May/June 1963 American Modeler
Before just about everything you could ever think of needing for your aeromodeling hobby was made in China and sold here at a dirt-cheap price, resourcefulness and creativity, combined with some mechanical skill, was needed by most hobbyists. Even those who could afford to buy everything they needed were not always able to find it already made and hanging on the hobby shop wall. Improvisation was the order of the day. These monthly "Sketchbook" features are a prime example of what I'm writing about. Having read through many of the ideas in many issues of American Modeler, I am a little dubious about the practicality of some of them.
This page has links to every edition of Sketchbook that I have so far.
Sketchbook form May/June 1963 American Modeler
|James Morrow, Bound Brook, N. J., solves flap linkage problem when. dihedral angle divides flap sections. Wire arms transmit movement of inner flap section to outer section. Strong, trouble-free, says Jim. |
Handy addition to coiled fuel line "timer tank" is tip from AI White, Denver, Colo. Air-bleed between tubing and tank, held shut by clamp, allows time to tune engine, Opening air-bleed starts timed run.
A durable elevator hinge of monofilament line, stitched in staggered rows to lessen chance of fraying, is contribution of R, W. Ragen, Inglewood, Calif. Extremely strong, very flexible.
Another knack to protect heat-sensitive parts during soldering is use of alligator clip having jaws filled with damp cotton. Submitted by Jeff Morton, Pensacola, Fla.
|Experimental pylon engine mount designed by Edmund Hanley, Muskegon, Mich., permits quick change from tractor to pusher, up-down thrust trim, fast interchange of complete engine units. |
John Kilsdonk, Detroit, Mich., builds combat model "pod" engine mount with bolts linking L.E. and bellcrank platform into single unit. Mounts, engine, controls stay together, says John.
Efficient model parachute is made of circular silk. Shrouds pass over canopy top, held by doped Silkspan strips. Designer Art Phelps, Alexandria, Va., suggests long leader between shrouds and weight.
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 Sketchbook, c/o American Modeler, The Conde Nast Publications Inc., 420 Lexington Ave New York 17, N. Y.
Posted September 30, 2012