Flying Wishbone (oz12052)


Flying Wishbone (oz12052) by EH Clark 1942 - plan thumbnail

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Flying Wishbone. Novelty rubber sport model.

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Note this plan was extracted from scan of December 1942 Aeromodeller at RCLibrary, thanks to Stormin, Mary see

Note this plan was printed with no article. Just the drawing.

Update 03/04/2020: Turns out this plan was the subject of some controversy (see comments). If anyone has a good clear scan of the original Alan Orthof design, we'll add that as a new listing and link to there from this one [edit: done now]. Steve.

Update 03/04/2020: Added a scan of the original plan, thanks to Pit. See Flying Wishbone (oz12058)


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  • (oz12052)
    Flying Wishbone
    by EH Clark
    from Aeromodeller
    December 1942 
    11in span
    Rubber F/F Pusher
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
  • Submitted: 02/03/2020
    Filesize: 131KB
    Format: • PDFbitmap
    Credit*: pb_guy

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There was some hoo-ha about this plan at the time because it was a tracing from a Mechanix Illustrated mag of 1938 with no acknowledgement - plagiarism. I don't have the details but you will probably hear form others because the story is quite well known.
John Reid - 02/04/2020
pit - 03/04/2020
It must be pointed out that this model was plagiarised by E. H. Clark direct from the pages of the American magazine 'Mechanix Illustrated' issue April 1939. It was actually designed by Mr Alan Orthof. Suitable chastisement was printed in the Editorial of February 1943 Aeromodeller.
Stormin - 03/04/2020
The Editorial page of the February 1943 issue of Aero Modeller carried the following paragraph under the heading "Plagiarism . . . what's the great idea?"
On page 589 of the Christmas issue we published plans for building a small all-balsa model called "The Flying Wishbone", ostensibly designed by E.H. Clark.
Shortly after publication we received a letter from Mr. H. Wells, Hon. Sec. of the Boston Flying Modelling Club, enclosing pages taken from the American magazine "Mechanix Illustrated" for April 1939 in which "The Flying Wishbone" is fully described and designed by Mr. Alan Orthof.
Comparison of the plans in "Mechanix Illustrated" and the drawings sent us by Mr. Clark reveals that they were traced straight off the pages of the American magazine.
We are indebted to Mr. Wells for bringing this crude example of plagiarism to our attention and congratulate him and the members of his club on the library they have built up and from which they draw their reference to the original model designed by Mr. Alan Orthof. To this gentleman and to the proprietors of Mechanix Ltd. we tender our apologies for the unwitting reproduction of their plans. To Mr. Clark we are not sending any fees . . .
Interesting too is the initialling of the Aero Modeller re-draw for publication by W.A.D. - Bill Dean - already showing his distinctive style of modelling draughting.
Ken Jones - 03/04/2020
This is a long, uphill battle. Plagiarism has been with us since the Peripathetical Hebrews copied the golden calf without proper attribution, and will remain with us while expanding exponentially through the internet. Some of us will keep protesting to the end of days but to our moral satisfaction only, if I may be so frank.
Outerzone takes the moral stand in stating "Credit to..." or "Found in...", but other places just pick OZ or Hippocket contents and publish them with no attribution at all. Worse, they baldly state "Scanned by us, haha", when OZ had published a direct contribution the very week before. I'm sad to see HP have lax controls and uncredited flotsam also shows up their beach.
What annoys me most is that this material is offered for free, and then is republished under a counterfeit label again for free! There being no material gain, then what is the point?
Miguel - 03/04/2020
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