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
They might be 46 years old, but there are still a couple good tips for modeler in the March 1967 edition of American
Modeler. In particular, a really slick method for holding your fuselage cross-section square (or any other shape)
while the glue is drying. Another great tip is one for holding leading edges in place without pins while drying was
submitted - by a guy in Hong Kong, China. 1967 was a bad year in Hong Kong because of widespread
riots instigated by Communists
from Red China. Of course we were having our own riots and violence here in the U.S. during that awful era where groups
like Bill Ayers' Weather Underground
were bombing police stations. But I digress.
This page has links to every edition of Sketchbook that I have so far.
Veteran modeler Frank Heeb, Xenia, Ohio, keeps supply of silk and tissue pre-doped discs for quick patching of
small holes in covering. Discs are quickly cut with paper punch.
Roll of gauze inserted in eyedropper gas model tank does not restrict fuel flow claims Stephen G. Kinner Jr.,
Gloucester, Mass. Fuel is filtered and tank capacity only slightly reduced.
Lewiston, Idaho modeler Joseph Evans cuts simple jigs or templates from waxed cardboard to slide onto fuselage
frames during assembly. Held by friction. Assures "square" corners and accurate alignment.
Non-noise-generating RC antenna mounting system is idea of Earl A. Thompson, Livermore, Calif. Eyelet joins antenna
end with tension rubber loop. Used reliably four years, says Earl.
Difficulty of pinning spruce leading edge member in place during wing assembly was solved by Kenneth Lau, Hong
Kong, China. Rubber bands looped around strip, stretched and pinned, holds L. E. in position during cementing.
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!