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Latest 5 books

Harper's Aircraft Book
 
 

20/01/2017 | RCL#1726
Harper's Aircraft Book
A. Hyatt Verrill
1913. "Why Aeroplanes Fly, How To Make Models, and All About Aircraft,... more

Airscrews for the Aeromodeller
 
 

05/01/2017 | RCL#1711
Airscrews for the Aeromodeller
R.H. Warring
1942. Overview of the theory behind airscrews for models, by the legendary... more

Modeling, Detailing, Painting, Weathering WWII Aircraft
 
 

31/12/2016 | RCL#1706
Modeling, Detailing, Painting, Weathering WWII Aircraft
Francois Verlinden
1998. "Modeling, Detailing, Painting, Weathering WWII Aircraft ... and... more

AeroModeller Annual 1952
 
 

10/12/2016 | RCL#1685
AeroModeller Annual 1952
D.J. Laidlaw-Dickson & C.S. Rushbrooke (Eds.)
1952. "A review of the year's aeromodelling throughout the world in theory... more

Model Flying Machines: Their Design and Construction
 
 

30/11/2016 | RCL#1675
Model Flying Machines: Their Design and Construction
W.G. Aston
1910. A very early "handbook devoted to the construction of practical... more

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Latest 5 magazines

Model Airplane News 1954/05 May
 
 

24/01/2017 | RCL#1730
Model Airplane News 1954/05 May
Vol. L, No. 5 CONTENTS Construction: Quick Sixty; Shoehorn;... more

RCM 1971/09 September
 
 

23/01/2017 | RCL#1729
RCM 1971/09 September
Vol. 8, No. 9 CONTENTS From the Shop - Don Dewey Letters From RCM... more

AeroModeller 1953/06 June
 
 

21/01/2017 | RCL#1727
AeroModeller 1953/06 June
Vol. XVIII, No. 209 CONTENTS Special Features: Operating Class "A"... more

Grid Leaks 1959/01 January-February
 
 

19/01/2017 | RCL#1725
Grid Leaks 1959/01 January-February
"The R/C Data service" Vol. 1, No. 8 CONTENTS Radio Controlled Cigar... more

Model Aircraft 1951/06 June
 
 

18/01/2017 | RCL#1724
Model Aircraft 1951/06 June
"The Journal of the Society of Model Aeronautical Engineers" Vol. 10, No.... more

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Latest 5 catalogues, patents, other

Profile Publications No. 020: North American F-86A Sabre
 
 

22/01/2017 | RCL#1728
Profile Publications No. 020: North American F-86A Sabre
Edward Shacklady,  1965. ...more

Model Airplane Building Secrets
 
 

14/01/2017 | RCL#1720
Model Airplane Building Secrets
Flying Model Magazine,  ...more

Sterling Models Catalogue
 
 

08/12/2016 | RCL#1683
Sterling Models Catalogue
1983. ...more

Historia de la Aviacion en Colombia: Avianca
 
 

06/12/2016 | RCL#1681
Historia de la Aviacion en Colombia: Avianca
Jaime Escobar,  1996. ...more

Marutaka Radio Control Model Planes Catalog
 
 

23/11/2016 | RCL#1668
Marutaka Radio Control Model Planes Catalog
1981. ...more

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Latest User Comments

Thanks Howard, well spotted! I've edited the file name and it's correct now :)
Mary : Model Maker 1952/02 February : RCL#1699 : 23/12/2016

Hi Steve. PDF file incorrectly tagged as: ModelMaker_1951_02.pdf. Should be ModelMaker_1952_02.pdf.
Howard : Model Maker 1952/02 February : RCL#1699 : 23/12/2016

Hi there, Thank you very much for posting this magazine. The cover brought back great memories. I went to the Australian Nationals in 1975 as a kid ... it really filled my head with dreams! The cover of "Australian & New Zealand Modellers Monthly", 1976/01, shows Daryl Hartwig with his Hercules. At that time, this model was simply huge (apparently 3- 1/2 meter span) and Daryl said it was the first giant scale, 4 engine r/c model in Australia. I think he said he built it in 1974. He said that he needed to get clearance from the authorities to fly this model. He also said that as there were no plans available, he bought a plastic Airfix Hercules kit and made his own plans from that! Many, many years later, when I was a member of the Riverland Model Aero Club, Daryl still had the model but unfortunately he had developed a medical problem and couldn't fly much anymore. He asked if I could fly it for him "one more time" before he retired it and before he couldn't come to the airfield anymore. I said I would really like to try, so one weekend he brought it out and after checking it over, we fired up the engines which sounded great as they were all tuned via a digital tacho and there were NO MUFFLERS! After final checks, we took it onto the strip. On the first takeoff attempt one engine failed so I aborted the takeoff. After refueling and retuning, we took it out again. This time the takeoff was a success. The climb out was quite good, but turns in either direction left a bit to be desired. The wings would tip stall very easily, even at shallow bank angles. The recovery required a LOT of forward stick + cut the throttles back to idle, then get the wings leveled (with rudder only) and flying again, then smoothly apply power again, and slowwwly start climbing again. This all burned up altitude of course and I began to wonder if I could stay on top of it all. After fighting with it a few times, the Hercules and I seemed to 'come to an understanding' and the rest of the flight was reasonable smooth. I even managed a couple of low passes for Daryl which looked and sounded great! (OK, the low passes were for me to enjoy as well ...) The noise that those 4 un-muffled, in tune engines made was excellent (at least to all the modelers present!) and is a sound I will never forget. After flying around for a while longer, I set up for landing while all the engines were still running. The circuit and landing went fairly well and I even did a fairly smooth, nose high touchdown. One engine failed on the landing roll but at that stage, it wasn't a problem. To say I was a fired up would have been an understatement! Apart from the tip stall issues, the flight went great ... definitely one that will always stay on my list of 'great flights'. Daryl was also very happy and congratulated me on the flight and for getting it up and down in one piece. He told me that in the Hercules lifetime, it had only flown 13 times (mine was the 13th flight), and of those 13 flights, it had gone home "in a bag" on 11 of previous flights!!! WOW, I felt even more privileged to have flown it. I of course thanked Daryl for giving me the opportunity to fly this magnificent model and piece of Australian modeling history. Great job Daryl!!
MarkStanley : Modellers' Monthly 1976/01 January/ February : RCL#1691 : 20/12/2016

This is a fantastic book. I tracked one down and bought myself a physical copy (it was NOT cheap).
dfritzke : Model Boat Construction : RCL#1401 : 09/12/2016

Many thanks to Eduardo for correcting our error about the origins of the name 'Avianca'. I've amended the description accordingly.
Mary : Historia de la Aviacion en Colombia: Avianca : RCL#1681 : 07/12/2016

Glad to see this book preserved here for posterity. My father had a copy and, having seen an ECC telecommander RC set working in his Veron Marlin boat, I was inspired to read this despite being far too young to understand any of its contents. Nevertheless, it triggered an interest in aeromodelling and electronics that determined the direction of my career.
ColinMill : Simple Radio Control : RCL#1612 : 13/10/2016

*According to wikipedia "Otto Lilienthal (1848-1896) was a German pioneer of aviation who became known as the Glider King. He was the first person to make well-documented, repeated, successful gliding flights. Newspapers and magazines published photographs of Lilienthal gliding, favorably influencing public and scientific opinion about the possibility of flying machines becoming practical. On August 9 1896, his glider stalled and he was unable to regain control. Falling from about 15 m (50 ft), he broke his neck and died the next day, 10 August 1896."
Mary : AeroModeller Annual 1968-69 : RCL#1626 : 12/10/2016

Hi Mary and Steve. Please check the article "1st. Colombian Nationals"! You can see me with John Lennon type glasses as one of the judges!!! [see image above] Those were the days!!! Warmest regards,
Eduardo : RCM 1970/06 June : RCL#1624 : 11/10/2016

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Steve and I are having a few days holiday over Christmas, so it will take a bit longer than usual to reply to your messages. We wish you and your families a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy new year :) Mary x
24/12/2016

You might have noticed that we've stopped adding patents to RCLibrary. We felt that interest was waning and decided that 282 is probably enough for now :) We are planning to replace this stream of content with something new soon, probably 3-views. But my son goes into hospital for major spinal surgery this week, so new initiatives are on hold til he's home and fully recovered. I hope you understand. Thank you for your ongoing support for, and interest in, RCL, Mary x
25/09/2016

I'll be away on holiday from tomorrow August 25, back on September 5. I'll answer any emails when I'm home :) Mary
24/08/2016

Oh no! I've just accidentally, but permanently, deleted all the cover images. I'm not looking forward to telling Steve when he gets back from work. Please bear with me while I start the process of replacing them all.
18/08/2016

Added new quick links for magazines that are part of a series eg RCM, MAN, AeroModeller etc. Now, if you click on the series name below each individual magazine title you can see all issues we have in that series.
22/07/2016

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