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Dremel Model 381 Moto−Tool Kit & Instructions

Dremel Moto-Tool Model 381 Kit & Manual - Airplanes and RocketsThis Dremel Model 381 Moto−Tool Kit is the next generation after my Dremel Model 371 Moto−Tool kit that my Dremel Model 370 Moto−Tool was part of. Somewhere along the line I disposed of the plastic box that held the Moto−Tool and accessories, so I looked on eBay for a replacement. After many years of waiting, the closest I came was this Dremel 318 Moto−Tool Kit. It appears to be identical to the Model 371, only it came with the Dremel Moto−Tool Model 380. The Model 380 has ball bearings whereas the Model 370 uses brass bushings. This Dremel Model 381 Moto−Tool Kit appears to be in like-new condition and looks like it has never been used. Scans of all the manual pages are posted below in case you have been looking for them.

Radio Telescopes Are Hollywood's Biggest Stars

Radio Telescopes Are Hollywood's Biggest Stars - Airplanes and Rockets"It's amazing how many iconic and forgotten radio telescopes pop-up in movies, TV shows, and documentaries. The human eye was our first space image detector. On a beautifully clear night at the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve in New Zealand with the Milky Way displayed above us, we can see about 5,000 stars. But to really see - that is, to detect and communicate into space - a radio telescope is needed. Such devices can receive radio waves from astronomical sources in the sky and are the main observing instrument used in radio astronomy. Whereas optical telescopes study the light wave portion of the spectrum, radio telescopes focus on the radio frequency portion of the electromagnetic (EM) spectrum emitted by almost all astronomical objects..."

Auto Progress - The Oldsmobile Story

Auto Progress - The Oldsmobile Story, November 1954 Air Trails - Airplanes and Rockets"Come away with me, Lucille, In my merry Oldsmobile. Down the road of life we fly, Automo-bubbling, you and I. To the church we'll swiftly steal, Then our wedding bells will peal, You can go as far as you like with me In my merry Oldsmobile." "In My Merry Oldsmobile" was first produced in 1905" with music by Gus Edwards and lyrics by Vincent P. Bryan. That was prior to Henry Ford's Model T hitting the showroom floors. Contrary to popular belief, the Model T (introduced in 1908) was not the first car built in America; it was the first high volume production line car to be produced using an assembly line - Ford's famed innovation. Ransom Olds sold his first car in 1900, as presented in this 1954 issue of Air Trails magazine. The Wikipedia entry for Oldsmobile claims their 1902 model was the first mass-produced auto in the country...

Nanocardboard Aircraft with No Moving Parts

Nanocardboard Aircraft with No Moving Parts - Airplanes and Rockets"Tiny aircraft that weigh as much as a fruit fly could serve as Martian atmospheric probes. Despite weighing about a third of a milligram, nanocardboard flyers have the ability to lift payloads. In this artist's conception, fleets of flyers could be launched from ground-based rovers and steered with lasers to collect samples. Planets and moons with thin atmospheres and low gravities would enhance these flyers' ability to levitate by shooting air through their corrugated channels. A study demonstrated nanocardboard's flying and payload-carrying abilities in an environment similar to that of Mars..."

Should You Go Into Engineering?

Should You Go Into Engineering?, November 1954 Air Trails - Airplanes and RocketsThe middle of the last century was a time ripe with opportunities for people with a penchant for innovation, experimentation, designing, and building high technology products. Aviation, aerospace, land and sea transportation, medicine, manufacturing, chemistry, physics, astronomy, communications, electronics, mechanics, nuclear technology, remote exploration of space and the sea, and many other realms were pushing forward the frontiers of knowledge (or pushing back the frontiers of ignorance, depending on your viewpoint) at an incredible rate. Both trade and hobby magazines often featured articles encouraging participation as technicians and engineers in a field related to hobby interests (Ham radio, model airplanes, boats, and cars, etc.). Air Trails magazine ran many such pieces, including this 1954 example...

Walmart Signs Trio of Drone Deals

Walmart Signs Trio of Drone Deals - RF Cafe"Walmart signs trio of drone deals as it races to play catch-up with Amazon. Brent Morgan is one of many Americans who have had a Walmart package dropped off at his home during the coronavirus pandemic. Yet his delivery did not fit the typical mold. A drone flew overhead and dropped a bag in his front lawn. Inside, there was an at-home Covid-19 test kit. The aerial delivery in Morgan’s Las Vegas neighborhood is part of a new effort by Walmart to understand how drones could expand its on-demand deliveries and help it better compete with Amazon. Over the past month, Walmart has announced three deals with drone operators to test different uses for the drones. It's teamed up with Flytrex to deliver groceries and household essentials in Fayetteville, North Carolina..."

Celestron Celebrates 60 Years

Celestron Celebrates 60 Years - Airplanes and RocketsThe October 2020 issue of Astronomy magazine has a great article celebrating the 60 year anniversary of Celestron. Did you know that at one time Celestron made 16"and 22" telescopes? Author Michael Bakich covers the entire history beginning in 1955 when Tom Johnson designed and built his first telescopes as part of his Valor Electronics company in Gardena, California. Models were sold for amateur and professional observers. It was the famous orange 8" Celestron that really launched Celestron to fame in 1970, with a price tag under $1,000. The company went through many owners and management change-outs, while for the most part successfully enduring market downturns and emerging today as a very profitable and successful telescope maker. The story is a good read.

Flight Simulator 2020 Blurs the Line Between Tools and Toys

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 - Airplanes and RocketsIt has been a long time since Microsoft released a new version of Flight Simulator. According to a review done by IEEE Spectrum writer Mark Pesce in an article entitled "Microsoft's Flight Simulator 2020 Blurs the Line Between Tools and Toys," "With real-time air-traffic and weather data, you'll forget you're at your desk. My nephew recently sent me an email about our latest shared obsession: Microsoft's Flight Simulator 2020. 'Flying a Cessna 152 in this game feels exactly like flying one in real life,' he wrote. And he should know. Growing up next to a small regional airport, he saw private aircraft flying over his home every day, and he learned to fly as soon as his feet were long enough to reach the rudder pedals. While he relaxes with the game, my experiences with it have been more stressful..."

3D De Havilland Gipsy Moth Computer Model

De Havilland DH60G Gipsy Moth 3D Computer Model (Peter M.) - Airplanes and RocketsMr. Peter M. wrote a couple weeks ago requesting a high resolution version of this 4−view line drawing of the De Havilland DH60G Gipsy Moth in order to assist his in creating a 3D computer model of it on the 3D Warehouse website. It appeared in the May 1969 issue of American Aircraft Modeler magazine. As you can see from the screen capture above, he did an amazing job! Click on the image to view the live 3D model that can be rotated and zoomed. Peter's model replicates the airplane flown by Amy Johnson on her historic 11,000-mile solo flight in 1930 from solo from London England to Darwin Australia. Many thanks to Peter for making this available...

Look out Below! - Basement Railroad

Look out Below! - Basement Railroad, November 1954 Air Trails - Airplanes and RocketsModel railroading is probably as big a deal or even bigger today than it was when this "Basement Railroad" article appeared in a 1954 issue of Air Trails Hobbies for Young Men magazine. The level of engineering and artistry exhibited by model railroaders is utterly amazing. The same can be said for most forms of modeling, but the layouts created by model railroad enthusiasts trumps what you typically see for model car, model boat, or model airplane displays. As shown here, there are elaborate railroad layouts hidden away in basements, garages, and back rooms all over the world. Pitifully, the decades-long work of some modelers is lost when he passes on, and the parts are sold off in estates sales or auctions. It pains me to think of the creations that have ended up in a landfill because the inheritor did not appreciate the value of the work and equipment. Of course that happens much less frequently these days with the availability of Etsy and eBay. In fact, some pretty amazing prices are paid for vintage trains...

Rolls-Royce Airplane Set to Break Electric Speed Record

Rolls-Royce Airplane Set to Break Electric Speed Record - Airplanes and Rockets"Rolls-Royce has announced on its blog that the company has completed testing of the technology it plans to use in its line of electrically powered planes - one of which they expect will break speed records for electric airplanes. The new plane will be one of the core products of the company's ACCEL initiative, whose main objective will be to produce zero-emission planes and engines for other plane makers, and to be net-zero by 2050. Rolls-Royce has also created a video showing parts of the ground testing, which has been posted on YouTube. The testing was done with a plane segment featuring a full-scale model of the front of the fuselage of the ionBird plane. It was fitted with a 500-horsepower electric engine backed up with 6,000 cells..."

Countdown: Polish Boost-Glider

Countdown: Polish Boost-Glider, October 1968 AAM - Airplanes and Rockets1968 was the beginning of the 3-man crew Apollo era with the first manned space flight of the series, Apollo 7, launching in October of that year. Model rocketry was all the rage. Per this article from a 1968 issue of American Aircraft Modeler magazine, the average age of an American model rocketeer was about 13.6 years. I was 10 years old at the time and had by that time been building and flying model rockets for a year or two. Being a fan of both airplanes and rockets - hence this website's name - I liked the rocket boost gliders. The Estes Falcon, Nighthawk, and Space Plane models were available at the time. The Falcon was the simplest with a pylon-mounted engine that ejected with the ejection charge. The Nighthawk was more akin to the Polish boost-Glider in this article, where the power pod separates from the airplane and comes down via streamer while the airplane glides back to earth...

Model Rocketeer, National Association of Rocketry

Model Rocketeer, National Association of Rocketry, American Aircraft Modeler - Airplanes and RocketsThe National Association of Rocketry (NAR) has been around since 1957. At one time, the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) was pretty tightly joined with them in covering model rocketry events and promoting model rocketry. In fact, for while there was space allotted in American Aircraft Modeler, AMA's monthly magazine, for model rocketry. From February 1968 through August 1969 there was a newsletter feature entitled "Model Rocketeer" in addition to a separate article, often written by G. Harry Stine. A complete list of all editions is provided. The NAR and AMA still work together. For example, the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) delegates authority for aeromodeling and spacemodeling to the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), who has in turn delegated Spacemodeling (model rocketry) to the NAR...

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