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
This Sketchbook was scanned from the July 1962 American Modeler, page 42.
Most building tips are timeless. Even in this era of ready-to-fly (RTF),
almost-ready-to-fly (ARF), bind-and-fly (BAF), etc., there are still many
modelers who build their own aircraft. Nearly all top tier competition fliers
build their own models, as do aficionados of vintage (aka old-timer) models.
Some guys just would rather build than buy a pre-build airplane, whether
from a kit or from plans.
This page has links to every edition of
Sketchbook that I have so far.
Argentina modeler Enrique Arance tells how he bends dural gear legs
to provide uniform radius for extra strength. Note pushing edge
of angle iron is rounded.
Interlocking joints at dihedral breaks on solids or gliders improves
strength greatly compared to usual butt joints. Bob Meyer, Claremont,
Calif., recommends procedure for "Stuka," "Corsair" wings particularly.
Eye-catching trim strips of shiny Christmas tinsel make effective
color dividers on two-color paint jobs. Used by Rich-ard Brown,
Willow Grove, Pa. Clear dope satisfactory adhesive, says Dick.
Colored "pressure sensitive" tape, available on rolls of various
widths is handy for trimming, repairing models reports Richard Barnes,
E. Hampton, Conn. Trim to shape on glass, fuelproof with butyrate
David Nudell, Skokie, III., uses two pennies held by alligator clip
on lead of heat-sensitive part when soldering radio gear.
Tube coil gives added cooling to model boat engines according to
Japanese modeler Kazutoshl Wakatouki. Intake, behind propeller,
admits water under pressure, providing circulation.
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!