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
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,
Dependable dethermalizer "gadget" is actuated by any plunger-type
pneumatic timer. Works best under load says John Tatone, San Francisco,
G. R. Nolin, Fairborn, Ohio, suggests special tab for fast, high
powered free flights.
Back when 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 50s and the transistor wasn't invented until late 47. 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!