Sketchbook - Model Building Tips
August 1954 Air Trails Hobbies for Young Men
This is the earliest edition I have of Air Trails Hobbies for Young Men, so this is also the first edition of Sketchbook I have. Sketchbook continued for many years as a monthly feature where modelers wrote to the magazine with handy ideas for saving time and/or money, and just for offering tips and suggestions on a different way of doing something. In those days there was not the plethora of accessories available for building models, so a lot of creativity was involved. Even items as commonplace as bellcranks for control line models and dethermalizers for free flight were fabricated from salvaged parts like metal soup cans and hairpins. I'm guessing no magazine today would publish a scheme to attach bottle rockets to a model airplane as is shown here.|
Earl Cayton, Salem, Oregon, employs dural firewall plate as firm base for thrust adjustment washers in radially-mounted engine of free flight gassie -
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.
Inexpensive model "tools" for easier handling of small model parts - Arthur Lederle, Southold, New York.
Fabric covering is easily applied with paste adhesive. Spread over frame with fingertip, it allows 15 min. period for stretching covering before setting. By Eric Knox, San Francisco, California.
Sections cut from combs make realistic grills for cowl openings. Ideal for team racers, stunt & scale models of all sizes says Phil Boretto, Santa Rosa, California.
L.M. Waldorf, Binghampton, New York, makes small coupling at firewall to facilitate replacing fuel line to "sealed-in" tank.
Great variety in shapes of plastic nail polish caps include some suitable for A/2 engine spinners suggests Keith Red, 12, Union City, Michigan.
Richard Chang, Hong Kong, China, rigs realistic rocket batteries under wing of control-line model -
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Posted October 5, 2013