Scale Model Aircraft That Fly



Scale Model Aircraft That Fly
by HJ Towner and Howard Boys
from Harborough
97 pages

Complete. Very detailed and comprehensive book from the wartime period. Both writers were acknowledged experts in the field of rubber scale models. Lots of illustrations and explanation of everything you need to know to build yourself a flying scale model, through aerodynamics, gearboxes, rubber motors, building fuselages and wings, landing gear, designing and carving airscrews, finishing, trimming and flying. Final chapters include notes on photographing models and two full size plans.


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Chapter 1 - Raison d'etre: Thrills of flight. Recreation.
Chapter 2 - Definition: Scale, detail in miniature, broader types.
Chapter 3 - Aerodynamics: Wing sections, airflow, CG stability, thrust, torque.
Chapter 4 - Distribution of Weight: Similarity to prototype, varying CG position.
Chapter 5 - Gearboxes: Functions of gears, effects on motor.
Chapter 6 - Directional Control: Rudder controls, counteracting torque.
Chapter 7 - Wing Fixing: Rigidity, detachability.
Chapter 8 - Landing Gears: Actions, retractile types, tricycles, floats and boats
Chapter 9 - Rubber Motors: Quantity, arrangement, turns.
Chapter 10 - Design of Airscrews: How they work, pitch and diameter, setting out blanks.
Chapter 11 - General Design: Grades of balsa, triangulation, general notes.
Chapter 12 - Starting the Building: Glueing, soldering, etc.
Chapter 13 - Fuselages: Types of structures, methods of building, jigging, windscreens.
Chapter 14 - Wings: Sections, spars, tips, centre sections, fixings.
Chapter 15 - Tail Units: Control surfaces, various attachments.
Chapter 16 - Carving Airscrews: Making blanks, cutting from blanks, balancing.
Chapter 17 - Nose-Pieces: Gearboxes, simple noses, free-wheels.
Chapter 18 - Motors and Fixings: Joining rubber, tensioning, lubrication, winding, counters.
Chapter 19 - Landing Gears: Methods of springing, wheels.
Chapter 20 - Finishing: Covering, doping, colouring.
Chapter 21 - Flying: Trimming for glide, power flight.
Chapter 22 - Photographing Models.
Chapter 23 - Appendix: Plans.


EntryDate: 13/11/2012
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