Here are a half dozen more tips and ideas that might make your aeromodelling hobby a little easier -especially if you ardently adhere to doing things 'the old way.' Most of the homebrew schemes presented in this and the many other "Sketchbook" postings are these days available in pre-made form, with higher reliability, made of inexpensive materials, and low in cost. The converted hand drill-cum-rubber-winder is a good example. In 1954, most workshops had such a drill, but now everyone has a battery-powered, variable speed drill that would make the job much easier and easily accomplished with one hand. As evidenced by the amount of effort I put into scanning and posting these vintage articles for you to enjoy, I appreciate the ingenuity and effort of those who forged the path to where modeling is today, but I also don't see any sense in making life any harder than it is already. It's the same in my woodworking shop - power tools when possible and appropriate, and hand tools otherwise.
Have you developed something new in construction, control or flying? Send a rough sketch - we'll redraw it and pay $5 for each accepted. Contributions should be original ideas: sorry, we cannot enter into any correspondence on submissions.
English modeler P. Gasson suggests celluloid "anti-vibration" tube for new-rule Wakefield fuselages. Prevents motor slashing covering and damage from rubber lubricant.
Aluminum extension-mount for "Thermal Hopper" engines places needle-valve ahead of firewall. Self-aligned by mounting bolts says Tom Henebry, Chula Vista, Calif.
Safe, heavy-duty winder made from hand drill has shackle for attaching to safety belt - Submitted by Dick Salzer, Patchogue, N.Y.
One-man R/C distance check made by plugging in 6 v. battery and bulb in series through relay contracts .... check at night; bulb visible up to 3/4 mile distance on signal reports Howard Davenport, Tucson, Ariz.
Dependable dethermalizer "gadget" is actuated by any plunger-type pneumatic timer. Works best under load says John Tatone, San Francisco, Calif.
G. R. Nolin, Fairborn, Ohio, suggests special tab for fast, high powered free flights.
Posted June 3, 2017