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Latest 5 books

Aircraft Archive Volume 1: Post-War Jets

19/07/2016 | RCL#1483
Aircraft Archive Volume 1: Post-War Jets
1988. A detailed collection of original scale aircraft drawings, selected... more

AeroModeller Annual 1948

16/07/2016 | RCL#1478
AeroModeller Annual 1948
D.J. Laidlaw-Dickson & D.A. Russell (Eds.)
1948. "A review of post-war aeromodelling throughout the world in theory... more

Aircam Aviation Series: Battle of Britain

13/07/2016 | RCL#1472
Aircam Aviation Series: Battle of Britain
Peter G. Cooksley & Richard Ward (Eds.)
1969. Aircam Aviation Series, No. S.1 Battle of Britain: Hawker Hurricane,... more

Air Racer

05/07/2016 | RCL#1457
Air Racer
Charles A. Mendenhall
1994. "The book is an effort to draw together, under one cover, the... more

Langley Memoir on Mechanical Flight

02/07/2016 | RCL#1452
Langley Memoir on Mechanical Flight
Samuel Pierpont Langley & Charles M. Manly
1911. Fascinating account of early experiments in flight. Part I was... more

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Latest 5 magazines, catalogues, other

Modelář/ Modelar 1970/01 January

23/07/2016 | RCL#1491
Modelář/ Modelar 1970/01 January
Volume XX1, No. 1 of the monthly Czech language modelling magazine.... more

Profile Publications No. 1: S.E.5a

22/07/2016 | RCL#1489
Profile Publications No. 1: S.E.5a
The first issue in the 'Aircraft in Profile' series, launched by British... more

AeroModeller 1951/11 November

21/07/2016 | RCL#1487
AeroModeller 1951/11 November
Vol. XVI, No. 190 FEATURES Fledgeling - Cyril Shaw Fokker DRI... more

Australia and New Zealand Modellers' Monthly 1975/03 March-April

20/07/2016 | RCL#1485
Australia and New Zealand Modellers' Monthly 1975/03 March-April
"Australian & New Zealand Modelling" Vol. 2, Nos. 3-4, March-April 1975... more

RCM 1969/06 June

18/07/2016 | RCL#1481
RCM 1969/06 June
"The leading publication for the sport and competition flier." Vol. 6,... more

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Latest 5 patents

Patent: Model Airplane Glider

24/07/2016 | RCL#1492
Patent: Model Airplane Glider
US No. 2,351,504,  Paul K. Guillow,  1944. ...more

Patent: Toy [Flying Top]

23/07/2016 | RCL#1490
Patent: Toy [Flying Top]
US No. 1,803,506,  James B. McDonough, Jr.,  1931. ...more

Patent: Toy Amusement Device

22/07/2016 | RCL#1488
Patent: Toy Amusement Device
US No. 1,565,437,  John Greife,  1925. ...more

Patent: Gyro Stabilized Triple Mode Aircraft

21/07/2016 | RCL#1486
Patent: Gyro Stabilized Triple Mode Aircraft
US No. 6,086,016,  Stanley Ronald Meek,  2000. ...more

Patent: Detachable Power Module for Flying Toy Aircraft

20/07/2016 | RCL#1484
Patent: Detachable Power Module for Flying Toy Aircraft
US No. 3,777,420 ,  Denis V. Bosley & Richard S. Chang,  1973. ...more

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Latest User Comments

I decided to find out more about Miss E.L. Todd: Emma Lillian Todd (1865–1937), from Washington DC and New York city, was "a self-taught inventor who grew up with a love for mechanical devices." The world's first female airplane designer, Ms Todd attracted national attention in 1906 when she exhibited one of her aircraft at the Aero Club of America show in New York [image003 above]. She established the Junior Aero Club of America in 1907, hoping to inspire the next generation of airplane designers. Apparently it was her intention to "lecture every Saturday afternoon at her ofice, demonstrating the problems of aeroplane construction". By 1909 the Club had been reorganised, as Ms Todd was now working full-time on the build of her latest plane [image004]. Didier Masson, the pioneering French aviator, test-piloted the plane on November 8 1910. (Thank you to Pit, Wikipedia and the AMA History Program for the background info. Photo source: Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-74118 & LC-USZ62-15081)
Mary : Model Aeroplanes And Their Motors : RCL#1137 : 20/07/2016

Hi Mary. A few months back I sent you a black & white photo for outerzone.co.uk of a pair of Orions I took "sometime" at RAF Gaydon [image003 above]. The December '62 edition of RCM&E, page 582, solves the mystery as it was the 1962 'At Home' at RAF Gaydon. I was a family member of Gaydon's RAFMAA (Royal Air Force Model Aircraft Association) and Squadron Leader Corser, mentioned in the short article, ran the model club. As well as the photo I sent you of the Orions, I also took one of a highly impressive Gipsy Moth that could do every manoeuvre in the book. This model is described from page 588 on under 'Jack's Gypsy' (Jack Morton). This was the first scale model I saw that had real grunt and it really impressed me - therefore the photo [image004]. Good gracious it was 54 years ago!! Thanks for closing the circle. Best Regards
ChrisPinn : Radio Control Models & Electronics 1962/12 December : RCL#1431 : 19/07/2016

I was able to find a pic of the one I had, sometimes available on Ebay [image003 above]. While mine was fun, it was pretty much a one trick pony. A push button on the flashlight handle applied power to the rotors and you twisted the handle for forward and back, that's all it would do. I'm sure it must have been a Christmas present back in the day, no way I could have bought one myself. We were so poor we had silent TV. At Christmas time we decorated a stump. My main source of income was picking up discarded soda bottles on the side of the road and turning them in for the 2 cent deposit. A good haul would fill up my bicycle basket.
DougSmith : Patent: Electrically Powered Vertical Air-Lift Toy : RCL#1443 : 19/07/2016

Oh yes, the infamous Austin timer, an instrument of torture introduced during the Inquisition to punish unbelievers. AMA rules required a timed engine run for free flight events, starting at 30 seconds and getting shorter as the engines developed more power. I never had one of these, preferring the more reliable Tatone clockwork timer, which was actually a modified camera timer. Austins had a tendency to stick, allowing your engine to run until out of fuel and out of sight, never to be seen again. Those who were lucky enough to have their model found miles away sometimes got the remains back, usually water soaked and rusty, from the AMA address tag inside. Believe it or not, these are still available, not for model airplane use though. I ran into some of them in my day job, used as timers on electric locks. The locks were installed on doors as part of a card reader access control system. The fire codes mandated an emergency egress button be installed near the door to let you out if something went wrong with the system. Of course they tended to stick just like the ancient Austins did, never allowing the door to re-lock after the required 30 seconds. We found the fire code required a minimum of 30 seconds exit time before re-locking but there was no maximum, so we installed a switch that would latch when pushed until reset by twisting the button. Of course, the first day all the buttons would get pushed by the cleanup crew, so we had to install buzzers to alert the staff when someone mistakenly pushed the button. The system would send an alarm to the guard desk when the emergency exit was activated, but it all worked a lot better than the pneumatic timer. Austin's main failing was the way it was designed in the first place. When you activated the Austin timer, a spring pushed a plunger down thru an airtight tube until it got to the bottom. A tiny adjustable orifice regulated how long it took the air pressure to bleed down. ANY kind of dirt or dust would clog up the orifice and the whole mess would hang up. Sheet rock dust is what ruined our modern day timers just like the antique Austins.
DougSmith : Patent: Circuit Control Device : RCL#1479 : 18/07/2016

Yes, this is exactly the one I had, but it must have been produced and sold long before the patent was applied for in 1962, I think I had mine sometime in the fifties. I see some other patents on your site showing foldout paper airplanes, usually distributed free as advertising giveaways. My first one was cut out of a cereal box, all in one piece, then the wings and tail unfolded to make a finished model. A piece of modeling clay held the fuselage together in front and also provided nose weight. Whenever anyone in the family would open a new shirt, I immediately scarfed up the thin cardboard for more models. Surprising how much a cardboard cutout will teach you about adjustments and balance, even airfoils bent to different shapes.
DougSmith : Patent: Electrically Powered Vertical Air-Lift Toy : RCL#1443 : 18/07/2016

Superb! I should make one for all of us, then add a family photo of us wearing them :) [Steve and the boys are not as keen as me on this idea :) ]
Mary : Patent: Toy Airplane Headband : RCL#1469 : 12/07/2016

Head band plane: I couldn't resist. Mary, make two of them for your boys, sorry three, one for Steve too. Be free to make one for you, of course.
Pit : Patent: Toy Airplane Headband : RCL#1469 : 12/07/2016

This is the same concept as the Bat Orthopter I liked so much, but an electric version. The times they are a'changing ... but not so much. Fun is timeless :)
Mary : Patent: Flying Toy Able to Move by the Flapping of Wings : RCL#1462 : 08/07/2016

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