AM-FM (oz12549)


AM-FM  (oz12549) by Bill Hannan 1981 - plan thumbnail

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AM/FM. Antique Model Flying Machine. Simple rubber stick model.

Note photo of completed AM/FM model by SteveSw was found online at

Following Gene's comment on RCGroups re the provenance of this plan, it is most likely derived from an original scan by gravitywell on HPA, see

Update 23/10/2020: Added article, thanks to theshadow.

Quote: "This rubber powered ROG has the flavor of a French Antoinette. It flys fine. AM/FM by Bill Hannan.

Remember the movie 'Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines'? My favorite scene was the graceful Antoinette gently landing on the narrow English country road, to the astonishment of an elderly couple in their vintage auto. The motion picture aircraft was based upon the classic French pioneer Antoinettes of the 1909 era, which were very advanced for their time, particularly when compared with the biplanes against which they competed.

Although our little AM/FM is quite basic, we have tried to incorporate some of the "flavor" of the Antoinette. It does require more effort in construction than the usual r.o.g. because of its angle-cut joints, but of-fers more visual interest in exchange.

The plastic propeller and its bearing are from a North Pacific 'Skeeter' ready-to-fly model and may be used 'as is'. However, by replacing the propeller shaft and adding some brass or teflon thrust washers, efficiency may be improved. Materials required include: Several 1/20 square balsa strips, 1/4 x 1/8 balsa strip, lightweight covering tissue, .025 diameter music wire, and 3/4 inch diameter plastic wheels. (Note: 1/20 in square strips are commonly used for Peanut Scale models, but may not be found at some hobby shops. In such a case they may be ordered by mail from Peck-Polymers, PO Box 2498, La Mesa, California 92041 or Mike Mulligan's Old Timer Models, P.O. Box 913, Westminster, Califor-nia 92683.) Firm lightweight 1/16 square balsa strips may be employed instead if desired.

Suggested tools include: single-edge razor blade, modeling knife with pointed blade, sandpaper block or stick and straight pins. Building may be done on a flat, soft surface such as insulation board into which pins may be easily pushed.

Construction: Although you could build directly over the full-size plans, why not buy a photocopy of the page and preserve your Flying Models magazine? Remember, it may be a collector's item some day! Cover the plan with trans-parent kitchen wrap to prevent glue from adhering to it.

Wings: Construct the wing panels from firm straight balsa strips joined with your fa-vorite glue. Cut the longest strips first to minimise waste. Try for concise, workman-like joints which not only appear better but contribute greater strength. Secure all strips in position while drying with common straight pins 'Xed' over the strips rather than piercing them which could cause weak spots. Allow glued joints to dry thoroughly before removing panels from the building board..."

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Hello Steve and Mary, thank you very much for all the information and entertainment on your beautiful website, you are the must-have breakfast of all my mornings! I am sending you a Christmas photo of my AMFM [pic 004]. Inspired by the efficient ANTOINETTE, the number 1912, is due to the fact that in that year we had one operating in Argentina, which ended its days burned. Merry Christmas and a very good New Year!
Claudio Acosta - 23/12/2021
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