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Latest 5 books

AeroModeller Annual 1964-65

24/08/2016 | RCL#1550
AeroModeller Annual 1964-65
D.J. Laidlaw-Dickson & R.G. Moulton
1964. "A review of the year's aeromodelling throughout the world in theory... more

History of Model Aircraft

17/08/2016 | RCL#1537
History of Model Aircraft
C. E. Bowden
1946. The history and technical development of model aircraft, by one of... more

Diesel Model Engines

12/08/2016 | RCL#1528
Diesel Model Engines
C. E. Bowden
1951. 3rd edition of Lt-Col C.E. Bowden's classic work on the diesel... more

AeroModeller Annual 1962-63

10/08/2016 | RCL#1524
AeroModeller Annual 1962-63
D.J. Laidlaw-Dickson & C.S. Rushbrooke (Eds.)
1962. "A review of the year's aeromodelling throughout the world in theory... more

Flying Colors

09/08/2016 | RCL#1522
Flying Colors
Ray Bonds (Ed.)
1981. "Military aircraft markings and camouflage schemes from World War 1... more

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Latest 5 magazines, catalogues, other

Radio Control Models & Electronics 1962/11 November

26/08/2016 | RCL#1554
Radio Control Models & Electronics 1962/11 November
Vol. 3, No. 11 CONTENTS Here, There and Everywhere The New 305... more

Model Builder 1971/09 September/ October

25/08/2016 | RCL#1552
Model Builder 1971/09 September/ October
Vol. 1, No. 1 CONTENTS How to Cultivate a Beanpatch Pylon - 1971... more

Grid Leaks 1958/03 March-April

23/08/2016 | RCL#1548
Grid Leaks 1958/03 March-April
Vol. 1, No. 3 "The R/C Data Service" CONTENTS 1/4A RC Grid Leaks At... more

RCM 1969/11 November

22/08/2016 | RCL#1546
RCM 1969/11 November
Vol.6, No. 11 CONTENTS Viewpoint - Don Dewey Perspective - Noel... more

Modelář/ Modelar 1970/04 April

20/08/2016 | RCL#1543
Modelář/ Modelar 1970/04 April
Volume XX1, No. 4 of the monthly Czech language modelling magazine.... more

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Latest 5 patents

Patent: Flying Target

26/08/2016 | RCL#1553
Patent: Flying Target
US No. 1,857,701,  Walter G. Warren,  1932. ...more

Patent: Wing-Operated Flying Toy, and a Process for Automatically Locking the Wings at the End of a Flight

25/08/2016 | RCL#1551
Patent: Wing-Operated Flying Toy, and a Process for Automatically Locking...
US No. 5,163,861,  Gerard Van Ruymbeke,  1992. ...more

Patent: Flying Devices [Zaic]

24/08/2016 | RCL#1549
Patent: Flying Devices [Zaic]
US No. 3,091,889,  Frank Zaic,  1963. ...more

Patent: Toy Glider and Launching Platform

23/08/2016 | RCL#1547
Patent: Toy Glider and Launching Platform
US No. 2,644,271,  William J. Shapiro,  1953. ...more

Patent: Model Airplane Glider [Guillow]

22/08/2016 | RCL#1545
Patent: Model Airplane Glider [Guillow]
US No. 2,595,074,  Paul K. Guillow,  1952. ...more

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Latest User Comments

That makes sense - good suggestion!
Mary : Halfax Catalogue : RCL#1539 : 24/08/2016

At a guess Mary, 'Halifax' was already registered as a company (probably the eponymous Building Society) and Halfax was just used to get round that.
Daithi : Halfax Catalogue : RCL#1539 : 24/08/2016

Hi Mary, the model on the cover of the book and Aeromodeller magazine was the "Swallow" by C.E. Bowden, published in his book, Petrol-Engined Model Aircraft (1945). Elliptical wing and white body with red arrows are distinctive features of Col. Bowden designs.
Pit : History of Model Aircraft : RCL#1537 : 20/08/2016

Well spotted, Marty! They appear to be slightly different versions of the same picture by C. Rupert Moore, Aeromodeller's resident artist in the 1940s and '50s. Maybe Bowden particularly liked this image and asked Moore to redraw it for the cover of his book? Does anyone know which airplane it is?
Mary : History of Model Aircraft : RCL#1537 : 19/08/2016

Interesting this copy of Bowden's 1946 book has the same cover as Aeromodeller, September 1940 edition here ... coincidence or not?
Marty : History of Model Aircraft : RCL#1537 : 19/08/2016

"Halfax" was based in Halifax, a town in West Yorkshire, northern England. Does anyone know why the company was called "Halfax" rather than "Halifax"?
Mary : Halfax Catalogue : RCL#1539 : 18/08/2016

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

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