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Lightness Is a Virtue
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These pages from vintage modeling magazines like Flying Aces, Air Trails, American Modeler, American Aircraft Modeler, Young Men, Flying Models, Model Airplane News, R/C Modeler, captured the era. All copyrights acknowledged.

These tips for building lighter, more effective model airplanes were submitted by Air Trails magazine readers in time for the 1960 Annual edition. They are all as valid and useful today as they were six decades ago. Free flight in all forms - gliders, rubber power, and gas power - are still very popular, so if you are involved in the sport, you might pick up a good idea here. Even the suggestion for using a popsicle stick for a Jetex engine mounting pad might still come in handy since they can be found on eBay (although with ever-increasing difficulty). Believe it or not Pliobond is still sold, although by the Ruscoe Company and not Goodyear. I added a touch of color to the original B&W make everything a bit more interesting.

Lightness is a Virtue

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Jack Brombly, Lancaster, Calif., recommends use of damp towel and heating pad for straightening warped wings. Important to leave wing pinned in place for half hour after steaming, says Jack.

Damp towel and heating pad for straightening warped wings - Airplanes and Rockets Precise adjustments to tail surfaces of balsa gliders - Airplanes and RocketsFor precise adjustments to tail surfaces of balsa gliders, Tom Norwich, Sharpes, Fla., cements thin wire pieces cross grain at trailing edges. When bent, settings are retained.

"Popsicle" sticks are handy for many modeling uses - Airplanes and RocketsThe familiar "Popsicle" sticks are handy for many modeling uses. Wood is light, easily shaped, much tougher than balsa, cheaper than plywood reports Gustave Nepper, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Glider flying will benefit from use of double hook on towline - Airplanes and RocketsBeginner in glider flying will benefit from use of double hook on towline claims Steve Malovic, Euclid, Ohio. Model tows straighter, resisting spirals, says Steve.

Transparent material makes striking covering for light models - Airplanes and Rockets"Saran Wrap" transparent material makes striking covering for light models. Noble Carlson, Willoughby, Ohio, finds Goodyear "Pliobond" cement best adhesive. Use one coat, apply covering when "Pliobond" becomes tacky.



Posted January 15, 2021

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