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September 1962 American Modeler

September 1962 American Modeler

September 1962 American Modeler 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.

This Sketchbook was scanned from the September 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-built airplane, whether from a kit or from plans.

This page has links to every edition of Sketchbook that I have so far.


Sketchbook from September 1962 American Modeler Magazine - Airplanes and RocketsBy H. A. Thomas


Got a new idea for construction, adjustment, or operation of model planes or R/C? "AM" pays $10 for each "hint & kink" used. Send rough sketch and description to Sketchbook, c/o American Modeler, Potomac Aviation Pub-lications, Inc., 1012 14th St., Washington, D.C. 20005.




Doublesure dethermalizer comes from Japanese modeler Kouci Tsuda - Airplanes and Rockets

Doublesure dethermalizer comes from Japanese modeler Kouci Tsuda, Fukuoka, Japan. Doubling fuse and lighting at bend gives added reliability; both fuses virtually same duration



Ball check valve - Airplanes and Rockets

Ball check valve, rigged into line between bladder tank and needle valve makes filling possible without dismantling model or removing cowl. Works consistently, claims R. E. White, East St. Louis, Illinois.



Soft balsa planking - Airplanes and Rockets

Soft balsa planking, after sanding, may sag between ribs or formers after finishing. Steve Hills, Lubbock, Texas, prevents this by adding Styrofoam filler blocks. Little weight, no sagging.



Light weight radial engine cowling - Airplanes and Rockets

Light weight radial engine cowling is easily adapted from new Kraft cheese spread container, reports Vernon Van Diver, Jr., Woolford, Maryland. Fancy fluting simulates rocker box fairings.

W. H. Kay, Jr., Oceana, Virginia - Airplanes and Rockets

W. H. Kay, Jr., Oceana, Virginia, combines removable escapement rubber plug with R/C model tailskid. Loop in end of skid provides eye for rubber winder. Rubber tension holds device in position.



Clever shock-absorber landing gear - Airplanes and Rockets

Clever shock-absorber landing gear is adaptable to many ordinary dural gear arrangements. Rubber bands cushion action of specially shaped axle wire. From James B. Faconer, Hutchinson, Kansas.



David DeSimone, La Puente, California, makes simple exhaust baffle - Airplanes and Rockets

David DeSimone, La Puente, California, makes simple exhaust baffle, extends it directly to escapement throw by wire shaft for engine speed control of radio model.



Spray fuselage with clear lacquer - Airplanes and Rockets

When rubber-powered model frame is complete, spray fuselage with clear lacquer or plastic with pressure can. Frame strengthened, withstands rubber lube says Dan Garfinkle, Litchfield Park, Arizona.

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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!



Posted  July 19, 2014

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