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
is the mother of invention, as the old saying goes. Back in the 1950s, invention
was the necessity of modelers who were either on a tight budget, did not
have access to the plethora of gadgets and devices available these days,
or both. I really enjoy reading about some of the ideas devised by modelers
for use on their airplanes. While doing something like splitting balsa sticks
lengthwise to facilitate bending around tight curves - similar to laminating
individual pieces, but on a local level - might seems obvious to a seasoned
builder, there are always new people entering the realm or even old hands
exploring a new area of aeromodeling who need to learn new methods. I actually
had an idea printed once in Model Aviation where I suggested saving the
small hypodermic dispensers (the ones with the skinny nozzles) from tooth
whitening applicators for use in injecting epoxy into hinge slots.
Toy "wind-up" auto gear box furnishes 8:1 escapement rubber winder
reports Richard Stephens, Bronx, N.Y.C.
Have you developed something new in construction, control, or flying?
Send a rough sketch - we'll redraw it and pay $10 for each accepted.
Ideas should be original; sorry, no correspondence on submissions.
Longerons, leading edges, etc., may be curved easily if split,
cemented in position says Ed Hecker, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Beam-mounted engine is easily adapted for radial mounting suggests
Carl Dodge, East Cleveland, Ohio
Realistic "flaps down" position at rest, on take-off and at landing
for control model or freeflight scale is feature of gadget built
by David Froba, Lousiville, Ky.
R/C model tab adjustment, designed by Eugene Englehardt, Cranston,
R.I., permits quick increase or reduction of fin tab movement.
Rex DeSilets, Drexel Hill, Penna., devised unique system of making
realistic dashboard for scale models.
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!