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Kirt Blattenberger, Webmaster - Airplanes and Rockets
Kirt Blattenberger
Carpe Diem!
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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 ...

1996 - 2026

Kirt Blattenberger
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RF Cafe | Equine Kingdom

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March 1957 Model Airplane News

March 1957 Model Airplane News
March 1957 Model Airplanes News - Airplanes and Rockets Table of Contents

These pages from vintage modeling magazines like Flying Aces, Air Trails, American Modeler, American Aircraft Modeler, Young Men, Flying Models, Model Airplane News, R/C Modeler, captured the era. All copyrights acknowledged.

Necktie, lifestyle, and furniture styles tend to go in and out of fashion every couple decades, and so, evidently, do model airplane finishing methods. According to some reports, an increasing number of aircraft modelers are painting their creations these days, as opposed to using pre-tinted iron-no covering. That is to say those modelers within dwindling number of people who both to build and cover their own creations at all. Since at any point in time there are folks entirely new to the procedure for masking off and painting a structure, this 'Kink' from a 1957 issue of Model Airplane News will be appropriate. There is also a homemade control line handle not too much unlike the one I recently made for myself. 


Color Trim Tips

1 When applying masking tape, press inside edges firmly against surface to prevent colored dope from seeping under.

2 Apply a coat of clear dope to the inside edges for added protection against seepage.

3 Remove masking tape by pulling off away from color, close to the surface, to prevent the color from lifting.


Color Trim, apply masking tape - RF CafeColor Trim, brush on paint - RF CafeColor Trim, remove masking tape - RF Cafe

Color Trim Tips

 - RF Cafe

Adjustable control-line handle can be simply made with a piece of plywood and strip of metal.



Posted April 2, 2016

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