This Sketchbook was scanned from the March
1957 issue of American Modeler magazine, published by the
Academy of Model
Aeronautics (AMA). 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. I like the idea of using a sharpened bullet cartridge for
boring lightening holes in ribs, tail surfaces, etc., rather than using a drill
bit. The tip about using a slot in the bellcrank for the flaps of a control line
stunt models seems a bit iffy, since it can permit oscillations (fluttering)
during normal flight.
Posted October 24, 2022
(updated from original post on 8/15/2010)