rigged warning light. Lowering fuel level breaks circuit, shuts off light.

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, The Conde Nast Publications Inc., 420 Lexington Ave., New York 17, N.Y.

Sketchbook - Hints & Kinks, June 1962 American Modeler - Airplanes and Rockets





Posted November 17, 2013