Here are a few more
helpful model building tips from the May 1961 issue of the Academy of Model
Aeronautics' American Modeler magazine. Many are not so useful anymore
because inexpensive and commercially made versions of the gadgets and tools
presented are readily available. Of course you can still do it yourself for any
of them, and if time and/or money is an issue, you might need to. The first one
requires a product that is scarce these days - photographic negatives. Nearly
every household used to have old negatives laying around, but not anymore. Maybe
your parents or grandparents have some they could spare if you really want to
give it a try. The painted-on water-transfer decal seems like a pretty slick
idea, and could still be a useful trick. I wonder how well it works. The
pressure-sealed, quick-fill fuel tank cap looks dandy as well for any type
aircraft, not just rat racers.
Handy source of windshield material is old
photo negatives. Remove emulsion in Clorox bleach, reports Walker Montgomery, Warner
Robins, Ga. Dry, cut to shape, then cement in place.
Professional looking decals can be made
by first doping gummed side of paper tape then painting design in enamel; later
removing it in water. Idea from H. Josephs, Gardenville, Penna.
Milton Schmidt, Elk Grove, Calif., submits
unique pressure-sealing cap for quick refueling of rat racer employing crankcase
pressure fuel system. Neoprene washer, rubber tension seal tank.
Got a new idea for construction. adjustment or operation of model planes, boats
or R/C? "AM" pays $10 for each "hint & kink" used. Send rough sketch and description
to Sketch· book, c/o American Modeler, 575 Madison Ave., New York 22, N. Y. Please
note that because of the very large number of submissions, none can be returned
to the sender.
Posted June , 2020